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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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2,472 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,472
Hads: 7,080
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 267
Gots: 1,283 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Reviews: 2,472 | Hads: 7,080
Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a massive foamy white head that coats the sides of the glass with thick sheets of lace as it recedes into a creamy lace. Nose is dominated by spicy and floral hops with some additional notes of pine oil. Medium to full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel due to all the hop oils. Taste starts off with strong raw hop leaf flavors followed by some notes of sweet malts and a juicy fruitiness followed yet again by strong bitter hop resins and tannins. A marvelous IPA. Thanks to paceyourself for the sample!

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask. More than one. It's great on cask. I've had it numerous times on draft, and loved it's big hoppy-ness, but on cask, all the rough edges are smoothed away and it turns into even more of a session beer.

Beautiful amber color and head when first poured. Like a said, a great session beer, even at 6.7 (althought that's pushing it). You still get a mouth full of hops, but it seems even more balanced at cask and at that temp.

Recommended, especially on cask for a change. This is good stuff.


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Photo of dmarch
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is certainly a favorite in this area and was a favorite of mine even before I moved here. Amber color with a head that never seems to diminish. Hops are very noticable in the aroma and the taste. A nice malt character is present, but lets face it, this is a hop-head's beer. This is the type of beer that I'd like to stock up on and always have on-hand.

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Photo of Running4beer
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by date of 06/14/03
Pours out a hazy copper/orange color with a medium white head that reduces to a thin sticky layer. Smell was of floral hops and malts, they both jump at you. Obviously a taste of hops is going to be in there and then the malts made just as strong a presence as the hops, a slight spicy taste also was in there. Mouthfeel was smooth and easy to drink. Drinkability is devilish in a good way cause this can kick you ass being so easily drinkable.


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Photo of jtw5877
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orangish kind of color with a nice white head sitting on top. Excellent hop aroma, which of course is expected. Flavor is balance and a nice amount of hopiness and enough maltiness to back things up. Not as in your face as I expected but a great beer none the less. I'd recommend to anybody that likes hops.

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Photo of fes1
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Devil made me do it. Victory Hopdevil is a exceptional IPA,
the hoppy flavor is may be overpowering to a drinker of the big boy brews but a true beer drinker will appericate the taste of this superb beer.

The color, the taste, and the aroma will have you say
The Devil made me do it too.

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Photo of fattyre
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium dark yellowish red color with a medium light tan head. The mouthfeel is firm soft and rounded. The smell is sweetish herbal and piney. The taste is very mild malt heading to a herbal hoppiness. Perhaps I got an older bottle. The hops weren't nearly as pronounced as I expected, not over the top and it seemed pretty mild for an IPA.

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Photo of Darkale
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is, of course, flowers and hops. A thick tan head with a mixture of large and small bubbles and great, tenacious lacing. Color is copper-orange, darker perhaps than the usual IPA. Taste is slightly chewy, a wonderful hops snap that is spicy without being distracting, with a backbone of malt. The hops and malt have a wonderful intercourse in this beer -- can I say intercourse? Because the two ingredients love each other, and I love being there with them. Sweet and sour are perfectly mixed. A delight.

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Photo of budgood1
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this devil pours out hazy, slightly murky dark rust colour. a small but thick off white head reduces to a sticky lace. although it's obvious that there is mighty hop load in this beer, what impresses me is the malty aroma that stands up to the usually nasal piercing hoppiness. upon tasting, it's a total malt and hop assault, battling out on the battlefield known as my tongue. malts seem very bready and sweet...full bodied...super malty mouthfeel....easy drinking...tasty floral hopping and just the perfect amount of bitterness in the finish. this is one of the few IPA's where i actually think the malt outduels the hop in the profile...and it's welcome.

perfectly balanced and extremely delicious.

thanks to frank4sail for the devilish sample.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy orange with dark golden tones, thin foamy head that really lasts for awhile fades to a thin haze and thick ring. Fresh dried floral hops and fruity aroma with an awesome grainy, toasted bakery-like back. This had a really complex aroma with lots of floral hop, some citrus, spice, & grassy grain, super fresh, yum. Tastes like it smells, fresh dried floral hops, with some citrus & spice notes and sneaky bitter, grassy notes as well. But not enough to ruin the solid hop crispy drying finish. Feel has a somewhat creamy medium body and airy dry. This is a solid IPA with great balanced hop bite and toasty malt backbone that tasted very fresh and is very drinkable.

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

Orangish-amber color with a tan head. Leaves good lacing. The aroma is spicy, hoppy, and with a bit of caramel malt aroma. The flavor starting out is of sweet malt, which flows to a spicy, bitter hop finish. Not a bad medium-bodied beer. Not over the top with the hops. I would definitely sample this brew again.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a hazy copper colour with a fairly thin but lasting head. hints of citrus and spice in the smell along with what seemed to be a bread-type smell as well. taste echoes the smell with hints of salt as well. it's definitely a hoppy brew, but the hops are not overbearing. i'm normally not a big fan of ipa's and therefore wasn't expecting to enjoy this one as much as i did, but i really dug this beer. alot. another solid offering from victory.

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Photo of Winter
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like most Victory products, this bottle features a creative illustration. HopDevil has hop flower in the face of a devil illustrated on the front label. 'Enjoy by Mar 17 03' marked clearly on the front side of the bottle.

This IPA poured a clear reddish-amber with a tan foamy head that is retained throughout consumption. The wonderful aroma consists of floral hops, citrus, malt and spice. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and has a creamy texture. HopDevil exhibits the perfect hop balance. Bitter yet not too salty. Excellent biscuity finish that was and unexpected delight. Touch of citrus also. HopDevil is not overly complex, but just a really good IPA. It's one of the best I've ever sampled.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz amber bottle with a clearly stamped "best by" date, month, day and year!

This IPA poured a hazy, reddish amber color with a creamy, light tan foam that left very nice lace on the glass. The smell came blasting from the bottle the minute the cap was popped: a beautiful, fragrant, floral hop aroma! Some citrus, biscuit, malt, and a hint of spice also in the smell. The taste was almost completely hops (bitter and floral) with only a bit of malt, which is overwhelmed. The mouthfeel was crisp, but slightly chalky. Full bodied, lively carbonation, with a lingering hop flavor. The drinkability was good.

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Photo of far333
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an inviting golden color, with a white and long lingering head. Noticeably hoppy smell of citrus and pine, followed by a very strong hop flavor that rolls over the entire tongue from front to back. This is a great beer, with a tremendous and intense hop flavor.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours perfectly, with a full, solid, off-white head that sticks and sticks and sticks. Leaves enormous amounts of lace that don't look like they're going anywhere. Very fizzy appearance, looks quite carbonated, with a deep orange-amber color.

Smell: Can we say hops? One more time? Smells like a freshly mown hayfield with some malty notes.

Taste: I've been reading about hops online, so I had an urge to drink some IPA. Lo and behold, I decided to pick up this beer. I've got to sayit one more time . . . hops! The carbonation hits hard at first, with each bursting bubble releasing some more hop flavor. Wonderful bitterness that reminds me of the taste of biting into a grapefuit. In the middle there is a sour, tangy taste, and it finishes with a lingering bitterness on hte back of the tongue.

Great IPA. Will return to this one again and again.

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Photo of Maestro
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is truly incredible. The hops are so well balanced even though there are way more than the average IPA. This ale has quite a smooth taste and is very mellow despite its extreme hop characteristics. The nose is very hoppy but the malts sneak through as well as some citrus hints. The taste is very clean but it has a little bite. The head is not too strong but it leaves quite a nice foamy lacing on the glass. There seems to be a slight hint of apple in the middle of the beer. There is substantial carbonation throughout the beer. The malts come out at the finish line making this orange/red ale quite a find.

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

Package:12 oz. brown longneck bottle. “Enjoy by APR 19 03” Usual well-designed Victory graphics adorn bottle, with leafy “HopDevil” character. Short blurb describing the spirit of the beer.

Cost: $6.99 6-Pack at Bottle King

Presentation: Pint glass at 45º-50º

Appearance: Medium dirty-blond color. A bit cloudy. Loose, light white head, settles quickly to a thin film. Exhibits some small-caliber bubbles.

Smell: Hops are very evident, along with some strong citrusy notes. Malt struggles up through the sharper notes. A bit aggressive at first, but evens out as the head settles. A nice, but somewhat one-dimensional aroma.

Taste: The taste is a bit more balanced than the aroma. I am not normally a fan of “overly” hopped beers, but this one accomplishes it a bit better than most. First sharpness of hops and citrus bite are somewhat moderated by the malt and alcohol warmth. Clean and but a bit thin and brittle without being sharp. The middle and finish are a bit insubstantial and short. A touch too dry. I’d like to give it a 4.25.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, smooth and even, but a bit coarser than Sierra Nevada Celebration and a touch watery.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. At the price and ABV, this is an excellent go-to beer for every season. On draught, this would probably be fuller and softer (as suggested by other reviewers), and more enjoyable for me overall.

This is an excellent effort, but I think that this is not as good as the SN Celebration. Perhaps this is an unfair comparison as one is a seasonal special and costs $1-$2 more, but stylistically they are similar. Celebration is definitely NOT a barley wine. Given the choice, I’d buy extra Celebration and set it aside, but this is a great alternative.

Backwash: As this is practically a local brew and readily available year-round at a relatively low price, it is virtually untouchable for value. A great all-around beer.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy, medium dark, yellowish-red IPA with a medium, light tan head. The smell is hoppy and piney. The taste is malty with a cedary bitterness. The body in my mouth is firm, yet softly rounded. Overall, definitely and IPA, but a bit on the hoppy side for my evolving taste.

Bright and colorful eye-catching label with a picture of some hops with devil's horns. I've heard alot of good things about this beer but it wasn't as "over the top hops" as I expected.

(source: PremierGourmet; Buffalo, NY)

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

Clear amber color, medium tan head which dissipates to a nice clingy lace. Aroma is hoppy, citrus & pine aplenty, with a mild maltyness in the background. Initial light malt sweetness gets clobbered by a hops bitterness that lingers on. A hop lovers dream, although it is still a fairly well-balanced brew.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a fan of pale ales I was very excited to taste this for the first time and Victory did not disappoint. With a smooth pour and a foggy amber color with a bubbly off-white head I was ready to go. the smell had a nice fruity, floral sensation with a definite hop quality. The first sip was everything I was expecting. A rich, full body witha complex array of hops and citrus flavors with a mellow dry aftertaste. This warmed me up on a less than warm night, but I could also drink 4 or 5 of these on a hot summer day. No matter what you like this is a keeper. Cheers!

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Photo of cubedoggy
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't add much more about appearance that has not already been said. I admit it, I am a hophead. I love IPAs -- Bass, of course, the first, then I was introduced to the local brew in Harpoon IPA back when it was a seasonal. Then came Tremont, Shipyard Fuggles, Sam Adams, etc. Traveling I savored Bridgeport IPA, Goose Island IPA, and Rogue Brutal Bitter, but, sadly, they are not available in MA. Then one chilly evening I found Victory Hop Devil in my favorite "packy" (Macy's).

I see that some have mentioned Stone in the same breath as Hop Devil; I can't compare, as Stone in $10 a six as opposed to $7 for Hop Devil. However, I find it difficult to believe that it is $3 better. Hop Devil smells wonderful, and tastes even better. Feels great on the tongue, and rolls down smoothly. The only problem is that its so good and refreshing it's hard to to sip!

If you like your ale on the hoppy side, you can't go wrong with Hop Devil. It's as good as any out there, and better than most...and I swore by Harpoon for years!

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Photo of oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber with rich carbonation, off-white head that gives great lace and holds well.
Smells very hoppy, no surprise of course, but it's not a simple plain hop smell, has a spicy kick to it.
Taste great, not overwhelmingly bitter like other "hop beers" but well done as to make it a pleasure to drink. Lots of sweetness up front.
Feels great going down and even though it is not a thick beer at all it still leaves a nice film of sweet bitterness on your palette.
I generally steer away from hoppy beers as most are too overwhelming, but this brew is great.
02/08/03 4 3.5 4 4 3.5



Classic tall 12oz brown glass bottle. Twist-off cap. The red and blue label shows a hop cone devil hybrid.
Beatiful hazy, copper body topped by a large creamy and rocky tan head that holds very well and leaves clumpy lace.
Caramel covered spicy hop cone smell. Fresh hay and barnyard notes. Grass and some mild pine hop scents come through after agitation.
The flavors are just great. Plenty of resin hops to go around with a spicy kick. The caramelish malts only poke through at the very initial taste and then drowns on a sea of resin hops. The aftertaste is dominated by a strong and delicious bitter hop bite that lasts and lasts.
Medium body with lots of coating and a slick sensation. The hops are slightly rough and makes for a dry finish.
Highly drinkable, especially in todays warm summer weather. This is a great companion for the grill.


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Photo of scottum
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Possibly the best IPA I've had. Red amber pour with a very nice head. Quite the hoppy rabbit. Tastes of, well, hops. There is enough flavor here for this BA to dig. For all those who dig a nice hoppy IPA, this is your nice hoppy IPA.

Thank you Victory.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick french vanilla white head that gets chunky and very appealing as is disipates. The nose on this beer let's you know what you are in for with grapefruit rind and little buttery malt presence. This beer is very good. It is very hoppy and has all the floral nose and tastes you would expect x 2. The hops in this beer reallly make it enjoyable and not overdone in regards of bitterness. It has a big malt and toastyness that comes through for a good balancing act but is then taken over by long spicy hop finale.

If I was going looking for a BIG IPA I would grab this one again

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,472 ratings.