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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

6,351 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,351
Reviews: 2,395
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 173
Gots: 628 | 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 mentor
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle obtained from Sulldaddy and consumed about a week later. Pours a on-finger ahzelnut head over a cloudy dull rust-orange liquid. Smells of grapefruit pith with gentle undertones of apricot. Tastes woonderful. Sweet and grapefruit citrusy with moticable fruit esters. Apricot, gentle peach, piney sour tang, and honey. The beer is dry and has a cinnamon quality about it, as well as some tannin. The ending is caramelly sweet sugary with a citrus aftertaste. A nice easy drinking beer that's really tasty. Medium mouthfeel and mildly carbonattion creates a very gentle carbonation sting that plays well with the hop bitter.

mentor, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle. I was drinking this while rating it.

Pours a fairly clear, deep reddish/orange with a big, foamy, cream colored head. The head drops to @ 1/8" and remains throughout the beer. Lacing on the glass for every sip. If you look closely, you can see tiny little floaty things in there. Medium carbonation evident.

Smells of toffee/caramel, along with pronounced grapefruit. Hop aroma dissipates slowly, to be overtaken by the malt. As the beer warms, you can smell the alcohol in the back.

This beer has a huge malt base, which balances the impressive bittering level. Malt sweetness is the very first flavor, followed by the blitzkrieg of bittering, followed by the grapefruit. Heat from the alcohol is ever present. The hops in this beer are right on for style. This is NOT a DIPA. Belching up grapefruits. (Not sure if they're pink or yellow).

A luxurious, decadent richness of sensations fills the mouth from first sip to last. Bitter bite, soft carbonation, and rich textures of malt sweetness all linger together, fighting to decide which will be the first to leave. Lips stick together from malt sweetness.

This is my everyday drinking beer. I have two cases of this in my beer fridge at all times. For me to not give it a 5 for drinkability would be criminal.

jakester, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of TinusTime
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with some darker highlights. Nice soft off white head was substantial at first but faded into just a film.

Smell quite nice and rich with hoppy goodness. Some citrusy grapefruity notes, spice, and a touch of pine all intermingle. There is a touch of sweetness that can be found through all of the hop attack.

Taste is surprisingly not too over hopped. Nice sweet bready malts provide a backbone for the hop assault. Finishes dry with more pine and citrus toward the back.

Mouthfeel is good. Not to heavy and nice carbonation keeps the palate sharp. Drinkability is very good. They go down so easy that quick palate fatique is not an issue. Overall a very good IPA, not the best in my book, but one that I will definitly come back to again and again

TinusTime, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of blitz134
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a gorgeous brew. Dark copper, caramel in color with a nice overall red hued body. Three-quarter inch light tan head which reduced to a small layer. Smell is a little weak overall but good nonetheless. I pick up some floral and pine hop aromas over a nice sweet bread-like malt base. This one presents itself with an initial spiciness on the tongue and back of the mouth with pine overtones which transitions over to a very bitter resin finish which lingers for a long while. A very balanced beer as it is hoppy enough to seem bitter while still containing some maltyness in the background. Mouthfeel is as good as they come with an IPA, full and coats the palate well. I think this is one of the more full bodied IPAs I’ve had. Drinkability is very good as well due to the nicely crafted balanced. I find this to be what most east coast IPAs are striving for.

blitz134, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz., best before 11/20/04, but I kept it to see what would happen. Pours a caramel/copper color with a 1 finger head that leaves decent lacing. Lots of malts in the aroma along with a grapey scent that lets you know it's not a fresh beer. It's got bready/biscuity malts with floral hops that leave a healthy bitterness. It's tingly and a little warming and much better when fresh.

mmmbeer, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of axisjones
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich ruby orange with a cumulous white head. The head settles down to a thin cover. I would paint my car this color if i could.

The smell is hopular! Citrus accents with the usual pine. This one has a backbone though!

The bitterness is very upfront and to the point on the first sip. After an initial "wow", grapefruit and a total spicey pine flavor. It can be a bit harsh on the palette, but it is well balanced by a noticable malt profile.

A really tasty, kick you in the face, upfront, somewhat harsh, still smooth IPA. If I had regular access I would probably pick up a bunch for a session. I will sleep very well tonight. Thanks to blitz134 for the bottle!

axisjones, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of ITK4ever
4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pop the top and the hops don't stop!!! Tastes as good as it smells. This is the beer that drove me over the edge to hop heaven. I am now an admitted hop-head and it's spoiled me for life. Every morning I wake up and crave the hoppy after-taste and it's all because of HopDevil. I can't live without it. Join the Hop Celebration!!

ITK4ever, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle purchased at Avalon Liquors in SNJ. Best before Sept. 16, 2005 clearly notable on the front label.
Pours amber, just a bit darker brown accented than most. A few arcs of carbonation off the side. A shorter lived, but full and frothy, dark tan head reduced to a nice lace.
Hearty citrus and pine aroma
Initial biting bitterness that had a blend of citrus and pine notes. This isn't a one trick pony, though. A superb malty bakebone kept everything in check.
Slightly more than medium mouthfeel. Didn't finish as dry or astringent as one would expect.
Drinkable? Sometimes, we're worried that we pack too much beer. That they will take up the ice. After fishing, we won't have any room to put the day's catch in, since we have all these full bottles to lug back to the house. Not the case here. The sixer disappeared. Yes, I'd have several.
Note: A good mix of hearty pine hop belches after the first sip or two.

Dithyramb, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of maggotbrain
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the contents of the bottle into an imperial pint glass. It was a deep shade of crimson. A white fluffy head formed initially which soon receded to a thin white cap. Each sip produced a web of lacing along the glass.

The beer had a light aroma of grapefruit, but little else.

The taste was quite good. Grapefruit and sweet wheat bread dominated. Simple and satisfying.

The mouthfeel for this brew seemed perfect for the style: medium body with a moderate level of carbonation.

The drinkability was quite good--it was refreshing and crisp; though I feel that the relatively high ABV, though not noticable in the taste, limits the sessionability of this fine ale.

maggotbrain, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, dark orange, amber body. Good two inches of off white head. Head held pretty good, always a little bit there. Good lacing too.

Smell: Well, it's hoppy (Duh). Real earthy, cheesy hop aroma (maybe because I'm eating some sharp chedder). Not real strong, though. I like a little more intesity in IPAs

Taste: Very nice hop profile. Bitter, but not too intense. There's a slight metallic taste, that's really the only drawback. It seems to come and go, though. Again, some nice earthy flavors, a little yeasty and sweet too.

Drinkability: great. good session IPA.

JackStraw22, May 31, 2005
Photo of stjarnflikka
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Oliver Twist!

Pours a clear, pale and reddish beer with quite some carbonation and a tiny head that quickly escapes.

Smell comes on fruity with that characteristic hoppy arome of grapefruit and cheese? ;D Nice fruity smell filled with all kinds of flavours.

Comes on quite carbonated with oranges and apples. Theres grapefruit here as well that gives the beer a somewhat dry character. Hops are strong, aswell as the malts. Carbonation lifts the hops and this is a firm, yet light and pleasant beer that finishes with a strong bitterness.

IPA's are good, this one too. Doesn't make the top for me though.

stjarnflikka, May 28, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this brew despite its being so dog-gone hoppy. If you are a hop lover this is a brew for you. There are enough malt notes to make it intersing but this copper colored beauty is the real hop deal. It has a short lived white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass, it has a citrus and biscuit aroma and a ctrus pith and biscuit taste. Dry as the desert an mutli-layered from the first grapefruit and orange rind sip to the biscuit and carmel that fleetingly appears before a long dry citrus finish. A great drinking beer!

Citadel82, May 27, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just about everything about this beer is good, if not good for the style.
Smells floral and hoppy.
Tastes quite hoppy (reminds me of Arrogant Bastard at times).
As time goes on I seem to appreciate the more hopped up brews.
This brew also seems like a step along the way to creating Old Horizontal, which has a very very similar flavor profile, and a lot more alcohol.
A V for Victory!

ommegangpbr, May 25, 2005
Photo of SEOhioSipper
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- poured a nice Amber color but without much head and what was there was gone quickly--there was a slight cloudiness to it though.

Smell-had a very pleasant hoppy aroma with a slight hint of Alcohol. Indiviual aromas were hard to pick out of the complexity of the overall aroma.

Taste-I'm not a hop head but the good malt backbone really helped tame the overall hoppiness. The hops produced a slight grapefruit puckering effect.

Mouthfeel-Had a pleasing light to medium body that was good on the touge. The hop bite was very evident with a small alcohol pepperness to it.

Drinkability-I would definately buy again, however because of the hoppiness I would limit it to 1 to 2 a nite, but I'm not a hop head, yet.

SEOhioSipper, May 18, 2005
Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hand-pump draft at the London Grill. Pours a deep copper color with a creamy head poured off to about 1/2 " that that disappeared everywhere but to the edges & stuck to the pint glass the whole way down. Aroma is hoppy (duh!) with a surprising amount of malt. Taste is a wallop of piney, grapefruity hops in the beginning that totally gives way to malt in the middle, then reappears again on the swallow. Smooth, medium mouthfeel. The taste of hops will coat your tongue long after the last sip is gone. Overall: FANTASTIC!!! I'm not a hop-head, but I love this beer. The hops are strong, but not overpowering, and I get my malt fix in the middle. Victory's usual standard of excellence is met fully on this one!!

CJfromPhilly, May 17, 2005
Photo of JTZimmerman
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer in a sample box containing the Lager, Prima Pils, and Golden Monkey (which I would also highly reccomend). This beer is very smooth with an excellent, almost sweet aftertaste. The initial taste is slightly spicy, but hardly overwhelming. It is otherwise rich in flavor and almost 'thick' for lack of a better term in consistency. To me, this is a perfect 'after work' beer.

JTZimmerman, May 16, 2005
Photo of edchef1850
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I never consider myself a hop head. I am not a big fan of overly hopped beers, as i feel they lack balance. That being said , i have been seduced by the mystical hop devil!. Victory Brewing is a top notch brewer. They really work hard to produce beautiful beers, and hop devil is no exception. I love the balance of this beer, you cant miss the big hops in the glass, rich amber color and floral bouquet, the smell of hops wafting from my glass. But the balance in the mouth is perfect. This beer is a winner all around. You can feel the love that the 2 brewmasters from victory put into there craft. Good job fellas!

edchef1850, May 14, 2005
Photo of cooter
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with aggressive, medium-large bubbled carbonation and a 1.5 finger cloudlike head. Body is a clear orange-red with more muted bubbling.

Nose is intense. Hoppy from a distance, it has strong pine, soft citrus (more biting like a grapefruit than sour like a lemon). When swirled it gives off Czech Pils herbal hop scent. Clean scent, good lacing as the head dies.

The head provides a well-balanced mouthfeel, combining bite with smoothness. Hops obviously dominate, with notes of orange, black pepper, phenols. An abrupt finish, but it comes back after a pause with a head-shake-inducing hop kick. A little fruity, with maybe melon, blackberry, or strawberry. Some butter flavor. Bitters and herbs. I'm having trouble discerning individual flavors in the general hop blast.

Not an overwhelming flavor, but it delivers what it says: hops all over. Malt balance is lacking, obviously. It works for the style. My biggest problem is the somewhat watery mouthfeel and consistency--add some heaviness.

cooter, May 10, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with enjoy by date of May 25 05.

Poured a dark copper with a clingy light tan head.

Pungent, herbal hops and caramel tinged malt in the smell.

Medium body with mellow carbonation. Bitter hops with a grassy, herbal tone meld with round, grainy malts. Finish is surprisingly dry, just a coating of hops lingering.

The name and the blurb on the bottle both boasted of a bold hop deliverance, but didn't quite live up to it. A sneaky beer with its high ABV and great balance, but I prefer the hop monsters for the style.

Shultzerdugen, May 08, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Attractive amber leaning toward the red side. Small tan and cream head that refused to sustain itself. Not much lacing.

Smell: This one has a more malt based scent than most IPA's do. To be perfectly honest, I get no hop boquet whatsoever. What in the living hell is going on? Is all of my Victory stock old? This stuff is just not that damn good. Am I missing something? This is getting rediculous. Bottled Jan 14, 2005 what is it now? May 5, 2005. This stuff should still be somewhat fresh and flavourful.

Taste: Honey verging on sourness. Caramel. The hops are not too pronounced. Must be they wasted all of em in the Storm King. This is one weak IPA. No dryness in the finish. Weird. I hope this stuff is just old. I just don't see how these Victory beers became so highly reputed. IMHO unworthy of accolades.

Mouthfeel: Yeah it has one. It is fine and beer-like. Light to middy.

Drinkability: Good if you like beers that are not really any particular style. This thing is an abomination of sorts. Not on my list for future consumption, and certainly not on my all star IPA list. This was not a Victory for my taste. I am not trying to hate on this stuff, but I am disappointed.

SupaCelt, May 05, 2005
Photo of Truh
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Made a deal with Beelzebub with this one on 4/29/2005. 16-oz. pint served up unchilled at the Cambridge Common.

Scampy film of pons major and minor covering with a fair amount of stuck and lace throughout the pour. Mahogany hue with a rose tint and some haze, though probably due to some chill, and good action. Caramel, light toffee on nose with some biting hop, though somewhat subdued given the moniker. Surprised by how buttery this is on the mouth as I expected much more of an up front hop bite, but that appears after the over-buttered toast slides off the palate; rose hip and roasted onion touches.

This is a fine offering, but I found it wanting due in large part to its buttery aspects.

Truh, May 04, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yepper, great IPA ! From a beautiful amber orange pour, small tan head, to the lavish pull on that hoppy, faint floral & grassy, nothing but pleasure. The tangy mouth followed by tasty burps could last all night. Thought this one was much better that the Two Hearted.

Always thought malts would be my luv, nowI have a new mistress hop-devil to contend with.

Vancer, May 04, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

04/24/05- Received via trade with Santoslhalper.

Presentation- 12oz dated bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Ligher orange pour with a nice cream colored head and above normal lacing.

Smell- Nice grapefruit scent with a bit of sweetness.

Taste- Mmmmm, very nice and well balanced brew. Was expecting to be blown away with hops in this one, but what I got was a nice sweet pine and grapefruit hopped beer with a nice amount of added malt.

Mouthfeel- Typical moderate IPA carbonation.

Drinkability- One of the better balanced IPA's I have had. A very nice treat.

GClarkage, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of unklesyd
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this was not what I was expecting! I thought that by the name I would have a tastebud burner. Not so.

The nose and flavor of this beer are melded well. The hop profile dominates, but is tempered by a floral character which accentuates the smooth character of the hop rather than brandishing their power.

The flavor is not neccessarily crisp, but it is just shy of being snappy, and again very smooth. Slight hint of alchowarmth makes sense according to the ABV.

Excellent IPA.

unklesyd, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into a pint. The label is stamped "Enjoy by Jul 22 05".

Bright amber/orange with a white head that shows decent retention and stickiness.

Strong hops in the nose. Citric, specifically grapefruit. Slightly piney with some malt sweetness underneath.

Quick note of sweet malt followed by a building hop intensity. The finish is bitter and lingers for a bit. Hop heads will bow before this brew.

The mouthfeel is full, at least for an IPA, and this is a very drinkable brew if you like maximum hoppage.

This could give Two Hearted (my favorite IPA) some serious competition.

ypsifly, Apr 22, 2005
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,351 ratings.