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Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of aaronh
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer at the Pennsylvania microbrewery festival, and I was very impressed. I'm a fan of IPA's and this is by far the best I've had. It seems to let some maltiness through, but with a great hop aroma and finish. Trying in bottles soon(got a six in the fridge).


Updated my review to reflect my comparative experiences since my first review, which was my very first review as a BA (originally a 4.95!). It does have a great malty presence on draft, with a very smooth hop profile as well. This is much better on tap, as the bottles develop a bit of a harshness and do not compare to Two Hearted or Stone IPA bottles. Still a very fine beer though that is a regular in my house.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another rare treat thanks to trbeer's trek to Chicago. I've been curious ever since seeing this one up on the BA charts. Pours copper in color. Smell reminds me of a barley wine. Some caramel and hops aroma. Taste is a surprise. Very malty and subdued hops. I was expecting an all out hops assault. Usually the extreme beers make the list but this one is more balanced. The bitterness doesn't even kick in until 1/3 of the way through the glass. Again more defined by the malty aspects of the beer. A nice beer but I think I prefer the grapefruit of Bell's Two Hearted. Call me provincial 'cause I'm from Michigan. Still a nice beer and I'm greatful for the opportunity to try. Now if I only can get Storm King Stout!

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Photo of Riggo
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A while back, I tried this beer and just felt it was way too hoppy. I was quite surprised then to discover on a recent tasting how balanced this beer really is. What is distinctive about this beer is not really the heavy hops. Plenty of American brewers do that, but few do it while at the same time balancing it out with complex earthy, malty flavors and an amazing depth of character. All the while remaining very drinkable. Outstanding.

Pours an attractive clear, dark copper with a creamy tan head that remains in a thin cap, leaving nice lacing. The nose is alluring and complex: an earthy mixture of wood, smoke, burnt sugar, spicy, leafy hops, melted butter(?), fruit (orange, lemon, raisins, apricots, grapefruit?). On palate, a combination of complexity and balance that is exceptional. On the one hand, earthy flavors of nutty, roasted, smoky malt, buttery toffee, and caramel. At the same time, spicy, leafy, cedary hop bitterness and fruit--grapefruit, lemon, orange. Finish is long, dry, and fruity. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, with just a touch of carbonation. A surpsisingly drinkable brew to have such a big, spicy hop presence. Very rounded-out and deeply earthy. One of the very best American ales. Victory is perhaps the best brewery in the country.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours a dark mahogany red. The tan head develops nicely and gives away to a thin lace. The aroma is all hops; hints of citrus and pine float in the air. Nothing overpowering but enough for the name “Hop Devil” The taste is very nice, again HOPS! However, there is a nice mild sweetness just before the bitter hop finish. This is very enjoyable to drink. There are more than enough hops to enjoy but not enough to burn out the taste buds. For me, this is a very drinkable IPA. I will look forward for the other 5 in my fridge! No wonder it is in the top 50!

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Photo of pheurton
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a crystal clear orange-tinted scarlet brown with a sizeable creamy off-white head, which does a spectacular job of staying around and coating the glass with sheets of lace. spicy, fresh hop oil in the nose that can be detected a foot from the face. sturdy medium body made crisp by ample carbonation. sipping this brew as it warms reveals a spicy crystal malt notes in perfect harmony with an assertive, fresh whole-flower hop flavor. ample bitterness never seems astringent. a dissertation in balance, the extreme flavors of this brew are crafted in complex harmony. the finish is long and bitterly flavorful. subtle nuances emerge as the beer warms and becomes considerably more rich. ipa's don't come much more balanced, flavorful, or drinkable than this one. absolutely stellar.

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Photo of tar
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red copper color with a foamy tan head which clings to the side of the glass as it dissipates, leaving some nice lacing. The deep reddish color makes for a very attractive beer in the glass. Both the aroma and taste are as expected, given the beers name---strongly of hops. The very hoppy taste lingers in the mouth and shifts somewhat into a more spicy aftertaste on the tongue. Medium to full bodied, this beer has very good mouthfeel and goes down quite smoothly. An overall very good beer which I will certainly drink more of.

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Photo of MissOrch
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first I wanted to say this beer was amber, but it's much a much deeper, darker red. It had a beautiful head with very tiny bubbles, making it look almost like cream. It laced all the way down the slides while drinking and was still there for my last sip. When I was done, the bottom of the glass looked like a doily. Pretty. But then again, by the time I got to the bottom of the glass, everything was looking pretty.

I immediately smelled burnt caramel, like charred smores. My favorite kind. I also noted some hints of citrus, namely lemon, which must have been the hops kicking in. At first taste, it was fresh and crisp. Then I was almost chewing on the malt, even though there was no sediment whatsoever. Finally, just the right amount of tongue-scooting bitterness finished the palate. There were, however, a few sour notes every few sips. This IPA was delicious, drinkable to the last drop and will be hard to beat.

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Photo of usualpulp
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was fortunate enough to acquire a six pack of this brew from a friend. The beer pours a nice amber color with a medium white head. The smell of the hops is very noticeable, and very inviting. Upon first sip the mouth is overwhelmed by the exploding taste of hops and light sweet malt, which is very pleasing. Once the hops fade, the mouth is left with a spicy flavor. Overall this is one excellent brew, very refreshing and a pleasure to drink; unfortunately I cannot get it where I live. Regardless, this goes on my list of favorites.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of the Victory line I have tried and I came away very impressed.Now Iam not a hop-head but this beer has a nice balance to the hoppiness.Poured a real nice rich copper color with a pillowey head,the aroma of hops hits ya from almost a foot away.Taste is herbal hoppy with a nice nutty malt background.Had this at a pub in Blue Bell not far from my new place.

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Photo of beerman599
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i had this at the Connecticut real ale festival and it was wonderful a stand out among standouts a true historically correct IPA with great body mouth feel and balance.hop heads and malt freaks alike will love this one. if you can find it on cask its a must!!!

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Photo of nomad
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was an amber with orange and brown hues, transparent, and with little carbonation. Had an off-white colored head that was foamy and very steady, some lace, and good little tendrils of stain.

Smelled of hops - fresh, flowery, and full - and notes of orange but thin and cleanly so. Taste was of a chewable tasty malt and lickable tasty hops. The hops were a little sour but more bitter; both characteristics were none too strong, though. The body of the flavors created a very toasted and earthy character, with a slight salt flavor that came through after a couple swigs. What I noticed most was how well-rounded this IPA was, as the malt is recognizable and bases the obvious hops, and develops a small fruit taste in the middle of the swallow.

Finish is dry, and I could feel some sort of malt behind it all. A little nutty and burnt taste in there, too. And with a watery mouthfeel this all amounts to a fairly refreshing and mostly balanced IPA, but just a little too earthy for me though.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on cask at Copperfield's. I've had it on tap and in bottle, but the cask blew me away.
Beautiful, perfect head. The beer was a reddish copper color. Smelled peppery, but not enough there. Hoppy, too, of course. Tasted very smooth, hoppy, and a teeny tiny bit bitter. Excellent beer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally did gets me some of the 'Devil. Right up the side of the head! Whew, Baby, this be the real thing. Hop nose just a waftin' on up there, that great clear amber flittin' its tail 'neath a creamy 2 fingers of ivory. The lace she be dropping in, but sliding on down to the body again. Oooo Man. Creamy full body caresses the palate and wakes it with citrusy flavors and flowery accents. Tried to sip; no luck. This be gulpin' good beer. Two thumbs up for the 'Devil.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Being a big fan of hoppy beers I found HopDevil to be one of the best. It's a beautiful clear amber color with a nice thick off white head that slowly dissolves to a sheet on the beer and leaves a good amount of lace on the glass. The aroma is full of flowery esters and citrus smells. Each sip is a hop lovers delight. Hops dominate each sip with their citrus and flowery flavors. Some toasted malt is found in the background to balance out the flavor. A mild bitterness and sticky pallett is left behind.

This is an excellent and very drinkable beer. If you like hops I highly recommend it.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barrelhouse Brewfest sample #8. I like the coppery color on this one. It has a BIG orange, hoppy aroma. I figured it to be a blast of bitterness, but it really wasn't just all about the hop. I found the malt and hop balance to be most excellent. I'll need to find some more of this. I've heard it's even better on tap.

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Photo of powoo19
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to be honest, I bought the beer for the bottle art. It is very cool. After hours of letting it chill I cracked one. It poured nicely, with a nice rich color. It clung nicely to the glass with each sip.
The taste was, as expected, very hoppy, which I have come to enjoy over the years. It leaves a great feel and aftertaste.
This is not a session beer in my opinion, but it is very good.
Give it a try, you wont be disappointed, unless of course you think Rolling Rock is good, then just stay away!
Happy Drinking

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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +7.1%
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 +10.1%
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 +8.9%
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 +10.1%
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 +15.3%
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 -3.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +20%
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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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,488 ratings.