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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

6,366 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,366
Reviews: 2,398
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 175
Gots: 629 | 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 cichief
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers brewed in the U.S. It is a big, hoppy beer. The flavor of hops comes through clean and pure. Although I typically don't enjoy beers over 6% ABV (unless from Belgium) this beer does not have that alcohol flavor so many American IPA's have. I definitely need to visit the brewery for a fresh sample, but doubt it could be any better.

cichief, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of Fugazme
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Nice copper hue... great, white head (very thick)... Wonderful lacing.

Citrus heavy whiff... grassy tones with a bit of berry. Slight maple, even. Aroma can at times, be sweet but mostly heavy on the hops.

A smooth palate... silky and not harsh at all.

Large bitter bite... lingering citrus with some spicy pine notes. A very nice beer.

Fugazme, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of vwcraig
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To be fair in reviewing, this bottle was marked Enjoy by: May 1,07
Bottle was purchased and consumed about 3 months ago.

Translucent light copper color. White head with large bubbles that faded to a halo of foam. Low levels of carbonation rising in tumbler. Hardly a nose on this beer which makes me suspect along with the low carbonation an older sample. Faint flowery and fruity hops smell. The bitter taste on this one is very earthy that reminds me of a German dunkel. Mouthfeel is on lighter side with a bitter drying finish. Will definitely have to have another one because I generally like stuff from Victory.

vwcraig, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of david131
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours an extremely clear amber liquid. The head is a little off-white which leaves a little cover over the liquid most of the way down the glass.

S- Pine and very astringent citrus. Think a very potent grapefruit and pine needles. A decent malt backbone is present as well.

T- Pine and some acidic citrus. This is one potent IPA. The sweetness of the malt saves this beer.

M- Bitter, bitter, and more bitter. Fine mouthfeel, nothing outstanding. Not refreshing by any means.

D- Too astringent for its own good. Not bad, but not great either. I am glad I tried it though.

david131, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Moderate head and carbonation. Hazy translucent.

American Hop, floral and citric, grapefruit & orange. Buttery, nutty, toffee, rum/caramel, sticky sweet. Well balanced aroma.

Nutty, buttery, bread-like. Sharp hop edge, citric and floral. Fairly well balanced. Like drinking hop nectar.

Mild carbonation, moderate foamation. Thick.

Enjoyable IPA. Beastie malt, sharp hop.

MrHungryMonkey, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Sephiroth
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shigadeyo for the bottle. Label says to enjoy by 2/26/07. I drank this a few months back, this review is word for word from notes.

Pours with good head and lace, amber in color. Smells piney, with caramel malt. I think these two qualities combine to give it a resiny smell.

The hops taste piney, with nutty caramel malt. The taste is balanced. The beer is creamy and smooth on the palate. I have drank this beer on two prior occassions, and this time, I actually enjoy the beer. This wouldn't fix my hops craving, but it is a tasty IPA nonetheless.

Sephiroth, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of Hortus
2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Bottle has a date stamp 'Enjoy by may 14th, 07. Date of this tasting: Feb. 07, 2007.

Appearance - clear. Rich Orangish/red color. Very minimal head but stays throughout.

Smell - some hop but less than I expected for a 'hop devil'. In fact, I'm having a hard time getting much out of the aroma. Some cereal characteristics in the malt

Taste - bittering hops definitely come through. Decent malt flavor but takes a back seat to the bitter. Malt does begin to come forward as beer warms. The main characteristic of this beer seems to be the bittering hops.

Mouthfeel - A little thin for a 6.7 ABV

Drinkability - good if you are looking for a focus on bittering hops and for the same reason not a good session beer.

Hortus, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of bradleyseven
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a mixing glass (american pint glass)

Visual:
amber-red-copper colored and transpearant. off-white head which went away quickly leaving some light lacing

Smell:
faint non-descript citrus and a little bit of pine and juniper

Taste:
toasted grain, slightest bit of whole-grain bread. Sharply bitter hopping but no clear/specific tastes

Body:
medium bodied, bite of hops really tends to lingers in the mouth

Drinkability:
I found this beer to be muddled, nothing tends to stand out; i was fairly unimpressed.

~E. Brad

bradleyseven, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Copper color good head, some lacing.

Smell - Citrus and fruity smell

Taste - Has a little ting like grapefruit. Hops taste.

Mouthfeel -Malt and hops, low carbonation

Drinkability - Nice ipa, doesn't have the grapefruit taste to it. Nice beer to try. Victory does have some good beers.

auxiliary, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours very cloudy orange amber color with a two finger light tan head that holds fairly well with a nice lacing to the finish. now this beer is not kidding a citrus and large pine hop aroma. toasted malt and citrus with that pine hop all through the taste, just great. excellent balance of malt and hop and carbonation, medium mouthfeel and nice hop bite. definitely looking for this one next trip out.

billybob, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of jhicks12
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a nice clean amber color with a white lacy foam.

Smell: Nice citrus, flower, piney aroma.

Taste: Nice Piney oily hop taste. Very refeshing and clean.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and good stinging hop feel.

Drinkability: Very nice solid IPA. Not too sweet or dry very flavorful. Great quality IPA.

jhicks12, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of foureyedgeek
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottler with an 'Enjoy by Apr 28 07' date.

Pours a gorgeous clear amber wit 2 fingers of off-white foamy head, leaves clinging lacing, with great retention.

Smell is both sweet and hoppy, caramel and pine.

Mmm, so tasty, this is such a well balanced IPA, the sweet maltiness, caramel-toffee and that great citrus and pine hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated and slightly creamy.

Drinkability is huge. This beer is one of my favorites. I could, and have drink this all night!

foureyedgeek, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

HopDevil pours from the tap a deep amber-red color with a white head. The consistency of the foam is creamy but not bitter, unfortunately it dies down to a thin film after a few sips. The smell is a hit of hops to the nose with a subtle caramel undertone. The taste is not overpowering and has a distinct hop taste on the front of the tongue and lingers with bitter notes in the aftertaste, though not at all unpleasant. The mouthfeel is a little above average due to the malt needed to balance out the high IBU’s of the brew. Very drinkable as it is not heavy and does not impart a sour taste in the mouth, but at 6.7% ABV, moderation is golden! A great offering from Victory and the beer stands up to the hype with all of the awards it has garnered.

DevilDogBeer, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Off the cask at Standard Tap in Philly. This is the first time I’ve had this beer off a hand-pump, and there is such a huge difference than out of a bottle or straight from the tap. Unbelievable.

Served at about 50-55 degrees, the appearance was a deep ruby amber. Full, thick and creamy head. Tons of retention and Belgian lace down the pint. Not quite as big a nose than from the tap, but still lots of citrus hop scents. The taste was next to perfect for an IPA. The higher serving temperature and lower carbonation allowed for an incredible mix of malt sweetness and spicy hop bitterness. Malt sweetness is bready, but the hops still dominate with a biting spiciness, with both grapefruit and pine flavors, followed by a lingering alcohol aftertaste. With such a smooth and chewy mouth-feel you can only get from beer from the engine, I wish all beers could be served this way.

IgnatiusReilly, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of PEBKAC
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A soft, seafoam head & glowing, topaz body. A whiff takes in noticeable spiciness & citrus burn. The type of burn you'd get from Sunny Delight.

The taste is very malty, never for a moment without some of that Sunny Delight hopping along on its back. Quite the backseat driver actually. The aftertaste leaves a bit of roasted malt, with just a scrap of bitterness. Not much of anything lingers, which was part of the reason I had to drink the entire 12oz before I could even post the second sentence.

If this isn't your first experience with it, expect to go through a sixer on game day. Alcohol isn't a concern till it hits your head. Just have some chips & you'll be fine.

Even me, the anti-hophead, can appreciate this balanced beer. :)

PEBKAC, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of adammills
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a crisp clean looking amber with a yellow orangish head that fades but does remain on top of the beer. Aroma is very weak. Some citrus notes, bitter smelling, no floral or fruit in the nose at all, disappointing. It is a shocking beer to the palate, all hops. Very blunt up front, citrusy, it seems as if the hop bitterness is overwhelming the hop flavor. Spicy hot from the hops, and they manage to cover the malt almost completely. Not well balanced. Could have used some more base malt in my estimation, because kicking it up to eight percent may have balanced this beer more. Worth the try, but I would not purchase this beer again.

adammills, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of uconnalum2
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy honey color. The head is thin and frothy but disappears in a few minutes. The smell is a wonderful combination of citrus, honey and sweet malt. It really adds to the enjoyment of the beer. The taste is at first sweet and almost honey-like. Lots of hops but well-balanced with malt. A slight buttery finish at the end. This beer is downright delicious. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth and refreshing. Drinkability is outstanding... a very good session beer. Overall, this is a great beer and my favorite IPA so far.

uconnalum2, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of veech
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just snagged a sixer on a return trip home through Asheville, NC. This was the first time I'd seen Victory in my general area so I was eager to see what all the BA hype was all about. I was not disappointed. The beer was very complex and strong without being over complicated or affecting its drinkability. The hops were prevalent and plentiful, but not without just enough maltiness for proper balance on both the nose and tongue. Mouthfeel was great with a medium body, perfect carbonation and viscosity. I found it to be a very smooth drinking IPA for one that has a little more ABV than a typical session beer. The results of which could result in not exactly looking or feeling one's best the next a.m. All in all I was glad to get to finally try a Victory brew, and I will have to return for some Prima Pils when I get a chance. Well deserved praise. Hype on BA's.

veech, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of beeragent
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep amber, forming a 1/4 inch head, that slowly faded, leaving medium lacing on the glass. The aroma is all hops. The taste is oh so good! Hops and more hops. Nice citrus flavor, but not overkill, with a good balance of malts. Thick medium mouthfeel, but very smooth. This is a great pale ale, and a very good session ale. I think I've found a new favorite.

beeragent, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color transitions from a golden orange on the outside to a hazy brownish red. Head is a bit lacking, with little to no lacing. Good bubbling and head retention. Aroma isn't a strong as I would like, but consists of sweet hops well balanced by a honey malt. Notes of jerk spice, pear, and caramel, too.

Taste is obviously quite hoppy, with some serious spice. Soft, sweet notes of citrus and caramel present. The moutfeel is top notch...big hoppy bite across the whole tongue with a buttery smooth finish. Light, non-overwhelming aftertaste which I like, combined with a perfect amount of carbonation. This beer is refreshing as hell, quite complex so no palate fatigue (why not just say "you won't get bored with this one"? fucking beer snobs...)
Definately give this a try.

wagenvolks, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of Rennpferd
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

It poured a clear amber color with very little head. There was low activity in the beer and it left a slightly sticky lacing to the sides of the glass.

It had a very hoppy smell with a hint of malt.

An almost balanced very hoppy and malty taste. It left a sweet aftertaste. It was smooth and light.

This beer is very drinkable and almost goes down to easy.

Rennpferd, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of quasimoto
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep crytal clear amber color. The head was about a finger thick, (soft pour) but still it leaves laces around the glass.

S - Grapefruit, and peaches are melded together with piney almost yeasty aromas. Very clean.

T - The aromas transfer to the flavors and are even better the slicht peachy flavor of the hops is really apparent. The toasty flavor of malts comes to the middle of the beer, and finishes very clean.

M - Light dry and crisp. The bitterenss strikes the tongue right off the bat. It finishes clean, and leaves a nice piney aftertaste.

D - This is what IPAs should taste like..only a little bit stronger on the aromas.

quasimoto, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of guinnessfan
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from variety pack purchased at Breski's

A: Ruby copper ale, with a one finger head that quickly fled the scene, leaving a small trail of lacing behind.

S: Hops, citrus, etc. as expected.

T: Good hop bitterness, balanced well with malt. Grapefruity taste lingers.

M: Mild carbonation, medium body, seems to have a somewhat oily texture.

D: Good beer, easy to drink due to the balance of malt. Not as good as HopBack Amber, but good nonetheless.

guinnessfan, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of gmcfarre
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Bowtie glass
Bottle has "Enjoy by" date of Jan 23, 2007. Just in time!

A - Beer pours a clear ruby orange color with a nominal 1 inch off-white head. Lacing is present but not outstanding.

S - Floral hops with slight grapefruit notes and a noticeable sweet malt balancing act. A nice blend, but not overly aromatic.

T - Clean, bitter hop taste with a nice tangy grapefruit addition. Very smooth for an IPA, with a moderately drying finish. As it warms the bite increases, but this is still very enjoyable.

M - Moderate carbonation up front, then smooths out with a medium body. Finishes with the requisite drying bitterness.

D - A well rounded and tasty IPA that is certainly worth enjoying. Quaffable and interesting enough where I will probably be buying more in the future.

gmcfarre, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the brew that converted me to craft beer about 7 or 8 years ago. Typical IPA color with a strong floral nose. Hops are the dominant flavor but they are not overwhelming due to a good malt base. Easy to drink with a reasonable ABV. My tastes have changed over the years (I prefer even hoppier beer) but this is a standby for me at home and out in the Phila area where it is often available on tap. I do prefer the Devil on draft than in a bottle.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Jan 14, 2007
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,366 ratings.