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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

6,465 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,465
Reviews: 2,401
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 185
Gots: 675 | 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 markaberrant
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - coppery orange with some red hues, crystal clear, off-white creamy head, good retention and leaves a web of lacing.

S - hint of bready malt, grapefruit, sweet citrus, not overly powerful, but nice and clean

T - lots of grapefruit greets the tongue, and carries all the way through, bit of doughy malt at the end, enough sweetness to balance, lingering bitterness

M - oily hops to start give it some body, creamy in the mouth, med low carbonation, resinous dry finish, no alcohol

D - goes down easy, with lots of hoppy bitterness in the finish

Very tasty, the nose is not quite as powerful as it should, but plenty of bitterness to back it up. Seems pretty straight up, no crazy malt character or hop profile, but well done. Should satisfy most hopheads.

Photo of hops4me
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. This is a long time favorite of mine. I find it nicely balanced and bold at the same time. There is the malt sweetness and toasted grain aromas. This is countered with the grassy and pine smell from the hops. The taste is the same. Caramel sweetness and slight roastedness appear up front but this quickly takes a back seat. Stepping up are the hops. Spicy hops and earthy flavors from the hops take over in the aftertaste. The body is medium which is what you would expect from the style. This beer is a staple of sorts. Always easy to reach for when not sure what to get.

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

A clear caramel color brew with a medium off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma is mild citrus hops with a firm yeasty malt base. The flavor is nice orange peel hops with a bit of malt blended in. A smooth mid-bodied beauty that is very drinkable. Pleasantly carbonated, just an overall agreeable choice with fair hops presence to appeal to most anyone that appreciates some bitterness to their beer. Recommended.

Photo of coasterfreak75
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour was a dark orange bordering on red with a nice two finger head that quickly dissapated and left no lace on the glass.

The smell was hoppy up front with earthy undertones, slight citrus hidden but hops rule the nose.

The drink starts with a kick of mild hops followed by a citrus flavor and finishes with lingering hops. The finish was quite nice even though the hops linger they are not oily.

Not a bad beer at all. Really a good IPA to bring a newby in on, quite mild. I just didn't care for the earthy smell it carried with it.

Photo of yesferro
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Servingtype: bottle

Appearance: Dark golden fizzy goodnes

Smell: wow! Spicy citrus with extra spice, this beer has an excellent citrusy aroma

Taste: The hop flavor hits you right in the face but in a very gently and loving way, once again, citrusy, maybe some lychee and a slight bit of pepper

Mouthfeel, nothing devillish about it, goes down really smooth

Drinkability: very easy to drink

PS: I wish this beer was legal in MS

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber pour with a medium sized off white head. The power is in the spices here, big spicy flavor right up front fading to a hoppy finish in the back end. Also one of the best smelling IPAs I've ever had. A glorious winner all around, all hail Victory!

Photo of thekanna
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Teaism in Penn Quarter, Washington D.C.

Appearance: Nice bright orange copper with a thin layer of white foam to cap it off.

Smell: Clean and fresh. Slight citrus notes in the background; like well done dishes, but without the soap taste.

Taste: Wow, this is like a hop slap in the face. Rather, someone put hops in a cannon and shot you in the face with them. The characteristic flavor of hops (lychee, longan, a couple other tropical fruits...) is strong with this one. Bitter bite tops it off.

Overall: If you like the flavor of hops, this is the way to go. Nice, refreshing beer that can cut through practically anything. Like paint thinner... FOR YOUR MOUTH.

Photo of BeanBone
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A somewhat hazy burnt-orange body with a solid finger of off-white and bubbly head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Floral, spicy, and citrusy hops balanced by a brown-sugary malt body. A bit of booze is lurking around the edges.

Taste: Spicy, grapefruity hops dominate at first and are decently bitter. There's a solid biscuity, sweet, and nutty malt backbone bringing up the rear, well up to the challenge put forth by the hops. The booze is there, but stays in its place. Everything meshes well and is perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with good carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Goes back easily enough given the style and alcohol content. A good session IPA.

Verdict: With a solid malt backbone balanced perfectly with brilliant hops, HopDevil is one of the best IPAs that I've tried yet. I'm very much looking forward to trying the other Victory offerings I can get my hands on here in Houston.

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

A clear copper color pour.with a generous white head that receded slowly and left rings of lacing. The aroma was butter, caramel, citrus and pine with citrus being the most dominant fragrance. The flavor was more malt forward than I anticipated, mostly caramel but overall it was nicely balanced against the citrus and pine hops. Mouthfeel was very nice,good crisp finish,drinkable for sure.

Photo of gdfan47
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a very nice yellow with a small off white head and ALOT of lacing
S- hops,hops, pot, honey, very fresh smelling
T- obv hops, some grains , not overly bitter, very pleasant
M- really smooth, very creamy, goes down very nice
D- very good, but the 6.7 abv can sneak up on you.. be warned

I have had this beer many times, just writing a formal review tonight

a great borderline session beer for anyone, and a great beer for people that wanna get more into IPA's and DIPA's... really good on the pump too

Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear apple-cherry color with a foamy 1 finger beige head that displayed excellent retention through most of the drink. A nice sheet lacing was left behind.

S: The nose yielded bright citrus, light pine and dry grapefruit.

T: sweet and citrusy with pine with a dry flowery hopping. There was a huge, dry munich malt backbone and dry hopping in the middle of the palate. On the finish was dried grapefruit, dry flowers with a good carbonation bite. Overall a very nice, dry flowery hopping that coats the tongue with bittering success.

M: a medium fullness and creminess with a nice carbonation presence.

D: A great citrusy and dry flowery hopped ipa backed by an equally huge dry toasted munich backbone makes this a standout. Leaves your tongue dry and anxious for the next sip.

Photo of dakid618
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. Pours a deep red with very little head. Some retention on the glass but not much. Very citrusy hoppy smell. Taste is very hoppy with citrus undertones. Dry mouthfeel with lingering sour hop aftertaste in a good way. Very drinkable, will buy again for sure.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought home a bottle of this from a recent visit Stateside, due to its location of origin (never had a Pennsylvanian IPA before), and let's face it, the overtly pandering label art. Hey, it stood out from the multitude of IPAs available on the shelves during that particular shopping trip.

This beer pours a light, clear orange amber colour, with a few fingers of pillowy white head, which sticks around for more than a few minutes, and leaves a fair amount of soap bubble lacing around the glass. It smells faintly of grapefruit hops, and not much else, even as it warms. The taste starts with a grassy, flinty hop dryness, that moves to include more resinous pine bitterness, before washing over a thin caramel malt backbone to the lip-smackingly dry hop finish. The carbonation is understated, allowing the hops to remain the star of this show. The body is a wee bit less than full, but, for the style, I suppose it is just right. There is no noticeable warming from the elevated alcohol. For the strong, but not overpowering, hop goodness, and the smooth mouthfeel, this is quite a decently drinkable IPA.

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

I had heard alot about this beer but hadn't tried it until today. I had always shied away because of the $10 price tag on a six-pack.

So when my boss took us out to lunch today, I jumped at the chance to try it on his dime. I'm glad I did! Smooth, tasty and definitely lives up to its name when it comes to hops!

Photo of TexasPensFan
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this at the new specs in Galveston (thank god) poured into a pint glass.

I am a huge hophead so I was excited to try a new IPA from PA.

A: this beer pours a golden amber color with an inch of creamy white head that is long lasting and clings to the side of the glass. Lacing continued tip the end.

S: I immediately notice the spiciness. This is followed by a strong hoppy smell and just a hint of citrus fruits.

M: Lightly carbonated, very smooth yet light with a lot of complexity.

T: First thing you notice is the spiciness. It then gives way to the extreme hoppiness one would expect from a great IPA.

D: Unfortunately, I feel that this is a beer that you could order all night long. The question is would you want to do that to your liver. At 6.7% ABV, typical of a high end IPA, you could have more than your share before you know it. The alcohol sneaks up on you.

Overall, a great example of an excellent IPA and at $7-$8 a sixer much cheaper than some of it's fellow east coast brethen (60 minute IPA comes to mind). Will definitely purchase again.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 7/10/08. On cask at Blind Tiger. Pours a cloudy brown with a bubbly white head. Aroma is very fruity with citrus hops lingering in the background. Also smells like red grape juice. Flavor is less fruity initially as the aroma with more hop bitterness. A very odd IPA- I got roasted malts, soda, apples, raisin, and alcohol. I've never had this beer before, but it seems that it's quite different on cask. Interesting and not really at all like an IPA.
7/3/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

Photo of yesyouam
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA has a good, clear, amber body with an off-white head that has great endurance. The aroma is a whop of dry hops in the face-- floral and piny. It is medium-light on the tongue and slightly chalky from all the hops. The flavor is quite bitter and a bit top-heavy-- just the way I like an IPA! Splendid!
(rated Mar 28, 2007)

Photo of hwwty4
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Popkas for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark-amber honey. When poured, it produced a big 2 finger, white rocky head that left an ample amount of sticky lacing. The aroma has a pronounced citrus kick but doesn't really lend itself to the naming of any specific fruit. Also the malt backbone makes its presence known in the aroma. The flavor follows suit with a nice crisp grapefruit bite followed by a nice malty kick. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation and leaves a nice resiny coating on the palate. This is a good IPA. Something I would love to try again.

Photo of danielharper
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Transparent orange-red body, moderate white heat full of bubbles. Very slight effervescence. Head leaves significant lacing.

Smell: Very sweet, grapefruit-laced, with a strong citrus aroma. This is followed quickly by the refreshing scents of crisp white hops.

Taste: Now the hops are up front. Crisp floral hoppy flavor, followed by a mellow, sweet middle and a dry finish. Clean and refreshing. Despite the name and reputation, seems to be a pretty well-balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, low carbonation, heavy with hops. Goes down clean and smooth.

Drinkability: A very nice IPA, well worth its reputation.

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

Pours a hazy copper orange into my goblet, with a half-finger off-white head which quickly recedes to a spotty film over the body of the beer. Aroma is orange, citrus, piney hops, with malt detectable as well. Mouthfeel is slippery and a little oily, despite the medium carbonation. Taste is a good balance of malt and hops, pine, citrus, fruity sweetness, with definite sharpness in the finish. I do not know much about IPAs, but this is one of the better that I have had. Drinkability is moderate to high for me, although I am not a hop lover by any stretch.

Photo of magictrokini
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overrated. Pours clear brown with a minimal off-white head. Aroma is hoppy, but more malty than anything else. Kind of a prelude to the taste. The hops and malts were unbalanced, and both tended to take away from each other. This is an IPA for people who don't like strong, hoppy IPAs.

Photo of plaid75
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resinous citric and piney hop and not much else.

The taste was upfront raw spicy hops. Biting citrus and pine flavors dominated. Solid grainy malt as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty hop driven ale.

Photo of dfolmste
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lacing and head retention of this IPA was great. Taste was of pine and spice. I had this right around the holidays so the taste fit right in with the cold weather. Alcohol content was just right and obscured by the rounded flavor. Very easy to drink and quick for a buzz. It was a bit on the bitter side of course, so the more I drank, the more I wished I had a less hoppy beer to pace with. A good example of the style.

Photo of erikm25
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep and dark hazy amber coloring. The head is barely off white with a muted copper tone. Fluffy and massive with long lasting retention. Sheets of lacing around the glass that stayed in place like well tucked blankets all the way to the end.

S: Rich fresh flowers coupled with breaded oak and honey aromas. Earthy and grassy with perfumed undertones. More herbal then expected. Citrus balanced against caramel and tart candies. Rich. I found myself taking numerous sniffs.

T: Very well balanced and not overwhelming. Creamy and satisfying with textured tastes. Represented hops flavor with a splash of spices and a sweet roasted malt roundness. Grapefruits are coupled with subtle toasted ginger. Biscuity and slightly rye with hints of lemon. Not that bitter and the alcohol was well hidden. Even better as it warms.

M: Smooth and medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Being more familiar with West Coast IPA's I thought this was a very solid and pleasurable effort. Easily drinkable. Wish I would have picked up more then just one. Acid King was the backdrop for this tasting.

Photo of Onenote81
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange with a nice rocky white head resting on the top. Good retention and fair lacing/webbing. I take a whiff of this and the first thing I notice is a strong peppery spiciness to this. Some mild hops. Really is lacking in the scent dept. Nice hoppy bitterness coats the mouth with a hint of spiciness. This brew feels warm in my stomach. Crisp and clean. Not that bad, but almost too bitter. Lacks the citrus complement that I enjoy in an IPA. Good, but just shy of great.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,465 ratings.