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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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5,811 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,811
Reviews: 2,367
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 141
Gots: 411 | 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 nickss


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most beautiful looking beers I have ever seen. Deep orange in hue, with a MONSTER of a head... 1/2" of gorgeous fluffy-as-a-cloud foam that refuses to disipate. As I drink it, huge globs of lace cling to the sides of my glass.

Smells of hops.... lots and lots of fresh hops. There is some grassy smell in there as well.

Well... the name doesnt lie, nor does the smell. This beer is hoppy! It has a bit of spicy kick too it too, but IMO that only adds to the uniqueness, and utter wonderfulness of this brew. MMM!

The mouthfeel is extremely active, as the hops hit the tongue and dance around. However, it is also surprisingly thick feeling. Very very nice.

I could drink a lot of this beer, and did so last summer. Another brilliant brew from Victory... these guys can simply do no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 21:25:13 | More by nickss
Photo of ClearDog


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just purchased two six-packs from New World Wine Co. in Milwaukee which is from what I'm told, the first store in Wisconsin to offer Victory Brewing Co. brands.

Appearance -- Pours into my imperial pint glass a light orange amber color. Nice two finger head; quickly shrinks down to a one finger creamy white head. Carbonation is visible.

Smell -- Hops. Can just make out whiffs of grapefruit. It gets better as it warms. Pleasant and very enjoyable. In a way as the beer gets warmer it smells somewhat sweeter.

Taste -- Bitter hops. Hop Devil tastes just a little different than a lot of IPA's I've tried. The first couple of sips remind me of smoke. As the beer warms you get alcohol, but nothing overwhelming, as well as a grapefruit like finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light. Creamy. You can feel the carbonation on the sides of your tongue.

Drinkability -- Very nice drinkability. I could probably get myself into a little trouble with this one. Easily one of the better IPA out there. Overall a very enjoyable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 20:15:29 | More by ClearDog
Photo of Oxymoron


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

I've had this beer multiple times but never rated, or until now. Sampled from a 12oz bottle, HopDevil pours a dark orange color with brown tinge, but brightens significantly when held to the light. The beer is for the most part clear. Also good head retention and lacing, but both dissipates over time.

The smell has strong hop aroma. Strong floral aroma with a zesty citrus, a little bit of piney and noticeable spiciness. Some slightly sweet malt is noticeable but hops are strong. Overall this is a stronger smell that is very prominent even for an IPA.

The taste is strong hops but not oily like some high hop beers are. A big floral flavor that is complex. A start from a citrus savor but a stronger grapefruit and lemony flavor just overflows the taste buds. A basic somewhat sweet malt is in the background but plays second fiddle to the hops.

A medium body with limited carbonation, HopDevil is a great tasting IPA. Nothing new here. So go out and try one for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 04:50:03 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of Melchizedek


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sort of rust-orange. Head builds up nicely to about an inch and subsides to a lasting cap that leaves traces down the glass.

It smells hoppy--not a whole lot else to say; the aromas are a little floral and strongly citrusy. In the mouth it makes good on its promise, hops all over the place, although not so aggressive as to be off-putting. Citric and floral notes are joined by a grassy undertone, while the alcohol comes through with warmth and a bit of spiciness. There's some bready yeast as well; as the beer warms, the bitterness takes on sort of a tea-like flavor, with an aftertaste that might be a bit too lingeringly bitter for my taste. The mouthfeel is great, very chewy and with a nice body.

This has sort of a quintessential (to my mind) IPA flavor, strongly hoppy and interesting. I'd definitely have another, and I wish I could have had one with lunch today (some great Indian food).

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 20:05:23 | More by Melchizedek
Photo of RedwoodGeorge


3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours an interesting light mahogany - somewhere between deep orange and light brown. Moderate sized dirty white head that recedes quickly leaveing no lacing at all.

The nose is surprisingly subdued with a few floral and herbal hop notes and a nice bready grain scent.

Taste is equally subdued, well developed dry malt tastes similar to saltines and some interesting (light) amber-like fruit notes of peach and apricot. Hop presence is surisingly not present. Some bittering but not gobs and very little in the way of aromatics. Slight piney notes and quite a few light herbal flavors but that's about all. Primary flavors seem to be noble hops - the is quite reminiscent of a British ESB.

Mouthfeel is fine - it's a medium bodied brew with reasonable carbonation. Slight hop finish drys out the drink and leaves a clean palate, no oily residue on the tongue.

Overall I'd give this an "ehhh" It's an okay brew with some very nice malt flavors but for something called "HopDevil" it's surprisingly light on the hops. I would like to try this one again sometime to see if my tastebuds were off that day or if this HopDevil really is just a HopRascal

Thanks to mntlover for sending this bottle Westward in a very generous trade!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 01:45:38 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of fingolfin72

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper color with a lacy, off-white head.

Nose- somewhat floral and piny. Very inviting.

Palate- big, but not overwhelming. It has a woodsy, piny, hoppy bitterness with a slightly creamy malt undertone. Overall, a very bracing beer which whets the appetite. The bitterness slows down the sipping pace a bit, which is good; there's enough alcohol to cause trouble.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2005 01:19:32 | More by fingolfin72
Photo of LucaBrasi

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle States: Enjoy by Oct 21 05.
Pours a hazy orange color with a thick off white head. The head will shrink but will not fade completely.
The smell is of hops and spices.
Taste is excellent. Taste like spices hops and has a slight bitter aftertaste. Nothing overwhelming.
Mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonated.
Drinkability is high this is good shit.
Go get one today.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 19:37:50 | More by LucaBrasi
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good hop nose in the glass. Pours a nice Sierra nevade brown under an off-white head. In actual taste, though, hops are not as smacky as one would believe. instead, they start out understated, a nice peppery and grassy start. The toasty malts makes a nice sticky coating in the mouth, allowing the bitterness to linger and become more pronouced, until it finishes full strength.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 18:31:09 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of akajimmyd

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a tumbler. Creamy amber color. Nice sized head which slowly dissipated but never completely.

Smell: Spicy and fruity scents. (I don’t have an experienced nose.)

Taste: Delicious. Hoppy with a slightly bitter finish. The taste improved as the beer warmed slightly. I couldn’t wait to finish it and have another.

Mouthfeel: Medium Body, perfect carbonation.

Notes: A really enjoyable IPA. Perfect balance between the very hoppy 90 minute and Harpoon’s milder IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 04:01:58 | More by akajimmyd
Photo of HoboAGoGo


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color, nice white head that laces all the way to the bottom and lines of carbonation. Smells of strong floral, strong pine, can smell the yeast and slight alcohol too, some spice. Spicy on the tongue following the initial sweetness that hits the side of your mouth. After a swallow you mouth is coated with spicy hop oils.

Rather good beer, if I could get ahold of it more often, I'd drink it more often.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 03:47:55 | More by HoboAGoGo
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


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

Fresh off the shelves at Ryan and Casey. Bottled label with best if consumed by.. Aug 07. My initial interpretation of this beer is a bit disappointing. Color and body are great. Glowing orange, medium head retention but great lacing. Cloudy translucency indicating unfiltered, a potential gut bomb. Needless to say this beer is very hoppy, followed by a little too much bitterness IMO, but nonetheless a good tasting beer; mainly characterized by a peachy infused body. A beefy beer, definitely not a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 03:06:42 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of jmz62565


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great smell and color.if you're a hophead this is your beer.another quality beer from victory.a little cloudy ,but very crisp and delicious.this has no bad after taste that many IPA's have.i recommend this very highly.
I can see having cheeses and or fish or poultry with this.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 02:19:18 | More by jmz62565
Photo of goschool


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

The pour is orange with a frothy fading head. This IPA is different from the local breed. Its hoppy flavor is leaning heavily towards the spicy side, rather than the bitter and citrus taste that we around here know and love. I'm not about to give up my Stone and Alesmith IPA's, but this is a very nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 06:10:19 | More by goschool
Photo of dirtylou


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

12oz bottle, bought a 6 pack at Brawleys in Charlotte

appearance: hazy copper with a foam white head and impressive lacing

smell: mmm, hops. a bouquet of floral citrus hops backed by sweet malty aromas. dominated by beautiful hops

taste: a brilliant hop profile...not terribly bitter due to a nice balancing effect from the sweet malts. tangerine citrus flavors dominate the tongue

mouthfeel: nice carbonation, medium body, oily hop feel

drinkability: as is the case with many hoppy ipa's i like to enjoy them 1 or 2 at a time

victory is an exceptional brewery, too bad their stuff isn't available in Wisco. Hop Devil is my kind of IPA and I will look for this stuff when home in NC

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 03:05:11 | More by dirtylou
Photo of KarlHungus


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear blood red color. The large, creamy head is white with reddish hues. The aroma is brash and hoppy, floral. The malt fights through the hoppy and peaks through adding complexity to the aroma. The taste gives the illusion of being balanced during the sip. The aftertaste, however, show this brew's true nature. Nice and hoppy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little lighter than other IPAs I've had. Not that that is bad. It seems to call for you to drink more than one. Overall, this is a very good IPA. A very good beer in general for that matter. This brew has found a permanent stop in my refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 22:06:09 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Gritsak

West Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy mahogany with a big thick light tan head. laces extremely well.

S- lots of citrus hops as well as pine.

T- wow this stuff is perfect here. perfect balance of hops with subtle carmel hints. hops are strong but not overpowering.

M- nice creamy body. light-medium carbonation.

D- dont sit down with a 6pack in front of you because it will be gone without you knowing it.

overall- i reviewed this over a year ago and wasnt all that impressed. but as my tastes have matured, this is now one of my favorites. dont pass this one up.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 22:05:48 | More by Gritsak
Photo of RedHaze


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an orangey copper color with a good 1 1/2 finger head that has good retention.

Smells slightly spicy, floral hops, and citrus.

Taste is citrus, dry hops, and just enough malt to keep the hops from overwhelming.

I found this to be similar to 3Floyds Alpha King, which is a good thing, since I really enjoy that beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 19:11:45 | More by RedHaze
Photo of buckiflyer

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you North Carolina for popping the beer alcohol limit cap. Poured a reddish oragne tint, 3 fingure light brown head with lacing. Strong hop smell. Smooth taste with a great intense hop finish. Refreshing. This is what I look for in an American IPA. Could only drink about 3 in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 02:34:45 | More by buckiflyer
Photo of klewis


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish-copper color with a small, but sustaining head.

S: There's not as much hops in the nose as you might expect from an IPA, but what there is smells delicious. Also has some sweet malt aromas as well as caramel and fresh bread.

T: This one has a very smooth and unobtrusive hop flavor that caresses the tongue and blends perfectly with the malt. Just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish that makes you yearn for another sip.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, and lots of stickiness. You experience this beer long after you have swallowed. Excellent.

D: I don't think I've had a better IPA. Lots of hop presence, but without the bite of some - just smooth. Goes down easy and tastes fantastic. This is definitely THE IPA to give to someone who is uninitiated to the the wonderful world of hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 01:40:05 | More by klewis
Photo of TripelJ


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Victory HopDevil

Hazy golden with a nice fluffy white head. Smell is dominated by hops which are both citrusy and floral. Taste is fairly balanced with the malt up front which arrives quite smoothly on the palate, followed by a nice dose of juicy grapefruit hops. The hops are not overly oily, but they do coat nicely and end leaving some bitterness behind. The finish also has taste which I can only describe as sweetly acidic, like an apple with the skin still on it. Overall a very drinkable IPA with a very pleasing hop profile. I like that despite its hazy, unfiltered appearance it wasn't overly heavy or yeasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2005 02:11:48 | More by TripelJ
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a nice beige head that retains well, very nice looking IPA. Aroma is citrusy, floral, resiny, and lightly grassy hops followed by a light bready and slightly sweet malt background. Flavor is citrusy, resiny and lightly floral hops with a nice bready malt backbone that balances alot more than expected. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry, bitter finish and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, as this is alot more balanced that I expected from an IPA. Very nice brew from Victory, i was expectin a hop wallop and i got it but with a sturdy malt backbone that made it a balanced brew which is increasingly uncommon with IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 04:16:09 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of ElGordo


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

Hooray for Pop the Cap North Carolina! Just got this one in this week due to the lifing of the 6% cap here.
Pours from the 12oz bottle a dark copper hue with some red highlights (much darker than I would expect from an IPA), topped by a one-inch head that hangs around for a while. Aroma of spicy floral hops, roasted malt, and a touch of black pepper. Palate is well-balanced between a nice roasted malt character and a big hop presence. Finish is dry with a nice hop bitterness. Good, sturdy body complements the big flavor. Very tasty, and I don't think I'll get tired of it any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 01:52:31 | More by ElGordo
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

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

Poured a yellow-tinged brown in color--perfectly clear. Absolutely no head. Nose was pleasant and had a full bouquet of hops. Lots of hops upfront, but quickly followed by some well-supported malts that help throw this beer into balance. Citrus--particularly grapefruit--comes through as well. Little bit of nuts and butter hiding in this beer too. Mouthfeel was a shade fuller over medium body and just slightly slick. Could not help myself from oredering a second.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2005 00:38:44 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of rowew


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle brought back from my last Texas visit. Enjoy by date on the label.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass with a nice sized head of largish bubbles. Color is red orange with just a slight haze. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: The hops on this one jump out of the bottle as soon as you crack it open. Lots of piney hops in the aroma, and a bit of malt sweetness.

Taste: Slightly oily mouthfeel - medium to full bodied. Nice hop flavor throughout without being overwhelming. Enough malt backbone to keep the hops in check.

Overall impression: Nicely balanced - but still catering to the hopheads. Great beer - wish it was available in Colorado!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 23:31:38 | More by rowew
Photo of hyuga

North Carolina

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

A cloudy dark orange brew, almost amber. Darker than most American IPAs. A fair tannish head leaves some lacing around the glass.

I'm getting more toasty and bready sweet malt than usual with this style, hops don't come out in your face in the aroma. A piney character is definitely there though, with a little citrus.

Oh, so here's where the hops were hiding. Initially, nutty sweetness with a rim of bitterness, leading into a well-hopped middle. Tangy and boisterously leafy. Lovely malt profile in the background, nutty sweet all the way through with a touch of bread and butter. Big rind-like hoppy finish. Nice bitter leaf extract aftertaste that I love.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with rough edges, as it should be. Very well-balanced.

Perhaps a bit more tame than its west-coast counterparts, but certainly a wonderful beer nonetheless. Since this is available in NC now, it'll certainly be one of my top regulars.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 15:36:33 | More by hyuga
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