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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,627 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,627
Reviews: 2,440
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 213
Gots: 843 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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

Poured into pint glass. Consumed at just slightly less than room temperature.

A: Pours a light amber with a ton of white, fluffy head. Great retention, sticky trails on the sides as it recedes, and a solid foam blanket left behind.

S: Sweet malt, dry grain, and... cinnamon? There's a spice here.

T/M: Sweet caramel malt up front, leafy hoppiness. Bit of toasted grain. Very long bitter tail, retains some sweetness. Mouthfeel is on the dry side. Would make a great sidekick to pub fare. Overall, nothing really dominates -- everything plays well together.

D: I drank this pretty quickly. And yeah, I'd have another. This wasn't nearly as bitter as I was expecting, but I wasn't expecting an IPA this balanced, either. It filled my Q Zone with pure beer goodness.

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

Bottle courtesy of HogTown Harry- thanks! Pours out a robust tangerine colour witha pretty good head. Quite a cloudy brew, but definitely a solid IPA colour. Aroma is a nice combination of hops and malt sweetness. Very balanced IPA I thought- tons of hops - herbal and piney and grapefruit but also a strong backbone. Finishes dry as it should for an IPA. Carbonation was a little higher than expected, but gives it a good snap in the mouth with the hops. This a very solid IPA and would be a good but dangerous session brew. Very enjoyable!

Photo of mcallister
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dusty mahagony. Off white head holds retention for a substantial amount of time. Leaves a thin lace behind.

Sweet light floral malt aromas. Hints of pine as well as some fruity esters. Sweet toffee induced malts. Flower aromas overwhelm all other contenders.

The flowery, flowered, flowers of hops leads over to the taste. Albeit not overly bitter and well balanced by the semi sweet toffee malt. Light citrus approach with undescernible notations.

Mouth is medium bordering on thin. This is a solid beer and very drinkable.

Photo of quikfish13
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy orange, with an off white tannish head. Very foamy on top and appears good and refreshing. The aroma is a bit lacking in the head but does have a nice hoppy undertone that is sweet but not quite citrus. I just found myself wishing for a more dominate smell of hops.

This IPA I found had a more roasted flavor than I am used to in the style. A nice change from the ordinary. Good amount of carbonation giving it a medium body that left with a strong bitter finish. Thoughts of oranges came to mind, with a slite alcoholic taste that is more masked by the hops and malts.

I quite enjoyed this beer and would pick up another six pack when able. I would also be interested in trying this one on tap.

Photo of FlyFisher2782
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Cheers2beers for this one.

Starts of with a billowing tan head that dissipates a little quickly and gives up a dark straw colored beer underneath.

The nose of this beer I find lacking a bit for an IPA. Not much hops present in the smell but I did catch a hint of a dark plum and some bready overtones.

First sip brought me right back to the fact that this is definitely an IPA. Starts of with a crisp malt backbone, dry, bready and well balanced. This is definitely more of a "dry" ipa with little sweetness in the malt.

There are mostly bittering hops in this one, but perfectly balanced with the malt it makes for a nice platform to show off the hoppy finish which stays with you for a while. Peppery, spicy hops, no real citrus to speak of.

Overall a VERY balanced IPA with a perfect amount of carbonation and a great hop finish.

You could definitely session some of these as the alcohol was imperceptible.

I'd crack another anytime.

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

Pours out a cloudy amber orange with white suds that leave good lacing on the pint glass.
This one smells sweet. Sugary malt and slight hops. Very slight citrus aromas. Needs to be stronger in the nose.
I was trying to compare this and the weyerbacher Simcoe but that won't work. It is a beer by itself. Initially sweet then bitter then sweet then bitter again. Not a lot of citrus flavor but there is a blackness that must be roasted malt and very black tasting hops.
I like this take on the IPA. Very different from most IPA's I have had.
If I could get ahold of lots of these I would love to session a case or two! Victory for your taste indeed!

Photo of Jwaks
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving 12oz

Fine wisps of carbonation lazily float upwards though a pellucid pale bronze body to meet a frothy collar encirlcing a thin, patchy brown tinted head.

Mild grapefruit and juicy orange flirt with caramel malt aromas on the nose while whiffs of alcohol and fresh cut grass linger in the background.

Hard hitting hops smack the taste buds from the start to the bitter off-dry finish while restrained caramel malts smooth over and balance out the rough bitter citrus flavors. Piquant hop bitters, smooth malts and a bit of peppery alcohol tie it all together on a pleasant finish. Grassy bitter hops grip the palate for a good 20 seconds creating a dry, mildly grassy aftertaste. Hop bitterness is takes on an odd metallic, copper, and grassy flavors as the beer warms.

Bitterness and grassy hops dominate on the aftertaste while the malt backbone is well delinated yet not expertly integrated to make a uniform whole. A medium to full body lends a desireable mouthcoating character while hop bitters and malts work toward a harmonious balance. Additional carbonation would lift this beer's body up giving it a fuller more complete mouthfeel.

Easy down for a bitter beer with a respectable dose of alcohol. The dry, bitter finish keeps me going back for more.

Kudos to Victory for giving us another great brew!

Cheers!

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance was deep apricot in hue, somewhat cloudy, bouqet was loads of citrus, floral, pine, caramel, honey, taste was similar to nose, also some nice stone fruits, the intense bitter hops well-balanced by the residual caramel malt sweetness, mouthfeel was medium-heavy and pretty viscous, drinkability suffers only from the necessarily significant alc content and big body, this is a fine example of the dipa style and definitely a fridge staple at the moment.

Photo of Shiloh
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Certainly not the prettiest brew I have ever encountered but the taste more than makes up for its physical shortcomings. The body is a hazy burndt orange in colour, very short crown with minimal lacing. Carbonation is light.
The nose is fairly clean with a hint of a woodsy pine and straw.
The taste starts with an even hit of malt and hops, grassy and kettle hops and /or citrus.At this time, the hops take immediate control over the ever present malts in the background, with a strong citrus regime, grapefruit/lemon. Mouthfreel is full bodied and crisp. Exellent brew.

Photo of coalcracker
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with an 'enjoy by' date of 4/7/07.

A: Pours a nice, amber color with adequate head that left lacing throughout consumption.
S: Fantastic indication of what you're in for! Strong, flowery scent with grapefruit and spice mixing in. Strong, pleasant aroma...
T: First taste reveals a sharp, but manageable hop bite- not the kind of 'hop-bite' to cringe over. Malt is there somewhat to balance this beer, but the hops are certainly king. Aftertaste is mild.
M: Smooth once the 'bite' leaves your tastebuds. This beer seems to smooth out even more as it warms.
D: Very drinkable for hop fans, though I prefer to drink this one slowly while enjoying a good book or just kicking back after a hard week. I just don't see this as a typical session beer.

Overall, wonderfully hopped beer with well-rounded attributes. Strong, yet not challenging to drink. Seems to taste a bit better on tap, as I recall.

Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gee, Hop Devil gets reviewed so seldom that I am anxious to get one posted. Ha! Instead, I want to indulge in a little bit of (not really) frivolity.

Ode to Hop Devil

O, great Hoppus Maximus!
You were my first love.
I discovered you early on
And although I have had others
You remain the one that converted me.
Once, I embraced Rolling Rock,
But the pony left me behind.
Then, I received your kiss,
And I was won!

My mentor, Lew, puts it so well:
You are the perfect marriage of malt and hops
And who am I to disagree?
Your tawny beauty is breathtaking
But so is your tannish head.
Some find you indescribable
But I must disagree!

You, dear Hop Devil, are the beer for me.
Rotsaruch, Maybrick, Shapudding, favorites all,
But you, Hop Devil, make me sit up tall.
Your sticky lacing,
Your thick, full mouthfeel,
Your bitter start,
Your sweet end,
Your reddishness,
You, baby, are my dream.

They say that the devil is male,
But you give that supposition the lie.
Hop Devil, you are as sensuous as any woman.
I will love you until the day I die.


My apologies if that seems rambling or silly, but it was heartfelt. May my Karma be struck dead.

Photo of cichief
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Fugazme
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of vwcraig
3.38/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of david131
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Sephiroth
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Hortus
2.94/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Photo of bradleyseven
2.91/5  rDev -28.5%
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

Photo of auxiliary
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of billybob
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Photo of jhicks12
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of foureyedgeek
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,627 ratings.