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Hop Devil Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,478 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,478
Reviews: 2,403
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 188
Gots: 698 | 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 MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/22/12 notes. Picked up a bottle of this on Friday at Stateline in MD. 12 oz. bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent reddish amber color with moderate carbonation evident and one finger of fluffy off white head. Light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of fruity malts, pine hops, caramel malts, grapefruit, and citrus hops. Hops are there but not overly strong, and more malts than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, pale malts, caramel malts. taste has more hops than the nose but is still decently malty, and has some lightly bitter to it. A step up from the nose to me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with some light bitterness.

o - Overall a nice IPA, though I was expecting it to be hoppier. A nice mix of hops and malts, and pretty easy to drink. Would give another shot sometime.

Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a frothy off-white head. The aroma is of hops galore. It has a cross between citrousy and floral hops; a very pleasant odor. The taste is outstanding. It has a good balance of pale and crystal malts which give it a nice mild maltiness. There is a wide array of hop additions here which adds to the flavor and it's uniqueness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation; an outstanding beer for hop lovers. This is a great drinking beer with lots of hops.

Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of 11/7/10.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a variety of hop aromas including orange, pine and earth. I also get something that smells like iced tea and some biscuit malt. The flavor is heavy on the citrus, but it is very bitter. I also get some earthy hops and bready malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I have had this beer numerous times and don't remember it being this bitter, but this was also the first time I have sat down in a controlled environment to drink and rate the beer.

Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Gavage
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of orangesol
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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

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.

Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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,
Your reddishness,
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.

Photo of corby112
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/30/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, biscuit, light toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus hop and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit. tangerine, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, biscuit, light toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,478 ratings.