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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,305 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5305
Reviews: 2355
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%


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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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: cask

06-26-2005 14:18:06 | More by weeare138
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had not had this beer in some time, but saw it on tap at the Judge's Bench last night, and figured why not.

The beer pours a rich copper color, with pretty good head retention and lacing. This beer really doesn't look like an IPA, but it sure smells and tastes like one. On the nose, I get some light bitterness and pepper, with a hint of underlying malt. The beer smells as if it will be on the dry side, which in fact it is. On the palate, the beer is a little heavy handed in the malt department, but there's pleny of hoppy bitterness to balance it. In fact, I think the excellent balance in this beer is probably its best feature. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is very good. The finish is relatively dry with the alcohol very well disguised.

While nothing exciting, this is still a good solid IPA, one that is very easy to drink with relatively low alcohol. Unfortunately, there are just too many better IPA's on the market these days, for me ever drink this on more then an occasional basis. Nevertheless, this is still a solid IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2009 14:48:48 | More by johnmichaelsen
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plaid75

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resinous citric and piney hop and not much else.

The taste was upfront raw spicy hops. Biting citrus and pine flavors dominated. Solid grainy malt as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty hop driven ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 17:57:46 | More by plaid75
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown/red, thick off white head forms, lots of lacing and good retention, head lasts until the end. Smell is sweet and malty, lots of toffee, but with nice floral/pine hops, good balance. Taste is sweet toffee, some grains, lots of floral hops, little bit of pine, clean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Great IPA, superb balance, easy drinking. Thanks for the bottle DrJay/or Dan.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 22:16:29 | More by Viggo
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an overrated IPA from the East Coast. Its not bad, but boy, is it overrated. I think this is probably middle of the road at best for a California IPA.

Something weird about Victory's hoppy beers (this one and Hop Wallop). . . they seem more like English IPAs with a higher amount of hops. Rather than the usual hop character used out West, these ones seem to just load up on whatever Euro style hops (E. Kent goldings, Hallertau, Saaz) as opposed to some of the higher alpha acid hops out West.

Beer looks decent, nice amber goldness, smells like a minimal hop bouquet of some of those other hops, taste dissapates too quickly. Just expected more from the label and reputation.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 00:22:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a slight head. Nice pungent/oily/flowery mix in the aroma. This is a decent brew. Pretty solid caramel malt backing. Good hop flavor, but again, I'd prefer more bitterness. Easy drinking for an IPA. There's no signature taste here that really stands out. This is another IPA that everybody else seems to die for and I just think it is plain good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2002 23:13:01 | More by Bighuge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear apple-cherry color with a foamy 1 finger beige head that displayed excellent retention through most of the drink. A nice sheet lacing was left behind.

S: The nose yielded bright citrus, light pine and dry grapefruit.

T: sweet and citrusy with pine with a dry flowery hopping. There was a huge, dry munich malt backbone and dry hopping in the middle of the palate. On the finish was dried grapefruit, dry flowers with a good carbonation bite. Overall a very nice, dry flowery hopping that coats the tongue with bittering success.

M: a medium fullness and creminess with a nice carbonation presence.

D: A great citrusy and dry flowery hopped ipa backed by an equally huge dry toasted munich backbone makes this a standout. Leaves your tongue dry and anxious for the next sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 16:18:14 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Somewhat cloudy dark gold/orange in hue. A nice head appears and retention is good. Leaves behind some spotty lacing.

S. Some earthy hops and some malt.

T. Absolutely splendid. Alot going on here as well. Floral hops in the forefront with a caramel malt backbone that is very delicious. Despite being an IPA, this is not overly hoppy. Very well balanced indeed.

M. Medium bodied, perfect level of carbonation. Smooth and delightful to the palate.

D. Very drinkable despite the high ABV. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 15:19:03 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It had been a while since I tried this beer, so it seemed like a good place to start on my first trip to the Victory brewpub since moving to the area (yesterday). And how was I going to say no to it on cask?

It produced superb, thick rings of lace and was a rich amber colour, but a little on the murky side. The grapefruit aroma was very pronounced and a little sharp compared to what I remember from the bottled version. The same grapefruit character was in the flavour as well, along with a very solid, caramel, malty backbone to balance the ample bitterness. It felt very full in the mouth as well - I was a little surprised since many beers I've tried on cask seem a little thinned out without the extra carbonation. Overall, quite excellent! I'm sure the guys back in Toronto will be jealous.

Serving type: cask

04-24-2006 02:12:54 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Trappeze in Athens.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of moderately grainy caramel malts with good amounts of floral and light pine hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by pine hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors turn more earthy as the spruce notes fade, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was expecting more of this beer after having Hop Wallop a few times but the hops were surprisingly faint. A nice beer but not worth seeking out.

Serving type: cask

08-16-2010 03:57:01 | More by glid02
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The appearance is simply fantastic. The beer appears transparent and amber / orange in color, with nearly two inches of dense, creamy head that coats the glass with a thick sheet of lacing.

The aroma brings a balance of hops and malts, along with some toasted notes.

The flavor is tangy and bitter, with malt in the driver seat more so than hops. Very fresh, crisp and clean on the palate, as this growler was just filled. While I appreciate balance and realize that a beer doesn't have to be over the top to be a good brew, HopDevil just lacks the hop presence required by the style.

The feel is decent enough, but I find myself distracted by the hop to malt ratio.

Overall, a middle of the road offering. There are many better IPAs that are easily accessible.

Serving type: growler

04-01-2011 00:29:07 | More by Huhzubendah
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Yorgo's in Lancaster PA -served chilled in a pint. I thought I reviewed before, but alas this is my first...

A - Brilliant copper/fiery amber w/ an inch of beige capping the ipa which settles quickly and clings like a sheet as lace. The clarity is very good and the ale has a very fine bead.

S - Nice aroma of hops which are of American origin and subtle malt sweet note. The nose hints as yeast which is almost meaty with its intensity

M - A mild acidity up front and the bitterness is on par for the style. The carbonation is med high and sweetness restrained with only mild malt texture

T - A malt note begins and the taste of American hops (not too bitter but not too tame) a yeasty flavor which has a mild bready taste and the hops seem to exhibit a pine flavor as it warms. The alcohol is evident in the taste as the hop bitterness is fresh like chewing on a pellet, but lacks flavor and just seems bitter without depth. The carbonation makes it hard to enjoy the malt since it overtakes it mostly.

D- A nice IPA, but seems middle of the road in the popular saturated IPA market currently. The beer is drinkable, yes - but not my first choice if I want an American IPA. I think it represents the style well, though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 13:13:36 | More by Slatetank
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Gusler

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It’s been almost a year since I sampled this “Elixir of Life”, and Victory is in my top 10 all time favorite breweries, just so damn many fine beers, and only one mouth.

An unclouded deep amber to copper color as it mellows away in my glass, the head portly in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a beauteous light tan with the resultant lace a satin like sheet to cover the glass. The rich aroma of the hops, crisp and fresh with a sweet malt backing, what a treat for the senses, start is rich in malt, sweet with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is peacefully acidic, the hops masterful in their spiciness, dry as a desert bone aftertaste that takes the hops till the very last drop, one damn fine brewery, one double damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 00:48:40 | More by Gusler
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz received from seanpachefddfa and the East Coast Beer Tour LIF.... poured into my shaped SA glass. thanks Sean.

2 finger head disappears quickly.... no lacing.. descent cap.. brew is a hop hazed sunset orange.

aroma is fairly muted.. some citrus and spicy hops are noted.. but there is quite a bit of malt going on here.

fairly bitter out of the gate melts into the thick pale and light caramel malts... hop flavors are a pithy grapefruit.. resinous yet earthy hoppiness.. body is pretty standard for an AIPA.. so is the carbonation... finish is long and fairly harsh bitterness.

Not bad.. just not great.. seems sorta one dimensional.

Thanks again Sean!

3.5/3.5/3.5/4/3.5

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 07:19:37 | More by JohnGalt1
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Brad007

Vermont

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a decent reddish-copper color with a one-finger head that quickly fades.

Aroma: Smooth and very hoppy on the nose. Malty too.

Taste: Starts off smooth and malty and then the hop bitterness kicks in with mild citrusy notes. It's smooth and not overly bitter. Feels balanced on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Decent hop bitterness. Good malt backbone.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for an IPA. It does remind me a bit much of an APA but the hop bitterness alone makes up for that.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 19:39:04 | More by Brad007
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Enjoy by Aug 29th 2011, we shall do so hence forth.

A nice big off white finger head that is slightly soapy and has some pretty good sized bubbles. Body is a basic clear amber getting more into dark brown with some very tiny small rising carbonation from the bottom. Simple, and good looking with next to nothing for lacing.

Bouquet is just standard and solid. Muted but noticeable hop presence that has a kind of malt dryness. Some type of dry grain powdery malt sensations, but with an almost grassy feeling left behind.

Taste is good bodied, somewhat syrupy but all the taste and flavor is in the aftertaste and finish, and it's quite enjoyable. Great baked brown dough bread and spiced hop, slowly building on the swallow. Repeated sips bring out some orange, but then the swallow still brings the lingering aromatics. Big but not overpowering, dry, with a husky sense almost.

This will do in a pinch it's quite tasty and I never seem to complain if there is any to go around. Seems like now was a good time to giving it some thought.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 22:31:40 | More by smakawhat
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: cask

02-21-2009 03:57:29 | More by Georgiabeer
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sierra Nevada Tulip Glass

Pours a 1 and 1/2 finger creamy and fizzy yellowish-cream colored head. Great retention and amazing lace walls! This really makes the beer look excellent. Solid flow of carbonation bubbles from the etching. Color is clear dark ruby/golden bronze.

Aroma: I really pick up the bready malts here. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. Floral hops stand out the most. The citrus level is fairly low for an IPA. This is a fairly solid IPA.

Taste: the floral hops are not as pronounced here. There seems to be more fresh earthy hops mixed in. The same bready malts are here. A little booze shines through. ALso there is a mixture of citrus present.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. The booze shines through after left in the mouth for a while. Medium bodied. Medium level of carbonation as well. Leaves a mouth full of floral hops for an aftertaste. Very sticky and dry.

Overall, this was a good IPA for a change. Normally it is all of these DIPAs that are coming out and I hardly drink regular IPAs, so it was nice to get to have one of these. A really good representation to the style and worth a try. I will drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 21:24:03 | More by mothman
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 5/22/2012. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with awesome retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. A fair amount of soapy lacing down the glass, with some carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, caramel, biscuit, orange, and a touch of toasted malt. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, pine, floral, caramel, biscuit, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, biscuit, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Very nice malt backbone to balance it out, but still has plenty of bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable at 6.7%, with hardly any alcohol warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a fantastic IPA; with great balance, drinkability, and great spicy/citrus hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 07:44:13 | More by superspak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber in color with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white to light beige head that reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: The smell starts with some light caramel malt sweetness but is quickly dominated by the citrus hops, pine/resin hops, and some very light yeast spices.

T: In the taste the hops dominate, first with the grapefruit + citrus flavors and then followed by the pine/resin flavors. There is a light presence of yeast spiciness (mostly pepper) and a lasting bitterness on the tongue.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly coats the inside of your mouth.

O: As good as I remember this beer from the early 2000s, it has really stood up through the test of time (and that was when there were not a lot of aggressively hoppy beers being produced on the East Coast). The beer has nice balance and complexity and is very enjoyable. Might be a little too intense for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 12:32:20 | More by dbrauneis
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bronze (a little darker than the average IPA), with an off-white head. There's a little retention & lace.

S: Mostly citrus and pine, with a little sweet malt in the background.

T: Lots of American hop flavour here, but it's a nice blend (citrus, floral & pine with a little earth in the aftertaste). There seems to be an underlying malt sweetness, but this ones certainly balanced to the bitter side. Quite refreshing, and I wouldn't have suspect the alcohol was this high.

M: Moderate body is a little oily & acidic. Moderate carbonation has a prickly, thirst-quenching feel.

D: As long as you like American hops, this is very drinkable. The alcohol content will catch up to you though!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 23:28:53 | More by Derek
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ccrida

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an impy pint glass, Hop Devil is clear copper with a tight, creamy khaki head that is long lasting, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is softer floral, citrus hops, fairly spicy.

Taste very well balanced for a big IPA, my favorite thing about this beer, which I've had many, many times. I really like how floral the hops are, big but subdued at the same time, a much different hop profile then the pine/grapefruit combo I've become so accustomed to here in the NW. Smooth semi-sweet malt is countered by a very firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel oily, with a medium-light body.

Drinkability is high. Hop Devil keeps it smooth while still delivering a very sophisticated hop fix, with almost no indication of the robust ABV. This is so anti-west coast, I love it! Brings but great memories of my 10 years in Pittsburgh.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 02:16:43 | More by ccrida
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dirtylou

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bought a 6 pack at Brawleys in Charlotte

appearance: hazy copper with a foam white head and impressive lacing

smell: mmm, hops. a bouquet of floral citrus hops backed by sweet malty aromas. dominated by beautiful hops

taste: a brilliant hop profile...not terribly bitter due to a nice balancing effect from the sweet malts. tangerine citrus flavors dominate the tongue

mouthfeel: nice carbonation, medium body, oily hop feel

drinkability: as is the case with many hoppy ipa's i like to enjoy them 1 or 2 at a time

victory is an exceptional brewery, too bad their stuff isn't available in Wisco. Hop Devil is my kind of IPA and I will look for this stuff when home in NC

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 03:05:11 | More by dirtylou
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beertunes

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear copper color with a head that was just off-white and had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was nicely balanced between the hops and malt, with traces of pine, citrus and floral notes all apparent. The flavor was very similar and had many of the same features, with a nice dry finish.

The body was very good, smooth and nicely coating without being overly sticky. Drinkability was also very good, for a hoppy beer it goes down smoothly and having several is a joy.

Overall, a very good example of the style that is certainly worth your time.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2010 20:18:24 | More by beertunes
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a pretty sanguine amber color with a medium and clingy off-white head. Nice lacing throughout. Aroma is heady floral hops. Medium-bodied and crisp with a near-perfect level of hops in the flavor. There is a hint of citrus (lemon/grapefruit) and grass as well. The finish falls off just a little toward the end but overall this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2003 14:19:16 | More by Dogbrick
Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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