Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,830 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,830
Reviews: 2,481
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 235
Gots: 1,030 | 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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Ratings: 6,830 | Reviews: 2,481
Photo of leantom
3.5/5  rDev -14%

You know, I'm a little hesitant to review this beer because I remember it being better in the past. Oh well, here goes:

A: Very good. Orange-amber with a one-inch head. Leaves plenty of lacing, too. However, I have to comment that the carbonation appears lacking. 4/5

S: Very funky - almost like old milk. I just confirmed from Victory's website, however, that they used wild Belgian yeast in making this beer. THAT explains a lot. Can detect caramel and amber malt, Belgian yeast, citrus and grapefruit. However, the beer has an old milky smell imparted from the Belgian yeast. Kind of a turn-off. 3/5

T: Just alright. Taste follows the nose. Lots of caramel, toffee from the malt, lemony and grapefruit from the hops, stale bread and milk from the wild yeast. Would've been great except for the last part. 3.5/5

M: Good. Nice and smooth. 4/5

O: A solid beer but I really didn't like the addition of Belgian wild yeast. 3.5/5.0

Photo of Lobina
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Just had a couple of these. Up there with the best IPA's

Photo of Tilghman
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Yup, very good quality IPA.

Photo of hibachiwoj
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Solid, smooth IPA that is overpowering. Would have preferred a little more bit (but that is a personal preference).

Photo of WunderLlama
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%

Tap poured into pint glass

Copper colored, no visible carbonation. , white foam layer , few lacings

Gentle Floral citrus aroma

Gentle hop flavor ,well balanced

Great mouthfeel , very little carbonation , very slight bitter aftertaste

Smooth beer , very enjoyable , quaffable , repeatable

Photo of nodder
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

A- Copper/amber with a one finger white head. Mostly clear. Some thin lacing on the glass.

S- Malty. Some citrus/pine notes, but not as much as I expected.

T- Bitter pine, citrus, hay(?) with a malty backbone. Alcohol well hidden.

M- Medium body and smooth. Carbonation on the low end but enough. Very bitter but it works.

O- A hop bomb for sure. I liked it. Not for the timid/1st time IPA drinker for sure!

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap and best by date of 10/20/2014 poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours amber with a slight haze and 1/2 finger of head with a full lace down the glass

Smell: Piney hops and slight floral note

Taste: The hop character starts off earthy and a bit floral and spicy in the middle; finishes bitter with a pine note

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and feels slightly oily

Overall: This is a solid IPA that has whats almost becoming an "old-school" flavor as crazy as that sounds. The newest and modern IPA are really focusing on citrus flavors but this beer really reminds me of how my very first IPAs tasted like a pine cone. Its been over a year and half since I last had this, its a classic and will stand the test of time.

Photo of patpbr
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured color is burnt orange which could also be copper.
S - The nose is on the malty side with carmel and just a hint of hops
T - Like the smell with a slight juicy and plenty earthy feel.
M - Medium body and a bitter aftertaste.
O - This is a good one even if I enjoy hoppy IPAs more.

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

Tasted on tap, Nitro and Hand Pump at Downington 12/31/14

Photo of malprep
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am from PA and enjoy Victory. Hope Devil is a nice IPA but not much different than any other one out there. I guess if you want to say that it's a PA IPA then great. Nice appearance but better aroma. Mouthfeel and taste is good but again not much different than anyone else,

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into pub glass.

*Re-reviewed based on more recent experience* Reviewed on 7/26/2014. Bottled just barely 2 week prior to drinking.

A: A hazy copper color that's deep in the middle, but lighter around the sides. A large, frothy cream-colored head sits on top and retains for quite a long time before deflating to a pinky-thick head that sticks around until the end. Lots of thick, sticky lacing left all down the glass.

S: Lots of pine resin with a very forward citric zest. A little bit of alcoholic spice comes through. There's not a whole lot of sweetness to be found here. Very earthy, very hoppy. Very nice.

T: The initial bitter characteristics are rather merciless, no doubt a result from how fresh this batch is. The hops have not yet been tamed by time and absolutely dominate your palette with little mercy spared by the honey-like sweetness that creeps in the background. As the beer swishes through your mouth, some earthy, pine resin, and grassy notes sneak in and compliment the prominent grapefruit/orange profile. A little spice from the alcohol lingers in the end, along with some hop bitterness. Flavors flow wonderfully along the spectrum, ranging from bitter, to semi-sweet, to spicy.

M: Viciously smooth with a thick, creamy body. A light carbonation slightly tingles the tongue, but keeps things very subtle and gentle, which really allows those wonderful flavors to shine. A bit of tingling in the throat from the alcohol reminds you that this is no light lager, but this one is oh-so-drinkable and goes down easy. No need to alter this section; HopDevil benefits from a consistent mouthfeel.

O: HopDevil was, and currently is still, my go-to local beer. I drink it several times a month and could probably pick it out of a line-up in my sleep. I decided that now's a good time to update my review, as this is the freshest batch I've ever tasted (basically snagged the six pack right off the truck). You would think that my score would diminish, having been exposed to so many more incredible beers since my initial review, but that's not the case here. HopDevil remains consistently remarkable. It's one of the few IPAs I've had that come dangerously close to DIPA territory in terms of flavor. Boisterous hops provide a wonderfully complex display of juiciness, bitterness, and Earthiness, with a lingering spice in the finish. To me, this is a humble, yet world-class IPA that might just be Victory's magnum opus.

Photo of Gear54
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pilsner glass. Bought this bottle yesterday couldn't wait to crack it.

A: deep gold with a burnt orange hue. Not much light penetration. Little head and no lace to speak of. I can see the carbonation rising rapidly in the glass.

S: pungent hops with light citrus aroma on the tail end.

T: bitter and hoppy from start to finish. The citrus smell carries over to lemon notes mixed with those hops.

M: fantastically smooth for such a bitter bomb in flavor. I could drink this all day.

O: I find myself wondering how I waited so long to pick this up and give it a try. If you an IPA/DIPA drinker this is a must try.

Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear amber color with orange edges, a thick, fine, creamy head, and beautiful sheets of lace.

Aroma: Citrusy hop aroma of overripe stone fruit, like peaches, or apricots. The hop character is a bit funky, like the fruit is slightly too far gone.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The medium bodied texture carries light, sweet, fruity flavors, and green, fresh hops on the tongue. The fruity sweetness combined with the grassy hop create the overripe stone fruit/peach character, with the finish presenting full, biscuity malt flavor, subtle pear, and spicy hop. The hop bitterness is well balanced throughout, but shows a bit too much resiny bitterness on rest (about 5-10 seconds after you’ve swallowed).

Final Word: This is a great IPA! It carries plenty of hop flavor, but offers a unique spicy, peachy, grassy profile instead of your typical grapefruit/bitterness combo found in many IPAs. While the bitterness was a bit too unpleasant after swallowing, it merely kept the beer from being perfect, not from being excellent. The texture and balance made for an extremely drinkable IPA, while still offering enough complexity and nuance to please any drinker. I particularly enjoyed the hint of pear in the finish, as it followed this beer’s trend of surprising you with many atypical flavors. This beer is a must try for any IPA lover, and should only be avoided by those that aren’t used to hoppy beers yet.

Photo of Scipio3
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I love Victory DirtWolf so I had high hopes for this brew. Appearance, smell and mouthfeel was all good, but I was disappointed in the taste.
However, I then remembered that DirtWolf was a DIPA, and comparing wasn't fair, nor the intent of these reviews.
As a IPA, this was a good beer. No citrusy taste, but good hops and flavor.

Photo of hopflyer
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden, clear, one finger head.

Earthy, musty smell. A bit different. Mixed with some white bread.

Deep bitterness from the get go balanced with some faint sweetness. Has an almost apple-like acidity mixed with a bit of pear fruitiness. Strange spice like flavor that I can't quite gather.

Medium body with medium to low carbonation. A bit viscous and wet.

Not what I remembered. Doesn't have a pop on the hop profile but rather a smooth-like earthy undertone carried by a malt backbone.

Photo of JPowell712
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I remember this being one of the very first hop heavy beers I fell in love with. It had that sting of hops and hop bite that was overpowering and took my tastebuds by storm. This beer still remains one of my favorite HOPPY beers of all time. It has stood the test of time.

Photo of WesMantooth
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep transparent copper color. When I first stuck my nose in this beer I thought it smelled like stale, dirty dish water. Luckily, it tasted much better. Mix of pine and citrus hops up front that are balanced out quickly by sweet carmel malt. Does not finish too bitter. In all fairness, maybe I had too many hoppy beers before reviewing so I will revisit, but right now I would say good- not great.

Photo of flyingpig
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml Bottle from the Brewdog Online Shop (£2.80):
Caramel amber & clear with a 3cm head that's a thick & creamy. It halves in size & leaves some good lacing on the glass too.

Hoppy initially with a malty & caramel base, some sweetness & a little pine. Some alcohol comes through & it's a good smelling beer with some grapefruit & orange too.

Strong hop presence that the nose featured & the malts as well. Grapefruit, some orange & citrus flavours come through & are followed up by some resinous pine too; the taste is definitely a good one with faint touches of caramel towards the end too.

Smooth, medium body that is really bitter. There's spice & faint hints of alcohol with some sweetness from the fruits and further bitterness closing things.

A very hoppy & bitter American IPA with plenty of fruits & hops coming through from the start, almost overpowering you at times but the taste is still a good one. Definitely one worth picking up but there are better out there as well.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Devilishly deliciousness is what comes from the depths of Pennsylvanian brewing to reward all area hop-heads with a sharp and citrusy bitterness, backed by the malty tendencies that give east-coat IPA their uniqueness.

Its deep amber hue foreshadows its malt balance just as the sweetness hits the tongue and its savory and crusted aromas begin to satisfy the savory seeking senses. But the quick rebuttal from hops suggest a stern counter taste with its own grapefruit, orange and pine flavor.

And with those graham cracker and caramel sweetnesses smolder underneath, the middle palate shifts to hop flavor. Its sharp and acidic flavors of pink grapefruit, ripe orange peels and sappy pine needles frame a hop dominance to command the beer's taste thereafter.

As the malt continues its decline, the hops turn deeply resinous and bitter- cleaning the taste and drying it simultaneously. Its mild warmth is hidden by hop flavor as the ale concludes with peppery bite and a pep of ginger.

Unlike many of the more "West Coast" varieties, Victory Hop Devil targets hop-heads with a sensibility for balance. A delightful taste for any hop lover.

Photo of gonzo000
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a. Pours a brownish orange color. Very little head. Low to moderate lacing.

s. I get malt - heavy malt, which was not expected, but very interesting. Caramel and some pine, but not much.

t. This is different. The IPA concentrates more on the traditional Ale aspect. The hops are there, but nothing like wolf. They are a part of the whole as opposed to being over the top hop.

m. Mouthfeel is good. Easy to drink with a bit of a bite in the back of the throat on the finish - subtle.

o. outstanding. falls just outside my current top 5, but will revisit when given the chance.

Photo of Fear4Beer
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a fan of hoppy beer. There I said it. But I still want to try them out to change my perception of them. I had an IPA so hoppy, bitter, and similar to a pine cone that I decided not to try them for a while (I think it was Sierra Nevada's Torpedo).

This beer definitely has hops galore but without a mountain of bitterness. Is there bitterness? Yes absolutely, but I've experiences much worse. Was there a pine taste to it? Yes, unfortunately there was but it wasn't overwhelming.

For an IPA this is pretty nice and I like the price of $1.79 per bottle. But as a beer I'd rank this beer low since I'm not a fan of IPAs. I hear of these mythical fruit and hoppy beers... maybe I'd be into those. Too much pine and bitters, but maybe that's all they will ever be. Meh. I just don't understand how people can pretend to like beers like this.

Photo of Coagulater
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have had a lot of IPAs ... This one never fails to deliver everthing an IPA should.
I'll skip all the over analysis and get right to it: one of my all time favorite IPAs. I like Serierras "Torpedo" but it can be a bit too much at times. The Hop Devil on the other hand... Awesome, always.

Photo of Mikus
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Actually picked up a 6-pack at the local Giant Eagle. Had a best by date of early October, so I thought it must be pretty fresh. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass (thought this was style appropriate). 1 1/2 fingers of slightly off-white head (diminished down to about 1, decent retention). Clear, darkish amber color... good looking beer. Medium one the nose, some hints of lemon, definitely some pine, smells 'clean' overall (reminiscent of the 'clean' smell of DirtWolf; at least to me), maybe just a hint of the 'homebrew keg' smell... but just a hint. Tastes were on point. Bright, resiny pine freshness off the bat, bit of citrus on the back end... not overly malty. Crisp and refreshing to the tastebuds. Overall, a nice refreshing, light to medium-bodied mouthfeel, good carbonation, again very refreshing on the palate. Nice beer. This is a keeper, and I am sure it will find its way into my fridge every once in a while (especially when the dates are right!).

Photo of Robjm1987
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Darker golden brown, indiciative of it's malty taste.
Smell: malt and hops..More malty.
Taste: could include more hops.
mouthfeel: very full
Overall; better ipas out there in price range..more
of an "east coast ipa".I prefer west coast style.

Photo of GinjaSlice
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Nice cloudy amber color with off white head that fades fast. But pretty good lacing
S: Lots of fruit smell with a little bit of pine and some malt.
T: Very hoppy and bitter. Some grapefruit taste and as the beer warms you get more and more malt. Very good ipa and good hop aftertaste
M: good

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,830 ratings.