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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
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5,663 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,663
Reviews: 2,365
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 133
Gots: 348 | 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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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

10-21-2012 19:57:00 | More by reitzbrewing
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: copper, amber. 1.5 finger head nice lacing. Dark color for an ipa.

S: mmm citrus and pine

T: east coast ipa taste where the taste is primarily pine. But there is a citrus undertone of mostly grapefruit and the caramel malt sweetness nicely balances the beer.

M: pretty light bodied

O: a great beginner ipa but I revisit it often... Because it's great. A perfect example of an east coast ipa

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:24:49 | More by Givemebeer
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robertjskelton

Alabama

4/5  rDev -2%

02-13-2014 01:56:57 | More by robertjskelton
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Rborre321

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-06-2014 21:07:03 | More by Rborre321
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yankeeheel

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can tell this is a different dog right from the pour.

When I think hoppy I have a pre-concieved notion of a yellow or plae ale. Not so here. Pours a beautiful amber with an appropraitely amber head. Lots of retention and lacing.

There is a distinct soapy-hoppy aroma that greets the nose but it doesn't scream out hops like I expected. The taste is what a well balanced beer is all about. There is a fair amount of caramel malt up front with a bold toasty middle with the hops waiting till the end to reveal themselves. Then they come in droves. It's almost a delayed hop bomb. They are slightly bitter, but not unpleasent.

The best hoppy beer I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 00:31:41 | More by yankeeheel
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pastramionrye7

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

07-17-2013 01:23:32 | More by pastramionrye7
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-29-2013 01:42:41 | More by yossarian14
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Buttermilk

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.5%

01-04-2013 02:45:45 | More by Buttermilk
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paresis

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-26-2013 00:42:17 | More by paresis
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goldbot

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, enjoy by: Sept. 6, 2010. Reviewed on May 6, 2010, from notes.

Coppery amber in color. Very clear with medium off-white head. Good lacing on the glass.

Citrus and pine hop aromas with some sharp herbal/planty notes. A touch of caramel malt in the background.

Pine-y hop taste with less citrus. A touch spicy. Nice and bitter up front becoming sweeter and maltier at the back end.

Feel is smooth and quite creamy. Medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 20:01:11 | More by goldbot
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quine

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2%

12-08-2011 21:10:37 | More by quine
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ronin926

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.5%

06-20-2013 04:28:56 | More by ronin926
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Guitars_and_beer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

10-31-2013 12:19:08 | More by Guitars_and_beer
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Phocion

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber with a frothy beige head with amazing retention. Exactly what I expect an IPA to look like... so far, so good.

The nose is dominated by the aromas of grapefruit and orange. A hint of spiciness as well, and although I can't definitely place it I want to say coriander. Surprisingly heavy malts as well, with a whiff of heavy caramel hiding right behind the citric hops.

Very earthy flavor. The hops are somewhat disappointing for an IPA and along with a toasted malt taste my mouth is filled with an almost burnt aftertaste.

Clean and dry mouthfeel with healthy carbonation. It's not bad and it's better balanced than most IPAs, but when I buy a bottle with a picture of a demonic hop flower on the front I expect a bit more in the way of bitterness. Still, I won't have a problem finishing off the sixer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 23:53:19 | More by Phocion
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orangemoustache

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-this bad ass looking bottle could only be more awesome if it was put under a black light,OK on to whats inside...this one really looks like a winner,it pours a beautiful amber,with two fingers of egg shell colored head that looks soft as a pillow,yet hangs strong till the last drop,leaving my ILLINI pint glass covered in even stickiness from top to bottom

S-citrus,lemon and lime,with a earthy vibe,maybe a slight banana presence

T-the hop devil is definitely in charge of this IPA,it has strong grassy notes,like fresh cut yard clippings put through a fruit juicer,with touches of citrus,malts are an after thought but not forgoten,adding some sweetness thru out

M-surprisingly thin bodied(not a bad thing),the constant attack on the taste buds takes all attention away from the fact that its thinner than some others of the same style(also helps the drinkability)

D-considering the fact that I feel that my tongue has just been violated and at the same time I wish I had one more of these little devils,I have to say HELL YEAH!!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 05:49:53 | More by orangemoustache
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vbiliyar

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

04-13-2012 02:44:14 | More by vbiliyar
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a big, off-white, resiny head. Bright, floral, citrus hop aroma with maybe a touch of buttery esters underneath. Amber-gold color. Starts off very bitter with an underlying sweetness (that buttery caramel), builds into a pine-sap hoppiness with prominent notes of grapefruit. Finish is hop bitter and sticky pine sap flavor, and then the malt comes through in a biscuit like quality under this, and the resin begins to take on an almost soapy flavor as it fades from my palate.

Not bad, overall. I'm not a big fan of that buttery caramel aspect, which I presume is here to lend a more authentic English characteristic to it. The smell started off FANTASTIC, but as the head faded, and the buttery caramel became more pronounced, I began to really hate the smell.
Maybe I'm overly sensitive to diacetyl (that buttery caramel)....I do tend to have a visceral, negative reaction to it. If this were on tap, I'd blame a dirty line...
Looking at the lower reviews, that seems to be a re-occuring issue for a few of us. I tend to favor the aromatic IPA's over these aggressively bitter ones (they're a fun novelty, but they get tiring).
I found the "drink by date" and I still have a month before that date, so I know this isn't ancient and stale.

I am pairing it with Prairie Breeze cheese, and that's working quite well. Hoppy bier + Cheddar (or cheddar-like) cheese = Win!
(It's also making this one easier to finish for me)

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 02:23:01 | More by TheSSG
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hotsudge

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

03-03-2014 19:15:24 | More by hotsudge
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CORKSCREWFISH

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

01-09-2013 09:23:44 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

2/5  rDev -51%

03-06-2014 03:02:43 | More by bulldogg915
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LuckySevens82

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of MrClean (thanks Mark!)
Pours a crystal clear reddish orange with a decent 1.5 finger rocky head. Lacing and retention are about on par for the style, that is to say...good.
Smell is sweet caramel, a bit biscuity, and not nearly as much hops as I would have thought, but sure enough there is definitely some aroma in there.
Taste is pretty much the opposite of the smell, Loads of hop flavor with just a backing of caramely sweetness and biscuity goodness.
Mouthfeel is good, my sample is a bit warmer than I would have liked (left the bottle warm on the counter too long tonight), but still damn drinkable.
Overall, a great IPA, I can see what all the fuss is over this beer, now if only Victory were distributed down here in FL, I would be a very happy man.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2005 01:10:33 | More by LuckySevens82
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TubaManJack

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An orange hue with a head of pale orange/amber tint. The nose is strongly hops,with a hop "holiday spice" note.

The flavor of at least two hops and mild malt notes. A full bodied mild easy drinking beer. It has a complex taste that has about 3 levels- hops, malt, hops. Its a great beer and the most friendly IPA I have encountered so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 03:44:28 | More by TubaManJack
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spoonhawk

Iowa

3/5  rDev -26.5%

08-19-2012 01:55:08 | More by spoonhawk
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MaineMike

Maine

4/5  rDev -2%

12-18-2011 15:58:13 | More by MaineMike
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LouDogg114

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2%

06-17-2013 22:19:47 | More by LouDogg114
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,663 ratings.