Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
Best by Jan.31, 2007- drank early October, 2006
Pours copper with a thin, white lasting head. Some lacing is left.
The smell is of fresh citrusy hops - grapefruit and orange peel.
There is a crisp, bitter citrus flavor upfront. Spiced fruits. A grainy malt backbone is just enough to give the hops support and body, and to add to the delicious complexity of the drink. A slight breadiness also adds to its character and depth. An alcoholic punch is noticeable, but doesn't interfere in the flavors. The hops are on the powerful side, but are not out-of-control, mainly because of the lingering sweet malt that makes it as balanced as it should be for the style.
The feel is creamy and rich. The full body and flavors hang on tightly. It goes down smoothly.
This is a shining example of an American IPA.
10-12-2006 01:06:42 | More by jwc215
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
This beer has a creamy beige head, that helps to show off a nice deep amber color. An aroma of floral hops. Hoppy tasting with notes of lychee, definitely American hops in this one. There is loads of hop flavor in this one, along with a pleasing bitterness. This beer was not as bitter as I was expecting, but it is very well balanced with a subdued maltiness.
09-22-2003 16:38:52 | More by Gueuzedude
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Nice sticky lace, but the head dies very quickly. Cloudy and slightly orange in the amber color.
Very fresh dry hop aromas--alluring. The flavors have an excellent blend of round, pale maltiness with a distinct bitter kick of hop. The bitterness lasts long after the swallow. Strong carbonation as well as a strong oily alcohol touch.
This is a superior IPA: full bodied, bitter, aromatic. I'd love to try this one in a blind flight with Stone IPA (my current favorite). This one is very close.
08-14-2004 23:55:55 | More by smcolw
4.65/5 rDev +14%
12 oz. bottle
A: Red amber with thick white head, good lacing.
S: Biscuity malt with piney hops, not a hop bomb, but a very good smell.
T: Pine, resin, tree sap upfront, with a good backbone of caramel and toffee malts.
M: This is the type of mouthfeel I look for in an IPA. Incredibly smooth and well-balanced, full-bodied, creamy, and robust.
D: Very balanced, incredibly drinkable, a great East Coast IPA; make a deal with the Hopdevil, you won't be dissapointed.
07-03-2007 05:57:15 | More by Halcyondays
4.7/5 rDev +15.2%
Pours a nice orange / amber color, with a thick head. The floral nose is extremely prevelant, with hints of sweetness. Extremely well balanced, the malt and hops dance together on the tongue, producing a crisp bitterness that slowly fades after swallowing. The glass develops nice lacework as the liquid is emptied. Extremely smooth and drinkable. The consistancy of this product over the past few years has been incredible, and this is an IPA others should try to emulate.
10-04-2003 00:31:55 | More by Gavage
3.7/5 rDev -9.3%
33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.
A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of good thickness, decent cream, and pretty good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper-gold. Generally appealing.
Sm: Very hoppy (shocker). I suspect they dumped a bit too much cascade into this one. Some bittering hops are present, but it smells tame enough. The aroma is mild in strength.
T: A very pleasant full barley foundation is well hopped, but fortunately the bittering hops are not overdone. To its credit, it's quite well built, but the problems emerge when considering the balance. It feels like they created a bland barley foundation and just dumped hops into it. It works to a point, but has drawbacks. The primary issue is that the open and close have minimal flavour while the body carries everything. Strucuturally, it's problematic, but it does work. I do like it (which is relatively rare for me when I drink IPAs), but there's work to be done.
Mf: Smooth and wet - perchance a bit too wet for the style and flavours it's meant to complement.
Dr: Very drinkable. It avoids the two common pitfalls of IPAs: it's neither too coarse nor too bitter. I'd recommend it to fans of the style as a rare example of a well done IPA. That said, there's work to be done. I look forward to trying more beers from the same brewery.
09-04-2011 04:14:15 | More by kojevergas
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
04/24/05- Received via trade with Santoslhalper.
Presentation- 12oz dated bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Ligher orange pour with a nice cream colored head and above normal lacing.
Smell- Nice grapefruit scent with a bit of sweetness.
Taste- Mmmmm, very nice and well balanced brew. Was expecting to be blown away with hops in this one, but what I got was a nice sweet pine and grapefruit hopped beer with a nice amount of added malt.
Mouthfeel- Typical moderate IPA carbonation.
Drinkability- One of the better balanced IPA's I have had. A very nice treat.
04-25-2005 03:29:28 | More by GClarkage
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
This beer is in my top 5 for favorite beers all time for sure. Just a wonderfully crafted IPA that is available everywhere in my area for about $8-9/6 pack. It's a hop head delight with nice bitterness and such. It's well balanced and the alcohol is so well hidden its scary. If you haven't tried this yet, please do. Also, sweet logo on the bottle.
10-05-2008 22:36:42 | More by oriolesfan4
4.7/5 rDev +15.2%
I am partial to this beer because it is a local favorite of mine. Pours a nice dark amber color with a thick, foamy white head that settles into a slight lacing. Aroma is dominated by citrus and earthy hops with slight roasted malt hints. Very well-balanced quaffable IPA with a nice malt backbone to counter the bitterness from the hops.
12-02-2008 08:26:16 | More by corby112
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
Appears a glowing amber with small amounts of carbonation escaping from the bottom. The nice frothy one finger white head soon lays out to a thin film and leaves lots of nice lacing.
Smell is of a mild mix of citrus and pine hops backed with some sugary malt.
Taste is of creamy malt and lots of infused hops including a sugary grapefruit and a nice array of maltiness that balances this brew.
Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy and runs over the palate nicely. Mild cask carbonation makes this seem like a completely different Hop Devil but in a good way.
Drinkability is superb as the cask seems to mellow out some of the bite of the hops and the sting isn't noticible. Sticky, resinous hops stay on the lips making me want more of this treat.
Finger licking good.
06-26-2005 14:18:06 | More by weeare138
5/5 rDev +22.5%
Gee, Hop Devil gets reviewed so seldom that I am anxious to get one posted. Ha! Instead, I want to indulge in a little bit of (not really) frivolity.
Ode to Hop Devil
O, great Hoppus Maximus!
You were my first love.
I discovered you early on
And although I have had others
You remain the one that converted me.
Once, I embraced Rolling Rock,
But the pony left me behind.
Then, I received your kiss,
And I was won!
My mentor, Lew, puts it so well:
You are the perfect marriage of malt and hops
And who am I to disagree?
Your tawny beauty is breathtaking
But so is your tannish head.
Some find you indescribable
But I must disagree!
You, dear Hop Devil, are the beer for me.
Rotsaruch, Maybrick, Shapudding, favorites all,
But you, Hop Devil, make me sit up tall.
Your sticky lacing,
Your thick, full mouthfeel,
Your bitter start,
Your sweet end,
You, baby, are my dream.
They say that the devil is male,
But you give that supposition the lie.
Hop Devil, you are as sensuous as any woman.
I will love you until the day I die.
My apologies if that seems rambling or silly, but it was heartfelt. May my Karma be struck dead.
02-20-2007 10:03:15 | More by woodychandler
3.68/5 rDev -9.8%
Bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.
Pours a pleasantly hazed deep amber, with flashes of red to it. Head is full, frothy and reasonably persistent, maintaining the majestic crest synonymous with a good IPA. Lacing is sketchy and sticky. Looks good.
Nose is a pleasant mildly fragrant, slightly fruity hop bonanza, giving a fresh (if generic) American hop aroma. Looking underneath, there's a slight meaty savouriness to the malt and even a weird salty or smoky hint. This is a very, very subtle character, however, but it's what sets it apart—mostly this falls squarely in "generic IPA" territory.
Taste is light, nutty and clear, with a mild bitterness through to the back, and a fragrant if slightly muted and stilted hop character. Finish has hints of pine and lavender, giving a clear bite to the aftertaste. Feel is smooth and supple. The taste is, however, quite generic, and it feels slightly flat, as if it has been cut through and dynamically shortened.
A decent brew, but not one of the best IPAs I've had. It just feels a little flatter and more generic. Despite the intrigue promised on the nose, this really ended up being "just another IPA".
08-11-2012 08:22:51 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
Picked up a 6'er while a pizza cooked in the oven and man was this a treat.
Beautiful golden body with a 2" head that left a lot of lacing and retained some head all the way down.
Hops and spice in the aroma, could be a little stronger
Like the smell, a spicey hops bitterness that really hits the spot. I was hoping for a little more kick in the flavor, but it this is a well rounded, long lasting taste. MMMmmm.
Really pleasant in your mouth. It's got a little body to it and the carbonation is really on.
6.7%? You're kidding me. A nicely balanced drink that goes easy and tastes great. Consider for a hophead session.
10-11-2005 23:41:45 | More by tempest
3.7/5 rDev -9.3%
Poured a copper color with a white head that lasted throughout. The nose is hops with some pine and citrus. The beer is smooth and the hops really come through. Very bitter towards the end. I enjoyed it but I don't think I could have more than a couple in one sitting because it's so dry at the end. Not as hoppy as I thought and the bitterness killed it for me. Wanted more hops, less bite.
02-15-2008 00:33:35 | More by barleywinefiend
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
Served on cask at The Brewhouse Grille.
A - Pours clear copper orange with a thin film of white head leaving very little lace down the glass.
S - Smells of plenty of caramel sweetness, some light hop bitterness and some dulled citric fruit. Cask may not be the best serving method for this one, seems to kill some of the usually bright nose.
T - Starts off with a bit of hop bitterness quickly giving way to plenty of sweet caramel malt and a bit of dulled citric fruit. Finish is pretty sweet with a bit of bitterness, not lingering for very long. This one may be a bit old but the cask serving really didn't help much either.
M - Smooth body with a light hoppy feel and moderately low carbonation. It looked dead when it was poured and didn't get much better.
O - I have always enjoyed Hop Devil and while this wasn't the best I have had, this one was no different. Glad I gave it a try but I think I will stick to on-tap for this one.
04-02-2012 18:10:27 | More by orangesol
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
On cask through the handpump at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a dark amber that is a bit hazy. The beer has a wonderful head, especially for cask ale, huge and creamy and off white that leaves some nice lacing. Smells bitter with leafy hops and a rich bitter earthiness, and a touch of grainy sourness. The taste exhibits a nice deep bitterness and an earthy richness as well as a hoppy, creamy finish which is unique to the cask in my estimation. Nice mouthfeel, creamy and dry with a slight graininess. Absolutely delicious, and even better on cask.
02-21-2009 03:57:29 | More by Georgiabeer
4/5 rDev -2%
Review from notes taken on 1/30/10 during a side by side tasting with wild devil.
Brown bottle with a best by date of 2/9/10. Pours an amber color, partially cloudy with a finger of white head and nice lace upon the glass. Faint particles stuck in suspension. Aroma of citrus hops that flows through the taste. Citrus and grass predominent both in smell and taste that finish bitter from the hops. Medium feel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall well done.
03-29-2010 23:53:33 | More by stakem
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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