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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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2,459 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,459
Hads: 7,010
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 256
Gots: 1,206 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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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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 nviting 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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Photo of jeffboo
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The glass fills with a burnt amber colored beer, the color you'd expect Diablo's pool to be, of course topped with a thick,smoky,earthy,slightly sweet smelling foam.What could be bubbling up from those depths?This evil beverage base is a firm malt sweetness,with a little smoke and butteryness on the tongue. Then the snakes of hop hell apear and cover the ground knee high. If Diablo had any sense, he sure would have one of these in his hand as he welcomes you to his lair.Welcome to hell Mr Bitterbeerfaceman, welcome. A nice Ipa with medium body and a balanced if not understated hoppiness.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a more than ample off white head that lingers.
Smell: mainly hops, fruits, and alcohol.

Taste: The hops dominate whole heartedly and it's a very wonderful thing. Bold, spicy, bitter, but not overly bitter. The aftertaste of bitterness doesn't last long either.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, then bittersweet.

I'm pretty impressed with this IPA, but it probably won't be a repeat purchase of mine since I'm not a hop lover.

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Photo of astrobrewer
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color, some haziness. Fine, off-white head that is retained for quite a while. Strong, sweet, citrusy hop aroma. Flavor also dominated by hops with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Medium body balances hop flavor nicely. Carbonation level is just right with the bubbles making a nice tingle on the tongue that is good with the spicy hoppiness. A good beer if you're in the mood for lots of hops.

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

An off white head rests atop the burnt orange brew. Aroma is of floral hops (no surprise there!) Taste is of course hoppy too, but the malts do come into play as well. A hoppy burp sends the malts back into retreat. This beer is the perfect compliment to the chips & salsa and hopefully a great warm up for the 90 minute IPA I'll be enjoying for the Superbowl. Finishes slightly sweet and spicy. Thanks to aaronh for this awesome hopfest!

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber, a white head that doesn't really hang around to talk. Some lacing, but not exceptional. Smell betrays west coast hops with flowery scents, but some spice hangs in there too. Taste is similar, with the spicy hop character winning out over the perfumey flavours (I don't like my beers overloaded with that). You all know what people think of this beer, I'll just add that it's almost lives up to the hype. Which is to say that this is a very good beer.

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Photo of Mark
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I finally broke down and bought a six. (due to the cost) It was about 3 weeks under the best before date. This beer poured a nice clear amber, head retention was very good and lacing was plentiful. Nice piney hop aroma but more understated than some west coast IPA's. Taste was hoppy and a bit peppery I want to say as the beer had a spicey kick to it. Still it was a bit smoother than most West Coaster's, I thought it very nice and drinkable. Glad I tried it, but due to the cost it won't be a staple.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color. I got a nice thick head with mine. The head was a cream color and lasted a while. After a while though, it thinned out, but it was still evident. The taste was stouty at first, mixed with some fruit, and even a little spicey. After I held it in my mouth for a few seconds, it lost it's bite and became low key. Finished off smooth and left a little bit of a peppery aftertaste. Verdict: I could drink it all day and watch football.

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

Pours a clear light brown tea color with a massive 2 finger off-white head. The pungent aroma of strong citrusy hop is dominant with nothing else being able to poke through. A strong flavor of the citrus hops and a light earthy malt taste and very light spices…but barely shining through. It has a light to medium body and finishes with a very dry hop. Very bold…very good! Thanks to Rotsaruch for sending this to me. Cheers!

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Photo of psugrad98
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great golden amber color. Lazy bubbles and moderate head. Quick and intense hop burst, with rich bitterness that clings to mouth and continues through to the aftertaste. Good herbal bouquet, slightly fruity. This one makes you pucker!!

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Photo of kelticblood
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With all the hype about this beer I decided to give it a try....

The pour revealed great head retention with generous amounts of foamy white lace.It had a smell of hops with a bitter touch.The smell also had a "copper" smell to it.It had a full body with a dark cherry red color.Very silky and smooth with a good mouthfeel.The finish was very dry with a long bitter grapefruity aftertaste.The overall taste didnt impress me.Other than the appearance I dont see what all the hype is about.Way too bitter needs more balance.This beer is way to overrated! I would not buy or drink this again.

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Photo of zerk
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have heard so much about the vaunted HopDevil, that I knew that I must make a foray into hop hell. But after trying it, I'm thinking this is closer to heaven.

Pours a slightly orange copper, with a persistent white head that leaves rings of lace. Aroma is very fruity... orange rind, grapefruit, carmel... with some floral notes. Flavor begins with some caramel, and finishes with a somewhat acidic grapefruit... and a fair amount of bitterness... although it's nicely balanced by the malt. Somewhat prickly with a medium body. I can see why this one is highly regarded! A great beer for the hophead.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A facetious hop leaf label resplendent with a bitter green evil wry smile affronts the obverse of the Bottle label. Good vs Evil Maybe.
Pours an iridescent, deep amber, anti-religious color, with copper clad spikes. Is it Easter? If not. The uprising in this beer is way too early, Easter is 4 months away so put that rock back. The head is a light tan frothy number nailed to the head that collapses slowly but surely. Leaves a frothy, but smooth looking voluminous rocky head that smatters its entrails on the glass sides. The Romans would have loved that. A fresh hoppy aroma introduces a green hop bitterness that clubs the cheeks. Mouthfeel is solid. I Think this beer is AReligious, thank goodness, because so am I. Nail this beer to the wall, saturate its open wounds in Malt Vinegar, spear its heart, and then profess your undying love for something that you never believed in. Oh dear, now I am being sarcastic. So lets be serious. Hopsheads will love this evil offering.
OK, so you're expecting a Biblical comment right?
Well I’m an Athiest, so this will have to do;

The Devil walks into a crowded bar. Within seconds the bar emptied with people running out screaming all over the place, all except for one old man leaned over the bar drinking Victory Hopdevil.
The Devil wanders across to the old man and says "Do you know who I am?"
The old man took another sip of his beer and answered "Yep"
The Devil stared at the old man and asked "Well, aren't you afraid of me?"
The old boy looks the Devil up and down for a minute and shrugs "I married your sister 40 years ago, why the hell should I be scared of you?"

The Old Man is me, well, maybe - one day.

Hop Devil Ale – What can I say, I think Pontious Pilot drank this beer before he was “Paid”, I am sure. Well at least before he was enticed to invest in Enron.

As a Hop-Head : I will be buying more of this offering that's for sure, for I am sure I will definitely not be going to Heaven.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper, amber in color, with a thinnish, smooth off white head. Decent lace down the glass. Nose is hoppy and citric. Flavor starts off caramel sweet, with a strong, fairly rough hop flavor throughout. Hops lend a good blend of citric and floral flavors to the brew, with spicy and acidic notes present throughout. Well-carbonated, but fairly creamy in body, with a medium-light mouthfeel and a dry finish. Nice hop aftertaste. Overall a good IPA, though I probably wouldn't rank it top #10. Seems a bit one dimensional compared to, say, Stone's Ruination.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,459 ratings.