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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
92
outstanding

6,457 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,457
Reviews: 2,400
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 185
Gots: 666 | 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 vtfan77
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep orange-red with surprisingly little head or lacing. Looks kind of hazy.

S- Very sweet-smelling with caramel malt and citrusy hops.

T- Malt presence is quite strong here. Toasted, caramelly flavors abound. Hops are certainly there with an orangey flavor, but are not as prominent as I was expecting. Alcohol pops up every once in a while too. Fairly high bitterness on the finish.

M- Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is pretty strong here.

D- Good drinkability, not great, but good. I could put down a couple of these, but not more than that.

Eh, I wasn't that impressed with this one. I was expecting more. The hops weren't as prominent as I had hoped. The balance between malt and hops was good no doubt, but the hop flavor was rather nondescript. It's alright, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. I had it on tap once and it was much better.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at Kclinger's in Hanover...

This is definitely a hoppy beer, but it doesn't kick you in the taste buds like some other IPAs, as I expected. Smells spicy with a hint of citrus...maybe a grapefruit?? It was a good choice on a humid day like today, but I would be more likely to try another IPA.

Photo of MSL94
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Sipchue
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of ejh06752
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jcb7472
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of riored4v
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 8/4/08

Poured into a pint glass. Deep golden color with 1 finger off-white head. Nice and thick head that eventually fades to about 1/2 finger.

Smell is great. Nice citrus aroma. Good amount of sweetness.

Taste is crisp and bittering. Nice amount of finishing dryness. Mild caramel sweetness to back it all up. Good combination of spice and citrus.

Mouthfeel is nice, light and crisp. Mily oilyness.

Drinkability is very good. Overall it's well balanced.

An excellent well-balanced IPA.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A crisp amber-golden brown. Reminds me of the leaves in the fall. Appears very citrusy with average carbonation.

Smell - A slightly milky citrus. Hoppy and floral.

Taste - Bursting with floral notes, citrus and lemon zest. Bitter and very 'springy'.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Medium bodied and easy to drink. Delicious all throughout and it kept me entertained. I know this is a short review, but I liked the beer quite a bit.

Photo of Andonato
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of charlesjwinkler
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of tabhill
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of let8it8grow
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Ultimate
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of cameraman
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep amber color with a two finger thick head, off white in color, that has good retention. The scent starts out with good malt fragrance, then a combination of grassy, earthy, and pine scents dominate the fragrance. The flavor comes out with the malt, that gives it slight bready taste. Then a herbal bitterness of grass and pine comes in midway, leaving a a bit of an after taste. A medium bodied feel is consistant all the way through, but it does leave an oily feel at the back end. This is a very easy to drink beer, impressive in the flavor and aroma, though the feel was very good, the oily texture was a sligtht tyrn off. This is is still an excellent beer, I just want to go get another one.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangish-brown with a two finger head with good retention. Aroma is citrus hops and sweet caramel and bread. Taste is of sweet bread and spice with some citrus and grassy notes in there as well. Also picking up a tea leaf flavor. Mouthfeel is really smooth. This is a very drinkable IPA. A very solid brew.

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass.

Amber/copper color. Off white head with good retention and good lacing. Citrus hops dominate in the nose with some maltiness but not much. Flavor wise, all hops all the time and similar to the nose. Carbonation is pretty full and the body is on the lighter side. Drinkability is also very high and this is an easy drinking beer.

Overall, its interesting but not something I would really reach for again. Worth a try though.

Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of TTripp725
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of allboutbierge
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My beer buddy and I picked a couple of these beers up at D's Six Pack and Hotdog in Regent Square, PA. We found that that beverage starts off with a ruby brown color that lasts throught the glass. The head dies quickly, but lace remains around the edge the whole way down. The hops are dominating in the aftertaste, but do not overwhelm the beer. This IPA leaves a tangy aftertaste, which is almost similiar to a grapefruit. On a side note, the carbination in this beer is barely noticable. It still dances on ones tonge, but either of us have felt the urge to burb while enjoying this quality IPA. We will contine to taste test beers and report throught the night.

5KD

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.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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 plaztikjezuz
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

never had this before, picked it up at world market in lansing, in one of there winter brew 10 packs.

pours a deep copper color with a off white head.
the aroma is hoppy, citrus, spicy, underlaying malt.
the flavor is hoppy, spicy, malt, citrus, peppery.
the mouthfeel is a little lite for an ipa.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just returned from the US from a 2-year job assignment in Australia. I've been waiting 2 years to get my hands (and tounge) on some nice American Hop Bombs.

Victory Hop Devil was my choice.

It pours a wonderful, clear honey colour with a foamy tan head that sticks around for quite a while, and sticks to the side of the glass. If the head was a bit thicker, I'd give it a 5. But it's hard to fault the looks.

Smell is fantastic, citrusy, spicy, with some toasty malt in the background

Taste is exactly what I want out of a big, American Hop Bomb. It's a 5, and I don't give those out willy-nilly. First impression is actually a sweet malt, until the beer hits the back of your tongue when the bittering hops get you. Nice. Then you breathe in and get the affect of the aroma hops. What a nice combination. Alcohol is hidden well behind the malt.

Mouthfeel is on the heavy side, but it fits. It's creamy, and I would say it has the same mouthfeel as a nice English Ale. Drinkabiliity is outstanding for one, but one's really all you need.

Photo of core42
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of ronin926
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,457 ratings.