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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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6,687 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,687
Reviews: 2,451
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 220
Gots: 902 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Ratings: 6,687 | Reviews: 2,451
Photo of ttu94
2.11/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was very hesitant to write this review. American IPA's are my favorite style of brew. This beer is highly recommended so I thought it must be good. After drinking my first I thought I had a bad bottle. It was poor, make that very poor for any style of beer. I did not write a review cause I thought I must have a bad batch. 4 weeks later I buy another sixer. Same crap! This time I did a blind taste test with Broken Halo, Avery IPA, Great Divide IPA, and this mess. I could pick this thing out blindfolded every time, and not for good reasons.
It looks good nice color and head. But that is where good ends and bad to worse starts. It smells like a decent IPA with malts and lots of hops but then a whiff of, (I don't know what) hits me. I really don't know what to call it, plastic? or soap. Whatever the smell is it is even more prevalent in the taste. A very distinctive yuck aftertaste. To its credit the beer is much better as it warms but I will be very gun shy about trying another.

Photo of robocrouch
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass with a very deep brown color with a decent white head. Some lace.

S: This beer smells really good. Sour grapefruit and some sweet fruit and fresh hops are present.

T: The hops are the stars in this beer. You get hit with a wide array of varying hop flavors. This beer kicks your ass but is still sweet enough to put a smile on your face. The one thing that to me is amazing is how creamy it is for such a hoppy beer.

D: Overall a great beer that does the style justice. Highly Recommended.

Two Thumbs Up

Photo of 1fastz28
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber honey color with a beautiful head and a decent lacing as it defuses. smells GREAT, apples and other fruits (my brother says cranberry) Hops of course are prevalent as is a piney, fruity tastes very good mouthfeel, full and solid, a good ipa, i like them a bit stronger but this one is very well done

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

Poured amber into imperial pint glass. White head dissapates but good lacing intact. Hops come out in the smell but not as strong as the name would suggest. Very well balanced in the taste, huge hops with enough malt to get you through to the sweet aftertaste. At 6.7% these might be a little too easy to drink.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep amber color with a nice big white head. In the aroma it has hops and faint smell of alcohol. It has the a big hop presence and a spicy, abrasive malt characteristic. This was the first IPA I ever drank on a regular basis, and I remember saying to my girlfriend (now wife) "I will not marry a girl unless she likes Hop Devil" Guess what we drank at our wedding?!

Photo of bosco7
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a fluffy white head. Lacing that is as thick as the head.

Lots of orange and pine resin in the nose. Malt aromas present but understated.

A flash of nutty/carmely/biscuity malt flavors that finishes with candied orange, grapefruit rind, and earthy pine cone. Noticeably high IBUs. Very tasty.

Medium body with an oily mouthfeel from hops. Nicely carbonated.

Good IPA probably the best I have had that was made east of the Rockies. Nice balance, flavor, and drinkability. Worth trying.

Photo of khiasmus
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Reddish copper with 2 1/2 fingers of head after a hard pour into my goblet. head retains pretty well and laces a bit, and the beer is absolutely clear.

S- Grapefruity and piney hops supported by some grain smell and caramel malt. There is an almost strawy note in there as well that I've never smelled before in an American IPA.

T- Caramel-sweet the whole time it's in your mouth, again with the strawy, bready flavor. As soon as it leaves an area on your tongue, though, the hop devil does his dirty work, leaving a decently intense bitterness behind. Gets lower marks here because an IPA really should be more balanced toward the hops. Not more bitter (don't hear what I'm not sayin!) but balanced, in the flavor, towards hops. This one is only hoppy in the finish, the flavor is all sweet and caramelly. However, the finish is HOPPY, and not just in hop flavor, but strong bitterness. This is not for the average beer drinker, but the hop lover. :-)

M- Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, but a lot of astringency left by the hops along with their bitterness.

D- I find it quite drinkable, but I'm a hophead. If you like balanced beers, this one is good, but you have to stand up to the bitter hop oil finish. I'll buy it again though. cheers.

Photo of dacrza1
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The great thing about reviewing beers on websites like this is the compulsory tastings that you've had before but must "force" yourself through again...bought a nice sampler for my son's baptismal afterparty... the guests were pleased...solid one-finger head holds well...a controlled hops explosion to the nostrils, among fresh-cut grass, a fresh-cut cigar and the M&M factory for smells that entrance...vivacious and smooth despite the IPA status...crisp, demanding yet not overstated as other American IPAs can often invade the senses with militaristic carelessness...either the Cavs have me pumped or the alcohol is sneaky quick...as impressive an IPA as I could imagine...if Victory makes a beer unworthy of recognition, I haven't had it yet...

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Packaged in a 12 oz amber crown cap bottle
Served at fridge temp about 35F
Attractive California hop aroma at the bottle neck
Pours with a thick body, producing a firm, persistent off white head.
Appearance: Medium-dark amber, slightly hazy, leaves excellent lacing.
Taste: Loads of bitterness paired nicely with a dark crystal maltiness, but weak on hop flavor. Excessively earthy.
Drinkability: Medium light mouthfeel. Great balance of hops and maltiness makes for a good example of an American style IPA. Highly recommended for hop heads.

Photo of kwakwhore
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Howard's Pub in Ocracoke NC, reddish orange color, head had diminished by the time it had gotten to my table, what was left was white with some lacing. Aromas of hops and some malt. Plenty of citric hop bitterness in the flavor balanced with some malt then the hops have the final say in the finish. My favorite example in the style and a big improvement over the bottle I had a couple of years ago. This is an ideal session beer, especially on tap.

Photo of eberkman
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear copper with a one-finger, creamy off-white head that keeps its shape and leaves rings of lacing. The smell is mostly hops with some floral and citric notes poking through. Taste is tangy, subtly sweet maltiness up front giving away to a long, bitter finish. Some citrus fruit mixed in with the malts, but not as grapefruity as others. The bitterness takes over to dominate in a big way, however, about halfway through -- almost on the level of a Smutty or a Bell's 2-Hearted. The mouthfeel is dry and quenching, not overly carbonated, but somewhat thinner than I would have expected. Decent drinkability for the ABV. Would also pair well with spicy foods.

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

Pours a slightly hazy amber orange color with a shallow head that fades fairly quickly to surface but is kept alive by substantial effervescence. Some lacing observed.

The smell is aggressive fresh hopped pine and grapefruit.

Medium bodied, the mouth feel has a nice malty beginning with a balanced hop character which is followed by a second stage of bitterness in the finish.

The flavor is a refreshing grapefruit that leaves a slight floral after taste.

Quite drinkable; another nice beverage from Victory.

Photo of jspruit
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a small sample of this beer after a night of drinking Sprite since I was the DD for the party that I was with at Rhino's in Martin (of all the places in the world.)

Poured a light copper body (even though I didnt have too much) with a small white head that stuck around for a bit. Smells are of strong hops as I would expected that made my mouth water to try it. The first taste that hits your mouth was the hops, with some bitterness on the finish-pretty continuous throughout the sample. I had heard about this brewery before and was pleasantly suprised to see it on tap in such a small bar and although my sample was small as well it fulfilled my expectations-I would like to try again under different circumstances as I think that this could be a great hoppy beer that I could have over and over again.

Photo of Absumaster
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber, orange beer with sparkling carbonation and a thin head, which forms a ring on the edge of the glass.

Smell is dextrinous and malty with a resinous and grapefruity hop punch. It smells like a nicely balanced beer.

Taste is bitter, but not too bitter. It is balanced by a big dextrinous malt taste, which makes the beer a little sweet and sticky. The hops are grapefruity and have a slight lemon taste. Half way down the glass, bitterness has overtaken the beer and the malt flavors are pushed behind. Bitterness lingers together with the dextrines.

I finally start to understand IPAs better now, but still I feel differences between them are quite small between a high ranked beer and a 'mediocre' beer. This was a good beer though.

Photo of jomo
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice burnt orange with a decent light tan head. A little cloudy.

Smell is malty sweet. A little citrus and hops. Kinda weak.

Taste is similar to smell. A bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Viscosity is appropriate. Carbonation is aggressive but bubbles are small.

This is a pretty easy drinker except for the bitter finish.

I must say that this is not the kind of IPA I am used to. A bit maltier. Not as citrusy/piney as I would like. The hops don't seem to show up except for bitterness. At the same time, this is a pretty easy drinker. Solid, easy, but not great.

Photo of RunawayJim
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As this is one of my favorite IPA's, I figured I needed to make another review of it for the serving type I normally get... the bottle.

Poured into a standard pint glass, it's a deep amber color, and a bit cloudy as well. The carbonation can be seen rising to the top. The beer poured with a thick 1.5 finger white-ish tan head that hung around for a bit and then slowly shrank. The beer leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

It smells mostly of citrusy piney hops, not much else can be detected. You can tell just from the smell that this will be a hoppy beer.

The beer immediately tastes of those hops and has a bit of a bite to it at the start, but the flavor gets a little more balanced as you go down, but it's pretty much all hops all the way. It leaves a very strong hoppy aftertaste. You can feel the carbonation in your mouth.

The drinkability takes a bit of a cut on this one, mainly because of the super duper hops bite, but also because of the carbonation, which seems a little more on the excessive side.

I previously reviewed this beer on cask. The bottled version is nowhere near as smooth and tastes a bit hoppier than from the cask, but that does not make this an undrinkable brew. This is still a top notch IPA, and as with most Victory beers, it doesn't disappoint.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in a 12 ounce cup at the Wachovia Center. I was suprised when I saw a Victory stand and was shocked that this would be at a basketball game. It poured a deep yet light brown color with no head at all. There was however, a fair amount of lacing all the way down. The smell had a nice hop smell and the taste had lingers of the same. There was a bit of a bite to the mouthfeel that I didn't really like that much. For the most part this was a just above average beer. Don't drink and review.

Photo of BurnsTau
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber/copper, a bit hazy with great white head and lacing.

Tastes is definitely about the hops, bitter and strong. Some maltiness in there sweetens it up a bit and creates enough balance to be very enjoyable, but you know it's about the hops with this beer. So much flavor it compares to a dIPA more than just an IPA. Very good beer.

Photo of Chaz
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brassy, golden-amber in color, and brilliant. Poured from a freshly-tapped keg, this was served with a one and a half fingered pale tan head, with moderate lacing and duration. Piney, resiny hops on the nose, with just a touch of biscuit and caramel in the malt profile. Spicey hops are all over the first sip, and the mouthfeel seems fairly light and cleansing. Mild, lingering bitterness with toasted malts almost floating above the aromatic and bittering hops. Not a small beer and not a big beer, but right in-between, and the alcohol is very well hidden. Semi-sweet, with a nice juicy malt quality registering about halfway through the palate. Medium bodied, and much more well-balanced than I recall it being from the last bottle I enjoyed. Plenty of dryness. A fine American IPA, and very consistent.

Photo of genog
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light copper color with a two inch offwhite head that lingers throughout the session.

S- Floral hoppy notes with a sweet smell finish

T- Smooth hops with a hint of a bitter finish. Very nice for several sips at a time.

M- Very little carbonation feeling for a smooth experience

D- Only bought one, but I could enjoy 2 maybe 3 on a long night. Very nice drink.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium copper-amber body with a dense, creamy off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, floral aroma with some citrus and brown sugar. Also, there's a fruitiness to it, but beyond some peaches its more of a vague fruitiness for me, like standing with your back to a fruit platter at a party.

Taste: Soft flavors throughout, be it the toasty malts, grapefruit, or the single drop of caramel sweetness, and though the finish is light in its bitterness, there is an acidic flare-up right on the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a lively carbonation. Slight warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Overall, its a fairly easygoing IPA, with none of the flavors ever really pronouncing themselves, leaving the experience a bit lacking.

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

Appearance: Pours into a snifter a dark almost reddish clear color. Not much of a head, but then I didn't pour for a big one.

Smell: Smells of pine flavor.

Taste: It tastes much like it smells. A bit of a pine flavor with a hoppy bitter aftertaste, very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: A very nice mouthfeel, the bubbles aren't to large or too frequent or the reverse.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, I enjoy this one a lot. The alcohol content isn't too high and the beer doesn't taste like slightly flavored perrier either.

Photo of BMoney575
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-16-07
Best before 8-27-07

Pours a deep gold-orange, with a medium-sized off white head that lasts forever.

Smell is big sweet hops, with very grassy and earthy characteristics.

Taste is much like the smell, grassy hops with deep earthy feel. Sizable bitterness follows with a bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, perfect for the style.

Drinkability is good, lots of bitter hops but very tasty.

Overall a very good IPA. I don't usually like earthy flavors, but I definately enjoyed this beer. Well crafted and recommended.

Photo of illidurit
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obtained via trade with Rodenbacher. 12 oz bottle with 'Enjoy By Jul 08 07' stamped on the label. Don't mind if I do!

A: Poured into a flared pint glass, the flare cradles a beautiful 2.5 finger tan head that rises to a convex cap above the rim. Nice dark gold/amber color. A thing of beauty. Sticky webby lace adorns the glass, trailing downwards to a cap of foam that never goes away.

S: Citrus, hop resin, pine, orange, grapefruit

T: Gorgeous balance, citrusy hops give way to a flash of toasty malt before transforming into a refreshing bitterness that lingers but is not overpowering.

M: Sticky delicious hops give this beer a thicker mouthfeel than lots of other IPAs, it works well here. No trace of alcohol flavor, perfect carbonation.

D: Stellar. Glad I have another one in the fridge!

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

12oz bottle courtesy of fisherman34, thanks Kris! Poured into a pint glass.

Vigorous pour reveals a full inch of head, lots of webby lacing. Mild, lazy carbonation floats though a dark coppery-red brew. A bit of chill haze as well. Smell is full of floral and citrus hops, but they don't overwhelm the generous biscuity and bready malt aromas that linger in the nose. Great balance, very lovely aroma on the whole.

Taste is piney off the top, then mellows a bit into the more floral aspects. Acidity is less citric than sprucey. Herbal and curative in its assertiveness. Highly acidic, this is a bit of a palate-scorcher to be sure. Toasty caramel maltmakes an entrance in the background, along with a bit of vanilla and yeasty breadiness, but the malt is definitely playing second violin here. Less balanced than I would have hoped, but it's not a huge criticism really. Mouthfeel is buzzy due to the high acid levels, not so much from the carbonation, which is medium at best. Medium body, nice and sticky going down. This is drinkable, but in small sips and you want to savour every one.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,687 ratings.