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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

6,381 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,381
Reviews: 2,398
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 176
Gots: 638 | 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 TriageStat
4/5  rDev -2%

TriageStat, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Dapper_Dan_Man
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Dapper_Dan_Man, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of MikeDAdams
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

MikeDAdams, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of IceAce
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with 'Enjoy by Nov 06 05'

Spotted this @ Hollingshead's for only $1.69

Pours orange with a two finger collar of large bubbled light tan foam and excellent clarity. Nose is evenly split between floral pine and sweet grapefruit.

Entry is nice withy carbonation lightly brushing the sides of the tongue with a mouthfeel a little thinner than I'm used to with an IPA. Midtaste hits the sweet spot with a nice pale malt and grapefruity hops.

The finish stings the back of the mouth with a pleasant, clean hop jolt that fades with the same pine / citrus ratio promised by the nose.

Smooth and very drinkable...I'll be picking up a few more of these before they're all gone!

IceAce, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of Redwood21
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop heaven. This beer pours a nice redbrown hue the is beautiful. the head is big but short lived with some nice lacing. The aroma is hop overdose, very good. The flavor follows suit with hops and sweetness. I enjoy this alot. The beer has another taste that i cant wuite put my finger on, but is good. there is a slight bitterness both in the fin ish and aftertaste. The body is nice and medium, once again a beer that is more full than limp. I would suggest this beer to anyone who is into the hop flavor.

Redwood21, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of SickGnar
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark coppery, almost reddish, amber. Good size off-white head. Maybe some chill haze. Good retention and superb lace.

S: C hops – citrus, rind, and resin. Caramel malts with slightly sweet toasty grain and doughy bread. Hints of darker roast as it warms. There is plenty of enough here, especially in the malts, but the hops could stand to be a bit more danky and pungent.

T: Nice! Bit initial citrus. A third juicy/fruity – orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Two thirds rind. Backed immediately by loads of firm, rounded caramel, doughy sweet malts, and toasty grain. Great interplay of hops and malts. Middle to end has a good does to spice to come in to play with the lingering malty sweetness. Some earthy, grassy/herbal character shows though at the end and leads into a long resin finish. Playing with the hops in the end and finish are some soft dark roasty notes – burnt toffee, a touch of darkly roasted grain, and smidge of chocolate. Toasty grain note really shines as brew warms.

M: Over medium body with soft, yet firm carbonation to match. Definite dextrins, but not syrupy. Plentiful hops and touch of darker roast malts lead to a drying finish. Slight alcohol warming after a while.

D: Very Hoppy, yet balanced too. Big and robust. Great heft and feel with a nice level of complexity. This is a great IPA. Big and bad, but not overdone or overpowering. Nicely rounded and interesting.

SickGnar, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of KGarrett
5/5  rDev +22.5%

KGarrett, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of gr0g
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decidedly not pale, but copper in color. A nice, two-finger head forms, with good retention and some sexy lacing. Aroma features mostly herbal and grassy notes along with a solid toffee note. As an IPA that's been around a while, the great aromas lent by "new school" hops are not present.

On the palate there's more balance between malt and hops than many IPAs. Still, perceived bitterness is in IPA territory and there are some nice, though vague hoppy flavor notes. Despite the maltiness, the flavor is dry. Pronounced citric hop bite. The soft, fine carbonation works very well.

This really blurs the line between IPA and an amber/red ale due to the balance between the strength of the hop flavors and the malt body (plus it's got an amber color). Hop Devil ultimately stands out as a malt-forward IPA that's quite good, if not quite a stand-out in an increasingly crowded market.

gr0g, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Brown120
4/5  rDev -2%

Brown120, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of TTripp725
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

TTripp725, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of McStagger
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/9/14. The best buy date is borderline microscopic. What the hell, Victory. What the hell.

A: Pours a fairly dark copper. This one seems more like an amber than a pale. Finger and a half off white head. Good retention. Good lacing. Carbonation is moderate.

S: Very bready in the nose. Dark, biscuity quality. Hops are present, leading to a slight floral edge with a big shot of fruitiness. Mostly stone fruit, with some berry characteristics.

T: Starts off with the rich copper malts. Again, doughy and biscuity like. Hops take over mid palate and shoot up a quick. Big burst of key lime and kumquat. Finishes with a nice, almost peppery/ginger note that carries through into the aftertaste. Takes a turn for the resinous, but the malt balances it wonderfully. Hints of lemon and pine in the finish. The malts give the citric taste an almost candied quality. Finishes fairly dry, and amazingly fruity.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is in no way distracting. Even comes off as slightly creamy.

O: Very, very good. I think I still prefer the hop monster west coast IPA's, but this one can hold its own with anybody. Great nose and truly exceptional flavor.

McStagger, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of genog
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light copper color with a two inch offwhite head that lingers throughout the session.

S- Floral hoppy notes with a sweet smell finish

T- Smooth hops with a hint of a bitter finish. Very nice for several sips at a time.

M- Very little carbonation feeling for a smooth experience

D- Only bought one, but I could enjoy 2 maybe 3 on a long night. Very nice drink.

genog, May 21, 2007
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/08/06
Pours a hazy copper with 1/2" white head and moderate lacing.

Nose of Citrus fruit, sweetness from the malt

Taste is much larger than the smell. Hops all the way through start to finish, but very complex in flavor. The finish is a tea-like bitterness that sticks on the tongue for a while.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, nothing crazy. The hops shine through and the malt sings backup.

I could drink quite a few of these bad boys in an evening. This is one tasty little devil.

rtratzlaff, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of wspscott
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass (no date)

A: A dark copper color with a little bit of haze, darker than the usual American IPA, off-white head leaves lots of lace.
S: Relatively muted nose, a little bit of pine, not much else. As it warms, a little bit of yeasty fruitiness
T: Lots of bittering hops, seems to be lacking in flavor/aroma additions, a little bit of caramel.
M: Lots of carbonation, on the high side for the style, well attenuated, crisp
D: A nice example of the style, but not a great one. Worth trying, but I am puzzled by all of the high reviews. I would not buy again given the price.

wspscott, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of SykDoc
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice amber color and forms a 1/4 inch very light tan head that sticks around for a large portion of the drink. Carbonation is readily visible and just a little sediment.

The aroma is primarily a blend of pine and earthy notes from the hops. There is a healthy malt sweetness in the background.

The taste is again a blend of pine and earthy hops with some caramel sweet malts hanging out behind.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with a crisp carbonation. It almost seems watered down. The hoppy dryness that lingers is a welcome experience that brings up the value.

Overall, this beer is quite drinkable and it highlights the hops but the individual components could be a bit stiffer.

SykDoc, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of tut2528
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a ruby and rust mixture that has moderate transparency. the pour creates about 1/2 fingers worth of head with minimal lacing.

S: a sweet malt backbone and piney hops are complemented by grapefruit, mango, and orange peel and a slight touch of bread/biscuit.

T: similar to the nose, but the hops really are the dominant character here. still pick up on the bread/biscuit, big grapefruit, slightly tangy orange and mango, dry finish.

M: medium bodied but there is some lightness to it as well. it leaves a bold hop bitterness on the palate with a slight piney feel to it as well.

O: solid brew all the way around. wish there was a bit more balance with the bitterness and the tropical fruits. but overall its solid.

tut2528, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of baconman91
5/5  rDev +22.5%

baconman91, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of rypkr
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

rypkr, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Bubbalito
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Bubbalito, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of jmw4437
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

jmw4437, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of tarheels4life23
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

tarheels4life23, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

on tap @ Charlie's Kitchen

I could just end this review with one word: yummy. It's that good. Reddish color with a nice head. The head has a great "hoppy" smell to it. The taste is hopy and malty combined into a devilish blend that conter balances each other. I find a creamy like texture to this beer. One of the best on tap.

bewareOFpenguin, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a nice thick copper color with an awesome tan-colored head created with a vigorous pour. This one smells delicious. I've spent so much time whiffing this one that I almost forgot I was supposed to drink it. An absolutely gordgeous smelling brew.

A nice bold citrus taste. Reminds me of grapefruit and oranges, maybe grapefruit peelings. Good smoothness considering the level of tart citrus hops. I also notice some sort of spices but cant figure out exactly what. Overall it tastes good. Hearty, and smooth for the style.

The mouthfeel is probably a little over medium-bodied, but not heavy. Quite a drinkable beer as well. I really wish I had more than just one.

jasonpeckins32, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of TommyW
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Fairly clear, gold with amber tints. Big, white, bubbly head that sticks nicely.

S- Brief hint of malt then just dominated by floral, oily hop aroma.

T- Don't really get any malts here. There is lemon/orange rind taste that starts this one off; followed by the floral hops. Leaves a strong, lingering bitterness.

M- Medium to slightly full with a smooth carbonation.

D- Pretty good IPA. The lingering bitterness is a little stronger than in most IPAs, but I don't mind that at all.

TommyW, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of BradMacMullin
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

BradMacMullin, Oct 28, 2012
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,381 ratings.