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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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2,447 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,447
Hads: 6,933
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 245
Gots: 1,118 | 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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Reviews: 2,447 | Hads: 6,933
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. (594 characters)

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. (446 characters)

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. (404 characters)

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! (438 characters)

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. (464 characters)

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. (503 characters)

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. (454 characters)

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! (427 characters)

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!! (235 characters)

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. (592 characters)

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. (605 characters)

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. (1,997 characters)

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. (561 characters)

Photo of Mick
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this both bottle and tap. I have equally enjoyed both but found the bottle to be fresher, more likely than not a serving issue on the establishment with the tap.

Clear dark amber fluid pours out a nice head. Hop aroma hits the nose like a boxer going in for the kill caramel backs it up. Bitterly and menacingly flavorful, more hops than a gaggle of rabbits. I don't know of another beer that is more possessed by the hop spirit than this one. Dry bitter but thick full body that maintains as well ‘till the end.

Hoptopia for the hop heads. (557 characters)

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

Pours a light amber color, slightly hazy, with an off-white foamy head, that turns into a thin layer, and laves nice lace. Aroma is all hops, floral and citrus. Medium bodied with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Taste is very much like the aroma. Lots of hop flavor, citrus, grapefruit, and floral tastes. Malt is somewhere in the backround. Different hop flavors along with the toasted malt in the backround make this a nice balance of flavor, and not a shocking hop bitterness. Finishes slightly bitter with some spiciness. A very good IPA. Sit back and enjoy! (556 characters)

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

Appearance: Pours a beautiful orange/reddish color with great clarity. A good-sized head stays pretty well and has a nice sheeting effect down the side of the glass.

Smell: Cascade hops and all the wonderful scents that come with them: pine, grapefruit, citrus... A touch of sweet malt too. Great aroma!

Taste: A skillful balance of sweet malt and hop bitterness and flavor. The cascade hops certainly make themself known. Lots of pine, grapefruit, a touch of pineapple, a bit of a flowery taste, and a bitterness that finishes out strong. I pick up on a touch of toffee throughout as well. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Very soft and rounded, with a smooth, medium thickness.

Drinkability: Good. Some American Pale Ales knock you over with hops...this one has just as much as the next one, but in a beautiful balance with the malt flavors. (847 characters)

Photo of Jarod
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a huge hop fan as of yet, but slowly becoming one. This beer poured into the glass a bright amber/copper color. There were slight bubbles as you peered into the glass. The head seemed quiet thick and white. The lace clinged to the sides dragging the whole way down. The aroma was dominated by the hops. There were hints of citrus and sweet malt as well. The taste was big. Much like the aroma the hoppy taste was present. But through the hops you notice slight fruit like grapefruit. You also notice hints of a toasted malt. A good beer, a bit strong if you are just starting to review hoppy beers, but I would come back, and try more. (639 characters)

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

Bright copper color, nice thick head, clings to the glass. Aroma of citrus and pine resin. This IPA is very balanced malty with a great hop bite, I like to keep a supply of this awesome brew. (191 characters)

Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear copper color, with a big white head that a bit of lace on the glass. Aroma is all citrusy grapefruit hops with just a bit of a dry grass to it. The flavor is very nice lots of grapefruity hop citrus up front, some husk flavors and the slightest toasty malt hiding in the background. Clean crisp drying hop finish. Slick smooth mouthfeel with a mild carbonation makes this a very drinkable beer that leaves you wanting another. Thanks to NeroFiddled for providing this as part of a beer trade. (508 characters)

Photo of HossMcGraw
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After properly aquiring a taste for this beer, I needed to re-review this. It's like, the BOMB baby! I can't really do it justice by writing about it but I'm doing it anyway. It's very hopppy and bold. The hops quite obviously dominate, but a subtle yet noticeable spicy-sweetness is also pretty big on ye olde palate. It took me a few of these to realize how great it was,and your macro drinking ass may need to develop a taste for this as well. Impeccably brewed and unbelievably delicious, HopDevil is the beer you should be drinking. (537 characters)

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. (306 characters)

Photo of QXSTER1
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had Hop Devil numerous times in the bottle but never on cask. It's a different animal altogether. Even poured a lighter copper than the bottled version. Nose was of subtle hops but not overpowering and the head was a perfect white, dense, creamy wonder that stuck to the glass leaving tons of lace.
The taste at cask temperature seemed softer and more sophisticated. The hops were still featured but with more nuance and complexity. The firm malt background folded into the rounded citric character of the hops moreso than the bottled version. It was definitely like drinking a different beer with both being outstanding. The bottle version is an in your face hophead's delight while the cask was it's more profound cousin. (732 characters)

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

A hopheads delight! Poured a very dark coppery color with a nice head and decent lace as you drank it. Definant hoppy aroma but not overly so, just right IMO. Had a great but powerful hoppy taste but also smoothed out on the tongue with a nice malt taste. I would drink this beer over and over again...............CHEERS (324 characters)

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

This beer lasts a *long* time.

I got to a 20-count at times.

Fills your mouth.

But not very heavy.

I had seen it before. Nice packaging, Tried it because I saw it on this site.

I will buy it again.

Adding to the review eight months later: I have bought this beer several times since my original review, and I continue to find it a good change of pace. It is a very full beer, you have to pay attention when you drink it, but it's worth the attention. (469 characters)

Photo of mickstepp
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! The hops just explode on the palate. Lovely reddish brown color. Nice creamy head but doesn't last long. Leaves a decent lace. I love the pungent hoppy aroma and the faint citrusy notes. Exceptional finish, you get a nice hop burn long after the last sip has gone down. One of the 5 best American Pale Ales I have ever had. Oddly, it's not that easy to find in neighboring Ohio. I hope I can track down Victory's other offerings. (434 characters)

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,447 ratings.