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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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2,451 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,451
Hads: 6,963
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 250
Gots: 1,157 | 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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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: It pours brilliant amber under a 1” off-white foam collar that dissipates to a thick film. S: Citrusy grassy hops with some biscuit aromas rise form the glass. T: Rich hoppy palate with spices that suggest oregano season a biscuit malt backbone. F: Creamy medium body and carbonation. O: An outstanding American IPA.

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Photo of Gregg03
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

This is my go-to staple IPA. It is nicely balanced, great mouth-feel, soft flavors. It's called "hop devil" but I really think it is so well-balanced that the name is a bit mis-placed. Sometimes IPAs have a hoppy bite, but this is much more balanced than many others. The Bros are right with the "World Class" rating. Great beer.

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Photo of jward
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange in color, with rings of off-white lace down the side of a HopDevil pint glass, which announces that this is a "Champion Beer." Indeed, the title is well deserved! The nose presents fragrant flowery hops, fruity with hints of pine and butterscotch. The strong citrusy hops dominate the flavor, with notes of grapefruit and lemon. But they sit atop a wonderful caramely malt backbone, rendering this beer well balanced and quite drinkable. The mouthfeel is sturdy and appealing.

This one is even better on cask. Bravo Victory!

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Photo of mweso2000
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Unlike other reports, I did not get much head from my pour. The beer has a beautiful hazy copper color.

Smell-Has a delicious sweet hoppy smell.

Taste-One word delicious. This beer tastes smooth and creamy with a hint of malt. Then the hops take over and give you and leave you with that awesome hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Smooth, slightly creamy, hoppy, slight carbonation.

Drinkability-Because this beer does not have that heaviness of other IPA's, I could drink this all day.

March2011 I need to update this score. After going through many more beers, this has ended up one of my top beers. It is a well balanced beer. Creamy, malty, sweet and hoppy. A++

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Photo of Skidz
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to both ppoitras and shippos for the trade.

"Enjoy by June 06 04" --- oops, I held on to this one for awhile longer than expected.

Pours out a light amber brown and sits a foggy caramel red in the glass with a mighty, fluffy off-white head. Lacings are wonderful.

The aroma is intense, with hops bouncing around on every side of your nose, filling your head with soothing aromas. Mildly citric with light traces of pine. Caramel and nuts lurk beneath. There is nothing wrong with an IPA that smells as good as this one. Doesn't try to set you back by overloading it with hops, rather, it presents itself delicately with a healthy dosage.

Tastes nicely malted up front with caramel sweetness. Hopping is clearly evident soon after, as flavors begin to mingle with one another. Some grapefruit citrus flavors along with hints of fresh pine bring out the front of the hoppings. The balance of malts and hops is just dead on, there is not much more to say about it. Flavor is nothing short of amazing.

Fills your mouth with it's wide range of flavors and medium-full body. Carbonation is well controlled and matches the smooth and cleanly polished body.

By far, one of the best IPA's I've ever had. It's a shame I can't see this one regularly, as it makes me so happy to pop one open and treat myself to a great tasting beer. This beer has it where it counts, right in the mouth. It's all there. I need to move to a better state.

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Photo of Gear54
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pilsner glass. Bought this bottle yesterday couldn't wait to crack it.

A: deep gold with a burnt orange hue. Not much light penetration. Little head and no lace to speak of. I can see the carbonation rising rapidly in the glass.

S: pungent hops with light citrus aroma on the tail end.

T: bitter and hoppy from start to finish. The citrus smell carries over to lemon notes mixed with those hops.

M: fantastically smooth for such a bitter bomb in flavor. I could drink this all day.

O: I find myself wondering how I waited so long to pick this up and give it a try. If you an IPA/DIPA drinker this is a must try.

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Photo of BeerTaster
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance deep amber in color no haze. Smell floral hop and a bit of citrus. Taste hops all around a slight malty taste up front but the hops play the domenent role in this one. Drinkability was suprisingly good for somthing this hoppy. Excelent beer highly recomended.

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Photo of Murph
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright copper color with a good sized rocky head that fades a little too quickly but leaves a great lace. Smell is tons of floral hops, bitter hop oil, and hop leaves with some sweet malt in the background. Very floral and slightly citrusy hops own this beer making it very bitter and hoppy. For all the hops though there is just enough smooth maltiness for this to remain well balanced. The malt combines with the hops to produce an almost fruity taste at times. The brew is fairly creamy from the malt but is nicely crisp and refreshing at the same time and it is extremely drinkable as well. This is one great brew and yet another amazing one from the boys in Downington.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- A good amber looking ale with a thick white foam head

Smell- Hops yeast and even a slight malty nose

Taste- A good mix of hops and malts, a bit bitter as expected with the hops but still amazingly well balanced, its a beer that is absolute perfection in balancing both extreme spicy hops and a smooth well balanced finish. The taste is amazing so well rounded and blended. Its an extremely hoppy beer that even with that is so well rounded

Mouthfeel- Soft delicious foamy with a slight carbonation, feels good but hard not to with such perfect flavor.

Drinkability- AMAZING, simply put amazing. A decent alcohol level but still so hidden in a perfectly balanced flavor. This is a beer I will seek again not occasionally but often. A great beer, too me damn near if not perfection.

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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.

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Photo of Lafe
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ahh Hopdevil, how I love thee.

I'm a fan of the IPA style of beer, and I believe that Hopdevil is exemplary of the style. Big on malt and hops, this beer satisfies.

The pour reveals a pretty amber color, fairly clear with only a hint of haze (I can read this screen, albeit backwards, through my pint glass). The aroma is strongly hoppy, with a bit of malt behind it. A half-inch or so of head forms, then diminishes to a lacy covering. A good bit of lacing occurs on the side of the glass as the beer inevitably dwindles within.

The first taste is hoppy in flavor, and surprisingly well balanced between the bitterness and malty sweetness. One normally expects an IPA to be hoppy, and this one is, but not to the detriment of the malt base. The mouthfeel is substantial but not cloying, with hop oils playing a leading role. The sweetness of the malt and bitterness from the hops leave a very balanced sensation, from beginning to end. Carbonation is spot on, and supports the mouthfeel perfectly.

Overall, this beer is extremely satisfying, and well worth the $8ish per sixpack at which i can acuire it locally. It has become a staple in my beer fridge. Definitely one of my favorite, and most drinakable, commercial IPAs. (The other is Tupper's Hop Pocket).

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've reviewed this brew a few times, but was not expecting such a difference in the cask version. If I could only have it one way for the rest of my life, this would be it.

Color was an opaque copper orange. Not much head or carbonation. But, the color was stunning.

I don't know where to begin with the smell. Up front sweet flowery orange blossoms. Unlike any previous experience with this beer. Usually I smell a cascade hop resin smell. But this was different. Very citrus and piney. But instead of grapefruit, it was pure orange.

Taste was upfront bitter orange rinds. Very distinctive. A departure from the usual cascade flavors. Flowery blossom honey in the background. Perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel seemed denser than usual. Very little carbonation made it smooth, and could have contributed to the denser feeling. Less crisp, but very satisfying.

Drinkability was exceptional. I could drink this forever. The best IPA I've tasted to date. My only regret is they would not sell a growler of this at Victory. I highly recommend this if you can get to the brewery.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

355ml bottle bought from Wineworks, Newtownards...

Poured a nice golden coppery orange colour. Creamy head with orange tinges poured quite thick then faded quickly to light ring around the edge. Light carbonation... light lacing lines...

Aroma - Spicy juicy fruits (apricots, limes, oranges), piney / grassy hops, some caramel sweetness, biscuity malts, perfumed, some light almond nuttiness, toasted bread...

Taste - Quite sharp spicy, piney / floral hop bitterness, toasty / biscuity maltiness, light honey / caramel sweetness, good fruitiness (oranges and grapefruit), light medicinal hints, perfumey, sea salt traces, faint metallic hints...

M&D - Quite sharp initially then mellows out. Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - A superb IPA... highly recommended...

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Photo of Naz-Barman
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

For some crazy reason, I always thought Hop Devil was similar to Sam Adams Boston Lager. Had the opportunity to pour them side by side today, and while there are similarities, Hop Devil is superior in every facet. Out of bottles today, but if you ever have a chance to try Hop Devil Nitro, don't pass it up.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoy by date of 05/13/12. Poured slowly and carefully into a standard one pint glass.

A: A light shade of copper that is clear and has plenty of carbonation streaks raising. It had a thick almost clumpy off white head of about two fingers and left some lacing.

A: The aroma was some sweet caramel and some light floral dandelion and maybe some lavender.

M: Plenty of carbonation and a medium body. It leaves a slick coating.

T: This is where the beer shines. It begins with a caramel sweetness. Then the floral hops kick in, and then some pine comes through, too. All of the flavors are bold yet transition nicely from one to the next. It leaves a pleasently bitter after taste.

O: This is a great blend of bold flavors. Really outstanding how the flavors work well together. This a great american pale ale.

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Photo of Stopper
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pours a nice, bright amber highlighted by hints of red with a moderate pale tan head that dissipates very slowly. In the nose there is a great balance of robust malt with a bit of caramel and bright, barely citrusy, hop aroma. The first sip hits you with a well-bodied base of the same, somewhat caramelly, maltiness that was in the aroma and a perfectly balanced medium bitterness. As the malt fades, the bitterness remains and a great hop flavor emerges, which is a touch spicy for a moment, then fading to a mostly round noble-type flavor with only a barely-perceptible spiciness. And the hop flavor seems to go on and on...

This is a very refreshing, wonderfully hopped beer, with a great malt base and piles of flavor and interest. It's a great beer for nearly any occasion or mood, and enough amazing taste and character to come back to again and again.

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Photo of beauweaver
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am not going to beat around the bush on this wonderful brew. I have tried many good IPA's but this one is simply the best! Pure and simple. If you haven't tried it, you are missing on a wonderful thing.
Some say it's an acquired taste. I don't believe that.

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Photo of AbePhroman
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A creamy head covers the dark amber color of this brew. It smells strong of hops and tastes the same. A bitter brew but not as much as other IPAs. This American IPA is probably one of the best I tasted. It is pretty awesome and my favorite Victory brew. 6.7% is a good amount of alcohol and will surely be enjoyable.

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Photo of yesferro
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Servingtype: bottle

Appearance: Dark golden fizzy goodnes

Smell: wow! Spicy citrus with extra spice, this beer has an excellent citrusy aroma

Taste: The hop flavor hits you right in the face but in a very gently and loving way, once again, citrusy, maybe some lychee and a slight bit of pepper

Mouthfeel, nothing devillish about it, goes down really smooth

Drinkability: very easy to drink

PS: I wish this beer was legal in MS

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Photo of alexgash
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper kettle body with a bright, clear sheen. Thick, substantial, dirty sand head. Nose is huge caramel cookie dough malts. A little toffee in there too, and some charred brown sugar. Bracing hop profile is sappy, resinous, bitter, and mesmerizing. Rich toffee malts are sweet and delicious. Hops come on strong: resinous and bitter. Good balance. Finish dries out with faded cookie malt. My tongue is hop-numbed. Medium to full body, with a creamy feel up front that moves to almost oily. An amazing classic that has yet to disappoint me (even old bottles!).

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Photo of inebrius
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It seems the folks at Victory have perfected mouthfeel. This brew is muy smooth. Loaded with hops and a rich malt spine, HopDevil is a world class beer.

Cheers to frank4sail for the sample.

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Photo of J-EKoslosky
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This may be THE classic American IPA (at least for us East Coasters). Big hops in your nose and rolling across your tongue, but a nice malty backbone to support it. It's closing in on 20 years since I drank my first bottle of Hop Devil and crowned it the best India Pale Ale I'd ever had, and it remains one of my favorite IPAs still today.

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Photo of machostacos
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my favorite tulip glass. Enjoy by July 14, 2011.

A: Deep copper/burnt orange with a hint of ruby, clear as day, with a tight 1-finger cream-colored head. Decent retention and good lacing. Looks like a million bucks in my tulip!

S: Loads of grapefruit, flowers, a little spice, and sweet caramel malt goodness. The aroma is very nice but it's just a little weak. I have a feeling this would be dynamite fresh on tap.

T: This IPA is just bursting with flavor. Explosion of bright, juicy grapefruit & citrus hops, a little floral, grassy, and resinous as well, flowing beautifully into the rich malts - sweet, caramely, a little buscuity and just a touch of spiciness from the alcohol. Finishes long and smooth with just the perfect amount of bitterness to keep you coming back for more. Fantastic.

M: Thick and chewy, oily and a little puckering. Medium carbonation keeps it smooth and full on the tongue.

O: Probably one of, if not -the- best "single" IPA I've had yet. Incredibly flavorful and perfectly balanced with just the right amount of bitterness. Incredibly drinkable and exceptionally well-crafted.

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Photo of VictorWisc
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into 10 oz Leviathan glass.

Pours clear dark amber, almost cherrywood color, without any hint of cloudiness noted in other reviews. Plentiful soft cream-colored head, substantial lacing.

Citrus (orange), pine and fresh laurel on the nose, soon followed by malt and yeast notes. More esters than most IPAs. Distinct alcohol punch once the head recedes--perhaps the only negative.

A big mouthful of candied orange peel (basically a blend of orange rind and burnt sugar, but more complex) and pine, a lot of floral and herbal notes, cloves, laurel and green tea. Nice resinous bitterness rounds off the initial shot, then lingers in the mouth, complemented by developing malt note, slight acidity (likely from carbonation) and a hint of apricot. The yeast and alcohol less pronounced on the tongue than they are on the nose.

Medium body with distinct maltiness, but not syrupy or sweet. The beer is smooth, but does coat the back of the tongue, which helps to extend the finish. A bit boozy, but not overwhelmingly so. Carbonation is light to moderate, with fine structure, resulting in a slightly salty/minerally effervescence. A good balance between malt, yeast and hops, with the heat likely smoothing out with a couple more weeks of aging (if it came to that).

Overall a well-balanced, excellent IPA, even if its popularity might have waned a bit in the last decade. I would rate it exceptional (working on the fourth mixed 12 over the last two months, and have similar opinions of other contents). The interplay between hops and malt is simply beautiful, which likely means that it rates too malty for many hopheads. Heat is the only real downgrade. Obviously would buy it again... and again, and again...

PS: There is a distinct possibility that age plays a role in the reviewers' reaction, so I'll try to come back to it again after a few weeks.

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Photo of SchluessMuenster
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

No matter how many amazing, hop-heavy beers I try, I will always remember that this is the one that put me on the IPA train. Love this beer, will always be one of my favorites.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,451 ratings.