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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,555 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,555
Reviews: 2,423
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 200
Gots: 765 | 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 Star80
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before October something, tastes fresh to me out the fridge at the store. Color is a nice toasty copper color with a cream head. The smell is of resinous piney hops, and citrus (grapefruit/lemon) zest. Taste is a deep herbal citric twang with a resinous and gloriously bitter aftertaste, with some toasty malts. Wow, what a nice balance. Not too little, and not too much of anything. The mouthfeel is very smooth, almost creamy, and compliments the wonderful hop nose and long puckering aftertaste. I think when fresh this is certainly one of the best American IPA's that money can buy. Another high quality beer from Victory brewing co. Hmm, what could be better, maybe Hopdevil on cask?!? Time to take a trip to PA.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - a dark crimson-brownish color that wells up a half finger of light tan head, very faint carbonation visible when held up to light

S - sldfijhaerg[poihqe, sorry that was my jaw hitting the keyboard, i was in torpor after catching a whiff of the hops in this ale, man is it enticing, but not solely hops, kind of a dark sweetness to the aroma as well

T - holy shit, this is THE smoothest IPA I have EVER had, the hoppiness is still there, but is mellowed out by a subtle yet poignant sweetness and tea flavor, these flaver intertwine in the end to create an amazing finish that is ultra-balanced, this is great

M - as i said, ubersmooth, what more can i say, this is amazing, go try it, NOW

D - what are you waiting for?, go try it if you havent!

Photo of kennylopez
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a fresh 12oz bottle into a globe glass.

Appearance: a hazy golden color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells: pine and citrus hops are huge and a grassy hint.

Tastes: there is a big citrus hop character at first and finishes with a tangy pine note. This is a wonderfully balanced IPA and quite flavorful.

Mouthfeel: the 6.7% is so well hidden through all the delicious hop flavor. the carbonation is great and a super refreshing brew.

Overall: I love this IPA quite a bit. I plan to always keep it in the fridge and at $8 a six pack a everyday drink for me.

Photo of Alex93
4.6/5  rDev +13%

Photo of HogHill
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a warm amber color with good clarity, which in contrast to it's sibling Hop Wallop, is a light golden beer. Head is a nice off white which laces around my pint glass.

Smell: You can tell this is an American IPA with a whiff. Strong hop aroma, with a hint of grapefruit. Do they sell this in a candle?

Taste: This is a rock solid American IPA, it has a good balanced of hops to malt. The hops win but the malts do show up. A pleasing piney aftertaste finishes it off. Very drinkable, I can go through a few of these and still crave more of the deveil's alphas. Victory brews a damn fine IPA.

Photo of jjboesen
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My review is based on a bottle quaffed in the intimate recessess of Birreria Paridiso in Georgetown (DC) and succeeded several fine beers.

Let's talk about the head; it was thick and foamy and sank like a deflating pillow atop a translucent copper-colored liquid of pure clarity housing a steady stream of carbonation bubbles. Lacing was minimal.

And the nose? Well, I detected a heavy floral blast concealing some hint of banana - which appears to increase if allowed to sit and if stirred several times. I love science.

Taste? Let the bottle speak for itsef: "bold and spicy." Labels never lie. In addition, there is a heavy layer of hops lathered onto the tongue, with the spicy bits fading into a semi-sweet aftertaste.

This very full-bodied; yet, not one with particular heaviness nor one that neccessarily overwhelms the palate. Obviously, this depends on one's individual hop tolerance level.

In any case,Victory does it again! Hop Devil is a superb ale with a well-balanced body and accompanied by a nicely palatable sweetness with a welcoming biscuity finish. Ahhhh....

To summarize, let us borrow from the Book of Stewie Griffith and simply say, "Victory is mine...! Now where is that insidious harridan Lois?

Photo of aaronh
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer at the Pennsylvania microbrewery festival, and I was very impressed. I'm a fan of IPA's and this is by far the best I've had. It seems to let some maltiness through, but with a great hop aroma and finish. Trying in bottles soon(got a six in the fridge).

5-18-03

Updated my review to reflect my comparative experiences since my first review, which was my very first review as a BA (originally a 4.95!). It does have a great malty presence on draft, with a very smooth hop profile as well. This is much better on tap, as the bottles develop a bit of a harshness and do not compare to Two Hearted or Stone IPA bottles. Still a very fine beer though that is a regular in my house.

Photo of RJB66
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with no visible BB date. I acquired some bottles of this a while back - the off-licence that sold them stocks some cheap beer past it's use-by date. This leads me to suspect that the bottles I have are quite old, but they've been stored well and hopefully will have mellowed nicely. I love the hop devil on the label.

Poured into a Delerium Tremens chalice. A rich coppery-amber hue with some floating sediment (I tried to keep it all in the bottle but failed). Good carbonation. Produces an off-white head of thick, creamy foam that lasts for quite a while before reducing to a surface layer. The aroma is intense; a powerful cocktail of malt and aromatic hops. Notes of pine underpinned by sweet, grainy malt and a notable whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of intensely bitter hops with a rich malty backbone. Notes of aromatic pine/resin, sweet malt, brown sugar and hints of roasted grain. Alcohol adds a warming sensation. Mouthfeel is tingly and full-bodied but very astringent; the texture is almost syrupy. Strong bitter aftertaste of pine and malt.

An intense hit of hops - hardly anything brewed in the UK can provide such a sensation. Impressive, with stacks of character. Due to the age of the bottle I wonder if some of the hoppy notes have faded away (esp. citrus), but the bitterness is still overwhelming. Fantastic, and well worth sampling.

Photo of k75
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

keg-conditioned to be more correct - non-firkin

pours a deep amber color with an off white head

aroma is simple the best - floral, piney big and fresh as all get out

flavor is big and complex - hops? sure, but also a lot of malt to hold it all together

great mouthfeel and flavor profile in all areas - bitterness, malt, sticky and full

one of the best big IPA's - showed those that followed how to do it...

A+

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hand pumped into a pint glass.

A: Average head as expected. Light brown and frothy. Very bubbly. The medium brown body is a bit tawny and has tints of orange. Incredibly murky from the cask conditioning.

S & T: Beautiful aromatics and flavor. It's freshness is noticeable from the onset. The sweet grainy malts are present but know their place and keep a minimal profile making way for the heavy handed hops. Very floral and very piney, like fresh cut lumber, also grassy and mild grapefruit. Sour applesauce flavor. Light yeast notes of leaves, earth and fragrant hand soap. This brew really shines on cask.

M: The mouthfeel is exceptional and very restrained. Medium body is so smooth and creamy. The carbonation pleasantly soft; the finish bitter.

D: Nothing better than a well-done cask conditioned brew. There was only one thing that could tear me away from this treat. You guess what it was...

Photo of santoslhalper
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a warm amber with a tan head. Smells very hoppy with pines shining through. In the mouth it tastes great. Hoppy, but not overly hoppy. Hop falvors range from pine to citrus to full-on bitterness. A nice amound of malts start shining through towars the finish, but it ends quite hoppy. A very well rounded "IPA" with a great aftertaste. This is one of my favorite beers, I don't know how I managed to skip reviewing this one. This is a common find in my fridge. A classic beer, and one that I will cherish forever. Cheers, my friends.

Photo of bignick
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my all-time favoite beers. I will be forever indebted to Victory for providing me with this one. It is certainly very hoppy, but the balance of the different hops in it are what makes it so special. It is citrusy but not completely over the top. There is enough of a malt backbone to make it extremely drinkable.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, an IPA. Sure can't find any here in Russia, so jumped at the chance when friends offered to bring some from the U.S. HopDevil and I are old friends who haven't had the pleasure of each other's company for quite a while. This bottle advised me to enjoy its contents by 11/20/03. No danger of waiting that long. It was empty before 8/17/03.

Poured a gorgeous clear dark copper hue with a medium sized tan head that lingered a bit and held some contour. It also produced some lace, but not enough for my taste. The nose was perfect: beautifully flowery, with hops hitting every corner of each nostril. This nose perfectly telegraphed the coming taste. The mouth was light and prickly, with the flowery sweetness one expects from this much hops. The taste starts sweetish, flowery and hoppy. Then the hops really kick in - almost chewy with grain, leaving a very nice, strong but not agressive bitterness. The aftertaste maintained this flowery bitterness at the back of the jaw and the top of the throat. Smooth, refreshing and wonderful.

I shared the bottle with my brother-in-law from Kazakhstan. He'd never had an IPA before, nor anything else that could even remotely be described as hoppy. His comment: "this is what beer should taste like." Amen.

Photo of marcpal
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Stuff yer Face in NJ. Hands down one of the finest IPAs you can get your hands on. Perfect.
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A: Shady amber with clarity. Lacing and head were on point. Impressive from the start.

S: Malt and hops, hops and malt. Best explanation of the aroma would be thick that would lead to a depth in the flavor.

T: Again, hops and malts- ideally what an IPA should be. Sticks around for a while on the palate and never annoying. The overall flavor is perfectly balanced.

M: Carbonation and thickness just right. The texture was thick enough but really hid the ABV, ridiculously smooth.

D: Drinkability through the roof. One of, if not the most, drinkable IPAs Ive ever tasted. Cant wait to have many more. On tap really was a treat.

Ive become infatuated with IPAs lately and this one is among the best.

Photo of Oakenator
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My introduction to the beauty of the hop over 10 years ago. Pours a sweet reddish brown with a nice head and good lacing. The aroma is a piney hop and a clean beer. Taste is more bitter and less sweet. Great beer and for sure a benchmark for Victory.

Photo of IceTrey9785
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I bought a 6-pack for $8.99 -- pretty good for an American IPA.

A: Nice amber color with a great pearl head. The retention was really good -- it just looked like a beer that I wanted to drink. Fairly medium-bodied (not thick and syrupy like Dogfish Ales).

S: Abundance of citrus-hop aromas. Actually reminded me of the hops found in a lot of New Zealand ales. Orange zest and pine, with a touch of brown sugar.

T: You'd expect a really bitter beer, but the guys at Victory have done it again -- a rather creamy, but spiced beer. Layers of toasted malt really compliment the zesty hops in the brew. I wouldn't say it is "well-balanced" -- you have to love hops to love this one. The taste of the hops almost hints at blood orange and basil when it reaches room temperature. So complex and satisfying -- definitely a keeper.

This is a fantastic beer. Thankfully, at least ONE micro-brew in the country understands that you can have a nice IPA without jacking up the alcohol and sugar to bring it into balance. I enjoyed this with some excellent Thai cuisine, and I would gladly drink it on its own anytime! Great job -- highly recommended!

Photo of twilight
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awww... A cute little hopdevil on the bottle. It's nice, and adds some fun to the seriousness of the beer. It pours a cloudy golden orange colour with a head that doesn't last at all. The smell- oh, the smell- it's like sticking your nose into a packet of hops when you homebrew. And that reminds me of the beauty of hops. I suppose I'll have to be a hopdevil worshipper for this one based solely on the smell. The taste is excellent, smooth and malty, and continuing to the bitterness of the hops while leaving a balanced, yet hoppily bitter, aftertaste in the mouth. It almost has citrusy overtones during the intense hop rush. I hadn't realized this was 6.7 ABV otherwise I'd have bought another for tonight. There's always tomorrow. With the grand rush of hops, I hoppily look forward to more intense IPA's.

Photo of emericanchaos
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

burnt brown pour with slightly discolored frothy head. head almost looks like guinness's. body is very dark for this style. most IPA's are a lighter brown to resemble their pale hoppy flavor. this devil is extremely dark brown sort of a mahogany as opposed to the typical tanned beech wood color you would expect.

hops explodes from my pint glass. cascade hops especially. almost burns the nose. not much else to comment on aside from that.

the aroma is definetly an indication of how this brew is going to go down. great punch of hops which mellows into a dilluted spice which i'm assuming comes from the yeast. between these two big flavors it's difficult to pick up anything more. hops fans rejoice!!

lots of carbonation mixed in with spicey hops and yeast makes this one an interesting adeventure. swishing around the pallette is a tad sluggish. that slight hesitation makes the bold flavor of this beer even more present. never the less it goes down extremely well.

if you love hops or have enjoyed IPA's this is an easy decision. lovely beer, specially for my fellow hops addicts. this is my craft brew standby. whenever i'm having trouble deciding i goto the devil and you should too.

thank you victory.

Photo of Riggo
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A while back, I tried this beer and just felt it was way too hoppy. I was quite surprised then to discover on a recent tasting how balanced this beer really is. What is distinctive about this beer is not really the heavy hops. Plenty of American brewers do that, but few do it while at the same time balancing it out with complex earthy, malty flavors and an amazing depth of character. All the while remaining very drinkable. Outstanding.

Pours an attractive clear, dark copper with a creamy tan head that remains in a thin cap, leaving nice lacing. The nose is alluring and complex: an earthy mixture of wood, smoke, burnt sugar, spicy, leafy hops, melted butter(?), fruit (orange, lemon, raisins, apricots, grapefruit?). On palate, a combination of complexity and balance that is exceptional. On the one hand, earthy flavors of nutty, roasted, smoky malt, buttery toffee, and caramel. At the same time, spicy, leafy, cedary hop bitterness and fruit--grapefruit, lemon, orange. Finish is long, dry, and fruity. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, with just a touch of carbonation. A surpsisingly drinkable brew to have such a big, spicy hop presence. Very rounded-out and deeply earthy. One of the very best American ales. Victory is perhaps the best brewery in the country.

Photo of loren01
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in trade with shark262, thanks much for this one!!
A: Pours a copper color with lots of frothy white head. Lots of lacing sticking down the sides of the glass.
S: Smells very citrusy and spicy. There is also a very well balanced malt scent.
T: Very very hoppy flavored, yet suprisingly malty for as hop flavored as it was. The end is very bitter but not in a bad way at all. Nicely balanced. Tastes very fresh out of the bottle like I'm sitting right at the brewery.
M: Goes down very easily, perfectly carbonated, slight bitter mouthfeel.
D: Overall this is an excellent IPA, one of the better ones I've had in quite some time.

Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear copper color, with a big white head that a bit of lace on the glass. Aroma is all citrusy grapefruit hops with just a bit of a dry grass to it. The flavor is very nice lots of grapefruity hop citrus up front, some husk flavors and the slightest toasty malt hiding in the background. Clean crisp drying hop finish. Slick smooth mouthfeel with a mild carbonation makes this a very drinkable beer that leaves you wanting another. Thanks to NeroFiddled for providing this as part of a beer trade.

Photo of SirSaranac
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MaltFrazier came through with yet another good batch of various brews for me to try.... this was one of them....

A- Dark Amber/ Copper in color... Nice robust 2 finger head... some light sediment floating around... intricate lacing on the inside of the glass

S- Mmmm... Hops... super piny hop oil... stings the nose.... This is the epitome of what an IPA should smell like!

T- Very hoppy... mostly pine, but a little citrus peeks through to say hello. There's a malty backbone that disolves quickly, this brew is all about an overload of hops! Delicious!

M- Light/Light-Med body... hop bite on the tongue... perfect carbonation... nuff said

D- Mmmhmmm... if you're in the mood for a super hoppy IPA with flavor to get you through the night, then this is a fine choice. Drink up!

Photo of Coagulater
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have had a lot of IPAs ... This one never fails to deliver everthing an IPA should.
I'll skip all the over analysis and get right to it: one of my all time favorite IPAs. I like Serierras "Torpedo" but it can be a bit too much at times. The Hop Devil on the other hand... Awesome, always.

Photo of BabiakNo9
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't believe it took me so long to review this beer... served in a pint glass from a bottle.

A - Dark amber in color. Def. can't see through this beer.

S - Pine, grapefruit-like-citrus, & very noticeable hops.

T - Citrus throughout with enough hops to make any hop head satisfied. Noticeable spice, but nowhere near many IPA's; It's not called SpiceDevil, so I'm not surprised.

D - Would be a favorite to session. Though the name puts an emphasis on hops, I could never get sick of this beer.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,555 ratings.