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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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6,620 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,620
Reviews: 2,438
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 214
Gots: 836 | 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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Photo of shabbtastic
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by a friend, and was not disappointed at all. Being a huge fan of IPA's this one is very tasty.

A - A good two finger head which lasted a bit. Hazy amber color. The lacing on this beer was magnificent, lasted all the way down, very impressive.

S - Reeked with Hops. Definitely lives up to its name.

T - The hops in this are not shy at all. Hits you and hits you hard with a nice citrus companion.

M - Excellent carbonation, a bit of fizzle on the back of the palette.

D - Nice to enjoy a few, wouldn't classify as a session brew. Nice follow through leaves you urning another gulp!

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

A - Pours nicely into a pint glass with a cloudy amber color and light head.

S - I can smell the sweet hops from here and my glass is still next to me on the table. There's no hiding from the hops here! Hop smell is sweet and floral. A little bit of citrus also hiding in the nose as well; maybe a soft orange.

T - Bitter at first hit and sweet aftertaste that lingers at the back of your tongue. The bitterness hangs on your breath at the back of your throat. The hops is an earthy taste I can't quite pinpoint.

M - Smooth, not too carbonated or lively. Heavier than many other IPAs I've had, but I certainly wouldn't call this beer thick; after all it is still an IPA. It's near a medium mouthfeel.

D - I really like this beer. Its a drink you enjoy over time and not drink too quickly for an IPA. The heavy feel of the IPA I think will keep you from downing this beer too fast; it will fill you up.

Photo of bigeyedfish
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, drink by 11 February 08 into a pint glass.

Once in pint glass, the beer comes with a really nice, foamy mother of pearl head, which starts receding quickly, but not at an alarming rate, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. The color is somewhere in between medium to dark orange and ruby red; in short, an awesome looking beer.

When put to the nose the beer comes off with pine, pine, and more pine. Not exactly the balanced IPA, but not a super dry pine smell either. It's a more complete, deep pine (assuming, for the minute that Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe is the dry pine). It's piney, but it's deep and inviting at the same time. It's unassumingly intimaditing. There's something else on the nose too, besides pine; I can't pin point it exactly, but the best I can say is that it smells like carrots. This aroma isn't until the head is almost gone, save for a thin shean on the top and aromatics have been taken for a minute to a minute and a half. But the pine definatley recedes over time, and leaves carrots. Interesting.

A lot of pine, a lot of cedar. The finish is huge(after more than :30 seconds it's still there.) There's a lot in the end, but that's produced with the front and mid-palate being sacrificed to the Gods of Pine in the end. There's a little transition in the mid-palate, a little nice hint of mint and pine, nothing to get excited about, but that's it for first and second flavors. You don't really get into the flavors until you really get deep into this beer- at first glance the strong finish makes you think it's a full flavor, but after inspection, it proves to be just a super big finish with everything else a little lacking. Kind of dissapointing, actually.

Mouthfeel is really nice- big, luscious and definatley a coating of bitter hops. A little carbonation floating around, and the beginning sip is a little tough with the bitterness, it's almost too much at first. The bitterness dissappears around mid-palate and comes through big time at the end, with the explosion of pine. But really, a pleasant beer to drink. There are a lot of people who would be offended by this beer, but if you're used to the style it'll be something to take notice of, and then in turn to settle into; there might some people who like IPA's may not like this beer, but it won't be because of the mouthfeel. The first sip is a bit of a shock, but after that, you know what you're getting.

I'm not sure where I want to go on the drinkability on this one. On one hand, it's an absolute palate bomb that will destroy your tastebuds and it's hard to forsee drinking more than one of these while still being able to taste anything, not to mention the almost 7% alcohol which means you're looking at 4/5 being a very good night. On the other hand, after one to one and a half there's not much you can taste besides this, so really, it only gets easier to drink after teh first one (if you ever had more than one Festina Peche in the same night, with the second one being easier to drink- it's kind of like that). With all that said I can remember a handful of nights where this ran the gauntlet- first beer of the night, holding its own with a strong, full bodied cigar (even danced brilliantly with a La Flor Dominicana Coronado, which is known for it's pineyness) and can be something that after 5/6 you can still drink standing up; in it's body it's a DIPA- in its drinkability, it's an IPA.

This probably is the marijuana of IPA's; that gateway version of the style that fans of the more classic IPA's (Bell's Two Hearted immediatley comes to mind) can use to get into bigger IIPA's(with the afformentioned Weyerbacher Double Simcoe proving to be a natural progression from this) while still having the IPA abv; a classic within the style, but not a classic example of the style.

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

The hopdevil comes with a cool label of a devilish looking hop and a consume by date. Nice. It pours a clear amber with a nice foam head the leaves some money web lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is hoppy with a tiny maltiness. The taste of the brew is not overwhelmingly hoppy for an IPA. You get a whoppy spiciness at the end of the drink in the back of your mouth. It tasted to me like there was a strong hop talent to it with a balance of malt in the background. Very good IPA.

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper coloured , clear, with full head, lot of carbonation. Pronounced hoppy bitterness in a classical way (reminiscent of Sierra Nevada) before all the over-the-top super-charged beers. Nice finish with lingering hoppiness. Excellent in the middle of the range bitter beers.

Photo of Folderol
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at McIntyre's in Toms River.

I'd say the most impressive aspect of this beer was the head. It's thick, full and cream-colored, not what I'm used to seeing on an ale. Smell is of hops, but not the piney stuff I'm used to finding. I couldn't quite place the flavor either; it's hops, but there was something unique about it. Overall, a well-balanced beer, not overwhelmingly hoppy but definitely sturdy. Drinkability was quite good.

Photo of jhu1995
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep orange/amber color with a thick off-white head and lots of sticky lacing. Smell is flowery hops to the core. Taste follows suit, but is not overpowering. Seems to be on the lighter side with regard to body. Nice crisp finish and very tasty. A very solid brew.

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

This is one of the beers that I place in my "Solid IPA" category: never disappoints, but still has a special character at that. Strong hop body with smokey tones and flavor with a good hop bite in the finish.Great hop aroma that is however not quite as flowery or complex as other IPAs of its caliber. From my experience I have seen this beer to have sub-par head retention.

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

This beer has been around a long time, being one of the first BIG IPA's out there. It is no longer as BIG as it use to be as tons have breweries have made brews far bigger than this old gaurd. Due to all of this it has been a long time since I have had a HopDevil. Being on cask though at the Zeno's real ale fest gave me good reason to revisit this old friend, and I am glad I did!

A--light orange copper with a thick white head

S--Lovely floral hop kick. A true sniffer.

T--Great, fresh hop flavor with a really solid malt bill. A well balanced beer.

M--Rich and full bodied. Offers up a nice hop bite aftertaste.

D--Forgot how good this beer is...and on cask it is even better. This beer may not be the biggest bad boy on the block anymore but it still a very solid performer. A truly, a well made beer.

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

A - about 1/2 finger head with a usual pour. The head disaptes quickly - some lacing. Much lighter than others of its style - dark gold and very clear.

S - Not aromatic. Maltiness dominates, but no powerful sweetness. Pleasant.

T - A great balance. The bitterness is most evident in aftertaste. In the mouth, there is a good deal of light malt flavor.

M - Thick for its style, but actually more true to form than most of its competitors. There is not the high carbonation that is often present in AIPA which, I think, is misguided - excellent in this regard.

D - Very good. A little thick, a little too malty to make it an over the top AIPA, but truer to its British inspirations. I like this a whole bunch!

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

Pours a deep, clear amber with a decent 1 fingered head that settles down to a cap that leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Right after the pour the smell of piney hops is most evident. After the head settles down a bit of malt is detectable.

The taste is a very hoppy, just what you expect. It is nicely balanced with the slightly sweet malt that is detectable on finish. It feels crisp and with the good carbonation really make this a very drinkable IPA. Light to medium body. Good thing I have a few more to enjoy.

My first Victory Brewing beer and I look forward to sample some more.

Photo of marcpal
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Stuff yer Face in NJ. Hands down one of the finest IPAs you can get your hands on. Perfect.
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A: Shady amber with clarity. Lacing and head were on point. Impressive from the start.

S: Malt and hops, hops and malt. Best explanation of the aroma would be thick that would lead to a depth in the flavor.

T: Again, hops and malts- ideally what an IPA should be. Sticks around for a while on the palate and never annoying. The overall flavor is perfectly balanced.

M: Carbonation and thickness just right. The texture was thick enough but really hid the ABV, ridiculously smooth.

D: Drinkability through the roof. One of, if not the most, drinkable IPAs Ive ever tasted. Cant wait to have many more. On tap really was a treat.

Ive become infatuated with IPAs lately and this one is among the best.

Photo of number1bum
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite IPAs, just never reviewed it before.

Pours a dark amber color with some burnt orange hues to it, with two plus fingers of light cream colored head. The head is pillow soft and creamy, and retains a

Smell is pine and citrusy hop aromas, and only a hint of caramel malt. The smell is a bit light, the weakest part of a beer that is not for the feint of hops.

The taste is super flavorful hops, with grapefruit, orange and lots of pine, too. Hops also supply ample bitterness. There is enough of a caramel malt backbone to keep the hops from getting out of hand, as the bitterness is pretty strong. Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, and this is one of the tastiest and most drinkable IPAs out there.

This is truly a hop lovers IPA. The malt is there, but the hops dominate. Balance? Not so much. But it's awesome.

Photo of PhageLab
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz bottle into my Hobgoblin glass. Right off the bat I was surprised by both the aroma and color of this brew, definitely intriguing.

A - Nice clean light brown with hints of amber. Under certain lights it almost looks red. Medium sized head that eventually left, but the lacing was great.

S - HopDevil indeed, well it cleared my sinus anyways! The floral scent was there, but couldn't shine through until the very end. It almost smells like there is a blend of cherry in there as well.

T - Hard to explain. Seems like a blend between a nut brown ale and an IPA. Many may not agree with me here, but it has a roasted soothing aftertaste that I've only experienced with nut browns before. It threw me off because initially it's a hop blast and singe to the taste buds, yet afterwards I wasn't sure what I had drank. Hopefully this isn't my palate playing tricks on me. It's good at any rate.

M - The finish is a bit cleaner than I had expected, and it is fairly light bodied, nothing definitive here.

D - I would never turn one down, I'll say that much. Interesting profile, and quite drinkable, if for nothing else the curiosity of it's presentation. What you see is nothing like what you get, and that's not a bad thing.

Photo of Atricapilla
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really thought this was a kick ass ale...It is what is says: hoppy. It has a nice amber color with a small, slightly creamy head. The head was a bit more constructed in the cask bier I had as opposed to the bottled versions. The aroma and taste were thoroughly dominated by hops, hops, and more hops. Goes down well and leaves a lingering hop aftertaste.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
Unsure of age. (Enjoy by 2/15/07? Can't really read it)

A: Had to pour slowly so the head wouldn't overwhelm my glass. Translucent deep ruby color. I'm actually surprised at how clear this is. Small amounts of lacing remain on the glass.

S: While pouring, could smell the hops easily with the glass being over a foot from my face. After the head settled though I couldn't detect much.

T: Quite hoppy, but definitely not overpoweringly so. Almost spicy on the front end with a hop finish that sticks in my mouth for several minutes

M: Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated. Any more carb and it'd be too much, any less and it'd lose its spiciness.

D: It may be a good thing that I can't get this locally, because I could see myself drinking alot of these. Perfectly balanced and would make for a dangerous session beer.

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

Poured into a pint glass a bit too firmly and produced a 2" head of light beige tight pillowy foam. The beer is slightly cloudy and amber/copper in color. As the head dissipates.... it leaves pronounced lacing on the glass.

The aroma is definately of piney hops and some malt for balance.

The taste: Definately a hop bite to begin with but some sweetness comes through.... like brown sugar. A deep roasted malty finish is apparent. Good stuff. The hops prevails as the dominamt taste that lasts through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just a tad heavy on the carbonation... but still nice. Creamy, heavy beer.

Drinkability: Heck yeah.... all day long.... go for it.... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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

Thanks to Biegaman for sharing this growler with me. I've enjoyed it now over three days although loathe to write a review since I've been struggling with a bad cold. The colour is copper to chestnut brown with a tan head that thins out but produces good lacing and lots of wispy film. Well carbonated. The nose is distinct pink grapefruit with a spicy citrus rind backdrop and maybe a hint of pine needles. The alcohol is well hidden with a sweet grapefruit taste, assertive hops, flashes of butterscotch. The mouthfeel throughout remains hoppy and crisp with a bitter-sweet lingering finish. This is a great beer drinking experience and one I'll hope to repeat often in the future.

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

Deep amber pour caps a viscous head with constant carbonation. Head retains well.

Pine needle and grapefruit hop aroma hits the nose. Faint doses of caramel as well.

Well balanced flavors of caramel sweet malt support loads of hop bitterness and pine needle flavors. Big flavors abound in this classic example of an American IPA done well. Heavy doses of malt and sweetness, but the hops blast the palate clean for every new sip.

Easy to drink this beer. Goes well with extra-spicy mexican food.

Photo of brewshakes
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up in a mixed six pack from Total Wine. This beer poured a copper color with a white head that lasted throughout. The nose is hops with some pine and citrus. The beer is smooth and the hops really come through. Very bitter towards the end. I enjoyed it but I don't think I could have more than a couple in one sitting because it's so dry at the end.

Photo of Amalak
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Semi opaque, orange/red with a head and lace that last.

S: Hoppy nice aroma.

T: Too hoppy. Very intense.

M: The hops shoot to back of my throat.

D: Just has too dominant of one flavor.

Has flavor, but it has too dominant of one flavor rather than a pleasant blend.

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

Halloween 2007. Fresh growler fill via Consumer's Beverages on Elmwood, in Buffalo.

A stiff pour would conjure an average level of tanned white head. This would eventually fade in the middle, part strictly to the sides and then, after a good run, give out entirely around the halfway point of the pint. One element never compromised, however, is the colour; a toasted copper that glows ruby when examined at different angles, it is lovely-looking from each and every angle I inspect it.

The aroma is a fleshy concoction of zesty, eyebrow raising hops. Although C-hop dominated (meaning it boasts dynamic, domineering scents of pink grapefruit and pineapple), the bouquet also consists of rotting flowers, bubblegum, pine serum and a long list of other freshly squeezed citrus fruits. Despite all this the aroma is, believe or not, surprisingly balanced by a biscuity, toffee-like maltiness.

Hop Devil is liquid hop candy. Plain and simple. As well as overtones of spruce and pine, the flavour contains notes of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lime, lychee and so on and so on and scooby-dooby doo. It is a citrus convention. But chaperoning all this are the aforementioned malts, which, if you care to notice, are bready and sweet (doubt you can though as the finish has an enduring mintiness).

Although almost 7%, the extra alcohol is, for the most part, unnoticed (and in any case the beer remains incredibly quaffable). It has a smoothing, toasty, biscuity maltiness as well as a leafy earthiness, the two infused and enlivened by well-integrated acidity. The bitterness seems to clamp onto the tongue for a long, rewarding aftertaste and really rams those pine-y, citrusy notes in.

Victory's Hop Devil was one of the first American IPAs I tried (and consequently one of the first beers to turn me onto bombastic hoppiness). It has been around for some time and remains a wonderful IPA, arguably still among the best the East Coast has to offer in the style. Right down the checklist, it fits all the criteria. It is, without doubt, a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks between medium and dark brown. Head is small and not really thick. No lines down the glass while drinking. All reminents of head are gone.

S- Smells of oak and nuts. And a piney, citrus hop smell.

T- Somewhat bitter but enough to keep you interested. Has a kind of burnt wood taste in the end while bitter. Pretty strong alcohol taste too.

M- Nothing special. No maltiness or fizz to the mouth. Not too much here I would have to say. Not this beer's strong point.

D- Somewhat drinkable, but not an all nighter. The bitterness gets to you after one or two, but all in all is a good ale.

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

A - Slightly hazy copper-orange with a rocky three finger head that leaves behind sticky, sea-foam like lace.

S - Pungent, lemony hop character with some nutty malt. Grapefruit, pine, and some caramel; you can tell there are a lot of hop oils in this.

T - A lot of bready malt, followed closely by pine and citrus. I get a little bit of mustard, maybe some pepper, and alcohol warmth towards the end. The finish is all bitterness, and it lingers.

M - Medium to slightly thick body with moderately high carbonation.

D - Drinkability is hard to judge on this one. It is quite bitter, beyond the point of being refreshing IMO, but they squeeze a lot of flavor from the hops as well. I can't see myself drinking more than one in a sitting, but the six pack won't last long. Overall, another winner from victory.

Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy copper colored hue. Nice inch high head, good lacing.

Smell, and taste, is pure hops. Some grapefruit , some grassy flavoring ...maybe a bit of pine. No real malt or fruit flavors to balance it out.

Considering that I loved, loved, loved the Hop Wallop, I was expecting to enjoy this more. It's a good beer, but for a "hop bomb" it lacks the complexity or drinkability of the Ballast Point or Stone brews I keep returning to.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,620 ratings.