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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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6,075 Ratings

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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 ryantupy
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

I picked this one up on tap at Old Chicago to go with my burger. While I could have paired my beer with my food a little better. I found this to a most enjoyanle hoppy beer. It pours a dark hazy copper color with a nice rocky retentive head. It smells of fregrant hops and some hints of spice. The taste is the best as its tastes overly hoppy. Very bold and tasty hops with enough malt to make it go down smooth. I noticed fragrant, earthy, herbal hops. I loved this beer and have since ordered many more pints.

ryantupy, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

A very good IPA. Nice copper coloured body, and an intense citrus hop aroma and flavor with minor notes of black pepper and pine. Loads of smooth bitterness too. With all of that good stuff being said, it lacks a bit of subtlety and could use a bit more malty flavor to balance out the hops. Still, this is a superb beer.

fisherman34, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of radshoesbro
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

from a 12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date of aug 26 2005...oops! hopefully this isn't going to taste to bad.

pours a deep rusty amber with a fair head and wisps of lace surrounding the glass. hold this to the light and it appears to be a deep amber/orange color. looks like a fairly typical IPA. smells of good green hops and hints of pineapple. wow, that smells quite good! luckily this has taste to match! the hops are definately "there" but not overpowering in the least bit. it's blended quite nicely with malts to add a nice spicy yet sweet quality to it. on top of that this is possiblly the smoothest, creamist IPA i've ever had! this is definately a great beer for a spring or autumn day, and would even do well in the middle of summer. not so sure how great it would be in the freezing cold of winter, but that spiciness definately has a warming quality to it. alex likes it, i like it...we all like it! two thumbs up!

radshoesbro, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

appearance: Best by date of January 6, 2006 is indicated on the bottle. The head is off white and quickly dissipates, leving a thin layer of carbonation behind. The beer is a medium to dark amber, and looks wonderful.

smell: Smells nice and hoppy, but not overdone. The hops smell green, fresh, and have some tropical citrus notes as well as some pineapple. The smell seems pretty well balanced, though I have a hard time pinning down the malt aromas, though I can sense their dark sweetness. There is a slight woodiness and a nuttiness to the malt aroma.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the lower end of high and the body is medium light.

taste: Mmmmm hops and malt. The hops are fresh and spicy with blenty of bittering ability, and the malt provides a nice balance with its lightly sweet flavors. There is also a somewhat nutty, maybe pecan like characteristic to this IPA that I don't usually expect from this style, but I like it. The hops provide a green bitterness lasting long into the finish.

drinkability: very drinkable for an IPA

blackie, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of Hagbard
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Hazy orange-copper in appearance with a thick, rocky, off-white head. The head has some serious peaks and valleys before gradually dissipating. It leaves some very dense lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very hoppy. Citrus fruits dominate, including orange and grapefruit. There seems to be a very nice malt presence backing everything up. The taste is very nice. Citrus juiciness, oranges and grapefruits. A beautiful malt base appears in the middle and softens everything. It finishes with a gentle hop bitternesss. This is a truly great tasting IPA. There is a ton of hoppiness in it, yet it never falls into the common IPA trap of becoming too harsh. I guess the malt base is sturdy enough to support the hoppiness while keeping it gentle. Very drinkable. I would love the chance to try this on cask, it seems tailor made for it. Also of note is the freshness date on the bottle keeping you from buying old stock. So simple, but such a useful tool.

Hagbard, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of thetachibro
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

A very nice amber\orange color when first poured. A two finger head quickly dissapates to one with nice lacing down the glass with some nice carbonation. At first a very nice and strong hoppy,bitter, grapefruit aroma. The taste in the beginning is not overly hoppy or bitter because of the pleasing balance with the malt however you get a nice hop punch in the aftertaste. A medium bodied mouthfeel that's very crisp and leaves the taste in your mouth for a while. This is a well rounded IPA that I can definatley sit down and drink for a while.

thetachibro, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of battlekow
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%

Clear amber, not much head or lacing. Surprisingly malty, fruity nose, with sharp, peppery hops around the edge. Taste is similar, a large malty backbone with hops that rush in quickly to fill the void. HopDevil distinguishes itself from other IPAs with a very pleasant toasty finish. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. A big IPA, but quite drinkable and my favorite of the style, so far.

battlekow, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of walleye
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%

from the bottle. poured a nice amber to copper with a light tan head. aroma, nice hops, grapefruit, honey, caramel, spicy. flavor a little on the light side compared to the aroma, dry , bitter , some hops would have liked the hops to be a little more robust, had a hard tine finding the malt and caramel. but over all a very drinkable beer.

walleye, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of unknownlamer
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%

This beer smelled good with a nice strong and smooth hop aroma, but not quite as nice as a Magic Hat Blind Faith. When it hit my tongue there was a definite hop bitterness, but the malt did a good job of keeping it balanced. It felt rather nice in the mouth too. It started to go down fairly easily, but towards the end of the swallow the fairly harsh hop bitterness showed up, and it left a fairly harsh aftertaste. The harsh bitterness on the back of my tongue remained for the entire time I was drinking the beer, but it became a bit more subdued as my tastebuds acclimated to it.

I wouldn't drink more than one or two of these in a session, especially if a smoother IPA was available. Definitely a good beer, but not amazingly drinkable.

unknownlamer, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

Picked up a 6'er while a pizza cooked in the oven and man was this a treat.

Beautiful golden body with a 2" head that left a lot of lacing and retained some head all the way down.

Hops and spice in the aroma, could be a little stronger

Like the smell, a spicey hops bitterness that really hits the spot. I was hoping for a little more kick in the flavor, but it this is a well rounded, long lasting taste. MMMmmm.

Really pleasant in your mouth. It's got a little body to it and the carbonation is really on.

6.7%? You're kidding me. A nicely balanced drink that goes easy and tastes great. Consider for a hophead session.

tempest, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of numenor1
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a deep amber with a decent beige head that reduces to a sturdy collar, laces well. Smells of citrus and caramel malts. First there's a light burst of citrus hops then the caramel maltiness makes itself known, while the hops kick back in for citrus and pithy bitterness(though the malty sweetness continues to last) into the finish. There's also a strong earthy hop character thrown in for good measure. Fairly well balanced as the malts make a strong showing, and the bitterness never overwhelms. It's good, but i prefer some other IPA's as far as flavor goes. This boasts a good medium body with medium carbonation. Very drinkable, but not my favorite.

numenor1, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of miollnir
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured into a standard American pint glass. Medium sized head to it. A deep amber color. A bitter piney scent under woody cherry tones. Tastes oak, a sharp bitter taste, hoppy taste, but not as hoppy in scent.

Has the standard IPA feel to it, typical of (if one so calls it) an America IPA. Bitter with lots of hop appeal. Yet the hoppiness only comes through on the drink, the scent (which I feel is most important in an IPA) is not as prevalent on other beers such as Brooklyn or Blue Points Hopnotical (which is great BTW).

Too bitter on the mouth, which decreases the enjoyment of the actual drink. Has a crunchieness to it, with what seems like a very cherry flavored and lemon twist?

Overall a very confusing beer, yet has its upside as good hoppy tasteing beer, but not something I would want to go out of my way to drink often.

Victory's Prima Pils is another story!

miollnir, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of texashammer
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%

Deep amber color, slightly hazy, with thick rocky off-white head, 2 fingers. Oily and exuberant flowery hops in the nose, along with some malt struggling against the big hops. Tastes immediatly bitter, with aggressive and oily, juicy hops, mostly flowery. Some sweetness as you drink on into it. Dry finish. Full body, smooth and slick mouthfeel, with a bite from the hops in the middle. Drinkable? Oh, yes. Gulpable.

texashammer, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of nickss
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

One of the most beautiful looking beers I have ever seen. Deep orange in hue, with a MONSTER of a head... 1/2" of gorgeous fluffy-as-a-cloud foam that refuses to disipate. As I drink it, huge globs of lace cling to the sides of my glass.

Smells of hops.... lots and lots of fresh hops. There is some grassy smell in there as well.

Well... the name doesnt lie, nor does the smell. This beer is hoppy! It has a bit of spicy kick too it too, but IMO that only adds to the uniqueness, and utter wonderfulness of this brew. MMM!

The mouthfeel is extremely active, as the hops hit the tongue and dance around. However, it is also surprisingly thick feeling. Very very nice.

I could drink a lot of this beer, and did so last summer. Another brilliant brew from Victory... these guys can simply do no wrong.

nickss, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of ClearDog
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

I just purchased two six-packs from New World Wine Co. in Milwaukee which is from what I'm told, the first store in Wisconsin to offer Victory Brewing Co. brands.

Appearance -- Pours into my imperial pint glass a light orange amber color. Nice two finger head; quickly shrinks down to a one finger creamy white head. Carbonation is visible.

Smell -- Hops. Can just make out whiffs of grapefruit. It gets better as it warms. Pleasant and very enjoyable. In a way as the beer gets warmer it smells somewhat sweeter.

Taste -- Bitter hops. Hop Devil tastes just a little different than a lot of IPA's I've tried. The first couple of sips remind me of smoke. As the beer warms you get alcohol, but nothing overwhelming, as well as a grapefruit like finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light. Creamy. You can feel the carbonation on the sides of your tongue.

Drinkability -- Very nice drinkability. I could probably get myself into a little trouble with this one. Easily one of the better IPA out there. Overall a very enjoyable IPA.

ClearDog, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

I've had this beer multiple times but never rated, or until now. Sampled from a 12oz bottle, HopDevil pours a dark orange color with brown tinge, but brightens significantly when held to the light. The beer is for the most part clear. Also good head retention and lacing, but both dissipates over time.

The smell has strong hop aroma. Strong floral aroma with a zesty citrus, a little bit of piney and noticeable spiciness. Some slightly sweet malt is noticeable but hops are strong. Overall this is a stronger smell that is very prominent even for an IPA.

The taste is strong hops but not oily like some high hop beers are. A big floral flavor that is complex. A start from a citrus savor but a stronger grapefruit and lemony flavor just overflows the taste buds. A basic somewhat sweet malt is in the background but plays second fiddle to the hops.

A medium body with limited carbonation, HopDevil is a great tasting IPA. Nothing new here. So go out and try one for yourself.

Oxymoron, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of Melchizedek
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a hazy sort of rust-orange. Head builds up nicely to about an inch and subsides to a lasting cap that leaves traces down the glass.

It smells hoppy--not a whole lot else to say; the aromas are a little floral and strongly citrusy. In the mouth it makes good on its promise, hops all over the place, although not so aggressive as to be off-putting. Citric and floral notes are joined by a grassy undertone, while the alcohol comes through with warmth and a bit of spiciness. There's some bready yeast as well; as the beer warms, the bitterness takes on sort of a tea-like flavor, with an aftertaste that might be a bit too lingeringly bitter for my taste. The mouthfeel is great, very chewy and with a nice body.

This has sort of a quintessential (to my mind) IPA flavor, strongly hoppy and interesting. I'd definitely have another, and I wish I could have had one with lunch today (some great Indian food).

Melchizedek, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%

The beer pours an interesting light mahogany - somewhere between deep orange and light brown. Moderate sized dirty white head that recedes quickly leaveing no lacing at all.

The nose is surprisingly subdued with a few floral and herbal hop notes and a nice bready grain scent.

Taste is equally subdued, well developed dry malt tastes similar to saltines and some interesting (light) amber-like fruit notes of peach and apricot. Hop presence is surisingly not present. Some bittering but not gobs and very little in the way of aromatics. Slight piney notes and quite a few light herbal flavors but that's about all. Primary flavors seem to be noble hops - the is quite reminiscent of a British ESB.

Mouthfeel is fine - it's a medium bodied brew with reasonable carbonation. Slight hop finish drys out the drink and leaves a clean palate, no oily residue on the tongue.

Overall I'd give this an "ehhh" It's an okay brew with some very nice malt flavors but for something called "HopDevil" it's surprisingly light on the hops. I would like to try this one again sometime to see if my tastebuds were off that day or if this HopDevil really is just a HopRascal

Thanks to mntlover for sending this bottle Westward in a very generous trade!

RedwoodGeorge, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of fingolfin72
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Deep copper color with a lacy, off-white head.

Nose- somewhat floral and piny. Very inviting.

Palate- big, but not overwhelming. It has a woodsy, piny, hoppy bitterness with a slightly creamy malt undertone. Overall, a very bracing beer which whets the appetite. The bitterness slows down the sipping pace a bit, which is good; there's enough alcohol to cause trouble.

fingolfin72, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of LucaBrasi
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle States: Enjoy by Oct 21 05.
Pours a hazy orange color with a thick off white head. The head will shrink but will not fade completely.
The smell is of hops and spices.
Taste is excellent. Taste like spices hops and has a slight bitter aftertaste. Nothing overwhelming.
Mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonated.
Drinkability is high this is good shit.
Go get one today.

LucaBrasi, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%

Good hop nose in the glass. Pours a nice Sierra nevade brown under an off-white head. In actual taste, though, hops are not as smacky as one would believe. instead, they start out understated, a nice peppery and grassy start. The toasty malts makes a nice sticky coating in the mouth, allowing the bitterness to linger and become more pronouced, until it finishes full strength.

DrunkMcDermott, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of akajimmyd
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance: Poured into a tumbler. Creamy amber color. Nice sized head which slowly dissipated but never completely.

Smell: Spicy and fruity scents. (I don’t have an experienced nose.)

Taste: Delicious. Hoppy with a slightly bitter finish. The taste improved as the beer warmed slightly. I couldn’t wait to finish it and have another.

Mouthfeel: Medium Body, perfect carbonation.

Notes: A really enjoyable IPA. Perfect balance between the very hoppy 90 minute and Harpoon’s milder IPA.

akajimmyd, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of HoboAGoGo
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a dark amber color, nice white head that laces all the way to the bottom and lines of carbonation. Smells of strong floral, strong pine, can smell the yeast and slight alcohol too, some spice. Spicy on the tongue following the initial sweetness that hits the side of your mouth. After a swallow you mouth is coated with spicy hop oils.

Rather good beer, if I could get ahold of it more often, I'd drink it more often.

HoboAGoGo, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

Fresh off the shelves at Ryan and Casey. Bottled label with best if consumed by.. Aug 07. My initial interpretation of this beer is a bit disappointing. Color and body are great. Glowing orange, medium head retention but great lacing. Cloudy translucency indicating unfiltered, a potential gut bomb. Needless to say this beer is very hoppy, followed by a little too much bitterness IMO, but nonetheless a good tasting beer; mainly characterized by a peachy infused body. A beefy beer, definitely not a session beer.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of jmz62565
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

great smell and color.if you're a hophead this is your beer.another quality beer from victory.a little cloudy ,but very crisp and delicious.this has no bad after taste that many IPA's have.i recommend this very highly.
I can see having cheeses and or fish or poultry with this.

jmz62565, Sep 16, 2005
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,075 ratings.