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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,690 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,690
Reviews: 2,451
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 220
Gots: 903 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Ratings: 6,690 | Reviews: 2,451
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of zerk
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have heard so much about the vaunted HopDevil, that I knew that I must make a foray into hop hell. But after trying it, I'm thinking this is closer to heaven.

Pours a slightly orange copper, with a persistent white head that leaves rings of lace. Aroma is very fruity... orange rind, grapefruit, carmel... with some floral notes. Flavor begins with some caramel, and finishes with a somewhat acidic grapefruit... and a fair amount of bitterness... although it's nicely balanced by the malt. Somewhat prickly with a medium body. I can see why this one is highly regarded! A great beer for the hophead.

Photo of Jarod
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a huge hop fan as of yet, but slowly becoming one. This beer poured into the glass a bright amber/copper color. There were slight bubbles as you peered into the glass. The head seemed quiet thick and white. The lace clinged to the sides dragging the whole way down. The aroma was dominated by the hops. There were hints of citrus and sweet malt as well. The taste was big. Much like the aroma the hoppy taste was present. But through the hops you notice slight fruit like grapefruit. You also notice hints of a toasted malt. A good beer, a bit strong if you are just starting to review hoppy beers, but I would come back, and try more.

Photo of cichief
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers brewed in the U.S. It is a big, hoppy beer. The flavor of hops comes through clean and pure. Although I typically don't enjoy beers over 6% ABV (unless from Belgium) this beer does not have that alcohol flavor so many American IPA's have. I definitely need to visit the brewery for a fresh sample, but doubt it could be any better.

Photo of Nipitato
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Brookline Liqour Mart in Brighton

A: Copper hue. Poured with a vigorous head that disappated to less than a quarter of an inch. Left a nice lacing on glass. Brilliant clarity.

S: Piney intense floral aroma with a little fruity citrus thrown in there to boot.

T: Ardent hoppy flavor. Piney, cloyingly hoppy bitter taste up front and carried through to the end. A slight malt base is hiding out behind all those hops but comes nowhere near balancing out the aggressive hoppy taste of this beer and that is fine with me.

M: Moderate body slightly resiny. Hoppy astringency makes this a thirst quenching brew.

D: Probably one of the best examples of an American IPA out there. An acquired taste but once acquired you will keep coming back for more.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MikeDAdams
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of drewbage
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a 12 ounce brown bottle with no freshness date.

Beer pours bright orange with minimal haze with a large white fluffy head that sticks in the glass.

Aroma is spicy with sandalwood and mildly citrus hop with a dustiness in the end.

Flavor is sharp and resinous with a pleasant approach of hops that is balanced with a medium weight body that tastes like a good handful of biscuit malt and lends a large residual sweetness that is swept back off the tongue by a carbonation enhanced hop. Finish has a sharp acidic touch on the front of the tongue with a dollop of honey on the end of the tongue.

Photo of ejh06752
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In the glass it was a nice cooper with a white head, good lacing.

In the nose it was fresh citrus - sweet & bitter - and an orange floral scent. Really a lovely bouquet.

Sweet orange hit up front, followed by the fresh citrus, finnishing with bitter grapefruit. Just enough sweetness lingers as not to overwhelm with the bitter dominance.

Photo of brealbg
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of craftbrew502
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of jmw4437
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of hsus0225
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Phocion
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber with a frothy beige head with amazing retention. Exactly what I expect an IPA to look like... so far, so good.

The nose is dominated by the aromas of grapefruit and orange. A hint of spiciness as well, and although I can't definitely place it I want to say coriander. Surprisingly heavy malts as well, with a whiff of heavy caramel hiding right behind the citric hops.

Very earthy flavor. The hops are somewhat disappointing for an IPA and along with a toasted malt taste my mouth is filled with an almost burnt aftertaste.

Clean and dry mouthfeel with healthy carbonation. It's not bad and it's better balanced than most IPAs, but when I buy a bottle with a picture of a demonic hop flower on the front I expect a bit more in the way of bitterness. Still, I won't have a problem finishing off the sixer.

Photo of kels
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass a lovely, coppery-orange color, fairly clear, with a little carbonation visible. Nicely retained 1-finger thick, creamy white head, lots of bubbly lacing.

Smell: Nice, light and bright-smelling citrusy hops that even smell juicy. Not too strong, but strong enough to make my mouth water.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very excellently balanced is the first thing I think! I'm quite surprised this isn't overwhelming or overpowering based on the style and the name. Nice toasted malt meets a sweetly bitter citrus. The taste is is really refreshing and only slightly sticky. Feel is decently carbonated and light.

Drinkability: Very high - the alcohol is pretty well masked in the taste and the taste is really great. Not a bad combination.

Photo of goschool
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is orange with a frothy fading head. This IPA is different from the local breed. Its hoppy flavor is leaning heavily towards the spicy side, rather than the bitter and citrus taste that we around here know and love. I'm not about to give up my Stone and Alesmith IPA's, but this is a very nice change of pace.

Photo of joeseppy
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Ropowers3
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of kinger
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have slowly become a hop head and this IPA definitely asserts my new found love for a great style. It's amazing that the amount of hop flavors present in this fine brew find a way to meld and flow ever so gently. I poured this into a standard pint glass and a rather nice burnt orange copper color produced a nice white head. Crazy amounts of lacing creates a spiderweb effect down the glass. Aroma is bursting with bitter and citrus hops, euphoria tickles my senses from scent alone. As I drink this I take bigger swigs and am rewarded with a refreshing sensation. A full malt presence is recognizable but it just can't compete with the generous portion of hops added to this ale. Outstanding flavor it flows so well and it is coupled with a rich full mouthfeel that slides into a satisfying finish.

Photo of GiantMidget
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Hautacam
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange..lively head..laces ; drops to a film.
Smells like HOPS..piney..doughy ....almost a metallic scent in there.
Tastes sweet malt for about one second; then the hops kick in and it's grapefruit-rind time...alcohol is right there too....tames a bit on warming.
Mouthfeel is medium ....carbonation medium.
One will be enough for me. I think I'd like this better if there was just a little more sugar to balance the hops.

Photo of BeanBone
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A somewhat hazy burnt-orange body with a solid finger of off-white and bubbly head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Floral, spicy, and citrusy hops balanced by a brown-sugary malt body. A bit of booze is lurking around the edges.

Taste: Spicy, grapefruity hops dominate at first and are decently bitter. There's a solid biscuity, sweet, and nutty malt backbone bringing up the rear, well up to the challenge put forth by the hops. The booze is there, but stays in its place. Everything meshes well and is perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with good carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Goes back easily enough given the style and alcohol content. A good session IPA.

Verdict: With a solid malt backbone balanced perfectly with brilliant hops, HopDevil is one of the best IPAs that I've tried yet. I'm very much looking forward to trying the other Victory offerings I can get my hands on here in Houston.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a dark clear amber brown with a decent amount of head. Tastes of slight malty hop bitterness with almost a little spiceyness in there too. Drinks pretty smooth and would be quite sessionable. Didn't wow me, but its solid. Glad I tried this one.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,690 ratings.