Dismiss Notice
Get FREE shipping on all US orders of $25 or more from the BeerAdvocate Store.

No promo code required. Offer valid through 4/30.

Ready to gear up? Start shopping →

Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,479 Reviews
For Trade:
Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 2,479 | Ratings: 7,122
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a fan of IPAs, I was thrilled to see HopDevil on cask at the Sunset. It had a slightly hazy orange color, and modest white head. The hops were intense but balanced by a very sweet malt presence. I enjoyed the fruity notes, hints of a spice, and the overall drinkability of the beer. It was truly delightful.

 310 characters

Photo of benmiliron
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $7.99/sixpack. Good looking red-amber color, kind of hazy with a nice frothy white head. Taste is very hoppy (duh), but a bit heavy on the bitterness. There's no malt sweetness to balance the bowl-you-over hop action here. Good session beer if you're into this kind of a beverage I suppose. I'll not buy it again though.

Sweet bottle. The hopdevil is cool.

 364 characters

Photo of masterbruewer
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber with about an inch of fluffy white head. Nice lacing and moderate carbonation.

The smell is hoppy, backed with hoppy and a little bit of malt sweetness.

The taste is classic India pale. Bitter hoppiness, but not harsh at all. There is some spice working there, but my buds couldn't make out any distinquishable flavors. Just a nice blend with, did I mention, a strong hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is firm and smooth, maybe just a little syrupy, but not bad.

If you like India pale, this is one to drink. It's a very drinkable ale.

 561 characters

Photo of PartyHatjo
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a deep amber color with a substantial head that laces down the entire length of the glass. You may have to dump in a teaspoon of olive oil to knock the head off this thing. There's a slight maltiness to the aroma, which is mostly dominated by floral hops. The initial taste isn't undelicious. There's a good caramel sweetness that fades into a chamomile-like hop flavor (I don't know another word for the columbus hop flavor). There is a good creamy body to this beer, but the bitter aftertaste is a bit harsh. Ultimately this bitterness leads me to switch to another beer after about two.

 598 characters

Photo of babyhobbes
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came with a slightly off-white head overflowing the glass. Head dissipated to a soapy looking film. The smell is fruity and hoppy...very inviting. The taste is marvelous, with fruits, hops and even a little maltiness which seems to balance the whole deal. It's not very bitter with hops and goes down smooth.

Thanks Victory!

 332 characters

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

Pours a hazy gold with good lacy white head. Smells of (what else) hops, quite pungent. Taste is quite hoppy, but with a name like Hopdevil, I assumed that I would be blown away by hoppy flavors, but I feel I have enjoyed more hoppy beers. Still, a fine brew overall, and a very good one to blend with almost any food. I would argue that in this respect, it is quite Pilsner-like. A fine sampling from Victory.

 410 characters

Photo of BCMan
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HopDevil taught me to love and appreciate a good hoppy beer. This beer is amber in color with a strong hop bouquet. The head built quickly but faded back again nearly as fast. As with the nose, the taste of this brew is just the same, hoppy. This beer I can drink at any given time but may need to be in the mood to have a sixer. This is one of my favorite beers and next to Storm King it's my favorite from Victory. The labels from Victory are very distinct so they stand out. I've criticized them for being so plain but others I've spoken to on on this topic loves the labeling for that reason. My rating, What'sa Hop'inen Hot Stuff!

 635 characters

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

A beautiful amber pour with a small head. The nose was ripe with hoppiness. And i mean lots of hoppiness. There was a small fruitiness in the nose as well. The taste was also super hoppy which was great and balanced out nicely with my thai curry chicken. There was also a rich maltiness that gave this beer enormous backbone. The mouthfeel was extremely smooth and moderatley creamy. A great combination of hops, malt and light fruitiness gave this beer exceptional range. Fantastic. My favorite IPA around.

 507 characters

Photo of gnaussea
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber with a hint of copper. Nice head that settles moderately, leaving a hint of lace. Smell is actually akin to Stone, with a beautifully balanced aroma of cascade hops over amber malt. Taste is not as much like stone. Cascade hops are even more prominent, yet at the same time this beer achieves an indescribable balance. Hops are overpowering all other flavors, but I have trouble setting the glass down. A wonderful brew, to be sure.

 456 characters

Photo of hustlemuscle
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Hop Devil simmers in the glass, as golden as the final rays of a sunset, and an aggressive pour yields a cumulonimbus of a head, fluffy and tan. The carbonation lends to a slightly cloudy appearance. A fruity bouquet is a very gentle accompanyment to the reddish golden hue. A good looking beer.

The stuff goes down easy, fruity with a sharp, but not overpowering, tang to it. It is very smooth, the tangyness being the only thing that would prevent me from drinking a few. Oh, that and the pretty decent alchohol content. This a beer that can really sneak up on you, the sweetness and smoothness hiding the punch. That makes two of the Victory beers, and neither disappoints. Can't wait for next season's beer.

 718 characters

Photo of budsboy
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with devilish-looking green hop monster and glowing red heat from behind. But, it's got that wonderful "V" for Victory too, so I'll forgive the gaudiness.

Pours a nearly clear (murkier than expected) light amber, small white head.

Hops comes to the nose in spades, and cinamon with a touch of fruit. All-in-all pleasing.

Taste is not as bosterous as I expected, but strong. Tangy and sharp, zippy and bitter. Hopped up and ready. Finishes with spice, going to the edge of a spiced beer, in fact. Good if your not in the mood, near nirvana if you are.

This was my second shot at HopDevil. My first happened to be had on the exact date printed as the "Best by" date on the bottle. The second was a good month before the best by date. There was a considerable difference. I've thrown out the first experience and based this review on the second. This brew mellows with age, but mellowness doesn't suit it. The fresher, the better.

Oh, yea ... Thanks to new member Hustlemuscle for the fresh brew.

 1,023 characters

Photo of UnionMade
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A wonderful hand pulled pint at Mug's Ale House in Brooklyn.
The beer arrives in a tall nonic pint. The liquid is a deep ruddy amber, topped with a short, creamy ivory head. Good clarity, with excellent head retention and gobs of lace sticking to the glass in rings.
The aroma reveals pungent grapefruity hops. Very citric, with some pine and herbal notes. A solid malt backbone with a sweet toastiness playing beneath the hops. A touch of caramel malt, with fragrant appley esters. Unbelievable balance, with every nuance in it's right place.
The flavor starts out with rich toasty malt. A light caramel flavor rides through, hoisting the hops through the finish. Just enough appley fruitiness comes through the middle, with a touch of pear. A robust grapefruity hop flavor edges it's way in rather early, quickly stealing the show in the finish. Light herbal and pine flavor comes through, but it's mostly a display of citric american hops. Moderate bitterness, but the balance never wavers. A touch of sweetish yeast in the aftertaste, with plenty of citric hop flavor. Very soft carbonation, just a light tingle on the tongue. Full bodied, with a very creamy cask conditioned mouthfeel. Top shelf.
IPA doesn't get much better than this. One of my all time favorites. I find myself craving this more than any other beer when I'm thirsty for a pint. This gets my gold star and red pencilled "great job!" with a big circled A+.

 1,433 characters

Photo of Sammy
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amazing brew. A redish colour with a retaining head. Pleasant aroma, great choice late afternoon and before dinner as so tasty and inetresting on its own. A wake up call to the senses from the hops. Very popular with my mates. We all will have it again. Will tingle and numb the tongue. Was hoppy but mellower when had a year later on tap at Clark's Ale House.

 363 characters

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear reddish amber color. Head disappeared pretty quickly, little lacing.

Smell: I was expecting an overwhelmingly grapefruity smell but was surprised at what I actually smell. Grapefruit, raisins, a little spice. Very nice.

Taste: Nicely bitter, hoppy, finishes with a nice bit of sweetness. Alcohol taste is just right.

Mouthfeel: Very full, not too overpowering, Carbonation is near perfection. Pleasantly warm on the way down.

Drinkability: it's up there, I've not been a fan of this type of beer until now.

I am pretty impressed as I sit here tasting this lovely brew. I can see why it's a top 50 beer. Very nice.

 662 characters

Photo of beerinator
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby, caramel ruby. Offwhite retentive head with nice fine bubbles.

Aroma: Malty, with caramel breadyness. Citrusy fruit present in the nose. Very nice aroma for those who call themselves hopheads.

Taste: Fairly malty upfront. Hop flavor isn't as strong as would be expected from the aroma. Very clean beer. Hops and bitterness linger a bit but the mouthfeel and aftertaste blend together well.

Notes: Good beer. This particular bottle may have been mistreated, or a bit old. The hops just didn't seem to have the punch that I remember. I'll chalk this one up to be reviewed again at a later date.

 618 characters

Photo of yankeeheel
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can tell this is a different dog right from the pour.

When I think hoppy I have a pre-concieved notion of a yellow or plae ale. Not so here. Pours a beautiful amber with an appropraitely amber head. Lots of retention and lacing.

There is a distinct soapy-hoppy aroma that greets the nose but it doesn't scream out hops like I expected. The taste is what a well balanced beer is all about. There is a fair amount of caramel malt up front with a bold toasty middle with the hops waiting till the end to reveal themselves. Then they come in droves. It's almost a delayed hop bomb. They are slightly bitter, but not unpleasent.

The best hoppy beer I've had to date.

 676 characters

Photo of twilight
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awww... A cute little hopdevil on the bottle. It's nice, and adds some fun to the seriousness of the beer. It pours a cloudy golden orange colour with a head that doesn't last at all. The smell- oh, the smell- it's like sticking your nose into a packet of hops when you homebrew. And that reminds me of the beauty of hops. I suppose I'll have to be a hopdevil worshipper for this one based solely on the smell. The taste is excellent, smooth and malty, and continuing to the bitterness of the hops while leaving a balanced, yet hoppily bitter, aftertaste in the mouth. It almost has citrusy overtones during the intense hop rush. I hadn't realized this was 6.7 ABV otherwise I'd have bought another for tonight. There's always tomorrow. With the grand rush of hops, I hoppily look forward to more intense IPA's.

 811 characters

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

Slightly cloudy orange-amber, more orange than most. The head is pale orange to light toffee in color and leaves wisps and small sheets of sticky lace as it falls. The nose is hoppy, but it isn't one-dimensional. Malt is appreciated, as is a certain spiciness.

The flavor is of hops and caramel malt. The hops win comfortably, but there's more malt than I'm used to in an American IPA. Those of you who like a strong malt presence or a balanced character in your IPAs will love it. Citrus fruit is front and center, especially grapefruit and orange peel.

The body/mouthfeel is medium-full and is nicely done. It's very slightly dry on the finish, which is where the hops assert themselves to an even greater extent.

Even though I like my IPAs to be slanted a little more toward the hoppy end of the scale, this is a very good beer and is one that I'll buy whenever I have the opportunity. Love the HopDevil on the label.

 925 characters

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

Nice color on this beer as it poured out a orange-goldish color with a head that quickly disappeared, but nice lacing all the way to the very end. Smell..whoa, they don't call it hopdevil ale for nothing. Tons of hops in the smell with some citrus which smells very refreshing. Taste was awesome. Hops attack your tongue then finishs off with some citrus at the end. Extremely refreshing. Finishes dry. This is a IPA done very well. Goes down smooth which leads to a high drinkability. I would recommend this beer for sure!

 523 characters

Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with "enjoy by Mar 11 04" on the label. Pours a beautiful tangerine amber with a medium light beige head that quickly dissolves into a slick, with lacing all over the glass. The nose, ah yes, the nose. Plenty of hops here...pine, grapefruit, hay, spices, and some mountain meadow florals as well. Mouthfeel is chewy, and won't hardly let go. Thick and coating, with lots of bittering hops and medium carbonation. Hops dominate the flavor profile, but you can taste the malts underneath. This is one tasty IPA! Flavor just keeps improving toward room temperature, but it's all about the hops. Finishes dry and bitter, with a long and complex aftertaste. This is probably the best "standard" IPA I've ever tasted. Impressive ale!

 740 characters

Photo of CRJMellor
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber nectar color with some reddish tints. small head developed with vigours pouring, produced nice lace. Very pleasnt hop aroma, oily, resiny, citrusy hops. Flavors was bitter as to be expected but along with pale malt on the back end. I felt a slightly gritty aftertaste, almost as if some gypsum was present. Decent beer but jus didn't have much balance for me to call great. I'd like to try it at the brewery to get a better idea of how it is fresh.

 472 characters

Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a frothy off-white head. The aroma is of hops galore. It has a cross between citrousy and floral hops; a very pleasant odor. The taste is outstanding. It has a good balance of pale and crystal malts which give it a nice mild maltiness. There is a wide array of hop additions here which adds to the flavor and it's uniqueness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation; an outstanding beer for hop lovers. This is a great drinking beer with lots of hops.

 518 characters

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was hazy with a lovely raspberry-red orange hue. The aroma was resiny hops and more hops, I knew this would be the kind of IPA I would like. Tastes of extreme hops with orange and lime citrus notes...a bit astringent. Sounds a bit harsh but it is quite delicious. Its mouthfeel was the weakpoint, a medium body but a bit thin for me for the style. The crispness was pleasant though. Overall a really beautiful and yummy hoppy IPA that I like to keep in stock in my fridge.

 481 characters

Photo of TastyTaste
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very intimidating. I have within the past year developed a taste for hoppy beers, that taste turned to love. This beer is over the top hoppy, I can't imagine what my tongue would've done when I first started drinking beer. This is very strongly flavored of grapefruit, pine, and spice, with very little malt (it may just be buried under all of those hops). Be ready for an experience if you are new to IPA's.

P.S. I had another one of these at cellar temp (my other samle was fridge temp). It definitely has an even stronger flavor, if that was possible. Definitely tastes more juicy and spicy. Try both,

 607 characters

Photo of putnam
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is easily the most rated beer (340 notes posted here as of this date) that I've ever reviewed. Frothy, elegant buttercream-colored mousse settles over the viscous, reddish liquid.
Noses full of candied citrus-flavored Washington hops appear first, then, after tasting, they produce a tarry, resinny bitterness equivalent to licorice or charred pine sap. Heady, perfumy, sweaty hop aromatics define the experience from the nostrils up. There's texture here, but, despite its grand scale and breadth, it is one that remains powdery in its slate/iron bitterness. One version of a far-too ubiquitous style I'm sorry to report.

 629 characters

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,479 ratings.