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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,446 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 2,446
Hads: 6,926
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 243
Gots: 1,106 | FT: 6
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 Beervis
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz a deep, clear amber with a thick tan head.

Smell is flowery hops, grapefruit, and a light malty sweetness.

Taste, where do I begin. This beer has it all, nice thick malt, bitter hops, and the most amazing spicy character. The bitter hops spiciness smacks you on the palate and doesn't let up. I've never really tasted hop flavours quite like this. The body is complex and smooth, but at the same time, perfectly unbalanced. The hops are in command. A slight bit of sweetness quickly fades and gives way to an ending bitterness and still a residual spiciness and alcohol warmth.

This beer rocks. I love IPA's, and this one is no exception. With the killer hop bite, warming alcohol, and that amazing spicy kick, this one is a new favourite! (769 characters)

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

Victory really sets the bar w/ their brews....a 16oz. bottle has been poured...
A deep, hazy, orange w/ a full finger of head...caramel in color.
Beautiful lace that lingers forever.
Smell is nothing overpowering, but you can sense how good this beer is going to be....you can smell a hint of citrus and american hops.
Clean and crisp taste w/ a nice bitter aftertaste. The beer has some malt to it and a bouqet of hops, which justifies it's name. Make no mistake, this in no where close to the "Hop Wallup"...this is the one you can drink all evening. Perfect carbonation...keeps you salivating for more. I always try and keep this beer on hand...if you want to go take a chance on an IPA you've never tried, go buy this tonight. If you can't find it, let me know...I'll hunt it down for you. (798 characters)

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! (799 characters)

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color with an off white half inch head. Plenty of lacing left behind as I drank the glass down.
From the second I opened the bottle you could smell the pine. A very hop forward smell.
Very balanced taste that left just a slight aftertaste.
Could drink this beer all day as it is very tasty. In my mind this is a perfect IPA. (340 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A pint glass hand-pulled at the brewery in Downingtown, PA.

A: The ale is a brilliant amber color, the color that all good beer should aspire to, dark and mysterious but light enough to allow you to peer through it as you ponder its greatness. Capping off this magnificence is a billowy white head, full of dense bubbles that lasts nicely through the pint.

S: The nose has the big bite of HopDevil mixed with a creamy maltiness. The hops are still big and bold though, make no mistake about it.

T: The taste nicely combines the big hops with a subtlety that comes from the cask. The hop body is still big and American, grapefruit with an earthy undertone, but it was relaxed a bit, taking on a softer more concentrated body. The creamy head atop the beer is a sweetness that matches the grainy biscuit body nicely. The hops deliver a long biting finish that remains bitter long after the sip is a memory.

M: The cask has smoothed out the beer, mellowing the hops and accentuating the malts. The effect is a great drink, smooth and bitter.

D: HopDevil on cask was a revelation, robust and delicious. If you love HopDevil from a bottle, you'll flip for the cask. (1,165 characters)

Photo of bonbini26
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on Cask @ the Ginger Man in NYC 08-31-08

This beer was actually my 1st introduction to craft beer, and i thought it was terrible!!...my feelings have changed greatly since then. I love this beer on tap and bottle, but from a cask it is a totally different experience. The hops finish so clean and fresh at the end in a more subtle way, not as overpowering from a bottle. Tea/citrus flavors come through on the nose and 1st taste. Very balanced and easy drinking, could drink this all night. Fans of this beer will not be disappointed if you never had it on cask (566 characters)

Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite American IPA's. It is absolutley delicious. Pours a dark copper, almost red with an awesome white head. This beer has excellent lacing to it also. Has an strong aroma of citrus and hops and has a very slightly bitter taste that is perfect. This beer has an awesome drinkability. Nice burpability also. Great over all beer a must try. (360 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on October 2nd, 2009.

Coming back from my trip to Trenton, NJ and having tasted the tap version of this one, I could wait to taste the bottle version.

The beer is amber color with a nice head formed up with big bubbles. The aroma is more pronounced, I still get hops. The aroma is citrus and piny. The bottle version has a better smell IMO. The taste is pretty good, however it is more intense than the tap version. Very dry finish and the bitterness is so good. I very good beer from Victory. They know how to brew good beers for me.

Cheers! (552 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper, amberish color with a light tan head. Huge grapefruity citrus hop aroma ! Hop flavors are very high with an assertive hop bitterness. Medium bodied (leans light) and smooth. I tasted little malt character but this beer was not overly bitter to me since the hop character is so citrusy pleasant. (306 characters)

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another review I have done due to a great respect for the brewer. I believe Victory is a steady influence in the craft industry. I have yet to have a subpar product.

A. A deep amber color with a 2 finger tan head. Almost looks like an American Red.

S. Definitely the piney hops are dominate with an aftereffect of grapefruit, yeast and malt.

T. Again the piney hops dominate. But again the aftereffects follow.

M. Very smooth without being overwhelming.

D. Very drinkable! Ican see why Alyeast went to the trouble to get the first SC keg of this!! (562 characters)

Photo of TubaManJack
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An orange hue with a head of pale orange/amber tint. The nose is strongly hops,with a hop "holiday spice" note.

The flavor of at least two hops and mild malt notes. A full bodied mild easy drinking beer. It has a complex taste that has about 3 levels- hops, malt, hops. Its a great beer and the most friendly IPA I have encountered so far. (340 characters)

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think this is my favorite way to enjoy HopDevil. I had it up at Zeno's in State College, PA. The lack of carbonation makes this particular devil particularly smooth and definately TOO easy to imbibe. Excellent hoppy beer. Lots of american hops, citrusy etc. But the malt profile of this beer is also remarkable. A very complex malt flavor that adds to this beers overall pleasantness. (386 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HopDevil pours a dark amber, and is capped with a thin, off-white colored head - decent lacing. An amazing bouquet of hop aromas greet the nose. Grapefruit and other citrus notes, as well as floral and pine resiny aromas round out with a slight caramel malt hints. Hops dominate on the pallet as well, with citrus flavors clearly standing out before a caramel and toffee malt backbone balance it all out. Crisp, and smooth, HopDevil is medium in both body and carbonation, and is also superbly balanced. Simply a fantastic IPA! (527 characters)

Photo of manahansf
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful copper color which is clear and crowned with a very thin lacy white head. The head dissipates fast but gives off a mouth-watering aroma of citrus and earthy hops. The flavor is slightly tart and filled with earthy hop bitterness. There is a slight malt presence in the background of the light bodied brew with moderate carbonation levels, leading to a well balanced brew. The finish is bittersweet with the continued earthy hop bitterness. (457 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle.

For the hop heads. I just love this IPA. Problem. I only found it at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa. I have not seen it in L.A. or Santa Monica yet. Depressed.

Pours a great copper color. Clear and bubbly. Head was minor and not much lacing. Scents were strong with pepper, spices, hops and a malt for balance.

Flavors reflect the scents in many ways. A lot of spices incuding pepper, rind and a grassy bite. The hops are bitter and heavy but not fruity. There is an earthy quality and this IPA is bitter. The malts are present but they do not provide much balance. Some molasses but nothing to invade the presence of hops. They dominate this IPA.

It feels great and there is a smooth drinkability to this one. It goes down real easy. I want to try this from a cask some day. I bet it is just out of this world. (829 characters)

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep, dreamy amber. Great head that sticks around awhile, and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Licorice, hops, little honey, little citrus.

Taste: Great balance between maltiness & hoppiness. Citrus on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Love the maltiness. Super-smooth with a dry hoppy finish.

Drinkability: The word quaff comes to mind. Very user-friendly without sacrificing character. Be careful, though. It's real easy to forget this baby's 6.7... (462 characters)

Photo of hustlemuscle
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Hop Devil simmers in the glass, as golden as the final rays of a sunset, and an aggressive pour yields a cumulonimbus of a head, fluffy and tan. The carbonation lends to a slightly cloudy appearance. A fruity bouquet is a very gentle accompanyment to the reddish golden hue. A good looking beer.

The stuff goes down easy, fruity with a sharp, but not overpowering, tang to it. It is very smooth, the tangyness being the only thing that would prevent me from drinking a few. Oh, that and the pretty decent alchohol content. This a beer that can really sneak up on you, the sweetness and smoothness hiding the punch. That makes two of the Victory beers, and neither disappoints. Can't wait for next season's beer. (718 characters)

Photo of Erix
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The quintessential IPA in my book. Heavy hops create a very spicy, qrapefuity beer. If I had one in hand I could review better, but being at work right now... I have to say the only IPA I've had which I could say for sure was better than HopDevil is cask conditioned hopdevil. The cask conditioning seems to mellow out the hops a decent amount by taking a tiny bit of the bite off, without compromising that awesome spiciness. Works even better at celler temps when cask conditioned than when poured from a bottle. (514 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a half inch of foamy off-white head, some lacing.

Scent is of citrus and some grains.

Spicy hop taste, citrus, some alcohol, bready malts, and maybe some light honey taste.

Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy feel.

Very drinkable beer, maybe my favorite IPA to date. (303 characters)

Photo of kgotcher
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with a big pillowy offwhite head and a bit of lacing.

Smells good, mellow maltyness with a subdued earty hoppyness.

Nice smooth mouthfeel with bitter finish.

Taste is awesome, very smooth and balanced. Sweet maltyness and bitter hops blend very well and neither one seems overly noticable. Aftertaste has very intense hop bitterness flavor without being overly harsh.

In a word, smooth. After trying a few of their beers I have extreme respect for Victory. (487 characters)

Photo of LusciousJackson
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Against my better judgment but at the recommendation of some respected BAs, here's my first review.

12 oz bottle poured into my New Belgium balloon. "Enjoy by Sept 14, 2011" so I'm on time. I'm greeted by about a finger of cream colored head. Looks thick and dense, but doesn't last long. Nothing exceptional in the lacing dept. Laser etched bicycle at the bottle of the glass is trickling bubbles through the gorgeous amber/orange maintaining a thin layer of head throughout the full tasting.

The aroma is more pine than citrus to me. A bit of the sweet malt comes through as well. For lack of a better term, it smells balanced.

The taste is hop forward without being overpowering. I get the citrus being mentioned in other reviews. Sweet malt comes through after the initial prickle of the hops wears off. The aftertaste is bitter, begging for another taste. The mouthfeel is what impresses me the most. It's creamy. Thick, but juicy. Love it, but playing devil's advocate it may not suit every situation.

This is a great balanced IPA that I don't feel like I have to concentrate on to enjoy. No feature overpowers the other leaving a very easy to drink beer that doesn't leave you wanting. A beautifully crafted favorite. (1,228 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I finally tracked this beer down in TO. They have it at the great Cafe Volo.

It poured a brilliant copper red color with a respectable sized frothy head that left loads of lace trails. The aroma is of citrusy, piney hops up front, but also a competent honey nutty maltiness. The taste is a mass of layered hop flavors, very floral, piney, citrusy and resinous. Its definitely less focused on the Grapefruity Cascades than Liberty Ale (one of the only other APAs Ive tried). The intense hoppyness is kept to heel by a big bold maltiness, theres graham crackers and a nuttyness in the malt profile. The carbonation is soft making for a very subtle medium bodied mouthfeel. The finish is very bitter and lingers for a while. This beer is infinitely drinkable and refreshing. (774 characters)

Photo of silver1audi
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was so excited to finally see this beer on shelves near me. I have been keeping an eye out for it for quite a while and just randomly happened to notice it today. I can't get enough hops so a name like 'hopdevil' caught my attention the first time I heard about it. Upon cracking the bottle, I could immediatly smell what else, but hops. Hops and some citrus. It looked great in my glass; it poured a nice hazy amber color which is exactly how I like an IPA to look. First taste was great, a little malty taste for the first instant but then HOPS. A truly awesome beer, the type of IPA I have been looking for. I think I might have a few more after this one as I find it to be highly drinkable (although I can see how lesser fans of hops might not) but I think I'll save a few because they were pretty expensive at $8.69.
A great beer. If you like hops and well balanced but complex IPA's, pick this up! (906 characters)

Photo of aeminter
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper/amber color with a thick foamy off white head and excellent lacing.

S - Nice balance between the hops and the malts. Hops are on the citrus and floral side. (this is an old bottle so the hops are not as pronounced as they usually are)

T/M - Slightly sweet up front with a nice complex lingering bitterness in the finish. Very well balanced in terms of the style. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Excellent beer! (431 characters)

Photo of DagFishHead
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy bright orange-amber pour. Thick, frothy, lacy light-tan head subsides quickly but not completely.
Smell: Flowery intense cascade hops, sweet malt background. Perhaps the standard for American-style IPA nose.
Taste: Exceptional balance between hops and malt. Sweet caramel malt followed by acidic hop bitterness concluding with a crisp, dry flower/citrus finish.
Mouthfeel: Just slightly thin. Malt is slick and hops are delightfully oily and drying. Carbonation is crisp and helps deliver the hoppy oiliness to the old tastebuds.
Drinkability: A super IPA. (586 characters)

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,446 ratings.