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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

5,779 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,779
Reviews: 2,367
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 137
Gots: 394 | 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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SeamusDoyle

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful mahogany red with rocky off white head. Aroma is of subdued hops and traces of malt. Taste is bitter hops with a slight sweetness of creamy caramel maltiness and notes of banana. Well balanced in that it is a bitter brew with a touch of sweetness. There is not a lot of complexity to the hops, some notes of fruit and citrus rinds. Fruit notes are subtle hints of pear and pineapple. There is a nice roasted flavor to the malts, which lends strength to the bitterness. Subtle bitter aftertaste, reminiscent of an orange peel. The palate is light and smooth with little carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 19:24:39 | More by SeamusDoyle
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admccabe

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice bottle art of a hop devil, poured into glass has a small head of foam. Amber color.

S: Hops, a little bit of a christmas-tree pine smell.

T: Tasty. Bitter hops flavor, but in a good consistent amount throughout the sip.

M: Lingering flavor, not a bad thing. To me, has an almost gin-like aftertaste, although obviously not as strong.

O: I really enjoy this beer when I can. Its moderately priced for a 24 case ($35). I wouldn't have too many in one sitting, as its got a fairly strong taste to accompany the 6.7% abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 03:40:43 | More by admccabe
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle , not sure if there is a date on it or not , do not see one

Went into a pint glass , about a half finger head that didnt hang around very long , good lacing that hung around the sides of the glass through the whole drink

Hops dominate the smell for me , more of a pine scent than anything , pleasant

Nice and bitter with good hop flavor , somewhat dry and finishes with a malty flavor but not sweet.

Medium bodied beer with just the right amount of carbonation

I would buy this beer again for sure , a good beer to have in the arsenal

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:11:54 | More by ubenumber2
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NateMac13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-20-2012 21:43:13 | More by NateMac13
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willitsmckinley


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-20-2012 03:24:35 | More by willitsmckinley
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled poured into a tulip

A ~ Nice copper/amber color w/slight haze. 1 finger off white head down to a skim.

S ~ Hops, mango & pine - I love it!

T ~ Very nice, strong hop flavor that is well balanced with the citrus malt. It's just the right amount of bitterness for me.

M ~ Medium body & carbonation with a nice clean finish.

O ~ I like this beer a lot, and can see myself taking this along for a nice boat ride.
I only bought the trial single, but now am wishing I had the follow up to see what I missed the first time. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 02:15:33 | More by lonewolfcry
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DaleB50

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-18-2012 21:57:33 | More by DaleB50
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Pensfan0782

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-17-2012 21:24:38 | More by Pensfan0782
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-17-2012 16:11:54 | More by stereosforgeeks
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-17-2012 11:49:13 | More by grahamboudreaux
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jlindsey

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

12-17-2012 06:04:18 | More by jlindsey
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myshtigo


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-16-2012 04:14:44 | More by myshtigo
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RobDB

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-16-2012 03:59:47 | More by RobDB
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danipp

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

12-15-2012 03:04:39 | More by danipp
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jonbeer89

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-15-2012 00:59:27 | More by jonbeer89
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AmitC

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Excellent amber colored appearance with less than a finger thick head. Decent lacing on the sides. Head disappears into a very thin layer that is then non-existent. Some bubbles.

Aroma: Earthy, grassy and piney hops. A very well balanced malt backbone. Oily and aromatics hops are well intertwined with malts and present a nice smelling brew. Some of the better aroma in normal IPAs.

Taste: The brew shines here. Strikes a very good balance between malts and hops. But in the end hop dominate and make it worthy. Bitterness is very well hidden but still makes its impact. Pernicious weed. After taste is all hops and bitter. Some malts upfront.

Mouth feel: Oily and aromatic yet malty and balancing. Bitter finish. Low to moderate carbonation. Medium feel. Slight hop derived astringency, that is very likable.

A very good IPA indeed. Hops are dazzling.

Style Rate: 4.25
Personal Rate: 4.25

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 00:53:09 | More by AmitC
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Treb0R

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

12-13-2012 15:32:42 | More by Treb0R
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Kevlee722

Washington

4/5  rDev -2%

12-13-2012 06:35:11 | More by Kevlee722
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Mortarforker

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-12-2012 22:50:31 | More by Mortarforker
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Ethanol4one

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The comic, eye catching label and name do not disappoint, as this beer delivers a big frothy head with strong citrus hops on the nose even out of the bottle. Almost seems like Tap beer out of the bottle... (well more than a certain stout with a certain storied can that injects nitro into it).

Hop Devil's orange, rusty color promises what it does in fact deliver on the malt side too, a light sweet, spiced backbone that keeps the high alcohol level beside the point. It also balanced well against the strong hop aromas and bitter hops to the taste. It has a light caramel flavor, but well in the background, like a chubby wall flower hiding out at the 8th grade prom.

I like it with spicy food because it steps right up and slaps the heat off your tongue-- like a boss; so if you're thinking of take out at the ethnic restaurant, this could be the tonic to wash it back.

I know there is a lot of talk about the countless IPAs out there, but this one stands out enough in every way for me to remember and seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 17:00:51 | More by Ethanol4one
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dhespelt


4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

12-12-2012 15:05:53 | More by dhespelt
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poopsmitherson

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

12-12-2012 05:46:18 | More by poopsmitherson
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tut2528

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a ruby and rust mixture that has moderate transparency. the pour creates about 1/2 fingers worth of head with minimal lacing.

S: a sweet malt backbone and piney hops are complemented by grapefruit, mango, and orange peel and a slight touch of bread/biscuit.

T: similar to the nose, but the hops really are the dominant character here. still pick up on the bread/biscuit, big grapefruit, slightly tangy orange and mango, dry finish.

M: medium bodied but there is some lightness to it as well. it leaves a bold hop bitterness on the palate with a slight piney feel to it as well.

O: solid brew all the way around. wish there was a bit more balance with the bitterness and the tropical fruits. but overall its solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:53:56 | More by tut2528
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BlakeE

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-11-2012 03:35:49 | More by BlakeE
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xacidx

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-09-2012 15:23:05 | More by xacidx
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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