Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,827 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,827
Reviews: 2,480
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 234
Gots: 1,027 | 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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Ratings: 6,827 | Reviews: 2,480
Photo of mschofield
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy bronze, short light tan head
Hops and spice in the aroma, the hops follow through to the taste, and the spice is there in a minor amount, citrus and unripened green apple.
Medium-full body - the malt isn't overpowered, finishes dry and leaves you looking for the next one.
Drinkability - well I love IPAs and I eat grapefruits and lemons like other people would apples, this is about as good as it can get for me.
This is good in the bottle as well, but draft is better, smoother and more balanced.

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden reddish brown color, good head and retention as well as lacing down the glass.

S - HOPS!! Wonderful.

T - The hops hit you hard at first, then followed by some hints of malts, and finishes with a spicy kick. Not really balanced, but the hops are outstanding!

M - Great, not overly carbonated, not watery, feels like beer should.

D - I could drink a few of these, not a party beer by any means, but a could throw em back at the same time.

IF YOU LIKE HOPS, TRY THIS BEER. Great beer, full of hops, good quality. If you like other pale ales this is one to try.

Photo of ItMakesMeHappy
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- An amber color with a nice white head. Lacing all the way down the glass.

S- I can smell grassy floral hops all the way with a hint of crystal malts.

T- Sweet buscuity malts quickly give way for the hops to power on through. Grassy hops go hand and hand with the bitter twang of this IPA. Tons of bitter that provide a clean crisp dry finish.

M- Medium amount of carbonation and body. Really smooth and satisfying.

D- This is a beer I could drink all night long being alittle bit of a hophead.

Notes: This is by far one of, if not my overall favorite IPA out there.

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber pour with a medium sized off white head. The power is in the spices here, big spicy flavor right up front fading to a hoppy finish in the back end. Also one of the best smelling IPAs I've ever had. A glorious winner all around, all hail Victory!

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 shbobdb
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh man, I've been jonesin for a hoppy IPA that wasn't Alpha King and this baby really hit the spot. Oh man. Really good.

It pours an opaque brown. Kinda like a homebrew with chill haze, but the head. The head never leaves. Wow. Wow. It's amazing.

And the smell. Hops. Juicy, delicious hops. Oh man. That's what I've been looking for. The taste follows the smell. Resiny, spicy, and bitter bitter bitter. There is just enough malt lingering in the background to prevent the beer from being hop mouthwash, but that's it. A faint powdery finish from the bitter hops and yeah. Good stuff. Oh man.

Thanks for the experience Beerninja. This is one freakin' tastey beer.

Photo of dwarbi
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on cask at Copperfield's. I've had it on tap and in bottle, but the cask blew me away.
Beautiful, perfect head. The beer was a reddish copper color. Smelled peppery, but not enough there. Hoppy, too, of course. Tasted very smooth, hoppy, and a teeny tiny bit bitter. Excellent beer.

Photo of boodz85
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As good as it get's when it comes to IPA's!

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.

Photo of Beergod50
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fresh IPA smell and taste. Nice residual aftertaste. A solid, consistent product.

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!

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++

Photo of tarrbaby
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

In my top 10 IPA's

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,827 ratings.