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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,225 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,225
Reviews: 2,387
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 169
Gots: 577 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of Jason1124
2/5  rDev -51%

Jason1124, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
2/5  rDev -51%

jfcaa193, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of ken2cart1
2.03/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- light mahogany, lbig 1 inch frothy head

S- def a solid caramel backbone, fruit hopsmell in there, but not as much hop smell as an ipa should

T- wheres the hops? decent bitterness, but no hop flavor, watery, matallic taste, HAS THIS BEER GONE BAD?

m- WATERY

D- not enjoyable at all

ken2cart1, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of ttu94
2.08/5  rDev -49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was very hesitant to write this review. American IPA's are my favorite style of brew. This beer is highly recommended so I thought it must be good. After drinking my first I thought I had a bad bottle. It was poor, make that very poor for any style of beer. I did not write a review cause I thought I must have a bad batch. 4 weeks later I buy another sixer. Same crap! This time I did a blind taste test with Broken Halo, Avery IPA, Great Divide IPA, and this mess. I could pick this thing out blindfolded every time, and not for good reasons.
It looks good nice color and head. But that is where good ends and bad to worse starts. It smells like a decent IPA with malts and lots of hops but then a whiff of, (I don't know what) hits me. I really don't know what to call it, plastic? or soap. Whatever the smell is it is even more prevalent in the taste. A very distinctive yuck aftertaste. To its credit the beer is much better as it warms but I will be very gun shy about trying another.

ttu94, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of hoptrip619
2.15/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured a dark amber/copper into a clean pint glass. Appears to be lightly carbonated w/o much head.

S - Smells like a bum farted onto a pine cone... Seriously... The bottle reads "Enjoy by Sept 19 2010"

T - Cheesy hop flavor, combined with a saltwater taffy malt character, and a lingering resinous bitterness.

M - Medium body, flaccid carbonation

D - I've heard good things but please stop shipping your beer to California if it's going to arrive ruined.

hoptrip619, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of mikethebeerguy
2.18/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

All in all not a great taste. They threw a ton of spices together and prayed... an overpowering taste of hops. Very heavy flavor. I guess a lot of people are into that though. Not me though, not a smooth beer and certainly not good flavor. I would not recommend this overpriced and overrated beer to anyone.

mikethebeerguy, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of evanackerman
2.23/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

wow, i was very disappointed with this one, there is no balance to this brew just over the top hops, this needs some malt flavor very badly. aroma is very strange and not plesant, i wish i would not have bought an entire six pack of this.

I ususally like highly hopped beers but this one is just too one-dimensional, i guess most others disagree but i can't understand why this is so highly rated.

evanackerman, Nov 05, 2005
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2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

Bike2work, Apr 19, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

Obsidian, May 15, 2014
Photo of John_Squires
2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

John_Squires, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of DarthMalt
2.25/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Ouch! Hop Devil deilivers, as promised. There's definitely a time and place for beers like this. Hopefully, I'll find one or the other, so that my tongue didn't writhe in vain.

"Would you like some malt to go with those hops?"

DarthMalt, Jun 24, 2002
Photo of mjrtoo
2.3/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent amber color as you would expect, with little head. Upon the first sniff I proclaimed to myself 'It smells like Budweiser' and to me, it does, absolutely nothing here for me in the smell department. Upon taste, it kinda tastes like budweiser too, although with the typical hoppy bitterness of ales. The mouthfeel is very bright on the tounge, too much carbonation for my tastes. I suppose this might be a good session beer if you want something like an american lager with hops. But I might recommend looking for something else in the American IPA department.

mjrtoo, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of ChadQuest
2.3/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This bottle was poured into my samual adams perfect pint glass i purchased at the sycamore Hy-Vee for $2.95 that i rinsed and let air dry before serving beverages. Glass temperature was room temp which is about 60 degrees.

Pour has a solid head about 3 fingers tall and leaves lacing. The color is dark for an ipa by todays standards, and i say is a dead on match to "alloy orange", with the hex triplet code #C46210. google it.

Aroma lets you know this is an IPA, kinda. There are a bit more then a balanced load of hops poking out of here but not by much. A notion of Grapefruits amid evergreen saps float barely over some toasted caramel malts.

The flavors are more unimpressive, IPAs have really evolved a long way since this was a top tier offering, and really shows how uni-dimensional the use of cascade hops can be. That said this comes out as a beer that tastes exactly like you would expect in that there is grapefruit/citrus, some pine notes, layered over a caramel backbone. sounds like a blueprint for mediocrity.

The mouthfeel is slightly low in carbonation from center, resulting in a slightly sweeter finish and creamy feel. Needs to be dryer.

ChadQuest, Nov 23, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

ZachStubbs, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a medium copper color with a nice short but firm white head.

Nose is Sweet malt and ripe peaches (no hop character in nose) but a very pleasant almost assertive "good Belgian" nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, no creamy character but with huge hop bitter flavors with underlying lightly sweet malt. Bitter hops and malt to not juxstapose well; not well balanced and the layers are not integrated. Very bitter pine resin flavors that are inconsistent with the nose that is not the floral dry hop character or the pineapple character of a big hoppy beer but more candi sugar.

Flavors are not consistent with nose at all. There is no bright character, no crisp, clean or desireable character to the flavors of this beer. It's sort of "bitter for bitter's sake."

Finish is the biggest bitter (unpleasant) pine resin character I've had to date, and not a good bitterness but a "chemical" or synthetic bitter character. I can't see this being a beer to drink.

GRG1313, Mar 13, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Massbmx, Jan 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Samber79, Mar 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

nathanjohnson, Dec 31, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Unicycling4Beer, Jan 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

deviousdannyg, Dec 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

jodybrutal, May 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

stafford2, Jan 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

StrayteEDGE, Sep 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

leftoverburrito, May 08, 2013
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,225 ratings.