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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

6,463 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,463
Reviews: 2,401
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 185
Gots: 675 | 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 JamesMN
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on/enjoy by date mostly scratched off but the year 2013 was visible.

Appearance: Deep amber with good clarity and a frothy off-white head.

Aroma: Some licorice, brown sugar, and subtle pine. Not super aromatic.

Taste: A solid but manageable amount of hop bitterness upfront with a good piney and almost citrusy flavor. The malt brings a nice balance without adding too much sweetness or unnecessary complexity. Smooth finish and lingering bitterness with a caramel malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body and velvety smooth. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Though I suspect that this bottle of HopDevil Ale is a little old, the flavor has stood the test of time. The hops and malt work together and strike a great balance. The bitterness has become mellow in a way that suits the beer well. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Photo of mastodonj
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's one of the darkest IPAs I've seen. Very clear but little head or lacing; wonder if it's just my particular bottle...

The aroma is not real inspiring. Malty? Definitely not a west coast or Rocky mountain IPA. :-).

Flavor is full bodied and spicy, tasting like a much higher ABV beer.

Mouth feel is great. Tingles all the right places.

Overall, it's a very good ale. I'm partial to more floral and citrus hoppiness but this is a beer that is worth seeking out.

Photo of bmurray10
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of WestCoastFan
2.86/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Maybe I've been spoiled by the IPA's in San Diego. It may also be a West Coast / East Coast thing but this just has too much malt for me. When I see something called "HopDevil" I expected a hop-bomb with no concern for balance. Like I said, it may be a WC/EC thing but it makes me tap my heals and chant: "There's No Place Like Home, There's No Place Like Home".

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jet812
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice dark red color and creamy white head. ~2 inches of foam when poured aggressively.

S - Nice hop aroma - all the right notes of citrus, pine, and spices.

T - Nice hop flavor at first, malty middle, and smooth finish - not overly bitter or sweet.

O - Sad to admit that this may be my first taste of Victory. I will definitely hunt out more of their beers after trying this one. Whole flower hops done right.

Photo of mpayne5
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Jas45678
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of silverking
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy amber with a rocky light tan head. head retention is excellent and there are well defined rings of lacing.

S- Floral, spicy, and piney hops. there is a strong undertone of caramel.

T- Pine, and lots of it. It slowly fades into a caramelized/burnt sugar taste. The finish isn't overbearingly bitter, but you notice it.

M- Medium bodied, but surprisingly crisp. Carbonation is moderate and slightly prickly.

O- Very good.

Photo of BRLockwood
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of whatsgoody
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Troville1990
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Curloftheburl
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ryanuj32
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Photekut
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of woodchipper
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of bobbyr5
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a shaker pint at World of Beer - SMU.

Like a brand spanking new penny. Bright copper, perfect clarity. One finger of white froth sticks to the glass in teeth-shaped streaks.

Slightly funky, spicy citrus. Grapefruit peel, caramel.

Same deal in the flavor, but more pronounced. Like an HD version of the nose. Bright, clear grapefruit, a bit of caramel and biscuit to back it up. Lingering bitter spice.

Medium body, high pinching carbonation is almost painful. Clean.

Nothing special, nothing bad. A big, brash American IPA.

Photo of dnoahg
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of AMCPhD
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jaweed1
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of dancaplette
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a pint glass. I would call it not so much copper but a light bronze

it smelled of hops, but with a sourdough bready aroma, with a slight aroma of pine needles coming in late. and a sweetness from the malts as the beer reached more towards room temperature.

you can taste the bitterness in your first sip, but then it disapates and comes back again as you swirl it in your mouth. you get a yeast full bready taste, also a slight sweetness from the malt

m- it has a rich full bodied feel with slight carbonation, you can definitely sense a high abv, but, not overpowering. wouldn't kick this beer out of the fridge, can drink it everyday.

Photo of Jsher
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,463 ratings.