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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,627 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,627
Reviews: 2,440
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 213
Gots: 843 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of badbeer
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful amber color with a nice white head, good lacing as well. Grapefruit and piney hops, with a decent malt base. Biscuity beginning, grapefruit starts coming through, then pine before leading to a bit of a grassy finish. High carbonation, full body. I like it, and would have it again.

Photo of TechMyst
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

CONTAINER VOLUME: 355ml
CONTAINER TYPE: Bottle
FRESH: 6097 I have this at early april so it’s 5.5 months old
PURCHASED @: Binny’s
COST: $1.69
HEAD: yellow, minimal; diminishing to lasting thin layer
LACE: excellent; rings that stuck the whole way down
COLOR:
REFLECTED- hazy orange
TRANSMITTED- ruby red w/ yellow tint
AROMA: slight malt; major floral/bittering hops
MOUTHFEEL: medium to heavy; fizzy
PALATE: oily resin
TASTE: bee sting of hops; long aftertaste with swell of bitterness after liquid is gone (like a Brain-Freeze)

COMMENTS: Completely unbalanced. But that’s a good thing w/ IPAs...it’s the point isn’t it? Almost as good as 2xhearted’s unbalanced-ness. Very good IPA though!
CONDITIONS:
MOWING/WORKING ON CAR- n
WITH FRIENDS- y
SIPPING- y
GET MY BUZZ ON- y

Photo of cerveza5150
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark red amber color with a little head. Carbonation bubbles are small and compact.

S: Piny/citrusy hops with some toasted malts. Spicy!

T: Hop explosion on the palette that leads to a really enjoyable herbal finish. Not too strong, but enough to make a point. This could really be put into an IPA category.

M: Finishes clean and somewhat dry, but there's enough hop spice and malt sweetness to round it out.

D: Wow, what a great find. This is one of the finest east coast 'IPA-ish' ales I've tried. I'm partial to California brews, but this is one I'd take any day...

Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an English pint glass.

A: Deep reddish amber, with lazy but consistent streamers. Head is 1.5" thick, luxurious and creamy-looking. After a minute, reduces to about 1/2" head, with a full circumference of lace. Really delicious looking.

S: Pine was the only thing I could smell at first. After a quick swirl, citrus and a slight caramel scent reveal themselves. Doesn't smell balanced, but as a hop-head, I personally like it.

T: Crisp grapefruit bite followed by a cream-soda-like malt rush, fading away under the siege of a pine forest of hop bitterness. Although the bitterness overwhelms the malt through the early aftertaste, puckering my palate, the last flavor I can taste is the ghost of a sweet *something*. A really schizoid beer; I love it, but I can't call it well-balanced. Fits the name, though: the HopDevil really comes out to play, then runs away.

M: Oddly thick at first; it's almost like it dissolves in your mouth, becoming thinner as it passes across your taste buds. Kind of cool, really.

D: It seems stronger than 6.7% ABV, but the intriguing "ninja attack" nature of the hops makes it neither overwhelming nor boring. I could definitely drink several of these in a sitting. In fact, I think I will.

Photo of williamherbert
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue Tulip Glass, has a very nice reddish color with a good amount of carbonation, but not too much.

Aroma comes out more as it warms up, strong hoppy scent, but not overwhelming.

Smooth balance of malt and hops, but hops definitely dominant. Strong hoppy aftertaste -- if you like that sorta thing. The hops mellowed out a bit as it warmed up.

Slightly fizzy feel, but not in a negative way. I can usually drink about two of these in a row before I have to move to an ale or witbier to cleanse the palate, just because the hops are so prevalent. This beer just exudes hops.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice grassy hop nose with hints of citrys. But the hops overpower any other aromatics. I get no malt or yeast character through it. It's a pleasant smell, but I want more complexity.

Nice amber color with incredible clarity. A little rising carbonation with a big frothy head that fades quickly to a thin solid layer.

Flavor is powerfully hop bitter. Then comes a grassy hop flavor and then more hop aftertaste. It isn't until the long ligering effects of aftertaste that I can pick up some malt profile. Basically, this is a throw handfuls of hops in a batch beer. Which makes it not to my liking. There's more to beer than straight alpha acid.

Decent body with a nice carbonation level. So bitter though that it feels dry and a little astringent.

I'm not really impressed. For me this falls into the category of beers that have no finesse, only hops. Maybe with the right insanely spicy food this would work better but for straight drinking it is completely one dimenstional.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 12oz bottle.

Apperance - Poured a medium orange Brown. Head - decent off white. lots of lacing.

Smell - citrus hops. very stong grapefruit scent. lovely.

Taste and Mouthfeel - hop give your palate a good pounding. with mellow malts balancing it out just right to add awsome flavor and complexity. Mouthfeel light semi watery good carbonation.

Notes - Drinkabity is good. Personaly i can make this a session brew. I really enjoyed this. More than other IPAs. I recommend this to anyone who loves hops and hasnt had the pleasure of sipping on this fantastic beer.

Photo of tattooedtolley
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber in color, slightly orange hue to it, darker than many IPAs. White head sticking around for the experience with lots of lacing. Love that HopDevil icon.

Smell: Mostly piney hops, can't complain about that.

Taste: The hops dominate but the caramel-like malts bring a nice balance. This brew isn't quite as over the top as many IPAs but you can get your fix and still enjoy the beer very much. Nice bitterness too.

Drinkability: Session brew for me and my father, the only craft brew drinkers in what feels like hundreds of miles. Its a good go to beer and it feels like a local beer to me, I like supporting the east coast breweries when I can.

Photo of Pegasus
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Rather hazy amber in color, with superb retention of the massive off-white head and superb lacing. The carbonation is fairly profuse, with numerous small, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Massive herbal hop aroma, with spicy highlights, annd less of the prototypical pine tar and grapefruit notes. Beneath the hop onslaught there is a solid sweet caramel malt backbone.

Taste: Opens with a moment of caramel malt, which is quickly ambushed by a flagrant pine tar hop presence. The malt presence is sturdy enough to withstand the hop assault, but it is relegated to a supporting role. The finish is dominated by a lingering medicinal hop note. The relatively high alcoholic content is artfully concealed.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: Excessive bittering hops mar an otherwise well-crafted American IPA. A more diverse hop palate would add interest.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep, dreamy amber. Great head that sticks around awhile, and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Licorice, hops, little honey, little citrus.

Taste: Great balance between maltiness & hoppiness. Citrus on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Love the maltiness. Super-smooth with a dry hoppy finish.

Drinkability: The word quaff comes to mind. Very user-friendly without sacrificing character. Be careful, though. It's real easy to forget this baby's 6.7...

Photo of BlindPig
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-1/2" off white head. Amber with a little orange in it. Was also cloudy. Thin lacing that basically just covers the top.
S- Citrusy hops. Malt in back also. Very nice.
T-Bitter taste and it's also in aftertaste. Little malt in back. Light orange taste. Maybe little hint of alcohol. Rest of taste is just citrus hops.
M-Medium body, medium carbonation.
D-Very good. Probably one of my favorite IPA's.

Photo of Pooba001
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle to a Abbaye du Val-Dieu snifterish glass. Rich amber looking color, spot on for an IPA. The pour was a little gentle, head was light, and disspated quickly. Smell is a good balance, floral and citrus hops, hint of pine, grassy, with some background grain. Taste is also balanced, American hops are up front, and there's a good malt backbone. Mouthfeel is a little brisk, strangely somewhat astringent, with maybe slightly more carbonation than I expected. High drinkability for an IPA. I want more.

Photo of TrickKnee
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I know I might get slammed for this review but i cant help it, I was really unimpressed with this beer. Poured a nice amber color and that is where the postives will stop. Maybe drinking the souble IPAs I have for awhile has ruined me but the taste for this beer was really not up to par with some other IPAs. Was a little too flowery for me. ANd the mouthfeel really left an aftertaste in your mouth. Not one of my favorite IPAs but i will be willing to give it a second chance.

Photo of Herrless
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After my brother-in-laws wedding I gave a pint to the Priest who officiated the ceromony. He was as tempted by the Hop Devil as I am.

This is a very enjoyable and refreshing beer, especially on a hot summer night. Very rich and hoppy in flavor, beautiful color and a bitter finish. It also has a hoppy, bitter aroma. Some citrus notes (clementine?).

Overall, this is one beer that is almost always in my fridge and one that is more universally liked by my friends.

Photo of WAP
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy copper/orange with a small, sticky head
S - Very nice! Lots of floral hops coming through.
T - quite bitter, but with some nice malty sweetness coming through on the mid-palate.
D - very drinkable for something this highly-hopped. I have sessioned this beer without problem.

This is one of my standard IPA's I keep in the fridge, very nice.

Photo of TexIndy
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date. Had an orange/amber color with good size head and lacing whilst drinking. Smell is definitely of strong hops which had me worried as I generally don't like extreme hop beers and most IPA's. However, this tasted great. Had a nice crisp taste that wasn't overpowered by the hops. Could see this in a semi regular rotation. Highly recommend. (4.0, RR, T,Y)

Photo of HoustonTX
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker color than most IPAs. Medium-dark burnt orange in color. Frothy large off-white head, which maintains very well. Smells of sweet candied malt, with some nice undertones of piney hops. Taste is balanced and simplistic, yet amazingly tasty. Upfront has a nice earthy malt backbone. Very solid, and equally delicious. The American hops kick in halfway providing a solid amount of bitterness into the mix. Hoppiness is perfect for an IPA this size. Finishes with a lingering piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is resinous, and coating, and overall quite dry. Drinkability is superb for a beer this size.

Overall, a very good rendition of the IPA style. Highly recommended.

Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice, rich gold with a one finger head. Aroma was a bit weaker than I expected; definite hops, but not overwhelming. Substantial hop bittness, but if you are accustomed to double IPAs, it may seem a bit subdued. Mouthfeel is nice and rounded, and has a pleasant malty backbone. Very drinkable due to its balance.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Easily a winner of a beer. Pours with a bronze body topped by a thick creamy head. Nose is pineapple and grapefruit mingled with pine. Taste is more of the same but with added toasty malt. This is really good!
Mouth is nice and creamy. I really like this brew and am looking forward to the day that Victory is distributed in WA again.

Photo of egajdzis
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark golden amber color, with an off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Citrus, pine and floral hop aroma. Smooth hop taste, with citrus fruits, caramel malts, and lengthy grapefruit. This is a very well balanced intro IPA, that has a tough time competing with the hop monsters from the West.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HopDevil (cool name, and cool bottle) pours a deep redish-bronze to amber with a one finger head that recedes to a thin soapy film. A bit of lacing sticks to the glass, and stays put.

The nose is full of grassy, musty, floral, and citrus (particularly grapefruit) notes. I dig the outdoorsy smell going on here....like after it rains in the spring. It smells...zesty and fresh.

Oh yeah! That's goood! Grassy vegetal sweetness (like flowers maybe?) predominates along with a fresh mouthfeel. Then, the sweetness turns to bitter grapefruit mid-sip followed by a bitter alcohol punch. I can taste quite a bit of malt for an IPA....and for me that is a good thing. IMO this is a very balanced beer (for the style at least).

I really like the nature-y fresh zest and the sweet and sour combo on the tongue. For me, this is very very drinkable since it has that hop heavy kcik that I crave, but the sour pucker is not at all overwhelming even towards the end of the glass! I could session quite a few of these babies!

Photo of Drew966
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Devil Ale pours a hazy orange with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is fairly mild and hoppy, citrusry. The flavor isn't the hoppiest and the balance with the malt is so so. A decent beer, but there are a lot better IPA's out there these days.

Photo of GimpyCane
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

apperance: pour a orange/ copper hue w/ small off white head. For a small head it last throughout the whole beer leaving a good lace.

smell: I scented a lovely piney hop w/ a hint of grapefruit.

taste: Started off slightly sweet w/ a nice bitter aftertaste that lingered for some time on my tongue.

mouthfeel: Really nice body from light to medium w/ a lively carbonation feel. The texture was a little dry as expected, but left a small hint of alcohol on tongue. Yum.

drinkability: Smooth, crisp, and dry all at the same time. The warmer the beer got the better flavor it had.

Overall, this is a really good beer. I enjoy drinking a six and will buy it again.

Photo of mjc410
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, so I've been revisiting some of my old favorites recently, and I've found that I've been able to appreciate a lot of them more and more. I've just gotten a Victory variety case, and review of Prima Pils, HopDevil, Lager, and GM are coming right along, some not for the first time.

HopDevil is a beauty of a beer, with a very creamy, very light tan head that has some huge bubbles. It falls pretty quickly, which hurts it a bit, but the sticky lacing helps to make up for it. The beer is a bright golden amber. Smell is strong of sweet caramel and a lovely hop combination. The hops are initially biting and bitter on the tongue, and then the beer gets smooth in a very nice way that is so much fun to repeat. The hops really build in the back of your throat, perhaps slowing consumption a bit. I end up liking this more each time!

Photo of beerphan
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> Goblet
'enjoy by 9.17.06' stamped next to the devilhop.

Pours a semi-hazy dark amber orange bordering on crossing over to the red, with an offwhite one inch head that settles calmly into a thin layer of suds. Sticky lacing clings to the glass.

Smells of grapefruit citrusy hops dominate the nose, with an underlying malt texture.

Yummy hop blast with a solid full caramel malt back. A dry light bitter aftertaste that the hop lovers seek. This beer taste great. Let it warm or the malts will be missed. Very balanced while living up to the hopdevil name

Medium bodied full feeling mouthfeel. Smooth, smooth, smooth.

A very drinkable hop lovers dream. Not overly dry with just the right amount of bitterness.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,627 ratings.