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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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6,690 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,690
Reviews: 2,451
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 220
Gots: 904 | 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: 6,690 | Reviews: 2,451
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 Blakaeris
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy dark orange with a thick soapy head.

Smell is more floral than citrus hop. Toasted malt undertones.

Taste is bready toasted malt. Strong floral hop flavor. Very green, and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

This is a good, but not great offering. There is more malt here than I would normally look for in an IPA. That said, this is a drinkable brew that is well worth a try.

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

12 oz bottle with a September 20 best by date. If that means 2012, this one might be pushing it.

A- Clear to brilliant light amber. Two inch head the color of coffe foam, not much retention, some lacing.

S- Toasty grain and hops.

T- Bittnerness dominates with some bready malt and some alcohol astringency in the finish.

M- On the light side of medium with lower carbonation than I expected.

O- A good hop forward IPA but I'm thinking this bottle was bit too old to be at its prime. This is one I'll have to try again.

Photo of robbrandes
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle with a June 2011 'best by' date.

pours a deep-orange to copper color, slightly underwhelming carbonation and head retention. the aroma is a bit less than i expected. nice toasty malt, with some all-to-subtle hop notes.

taste follows the nose - somewhat uninspiring. the malt profile is quite assertive but still a nice tight finish; however, hops apparently don't do so well in hades, as the hop assertiveness is lacking for an IPA.

The mouthfeel is good - nice balance between the flavors, and this is certainly a beer you could work with all night.

bank on it - the more a brewery brags about hoppiness with a beer's name, the more underwhelming the actual hop profile will be.

Photo of kyleelton
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle into a Rahr and Sons Pint glass.

Clear orangy color. Beautiful thin, creamy head that laces nicely.

Floral hops nose. Lovely. Not overwhelming, but I can tell it's there.

Hops, of course. There's a lot of bitterness, but not very malty. The hops definitely overpower. Victory really wanted this to be hoppy.

Bit of an alcohol sting at the back. Good, thick, creamy body.

This isn't my favorite IPA. It's a little uneven, and bites in an unpleasant way. But, it's hoppy, which I love and would definitely recommend it to any hophead out there.

Photo of sunofneurot
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Rastacouere
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber body wearing a thin sticky off-white head. Aroma is bready, toasty not unlike a good pilsner's, but with a huge cascade profile (grapefruit, orange) and traces of earth and honey. Taste is typicla to high alpha-acid hops IPA, very lemony, grapefruity. A tart and bitter mix with no stand out quality. Body is clean, rather thin with a biting carbonation. Overrated from my perspective, not even among my favorite half of the style I believe, but the aroma is good and quite complex. Thanks to The_Beer_God though!

Photo of JCarson410
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark orange with a dark yellow-cream colored head. Spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Sweet malts mostly, some citrus tones as well.

T - Oranges, grapefruit, and again some malts.

D - Average carbonation, slightly thick body.

O - A sweet, hoppy ipa.

Photo of wilmerkatie
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of camp0474
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazed orange copper color with a tan head.

S: Piney and citrus hops with a slight sweet malt backbone. Mostly the hops up front.

T: Hops up front. The piney spicy hop bitterness hits the tongue first. Earthy hops a bit later. Hard to detect the malt in background with the overwhelming hop attack. Fairly one sided. I prefer a more balanced IPA.

M/D: Medium body and carbonation. A bit to unbalanced hops make this one hard to drink multiple at a time, but good IPA when you want full on hops.

Photo of saradad
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz bottle. So this is my first experience with an IPA, the color is a beautiful dark amber with some visible carbonation under a light tan head that quickly fades to almost nothing. The nose is grapefruit. Period. So is the taste. Somewhere in there is a light malt, caramel maybe? Very faint but there nonetheless. The feel is rather thinner than I was expecting yet not bad. The drinkability is rather fair in my opinion, not something I'd run out for but it's pleasant enough that a coupla these aren't the worst thing that could happen to a person at the end of the workday. Sayonara.

Photo of dvdov
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Light amber/dark orange color, very transparent when under light. Small amount of head that dissipates quickly.

S - Not very powerful. Little bit of caramel, little bit of citrus.

T - Very hoppy at first but calms down and finishes very smooth. Slight caramel taste. Not as bitter as you'd expect, flavor is more subtle than aggressive.

M - Pretty great. Almost no noticeable carbonation and feels very full even though the taste doesn't entirely back it up.

O - Pretty good, not my favorite from Victory. I do prefer its calmer flavor to a more aggressive IPA. Not often that I'd rank mouthfeel and appearance higher than something like smell - almost as if all components don't really come together.

Photo of gatorlove
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I always thought this one was a little over-rated and that it pales in comparison to most other american ipas I've had.
Appearance: Pours an awesome golden color with around .5" of head and it left great lacing.
Smell: Over- powering maltiness with some citrus and hop bite to it.
Taste: The same as the smell. The maltiness is over-powering to me, and it puts all of the other flavors on the back burner. There is some nice citrus flavor though.
Mouth: Medium carbonation with a med ium body.
Overall: Its not a terrible beer, but it is not the IPA for me. I believe this one defines the east coast IPA, but I like the west coast style a lot better.

Photo of CONOR8832
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice copper apperance, red tint, good creamy white head.

S - Good floral armoa, with a tad bit of citrus, mildly sweet smelling.

T - Nice and blanced flavors of hops and malts, the hops do not over power the malts, mild bitterness left on the tounge for a lingering after taste but overall a very balanced ipa.

M - Medium bodied beer, nice cabination, tingly, mildy spicy shock that dissapates very quickly.

D - Good IPA, for beginner hopheads this is a nice balanced mildly hoppy IPA that would a good starting point on your journey to find the greatest IPA around (IMO) Not my favorite but it will not be the last time I dance with this devil. Cheers

Photo of haazer
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Hazy peach skin, orange hues around the sides. Looks like an IPA should. Slight off-white head, dissipates fairly early.

S- Smells like dry crushed up hops. Not strong though. Slight fruity aromas, mostly peach.

T- Bitter hops up front. Pale malt finish. Then a citrus hop taste lingers on in the after for a bit.

M- Slightly prickly in the beginning, then becomes smooth at the end. A little drying.

D- Overall a good IPA. I prefer their hoppier relatives with the D prefix, but this is acceptable. Definitely drinkable too, can't taste the alcohol. Only thing with this style is it doesn't mix well with others as it will conquer your palatte. But if your in the mood for hops, a good choice.

Photo of Drew966
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Devil Ale pours a hazy orange with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is fairly mild and hoppy, citrusry. The flavor isn't the hoppiest and the balance with the malt is so so. A decent beer, but there are a lot better IPA's out there these days.

Photo of xsists
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber color, almost redish. My pour had a half finger head that stayed throughout the glass.

S - I am getting a strong grapefruit, faint caramel and faint roasty smell.

T - Big hop flavor. Not over powering and quite smooth. Nice and dry finish.

M - Medium body, creamy feel. Slight alcohol sting after swallowing.

D - Midway through this beer I got the warm feeling. I could drink a few of these but then I would be intoxicated.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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