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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)
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Handpull from the Drafting Room in Exton. Orangey copper colour, bordering on red this time around. Hmmmm, darker on cask are we? Head is small bits of white, lacing is not good. Aromas are less hoppy and more malty than I seem to recall. The taste is actually a bit more calm than the devil on tap, but it is no less amazing. Hoppy up front with a very bready malt flavor in the middle and a clean finish. Mouthfeel is cask goodness, drinkability does not waver. Three serving types and three 4.5's across this board. Perhaps Victory should rename their flagship brew "Consistent Devil"

Serving type: cask

11-16-2004 16:51:59 | More by francisweizen
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thecoldesquire

West Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent beer.

I had tried this on tap a few years ago. And saw that it was on cask at The Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh this weekend, so I had to get one.

The appearance was an excellent amber, with a nice and creamy half inch head. A little cloudy

Smell was a nice piney/citrusy hop aroma.

Taste: Excellent balance of American hops and malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This is where the cask conditioning really shines through. The beer was nice and creamy with a full mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I could have had several of these.

Serving type: cask

08-30-2004 18:36:05 | More by thecoldesquire
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off-white colored head disappeared to a ring and some film and left no lace. The beer was golden amber in color and fairly transparent. The aroma was of spicy hops. Smooth, light, and refreshing beer. Mostly piney hops in the aroma with a decent bite.

Serving type: cask

03-21-2004 01:51:53 | More by HappyHourHero
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Billolick

New York

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

Pours dark auburn, with a puffy off white head. frothy, leaves a ton of lace. On cask , so the mouthfeel was very soft and smooth. very pleasant. Sweet malt on the tongue, back ground of citrusy hops. Grapefruit. Flavors are vibrant and well defined. This beer tasted FRESH. Well crafted and served. well worth the high marks it receives.

Serving type: cask

02-20-2004 12:36:48 | More by Billolick
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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

Appearance: Caramel amber huge creamy off white head leaves evenly strewn rings of lacing. Aroma: Buttery cascades caramel covered whole hops great aromatics. Balance is what makes this beer works so well that smack of hops with a great sweet bready smelling malt backbone. Taste: INSANE, great tasting beer very much heavenly mixture the hops are accented by the cask serving type the warmth of the beer with the creamy texture carries the flavor so well. If you love this beer on draught and the bottle find it on cask well worth you beer hunting. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied creamy texture so hop resins gliding along the palate. Drinkability: Freakin' amazing, simply effortless to enjoy.

Serving type: cask

02-18-2004 04:21:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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AllThingsNinja

Massachusetts

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

As a fan of IPAs, I was thrilled to see HopDevil on cask at the Sunset. It had a slightly hazy orange color, and modest white head. The hops were intense but balanced by a very sweet malt presence. I enjoyed the fruity notes, hints of a spice, and the overall drinkability of the beer. It was truly delightful.

Serving type: cask

02-08-2004 12:56:00 | More by AllThingsNinja
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A wonderful hand pulled pint at Mug's Ale House in Brooklyn.
The beer arrives in a tall nonic pint. The liquid is a deep ruddy amber, topped with a short, creamy ivory head. Good clarity, with excellent head retention and gobs of lace sticking to the glass in rings.
The aroma reveals pungent grapefruity hops. Very citric, with some pine and herbal notes. A solid malt backbone with a sweet toastiness playing beneath the hops. A touch of caramel malt, with fragrant appley esters. Unbelievable balance, with every nuance in it's right place.
The flavor starts out with rich toasty malt. A light caramel flavor rides through, hoisting the hops through the finish. Just enough appley fruitiness comes through the middle, with a touch of pear. A robust grapefruity hop flavor edges it's way in rather early, quickly stealing the show in the finish. Light herbal and pine flavor comes through, but it's mostly a display of citric american hops. Moderate bitterness, but the balance never wavers. A touch of sweetish yeast in the aftertaste, with plenty of citric hop flavor. Very soft carbonation, just a light tingle on the tongue. Full bodied, with a very creamy cask conditioned mouthfeel. Top shelf.
IPA doesn't get much better than this. One of my all time favorites. I find myself craving this more than any other beer when I'm thirsty for a pint. This gets my gold star and red pencilled "great job!" with a big circled A+.

Serving type: cask

01-13-2004 10:20:52 | More by UnionMade
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saltydog

New York

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

The day before tasting the bottle for review, I had this cask at Mugs Ale house. I like the beer much better on draft; the lower carbonation smooths the flavors out substantially. Appearance: Reddish orange, clear, thin head, but fairly retentive. Aroma: very subdued due to low carbonation, but hops are apparent. Taste: Big hops, but malt is apparent, not as overpowered as in bottle. Mouthfeel is very smooth at low carbonation. Very drinkable.

Serving type: cask

11-05-2003 02:30:52 | More by saltydog
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mydeadguy

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on cask at Sunset in Allston.

Haven't had the bottled version in a while (and liked that quite a bit), but this beer is absolutely fantastic in a cask.

Poured a clear, deep golden orange, with little to no head. The scent was remarkable, hop resins, pine, citric acid, slight alcohol.

Taste was phenomenal. hoppy, but not overdone or out of balance, resinous, slightly astringent, a slight warming from the alcohol. Really, I cannot say enough good things about this.. Medium bodied, smooth, refreshing, a joy.

Drinkability, let's just say they could park my barstool next to the beer engine and I would pour this one all night. Get your ass to Sunset, even if you hate the place, because I don't know of anywhere else in boston to get this amazing beer..I'm getting thirsty just typing about it..

Serving type: cask

10-12-2003 18:16:50 | More by mydeadguy
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

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

I think this is my favorite way to enjoy HopDevil. I had it up at Zeno's in State College, PA. The lack of carbonation makes this particular devil particularly smooth and definately TOO easy to imbibe. Excellent hoppy beer. Lots of american hops, citrusy etc. But the malt profile of this beer is also remarkable. A very complex malt flavor that adds to this beers overall pleasantness.

Serving type: cask

09-08-2003 20:26:28 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

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

Wha-wha-WHAT!!!

First and foremost, cask conditioned HopDevil is totally different then on tap or the bottle. It's almost like a totally different beer, wow, I was very surprised at how this tasted.

Served in your typical, chunky American pint glass. A rather murky light brown color. The bar was dim, so judging the color was a bit tough, but cloudy and murky for sure. Head was off white, frothy, thick and creamy as hell. Sheets of lace were left on the sides of the glass as I drank.

Taking a smell, I was initially confused, "where did the cascades go?". Aromas of sweet bread, tons of herbal smelling hops, rich, almost fudge-like malts and exotic fruits exploded from the glass. The floral/herbal aroma is what I think surprised me more then anything. No citrus/grapefruit this time around.

Taste was above all - fruity. Melons, oranges and herbs danced around on a thick and solid foundation of malt. The malt character, like the other versions of HopDevil, had a big say in the cask version as well, but this time, it was even heavier handed, slapping the hops around and making it clear to them that in this version, malt rules, but only by a nose. The hop character is there, just more mellowed and less brittle and crunchy hard as in other versions. The citrus hammer that bottled or tap versions of HopDevil usually wield, was just not here. The finish was herbal and smoldering with soft bitterness. Mouthfeel was rich, smooth and fantastic, so creamy and rich.

Overall impression - This just goes to show you the huge difference cask conditioning can make in a beer. This beer was young and ALIVE. Fantastic.

Serving type: cask

08-05-2003 17:22:42 | More by bmills1608
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10%
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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rugbycritic

New York

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

This is absolutley one of my unabashed favorites. As a unredemptive hophead, it doesn't get much better (bitter?) than this. A fantastic expression of the brewer's art; an apoplectic melding of malt sweetnes with lupulus bitternes and aroma. The cask conditioned presentation steps this one up into the valhalla of brewing. If you've only had the draught version of this wonderful brew, the cask is just that more so. The lower conditioning level lets the melange of flavors burst forth on the palate, unencumbered by the bubbliness of carbonation.

As you can probably tell, I am a huge fan. This merits the 5 x 5 as indicated above. I really don't think that there is much room for improvement on this one.

Serving type: cask

06-02-2003 07:06:28 | More by rugbycritic
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beerman599

Connecticut

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

i had this at the Connecticut real ale festival and it was wonderful a stand out among standouts a true historically correct IPA with great body mouth feel and balance.hop heads and malt freaks alike will love this one. if you can find it on cask its a must!!!

Serving type: cask

05-03-2003 18:50:09 | More by beerman599
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dwarbi

New York

4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on cask at Copperfield's. I've had it on tap and in bottle, but the cask blew me away.
Beautiful, perfect head. The beer was a reddish copper color. Smelled peppery, but not enough there. Hoppy, too, of course. Tasted very smooth, hoppy, and a teeny tiny bit bitter. Excellent beer.

Serving type: cask

05-02-2003 23:00:46 | More by dwarbi
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

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

I had this on cask. More than one. It's great on cask. I've had it numerous times on draft, and loved it's big hoppy-ness, but on cask, all the rough edges are smoothed away and it turns into even more of a session beer.

Beautiful amber color and head when first poured. Like a said, a great session beer, even at 6.7 (althought that's pushing it). You still get a mouth full of hops, but it seems even more balanced at cask and at that temp.

Recommended, especially on cask for a change. This is good stuff.

pat

Serving type: cask

04-24-2003 08:32:04 | More by PatandDavid
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QXSTER1

Pennsylvania

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

I've had Hop Devil numerous times in the bottle but never on cask. It's a different animal altogether. Even poured a lighter copper than the bottled version. Nose was of subtle hops but not overpowering and the head was a perfect white, dense, creamy wonder that stuck to the glass leaving tons of lace.
The taste at cask temperature seemed softer and more sophisticated. The hops were still featured but with more nuance and complexity. The firm malt background folded into the rounded citric character of the hops moreso than the bottled version. It was definitely like drinking a different beer with both being outstanding. The bottle version is an in your face hophead's delight while the cask was it's more profound cousin.

Serving type: cask

10-20-2002 06:21:02 | More by QXSTER1
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing what cask conditioning can do! I'll assume everyone is familiar with the standard Hop Devil (if not, check out the standard reviews first). The color remains the same, but the head holds to the end of the glass and gives a solid wall of lace. The cask version also has a much lighter nose - I guess that's mainly because the limited carbonation brings it up less. Smooth hop & malt aroma. It has a light silky mouthfeel. The flavor expresses a soft malt of light, sweet biscuity caramel, and a more balanced grassy hop flavor and bitterness. So English! A totally different beer! You wouldn't think the bottled version could do this. Similar, in many ways, to Young's Dirty Dick. I'm sure that the standard draft or bottled version would stand up to some spicy fries, but the cask version gets a little lost. Absolutely worth trying. No wonder it did so well at the 2002 GBBF!

Serving type: cask

08-23-2002 17:11:12 | More by NeroFiddled
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rotsaruch

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I feel bless and cursed in living so close to Victory - less than 15 minutes away. As usual quality is exceptional with all their brews, but this weekend the finest balance, smoothest drinking HopDevil was available on the hand pump. The hops were there with fruity flavor and delicious bouquet and malty finish. It was considered desert after a great round of golf.

Serving type: cask

07-14-2002 16:38:19 | More by rotsaruch
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jackndan

Illinois

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

Hop Devil: cask conditioned: thick dense head, very long lasting. Deep reddish color, with slight Belgian lace. The cellar temperature really brings out the hops, but also lets the undercurrent of malt sweetness to present itself, especially in the aftertaste. Excellent taste, presentation and beer.

Serving type: cask

06-23-2002 18:47:43 | More by jackndan
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask review from 04MAY02...
On cask at NERAX.... pleasing copper color, with a small, fine head. Nose is hops, hops, and hops! Mmmm. Decent smoothness/body, overall. Flavor was hops from start to finish... Not as aggressive as the bottle/tap version, though. Felt it was mellowed a bit by the oaky cask flavors... Still an A-1 bier!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

*** ***

On-tap review of 09FEB02...
On draft, dark copper color, maybe a tad cloudy (?) but enticing. Fine creamy head which fades away.... Nose is pleasant, floral and attracting! Has medium-full body, and medium-smooth tongue....goes down nicely! Semi-sweet, malty (biscuity? really?) start which segues nicely into a smooth floral hoppiness!!! I like it!!!!
Sampled also from the bottle...same dark, copper color, but no cloudiness....other attributes are the same... A-1 IPA! Also enjoyed often from the bottle.... (4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5 = 4.50)

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Serving type: cask

02-09-2002 19:27:20 | More by Bierman9
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Ed2

Delaware

4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Chickee's and Pete's during a rained out Phillies game. Paired with seafood, mussels - white with garlic... Nice local beer. Dark body... Deep amber, small white head, less than a finger. Smell-hopolicious!
And tasted the same... Crisp tight and well worth the wait.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2014 23:40:16 | More by Ed2
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dank203

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber color, floral hop aroma and good amount of bitterness on the taste. well balanced, solid malty backbone. pretty perfectly balanced IPA and one of the most consistently decent ones out there. wouldn't take it over a lot of others but its always available and fresh

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 00:54:20 | More by dank203
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rawfish

California

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear deep amber, striking for an IPA with a sepia head, rocky, 2 and a half digits high. Brilliant rings of lacing down the glass.

Nose is a bit muted but a good waft of citrus and grapefruit hops with a solid malty backing and a spicy note. The malt bill here is in full force, reminds me alot of a hoppy American red ale.

Even with the ever evolving world of IPAs changing perception of taste it's still a assault of hops on the palate. Not hugely bittering but large amounts of tart grapefruit and pine resin. The malts are a big player, caramel, bready and a solid balance, somewhat spicy. Dries rather well despite the darker malts.

Good carbonation and body, the malts kept a bit of sticky sweetness on the finish, I think this could finish a little crisper and less grainy.

Despite its presence in the Victory line-up for such a long time it's still extraordinary, I'll take it when I can find it. I love the darker malt bill and still in my top 10 when I can get it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 00:38:10 | More by rawfish
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McStagger

California

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/9/14. The best buy date is borderline microscopic. What the hell, Victory. What the hell.

A: Pours a fairly dark copper. This one seems more like an amber than a pale. Finger and a half off white head. Good retention. Good lacing. Carbonation is moderate.

S: Very bready in the nose. Dark, biscuity quality. Hops are present, leading to a slight floral edge with a big shot of fruitiness. Mostly stone fruit, with some berry characteristics.

T: Starts off with the rich copper malts. Again, doughy and biscuity like. Hops take over mid palate and shoot up a quick. Big burst of key lime and kumquat. Finishes with a nice, almost peppery/ginger note that carries through into the aftertaste. Takes a turn for the resinous, but the malt balances it wonderfully. Hints of lemon and pine in the finish. The malts give the citric taste an almost candied quality. Finishes fairly dry, and amazingly fruity.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is in no way distracting. Even comes off as slightly creamy.

O: Very, very good. I think I still prefer the hop monster west coast IPA's, but this one can hold its own with anybody. Great nose and truly exceptional flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 05:59:42 | More by McStagger
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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