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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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6,620 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,620
Reviews: 2,438
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 213
Gots: 837 | FT: 6
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 angelmonster
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big 3 finger beige head. Body is a honey amber color and translucent. Head retention and lacing are good.

Smell is big on resiny, piny hops. There is also a sweet, honey like smell to the malts

Taste is hop forward but the malt is still therel. Hops are pretty bitter and on the piny side.

Mouth feel is slightly on the light side. Carbonation is also there but not too much.

Drink ability is pretty good. For 6.7 it is pretty session able. Overall it is a good IPA, would buy again

Photo of runesead
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is for the version of HopDevil that was on cask at Victory.

Appearance: Good head retention, perfect carbonation, beautiful amber color

Smell: Tangy and floral, hoppy to the nose

Taste: subdued hoppiness filled with wood notes and a floral blossoming.

Mouthfeel: Lingering notes of hops and slight maltiness, a good aftertaste that progresses well.

Drinkability: I downed this beer faster than I do with other beers. Perfect temperature, a fantastic beer, and a taste that does not get old.

Photo of goblue3509
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color with a one and a half finger head. The smell is of hops, piney and earthy hops. The scent of hops is almost overwhelming. The taste is a very strong hops the hop taste is more earthy piney hops as opposed to citrus hops. The mouthfeel is dry with little carbonation. Drinkability wise if you really like IPA's you would like this beer. If you are new to IPA's then this ipa isn't for you.

Photo of northaustin
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz into a schnifter. a dark copper with a generous white head. slight spotted lacing.

smell is that of a hop bomb. the kind that when you come home your house is all messed up. very piney and enticing.

taste is bitter with big hop flavor. some sweetness here but the hops are dominant.

if you arent a fan of that bitter dry mouth feeling this one might not be for you. it leaves your mouth very dry and the bitterness lingers for quite some time.

for the price and quality this is one of the most drinkable ipas available in my area

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Smallish head compared to other IPAs Ive seen. At its fullest its a little less than a finger high. It dissipates into a thin patchy film. There is some nice lacing, however.
Devilish burnt orange in color, this beer is on the darker and redder side of the style.

S- The smell alone is thirst quenching. Floral hops over top some biscuity malts and some honey. The nose is nice but it is not powerful as it could be.

T- The biscuity/nutty malts are there underneath the bite of the huge hops. The malts make this go down very well with an almost creamy smoothness at the back of my mouth. The finish is bitter and dry with some slight medicinal tastes left on the tongue, but nothing unappetizing.

M- Medium body, smoothed out from lower carbonation and a creamy malt backbone. You can feel this one washing away your thirst like a broken levee.

D- The ABV is average for this style which is really meant to be a highly sessionable and thirst quenching. HopDevil hits this aspect of the american IPA right on the head.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this hundreds of times and never thought about reviewing it but hey, here goes.

Pours a amber-hued brown with a thin finger of white head. Lacing is cool, head retention is poor.

Smells of dry flowery hops, spice.

Taste is more of the nose. Hop is overpoweringly dominant, very dry and spicy, malt is very faint.

Mouthfeel is dry and sharp, carbonation is good, fairly balanced.

Drinkability is good. I drink this alot of the time now and its probably one of the easiest to drink commercially available IPAs.

Photo of kdoc8
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to kkulacki for finding this one for me. Pours out a nice orange-yellow color with an off-white bubbly head that lasts quite a while. The smell is amazing - lots of sweet, citrus hops and complexity. The taste was a bit maltier than I expected - tasted mostly like caramel, but then finished off with some bitter hops. I didn't really expect this from an IPA with satanic hop characteristics. I liked it and would drink it again, but I didn't really find it to be a kick-you-in-the-pants, hop-overwhelming IPA.

Photo of bsp77
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, rich amber with thin head and light lacing.

Smell: Citrus and sweet toasted malts. While many IPAs smell this way, this one retains its smell much better than most. Some spiciness as well.

Taste: Tastes similar to smell - citrus and slightly sweet toasted malt. Spicy and moderately bitter, especially at the end; almost makes the mouth tingle.

Feel: Low to moderate carbonation, with a medium, slightly smooth body. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: Very nice, everyday IPA, but definitely better than most.

HopDevil, Titan IPA and Centennial IPA are my IPA archetypes - they simply nail the style spot on, without doing anything out of the ordinary.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Smuttynose pint glass

A - pours copper-orange with two fingers of off-white head. Foam sticks to side of glass.

S - powerful citrus hop aroma backed by a malty sweetness

T - initially on the sweet, bready malt side, then BAM the hops kick in. The bitterness is substantial but not overwhelming, with a great hoppy flavor before the bitterness hits the back of your tongue

M - sticky, lightly carbonated, just coats your mouth with hoppy goodness

D - an excellent IPA, I could drink these all night. Just enough malt presence to balance the hoppiness, but not enough to make it cloyingly sweet.

One of my go-to beers. A fantastic IPA.

Photo of bfields4
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear filtered amber body. The head is a nice tight thin head that retains itself well.

The smell is abundant with hops, but soft enough that no one fruit smell proclaims itself more than the others to me. Also a little sweet maltiness.

Big grapefruit tastes lots of hoppiness with some lemony zest notes. The caramel malt presence from the smell also hangs around for the taste. A peppery burn from the alcohol also seems present

The head retention and carbonation nicely complement the complex IPA. This is a very well crafted IPA that will not disappoint.

Photo of schmitter
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a delicious offering from Victory. Poured a beautiful amber, orange, red, with a nice off white head and great lacing. Very citrusy/spicy/devious nose.
Taste was clearly hoppy up front but those malts kick ass. Citrus flavors come and go with a slight spicy aftertaste/bite. Its not the beer I would want to drink all night long, but pretty GD delicious.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Copper color with a full two fingers of head in my 25 oz. snifter. Some lacing is left behind.

S--Very sharp floral hoppiness, malt in the background but still present.

T--For a beer named "hop devil" I didn't think the malt would be as prevalent as it is. There is still a good amount of earthy hop flavor and bitterness, but this puppy is well balanced. And tasty!

M--Medium bodied with a bitter aftertaste, no stickiness

D--Awesome IPA here, I wasn't hugely impressed at first but once it warmed up to cellar temperature and above the flavor really began to shine. Drinks like a session IPA.

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

355ml bottle bought from Wineworks, Newtownards...

Poured a nice golden coppery orange colour. Creamy head with orange tinges poured quite thick then faded quickly to light ring around the edge. Light carbonation... light lacing lines...

Aroma - Spicy juicy fruits (apricots, limes, oranges), piney / grassy hops, some caramel sweetness, biscuity malts, perfumed, some light almond nuttiness, toasted bread...

Taste - Quite sharp spicy, piney / floral hop bitterness, toasty / biscuity maltiness, light honey / caramel sweetness, good fruitiness (oranges and grapefruit), light medicinal hints, perfumey, sea salt traces, faint metallic hints...

M&D - Quite sharp initially then mellows out. Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - A superb IPA... highly recommended...

Photo of Anthony1
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a perfect pint

excited for another victory beer, i poured the animalistic bottle into an eager pint to find a ravaging amber tone with a demonically tan crown.

I stared down the devil as it's hoppy breath filled the air, with hints of citrus, fruits, and floral.... evil floral.

It pounced on me and all i could feel was hops, some malt(maybe caramel), and a most dastardly mix of citrus (grapefruit? and orange).

However, the devil took pity on me and his medium build was smooth, almost relaxing. He left me with only thought of the hoppy madness that i was just witnessed, but also with the desire for another encounter with the hoppy devil himself.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brick red with an ambery sheen and a smallish beige head, difficult to judge from the English hand-pump pour. Very malty in the nose with lots of toasted grain as well as ripe fruits like cherries and apples that synthesize into a pie-like character. Citric hops combine with dark sugars and an unexpected vanilla note to produce hints of cola. Tastes as it smells, lovely, bready, nutty, and bitter with fruity pear, grape, and grapefruit undertones, a hearty almond flavor and a sharp hop bite. However, it's not so sharp that it cuts through the malts - it mostly just perforates them. A bit thick on the palate, which tips the scales in favor of malty sweetness - this would probably be better served another way so that the carbonation makes more of an impact. Still, a very good quaffer.

Photo of UA8
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark amber color with a tall beige head.

S- Citrus hops are prominent, a touch of tropical fruit such as pineapple, semi sweet malt.

T- Leads with a citrus character that rolls into a slightly sweet and smooth caramel. Finishes with a little bit of herbal and pine hops.

M- Ridiculously smooth probably the best character of the beer. Carbonation is moderate.

D- This a real solid beer I would like a little more character in the flavors but it drinks very smooth so that somewhat makes up for the lack of complexity. Worth a try I just worry about it being a Victory beer because I have had a lot of consistency problems with their beers.

Photo of jdklks
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was the highlight beer of a vacation i took back east recently. a nice, amber/copper body with a tan head. smell is citrusy, piney, hoppy all around. taste is very similar. hop-dominated, and VERY refreshing on a hot day. Some fruit sweetness up front, but the finish is all hops. mouthfeel is nothing special, but the drinkability is through the roof (had 3 during an hour lunch with the family, and could easily have had 3-6 more).

overall great beer, and one of the most refreshing I've ever had.

Photo of daledeee
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought I would try some different Victory drinks since i have always loved the Storm King Stout.

This one pours a rather weak head and bronze colored clear beer.

The nose is unusual to me as an IPA. Rather malty at first and then a hint of spice. Not remarkable.

The taste is not strong but has hops. Some malt and citrus oil but once again a unique beer for the group. Seems to get better after air gets to it. Mouth feel changed after the beer was poured and my drinking of it progressed very oily. Not a lot of carbonation. This beer was a bit of a disappointment to me but not bad.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 2-finger pillowy off-white head atop a dark amber brew. Moderate carbonation seen rising to the top. Head leaves great lacing on the glass.

S - Probably my favorite part of this beer. Wonderful floral hops that are a bit spicy and piney. Slight sweetness from the alcohol.

T&M - Very much like the smell. Smooth floral hops hit first followed by a nice malty backbone that brings caramel notes. A bit sticky in the mouthfeel with very moderate carbonation. Hops become bitter on the back of the tongue in the aftertaste leaving a brackish taste and feeling.

D - Easily drinkable for the most part. At the end of the glass my tongue feels a bit briny, but still a pleasant beer.

Photo of JoshuaJ
2.53/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, light copper color. Big head with zero lacing.

Smells weak, to be honest. Picking up some citrusy grapefruit, a touch of honey. Not much else.

Tastes...completely underwhelming. For a name like "HopDevil," I was expecting a massive hop bite. Not so, here. It's a lot more balanced than what I was expecting, but in this case, it's not a good thing. Weak, citrusy hops flavor meet weak, biscuity malts. Did someone fill half my bottle up with water?

Mouthfeel is thin. The beer finishes dry, which is nice, but it just feels an anorexic version of what everyone else has been reviewing.

Overall drinkibility suffers from the high expectations not being met in regards to the nose and taste, and the thin consistency. I suppose I'd have another if it was offered to me, but I won't be buying another.

Notes: The date on the bottle says to enjoy by 10/09, which I've obviously done, but I can't shake the feeling that something must have "off" with this batch. It's not been contaminated per se. Just extremely watery.

Photo of drtth
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. (Given how many of these I've had over the years I was surprised to find I had not reviewed this one yet.)

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear dark reddish copper color with a 1" fluffy light tan head that recedes slowly leaving dimples in the head and rings of lacing around the glass. Eventually the foam recedes to a ring around the glass with a patch of foam in the middle before it all disappears. From the start sipping leaves speckles, lines and a spider-web of lacing on the sides of the glass. Even as the beer is almost gone sipping leaves lines and occasional speckles of lacing.

Smell: Upon opening the bottle an aroma which seems an equal mix of dark caramel malt, grapefruit and orange zest fill the air and the nose making this one quite nicely balanced IPA.

Taste: The flavor contains major components of grapefruit and orange zest from the hops and sweet dark caramel from the malt all initially in balance. Then the malt ramps up to soften the bitterness but before long the orange zest and grapefruit bitterness come sliding back in to reassert themselves again.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium or medium-full bodied and has fair amount of prickly carbonation. The finish is long and begins with some caramel malt sweetness but then the dry citric bitterness chimes in, takes over, and goes on and on and on, particularly in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability: This is one of my favorite IPAs. Not only is it local it is always fresh and well balanced. I could drink more than one of these a night and have lost track of how many I've finished off the last few years. If what you are looking for is an IPA without a strong malt backbone look elsewhere, but if you favor IPAs with both bitterness and malt sweetness to balance against the hops, look no further.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from the Taste Victory 12 pack.

A-Copper amber with filtered clarity and a huge eggshell head that lasts forever. Damn, this is one fine looking brew.

S-Pungent floral and citrus hops with a wee bit of sweet malts peeking in the back.

T-Lighter and more balanced than expected from the nose...I really thought this was going to be a hop bomb, but it starts with sweet caramel malts, balanced with some bitter hops in the initial taste, then the floral and predominatly citrus hops roll in, (but not too heavy) with a crisp, clean astringent finish. Nicely done.

M-Well balanced overall with a medium mouthfeel, and ample carbonation.

D-This is a dangerously drinkable brew, and one that leaves you pining for another.

Not sure if I'd call this an IPA, but whatever it is, it is a winner. I'll gladly buy this anytime. Works well as a summer quencher and will be equally enjoyed in the colder months.

Photo of dismal
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice dark amber, kind of dark copper color. Has small off white head that quickly dissolves fairly fast to a thin layer and still manages to leave lacing on the sides. Smell is pretty typical of the style, hops, citrus, grapefruit the usual things. Smells good, not the best I've ever had but it's pretty good. Taste is differant than what I was expecting. Lingering bitterness in the background, and not nearly as hoppy as what I was expecting and what I would have liked. Seems the citrus comes through quite a bit. Really good mouthfeel and drinkability. Easy to drink and not a high really big ABV. Overall pretty good, not one of the best in my opinion but it's still pretty good.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great looking beer - Cloudy, copper-reddish tint with a full white head with great staying power.
The fresh hop aroma is very good, but could have a little more behind it - tough to complain but some of the other IPAs out there have set the bar pretty high.
Well-balanced flavor in line with what the color would suggest. Easy floral hops with a mild bitterness. A little sweet with some grapefruit and a touch of spicyness. Subtle malt body complements hop flavors nicely.
Mouthfeel is good but leaves something to be desired. A little undercarbonated and not much stickyness - almost too smooth for my preference.
All in all, a complex, yet very drinkable India Pale that lives up to its great reputation.

For those of you who like their IPAs on the copper/red part of the spectrum, this is a great one.

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

an excellent IPA of a murky amber, nice head of white yellow. well hopped... but also well malted. a wonderful range of fruit citrus: lemon, orange, but also apple even... and a mango. the malt is just as bold. bready and not too thick. a bit of toast and butter quality to it like some english style IPA's. excellent rendition. a recommended IPA on my behalf absolutely.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,620 ratings.