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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,302 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5302
Reviews: 2355
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%


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.

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Indybier

Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the draft-nitro @ Fountainhead tonight and it was like a hopped up marshmallow. I will wither away of old age before the frothy/creamy head on this goes down.

So cool to tame the bitterness of the hops w/the nitro and still remain damn tasty. Killer w/the gorganzola burger, too.

Bottle w/drink by date of 06/13.

Nice amber in the glass w/decent lacing. A very nice looking beer.

The nose is a bit perfumey. The hops are there, but, it's got a lilac & hop combo thing.

The flavors are pretty standard IPA - hoppy and bitter and not much else. Lacks any interesting factor and fairly one dimensional.

Overall - I'd recommend to someone who has never had an IPA and wants to try a basic, no-frills beer w/the two basic components of the India Pale Ale - hops and bitterness.

Basically a Hop Czar for a few bucks more.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 20:55:23 | More by Indybier
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CaptainSloose

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: a deep copper colored ale

S: caramel and pine, a tiny bit of chocolate

T: lots of upfront bitterness that lasts throughout the sip,

M: the caramel is very big in this beer, but not a whole lot else going on

O not bad, I venture to say my beer wasn't as fresh as one would desire. Lots of hop oils left on the back of the tongue. Probably will not buy again. I taste lots of centennial bbut not much else. I've had and made better.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 01:16:47 | More by CaptainSloose
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JTZimmerman

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 20:59:18 | More by JTZimmerman
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gqfiji

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: unfortunately i let this one cool too long and came close to freezing it, BUT had the copper/amber color and a nice head that lasted with a hazy clarity

s: the usual hoppy smell

t: swift taste of citrus to cover the palate. the tingle faded to a nice sweet hoppy and alcohol taste that lasted throughout

m: i liked the way the flavor lasted on the tongue, other beers that taste similar at first, either dried out or over flavored the palate.

d: definitely a keeper. liked this one from beginning to end and next time will get a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 02:26:27 | More by gqfiji
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lpb1970

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Victory Hop Devil displays a clear, leather like color. Very nice. The head retains a lacing throughout. The aroma is strong piney, citrusy hops with an enticing malt sweetness. Body is medium with slightly above average carbonation which works perfectly for the beer. The taste is that crisp, fresh, citrus hop taste and a delicious bitterness that tells me those beautiful little cones went into the boil good and early. Your girlfriend who drinks Blue Moon won't like this beer. There is a nice sweet malt follow up that perfectly complements the hop dominance. Bottom Line: This is a top five IPA for an East Coast fella like myself. You will have to scour the continent to find a better IPA. Anything Victory puts out is going to be good and this is one of their best.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 00:42:41 | More by lpb1970
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reppertmr

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Finger head with a small bit of lacing.

Smelled very heavy of hops.

Taste was full of hops, almost overpowering.

Offers a good mouthful.

Have to be a hop lover to truly enjoy this beer.

Would only buy if I were in the mood for a hoppy evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 03:05:02 | More by reppertmr
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thehosh

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right off the bat, this beer, my first taste from Victory, completely took me by surprise. I expected another, basic, drinkable-but nothing special IPA that I could start my night with. Instead I found one of the better beers I have had at home in a while. I had been working at home all day and finally got to sit down to watch the second Final Four game in my chair and this stepped up to meet me.

Poured into a basic pint glass (actually an Oscar Blue's Gordon glass...) pours a nice, warm, rich, curious amber in color. This beer looked immediately delicious. It was virtually headless, just some slight lacing. Its head dissipated almost completely about 1/4 into this beer.

HopDevil's smell is enticing, and again surprisingly sweet.

This beer's taste is what caught me completely off guard. It was sweet, rich and buttery at the top. This beer hit my mouth and immediately made me sit up and give it the attention it deserves. The ending hopfeel was amazing. I am hop crazy right now (have been since last summer) and I found this to be one of the most balanced hop beers I have had in a while.

This IPA did not murder your mouth like some hop-fabulous beers do. While I appreciate those that do, but for this evening, this beer was the perfect beginning to my session. started me off strong, got my mouth ready for beer for the rest of the evening.

This is a very very drinkable IPA. I threw this into a mixed6 I got from Lucas. I regret that. I would have sat all night and enjoyed this beer that surprised me with its personality, balance and drinkability. This will definitely become one of my staples for session-type IPAs.

Completely recommend this beer. I will be chasing down a sixpack of this very soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 01:10:12 | More by thehosh
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OhioHopDevil

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Meijer in Grove City. Only place local that stocks HopDevil.

Music for this review is "Punk Rocker" (Feat. Iggy Pop) by the Teddybears.

A: Aggressive pour into my hand-washed and air-dried (I'm a tad obsessive) Duvel tulip beckons a lingering rocky two-finger head. New penny copper in color. Swirl produces substantial lacing.

S: Cry havoc and let slip the hops of war! Huge, anti-BMC freeballin' spicy hippy hops. Pine and spice more than herbal, I think. I revere hoppy beer so I have danced with this Devil many, many times.

T: Hops up front. Lots of spice. It's called "HopDevil" for a reason. I get some apricot/peach notes. Caramel. This is a "juicy" IPA. Slight pepper. Sweet finish.

M: Oily.

D: If you like hops, you will like this IPA.

I consider Victory's HopDevil a classic American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 23:05:09 | More by OhioHopDevil
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knephews

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer on tap in different bars across Pennsylvania and it never disappoints.
It pours a medium orange/copper/rust color with a slight frothy head. The scent is pure IPA: citrus & hops.

What sets this beer apart from the other IPA's is the taste...You get that hops kick in the front, not overpowering (which is good) and then finishes with a very slight malty sweetness.

Some IPA's are either overpowering with the hops (which is fine, depending on what you are thirsting for at the moment) or finishes with a sweetness which overpowers the hops. This one, in my opinion, has the right mix in the right order.

This beer will have you wanting more but be careful, at 6.70% abv, it sneaks up on you!

It's one of the best IPA's out there and one of my favorites. I'm lucking to have this brewed in my home state.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 17:52:09 | More by knephews
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hattingc

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark copper appearance.

Not a strong smell but still nice.

You can really taste and enjoy the hops. They created a flavorful brew with some floral hops. It is very drinkable.

It has a great flavor for the style. Very easy to drink.

Had it in a glass...

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 14:18:42 | More by hattingc
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edthecat

Delaware

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This showed up at my local liquor store so I decided to try it out.

Served from a bottle to a chilled pint glass

A - Beautiful golden/red coloring, slightly cloudy. Head on this is about 1/2 inch thick and frothy/bubbly. Nice lines of carbonation running up from the bottom of the glass to the top...Spectacular looking beer. Lacing down the glass with every sip.

S - Citrus and hops, but not overpowering... they are subtle. Traces of clove... may be? Sweet and aromatic.

T - Just, phenomenal. What you would expect from a "hoppy" beer, but the hops don't smack you in the face. Some grapefruit in the aftertaste... a refreshing and delicious beer. One of the best tasting American IPA's I have ever had. The malts smooth out the power of the hops ever so elegantly...

M- Smooth... easy to go down... with good after taste, but not residually "sticky". Certainly not a beer you need to chew, nor one that you need a chaser for... and the "after sip" is pleasant enough that you can further enjoy the beer.

O - One of the best American IPA's I've ever had.... if not one of the best beers I've ever had. Well balanced and delicious. At the end of the day... it comes down to "do I enjoy drinking this beer?"... and this one... is a the top of my must have list.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 17:36:48 | More by edthecat
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irishman14

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy with two fingers head good lacing

S: piny, citrusy, refreshing

T: Little bite in the front that mellows with hoppy-ness throughout, well balanced, keeps you interested

M: coats without being too sticky, wakes you up

O: a delicious brew, not too hoppy despite the name, but hits on all the right notes

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 00:43:05 | More by irishman14
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Chris1108

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great IPA! One of my few that are always in stock in my fridge. The pour produces a golden full bodied appearance with ample frothy head that lasts. The smell is sticky sweet with a hint of the delicious hops. Mouthfeel is full and well balanced with excellent taste. I enjoy a full bodied beer and this really delivers!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 00:59:54 | More by Chris1108
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jdhchi

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time, great color a clear copper with a least two fingers of head that did not disappear quickly, good lacing. Smell was a bit weaker than I like but the taste makes up for it. Mouthfeel was especially nice and finished soft and smooth. Overall I enjoyed this beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 00:03:13 | More by jdhchi
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Knox_Worrell

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First bottle of this ever and all I can say is WOW.

Appearance: Least impressive thing about this beer. Not much head but that doesn't always reflect on the quality of the beer.

Smell: This is what an IPA should smell like. Permeates a rich and sweet hoppy aroma with a hints of caramel malt and wheat barley

Taste: Is a little offsetting at first because of the rich notes of Wheat and Earthy Hops but grows quickly as the glass empties. A little more bitter than your regular IPA. Caramel is very tasteful in its presence and complements the wheat/hops taste. Think I tasted a hint of Vanilla but maybe I'm dreaming. Still the best IPA taste-wise I've had.

Mouthfeel: Delightfully smooth and elegant. Very swishable but yet a beer you want to drown in.

Overall: Victory does know how to brew an IPA. This is a rich and hoppy brew that will be a constant favorite. Not necessarily a novice IPA but that is probably a good thing. The Caramel tones are second to no other IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 03:12:38 | More by Knox_Worrell
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Marko84

New York

3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a sampler pack I recently purchased
Victory Hop Devil IPA
No freshness date, but no indication that it's not prime either. Starts with a funky hop smell, but improves from there. Light carbonation and a swell bitterness that makes me wonder why this beer smells differently than it tastes. Perhaps it's the malts. 6.7% alcohol is unnoticeable. Not a striking IPA, but not a lousy one either. That being said, I could find a better option without much effort.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 03:01:48 | More by Marko84
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miollnir

New York

3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard American pint glass. Medium sized head to it. A deep amber color. A bitter piney scent under woody cherry tones. Tastes oak, a sharp bitter taste, hoppy taste, but not as hoppy in scent.

Has the standard IPA feel to it, typical of (if one so calls it) an America IPA. Bitter with lots of hop appeal. Yet the hoppiness only comes through on the drink, the scent (which I feel is most important in an IPA) is not as prevalent on other beers such as Brooklyn or Blue Points Hopnotical (which is great BTW).

Too bitter on the mouth, which decreases the enjoyment of the actual drink. Has a crunchieness to it, with what seems like a very cherry flavored and lemon twist?

Overall a very confusing beer, yet has its upside as good hoppy tasteing beer, but not something I would want to go out of my way to drink often.

Victory's Prima Pils is another story!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 22:37:18 | More by miollnir
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jackhig

Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber into imperial pint glass. White head dissapates but good lacing intact. Hops come out in the smell but not as strong as the name would suggest. Very well balanced in the taste, huge hops with enough malt to get you through to the sweet aftertaste. At 6.7% these might be a little too easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 21:44:31 | More by jackhig
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gellmeister

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this IPA from both a bottle and a growler, since one of my friends lives right near the brewery in Downingtown, PA. This review was written during/after several glasses that I poured out of growler transported from Downingtown to State College, PA.

Lacy head, pours one to two fingers out of the growler - a bit more if you mistakenly pour too fast.

Orange amber color is nice, although I prefer unfiltered offerings and this one seems to be partially filtered.

Fruity/citrous overtones are present, in addition to the ever present hop scent, which makes this one of the better smelling beers that I consume on a regular basis.

Nice hoppy taste, but not overpowering, as in some IPA's or DIPA's. The citrous comes through only vaguely during consumption. This is clearly not a fruity wheat beer with hops added as an afterthought.

The aftertaste of this beer is most pleasing to my palate. It's not an overpowering hop flavor, but the hops are clearly evident long after you've put the glass down!

I could drink many glasses of this without batting an eye. I can't say that for a lot of other IPA's that I've tried. For an East Coast person that has limited access to West Coast IPA's, which are more numerous and generally higher in caliber, this beer is a winner. It ranks up there with Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA as my favorite "local" IPA. I also recommend Troegs Hopback Amber Ale.

Serving type: growler

04-09-2009 18:57:24 | More by gellmeister
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SLOBGOBLIN

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer,I love hops.not much else to say.Nice Orangeish colour & a bubbly rise when I set the bottle back down.
I would recommend this beer to anyone out there.Really the Quality shines throughly on this one.I wish My local store sold other varietys from that brewer cause I looked on bottom of carrying sleeve & some other ones they make sounded delicouios!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 23:19:51 | More by SLOBGOBLIN
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eman245

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a really great IPA. Personally I have enjoyed nearly all of Victory's brews, great stuff in general.
Not as aromatic as some ipa's but, just the right amount of smell.
Not as hoppy as some stronger ipa's, but a really good amount. Tastes bitter yet still a little hint of sweetness.
Goes down easy, and the not overly bitter taste resides in the mouth for a good while.
Very drinkable, I kinda want another one. Really enjoyed this beer, definitely going to get a 6-er next time I visit the store.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 04:16:29 | More by eman245
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diddyb

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12oz bottle from a case I picked up at Tanczos in Bethlehem. There was no bottled date, but it is clearly labeled on the bottle and the case to drink by 6/14/11. Opened with my trusty Homer Simpson bottle opener and poured into a pint glass.

A- Slight head with a very nice copper color. Small carbonation bubbles rise to the top throughout the duration of the drink

S- Citrus scent of hops and a hint of sweet malts

T- an abundance of flavors. Hop flavor throughout is balanced nicely with the sweetness from the malts. Surprisingly complex. I get a little something different from this each time I drink it

M- medium bodied and quite smooth

D- Solid overall. These always go down quite easily. I'd have no problem tossing back several of these at a time (trust me, I have).

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 10:00:04 | More by diddyb
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GrizzlyBeer1282

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Fake amber orange-ish color.

S: Smells very hoppy, but at the same time it smells like a relative farted in your face.

T: Luckily, it tastes much better than it smells although it is very bitter. Too bitter even for a hophead like myself. Only reason I even drink this beer is because it has the perfect alcohol content at 6.7% abv. The only reason I'm even reviewing this beer is because of the mouthfeel which is came as a real shocker.

M: A real spicy bite to this one. Very bitter but the bite is so fierce that it numbs the tongue enabling one to drink a second one. This is by far the most appealing quality to this beer.

O: If the other aspects of the beer were up to par with the alc. content and the mouthfeel, this beer would be an A+, however, since the mouthfeel is so exceptional I'd have to say this aint such a bad beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 18:06:33 | More by GrizzlyBeer1282
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MakeshiftBrew

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Well carbonated deep orange copper color with a dense white head. Relatively clear, it seems to glow.

Nose: Robust pine with citrus undertones and a few earthy notes. It smells sweet and lightly caramel. Like hope candy.

Taste: medium bodied, pale and toasty malt taste with a subtle grainy character. Hop flavor coats the palate as it moves through the mouth, the aromas float off the tongue and match well with the nose. Leaves a bitter tingle throughout the mouth as the sharper hop characters settle in.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 18:05:41 | More by MakeshiftBrew
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ShawnKemp

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this hoppy brew straight out the bottle

I was given a SMACK in the mouth with the first sip

Fresh juicy hops steal the show...with floral aromas and some pine.

Great color and texture contribute to this overall breathtaking experience.

Just Germans doing what they do best.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 16:33:27 | More by ShawnKemp
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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