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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

6,270 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,270
Reviews: 2,387
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 170
Gots: 588 | 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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4/5  rDev -2%

n2pux, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Rootdog316
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy Devil Ale has a has a light tan head, which it produces upon command. It also has a medium amber reddish blue hue. The brew has a very green resin/floral scent AND a good malty, perhaps even roasted odor. This decoction actually has a lot more malt and a bit less hops than one might suspect. Placating your taste buds with strong roasted malts, with hints of caramel, approaching treacle, there is also quite a bit of resinous hops to fulfill the need of those who like, well, hoppy beers. This beer is only for those who truly appreciate the joys of strong hops, but it is a well balanced version of high hop holies. Not intended for all dining occasions...I would recommend it specifically with red meat.

Rootdog316, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of depechemode1983
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 12oz bottle.

Apperance - Poured a medium orange Brown. Head - decent off white. lots of lacing.

Smell - citrus hops. very stong grapefruit scent. lovely.

Taste and Mouthfeel - hop give your palate a good pounding. with mellow malts balancing it out just right to add awsome flavor and complexity. Mouthfeel light semi watery good carbonation.

Notes - Drinkabity is good. Personaly i can make this a session brew. I really enjoyed this. More than other IPAs. I recommend this to anyone who loves hops and hasnt had the pleasure of sipping on this fantastic beer.

depechemode1983, Sep 15, 2006
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4/5  rDev -2%

ATXRyan, Apr 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

rypkr, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of let8it8grow
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

let8it8grow, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of JALIEN
4/5  rDev -2%

JALIEN, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of qcghost
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

qcghost, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours an orange amber color with an off-white head that fizzled down to a ring around my glass. There is nice lacing going on.

The aroma is of citrus hops. There is a strong lemon presence.

The flavor is of citrusy hop flavor. There is a nice breath of lemon after the swallow. It's quite a refreshing beer.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with medium carbonation.

I think this is a very drinkable beer.

Brian700, May 14, 2006
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
Photo of Snow81
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish orange

Head: Nice white head and lace that sticks to the sides of my glass

Smell: Malty sweet citric hops

Taste: Very sweet dark citric floral notes going on grains mix in nicely

Weight: Light to medium body

Finish: Hop blanket the cheeks, malty sweetness is still present

Snow81, Mar 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

hotsudge, Mar 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

stella77artois, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

timjim1327, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

tarheels4life23, Oct 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

BryanCDM, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh off the shelves at Ryan and Casey. Bottled label with best if consumed by.. Aug 07. My initial interpretation of this beer is a bit disappointing. Color and body are great. Glowing orange, medium head retention but great lacing. Cloudy translucency indicating unfiltered, a potential gut bomb. Needless to say this beer is very hoppy, followed by a little too much bitterness IMO, but nonetheless a good tasting beer; mainly characterized by a peachy infused body. A beefy beer, definitely not a session beer.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of Vengeance526
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with a small off-white head that quickly subsides to a small ring and leaves light lacing.

Nice aroma of citrus and piney hops upfront with clear hints of caramel malt in the back.

Taste starts off with notes of fresh pine and grapefruit then gives way to the caramel malt creating a surprisingly balanced IPA.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts off very hoppy but is quickly balanced out nicely with the malts. Very drinkable.

Vengeance526, Sep 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

bigpoppa67, Jul 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

twenteone, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

ThirdEyePA, Dec 05, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

reitzbrewing, Oct 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

TequilaTom, Aug 01, 2012
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,270 ratings.