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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 rousee
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cherry/almond color with very little head which drops to a wisp in a few seconds. It does leave some lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell is not nearly as strong as I would expect with a name like Hopdevil. It is hoppy but not very and it does seem to have some hops-malt balance. It has a little mustiness on the nose also. Not a negative but not really a postive either.

The taste is good but it doesn't really jump out for me. I like a DFH 60 min. IPA much better than this. Stil decent though. Finishes bubbly and balanced with a fuzzy mouthfeel. Its okay for drinkability -not as good as others in this style.

Photo of Pahn
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Best by Jun21, 2010, B4.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch, frothy, off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving (like the beer itself) no lacing. Pours translucent amber.

Smell: Very weak smell of possibly grassy hops and some malt. As the beer warms, a small amount of fruity sweetness comes out, but I still need to try hard to smell the beer.

Taste: First sip: overall impression is that this is a very bready IPA, with tons of bitterness and not much hop flavor. The giant malt backbone and over the top bitterness are the dominant notes throughout. The flavor is inadequately hoppy (it's *almost* grassy and *maybe* piny), and boring... but not unpleasant. As liquid bread that's more bitter than most DIPAs, it works. I've had far worse tasting IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and rather carbonated. The crazy bitterness and carbonation make the feel quite substantial.

Drinkability: While unremarkable, the beer is quite refreshing. I don't taste the alcohol at all, and the malt flavor is nice. I like the absurd amount of bitterness. I wonder if that's what tasting any IPA for the first time is like (I don't remember).

Like most beers I've had from Victory, this one is solid, but not the kind of beer that would win someone over to a style. Or to put it more practically, not the kind of beer I'd particularly want to buy again (I found myself mysteriously craving another HopDevil after my first last night, but I would have been even more satisfied by an outstanding (D)IPA than another HopDevil). Hopefully Wild Devil or Hop Wallop will change my mind. I have to admit that I'm morbidly curious about Hop Wallop, since the bitterness level of HopDevil was so silly (I don't know what drinking a pint of hop extract is like, but I have some suspicions now). Unfortunately, I suspect that the beer was less bitter than it was *not flavorful enough*. You don't mind the assault when it brings flavor with it.

Photo of babaracas
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden brown with amber edges, spotty lacing. Smell: tea, nectarine, floral, lemony and a hint of grapefruit, lightly toasted, background toffee. Taste: spicy, lemon rind, tea, a little grapefruit, toasted, grainy. Light to medium bodied, aggressive carbonation. There is a decent amount of citrus peel, but it's really more about the grainy, spicy bitterness than the citrus.

Edit: have had more of these recently. Way more tea, toffee, and grain than citrus. American IPA so adjusting downwards...

Photo of Jesse13713
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A crisp amber-golden brown. Reminds me of the leaves in the fall. Appears very citrusy with average carbonation.

Smell - A slightly milky citrus. Hoppy and floral.

Taste - Bursting with floral notes, citrus and lemon zest. Bitter and very 'springy'.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Medium bodied and easy to drink. Delicious all throughout and it kept me entertained. I know this is a short review, but I liked the beer quite a bit.

Photo of JamesMN
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on/enjoy by date mostly scratched off but the year 2013 was visible.

Appearance: Deep amber with good clarity and a frothy off-white head.

Aroma: Some licorice, brown sugar, and subtle pine. Not super aromatic.

Taste: A solid but manageable amount of hop bitterness upfront with a good piney and almost citrusy flavor. The malt brings a nice balance without adding too much sweetness or unnecessary complexity. Smooth finish and lingering bitterness with a caramel malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body and velvety smooth. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Though I suspect that this bottle of HopDevil Ale is a little old, the flavor has stood the test of time. The hops and malt work together and strike a great balance. The bitterness has become mellow in a way that suits the beer well. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Photo of nicholasblack
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of harryhops
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of mklinger
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Very substantial head, at least 3 fingers going 1/2 an inch over the top of the glass. Lovely light amber , nice clarity and pretty carbonation.

Aroma was a bit muted for an IPA. Some citrus and a bit of dank earthiness. Not my favorite combination of aroma hops. It's not highly flawed but it doesn't resonate with me.

Flavor was fairly balanced for an IPA. Nice malty richness, some toastiness in the malt with a touch of sweetness. Good bitterness follows. The Victory website says there's Tettanager hops in here and that just doesn't seem to fit view of what an IPA should taste like -- there's an earthy herbal quality here that's just as assertive to me as the more common citrus qualities & I'm just not crazy about the earthiness & herbal qualities here.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are still very good here. This is an extremely well-brewed beer. I'm just don't like the recipe as well as I thought I would. I've had 4 HopDevil's now & it's a good beer that many will like & I can see why. It's just not for me.

Photo of Romeyo
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of Tilley4
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not exactly sure who this bottle came from but I know it was a trade as I can't get it locally.

This is one beautiful IPA here. It looks like an Imperial IPA with a huge billowy fluffy head that is just magnificent..

Very astringent aroma... Its hoppy but sort of smells like hair spray..

This reminds me a lot of Two Hearted on the taste... Quite bitter but not overly so... Very hoppy..

Good but not great... Its a solid ass little IPA but not spectacular..

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, ~16oz glass jar, best by 10/06/13.

The color is a satisfying slightly hazy rich copper. The head is medium tan and quick thick.

While there is a fairly pungent herbal and orange peel hop side, what seems to me like Vienna or Munich bready malt has a large role in the aroma.

Flavor is a rich, thick, bitter orange peel, like orange marmalade on very grainy bread.

Full and bordering on roughly bitter. Carbonation stands up to this.

This beer knows what it is and is quite refined. It's not a West Coast IPA, but it is delicious.

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gentlebubbles
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Vox
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: lovely coppery red. Off white head with nice retention. Lacing leaves a great sponge patterned lacing.

S: stale, bread, slightly skunky with a hint of pine, honey and floral undertones.

T: Wonderful hop bitterness quickly followed by pine and finished with a bread floral aftertaste.

M: smooth, nicely carbonated.

O: Enjoyable IPA.

Photo of AwYeh
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Round two with this beer; moderately enjoyed it last time, so the fact that this bottle was best enjoyed by today shouldn't impact the review negatively. Poured into a tulip pint.

A: Pours a clear golden-amber-reddish color with one finger of dense off-white head, and tons of carbonation bubbles flowing up through the glass.

S: Floral and some citrusy, grapefruit hops, alongside a huge dose of sweet bready malts. Not particularly complex, but well balanced and enjoyable.

T: Heavy, heavy presence of caramel and bready malts here, along with a good deal of tangy citrus hop flavor. Nicely balanced once again, even if the flavor isn't quite as outstanding as I was hoping it would be. This tastes quite a bit like a hopped up Oktoberfest/Märzen.

M: Medium-thick body (thick at least for the style), with moderate carbonation. Smooth and sticky.

D: Will probably find myself picking this one up again in the future, even if I'm not a huge fan of it. Easy enough to drink, with props to the mouthfeel making this one go down faster than the taste alone would cause.

Photo of OldYoda
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark opaque amber into a Corsendonk goblet with a minimal head. An attractive brew.

Smell is subdued and primarily hops, but not as overpowering as some American IPA's.

Taste is very nice and a little surprising given the smell. It's hoppy and more hoppy and very dry. I just love it. It's right in my wheelhouse.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry - just what I'm looking for in an IPA.

Drinkability for me is fine.

An outstanding offering from Victory and one I can't think how I've overlooked. I'll certainly be back for more.

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

Poured from a 12 oz., brown bottle into a pint glass. According to freshness dating, I should have partaken by 4-14-08.

Pours a hazy, orange amber with a creamy, off-white, one finger head. Good retention with subtle lacing.

Aromas of sweet malt and piney hops upfront, followed by hints of citrus and clover honey.

Well-balanced taste profile of toasted, caramel malts and spicy, piney hops. Moderately bitter. Finishes with a slight metallic note.

Good drinkability, yet underwhelming in the hops department.

Although more Victory than defeat, HopDevil never lives up to its sinfully menacing promise.

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

A- poured a transparent copper-amber color with a crown of off-white head that left decent lacing despite dissipating quickly

S- pine and mild citrus from the hops, but not too complex

T- it wasn't total one-dimensional hoppiness, but it did not have the complexity i truly expected; the hops were nicely on the forefront of the palate and the bite surrounded the malts fairly well

M- low carbonation for it's light-medium body, with nice bitterness from start to finish

D- overall it's a pretty solid brew, if not necessarily one of the best- i may be a slave to west coast ipa's but this one is still very enjoyable and worth adding to any sixer

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Nice clean copper color, hinging on amber. A full 1.5 inches of whipped, off-white head with a couple frothy bubbles. Low and slow carbonation visible. Sheets of clingy lacing.
S: Warm and muted citrusy scents mingle with some oily hops and caramel malts, all at once. Nice mixture, good combination.
T: Citrus and oily hops with a bit of zest hit the palate up front. This gives way to some smoother malts, but they don't quite get there. The finish is hoppy, much like the first taste. Overall, good and satisfying, but relatively constant and unambitious.
M: Smooth and slippery, actually. No prominent alcohol-ness, which is nice.
D: Pretty good. I could easily drink these back to back.

Photo of dukedevil0
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6-pack from Binny's in Lakeview.

A: Looks very nice. Pours a clear amber color with a white head that settles down to a fine layer at the top of the beer. Slight lacing left on the glass after drinking.

S: Floral, earth hop smell with citrus.

T: Similar to the smell, with some floral, earthy hops and citrus. Slightly sweet at first, but some bitterness kicks in for most of the gulp.

M: Good amount of carbonation, but very smooth feel in the mouth.

D: Slightly overly bitter and not quite enough sweet to make this as drinkable as I'd want. The alcohol isn't very noticeable so if someone likes the flavor a lot, then I bet they could throw back a few.

Overall I just wish there was a little more sweet and slightly less bitter to make it more enjoyable to me. Something I would drink occasionally, but probably not seek out to purchase.

Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy, dark orange/amber colour. Poured into a pint glass with a couple of centimetres of off white head.
S - Some citrus notes, a bit of earthy woodiness. A touch of grainy maltiness.
T - Quite similar to the smell but leaning towards the malty side of things, some caramel also in there.
M - Medium bodied, slightly sticky, fairly low carbonation.
D - A nice enough beer but my bottle seems to be lacking the hoppiness that others mentioned. It's tasty nonetheless and admittedly has traveled half way around the world in not so ideal conditions. I imagine a fresh bottle would be awesome!

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

12 ounce bottle with best before date on label poured into the Square One pint glass.

The HopDevil pours a copper color with a quick dissolving 2 finger off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Nose is pretty subtle with sweet hints of citrus fruits including grapefruit and a hoppy finish rounds her out. Palate has some caramel and malts in it along with the piny IPA and hoppy finish. A mediocre tasting IPA at best. Mouthfeel is fairly thin with solid carbonation. Drinkability is mostly due to the style as this one does not shine compared to others. In contrast though, the ABV that this has does make it much more drinkable than some IPA's.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light burn orange in color. Nice frothy head. Smells hoppy, smells of caramel, maybe a bit of grapefruit, and other citrus. Lots of hops on the tongue, a bit of citrus, all be it not that much. Myabe a bit of rye? Tastes sweet with no bitterness. Not a good finish. Taste just dies off. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated, awesome on a hot day. Not the best I've ever had by far, but very drinkable and a nice hoppy brew.

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