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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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6,635 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,635
Reviews: 2,442
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 215
Gots: 853 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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

A- Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. True amber in color with good amount of head.

S - First smell is hops with a sweetness on the background. Very nice

T - Spicy hops that mellow down to a smooth malty taste as it slides down the tongue.

M - Not over carbonated. Smooth balance between the hops and malt flavors. The aftertaste picks up some spice and pine from the hops, but not overwhelming

D - The balance and lightness of this beer make it very very drinkable, not to mention refreshing. I highly recommend this beer, one of the better I have had in a while.

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip the beer was a dirty penny copper with about two fingers of just off white fluffy head that retained very well throughout the whole sample and left a thick sheet of lacing. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom and sides of the glass.

The nose smacks with hoppy aromas. Piney and citrusy, slight grapefruit, and an ever so soft bready malty aroma. Hop aromas dominate this one with pine cones coming through.

The first sip has carbonation grab the palate right away with a prickly impact that soon gives way to a dry bitterness on the back of the tounge. Taste mimics the smell as you not only sense the bitterness but also "taste" the hop aromas of pine and graperuit. The balance actually comes through as the beer rests for a moment. A semi-firm malt backbone is present and serves to cut through the hops just slightly. Hop flavor still dominates, but the beer is not without balance. I remember the beer being less balanced in the past. The finish is dry, crisp, and resony hops coming back through.

Medium body with a good amount a carbonation. Prickly, dry and crisp with each sip.

The beer has always been a solid and afforable choice for an IPA. I recall the beer being less balanced in the past; perhaps my affinity for hops has made even those beer which pack a punch seem less agressive than they once did. Either way, still an excelent beer that I return to often.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found out Victory is distributed by me now so I picked up a sizer of this and storm king.

Pours a cool looking red color with a nice looking head. Decent lacing but not a ton.

Smell is pretty hoppy but the hops smell nice. Kind of earthy smelling hops with a nice malt smell too.

Taste is great. It tastes sort of like a malty Irish red with IPA hops. I think it's very tasty. Glad I bought a 6er.

Mouthfeel is good. There is a sort of weird feeling in your mouth in the end but that kind of tastes like rye.

Overall I will buy fresh ones of this as long as I can get it. A very good IPA.

Photo of chilly460
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Amber with a tan head. Decent head

S - Earthy, grassy hops with some sweet maltiness in background. Not much punch to the aroma.

T - Smooth malt/hops balance at first. Grassy hops, quite a bit of spicy prickliness in the back of the throat. Sweet caramel malts, very sweet.

M - Medium to heavy, quite chewy.

D - I don't particularly like the grassy, spicy hop profile here. Quite a bit of very sweet malts, not a very pleasant balance.

Photo of rwdkosak
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass with a 1cm head that lasted for only a short time. A nice color, soft amber, just a bit cloudy.

Nose was slight but stands up to typical IPA standard. Taste-wise was quite good with the second sip of the session better than the first. Citrus and slightly bitter, nice hop-flavor and enjoyable to drink.

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

Drank from a standard pint glass from a home keg dispenser. Pours a full head with lasting lacing. Colors is a dark amber. Smell is hoppy, and burnt. After the smell you would think it would be quite strong, but the back-end taste is exceptionally smooth.

As for an IPA I would suggest, and rate quite high.

Photo of brow1901
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden red color, light cream colored head is large but dissipates rather quickly. A very thin layer of sticks around and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Mostly of malt, not heavily roasted malt but rather the fresh baked bread malt smell. I catch a slight whiff of some sort of spices maybe pepper. And definitely plenty of hops.

T- Taste is excellent, great balance of strong malts to hops. Some of the spices shine marvelously. The only thing I would ask for is a more defined hop character, something with a citrus or pine taste would seem a good fit. The hop character breaks away from the malty sweetness in the aftertaste.

D- The beer is incredibly drinkable, perfect light carbonation blends with the great taste to make a super smooth beer. Hopdevil goes down easy.

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade with Pudge43 - I believe (lots of trading going on these days).

Upon first site I have to say that it looks fairly average. Really it has a much darker side than many IPA's - this is a ruddy brown color. The head is off white. Poured into a Duvel glass.

The aroma is of massive malt. It's almost like a mash tun with massive amounts of barley rolling around! This smells juicy.

The first taste confirms why this beer is called HopDevil. There is a very unique hop flavor. There is almost a component of tannin or acid that gives this beer a sour flavor - very good. I must say that this beer is extremely dry/attenuated. I really am loving this.

The mouthfeel is light despite the massive malt nose. It's great to get a chance to appreciate a regular IPA. I've been drinking so many Double IPA's that it's almost been too much. I do enjoy this one.

I would call this beer very drinkable. I would have no problem sitting through an afternoon of these. The hops are a bit over the top - but in a good way. Cheers!

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

A: Pours a crisp, clean coppery amber body with a one and a half finger off-white head leaving patching lacing.

S: Fresh squeezed grapefruit, pine sap, bold orange juice. Sweet malt interplay with the hops with traces of brown sugary breads and buttery, syrupy pancakes.

T: Initially good bitterness in front, grapefruit and wet pine. Following are balancing malts baked quick breads. Muddled in with the malt and hop balance is an underlying spiciness, dry and peppery. At the end, there's decent residual bitterness, very piney and somewhat astringent.

M: Solid medium body, crisp, and leaves off slightly slick.

D: A standard, now, among American IPA's, enjoyable through and through.

Photo of jkendrick
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear but amber and much darker than other IPAs. A slightly off-white head rises in as fine and pillowy and leaves just a touch of lace

S: Limited aroma, maybe just a very faint citrus

MF: Medium body with nice carbonation, but a bit dry feeling

T: The hops are astringent and biting, but quickly balanced by the malt. The hops flavors are indistinct due to the dominant biscuity malt.

D: I could probably drink more of these due to the malt backbone preventing undue palette crushingness, but it isn't what I look for in an IPA

Photo of BARFLYB
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a regular kitchen glass. Have not had this in years.

A- Hop Devil pours out the standard copper/bronze color with bubbles seen rising to the top. This yielded an inch white foamy soapy looking head that left with the quickness. It did leave nice lacing though.

S- This IPA has a very faint hop scent with the traditional malt backing with the latter taking the lead. Not very pungent with some pine scents and a twinge of bitterness.

T- I get a bunch of sweet malts in the beginning but after time on the tounge the hop punch came through, although this punch was more like a push being not to dominate. Very light citrus flavors with some breadyness.

M- It really took some time in the mouth to get the full appeal of the hops used which was not much. After some time on the tounge the hops came through with slight bitterness. A step below medium bodied with good carb going for it.

D- A step above sessionable this devil is quite drinkable while not being to forward with any ingredient. The name suits the drink, as if this were called hoppy devil, the outcome might be misleading. A good local to go to from time to time. I can't wait for wild devil.

Photo of Liverpool08
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love a good IPA so was anxious to try this one.
Starts out with a real thick foamy head, then develops good lacing. Great Copper/red color. Nice Grapefruit/hoppy smell. A nice IPA but I think with the name I was expecting more Hops.
Its still a very satisfying IPA, very drinkable. A good session IPA. Has a dry mettalic mouthfeel.
Goes down very easy.
This is my first product from Victory, will definately try some others.

Photo of Jasel
2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Not my kind of beer...but I'm not a huge IPA fan. Maybe it was skunked? Still learning.

Consumed with a pilsner glass.

Appearance - A great tannish, to dark brown. A 1 finger head, I don't know about lacing because I just couldn't drink it.

Smell - Decent traditional IPA smell, with some funk our sourness.

Taste - Metallic smell with a hops, hops, hops.

Mouthfeel - Fizzy with a harsh sourness that gave me shivers every time.

Drinkability - Could get past the first few sips let alone a whole beer.

Photo of sprucetip
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, from notes. Finally had the pleasure of trying this one. Pours clear deep copper, thick head, some retention, good lacing.

SMELLS citrusy and floral hops, has some legs, malty support in the background.

TASTE is grapefruity and floral hop flavors in the lead, rich sweet malty base backs the hops, medium bitterness through the middle. Largely smooth and balanced, some lingering bitterness after the finish.

FEEL moderate carbonation and tingles, medium body, some lingering bitterness.

OVERALL very easy drinker, but a little thin in flavor. Sessionable.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On paper, this is a good beer. By style, this is a good beer. I just can't figure out why then I am not a huge fan.

Appears a nice gold. Smells a bit weak, but obviously hops are present with pine being the most prevalent of scents. Tastes comparable to Stone's regular IPA offering, which I do like. Just missing..something that I can't put my finger on.

Photo of beauweaver
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am not going to beat around the bush on this wonderful brew. I have tried many good IPA's but this one is simply the best! Pure and simple. If you haven't tried it, you are missing on a wonderful thing.
Some say it's an acquired taste. I don't believe that.

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

A- Nice amber color with a one finger white head. Leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

S- Grapefruit, pine and hops in the nose. Nothing seems to dominate a nice blend.

T- Slow build of grapefruit at first that switches to a nice hop bitterness and then finishes slightly bitter and sweet

M- Medium bodied, creamy and smooth with good carbonation,

D- Easy drinking IPA. Not too bitter, not too strong. At 6.7% ABV it is a little on the low side for an IPA so the alcohol is well hidden.

A nice IPA, easy drinking and not too extreme. There are better examples out there but a nice choice when you don't want something crazy or a good choice to share with non-beer fanatic friends.

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

On cask through the handpump at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a dark amber that is a bit hazy. The beer has a wonderful head, especially for cask ale, huge and creamy and off white that leaves some nice lacing. Smells bitter with leafy hops and a rich bitter earthiness, and a touch of grainy sourness. The taste exhibits a nice deep bitterness and an earthy richness as well as a hoppy, creamy finish which is unique to the cask in my estimation. Nice mouthfeel, creamy and dry with a slight graininess. Absolutely delicious, and even better on cask.

Photo of cpn920
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an orange and reddish color with a fast fading head. Smell floral hops and sweet caramel malts. Taste is similar to smell with a nicely balanced beer. Not overly hoppy but more than enough for me. Good carbonation on what I would say is medium to full bodied. Drinkability is high in my opinion. Very good beer.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear amber orange color. Two fingers of thick creamy head with good retention and some lacing.

3.5 S: Citrus and herbal hops. Slight breadiness and a touch of caramel.

3.5 T: The hop profile isn't as deep as I'd prefer. Lots of bittering hops while not much in terms of flavor. Not quite as balanced because of this, though still very tasty. Malts are a bit bready, caramel, grainy.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation and creaminess, but could be improved.

4.0 D: Intense hop bitterness brings out the hophead in me, which makes this very drinkable.

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark copper/amber color with three fingers of off white head, that will dissipate to around half of a finger and last throughout. Leaves some decent lacing down the glass.

Smells of pine and citrus hops and sweet malts.

Tastes of piney and earthy hops with caramel malts and has an aftertaste that tastes like wheat bread.

Medium bodied, creamy, smooth and carbonated

A solid IPA. Very Drinkable and at $8.99 for a 6-pack, I will be drinking this beer often, especially on the days when I think I can't dish out the extra dough for a Stone IPA 6-pack.

Photo of cadizkyguy
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour into a pint glass, a three inch head emerges, almost overflows the glass. I've had this delectable brew before, but this is the first time i'm reviewing it. HopDevil is among my favorite brews, but this is an older bottle so its freshness might force me to go out and buy another six pack to review. Oh well, still a great IPA. Minutes after the intial pour, there's still a one inch frothy head and considerable lacing on the glass. Smell is just average with the older bottle, and taste, mouthful and drinkability are a bit above average. I guess I will have to review this again. Still, a very good offering from Victory.

Photo of sabalon
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

actually had a chance to try this beer twice, the latter by accident.

forgot i had already had it. it poured nicely, golden cloudy, with a decent head, but that faded quickly.

aroma was citrus, but the taste was quite muted, not too much hopping devil wise. don't get me wrong, it went down just fine.

not too disappointed, but the 'hop devil' moniker had me prepared for more than advertised.

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

Appearance - Beautiful ruby/orange with a fluffy foam head. It actually turns from orange to yellow like a sunset as I look down the glass in the light. Head dissipates a bit too quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

Smell - Hops and caramel, a bit spicy. Not as vibrant as I'd expect from an IPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Hops, honey, and caramel. Stings the front of the tongue a bit, but very mellow overall. Nice sweetness on the finish, followed by a dry aftertaste.

Drinkability - Very drinkable IPA. I'd call this one a great entry- or mid-level Pale Ale. Very inviting. I'm not sure if I'd have called this one a "devil". It actually makes one not accustomed to IPAs hesitant to drink it, even though it's a very accessible beer.

Photo of cnjohn19
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not too up on the label of this beer and almost caused me from buying...smells of spicy hops, a little grainy...poured a dark reddish orange, clear, with constant bubbling...the taste is what makes this beer stand out...distinct americanized hops, a tad spiced, and extremely delicious...very bold, especially with only a 6.7% ABV...thorougly enjoyed its crispness and provides a great kick in the ass...overall moderate body but again very bold in flavor...

highly encourage you to read this review if you'd like to try an american ipa you've never had (despite its horrible labeling)...you'll appreciate this beer and would advise ordering at least 3 to fully enjoy what hopdevil has to offer...

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,635 ratings.