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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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91
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6,628 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,628
Reviews: 2,441
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 215
Gots: 843 | 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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Photo of Tilley4
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not exactly sure who this bottle came from but I know it was a trade as I can't get it locally.

This is one beautiful IPA here. It looks like an Imperial IPA with a huge billowy fluffy head that is just magnificent..

Very astringent aroma... Its hoppy but sort of smells like hair spray..

This reminds me a lot of Two Hearted on the taste... Quite bitter but not overly so... Very hoppy..

Good but not great... Its a solid ass little IPA but not spectacular..

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

Bronze body with a medium-sized head and excellent retention. A bit hazy and very appealing. Very hoppy (obviously) and bitter without the additional sweetness than many of this style have, but very true-to-form. The bitter flavor may slightly hinder the drinkability. Personally, not my favorite in this style but a very well-crafted beer that is sure to please.

Photo of bjoyce12
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excellent. I'm a huge believer in truth in advertising, and Hop Devil fits the bill. Huge smack of hops. From something called "Hop Devil", I would expect nothing less. Pours a foamy dark golden. Can notice the hops scent right away. Good sign. Hops comes through from first taste through to the aftertaste. When I'm looking for a good, solid IPA, this one will make my top 10.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a bright amber color and a somewhat cloudy texture. There was an inch of head that dissipated quickly.

S: Floral hops, a bit of malt and something sweet in this area.

T: Naturally, as the name would imply, the hops were front and center. There are also some caramel(?) flavors, as well as malt.

M: There was a good amount of carbonation and a slightly slick finish here.

D: Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer. The hops provide a sharp bitterness, but it's a well-balanced flavor.

Photo of sheathead
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Amber in color. 1/4 inch head. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

Slight floral smell with maybe some caramel?

Starts with a big hop bite. The malty back bone somewhat balances the hops, but the hop bite comes back at the finish.

Not overly carbonated. Just enough to feel a tingle on your tongue.

This is a very drinkable beer. The ABV isn't too high and the hops are kept in check enough that they don't become too much after a few beers.

HopDevil is one of my favorite beers, which is why it's my first review. Victory brews a damn fine American IPA.

Photo of Matty1918
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice thick foamy head that ;eaves lots of lacing....a nice clear, orange, amber color.

a nice Citrus aroma..sweet grapfruit, sweet malt with a hint of grain.

A nice well balanced taste hops at first...slight bitterness not over powering...sweet caramel malt in the background. Well balanced.

A nice IPA in my book. This has to be one of the most balanced IPA's that I've had. This ia my first brew that I've tried from Victory...I'll have to try more.

Photo of ebit
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance
Lot's of head when poured aggressively. It sticks around too. A beautiful amber orange for the body with hints of red in the middle and yellow at the edges.

Smell
A non-overpowering combination of light citrus and piney hops are first to the nose instantly. Traces of grain malt are just barely evident. Very clean smelling but could be a bit more aromatic.

Taste
Citrusy hops and spices charge forward early almost drowning out everything on with grainy malts in the background. Grainy malts take precedence as you swallow with bread and slight honey flavors. All build to a bitter but not unpleasant aftertase as hops whisk everything away.

Mouthfeel
Carbonation bites early on giving it a crisp feel. A medium light body counters the bite with a bit of smoothness. Leaves the mouth a bit dry and wanting another drink. This is about what the beer should feel like, not only does it allow you to focus on the hop flavors in the brew but I'd go so far as to say it even enhances them.

Drinkability
The hops might turn some but it adds a unique character to the beer as they literally attack your tongue from the get-go. Able to be consumed at an above average rate if you want a beer that feels light but aggressive on the palate. The alcohol might catch up with you after a few but it's worth the journey.

Photo of Pencible
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured dark orange with only a little head. It had a perfect blend of hops and malt, which gave it both a very sweet and bitter flavor. This is just what an IPA should taste like, in my opinion. It had a decent texture, but nothing substantial there. Overall it was quite easy to drink and just as rewarding.

Photo of cjohnson
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish-amber with about an inch and a half of head, and a nice little bit of carbonation bubbles coming up through the beer.

Very nice smelling beer with a spicy and (unsurprisingly) hoppy nose.

Very hoppy, a little too so for my liking, but not so much as to be overwhelming. A pretty strong bitterness comes with the hops, and maybe just a hint of malt sweetness to finish. Fairly spicy.

Medium bodied mouthfeel; nothing incredible.

I found this pretty drinkable, even though I don't love this style. Not my favorite pale ale I've had this evening, but certainly a respectable offering from Victory that people who like IPAs will undoubtedly enjoy.

Photo of horshack7
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden amber with a light foamy head. With slight orange hues.

Aromas: The hop nose is big on this one. Light hints of caramel malts.

Taste: It starts off with a bit of crisp mouthfeel. The hoppiness of this one has a great bite to it along with a spice to it as well. There is slight sweetness to it. It's not has hoppy as I thought it might be but it's good.

Notes: This is my second offering from Victory and it's a tasty one. This certainly is a beer that can be enjoyed year round. Cheers

Photo of Proteus93
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A darker amber, reddish with a nice forming, long lasting off-white head.

S: Quite a floral hop nose, with citrus notes and a little spiciness and grassiness.

T: Citrus peel and some evergreen resins, balanced nicely for the style with a bit of a burnt malt in the front.

M: A medium, well rounded body with a little stickiness on the teeth. A nice finish, imparting a nice lingering flavour with a slick oiliness.

D: A higher ABV as per the style make it a slower drinker, but easy enough to drink. Ended up pairing it with a bison burger, and they went together quite nicely.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (with an awesome piece of cover art) into a pint glass.

Appearance: A honey-amber/orange brew, hazy, with aggressive carbonation and sticky lacing. Nice.

Smell: Floral, earthy, and sweet! Citrus (grapefruit and orange rind) and floral hops mingle with a rustic and bready but nonetheless saccharine and honey-like malt profile. A slight whiff of alcohol finishes off the nose.

Taste: Sweet honey, largely in balance with aggressively, grassy, rustic, and bitter hops. A really nice balance, actually - it's not an "even" balance, but it's right about where it should be. The bittering hops leave quite a stinging finish, but it's not one that stays for too long. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming - it's slightly spicy, but that's largely overwhelmed by the hops. A relatively simple flavor profile, but a well-balanced albeit strong one.

Mouthfeel: Creamy velvet with a medium, oily body. A great carbonation profile. It lingers, but not oppressively so.

Drinkability: Mild alcohol content at 6.7%, a great taste (so balanced) and mouthfeel (so creamy), and no funny, lingering aftertaste, besides the dull, bitter sting left by the hops. What's not to love?

A really great overall beer, that (for me, at least) strikes a really good balance between bitter hoppiness and sweetness. Not my favorite IPA, but definitely up there. I purchased the single for $1.70, which means a sixer probably rolls in at around 9 bucks, which is perfectly reasonable for an IPA sixpack.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into an impy pint glass, Hop Devil is clear copper with a tight, creamy khaki head that is long lasting, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is softer floral, citrus hops, fairly spicy.

Taste very well balanced for a big IPA, my favorite thing about this beer, which I've had many, many times. I really like how floral the hops are, big but subdued at the same time, a much different hop profile then the pine/grapefruit combo I've become so accustomed to here in the NW. Smooth semi-sweet malt is countered by a very firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel oily, with a medium-light body.

Drinkability is high. Hop Devil keeps it smooth while still delivering a very sophisticated hop fix, with almost no indication of the robust ABV. This is so anti-west coast, I love it! Brings but great memories of my 10 years in Pittsburgh.

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

capped 12 oz bottle

i bought a case of this classic IPA when it went on sale recently in my local store.

A- Red Amber, big white head, rapid fire carbonation

S- Hoppy, piney with nice citrus notes, subtle malt

T- Very fresh hops come through, a lot of nice fruit blasts as well, it sports a nice crisp dry pilsner like finish.

M- The Hop Devil bites. Very pilsner like in body which in turn makes it dangerously drinkable.

IPA fans that havent tried this yet...what are you waiting for?

Photo of rgb2807
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a different animal when you get it cask, and I guess that holds true for a lot of beers, but I have never tried a cask beer that I had a lot experience with from the bottle.

The hops come through in a much more subtle way. They are not as overpowering as with a bottle. (I still love bottled/tap hop devil though) And its room temperature serving makes its citrusy flavors come through a lot more.

This is a very sophisticated ale, after drinking the cask, it makes the bottled stuff taste better too because I am way more aware of all of the flavors interacting instead of just hop flavor.

Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow very nice. I enjoyed the Victory Hop Devil on cask at the Hop Devil Bar in NYC. How fitting.

A: Nice orangish gold color with little to no head. Little to no lacing noted.

S: Nice hoppy aroma. Tons of grapefruit with mild touches of nutty toffee malt.

T: In the bottle it took a bit for the hops to kick in. On cask I tasted wonderful grapefruit hops right from the start. There was a wonderful malt backbone to even things out making this one enjoyable brew.

M: Medium bodied and ultra crisp on the palate.

D: Nice drinkable brew, on cask this one is down right sessionable.

Overall: Nice aggressive IPA. Perfect balance between hop and malt. If your a hophead you will enjoy this one no matter if its on cask or in the bottle.

Photo of jkdrummer
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice surprisingly amber color. Rich head fades a nice creamy lace. Initial taste is a well balanced malt with a bitter aftertaste, with a little citrus and honey. A lot more mild then the Victory Hop Whallop but this is more of an amber to me. Recommended.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most balanced ipa's that I have ever had. There's a big hop presense, but Victory has added enough malt to make this very drinkable with a great mouthfeel.

Orangy copper with a tan head. A tad overzealous pour on my part (couldn't wait to try maybe?) resulted in a couple inches of foam. No biggie.

Aroma and taste are similar. Hops (spicy, piney)and caramel-flavored malts take turns assailing your senses.

In one sip, I noticed the hops and malt each poke through atleast twice during the taste, from beginning to finish.

Drinkability? Oh yeah!

Light astrigent alcohol presense, but otherwise a great brew!

Photo of mithrascruor
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours an amber-red color with a big off-white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Smells of citrus (oranges and grapefruit) and pine. Taste is similar, but with a sharper hop bitterness towards the finish (though not too astringent). Generally light-bodied, with moderate carbonation. A nice and drinkable IPA offering.

Photo of HopDerek
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber color with reddish hues. One finger of medium foam off-white head has ok retention and some good sticky lacing. Smells of malt and spicy, earthy hops with some citrus notes like orange. Taste is of floral hops up front followed by a solid malt backbone and a nice spicy dry hop finish. Not as prominently hoppy as the West Coast Style, more of a blending of British IPA and APA. Medium in body with good carbonation and a good overall balance. Not overly hoppy, meaning it won't ruin your taste buds and quite sessionable. Could drink several of these at a sitting and not be bored.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A seethur ruby brown with good head and lacings. A large hoppy aroma of dark fruit and some gran/bread malt in there. The hops catch the tongue immediately, with hints of citrus and an earthy flavor and some malts. But it is pretty much hops - and very smooth. I thought that was nice, and I am not a hophead so it was appreciated. A little dry for my liking, but all in all a good beer and a must for hops lovers.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy deep copper color with a thin off white head that leaves some lace on the sides. Aroma hits you with hops; pine and grapefruit, but there's also some malt in the background, a bit of caramel. Taste assaults the the taste buds with hops, much like the smell. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected and is a bit dry in the finish, no lingering hops on the palette. Great brew, not as hoppy as some out there, but certainly very drinkable. I taste no alcohol and could easily drink to many of these.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received from Abankovich in trade. Thank you.

This beer pours a deep amber with one finger of white head. This is a deeper color than most other IPA's I've encountered. It does leave very good lacing on my pint glass. Hops are the only thing I smell on this beer, but that isn't really a good thing. The hop scent is rather muted and not as bold as I was expecting. I don't really pick up any other secondary scents as well. The taste is very sweet upfront with a bit of caramel before the hops take over and assert themselves, but the hops fizzle out rather quickly and leave a tea-bitterness for the rest of the beer. I am rather unsatisfied with each passing drink. The mouthfeel is rather thin, but there is quite a bit of astringency that normally isn't found on IPA's.

I am not sure what I am missing on this one, but I am rather let down.

Photo of Kraken
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer at the corner store . This was my first experience with a victory brew overall I came away satisfied. Beer poured into DFH pint glasss minimal head, no lacing. Nice hop and amalt aromas . Pours nice and dark for an IPA. Very hoppy first tasete balanced with some maltiness very dry bitter finish . mouthfeel is very thin. Was expecting somthing more inlight of the $11.00 I spent. However this would be an epic session beer if available at happy hour prices . Additionally I think that the abv is overrated in BA description.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to gkatsoris for this extra.

This devil pours a nice transparent amber/orange with good white head and nice lace. Smell is of spicy english hops. The taste follows with english like hop flavors, very spicy hops as opposed to the mouth ripping west coast citrus hops. This is a very balanced IPA with malts defenitely making their presence known. The mouthfeel is kind of thin and watery but still above average. Drinkability is good, very balanced. Overall this is a good IPA but I prefer a slightly different style, more often found on this west coast. But don't get me wrong, I would drink this beer over many other IPAs out there. Great brew.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,628 ratings.