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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,553 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,553
Reviews: 2,423
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 200
Gots: 765 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of dfried
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was quite coppery for an IPA, average off white head. The smell is of a hop bomb, a little sweet, but definitely an IPA by scent. The taste is obviously a hop bomb, but for an IPA, there is a slightly more roasted of a flavor to the malt witch balances and sweetens the beer nicely. A lot of grapefruit and citrusy tones. I am a hop head, and I have had hoppier beers, I would put this at about a 7 or 7.5 on the hop scale. Mouthfeel and drinkability were good, but nothing stood out. I could definitely sit and have more than a couple of these.

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

I was at the liqour store and this bottle looked at me and say "Hey, I'm Hopdevil." 'Nuff said. We went home together.

Dark amber orange. Wife messed up the pour. She usually does great so I'm not mad. Much. Tiny little head. Second pour results in a much better head (daddy poured).

The hop scent is surprisingly subdued. I mean it's called hopdevil. Smells more like a hop-lower-level-demon.

Taste is a little more than moderately hoppy, but it isn't blowing my ears off. I'm a big fan of Ruination or even Hop-15 and here's my gripe: if you use the word hop in the name, it better be some HOPPY ass shit!

OK, I'm done bitching. This is still a solid brew, it is hoppy enough and I guess I'm not judging it's name after all.

Overall: good tasty stuff, worth your time

Photo of BugTownPub
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Bromine
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of LMH88
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of msanborn
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Sam-VW
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

A - Golden orange with a thick white head. Great retention! Leaves some lacing around the glass.

S - Very malt forward and some sweet bread, some pine in there. Some Lemongrass.

T - First a little hit of malt, then the pine comes through with a touch of grass, lemon and grapefruit. Great!

M - Medium carbonation, goes down very smoothly and alcohol hidden well. Finishes dry.

Photo of wspscott
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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 ibbjamin
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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 TheGordianKnot
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very nice amber/copper color with a large yellow/white fluffy head that leaves trace amounts of lacing on the glass...

S- Doesn't quite smell like an IPA like I would have expected. The sweet malt caramel is very prominent in the nose with some biscuit and raisin coming through...

T/M- Definitely more hops in the taste than the smell alludes. I do get a strong hop bitterness with less of a hop taste than I would have liked, but its still a great beer. I get a very earthy/wood taste with some pine laced without. Strong raisin/fig deep within a balanced malt backbone. Balanced body and carbonation of medium level really smooth this one out...

D- Yes and no. I like this beer, but I like IPAs... As far as comparison, the only IPA I can think of that this is more drinkable is the GI IPA. There is something about the earthiness in some of these IPAs that turn me off of drinkability...

Overall, very solid IPA that has some tendencies that I can appreciate, but are against my own personal liking. I prefer the more floral/fruity IPAs rather than the warmth and earthiness of this one. Almost came off a bit too phenolic for an IPA....

Photo of JALIEN
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Dag48
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Eman17
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of sponberg
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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 maltlikker
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Beerzebub
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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 mooseo
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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 greenmonstah
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of charlesw
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,553 ratings.