1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,555 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,555
Reviews: 2,423
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 200
Gots: 765 | FT: 6
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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hop Devil Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,555 | Reviews: 2,423 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of lpb1970
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Victory Hop Devil displays a clear, leather like color. Very nice. The head retains a lacing throughout. The aroma is strong piney, citrusy hops with an enticing malt sweetness. Body is medium with slightly above average carbonation which works perfectly for the beer. The taste is that crisp, fresh, citrus hop taste and a delicious bitterness that tells me those beautiful little cones went into the boil good and early. Your girlfriend who drinks Blue Moon won't like this beer. There is a nice sweet malt follow up that perfectly complements the hop dominance. Bottom Line: This is a top five IPA for an East Coast fella like myself. You will have to scour the continent to find a better IPA. Anything Victory puts out is going to be good and this is one of their best.

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

Enjoyed on cask at the brewpub.
Served as a medium amber colored beer with white creamy head. Perfect lacing.
Smell has a more restrained hop character than the bottled version.
Taste also has the hops more restrained. They seeem to be more flavorful than bitter, and this presents with a very different, and enjoyable,beer.
Finish is also less bitter.
An excellent beer. The cask version, in my opion, is even more enjoyable than the bottle.

Photo of Drewcifer
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, cloudy amber/copper color with a decent off-white head.

The smell is a good, citrusy, hoppy smell, not overpowering, not as strong as expected.

The taste is well-balanced, not overly hoppy as you may expect from the name. The hops are there, but backed by a citric tang.

A good, medium body with a decent amount of carbonation give it a pleasant mouthfeel, finishes a bit dry.

The overall drinkability of HopDevil is decent. It’s all-around a solid beer, maybe not with quite the over-the-top punch that hopheads crave, but that makes it much more accessible to those trying to find a good, solid IPA to get started in the world of craft beers with. It’s not insanely hopped, not overly bitter, and doesn’t have a monster ABV, all of which make it a very enjoyable beer that can be had in decent amounts without getting sick or tired of it.

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

Had this once in college when I was still "in the dark." Did not like it then, so i decided to revisit now that I have a more "educated" palette. Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours an amber body with an off-white head with decent retention. Eventually slows ot a small lacing along the top of the beer with some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A nice, hoppy smell. Not as strong as I expected, but still fairly evident.

T: A rather hoppy taste, but not as much as I expected. Some malts in the aftertaste as a balancer, but the hops were not as strong to really balance the beer.

M: Pretty full-bodied, but slightly on the light side. Carbonation was okay.

D: Fairly drinkable beer. Good mouthfeel with an ok taste. I expected a little bit more of a bittering hop taste from the beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (marked best by 4/12/08) into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber color with a quickly receding white head.

S: Big hop aroma with a sweet malt background.

T: A big and balanced IPA. Big hop flavors in the form of orange citrus and quite a bit of pine to go along with a solid grainy malt base. Finishes crisp and dry.

M: I like the mouthfeel, it's smooth and a bit creamy and even a bit thick.

D: A solid IPA. A bit different than the west coast hop-bombs that I'm used to but still very good for the style.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy rusty reddish copper amber with 1 1/2in creamy dreamy beige head that becomes a giant crater of foam as it slowly settles. great retention, and webs of lace as if the old lady across the street knitted it.

S- toffee praline and marshmallow. that's the best way i can describe the aroma of certain ales (i.e. cumberland, stone ipa, hopdevil) but maybe someday i'll be able to place the actual aroma. most likely a malt/hop combination. anyway, fruity caramel apple aromas rise in a thick vapor with date, fig, prune, butterscotch, sandalwood, and faint milk chocolate.

T- very complex as it goes along. very caramel and malty for a split second up front followed by a huge zap of earthy resinous hops, soil, compost, used coffee grounds, and the same faint cocoa as the aroma. malty pear/apple sweet and dark fruits, strawberry, woodsy spicy herbal hops hold strong in the middle with pancake batter, toasted grains, and hazelnut, tapering slowly into a dry apple cider sour cream/cream cheese scotch whisky finish.

MF- heavy syrupy body goes down smooth and juicy due to its mid-level carbonation. there's so much taste and aroma going on in here that one can barely notice the mouthfeel. nevertheless, it seems to fit a brew of this magnitude.

D- hopheads young and old come imbibe in the glory of the friendly hopdevil. i had the victory hopdevil pint glass for 5 months before i actually got to taste the beer...mission accomplished.

Photo of Hoppington
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to disagree with the experts on this one. This just didn't quite do it for me and I was dissapointed and felt the hophead experience wasn't there. That's what I get for looking at the "RateBeer" rating that many retailers are now posting in the beer cases next to the beers. For my palate, I think Troeg's Hopback Amber Ale is a better pick in this category. Just not hoppy enough for what I consider to constitute a great American IPA. I think this beer is *much* better on tap than in the bottle. With a name like "HopDevil" this beer should be sinfully hoppy!

Don't get me wrong - this was OK and quite drinkable, but compared to other offerings out there in the American IPA category, this one comes up average across the board to my taste buds. Again, a fine beer, but the line of better American IPAs is long and getting longer!

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

Poured a cloudy dark copper with thin IPA head.

Smelles of citrusy hops, some grain. Very welcoming.

Taste is good. Nice fruity hop burst. Not overwhelming. Some honey undertones than compliment the overall hoppiness.

Feels rather light and dry compared with the usually heavy IPA style. Leaves with little aftertaste.

Overall a nice IPA, a great compliment to a plate of hot wings and blue cheese. Iwon't turn this one down, but it is not my favorite.

Photo of jeffmonarch
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice cloudy amber brown color with some nice head.

S - Very citrusy with a light smell of piney hops.

T - Good strong hops flavor with citrusy malts hiding in the background. Good alcohol burn as you move down the glass.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer from one of my favorite breweries. If you like ipa's this is a great beer to try.

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

Pours a clouded very dark amber brown with a tan head. Nose is hopped, citric, and clean. Flavor is smooth. Not overly flavorful though. Slight hop tones with not much else going on really. It is smooth, yes. There is just no outstanding flavor quality here. Feel is standard for what you’d expect. Quite drinkable, but yet another craft brew that has quality, but no outstanding personality (have I become spoiled???). Tried it, moving on, most likely not to return.

Photo of dmamiano
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very deep, polished copper color..nice two finger head that holds true. Medium amount of lacing.
Nose is of caramel malts with bready undertones. Hops are present although not in your face. Sweet citrus is detected.
Taste is very bitter and well balanced with the malt. The bitterness lags on and on. A slight alchohol burn as I swirl the beer in my mouth.
Pretty good, but i didnt fing it outstanding.

Photo of weiserr
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a great divide pint glass. one of the coolest beer labels in rotation. i've "danced w/ the hopdevil" on several occasions, but this is my first official review.

clouded amber w/ a pronounced, rocky head. not as much lacing as i'm used to, but it could be this particular offering. still, this is an above-average pour.

sense of smell is overwhelmed by grapefruit, grass, spices and an aggressive, yet pleasant surprise of biscuity malt.

stand back!!! this is a full-scale hop assault. seamless combination of citric flavors and semi-sweet malt. a masterful balance of ingredients lends to incredible taste and texture. the aftertaste has staying power, but the control of the myriad flavors does nothing to negatively affect the palate.

this is pretty much bulls-eye for an american IPA, and certainly a juggernaut in its class. could be a bit aggressive on the hops for the casual drinker, but i'm sure those looking for a break from the norm will appreciate this banner offering from victory. it's easy to enjoy a few of these, even at 6.7% abv.

stellar.

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

the wife bought me a World Market 12-bottle sampler at Christmas and this was one of the "winter brews" in it. My first time around with the hopdevil.

a - poured from a 12oz bottle, deep orange color.

s - heavy evergreen smell with some orange and citrus too. strong but not overpowering.

t - heavy hops, as the "hopdevil" might predict. again, strong but not overpowering.

m - a bit thicker than the IPA's I've had recently, more than expected...in a good way.

d - if it wasn't a sampler pack I would have opened another right away.

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

Sampled on cask at Victory Brewery, this classic IPA pours a semi-translucent orange bronze with some thin yellow/gold highlights. Some frothy head but little to no carbonation of course being cask conditioned. Good walls of thin lace stick to the glass.

Lots of citrus and caramel malt in the nose, not to mention some deep floral hops. Pine and spice are accompanied with sweet honey and lighter toffee. Very nice as always.

Smooth and bold with and initially sweetness consisting of caramel malt and citrus. Then comes the hops; bitter and herbal but with a mellowing sweet maltiness. The hops linger well and finish with a spicy floral note.

Buttery and smooth in texture with that familiar mellow cask feel. Velvety and clean with no real carbonation. The texture and bitterness really linger past the finish as well. A classic brew from Victory that lends itself really well to the cask conditioning.

Photo of pwoods
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Biggs on Colerain Ave., poured into a pint.

A: Pours a very deep amber with perfect visibility. 1 1/2 fingers of rocky, off white head forms and holds on quite well. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Clean floral hops with plenty of orange and grapefruit esters without the oiliness. A slightly sweet and grainy malt background rounds things out.

T/M: Lots of bittering hops up front. Juicy and sweet grapefruit. Malts are on the weak side, adding a touch of sweetness and some body to the drink. Medium with enough carbonation. Dry bittering finish.

D: Easy to drink and nice and tasty. Lots of bitterness would probably prevent me from drinking this on card night, though.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle expiration date is March, 2008. Also clearly printed on the sampler 12-pack. Thanks very much for that Victory!

A nice deep amber color, with a creamy light tan head that rose to two fingers and never receded past one, all the while maintaining a death-grip on the side of my pint glass.

Aroma of caramel and malt, balanced nicely by the citrusy American hops mentioned on the bottle. Based on the aroma, this should really be called Balance-devil. More and more it's what I am looking for from this style, and not all of them deliver. I was thinking that until I tasted it!

Yes the malt is there up front, but it's immediately usurped by an onslaught of big citrus-laden hops, a bit of hoppy spice and even some alcohol. The grapefruit in this AIPA remains with you through the finish, and then some malt sweetness peeks back through the haze, interestingly enough leaving you with an overall sensation of the balance I mentioned earlier.

This is one well-done beer. Smooth and creamy, with a medium body, and nicely carbonated taboot. I could definitely hit a few of these in a night.

Recommended!

Photo of schoolboy
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have purchased this wonderful over-the-top brew many times. When I am looking for a fix of heavy in your face hops (and when am I not?) this is one of the staples to which I turn.

True to its' name, this baby delivers the goods. Hops out the wazou. Even though it is over the top the way none of the imports are (yet), it is very drinkable. I could have several of these, although I usually savor them!

The cooked in and finishing hops are all very strong. If you didn't get that from the name, beware (you must really need more warning then, I guess).

Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-red, slightly brownish color from a cool 12oz bottle with a green "hop-devil"... No real head, but a nice colored appearance which reveals a strong aroma of hops bursting through... there's no denying it... this beer is built on hops and the strong aroma and flavor is very evident from the first sniff to the first sip... Another solid offering from a company that I've really taken a liking to... I haven't been dissatisfied with any brews from Victory... Great stuff with an equally good mouthfeel... with such a strong suggestion of hops, this beer wasn't as bitter as I thought it would be... a nice flavor with a warming alcohol glow... Certainly recommended - this beer is all hops...

Photo of timbro81
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to evolbob for getting this to me.

Best before Feb '08 on the label. Pours a very slight hazy liquid gold with a small head that fades quickly. Smells of fresh oily hops piney with a touch of floralness. Good carbonation throughout. Big mouth feel. Impressive malt foundation with a superstructure of hops on top. Caramel malt also prominent. Superbly balanced. A crisp spicy assault of the mouth. Aftertaste lingers around and offers a nice warming effect. Very Highly Recommended, never run out.

Photo of MrHolland
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up at an ingles while I was in NC, but I have seen in around the Charleston area.
Appearance is a beautiful dark golden brown color with a thick lace that sticks to glass the whole way through.

Smell is very piny with an overabundance of hops with a little citrus smell as well.

I love the taste it is pure hops , very bitter. Cannot really pick up any malts but I am sure they are there.

This beer has a great mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Very good beer, will buy this on nights when I might want something a little more hoppy the my usual Sierra Nevada.

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

Bottle I picked up at TotalWine in Annandale poured into a heavy 14oz mug. This is the second or third time I've had the Hop Devil.

Hop Devil poured a beautifully consistent amber. A very thin head dissipated quickly, but that could be as much the fault of my dishsoap as poor retention.

The pine and cream aromas hit first, and with some searching, the pale malts filled out the tail. Good, indicative aromas for a balanced IPA.

The taste was clearly pine and citrus, mostly lemon, but next up I was stung with the sharp taste of copper. Not awesome, but it did fade after the first sip.
To fast forward, that's probably the only negative on this one. Otherwise, well balanced for an IPA named Hop Devil. Again, for the style, there was plenty of light caramel and cream in the backseat to add to the depth and balance of the Hop Devil - the biggest little beer in America, err something.

It's embarrassing, but in my notes I actually wrote "superb" when I turned my attention to the texture and mouthfeel. But yeah, it was. Understandably thick for the ABV and depth typical of the heavier IPAs. Carbonation was complementary, just enough to cut the texture and tickle the tongue.

Anyone like me that holds a special place in their heart / brain / stomach for DIPAs will probably find the Hop Devil quite drinkable and come back for more. And if you like IPAs, but are more moderate (balance is paramount) Hop Devil could be a weekend fling. And if you don't like heavy hops, well, it's called Hop Devil. Yeah.

Despite the fact that it made me use words like superb, tickle, and special place, I really like the Hop Devil. The copper tinge wasn't enough of a problem to ruin the taste, and that's not something I've noticed when I had had it before. A very good heavy IPA.

I need to sit down and pit the devil against Troegs HopBack. A Susquehannan backyard brawl of sorts. The HopBack is dubbed an amber ale, but whatever, these two beers have a lot more in common than geography.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory is becoming on of my favorite American breweries. Hop Devil pours with a pillowy white head. The lacing stick to the glass after each sip. Has a clear amber color.

The nose is extremely balanced. Lots of bread and caramel malt to equal the piny and citrusy hops. But it's just to laid back to make it outstanding.

Tastes of bitter piny hops, orange, a bit of grapefruit and a solid amount of lightly toasted malt. Very well made and extremely drinkable.

Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent offering from Victory, HopDevil is a full-frontal hopped-up assault on the taste buds. Good, strong presentation, with one and a half fingers topping off a rich, cloudy amber body. The nose was good, full of hops and a whiff of fruit. The taste was bold, hopped, a bit grainy, yet smooth overall.

Way delicious, and more than makes up for some flat mediocrity from Breckenridge that preceded it. Stellar IPA.

Photo of fitzy84
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The drink had a red-dark amber appearance with a thin head. Although the appearance made it tantalizing, the rest of the drink was a bit average. Its faint hop smell had some sweets to it, but lacked any spectacular features. The taste was somewhat thin but the aftertaste had a good bitter-sweet balancing going for it. This IPA also had a low-medium body to it, making it not as carbonated as I hoped. Overall it was decent and not overpowering, but that also hindered it from being great.

Photo of brucer1
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

rich, opulent copper in color with a wonderful two finger head. good lacing as i finish it off. i can easily smell the wonderous hops in this great effort by victory. the complexity of flavors in this beer is, for me, what makes it one of my favorite beers. starts bitter ends with a touch of sweetness that ends it off, marvelous! damn near perfect in it's balance of moderate alcohol content and how it feels, no hint of a burn. i will easily finish the six pack i just bought so for me, it's a good session beer. Beware of the hops.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,555 ratings.