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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,267 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,267
Reviews: 2,387
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 169
Gots: 587 | 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 emericanchaos
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

burnt brown pour with slightly discolored frothy head. head almost looks like guinness's. body is very dark for this style. most IPA's are a lighter brown to resemble their pale hoppy flavor. this devil is extremely dark brown sort of a mahogany as opposed to the typical tanned beech wood color you would expect.

hops explodes from my pint glass. cascade hops especially. almost burns the nose. not much else to comment on aside from that.

the aroma is definetly an indication of how this brew is going to go down. great punch of hops which mellows into a dilluted spice which i'm assuming comes from the yeast. between these two big flavors it's difficult to pick up anything more. hops fans rejoice!!

lots of carbonation mixed in with spicey hops and yeast makes this one an interesting adeventure. swishing around the pallette is a tad sluggish. that slight hesitation makes the bold flavor of this beer even more present. never the less it goes down extremely well.

if you love hops or have enjoyed IPA's this is an easy decision. lovely beer, specially for my fellow hops addicts. this is my craft brew standby. whenever i'm having trouble deciding i goto the devil and you should too.

thank you victory.

emericanchaos, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy off white head that drifts slowly to the sides. Strong lacing throughout the glass. Hazy yet glowing burnt orange in color.

A variety of hop aromas including: pine,heavy hop oils, and a bit of citrus. The hop aromas are very juicy with a slight burnt smell.

A mouthful of hops is the best way to describe the taste. A touch of citrus and dark fruit hints come out from the hops. Great hop flavor! A great burnt bitterness in the aftertaste along with a slight, warming alcohol presence.

Very smooth alcohol flavor. This is a hefty IPA on the palate, but if you want big hop flavor this is what you need to sacrifice. Well balanced in terms of the variety of flavors on the palate.

A solid session IPA at 6.7% abv. Heaven for a hophead (or should I say hell for a hopdevil?). One of the most flavorful and strong IPA's out there. Actually borders a Double IPA. Very tough to improve on this style.

NEhophead, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan, fuzzy microcream top with lots of sticking. Smell is big fruity hops, heading in the direction of tropical fruits, especially guava.

In the mouth, it's all fruity hops again, but if you were to forget the hops for an instant, then the rich guava jelly and tropical fruits from the nose come right back. Hops strike bitterness in the mouth, move to dryness in the aftertaste, and continue well after that as well. Mildly phenolic at times, like a medicinal soda...but this didn't seem to be bad..

Great structure and balance in this IPA--which makes it highly drinkable.

Had this on-tap at the new Phillies' Citizens Bank Park. Nice to now be able to watch another victory by the Phils and enjoy a Victory brew at the same time. Downside's the plastic cup!

donnebaby, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty clear and ambery copper colored with a beige head. rather short-lived. Pine resin and citrusy hop aromas and higher-than-normal (for an AIPA) caramelly malt presence evident in the nose. Black tea-like malt sweetness interplayed with some higher alpha hops. One of the best balanced IPA the States has to offer. Carbonation is about average to sligthly lower, but it lets the flavors ride out as they should. This is a reasoable stong beer that I consider almost too easy to drink. I've been having this beer since it's inception, and it is a good, reasonably priced staple beer. Only problem with it is that I've burnt myself out on it. Flipsiding the coin, I sincerely thank Victory and its PA distributors on burning me out on quality and its ready availability.

crookedhalo, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear medium brown beer with a nice head with above standard retention. Aroma is quite nice with the hops defiantly in evidence. Taste is quite refreshing with a nice dosage of hops leaving a very enjoyable bitterness on my tongue. Full body without a hint of the alcohol showing. Great one for Victory.

Phyl21ca, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Innsbrooke Capital Ale House.

A kick-ass beer. Everything you want in an AIPA. Hops, a bit of sweet honey, and a long-lasting bitterness. Great mouthfeel and drinkability. Resinous pine hops everywhere on the palate. Beautiful appearance. A staple in my beer fridge.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of TongoRad
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The hops on the nose are assertive for sure, but there is also plenty of malt and caramel. The distinguishing characteristic here is the rich mouthfeel- not sweet, but rich. Hops carry through all the way till the end and never lose their support. Great effort all around!

TongoRad, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of kegerator
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another great offfering.
lets see old horizontal...hopdevil, hodevil...old horizontal.
the two beers are one in the same except for only a few minor differences.
Hopdevil is basically Old Ho with less ABV and a slightly stronger Hop profile. Not sure which one of these fine beers came first, who cares really :)
From the first pour it looked and smelled just like Old Ho, with a slightly accentuated hop profile in the aroma, some apple in the aroma as well. Tast is the same with a lingering sweet and hop combo that is very tasty. Mouthfeel was slightly sticky, like that of Old Ho. Very fine beer, and very drinkable...

kegerator, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of ramrod666
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hopdevil ale pours a medium amber with a nice lacy head that clings to the glass well. aroma is super hoppy and citrusy. taste is an almost carbon copy of the smell. again, extemely hoppy with a grapefruit citrus flavor. subtle maltiness brings up the rear. mothfeel is a slick, oily, slighty sticky carbonated masterpiece. drinkability is good for 6.7% abv... almost too good. also had this in cask - terrific. wish i had made some notes. awesome ale.

ramrod666, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of sideshowrob
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow-amber color, with little head that quickly dissapated.

Smell was refreshing, very bright and hoppy. Some note of a bright acid/citrus flavor, lemon, orange?

Taste was a little bit of a letdown. Hops were present, but very polite. My guess is that HopDevil must be brewed with only one type of hop. The flavor was very unified and sad to say, one-dimensional. Compared to other brewers IPA's, I'd really consider this one to be a nice hoppy pale ale rather than a full-up IPA.

Good mouthfeel, very bright and vibrant. Lots of carbonation and "zest"

An easy beer to drink. Almost a good summer-days bbq beer. Very non-offensive.

sideshowrob, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of malthead
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darkish amber, big white head. Smells hoppy, obviously... citrus, hoppy, some fruit but not overpowering. Taste is very good, a very strong hop presence but still balanced by some malt and bitterness at the finish. As my handle suggests, I'm not too much of a hophead - I still think the mouthfeel is a little too oily, and the drinkability, for me at least, is pretty much limited to having one or two with dinner. (having said that, it goes great with food, I made some Italian last night and it went wonderfully with the olive oil...) Overall, it's the only IPA I'll really drink, and I'd highly recommend it to other newbies just cutting their teeth on hoppy beers.

malthead, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of a 12 oz bottle with a "Enjoy By Sep 04 04" note. This beer was fresh.

The appearance of this beer is really nice deep amber color. There is a spicy and hoppy flavor to each sip. Smooth finish. A nice American IPA. A very drinkable 6.8% ABV beer.

This is the 2nd beer style that I have tried from Victory Brewing and both times I've been very impressed. Good brewery...

Hibernator, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of skybluewater
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the bottle with the actual Hop Devil, drink by date "September 13, 04". Nice lacing in the glass. Lovely amber color. Fruity citrus (yep, grapefruit) hop smell. Hops evident in tasting, but not overwhelming: there's a tropical fruit flavor that adds to the easy and dangerous drinkability of this very good IPA.

This is definitely a keeper.

skybluewater, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of heidelbeerg
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one on tap. The color was a nice light amber with a decent head. The smell was fantastic. I usually have to try real hard to pick up on the sublte aroma in most beer but this one was loaded with it. Very nice hop/citrous smell. The taste was also fantastic. Well balanced maltiness with a good strong hop flavor. This beer was delicious. I could really enjoy several of these. This style is generally not my favorite but I really enjoyed this.

heidelbeerg, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of Bruiser81
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance was a light amber color with a golden tinge to it. The head was explosive and lasted for most the brew.
The smell wasn't real strong but was pleasant. Lots of carmel malt going on with the overall aroma consisting of more malt than hops which surprised me. However the hops were definantly there.
Light alcohol spices as well.
The taste was also not as hoppy as I was expecting but still very good. The first thing that hit was a strong carmel malt flavor, like the aroma. A strong buttery flavor ran along through the whole swalllow. Hops becoming most evident on the finish with a lot of flavor but little bitterness. The hops were fruity giving of several different flavors. A green apple like zest is also present.
Very smooth, body is a little on the light side but this beer is extremely drinkable. I bet I could down large quantities of this stuff.
Big thanks to Drweizen for sending this way out here to Kansas.

Bruiser81, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of euskera
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice reddish-brown color. Hoppy aroma with a little sweetness in there. Nice head retention.

Taste is divine; I'm not a real hop-head and for me it was the perfect balance of the bitterness and the flowery overtones of the hops. Crisp but not too tart. To my taste buds, this is exactly what a top-notch IPA should taste like. Bravo to Victory for this amazing brew.

euskera, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of cbl2
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Medium brown in body with hints of amber. At least an inch of offwhite head. A bit dark for an IPA, but inviting. Enjoy by Oct-08-04 clearly marked.

Smell:

Characteristic hop spicyness is present along with presence of grapefruit.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Floral and hoppy on the tongue, but I can't help but compare this to Stone's IPA, and come up lacking in every which way. A bit piney towards midsip with flavor of grapefruit. Good, but not great.

cbl2, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of brewnut11
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah.. the appearence. This brew is a amber color with a nice white head the laces on the side of the glass. The appearence jumps out and says drink me. The aroma of hops explodes out of this bottled beer. It smells like American hop varieties (which I believe are the best) and has much greater aroma than the average IPA. The aroma adds to the taste which packs alot of flavoring hops into this beer. The bittering hops are balanced nicely with the malt and it makes the brew a very drinkable ale.

brewnut11, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of wyllder
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A long time fan of Hopdevil in bottles, it was sure nice to have on tap...

Appearance:
Pours a deep amber. Foams to a small head. The color, while not quite as dark as a strong ale, is darker than most IPA's.

Smell:
On tap the smell is even more robust than the bottled. Floral hops & with a citrusy tang in the background greet the nose, I don't think an IPA could smell any better.

Taste/Mouthfeel:
Yumm.. Bitterness & fruitiness greet the front of the palate, forming a formidable balance of hops & malt. Rushing to the back of the palate the feel is at once smooth and creamy going down only to leave you with a lingering hoppy bitterness, the tastes of sawgrass, hay, and grapefruit topped off with malty sweetness are all there. Just beautiful.

Drinkability:
I usually start my sessions with a Hopdevil and often finish them with one too. For a 6.7% ABV, this is, as the label says, dangerously drinkable.

Wyll-

wyllder, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The mythical HopDevil resides in the lore of farmers...

Appearance: Almost an amber tinge. The head has plenty of fluff on the pour and stays relatively strong through out.

Smell: Ahhh. After a month of drinking Natural Light (financial hardship) this brings me back to what beer really smells like. Solid Hop goodness. Lacking the pine scent that I love though.

Taste: Very well balanced. The Hops come through strong, but not overpoweringly. The malt is present on the tip of the tounge.

A very strong example of an IPA. Not the best I've had, but nothing to sneeze at.

thinkbreakfast, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale bronze appearance, with a fine, thick beige-colored head that leaves laces and trickles assuredly down.
Aroma, surprisingly spare, if I stretch my nostrils out far and wide I can pick out some remembered flavors, there's fruit aplenty here, peach, grapefruit, apple, even, melon, maybe, but it just doesn't stick out like it used to...or did it? Fruity, yeah, but none too vibrant.
Taste: Fruity, again, nice hops, but, really, weak, over all, and they quit the palate with a quickness! Tingly, spicy, but it peters out with a disappointing fervor. There's some caramel-y toasty malt contributions as well, that linger on the palate.
Honestly, I recall liking this tremendously once, but perhaps my lips have met too many other, better IPAs in the meanwhile.
Body is medium, finish fades fast, comes off rather flat...i've had this from a freshly tapped keg once, and was happy with it then, perhaps I can retry with a fresher bottle (for the likelihood of finding it on tap around here is nil to none)...a nice IPA, but not so spectacular.

feloniousmonk, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of chriscolby
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper-colored, slightlly hazy with a moderate -- but clinging -- head. Spicy, American hop aroma with moderate grassiness dominates the nose, although there's a nice, estery ale aroma and some malt to be found, also. There's a solid hop presence throughout the initial blast of flavor, "mid-palate," and aftertaste, but it doesn't totally steamroll the malt flavor. The malt flavor reveals some caramel malt with a slight biscuity tinge. Some sweetness hangs around to accompany the hops all the way into the aftertaste. My only complaint -- and it's a minor one -- is that the mouthfeel is a bit thin.
For a 6.7% ABV beer with a big all-around hop presence, this is surprizingly -- almost dangerously -- drinkable. I enjoyed every sip of this IPA -- and the head is still there!

chriscolby, May 31, 2004
Photo of Stimack
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last evening while at Mahar’s. Brew had a nice deep amber color with a nice light tan head that had very good retention and left lacing through out the brew. The aroma had a strong floral and citrus hop note that did not seem as pungent as when served from a bottle. The taste, a sharp hop hit up front that dominated most of the experience, but I was able to catch enough of a malt taste that tries to balance it out, it fails but with this type of brew that is expected. The finish is still hop, a nice finish to this brew. Ok, now for the thing that has kind of thrown me a bit, I like this brew better from the bottle. Not sure if this brew was getting to its last legs at Mahar’s but it seemed to lack the character of the bottled version that I know much better. Will try it again on tap in the future and will edit my findings if the differ!

Stimack, May 22, 2004
Photo of irishmoss
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The picture of The HopDevil on the label is very well done, great concept.
The pours a deep copper color with slightly off white head that sticks around for a while, then leaves sparse spatters of sticky lace.
Nice hop variety goes right to the nose: citrus, grassy, and piney aromas are all there.
The first thing that I notice about the flavor, well first thing after the hops, is that the malt presence is actually there. All of these wonderful hop qualities are kept in balance by sweet malt; they compliment each other very well and make this a very enjoyable brew.
The mouthfeel is medium with an almost perfect carbonation.
The drinkability is unbelievable, this well-balanced IPA comes in at 6.7%, which in my opinion isn't very high, but high enough to get the job done and low enough to not over do it. Great IPA....

irishmoss, May 18, 2004
Photo of yeagerbm
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers and probably the best IPA that I've had, although Duclaw Venom is basically a clone.. A bright orange/amber color and light brown head. It has a very floral and citric hop flavor and aroma. Very refreshing for a beer of moderate alcohol content, this beer goes down very well, full of flavor and very refreshing. It also leaves a nice buzz very quickly at 6.7 abv. Being one of the most flavorful, delicious beers and only 6 dollars per sixer at College Square liquors in Westminster MD this is a top notch brew that will not disappoint any hop head.

yeagerbm, May 12, 2004
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,267 ratings.