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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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6,227 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,227
Reviews: 2,387
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 169
Gots: 577 | 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 phishgator
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass with a deep copper, hazy color. The head was consistant for an IPA. The aroma is floral and citrusy. The taste is bitter up front, in the middle, and in the finish. There are flavors of pine and a slight tarty fruit(?). The body is thick and filling. On a summer day you could enjoy a few of these, but not the entire 6-pack. I would have to say that this is a great American IPA.

phishgator, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of guitarmage
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark, rich amber, a little light passes through, inviting off white head with great retention.

Smell: Very aromatic, nice grainy notes followed by big hops, grassy and pleasant, also fruity esters.

Taste: Very mild flavor followed by the hops, I can't place other flavors at this time.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy medium bodied, almost nitro-like. Good.

Drinkability: A very drinkable IPA and very unique. I like it, but I'm rather confused by it's flavors, it smells a lot more than it seems to taste.

guitarmage, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with a big pillowy offwhite head and a bit of lacing.

Smells good, mellow maltyness with a subdued earty hoppyness.

Nice smooth mouthfeel with bitter finish.

Taste is awesome, very smooth and balanced. Sweet maltyness and bitter hops blend very well and neither one seems overly noticable. Aftertaste has very intense hop bitterness flavor without being overly harsh.

In a word, smooth. After trying a few of their beers I have extreme respect for Victory.

kgotcher, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Preliminary- Bought one single 12oz bottle from Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA. Wasn't planning on drinking it just yet but I accidently cracked the bottle just a bit, so decided to pour it.

Appearance: Is a brownish/red that, with time, will turn clear. Head depends on pour of course, but a fluffy 3 finger head dissipates in about 2 minutes to 1/2 finger, which remains for quite a while. Lacing remains throughout entire time.

Smell: The smell doesn't knock you down, although it is nice and fresh. You can definitely tell this is an IPA but its not going to blow you away with exaggerated hoppiness. To me this is a plus for the style.

Taste: The taste goes through quite an evolution as you drink it. Being cold, you get big dose of bitterness through the hops which I have yet to look up what variety they are. As this thing warms up a little you get plenty of subdued malt flavor at the start which fades to hop bitterness that lingers in your mouth for quite a while. You really do know you are drinking an IPA the entire time.

Moutfeel: I like moderate carbonation in both pale ales and IPA's and this bottle seems to deliver a moderate to moderately high carbonation which is nice.

Drinkability: As far as this goes, its almost 7% alcohol so you wont be drinking a huge quantity of these, but for taking down a couple of them, its not a huge chore if you are an IPA fan. I would not even classify myself as an IPA fan (drink one every now and then) and I have enjoyed this bottle. Props to Victory.

4.5 / 4 / 4 / 4.5 / 3.5
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6/25/07

Enjoy by date of 8/8/07

Nose of a bit of toasted malt and fruity. Taste up front is very berry-ish, with a bit of sweet pale malt. Finish turns into a bitter resiny hops. A light to medium strength IPA as my senses of the hop has matured.

Ratings updated to 4.5 / 3.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 4.5

MiScusi, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/08/06
Pours a hazy copper with 1/2" white head and moderate lacing.

Nose of Citrus fruit, sweetness from the malt

Taste is much larger than the smell. Hops all the way through start to finish, but very complex in flavor. The finish is a tea-like bitterness that sticks on the tongue for a while.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, nothing crazy. The hops shine through and the malt sings backup.

I could drink quite a few of these bad boys in an evening. This is one tasty little devil.

rtratzlaff, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of hoffman
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is great....pours up nice with an off white head. The color is a hazy amber tranlucent to the light a nice appearing beer. The smell is effervecent very nice..sweet roasted malts, smokey carmel and piney hops very potent and an example of what I like to smell in a beer. The taste is quite nice as well the toasty sweet carmels are present up front and then yield to more grassy notes in the middle, a perfectly balanced hop impression finishes the beer off. Damn fine and oh so perfectly quaffable. If I could get sixers of this I would keep a case in the beer fridge standard. The mouthfeel is good possibly a bit water for the beers flavor. Amazingly drinkable....get this in mass quantities if you can.

hoffman, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of jockstrappy
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber color with a creamy, sticky white head that retained itself almost throughout. Aroma is all about the hops!...not much malt to speak of, but still very inviting. Taste...this beer doesn't piss around! Hops dominate up front, with a slight malt background hitting the palate before the hops take over again. Finish is crisp, with a lingering hop effect. Much more balanced then I was expecting. Moderate carbonation, and medium body make for a very pleasant mouthfeel, and the only thing holding back it's drinkability is the ABV. This is a fantastic beer!!!

Edit...taste had to be a 5!

jockstrappy, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of GreenWBush
2.58/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have pined for the opportunity to try this oft, and generally universally-lauded brew. I was afforded that opportunity at the Map Room, Chicago, Illinois.

This beer presents itself to me much darker than I had expected, an autumn-leaf red with a minimal skim. Just a few freckles of lace are observed clinging to the nonic pint as it disappears.

The nose of this beer again defies my anticipation; it is particularly faint, and not what i'd necessarily call 'hoppy'. The aroma is full of thin, bready malts and just the faintest impression of apple-like hop notes.

While this beer does carry a good amount of bitterness, I am surprised to find a very marginal amount of actual hop flavor. The malt is slightly sourdough-like and gets pummeled around by a thin, reedy and metallic bitterness. This one definetely sits on the 'dry' side of things, never really getting over that painful tea-like bitterness.

The mouthfeel of this beer is also particularly underwhelming. No real oiliness or powdery/pillowiness to speak of, just that incessant clanging bitterness and faint toasted malt. I jiggle the belly in hopes of producing a hop-burp, but nothing comes.

Perhaps my years of drinking West-coast minded IPAs has ruined my palate, but this wasn't even particularly pleasant to wade through. Again, i'd like to try this closer to the source so I can see if my plaguing negative impression of Victory beers has something to do with regional bias/freshness/transit, etc.

So far i'm 0/3 with Victory.

GreenWBush, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of dfried
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was quite coppery for an IPA, average off white head. The smell is of a hop bomb, a little sweet, but definitely an IPA by scent. The taste is obviously a hop bomb, but for an IPA, there is a slightly more roasted of a flavor to the malt witch balances and sweetens the beer nicely. A lot of grapefruit and citrusy tones. I am a hop head, and I have had hoppier beers, I would put this at about a 7 or 7.5 on the hop scale. Mouthfeel and drinkability were good, but nothing stood out. I could definitely sit and have more than a couple of these.

dfried, May 31, 2006
Photo of bort11
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of sulldaddy. Awsome devil face made out of hops on the label.
Poured into an Imperial pint glass. Clear red/orange color. Strong dark tan head that took about 8 minutes to recede to a sticky head. One of the nicest looking beers I've seen.
This beer is all about the hops. The smell is a strong citrusy hops, with just the slightest sweet malt around the edges. Tastes is a stong puckery hops. Piney and grassy. Medium bodied with a balanced carbonation.
I believe this falls under the category of hop-bomb. This was really good for a BBQ. If you really like hops, then this is a beer for you. I with I could get these locally.

bort11, May 29, 2006
Photo of MeLikeBeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with sticky white head that laces on the glass.

Smells incredible! Hop explosion, it's difficult to smell anything but the hops...there is a heavy fruit scent that is more apparent after your first taste.

The taste is: HOPS! Yum. Thick feeling in the mouth, followed by the grapefruit flavor. The hops balance perfectly with the sweetness...just like an IPA ought. Definite malt overtones and nice, spicy bite of a finish.

This is a good beer.

MeLikeBeer, May 27, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The clear crisp amber color is looking good, the lacing is sticky and the head stays thin and is white and foamy.

The smell is powerful with hoppyness, so hoppy I can't smell anything else. Some slight amounts of dark fruit of some kind are pushing through.

The taste has more fruityness, I'm tasting some orange along with a big hoppy taste. The nose is excactly the same as the initial taste.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery and cool in texture, it goes down nicely and is a little bit better than water.

I would love to get my hands on this at the brewery itself to find out the differences that were created as it went through being distributed.

Erdinger2003, May 26, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is really hoppy, no doubt. Looks beautifully outta the bottle, big lacing down the glass. Nice micro smell! Packs a wholloping hit on the bitter side after going down. Some malt, more hops. Beautiful copper coloring, also. It is also affordable. A delight of a beer!

bigdeuce, May 26, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hophead heaven.

Appearance- Slightly hazy orange, Nice white head clings nicely to the glass.

Smell- Huge hop presence, spicy and citrusy. Some floral and grassy hops but the spicy citrus dominates all.

Taste- Perfectly matches the smell. Spicy and mean with enough malt to barely stand up to the hops.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean, slides down way too smooth.

Drinkability- You gotta love hops to take on this one. If you do then you're in for a major treat.

kirok1999, May 25, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a single to give it a try. 12 oz bottle with enjoy by Jul 06 06 on it poured into a pint glass

A—pours cloudy dark and murky, copper color with a 2 inch foamy sand colored head, slowly collapses, full lacing is produced. A very enticing looking brew…

S—citrus, pine, pepper, some floral notes as well

T—mmm! Pine and peppery, flowers, the bitterness is nicely balanced with some malty sweetness, finishes dry with a little bite to it

M—sharp and bold, medium bodied, medium carbonation

D—a solid IPA that is well worth seeking out!

hanco005, May 24, 2006
Photo of mattcomstock213
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a beer that I've heard alot about and my expectations were satisfied by the Devil. The smell is complex with lots of fruit going on. Very nice. The taste is strong and, like the smell, complex as hell. Its almost overpowering there is so much going on. Its tasty, but almost spicy. Very interesting. It feels nice in the mouth, almost think and dances on the tounge. The drinkablity of this beer is suspect. For me it bites a little too much to be an everyday beer. One, maybe two and move on to something cheaper. Bottom line- Tasty and spicy. Very interesting beer.

mattcomstock213, May 24, 2006
Photo of acehart1
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Boy am I lucky. I got to enjoy this amazing beer when I went to the brewery (which is something I highly recommend to other beer-lovers).

I have had this beer on draught and in the bottle and I must say that enoying it from the cask just heightened the beer experience for me. I would rate this as one of my three or four favorite beers of all-time (and definitely my favorite single IPA).

A - Deep orange/brown color. Unfiltered with a slight head.

S- Strong, strong citrus smell.

T - I couldn't ask for more out of an IPA as it maintains a perfect blend between the hoppiness and the citrus element of the beer.

M - Very smooth. Not overwhelming at all.

D - A nice balance. I really enjoyed this one. Kudos to the guys at Victory for this one.

acehart1, May 22, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear copper with red highlights-- devlish! Generous off-white head, good lacings. The nose is of fresh, slightly piney hop goodness, with a touch of cereal. Bitterness takes up residence on the palate early and doesn't relinquish its hold. Hop flavors turn sweet and juicy, combining with resinous elements that affirm this ale's status as a hop monster.

If this is the Devil, consider me Damned, and Damned proud of it!

VoodooBrew, May 16, 2006
Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours an orange amber color with an off-white head that fizzled down to a ring around my glass. There is nice lacing going on.

The aroma is of citrus hops. There is a strong lemon presence.

The flavor is of citrusy hop flavor. There is a nice breath of lemon after the swallow. It's quite a refreshing beer.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with medium carbonation.

I think this is a very drinkable beer.

Brian700, May 14, 2006
Photo of bigreduw64
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard good things, so I'm looking forward to this one.

Appearance: Rich amber color. Pours a nice head that slowly dissipates, but doesn't leave.

Smell: Nice hoppy smell, get floral notes, but not a real strong aroma. If it tastes like it smells, it should be good.

Taste: Good hoppy flavor, but I can also taste the malt. Some light berry notes in the background. I like it.

Mouthfeel is good, not a lot of carbonation. I could drink about 2 of these at a time, then I would have to switch to something a little less hoppy.
Very good IPA, didn't use to be a fan, but its because of beers like this that I am starting to really enjoy IPA's.

bigreduw64, May 12, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light reddish amber with a nice full 2 finger head that leaves nice lacing as it melts.
Aroma is pure fresh hops and lemon. Very faint sweaty sock smell unfortunately. I've tried and tried to find this fresh on the west coast...everything up time now has been past BEST BY date on the bottle. This one's BEST BY date is a month past so I know the sock smell isn't intentional.,but it is the freshest I've been able to find out here in 6 months of searching. It's unfortunate that they can't get this beer to California fresher.
Taste is Fresh grassy hops with slight citrus overtones.
Finishes to a clean hop dryness.
Very refreshing if you can acquire it fresh.
****
Re-evaluated after a fresh sample received from blitheringidiot. Thank you very much Ev.
Still everything I said before...not quite the hop-bomb people call it, but then I've had a lot of Stone and a lot of Hopcycle from Moylan's and they definately have some hop-bombs.
However, I don't think that is what Victory is aiming for with Hop Devil.
It's a great IPA...very, very hoppy....and very very drinkable. The problem with most "hop-bombs" is that they have to make them with lots of malts to achieve a balance. Often this makes them a little too sweet to be 'drinkable'. Hop devil achieves the supper hoppiess without the extra sweetness.
Good job. Good brew

IntriqKen, May 11, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a deep hazy amber, almost a deep red when held to a light; small, quickly dissipating head; a little bit of lace left behind

s - very hoppy with strong citrus, mostly lemon, notes

t - very complex taste; slight sweetness and citrus upfront, with a punch of hops soon followings; long finish is bitter with roasted malt goodness

m - very light with ample carbonation

d - very drinkable; I really wish I had a few more bottles to enjoy right now

This is an solid, very enjoyable beer all around. One of the best American IPAs I've had, and a great value too.

WeisGuy, May 08, 2006
Photo of wingnutter
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aquired from Riggsy in a trade. Poured a hazy amber color into a standard pint glass. Controlled pour didnt yield much of a head. Smells hoopy and citrusy.

Tastes like it smells. Nice hop bitterness - tangy citrus leading the way. Nice sweetness underneath and in the finish. Goes down pretty easily, and the mouthfeel is medium. The sweetness shows up more as it starts to warm. Nicely balanced. Would go perfect with chips and salsa (heavy on the cilantro!)

Drinkability is quite high - very smooth beer. Worthy of being a top 10 IPA? Not sure. However, it is very well done and can hold its own against almost any IPA Ive tried so far.

wingnutter, May 05, 2006
Photo of NolateM
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug. Pretty dark for an IPA - it's almost brown, slightly orange-amber, and you can just barely see through it. Pours a fairly generous, off-white head. Not much lacing.

The aroma is wonderful... you can smell its strong hop character of course, plus some citrusy tones. The taste is pretty much the same. Starts off kind of bitter (in a good way) and hoppy, and then there's this refreshing citrus tinge at the end. Not quite as acidic as an IPA like Smuttynose, but still got a bit of it on the finish. Quite well-carbonated. Very easy to drink, even though you can kinda taste the 6.7%-ness.

This is definitely one of my new favorites. If you're into IPAs, you damn well better love this beer.

NolateM, May 04, 2006
Photo of psinderson
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Attractive deep amber-red appearance, slightly hazy. Yellowish head, mild lacing.

Smell: Pungent citrusy aroma with a hint of pine

Taste: The name fits - hop flavor and bittnerness throughout. A little fruity upfront, followed by a roasted maltiness. Nice balance..sweetness followed by bitterness. A rather complex finish - A little bitter, a little sweet, a little roasty. A good combination of the entire affect.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium. I think the thinness is good for this beer. Good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: This may have overwhelming hop flavor, but the thinness of the beer could allow some to get carried away. This is not a session beer, but I could see myself acting as if it was.

Great beer! Full of flavor and memorable.

psinderson, May 03, 2006
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,227 ratings.