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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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6,691 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,691
Reviews: 2,451
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 220
Gots: 904 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Ratings: 6,691 | Reviews: 2,451
Photo of tittymcj
3.27/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this beer with my good friend William Pang (Queens, NY).

Poured a murky dark copper color with a medium off-white head and good lacing.
Not much smell to report, but the little that is there is a fruity sweetness that says nothing of the hops in this beer.
The taste is very similar to the smell. Not as much hops initially as I expected. Much more sweet malt flavor than hops at first, but eventually moves aside to reveal the hoppy bitterness I was promised.
Thin mouthfeel, well carbonated, and definitely bitter on the tail end. Very dry finish.
Not a great IPA, mostly because of the lack of stinging hop character. However, definitely a good beer that I could handle a few of in each sitting.

Photo of TLove
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

Nice, reddish ale color, well-laced head. Profoundly hoppy with a capital "H", but malty and sweet fruit component constructed to balance the graininess.

Despite popular opinion, not as overwhelmingly hoppy as it seems. The Stone Ruination IPA is far harsher in my book.

Big huevos. Big taste for the American IPA. Well-done for Victory.

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

The paradigm American IPA for me. Sizable head and clear reddish amber. Sticky lacing to adore as you drink. A nose of every hop pofile you would want. Big and piney huge grapefruit. It's all here. Believe it or not you can even smell a caramel malt base. Thankfully that base can be tasted as the hop parade hits you and tells you there is truth in labeling an Victory... at least the hop part. Nothing devilish here. The hops are upfront and everywhere. Grapefruit abounds and may be the signature of the profile but pine is not hiding. Earthy, spicy. Think of a hop descriptor and it is in my glass. There is a malt component. Just enough to hold this flower child together. I taste caramel and light yeast fruitiness. A good nutty component as well as a lingering toasted graininess. After that guess what? Finish is dry and short. Hops linger with a hint of latte like malt. Strong English tea leaf and hop bitterness stays around for days.

Feel is medium and light with a touch of creaminess in the carbonation. Good hop oiliness. Drinkability is hampered for me by the huge hop signature. Not a bad thing, just the hop bias slows you down. It's easier to power though a beer that displays more malt balance. This one is a hop showcase.

A great modern East Coast IPA. I love this stuff.

Photo of TheDoorman
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep burnt orange color with a white head that dissipates rather quickly. A musty, earthy hop nose. A few sips and it hits me that I'm getting a strong dosage of aged cheese, maybe gouda, and maybe a little spoiled milk. A hint of smoke, though I may be confusing the aged cheese scent for smoke. Interestng, though not typical for an IPA. Not sure what to make of this so far. Taste is a little underwhelming up front. Hops are present in the palate, but don't match the smell in strength. Finsih finally brings the hops out the citrusy hop flavors, with a nice lingering bitterness. I am really a big hop head, so I tend to be rough of run-of-the-mill IPAs, that have just basic hoppiness. I'd put this beer in that category. Mouthfeel is light, with a little oily, creamy, texture. Decent IPA, but not the one for me. Not to worry, there are plenty of IPAs in the sea.

Photo of gyllstromk
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a rigorous, thick velvety head -- doesn't look much like your typical IPA, which should have tipped me off that something wasn't quite right. Nose is a dominating raw maltiness with the characteristic floral hops nearly absent. The taste does not add much complexity; very little hop bitterness follows. Where exactly is this hop devil hiding? Maybe I'm spoiled by the hop blasts I'm used to from the American IPAs, but this one just isn't done to style. Overall, a pleasant but one-dimensional beer.

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 o bottle into a snifter

Nice amber colour, witha sticky caramel/amber head that dissapers soon, but leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells sweet, caramel, light floral notes, a little malt, and then there are the hops. A little bit of something unknown in there too, a spice of some sort?

Tastes like it smells, but a great balance of hops and malt. Not like some IPA's that are super bitter that the hops are all you taste. Afterwards, there is the small wave of caramel too.

6.7% ABV, medium mouthfeel. Enjoyable

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack at Arctic Liquors in Steamboat CO, around $7 if I remember right.

A: Nice copper orange color with an off white head, about half an inch thick, reduced to a film, huge spots of lacing all around, somewhat cloudy, not a whole lot of bubble movement going on.

S: A lot less going on in the nose than I had hoped for, what I can pick up is a pretty solid malt backbone, caramel flavors pop out, and a definite hop characteristic that I can't quite place yet, citrusy, though, nothing overwhelming, nice balance in the nose. Almost soapy.

T: A lot more going on than in the nose of this beer, big time hop presence in the flavor, citrusy, and really makes me pucker, definite lingering bitterness, malt backbone is really pushed aside, some sweetness, but nothing extraordinary, this beer focuses on the hops.

M: Pretty thin, nice carbonation, dry finish, almost reminiscent of putting a piece of paper in my mouth, big time lingering bitterness. A little thin though, I was hoping for just a bit more thickness. Slight warmth from the alcohol.

D: For being so far into the hop spectrum this one is a nice beer to drink more than one, not the best hoppy IPA, but still a damn fine beer all around. I could easily drink three or four in one sitting.

Photo of TMB0424
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap into pint glass.

Poured a deep burnt orange/mahogany body with amber hues around the edges. A large white head had great staying power and left tons of lacing on the glass. Really a great looking beer.

Aroma was of sharp hops, pine needles, and citrus. A tiny wave of breadiness in the background.

Tastes like it smells, basically, and it's damn good. The peachy, oily hops really attack you immediately. The hops are grassy and earthy and oily - just real good. Slight waves of peach, citrus, and biscuit balance against the hops so it's really well-balanced for such a hoppy brew.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily and goes down very smooth. Medium bodied, good carbonation. Leaves a wonderful bitter, hoppy finish. Very drinkable, downing a few pints in timely fashion would be no problem. Alcohol is very well masked. Great brew.

Photo of gabeerfan
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy deep orange-amber. Nice head that falls to an incomplete ring and whispy islands.
Pretty hoppy aroma, as expected. Pine, grass and some citrus with toasted bready malts.
Flavors of earthy, grassy, spicy hops with hints of citrus. Toasted bread and sweet iced tea try to balance against the hoppiness. This is a hop bomb, but it is fairly well balanced.
Medium-bodied. Somewhat prickly carbonation and the hops contribute to a somewhat powdery, dry finish.
Pretty drinkable. Lots of good flavors.
A very good beer. There only a few better IPA's out there, this is definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of CMW
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep orange/amber color that is slightly hazy. A thick, rock, off-white head forms and retention is decent. There is a slight amount of lacing down the side of the glass. A medium level of carbonation is noticeable when I hold the glass up to the light.

The aroma is extremely clean. Bold hops mixed with some citrus fruits. There is a hint of malt in the distance, but overall clean and earthy and filled with hops. No surprises in the aroma and that is not a bad thing.

I am immediately surprised by the balance of flavors. While the hop flavor is dominant, the biscuity malt is also present. This is not your typical hop bomb where all you taste is pure hops. There is also a wave of citrus that washes through the mouth and helps add to the clean taste of the beer. Although the beer ranks at 6.7% abv., the alcohol is masked nicely.

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

Poured from a tap into a standard pint glass.

A: A dark orange color with a nice one finger white head. Not much glass lacing from this bar poured tap.

S: Spicy earthy hops with a bready malt sweetness.

T: Spicy earthy bitter hops with flavors of pine, grass and some citrus. This is one balanced beer as the malt sweetness is very forward with bready grainy malt flavors. Bitterness is high upon the finish and it really leaves your tongue puckering.

M: Medium and sticky spicy with a huge bitter finish. No trace of alcohol.

D: High, these go down really smoothly and they are very enjoyable.

Overall I really enjoyed this on tap, much more so than in bottle. This is a beer that must be uber fresh to be at it's best. I got away from HopDevil for awhile, but when I come back to it the beer is as good as always. Very solid and drinkable IPA.

Update 12/28/2009. Purchased a super fresh keg for my home. Updated notes are as follows:

T: Remember, this keg is fresh! Flavors of spicy floral, earthy, citrus hops pound your mouth up front with the long grainy bready slightly caramel malt sweetness keeping the mouth puckering hops from completely taking over. The finish comes with a larger citrus orange peel flavor with some slight grapefruit and lasting bitterness you taste for a long time.

Overall this beer is best when fresh. Drinkability is off the charts as each one goes down better than the last one. Such a damn drinkable quality stellar IPA that shines when fresh. Don't drink those bottles with date codes almost expiring, get em fresh folks.

Photo of fingerlaker
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had great hoppy beers. This one is far too simple. Still good, but too simple.

It's as if Victory forgot that a hoppy beer can also have flavor with the bittering. The hops are straightforward and bitter, nothing more.

Pouring out the beer is translucent orange and amber. Beautiful. The head is moderate and leaves little archepelagos of lacing. The head stays around for many minutes afterwards.

The smell is piney and strong. Mild alcohol scent wafts through.

Taste from this medium-body IPA is this- Little sweet malt then *BAM!* BITTER! No real citrus flavor or pine note, just overwhelming bitter. All I'm saying is that I've had nicer IPA's in my life.

I drank probably five tonight, and I was pretty happy after that, hahaha... It has 6.8% alcohol, so be careful with it on an empty stomach. Despite the bittering, it was easy to put many down in a short time period. Very drinkable for such a mouth-puckering brew.

Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

The color is a clear orange/gold with a finger of foamy white and some thine lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty grassy at first with a floral aroma that is reminiscent of a spring day. There is a slight citrus aroma that is in the back behind some mossy aroma and some lemon peel poking out.

The taste is hoppy but not as aggressive at first. There is a bitterness that is building as grassier flavor hits first with a mellow lettuce-like flavor. Earthy tones hold in the middle before a sweetness comes in filled with a slight sugary citrus flavor. Nothing really stays long and before there really is an established character it turns another corner and goes in another direction.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and has a smooth finish that is a bit spiky with some hop bitterness. There is a nice drinkable feel to this beer that is smoother than expected since the bitterness is muted.

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

Pours a transparent amber hue with bubbly white head that leaves a little lacing. Brew retains a sweet aroma of wet hops, bread notes, and some earthiness. HopDevil has one aggressive personality, rich in hit and run hop attack that builds to a crescendo while in the palate and then leaves the tongue refreshed with mild dryness. There's some spice with the bread crumbs also. Crisp smoothness in body and characterized by malty goodness throughout the drink. Highly drinkable session beer worth having all year around in the fridge.

Photo of Lepley
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep reddish-orange, cloudy, one finger of head with little retention, a little lacing.
S: Hoppy, sweet, fruity, floral.
T: Bitter from the get-go, very hoppy. Strong citrus flavors; orange, lemon grapefruit. Spicy sweet. Slightly boozy. Incredible hop flavors.
M: Good carbonation, smooth.
D: This a great IPA, one of the best I've tried. Easy to drink and full of flavor and character.

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

Beautiful amber-orange color with a frothy head and lots of lacing, bubbles mildly active and slight cloud to it. Sweet nose of spices, cooking bread, mandarin orange, turns hoppier as it warms, deep but not especially penetrating feel. Full-bodied, bitter in spite of a softer underbelly, hops still outdistancing the malts, albeit some roasty notes appear at the end. Orange and white grapefruit citrus with fewer baking spices here. Suggestion of pine tar along with generalized herbaceousness. Carbonation goes a long way to making a whole glass drinkable. Intensely aggressive beer.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear amber color with an off white heading. This brew is alive ladies and gents.Very nice carbonation and great lacing. Grapefruit is immediate up front with very dry citrusy hops. Taste is dry and bitter but not overpowering also a kind of nutty aftertaste. A highly recommended IPA.

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

A: A somewhat hazy orange-red with a decently-sized, creamy off-white head with good retention. Lacing is great.

S: Citric/grapefruit aromas are most prevalent. Some bready, biscuity malt sweetness as well. Some fruity and floral hints as well.

T: A big splash of hop bitterness up front, with a grapefruit/orange rind character. This fades into a strong, somewhat sweet floral hop flavor. A balancing dose of sweet, yeasty malt keeps this from being out of whack. Faint alcohol taste as well, but it's hidden pretty well.

M: Medium bodied and very creamy, with medium-light carbonation. Bitter, but not nearly as dry as many of its IPA brethren - an oily, somewhat slick feel that goes down easily.

D: Another fine offering from Victory. I like this one, but it just doesn't seem to add up to the sum of its parts. That's not to say it isn't a great beer, but it seems a bit more like an aggressively hopped English IPA. Not a bad thing, but not quite what I was expecting.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Dark orange in color, pours a beautiful head with decent lacing.

Smell: A thick backbone of maltiness combined with some residual hop flavor up front blends perfectly. This one smells a bit like some citric fruit paired with some biscuit like maltiness in the profile.

Taste: Hops are evenly displaced to the maltiness, I think without the malt tinge this beer would be overwhelming. Grapefruit, citrus elements and some dry hop spice are easily found upon first sip, finishing off with just enough robustness to keep it from being overbarring.

Mouthfeel: With any high hopped IPA, your going to get some good carbonation, the bitterness is well deserving, and the maltiness adds some extra pop to the overall finish in the beer.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable IPA for 2 reasons, the obvious addition of good malt adds to the spark of this beer, it's not just some overly hopped brew that is going to burn the back of your throat, and the brew has some good characteristics taste wise to keep this beer interesting. An excellent interpretation of the IPA style and I will defintley look for more of this in the future.

Photo of SeanRedd
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick, fresh cask of hops. Chilled wort... flame out and/or dry hopped? Heiroglyphic cling around the pint glass with a juicy, Mars surface head. Spicy aroma above a crystal clear, dark amber body. Efficient retention. Malt body appears then disappears into a warming, light booze. A dark, sharp cherry appears with the ABV. A bitter bite as it warms. The devil would have the best of me during a session. Proud American IPA.

Photo of katan
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint

A - Light brown in color. Little head formation, which really only was a film. The beer has some clouding.

S - Grapefruit and sweet hop flavors. Floral. Good alpha acid base here. Some malty notes in the background.

T - Early flavors are not all that defined. Bitter and biting - immediately puckers me up. Not as much hop flavor. Does start to develop some balance towards the end of the flavor. The after taste is very bitter, dry. Bitter forward beer for sure.

M - The beer is light to medium bodied. Lighter than I would have expected for this kind of beer. Leaves one heck of a thick oily film on the tongue. Little carbonation bite.

D - The bitterness is just a bit too strong to be a session beer. The ABV is on the higher side, but not to the point that I would find this hard to drink more than a few. The beer is not really all that filling fortunately.

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into an SA lager glass.

Body pours a peanut butter to mahogany - with not much head and okay lacing. Nose is fairly mild, but opens up while you're consuming. Light - earthy hops.

Flavor is great. Great hop flavor - not overly bitter at all. Earthy, resiny, nutty, with a sweet kick. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy - reminiscent of a mild Ruination.

i dig this brew. Heck yes.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/9/09

Appearance: This beer poured a deep, clear ruby red with a 1" off-white head that left ample lacing in my tulip glass. Head retention was decent and supported by continuous streams of bubbling from the apex of the glass. Swirling left to regeneration of the head. Small bubbles create a decently creamy head. 4/5

Smell: Hops are definitely the forefront of the nose. A few layers of complexity starting with very citrusy and piny aromas. Pine resin and grapefruit dominate the bouquet, followed by a hint of earthiness and finally, a nice caramel and cereal backbone to support the floral activity. 4/5

Taste: The caramel and malt sweetness is more pronounced here and lends a stepping stone to the big hop presence. The fresh grapefruit and pine flavors explode on the palate but quickly fades to an herbal bitterness in the finish that melds with the caramel and mild robustness of the malt. Bittersweet finish and not too dry at all. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: A moderate bodied beer that is well carbonated to smoothness. Carbonation dances on the palate but is not overdone. Pretty crisp. 3.5/5

Drinkability: Quite a good beer for everyday drinking. Considering the price, it's a delicious quaff that should be a staple in any hop lover's fridge. 4/5

Overall: This is a well made American IPA by Victory Brewing Company. Their interpretation works well to pair with many occasions and foods. A great IPA to enjoy while watching the game, with some barbeque, or for a quick hop fix!

Photo of Bagman007
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Cloudy brown coloring with about two fingers of head.

S- Very hoppy scent dominates this beer. Can also detect some spices as well.

T- This is a beer that is bitter from the time it enters your mouth to it's finish. VERY hoppy beer. Can definitely taste some spices as well.

M- Very hoppy beer with a very dry finish.

D- It's definitely extremely hoppy, but it is certainly very drinkable.

Overall a very solid IPA from Victory. Hoppier than I expected it to be. Very good beer though. Definitely recommend it.

Photo of reppertmr
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Finger head with a small bit of lacing.

Smelled very heavy of hops.

Taste was full of hops, almost overpowering.

Offers a good mouthful.

Have to be a hop lover to truly enjoy this beer.

Would only buy if I were in the mood for a hoppy evening.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,691 ratings.