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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,228 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,228
Reviews: 2,387
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 169
Gots: 579 | 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 CortexBomb
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out burnt orange in colour, there was very little head initially and what was there vanished almost immediately.

The aroma is fairly non-distinct...softly floral like many hoppy beers, and a bit of malt is sneaking in there but it's still fairly so-so.

The mouth starts of sweetly malty and then transitions smoothly into the hops which assert themselves strongly on the back of the tongue like a piney citrus twang. The hops were quite strong, but not to the point of being unenjoyable, largely because there was at least some attempt to keep the beer balanced. The after-taste lingers with the hops just refusing to let go of my tongue.

Mouth is fairly light, but that should be expected with this style of beer. Drinkability, a shade above average but nothing remarkable.

This isn't a bad beer, but it takes a really special IPA to grab my attention and this one just isn't that far above average to warrant special mention.

CortexBomb, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber color with a one finger head that hangs around for a while; leaves quite a bit of lacing behind, too

Smell: Lots of grapefruity aromatics, with an underlying biscuity malt aspect

Taste: After the initial sweet malt front end, it doesn't take long for the hops to assert themselves, with a blast of citrus fruit (grapefruit and lemon) bitterness; nicely balanced into the finish go both the sweet biscuity malt and the bitter hops, with the hop flavors winning out at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very nice example of a balanced IPA; plenty of bitter flavors but a nice malty backbone to make it more drinkable

brentk56, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPA's in the country. I've had it in bottles all these years but somehow have never rated it. I'm glad I finally got to sample it on tap last month at the Victory Brewery in Downingtown, PA. It's copper in color, and in terms of IPA's, it has one of the best and unique blends of malt and hops that bite with an oustanding hoppy bitterness and sweet malt taste. It's nearly perfect in every respect. It won our blind taste test in 2002 of mostly New England IPA's. It's got great lacing on the pour. What more is there to say?

ChappyCubsFan, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of Sayson
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say about this beer that hasn't already been said? Damn little. This beer is an intense assault of hoppy goodness that just won't quit. The taste starts starts quietly and then explodes across the sides of the tongue with a tidal wave of bitterness. The aftertaste keeps going and going. Great mouthfeel very full.

What a great beer!

Sayson, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of Dubblebock
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HopDevil was my introduction to the Victory Brewing Company, and I'd like to take the opportunity to thank them for entering the Texas market. I've been reading about their beers for quite a while here on BA, and I've always wanted to give them a try. This was definitely a case of the reality living up to the anticipation. HopDevil comes with a beautifully crafted label, the smiling HopDevil fashioned out of hop leaves beckoning forth and tempting the drinker. Nice touch. The beer ain't bad, either.

HopDevil poured with a more than adequate head of froth, and a deep amber coloring. The nose was all hops, clean and refreshing.

The taste was also full of hops, but not overwhelmingly so. This wasn't an outright hop bomb along the lines of SNCA. No, this was more like a Stone IPA, although not quite as balanced. The hops take the forefront of the flavor, but the beer did have a well-developed malt backbone to keep things from getting out of hand. Incredibly clean and fresh taste. Nice citrus notes, almost a fruity complexion behind the hoppiness. Beautifully done, and very interesting.

The mouthfeel was great, the carbonation was excellent. The drinkability was high, as this is a perfect summertime quaffer. I'll pick the HopDevil out of a crowd again the next time that I'm looking for a good summer beer with some bite.

Dubblebock, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW!!! This was my first Victory beer since it came to town a couple of months ago.

Hop Devil is a deep orange-amber with some brighter highlights towards the bottom of the glass. A 1/4" off-white head with tight carbonation falls quickly to a cap. Light lacing.

Aromas of pine, fresh citrus and overall tangy hops are at the forefront. There is a good malty undertone balancing out the smell of this IPA.

This beer is bursting with flavor!! Tangy orange, lime, even cherry!?!?!?Nice caramel malt backbone leaves this beer alnost perfectly balanced. Good medium hop bite in the end.

Extremely well balanced IPA form Victory. Full-bodied with medium carbonation and a long finish. Very well made and leaves me looking forward to the next bottle, and the next, and...

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of soper2000
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't pass this one over anymore. Until today it seemed a perpetual second choice, always backing up but never purchased. It pours a beautiful orange tinged ruby red but is lacking any significant head, only a slightly off-white wispy foam covering. Aroma is a citrusy hop blast but with more of a caramel malt backing than some more aggressive ipa's like Alpha King. Taste belies the aggressive hop aroma, I find that this is a very well balanced IPA with enough caramel flavors to offset the massive amount of hops. The mellow citrus/pine flavors finish with just a hint of spiciness. Mouthfeel is a little thin for a beer of almost 7 percent, but all around this is an excellent IPA which won't peal the enamel off of your teeth.

soper2000, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of alexgash
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper kettle body with a bright, clear sheen. Thick, substantial, dirty sand head. Nose is huge caramel cookie dough malts. A little toffee in there too, and some charred brown sugar. Bracing hop profile is sappy, resinous, bitter, and mesmerizing. Rich toffee malts are sweet and delicious. Hops come on strong: resinous and bitter. Good balance. Finish dries out with faded cookie malt. My tongue is hop-numbed. Medium to full body, with a creamy feel up front that moves to almost oily. An amazing classic that has yet to disappoint me (even old bottles!).

alexgash, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a moderately dark orange-copper, darker than most (but not all) of the IPAs I've tried. Clear, with a pretty, solid off-white head.

Aroma is clean hops, flowery, slightly smoky?/charcoal? gentle malts. A slight sweetness hides behind the hops.

Flavor comes across as a solid, hoppy, IPA, well balanced with gentle malts underlying very flavorful, but not overly bitter hops. Well, ok, the hops are a little bitter in the finish, but they are very solid up until that point.

A solid IPA that I enjoy on this, its first trip to the West Coast since I became more aware of good beer. I may enjoy its California brethren a little more, but that probably says more about me than about this beer. Quite good.

Dukeofearl, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of Bleedingshrimp
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice deep amber with a good 1 1/2 finger head that stays only for a bit before settling into a tiny frothy cap that sticks around for the rest of the beer. The nose is grapefruit and floral hops with a bit of honey. Mouthfeel is medium-light. Tastes just crisp enough, lots of grapefruit and tons of hop aftertaste, although not as much as you'd expect from the name. Very dry and refreshing. An excellent well priced IPA with a very big taste and presence. Definitely a must try and a great session beer.

Bleedingshrimp, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of Xadoor
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Victory Brewing beers are new to the Texas market and I was quite excited to try them after all the great things I've heard about the beer. Pours a dark amber with a foamy head that dissipates relatively quickly, but retains a thin white layer down to the bottom of the glass. A spicy floral aroma and flavour, but with only a moderate bitterness. Very delicious and certainly one of my favourite IPA's.

Xadoor, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of villainchiwwin
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12 oz. bottle
reddish-brown color with thick head, good retention and nice sheets of lacing. smells like musty malt, floral hints with a sweet buttery overall impression. sweet caramel maltiness with a heavy butter-honey flavor for a few seconds building expectation, the a hops crescendo in an earthy, lengthy finish. hops bitterness not as prominent as name of brew might suggest, but very tasty anyways. on the other hand, very easy to drink considering the abv... nice crisp, slightly spicy mouthfeel. solid IPA with a complex hop profile that manages not to go over the top (altho that's sometimes ok too).

villainchiwwin, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of Beervis
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz a deep, clear amber with a thick tan head.

Smell is flowery hops, grapefruit, and a light malty sweetness.

Taste, where do I begin. This beer has it all, nice thick malt, bitter hops, and the most amazing spicy character. The bitter hops spiciness smacks you on the palate and doesn't let up. I've never really tasted hop flavours quite like this. The body is complex and smooth, but at the same time, perfectly unbalanced. The hops are in command. A slight bit of sweetness quickly fades and gives way to an ending bitterness and still a residual spiciness and alcohol warmth.

This beer rocks. I love IPA's, and this one is no exception. With the killer hop bite, warming alcohol, and that amazing spicy kick, this one is a new favourite!

Beervis, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark amber, good head, just as expected.

S: As advertised. Hops. Hops. Hops. Pale ale x2.

M: Citrus start, hop bitterness, warm in the mouth. It wasn't dry like I've known IPAs to be.

T: Nothing can be said by me that wasn't said by many others. This was a full pale with overpowering hops flavor than took center stage and hammed it up like Shatner. Great.

D: Very. However, something I've noted as of late... I always considered myself a hophead, but I like a little more "suttle" hoppy beer taste rather than them "stick it in your face" hoppiness of this and other stong hops beers. I prefer a flavor not so drastic, therefore , my drinkability score is lessened but still, this is one of those special beers if you're looking for the extreme.

Ricochet, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of jmc44
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber, almost copper color. 2-finger off-white head which diminishes but is always there.

Armoa of hops. Tastes faintly malty but is quickly smothered by the strong taste of spicy and cirtusy hops. Finishes strongly, but not overwhelmingly, bitter.

If you are a hophead this is a great beer; especially great on warm summer days like today.

jmc44, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of LagerMan
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First tried this at the Old Dominion BeerFest in June '05; finally found it for sale at a wine store in Reston, Virginia.

Poured a nice, amber color, with an off-white head, about one finger's worth; head dissipated slowly, but still showed a partial head even to the last sip. Left a nice lacing throughout. Hoppy taste, very easy to drink. One of the best beers I've had in a long time.

Price was $8.99 for a sixer, which I thought was high, but for the quality of this beer, it was well worth the price.

LagerMan, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of pbjclimber
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with two fingers of white head that lingered and has good lacing. The beer is a darker amber color. The smell was that of hops. This beer has a great taste of hops with a moderate amount of bitterness. This is one of my favorite beers and it is great having the brewery 45 minutes away.

pbjclimber, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a bit cloudy, with an orange brown color with a small off white head.
Aroma is hopy and a bit citrusy.
Its flavor is hopy with a bit of grapefruit and a wonderful bitter finish.
There is also a slight malt presence throughout that provides a nice balance of flavors.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.
This is quite easily drinkable, I will definitely have another sometime.

Naes, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of LarryKemp
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a deep dark nearly amber liquid with a firm white head that did not last a long time. The hops were quite present in the nose. The citrus came through on the tongue but was not so much in your face that you missed the other qualities of this beer. The mouthfeel was medium and quite refreshing. Came into the bar from a 95+ degree day and this beer quinched my thrist. This is a nice drinkable beer and look forward to some of the other Victory beers coming to Texas.

LarryKemp, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of Sixpoint
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, this has to be one of the best American IPAs out there. Period.

What a lovely, well-balanced beer. Strong a robust aroma. Deep foundation of malt balanced by a firm bitterness. With every sip, it leaves you wanting more.

Outstanding, full-bodied mouthfeel that is not cloyingly sweet.

A devilish brew, and fantastic offering from a very respectable brewery.

Sixpoint, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of mntlover
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber color with a nice tannish head that falls fast and leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is hops citrus mixed with floral mingle with caramel. Some light pine hints underneath the above mixture.

Taste is lots of hops fruity and floral flavors mixed in the caramel malt. This beer is hoppy but has a good sized malt body to carry the hops on. Bitterness is grapefruity in nature mixed with a touch of apricot. Finish is a mixture of the above grapefruit and some pine resin hints.

Mouthfeel is on the right side of medium good body for a normal IPA lots of malt mixed with lots of hops very nice.

Drinkability is very good a very tastey well balanced IPA.

mntlover, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the background plays Richard Strauss' "Thus Spake Zarathustra Overture" (a.k.a. the theme song of 2001: A Space Odyssey) as a 12 oz. Hop Devil bottle gently flows into my crystalline pint glass. Ah-men! No ONE beer is my favorite, but THIS is ONE of my favorites. Yummy. A nearly perfect two finger frothy, sticky head salutes the pour, which, alone, stands up to legendary status among men. Damn the torpedoes and the 300+ BA reviews, for another can only do her justice. This baby is all golden ruby amber hue of perfection. Champagne bubbles roll on and up. Olfactory senses beware: Aromatic, heavenly hops tickle before the beer hits the tongue. Sweet, heavy beauteous hop aroma drips from my nostrils with each waft, like the smell of pancakes, butter and syrup on a hung over Sunday morning. Mmmm.

Taste? Ambrosia, yes, as in 7th grade Latin class: Food for the gods. Honey suckle hops as golden in flavor as the brassy hue. Solid flavor through the cool to warmed temps. This girl can go the distance. Yum. Do I like hops? Taste and appearance of 5's for the first time in my reviews.

If I drink more than three, the thick sweetness clings. Malts? We don't need no stinking malts! Can't drink up these all night or I'd be tunafied! Too tasty? Hmm. Maybe. Like a Philly Tastey-cake too tasty. Could you eat Krimpets all night? Well then. Thought not.

Price: 10 miles from Victory, in the land of the Yuengling, we get 'em $25 beans a case. et tu?

P.S. Brewmaster Chris Firey from Old Dominion-Tupper's Hop Pocket and Victory-Hop Devil fame is anoited as brewmaster at Manyunk Brewery as Brewmaster now. C-ya there, Philly. How YU doin'?

*** RE-REVIEW ***
New version 2005 off of the new system is more malty, less hoppy, but still decent, however this took a stumble. Also, found out the mystery hop in Hop Devil.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely copper/mahogany color with a finger's worth of off-white foam. Aroma is a mix of grassy hops and almond-like malt. Hightly bitter taste, with lots of hop flavor: citrus, fresh mown grass, resin. Good malt balance as well, nutty and caramel. Finish is forcibly dry and lingers for a long moment. Medium to full body with a creamy, smooth texture.

Very nice!

allengarvin, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of bobbyc881
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adventures of South Carolina Guy at Brickskeller in DC:

Last beer of my journey to DC.
Nice amber color, clear, mild carbonation. A decent white head that thins out.

Smell is mostly, you guessed it, hops. A bit of citrus/pine as well. Nice fresh smell.

Strong hop flavor, but I don't think as much as the Stone IPA. Very refreshing drink, and the alcohol is just noticeable. Taste jumps from a bit citrus to great hop bitterness. Finishes a bit dry, and then leaves that nice hop bitterness behind. Freakin' Hop Devil.

Overall a great beer. I wish I had regular access to this one. While not as appealing to me as Stone's (also not available to me), I enjoy it a bit more than my regular Harpoon.

bobbyc881, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a glowing amber with small amounts of carbonation escaping from the bottom. The nice frothy one finger white head soon lays out to a thin film and leaves lots of nice lacing.
Smell is of a mild mix of citrus and pine hops backed with some sugary malt.
Taste is of creamy malt and lots of infused hops including a sugary grapefruit and a nice array of maltiness that balances this brew.
Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy and runs over the palate nicely. Mild cask carbonation makes this seem like a completely different Hop Devil but in a good way.
Drinkability is superb as the cask seems to mellow out some of the bite of the hops and the sting isn't noticible. Sticky, resinous hops stay on the lips making me want more of this treat.

Finger licking good.

weeare138, Jun 26, 2005
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,228 ratings.