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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,099 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,099
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 ByTor2112
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber/dark orange color. Looks like a shade of pine resin that has hardened. Full blown hops aroma. Like sniffing a bag of Columbus or Amarillo hop pellets. A faint hint of Grapefruit is the only citrus note. Hops hit the palate and linger like a bad habit. The finish is more intense than the initial bitterness. A good froth while almost chewing and rolling this ale elicits a few malt flavors. I had this for the first time over three years ago but forgot how the hops literally bite back on the finifsh. Killer! love it! I agree with the previous review about only drinking one or two. Cheers!

ByTor2112, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy dark orange with a thick soapy head.

Smell is more floral than citrus hop. Toasted malt undertones.

Taste is bready toasted malt. Strong floral hop flavor. Very green, and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

This is a good, but not great offering. There is more malt here than I would normally look for in an IPA. That said, this is a drinkable brew that is well worth a try.

Blakaeris, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice shade of dark hazy orange with a small white head.

Smell is all toasty malts and buscuit smells. Smells decent, but where are the hops.

Taste is very malty with a nice toasty buscuity flavor, a decent bit of piney hops give it a grassy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a nice dryness to it.

Overall decent and drinkable, but lacking that citrusy hop flavor that I have come to love.

bashiba, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of maundythirsty
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drink by date is Aug. 5, 2006.

Cider brown and clear, HopDevil slips into the glass with very little head. Slight lacing, no bubbling in sight.

The beer gives up the hop aroma in spades. Very juicy and citrusy smell, with an encouraging whiff of sweet malt.

The taste courses with that juicy hops, flashes malt and turns to powerful bitter aspirin and resin. It was a speedy ride that I didn't like at first, but the bitterness clears out quickly and pleasantly.

Feels thickish, without the carbonation to even out the mouthfeel, but the finish is so surprisingly clean that it's not much of an issue. I could drink more of this beer, but I'll be looking at other IPAs for a while.

maundythirsty, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of Illinick
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After numerous run-ins with this brew I've finally decided to review it...
A: Dark amber and copper in color, slightly opaque with a creamy slightly off white and sticky head. Great glass clinging lacing throughout. The sticky head sticks around as a thin layer throughout.
S: Aromatic scents of citrus pulp, especially grapefruit, herbal spicy scents and a good roasted grain and sweet bread smell.
T: Complexity is an understatement. At first you receive a big hop punch in the face with definate spicy herbal, earthy, and citrus pulp flavors that sort of burn your tongue with delicous bitterness. Their seems to be a spiciness throughout even as the malts become apparent towards the middle and end of the sip. Some sweet malts, bread and grain are present and provide a good dose of malt to offset, although not take over, the hop spice and pulp flavors that run throughout. Finishes with another oily hop bite.
MF: Medium and chewy.
Overall: A complex brew that has a large dose of herbal spicy, citrus pulp hops and an equally big dose of malts. The hops are the real winner here and the malts serve to not allow the hop spiciness to burn a hole in your tongue. If your a hop-head the drinkability is high, if you are not please stay away!

Illinick, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of k75
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

keg-conditioned to be more correct - non-firkin

pours a deep amber color with an off white head

aroma is simple the best - floral, piney big and fresh as all get out

flavor is big and complex - hops? sure, but also a lot of malt to hold it all together

great mouthfeel and flavor profile in all areas - bitterness, malt, sticky and full

one of the best big IPA's - showed those that followed how to do it...

A+

k75, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just returned from the US from a 2-year job assignment in Australia. I've been waiting 2 years to get my hands (and tounge) on some nice American Hop Bombs.

Victory Hop Devil was my choice.

It pours a wonderful, clear honey colour with a foamy tan head that sticks around for quite a while, and sticks to the side of the glass. If the head was a bit thicker, I'd give it a 5. But it's hard to fault the looks.

Smell is fantastic, citrusy, spicy, with some toasty malt in the background

Taste is exactly what I want out of a big, American Hop Bomb. It's a 5, and I don't give those out willy-nilly. First impression is actually a sweet malt, until the beer hits the back of your tongue when the bittering hops get you. Nice. Then you breathe in and get the affect of the aroma hops. What a nice combination. Alcohol is hidden well behind the malt.

Mouthfeel is on the heavy side, but it fits. It's creamy, and I would say it has the same mouthfeel as a nice English Ale. Drinkabiliity is outstanding for one, but one's really all you need.

DaveFL1976, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is simply a terrifically-hopped beer. You can tell from the smell that its not over done like some AIPA's, but is instead nicely balanced with the malt and grains. The initial taste is similar to a micro-brewed lager, but the hops add a nice kiss to the end. After the first sip the hops are easier to discern, but again do not become overpowering. There is also a hint of spices, especially coliander. The drinkability is also through the roof.

Toddv29424, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of Cresant
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dated 2/26/06. Cloudy honey colored with a chill haze. Thin head, minimal carbonation visible (due to elderly bottle?).

Smell was very subtle, grainy sweetness.

Taste was crisp and refreshing. Arugula. Lingering hoppiness. Increasingly complex as it warmed. Long hop heaven aftertaste.

Hop oils coat the lips and mouth.

Nice. I'll return to this one.

Cresant, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. This is a fine looking golden brown color. The two finger head is real nice, thick and fluffy. Fades very slowly leaving a nice lace.

The smell is of hops with citrus notes, not over done but it dose make a statement of whats to come.

The taste is hopy, and a nice balanced malty bready flavor. This is one incredible brew. Very well done, Victory is yours! Not real complex but to the point deliciousness. Really this is very very good tasting.


Mouth feel is thick and sticky, could use a slight bit more carbonation but the hops do add a different kind of zing so no real complainants.

Drink ability is very high I could sit back with several. I love this beer and I usually don't go to wild for this style! Prost MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - a dark crimson-brownish color that wells up a half finger of light tan head, very faint carbonation visible when held up to light

S - sldfijhaerg[poihqe, sorry that was my jaw hitting the keyboard, i was in torpor after catching a whiff of the hops in this ale, man is it enticing, but not solely hops, kind of a dark sweetness to the aroma as well

T - holy shit, this is THE smoothest IPA I have EVER had, the hoppiness is still there, but is mellowed out by a subtle yet poignant sweetness and tea flavor, these flaver intertwine in the end to create an amazing finish that is ultra-balanced, this is great

M - as i said, ubersmooth, what more can i say, this is amazing, go try it, NOW

D - what are you waiting for?, go try it if you havent!

sinstaineddemon, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of bklynbeerbaron
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: A rich mahogany color with a half-inch head that dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles.

Smell: A pleasant mixture of citrus and dewy grass.

Taste and Mouthfeel: I was expecting a big hop hit from this beer, but didn't get it. Instead, the hop flavor was a constant, yet understated presence, acting almost as a foundation for the various flavors up front, which went from bitter, to sweet, to lemony, to alcoholic, which left a pretty strong aftertaste. Really flowed well. Mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth, with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Went down very easily, aside from the 6.7% ABV, would have no problem drinking this throughout a hot afternoon.

Notes: What a tasty, refreshing beer! An IPA a non-hop head could love.

bklynbeerbaron, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of macpapi
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah the Devil....

Pours a very nice-looking, amber color with a full head. Visibility through the glass, with much bubble activiity and decent lacing.

Smell is crisp and full of hop goodness. Very nice citrus presence as well. Floral tones are pleasantly noted.

Taste is very impressive and well-balanced. Hops are powerful on the palate. Citrus and piney notes follow. A very quintessential IPA flavor.

Mouthfeel is full, bitter and acidic. A very potent presence in the mouth.

This is definitely one of my 2-3 favorite IPAs. Drinkable as hell. Hoppiness is the key here, but it is not so overwhelming to taint the taste. Balanced nicely. A classic brew.

macpapi, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled in may consumed on 6/23/06.

most excellent looking deep amber color, decent thick head.

Mellow aroma, slightly fruity, well blanced aroma and taste with good amounts of maly and hop, slightly bitter in the after-taste.

refreshing and light on the palate, makes this one easy to consume and has just enough complex taste to leave on wanting more. glad i took a shot in the dark on this one!

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of patrick16o
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very distinct, colorful label. Enjoy by Jul 21 06. Today is Jun 24 06.

Beautiful pour, with a thick 2 finger width tan crown. A light redish orange hue with a good amount of streaming bubbles. Head retention is good and the beer is quite transparent. The aroma has a good dose of flowery hops and a nice balance of caramel malts. The taste is excellent. A solid helping of malty flavor which transitions so smoothly into a crisp hop finish. Great palate of flavors. Mouthfeel is great. Excellent beer, very smooth and not too bitter for an IPA. Great summer beer.

patrick16o, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark straw to copper in color with a big beige head, probably about 2". Retent is very good, settles to a tiny head that never does settle. Lacing on glass.

S- all hops here. Crisp grassy aroma with some citrus in the background. Scent does take some concentration to pick up though.

T- hop bitterness is strong. Faint fruit flavor is the background, only slightly sweet. Hop flavor was both earthy and spicy. Leaves a bitter aftertaste with just a hint of citrus sweetness...just a hint.

M- light body. Overall pretty smooth. Carbonation is obvious, to an almost annoying point. Leaves palate very dry.

D- Very Good IPA, hopheads enjoy. Nice flavoring, not hard to drink. Not recommended for persons who haven't spent much time getting a taste for hops, this will scare them away.

tonistruth, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of instrumentality
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a completely transparent amber with a 2 finger head that settled to a thin layer dimpled with random large bubbles.

The odor wasn't anything too significant, mainly just piney hops and not terribly potent.

Taste was typically piney/hoppy, malty, slightly citrusy, with a surprising undertone of what tasted like banana cream.

Mouthfeel was relatively mellow - I could taste the alcohol but it wasn't overpowering, and the carbonation was moderate. The aftertaste was mild enough - it left behind an unintrusive bitter coating on my tongue and the roof of my mouth, unlike some overhopped IPA's that completely ruin my palate.

This is a decent IPA, but given that American IPA's are probably my favorite style, I'm a bit picky, and I wouldn't consider this to be a contender for my favorite. Still, it's one of the better brews I've found available in 6-packs, and I will look forward to downing the remaining brews.

instrumentality, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of Abita45
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer lives up to the hype. Poured from a tap, it arrived with little to no head, but produced nice lacing on the glass. It was not as fragrant as I anticipated, but a clean hop flavor was present. It was not overpowering, just a strong crisp taste. The beer was dark amber in color and looked great. It has a clean, smooth mouthfeel to it, and while the hops are strong, they don't overpower or dry out your palette.

I've been waiting to really sample this beer for a while. In the past, I've either felt like drinking something else, or already had a couple of beers and thought I wouldn't be able to appreciate. I'm glad I took my time, because this beer is very good. I look forward to more of them.

Abita45, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of mooner
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard great things but only have been able to try a lackluster old bottle, until last weekend at the Wild Horse Cafe in Beverly I had a draft. Nice APA. Hops nose was not as pronounced as the hop flavor which was strong and complex/deep. Slight ashen flavor from the yeast, and the malt was typical for the style. A nice entry in the category and surely drinkable, but not quite blown away as some folks seem to be. Could be fermented cleaner as it had a slight funk to it.

mooner, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Liquids
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transparent, gorgeous amber, one finger head with large bubbles that holds and dissipates after an initially tight and creamy pour. Scant carbonation. Aroma is pure hop resins, and nothing more. Taste is pure hoppiness after the malt makes a minimal showing. Definitely a coppery amber/pale ale backdrop that is good, but this is not my favorite hop profile. Resinous and slightly juicy, no notable spiciness, grassiness, or floral overtones. This is not 60 minute IPA of course, and it's not exactly a hop bomb, but there are plenty of hops. The more you sip, the more the hops seemed to loose intensity, and the malt body and flavor was more detectable. Mouthfeel is medium with a desirable amount of carbonation. Overall, this is not my choice for an IPA, thought it's a solid version, and probably somewhat traditional despite favoring american hops rather than english or more noble hops, I gather.

Liquids, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of JBStith
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory HopDevil IPA. A solid example of the IPA style

A: Poured a deep golden, almost copper color. Nice off white head with descent retention and low lacing. Great clarity.

S: Smell was not very strong. Some malt and hops. A bit fruity, spicy, and grassy, but nothing I could readily identify.

T: Overall taste was good. Low malt backbone with strong hops and bitterness. As strong as the bitterness was, it did not become overwhelming at any point. Stronger malt presence could help balance this beer out a bit, but this is just my personal preference.

M: Medium body. Right where it should be for an IPA.

D: Drinkability is good. I had two and one sitting and enjoyed both.

I will have this again, though it is not my favorite IPA. I recommend that others try it. A solid IPA offering.

JBStith, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Pinto21
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a nice deep copper color that made my mouth water, as well as the smell which is hard to describe. kind of a little fruity but not much. tasted quite bitter, but with the right amount of hops. every easy to drink, since its so smooth. best IPA that ive had so far.

Pinto21, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of phishgator
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass with a deep copper, hazy color. The head was consistant for an IPA. The aroma is floral and citrusy. The taste is bitter up front, in the middle, and in the finish. There are flavors of pine and a slight tarty fruit(?). The body is thick and filling. On a summer day you could enjoy a few of these, but not the entire 6-pack. I would have to say that this is a great American IPA.

phishgator, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of guitarmage
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark, rich amber, a little light passes through, inviting off white head with great retention.

Smell: Very aromatic, nice grainy notes followed by big hops, grassy and pleasant, also fruity esters.

Taste: Very mild flavor followed by the hops, I can't place other flavors at this time.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy medium bodied, almost nitro-like. Good.

Drinkability: A very drinkable IPA and very unique. I like it, but I'm rather confused by it's flavors, it smells a lot more than it seems to taste.

guitarmage, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with a big pillowy offwhite head and a bit of lacing.

Smells good, mellow maltyness with a subdued earty hoppyness.

Nice smooth mouthfeel with bitter finish.

Taste is awesome, very smooth and balanced. Sweet maltyness and bitter hops blend very well and neither one seems overly noticable. Aftertaste has very intense hop bitterness flavor without being overly harsh.

In a word, smooth. After trying a few of their beers I have extreme respect for Victory.

kgotcher, Jun 12, 2006
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,099 ratings.