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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
outstanding

6,138 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,138
Reviews: 2,384
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 163
Gots: 548 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Fitzmke, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

sabitu, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of hyuga
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy dark orange brew, almost amber. Darker than most American IPAs. A fair tannish head leaves some lacing around the glass.

I'm getting more toasty and bready sweet malt than usual with this style, hops don't come out in your face in the aroma. A piney character is definitely there though, with a little citrus.

Oh, so here's where the hops were hiding. Initially, nutty sweetness with a rim of bitterness, leading into a well-hopped middle. Tangy and boisterously leafy. Lovely malt profile in the background, nutty sweet all the way through with a touch of bread and butter. Big rind-like hoppy finish. Nice bitter leaf extract aftertaste that I love.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with rough edges, as it should be. Very well-balanced.

Perhaps a bit more tame than its west-coast counterparts, but certainly a wonderful beer nonetheless. Since this is available in NC now, it'll certainly be one of my top regulars.

hyuga, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of AudioGilz
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a more than ample off white head that lingers.
Smell: mainly hops, fruits, and alcohol.

Taste: The hops dominate whole heartedly and it's a very wonderful thing. Bold, spicy, bitter, but not overly bitter. The aftertaste of bitterness doesn't last long either.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, then bittersweet.

I'm pretty impressed with this IPA, but it probably won't be a repeat purchase of mine since I'm not a hop lover.

AudioGilz, Jan 28, 2003
Photo of muletrane
4/5  rDev -2%

muletrane, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of drxandy
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, pours a nice reddish amber shade, cream colored head fades eventually

smells of spicy pine, citrus, breadiness, nice hop blend

taste is of bitter delicious hops from the start, good crisp carbonation, bready, pine, orange peel, earthy wood, sweet honey flavors, great balance and flavor combos

mouthfeel is bitter, highly drinkable, loads of good ipa flavors, lingering hops.

drxandy, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of TheSSG
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)

TheSSG, Dec 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

BradMacMullin, Oct 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

RichardMNixon, Jan 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

ronin926, Jun 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

BrandonOakes, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of TheBierBand
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a bit too firmly and produced a 2" head of light beige tight pillowy foam. The beer is slightly cloudy and amber/copper in color. As the head dissipates.... it leaves pronounced lacing on the glass.

The aroma is definately of piney hops and some malt for balance.

The taste: Definately a hop bite to begin with but some sweetness comes through.... like brown sugar. A deep roasted malty finish is apparent. Good stuff. The hops prevails as the dominamt taste that lasts through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just a tad heavy on the carbonation... but still nice. Creamy, heavy beer.

Drinkability: Heck yeah.... all day long.... go for it.... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

TheBierBand, Oct 16, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into tulip glass.

A - Poured an amber color with orange hues. The pour produced a nice tan head of foam that subsided into a film of small spotty bubbles, random scatterings of lacing clung to the glass throughout.

S - Hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit with slight bits of alcohol pushing up the rear.

T - Very floral with hints of citrus and pine. Finishes off with a bitter hoppy bit and some alcohol warmth and a slightly metallic/soapy taste.

MF&D - Medium bodied, but not quite as oily or clingy as I would have liked. A definite notch below N.N. or 90min IPA, but overall a quality ale worth checking out.

nasty15108, May 02, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

cclark67789, Apr 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Duesler, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Hockey_Fan, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of JLeet
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

JLeet, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of markaberrant
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - coppery orange with some red hues, crystal clear, off-white creamy head, good retention and leaves a web of lacing.

S - hint of bready malt, grapefruit, sweet citrus, not overly powerful, but nice and clean

T - lots of grapefruit greets the tongue, and carries all the way through, bit of doughy malt at the end, enough sweetness to balance, lingering bitterness

M - oily hops to start give it some body, creamy in the mouth, med low carbonation, resinous dry finish, no alcohol

D - goes down easy, with lots of hoppy bitterness in the finish

Very tasty, the nose is not quite as powerful as it should, but plenty of bitterness to back it up. Seems pretty straight up, no crazy malt character or hop profile, but well done. Should satisfy most hopheads.

markaberrant, Jan 06, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

rcatalano, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of uustal
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-amber with a red hue. Dark cream/off-white colored 2 finger head with good lacing throughout. Great aroma. Strong floral hop aroma, very pleasant. Also some citrus notes mixed in. Taste starts off surprisingly matly with a bready, caramel sweetness. Not huge malt, but nice. Then the hops kick in. Floral hops, pine and earthy notes create a big hop flavor and citrus also contributes late. Finishes a little bitter and dry, but goes down very well for the style. Really a great, big hop taste and an excellent beer.

uustal, Jul 19, 2010
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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.

Jesse13713, Apr 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

olympicgatorade, May 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

mquinn919, Jan 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jurbanik, Sep 07, 2012
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,138 ratings.