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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

5,810 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5,810
Reviews: 2,367
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 141
Gots: 409 | 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.

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jyeast101

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark Copper in color. Good smells of hops that prepare the palate for on coming and disticnt flavor of hops. Thick hops taste. Dry in taste. An aftertaste of hops that stayed with me. Not as drinkable as most but over all a decent beer that reflects the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2006 19:40:27 | More by jyeast101
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whartontallboy

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one last night and realized I'd never reviewed it.

Pours out a coppery, slightly-cloudy color, with good-sized off-white head that holds pretty well and leaves a nice lace.

Smell is hoppy, but not abrasively so, with floral grapefruit notes coming in on a solid backbone of bready malts.

Flavor is also quite hoppy, with more of a pronounced pine flavor to go with a nice bitter grapefruit citric twang. The spicy flavors come through clearly, but so does the malt, which is bready with slight caramel flavors.

Overall: For a local IPA, or any kind of IPA, you can't beat this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 21:47:29 | More by whartontallboy
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timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark color... simliar to watered down honey. It's a light brown with hints of yellow. Nice head rises from the liquid after the pour. Loads of lacing down the glass. Plenty of hops on the nose that are very citrusy. Hint of grainy malt. There's something else that's sweet. Perhaps it's just the malt. Hops steal the show from the very beginning of the taste. They are very spicy and a tad fruity. There's really not enough malt flavor to mention. I don't give a damn though because this beer is tasty enough without perfect balance! Creamy mouthfeel with absolute bitterness in the finish. Immediately after swallowing the hops are easy and not too bad but you wait five seconds and they attack. Wow. This is a great beer. Victory has brought me so much hoppy delight lately. I feel like I should give them something in return.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 21:23:40 | More by timtheenchanta
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here we go...Victory Hop Devil...poured into a Newbury Comics pint glass a nice reddish amber color and a small white head that stayed murky from the top through the end. Smell was very citrusy, with loads of grapefruit flavors as well as some grassy earth tones here and there as well. You could also smell a nice spicy aroma from the hops that lent itself well to the overall presence of this beer. Taste was excellent...hop presence was exceptionally executed with prickly spices and earth flavors gliding in and around the palate. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, any lighter or heavier and i think they would have overdone it a bit. This beer will certainly challenge the palate, but I would not call this a difficult beer to drink. Pair this one up with some mildly spicy chicken wings and taste how the hops compliment the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 04:30:57 | More by jamie2dope
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical looking hazy orange ale with a better than average white head. Strong toasty gin aromas. Taste is junipered with healthy dollops of grapefruit and spice. Bready, chewy, earth and citrus. Lots of hops and therefore well serving of its title. So well balanced. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 02:59:03 | More by DaPeculierDane
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark amber color and slighty hazy. Thick sticky head with good retention. The aroma is very hoppy. A definite piney hop bitterness. A small amount a grains try to pull through the hops. The flavor is pretty much like it smells. Strong floral and pine like hops dominate. Just enough malt to balance the ale. Dry hoppy finish. HopDevil is a hop lovers dream! Be careful though, 6.7 % acl by volume will catch up to you quick.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 05:49:45 | More by Luigi
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish/orange color, not very clear, the head was small and dissipated fairly quickly. The smell is of nice strong hops, perhaps a bit tangy. The flavor of robust hoppiness dominates, but I would say its not overdone. The malt carries a nice sweetness to balance things out, and the alcohol stays well hidden. Finish has a slight dryness. Mouthfeel is nice, medium thick, and finishes rich and bubbly. This one went down easy, and sadly its the only one I have. I bought it from the vintage cellar online as Victory beers are nowhere to be found in Arizona. I can't wait to have this again...

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 01:20:10 | More by bennetj17
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djeffbee

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! My go-to beer. This beer has wrecked any semblance of keeping control of purchasing extravagant beer. Living in the PA Suburbs, its quite easy to find the brewery and very common for me to have a keg on tap.. My favorite all around beer.

Serving Types - All - really the cask ale should be called crack ale. WOW, yum...

Appearance - deep ruby red with an awesome head
Smell - none better - hops shining through, balanced very well
Taste - see 'smell'
Mouthfeel - love it, love it! When sipping and holind this on your tongue - very amazing!
Drinkability - @6.7, not too bad - After 15 or 20, I get real tired!

love this beer -

Go Victory!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2006 05:10:24 | More by djeffbee
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joeskirkie

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, A rich amber with a big head (rightfully so) that's light biege to white.

Aroma is mostly citrus, then some flowery hops, but all of it subtle. It's good, yes, but subtle.

Mmmm, its a very light citrus flavor but almost overwhelmingly bitter both during and after the taste. I don't notice carbonation.

That bitterness in the aftertaste embelishes the bitterness of the next mouthfull. While I tend to want more and more bitterness, it reaches it's limit. The beer is basically telling you to slow down.

It's my opinion that a hopped up American beer should attack all five senses (ok 4, and in a good way) this one stands it's ground, and one time I considered it my favorite. It will remain the beer I look for in my local watering hole when only sub-par standards are around.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 01:59:17 | More by joeskirkie
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sloejams

California

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had so many people tell how much they enjoyed this beer and now I see it has a "Outstanding" 90 rating here. I've had this several times, including a quite a few recently. Am I missing something?

To start, it's a fine beer, a quality IPA that was quite enjoyable. But with the accolades this gets I expect it to be something spectacular. Even more so since it's an IPA, one of the finest styles around, in my opinion.

I guess the main missing link for me is the use of hops. This has never hit me as an absurdly hoppy beer. I fucking love hops. This falls more into citrus hopland, and I'm a piney / floral kinda jabroni.

Definitely worth trying for yourself, it's a good beer and others seem to dig the shit outta this.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 18:54:48 | More by sloejams
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loren01

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in trade with shark262, thanks much for this one!!
A: Pours a copper color with lots of frothy white head. Lots of lacing sticking down the sides of the glass.
S: Smells very citrusy and spicy. There is also a very well balanced malt scent.
T: Very very hoppy flavored, yet suprisingly malty for as hop flavored as it was. The end is very bitter but not in a bad way at all. Nicely balanced. Tastes very fresh out of the bottle like I'm sitting right at the brewery.
M: Goes down very easily, perfectly carbonated, slight bitter mouthfeel.
D: Overall this is an excellent IPA, one of the better ones I've had in quite some time.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 08:59:10 | More by loren01
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy orangey amber color with a foamy white half finger head that leaves great lace.

S: Aromas of fruity, floral and piney hops dominate the nose. VERY hoppy! Smells very fresh.

T: Tastes of floral and piney hops are the most dominating with a slight matly flavor in the background, but ever slo slight. Very bold and well balanced IPA with a nice dry bitter finish.

M & D: Mouthfeel on this beer is very very good. Dry and bitter finish is very inviting and welcomed. Drinkability on this offering from Victory is very high. The 6.7% abv is noticeable as it warms your belly. Great beer any time of the year. Victory has done it again--this and the hop wallop are two of the better IPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 01:45:24 | More by bjohnson
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Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've reviewed this brew a few times, but was not expecting such a difference in the cask version. If I could only have it one way for the rest of my life, this would be it.

Color was an opaque copper orange. Not much head or carbonation. But, the color was stunning.

I don't know where to begin with the smell. Up front sweet flowery orange blossoms. Unlike any previous experience with this beer. Usually I smell a cascade hop resin smell. But this was different. Very citrus and piney. But instead of grapefruit, it was pure orange.

Taste was upfront bitter orange rinds. Very distinctive. A departure from the usual cascade flavors. Flowery blossom honey in the background. Perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel seemed denser than usual. Very little carbonation made it smooth, and could have contributed to the denser feeling. Less crisp, but very satisfying.

Drinkability was exceptional. I could drink this forever. The best IPA I've tasted to date. My only regret is they would not sell a growler of this at Victory. I highly recommend this if you can get to the brewery.

Serving type: cask

01-29-2006 17:20:29 | More by Ieatlambfries
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scottoale

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought six-pack of 12oz. bottles:enjoy by Jan. 14 '06 on label.

Cracked one open and poured into 16oz. glass mug, nice short lasting half inch cream white head. Slightly murky, copper color with light carbonation bubbles and light lacing.

Super hoppy resin, sativa like smell, a hop lovers delight. Good malt flavor, slightly nutty taste, with a pine and floral crisp, clean finish. This is one fine , hoppy ale!

Fresh, clean mouthfeel with abundant hop aftertaste, makes this moderately strong brew very drinkable, think I'll have another....cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 10:31:53 | More by scottoale
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skillerified

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Nice color. Paints the glass in delicious looking amber, red and orange hues. About a finger on the head and it seems to be sticking around. Solid lacing. Some slow moving carbonation is visible too. About as appetizing looking a beer as I can remember. Seems a little darker than some other IPAs I've tried.

The sniffer likes this one. A good balance of pine, lemon and other citrus scents. A distinctly hoppy scent. Just a hint of spice too. Smells delicious.

Taste somehow seems really weak to me. I'm not getting much beyond a faint caramel flavor at the finish. Just a hint of pine spice in there too. Am I missing something? This doesn't seem right. It's not that it tastes bad, it just doesn't taste like much of anything. Quite a disappointment.

Extremely smooth and mellow mouthfeel. I was really surprised by that. A good balance of bitter and sweet. Not much finish though.

I can't help but feel I've missed something in the taste department. I have another bottle that I'll use as a comparison later and edit this if necessary, but there's just nothing there. Really disappointing. I really like the mouthfeel. It's surprising for an IPA, but is that enough to keep drinking these? I doubt it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 09:54:34 | More by skillerified
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap cask conditioned at the Drafting Room in Springhouse. The HopDevil pours a nice copper color with a nice thick off-white head. The aroma is of a nice balance between the intense hop flavor and the malty sweetness with a bit of citrus. The taste is an enjoyable balance of the hoppy, piney bitterness and the sweet and fruit tones. A very nice beer and extra special on cask.

Serving type: cask

01-28-2006 22:14:16 | More by ggaughan
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

never had this before, picked it up at world market in lansing, in one of there winter brew 10 packs.

pours a deep copper color with a off white head.
the aroma is hoppy, citrus, spicy, underlaying malt.
the flavor is hoppy, spicy, malt, citrus, peppery.
the mouthfeel is a little lite for an ipa.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 05:48:39 | More by plaztikjezuz
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ChiSox05

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured honey colored, foggy to look through, decent head retention, appears appetizing, some lace splattered around.

Nice, sweet lightly roasted malt, varied hop bouquet of rind and citrus and grassiness, not overpowering.

Bitterly hoppy, malt barely shows through, more in the nose than the taste. Rindy lemony hoppiness. Medium bodied, lasting sharp bitterness. semi-strong carbonation.

One bitter beer, not much for balance on this one. Taste is enjoyable, spicy, maybe aging could smooth it out. I would not have guessed as high as 6.7%.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 04:55:27 | More by ChiSox05
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Calico

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I almost think I like this better than their Hop Wallop.

Poured very clear amber-red with nice lacing.

Nose quite hoppy. I was trying to determine which hops. Cascade or Columbus or Brewer's Gold or what. Also a bit of sugary, mapley malt in the nose. Not much but a trace.

I began drinking and it was a marvelous balance of malt and hops - perfect sweet-bitter combination. Vermont maple syrup tempered with California hop juice. Added to with what only yeast can do.

Suffice to say that I cannot adequately describe this beer. I love Brooklyn East India Pale Ale, Southern Tier IPA, Redhook IPA, Snake Dog IPA, and Lake Placid Frostbite, but this tops them all in my opinion. Not one to cellar (that's its elder brother Hop Wallop) but one to drink on tap and buy in bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 03:11:33 | More by Calico
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rodrot

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an attractive red, garnet color with a one inch head that hangs around. The smell was very aromatic of fresh hops and hop flowers and pine. Taste was wonderful and complex. Hops, citrus fruits and malt are all dancing on my tongue making for a truly enjoyable drinking experience. This is one of the best American IPA's available and I'm glad I can get this now in NC. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 15:41:06 | More by rodrot
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scooter231

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very very pretty ruby rusty red color. Smell is interesting- sweetly hoppy, almost overly sweet. Lightly fruity, too. Hints of earthy hops come to play as well. Taste is interesting as well- earthy and bitter hops at the forefront, immediately followed by an almost intense malty breadyness. Hints of sweetness hit the palate at odd times, but otherwise it's a tasty thing. Mouthfeel is pretty nice as well. Frothy and bubbly, chewy, smooth. A solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 05:05:12 | More by scooter231
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JayQue

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After reading a few reviews, I was probably expecting too much. This is a good but not exceptional IPA. It pours a cloudy copper color with a small off -white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is exceptional, nice and rich hops/citrus aroma. The taste is good but not great. Good hops taste, good bitterness and balanced flavor. What it doesn't have is the "wow" factor I experienced with my first Hop Otten, SN Pale Ale or SN Celebration Ale. This is still a very drinkable ale. There are just a few out there that I prefer more.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 21:38:37 | More by JayQue
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

made this stop my first night on the lizard's world tour. served to us in error, masquerading as a warsteiner dunkel (in the warsteiner keepsake glass, no less)

floral hop nose along with some caramel malt coming through. the hop flavor is judicious but certainly within reason (not sure if the british would approve, though): citrus, resin

great lacing from the hop oils. reddish brown color

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2006 19:02:53 | More by bruachan
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber coloration. The head was light honey coloration. Minimal lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: A nice fruity malty introduction going to piney spicy hops.

Taste: The beer leads in with a slightly butter bready maltyness. This gives way to some citrus and then finally to the spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: The beer is light bodied plus. Slightly oily feeling to the palate.

Drinkability: This is a good effort for a IPA. This mayeven be a good introduction to the style. I will introduce my father in law to this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 15:00:58 | More by nlmartin
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johnniemarg

New York

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber with a small tan head. No lacing.

The smell is not so much hops but toasted malt and cherries.

It's been a while since I had this because I remembered there being more hop flavor. Mostly I get a strong flavor of toasted malt, followed by a fruity cherry flavor that finally gives way to the hops at the end. The hops stay on your palate for a long time after you take a sip. I don't like the flavor of the hops in this beer as much as some of my favorite IPAs (Southern Tier, Cascazilla, etc.). Good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 00:58:33 | More by johnniemarg
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