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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,284 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5284
Reviews: 2353
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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tpd975

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow very nice. I enjoyed the Victory Hop Devil on cask at the Hop Devil Bar in NYC. How fitting.

A: Nice orangish gold color with little to no head. Little to no lacing noted.

S: Nice hoppy aroma. Tons of grapefruit with mild touches of nutty toffee malt.

T: In the bottle it took a bit for the hops to kick in. On cask I tasted wonderful grapefruit hops right from the start. There was a wonderful malt backbone to even things out making this one enjoyable brew.

M: Medium bodied and ultra crisp on the palate.

D: Nice drinkable brew, on cask this one is down right sessionable.

Overall: Nice aggressive IPA. Perfect balance between hop and malt. If your a hophead you will enjoy this one no matter if its on cask or in the bottle.

Serving type: cask

03-27-2008 19:54:30 | More by tpd975
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at the Victory Brew-pub in Downingtown, PA.

A nice dark red with a finger of nice, off-white head. Decent lacing.

Hoppy smell, very flowerly.

Very balanced taste. Up front is a large, floral taste with some malt backbone. Finishes very dry with a nice hop flavor.

Good mouthfeel, very light.

Greeat drinkability, a beer you can drink all night.

Serving type: cask

03-01-2008 05:56:34 | More by Hojaminbag
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on cask at the brewpub.
Served as a medium amber colored beer with white creamy head. Perfect lacing.
Smell has a more restrained hop character than the bottled version.
Taste also has the hops more restrained. They seeem to be more flavorful than bitter, and this presents with a very different, and enjoyable,beer.
Finish is also less bitter.
An excellent beer. The cask version, in my opion, is even more enjoyable than the bottle.

Serving type: cask

01-06-2008 20:15:36 | More by tgbljb
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled on cask at Victory Brewery, this classic IPA pours a semi-translucent orange bronze with some thin yellow/gold highlights. Some frothy head but little to no carbonation of course being cask conditioned. Good walls of thin lace stick to the glass.

Lots of citrus and caramel malt in the nose, not to mention some deep floral hops. Pine and spice are accompanied with sweet honey and lighter toffee. Very nice as always.

Smooth and bold with and initially sweetness consisting of caramel malt and citrus. Then comes the hops; bitter and herbal but with a mellowing sweet maltiness. The hops linger well and finish with a spicy floral note.

Buttery and smooth in texture with that familiar mellow cask feel. Velvety and clean with no real carbonation. The texture and bitterness really linger past the finish as well. A classic brew from Victory that lends itself really well to the cask conditioning.

Serving type: cask

12-28-2007 01:50:06 | More by letsgopens
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Victory Brewing Co.

A - Hazy orange body with traces of red, copper and rust. Large, two-finger creamy white head that fully diminished. Beautiful lacing decorated the glass as I drank. This beer looked absolutely amazing when it was served!

S - Moderate bready maltiness in the nose with a fairly heavy perfumy hop aroma and some cask wood. Not quite as hoppy in the nose as I had anticipated.

T - Initial flavor was moderately bitter, followed by an average finish. Much better on cask that in the bottle! Overall, not as hoppy as I was expecting. Hops are definitely more floral than citrus.

M - Medium body with a very creamy texture and virtually no carbonation. This brew felt amazing in the mouth. Cleaner, more creamy mouthfeel and not quite as bitter as the bottled version. Not very sticky for an IPA, but very creamy.

D - Fantastic cask offering from Victory! I could drink one or two of these on every visit to Victory. This is an all-around fantastic IPA that is so much better on cask.

Serving type: cask

11-20-2007 02:19:26 | More by ffejherb
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been around a long time, being one of the first BIG IPA's out there. It is no longer as BIG as it use to be as tons have breweries have made brews far bigger than this old gaurd. Due to all of this it has been a long time since I have had a HopDevil. Being on cask though at the Zeno's real ale fest gave me good reason to revisit this old friend, and I am glad I did!

A--light orange copper with a thick white head

S--Lovely floral hop kick. A true sniffer.

T--Great, fresh hop flavor with a really solid malt bill. A well balanced beer.

M--Rich and full bodied. Offers up a nice hop bite aftertaste.

D--Forgot how good this beer is...and on cask it is even better. This beer may not be the biggest bad boy on the block anymore but it still a very solid performer. A truly, a well made beer.

Serving type: cask

10-29-2007 13:30:34 | More by Deuane
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Atricapilla

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really thought this was a kick ass ale...It is what is says: hoppy. It has a nice amber color with a small, slightly creamy head. The head was a bit more constructed in the cask bier I had as opposed to the bottled versions. The aroma and taste were thoroughly dominated by hops, hops, and more hops. Goes down well and leaves a lingering hop aftertaste.

Serving type: cask

10-18-2007 05:08:36 | More by Atricapilla
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A pint glass hand-pulled at the brewery in Downingtown, PA.

A: The ale is a brilliant amber color, the color that all good beer should aspire to, dark and mysterious but light enough to allow you to peer through it as you ponder its greatness. Capping off this magnificence is a billowy white head, full of dense bubbles that lasts nicely through the pint.

S: The nose has the big bite of HopDevil mixed with a creamy maltiness. The hops are still big and bold though, make no mistake about it.

T: The taste nicely combines the big hops with a subtlety that comes from the cask. The hop body is still big and American, grapefruit with an earthy undertone, but it was relaxed a bit, taking on a softer more concentrated body. The creamy head atop the beer is a sweetness that matches the grainy biscuit body nicely. The hops deliver a long biting finish that remains bitter long after the sip is a memory.

M: The cask has smoothed out the beer, mellowing the hops and accentuating the malts. The effect is a great drink, smooth and bitter.

D: HopDevil on cask was a revelation, robust and delicious. If you love HopDevil from a bottle, you'll flip for the cask.

Serving type: cask

08-17-2007 00:54:23 | More by akorsak
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ive had this beer countless times out of the bottle and had it two times from a cask.
4 pumps from the hand tap and the beer was in all of its amber glory.The awesome smell of hop,mabey cascades,the smell is more potent in the cask then bottle IMO.The head stood there for a minute of so,the beer was oh so creamy and at perfect temp. The malt was perfect complimenting the hops.This beer is no way over the top but it is a awesome interpitation of the style and im glad that It is a year round beer.The only fault to the beer is its abv. it will hit ya after a couple.The hops tasted so vibrant then the malt came in to knock them down a bit.A all around great beer.

Serving type: cask

08-07-2007 14:25:45 | More by MmmIPA
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy and orange if not copper in colour. Hihly retentive head, as should be the case with an offering like this. Aromas thick with grapefruit and sweet malty balance intertwined with a solid bready, yeasty goodness. Hardly shy on the palate, this one is smooth on the tongue with fantastic flavors of citrus and breadiness that cannot be beat. Spicy finish with a balancing malty sweetness. Perhaps the creme de la creme of beers: balanced, aromatic, flavorful, and not too high in alcohol. Certainly, IMHO, far better on cask than in bottle or on tap elsewhere than the brewpub itself. For its style, it is the best, hands down. Granted, it can be "big" for a person who is not a hop lover... that, however, is not my problem.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: cask

07-23-2007 02:21:15 | More by goindownsouth
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gee, Hop Devil gets reviewed so seldom that I am anxious to get one posted. Ha! Instead, I want to indulge in a little bit of (not really) frivolity.

Ode to Hop Devil

O, great Hoppus Maximus!
You were my first love.
I discovered you early on
And although I have had others
You remain the one that converted me.
Once, I embraced Rolling Rock,
But the pony left me behind.
Then, I received your kiss,
And I was won!

My mentor, Lew, puts it so well:
You are the perfect marriage of malt and hops
And who am I to disagree?
Your tawny beauty is breathtaking
But so is your tannish head.
Some find you indescribable
But I must disagree!

You, dear Hop Devil, are the beer for me.
Rotsaruch, Maybrick, Shapudding, favorites all,
But you, Hop Devil, make me sit up tall.
Your sticky lacing,
Your thick, full mouthfeel,
Your bitter start,
Your sweet end,
Your reddishness,
You, baby, are my dream.

They say that the devil is male,
But you give that supposition the lie.
Hop Devil, you are as sensuous as any woman.
I will love you until the day I die.


My apologies if that seems rambling or silly, but it was heartfelt. May my Karma be struck dead.

Serving type: cask

02-20-2007 10:03:15 | More by woodychandler
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IgnatiusReilly

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Off the cask at Standard Tap in Philly. This is the first time I’ve had this beer off a hand-pump, and there is such a huge difference than out of a bottle or straight from the tap. Unbelievable.

Served at about 50-55 degrees, the appearance was a deep ruby amber. Full, thick and creamy head. Tons of retention and Belgian lace down the pint. Not quite as big a nose than from the tap, but still lots of citrus hop scents. The taste was next to perfect for an IPA. The higher serving temperature and lower carbonation allowed for an incredible mix of malt sweetness and spicy hop bitterness. Malt sweetness is bready, but the hops still dominate with a biting spiciness, with both grapefruit and pine flavors, followed by a lingering alcohol aftertaste. With such a smooth and chewy mouth-feel you can only get from beer from the engine, I wish all beers could be served this way.

Serving type: cask

01-28-2007 23:46:23 | More by IgnatiusReilly
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AzAleC

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory Brewing Company does not come out to my neck of the woods (Arizona) so during my recent trip to New York; I kept an eye out for it having heard great reviews from friends. I stopped by Barcade in Brooklyn where they had it casked. A deep ruby, colored somewhere in between a Brown ale and a Red. The aroma was very hop-rich, with subtle hints of sweetness. By smell alone you could definitely tell that it had been casked. Upon the first sip the hop pronunciation and earthy cask flavor were very bold, yet well balanced on the tongue. A loosely carbonated and moderately malty mouthfeel kept the hop flavors rolling across the tongue until the slight fruity and sweet finish. All in all a very impressive beer.

Serving type: cask

10-24-2006 15:57:43 | More by AzAleC
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rabsten

West Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at D's Six Packs and Dogz. Clear orange amber with fluffy head and sticky lacing.

Floral hops and more hops. Very sweet and soothing. Some tea-like notes (earl grey, so probably bergamot) as well.

Very balanced pale ale. Malt, which was not present in the smell at all was surprisingly stong and supported the hops nicely. Pretty much all I'm looking for in an IPA most of the time.

Slightly watery mouthfeel but very easy to drink. If I hadn't had to drive to Morgantown, I may have had half a dozen of these.

I have a six of the bottles and the cask is - quite simply - a completely different beer. Very balanced and mellow, while the bottle is a pure hop bomb (and one I like a lot). Definately worth picking up while it's available.

Serving type: cask

10-21-2006 21:05:45 | More by rabsten
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k75

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

keg-conditioned to be more correct - non-firkin

pours a deep amber color with an off white head

aroma is simple the best - floral, piney big and fresh as all get out

flavor is big and complex - hops? sure, but also a lot of malt to hold it all together

great mouthfeel and flavor profile in all areas - bitterness, malt, sticky and full

one of the best big IPA's - showed those that followed how to do it...

A+

Serving type: cask

07-12-2006 02:04:31 | More by k75
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acehart1

New York

5/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-22-2006 04:15:52 | More by acehart1
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It had been a while since I tried this beer, so it seemed like a good place to start on my first trip to the Victory brewpub since moving to the area (yesterday). And how was I going to say no to it on cask?

It produced superb, thick rings of lace and was a rich amber colour, but a little on the murky side. The grapefruit aroma was very pronounced and a little sharp compared to what I remember from the bottled version. The same grapefruit character was in the flavour as well, along with a very solid, caramel, malty backbone to balance the ample bitterness. It felt very full in the mouth as well - I was a little surprised since many beers I've tried on cask seem a little thinned out without the extra carbonation. Overall, quite excellent! I'm sure the guys back in Toronto will be jealous.

Serving type: cask

04-24-2006 02:12:54 | More by DrJay
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boulevard2

New York

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz pint at Monty's Krown

Pours a thick hazy brown beer with a nice frothy head. Smells of ripe hops and yeast with a touch citric ambiance. The beer was rather cold for cask condition but didn't ruin the full body and hoppy malt flavour this beer provides. This on cask is so smooth and delicious I went back for seconds. As the beers warmed the hops stood out and gave me a true essence of this beer and I truly enjoyed, Cheers to Victory!!

Serving type: cask

04-22-2006 20:27:56 | More by boulevard2
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HopDevil- on cask

Appearance- dark orange almost brown, which was odd because my friend ordered the same beer and his was much lighter?!
Smell- strong citric hops!
Taste- very strong citric, grapefruit/ orange rind hops.
Mouthfeel- sharp bitterness followed up by a nice dry finish.

Overall- my favorite beer of the night at the 10 year anniversary. Awesome beer out of the cask!

Serving type: cask

02-19-2006 18:41:42 | More by NJpadreFan
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Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've reviewed this brew a few times, but was not expecting such a difference in the cask version. If I could only have it one way for the rest of my life, this would be it.

Color was an opaque copper orange. Not much head or carbonation. But, the color was stunning.

I don't know where to begin with the smell. Up front sweet flowery orange blossoms. Unlike any previous experience with this beer. Usually I smell a cascade hop resin smell. But this was different. Very citrus and piney. But instead of grapefruit, it was pure orange.

Taste was upfront bitter orange rinds. Very distinctive. A departure from the usual cascade flavors. Flowery blossom honey in the background. Perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel seemed denser than usual. Very little carbonation made it smooth, and could have contributed to the denser feeling. Less crisp, but very satisfying.

Drinkability was exceptional. I could drink this forever. The best IPA I've tasted to date. My only regret is they would not sell a growler of this at Victory. I highly recommend this if you can get to the brewery.

Serving type: cask

01-29-2006 17:20:29 | More by Ieatlambfries
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap cask conditioned at the Drafting Room in Springhouse. The HopDevil pours a nice copper color with a nice thick off-white head. The aroma is of a nice balance between the intense hop flavor and the malty sweetness with a bit of citrus. The taste is an enjoyable balance of the hoppy, piney bitterness and the sweet and fruit tones. A very nice beer and extra special on cask.

Serving type: cask

01-28-2006 22:14:16 | More by ggaughan
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BillyB

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried Victory's Hop Devil on cask at their brewpub in Downingtown, PA.
Pours a nice hazy orange/copper. Nice foamy head, but not too big.
Aroma is very citrussy, piney hops and a hint of sweet maltiness.
Very complex taste. Excellent balance of hops and malt obviously leaning towards the hop side.
The beer is very drinkable but you definitely have to be a hophead to handle more than a few.

Serving type: cask

11-28-2005 16:43:29 | More by BillyB
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Three pints from cask at Zeno's. Wow. The cask really does wonders to this stuff. There is a glorious thick off-white head that persists forever. Below the everlasting head, this beer is a fantastic opaque dark amber color. Smell is all hops- spicy and citrusy and pretty much the same as the stuff from a bottle. Tastes fantastic. Hops hit hard and persist throughout. The difference is that it just tastes a bit more complex and untamed than normal hopdevil. I must say that what really stikes me about this beer more than anything else is the mouthfeel- heavy and creamy and just fantastic. Perhaps the best mouthfeel of any beer I've tried. Pretty drinkable- addictive really, as the fact that I had three pints demonstrates. Wonderful stuff.

Serving type: cask

11-08-2005 03:17:19 | More by burnstar
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came to the table with a minimal soapy head over clear deep amber liquid. Nose is all biscuity malt and flowery hops. The wonderfully smooth mouthfeel sets the stage for a mingling of fresh hops and sweet malt on the palate. The finish is long with a brief fruity flourish and long fading hoppiness.

Serving type: cask

10-27-2005 22:08:24 | More by beerluvr
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a glowing amber with small amounts of carbonation escaping from the bottom. The nice frothy one finger white head soon lays out to a thin film and leaves lots of nice lacing.
Smell is of a mild mix of citrus and pine hops backed with some sugary malt.
Taste is of creamy malt and lots of infused hops including a sugary grapefruit and a nice array of maltiness that balances this brew.
Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy and runs over the palate nicely. Mild cask carbonation makes this seem like a completely different Hop Devil but in a good way.
Drinkability is superb as the cask seems to mellow out some of the bite of the hops and the sting isn't noticible. Sticky, resinous hops stay on the lips making me want more of this treat.

Finger licking good.

Serving type: cask

06-26-2005 14:18:06 | More by weeare138
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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