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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

6,462 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,462
Reviews: 2,401
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 185
Gots: 674 | 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 Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says Enjoy By Jul 19 2013.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and small specs of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides down the glass leaving a jagged ring behind.

S- Zesty, semi-citrusy hop aroma with a sturdy malt backbone. Somewhat sweet-smelling.

T- Moderate bitterness with some grass and pine notes. The substantial amount of malt is unusual for an IPA and very welcome since it provides a nice balance as well as some biscuity tones.

M- Pretty sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A quintessential east coast IPA. One that's just as enjoyable now as it was many years ago when I first had it.

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4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into 10 oz Leviathan glass.

Pours clear dark amber, almost cherrywood color, without any hint of cloudiness noted in other reviews. Plentiful soft cream-colored head, substantial lacing.

Citrus (orange), pine and fresh laurel on the nose, soon followed by malt and yeast notes. More esters than most IPAs. Distinct alcohol punch once the head recedes--perhaps the only negative.

A big mouthful of candied orange peel (basically a blend of orange rind and burnt sugar, but more complex) and pine, a lot of floral and herbal notes, cloves, laurel and green tea. Nice resinous bitterness rounds off the initial shot, then lingers in the mouth, complemented by developing malt note, slight acidity (likely from carbonation) and a hint of apricot. The yeast and alcohol less pronounced on the tongue than they are on the nose.

Medium body with distinct maltiness, but not syrupy or sweet. The beer is smooth, but does coat the back of the tongue, which helps to extend the finish. A bit boozy, but not overwhelmingly so. Carbonation is light to moderate, with fine structure, resulting in a slightly salty/minerally effervescence. A good balance between malt, yeast and hops, with the heat likely smoothing out with a couple more weeks of aging (if it came to that).

Overall a well-balanced, excellent IPA, even if its popularity might have waned a bit in the last decade. I would rate it exceptional (working on the fourth mixed 12 over the last two months, and have similar opinions of other contents). The interplay between hops and malt is simply beautiful, which likely means that it rates too malty for many hopheads. Heat is the only real downgrade. Obviously would buy it again... and again, and again...

PS: There is a distinct possibility that age plays a role in the reviewers' reaction, so I'll try to come back to it again after a few weeks.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a keeper. I usually find myself not returning to Ipa's with the "piney" bitter aftertaste. This one is an exception. Poured into a teku, this has seriously awesome creamy head for an ipa and it retains well. Most ipa's have head which dissipates, but not this beer. The color is deep amber, almost red, full of dancing bubbles. The scent at first is piney and spicy but halfway through mellows out and a deep jasmine scent dominates. Quite lovely really. Perfect carbonation: not too much, not too little. A mellow yet spicy and resin like taste which rounds out to slight bitterness lingering on the back of the tongue, maybe a bit grapefruit like? A bit of hotness I suppose, but this is probably just accentuated by the bitterness! This is like drinking a juicy hop!, and an extremely drinkable one at that! I cannot wait to try this on tap!

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,462 ratings.