Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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4.7/5 rDev +15.2%
I've reviewed this brew a few times, but was not expecting such a difference in the cask version. If I could only have it one way for the rest of my life, this would be it.
Color was an opaque copper orange. Not much head or carbonation. But, the color was stunning.
I don't know where to begin with the smell. Up front sweet flowery orange blossoms. Unlike any previous experience with this beer. Usually I smell a cascade hop resin smell. But this was different. Very citrus and piney. But instead of grapefruit, it was pure orange.
Taste was upfront bitter orange rinds. Very distinctive. A departure from the usual cascade flavors. Flowery blossom honey in the background. Perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel seemed denser than usual. Very little carbonation made it smooth, and could have contributed to the denser feeling. Less crisp, but very satisfying.
Drinkability was exceptional. I could drink this forever. The best IPA I've tasted to date. My only regret is they would not sell a growler of this at Victory. I highly recommend this if you can get to the brewery.
01-29-2006 17:20:29 | More by Ieatlambfries
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
Bought six-pack of 12oz. bottles:enjoy by Jan. 14 '06 on label.
Cracked one open and poured into 16oz. glass mug, nice short lasting half inch cream white head. Slightly murky, copper color with light carbonation bubbles and light lacing.
Super hoppy resin, sativa like smell, a hop lovers delight. Good malt flavor, slightly nutty taste, with a pine and floral crisp, clean finish. This is one fine , hoppy ale!
Fresh, clean mouthfeel with abundant hop aftertaste, makes this moderately strong brew very drinkable, think I'll have another....cheers.
01-29-2006 10:31:53 | More by scottoale
3/5 rDev -26.5%
Nice color. Paints the glass in delicious looking amber, red and orange hues. About a finger on the head and it seems to be sticking around. Solid lacing. Some slow moving carbonation is visible too. About as appetizing looking a beer as I can remember. Seems a little darker than some other IPAs I've tried.
The sniffer likes this one. A good balance of pine, lemon and other citrus scents. A distinctly hoppy scent. Just a hint of spice too. Smells delicious.
Taste somehow seems really weak to me. I'm not getting much beyond a faint caramel flavor at the finish. Just a hint of pine spice in there too. Am I missing something? This doesn't seem right. It's not that it tastes bad, it just doesn't taste like much of anything. Quite a disappointment.
Extremely smooth and mellow mouthfeel. I was really surprised by that. A good balance of bitter and sweet. Not much finish though.
I can't help but feel I've missed something in the taste department. I have another bottle that I'll use as a comparison later and edit this if necessary, but there's just nothing there. Really disappointing. I really like the mouthfeel. It's surprising for an IPA, but is that enough to keep drinking these? I doubt it.
01-29-2006 09:54:34 | More by skillerified
4/5 rDev -2%
On tap cask conditioned at the Drafting Room in Springhouse. The HopDevil pours a nice copper color with a nice thick off-white head. The aroma is of a nice balance between the intense hop flavor and the malty sweetness with a bit of citrus. The taste is an enjoyable balance of the hoppy, piney bitterness and the sweet and fruit tones. A very nice beer and extra special on cask.
01-28-2006 22:14:16 | More by ggaughan
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
never had this before, picked it up at world market in lansing, in one of there winter brew 10 packs.
pours a deep copper color with a off white head.
the aroma is hoppy, citrus, spicy, underlaying malt.
the flavor is hoppy, spicy, malt, citrus, peppery.
the mouthfeel is a little lite for an ipa.
01-28-2006 05:48:39 | More by plaztikjezuz
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured honey colored, foggy to look through, decent head retention, appears appetizing, some lace splattered around.
Nice, sweet lightly roasted malt, varied hop bouquet of rind and citrus and grassiness, not overpowering.
Bitterly hoppy, malt barely shows through, more in the nose than the taste. Rindy lemony hoppiness. Medium bodied, lasting sharp bitterness. semi-strong carbonation.
One bitter beer, not much for balance on this one. Taste is enjoyable, spicy, maybe aging could smooth it out. I would not have guessed as high as 6.7%.
01-27-2006 04:55:27 | More by ChiSox05
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
I almost think I like this better than their Hop Wallop.
Poured very clear amber-red with nice lacing.
Nose quite hoppy. I was trying to determine which hops. Cascade or Columbus or Brewer's Gold or what. Also a bit of sugary, mapley malt in the nose. Not much but a trace.
I began drinking and it was a marvelous balance of malt and hops - perfect sweet-bitter combination. Vermont maple syrup tempered with California hop juice. Added to with what only yeast can do.
Suffice to say that I cannot adequately describe this beer. I love Brooklyn East India Pale Ale, Southern Tier IPA, Redhook IPA, Snake Dog IPA, and Lake Placid Frostbite, but this tops them all in my opinion. Not one to cellar (that's its elder brother Hop Wallop) but one to drink on tap and buy in bottles.
01-26-2006 03:11:33 | More by Calico
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
This beer pours an attractive red, garnet color with a one inch head that hangs around. The smell was very aromatic of fresh hops and hop flowers and pine. Taste was wonderful and complex. Hops, citrus fruits and malt are all dancing on my tongue making for a truly enjoyable drinking experience. This is one of the best American IPA's available and I'm glad I can get this now in NC. Recommended.
01-24-2006 15:41:06 | More by rodrot
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Very very pretty ruby rusty red color. Smell is interesting- sweetly hoppy, almost overly sweet. Lightly fruity, too. Hints of earthy hops come to play as well. Taste is interesting as well- earthy and bitter hops at the forefront, immediately followed by an almost intense malty breadyness. Hints of sweetness hit the palate at odd times, but otherwise it's a tasty thing. Mouthfeel is pretty nice as well. Frothy and bubbly, chewy, smooth. A solid IPA.
01-23-2006 05:05:12 | More by scooter231
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
After reading a few reviews, I was probably expecting too much. This is a good but not exceptional IPA. It pours a cloudy copper color with a small off -white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is exceptional, nice and rich hops/citrus aroma. The taste is good but not great. Good hops taste, good bitterness and balanced flavor. What it doesn't have is the "wow" factor I experienced with my first Hop Otten, SN Pale Ale or SN Celebration Ale. This is still a very drinkable ale. There are just a few out there that I prefer more.
01-22-2006 21:38:37 | More by JayQue
District of Columbia
4.08/5 rDev 0%
made this stop my first night on the lizard's world tour. served to us in error, masquerading as a warsteiner dunkel (in the warsteiner keepsake glass, no less)
floral hop nose along with some caramel malt coming through. the hop flavor is judicious but certainly within reason (not sure if the british would approve, though): citrus, resin
great lacing from the hop oils. reddish brown color
01-21-2006 19:02:53 | More by bruachan
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.
Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber coloration. The head was light honey coloration. Minimal lacing left behind on the glass.
Smell: A nice fruity malty introduction going to piney spicy hops.
Taste: The beer leads in with a slightly butter bready maltyness. This gives way to some citrus and then finally to the spicy hops.
Mouthfeel: The beer is light bodied plus. Slightly oily feeling to the palate.
Drinkability: This is a good effort for a IPA. This mayeven be a good introduction to the style. I will introduce my father in law to this one.
01-20-2006 15:00:58 | More by nlmartin
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours a nice amber with a small tan head. No lacing.
The smell is not so much hops but toasted malt and cherries.
It's been a while since I had this because I remembered there being more hop flavor. Mostly I get a strong flavor of toasted malt, followed by a fruity cherry flavor that finally gives way to the hops at the end. The hops stay on your palate for a long time after you take a sip. I don't like the flavor of the hops in this beer as much as some of my favorite IPAs (Southern Tier, Cascazilla, etc.). Good beer though.
01-18-2006 00:58:33 | More by johnniemarg
4/5 rDev -2%
This is a good IPA, but nothing too particularly special. Pours to a hazy dark amber color with a nice fluffy off-white head that sticks around for a while. Doesn't lace too well.
The smell is of bold spicy, herbal hops. Only a gentle caramel malt detected below. The taste is very similar but more intense. The bitterness is definitely there.
I would like to try this again when I am 100% sure of its freshness. It was good nonetheless, but seems like it might have lost its edge.
01-17-2006 06:01:58 | More by neonbrown82
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
I had this at the Winking Lizard in Fairlawn.
If you hate hops.. Stay away.... stay far away.
The notes that I read here just say hops... hops.... hops.
This beer is all about the hops and if you have brought this beer thinking otherwise then turn in your BA card because the name gives it away. I loved this beer and could not get enough of it.
Taste? Smell? Hops baby! Just know what you are getting into!
01-17-2006 03:19:37 | More by maddamish
4.08/5 rDev 0%
Amber in color. A bit hazy. Head was minimal, but I did pour it way too gently into my glass. Aroma is quite wonderful - sweet, fruity with a nice hop bite. Maybe a bit too sweet for an IPA, but who cares. I like it. At first taste - nice dry, hoppy bite. Fruity sweetness so strong in aroma takes the back seat. Medium body. Very enjoyable high-quality brew. Bonus points: cool name and label.
01-17-2006 03:05:47 | More by ikats
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
Had this on many occasion but this is my first official review.
Pours a hazy, deep orange-amber color with a decent sized one finger head that actually disappears by mid glass.
Smell is of sweet malt and pine. Though the hops are very prevalent, you can tell this is more than just the hop bomb the name suggests.
Taste is interesting. Very malty up front. One can expect this from a much darker than normal IPA. Almost sugary sweet. The hops quickly emerge leaving a very dry, bitter finish. Although this beer is not overly big on Alcohol, you can taste it after a while.
Mouthfeel is where this beer is lacking. I remember this being thicker and more balanced than it was this time. The beer grew increasingly thin as I progressed.
Overall drinkability is okay. I have drunk this beer in session but it does become too drying and the alcohol taste becomes ever more present as you go along.
In closing, I am not sure this beer is really an IPA. It seems a little too sweet and darker than most IPAs I have had. Not sure it is an APA either. If it weighed in over 7%, I think it would fit right in a Strong Ale category.
01-17-2006 02:34:31 | More by Terp96
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
This beer came a glowing clear amber with orange highlights and a small off white head. Smelled of smoky caramel and dry pineapple hops. Tasted of a good blend of slight oats and caramel with a huge hop kicker of juniper, a bit of prunes and an awesome fruity bitterness. Mouth feel was medium bodied with a light tingly carbonation.
01-16-2006 19:00:15 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours a slightly hazed orange amber hue. Two finger head slowly reduces to a very dense and creamy cap that will remain throughout. Scarce specs of lacing. Cascade and Chinook hops in the nose, citrus and pine scent, and some backgroung crystal malts give it a well-rounded aroma. Begins with a sweet caramel taste, followed by a delicious orange rind and pine sap bitterness. The malt character is mild, but appropriate and balanced for the style. Medium in body with fine carbonation that helps release hop oils from the tounge. Dry aftertaste, with a herbal hop tea flavor. Finish is similiar; timidly abrasive, but friendly enough for a comfortable drinkability.
01-13-2006 22:48:51 | More by PBRstreetgang
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle (with best by date, nice!) into my favorite drinking goblet. Hazy dark copper color with about a half inch of foam on the top of the glass. Nice, big piney hop aroma with some hints of vanilla, maybe? What, hops not overpowering the malt?! What wonderful beer alchemy in my mouth. Hops up front, sweet malt in the middle, and nice bitter hops on my smacking lips. A standard house beer of mine.
01-11-2006 02:30:09 | More by amstelcat
3.48/5 rDev -14.7%
HopDevil pours a hazy copper, orange color with a medium off-white head. The head is somewhat rocky, but has decent retention. The head definitely sticks to the glass. It smells like, well hops and little bits of devil (what did you expect?)! It also has a hint of grapefruit and pine.
A very bold taste. It tastes like bitter hops, citrus and pine. It has hints of malt in the background and a nice floral aftertaste. A light spiciness lingers on the tongue.
This is a must have for hop-heads. It is a good beer. I am not particularly fond of overly hopped beers, but this one is turning me to the dark side. The label is awesome by the way. I am happy to report that this beer is not actually made with bits of real devil (they use imitation devil and devil extracts).
01-09-2006 06:13:45 | More by Mitchel
2.85/5 rDev -30.1%
on tap into a pilsner.
clear golden amber color with half an inch of white head that leaves slight lacing.
aroma is all hop bitter aromas; floral and pine.
flavor is all hops as well, floral and pine again but with a touch of hop spiciness as well. absolutely no attempt at balance or subtlety with this one. thin mouthfeel with a very bitter afteraste. obviously can't rate the drinkability too high.
01-08-2006 22:04:53 | More by Prufrock
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a light copper crystal clear body with a very gentle carbonation. The head is a creamy off-white that slowly turns to a thin film.
S- The smell of big bold juicy hops has hints of pineapple, resin and grass. The smell of pale malt gives support to the big hops.
T- The hops have a fresh juicy flavor with notes of fruit, citrus and some pine flavors. The malt flavor has some pale malt qualities but there is also some toasted notes aswell. The finish has a soft yet tangy hop bitterness that hands on your breath.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a smooth texture. There is no astringency or alcohol warmth.
D- This beer is about hop flavor. There is not a lot of bitterness and the hops have a fruity flavor that is unusual. Smooth hoppy beer.
01-07-2006 23:53:44 | More by rhoadsrage
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
Twelve ounce bottle with 'Enjoy by Nov 06 05'
Spotted this @ Hollingshead's for only $1.69
Pours orange with a two finger collar of large bubbled light tan foam and excellent clarity. Nose is evenly split between floral pine and sweet grapefruit.
Entry is nice withy carbonation lightly brushing the sides of the tongue with a mouthfeel a little thinner than I'm used to with an IPA. Midtaste hits the sweet spot with a nice pale malt and grapefruity hops.
The finish stings the back of the mouth with a pleasant, clean hop jolt that fades with the same pine / citrus ratio promised by the nose.
Smooth and very drinkable...I'll be picking up a few more of these before they're all gone!
01-07-2006 10:38:37 | More by IceAce
4/5 rDev -2%
deep reddish/copper color. lots of carbonation bubblesfiling through the beer. thin but stable foamy head.
nice floral hoppy aroma with some citrus as well. lightly sweet candy notes in there too.
flavor has the usual ipa characteristics. full bitterness with enough malt to keep things balanced. niether really dominating the other.
another good example of the style, just didnt seem to blow me away as some others have.
01-07-2006 01:46:02 | More by joecast
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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