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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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5,992 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,992
Reviews: 2,376
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 154
Gots: 486 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of stjarnflikka


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Thanks to Oliver Twist!

Pours a clear, pale and reddish beer with quite some carbonation and a tiny head that quickly escapes.

Smell comes on fruity with that characteristic hoppy arome of grapefruit and cheese? ;D Nice fruity smell filled with all kinds of flavours.

Comes on quite carbonated with oranges and apples. Theres grapefruit here as well that gives the beer a somewhat dry character. Hops are strong, aswell as the malts. Carbonation lifts the hops and this is a firm, yet light and pleasant beer that finishes with a strong bitterness.

IPA's are good, this one too. Doesn't make the top for me though.

05-28-2005 16:01:53 | More by stjarnflikka
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

I enjoyed this brew despite its being so dog-gone hoppy. If you are a hop lover this is a brew for you. There are enough malt notes to make it intersing but this copper colored beauty is the real hop deal. It has a short lived white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass, it has a citrus and biscuit aroma and a ctrus pith and biscuit taste. Dry as the desert an mutli-layered from the first grapefruit and orange rind sip to the biscuit and carmel that fleetingly appears before a long dry citrus finish. A great drinking beer!

05-27-2005 03:26:28 | More by Citadel82
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

Just about everything about this beer is good, if not good for the style.
Smells floral and hoppy.
Tastes quite hoppy (reminds me of Arrogant Bastard at times).
As time goes on I seem to appreciate the more hopped up brews.
This brew also seems like a step along the way to creating Old Horizontal, which has a very very similar flavor profile, and a lot more alcohol.
A V for Victory!

05-25-2005 06:04:03 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of SEOhioSipper


3.35/5  rDev -17.9%

Appearance- poured a nice Amber color but without much head and what was there was gone quickly--there was a slight cloudiness to it though.

Smell-had a very pleasant hoppy aroma with a slight hint of Alcohol. Indiviual aromas were hard to pick out of the complexity of the overall aroma.

Taste-I'm not a hop head but the good malt backbone really helped tame the overall hoppiness. The hops produced a slight grapefruit puckering effect.

Mouthfeel-Had a pleasing light to medium body that was good on the touge. The hop bite was very evident with a small alcohol pepperness to it.

Drinkability-I would definately buy again, however because of the hoppiness I would limit it to 1 to 2 a nite, but I'm not a hop head, yet.

05-18-2005 00:35:05 | More by SEOhioSipper
Photo of CJfromPhilly


4.83/5  rDev +18.4%

Hand-pump draft at the London Grill. Pours a deep copper color with a creamy head poured off to about 1/2 " that that disappeared everywhere but to the edges & stuck to the pint glass the whole way down. Aroma is hoppy (duh!) with a surprising amount of malt. Taste is a wallop of piney, grapefruity hops in the beginning that totally gives way to malt in the middle, then reappears again on the swallow. Smooth, medium mouthfeel. The taste of hops will coat your tongue long after the last sip is gone. Overall: FANTASTIC!!! I'm not a hop-head, but I love this beer. The hops are strong, but not overpowering, and I get my malt fix in the middle. Victory's usual standard of excellence is met fully on this one!!

05-17-2005 20:32:34 | More by CJfromPhilly
Photo of JTZimmerman


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

I purchased this beer in a sample box containing the Lager, Prima Pils, and Golden Monkey (which I would also highly reccomend). This beer is very smooth with an excellent, almost sweet aftertaste. The initial taste is slightly spicy, but hardly overwhelming. It is otherwise rich in flavor and almost 'thick' for lack of a better term in consistency. To me, this is a perfect 'after work' beer.

05-16-2005 20:59:18 | More by JTZimmerman
Photo of edchef1850

New York

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

I never consider myself a hop head. I am not a big fan of overly hopped beers, as i feel they lack balance. That being said , i have been seduced by the mystical hop devil!. Victory Brewing is a top notch brewer. They really work hard to produce beautiful beers, and hop devil is no exception. I love the balance of this beer, you cant miss the big hops in the glass, rich amber color and floral bouquet, the smell of hops wafting from my glass. But the balance in the mouth is perfect. This beer is a winner all around. You can feel the love that the 2 brewmasters from victory put into there craft. Good job fellas!

05-14-2005 17:38:54 | More by edchef1850
Photo of cooter

New York

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours with aggressive, medium-large bubbled carbonation and a 1.5 finger cloudlike head. Body is a clear orange-red with more muted bubbling.

Nose is intense. Hoppy from a distance, it has strong pine, soft citrus (more biting like a grapefruit than sour like a lemon). When swirled it gives off Czech Pils herbal hop scent. Clean scent, good lacing as the head dies.

The head provides a well-balanced mouthfeel, combining bite with smoothness. Hops obviously dominate, with notes of orange, black pepper, phenols. An abrupt finish, but it comes back after a pause with a head-shake-inducing hop kick. A little fruity, with maybe melon, blackberry, or strawberry. Some butter flavor. Bitters and herbs. I'm having trouble discerning individual flavors in the general hop blast.

Not an overwhelming flavor, but it delivers what it says: hops all over. Malt balance is lacking, obviously. It works for the style. My biggest problem is the somewhat watery mouthfeel and consistency--add some heaviness.

05-10-2005 19:40:29 | More by cooter
Photo of Shultzerdugen


4/5  rDev -2%

12 oz. brown bottle with enjoy by date of May 25 05.

Poured a dark copper with a clingy light tan head.

Pungent, herbal hops and caramel tinged malt in the smell.

Medium body with mellow carbonation. Bitter hops with a grassy, herbal tone meld with round, grainy malts. Finish is surprisingly dry, just a coating of hops lingering.

The name and the blurb on the bottle both boasted of a bold hop deliverance, but didn't quite live up to it. A sneaky beer with its high ABV and great balance, but I prefer the hop monsters for the style.

05-08-2005 17:36:42 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of SupaCelt


3.03/5  rDev -25.7%

Appearance: Attractive amber leaning toward the red side. Small tan and cream head that refused to sustain itself. Not much lacing.

Smell: This one has a more malt based scent than most IPA's do. To be perfectly honest, I get no hop boquet whatsoever. What in the living hell is going on? Is all of my Victory stock old? This stuff is just not that damn good. Am I missing something? This is getting rediculous. Bottled Jan 14, 2005 what is it now? May 5, 2005. This stuff should still be somewhat fresh and flavourful.

Taste: Honey verging on sourness. Caramel. The hops are not too pronounced. Must be they wasted all of em in the Storm King. This is one weak IPA. No dryness in the finish. Weird. I hope this stuff is just old. I just don't see how these Victory beers became so highly reputed. IMHO unworthy of accolades.

Mouthfeel: Yeah it has one. It is fine and beer-like. Light to middy.

Drinkability: Good if you like beers that are not really any particular style. This thing is an abomination of sorts. Not on my list for future consumption, and certainly not on my all star IPA list. This was not a Victory for my taste. I am not trying to hate on this stuff, but I am disappointed.

05-05-2005 20:34:19 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Made a deal with Beelzebub with this one on 4/29/2005. 16-oz. pint served up unchilled at the Cambridge Common.

Scampy film of pons major and minor covering with a fair amount of stuck and lace throughout the pour. Mahogany hue with a rose tint and some haze, though probably due to some chill, and good action. Caramel, light toffee on nose with some biting hop, though somewhat subdued given the moniker. Surprised by how buttery this is on the mouth as I expected much more of an up front hop bite, but that appears after the over-buttered toast slides off the palate; rose hip and roasted onion touches.

This is a fine offering, but I found it wanting due in large part to its buttery aspects.

05-04-2005 20:28:26 | More by Truh
Photo of Vancer


4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

Yepper, great IPA ! From a beautiful amber orange pour, small tan head, to the lavish pull on that hoppy, faint floral & grassy, nothing but pleasure. The tangy mouth followed by tasty burps could last all night. Thought this one was much better that the Two Hearted.

Always thought malts would be my luv, nowI have a new mistress hop-devil to contend with.

05-04-2005 12:34:21 | More by Vancer
Photo of GClarkage


4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

04/24/05- Received via trade with Santoslhalper.

Presentation- 12oz dated bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Ligher orange pour with a nice cream colored head and above normal lacing.

Smell- Nice grapefruit scent with a bit of sweetness.

Taste- Mmmmm, very nice and well balanced brew. Was expecting to be blown away with hops in this one, but what I got was a nice sweet pine and grapefruit hopped beer with a nice amount of added malt.

Mouthfeel- Typical moderate IPA carbonation.

Drinkability- One of the better balanced IPA's I have had. A very nice treat.

04-25-2005 03:29:28 | More by GClarkage
Photo of unklesyd


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Wow, this was not what I was expecting! I thought that by the name I would have a tastebud burner. Not so.

The nose and flavor of this beer are melded well. The hop profile dominates, but is tempered by a floral character which accentuates the smooth character of the hop rather than brandishing their power.

The flavor is not neccessarily crisp, but it is just shy of being snappy, and again very smooth. Slight hint of alchowarmth makes sense according to the ABV.

Excellent IPA.

04-23-2005 02:01:20 | More by unklesyd
Photo of ypsifly


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

12oz poured into a pint. The label is stamped "Enjoy by Jul 22 05".

Bright amber/orange with a white head that shows decent retention and stickiness.

Strong hops in the nose. Citric, specifically grapefruit. Slightly piney with some malt sweetness underneath.

Quick note of sweet malt followed by a building hop intensity. The finish is bitter and lingers for a bit. Hop heads will bow before this brew.

The mouthfeel is full, at least for an IPA, and this is a very drinkable brew if you like maximum hoppage.

This could give Two Hearted (my favorite IPA) some serious competition.

04-22-2005 03:33:30 | More by ypsifly
Photo of LPorter33


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Puchased a 6 pack from Martignetti's

Appearance = Clear, transparent deep colored amber with nice head retention. Looks like it will be a tasty brew.

Smell = Very strong hop flavor

Taste = Hoppiness from smell comes thundering through in the taste. Offset nicely with a brown sugar like sweetness. This is a fine tasting beer although not spectacular.

Overall = Decent American IPA. I recommend it although it's not at the very top of my list.

04-10-2005 21:02:07 | More by LPorter33
Photo of Schwarzbart


4.53/5  rDev +11%

Amber-orange in color and a little cloudy with the perfect amount of carbonation and decent cling with a frothy small head. Smell is definately hoppy. Just the right amount of hop flavor with a little bit of spice. It's a little bitter with that typical victory malt flavor. In my opinion the perfect balance of malt and hop flavor for an IPA. Mouthfeel is dry. I will be stocking this one for sure.

04-02-2005 01:47:47 | More by Schwarzbart
Photo of BuckSpin


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

I was fortunate enough to be able to get a few bottles of this at an event I attended. This is one of the better IPA's I have tasted, and its is very drinkable alone or with food, but with a 6.7 ABV you may find out why its called the Devil!

Beautiful deep orangeish-red honey color, with a nice 1.25" cream head. Not a lot of lace. Maybe the best bouquet of an IPA so far...definitely a citrus nose and mild hops.

Perhaps the name and/or ABV had me in a pre-mind set, but this is one well crafted IPA that can be enjoyed over & over. Slight peppery undertones with a even, smooth taste that has just the right mix of hops. Not too sharp, actually very even with a nice, soft peek of hops at the throat. Ironically, the great citrus nose didn't carry to the taste (there is some fruitiness, but very mild), but so what? This is one even, smooth IPA that I would buy again.

03-29-2005 01:55:21 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of Fish113d


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Pouring into a pint glass, it pours an amber color with lots of white frothy head with beautiful cascading. Aroma is lots of sharp, piney hops that hits your nose hard and a slight grapefruit aroma. Some very little sugars and sweetness comes through also. Taking a sip it comes very smooth and hoppy up front with a buttery feel throughout the swallow. A bit of sugar on the finish along with the citrus tones (underlying). The carbonation balances well with the flavors; medium-bodied IMO. Great tasting brew that is super-drinkable due to the feel. I'm glad I got plenty of this one!

03-28-2005 22:53:15 | More by Fish113d
Photo of troutmask96


4.48/5  rDev +9.8%

This is just a fantastic brew. Very pretty amber I.P.A. that pours a nice full head. And oh, the smell. Very, very hoppy with a touch of citrus, and rather bitter. The spiciness of this beer is quite unique among I.P.A.'s, which generally lack complexity. Very drinkable, and at 6.7 ABV multiple pours won't do too much damage...

03-26-2005 05:55:29 | More by troutmask96
Photo of asabreed

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

Let me just say that after I've had Hop Wallop a decent amount by now (in addition to having more than 3/4 of the case in the cellar), I'm a bit biased, but I won't let that hurt this review.

Appearance: Hazy golden amber. Lace hasn't stuck to the glass, but initially it has a decent-sized white head. Pretty impressive overall.

Smell: The hops are a bit overpowering, in a way, meaning the citrus isn't allowed to breathe as well as it should, I feel. But the citrus is there, orange zest, lemon peel, oily hops.

Taste: The flavors come out better than the smell, as the oily hop flavor is pretty balanced overall, without being too bitter. The hops aren't overpowering in the mouth, and the aftertaste is also very balanced. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, flavors from the smells meld in the mouth and become even better.

Drinkability: Halfway between "too much to drink as a session" and "perfect as a session" since it's so tasty and is at a moderately high ABV. Can be paired with great foods, and since the ABV isn't extremely high, it's a good beer in both the summer and winter, and should be tried in both seasons to appreciate, or all four if you want to really try your appreciation.

HopDevil seems to be readily available, so if not a case, a 6-pack is definitely worth getting to at least try it. Even if you're new to the IPA style, this is the one to get; this was the one that was newest to me when I really started to appreciate it.

03-23-2005 04:30:48 | More by asabreed
Photo of cubedbee


4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a beautiful clear orange with a medium sized lasting head. Smells of citrus and hops. Taste is wonderfully balanced, with the hops taste being clear but never overwhelming. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This is one of the best and most drinkable IPAs out there.

03-22-2005 21:04:46 | More by cubedbee
Photo of Kwak

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

Very nice orange color with a hazy cloud to it. Firm thick head disappearing nicely as the drink did. Good smell almost toasted flavor, the hoppy flavor wasn't too much it was just right. this is one beer that goes well with spicy food like curry the hops cut through the heat. Very drinkable a nice food beer!!

03-19-2005 06:03:39 | More by Kwak
Photo of TheGipper

New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

I had this during the Victory event at the Blind Tiger. Among the 4 styles of Victory I tried, the good ole' HopDevil still stole the night. I've had The Devil countless times in a bottle and on tap, and even a couple of times from a cask, but it was especially good this time, perhaps because of its freshness. In addition to the lovely hops, this almost perfectly balanced ale has a crisp, slightly burnt maltiness coming through the strong, earthy body. This tasting proved again to me that you just can't go wrong with the Devil.

03-10-2005 18:08:58 | More by TheGipper
Photo of Litterbean

New York

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange. The head is about a finger thick, and there's minimal suds clinging to glass.

Smells very herbal, with hops coming on strong. There's some fruity malts as well but it's nearly masked entirely by the spicy hops.

The first thing I noticed about the taste was the carbonation. It tasted rather sweet at first, but then became exceedingly bitter as it hit the back of my tongue. I could literally imagine myself chewing the hop leaves. It was so powerful that it left my mouth feeling a little gunky and oily afterwards.

All in all, it's a good beer, but I enjoy Stone's IPA more. This one doesn't have enough sweetness to balance it out, but I like hops so I can't really hold it against it. I would have preferred it to be a bit maltier, but on the whole, it's a great beer and one that I'd probably pick up again when I need an old familiar brew.

03-06-2005 02:16:05 | More by Litterbean
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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