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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
91
outstanding

6,080 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,080
Reviews: 2,378
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 160
Gots: 529 | 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 Beaver13
4/5  rDev -2%

The Hop Devil pours a copper-orange with a pillowy off-white head that has good retention and exhibits some lacing.

Its aroma is strong hops with a nice citrus balance, along with some malty cookie underneath.

The taste is fruit and bready malt initially followed by a big piney hop bang. The hops are nice and strong with a lingering bitter taste, but the beer remains very nicely balanced. More malts come out as the beer warms. It has a nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA.

Beaver13, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of HardTarget
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%

Enjoy by May 13, 04 (sampled 4/14/04). Bottle wasn’t quite full, a lot of headspace. Given recent posts on how this beer doesn’t age well, this might be a factor.
Aroma: Combination of spicy and fruity hops with a hint of malt base.
Appearance: Nice clear amber with yellow tinged edges. Multi-sized bubble light tan head that left spots of lace as it receded, but not much.
Flavor: The malt is subtle but really keeps the hops in check. I found that the malt started to show late in the beer as it started to warm. Hops are of course the main show, but their act is somewhat restrained. This really struck me as more of a pale ale than an IPA. The hop taste is well presented, but just a little low-key with some tea like flavors.
Mouthfeel: Noted some hop oil in the feel and a little alcohol burn in the finish of this medium to heavy bodied beer. Oily coat lasts. The beer is pretty smooth and soft.
Overall Impression: Wow, what a let down. I paid big bucks to get this shipped to me given the reputation it had, and while it nicely presented a hop taste, there just wasn’t any “bang”. Drinkability doesn’t suffer, I’d gladly drink these at length, but I’m not ordering any more. If it was the local tap, I could see getting excited about this drinkable IPA, but the beer just was too mild mannered. Hop DEVIL? Devil took my $20 bill and vanished in the air. I just don’t see this as a top 20 beer. Good, yes. Outstanding? Not to me.

HardTarget, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of cokes
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%

Golden-leaning copper topped by thin bone suds.
Malty nose (yes, malty). And fairly vacant too. Caramel toast with glimmers of herb-coated citrus fruits. Just a touch piney as well. It all seems so rote and unnoteworthy.

This is a highly-esteemed IPA?

Seriously?

Maltiness holds up well enough. There's goodly amounts of caramel-draped bread dough. So far, so good. It turns a bit toasty later on. Alright. Well done.
But then...
The hops dribble out. Premature ejactulation-style. Lightly piney and floral and citric. But not in any sort of cohesion. And without any force. The finish is tea-bittered, and weak.
The thinnish mouthfeel does not help matters.
I've had high regards for every other Victory product I've consumed. Hence, I entered with large expectations. But this....this left me scratching my head, and wondering why anyone gives a shit about it.
Maybe absolutely fresh makes all the difference. But right now, absolute indifference is all I feel.
Thanks, anyway, Bighuge, for the opportunity.

cokes, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

This poured to a nice brownish orange with an outstanding head. It's leaving a thick lace that looks great.

The smell has just a touch of pine along with that nice punch of hops. The hops do dominate but it's still pretty well blended. Alcohol becomes evident in the finish.

Not quite perfect, this is still a very good beer

watermelonman, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of DaveGood
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

While going to see a friend's band perform at the North Star bar, I was pleasantly surprised to find this on tap. It poured out a hazy copper color with a creamy thick semi-tan head. The smell was dominated by a sweet-fruity aroma with a sweet malt undertone. The taste was very similar to that of the aroma, as it was full of bitter hops and some spices. While the hops are over-powering, they are not overwhelming at all. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth. I could easily sit back and enjoy several of these before I realized how many I actually had. Kudos to Victory for creating this wonderful IPA!

DaveGood, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of ism
4.08/5  rDev 0%

Wonderfully hoppy bouqet emanating from a tall, light peach head with great retention, leaving moderate lacing. Deep caramel-amber body is pretty clear. It's full for this style, with moderate carbonation. Can't detect the spice the label claims is in here, the only shortfall. Amazingly heavy with malts balanced well with the hops, fruity undertones stimulating the palate. An interesting brew, and although I like my IPAs extremely hoppy, this is an excellent example of the style; very rich and full of flavor.

And hey, isn't the illustration on the label the cutest thing? Hops with horns and a devilish smile, quite characteristic of this brew. If you haven't tried IPAs, try this, then the Dogfish 60, and work your way up. Once you go hop, you never stop.

ism, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of govtmule
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

I'm not a big fan of IPAs. So, I was ready to be disappointed with all of the hype. But I wasn't disappointed. This is probably the best IPA I've had.

I had it in a bottle ($3.50) at Monk's in Philly.
It was darker than I was expecting from an IPA. It was dark in Monk's but, to me, it still looked more dark than than golden.
Lots of hops obviously, but I don't think they kill you. They balance it well enough (I guess with the high alcohol content? -I know it's probably in a beer 101 article).

If you like IPA you'll like it...if you don't like IPA you might like it anyway.

govtmule, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of Lafe
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Ahh Hopdevil, how I love thee.

I'm a fan of the IPA style of beer, and I believe that Hopdevil is exemplary of the style. Big on malt and hops, this beer satisfies.

The pour reveals a pretty amber color, fairly clear with only a hint of haze (I can read this screen, albeit backwards, through my pint glass). The aroma is strongly hoppy, with a bit of malt behind it. A half-inch or so of head forms, then diminishes to a lacy covering. A good bit of lacing occurs on the side of the glass as the beer inevitably dwindles within.

The first taste is hoppy in flavor, and surprisingly well balanced between the bitterness and malty sweetness. One normally expects an IPA to be hoppy, and this one is, but not to the detriment of the malt base. The mouthfeel is substantial but not cloying, with hop oils playing a leading role. The sweetness of the malt and bitterness from the hops leave a very balanced sensation, from beginning to end. Carbonation is spot on, and supports the mouthfeel perfectly.

Overall, this beer is extremely satisfying, and well worth the $8ish per sixpack at which i can acuire it locally. It has become a staple in my beer fridge. Definitely one of my favorite, and most drinakable, commercial IPAs. (The other is Tupper's Hop Pocket).

Lafe, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a dark golden, yellow color with quick, but generous head...a head that sticks to the glass for the duration of the beer. Smells exciting -full of hops, hops, and probably some more hops.

So why not? I took a sip and of course the beer was jumping in my face with hops. I was glad. I like the hops - and this beer delivers.

BUT(and there is always a but), as delicoius as this beer is, they didn't seem to bother to provide a complex series of hops. I have enjoyed some IPAs and other hoppy style beers lately which provide hits of hops to different areas of the tongue and mouth. This beer does not do that. This beer simply beats you square in the mouth and surrounds your whole mouth with hops.

So in short, good in flavor, poor in subtlety.

GuinnessSmurf, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

Off-white colored head disappeared to a ring and some film and left no lace. The beer was golden amber in color and fairly transparent. The aroma was of spicy hops. Smooth, light, and refreshing beer. Mostly piney hops in the aroma with a decent bite.

HappyHourHero, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of MrNuggets
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

Deep amber colour with an off-white head that doesn't last very long. Faint smell of fruit and hops. My nose is somewhat suprised, it was expecting more. Starts out with a mild fruityness that i really enjoy. Then i get what im here looking for, hops. I was anticipating a firm hop filled kick to the mouth, but what i got was more like a gentle placing of my beloved herb on my tongue.

MrNuggets, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%

Clear amber body wearing a thin sticky off-white head. Aroma is bready, toasty not unlike a good pilsner's, but with a huge cascade profile (grapefruit, orange) and traces of earth and honey. Taste is typicla to high alpha-acid hops IPA, very lemony, grapefruity. A tart and bitter mix with no stand out quality. Body is clean, rather thin with a biting carbonation. Overrated from my perspective, not even among my favorite half of the style I believe, but the aroma is good and quite complex. Thanks to The_Beer_God though!

Rastacouere, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of Ellbert
4/5  rDev -2%

Appearance: It was a nice clear ruby color with a beautiful sticky off-white lace. The head settled slow but was very nice.

The smell was of fresh hops. A very grapefruit flavor.

The taste was very sweet and malty. Much more malty that I had expected. It was very mild for an IPA I thought. There was a slight tinny flavor at the end that wasn't very pelasant.

The mouthfeel was a good consitency. For how malty it was it had a nice consitency.

A very drinkable brew. I could make this a session brew. At 6.7 it is weighing in slightly for a session brew but I think it could happen.

Ellbert, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

on tap at Redbone's

I see very little head on a clear reddish copper brew, and smell only a faint little suggestion of hops.

But it tastes hoppy all right, with creamy, lingering resin that clings to your tongue with piny persistance, while fierce little scrubby bubbles work the resin deeper. This is all about the hops, the malt forming only a vague background. A pleasant little devil.

gentlebubbles, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of travolta
3.63/5  rDev -11%

12ox bottle, drink by date.

Apperance: Nice foamy head that sticks around and laces the glass. Khaki color. The brew is red apricot or an amber honey.

Nose: Great. Sweet, grapefruit, a little honey,

Taste: What a bite. it's like this one fights you at first and then gives up just before you swallow. It's very bitter. id say if someone made a tea from hops, this is what it would taste like. The first taste is pure hops and then it chills out to be frothy, grassy, earthy. the hops comes back and bites you before you are done.

Notes: better than i thought. If you like your hops, this is it.

travolta, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of JimsArcade
4/5  rDev -2%

HopDevil pours clean into a pint glass with a considerable pillowy off-white head nearly two-fingers thick, and remains about ½-finger thick from start to finish.. The color is reddish brown, like cinnamon.

In the nose, the aroma has hints of malt, raspberry and caramel, all of which are present bringing the aroma into the mouth. It is surprisingly complex.

The first sip offers an expected but pleasantly strong floral hop character. What I do not expect is the malt: it's very evident and underpins the hops perfectly. It has a very light mouthfeel, which is an achievement given the strong malt character, and the carbonation is spot on for the style: medium-to-high and very crisp. At its coldest, it doesn't appear too complex: the malts and hops are dominant and at first do not offer any other characteristics. As it warms mid glass, the above-average alcohol becomes evident, but balances perfectly with the malts and hops. Orange zest flavors start to sneak in at the finish.

JimsArcade, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of Shiredave
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Its all been said before. This is one of the best IPA's being made in the US. Wonderful, deep amber color with excellent head retention and cling. Great balance and intensley hoppy, both in flavor and bitterness. Aroma is all pine and wildflowers. Carmalized fruit flavors and resinous hop blend perfectly. Lingering bitter hop aftertaste.
Is good... More please!

Shiredave, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours dark auburn, with a puffy off white head. frothy, leaves a ton of lace. On cask , so the mouthfeel was very soft and smooth. very pleasant. Sweet malt on the tongue, back ground of citrusy hops. Grapefruit. Flavors are vibrant and well defined. This beer tasted FRESH. Well crafted and served. well worth the high marks it receives.

Billolick, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%

Appearance: Caramel amber huge creamy off white head leaves evenly strewn rings of lacing. Aroma: Buttery cascades caramel covered whole hops great aromatics. Balance is what makes this beer works so well that smack of hops with a great sweet bready smelling malt backbone. Taste: INSANE, great tasting beer very much heavenly mixture the hops are accented by the cask serving type the warmth of the beer with the creamy texture carries the flavor so well. If you love this beer on draught and the bottle find it on cask well worth you beer hunting. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied creamy texture so hop resins gliding along the palate. Drinkability: Freakin' amazing, simply effortless to enjoy.

WVbeergeek, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
4.08/5  rDev 0%

Certainly clear copper-color, creamy cap, crisp carbonation, conservation, cling. An ale all about assertive American alpha acid aroma. Buttered biscuit backbone basically breathes British barley bits. Flavor flaunts flowery flair, finishes fairly faint. Small smooth sizzling sensation supports several soothing sips.

waughbrew, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a discolored dark rose. The head is dense and leaves a solid lace throughout the session.

Caramel, orange peel and fruity hops on the nose.

Oranges, caramel, cardboard, citrus hops and herbal hops throughout. Solid flavor and a very full in the mouth. An excellent IPA.

Crosling, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of granger10
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

This beer poured a golden/amber color with a creamy semi-tan head. Slightly hazy in the body and lots of lacing along the glass. Aroma is very floral and slightly pungent. Taste is hoppy up front with lots of flowery taste, almost like I am eating a flower. The middle is still floral hoppy but the body fills in more providing more of a creamy, nutty malt backbone. The finish is tart and dry with a grapefruit flavor and maybe a little alcohol as well. Quite excellent and amazingly well done. This is intensely hoppy yet balance is provided along with a good mouthfeel. Simply a great beer.

granger10, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%

As a fan of IPAs, I was thrilled to see HopDevil on cask at the Sunset. It had a slightly hazy orange color, and modest white head. The hops were intense but balanced by a very sweet malt presence. I enjoyed the fruity notes, hints of a spice, and the overall drinkability of the beer. It was truly delightful.

AllThingsNinja, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of benmiliron
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%

Paid $7.99/sixpack. Good looking red-amber color, kind of hazy with a nice frothy white head. Taste is very hoppy (duh), but a bit heavy on the bitterness. There's no malt sweetness to balance the bowl-you-over hop action here. Good session beer if you're into this kind of a beverage I suppose. I'll not buy it again though.

Sweet bottle. The hopdevil is cool.

benmiliron, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
4.08/5  rDev 0%

Poured a medium amber with about an inch of fluffy white head. Nice lacing and moderate carbonation.

The smell is hoppy, backed with hoppy and a little bit of malt sweetness.

The taste is classic India pale. Bitter hoppiness, but not harsh at all. There is some spice working there, but my buds couldn't make out any distinquishable flavors. Just a nice blend with, did I mention, a strong hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is firm and smooth, maybe just a little syrupy, but not bad.

If you like India pale, this is one to drink. It's a very drinkable ale.

masterbruewer, Feb 06, 2004
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,080 ratings.