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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,550 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,550
Reviews: 2,422
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 200
Gots: 761 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of mike24
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: dark coppery red colour and clear with a thin but luscious off-white head that fades quickly but maintains some decent lacing

S: hugely aromatic, hops and some yeasty notes, maybe some licorice

T: surpisingly sweet up front, light to medium in body, very crisp. the hops hit on the finish leaving a dry bitterness in the back of the mouth that encourages the next quenching sip.

D: very good, the balance of the crisp carbonation and the dry finish is nothing less than outstanding.

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

A - Dark copper to brown with a long lasting off white head.
S - Citrus and earthy hop aromas as well as a pronounced caramel, toffee malt aroma.
T - Sweet caramel and toffee malt followed by pronounced citrus and earthy hop flavors, backed up by a substantial bitterness.
M - Medium full body, with smooth hoppy finish, lasting flavor, and crisp.

This is a great beer, The hop is the focus but the body is right there to back it up, great IPA.

Photo of jjboesen
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My review is based on a bottle quaffed in the intimate recessess of Birreria Paridiso in Georgetown (DC) and succeeded several fine beers.

Let's talk about the head; it was thick and foamy and sank like a deflating pillow atop a translucent copper-colored liquid of pure clarity housing a steady stream of carbonation bubbles. Lacing was minimal.

And the nose? Well, I detected a heavy floral blast concealing some hint of banana - which appears to increase if allowed to sit and if stirred several times. I love science.

Taste? Let the bottle speak for itsef: "bold and spicy." Labels never lie. In addition, there is a heavy layer of hops lathered onto the tongue, with the spicy bits fading into a semi-sweet aftertaste.

This very full-bodied; yet, not one with particular heaviness nor one that neccessarily overwhelms the palate. Obviously, this depends on one's individual hop tolerance level.

In any case,Victory does it again! Hop Devil is a superb ale with a well-balanced body and accompanied by a nicely palatable sweetness with a welcoming biscuity finish. Ahhhh....

To summarize, let us borrow from the Book of Stewie Griffith and simply say, "Victory is mine...! Now where is that insidious harridan Lois?

Photo of Reagan1984
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle showed a "best before" of 9/30/08
I poured this from the bottle into a classic pint glass. There was a foamy two finger head that had quite a bit of structure and remained on the scene for quite some time. Beer was fairly dark amber with very little carbonation showing. Also very clear.

Aroma was frankly a bit more caramel and roasted malt than I remember. I've certainly enjoyed this beer many times before but this is my first time having one under the guise of reviewing it. There certainly was a light citrus/hop aroma but nothing that reached out and grabbed you. Have I been tainted recently by some of the market's big hop bombs? (This is the only beer, let alone IPA I've had today, so no palette contamination)

Flavor was very nice and quite balanced and consistent. The Citrus/grapefruit notes were evident. Didn't really notice any pine notes at all. A nice malt background was present throughout the flavor profile. Caramel like with some roasted tones. Finishes with a nice but fairly subtle hop linger. Malt is definitely more prevalent than I remember.

Medium in body this very drinkable and very smooth due to very low carbonation.

Obviously another nice beer from Victory.

Photo of morebeergood
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to see this on the beer list at a local Thai restaurant, so I ordered one. Poured from a bottle in a pint glass. Slight thin head, some lacing. Nice golden color. Lots of hops in the smell. First sip was a hop roller-coaster. Lots of hops hit the mouth, then it slowly fades in the swallow. For a hoppy beer, it's not as noticeable as other beers in the genre. Oh, the hops are there, but it doesn't overpower the beer. A nice blend of hoppiness and drinkability. This is one of the better beers that I'd order because it goes perfectly with a nice curry dish we had. Good combo.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a bottle with no date marked but a "NO REFILL" imprint on the bottle.

A- Dark copper/caramel in color. hazy in transparency. Good looking ring of lace with some small bubbles in the center.

S- Smells like my last Victory brew. Hard to explain but to me smells like a piney bitter cinnamon with some underlying sweetness.

T- Taste is superb. full of various hop flavors and other subtle notes like pine and lemon

M- Feels somewhat viscous like a quality beer should- refreshing but not so watery that you can't taste it.

D- Drinks fine for me. Didn't really notice it was a potent brew until I looked as it is quite smooth and drinkable in large quantities

Photo of roadhouse
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a nice dark orange-amber with a one and a half finger soapy off-white head.

Aromas of citrus like grapefruit, some orange, and biscuity malt.

Flavors back up the aroma quite well. However, the hops in the aroma seem weak in comparison to the actual taste. This one's bursting with grapefruity hops. Some pine in there as well. There are also biscuity malt tones coming through, but they end up drowned out by the hops. A bit of alcohol towards the end but it doesn't really detract.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Very smooth and creamy.

Wow, this is a great IPA. My only regret is buying a single bottle instead of a six pack.

Photo of aforbes10
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yes!! Victory in Indiana!!! Pours a nice, shiny amber color with a short white head. Laces appropriately. Smells hoppy, but in a bit of lemon and cat-pee way. Somehwat sweet smelling too. Tastes hoppy and smooth, a nice green grass hop. Biscuity, bready malt backbone. Fusel alcohol on the finish. A bit surprising, as the flavors don't come together all that well. Bitterness lingers, along with a ghost of lemon juice. Medium bodied, a little heavy for the flavor. Well, I must say that im underwhelmed. It's ok, but its a lot messier of a beer than I prefer. Yeah, there are lots of hops, but its just not particularly balanced. Oh well, i know I love some of the other victory brews, so ill just wait for those to show up.

Photo of Godot
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grew up in PA and every time I go back to visit I pick up a case of this. It is what I judge all other American IPA's against. Pours a rich golden-burgundy with an off-white head that rises and slowly falls to a solid film that laces all down the glass. It smells of piney citrus, but not in the same fresh biting way that a lot of IPA's come off. This one has more of a mellow and rich smell that rides atop a grainy backbone. The taste is more of the same. The hops are first and foremost, but there is a complexity here that leaves you looking forward to the next as soon as you finish the first. The malts provide just the right amount of balance in the sense that the scales are definitely tipped to the hops, but they bring their malty friend along to mellow out the finish with an earthy graininess that provides the perfect yang for their yin. Great beer, enough said.

Photo of stephens101
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A two-finger tan head tops off a honey brown brew. Head fades slowly leaving some crooked lacing all around the glass. Citrusy hops rise to the nose, but not as striking as I would have imagined with a name like "Hopdevil". Behind the hop start is some tea, orange peel, sour grapes and sweet bread. The hoppiness is kept in check by a certain malty sweetness that makes it go down somewhat smoother than expected. Carbonation is adequate in this medium-bodied brew.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark colour with a good centimeter head on it. There isn't much carbonation, but very good retention. The nose on the beer has a fruity yeasty smell with hints of some fruity malts. Not much hops, but a slight bit can be smelled.

The beer has a very fruity malty flavour to it, with a huge bitterness from the hops. This is a quite unique IPA to me because of the hopiness being more bitter and less aromatic. The bitterness in this beer is just awesome, it's a nice change up from all of the aroma hopped beers. The mouthfeel is creamy with a bit of carbonation. The bitterness makes this beer drinkable.

Photo of albern
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer, and given the 1200 plus previous reviews, there isn't much more to add. It pours a tawny ruby color with lots of creamy off white head, tons of lacing, and lots of retention.

The aroma ... hops, and lots of them. There are some sweet malts present, some leafy, oily, and estery hop in the nose, and this is pretty much what you'll experience in the taste.

The taste is just very creamy malt, lots of bready and biscuity grains, sweet malts in the backbone, and plenty of juicy hops. This is a hearty beer by any standard. This has a British creamy maltiness that I definitely appreciate.

The consistency is quite heavy and creamy, very smooth, quite resinous on the tongue. The hops leave an oily feel in the aftertaste. This beer is slightly drying in the finish, but the aftertaste is quite light. The ABV is about right, there is a bit more warming alcohol notes in the beer than your typical IPA. An excellent beer that is well received by all. L'Chaim.

Photo of daftafne
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to the a little release party for victory in Indiana at Rich O's tonight in New Alabany and had a flight of Prima Pils, Hop Devil, and Golden Monkey.

Was a clear carmel brown color and had a nice floral smell. Like the smell, it tasted of aromatic flowers and had a lingering hop bitterness. Smooth and creamy, a good, well-rounded beer.

Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a perfect pale ale golden red color with pillowy head. Unfortunately, it fades quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

The aroma is nice and hoppy and the taste is as well. There is a lot of citrus and spice but what really stands out for me is the orange flavors. It reminds me of orange blossoms, actually! Well balanced too - not overly hoppy or bitter like some american IPAs.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for an india pale and it's got drinkability because it doesn't crush your taste buds with hops.

Probably one of Victory's best year-round brews.

Photo of marcobrau
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber to red in color with an off-white head that has some staying power. Some lace is left behind as the head falls adding to the appearance. Muted fruity hop aroma; this must be an older bottle. Hop flavor is still fairly bright. Bitterness is somewhat less than I expected or remembered from a previous tasting. Mouthfeel is about right; slightly full. There's a bit of tannin from somewhere that dries out the tongue a bit. The hop flavor is rather interesting...I can't quite place it, but I'm going with grapefruit and it's a fairly strong flavor. There's a candy-like sweetness there, too, no doubt from the caramel malts that also give the beer it's color. By the time I'm half way through this beer there's rings of Brussels lace left behind. Nice. The aroma has opened up a bit and is a touch perfume or talc like; or dusty. Finish is a bit quick, at least in terms of bitterness, but hoppiness lingers. This is a good beer, but almost a pale ale by contemporary hop head standards.

Photo of Yesac
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy orange, amber color. Nice creamy head that doesn't totally go away.

S - Sweet malts, hops, hops

T - For a name like Hop Devil, I was expecting more hops. Typical IPA here, but bitter than most.

M - On the heavy side, somewhat sticky

D - Decent drinkability

A decent IPA, not my favorite. Thanks to Tbn2 for trading this brew for me to try.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Somewhat cloudy dark gold/orange in hue. A nice head appears and retention is good. Leaves behind some spotty lacing.

S. Some earthy hops and some malt.

T. Absolutely splendid. Alot going on here as well. Floral hops in the forefront with a caramel malt backbone that is very delicious. Despite being an IPA, this is not overly hoppy. Very well balanced indeed.

M. Medium bodied, perfect level of carbonation. Smooth and delightful to the palate.

D. Very drinkable despite the high ABV. Cheers!

Photo of eandolina
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am yet to have a product from Victory that I didn't like--at least to some degree. The Hop Devil Ale is certainly no exception. Although the hops were a little subtle and less pronounced than I would have liked; I would definitely recommend this beer to friends. It is also attractively priced.

It had an excellent pour and very good head retention. The mouth feel and drinkability were also right on par. The alcohol level and purchase price make this a beer that can be enjoyed regularly and in large quantities.

The hop rate however is where this brew stumbles a bit. With a name like Hop Devil, I expected it to be aggressively hopped and to have a profound hop presence; this is where this beer fell a little short.

All things considered, this is a fine beer, and I would without doubt recommend this to fellow enthusiasts.

Photo of RedLetterDay
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This bottle was about two weeks shy of it's "enjoy by" date. Poured into a weizen glass. Appearance is a golden amber color with a fluffy, 2 finger light beige head that fell away quickly. The aroma was fresh and citrusy, with some grassy and lemon notes in there. The taste was brisk hoppiness, in keeping with the style, with a lingering sourness.
What I liked best about this beer was the mouthfeel - lovely, smooth and rich!

Photo of bkilpatr
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 06/19/08.

Pours a reddish orange color with about a finger and a half of soft beige head. The head dissipated slowly, leaving lots of lacing around the glass. Aromas of hops, sweet malts, and more hops.

Taste is more hops, just like the aroma. Lots of piny and citrus hops. Slight caramel taste. Very bitter finish. Not overly hoppy, but good for an IPA.

Feel is slightly thick, with a medium-full body and slightly high carbonation. Doesn't leave any stickiness in the mouth though, it's pretty clean. Drinkability is alright. It's a bit heavy for an IPA, but other than that there's nothing really wrong with it.

Photo of Chugmonkey
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit on the darker spectrum for an IPA, great head, okay lacing.

Smell & taste are full blown AIPA, extremely inviting.

Taste is wonderful, total hop blast, but not too bitter where it is detracting.

This slid down really fast and didn't leave me with an over the top bitterness that I wanted to wash away. One was not enough. This is a very solid IPA.

Photo of RixBeer
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale bronze with a nice 1/8" of creamy tan head. tons of creamy lacing and sticking.

OMG this is beer? Super faint, almost non existant aroma. There is some faint hints of apple, pear and a hint of melon.

The flavor is also a bit thin. This is a far cry from what I remembered this beer to be. This beer ought to be called Hop Angel but, that's to angelic. This beer is decent not more.

It feels thin for an IPA. Reminds me of a basic IPA. Surpiring. I remember this beer being a lot more hoppy.

This beer is as drinkable as a glass of water. Yum but what happend to the hops?

Photo of RJLarse
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a couple of bottles of Hop Devil in a beer shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours an amber bronze color, and is slightly hazy. Dark for an American IPA. Decent off-white head has some resiliency, and laces the glass nicely.

The smell is sweet and earthy. There is a sweet grain aroma, and virtually none of the pine and citrus smell of most hopped up IPAs.

Taste is quite good. A blend of caramel and sweet bread flavors up front, with a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, slightly cloying and dry.

A drinkable IPA, more in the British style than some. Not over the top on hops, despite the name. I'd have it again, but probably not at $12 a six pack.

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. Best by Aug 19 '08.

Appearance: Beautifully clear amber, darker in color than most IPAs. The head leaves a bit of wispy lace as it descends into a ring.

Smell: Earth, pine, grapefruit and caramel with some herbal notes. Unusual for the style but very nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Juicy grapefruit, pine and bitter herbs with an earthy malt backbone. This is drier than the nose implies; sweetness is low, serving as more of a subtle undertone than a balancing element. The finish brings out a deep resiny hop flavor, though bitterness never becomes overwhelming.

Notes: Got this one from dyan - thanks! I've had this several times in the past but never fresh. Until now, that is.

Photo of johannasclimacus
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I found this to be a very accessible example of the style. The hops are certainly there, as you'll notice with your nose and your taste buds, but they are not overwhelming or in your face like other IPAs.

Most impressive for me was the drinkability. I am becoming a big fan of very hoppy beers, but I find that this one strikes the perfect balance. Usually I will drink a very hoppy beer and be content for the evening, but this is one that I crave multiple of, and will definitely seek it out to have some stock on hand.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,550 ratings.