Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
A soft, seafoam head & glowing, topaz body. A whiff takes in noticeable spiciness & citrus burn. The type of burn you'd get from Sunny Delight.
The taste is very malty, never for a moment without some of that Sunny Delight hopping along on its back. Quite the backseat driver actually. The aftertaste leaves a bit of roasted malt, with just a scrap of bitterness. Not much of anything lingers, which was part of the reason I had to drink the entire 12oz before I could even post the second sentence.
If this isn't your first experience with it, expect to go through a sixer on game day. Alcohol isn't a concern till it hits your head. Just have some chips & you'll be fine.
Even me, the anti-hophead, can appreciate this balanced beer. :)
01-26-2007 01:52:08 | More by PEBKAC
2.9/5 rDev -28.9%
This beer pours a crisp clean looking amber with a yellow orangish head that fades but does remain on top of the beer. Aroma is very weak. Some citrus notes, bitter smelling, no floral or fruit in the nose at all, disappointing. It is a shocking beer to the palate, all hops. Very blunt up front, citrusy, it seems as if the hop bitterness is overwhelming the hop flavor. Spicy hot from the hops, and they manage to cover the malt almost completely. Not well balanced. Could have used some more base malt in my estimation, because kicking it up to eight percent may have balanced this beer more. Worth the try, but I would not purchase this beer again.
01-24-2007 03:04:06 | More by adammills
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
Appearance is a hazy honey color. The head is thin and frothy but disappears in a few minutes. The smell is a wonderful combination of citrus, honey and sweet malt. It really adds to the enjoyment of the beer. The taste is at first sweet and almost honey-like. Lots of hops but well-balanced with malt. A slight buttery finish at the end. This beer is downright delicious. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth and refreshing. Drinkability is outstanding... a very good session beer. Overall, this is a great beer and my favorite IPA so far.
01-24-2007 02:04:03 | More by uconnalum2
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Just snagged a sixer on a return trip home through Asheville, NC. This was the first time I'd seen Victory in my general area so I was eager to see what all the BA hype was all about. I was not disappointed. The beer was very complex and strong without being over complicated or affecting its drinkability. The hops were prevalent and plentiful, but not without just enough maltiness for proper balance on both the nose and tongue. Mouthfeel was great with a medium body, perfect carbonation and viscosity. I found it to be a very smooth drinking IPA for one that has a little more ABV than a typical session beer. The results of which could result in not exactly looking or feeling one's best the next a.m. All in all I was glad to get to finally try a Victory brew, and I will have to return for some Prima Pils when I get a chance. Well deserved praise. Hype on BA's.
01-23-2007 16:33:37 | More by veech
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep amber, forming a 1/4 inch head, that slowly faded, leaving medium lacing on the glass. The aroma is all hops. The taste is oh so good! Hops and more hops. Nice citrus flavor, but not overkill, with a good balance of malts. Thick medium mouthfeel, but very smooth. This is a great pale ale, and a very good session ale. I think I've found a new favorite.
01-23-2007 07:49:04 | More by beeragent
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Color transitions from a golden orange on the outside to a hazy brownish red. Head is a bit lacking, with little to no lacing. Good bubbling and head retention. Aroma isn't a strong as I would like, but consists of sweet hops well balanced by a honey malt. Notes of jerk spice, pear, and caramel, too.
Taste is obviously quite hoppy, with some serious spice. Soft, sweet notes of citrus and caramel present. The moutfeel is top notch...big hoppy bite across the whole tongue with a buttery smooth finish. Light, non-overwhelming aftertaste which I like, combined with a perfect amount of carbonation. This beer is refreshing as hell, quite complex so no palate fatigue (why not just say "you won't get bored with this one"? fucking beer snobs...)
Definately give this a try.
01-22-2007 02:24:18 | More by wagenvolks
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.
It poured a clear amber color with very little head. There was low activity in the beer and it left a slightly sticky lacing to the sides of the glass.
It had a very hoppy smell with a hint of malt.
An almost balanced very hoppy and malty taste. It left a sweet aftertaste. It was smooth and light.
This beer is very drinkable and almost goes down to easy.
01-21-2007 23:41:00 | More by Rennpferd
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
A - Pours a deep crytal clear amber color. The head was about a finger thick, (soft pour) but still it leaves laces around the glass.
S - Grapefruit, and peaches are melded together with piney almost yeasty aromas. Very clean.
T - The aromas transfer to the flavors and are even better the slicht peachy flavor of the hops is really apparent. The toasty flavor of malts comes to the middle of the beer, and finishes very clean.
M - Light dry and crisp. The bitterenss strikes the tongue right off the bat. It finishes clean, and leaves a nice piney aftertaste.
D - This is what IPAs should taste like..only a little bit stronger on the aromas.
01-19-2007 23:16:14 | More by quasimoto
4/5 rDev -2%
12 oz bottle from variety pack purchased at Breski's
A: Ruby copper ale, with a one finger head that quickly fled the scene, leaving a small trail of lacing behind.
S: Hops, citrus, etc. as expected.
T: Good hop bitterness, balanced well with malt. Grapefruity taste lingers.
M: Mild carbonation, medium body, seems to have a somewhat oily texture.
D: Good beer, easy to drink due to the balance of malt. Not as good as HopBack Amber, but good nonetheless.
01-19-2007 14:02:02 | More by guinnessfan
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
12 oz bottle poured into Bowtie glass
Bottle has "Enjoy by" date of Jan 23, 2007. Just in time!
A - Beer pours a clear ruby orange color with a nominal 1 inch off-white head. Lacing is present but not outstanding.
S - Floral hops with slight grapefruit notes and a noticeable sweet malt balancing act. A nice blend, but not overly aromatic.
T - Clean, bitter hop taste with a nice tangy grapefruit addition. Very smooth for an IPA, with a moderately drying finish. As it warms the bite increases, but this is still very enjoyable.
M - Moderate carbonation up front, then smooths out with a medium body. Finishes with the requisite drying bitterness.
D - A well rounded and tasty IPA that is certainly worth enjoying. Quaffable and interesting enough where I will probably be buying more in the future.
01-16-2007 07:17:11 | More by gmcfarre
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
This is the brew that converted me to craft beer about 7 or 8 years ago. Typical IPA color with a strong floral nose. Hops are the dominant flavor but they are not overwhelming due to a good malt base. Easy to drink with a reasonable ABV. My tastes have changed over the years (I prefer even hoppier beer) but this is a standby for me at home and out in the Phila area where it is often available on tap. I do prefer the Devil on draft than in a bottle.
01-14-2007 18:13:55 | More by SkinnyElvis
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
I purchased a six-pack of this last night at Libby's Liquors in Central Square. I had two bottles with dinner last night at a friend's apartment.
Appearance: Pours a beautiful, hazy reddish-copper with a thick, beige head that fades to a film leaving heavy but patchy lace on the inside of the glass. I really love the color.
Smell: Sweet malts with some tart fruitiness, a whiff of alcohol and some grassy, resiny and grapefruit hop aromas.
Taste: Toasty malts upfront that move into a fruity and sugary sweetness. The finish is a grassy and resiny hop bitterness with a lingering tartness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and oily with low carbonation.
Drinkability: This is really hop-forward making it a bit hard to drink.
Overall: This is an excellent American IPA.
01-11-2007 05:55:33 | More by EPICAC
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
Dark honey color with reddish hues. Foamy white head which slowly dissolves and leaves an intricate lacing. Impressive look.
The devil is in the aroma. All citrusy/grapefruit/lemon juicy hops.
Even though the hops dominate the flavor there is a very well balanced malt background.
Smooth mouthfeel with the hop bitterness. Grapefruit lingers on the tongue.
Drinkablity is similar to most IPA's, as long as you don't get tired of the hops they'll keep going down smooth.
An outstanding IPA.
01-09-2007 18:47:57 | More by bgraney
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
Poured a shimmering opaque light copper-amber ale into the glass. Decent 2 finger rocky cap lasts well and laces.
Aroma is a massive gob-smack of Cascade and Warrior hops with a big floral-grapefruit bouquet, some earthy sweetness from the malts.
Impression: Substantial malt backbone, soapy mouth feel, medium-light body... citrusy hop-rich smooth character.
Profile: Up front rich amber malts attack for just a second then a rush of NW hops produce a acerbic marmalade on toast effect....mid palate the hops get stronger as the bready toasty malts drop back,,,,as you approach the finish it turns slightly dry as the hops still hang in creating a bittering finish and lingering metallic aftertaste.
This is a rock solid crafted APA with all the Pacific NW hop flair out pacing the big malts...not as full bodied and balanced as Libery ale but good standard sipping fare for hop heads
12-30-2006 00:34:36 | More by pootz
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
Appearance- A dark copper color with a fine haze to boot. My pint glass seems to be creating a nice consistent lace around the glass. Some moderate carbonation
Smell- I can smell hints of earthiness with a balance of citrus and fruit under my nose. Nice smell
Taste- The initial taste is one of an earthy ale but a distinct burst of hops finishes as you swallow. Well balanced, good hop characteristic, and a smooth finish. There is a hint of malt as you initially take the sip but it transitions nicely to hops.
Mouthfeel- A mix of malty and hops with a slight hint of the alcohol in the beer. Low to moderate carbonation would be the rule of thumb.
Drinkability- This beer sets up as a good session beer though the 6.7% ABV is hard to find so it may be a short session.
Overall - A nice beer if you like a stronger IPA with good hop and malt characteristics.
12-22-2006 22:14:48 | More by racer2k
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
For my first review, I've selected a beer that has become one of my standard issue, go to brews...I've been pretty impressed with Victory in general, and this beer in particular, during my numerous tastings of it.
HopDevil pours a ruddy, pale orange color, usually with a fairly solid, substantial head, if you pour it aggressively. First notes to your nose are a little grapefruit and piney hops, but definitely more citrus than x-mas. It has a smooth mouthfeel, with enough carbonation to be bracing but not obnoxious. The hops, of course, are the centerpiece of the beer, but there is great malty balance to it, and that, I think, is this beer's true strength. It is very well balanced and eminently drinkable, despite its modestly high ABV. It finishes more bitter than it tastes initially, but that's not a bad thing, as the hop profile of this is pretty tasty.
One final note, if you can find this on tap, as I do at Tallula in Arlington, VA, you'll find a slightly smoother, less carbonated mouthfeel. Definitely worth seeking out.
12-19-2006 07:48:54 | More by Mattysox
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
I can't say enough about the HopDevil. Fantastic IPA that provides quite a kick both with it's hoppy flavor and ABV. I would recommend this beer to anyone who is a fan of the IPA style. This is my new default beer, as it is both economical and extremely tasty. Cheers!
12-18-2006 18:14:56 | More by jscottku21
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Beautiful copper body with tints of red and orange. Topped with a fluffy white head that left chunks of foam in the middle of the brew.
Pine and orange peel dominate the aroma with some floral and grass touches.
Taste starts with some sweet malt, very quickly, then the hops kick in. Citrus, grass and young pine are present here. Bite starts off hard, but dwindles down. The alcohol becomes present, yet sublte.
Clean finish. Crisp. Drinkability overshadows the taste, it'll hook ya.
12-17-2006 03:15:31 | More by Mebuzzard
4.65/5 rDev +14%
Pours a nice amber from the bottle. A very hoppy nose attacked my nostrils. The first few drinks were almost rough until my mouth adjusted to the hoppyness of the beer. A fine citrus with an evergreen undertone. Very drinkable with slight grapefruit after taste.
12-16-2006 01:09:05 | More by jbramley
4.6/5 rDev +12.7%
Rich, amber color, and a thick, creamy, long-lasting head, with an enticing cream color, touched with honey. Lacing just sticks around forever.
Some malt, caramel, and citrus hops in the somewhat reticent nose.
Wow. Gobs of flavor here. Loads of bitter hops that initially threaten to overtake everything, but are beautifully subdued by lush malt, bread, and honey flavors. Extraordinary.
Huge body, with sweet, creamy textures.
My only caveat would be the intense amount of hops for the uninitiated. As for me, I could drink this amazing stuff all day long.
12-15-2006 22:52:25 | More by MVassar
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
Hop Devil pours out a thick foamy head that collapses pretty quickly. The brew is a
cloudy amber color with good carbonation. Nose is malty and herbal. Flavor is of
hops with a bit of malt making it's way out. It's hard to pin down but there's something
summery feeling about the flavor. Aftertaste is of bitter hop. Alcohol by volume 6.7%.
If you're someone who likes your hops aggressive, this is the brew for you- although
for balance you can't beat Bell's Two-hearted, and for the mellow herbal side of the
hop equation you might like Full Sail Pale Ale instead. Still, a worthy brew in it's own
12-12-2006 08:47:22 | More by shadow1961
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
12oz bottle into mug.
Deep amber hue with a touch of red tint. A little darker than most IPAs, even American IPAs. In inch head that slowly settles a a thin cap. Sticky lacing that's nicely layered.
Strong piney hops explode from the beer giving the aroma of grapefruit. Light sweet malts in the background. Sweet honey scents creep through the overpowering hops.
Grainy malts and citrusy hops are the dominant flavors, and don't allow for much else. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, mixed with the alpha acids, give a crisp bite to the tongue. The finish, of course, is loaded with lingering hop bitterness.
A good American IPA, loaded with crisp hops. Very delicious. Recommended.
12-10-2006 05:45:42 | More by BeerSox
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours a dark orange or amber color with a light head that diminished quickly. In the aroma, hops mostly prevail with a mix malt sweetness. Not an overpowering aroma, like I expected. Same thing goes for the taste. I was expecting a ridiculously hopy brew, thats not what it delivers. It is a good balanced mix of malt and hops. The spice is first noticed that it trails off and finishes somewhat smooth with a bitter aftertaste.
This is a good IPA, with well balanced and bold tones. I was expecting more though, probably b/c of the name...however, still worth a try.
12-03-2006 09:45:03 | More by GregBrewski
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured in an Imperial pint. Very attractive, dark (for an IPA), redish hue, decent off-white head that faded partway through.
The nose lacked a great deal of character, a little floral, but not too much.
The taste was quite nice, initial sweetness that faded into a mild bitter finish.
Overall drinkability was fairly high, the beer needed to warm just a tad before it really got going.
12-02-2006 22:01:13 | More by alephilmac
4/5 rDev -2%
Pours a bright clear reddish amber color with a slight head.
Aromas are a touch hoppy, bitter, and floral, but I mostly notice a sweet maltiness on the nose. Smells are decent, but not what I expected from an IPA.
Flavor is crisp, sweet, creamy and malty. But where are the hops? (Isn't this called "HopDevil"?) They seem to be lacking here, only notice them just slightly on the finish. It is a good tasting beer, but reminds me much more of a pale ale, not an IPA.
Mouthfeel is pretty good, the malty creaminess sticks to your mouth.
This is a very drinkable beer, very session worthy. But this to me doesn't seem to have a lot of American IPA qualities. (maybe British IPA qualities...) Still worth a try, just not at all what I expected.
Thanks for the bottle Mikesgroove!
11-29-2006 03:18:22 | More by flexabull
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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