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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
92
outstanding

6,377 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,377
Reviews: 2,398
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 176
Gots: 635 | 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 semihobo
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle bears a faded mark, "Enjoy By Dec 17 08." Pours with a powerful ecru head, very fine bubbles on top, looks marvelous. Lace starts sticking the place up immediately as the head dies A clear dark cherry red color.

Resinous, high-powered hops on the smell. This is projecting a very tarry hop taste. Sweet malt background like digestive cookies (they are great if you don't know what I'm talking about) is perceptible as well. Low on citric characteristics, more of an earthy, syrupy hop scent.

After the warm up act by the smell, the taste continued in the same hop juice vein. Shudder inducing bitterness on the finish. The hops are rough and coarse and very bitter. Centennials? A little smoky and astringent.

Thick, juicy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation with soft bubble texture. Syrupy finish.

Clearly brewed by people who know what they're doing, it looks great and has a nice subtly crafted mouthfeel. Still, too much of a one-note IPA for me. Beats you over the head with the bitterness, would prefer more balance between hop flavor and sheer power. Don't really want another one.

semihobo, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of elniko
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep amber reddish hue, half finger of head with lacing. Nice looking brew, I really liked the rich coloring.

S: Wonderful smelling brew, hints of citrus, pine, and hops. Exactly what I would expect an American IPA to smell like.

T & M: Needless to say this is one hoppy brew. Doesn't have the citrus notes in the taste as the Stone IPA does. I get some serious piney notes, the hops are the star in this beer. Malt balance is good to keep the hops from completely overwhelming.

D: Definitely drinkable, not my absolute favorite IPA but one that I would enjoy drinking again.

elniko, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy, deep amber color with a nice beige, frothy head that retains very well. Good lacing. Smells of floral hops, juicy, fruity, sweet malts. Wonderful aroma. Flavor is very balanced and provides a great bitter kick in the finish. Flavors of grassy hops, an earthy spiciness, doughy malts, astringent aspirin-like bitterness, great balance between the sweet malts and bitter hop flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, good carbonation, and finishes a bit dry. Very drinkable but will catch up to ya.

Doomcifer, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of mbrasi
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour amber golden with a nice white head. Aroma is nice citrus and sweet. Flavor somewhat dissapoints bitterness lingers too long. This beer should finish cleaner but it doesn't. I really don't understand how this IPA can be in the same league as Furious, AleSmith, and Two hearted. It still is very drinkable and a solid effort.

mbrasi, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of brandoneast
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Devil pours reddish with persimmon highlights and displays rocky foam crowning the lip. The aroma of fresh hops sits to the back while more grain and malt are mostly present - the fresher the brew the more revealing hop aroma. This brown bottle has an 'Enjoy By' date of October 22, 2008 that could explain the underwhelming aroma. The taste is absolutely perfect - caramel malt and piney/grapefruit hops whisk together then slide to a trailing bitterness that devilishly taunts repetition. This ale is silky, somewhat dry, and completely exquisite.

brandoneast, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of mjryan
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper coloured with a thick white head. Good lace and good retention. Aroma is mildly hoppy with a sweet grain character. Flavour is at first bitter then sweet with a citrus zest character followed again by an assertive bitterness. Mouthfell is medium as is the carbonation. I could easily drink several of these in a session. My only real critisism of this beer is its week aroma. I expect more hops in the nose from my IPAs. Otherwise a good beer.

mjryan, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of MP72
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- this is one dark reddish orange colored IPA

S-Hops and citrus grapefruit

T- Tastes very balanced , there is a good hop bite and malt smoothness that lets you know its an IPA but is very easy to put down.

M- mouthfeel is great little on the heavier side compared to Stone but still smooth and refreshing.

D- for me drinkability is high , This is one of my absolute favorite IPA's form one of my favorite breweries.

Give this one a try if you love IPA's

MP72, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of Beefeater57
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy amber/dark peach color with golden edges. Solid white head, retains very well.

S: Spicy, herbal smell. Get some pepper, slight ash. A little bit of citrus, like grapefruit. Very faint.

T: Nice, very sweet maltiness that hits right away. Sweet and very delicious. The hops kick in the back, take a little bit to hit but a good showing when it does. Hop oils hang out at the back of the tongue for a while, and leave a very pleasant aftertaste.

M: Good body. Has a slight slick oilyness to it, but it isn't bad.

O: The malt sweetness is delicious and it is taken over by a very good hop flavor. A very enjoyable beer, one of the better IPAs I've had. I could definitely drink a few of these while watching football...

Beefeater57, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of smanders
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by Jan 5, 2009 - purchased Sep 1, 2008 - 6.7 % ABV

A= burnt-orange with thin head which dissipated quickly.

S= hops, hops, and more hops.

T= with all of the hoppy aroma, Hopdevil had a nice balance of malt. No awkwardness as with other overly hopped IPAs.

M= smooth without being syrupy.

D= this beer is a winner. Imagine lounging by the pool or on the beach and you're craving hoppy refreshment. This is it!

smanders, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of bonbini26
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on Cask @ the Ginger Man in NYC 08-31-08

This beer was actually my 1st introduction to craft beer, and i thought it was terrible!!...my feelings have changed greatly since then. I love this beer on tap and bottle, but from a cask it is a totally different experience. The hops finish so clean and fresh at the end in a more subtle way, not as overpowering from a bottle. Tea/citrus flavors come through on the nose and 1st taste. Very balanced and easy drinking, could drink this all night. Fans of this beer will not be disappointed if you never had it on cask

bonbini26, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of danielocean03
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a rusty-hued coppery color with a full two fingers of off-white foamy head that slowly fell into one of the thickest rings of lace that coats the top. Sticky as well, leaves it's markings along the glass as you drink. Aroma is sweet, floral hoppiness and caramel malt notes,grapefruit present as well. Taste is a great balancing act of huge sweet and bitter citrus hoppiness back and forth with a great malty backbone, finishes out with a lightly dry and bitter afterstaste. Mouthfeel is slick and washes down easy, leaving a light coating in the back of your mouth. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Drinkability is great, especially considering the a slightly higher (near 7% abv) abv that is perfectly hidden, nice level of enjoyable complexity without being overwhelming. Would purchase again, highly recommend seeking out.

danielocean03, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was at the liqour store and this bottle looked at me and say "Hey, I'm Hopdevil." 'Nuff said. We went home together.

Dark amber orange. Wife messed up the pour. She usually does great so I'm not mad. Much. Tiny little head. Second pour results in a much better head (daddy poured).

The hop scent is surprisingly subdued. I mean it's called hopdevil. Smells more like a hop-lower-level-demon.

Taste is a little more than moderately hoppy, but it isn't blowing my ears off. I'm a big fan of Ruination or even Hop-15 and here's my gripe: if you use the word hop in the name, it better be some HOPPY ass shit!

OK, I'm done bitching. This is still a solid brew, it is hoppy enough and I guess I'm not judging it's name after all.

Overall: good tasty stuff, worth your time

PatronWizard, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of itcomesnpints
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tangerine colored and completely translucent. Unfortunately very little lacing or head retention. Smell is a little subpar for an IPA, though traces of peach, grapefruit and malt can be detected. The taste is a faraway battle between the undermanned hops and the bolder carmel malt that is the victor in this uneven match over the IPA. Although smooth taste, overall its not the outcome that I would prefer. Mouthfeel is quite balanced, but maybe a bit under-carbonated. Easy to drink, but nothing really unique or interesting here to talk about. Too many other superior IPAs out there that will prevent me from buying this again.

itcomesnpints, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of AChamberlain
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with enjoy by date of 9/28/08 (specific). Orange to red color, with an offwhite head. This is what an IPA should look like. Nice smooth hop aroma, and malts coming through as well. Strong hop flavor, more than lets on from the aroma. A good malt backbone as well. Smooth drinker. Malty, hoppy, overall. Very good. Went well with rosemary chicken.

AChamberlain, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head, good bubbles, orange amber waves of grain

Smells like a DIPA, sweet malt, floral hops

tastes resiny, sweet malt backbone, very piney hoppy

Piney resiny aftertaste, grapefruit in the middle. Complex hop character.

Great Great beer. Is this not a DIPA?

Murchmac, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A copper gold color with no activity in the glass. Almost no head.

S- There is a smell of crisp and refreshment. The hops allow this to happen.

T- The malts in the beer are there upfront first, then come the hops, with malty after taste. There is a bitter grapefruit taste that comes in as an after taste at the very end.

M- Feels good in the mouth, thick and almost chewy.

D- Easy to drink.

Wetpaperbag, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of cnally
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The HopDevil Ale from Victory. Not always available easily in Indiana, so welcome, HopDevil.

The look of this IPA is a mean reddish-amber. There is a nice lightly colored powdery head.

There are some sweet and sugary aromas in the smell, but the big impact scent is the hops. They are the first and last thing you sense, but there are some fruity aromas if you dig deep enough, for instance, grape and apple.

HUGE HUGE hops punch. The taste of hops smacks you hard, and then subsides into an aftertaste much mellowed with the hop kick. This is an oaky and woodsy flavor, but almost entirely overpowered with the hops.

This beer, I will admit, is extremely dry and unforgiving. The feel is perfect, light and lowly carbonated, but the dryness is really impactful.

This is an easy repeat beer if you like dry IPA's. I am not the biggest fan of that style. However, it is a good representation of this style and very flavorful.

cnally, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of jkrich
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a drink by date clearly stamped on the label. The smiling "hopdevil" looks benign as if inviting you to enjoy the contents. The ale poured a deep, clear copper; almost red in color with a quickly diminshing white head. Some lacing on the glass rounds out the attractive look of this ale.

When you remove the cap, the strong, spicy aroma of hops is unmistakable; the aroma is almost coarse or harsh foreshadowing a hop bomb explosion in the mouth.

Unexpectantly, the first sip reveals a restrained malty character, but the bitterness of the hops lingers on the tongue and the back of the throat only to recede leaving again a spicy, malty flavor in the mouth. This one tastes similar to a highly hopped ESB with the subtle sweet caramel notes. The flavors hold up well as the ale warms in the pint glass.

A solid medium bodied ale with low carbonation; perfect for an ale. It coats the mouth with a complex, well rounded flavor of sweet malts and hop bitterness.

At 6.7 ABV, this ale is dangerously drinkable; the alcohol contents hides well. This is my third beer from Victory, and like the other two, I am not disappointed.

jkrich, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of micahgoldfus
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a orange-brown color with red tints, and a cream-colored head that bubbled down fairly slowly. The smell was strong and quite pleasant: earthy, hoppy punch, with plenty of pine flavor, but a dash of sweetness. It was complex and complimentary, and the taste proved to be so as well. The taste had massive amounts of hop power, as you can imagine. It was fresh, and perfectly combined the floral, sweeter hops with grassy, bitter ones. Also, the are sharp citrus flavors as well, like grapefruit and orange. There was a sweet, caramel-like malt base that was simply perfect: not too sweet, not too bready, just right. The drinkability is fantastic: it's so hoppy it's spicey, so I couldn't drink it too quickly, but it still goes down smooth and easy, with the the other flavors coming in. All in all, a great beer that is powerful without being too over-the-top, as I find many American IPAs.

micahgoldfus, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of ralree
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A nice tan-red. Head is glorious - 2-fingers with nice dissipation and brilliant lacing.

S: Really sugary malt, caramel. Hops are there. A little grapefruit.

T: Nice sweet pink grapefruit flavor made even sweeter by the caramel malt. Not cloying - enjoyable! Hops taste great. Grapefruit lingers in the aftertaste, along with some hops, but not much.

M: Non-astringent, medium-light bodied, a little oily. Carbonation perfect.

D: Goes down smoother than many of this style. I will be buying this again to drink often.

ralree, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of kinger
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have slowly become a hop head and this IPA definitely asserts my new found love for a great style. It's amazing that the amount of hop flavors present in this fine brew find a way to meld and flow ever so gently. I poured this into a standard pint glass and a rather nice burnt orange copper color produced a nice white head. Crazy amounts of lacing creates a spiderweb effect down the glass. Aroma is bursting with bitter and citrus hops, euphoria tickles my senses from scent alone. As I drink this I take bigger swigs and am rewarded with a refreshing sensation. A full malt presence is recognizable but it just can't compete with the generous portion of hops added to this ale. Outstanding flavor it flows so well and it is coupled with a rich full mouthfeel that slides into a satisfying finish.

kinger, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of PBBC
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep cloudy reddish-amber, nice lace and head.

Aroma is pungent, bready, with tantalizing hop aroma... citrus, and call be crazy but nectarine? Nice caramel

Taste is excellent, hop presence is heavy.... grapefruit and herbal bitterness rounds nicely into nicely balances dark caramel flavors.

Mouthfeel is excellent... lingers long enough to make the flavors substantial... but finishes clean with just a little hop bitterness remaining on the back of the palate.

PBBC, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of tugdriver7
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Showed up at a party today and, after rummaging through the ice chests for the usual macro fare, someone who knows beer (thanks "B") showed up with a 6-er of HopDevil IPA. I'm not a hophead by nature, but I was eager to try this. Nice amber color, with a decent head (though is didn't last long). Definite, citrus-like hops in the nose and in the initial taste; but the flavor balanced out nicely with a smooth malt flavor and then ended with a great hops bitterness that left your mouth watering for more. Great stuff. Very enjoyable.

tugdriver7, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: snifter. deep rich amber, almost mahogany color, with great clarity. nice off-white head. great head retention and lacing.

S: some wonderful citrus hop aroma with some fruit tones, mostly apples, from the crystal malts.

T: a little spicy at first. very well-balanced with the crystal and the hop selection. A little bit bland at first, but some spices like curry show up in the end.

M: interesting palate. medium bodied. smooth and well-balanced.

D: very nice APA, another good brew from Victory, not their best, but good nonetheless.

paulthebeerguru, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of ckaufman
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite East Coast IPAs... It pours with a rich copper amber color and nice 1-2 finger off-white head. Head retention for about half of your drinking time with nice lacing from rim to the bottom of the glass.

Nice hop & malt aroma with this brew... much like a traditional English IPA. Very dense earthy overtones here.

Great hop flavor from the start which trails out to a stong malt finish. Real whole flower hops and German malts contribute to this I'm sure!!!

Very smooth in the mouth as it goes down.

I could drink this beer all night long and not get tired of it. All things said... this is one of the best East Coast IPAs available today!!!

ckaufman, Jul 30, 2008
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,377 ratings.