Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,446 Reviews
THE BROS
99
world-class

(Read More)
Reviews: 2,446
Hads: 6,924
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 243
Gots: 1,105 | 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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hop Devil Ale Alström Bros
Reviews: 2,446 | Hads: 6,924
Photo of Jim_Benz
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful, clear orange/amber with an unremarkable head.

S: Malty, mostly caramel, almost sour. WTF? I guess I pick up some pine and a little indistinct citrus, but malt seems to dominate the nose.

T: Well-balanced between malt and hops, but flavors pretty much follow the nose and I'm having a difficult time pulling out any nuances. Sweet pine? Over-ripe orange? Dandelion? I just don't know. Lots of caramelly malt, for sure, but I expected something more. Like, maybe this beer could live up to its name? At least it leads and finishes piney bitter, but with a whole lot of caramel in between. The combination, I think, is what makes this smell/taste almost sour. But a strange sour, like dandelion wine.

M: What you'd expect for an IPA and maybe a touch thicker. Carbonation is fine.

O: I've had this beer before and don't recall disliking it. But today? I don't think I'd buy it again. Still, my palate has been all over the place lately, and I generally like Victory beers, especially their pilsner, so maybe I'll write this off as a disappointing aberration from the norm. (1,087 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid. I don't seek it out, but I never turn it down. Maybe it was because Michael Jackson admitted he was a Hop Devil addict, maybe it is because its just that good. I put it right there with SNPA, maybe a little above, maybe closer to Torpedo. (248 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: [3.75] Beer has a nice caramel color. Very minimal head formation. Bottle lists ABV (6.7%) and best by (02/23/15).

S: [3.00] I get sweet notes like caramel. Not what I was expecting for an IPA. Nothing aggressive like pine or citrus.

T: [2.75] The taste is mostly malt. There are no hops present at all. There is a sweet mild caramel flavor. There might be a hint of bubble gum on teh finish.

M: [3.00] The carbonation level is slightly elevated but appropriate. Nothing bitter or lingering.

O: [2.75] I feel like I got jipped. I wanted a nice hoppy IPA for the night and I feel like I got lager. This has none of the characteristics of an IPA. Overall I just feel like this beer could not be more average. Nothing stands out. I might have to seek out a fresh one and re-rate in the future. (814 characters)

Photo of NeeNawBrochacho
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a light to moderate aroma. Starts off light on the palate, but ends hoppy and slightly heavy. Quite refreshing and undeniable satisfying, especially for an early fall cookout. (197 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 3 finger light khaki head that receded slowly to a very hick cap; very nice rings of lace;

S: complex; floral is more prevalent; caramel backs that up; a little toast and pine behind that;

T: caramel and floral up front; floral is stronger at mid-palate; low too moderate bitterness at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a nice beer, but the flavor doesn't really stand out; (465 characters)

Photo of silverevo9
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Beautiful yellowish head. Smells are earthy, smoke, and pine. Love the copper, amber color to this beer. Quintessential IPA here. All corners covered. Great presentation. Taste is a bit dry, with a cask type flavor on the palate. Sticky on the throat like glue. A beer to be enjoyed. Carbonation is present and slight bitterness on the aftertaste. Potent beer, with a lot of complexity. Variations in the flavor constantly evolving as the beer changes temperature. Senses are aroused from the nuances of this beer. Lacing is excellent and remains. Do not wait. This is one you must try... (590 characters)

Photo of SSS
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

S-nice subtle hop aroma, sweet and crisp
A-yellow color with off white head that dissipates soon after poured
M-nice light crisp feel, carbonation is on the lighter side
T-bitterness hits the tongue first then a mellow sweetness, followed by a lingering bitterness, definitely an easy coast IPA.
O-a nice IPA, give it a try, I'd say good middle range, sorry Victory I prefer Dirt Wolf (384 characters)

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

Full of pine and malt, with a very bitter finish. Odd, I know, but not too much citrus in the mix. Mouthfeel a little harsh, tho the malt comes thru nicely as it warms.
West coast thru and thru. (194 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

This is a very solid IPA, nice meld of hops and malts.

Appearance: Golden straw maybe a little bit of red hue going on. Head was large at first but then settled to a nice layer that remained.

Aroma: Nice floral, citrus fruit hop aroma. A bit of pine, but not too much.

Taste: This is one of the better IPA's I have had in a while. Nice combination of malts and hops. Bitter grapefruit and pine but combined well with the malt to make this a smooth and well made IPA.

Overall: For the price I would buy this one again. I honestly think this is a more drinkable beer than it's big brother Dirt Wolf. Victory makes some nice brews and this one has made the top of my list thus far from them. (696 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

I really like this beer! Had it on tap in Massachusetts on a recent vacation and it was even better than I remembered from the bottle. Nicely balanced. (153 characters)

Photo of tds101
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

I'm a relatively new beer taster, but after trying a few other IPA's from Southern Tier, Sierra Nevada, and even Samuel Adams, I find Hop Devil to be rather (surprisingly) bland. It's a 12oz bottle, fresh (over 2 months till it's past its due date). The color is good, but it poured quite syrupy into the glass. The smell is malty, with just a touch of citrus fruits. The taste is, as I said, bland. Almost no taste, bread like perhaps, with a mild grapefruit and pine aftertaste. It's a bit thick on the tongue. Overall I'm somewhat disappointed. I saw the high ratings and expected more. I'll definitely pass on this in the future. (633 characters)

Photo of Smr7626
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

This review is for the bottle. Time and time again, I have tried this beer in the bottle only to be disappointed. I have no idea why this beer is so different in bottle than on tap. On tap, this is a 4.5. The bottles I have had do not seem to hold up like other IPA's. I have no idea why but among all the beers I have had, across the country, this one had more disparity in bottle vs. tap.

The anticipation is there when the cap is popped. The aroma is inviting, the pour is strong, and the color is a beautiful copper. But....the hop characteristics and resin like smell and taste that are so prevalent on tap are muted. I guess this beer does not travel well. But, if anyone tells me this beer rates 100 on tap, then I gotta call newbie.

There are some great IPA's out of the bottle/can. Try Sun King Osiris, Ninkasi Total Domination, or Sculpin IPA. This one disappoints. 100 Points? Ha..... rated higher than Zombie Dust? Flower Power? What are they smoking. This is a damm good beer, but more like a 90-92. (1,040 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a clear, brazen-amber color with a minimal, bubbly white head.

The aroma is very floral and herbaceous, with a dominant, sweet maltiness among toasty biscuits and grains.

The flavor shows a toasted malt base with moderate sweetness, which enhances the uprising fresh, sharp hop bitterness. Green grass and grapefruit bite into the tongue, while the toasty maltiness with hints of toffee keep things in good balance. Medium bodied and crisp on the palate, the finish is on the dry side, while malt still shines trough. The most convincing part of this IPA is its aftertaste, as it is surprisingly long and superdry, with hops sparking very late on the back of the palate, unleashing an enjoyable taste of fruits and grass just at the moment when you begin to think it may be over already. (797 characters)

Photo of Urk1127
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into nonic. Dark orange hazy half finger head. Decent carbonation. Decent lacing. Smell is piney, citrus hoppy. Taste is strong pine. Hops. Light toasty malt dry medium mouthfeel. I do not like many IPAs. This one is ok to me. (233 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle
Another from a great brewery, thus IPA pours a bright amber copper color with a nice thick
lightly off white head and great clinging lacing. Nose of caramel malts, citrus and pine hops,
grapefruit, orange zest, and lemon peel. Flavors are sweet to the sides, bitter hops to the
back, and citrus hops over all. This is a finely balanced IPA that even a non-hop head like
myself can enjoy. Tons of citrus malts, light bittering to the aftertaste, and a great malt
backbone that gives it a fantastic drinkability.

A must for hop heads and those who are on the border who prefer big malty brews. (628 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a beautiful deep amber with a slight ruby tint. The head is thick when first poured and settles down pretty quickly, leaving a slight sticky lacing. The aroma is pleasant, with earthy hops dominating, a little pine in the middle and a smidge of malt, way in the back. The taste is about the same. The body has a pleasant thickness to it and little bite from the hops on the finish. This is a very good IPA, well made and all that. (437 characters)

Photo of super_stoked
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

S: Bold, herbaceous hops.

T: Malty, not overly bitter, just the right amount of hoppiness

O: Excellent beer

M: Tenacious mouthfeel, very coating in a pleasant manner

A: Dark amber pour with a 2 finger head, nice lacing on glass. (232 characters)

Photo of RichKent
4/5  rDev -1.7%

A decent IPA that's a little too malty for my liking. There's some citrus, and just a hint of fruit, but this really drinks like a hoppy amber ale more than an IPA. I'd put in in the same class as Troegs Nugget Nectar. (218 characters)

Photo of TheLibertyFlamesTaster
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Drank from 12oz bottle.
Smell- I couldn't smell to much to be honest. I smelled more malt than in a normal ipa
Taste-Sweet with a fruity citrus like notes. Hits with a bitter hop then fades out slowly .

Disclamer -As a very amatuer beer taster My rating are not that spot on. I hope to provide a basic review that summarizes the core taste of the beer. (354 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a very dark orange color with bright white soapy head that left glass coating lace. 4.5

S- Big pungent grapefruit, pine, sweet caramel malt, and dank hop notes. Very aromatic and hoppy. 4.5

T- Lots of orange citrus, some grapefruit, pretty big caramel malt backbone, and some light piney and earthy hop notes. Moderate bitterness. 4

M- Very dry, prickly carbonation, quite smooth, and refreshing. 4.5

O- A very nice well-balanced IPA with lots of hop aroma and flavor and a higher malt bill than many other IPAs but one that works very well with the hops. 4 (609 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: The color of this beer is gorgeous; a medium shade of copper-orange that is nearly crystal clear. A finger and a half of head rises with the first poor then settles into a coaster-sized cap. Hundreds of bubbles surround the outsides of the glass and dart up to the top as soon as the wiggle themselves free from the glass itself. The lacing is not super thick, but it leaves a record of each sip with a nice layer.

SMELL: The fruit aromas are the star of the show here. Grapefruit (with a little sugar on top), orange and maybe a touch of apricot are all here. Some pine with a hint of grass and some nice floral notes complete the smell.

TASTE: A luscious caramel backbone provides a canvass for all the traditional, American-style IPA flavors to play; grass, pine, orange, grapefruit, mango (maybe?) and biscuit. The bready finish is a perfect complement to the malty start.

MOUTHFEEL: Sweet to start, dry to finish. Medium bodied with a pleasant sparkle.

OVERALL: We have some outstanding IPAs in this market here in Colorado, but there are very few East Coast-style IPAs that are made this well. An homage to balance, the hops are enough to satisfy any hophead, but with enough complexity to turn the anti-IPA crowd into fans. (1,259 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/30/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, biscuit, light toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus hop and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit. tangerine, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, biscuit, light toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,524 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

A - Golden orange with a thick white head. Great retention! Leaves some lacing around the glass.

S - Very malt forward and some sweet bread, some pine in there. Some Lemongrass.

T - First a little hit of malt, then the pine comes through with a touch of grass, lemon and grapefruit. Great!

M - Medium carbonation, goes down very smoothly and alcohol hidden well. Finishes dry. (380 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.5/5  rDev -14%

You know, I'm a little hesitant to review this beer because I remember it being better in the past. Oh well, here goes:

A: Very good. Orange-amber with a one-inch head. Leaves plenty of lacing, too. However, I have to comment that the carbonation appears lacking. 4/5

S: Very funky - almost like old milk. I just confirmed from Victory's website, however, that they used wild Belgian yeast in making this beer. THAT explains a lot. Can detect caramel and amber malt, Belgian yeast, citrus and grapefruit. However, the beer has an old milky smell imparted from the Belgian yeast. Kind of a turn-off. 3/5

T: Just alright. Taste follows the nose. Lots of caramel, toffee from the malt, lemony and grapefruit from the hops, stale bread and milk from the wild yeast. Would've been great except for the last part. 3.5/5

M: Good. Nice and smooth. 4/5

O: A solid beer but I really didn't like the addition of Belgian wild yeast. 3.5/5.0 (956 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%

Tap poured into pint glass

Copper colored, no visible carbonation. , white foam layer , few lacings

Gentle Floral citrus aroma

Gentle hop flavor ,well balanced

Great mouthfeel , very little carbonation , very slight bitter aftertaste

Smooth beer , very enjoyable , quaffable , repeatable (295 characters)

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,446 ratings.