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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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6,629 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,629
Reviews: 2,441
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 215
Gots: 843 | 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 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.

Photo of Aenema
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear caramel with a thin white head and very nice bands of lacing.
Smell - Citrus, sweet malt.
Taste - Grapefruit, toasty malt. Nice intense hop flavor.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation and a dry finish.
Drinkability - Very easy to drink for such a flavorful, hoppy beer.

Photo of mothman
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sierra Nevada Tulip Glass

Pours a 1 and 1/2 finger creamy and fizzy yellowish-cream colored head. Great retention and amazing lace walls! This really makes the beer look excellent. Solid flow of carbonation bubbles from the etching. Color is clear dark ruby/golden bronze.

Aroma: I really pick up the bready malts here. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. Floral hops stand out the most. The citrus level is fairly low for an IPA. This is a fairly solid IPA.

Taste: the floral hops are not as pronounced here. There seems to be more fresh earthy hops mixed in. The same bready malts are here. A little booze shines through. ALso there is a mixture of citrus present.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. The booze shines through after left in the mouth for a while. Medium bodied. Medium level of carbonation as well. Leaves a mouth full of floral hops for an aftertaste. Very sticky and dry.

Overall, this was a good IPA for a change. Normally it is all of these DIPAs that are coming out and I hardly drink regular IPAs, so it was nice to get to have one of these. A really good representation to the style and worth a try. I will drink this again.

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with a chunky white head that leaves all kinds of lacing.

The smell is all resinous, piny hops. Assertive hoppiness makes for my kind of IPA.

The flavor is eerily reminiscent of SN Celebration Ale. Maybe a touch more malty, but not by much. The piny hops are the star of the show.

Mouthfeel is a fine middle ground between crisp and creamy. Dryness is right where it should be.

Drinkability is pretty high. This isn't the best IPA around, but it's yet another damn good beer from a really fantastic brewery. Victory makes tasty beer and that's all there is to it.

Photo of NewGeneric
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Philly airport. Poured a beautiful bronze/copper color with white head and good lacing. Smelled very hoppy with grapefruit tones. Tasted wonderfully hoppy, bitter. Smooth and mainly clean on the finish, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. So good, I had to have two more before we caught our plane.

Photo of IceTrey9785
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I bought a 6-pack for $8.99 -- pretty good for an American IPA.

A: Nice amber color with a great pearl head. The retention was really good -- it just looked like a beer that I wanted to drink. Fairly medium-bodied (not thick and syrupy like Dogfish Ales).

S: Abundance of citrus-hop aromas. Actually reminded me of the hops found in a lot of New Zealand ales. Orange zest and pine, with a touch of brown sugar.

T: You'd expect a really bitter beer, but the guys at Victory have done it again -- a rather creamy, but spiced beer. Layers of toasted malt really compliment the zesty hops in the brew. I wouldn't say it is "well-balanced" -- you have to love hops to love this one. The taste of the hops almost hints at blood orange and basil when it reaches room temperature. So complex and satisfying -- definitely a keeper.

This is a fantastic beer. Thankfully, at least ONE micro-brew in the country understands that you can have a nice IPA without jacking up the alcohol and sugar to bring it into balance. I enjoyed this with some excellent Thai cuisine, and I would gladly drink it on its own anytime! Great job -- highly recommended!

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

Had not had this beer in some time, but saw it on tap at the Judge's Bench last night, and figured why not.

The beer pours a rich copper color, with pretty good head retention and lacing. This beer really doesn't look like an IPA, but it sure smells and tastes like one. On the nose, I get some light bitterness and pepper, with a hint of underlying malt. The beer smells as if it will be on the dry side, which in fact it is. On the palate, the beer is a little heavy handed in the malt department, but there's pleny of hoppy bitterness to balance it. In fact, I think the excellent balance in this beer is probably its best feature. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is very good. The finish is relatively dry with the alcohol very well disguised.

While nothing exciting, this is still a good solid IPA, one that is very easy to drink with relatively low alcohol. Unfortunately, there are just too many better IPA's on the market these days, for me ever drink this on more then an occasional basis. Nevertheless, this is still a solid IPA.

Photo of merryjoulton
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark amber with plenty of head and sticky lacing. Smell is sticky, citrusy, piny, grassy, green, yellow, orange, yummy and hoppy. Taste is very bitter but has lots of malt to balance. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and resiny. Drinkability is great.

Photo of jsh420
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

notes from 5/26 ipa blind tasting

best by date 8/13/09

pours amber orange mimimal head that left no lacing

smell was mostly bready malts with slight pine and citrus hops

taste was balanced well bready malts along with spicy peppery hops and bitter ash in the aftertase

mouthfeel - first sip stings the mouth but has good creamy finish

drinkability - ok if you are looking for balanced ipa that is light body - just not that exciting

over this beer finished last in blind tasting
rankings on tasting 1-8 GFlash-2Hrtd-BigEye-Hop3-CorneDuDiable-60min-AlphaKing-Hdevil

Photo of ders
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had my first visit to the Ginger Man in NYC. Asked what the barkeep recommended for an IPA and this was his 2nd recommendation after Stone (which I'd had so I said no). I was pleased. I've had better IPAs but I'd drink it again. Pretty damn drinkable for an IPA.

Photo of SLOBGOBLIN
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer,I love hops.not much else to say.Nice Orangeish colour & a bubbly rise when I set the bottle back down.
I would recommend this beer to anyone out there.Really the Quality shines throughly on this one.I wish My local store sold other varietys from that brewer cause I looked on bottom of carrying sleeve & some other ones they make sounded delicouios!

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy copper with a half inch frothy, off-white head the bubbled and effervesced right below the cap; good head retention with spotty bands of lacing as the brew recedes. Nose suggests some grapefruity hops, with caramel on a malty backbone, suggesting sweet flavors in the mouth. Taste consistent with nose - some hops upfront, but finishes malty sweet with just a light bitterness that doesn't linger. Mouthfeel fell between light- and medium-bodied with a pleasant, consistent background effervescence. Nice drinkability, but this is not your typical IPA. It's a bit too malty and less hoppy than I appreciate in the style.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a bar in town. I had high expectations for this beer after trying the Hop Wallop earlier this year.

Anyway, the beer was poured into a 16 oz. glass. There was a one finger, light head. The beer was a nice dark red to brown color. Very dark for an IPA. The nose was all hops. A nice balance of resiny pine notes and grapefruit notes. When I took a sip, the flavor hit me in three waves. There was an initial overpowering citrus or grapefruit note. Then some caramel sweetness from the malt briefly came through. It finished with a nice strong pine aftertaste, which a nice bitter aftertaste. Perfectly balanced. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and niely carbonated. Drinkability was only average as the beer's ABV is rather high and flavors are large.

Overall, a great IPA. One of my favorites that I am certainly having whenever I ahve the chance.

Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A rich bronze copper color... Two plus fingers worth of light tan lumpy batter like head... Excellent retention... Lots a carbonation throughout, comprised of some of the tiniest bubbles I've seen...

S - Hops are first a foremost... A tad greater presence of citrusy hops, but still some piney hop notes... Caramel... Toffee... Orange zest... Cracker... Perhaps even the faintest hint of cinnamon...

T - A wonderful mix of hop power - strong and assertive, but not overwhelming... Biscuit... Toffee... A vague nuttiness... Black tea... The hop bitterness lingers for a while...

M - Medium bodied... Lush and slightly creamy... A little viscous and sticky... Strong bitterness factor...

D - An insanely drinkable IPA that is strong in all categories... A wonderful brew when your craving some hops, but not looking for an all out hop bomb... Wonderful balance... Simplistic, but wonderful all at the same time...

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

A - Poured into a pint glass, it pours a nice copper/amber color with and one inch head that remains for a good period of time. The lacing is about average.

S - My sinuses are a little screwed by I do smell the hops.

T - The hops are there but the bitterness if fairly mild, I also detect some malts. Overall it's pretty well balanced and would be a good introduction to a first time IPA drinker. A little of the mild bitterness lingers but that's alright to me.

D - I could drink a few of these with no problem. They're well balanced, not too bitter, and not to hot. I do prefer the Hop Wollup though.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

POured from a bottle into a nonic. Freshness date of 6-21-09.

Pours a light amber with a nice frothy one finger head that laces nicely.

Aroma is of hops. I get cirtus on the nose along with piney earthy hop aromas. Grass comes in with a punch of lemon and grapefruit.

Flavor is soapy hops on the front. Interesting hop profile, bitter and piney but with a strange soap like flavor (not the glass). The hops are prominant and I get less grassy flavors from dry hopping than I thought I would get. Tannic tea like flavor int he water. Malt is backing but not hugely prominent. Slight diacetyl flavor and a slight dusty aged flavor. Smallish booziness on the finish.

Mouthfell si medium, slick and full with carbonation, not bad.

Good IPA, I would buy it again.

Photo of aristeros
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated "enjoy by 15 May 09," which was about two weeks ago. I'm not too concerned.

Pours a copper-amber into my pint glass. Little head that quickly fades to a thin layer of foam on top, some lacing. Detect a pleasant smell of hops, floral, and some sweeter citrus notes.

Taste is bold like an IPA should be, but surprisingly complex. Some bread, then the floral hops with their bitterness, with a malty back end that has the citrus I expected from the smell. Maybe a hint of a roasted flavor, or is that the beer showing its age and giving me weird, off tastes? Moderate carbonation is not distracting, very smooth.

Easily a session beer. Its complexity shines through because the hops, though present in a hefty dose, are not overpowering to the palate.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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