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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

6,380 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,380
Reviews: 2,398
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 176
Gots: 637 | 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 AlephNull
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy dull copper color with very active carbonation visible. The chunky white head disipates to a film but leaves a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Umm... maybe slightly hoppy.. no just kidding it's EXTREMELY HOPPY. Smells more grapefruity than a grapefruit and a bit of pine. A little bit of a background of some malt, but did I mention hops.

T - Well, you get what's advertised. I enjoy it, though I can't say it's very well ballanced, the hops are really out in the forefront here with a crisp and piney flavor... a really wide range of hops flavors. Theres a kind of base malt flavor here, but the hops roll over that.

M - A malty fairly thick body... almost creamy in consistency. Fairly active carbonation, but not really noticeable with the heavy body.

D - For something so over the top, it's actually very drinkable for hop heads.

AlephNull, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of PorterLover83
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass a cloudy gold color. Not too much head or lacing to be seen. Had a real hoppy smell with a slight flowery hint. Not too much in the taste though. My it was just the aroma hops? Taste followed suit with the smell and had a pretty hoppy presence in it with just a little bit of malt. Had sort of a lighter mouthfeel to it. Not as hopped up as I expected from the name and the style but I feel it was a pretty good offering.

PorterLover83, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy copper amber with a long lasting orange tinged head about half an inch thick. Prominent lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus. Moderately sweet biscuit taste with substantial mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish. I would drink this again. Overall a very nice beer.

CDBeerDisappear, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Victory Brewing Co.

A - Hazy orange body with traces of red, copper and rust. Large, two-finger creamy white head that fully diminished. Beautiful lacing decorated the glass as I drank. This beer looked absolutely amazing when it was served!

S - Moderate bready maltiness in the nose with a fairly heavy perfumy hop aroma and some cask wood. Not quite as hoppy in the nose as I had anticipated.

T - Initial flavor was moderately bitter, followed by an average finish. Much better on cask that in the bottle! Overall, not as hoppy as I was expecting. Hops are definitely more floral than citrus.

M - Medium body with a very creamy texture and virtually no carbonation. This brew felt amazing in the mouth. Cleaner, more creamy mouthfeel and not quite as bitter as the bottled version. Not very sticky for an IPA, but very creamy.

D - Fantastic cask offering from Victory! I could drink one or two of these on every visit to Victory. This is an all-around fantastic IPA that is so much better on cask.

ffejherb, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of buzzworthy
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HopDevil Ale pours an amber-orange out of the bottle with a cool looking hop devil on the label. Not surprisingly, hops are in charge here. There is a pleasant citrus, grapefruit, orange hopiness that predominates with only a hint of malt in the background. Dry on the finish with more hops.

buzzworthy, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of StarSAELS
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I swear... I saw it. It was in that fraction of a second between the fridge door opening and the light coming on when I saw it... a little green hop devil. I'd heard they could phase through glass and infuse the all the beer in your fridge with pine, fruity hop oils. But I'd never seen one...

I swear... I saw it. Just a little green shimmer and then it was back in the bottle. And a minute later, lounging on the thick, frothy ivory head.

Oh, the aroma--piney and citrusy! Oh, the color--rich amber caramel! Oh, the taste-- tantalizing twists of citrus and pine with a caramel smoothness and a rich malty tone.

Oh, the beer--pure bliss!

StarSAELS, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of czfreeman
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Nice caramel color, very frothy head, good retention. smells like like grapefruit,raisin, pine,lots of citrus! bicuity taste, bitter finish. pretty sweet tasting. carmel flavors come through. bitter notes at the end predominate the flavor of each sip. nice thick mouthfeel that really clings to your mouth. This beer is nice to sip on slowly due to bitterness levels, but a really enjoyable brew.

czfreeman, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of ohoove
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've only returned to a handful of ipa's with such an abundant selection on the microbrew scene and this is one of them.
The heavy pine and citrus/grapefruit tones that tease the nose and stick to the palate jump out and say " I mean business " . A mouthful of malt up front with the thick ipa finish is blended nicely with the soapy sudsy finish. Victory?-absolutely!

ohoove, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of ajr24
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Victory Brewpub- straight from the source.

Foresaid- always worth a trip to Victory.

The appearance was poured into a pint as a deep orange and burnt copper color with an off-white thick and creamy head that left resilient lacing.

The smell was powerfully hopped (living up to the name of the beer). More citrusy undertones rather than piney...

The taste was hops, citrus, and some notes of buttery biscuit on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is very satisfying for this hoppy and citrusy beer. The carbonation and alcohol also check each other.

Overall this beer is greatly drinkable, each one is maintained by the other.

ajr24, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of drumrboy22
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

Beer was an amber color with a large, creamy, off-white colored head. Left nice lacing around the edge of the glass.

Aroma was sweet malts, caramel, nuts along with citrus and hops. Kind of a mild aroma. I expected it to be more aromatic.

Taste was hoppy and spicy with a long, bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel. A really great beer, that hides it's alcohol well. High drinkability.

drumrboy22, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of shabbtastic
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by a friend, and was not disappointed at all. Being a huge fan of IPA's this one is very tasty.

A - A good two finger head which lasted a bit. Hazy amber color. The lacing on this beer was magnificent, lasted all the way down, very impressive.

S - Reeked with Hops. Definitely lives up to its name.

T - The hops in this are not shy at all. Hits you and hits you hard with a nice citrus companion.

M - Excellent carbonation, a bit of fizzle on the back of the palette.

D - Nice to enjoy a few, wouldn't classify as a session brew. Nice follow through leaves you urning another gulp!

shabbtastic, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Tolann
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours nicely into a pint glass with a cloudy amber color and light head.

S - I can smell the sweet hops from here and my glass is still next to me on the table. There's no hiding from the hops here! Hop smell is sweet and floral. A little bit of citrus also hiding in the nose as well; maybe a soft orange.

T - Bitter at first hit and sweet aftertaste that lingers at the back of your tongue. The bitterness hangs on your breath at the back of your throat. The hops is an earthy taste I can't quite pinpoint.

M - Smooth, not too carbonated or lively. Heavier than many other IPAs I've had, but I certainly wouldn't call this beer thick; after all it is still an IPA. It's near a medium mouthfeel.

D - I really like this beer. Its a drink you enjoy over time and not drink too quickly for an IPA. The heavy feel of the IPA I think will keep you from downing this beer too fast; it will fill you up.

Tolann, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of bigeyedfish
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, drink by 11 February 08 into a pint glass.

Once in pint glass, the beer comes with a really nice, foamy mother of pearl head, which starts receding quickly, but not at an alarming rate, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. The color is somewhere in between medium to dark orange and ruby red; in short, an awesome looking beer.

When put to the nose the beer comes off with pine, pine, and more pine. Not exactly the balanced IPA, but not a super dry pine smell either. It's a more complete, deep pine (assuming, for the minute that Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe is the dry pine). It's piney, but it's deep and inviting at the same time. It's unassumingly intimaditing. There's something else on the nose too, besides pine; I can't pin point it exactly, but the best I can say is that it smells like carrots. This aroma isn't until the head is almost gone, save for a thin shean on the top and aromatics have been taken for a minute to a minute and a half. But the pine definatley recedes over time, and leaves carrots. Interesting.

A lot of pine, a lot of cedar. The finish is huge(after more than :30 seconds it's still there.) There's a lot in the end, but that's produced with the front and mid-palate being sacrificed to the Gods of Pine in the end. There's a little transition in the mid-palate, a little nice hint of mint and pine, nothing to get excited about, but that's it for first and second flavors. You don't really get into the flavors until you really get deep into this beer- at first glance the strong finish makes you think it's a full flavor, but after inspection, it proves to be just a super big finish with everything else a little lacking. Kind of dissapointing, actually.

Mouthfeel is really nice- big, luscious and definatley a coating of bitter hops. A little carbonation floating around, and the beginning sip is a little tough with the bitterness, it's almost too much at first. The bitterness dissappears around mid-palate and comes through big time at the end, with the explosion of pine. But really, a pleasant beer to drink. There are a lot of people who would be offended by this beer, but if you're used to the style it'll be something to take notice of, and then in turn to settle into; there might some people who like IPA's may not like this beer, but it won't be because of the mouthfeel. The first sip is a bit of a shock, but after that, you know what you're getting.

I'm not sure where I want to go on the drinkability on this one. On one hand, it's an absolute palate bomb that will destroy your tastebuds and it's hard to forsee drinking more than one of these while still being able to taste anything, not to mention the almost 7% alcohol which means you're looking at 4/5 being a very good night. On the other hand, after one to one and a half there's not much you can taste besides this, so really, it only gets easier to drink after teh first one (if you ever had more than one Festina Peche in the same night, with the second one being easier to drink- it's kind of like that). With all that said I can remember a handful of nights where this ran the gauntlet- first beer of the night, holding its own with a strong, full bodied cigar (even danced brilliantly with a La Flor Dominicana Coronado, which is known for it's pineyness) and can be something that after 5/6 you can still drink standing up; in it's body it's a DIPA- in its drinkability, it's an IPA.

This probably is the marijuana of IPA's; that gateway version of the style that fans of the more classic IPA's (Bell's Two Hearted immediatley comes to mind) can use to get into bigger IIPA's(with the afformentioned Weyerbacher Double Simcoe proving to be a natural progression from this) while still having the IPA abv; a classic within the style, but not a classic example of the style.

bigeyedfish, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hopdevil comes with a cool label of a devilish looking hop and a consume by date. Nice. It pours a clear amber with a nice foam head the leaves some money web lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is hoppy with a tiny maltiness. The taste of the brew is not overwhelmingly hoppy for an IPA. You get a whoppy spiciness at the end of the drink in the back of your mouth. It tasted to me like there was a strong hop talent to it with a balance of malt in the background. Very good IPA.

cswhitehorse, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of AylwinForbes
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper coloured , clear, with full head, lot of carbonation. Pronounced hoppy bitterness in a classical way (reminiscent of Sierra Nevada) before all the over-the-top super-charged beers. Nice finish with lingering hoppiness. Excellent in the middle of the range bitter beers.

AylwinForbes, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of Folderol
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at McIntyre's in Toms River.

I'd say the most impressive aspect of this beer was the head. It's thick, full and cream-colored, not what I'm used to seeing on an ale. Smell is of hops, but not the piney stuff I'm used to finding. I couldn't quite place the flavor either; it's hops, but there was something unique about it. Overall, a well-balanced beer, not overwhelmingly hoppy but definitely sturdy. Drinkability was quite good.

Folderol, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of jhu1995
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep orange/amber color with a thick off-white head and lots of sticky lacing. Smell is flowery hops to the core. Taste follows suit, but is not overpowering. Seems to be on the lighter side with regard to body. Nice crisp finish and very tasty. A very solid brew.

jhu1995, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of holzmann
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the beers that I place in my "Solid IPA" category: never disappoints, but still has a special character at that. Strong hop body with smokey tones and flavor with a good hop bite in the finish.Great hop aroma that is however not quite as flowery or complex as other IPAs of its caliber. From my experience I have seen this beer to have sub-par head retention.

holzmann, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of Deuane
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been around a long time, being one of the first BIG IPA's out there. It is no longer as BIG as it use to be as tons have breweries have made brews far bigger than this old gaurd. Due to all of this it has been a long time since I have had a HopDevil. Being on cask though at the Zeno's real ale fest gave me good reason to revisit this old friend, and I am glad I did!

A--light orange copper with a thick white head

S--Lovely floral hop kick. A true sniffer.

T--Great, fresh hop flavor with a really solid malt bill. A well balanced beer.

M--Rich and full bodied. Offers up a nice hop bite aftertaste.

D--Forgot how good this beer is...and on cask it is even better. This beer may not be the biggest bad boy on the block anymore but it still a very solid performer. A truly, a well made beer.

Deuane, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of dwilkins
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - about 1/2 finger head with a usual pour. The head disaptes quickly - some lacing. Much lighter than others of its style - dark gold and very clear.

S - Not aromatic. Maltiness dominates, but no powerful sweetness. Pleasant.

T - A great balance. The bitterness is most evident in aftertaste. In the mouth, there is a good deal of light malt flavor.

M - Thick for its style, but actually more true to form than most of its competitors. There is not the high carbonation that is often present in AIPA which, I think, is misguided - excellent in this regard.

D - Very good. A little thick, a little too malty to make it an over the top AIPA, but truer to its British inspirations. I like this a whole bunch!

dwilkins, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of morimech
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, clear amber with a decent 1 fingered head that settles down to a cap that leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Right after the pour the smell of piney hops is most evident. After the head settles down a bit of malt is detectable.

The taste is a very hoppy, just what you expect. It is nicely balanced with the slightly sweet malt that is detectable on finish. It feels crisp and with the good carbonation really make this a very drinkable IPA. Light to medium body. Good thing I have a few more to enjoy.

My first Victory Brewing beer and I look forward to sample some more.

morimech, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of marcpal
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Stuff yer Face in NJ. Hands down one of the finest IPAs you can get your hands on. Perfect.
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A: Shady amber with clarity. Lacing and head were on point. Impressive from the start.

S: Malt and hops, hops and malt. Best explanation of the aroma would be thick that would lead to a depth in the flavor.

T: Again, hops and malts- ideally what an IPA should be. Sticks around for a while on the palate and never annoying. The overall flavor is perfectly balanced.

M: Carbonation and thickness just right. The texture was thick enough but really hid the ABV, ridiculously smooth.

D: Drinkability through the roof. One of, if not the most, drinkable IPAs Ive ever tasted. Cant wait to have many more. On tap really was a treat.

Ive become infatuated with IPAs lately and this one is among the best.

marcpal, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of number1bum
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite IPAs, just never reviewed it before.

Pours a dark amber color with some burnt orange hues to it, with two plus fingers of light cream colored head. The head is pillow soft and creamy, and retains a

Smell is pine and citrusy hop aromas, and only a hint of caramel malt. The smell is a bit light, the weakest part of a beer that is not for the feint of hops.

The taste is super flavorful hops, with grapefruit, orange and lots of pine, too. Hops also supply ample bitterness. There is enough of a caramel malt backbone to keep the hops from getting out of hand, as the bitterness is pretty strong. Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, and this is one of the tastiest and most drinkable IPAs out there.

This is truly a hop lovers IPA. The malt is there, but the hops dominate. Balance? Not so much. But it's awesome.

number1bum, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of PhageLab
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz bottle into my Hobgoblin glass. Right off the bat I was surprised by both the aroma and color of this brew, definitely intriguing.

A - Nice clean light brown with hints of amber. Under certain lights it almost looks red. Medium sized head that eventually left, but the lacing was great.

S - HopDevil indeed, well it cleared my sinus anyways! The floral scent was there, but couldn't shine through until the very end. It almost smells like there is a blend of cherry in there as well.

T - Hard to explain. Seems like a blend between a nut brown ale and an IPA. Many may not agree with me here, but it has a roasted soothing aftertaste that I've only experienced with nut browns before. It threw me off because initially it's a hop blast and singe to the taste buds, yet afterwards I wasn't sure what I had drank. Hopefully this isn't my palate playing tricks on me. It's good at any rate.

M - The finish is a bit cleaner than I had expected, and it is fairly light bodied, nothing definitive here.

D - I would never turn one down, I'll say that much. Interesting profile, and quite drinkable, if for nothing else the curiosity of it's presentation. What you see is nothing like what you get, and that's not a bad thing.

PhageLab, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of Atricapilla
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really thought this was a kick ass ale...It is what is says: hoppy. It has a nice amber color with a small, slightly creamy head. The head was a bit more constructed in the cask bier I had as opposed to the bottled versions. The aroma and taste were thoroughly dominated by hops, hops, and more hops. Goes down well and leaves a lingering hop aftertaste.

Atricapilla, Oct 18, 2007
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,380 ratings.