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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,075 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,075
Reviews: 2,378
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 160
Gots: 527 | 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 jameaterblues
4/5  rDev -2%

The HopDevil poured a dark amber color with ruby red and pink highlights. It had a 1/3 inch off white head.
The smell was of dank citrusy hops and some sweet slightly smokey malts. The taste was very hopy as expected from something called the HopDevil, but not quite as hopy as I expected...these hops had the citrusy flavor that was in the smell, but also a spicy herbal flavor as well. The hops were predominant, but at the finish there was really nice malt balance.
So this is one of the better IPA's that I have tried...the color was beautiful...higher carbonation than what I have come to expect from the style...lots of flavor. I'll definitely try it again...and hopefully next time it will be on-tap somewhere.

jameaterblues, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear deep amber with reddish hues. Has a thick eggshell head that slightly thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by citrusy/grapefruit hops. There is a slight bit of caramel malt in the background.

Taste is slightly malty upfrot that is quickly washed over by a wave of hops. The hop flavors are citrusy with some distinct grapefruit tones. However, the flavor is not overpowering nor is the bitterness. It is quite well balanced and even has a bit of malt at the finish.

Rich body, creamy texture. Plenty of carbonation.

This is a very nice IPA and very well balanced. Definitely in the top tier for the style.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

It had been a while since I tried this beer, so it seemed like a good place to start on my first trip to the Victory brewpub since moving to the area (yesterday). And how was I going to say no to it on cask?

It produced superb, thick rings of lace and was a rich amber colour, but a little on the murky side. The grapefruit aroma was very pronounced and a little sharp compared to what I remember from the bottled version. The same grapefruit character was in the flavour as well, along with a very solid, caramel, malty backbone to balance the ample bitterness. It felt very full in the mouth as well - I was a little surprised since many beers I've tried on cask seem a little thinned out without the extra carbonation. Overall, quite excellent! I'm sure the guys back in Toronto will be jealous.

DrJay, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of schoolcb
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours a medium amber with a very frothy tan head. Fairly clear. First wiff is all hops. Flavor is decidedly balanced on the hop end of the spectrum, but there is enough hop backbone to keep it from being too hoppy. Medium bodied. Hop flavor dominates. Did I say that already? Definately an American IPA. If you are a hop head you'll like this one. Burrrpppp, dang those hops don't stop!

schoolcb, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of boulevard2
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%

16 oz pint at Monty's Krown

Pours a thick hazy brown beer with a nice frothy head. Smells of ripe hops and yeast with a touch citric ambiance. The beer was rather cold for cask condition but didn't ruin the full body and hoppy malt flavour this beer provides. This on cask is so smooth and delicious I went back for seconds. As the beers warmed the hops stood out and gave me a true essence of this beer and I truly enjoyed, Cheers to Victory!!

boulevard2, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of jabocu
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured a medium copper tone. A little hazy with a thin off white cap. The cap didn't stay around too long either. The aroma was very noticable caramel and citrus. A little hops in the nose. Flavor was nice smooth caramel and grapefruit. A little spice maybe clove or anise. I felt it had a very good blend that went down smooth. The hops hung for a few seconds, but helped mellow the sweetness very nicely. Overall a good basic hopped up beer. Very good taste and goes down smooth. Nothing really extraordinary, but good. Will def. have again!

jabocu, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

pours a pale golden colour with a half inch of thick cream coloured head. the head slowly dissipates into a ring around the glass and leaves lots of lace.

the aroma is mostly hops, with some malty undertones. the hop presence isn't overpowring, and is quite nice. the hop aroma is floral with just a hint of pine.

taste is light and refreshing. the hop bitterness is good - not too high, not too low. the malt is light and slightly bready. it balances well against the bitterness and hides the alcohol well.

body is quite good. very drinkable, but not "thin". well balanced.

overall it's a good beer and worth a try.

grub, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Finally, Victory products available in Wisconsin. Sixer picked up at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a fiery amber with a few fingers of fluffy white head. Nose is wonderfully hoppy with notes of juicey citrus and pine. Taste hits you with an initial citrusy hop bitterness but is quickly rounded out by a healthy sweet caramel malt backbone. Felt like DFH 90 Minute's little brother. Considerably more drinkable though. A great sessionable hop bomb with plenty of character. SO glad Victory is here in WI.

Golden2wenty1, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of krberg
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

Dark copper with a slightly off-white head. Mouth-watering.

Suprisingly malty smelling. Sweet malt with flower-like hop aromas.

Full, rich malt backbone. Bitterness that comes to meet the malt and just tops it enough to provide a slight lingering bitterness. Flavor hops to round out the package. Delicious.

Full mouthfeel, but a lot of it comes from CO2. I'd like to try it naturally conditioned to get a better sense of the beer behind the carbonation.

Smooth and tasty. Very drinkable.

An old favorite. A wonderful (and missed) east coast IPA.

krberg, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of gqfiji
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

a: unfortunately i let this one cool too long and came close to freezing it, BUT had the copper/amber color and a nice head that lasted with a hazy clarity

s: the usual hoppy smell

t: swift taste of citrus to cover the palate. the tingle faded to a nice sweet hoppy and alcohol taste that lasted throughout

m: i liked the way the flavor lasted on the tongue, other beers that taste similar at first, either dried out or over flavored the palate.

d: definitely a keeper. liked this one from beginning to end and next time will get a sixer.

gqfiji, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of Rezzin
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

A - Pours a nice amber color with a creamy beige head. Some sediment floating around but not much. Lacing in minimal.

S - Nice floral and slightly piny hop aroma with some malt sweetness.

T - Hops are there right in the beginning but there seems to be slight metallic flavor there as well. Slightly sweet with a nice dry bite at the end. More of English IPA flavor to me.

M - Fairly thin with a little mouth puckering feel to it but not too bad. Moderate to highly carbonated.

D - Not a bad IPA but I've had much better.

Rezzin, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

This poured an awesome orange gold color with a good amount of carbonation and a decent white head that had decent retention. The aroma is most prominetly pine hops! It is also very citric. Awesome taste, obviously the hop attack is there but there is a nice maltiness there too. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but tingly to the tounge. Kinda drying also. This is really is quite drinkable. A very simple but awesome brew.

kbnooshay, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of phisig137
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

Hazy amber pour, with a thin head that drops into a small blanket over the top.

Aroma is filled with hops and alcohol. Citrusy, and piney, but I was surprised how much alcohol was apparent, considering the relatively low 6.7%

Flavor is very hoppy up front, with a nice malty wash towards the end. I think this is one of the more balanced american IPA's I've had.... it tastes more like an english IPA. Good hop flavor, but not a tremendous amount of bitterness or aroma.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, if not a little thin. Heavy carbonation. Drinkability is very high.

phisig137, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of copasetic
4/5  rDev -2%

Pours a slightly hazy amber, darker than many IPAs I've tried. A small head fades quickly. The aroma is complex --somewhat floral and less citrusy than American IPAs tend to be. There's also a hint of baked cookie sweetness. This taste comes through in the flavor, which is just a bit sweet and also more piney than I expected. This aspect, plus the vaguely British-seeming malt backbone made me wonder whether I was drinking a US or UK IPA. Whatever it is, it's complex and tasty. The finish is thin with a bitter hop tingle.

Yeah, I could drink this all night. Complex enough to be a beer snob and straightforward enough for a solid session beer.

copasetic, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of pvsob
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance: Deep copper/amber color with a beautiful head that lasted from start to finish. Clarity was a little hazy.

Smell: Hops, Hops, Hops, and a hint of sweetness at the end.

Taste: Crisp hop flavor of citrus (grapefruit) and some pine. Just enough to pucker me up and finish me off with a slight sweetness and a long hop and alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, somewhat "slippery". The abundant carbonation added crispness and dryness to the overall feel.

Drinkability: No drawn out details here ladies and gentleman. If you see some at your local store, pick some up. HopDevil is one of the easiest drinking IPA's that I have tasted thus far. It looks great, smells great, and tastes great.

Cheers.

pvsob, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

A great color makes this beer attractive right away: orange, red, ruby and gold all swirled together. Moderate carbonation and an inch-thick head that settled to a half-inch throughout the drink.

Instant hops on the nose, like pine. A prickly lemon scent in the background. It's just fine, but fairly common for the style with nothing unusual or unique to set it apart.

Totally solid flavors, simple and direct. Spicy and tangy. Bitter with some grapefruit pucker. Perhaps this is the ultimate definition of what a no-nonsense IPA should taste like. Victory comes up with yet another flavor with character, drinkability and a wild streak.

Mouthfeel is a pleasant creaminess up front, with a crisp nip going down the back of the mouth and throat.

Incredibly easy to drink and even easier to enjoy. I'd point this beer out as the standard example of the new American IPA. Well-hopped and drinkable every day.

Metalmonk, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev -2%

Apearance: Pours a 2 inch head that recedes to half inch or so that lingers. Leaves good lacing. Is a hazy orange copper.

Smell: Piney, some citrus. Some breadiness that hangs back. Pleasingly bitter.

Taste: Pretty much as promised by aroma - hops dominate with intense pine , some citrus. Backbone of bready malt that is a little underassertive, hanging in back , tilting balance in favor of hops bitterness, but in a good way, with dry bitter aftertaste, yum! The malt also leaves an aftertaste resembling that of euro pale lagers, which is due to the fact that Victory uses european malts in this brew, which renders a unique flavor in what is presumably an American "west-coast-style" IPA.

Mouthfeel : Full, with more carbonation than expected which diminishes mouth a little bit. Decent slickness from hop oils.

Drinkability : Goes down very easy, and very good, could go for several more in one sitting. A tasty ale somewhat slanted to hops at the malt's expense, which I think is just what you might have wanted if you find yourself drinking this often - I know I do. However I think that this is balanced enough and tame enough to enlighten the non-hop disciple.

ultralarry2006, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of riversider76
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%

Pours copper, with a tan, foamy head.and nice lacing. Smell is of hops,pine,and citrus, with a sweet edge. Body is medium,with some carbonation. Taste has a bitter edge,that I thought would be better balanced. The sweetness in the smell was not comming through for me. It's stright bitter from start to finish. Don't get me wrong,this is not a bad beer, but I liked Hazed and Infused much better.

riversider76, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer before now. The HopDevil pours into my glass a nice deep copper red with a inch of creamy, bubbly foam head on top. Good clarity. Aromas are all hops upfront, piney, spicy and a touch citric as well. A sweet caramel, midly doughy malt aroma is present as well. Candy coated green leafy hop goodness.

First sip brings a mix of piney and grapefruity citrus hops. A toasted biscuit maltiness dipped in caramel supports the weight of the hops. Tasty green, leafy bitterness flows throughout each sip balanced by a cotton candy sweetness. Finishes with a herbal bitterness that lingers on a bit. Good brew.

Mouthfeel is wonderful with a nice body and solid carbonation. Goes down all too easy, this is a great session IPA for sure and a great six pack choice for heading out to a party. I'm a little upset that I overlooked the HopDevil for so long. Another brew from Victory that's not to be missed.

orbitalr0x, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of Freshie
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearence is a very cloudy amber color, with small head.

The aroma is very pungent with hops.

The taste is very bitter with hops in abundance. There is a spice that comes with the taste that puts a little zip on your tongue. The hop taste stays with you with a mild alcohol burn

Not an ale with a lot of levels, but it does not need any. The one is fine on its own.

Freshie, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of ski271
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

While this beer, when on cask is quite possibly my favorite beer ever, it's missing a little something in the bottle. No real surprise. In bottle it still is one of the staples in my fridge. Still a beautiful beer, still that wonderful citrusy hops aroma backed by solid malts and some pine, and the taste is nicely well-rounded and balanced. But it's not the same as the hand-pulled version that wows me.

ski271, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of Optimat0r
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%

appearance - orange-amber. pretty standard for this type

taste - bitter hops, and....bitter hops. not much in the way of balance, and the hops themselves dont taste particularly high quality either..tastes almost sour. not very impressive, it just doesnt taste right to me.

mouthfeel - sour, bitter oil, not very pleasing

drinkability - i couldnt finish any of the bottles i tried. arrogant bastard is bitter, intense hoppy but tastes quality, this one to me is like a 'mcdonalds IPA' if they were to make one. ive read good things about Victory, hopefully some of their other offerings are better. throw me a miller high life any day over this one.

Optimat0r, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%

Oh man, I've been jonesin for a hoppy IPA that wasn't Alpha King and this baby really hit the spot. Oh man. Really good.

It pours an opaque brown. Kinda like a homebrew with chill haze, but the head. The head never leaves. Wow. Wow. It's amazing.

And the smell. Hops. Juicy, delicious hops. Oh man. That's what I've been looking for. The taste follows the smell. Resiny, spicy, and bitter bitter bitter. There is just enough malt lingering in the background to prevent the beer from being hop mouthwash, but that's it. A faint powdery finish from the bitter hops and yeah. Good stuff. Oh man.

Thanks for the experience Beerninja. This is one freakin' tastey beer.

shbobdb, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of futureman69
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%

I'm drinking it right now....yep, that's downright tasty. Any attempt I make to put the tasting experience into words will simply denegrate the experience and would be laden with subjective inference.
Enjoy it for yourself sometime...I can't possibly convey to you the joy this particular beer has provided me...and you will never really taste THIS particular beer anyway...

As Heraclitus said: we never drink the same beer twice.

Drink well.

futureman69, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of sinistermadman
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%

From notes:
Classic IPA aesthetic - gilded amber, slightly cloudy.
Small head from pour which quickly settles to a fine lacing. Smell is mild, no pleasant pungent hop aroma, subtle malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, some malt grit, mild hop bitterness. Mild hop bitterness which tapers to a chalky, oily finish.

This brew seems unbalanced, somewhat chaotic. Haphazard malt balance even for an IPA. Alcohol astringency is more evident than hop bitterness. I guess I'm in the minority, but there are plenty of other more interesting offerings for this style.

sinistermadman, Mar 11, 2006
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,075 ratings.