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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,465 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,465
Reviews: 2,401
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 185
Gots: 678 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of KBoudreau66
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark copper/amber color with three fingers of off white head, that will dissipate to around half of a finger and last throughout. Leaves some decent lacing down the glass.

Smells of pine and citrus hops and sweet malts.

Tastes of piney and earthy hops with caramel malts and has an aftertaste that tastes like wheat bread.

Medium bodied, creamy, smooth and carbonated

A solid IPA. Very Drinkable and at $8.99 for a 6-pack, I will be drinking this beer often, especially on the days when I think I can't dish out the extra dough for a Stone IPA 6-pack.

Photo of cadizkyguy
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour into a pint glass, a three inch head emerges, almost overflows the glass. I've had this delectable brew before, but this is the first time i'm reviewing it. HopDevil is among my favorite brews, but this is an older bottle so its freshness might force me to go out and buy another six pack to review. Oh well, still a great IPA. Minutes after the intial pour, there's still a one inch frothy head and considerable lacing on the glass. Smell is just average with the older bottle, and taste, mouthful and drinkability are a bit above average. I guess I will have to review this again. Still, a very good offering from Victory.

Photo of sabalon
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

actually had a chance to try this beer twice, the latter by accident.

forgot i had already had it. it poured nicely, golden cloudy, with a decent head, but that faded quickly.

aroma was citrus, but the taste was quite muted, not too much hopping devil wise. don't get me wrong, it went down just fine.

not too disappointed, but the 'hop devil' moniker had me prepared for more than advertised.

Photo of tlinner
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Beautiful ruby/orange with a fluffy foam head. It actually turns from orange to yellow like a sunset as I look down the glass in the light. Head dissipates a bit too quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

Smell - Hops and caramel, a bit spicy. Not as vibrant as I'd expect from an IPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Hops, honey, and caramel. Stings the front of the tongue a bit, but very mellow overall. Nice sweetness on the finish, followed by a dry aftertaste.

Drinkability - Very drinkable IPA. I'd call this one a great entry- or mid-level Pale Ale. Very inviting. I'm not sure if I'd have called this one a "devil". It actually makes one not accustomed to IPAs hesitant to drink it, even though it's a very accessible beer.

Photo of cnjohn19
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not too up on the label of this beer and almost caused me from buying...smells of spicy hops, a little grainy...poured a dark reddish orange, clear, with constant bubbling...the taste is what makes this beer stand out...distinct americanized hops, a tad spiced, and extremely delicious...very bold, especially with only a 6.7% ABV...thorougly enjoyed its crispness and provides a great kick in the ass...overall moderate body but again very bold in flavor...

highly encourage you to read this review if you'd like to try an american ipa you've never had (despite its horrible labeling)...you'll appreciate this beer and would advise ordering at least 3 to fully enjoy what hopdevil has to offer...

Photo of scifan
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brillant amber color with a nice two finger head. I love how hoppy beers pour so clear and transpatent.
Smells good. Lots of piney, citrus hops, and sweet caramel malts in the background in perfect balance.
Taste absolute delicious. Good hop profile and a nice malts to balance. Very bright and clean finish.
Good mouthfeel nice carbonation. This is a great tasting IPA not too overpowering but just a nice sessionable beer.

Photo of omnigrits
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to try this beer for a long time and I'm glad that I finally did. In fact I wish I'd done so much earlier - this is an excellent beer for a hophead like me.

Holding the glass up to the setting sun coming in through my window shows the most wonderful amber colour with plenty of rising bubbles and a creamy white head. The head showing good retention and leaving a pleasing pattern of lacing on the inside of the glass.

Much citrus in the aroma, with a good hit of malty toffeeness. The hops are to the fore in the mouth but the malt is rounding things off in the background. The hops certainly do their fun little dance at the back of the mouth as it goes down though. Very satisfying in its balance. Perfect mouthfeel - not too full, not too thin, not too carbonated.

One of the best beers I've tried for a good while.

Photo of adamks
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours hazy copper/orange with a sticky, long-lasting, lacing one-finger head.

s: spicy hops, citrus, pine, hints of sweet malt buried under the hops.

t: hops up front, then the sweet malt with citrus notes, then swinging back to hops on the finish. great play between the malt and hops.

m: lighter body, medium carbonation, with that wonderful hoppy coating after you swallow.

d: great balance of malt/hops, still strong on hops but malty enough to drink multiples of. one of my favorite IPAs, this is one i should always have on hand.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beveritt for sharing this little devil.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. "Enjoy by Mar 03 09" stamped on front label.

A- Clear copper/amber. Pours with ~2 fingers of light tan head, which fades gradually to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing as consumed.

S- Spicy citrus hits the nose first, but seem to fade away quite quickly after pouring, and are replaced by a malty, herbal presence.

T- Sweet malty notes strike first, followed by a very tea-like flavor, and a fairly bitter, spicy finish.

M- Med/high carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and dry.

D- Decent, but I can see the dominating tea flavors getting overwhelming after a few of these.

Future outlook: Decent, but pretty run of the mill. With so many great drinks to be had, I won't seek this one out, other than to perhaps try again when extremely fresh.

Photo of jonziefle
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a nice golden-reddish amber. One finger off-white head that shrinks down to a thin layer. Decent lacing down the glass

Smell: Very strong frangrance of fruity, "juicy" hops, pretty much all you can smell. Both citrus and floral hops in general, but grapefruit comes out the strongest the strongest.

Taste: Strong hoppy flavor (but not as much as you would think) with a good bite at the beginning that lingers a bit. Bitter like IPAs are, but well balanced with sweetness. The hops are never too much and fade just at the right time.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer and smooth drinking. Filling, but not too much.

Drinkability: Very nice IPA. A good balance between hops and sweetness makes this one easy to drink and very enjoyable. Definitely a keeper.

Photo of Stunner97
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- A good amber looking ale with a thick white foam head

Smell- Hops yeast and even a slight malty nose

Taste- A good mix of hops and malts, a bit bitter as expected with the hops but still amazingly well balanced, its a beer that is absolute perfection in balancing both extreme spicy hops and a smooth well balanced finish. The taste is amazing so well rounded and blended. Its an extremely hoppy beer that even with that is so well rounded

Mouthfeel- Soft delicious foamy with a slight carbonation, feels good but hard not to with such perfect flavor.

Drinkability- AMAZING, simply put amazing. A decent alcohol level but still so hidden in a perfectly balanced flavor. This is a beer I will seek again not occasionally but often. A great beer, too me damn near if not perfection.

Photo of seanbhudson
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE:
Pours a hazy orange amber color with a large white head that dissipates slowly. Very long lasting lacing.
AROMA:
Sweet citrus (grapefruit) and pine. Hint of apricot and malt.
TASTE:
Earthy / piney hops. A hint of caramel and citrus.
MOUTHFEEL:
Medium bodied beer with a sticky texture. Fizzy carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
There are a lot of hops in the beer but to me it is a bit one dimensional. I prefer a hoppy beer that is balanced with a little more sweetness.
NOTES: BBCSD-0901-Corey

Photo of PhxHorn
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a medium orange color with a finger of head. Not as fluffy as Hop Wallap, but it leaves some lacing on the glass. Smells mildly of pine, citrus, and malt. Tastes mainly of malt and a hint of citrus, but leans more in the direction of an amber ale than an IPA. Carbonation is just about right, and overall this is a very drinkable beer. A little milder than most IPAs, with more amber characteristics than I expected, but still nothing to complain about.

Photo of biker30x
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint. Hazy golden-orange with a medium sticky head. Opening the bottle releases the full aroma of pine resin and grapefruit citrus, it intensifys through the pour. Nosing the glass reveals a slight vegital earthiness. The first sip hammers the mouth with hoppy spice which competes with a sweet side of citrus and burnt brown sugar. There is also a hint of yeasty rustic bread. Did I mention the deep pine burn of the hops? Crisp in the mouth, neither thin nor overly thick, the overall drinkability belies the 6.7abv. For an extreme hophead, this is a session beer.

Photo of pandashaver
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful deep reddish brown hue that sets it apart from other IPAs. Head is nice and foamy but not massive, lasts a while but could be longer.

S - Very zesty floral spices.

T - Hoppy, but not as ridiculous as the name implies. The balance with smooth spice and some sweetness is tough to achieve. There is bitterness right up to the point of being almost edgy, but then it gets sweet and is smooth the whole way. Congrats.

M - Medium-bodied, sticks to the palate a good amount. You enjoy this one before, during, and after taking a sip.

D - Very drinkable due to the restrained, yet ever present, IPA hop character. Have had multiple times on draught and bottled. Will buy every now and then because it's "menacingly delicious".

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber, barely transparent, with a thick beige head. Decent aroma is hoppy and has evergreen and yeasty tones. Flavor is fiercely hoppy with a considerable yeasty overtone, not too much bitterness, and even a sweet hint. Texture is smooth and lively, leaving a satisfying finish.

Photo of beveritt
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label depicts a hop cone, slightly altered to resemble the head of a devil or demon. Enjoy by Mar 03 09.

Appearance: Pours with a little over 1 finger of tan head. This settles to a thin coating of foam with some lacing left behind. The beer itself is a brilliant ruby copper and perfectly clear. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Caramel malt aroma with hints of hop spiciness and a melon like fruitiness.

Taste: Caramel malt, slightly sweet, blend swell into hop bitterness. Hops are spicy, with hints of pepper, yeast and wildflower honey. Lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Finally starting to venture more into Victory's beers. This one a decent IPA, but given the name I would have expected more of an DIPA. I understand Hop Wallop is their DIPA, have to check it out.

Photo of UDbeernut
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a oversized wine glass.

a: a nice ruby amber color, 1/4" head with fair retention reduces into a lacing ring.

s: a nice floral and pine hop aroma fill the nose, I don't detect citrus

t: Good, The floral hops bring a nice bite to the tip of the tounge. Spiceness from citrus and a nice warming heat from the alchohol.

m&d: This is a creamy IPA that is extremely drinkable.

Cheers!!!

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark orange array with a two finger head and some brilliant lace tension.

S: The hops take over my entire olfactory system.

T: This is big on flavor, and flavor being hops. Some citrus involved, very piney, and nice earthy tones to follow through.

M: High on the gulp factor, some thickness, and a pleasant aftertaste make for a stellar session.

D: Very much so. A session beer for the hopheads is no question, until the ABV kicks you in the ass. This one can warm your blood very fast on those frosty days of winter.

Recommended

Photo of cvfish
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a amber reddish that produced a white head that didn't retain and left little lacing

S - Great hops aroma

T - A very bitter IPA, with some some floral and lemongrass hints

M - Light bodied, moderate carbonation

D - A very good IPA, didn't dethrone my beloved Torpedo, but still a good offering

Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a rich amber color and the artwork on the bottle of the hop devil was really awesome. Victory always has good artwork for the record. It has a tea like citrus aroma. The taste is of a very earthy hearty happy hop. "I can taste the happiness more than anything". It has a very smooth feeling rushing past my tounge and down my throat. Very minimal carbonation factor. Overall a great beer to enjoy on a wintery afternoon.

Photo of bum732
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber red color, nice fluffy head with lots o lacing. Smells of grapefruity citrus, fruity malt, pine. Tastes of pure cascade and pine from the cascade hops up front followed by a well rounded english like malty profile. Finishes with some nice bitterness and pretty sweet. Lots of grapefruit, pine, toffee like malt. Nice carbonation, i absolutely love the combo of the sweet malt with the hops here.

A fantastic IPA. I'm not a huge fan of east coast IPAs but this one hits the mark. The sweetness and fruitiness of the malt is countered perfectly by the fresh hop zing and aroma. My favorite east coast IPA so far, i love it!

Photo of Fredk24
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best hop profile in a single IPA, bar none. I use this beer as a measuring stick for other IPAs. If I were to summarize the essence of HopDevil in one word, it would be "balance".

There is a decent amount of hop bitterness, but also much more of the floral, citrus hop notes that really balance things out.

Anyone can make a super bitter beer, just as anyone can paint on a canvas.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up while I was in Ga since we don;t have it in FL.

appearance: golden amber hues, almost red

smell: loaded and more loaded hops, very plesant for a hop head

taste: like hops of course, this beer is loaded with it. I think this is my fasvorite IPA so far.

mouthfeel: thin not thick. good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very easy and smooth. and goes great with spicy snacks or meals.

Photo of tittymcj
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this beer with my good friend William Pang (Queens, NY).

Poured a murky dark copper color with a medium off-white head and good lacing.
Not much smell to report, but the little that is there is a fruity sweetness that says nothing of the hops in this beer.
The taste is very similar to the smell. Not as much hops initially as I expected. Much more sweet malt flavor than hops at first, but eventually moves aside to reveal the hoppy bitterness I was promised.
Thin mouthfeel, well carbonated, and definitely bitter on the tail end. Very dry finish.
Not a great IPA, mostly because of the lack of stinging hop character. However, definitely a good beer that I could handle a few of in each sitting.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,465 ratings.