Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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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 micahgoldfus
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a orange-brown color with red tints, and a cream-colored head that bubbled down fairly slowly. The smell was strong and quite pleasant: earthy, hoppy punch, with plenty of pine flavor, but a dash of sweetness. It was complex and complimentary, and the taste proved to be so as well. The taste had massive amounts of hop power, as you can imagine. It was fresh, and perfectly combined the floral, sweeter hops with grassy, bitter ones. Also, the are sharp citrus flavors as well, like grapefruit and orange. There was a sweet, caramel-like malt base that was simply perfect: not too sweet, not too bready, just right. The drinkability is fantastic: it's so hoppy it's spicey, so I couldn't drink it too quickly, but it still goes down smooth and easy, with the the other flavors coming in. All in all, a great beer that is powerful without being too over-the-top, as I find many American IPAs.

Photo of soilguy
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The american IPA has finally reached the pinnacle of its evolution, and its name is Hopdevil. This was my second encounter with the Hopdevil, having visited the brewery in 2001. It was even better than I remembered. A blast of citrusy american hops assaults one upon opening the bottle - definitely some Cascade, and I wouldn't be surprised if some Centennial was lurking in there as well. It pours a dark golden brown with a rich white head. The flavor is the perfect union of sharp hops and crisp maltiness. Naturally, it is out of balance and strongly weighted towards the hops, but the hops do not suppress the other complex flavors in the beer. Any idiot can fill a brew kettle to the top with hops and call it an IPA, but the skill of the brewer is revealed by brewing a beer that satisfies the hopheads and still has loads of malt character. In my opinion, this is one of the top five craft brews that I have tasted.

Photo of MarkQ617
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this poured into a pint glass. Awesome beer to have in the Spring or Fall months, but really any time of year. Super crisp, outstanding flavor of hops and citrus (especially big on the hops as the name would lead you to believe). Really nice copper color with a whitish foam head. Just enough boozy flavor to let you know it's there without getting into the range of an imperial or anyhting like that. One of the best offerings I've had from Victory, very nice beer.

Photo of rabsten
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at D's Six Packs and Dogz. Clear orange amber with fluffy head and sticky lacing.

Floral hops and more hops. Very sweet and soothing. Some tea-like notes (earl grey, so probably bergamot) as well.

Very balanced pale ale. Malt, which was not present in the smell at all was surprisingly stong and supported the hops nicely. Pretty much all I'm looking for in an IPA most of the time.

Slightly watery mouthfeel but very easy to drink. If I hadn't had to drive to Morgantown, I may have had half a dozen of these.

I have a six of the bottles and the cask is - quite simply - a completely different beer. Very balanced and mellow, while the bottle is a pure hop bomb (and one I like a lot). Definately worth picking up while it's available.

Photo of brucer1
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

rich, opulent copper in color with a wonderful two finger head. good lacing as i finish it off. i can easily smell the wonderous hops in this great effort by victory. the complexity of flavors in this beer is, for me, what makes it one of my favorite beers. starts bitter ends with a touch of sweetness that ends it off, marvelous! damn near perfect in it's balance of moderate alcohol content and how it feels, no hint of a burn. i will easily finish the six pack i just bought so for me, it's a good session beer. Beware of the hops.

Photo of hattingc
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark copper appearance.

Not a strong smell but still nice.

You can really taste and enjoy the hops. They created a flavorful brew with some floral hops. It is very drinkable.

It has a great flavor for the style. Very easy to drink.

Had it in a glass...

Photo of mashedpotatoes
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bar none an exceptional beer. The goofy label lends nothing to the incredible taste! Pours a beautiful amber with a wonderful pillowy, creamy thick head that stays to visit for quite a while. Hops are very, very prounounced (obviously). Smell is floral, citrusy, but mostly spicy. I taste hints of caramel but I can't put my finger on it. Mouthfeel is robust and once again, obviously hoppy. I could really sit down and cozy up with a few of these warmers; you can't go wrong here.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up while I was in Ga since we don;t have it in FL.

appearance: golden amber hues, almost red

smell: loaded and more loaded hops, very plesant for a hop head

taste: like hops of course, this beer is loaded with it. I think this is my fasvorite IPA so far.

mouthfeel: thin not thick. good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very easy and smooth. and goes great with spicy snacks or meals.

Photo of jbramley
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice amber from the bottle. A very hoppy nose attacked my nostrils. The first few drinks were almost rough until my mouth adjusted to the hoppyness of the beer. A fine citrus with an evergreen undertone. Very drinkable with slight grapefruit after taste.

Photo of StonewallSipper
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer makes me very hoppy. The first one I grab at the bottle bar {Fishtown Pa.} after a marathon. One of my faves. I put this ahead of Dirtwolf, nice color and fragrance and flavor. My favorite rating on BA so far.

Photo of guinnessdoc
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the beer that turned me on to American craft beer. When I had it on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Durham, NC the other night I realized it was finally time to review it.

Served in a pint glass through which I could see the clarity and copper color of this beer.

The aroma is all hops - citrus & maybe a little piney - but it's not overwhelming. In my opinion, it's enticing.

From the first sip to the last, it's all citrus & pine hops with just a hint of malty sweetness. This is the beer that introduced me to hops and when I first had it years ago, I thought there was no way anyone could get more hops in a beer. Now I realize how there's actually some balance in there. Each sip left a slight hop bitterness that lasted until the next one.

I still like this beer as much as I did the first time I had it - maybe more. Victory, in typical fashion, did a great job with this one.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far one of the best IPA's that I have had. A small head with a cloudy appearance made it great to look at. A nice balance of bitter and sweet made it great to drink.
I wonder if it is this good in the bottle?

Photo of Halcyondays
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle

A: Red amber with thick white head, good lacing.

S: Biscuity malt with piney hops, not a hop bomb, but a very good smell.

T: Pine, resin, tree sap upfront, with a good backbone of caramel and toffee malts.

M: This is the type of mouthfeel I look for in an IPA. Incredibly smooth and well-balanced, full-bodied, creamy, and robust.

D: Very balanced, incredibly drinkable, a great East Coast IPA; make a deal with the Hopdevil, you won't be dissapointed.

Photo of nvsblman
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to PSUDREW for sending this to me in a trade!

Appearance: Amber/copper color, with about a finger of head. There was light sticky lacing as the head disappeared.

Smell: Piney hop aroma that wasn't quite as strong as expected given the taste.

Taste: Wow, what a beer! Great piney/grapefruity hop flavor with a nice malt balance. Also detected a slight citrus in the lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium/slightly creamy mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: I could sit out in the warm Arizona spring and drink this all day with some meat from the grill!

Photo of patriot76
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass

A- Deep reddish in color with a 2 finger head that is dense and stands up well. Nice amount of bubbles from the bottom as you see through the beer. Top notch lacing.

S- Deep malt and subtle floral hops are perfectly balanced in the nose. Citrus and a little alcohol in nose as well along with pine notes.

T- This full bodied IPA dominates your palate with a very nice balance of citrus, malt and piney floral hops. Very intense, yet smooth if that makes sense. Nice bitterness throughout that lingers perfectly. I really like this brew. The best all around American IPA I've had.

M- Surprsingly a creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

D- This I would have to say is the most well balanced American IPA I've had. It is extemely drinkable due to the fact that the malt lingers with the hops at the end...no cotton mouth here. Some other brewers should take notes, outstanding.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark burnt orange, tan with a creamy 1/2 inch that died pretty fast

Smell - Hops, malts, cherry, citrus, carmaels, some alcohol

Taste - Really nice grapefruity hops mixed with some added sugars. This beer has incredible balance, and really easy to drink. Has a solid caramel backbone that works well to sweeten up the bitter grapefruits to balance out everything. Some minor citric fruits like orange and cherry also are noticeable.

Mouthfeel - From first sip, tongue gets the hoppy fruits and malts. Palate gets more of the same along with some spices and sugary fruits. The aftertaste is grapefruity, malty and sweet.

Drinkabilty - I recommed this beer to everyone. It has plenty of flavor, just enough hop kick, nice smooth malts, and light alcohol at the finish. Balance is amazing, drinks very easy and very affordable. This is a classic example of a beer that gets overlooked cause its been around for awhile, made year round, and is always avaible around here. Truly world class, glad I revisited this one.

Photo of Mickeyp2814
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a hop head it crazy that I have not tried this brew! What a nice surprise. Poured out of a bottle a nice amberish color with little head. Smell was floral with apricot, slight banana, and pine. Taste was a blast of hops! It dissipates giving way to a citrus and apricot hint and finishing with just a hint of pine. The hoppy taste lingers for a bit after the finish. A must try for hop heads!

Photo of mydeadguy
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on cask at Sunset in Allston.

Haven't had the bottled version in a while (and liked that quite a bit), but this beer is absolutely fantastic in a cask.

Poured a clear, deep golden orange, with little to no head. The scent was remarkable, hop resins, pine, citric acid, slight alcohol.

Taste was phenomenal. hoppy, but not overdone or out of balance, resinous, slightly astringent, a slight warming from the alcohol. Really, I cannot say enough good things about this.. Medium bodied, smooth, refreshing, a joy.

Drinkability, let's just say they could park my barstool next to the beer engine and I would pour this one all night. Get your ass to Sunset, even if you hate the place, because I don't know of anywhere else in boston to get this amazing beer..I'm getting thirsty just typing about it..

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/08/06
Pours a hazy copper with 1/2" white head and moderate lacing.

Nose of Citrus fruit, sweetness from the malt

Taste is much larger than the smell. Hops all the way through start to finish, but very complex in flavor. The finish is a tea-like bitterness that sticks on the tongue for a while.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, nothing crazy. The hops shine through and the malt sings backup.

I could drink quite a few of these bad boys in an evening. This is one tasty little devil.

Photo of Gavage
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange / amber color, with a thick head. The floral nose is extremely prevelant, with hints of sweetness. Extremely well balanced, the malt and hops dance together on the tongue, producing a crisp bitterness that slowly fades after swallowing. The glass develops nice lacework as the liquid is emptied. Extremely smooth and drinkable. The consistancy of this product over the past few years has been incredible, and this is an IPA others should try to emulate.

Photo of merryjoulton
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark amber with plenty of head and sticky lacing. Smell is sticky, citrusy, piny, grassy, green, yellow, orange, yummy and hoppy. Taste is very bitter but has lots of malt to balance. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and resiny. Drinkability is great.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden-orange in color with a good amount of carbonation bubbles floating up into the 1 finger tall fluffy white head, leaving a thick rim of lacing and spotty lace down the glass as the beer is enjoyed.

S - Wonderful scents of tangerine & peach sit atop caramel sweetness, lemon zest, grains, grass, and yeasty funk.

T - Waves of mango, orange rind, and a combonation of bitter and juicy hops start the sip, followed by a good dose of caramel malts, leading to a slightly dry, malty finish.

M - The medium body holds moderate carbonation, with a slight dryness on the finish.

O - A well rounded IPA, one of, if not the best IPA I have ever had, good job Victory.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly it's hard to find anything wrong with this beer. Looks great, being a deep orange color with a smallish nearly white head. Expected a larger head right out of the pour, but it leaves lacing on the glass without exorbinant head retention. Smells chock full of bold, full-flavored, resiny hops just assaulting the nose.

Taste follows suit and if your a hop head, you'll have a hard time not liking this one. It's meant to be super hoppy obviously, and it succeeds, but it also remains balanced throughout the whole taste and leaves behind a pleasant bitterness. Manages to feel creamy on the palate yet crisp in the finish.

The 6.7% ABV is hidden well, making this somewhat dangerously delicious. I'd be interested, purely out of curiousity, to see what would happen with just a tad more carbonation, although I think its pretty damn near perfect the way it is. For someone who loves a good hoppy beer, this is up there with the most solid of them all. And at a very reasonable price there's really a lot to love.

Superb beer.

Photo of giblet
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

now this is what i am talking about! this is one damn fine hopped beer. poured nice into the tulip glass. nice light orange color. about one inch of head that settled to about a quarter inch. good carbonation. the aroma...ah the aroma, excellent smell and a taste to match. this is in my opinion an almost perfect IPA. nice look with steady carbonation and very nice lacing down the glass.

as a hop head it is lovely!

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Photo of corby112
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am partial to this beer because it is a local favorite of mine. Pours a nice dark amber color with a thick, foamy white head that settles into a slight lacing. Aroma is dominated by citrus and earthy hops with slight roasted malt hints. Very well-balanced quaffable IPA with a nice malt backbone to counter the bitterness from the hops.

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