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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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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 sponberg
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled: 12 oz. bottle, in pint glass. Beautifully coppery color that screams "DRINK ME!!"

Aroma: Intensely florally hoppy. Starts out with a hop hit that would normally have me saying "Uh-oh..." and reaching for a grapefruit knife. But it remains in balance - the Cascade hops just are there, pronounced, throughout the swallow. The background flavors that peek through are bitterness and a rounded caramel maltiness.

If you were to graph the flavor profile of this beer, it'd be a straight line - no switchover between hoppiness and maltiness, bitterness and sweetness. It retains its predominantly floral hop flavor throughout at about the same degree of hop-malt balance. A very nice American IPA.

Photo of ibbjamin
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.33 for a 12oz bottle from Festival Foods in Manitowoc, WI. Poured into a pint glass to review.

A large head of about two inches; wish I was more gentle on the pour here. Head is off white and quite pillowey. Transparent and copper in color with minimal rising carbonation bubbles. Nice retention and lacing.

A nice hop bouquet which leans more towards the balanced side for its style. Almost perfumy hop aromas of citrus, apricot and peach yet with a nice malty backbone.

Much more hop forward than I was expecting, this really is well above average for its style. Takes on a much more sticky pine character in the mouth with tropical fruits adding a welcomed layer of flavor.

Very drinkable with a superb mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated, medium body, medium finish and quite oily.

Being a sucker for a west coast IPA, I must admit that my expectations were lower than my current perception of this fine brew.

Photo of JohnG190
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Photo of greenmonstah
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a deep copper, clear, with half a finger of a grainy-cream colored head. I really like the color and the lacing is nice.

S - Grassy and grapefruit hops with a hint of sweetness. some grainy malt and sweet malt in the background.

T - Sweet and bitter. Hoppy pine and grapefruit with a touch of grass. Some malt sweetness. Perhaps a bit plain. I remember it being much better and hoppier on draft.

M - Medium body with nice active carbonation.

D - Slightly disappointing, but very tasty and drinkable overall. I remember it being far far better on draft, so perhaps the bottle is a bit old and out of its prime.

Photo of NCbeerpirate
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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.

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of frankthetank86
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of JWalterWeatherman
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of charlesw
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours orange/brown (too orange and light for me to call it an amber). Awfully clear. Tiny white head with very durable lacing.
Smells like cascades, man.
Tastes a bit like cascades, too. Pretty bitter at the back and end. A bite to that.
A fine brew. I'd like to see it come out more even on the tongue. The tangy aftertaste - all over the sides and back of the mouth - could probably be cut a bit with (gasp) a bit more sweetness to it.

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.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color, quarter inch of beige head, lots of finely textured lace.

Smells of sweet doughy and honeyish malt, custard, tropical fruit - papaya and pineapple, citrus and pine hops. Appetizing.

Tastes of toasty, singed malt, with a good dose of hop flavor and bitterness - citrus, pineapple, pine. A bit of very well balanced sweetness. Clean, cohesive, tasty.

Smooth mouthfeel with a bit of slick stickiness, very drinkable.

Excellent IPA, on the toasty side.

Photo of alkemy
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very slightly hazy copper/orange with a solid cream colored head that looked impressive, but faded quickly. Left quite a bit of lacing. Lots of floral hops. Burnt sugar and some bready caramel malts are also there along with a very slight hint of citrus. For the taste, the citrus comes across more as a zest of grapefruit and orange. Hops are just not as powerful as I was hoping. Lots of the burnt sugar sweet malty notes. I did like the dry bitter finish.

Photo of muddyh2oblues
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of vancean2
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of TriageStat
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Dapper_Dan_Man
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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!

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.

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.

Photo of mooseo
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Pours a pretty orange amber with a nice head.

S - Citrus zest, grapefruit, toasted caramel malt, and pine.

T - A flavorful blend of spicy citrus hops, grapefruit, earthy pine, biscuit, and sweet caramel malt. Very hoppy initially, but the sweet malt backbone lends some balance. Finish is mildly bitter with earthy hops and bready malts.

M - Creamy and very smooth, medium bodied, clean finish. A little dry.

O - This is an incredible IPA. Easily a "go-to" IPA especially considering the low price point. The alcohol is masked well resulting in an extremely drinkable beer.

Photo of KGarrett
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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