Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,429 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,429
Hads: 6,867
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 239
Gots: 1,065 | 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 gr0g
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decidedly not pale, but copper in color. A nice, two-finger head forms, with good retention and some sexy lacing. Aroma features mostly herbal and grassy notes along with a solid toffee note. As an IPA that's been around a while, the great aromas lent by "new school" hops are not present.

On the palate there's more balance between malt and hops than many IPAs. Still, perceived bitterness is in IPA territory and there are some nice, though vague hoppy flavor notes. Despite the maltiness, the flavor is dry. Pronounced citric hop bite. The soft, fine carbonation works very well.

This really blurs the line between IPA and an amber/red ale due to the balance between the strength of the hop flavors and the malt body (plus it's got an amber color). Hop Devil ultimately stands out as a malt-forward IPA that's quite good, if not quite a stand-out in an increasingly crowded market. (886 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A different IPA in that is takes a big floral component, lots of smooth fine carbonation, good citrus bite to it, a nice refreshing bitter IPA, would highly recommend and look forward to having it again, some pepperiness to it, an intoxicating smell of complex floral and hop aromas, body is smooth and nuanced, good all-rounder. (329 characters)

Photo of glass_house
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed Belgian tulip

Mostly clear deep amber with two fingers of frothy cream-colored head that leaves a thin cap and moderate lacing. Smell is dominated by sweet bready caramel malt with a faint earthy hop bitterness in the background.

Taste is not as sweet as the nose would suggest. There is definitely some toasty caramel present, but it takes a backseat to the pine, grapefruit and lemon peel. Not that impressed with the quality of flavors in the hop profile, but it's well balanced so it works. Just on the light side of medium-bodied, with smooth crisp carbonation.

If you're In the mood for an IPA with relatively strong malt support, this is an adequate option. Never my first choice, but never disappoints either. (755 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crisp looking amber orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and ripe hoppy aroma with good hints of citrus, grass, and caramel malt. Upfront scent of earthy hops with hints of grass and a little pine. Juicy citrus fruit presence with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Solid sweet malt backing with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A balanced and pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a ripe juicy and fairly earthy IPA taste with good notes of citrus, grass, and caramel malt. Upfront mix of hop flavors with earthy notes of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange pulp, lemons, mango, tangerine, and pineapple. Good malt balance with notes of sweet caramel, grains, cracker, biscuit, and yeast. Nicely juicy and drying. A very solid IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and slightly oily and sticky. Finishes dry and smooth.

Overall: A very solid American IPA. Good juicy hop notes with a nice caramel malt backbone. (1,269 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a bottle into a snifter at about 45°F

Appearance: Darker than most IPAs. Amber red with a one finger off white head. You can tell that they probably used a good amount of malts in this one.

Smell: Citrus grapefruit, caramel malts, spices. Intriguing

Taste: Similar to the smell. Nice balance between citrus hops, caramel malts, and spices. Complex

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, full mouthfeel for an IPA and not overwhelmingly bitter like a lot of IPAs are guilty of.

Overall: Hop Devil stands out in the IPA world. It's unique in its own way with a healthy amount of malts and spices. An excellent example of an East Coast IPA. Not among my absolute favorites in the style, but a great go to as I reside in PA. Cheers! (736 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous red color with thick, creamy rich head on top. Beautiful. Bready aromas on the nose in addition to dark fruits & pine. Palate offers a wonderful balance of malt with bitterness and prickly citrus flavors. Finish through to the aftertaste is bold, grabby hops with still that nice lingering malt component. Excellent IPA. (337 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint. Color is a reddish amber and has a good head with some staying power. Lacing that was left was good and abundant.
Aroma was pine and maybe some citrus.
Taste is more complex than aroma. Slight malt in background. Hops front and center. Pine grapefruit and more green notes are predominant. Mouth feel is pretty clean and is a little on the lighter side considering.
Overall this is another very good IPA from Victory. Great beer overall and good, true to style, character. (517 characters)

Photo of lochef81
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first experience with Victory. From the first moment with this ale it is clear that it is not your typical American ipa. It pours a deep red amber color with a thick deep cream head that lasts well into the beer. And leaves a thick lacing of off white foam. The aroma is very complex and not reminiscent of most hop heavy ipas. There is a strong presence of malts, some coffee and caramel notes. There are also citrus and pine notes but they are subtle in relativity to the malt. It is very complex and unexpected fir such an unassuming ipa. The flavor is very similar. Im beginning to well respect the east coast for their very complex and deep ipas. Not just the single note hoppy ipas if the west coast. Looking forward to sampling Victory's hop ranch tomorrow. (767 characters)

Photo of craftbeerbyob
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The appearance is a little more redish/brown than typical IPAs but is very clear. I was not too impressed with the smell. There is a strong pine nose with hints of hops. The taste is extremely complex with a great spice. The mouthfeel was crisp and easy drinking, not too heavy. This is not my ideal IPA, prefer West Coast IPAs, but think it is an overall great beer! (367 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle enjoy by 5/9/14 into New Belguim globe

A-Pours a great amber color with a slight ruby cast. Nice 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates with normal lacing.

S-Very nice nose of grapefruit and pine hops.

T-Taste is like the nose, mostly hops with grapefruit in the front.

M-Mouthfeel is medium body and smooth. Carbonation is normal. Finishes smoothly with a pleasant grapefruit bitterness that lingers.

O-I really enjoy this IPA, great hops and grapefruit. (471 characters)

Photo of HarryPotHead
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good brew...my first from Victory. Met some folks at a local watering hole who highly recommended so I thought I would give it a shot. Definitely not dissapointed.

Nice rich amber color although a bit cloudy. Thick sticky head gets extra points.

Pine and citrus on the nose as you would expect, but kinda subdued...def not overpowering. An off note mixed in as well.

Something missing on the palate...not sure what it is. Game on bitterness with punch and hop loaded for sure but its missing a level of complexity seen in other competing brews of the same style. This is definitely a well crafted and tasty beer, but falls just short of the top tier for the style. For east cost offerings I'd stick with DFH or Troegg's Nugget Nectar although you will pay slightly more for each. (789 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BBD 3/20/14. Amber pour with a slight ruby cast. Nice head that dissipates with normal lacing. Very nice nose of grapefruit and pine hops. Light medium body and a smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is below normal. Taste is like the nose, mostly hops with grapefruit in the forefront. Finishes smoothly with a pleasant grapefruit bitterness that lingers (348 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color, one-finger head
S: Somewhat subtle but complex mix of citrus/pine hops, caramel, yeast and melon
T: Again this isn't in your face but really makes you stop and think about it. The palate also is hop-forward but also has a nice primary earthy component. The bready/yeasty notes from the male take second stage. Long finish, good complexity
M: Medium-bodied, long finish, light carbonation
O: This is one that stops and makes you think, which I really appreciate. Certainly an IPA, definitely tasty, just different enough that it's quite intriguing (600 characters)

Photo of BreakfastStout
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very solid IPA. My first offering from Victory. Interested to see how it compares to some of the better Michigan IPA's I've tasted.

A: Nice clear amber color with a slight off white head. Aggressive pour into a pint glass drives a 1 1/2 inch head. Slowly dissipates and leaves solid lacing on the glass.
S: Slightly less hoppy aroma than I expected. I pick up some mild citrus and pine notes.
T: Nice! there's the hops I've been craving. Minimal malt flavor in the back ground.
M: Nice solid mouth feel, not chewy, with a solid bitter tang on the tongue.
O: A very drinkable IPA. Not quite up to a Two Heart but compares favorably to Founders Centennial or Dark Horse Crooked Tree. I'd rate this above Short's Humalupalicious. (737 characters)

Photo of PieOhMy
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter. Best by date 3/30/14

A Poured pretty aggressively into 16 oz snifter. This produced a fairly thick off white head that didn't last too long but produced a thick lacing that held. Color is transparent dark amber, very close to ruby.

S Musty, floral, and fruity. Hints of citrus and just a faint hint of hops.

T Taste certainly does not mirror the smell. Very hoppy. Right of front and thick and lingering at the back end. In between there is caramel/malt tinge of sweetness.

M Full for the style. Has backbone. Creamier than most IPAs. Finish is rough, but not bad, due to the bitterness.

O Pretty good if not a bit inconsistent. It is bitter and hoppy. I like that. However, there just seems to be something lacking. I am not talking balance. I don't need equal malt in an IPA. There just doesn't seem to be any complexity of mixture of flavors. I wish I could put my finger on it, but it's just lacking. Not bad at all, but just seems that it could be much better. Weird. (999 characters)

Photo of arthuro11
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber with a just off-white head, leaves great lacing on the way down.

Smell is very nice, pretty hoppy and citrusy, exactly what you'd expect for an IPA, with some piney notes.

Hits the mouth fantastic, really nice flavor, especially in conjunction with smell. Lip smacking. Aftertaste was too bitter for my tastes though, seemed like a bit of overklll.

Another fine Victory beer, I would definitely buy again even if the aftertaste pulled down the overall experience. Would definitely try it on tap if I could find it in my neck of the woods. (566 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: a light orange color. pretty good clarity. two fingers of a foamy head that fades at a decent rate to a spotty lacing

Smell: hoppy, slight citrus and a bit of spice. very resiny. light toasted malts.

Taste: opens up with citrusy hops. some spicy hops follow. lots of resiny hops throughout. toasted bread throughout.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation but not quite crisp. lots of lingering bitterness. good medium feel.

Overall: a tasty super hopped ipa. not my usual style of ipa but still very good. my first victory beer that has scored in my book. (562 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm really into IPAs and as far as American IPAs this is one is fantastic.
Nice opaque gold brown color with a very small white head and thin lace.
The aroma is very clean and grassy. The hops smell is very citrusy like an under ripe orange. There's also a real sent of apple like esters in there.
The taste follows the scent well but the fruitiness and malt flavors, which has a little honey to it, only really come through in the after taste, after the hops have had there time to wage war on your mouth. Which they do. The bitterness smacks your tongue and sits on the very back on your throat for a good while. This all done very well with a creamy mouthfeel and great drinkability. Beer is good. (703 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber, slightly hazy; small frothy head; slight lacing

Smell: sweet, bready malts with a big whiff of citrusy hops

Taste: Juicy malt with a big hit of hops; finishes with piney notes and a dry, lingering aftertaste

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy

Remarks: don't like the hop flavors in this one; it would probably be a decent IPA if I liked American hops (365 characters)

Photo of watermelon
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Date on bottle says best by December 29th 2013

A: Deep translucent amber body. Beige 2 finger head that had good retention and decent lacing.

S: Some citrus hop flavors as well as lots of carmel and bread malts.

T: This one is more malt forward with some piney hops on the end.

M: Good mouthfeel thick and creamy. Some slight astringency, as well as a coating on the teeth. Hides the booze well.

O: This is a good IPA I could drink this regularly. Its a decent value for the price point as well. (540 characters)

Photo of blindtiger24
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber / orange tint with a decent carbonation. Head is two fingers after pouring, but fades quickly.

S: Orange citrus, caramel, with noticeable floral characteristics.

T: The malt backbone imparts sweetness at first. Finishes with a earthy hop kick. Lots of pine, juniper, smoke, and salt in that hop flavor.

M: Smooth and easy drinking, even with the emergence of hop flavor at the end. Leaves you smacking your lips as the sweet and spice elements mingle.

O: A very drinkable (even sessionable) IPA. Like their brethren on the West Coast, Victory has put its unique stamp on the style. What’s most impressive to me is how approachable this beer is. It isn’t over-hopped, still bold in its flavors, and backs off the intensity where others might try to amp it up a notch. Sometimes less is more. I certainly find myself able to put down 2 or 3 of these a lot easier than others. (935 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 3, 2013.

It pours a slightly medium amber color with a a fog and a short-lived cream-colored head that fades rather quickly.

The aroma has a nice earthy and piney hop sensation along with some spice and toasted pale malts but there is also a kind of buttery sensation in there that I cannot quite explain.

The body is medium and rather astringent or carbonated.

Earthy and piney hops are the flavor of the day when I take that first sip and those esters linger on for a little while at the end. Mild to moderate hop bitterness. It had some fine IPA characteristics. (618 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with an "enjoy by" date of Nov 28, 2013 etched into bottle near the neck. Poured into the IPA-specific glass from Speigelau. Consumed on 11/20, so this review is written from my tasting notes and photos.

Appearance - Standard pour yields a rocky beige two-finger head with significant pocking as the bubbles slowly start to burst. Retention is excellent, and when the foam does start to recede, it leaves ample sheets of lacing with sparse gaps. The body is a deep ruby amber color, with notes of maroon and burgundy, and an orange skin colored highlight where the light passes through.

Smell - Malted grain, molasses, caramel malt and a healthy dose of hop characteristics from both the earthy and citrus sides of the aroma family. However, I can't help wonder if the aroma would be a little more pungent (in a good way) if I wasn't consuming this bottle a mere week from the "best by" date. As it is, the grain bill is the headliner to me.

Taste - Here, the malt is more present, with notes of burnt caramel, brown sugar, fresh pumpernickel, and yet somehow so are the hops. The taste is more aggressive on both fronts than the smell was. Grapefruit and citrus zest, although they are subdued, likely from the time passed between bottling and opening. Either way, this is a very balanced IPA, rather than a hop bomb. Not to my preference, but well within the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with some light chewiness and carbonation level that is fairly low, but still detectible and enough to provide a consistent head throughout the enjoyment of the beverage. Semisweet finish.

Overall, a solid brew, but not one I'm likely to go out of my way to grab again. That being said, I tend towards the more West Coast style IPAs, so this one just isn't to my personal preference. However, I would encourage anyone who is a fan of big, meaty IPAs to pick up a bottle. (1,905 characters)

Photo of Marko84
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a sampler pack I recently purchased
Victory Hop Devil IPA
No freshness date, but no indication that it's not prime either. Starts with a funky hop smell, but improves from there. Light carbonation and a swell bitterness that makes me wonder why this beer smells differently than it tastes. Perhaps it's the malts. 6.7% alcohol is unnoticeable. Not a striking IPA, but not a lousy one either. That being said, I could find a better option without much effort. (463 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark gold with a small white head that left a nice lace as the glass went down
S-very hoppy with a citrus and pine smell in the smell also
T-hops with a grassy and pine flavor. The aftertaste is a dry pine flavor that is not overpowering. Later in the beer it gets less hoppy and more balanced
Mmedium body and medium carbonation
O-this beer was better as the glass went down. It was a very good IPA (401 characters)

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,429 ratings.