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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,684
Reviews: 2,451
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 219
Gots: 903 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Ratings: 6,684 | Reviews: 2,451
Photo of auroracrisis
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a copper color. Very standard looking with a one and a half finger head that dies down to about half a finger in about a minute. Pretty good looking beer, no flaws but it's not incredible.

Smells piney with malts. Pretty standard as welll. Nothing too intriuguing. Kinda wish there was more nose in this one but that's okay.

Taste is good. Piney hops with some caramel malts. The hops of course are front and center but not overwhelming. Not very complex, was hoping for more here. But overall, a good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is generic. I don't mean that in a bad way, it's definitely a good feeling to roll this around in your mouth a bit but it's not creamy or anything. Goes down smooth, decent amount of bubbles, kinda lighter but true to the style.

Drinkability is rather high since it is a normal ABV beer and tastes pretty good. This wouldn't be my first choice in American IPAs but certainly wouldn't be my last.

Overall, a good beer. Definitely ont hat shouldn't be overlooked.

Photo of sgoodship
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orangy copper color hazy liquid. Light amber at the bottom of the glass. A finger width creamy colored head.

S: Nice combo of maltiness, sweet caramel and hop aggressiveness.

T: Solid bready malt with a really nice piney hop bite. Really satisfying breadiness in the finish with a lasting bitterness.

M: Light side of medium bodied. Medium carb.

D: Really drinkable IPA. Very enjoyable. Hard to have just the one. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this.

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

Neat bottle art. Dark, clear amber with a decent white head. Ample lace and retention. Looks like an IPA to me.

Juicey Fruit phenols and tobaco spice.

Sugary grapefruit up front followed by an aggressive tobacco hop bitter. Tobacco hop oil lingers for awhile. Interesting balance between sugary malt and tobacco bitter. I like it.

Photo of cdizinno
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Dark orange amber, almost reddish. Clear with tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Hops are are up front but not overpowering. Well balanced with florals and a minimal pine scent. Not as strong scented as most IPA's.

T&M: Very smooth, medium bodied beer with perfect carbonation. Crisp and dry finish. Perfectly balanced floral hops and minimal sweetness. Slowly fades with slightly bitter hop taste.

This is probably one of the best IPA's I've ever tasted. Have also had this on tap and it's just as good.

Photo of skrib09
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

dark brown and hazy with an off-white head. the head looks sticky.

smells a little piney, grassy, and maybe a bit of wet hay. some citrus notes thrown in there too.

touch of malty sweet amongst pine and resin flavors. relatively subdued but well balanced.

fullbodied but not overly mouthy. good drinkable ipa.

Photo of mmmmmbeeer
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH Signature Glass -- Best By 16 Sep 09

Appearance -- A nice copper with soapy head on the pour giving way to a thin head with nice vanilla colored lacing

Smell -- Not at all what I expected considering the name and label. The sweet malts really jump out at me with very little citrus or pine.

Taste -- Again, much like the smell, the malt really jumps on my palette at the start. As a newer IPA fan I've found that I'm a big fan of the west coast style IPA with heavy Cascade and Columbus hops...this beer really pointed out the big difference between east and west coast as the hops really kicked in on the backside with a nice bitterness to clean some of that malt off my palette. Totally different experience but not all that bad.

Mouth Feel -- the moderate level of carbonation is a great complement to the sequence of flavors of the beer.

Drinkability -- At a moderate ABV and good mouth feel, this one goes down preettttaay, prettttaaay, pretty good. I'll probably purchase this one again.

Photo of jwhancher
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite simply...my favorite beer. Great appearance, awesome hoppy smell, excellent taste, superb mouthfeel, and a drinkability that can go down for the ages. A++ for this beer!!! Quite simply, among my favorites for the regular rotation in my fridge. Not to mention, this brew tastes 10x better coming from a cask conditioned pump straight from the source.

Photo of dac0152
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice orange copper color with almost a 1 inch head, which is slightly tan.

Smells just like I expected, citrus hops, small amount of sweetness from the malts.

This beer is amazing to just kick back to after mowing the lawn, or going for a run, it goes down so smooth and tastes delicious. The hops are definitely present, but there is absolutely a sweetness that balances this IPA very well. Maybe not enough hops to satisfy DIPA lovers, but definitely get the job done for me. Malts seem to kick in more after drinking for a while.

Great carbonation, but nothing absolutely amazing. Just smooth and medium bodied.

Drinkability is great for this beer. The only thing that keeps me from drinking a sixer at a time is the ABV, but even it isn't too high at 6.7%.

Just a solid offering.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

great label, with exp date of 9/30/09 on the front.
pours a pretty true dark orange with a lightly tanned head that pours pours bubbly until it settles to a foamy 3/4 of an inch that stays for a while. and the lacing looks great.
smells of orange and citrus fruits, pretty floral hoppiness as well, of course.
this is a good tasting ipa, i'm still new to them, but i am enjoying it nonetheless. i taste the citrus and hops. thats the basic gist of it.
its pretty smooth, light bodied, can definitely have a few of these.

I purchased this along with a hop wallop and a storm king, and i look forward to tasting those and more of what victory has to offer.

Photo of ThickestHead
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Comes a medium copper color that leans towards orange on the spectrum, it is clear yet not easy to see through. Has a nice tan head too.
Smells of toasted malts covered up by a mild aroma of coarse citric hops.
Tastes likewise, more pronounced than the smell, but still not as potent as what I was hoping for in this brew.
Creamy and smooth with a good balance and well carbonated.
Very drinkable yet I will try Victory's other offerings first before I revisit this one.

Photo of emsroth
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with freshness date

App: Dark amber, chesnut brown. 2 finger off-white head

Smell: Mostly north american hops. Half floral half dense fruit. Perhaps a bit of citrus.

Taste: Starts with a bitterness. Perhaps a light toasty malt flavor peeks out once in a while, but this beer is dominated by hoppy bitterness. Ends with a pleasant lingering bitterness. Overall, a pleasing bitterness, but not a memorable flavor.

Full feeling medium body.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a rocks glass a auburn hue with brief white head. There is a floral hoppiness balanced by a decent amount of malt. The brew could be a little more substantial on the body side of things but is average. Too much malt for my expectation of a "hopdevil". I expect a lot from AIPAs as they are often synonymous with DIPAs. There is not a substantial level of hop character and what hop character is present is diminished by the malt content. The malt sweetness is a disappointment for me in this interpretation.

Photo of ken2cart1
2.09/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- light mahogany, lbig 1 inch frothy head

S- def a solid caramel backbone, fruit hopsmell in there, but not as much hop smell as an ipa should

T- wheres the hops? decent bitterness, but no hop flavor, watery, matallic taste, HAS THIS BEER GONE BAD?

m- WATERY

D- not enjoyable at all

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanx to brairscratch for the bottle.

A - deep burgundy w/ 2 finger biege head that shrinks to nothing more than a flim across the top of the beer

S - caramel malts, citrus hops and some biscuit. pretty straight forward IPA

T - very bitter w/ some breadiness on the follow-through. again, not bad but just nothing special

MF - medium carbonation and body w/ a oily feel

D - not too shabby, solid IPA though nothing to write home about

perhaps I was expecting too much after loving the hell out of Prima Pils and HopWallop, i guess i figured this one would be of the same 'above average caliber'. i was wrong.

Photo of Reaper16
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Pours a rich honey color with good clarity. The cream-colored head is sizable at 1 1/2 fingers with rocky lacing.

The aromas are very, very muted for some reason. Some weak cracker malt smells and light grassiness are all that I get. This bottle expires on 10/13/09, so the hops shouldn't have faded out completely... no choice but to score it low.

Ah, that's better. The hops haven't faded, evidenced by the floral hit of flavor at the tip of the tongue. The gentle hop kiss informs the generous malt bill. This isn't a malt bomb, but the caramel and slight toasted malt flavors are highly assertive. The hops take over on the finish, delivering a blast of pine and grapefruit alpha acid yumminess on the back end of the drink. The lingering aftertaste is very gentle; just a trace of bitterness. Ultimately, this is a very balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel is a little too watery for my tastes; I noticed the "watery" quality from the very first drink. Drinkability, however, is excellent. The predominant feeling of balance -- good malt tastes not being overpowered by the nice hopping -- makes this a beer that you can drink as much of as you would like to. The relatively low ABV% of 6.7 helps in this regard, too.

I can't buy beers from Victory in MO (where I live). If I could, I don't think that I would buy HopDevil over other, more local, options for a balanced IPA. I think that I brought home the wrong six pack of Victory product with me from Illinois. That said, this is a solid beer with a lot of positive attributes going for it. If you want a balanced IPA over an intense hop bomb, then you could do a lot worse than HopDevil.

Photo of jera1350
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brownish orange color not normally seen in most IPA's with nice sudsy one finger head in light tan. Leaves some sticky lace.

Sweet malt, fruity, citrus hops.

This is a balanced IPA. There is almost more deep roasted malt here than hops. Piney and biting hops come in at the end. Some citrus peel is also present. Hops are starting to emerge more as I drink on.

Medium bodied, nice velvety carbonation lends to a pleasant mouthfeel.

Due to the balance, this is a really drinkable IPA. I would have this one again.

Photo of bjacobsen
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A- Orange meets Amber color with a thick 1 inch head. Sufficient lacing to stick to the sides as it dissipates.

S- Hops and spice on the nose up front. Some caramel malt is present as well.

T- Nice. The hop presence is totally put in check by the malty middle. Bittersweet dry finish. After a few minutes, and a few sips, the malt becomes more pronounced. Balanced and subdued flavor profile, but masterfully achieved.

M- Medium bodied.

D- One of the more drinkable IPA's I've had in a while. As a southern california resident, I enjoyed the restrained hop profile of this nice IPA as a nice change of pace from the extreme (but tasty) DIPA's that seem to be everywhere out here. Certainly more sessionable.

Photo of rfgetz
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper orange in color. Thin white head, nice lacing.

S - Citrus hops with a faint malt background.

T - First taste is sweet citrusy hops and bready malts. Bitter zing follows and dwindles in the finish.

M - Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Sticky.

D - Good quality east coast IPA. Not as powerful as the West Coasters, but sometimes i prefer this balance when it comes to drinkability.

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

Pours a nice deep copper with an off-white head that showed good retention and lace. Good balance in the aroma, with the hops providing floral and citrus notes, while the malts provide a background of breadiness. This balance is extended to the flavour. Pine, orange peel and grass lead off, without overpowering the beer due to the fruity and bready malts in the background. Hop oils coat the tongue to provide a lingering bitterness after the sip is finished. Medium bodied and slick, with a soft carbonation.

BALANCE - many IPAs don't have it, but this one does. Good stuff.

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

12oz Bottle poured in a sampling glass.

Pours a deep golden color with hints of red. A small head with a bit of lacing on the pour. Aroma is a bit malty with some earthy hops to it, very good for an IPA.

Taste is rather surprising, very malty but it's still got a good amount of hops to it. Slightly sweet, and a solid bitterness that lingers for a bit. The mouthfeel is phenomenal, very full and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a very solid IPA in a sea of Imperials & Doubles, it's nice to have a real solid IPA.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my bottle into my glass the beer is dark orange. With little to no head. The aroma is strong hops a touch of ctirus and malt. The flavor is very nice. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be considering the menacing looking hop cartoon on the bottle. This beer seems to be balanced nicely with malt flavors and a major hop blast. The hop bitterness slaps your taste buds then the malt comes in and smooths things over. Perfect balance. Medium body with fairly mild carbonation. No real sticky hop after taste. This is a top notch IPA. I would highly reccamend this to all my friends.

Photo of Gtreid
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, amber color. A smooth pour produced about one finger of cream colored head that left some nice lace.

A: Nothing too overpowering here, I get the pine and citrus hops, grapefruit, and grass. The malts actually balance this quite well IMO.

T: Again very similer to the aroma. I am pleasantly suprised to find how balanced this is. The hops are very prominent, but the brewers uses the malt nicely.

M: Medium body, very carbonated. Comes with a bite.

D and overall impression: Good scores on drinkability here. 6.7% ABV coupled with the balance of the brew, means I could drink quite a few of these. Overall, another soild offering from Victory. This bottle was pretty fresh, but I would really like to try this on tap to experience Hop Devil at it's freshest. Skal.

Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour clear burnt orange
Cream frothy head, some lacing
Head is not huge, but creeps patiently
Floral Hops permeate the nose
some sweet raisin malts
First to hit the palate is malts, sugar
this is surprising
Hops come in soon after and wow
I like the balance of hops variety
nothing overpowers the other
The hops are definitely showcased
good supporting cast of sweet malts
Mouth is pretty sticky
Feels quality in the mouth
Very drinkable
Lives up to reputation
Nice beer

Photo of cavedave
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, not-quite-clear, dark amber, with a thick beige head of lasting spume that fades to a pretty cap and leaves continents of lace.

Smell is effervescent orange peel, pine, earth, with a mild spiciness and florality. Very alive smell.

Taste is a sweet and bitter blast that ricochets through a blitzkrieg of fine flavor. Toasted notes, caramel, citrus, pine, inflict delicious pleasure. The finish is thick, sweet, earthy, bitter, and long.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, medium bodied but drinks slightly thicker, perhaps a touch too carbonated, good retention, decent clear out.

Drinkability is very good, but I wouldn't say spectacular.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top bottle with nice ditty about the beer and a clearly marked freshness date

Appearance: Bright amber beer with lazy carbonation and medium dark ivory cap which soon fades to a thick film

Smell: Nice herbally/grapefruit hop notes, backed with medium caramel malty aromas

Taste: BIG hop presence...there's a fairly high level of bitterness, lots of fresh pine taste, and a touch of prickly alcohol...this is fairly simple but nice...it's definitely got a kind of "kick you in the face" vibe...

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Nice, kick you in the face IPA...perfect for when I'm looking for that style of beer, but a bit over-the-top for an every day IPA for me personally

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,684 ratings.