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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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6,363 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,363
Reviews: 2,398
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 176
Gots: 629 | 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 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 CBlack85
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a fairly clear amber color with a fairly substantial amount of foamy white head. Leaves behind quite a bit of lacing.

Lots of floral and citrusy hops. I do get a little bit of sweet maltyness as well but the hops seem to steal the show.

The hops aren't nearly as present in the taste as they are in the nose. Some spices and caramel malts come through as well. Medium bodied and well carbinated.

While this is a good beer, it doesn't set itself apart in any way. It seems to be a little on the week side and maybe a little one dimensional. Not bad, but not outstanding...

CBlack85, Mar 21, 2010
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
Photo of JALIEN
4/5  rDev -2%

JALIEN, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of JDM44
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

JDM44, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of sacfly
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Enjoy by May 27 06 stamped on the front label.

Pours a clear reddish copper, reminiscent of honey. Tan head of medium to large bubbles. Aroma is slightly pine with a touch of grass and earth. Not as predominantly hops as you would expect from something called Hopdevil.

Taste is hops upfront. Just like the aroma, grass and earth with the bitterness and pine coming more to the front. Throughout the sip, the malt is with you just behind the main flavors but peaking out to the front seemingly randomly. Aftertaste is a mild, pleasant bitterness.

The last time I drank this I was going to review but noticed the date was a little past. I held off until this one, but I’ve got to say they did not taste much different. A good beer. It seems to lean into the American Amber Ale category at times.

sacfly, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of bigpoppa67
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

bigpoppa67, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into beer glass -exp date Jan 02 2011

Poured a cloudy light amber with two finger head that dissipated quickly , light lacing with moderate carbonation.

Smell was very light citrus with light pine and hops.

Taste had some spice notes with mild citrus (apricot) hints, lots of pine and Hop flavor,

Very good feel , I would hold a drink for at least a minute to savor it's flavor.

Drinkabilty - was smooth from start to finish, You know it's an IPA but it's not overpowering hops in your face, It is very drinkable and has a nice finish and aftertaste.

I would recommend this and will be on the look out for another one.

InebriatedJoker, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -2%

aszatk01, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of NappyB
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

NappyB, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of ronin926
5/5  rDev +22.5%

ronin926, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of beb86
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

beb86, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this beer out of the victory sample pack. The bottle didn't have any date on it, but the 12 pack said best by 12/20/09

Pours a light, reddish amber, with a slight haze. The head on a straight pour is perfectly fluffy and large.

Aroma is interesting, and not really typical of the IPA's I'm used to. It's slightly fruity, with pine, wood, and a bit of earth. While it has a good hop character, the hops used seem to be different from the West Coast "C" hops I'm used to in an American IPA, and if I were to guess, I'd say they aren't in this beer at all, as I'm not picking up much citrus. Moderatly strong aroma, I wish it was just a bit stronger.

Flavor has some slight, candy like sweetness along with some herbal hoppiness. The lack of a very strong hop presense in the aroma seems to lessen the hop flavor. Bitterness is there, and it's quite strong. Nice bitter character from start to finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly dry for an amber colored, 6.7% IPA. Drinkability is about what I'd expect for an IPA, it's not something I could sip all night but it makes for a pleasant pint.

Overall, this is a decent East coast IPA but nothing to go crazy about. I'm impressed with the different aroma, which makes it stand out from most IPAs. I just wish this was more potent in hop flavor and aroma, and maybe I'd be more impressed with a week old keg than a 2 month old bottle.

jeffthecheff, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

She pours a nice light copper with a smallish head that dissipates to a little ring rather quickly.
The smell is nice and hoppy, pine and citrus like a good little a ipa should be. There is a little malty backbone for the lupulus to lean on.
The taste follows suit, with hops strong in the front, leading the way for a bit of malty alcohol finish. Very nice and well balanced.
The mouthfeel is nice, my only complaint would be a bit overcarbonated. The bitterness is perfect, the body is definitely just right.
The drinkability is very nice, I can toss back quite a few of these without my mouth feeling overwhelmed.

grayburn, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of redliner8
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

redliner8, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of muddyh2oblues
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

muddyh2oblues, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of hotsudge
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

hotsudge, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of let8it8grow
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

let8it8grow, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

reitzbrewing, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Ultimate
4/5  rDev -2%

Ultimate, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Liverocks
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Liverocks, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of BuckSpin
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was fortunate enough to be able to get a few bottles of this at an event I attended. This is one of the better IPA's I have tasted, and its is very drinkable alone or with food, but with a 6.7 ABV you may find out why its called the Devil!

Beautiful deep orangeish-red honey color, with a nice 1.25" cream head. Not a lot of lace. Maybe the best bouquet of an IPA so far...definitely a citrus nose and mild hops.

Perhaps the name and/or ABV had me in a pre-mind set, but this is one well crafted IPA that can be enjoyed over & over. Slight peppery undertones with a even, smooth taste that has just the right mix of hops. Not too sharp, actually very even with a nice, soft peek of hops at the throat. Ironically, the great citrus nose didn't carry to the taste (there is some fruitiness, but very mild), but so what? This is one even, smooth IPA that I would buy again.

BuckSpin, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of jaluria
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A mild copper color with a nice thick head that stays for quite a while. I detected aromas of hops, grass, citrus, and caramel; very appealing. The taste is suprisingly smooth and well balanced with a significant sugar flavor for this style. The alcohol is well concealed and hops seem to stay strong until the very last sip. The only thing I had a problem with was the aftertaste; a bit too bready and potent. An excellent beer with loads of character and flavor. Another great beer from Victory! Excellent drinkabilty

jaluria, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of JohnG190
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

JohnG190, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of charlesjwinkler
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

charlesjwinkler, Mar 21, 2013
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,363 ratings.