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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,066 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,066
Reviews: 2,378
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 160
Gots: 523 | FT: 4
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 tempest
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

Picked up a 6'er while a pizza cooked in the oven and man was this a treat.

Beautiful golden body with a 2" head that left a lot of lacing and retained some head all the way down.

Hops and spice in the aroma, could be a little stronger

Like the smell, a spicey hops bitterness that really hits the spot. I was hoping for a little more kick in the flavor, but it this is a well rounded, long lasting taste. MMMmmm.

Really pleasant in your mouth. It's got a little body to it and the carbonation is really on.

6.7%? You're kidding me. A nicely balanced drink that goes easy and tastes great. Consider for a hophead session.

tempest, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of numenor1
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a deep amber with a decent beige head that reduces to a sturdy collar, laces well. Smells of citrus and caramel malts. First there's a light burst of citrus hops then the caramel maltiness makes itself known, while the hops kick back in for citrus and pithy bitterness(though the malty sweetness continues to last) into the finish. There's also a strong earthy hop character thrown in for good measure. Fairly well balanced as the malts make a strong showing, and the bitterness never overwhelms. It's good, but i prefer some other IPA's as far as flavor goes. This boasts a good medium body with medium carbonation. Very drinkable, but not my favorite.

numenor1, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of miollnir
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured into a standard American pint glass. Medium sized head to it. A deep amber color. A bitter piney scent under woody cherry tones. Tastes oak, a sharp bitter taste, hoppy taste, but not as hoppy in scent.

Has the standard IPA feel to it, typical of (if one so calls it) an America IPA. Bitter with lots of hop appeal. Yet the hoppiness only comes through on the drink, the scent (which I feel is most important in an IPA) is not as prevalent on other beers such as Brooklyn or Blue Points Hopnotical (which is great BTW).

Too bitter on the mouth, which decreases the enjoyment of the actual drink. Has a crunchieness to it, with what seems like a very cherry flavored and lemon twist?

Overall a very confusing beer, yet has its upside as good hoppy tasteing beer, but not something I would want to go out of my way to drink often.

Victory's Prima Pils is another story!

miollnir, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of texashammer
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%

Deep amber color, slightly hazy, with thick rocky off-white head, 2 fingers. Oily and exuberant flowery hops in the nose, along with some malt struggling against the big hops. Tastes immediatly bitter, with aggressive and oily, juicy hops, mostly flowery. Some sweetness as you drink on into it. Dry finish. Full body, smooth and slick mouthfeel, with a bite from the hops in the middle. Drinkable? Oh, yes. Gulpable.

texashammer, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of nickss
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

One of the most beautiful looking beers I have ever seen. Deep orange in hue, with a MONSTER of a head... 1/2" of gorgeous fluffy-as-a-cloud foam that refuses to disipate. As I drink it, huge globs of lace cling to the sides of my glass.

Smells of hops.... lots and lots of fresh hops. There is some grassy smell in there as well.

Well... the name doesnt lie, nor does the smell. This beer is hoppy! It has a bit of spicy kick too it too, but IMO that only adds to the uniqueness, and utter wonderfulness of this brew. MMM!

The mouthfeel is extremely active, as the hops hit the tongue and dance around. However, it is also surprisingly thick feeling. Very very nice.

I could drink a lot of this beer, and did so last summer. Another brilliant brew from Victory... these guys can simply do no wrong.

nickss, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of ClearDog
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

I just purchased two six-packs from New World Wine Co. in Milwaukee which is from what I'm told, the first store in Wisconsin to offer Victory Brewing Co. brands.

Appearance -- Pours into my imperial pint glass a light orange amber color. Nice two finger head; quickly shrinks down to a one finger creamy white head. Carbonation is visible.

Smell -- Hops. Can just make out whiffs of grapefruit. It gets better as it warms. Pleasant and very enjoyable. In a way as the beer gets warmer it smells somewhat sweeter.

Taste -- Bitter hops. Hop Devil tastes just a little different than a lot of IPA's I've tried. The first couple of sips remind me of smoke. As the beer warms you get alcohol, but nothing overwhelming, as well as a grapefruit like finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light. Creamy. You can feel the carbonation on the sides of your tongue.

Drinkability -- Very nice drinkability. I could probably get myself into a little trouble with this one. Easily one of the better IPA out there. Overall a very enjoyable IPA.

ClearDog, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

I've had this beer multiple times but never rated, or until now. Sampled from a 12oz bottle, HopDevil pours a dark orange color with brown tinge, but brightens significantly when held to the light. The beer is for the most part clear. Also good head retention and lacing, but both dissipates over time.

The smell has strong hop aroma. Strong floral aroma with a zesty citrus, a little bit of piney and noticeable spiciness. Some slightly sweet malt is noticeable but hops are strong. Overall this is a stronger smell that is very prominent even for an IPA.

The taste is strong hops but not oily like some high hop beers are. A big floral flavor that is complex. A start from a citrus savor but a stronger grapefruit and lemony flavor just overflows the taste buds. A basic somewhat sweet malt is in the background but plays second fiddle to the hops.

A medium body with limited carbonation, HopDevil is a great tasting IPA. Nothing new here. So go out and try one for yourself.

Oxymoron, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of Melchizedek
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a hazy sort of rust-orange. Head builds up nicely to about an inch and subsides to a lasting cap that leaves traces down the glass.

It smells hoppy--not a whole lot else to say; the aromas are a little floral and strongly citrusy. In the mouth it makes good on its promise, hops all over the place, although not so aggressive as to be off-putting. Citric and floral notes are joined by a grassy undertone, while the alcohol comes through with warmth and a bit of spiciness. There's some bready yeast as well; as the beer warms, the bitterness takes on sort of a tea-like flavor, with an aftertaste that might be a bit too lingeringly bitter for my taste. The mouthfeel is great, very chewy and with a nice body.

This has sort of a quintessential (to my mind) IPA flavor, strongly hoppy and interesting. I'd definitely have another, and I wish I could have had one with lunch today (some great Indian food).

Melchizedek, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%

The beer pours an interesting light mahogany - somewhere between deep orange and light brown. Moderate sized dirty white head that recedes quickly leaveing no lacing at all.

The nose is surprisingly subdued with a few floral and herbal hop notes and a nice bready grain scent.

Taste is equally subdued, well developed dry malt tastes similar to saltines and some interesting (light) amber-like fruit notes of peach and apricot. Hop presence is surisingly not present. Some bittering but not gobs and very little in the way of aromatics. Slight piney notes and quite a few light herbal flavors but that's about all. Primary flavors seem to be noble hops - the is quite reminiscent of a British ESB.

Mouthfeel is fine - it's a medium bodied brew with reasonable carbonation. Slight hop finish drys out the drink and leaves a clean palate, no oily residue on the tongue.

Overall I'd give this an "ehhh" It's an okay brew with some very nice malt flavors but for something called "HopDevil" it's surprisingly light on the hops. I would like to try this one again sometime to see if my tastebuds were off that day or if this HopDevil really is just a HopRascal

Thanks to mntlover for sending this bottle Westward in a very generous trade!

RedwoodGeorge, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of fingolfin72
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Deep copper color with a lacy, off-white head.

Nose- somewhat floral and piny. Very inviting.

Palate- big, but not overwhelming. It has a woodsy, piny, hoppy bitterness with a slightly creamy malt undertone. Overall, a very bracing beer which whets the appetite. The bitterness slows down the sipping pace a bit, which is good; there's enough alcohol to cause trouble.

fingolfin72, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of LucaBrasi
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle States: Enjoy by Oct 21 05.
Pours a hazy orange color with a thick off white head. The head will shrink but will not fade completely.
The smell is of hops and spices.
Taste is excellent. Taste like spices hops and has a slight bitter aftertaste. Nothing overwhelming.
Mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonated.
Drinkability is high this is good shit.
Go get one today.

LucaBrasi, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%

Good hop nose in the glass. Pours a nice Sierra nevade brown under an off-white head. In actual taste, though, hops are not as smacky as one would believe. instead, they start out understated, a nice peppery and grassy start. The toasty malts makes a nice sticky coating in the mouth, allowing the bitterness to linger and become more pronouced, until it finishes full strength.

DrunkMcDermott, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of akajimmyd
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance: Poured into a tumbler. Creamy amber color. Nice sized head which slowly dissipated but never completely.

Smell: Spicy and fruity scents. (I don’t have an experienced nose.)

Taste: Delicious. Hoppy with a slightly bitter finish. The taste improved as the beer warmed slightly. I couldn’t wait to finish it and have another.

Mouthfeel: Medium Body, perfect carbonation.

Notes: A really enjoyable IPA. Perfect balance between the very hoppy 90 minute and Harpoon’s milder IPA.

akajimmyd, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of HoboAGoGo
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a dark amber color, nice white head that laces all the way to the bottom and lines of carbonation. Smells of strong floral, strong pine, can smell the yeast and slight alcohol too, some spice. Spicy on the tongue following the initial sweetness that hits the side of your mouth. After a swallow you mouth is coated with spicy hop oils.

Rather good beer, if I could get ahold of it more often, I'd drink it more often.

HoboAGoGo, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

Fresh off the shelves at Ryan and Casey. Bottled label with best if consumed by.. Aug 07. My initial interpretation of this beer is a bit disappointing. Color and body are great. Glowing orange, medium head retention but great lacing. Cloudy translucency indicating unfiltered, a potential gut bomb. Needless to say this beer is very hoppy, followed by a little too much bitterness IMO, but nonetheless a good tasting beer; mainly characterized by a peachy infused body. A beefy beer, definitely not a session beer.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of jmz62565
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

great smell and color.if you're a hophead this is your beer.another quality beer from victory.a little cloudy ,but very crisp and delicious.this has no bad after taste that many IPA's have.i recommend this very highly.
I can see having cheeses and or fish or poultry with this.

jmz62565, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of goschool
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

The pour is orange with a frothy fading head. This IPA is different from the local breed. Its hoppy flavor is leaning heavily towards the spicy side, rather than the bitter and citrus taste that we around here know and love. I'm not about to give up my Stone and Alesmith IPA's, but this is a very nice change of pace.

goschool, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz bottle, bought a 6 pack at Brawleys in Charlotte

appearance: hazy copper with a foam white head and impressive lacing

smell: mmm, hops. a bouquet of floral citrus hops backed by sweet malty aromas. dominated by beautiful hops

taste: a brilliant hop profile...not terribly bitter due to a nice balancing effect from the sweet malts. tangerine citrus flavors dominate the tongue

mouthfeel: nice carbonation, medium body, oily hop feel

drinkability: as is the case with many hoppy ipa's i like to enjoy them 1 or 2 at a time

victory is an exceptional brewery, too bad their stuff isn't available in Wisco. Hop Devil is my kind of IPA and I will look for this stuff when home in NC

dirtylou, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

This brew pours a clear blood red color. The large, creamy head is white with reddish hues. The aroma is brash and hoppy, floral. The malt fights through the hoppy and peaks through adding complexity to the aroma. The taste gives the illusion of being balanced during the sip. The aftertaste, however, show this brew's true nature. Nice and hoppy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little lighter than other IPAs I've had. Not that that is bad. It seems to call for you to drink more than one. Overall, this is a very good IPA. A very good beer in general for that matter. This brew has found a permanent stop in my refrigerator.

KarlHungus, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of Gritsak
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%

A- hazy mahogany with a big thick light tan head. laces extremely well.

S- lots of citrus hops as well as pine.

T- wow this stuff is perfect here. perfect balance of hops with subtle carmel hints. hops are strong but not overpowering.

M- nice creamy body. light-medium carbonation.

D- dont sit down with a 6pack in front of you because it will be gone without you knowing it.

overall- i reviewed this over a year ago and wasnt all that impressed. but as my tastes have matured, this is now one of my favorites. dont pass this one up.

Gritsak, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of RedHaze
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured an orangey copper color with a good 1 1/2 finger head that has good retention.

Smells slightly spicy, floral hops, and citrus.

Taste is citrus, dry hops, and just enough malt to keep the hops from overwhelming.

I found this to be similar to 3Floyds Alpha King, which is a good thing, since I really enjoy that beer.

RedHaze, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of buckiflyer
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%

Thank you North Carolina for popping the beer alcohol limit cap. Poured a reddish oragne tint, 3 fingure light brown head with lacing. Strong hop smell. Smooth taste with a great intense hop finish. Refreshing. This is what I look for in an American IPA. Could only drink about 3 in one sitting.

buckiflyer, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of klewis
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

A: Pours a reddish-copper color with a small, but sustaining head.

S: There's not as much hops in the nose as you might expect from an IPA, but what there is smells delicious. Also has some sweet malt aromas as well as caramel and fresh bread.

T: This one has a very smooth and unobtrusive hop flavor that caresses the tongue and blends perfectly with the malt. Just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish that makes you yearn for another sip.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, and lots of stickiness. You experience this beer long after you have swallowed. Excellent.

D: I don't think I've had a better IPA. Lots of hop presence, but without the bite of some - just smooth. Goes down easy and tastes fantastic. This is definitely THE IPA to give to someone who is uninitiated to the the wonderful world of hops.

klewis, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of TripelJ
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Now Quaffing: Victory HopDevil

Hazy golden with a nice fluffy white head. Smell is dominated by hops which are both citrusy and floral. Taste is fairly balanced with the malt up front which arrives quite smoothly on the palate, followed by a nice dose of juicy grapefruit hops. The hops are not overly oily, but they do coat nicely and end leaving some bitterness behind. The finish also has taste which I can only describe as sweetly acidic, like an apple with the skin still on it. Overall a very drinkable IPA with a very pleasing hop profile. I like that despite its hazy, unfiltered appearance it wasn't overly heavy or yeasty.

TripelJ, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a deep copper color with a nice beige head that retains well, very nice looking IPA. Aroma is citrusy, floral, resiny, and lightly grassy hops followed by a light bready and slightly sweet malt background. Flavor is citrusy, resiny and lightly floral hops with a nice bready malt backbone that balances alot more than expected. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry, bitter finish and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, as this is alot more balanced that I expected from an IPA. Very nice brew from Victory, i was expectin a hop wallop and i got it but with a sturdy malt backbone that made it a balanced brew which is increasingly uncommon with IPA's.

silver0rlead, Sep 05, 2005
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,066 ratings.