Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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Ratings: 5,979 | Reviews: 2,375 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
Dang good. First impression upon opening: freshly cut Christmas tree. Or is that the neighbor’s Douglas fir? Anyway… Smooth and very hoppy, with a hint of grapefruit. This is everything that an IPA should be.
The more I sample of Victory the more I like them.
01-13-2013 20:41:57 | More by TheMarkE
4.16/5 rDev +2%
As part of an on-going quest of trying "non west-coast" IPA's, I'm paying this one a revisit (Tried it once back when first getting into craft beer, but hadn't developed a taste for IPAs)
A - Pours a cloudy, amber hue, with a single-finger off-white head, which quickly recedes, but with good lacing.
S - Smell is of toasted caramel malts, faint notes of orange peel, and lots of floral/spicy hops
T - Taste is a great blend of floral, spicy hops, with just enough balancing toasted caramel malt and toffee notes. There are some faint citrus notes, but this one is mostly floral/spicy. I'm also getting some herbal notes in the finish. Really nice and well balanced here.
M - Body is spot on, registering in medium territory. Carbonation keeps this beer lively, but easily drinkable.
O - Overall, this is a pleasant IPA to get your hands on if you see it. Great, balanced flavor without being a hop-bomb that slaps you in the face, or too malty. Hopefully I can find this on draft on my next east coast trip.
01-11-2013 12:22:00 | More by Flightoficarus
4.31/5 rDev +5.6%
Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, served in a Samuel Adams pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark gold color. Thick, fluffy, two finger, tan colored head that slowly settles down. Nice lacing throughout.
Smell: Subdued, this is not a very aromatic beer. The smell is mainly sweet malts with a citrus hop scent in the background.
Taste: A very spicy hop bitterness is the first thing that hits your taste buds. It's incredible, and it stays on the palate for a while. Taste is dominated by this hop flavor. Some citrus notes and a nice malt sweetness complement it very well. You can also taste the alcohol quite clearly, but it's not unpleasant or overwhelming.
Mouthfeel: It's very smooth and creamy. Medium-bodied and surprisingly easy to drink, despite the hop "kick" you get at the beginning. It has a decent amount of carbonation.
Overall: This beer does the name justice. The mix of flavors, dominated by the citrus and spice hoppy taste is an incredible experience, even though it kicks your palate's ass. A brew every hop-head should try. But even people who don't like the hop bitterness, but appreciate beer, will be pleased by the complexity of the flavor and the feeling you get from it. Highly recommended.
01-10-2013 08:15:33 | More by VoodooBear
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,979 ratings.