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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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5,941 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,941
Reviews: 2,374
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 151
Gots: 470 | FT: 5
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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gqfiji

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

a: unfortunately i let this one cool too long and came close to freezing it, BUT had the copper/amber color and a nice head that lasted with a hazy clarity

s: the usual hoppy smell

t: swift taste of citrus to cover the palate. the tingle faded to a nice sweet hoppy and alcohol taste that lasted throughout

m: i liked the way the flavor lasted on the tongue, other beers that taste similar at first, either dried out or over flavored the palate.

d: definitely a keeper. liked this one from beginning to end and next time will get a sixer.

04-10-2006 02:26:27 | More by gqfiji
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Rezzin

California

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

A - Pours a nice amber color with a creamy beige head. Some sediment floating around but not much. Lacing in minimal.

S - Nice floral and slightly piny hop aroma with some malt sweetness.

T - Hops are there right in the beginning but there seems to be slight metallic flavor there as well. Slightly sweet with a nice dry bite at the end. More of English IPA flavor to me.

M - Fairly thin with a little mouth puckering feel to it but not too bad. Moderate to highly carbonated.

D - Not a bad IPA but I've had much better.

04-09-2006 22:08:39 | More by Rezzin
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kbnooshay

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

This poured an awesome orange gold color with a good amount of carbonation and a decent white head that had decent retention. The aroma is most prominetly pine hops! It is also very citric. Awesome taste, obviously the hop attack is there but there is a nice maltiness there too. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but tingly to the tounge. Kinda drying also. This is really is quite drinkable. A very simple but awesome brew.

04-08-2006 22:08:32 | More by kbnooshay
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phisig137

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

Hazy amber pour, with a thin head that drops into a small blanket over the top.

Aroma is filled with hops and alcohol. Citrusy, and piney, but I was surprised how much alcohol was apparent, considering the relatively low 6.7%

Flavor is very hoppy up front, with a nice malty wash towards the end. I think this is one of the more balanced american IPA's I've had.... it tastes more like an english IPA. Good hop flavor, but not a tremendous amount of bitterness or aroma.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, if not a little thin. Heavy carbonation. Drinkability is very high.

04-07-2006 03:22:43 | More by phisig137
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copasetic

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%

Pours a slightly hazy amber, darker than many IPAs I've tried. A small head fades quickly. The aroma is complex --somewhat floral and less citrusy than American IPAs tend to be. There's also a hint of baked cookie sweetness. This taste comes through in the flavor, which is just a bit sweet and also more piney than I expected. This aspect, plus the vaguely British-seeming malt backbone made me wonder whether I was drinking a US or UK IPA. Whatever it is, it's complex and tasty. The finish is thin with a bitter hop tingle.

Yeah, I could drink this all night. Complex enough to be a beer snob and straightforward enough for a solid session beer.

04-06-2006 01:33:34 | More by copasetic
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pvsob

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance: Deep copper/amber color with a beautiful head that lasted from start to finish. Clarity was a little hazy.

Smell: Hops, Hops, Hops, and a hint of sweetness at the end.

Taste: Crisp hop flavor of citrus (grapefruit) and some pine. Just enough to pucker me up and finish me off with a slight sweetness and a long hop and alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, somewhat "slippery". The abundant carbonation added crispness and dryness to the overall feel.

Drinkability: No drawn out details here ladies and gentleman. If you see some at your local store, pick some up. HopDevil is one of the easiest drinking IPA's that I have tasted thus far. It looks great, smells great, and tastes great.

Cheers.

04-06-2006 00:39:22 | More by pvsob
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

A great color makes this beer attractive right away: orange, red, ruby and gold all swirled together. Moderate carbonation and an inch-thick head that settled to a half-inch throughout the drink.

Instant hops on the nose, like pine. A prickly lemon scent in the background. It's just fine, but fairly common for the style with nothing unusual or unique to set it apart.

Totally solid flavors, simple and direct. Spicy and tangy. Bitter with some grapefruit pucker. Perhaps this is the ultimate definition of what a no-nonsense IPA should taste like. Victory comes up with yet another flavor with character, drinkability and a wild streak.

Mouthfeel is a pleasant creaminess up front, with a crisp nip going down the back of the mouth and throat.

Incredibly easy to drink and even easier to enjoy. I'd point this beer out as the standard example of the new American IPA. Well-hopped and drinkable every day.

04-05-2006 22:13:58 | More by Metalmonk
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

Apearance: Pours a 2 inch head that recedes to half inch or so that lingers. Leaves good lacing. Is a hazy orange copper.

Smell: Piney, some citrus. Some breadiness that hangs back. Pleasingly bitter.

Taste: Pretty much as promised by aroma - hops dominate with intense pine , some citrus. Backbone of bready malt that is a little underassertive, hanging in back , tilting balance in favor of hops bitterness, but in a good way, with dry bitter aftertaste, yum! The malt also leaves an aftertaste resembling that of euro pale lagers, which is due to the fact that Victory uses european malts in this brew, which renders a unique flavor in what is presumably an American "west-coast-style" IPA.

Mouthfeel : Full, with more carbonation than expected which diminishes mouth a little bit. Decent slickness from hop oils.

Drinkability : Goes down very easy, and very good, could go for several more in one sitting. A tasty ale somewhat slanted to hops at the malt's expense, which I think is just what you might have wanted if you find yourself drinking this often - I know I do. However I think that this is balanced enough and tame enough to enlighten the non-hop disciple.

04-04-2006 17:17:18 | More by ultralarry2006
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riversider76

New York

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%

Pours copper, with a tan, foamy head.and nice lacing. Smell is of hops,pine,and citrus, with a sweet edge. Body is medium,with some carbonation. Taste has a bitter edge,that I thought would be better balanced. The sweetness in the smell was not comming through for me. It's stright bitter from start to finish. Don't get me wrong,this is not a bad beer, but I liked Hazed and Infused much better.

04-03-2006 23:37:43 | More by riversider76
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer before now. The HopDevil pours into my glass a nice deep copper red with a inch of creamy, bubbly foam head on top. Good clarity. Aromas are all hops upfront, piney, spicy and a touch citric as well. A sweet caramel, midly doughy malt aroma is present as well. Candy coated green leafy hop goodness.

First sip brings a mix of piney and grapefruity citrus hops. A toasted biscuit maltiness dipped in caramel supports the weight of the hops. Tasty green, leafy bitterness flows throughout each sip balanced by a cotton candy sweetness. Finishes with a herbal bitterness that lingers on a bit. Good brew.

Mouthfeel is wonderful with a nice body and solid carbonation. Goes down all too easy, this is a great session IPA for sure and a great six pack choice for heading out to a party. I'm a little upset that I overlooked the HopDevil for so long. Another brew from Victory that's not to be missed.

04-02-2006 01:46:13 | More by orbitalr0x
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Freshie

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearence is a very cloudy amber color, with small head.

The aroma is very pungent with hops.

The taste is very bitter with hops in abundance. There is a spice that comes with the taste that puts a little zip on your tongue. The hop taste stays with you with a mild alcohol burn

Not an ale with a lot of levels, but it does not need any. The one is fine on its own.

03-20-2006 03:06:17 | More by Freshie
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ski271

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

While this beer, when on cask is quite possibly my favorite beer ever, it's missing a little something in the bottle. No real surprise. In bottle it still is one of the staples in my fridge. Still a beautiful beer, still that wonderful citrusy hops aroma backed by solid malts and some pine, and the taste is nicely well-rounded and balanced. But it's not the same as the hand-pulled version that wows me.

03-17-2006 18:47:30 | More by ski271
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Optimat0r

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -23.3%

appearance - orange-amber. pretty standard for this type

taste - bitter hops, and....bitter hops. not much in the way of balance, and the hops themselves dont taste particularly high quality either..tastes almost sour. not very impressive, it just doesnt taste right to me.

mouthfeel - sour, bitter oil, not very pleasing

drinkability - i couldnt finish any of the bottles i tried. arrogant bastard is bitter, intense hoppy but tastes quality, this one to me is like a 'mcdonalds IPA' if they were to make one. ive read good things about Victory, hopefully some of their other offerings are better. throw me a miller high life any day over this one.

03-16-2006 22:02:33 | More by Optimat0r
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +17.6%

Oh man, I've been jonesin for a hoppy IPA that wasn't Alpha King and this baby really hit the spot. Oh man. Really good.

It pours an opaque brown. Kinda like a homebrew with chill haze, but the head. The head never leaves. Wow. Wow. It's amazing.

And the smell. Hops. Juicy, delicious hops. Oh man. That's what I've been looking for. The taste follows the smell. Resiny, spicy, and bitter bitter bitter. There is just enough malt lingering in the background to prevent the beer from being hop mouthwash, but that's it. A faint powdery finish from the bitter hops and yeah. Good stuff. Oh man.

Thanks for the experience Beerninja. This is one freakin' tastey beer.

03-15-2006 03:54:46 | More by shbobdb
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futureman69

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +19.6%

I'm drinking it right now....yep, that's downright tasty. Any attempt I make to put the tasting experience into words will simply denegrate the experience and would be laden with subjective inference.
Enjoy it for yourself sometime...I can't possibly convey to you the joy this particular beer has provided me...and you will never really taste THIS particular beer anyway...

As Heraclitus said: we never drink the same beer twice.

Drink well.

03-11-2006 01:15:19 | More by futureman69
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sinistermadman

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%

From notes:
Classic IPA aesthetic - gilded amber, slightly cloudy.
Small head from pour which quickly settles to a fine lacing. Smell is mild, no pleasant pungent hop aroma, subtle malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, some malt grit, mild hop bitterness. Mild hop bitterness which tapers to a chalky, oily finish.

This brew seems unbalanced, somewhat chaotic. Haphazard malt balance even for an IPA. Alcohol astringency is more evident than hop bitterness. I guess I'm in the minority, but there are plenty of other more interesting offerings for this style.

03-11-2006 00:28:04 | More by sinistermadman
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev 0%

A: Bronze (a little darker than the average IPA), with an off-white head. There's a little retention & lace.

S: Mostly citrus and pine, with a little sweet malt in the background.

T: Lots of American hop flavour here, but it's a nice blend (citrus, floral & pine with a little earth in the aftertaste). There seems to be an underlying malt sweetness, but this ones certainly balanced to the bitter side. Quite refreshing, and I wouldn't have suspect the alcohol was this high.

M: Moderate body is a little oily & acidic. Moderate carbonation has a prickly, thirst-quenching feel.

D: As long as you like American hops, this is very drinkable. The alcohol content will catch up to you though!

03-10-2006 23:28:53 | More by Derek
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

I'm usually more into IPAs that are well balanced between malt and hops... HopDevil isn't too balanced, but the hop character in the beer is so pleasing that I'll make an exception. This beer pours a very bright amber with a decent, foamy head that dissipates only after a while. The nose is big and fruity with hops, and they have an acidic bite to them that packs a real wallop. Underneath the hops is a slight bready malt aroma. The palate is extremely bitter, with the hops assaulting the tongue immediately. The hops flavors are quite bitter but not acridly so. There's very little malt balance to this beer, but the hop flavors are good enough to compensate. The mouthfeel is quite smooth in spite of the hop burst. I'm really impressed. Victory succeeds again.

03-10-2006 04:04:22 | More by geexploitation
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Hautacam

Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -18.4%

Hazy orange..lively head..laces ; drops to a film.
Smells like HOPS..piney..doughy ....almost a metallic scent in there.
Tastes sweet malt for about one second; then the hops kick in and it's grapefruit-rind time...alcohol is right there too....tames a bit on warming.
Mouthfeel is medium ....carbonation medium.
One will be enough for me. I think I'd like this better if there was just a little more sugar to balance the hops.

03-10-2006 01:09:58 | More by Hautacam
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cheers2beers

Texas

5/5  rDev +22.5%

Served in a Chalice:

Appearance: This is one of my favorite American IPAs.Poured a beautiful red/orange tint.Slightly cloudy with lots of cascading to create a nice creamy tan head.Lots of beading inside and a lacing that doesn't quit.

Smell: The aroma of hops and untainted malts dominate this IPA .A sweet nectar and some pines play a role as well.Not much alcohol in the nose but just enough to say "hello,i'm alcohol".

Taste: Fantastic flavors bursting in my mouth like no other.Citrusy and piney hops are definitely there,but caressed with a nicely sweetened malt that keeps you coming for more.A sour apple, candied oranges, and a not too potent alcohol mingle themselves in this fine brew.

Mouthfeel: This silky, smooth liquid brushes by my tongue with such elegance,I almost dont even notice the sweet bubbley finish.This beer also creates a thin film in my mouth that tastes like everything ive described for you so far.

Drinkability: I know,I could devour many bottles of this in one session.Its definitely on "Cheers2Beers" must try list and Not a bad price for a most profound beer of this magnitude.Brew on,Victory!

Cheers2Beers

03-06-2006 23:48:53 | More by cheers2beers
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bignick

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%

This is one of my all-time favoite beers. I will be forever indebted to Victory for providing me with this one. It is certainly very hoppy, but the balance of the different hops in it are what makes it so special. It is citrusy but not completely over the top. There is enough of a malt backbone to make it extremely drinkable.

03-06-2006 07:14:06 | More by bignick
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gbarron

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

On draft in a 16 oz. pint glass.

A - hazy glowing orange. Small, alabaster head with lots of tight, small bubbles. Stays around most of the way, leaving some lacing but not a ton.

S - not a huge hop aroma considering the taste of this beer. Some spicy, floral notes backed up by some light toffeeish aromas. Smells a little like fresh cut grass.

T - sharp, intense bitterness, but not a lot of hop flavor. Most of the hops went into the boil at bittering here, it seems. Bitterness hits the tip of your tongue first. Only in the aftertaste or tail end of the swallow can you pick up much malt substance. What malt is there is reminiscient of fresh dough, biscuits, toffee. Grassy, spicy hop flavors predominate, some citrus. This is tasty, but I'm taking off points because it seems unbalanced. Hops win this beer battle easily. Alcohol aromas and flavors not present.

M - medium thin, carbonation is average. Some hop oil stickiness in there.

D - very tasty beverage, and something I would never turn down. Just disappointed in the unbalanced aspect of this brew.

03-05-2006 15:05:03 | More by gbarron
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bigone4

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -13%

Amber/Brownish tan Color light floral aroma. Little if any head no real lacing of the glass. Dissapointed with these characteristics but it does have a nice sharp initial taste followed by a nice smooth hoppy finish. It is very drinkable and enjoyable. It was a rather lighter filtered IPA. It does pack a punch at 6.7%abv. I had tried this beer a few years back and it tasted less hoppy than I remember it. I am not that impressed with this beer. I wll ha ve to make it a point to try some of the other Victory brewery beers. I have heard good things about them. Overall it is a decent IPA enjoyable and drinkable but not my favorite.

03-03-2006 14:19:14 | More by bigone4
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DaggerEyes

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Hop Devil pours a hazy golden amber with a lacy head. It is extremely viscous and sticky, clinging to the walls of the glass after each sip.

The nose has a very strong grapefruit scent with spicy hints. The scent of the hops are ever present.

This has a bold and sharp taste with strong citrus over tones. Very hoppy and spicy, and when mixed with the carbonation this creates a very exciting beer for the mouth. This beer is so complex in it's flavor I'm at a loss for words which will describe it well. A complete assult on your taste, and after the wonderful taste battle that ensures in your mouth, the after taste lingers like smoke on the battle field for quite some time.

A wonderful and unique IPA, very easy to drink

02-27-2006 02:38:24 | More by DaggerEyes
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SethB2

California

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Sample from a bottle in a pint glass. Received in trade. Thanks Kilgore.

A - Medium amber, non transparent with a one finger head. Really doesn't look a lot different than many IPAs, but I like the look.

S - Smells like hops, and a lot of them. Upon first sniff, I would have guessed double IPA. Malts? Couldn't find them if they are there.

T - Kickass. Hoppy as all hell. Bitter from first sip until well after it is swallowed. This bite lasts a lot longer than I am used to. I love it. Not a lot of malts in the taste either, but this is an IPA. It's just fine for the style

M - Just the right amount of carbonation and a great medium feel. I like it.

D - It's too hoppy to really throw back in large quantities, but is great for having one or two with a nice dinner.

O - GREAT example of what an IPA should be. I'd recommend to anyone who is a fan of the style.

02-23-2006 03:09:20 | More by SethB2
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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