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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

6,458 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,458
Reviews: 2,400
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 185
Gots: 669 | 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 VoodooBrew
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear copper with red highlights-- devlish! Generous off-white head, good lacings. The nose is of fresh, slightly piney hop goodness, with a touch of cereal. Bitterness takes up residence on the palate early and doesn't relinquish its hold. Hop flavors turn sweet and juicy, combining with resinous elements that affirm this ale's status as a hop monster.

If this is the Devil, consider me Damned, and Damned proud of it!

Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours an orange amber color with an off-white head that fizzled down to a ring around my glass. There is nice lacing going on.

The aroma is of citrus hops. There is a strong lemon presence.

The flavor is of citrusy hop flavor. There is a nice breath of lemon after the swallow. It's quite a refreshing beer.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with medium carbonation.

I think this is a very drinkable beer.

Photo of bigreduw64
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard good things, so I'm looking forward to this one.

Appearance: Rich amber color. Pours a nice head that slowly dissipates, but doesn't leave.

Smell: Nice hoppy smell, get floral notes, but not a real strong aroma. If it tastes like it smells, it should be good.

Taste: Good hoppy flavor, but I can also taste the malt. Some light berry notes in the background. I like it.

Mouthfeel is good, not a lot of carbonation. I could drink about 2 of these at a time, then I would have to switch to something a little less hoppy.
Very good IPA, didn't use to be a fan, but its because of beers like this that I am starting to really enjoy IPA's.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light reddish amber with a nice full 2 finger head that leaves nice lacing as it melts.
Aroma is pure fresh hops and lemon. Very faint sweaty sock smell unfortunately. I've tried and tried to find this fresh on the west coast...everything up time now has been past BEST BY date on the bottle. This one's BEST BY date is a month past so I know the sock smell isn't intentional.,but it is the freshest I've been able to find out here in 6 months of searching. It's unfortunate that they can't get this beer to California fresher.
Taste is Fresh grassy hops with slight citrus overtones.
Finishes to a clean hop dryness.
Very refreshing if you can acquire it fresh.
****
Re-evaluated after a fresh sample received from blitheringidiot. Thank you very much Ev.
Still everything I said before...not quite the hop-bomb people call it, but then I've had a lot of Stone and a lot of Hopcycle from Moylan's and they definately have some hop-bombs.
However, I don't think that is what Victory is aiming for with Hop Devil.
It's a great IPA...very, very hoppy....and very very drinkable. The problem with most "hop-bombs" is that they have to make them with lots of malts to achieve a balance. Often this makes them a little too sweet to be 'drinkable'. Hop devil achieves the supper hoppiess without the extra sweetness.
Good job. Good brew

Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a deep hazy amber, almost a deep red when held to a light; small, quickly dissipating head; a little bit of lace left behind

s - very hoppy with strong citrus, mostly lemon, notes

t - very complex taste; slight sweetness and citrus upfront, with a punch of hops soon followings; long finish is bitter with roasted malt goodness

m - very light with ample carbonation

d - very drinkable; I really wish I had a few more bottles to enjoy right now

This is an solid, very enjoyable beer all around. One of the best American IPAs I've had, and a great value too.

Photo of wingnutter
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aquired from Riggsy in a trade. Poured a hazy amber color into a standard pint glass. Controlled pour didnt yield much of a head. Smells hoopy and citrusy.

Tastes like it smells. Nice hop bitterness - tangy citrus leading the way. Nice sweetness underneath and in the finish. Goes down pretty easily, and the mouthfeel is medium. The sweetness shows up more as it starts to warm. Nicely balanced. Would go perfect with chips and salsa (heavy on the cilantro!)

Drinkability is quite high - very smooth beer. Worthy of being a top 10 IPA? Not sure. However, it is very well done and can hold its own against almost any IPA Ive tried so far.

Photo of NolateM
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug. Pretty dark for an IPA - it's almost brown, slightly orange-amber, and you can just barely see through it. Pours a fairly generous, off-white head. Not much lacing.

The aroma is wonderful... you can smell its strong hop character of course, plus some citrusy tones. The taste is pretty much the same. Starts off kind of bitter (in a good way) and hoppy, and then there's this refreshing citrus tinge at the end. Not quite as acidic as an IPA like Smuttynose, but still got a bit of it on the finish. Quite well-carbonated. Very easy to drink, even though you can kinda taste the 6.7%-ness.

This is definitely one of my new favorites. If you're into IPAs, you damn well better love this beer.

Photo of psinderson
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Attractive deep amber-red appearance, slightly hazy. Yellowish head, mild lacing.

Smell: Pungent citrusy aroma with a hint of pine

Taste: The name fits - hop flavor and bittnerness throughout. A little fruity upfront, followed by a roasted maltiness. Nice balance..sweetness followed by bitterness. A rather complex finish - A little bitter, a little sweet, a little roasty. A good combination of the entire affect.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium. I think the thinness is good for this beer. Good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: This may have overwhelming hop flavor, but the thinness of the beer could allow some to get carried away. This is not a session beer, but I could see myself acting as if it was.

Great beer! Full of flavor and memorable.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been one of my favorite IPA's for about a year, but somehow I've never rated it until now.

I usually drink this straight from the bottle, but last night poured one into a glass. The color was darker orange than I expected. Decent head too. Smells and tastes hoppy but without an overly bitter after-taste. It reminds me most of Stone IPA. Nicely balanced IPA.

Photo of jameaterblues
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The HopDevil poured a dark amber color with ruby red and pink highlights. It had a 1/3 inch off white head.
The smell was of dank citrusy hops and some sweet slightly smokey malts. The taste was very hopy as expected from something called the HopDevil, but not quite as hopy as I expected...these hops had the citrusy flavor that was in the smell, but also a spicy herbal flavor as well. The hops were predominant, but at the finish there was really nice malt balance.
So this is one of the better IPA's that I have tried...the color was beautiful...higher carbonation than what I have come to expect from the style...lots of flavor. I'll definitely try it again...and hopefully next time it will be on-tap somewhere.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear deep amber with reddish hues. Has a thick eggshell head that slightly thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by citrusy/grapefruit hops. There is a slight bit of caramel malt in the background.

Taste is slightly malty upfrot that is quickly washed over by a wave of hops. The hop flavors are citrusy with some distinct grapefruit tones. However, the flavor is not overpowering nor is the bitterness. It is quite well balanced and even has a bit of malt at the finish.

Rich body, creamy texture. Plenty of carbonation.

This is a very nice IPA and very well balanced. Definitely in the top tier for the style.

Photo of DrJay
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It had been a while since I tried this beer, so it seemed like a good place to start on my first trip to the Victory brewpub since moving to the area (yesterday). And how was I going to say no to it on cask?

It produced superb, thick rings of lace and was a rich amber colour, but a little on the murky side. The grapefruit aroma was very pronounced and a little sharp compared to what I remember from the bottled version. The same grapefruit character was in the flavour as well, along with a very solid, caramel, malty backbone to balance the ample bitterness. It felt very full in the mouth as well - I was a little surprised since many beers I've tried on cask seem a little thinned out without the extra carbonation. Overall, quite excellent! I'm sure the guys back in Toronto will be jealous.

Photo of schoolcb
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with a very frothy tan head. Fairly clear. First wiff is all hops. Flavor is decidedly balanced on the hop end of the spectrum, but there is enough hop backbone to keep it from being too hoppy. Medium bodied. Hop flavor dominates. Did I say that already? Definately an American IPA. If you are a hop head you'll like this one. Burrrpppp, dang those hops don't stop!

Photo of boulevard2
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz pint at Monty's Krown

Pours a thick hazy brown beer with a nice frothy head. Smells of ripe hops and yeast with a touch citric ambiance. The beer was rather cold for cask condition but didn't ruin the full body and hoppy malt flavour this beer provides. This on cask is so smooth and delicious I went back for seconds. As the beers warmed the hops stood out and gave me a true essence of this beer and I truly enjoyed, Cheers to Victory!!

Photo of jabocu
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper tone. A little hazy with a thin off white cap. The cap didn't stay around too long either. The aroma was very noticable caramel and citrus. A little hops in the nose. Flavor was nice smooth caramel and grapefruit. A little spice maybe clove or anise. I felt it had a very good blend that went down smooth. The hops hung for a few seconds, but helped mellow the sweetness very nicely. Overall a good basic hopped up beer. Very good taste and goes down smooth. Nothing really extraordinary, but good. Will def. have again!

Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a pale golden colour with a half inch of thick cream coloured head. the head slowly dissipates into a ring around the glass and leaves lots of lace.

the aroma is mostly hops, with some malty undertones. the hop presence isn't overpowring, and is quite nice. the hop aroma is floral with just a hint of pine.

taste is light and refreshing. the hop bitterness is good - not too high, not too low. the malt is light and slightly bready. it balances well against the bitterness and hides the alcohol well.

body is quite good. very drinkable, but not "thin". well balanced.

overall it's a good beer and worth a try.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, Victory products available in Wisconsin. Sixer picked up at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a fiery amber with a few fingers of fluffy white head. Nose is wonderfully hoppy with notes of juicey citrus and pine. Taste hits you with an initial citrusy hop bitterness but is quickly rounded out by a healthy sweet caramel malt backbone. Felt like DFH 90 Minute's little brother. Considerably more drinkable though. A great sessionable hop bomb with plenty of character. SO glad Victory is here in WI.

Photo of krberg
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark copper with a slightly off-white head. Mouth-watering.

Suprisingly malty smelling. Sweet malt with flower-like hop aromas.

Full, rich malt backbone. Bitterness that comes to meet the malt and just tops it enough to provide a slight lingering bitterness. Flavor hops to round out the package. Delicious.

Full mouthfeel, but a lot of it comes from CO2. I'd like to try it naturally conditioned to get a better sense of the beer behind the carbonation.

Smooth and tasty. Very drinkable.

An old favorite. A wonderful (and missed) east coast IPA.

Photo of gqfiji
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: unfortunately i let this one cool too long and came close to freezing it, BUT had the copper/amber color and a nice head that lasted with a hazy clarity

s: the usual hoppy smell

t: swift taste of citrus to cover the palate. the tingle faded to a nice sweet hoppy and alcohol taste that lasted throughout

m: i liked the way the flavor lasted on the tongue, other beers that taste similar at first, either dried out or over flavored the palate.

d: definitely a keeper. liked this one from beginning to end and next time will get a sixer.

Photo of Rezzin
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice amber color with a creamy beige head. Some sediment floating around but not much. Lacing in minimal.

S - Nice floral and slightly piny hop aroma with some malt sweetness.

T - Hops are there right in the beginning but there seems to be slight metallic flavor there as well. Slightly sweet with a nice dry bite at the end. More of English IPA flavor to me.

M - Fairly thin with a little mouth puckering feel to it but not too bad. Moderate to highly carbonated.

D - Not a bad IPA but I've had much better.

Photo of kbnooshay
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured an awesome orange gold color with a good amount of carbonation and a decent white head that had decent retention. The aroma is most prominetly pine hops! It is also very citric. Awesome taste, obviously the hop attack is there but there is a nice maltiness there too. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but tingly to the tounge. Kinda drying also. This is really is quite drinkable. A very simple but awesome brew.

Photo of phisig137
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Hazy amber pour, with a thin head that drops into a small blanket over the top.

Aroma is filled with hops and alcohol. Citrusy, and piney, but I was surprised how much alcohol was apparent, considering the relatively low 6.7%

Flavor is very hoppy up front, with a nice malty wash towards the end. I think this is one of the more balanced american IPA's I've had.... it tastes more like an english IPA. Good hop flavor, but not a tremendous amount of bitterness or aroma.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, if not a little thin. Heavy carbonation. Drinkability is very high.

Photo of copasetic
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber, darker than many IPAs I've tried. A small head fades quickly. The aroma is complex --somewhat floral and less citrusy than American IPAs tend to be. There's also a hint of baked cookie sweetness. This taste comes through in the flavor, which is just a bit sweet and also more piney than I expected. This aspect, plus the vaguely British-seeming malt backbone made me wonder whether I was drinking a US or UK IPA. Whatever it is, it's complex and tasty. The finish is thin with a bitter hop tingle.

Yeah, I could drink this all night. Complex enough to be a beer snob and straightforward enough for a solid session beer.

Photo of pvsob
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep copper/amber color with a beautiful head that lasted from start to finish. Clarity was a little hazy.

Smell: Hops, Hops, Hops, and a hint of sweetness at the end.

Taste: Crisp hop flavor of citrus (grapefruit) and some pine. Just enough to pucker me up and finish me off with a slight sweetness and a long hop and alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, somewhat "slippery". The abundant carbonation added crispness and dryness to the overall feel.

Drinkability: No drawn out details here ladies and gentleman. If you see some at your local store, pick some up. HopDevil is one of the easiest drinking IPA's that I have tasted thus far. It looks great, smells great, and tastes great.

Cheers.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great color makes this beer attractive right away: orange, red, ruby and gold all swirled together. Moderate carbonation and an inch-thick head that settled to a half-inch throughout the drink.

Instant hops on the nose, like pine. A prickly lemon scent in the background. It's just fine, but fairly common for the style with nothing unusual or unique to set it apart.

Totally solid flavors, simple and direct. Spicy and tangy. Bitter with some grapefruit pucker. Perhaps this is the ultimate definition of what a no-nonsense IPA should taste like. Victory comes up with yet another flavor with character, drinkability and a wild streak.

Mouthfeel is a pleasant creaminess up front, with a crisp nip going down the back of the mouth and throat.

Incredibly easy to drink and even easier to enjoy. I'd point this beer out as the standard example of the new American IPA. Well-hopped and drinkable every day.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,458 ratings.