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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

6,363 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,363
Reviews: 2,398
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 175
Gots: 630 | 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 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
Photo of Goliath
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep amber/copper color and is rather clear. A large one inch off white head sits on top and lingers with good retention leaving some fine bubbley lacing.

Aroma is nice and hoppy. Good notes of pine, as well as a bready pilsner like malt.

Taste is pretty nice. A nice bitter piney hop profile up front with a very balanced bready malt finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Beer is quite sessionalbe, and flavors are quite good. Easy drinking, just much more balanced than many other IPA's. I'm very pleased with this bottle as my last did not seem hoppy at all leaving me the impression that I had an old bottle.

Goliath, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of ItMakesMeHappy
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- An amber color with a nice white head. Lacing all the way down the glass.

S- I can smell grassy floral hops all the way with a hint of crystal malts.

T- Sweet buscuity malts quickly give way for the hops to power on through. Grassy hops go hand and hand with the bitter twang of this IPA. Tons of bitter that provide a clean crisp dry finish.

M- Medium amount of carbonation and body. Really smooth and satisfying.

D- This is a beer I could drink all night long being alittle bit of a hophead.

Notes: This is by far one of, if not my overall favorite IPA out there.

ItMakesMeHappy, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of mike24
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: dark coppery red colour and clear with a thin but luscious off-white head that fades quickly but maintains some decent lacing

S: hugely aromatic, hops and some yeasty notes, maybe some licorice

T: surpisingly sweet up front, light to medium in body, very crisp. the hops hit on the finish leaving a dry bitterness in the back of the mouth that encourages the next quenching sip.

D: very good, the balance of the crisp carbonation and the dry finish is nothing less than outstanding.

mike24, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of donaldchapman
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark copper to brown with a long lasting off white head.
S - Citrus and earthy hop aromas as well as a pronounced caramel, toffee malt aroma.
T - Sweet caramel and toffee malt followed by pronounced citrus and earthy hop flavors, backed up by a substantial bitterness.
M - Medium full body, with smooth hoppy finish, lasting flavor, and crisp.

This is a great beer, The hop is the focus but the body is right there to back it up, great IPA.

donaldchapman, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of jjboesen
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My review is based on a bottle quaffed in the intimate recessess of Birreria Paridiso in Georgetown (DC) and succeeded several fine beers.

Let's talk about the head; it was thick and foamy and sank like a deflating pillow atop a translucent copper-colored liquid of pure clarity housing a steady stream of carbonation bubbles. Lacing was minimal.

And the nose? Well, I detected a heavy floral blast concealing some hint of banana - which appears to increase if allowed to sit and if stirred several times. I love science.

Taste? Let the bottle speak for itsef: "bold and spicy." Labels never lie. In addition, there is a heavy layer of hops lathered onto the tongue, with the spicy bits fading into a semi-sweet aftertaste.

This very full-bodied; yet, not one with particular heaviness nor one that neccessarily overwhelms the palate. Obviously, this depends on one's individual hop tolerance level.

In any case,Victory does it again! Hop Devil is a superb ale with a well-balanced body and accompanied by a nicely palatable sweetness with a welcoming biscuity finish. Ahhhh....

To summarize, let us borrow from the Book of Stewie Griffith and simply say, "Victory is mine...! Now where is that insidious harridan Lois?

jjboesen, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle showed a "best before" of 9/30/08
I poured this from the bottle into a classic pint glass. There was a foamy two finger head that had quite a bit of structure and remained on the scene for quite some time. Beer was fairly dark amber with very little carbonation showing. Also very clear.

Aroma was frankly a bit more caramel and roasted malt than I remember. I've certainly enjoyed this beer many times before but this is my first time having one under the guise of reviewing it. There certainly was a light citrus/hop aroma but nothing that reached out and grabbed you. Have I been tainted recently by some of the market's big hop bombs? (This is the only beer, let alone IPA I've had today, so no palette contamination)

Flavor was very nice and quite balanced and consistent. The Citrus/grapefruit notes were evident. Didn't really notice any pine notes at all. A nice malt background was present throughout the flavor profile. Caramel like with some roasted tones. Finishes with a nice but fairly subtle hop linger. Malt is definitely more prevalent than I remember.

Medium in body this very drinkable and very smooth due to very low carbonation.

Obviously another nice beer from Victory.

Reagan1984, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to see this on the beer list at a local Thai restaurant, so I ordered one. Poured from a bottle in a pint glass. Slight thin head, some lacing. Nice golden color. Lots of hops in the smell. First sip was a hop roller-coaster. Lots of hops hit the mouth, then it slowly fades in the swallow. For a hoppy beer, it's not as noticeable as other beers in the genre. Oh, the hops are there, but it doesn't overpower the beer. A nice blend of hoppiness and drinkability. This is one of the better beers that I'd order because it goes perfectly with a nice curry dish we had. Good combo.

morebeergood, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a bottle with no date marked but a "NO REFILL" imprint on the bottle.

A- Dark copper/caramel in color. hazy in transparency. Good looking ring of lace with some small bubbles in the center.

S- Smells like my last Victory brew. Hard to explain but to me smells like a piney bitter cinnamon with some underlying sweetness.

T- Taste is superb. full of various hop flavors and other subtle notes like pine and lemon

M- Feels somewhat viscous like a quality beer should- refreshing but not so watery that you can't taste it.

D- Drinks fine for me. Didn't really notice it was a potent brew until I looked as it is quite smooth and drinkable in large quantities

EnojysAnyBeer, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a nice dark orange-amber with a one and a half finger soapy off-white head.

Aromas of citrus like grapefruit, some orange, and biscuity malt.

Flavors back up the aroma quite well. However, the hops in the aroma seem weak in comparison to the actual taste. This one's bursting with grapefruity hops. Some pine in there as well. There are also biscuity malt tones coming through, but they end up drowned out by the hops. A bit of alcohol towards the end but it doesn't really detract.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Very smooth and creamy.

Wow, this is a great IPA. My only regret is buying a single bottle instead of a six pack.

roadhouse, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yes!! Victory in Indiana!!! Pours a nice, shiny amber color with a short white head. Laces appropriately. Smells hoppy, but in a bit of lemon and cat-pee way. Somehwat sweet smelling too. Tastes hoppy and smooth, a nice green grass hop. Biscuity, bready malt backbone. Fusel alcohol on the finish. A bit surprising, as the flavors don't come together all that well. Bitterness lingers, along with a ghost of lemon juice. Medium bodied, a little heavy for the flavor. Well, I must say that im underwhelmed. It's ok, but its a lot messier of a beer than I prefer. Yeah, there are lots of hops, but its just not particularly balanced. Oh well, i know I love some of the other victory brews, so ill just wait for those to show up.

aforbes10, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of Godot
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grew up in PA and every time I go back to visit I pick up a case of this. It is what I judge all other American IPA's against. Pours a rich golden-burgundy with an off-white head that rises and slowly falls to a solid film that laces all down the glass. It smells of piney citrus, but not in the same fresh biting way that a lot of IPA's come off. This one has more of a mellow and rich smell that rides atop a grainy backbone. The taste is more of the same. The hops are first and foremost, but there is a complexity here that leaves you looking forward to the next as soon as you finish the first. The malts provide just the right amount of balance in the sense that the scales are definitely tipped to the hops, but they bring their malty friend along to mellow out the finish with an earthy graininess that provides the perfect yang for their yin. Great beer, enough said.

Godot, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A two-finger tan head tops off a honey brown brew. Head fades slowly leaving some crooked lacing all around the glass. Citrusy hops rise to the nose, but not as striking as I would have imagined with a name like "Hopdevil". Behind the hop start is some tea, orange peel, sour grapes and sweet bread. The hoppiness is kept in check by a certain malty sweetness that makes it go down somewhat smoother than expected. Carbonation is adequate in this medium-bodied brew.

stephens101, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark colour with a good centimeter head on it. There isn't much carbonation, but very good retention. The nose on the beer has a fruity yeasty smell with hints of some fruity malts. Not much hops, but a slight bit can be smelled.

The beer has a very fruity malty flavour to it, with a huge bitterness from the hops. This is a quite unique IPA to me because of the hopiness being more bitter and less aromatic. The bitterness in this beer is just awesome, it's a nice change up from all of the aroma hopped beers. The mouthfeel is creamy with a bit of carbonation. The bitterness makes this beer drinkable.

swizzlenuts, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of albern
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer, and given the 1200 plus previous reviews, there isn't much more to add. It pours a tawny ruby color with lots of creamy off white head, tons of lacing, and lots of retention.

The aroma ... hops, and lots of them. There are some sweet malts present, some leafy, oily, and estery hop in the nose, and this is pretty much what you'll experience in the taste.

The taste is just very creamy malt, lots of bready and biscuity grains, sweet malts in the backbone, and plenty of juicy hops. This is a hearty beer by any standard. This has a British creamy maltiness that I definitely appreciate.

The consistency is quite heavy and creamy, very smooth, quite resinous on the tongue. The hops leave an oily feel in the aftertaste. This beer is slightly drying in the finish, but the aftertaste is quite light. The ABV is about right, there is a bit more warming alcohol notes in the beer than your typical IPA. An excellent beer that is well received by all. L'Chaim.

albern, Jul 09, 2008
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,363 ratings.