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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,097 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,097
Reviews: 2,381
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 159
Gots: 538 | 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 quasimoto
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep crytal clear amber color. The head was about a finger thick, (soft pour) but still it leaves laces around the glass.

S - Grapefruit, and peaches are melded together with piney almost yeasty aromas. Very clean.

T - The aromas transfer to the flavors and are even better the slicht peachy flavor of the hops is really apparent. The toasty flavor of malts comes to the middle of the beer, and finishes very clean.

M - Light dry and crisp. The bitterenss strikes the tongue right off the bat. It finishes clean, and leaves a nice piney aftertaste.

D - This is what IPAs should taste like..only a little bit stronger on the aromas.

quasimoto, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of guinnessfan
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from variety pack purchased at Breski's

A: Ruby copper ale, with a one finger head that quickly fled the scene, leaving a small trail of lacing behind.

S: Hops, citrus, etc. as expected.

T: Good hop bitterness, balanced well with malt. Grapefruity taste lingers.

M: Mild carbonation, medium body, seems to have a somewhat oily texture.

D: Good beer, easy to drink due to the balance of malt. Not as good as HopBack Amber, but good nonetheless.

guinnessfan, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of gmcfarre
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Bowtie glass
Bottle has "Enjoy by" date of Jan 23, 2007. Just in time!

A - Beer pours a clear ruby orange color with a nominal 1 inch off-white head. Lacing is present but not outstanding.

S - Floral hops with slight grapefruit notes and a noticeable sweet malt balancing act. A nice blend, but not overly aromatic.

T - Clean, bitter hop taste with a nice tangy grapefruit addition. Very smooth for an IPA, with a moderately drying finish. As it warms the bite increases, but this is still very enjoyable.

M - Moderate carbonation up front, then smooths out with a medium body. Finishes with the requisite drying bitterness.

D - A well rounded and tasty IPA that is certainly worth enjoying. Quaffable and interesting enough where I will probably be buying more in the future.

gmcfarre, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the brew that converted me to craft beer about 7 or 8 years ago. Typical IPA color with a strong floral nose. Hops are the dominant flavor but they are not overwhelming due to a good malt base. Easy to drink with a reasonable ABV. My tastes have changed over the years (I prefer even hoppier beer) but this is a standby for me at home and out in the Phila area where it is often available on tap. I do prefer the Devil on draft than in a bottle.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a six-pack of this last night at Libby's Liquors in Central Square. I had two bottles with dinner last night at a friend's apartment.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, hazy reddish-copper with a thick, beige head that fades to a film leaving heavy but patchy lace on the inside of the glass. I really love the color.

Smell: Sweet malts with some tart fruitiness, a whiff of alcohol and some grassy, resiny and grapefruit hop aromas.

Taste: Toasty malts upfront that move into a fruity and sugary sweetness. The finish is a grassy and resiny hop bitterness with a lingering tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and oily with low carbonation.

Drinkability: This is really hop-forward making it a bit hard to drink.

Overall: This is an excellent American IPA.

EPICAC, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of bgraney
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark honey color with reddish hues. Foamy white head which slowly dissolves and leaves an intricate lacing. Impressive look.
The devil is in the aroma. All citrusy/grapefruit/lemon juicy hops.
Even though the hops dominate the flavor there is a very well balanced malt background.
Smooth mouthfeel with the hop bitterness. Grapefruit lingers on the tongue.
Drinkablity is similar to most IPA's, as long as you don't get tired of the hops they'll keep going down smooth.
An outstanding IPA.

bgraney, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of pootz
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:

Poured a shimmering opaque light copper-amber ale into the glass. Decent 2 finger rocky cap lasts well and laces.

Aroma is a massive gob-smack of Cascade and Warrior hops with a big floral-grapefruit bouquet, some earthy sweetness from the malts.

Impression: Substantial malt backbone, soapy mouth feel, medium-light body... citrusy hop-rich smooth character.

Profile: Up front rich amber malts attack for just a second then a rush of NW hops produce a acerbic marmalade on toast effect....mid palate the hops get stronger as the bready toasty malts drop back,,,,as you approach the finish it turns slightly dry as the hops still hang in creating a bittering finish and lingering metallic aftertaste.

This is a rock solid crafted APA with all the Pacific NW hop flair out pacing the big malts...not as full bodied and balanced as Libery ale but good standard sipping fare for hop heads

pootz, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of racer2k
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- A dark copper color with a fine haze to boot. My pint glass seems to be creating a nice consistent lace around the glass. Some moderate carbonation

Smell- I can smell hints of earthiness with a balance of citrus and fruit under my nose. Nice smell

Taste- The initial taste is one of an earthy ale but a distinct burst of hops finishes as you swallow. Well balanced, good hop characteristic, and a smooth finish. There is a hint of malt as you initially take the sip but it transitions nicely to hops.

Mouthfeel- A mix of malty and hops with a slight hint of the alcohol in the beer. Low to moderate carbonation would be the rule of thumb.

Drinkability- This beer sets up as a good session beer though the 6.7% ABV is hard to find so it may be a short session.

Overall - A nice beer if you like a stronger IPA with good hop and malt characteristics.

racer2k, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of Mattysox
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For my first review, I've selected a beer that has become one of my standard issue, go to brews...I've been pretty impressed with Victory in general, and this beer in particular, during my numerous tastings of it.


HopDevil pours a ruddy, pale orange color, usually with a fairly solid, substantial head, if you pour it aggressively. First notes to your nose are a little grapefruit and piney hops, but definitely more citrus than x-mas. It has a smooth mouthfeel, with enough carbonation to be bracing but not obnoxious. The hops, of course, are the centerpiece of the beer, but there is great malty balance to it, and that, I think, is this beer's true strength. It is very well balanced and eminently drinkable, despite its modestly high ABV. It finishes more bitter than it tastes initially, but that's not a bad thing, as the hop profile of this is pretty tasty.


One final note, if you can find this on tap, as I do at Tallula in Arlington, VA, you'll find a slightly smoother, less carbonated mouthfeel. Definitely worth seeking out.

Mattysox, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of jscottku21
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can't say enough about the HopDevil. Fantastic IPA that provides quite a kick both with it's hoppy flavor and ABV. I would recommend this beer to anyone who is a fan of the IPA style. This is my new default beer, as it is both economical and extremely tasty. Cheers!

jscottku21, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful copper body with tints of red and orange. Topped with a fluffy white head that left chunks of foam in the middle of the brew.
Pine and orange peel dominate the aroma with some floral and grass touches.
Taste starts with some sweet malt, very quickly, then the hops kick in. Citrus, grass and young pine are present here. Bite starts off hard, but dwindles down. The alcohol becomes present, yet sublte.
Clean finish. Crisp. Drinkability overshadows the taste, it'll hook ya.

Mebuzzard, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of jbramley
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice amber from the bottle. A very hoppy nose attacked my nostrils. The first few drinks were almost rough until my mouth adjusted to the hoppyness of the beer. A fine citrus with an evergreen undertone. Very drinkable with slight grapefruit after taste.

jbramley, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of MVassar
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, amber color, and a thick, creamy, long-lasting head, with an enticing cream color, touched with honey. Lacing just sticks around forever.

Some malt, caramel, and citrus hops in the somewhat reticent nose.

Wow. Gobs of flavor here. Loads of bitter hops that initially threaten to overtake everything, but are beautifully subdued by lush malt, bread, and honey flavors. Extraordinary.

Huge body, with sweet, creamy textures.

My only caveat would be the intense amount of hops for the uninitiated. As for me, I could drink this amazing stuff all day long.

MVassar, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of shadow1961
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Devil pours out a thick foamy head that collapses pretty quickly. The brew is a
cloudy amber color with good carbonation. Nose is malty and herbal. Flavor is of
hops with a bit of malt making it's way out. It's hard to pin down but there's something
summery feeling about the flavor. Aftertaste is of bitter hop. Alcohol by volume 6.7%.
If you're someone who likes your hops aggressive, this is the brew for you- although
for balance you can't beat Bell's Two-hearted, and for the mellow herbal side of the
hop equation you might like Full Sail Pale Ale instead. Still, a worthy brew in it's own
right.

shadow1961, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into mug.

Deep amber hue with a touch of red tint. A little darker than most IPAs, even American IPAs. In inch head that slowly settles a a thin cap. Sticky lacing that's nicely layered.

Strong piney hops explode from the beer giving the aroma of grapefruit. Light sweet malts in the background. Sweet honey scents creep through the overpowering hops.

Grainy malts and citrusy hops are the dominant flavors, and don't allow for much else. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, mixed with the alpha acids, give a crisp bite to the tongue. The finish, of course, is loaded with lingering hop bitterness.

A good American IPA, loaded with crisp hops. Very delicious. Recommended.

BeerSox, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of GregBrewski
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange or amber color with a light head that diminished quickly. In the aroma, hops mostly prevail with a mix malt sweetness. Not an overpowering aroma, like I expected. Same thing goes for the taste. I was expecting a ridiculously hopy brew, that’s not what it delivers. It is a good balanced mix of malt and hops. The spice is first noticed that it trails off and finishes somewhat smooth with a bitter aftertaste.
This is a good IPA, with well balanced and bold tones. I was expecting more though, probably b/c of the name...however, still worth a try.

GregBrewski, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of alephilmac
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in an Imperial pint. Very attractive, dark (for an IPA), redish hue, decent off-white head that faded partway through.
The nose lacked a great deal of character, a little floral, but not too much.
The taste was quite nice, initial sweetness that faded into a mild bitter finish.
Overall drinkability was fairly high, the beer needed to warm just a tad before it really got going.

alephilmac, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright clear reddish amber color with a slight head.

Aromas are a touch hoppy, bitter, and floral, but I mostly notice a sweet maltiness on the nose. Smells are decent, but not what I expected from an IPA.

Flavor is crisp, sweet, creamy and malty. But where are the hops? (Isn't this called "HopDevil"?) They seem to be lacking here, only notice them just slightly on the finish. It is a good tasting beer, but reminds me much more of a pale ale, not an IPA.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, the malty creaminess sticks to your mouth.

This is a very drinkable beer, very session worthy. But this to me doesn't seem to have a lot of American IPA qualities. (maybe British IPA qualities...) Still worth a try, just not at all what I expected.

Thanks for the bottle Mikesgroove!

flexabull, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of gunnerman
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a orange color with a white head that leaves some lace on the glass. Smell is of hoppy malty goodness it has that nice citrus hop smell that we love. Taste is awesome goodness if you like a balanced hoppy beer, you can taste some smooth bitter goodness very hoppy with a citrus flair that goes down smooth with a bit of alcohol burn. Awesome offering from victory.

gunnerman, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper with a nice creamy colored head and significant lace. Looks great. Smell is richly hopped , with even a bit of a sugary presence. Taste was very nice, not overly upfront with the hops, but it will catch you on the back end. Nice dry finish. Again that almost caramel malty taste rounds this out very nicely. Very smooth as well. This is a good IPA that is not Crazy Hopped, although I do prefer insanely hopped beers. Overall very nice.

mikesgroove, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of gmfessen
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a very cool looking bottle into a pint glass, this beer is amber-brown in color with a decent one finger bubbly head. Head dies down quickly and leaves small bits of lacing on the glass. The smell is of spicy hops. The taste follows suit, with a sweet grapefruity malt start and spicy hop finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy. Overall I would have to say this is a very drinkable beer, the 6.7 abv is very well hidden, a must try for hopheads everywhere.

gmfessen, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of AltBock
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a bright blue/purple label with a big green hop that had two beady eyes, elf ears, two devil horns, and with an evil grin on his face. What more can I say, it's looks like Hop Devil, if it were real. Above the Hop Devil is the title of the beer that looks like it's on fire. To the left of the picture is information about the Hop Devil lore, the beer itself, and the Brewmaster's signature. In the middle between the picture and the information is a best before date that is easily seen. No funky number or batch number, just a simple best before date. My bottle is best before Feb 13, 2007. To the left of the Hop Devil is just the barcode and Government warning. Victory always has nice labels and this one doesn't disappoint.

Appearance: When poured into a simple Bell's Brewery American pint glass, the beer is pretty much an average honey amber color. Nothing really spectacular about the color here. When poured, it had a nice 1 finger fluffy head of white foam to it, but that soon departed into an extremely low amount of white rings and really no lace around the glass. That was disappointing. If the beer's appearance was as good as the label, then this beer would have received a 5 in appearance.

Smell: When I poured it, I was no further than just a couple inches away from the glass when I got a whiff of strong bitter floral hops coming from the glass. When it finally got settled, it wasn't as strong as it was when I first opened it. What was there now was a big floral hop presence, a huge helping of citrus fruits, hint of caramel, and a touch of sweet malts at the end.

Taste: I wouldn't say it's a devil of a hoppy beer because there are much more hoppy beers out there than this one. Don't get me wrong, this beer is hoppy, but it's sure doesn't have a devil strength amount of hops to it. What it has instead was a not too overpowering taste of dry bitter citrus hops, some caramel here and there, a slight biscuit flavor, and with the slightest taste of sweet malts at the end. If you like the taste of citrus flavored hops, then you'll like the taste of this one.

Mouthfeel: I would have to say that it's medium bodied, very little carbonation, aftertaste of those bitter citrus hops, and I thought that this beer was a bit too dry for my taste at the end.

Drinkability: Not really a Devil of a beer, but it's still quite drinkable if you're ever in an IPA mood. I could drink it again in the future. I don't have a problem with that idea. I would have to say that is a must try after you had their great Storm King Stout.

AltBock, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of pavandal
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured a nice amber color with a think 1' head. Head dissapated into a cake like form, and wouldn't leave until I drank it.

Smells of floral hops.

Tastes is awesome. Hoppy, but not unbalanced. Slight malty hints, but bitter hops prevail.

Feel is a bit heavier than your average IPA, but it's not out of control.

ABV is a bit high, but if you can handle it, have another. Drinkable if you like hops, and I do!

pavandal, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of tcfishler
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, medium-dark amber with a good head and lacing.

Piney-hoppy nose.

Very subtle sweetness. Hop character is evident from the start, but bitterness doesn't take over until the finish. Rounder mouthfeel than the DFH 60 minute IPA, which I compared side-by-side.

I think the malt here manifests more in the mouthfeel than in any obvious sweetness. This is a balanced and seeminly nonaggressive IPA.

tcfishler, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangish-brown with a two finger head with good retention. Aroma is citrus hops and sweet caramel and bread. Taste is of sweet bread and spice with some citrus and grassy notes in there as well. Also picking up a tea leaf flavor. Mouthfeel is really smooth. This is a very drinkable IPA. A very solid brew.

hckyfn9999, Nov 11, 2006
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,097 ratings.