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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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6,622 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,622
Reviews: 2,439
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 213
Gots: 838 | 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 arc3636
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - bronze with solid head that hung around until beer was gone

S - amazing aroma from citrus hops, felt like I had a glass of orange juice

T - floral, citrus, fruity hops all here

M - on the thin side, but nice spicy aftertaste

O - wonderful IPA, wish I would have bought a few more

Photo of jmapple111
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am new to the beer review and do not know all of the proper terminology to use that would justify this incredible beer. I am a big Victory fan, have been for years and HopDevil is my favorite hands down. Hopdevil can be consumed all year long becuase it is always available. If you are a hop head this is definitely a beer for you. HopDevil has a wonder hoppy flavor and it is not too over powering in the alcohol department in other words you can drink a 6 pack after work and still drive home for dinner. When a hopDevil is poured into a glass you imediately notice its pleasant smell and its color. The taste is burst of flavors the kick the you know what out of your mouth and tongue. I enjoy fish, steak and poultry while consuming HopDevil. Give it the old college try!!!

Photo of Gosox8787
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a bar in town. I had high expectations for this beer after trying the Hop Wallop earlier this year.

Anyway, the beer was poured into a 16 oz. glass. There was a one finger, light head. The beer was a nice dark red to brown color. Very dark for an IPA. The nose was all hops. A nice balance of resiny pine notes and grapefruit notes. When I took a sip, the flavor hit me in three waves. There was an initial overpowering citrus or grapefruit note. Then some caramel sweetness from the malt briefly came through. It finished with a nice strong pine aftertaste, which a nice bitter aftertaste. Perfectly balanced. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and niely carbonated. Drinkability was only average as the beer's ABV is rather high and flavors are large.

Overall, a great IPA. One of my favorites that I am certainly having whenever I ahve the chance.

Photo of JPlo
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper with orange tint and hazy clarity. Solid head with good lacing

Aroma: Citrus fruit, spicy

Taste: Big hop taste, citrus, piney, spicy, complex. Still has hint of sweet/toasty malt that (almost) balances it

Feel: Very smooth, light carbonation, medium body and a long semi-wet finish

Absolutely one of my favorite affordable IPA's

Photo of sholland119
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours a hazy amber with a nice creamy head and nice lacing.

S-Lotsa piney hops but also a nice malt balance in the nose.

T-A wonderful hop-malt balance. Lots of piney, resiny flavor but a very solid malt backbone.

M-Very smooth. Hoppy bitterness lingers on the tongue, in a good way.

D-Very much so.

A long overdue review as this is (pretty close to) my hometown beer. This was the first local craft brew I discovered, many years ago. We still enjoy it, though there are so many choices it's not a weekly staple anymore. I was amazed at how well it holds up to a "critical" evaluation. While there is a very strong hoppiness, it is surprisingly well balanced.

Photo of rangerred
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger off-white head. Decent head retention and lacing.

Smell is a wonderful bouquet of hops. Both citrus and pine. Also a nice malty note.

Flavor is incredible. Hops are prominant from the start with considerable bitterness. Piny hop flavor briefly up front before bitterness takes over. The malt then comes in to balance everything out. Wonderful bready, biscuity malt on the finish just makes this beer.

I really wish I could get this beer where I live. One of the best IPA's I have had.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle ---> Pint glass. Clear vibrant orange with some white head and clinging lace.

Love the smell of this beer. Dank juicy floral hops combine with a musty sweetness. Some fruity citrus in there, plenty of pine...canned peaches..big malty backbone..molasses

Taste showcases more hop bitterness and citrus flavors with a deep sweetness. Pretty close to the perfect tasting IPA. Pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Tight resiny dry feel.

Definitely a go-to IPA

Photo of TongoRad
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The hops on the nose are assertive for sure, but there is also plenty of malt and caramel. The distinguishing characteristic here is the rich mouthfeel- not sweet, but rich. Hops carry through all the way till the end and never lose their support. Great effort all around!

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!

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.

Photo of Mbertrand2
4.56/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Jgoth34
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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.

Photo of Mule420
4.56/5  rDev +12%

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.

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

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.

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.


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.

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!!

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.

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.

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!

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.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,622 ratings.