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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

5,771 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5,771
Reviews: 2,366
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 136
Gots: 391 | 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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Brent

Kentucky

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

After wanting to try this much acclaimed beer for quite some time, I was delighted to finally run across a bottle. Had I first sampled this a few years ago in my pre-hophead days, I'm sure I would have been blown away. But, having been amused and abused by such hop tonics as Stone Ruination, Dogfish 90 min. and Rogue I2PA, I met this beer on a level playing field.

Cascades juice? Not quite, but not far away. Big malt backbone carried the hops load quite well. My first impression was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on steroids. The hops flirt with harsh acidity, but manage to pull back just enough. Certainly a top-flight APA.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2003 20:01:31 | More by Brent
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The malty hoppy IPA that keeps you begging for more. Not being a hophead this is actually an ale that I can drink a full glass of without tossing. The amber/copper color as well as the floral head and nose make for a stunning bouquet. Taste is well balanced and very enjoyable.. especially if you love hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 16:08:31 | More by bierman2000
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Ahhdball

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great amber color and a full one inch head with staying power that lasted most of the glass. Spicy hops with small hints of citrus in the aroma. The taste was excellent, I haven't had many IPA's but if this represents the style, wow. Bitter but perfect as it goes down, slightly malty with the hops coming on strong about 90% of the way through the drink. Very drinkable, I will have this again and hopefully soon!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 15:11:01 | More by Ahhdball
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jcalabre

California

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

Originally sampled many moons ago. I am writing this review from my notes. This is a world class IPA. In my humble opinion, it is in the same class as Stone's IPA and Kalamazoo Bells Two Heart. It's appearance is a copper body w/ an offwhite head. The nose and flavor are those wonderful citrusy hops. Great brew

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2003 14:50:29 | More by jcalabre
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

This brew is a pretty sanguine amber color with a medium and clingy off-white head. Nice lacing throughout. Aroma is heady floral hops. Medium-bodied and crisp with a near-perfect level of hops in the flavor. There is a hint of citrus (lemon/grapefruit) and grass as well. The finish falls off just a little toward the end but overall this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2003 14:19:16 | More by Dogbrick
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WaltTrombone

New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After my recent scary experience with an over-the-top hop monster (SN Bigfoot 2003), I was a little nervous about trying HopDevil, but I'm glad I did. For me, it's a good summertime beer, lighter than my usual stouts.

It poured an orangey red, with a chunky beige head. The aroma was faint, malt, caramel and hops. The taste was an initial blast of malt and caramel, purged right after with a steamroller's worth of hops. Mild hops, though, not anywhere near as mouth-puckeringly bitter as the previously mentioned Bigfoot. (Still maybe a bit too hoppy for a recent convert from macros. For them, try a Brooklyn IPA, just as good as HopDevil, but not as hoppy. Review coming soon...) As the beer warms, the taste blossoms into bursts of honey, cola, prunes. In retrospect, I've been drinking this too cold, try chilling this for a short while so that it's in between cellar and fridge temps. Mouthfeel was creamy smooth, with just enough carbonation to stand up to the jambalaya I had it with tonight. Finish was mild, just a faint mellow hop tang.

Thanks to Victory for enlightening me to the hoppy truth; hoppiness doesn't have to mean bitter and nasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 02:11:53 | More by WaltTrombone
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purplehops

Maine

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap HopDevil pours a hazy beautiful copper-orange. The head is off-white and made of very fine bubbles. A nice lace pattern was left on the glass. The aroma is floral and spicy hops with a hint of malt in the far away background. On tap the taste is like that of the bottle version only it seems brighter and more defined on tap. The battle between the bitterness of the hop and the sweetness of the malt is more in balance in the tap version. They are not so much fighting each other as they are working together in a bliss of malty bitterness. The finish is also smoother with a softer carbonation and a more floral hop flavor. Aftertaste leaves you with a smile and a desire for more and more and more. The alcohol seems almost imperceptible.
Overall an excellent IPA on tap for the hop head. Malty, medium bodied, and hoppy to perfection.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2003 04:21:13 | More by purplehops
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freed

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like the Pils, a very cool label. It pours a much deeper color - rich amber, and it foams like a wild beer might. The smell obvious; nice and fresh. The darker color is correct in suggesting this is a bigger beer than most IPAs in the malt department. Its got a meaty, rusty flavor very reminicsent of olde style Bitters, almost of an ESB, but a much more pronounced hop flavor. Its a very nice beer, though its vitals make it somewhat difficult to drink another. After finishing, there's almost the same resiny feeling I get after sampling my wort. Sweet and filling.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2003 16:48:00 | More by freed
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Mustard

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with, god bless Victory, a friggin' "enjoy by" date. Freaky little portrait of the Swamp Thing on the label.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copperish, burnt-orange hue; fine, one-fingered head; moderate -- albeit scattered -- lacing.

Aroma: Mild notes of malt sweetness smothered under a blanket of citrusy hops.

Taste: A solid, biscuity malt character quickly gives way to a citrusy, floral hop rapist. Aftertaste reverts back to a subdued maltiness.

Mouthfeel: A thick -- almost chewy -- malt body.

Notes: Consumed this after a dark lager and had a good time. Mustard recommends this beer, but cannot support the notion that this is a top twenty-five brew. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 02:59:43 | More by Mustard
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Ianhockey91

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a great brew. The aroma is excellent, and with the first pour i noticed the head had a lot of staying power for an ipa. As expected, the hops hit and they hit hard. The mouthfeel however was a little thinner than expected, but still good. It left a very interesting grapefuit aftertaste in my mouth. All in all a very very drinkable beer, make sure to wait a few between your first and second ones so that you can appriciate it more.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 16:34:50 | More by Ianhockey91
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep red, mahogeny hue, nice thin, but well retaining head. Massive, sticky lacing, floral hops and fresh flowers noted on the nose, a very clean, inviting aroma. A blast of invigorating hops, some spices and an immediate warming effect, esters noted, although in the background. Some grapefruit noted throughout, medium to full bodied, extremely dry and some bitterness noted towards the finish. Clearly a top shelf IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 18:39:15 | More by GeoffRizzo
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avylover

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red/golden, almost mahogany color with a nice foamy light tan head. Very inviting looking beer, especially during the pour with a tornado of golden carbonation. Smell is florally hoppy right away, then some good citrous hop notes come through and some malt is back there too. This beer has a zingy floral hop flavor throughout, but the nice buttery-bready maltiness in the background sets this brew apart from other IPA's.Very crisp and drinkable despite a relatively thick consistency. The bitterness destroys any syrupy mouthfeel that may have lingered otherwise. A good american IPA that lives up to it's name. Pretty much what an IPA should be IMO

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 13:46:43 | More by avylover
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Boto

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a fantastic brew! The beer is a amber (maybe orangish) color, with a quick-dissapating head. The aroma is fantastic. The hops are strong. Fairly good whiff of grapefruit/citrus to it. The taste is equally good. The hops are VERY strong, but there is an exquisite balance to them. They aren't strong for the sake of being strong. Decent amount of body to the beer. I had this with a friend the other night, and his initial reaction was "WOW".

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 04:49:23 | More by Boto
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at home out of a Victory variety case. Appearance was amber, with a bit of head retention. Smell was heavily hoppish. The taste was well............very hoppy as well. Mouthfeel was very smooth, and perfectly carbonated. Drinkability-wise, this is certainly another I could have all day!

The Victory HopDevil is truly one of the American classics of IPA, and is surely one that I would have around in the future!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 08:36:21 | More by beergeek279
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Stingray5

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to be enjoyed by Oct 08 03. Pours a beautiful dark copper with a perfect fluffy white head. Aroma is spicy hops, but with nice toasty malt notes, too. Very full bodied, this IPA delivers the hops. Sniff, hops. Taste, hops. Burp, hops. Just the way I like it. Spicy, bitter, citrus, all the good stuff. Finish is dry hops with a nice sticky sweet malt balance. Slightly reserved at the finish, which is a good thing because it doesn't send me into a hop-induced coma. Victory has managed to take an IPA, hop it to hell and back and still manage to produce a well balanced brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 19:29:17 | More by Stingray5
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Some IPAs just bite you and are sometimes hard to swallow. This offering has an excellent amber appearance that leaves a clinging lace all the way down the glass. Smell is floral and not overpowering. The taste has a floral quality that is absolute perfection, just enough to add to the character, but not overpowering. The mouthfeeel is outstanding. It goes down easy and leaves a reminder of its hopping in a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Suprisingly, this brew is very drinakable, even though the ABV is up there. Of all the IPAs I've tried, by far the best.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 17:30:05 | More by edchicma
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sinistersteve

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally got my hands on an IPA that everyone has been raving about. Beverage poured with a wonderfully thick head. Strong clean amber color. Hints of grapefruit tickled my nose. Not much lace sticks around to show off the fact that you had a wonderful beverage. A nice bitter taste to it that is not too over-the-top like some IPA's can be.

Is it good? YES!! Is it one of the best IPA ever?? Not quite, but it sure is in my top 5 list.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 21:41:57 | More by sinistersteve
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an extra cask that was put on the bar at the Firkinteeth event at the Grey Lodge. Good thing, too since it was fairly early and there were only two casks left out of the original eleven! This version of Hop Devil poured out a murky amber copper color and was topped with a small creamy white head. Beautiful aroma of flowery hops and a nice maltiness. Taste was very creamy. Nice bitterness with the presence of alcohol. Perfect blend once again of malt and hops. Very flavorful. I have had this beer many times in different forms over the years and this was another excellent version.

Serving type: cask

06-17-2003 17:46:18 | More by pezoids
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with tan head.
Aroma is mild with a sweet citrus that is nice.
The flavor is excellent i love the intensity but it is blended well so that it is not too bitter.
The mouthfeel is light and belies the higher alcohol content.
A nice beer to go with saly or spicy foods and a nice beer to finish off a long day at work.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 15:44:08 | More by RenoZymurgist
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philipt

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a must for any hops lovers. Hopdevil is not overwhelmingly hoppy, but is actually well-balanced. Of course the emphasis here is on the hops qualities.

Somewhat dark copper in color with a reasonably sized cream colored head. The aroma is of very fresh hops--citrus, pine, and spicy. Taste is initially malty but very quickly changes to powerful (but not overwhelming) hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2003 11:57:23 | More by philipt
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Elemental

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty big beer. The color is pale amber color like an ESB rather than a IPA. But it has a great aroma of various hops as expected. After pouring there is about 1cm of head that slowly dissapated to a light head. The taste is good with a lot of hops to please the mouth. A well balanced bitterness to match the maltiness of the beer. You can definately tell that this was run through a hopback. Its slightly spicy with a bit of sweetness.
Bottoml line: if you like hops and malt (as a BA should), you'll like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 13:09:06 | More by Elemental
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BierReise

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not one of the best IPA's I've had and certainly nothing compared to some of the California IPA's. Poured a amber/copper color with very small head. Head dissipates quickly to almost nothing. Aroma is nice but more like an APA than an IPA. Smooth on the palate and slightly crisp. Flavor is a good balance but in my opinion just an average IPA. Also bottle could use a make-over.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 14:55:53 | More by BierReise
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

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

I had this one in a 12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a reddish-orange with 2 fingers of head and decent lacing. The smell is very subtle, a little citrus tone, not too much of a hops smell present, which is weird for an IPA. The taste is a mix of citrus and spice, with just a bit of hops at the end. Very balanced for an IPA. Doesn't have the hops meanness of a ruination or a 90 minute. The mouthfeel is pretty strong and really smooth. The drinkability is also fair. This sure has some hops to it, but I'm just not sure that it lives up to its name.

Edit: After reviewing another sample, I found that I like this far more than what I scored for. The first bottle might have been a little off. The second time I had it, it was more true to the name and style, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 21:45:31 | More by SheepNutz
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent amber-bronze hue, modest off-white head (less than a ½ inch), fair retention, soapy, minimal unorganized lace. Mouthwatering nose… oh, the invitation is incredible, plenty of piney/citrusy hops… plenty of depth but little complexity though. The palate has plenty of piney hops, prickly bitterness, raw citrusy hops undercurrents, leafy, dry. Very minor caramel malt hints, just enough for “balance.” The impact of the alcohol on the palate (and mind) is ideal. Tremendously dry & bitter finish, rather long too. Moderate carbonation. Medium body. It is awfully damn easy to drink and gratifying too. I wish HopDevil was available locally… recommended!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 13:16:56 | More by bditty187
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

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

has nice coppery color in the glass, good sized head which leaves lace most of the way down. hopdevil smells really good, with fresh smelling piney spicy slightly citrusy hoppiness. a little fruity and bready too...
this is a really exellent tasting IPA. it's loaded with grassy citrusy hops, but it also is rounded out with some nice caramel malt flavor and a little bready yeast, not hugely complex, but well balanced and great tasting. thicker side of medium bodied with middle of the road carbonation. i could drink this stuff all night. when fresh, this stuff is great.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 12:20:27 | More by kmo1030
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,771 ratings.