Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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6,475 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,475
Reviews: 2,403
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 188
Gots: 694 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of sstackho
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single 12oz bottle purchased from Charles Street Liquors in Boston. Bottle two weeks past "Enjoy By" date on label. Pours a beautiful dark amber, with slight head that laced well. Light carbonation. Medium aroma of hops. Full, somewhat warming, bitter hoppy taste - but not overly complex, and not as fruity as I prefer in this type of beer. This beer was enjoyed after a 20 minute walk home from the store on a warm night, so perhaps it should have been consumed a few degrees cooler - although I'm generally a fan of cellar-temperature beers. Nice beer, but not one that I will necessarily seek out again any time soon. Would be interested in trying it on tap.

Photo of tboom29
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into my pint glass, and it was a burgundy brown color. Real big, full head, which lasted a long time. I didn't think this had a huge nose, but it was slightly hoppy and malty.

The first thing you notice when you taste it though, really the only thing, is HOPS. This is an aggressively hopped beer. Loads of big, bitter hops up front. There is a bit of malt in the background, which slightly mellows the hops, but only slightly. The slighly biscuity flavor comes through after the malt. The maltiness comes through as it warms, as I highly recommend letting it sit for a few. I took my first few sips when it was still too cold, and there was not much balance. Through out there is a hop essence, zesty almost, that coats the mouth that hop heads will love.

I think if you are going to pair this with food, make sure it is something that can stand up to the flavors. I was eating some thai food that almost held up, but not quite.
Overall, not for the faint of heart beer drinkers, but hop heads, will dig this beer. I did.

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

Pours a hazy brown/red, thick off white head forms, lots of lacing and good retention, head lasts until the end. Smell is sweet and malty, lots of toffee, but with nice floral/pine hops, good balance. Taste is sweet toffee, some grains, lots of floral hops, little bit of pine, clean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Great IPA, superb balance, easy drinking. Thanks for the bottle DrJay/or Dan.

Photo of shivtim
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Happy Gnome in St.Paul. It's a deep brown color, with an off-white head that fades. Looks tempting. Nose is all hops. Taste is malty with pine and a strong hop finish. Mouthfeel is nice and drinkability is up there. Overall a nice brew.

Photo of demcorhip
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to Raider for this one.

Appearance
Almost clear dark amber ale with slight coppery and brown tinge. A thin off white head formed on the pour which faded into scant lacings. Finely carbonated.

Aroma
Grapefruit (citrus and pine) predominates overtop of floral, bready, and caramel scents.

Taste
Sweet floral and bready flavours with caramel are almost immediately smothered in a powerful grapefruit flavour from the hops. The taste ends in an almost tea like or grapefruit peal like astringency.

Mouthfeel
This is a wonderfully balanced and bold example of the american IPA style. It has a substantial malt body which is wonderfully offset by the powerful yet not too bitter hoppiness. The carbonation aids in delivering this wonderful flavour contrast and combination.

Drinkability
This is a very drinkable ale, and due to its balance and bold flavour the alcohol content sneaks by unnoticed. This is not a beer for those faint of hops and probably isnt a great IPA to introduce a hop novice to. If you like hops, however, this is a great beer, and it goes down very easy. Ill be drinking this one again.

Photo of AaronHomoya
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. A couple of weeks past the best by date - too bad.

Appearance is an auburn color with decent head and fairly light carbonation.

Smell is a nice hoppy, citrus aroma with maybe a hint of caramel.

Taste is malt and caramel, then hop flavor, citrusy, then finishes with a fair bit of hops bitterness and a grapefruit rind aftertaste. Just balanced enough to not be an unpleasant, harsh bitterness. Still probably too much for some, though.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, nice feeling with the light carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable IPA that is pretty hoppy but still balanced enough that I would drink it regularly, and often, if it was more available here. I would also like to try it when fresher.

Photo of dansm
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a rich, clear amber with a decent off-white head.

S-Not as much going on here as I would expect. Light floral hops, with an even lighter slightly sweet maltiness.

T-Leads off with a slight sweet malt, right before the hoppy bitters kicks in. Not exactly a perfect balance, but ineresting none the less.

M-Medium bodied, dry, and light carbonation.

D-This is a fairly drinkable beer. If you enjoy a moderately hopped up brew, than this is worth a try.

Photo of hero27
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Deep, clear amber color. Frothy tan head.
To be honest, I didn't pick up much of anything on the aroma..quite odd actually, considering the taste is very hop-driven. Light caramel malts and a touch of hops, that's it.
The taste is definitely more bold, with an earthy malt presence and a thick blanket of floral hops.
I'll probably take hell for this, but I think HopDevil is certainly one of the more overrated IPAs out there. I've tried it a number of times and I've yet to be blown away by it. Worth a shot, absolutely. Near the top of it's class? Not in my book..

Photo of beerdeity
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice dark amber, and has a captivating aroma. The hops are extremely present in the first smell. The first taste is quite overwhelming, given the elevated IBUs, but subsequent mouthfuls proof to be less intense. Eventually the beer provides a very pleaseant mouthfeel, and extremely satisfying taste. Not for the weak of heart, but a must for any hophead.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap pint poured at Henry's tavern in Portland, OR.

A: Glowing red and orange, like a sunset, with a pillowy/spongy-looking tan head, approx. 1 finger high. Very clear with little carbonation.

S: Not as big a hop nose as I'd hoped for. There is a subtle but good smelling floral and pine hop aroma present. However, I found the smell slightly musty and hinting on metallic.

T: Decent taste, but seems an imbalance toward bitterness. Hop portion of the flavor comes off as sort of flat or chalky. The malt that is present gives a very light sweetness. Tastes weaker than I'd expected, more of an "imp" than a "devil"...a Pale Ale?

M: Mouthfeel is medium. Has a good clean finish, but with more lingering bitterness. I also found this to be quite dry. Does have a creaminess and full flavors which I like.

D: Yes, a good beer. I like a more balanced IPA than this one so I would probably not make this beer my first choice. Drinkable but I've had better - this surprises me because of the fine reviews I've read here & elsewhere. Will have at least once more before making a final judgement.

Photo of Estarrio
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, bright orange-brown with a medium off-white head. Good retention.

Nice American IPA aroma consisting of pine, fruit and rather sweet malt. My one gripe about the beer would be that the smells are perhaps a little too subtle.

Lightly sweet malt taste quickly gives way to a flavor implosion. Fruit flavors (though not overly citrus) mix with a nice bouquet of hops, spruce and pine with a pleasing semi-dry bitter aftertaste. It's a very interesting mix and order of familiar flavors presented in a unique and great tasting brew.

Very well carbonated and very drinkable.

I decided that tonight was IPA night and what better way to start? This fine American IPA features a cleverly crafted devil made from hops on the bottle. I look forward to finishing the six-pack!

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

Label - I have to say it is my all time favorite , I love the picture of the HOP with the eyes, Love the flame colors behind the Devil. This beer to date has been nearly my all time favorite, and ironically, the first time I had it I had no idea how good it was. This beer (at this time) is my (largely unqualified) bench mark for IPAs

A - The is a great looking beer. Dark red bronze look to it. Big head upon pour, nice lacing. Ive swirled this one a few times.

S - Smells like hops as it should

T - Hoppy, some sweetness to it. You taste the booze on almost every swig. I have a great respect for this brew. It was actually the beer that moved me to the APAs and the IPAs.

M - Full , Creamy- but not overdone

D - Clearly a session beer, Ive proved it many times. I think this is a quality beer

Last point - I had this beer at the pub the night of the 10 year anniversary. Nothing like the bottle. I need to get there again to verify my suspicion that this beer is better in the bottle.

Photo of brushpig
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Hopleaf bar in Chicago, served in a pint glass.

Orange, redish hue in color, cloudy with a off white small head.

Intense hoppy aroma with citrus and spices. Slight bready malt sense.

The taste is very bold, the hops knock you over( in a good way).
Slight citrus flavors with nice spices.For how bold the hops are, is still a nice well balenced beer. Sweet malts , grasses in the finish.

This a very good beer, but you have to love the intense hops. Otherwise you might feel they are overwhelming. Not me I love it!

Photo of dancinwillie
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try more victory brews, and I was looking forward to this one for a few weeks:

Poured into a pint glass, huge head over caramel colored beer. looks magnificent. I let the beer sit, and the head subsides slightly.
I bring it to my nose. Not picking up too much, just some fresh hops. First eager drink. Wow. suprised to say i did'nt get to much out of this, not very hoppy in my opinion. I don't know what most people think of this, but for my money, this would be an exceptional APA, but comes nowhere near my personal expectations for an IPA. I find the mouthfeel to be very nice, and I do think the drinkability on this beer is mighty high. It's a delicious beer, I just don't think it fits with the style that it is representing.

Photo of jackorain
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown bottle, no date, poured into pint glass

A- 3/4 inch thick head with great staying power, nearly the entire head stayed thourgh 4 minutes, half way throught there was still a thin coat, great lacing all the way down the glass.

S-green hop, mild malt and yeast.

T-Green hops, green hops, green hops, some malt in the back. not incredibly well balanced but this is still one good beer.

M-Medium body coats mouth, real nice

D-good but green hop may wear on me, would need to switch to a milder taste like say chewing on a hop.

Photo of carln26
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark copper color, very clear and was topped by a fluffy off-white head. A nice lace is left on the side of the glass as the head slowly recedes. The nose has grapefruit, a little spicy pepper, some pine, and light caramel on the finish. I’m not sure of the hop bill, but I think I catch some Centennial in the aroma. The taste is more balanced that I expected. I get a dark caramel first followed by grapefruit rind. The spiciness is still there too. Just the slightest heat in the finish. Slick, dry mouth feel, nice drinakbiklity.

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

My bottle of Hopdevil was poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

The beer poured a hazy copper with a thick 2" of medium sized bubbled head. Great lacing stuck to the side of the glass. The smell was the expected hops. Hopdevil is a hoppy IPA, and a well established one (I try not to read other people's reviews, but at the time of this review this beer had been reviewed over 800 times). I found the hoppiness to lean towards the piney/spicey side with some, but just a little citrus tones. The texture developed an excellent creaminess as the beer warmed. The mouthfeel is medium and the 6.7% is hidden and a way drinkable beer. This is a solid IPA one to have when its available.

Notes: We brought these out to Planet of the Ales, and I enjoyed the ones I drank while camping there. It's a very solid American IPA, but as the style has grown in popularity, better renditions have been developed.

Photo of hunteraw
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I used a clone recipe of this to brew a batch of IPA, so I was curious to taste what the real thing is like!

Appearance: ruddy amber color, good head, not much lacing but possibly because I was forced to reuse the glass (waitress didn't bring me a new one, and she was hard enough to track down to order)

Smell: lots and lots of hops, with a grapefruity character

Taste: again, grapefruit hops (though not as grapefruity as smuttynose), very dry, with a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel: much lighter mouthfeel than I expected, I would have preferred a little more.

Drinkability: good, but on the whole (and it's great to be able to say this!) I think I liked the version I brewed better!

Photo of doubleipa
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this back from my busines travels. I thought my wife would like it, as well. More of a redish appearance than most IPAs. Great hoppy aroma. Taste didn't have that pine resin thing goingon like so many west coast IPAs. A bit of a creamy taste and finish. Kind of a Nugget Nectar thing. Maybe it's the PA water.

Photo of normZurawski
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's a good looking beer, nice deep red-ish color. Aroma is ok, hints at the barroom skankiness I don't enjoy in some beers. Taste is unbalanced with bitter hops, not in a good way. Finish is long and bitter. Mouthfeel is decent but for the awful bitterness that rings there. Drinkability is low, since you can't really drink anything else after this burns up your taste buds.

Photo of cproioi
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light Amber color with a white head that left alright lacing. Carbonation was slight but one could still see the bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: A Floral hops aroma was apparent in this beer. However, I was able to smell some fruity maltiness to it which was akin to the smell of green apples.

T: Very similar to the aroma. It had a nice floral hops flavor that opened to an almost citrus taste. However, behind it was a nice malt backbone that tasted like apples.

M: Light to medium body. Nice and refreshing for a hot summer day like we where having in Cincinnati last week.

D: While not my favorite IPA I've had it's not bad by any bet. It was nice to have but I don't think I would buy this one over and over again.

Photo of westweasel
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. The beer poured out a very clear, dark
copper color with an off-white 1/4 inch head. The aroma was
dissapointing.I was expecting a strong hop scent. Instead this beer
has a very light, barely noticeable hop aroma. More floral than citrus.
Also a very, very light malt scent.

The taste was pretty much just hops. It was a bitter taste - which I
usually enjoy. But this one was fairly uninteresting. Like one strong
bitter flavor - not a mix of flavors.

The mouthfeel was light-to-medium with a bitter, dry finish. The
drinkability was good. The first glass was enjoyable. The bitterness
would probably limit me to two in one sitting.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy Devil Ale has a has a light tan head, which it produces upon command. It also has a medium amber reddish blue hue. The brew has a very green resin/floral scent AND a good malty, perhaps even roasted odor. This decoction actually has a lot more malt and a bit less hops than one might suspect. Placating your taste buds with strong roasted malts, with hints of caramel, approaching treacle, there is also quite a bit of resinous hops to fulfill the need of those who like, well, hoppy beers. This beer is only for those who truly appreciate the joys of strong hops, but it is a well balanced version of high hop holies. Not intended for all dining occasions...I would recommend it specifically with red meat.

Photo of BabaJohn
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Devil has an interesting dark red, slightly foggy coloration with just a little head. Smelled quite delicious up front (sweet + a little cool IPA edge). Taste = Oh yeah, that is good! Some nice hop flavors in the same league as Stone. Bitter herbs and vegetable tastes with just enough light, sweet citrus. Felt slightly creamy with some bite and carbonation in the mouth. Drinkability: sure! The victory brewers knew just what they were doing when they came up with this one. (I remembered the name of the veggie this and other similar IPAs remind me of: bitter melon. Mmmm…)

Photo of daliandragon
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to this one for a while. Few things better than a sweet pale ale on a steamy summer evening. This is another well regarded sample from Victory

Nice sticky lacing once the tannish head evaporates. Dark copper color and outstandingly hoppy, fresh nose. The hops are brisk and delicious but not bitter as in some examples of the style.

Balanced and mature ale with top notch ingredients and quality craftsmanship. Silky mouthfeel and a refreshing, dry and bitter finish. Outstanding work from Victory. Easily drinkable and a landmark example of the style.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,475 ratings.