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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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6,545 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,545
Reviews: 2,421
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 198
Gots: 752 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of bluetravlr
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice clear, amber coloration. About a finger of initial head dies down quickly. Still, a slight amount of foam lingers leaving just a bit of lacing.

S: Spicy hops immediately present. Dark resin with citrus, flowers, and pine. Slight breadyness with a touch of molasses.

T: A crisp, clean (yet slightly peppery) flavor of both floral and citrus is quickly followed by a bready/caramel undertone that continues until the aftertaste. Notes of grapefruit, but especially pine and hop resin, prevail leaving a very floral/peppery aftertaste; as if you sprinkled a bit too much pepper on that cronic salad. Still, nicely balanced yet complex; every sip reveals new flavors. Dare I say this is comparable to a 'spicy' Ruination?

M: Very comparable to Ruination in this aspect. Hop resin that just wont go away, completely coating the palate. Great! Nicely carbonated. Medium-thick body.

D: Very drinkable for hop-heads like myself. The resin is what gets to you before any of the bitterness or alcohol. Definitely meant to be enjoyed and not slammed, and that's just what I'm doing!

The resins, once they coat your palate, really go well with the bready/caramel undertone of this beer, turning these normally flawed features in an IPA into a godsend. Still, the hop-profile is nicely complex. The hops did not seem quite as fresh as those in the Ruination, but this could be due to distribution. Also, there is a distinct peppery flavor to this beer: good, but not as good as fresh hops. Either way, this is one terrific IPA.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a half inch of foamy off-white head, some lacing.

Scent is of citrus and some grains.

Spicy hop taste, citrus, some alcohol, bready malts, and maybe some light honey taste.

Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy feel.

Very drinkable beer, maybe my favorite IPA to date.

Photo of degerbah
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with an average amount of head. Excellent retention, there is still a solid ring of head a full minute after pouring. The smell is a kick in the teeth. Similar to when I spilled a bag of Challenger hops on myself while homebrewing. Very strong and harsh aroma.

This is a definite hop bomb. Basically douple IPA flavor with slightly less alcohol content. I see this as a quick and dirty hop attack on the palate. None of the subtleness from some other IPA's. I was in the mood for some hops and this was perfect. My only problem is the acidic aftertaste that sticks with me. Not nearly as subtle as some better IPA's I've had, and too heavy to really be sessionable, this beer is still a tasty drinker and it didn't take me too long to get through at all.

I got this for $1.69 at my local grocery store and I know that sixers aren't too expensive. This is now my personal go-to dose of hops.

Photo of BabiakNo9
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't believe it took me so long to review this beer... served in a pint glass from a bottle.

A - Dark amber in color. Def. can't see through this beer.

S - Pine, grapefruit-like-citrus, & very noticeable hops.

T - Citrus throughout with enough hops to make any hop head satisfied. Noticeable spice, but nowhere near many IPA's; It's not called SpiceDevil, so I'm not surprised.

D - Would be a favorite to session. Though the name puts an emphasis on hops, I could never get sick of this beer.

Photo of photomike
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great pure, clear amber color into a pint glass. Surprisingly small, beige, soft head that has some solid retention. Sticky but sparse lacing. An insane amount of bubbles line my glass

Smell is really pleasant, pine-peppery, appropriately East Coast hops. Delightful.

Taste follows suit. Peppery, piney hops. Perfectly balanced with some dry maltiness and a hint of ethanol. I really love the taste here.

Mouthfeel is great as well. Light and crisp, slightly chewy and heavily carbonated (but it works for this beer).

Drinkability is very high. I would love to spend a nice day drinking this on my lawn.

So far, my favorite East Coast IPA by a long shot. With a somewhat similar hop profile, I think this is the beer Torpedo SHOULD be.

Photo of chaswisler
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer, good looking and pours while.

Certainly lives up to it's name. Tons of Hop taste. It has some bite, but you forget that by the time you take another sip.

Head lace lines after every sip.

Great and I think I do taste some pine in there like other tasters have noticed. It's not bad, just noticable.

Worth a try.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright amber with a thin white head that leaves some lace. Big resiny orange blossom nose with some wet hay. Spicy malts: toffee, honey and dark toast notes hold for a second but get stomped by oily, nettle, bitter hops. Lingers to a bone dry finish. Prickly carb and sticky but soft mouthfeel. Malts step up as it warms. ABV kicks a bit.

Titanic. Big and assertive, but with no pine burn. Can challenge any West Coast IPA. A classic.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber with an off-white one finger head and some lacing.

Smells of citric hops and piney resin. No doubt what you are getting here.

Big bitter citric and pine hop bite right up front, with some toasted bread and sweet malt in the background. The alcohol fights through, and actually gives you a bit of a break from the hop overdrive here. This one has some surprising balance, where it is a big hop brew, but not to the point where you'd need a break.

Some chewiness, but less than I expected -- same with the mouth coating elements. Not a negative -- keeps this drinkable.

Overall, a great hop-extreme beer. The alcohol level allows this as a multiple beer taster. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of broozer81
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-deep clear copper amber pour to a one inch frothy head that laced my glass the entire way.

S-strong pine aroma, citrus, hops..

T-this one taste great perfect amount of hops malt balance, heavy hops,pine resin, grapefruit, spice..

D-very enjoyable ipa, gotta love the Hop Devil, I could keep a case of this one around the house anytime...

Photo of kels
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass a lovely, coppery-orange color, fairly clear, with a little carbonation visible. Nicely retained 1-finger thick, creamy white head, lots of bubbly lacing.

Smell: Nice, light and bright-smelling citrusy hops that even smell juicy. Not too strong, but strong enough to make my mouth water.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very excellently balanced is the first thing I think! I'm quite surprised this isn't overwhelming or overpowering based on the style and the name. Nice toasted malt meets a sweetly bitter citrus. The taste is is really refreshing and only slightly sticky. Feel is decently carbonated and light.

Drinkability: Very high - the alcohol is pretty well masked in the taste and the taste is really great. Not a bad combination.

Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by date: Jun 19, 09

A- Pours dark orange/copper color with a thin white foam that leaves some lacing.

S- Floral hop nose with some citrus and pine scents. Light sweetness and some grain and malt present.

T- Piney hop taste initially with some citric esters and spiciness. Some sweet malt in the finish balances nicely.

M- Medium body with ok carbonation.

D- Pretty decent IPA that is crisp and well balanced. Victory's Hop Wallop is better but also quite a bit stronger.

Photo of mlhall55
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one of those beers that has come so close to having the perfect amount of hops! This beer is by far on the top 10 list that my roommates and myself created. Great flavor with out any of the baggage, I've had hoppy beers that taste kind of on the sweeter side - not this one. Great job Victory!

Photo of Casey10
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer that can be had at a resonable price. I love the fact that this beer can be found easly and at a great price.

A- Amber coloring 1/2 finger head

S - pine, hopes

T - Hops, somewhat peppery

M - Peppery

D - Feel free to drink a bunch of these at 6.7 a 6 pack will set you free

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Love the look of this one. A nice reddish-amber color (dark for an IPA) with medium white head with nice lacing.

S- Great blend of citrus, pine, and slightly spunky hops.

T- Hops dominate, nice combo of the citrus and piney hops. Good stuff. Nothing too complex, but definitely a good beer.

M- Good carbonation, decent body.

D- I could definitely make a session out of these. Nice IPA.

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this ipa pours the classic orange color with a good head and lacing thru-out.the smell is hops and citrus,grapefruit,grass ,pine and malt its all there its good...the taste is the same a very easy drinking ipa with all the ingredients and styles you want/like..this is just a good ipa..in a market with so many to choose from..hop devil is not my first choice but is a worthy and good representation of the style one i will recommend

Photo of ocelot2500
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a good ring of off-white head. Leaves enough lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus and grassy hops.

Tastes of the hops from the nose plus a good malt backbone. Nothing surprising, but this is a really good ipa.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium with a nice dose of carbonation. Has a bit of slickness to it.

This is very drinkable.

Photo of rmaste6282
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this 12oz beer at Pizza Port bottle shop.
A: Looks like an amber, darker than I expected, not much head, maybe 1/2 finger width.
S: Spice, pumpkin, toasted malts
T: Definately taste the toasted malts, reminds me of a full bodied amber ale. It says India Ale on the label.
M: Pretty average
D: Decent brew, if you like amber's, this is a decent one.

Photo of BigBry
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, brought back in a build-your-own 6 pack from Raleigh, NC. Enjoy by date on the label, picture as above. Cool looking Hop Devil (complete with horns and an evil grin).
From the label: "The mythical HopDevil resides in the lore of farmers. Our HopDevil is the real deal. Bold, spicy and menacingly delicious. He's the product of distinctive American hops and meticulous craftmanship. Arising from the heady wilds of our Hopback and gently tamed with time, this Devil makes a great companion."

Slightly cloudy orange color, with pale orangeish foam. Not bad retention, thin sticky lace, suprising for an IPA. The smell is all hops, some spiciness as well.
The flavor has more hops and some caramel malt. The hop bite is strong, but there is still lots of malt to keep things in balance. Citrusy grapefruit taste. The body is medium, fills and coats your mouth. Slightly dry finish with a nice hop aftertaste.
A ton of hop bitterness, but suprisingly well balanced. A very good beer.

Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear golden amber with a half inch off white head that slowly goes away leaving nice lacing that sticks to the sides.

S- Big fruity hop smell with a nice malt undertone. Kind of a sweet smell to this. I like it.

T- I think the hops have faded a little bit in this but still a nice crisp upfront hoppiness to this ending with a nice sweet malt finish. The hops are still at the end too giving this kind of a bitter finish as well.

M- Good carbination with a medium mouthfeel. Hops grind against the palate at first but let up before it goes down.

D- I would like this all the time...wait a minute I might have to start putting this into my current rotation.

Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Yorgo's in Lancaster PA -served chilled in a pint. I thought I reviewed before, but alas this is my first...

A - Brilliant copper/fiery amber w/ an inch of beige capping the ipa which settles quickly and clings like a sheet as lace. The clarity is very good and the ale has a very fine bead.

S - Nice aroma of hops which are of American origin and subtle malt sweet note. The nose hints as yeast which is almost meaty with its intensity

M - A mild acidity up front and the bitterness is on par for the style. The carbonation is med high and sweetness restrained with only mild malt texture

T - A malt note begins and the taste of American hops (not too bitter but not too tame) a yeasty flavor which has a mild bready taste and the hops seem to exhibit a pine flavor as it warms. The alcohol is evident in the taste as the hop bitterness is fresh like chewing on a pellet, but lacks flavor and just seems bitter without depth. The carbonation makes it hard to enjoy the malt since it overtakes it mostly.

D- A nice IPA, but seems middle of the road in the popular saturated IPA market currently. The beer is drinkable, yes - but not my first choice if I want an American IPA. I think it represents the style well, though.

Photo of greshdoghophead
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz from the bottle
A - n/a no pour straight up from bottle
S - hoppy but not so much aromatic hops mostly bittering hops
T - very rich IMO, consistant with their other offerings, probably due to nugget or warrior;
its wierd - i love it but cant describe it
M - nicely balanced not too fruity
D - two down four to go

Photo of lstokes
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Victory Brewing Company, and it was delicious! Orange-copper beer with a creamy head, and the smell was citrusy hops with some sweet malt in the background.

Creamy mouthfeel, a sweet malt hit at the beginning which gives way to a spicy and exciting blend of hops--something of a dry and spicy finish which lingers on the palate for a good long while. The carbonation was just right for the taste and hell, I really enjoyed drinking it.

Would definitely drink again.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured copper with a single-finger head and some visible carbonation. The smell is a bit of malt and a bunch of really nice citrus and floral hops. Gee, I wonder how this beer got its name. The taste starts off with a huge mashup of hop flavor with a surprisingly low amount of bitterness. There's some pine, grassy, citrus, and floral hops. There's some malt in there, but it's desperately trying to hold its own against the hops. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer is definitely not going to be for everyone, but if you're a fan of hops there's no reason not to try it.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

"Enjoy By Aug 17 09" stamped on the label.

Pours a bright red amber with a sturdy ecru head.

Lots of caramel malts on the nose with a support group of pine and citrus hops.

Initial malts on the palate that give way to a good helping of hops. The finish is very smoky with some resinous hops. Very drying. Somewhat thin mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Aside from the slightly overbearing ABV, this would be easy to drink a lot of. I would probably prefer a different IPA most of the time, but this is good stuff.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Received as an extra from portia99. Thanks dude!

A: Pours a clear amber color with half an inch of off-white head that recedes quickly into a collar around the drink and light filming across the top. Has some carbonation up the glass.

S: Lots of hops... Grapefruit citrus, orange, grass, and a little caramel and biscuit malt.

T: Grapefruit hops in the initial taste. The mid-taste is dominated by caramel malt, and the finish is grassy hops with some grapefruit again. A simple and satisfying flavor.

M: Medium-bodied, with low-to-medium carbonation.

D: Pretty high, although it would depend on price. This is the kind of thing I wouldn't mind keeping around the hose for normal drinking, if it were locally available at a fair price. I wouldn't trade for it though.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,545 ratings.