HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,533 Reviews
HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 2,533 | Ratings: 7,338
Photo of Czequershuus
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a rich amber with an average head. The aroma is dank and resinous, with pine, cannabis, caramel, and grapefruit pith. The flavor is much the same, dominated by resinous flavors of pine and cannabis, and highlighted by bitter grapefruit peel. The bitterness is nice and high, and well contrasted by malt. The mouthfeel is full, rich, and sticky. Overall this is a true classic IPA, with sticky, rich, piney flavors.

 430 characters

Photo of ordybill
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at Taco Mac in Peachtree City. The appearance is a slightly cloudy copper color with a medium sized off-white colored head. The aroma is citrus hops. The taste is similar to the nose, citrus and some slight malt in the background. An excellent IPA.

 297 characters

Photo of Hackattack
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The above ratings on this IPA are right on with my assessment. I only wish this was a choice where I get my beer. This was a gift from my beer distributor bro' . Hint, hint.

 176 characters

Photo of Matthew630
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from the bottle.

L: Pours Light amber with a slight head and visible carbonation rising up
S: Very bright and citrusy aroma, a little bit a malt
T/F: Very smooth with some sweetness and bready taste with a lingering bitterness. Some pine in the front with pretty solid carbonation

Overall a very solid beer, it is very easy to drink and does not bash you on the head with lots of bitterness, something that is often overdone in this style. Would gladly drink again.

 492 characters

Photo of EMV
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had many times... this particular tasting was poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish tulip. I've always been a fan of the devil du hops artwork.

L: Clear copper/caramel pour. Thin off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Rich and biscuity grains... pungent pine, grapefruit, and herbal hops.

T/F: Follows the nose. Caramel malts and grains which lead to a big bitter hop profile. Grapefruit and pepper... resinous pine, and a bit herbal. Very assertive... reminds me of baking. Medium body and solid carbonation. Finish is spice and pepper which lingers on the palate.

O: One of my first favorite IPA's, and just as good now with a belated re-visit. I tend to hit Dirtwolf more frequently but you can't go wrong by hitting up the classics. This was the beer that made sitting at Phillies games a joy.

 815 characters

Photo of trygelski1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Roundabout Brewing tulip glass:

Look: Pours an amber color with about an inch of head. Lacing is present with decent retention.

Smell: Very strong malt backbone with some sweetness present on the aroma with citrus and hops present as well.

Taste: Notes of citrus and pine are present but I wish there was more. Sweet malty finish along with some bready notes. Definitely not the hop devil as the label indicates.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Very solid IPA from Victory. Wish this had a bit less sweetness and malt and more hops so this could be the devil as the label indicates. I would definitely pick this up again though and consume.

 675 characters

Photo of Bluecrow
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-deep amber, clear pour. Aroma is pine hop. Strong hop punch is paired with a rich malt back. The finish is clean and there are no off-notes, a solid IPA.

 154 characters

Photo of drgonzo767
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Is it unfair I ultimately knock this for untruth in advertising? Because I do. To me, "hop devil" says blast you in the damn face with hops, and this does not. Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Looks beautiful. Amber red, full head. Nice lacing as I drink it.

Smells of malt, and in fact a nice sophisticated malt smell, light hops, there's some biscuit in there but what do I know, I have slight cold.

As a dedicated hop head, here is my beef: to me the malt is much stronger than the hop. Now, that's wonderful if you don't call your beer HOP DEVIL. It's a very light hop and citrus balanced with the malt. Call it something else and I would be raving about it. Twenty years ago and I would be raving about it. But today you kind of expect something else when promised the Lord of Darkness Himself of hops. That's why I have to knock down the overall score, it is not what is promised, although it is very good as a beer in and of itself.

Feel is about right. It's lightly carbonated, slight oil and dryness on the finish. I could drink six of these. Refreshing.

Again, I temper this review with my thoughts on the name. I don't think that is unfair. A real hop head will not be getting what they think they are with a name like that. But this is a damn fine beer, very balanced, very drinkable, very satisfying. I would drink this again, and I would drink a six pack of this. Just know what you are getting and you will pleased: a very balanced almost malt heavy AIPA.

 1,501 characters

Photo of ricke49
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had forgotten how well balanced this eastern style IPA from Victoty was. Malt finish is near perfect and a nice change of pace from West Coast style I typically find available in Oregon. Balance adds a richness to the taste/feel of this fine IPA

 247 characters

Photo of Chasegator
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look- Dark golden to amber with a light tan head
Smell- Hops and citrus with a nice malt and wheat complement
Taste- Complex. Hops are balanced out with a sweet malty finish.
Feel- Light-Medium bodied despite color and malty finish.
Overall- Fantastic beer. The hoppy citrus flavor is balanced out by a sweet malty finish. Definitely worth a try and could be a go to brew.

 372 characters

Photo of Beers-es
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a finger of off-white foam. Smell and taste is what you'd call balanced--spicy hops in equal proportion with sweeter malts. I first had this back in the late nineties when it seemed like a more radical brew. It's still good though.

 257 characters

Photo of Ant777uk
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Malty aroma with some apricottyness coming through also...

Complex taste with multiple layers...an initial malty bitterness followed by a more fruity orange peel and apricotty bitterness.

Very good overall balance, works well

 227 characters

Photo of Vetbidder
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my go to IPA's. Victory is our most well known Micro here in the Philly area. Like the smell of this beer. It's got the citrus but there is a more malty smell mixed in here. Not the bitter devil you might think, the taste has some citrus with a nice malt balance with some very slight bitterness. Feel is quite carbonated with a wet lingering citrus/malt taste.

 368 characters

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty decent. A bit flat but nice carmel/malt tones with a copper appearance. Nothing that jumps out to say "wow" but quality is evident. Not sure if this is the same as the Hop Devil Ale which is also on BeerAdvocate, but seemingly gets much better reviews. Hmmmmm....

 272 characters

Photo of DaneBramage
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1 per bottle on clearance at my local shop.

A: Dark amber to copper.
S: Citrusy, grapefruit and orange. Hints of pine.
T: Citrusy and hoppy, but not overly so on either. Hints of malt.
F: Smooth with a very citrusy, smooth aftertaste, not bitter at all.
O: A really easy-drinking IPA that goes down well on a warm afternoon. A steal for the price.

 362 characters

Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

An excellent ipa, but try their Dirt Wolf if you are after a richer Dipa and want a worthy substitute to some much higher priced and more difficult to procure beers like those of VT.

 182 characters

Photo of q33jeff
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Grapefruit, Orange Peel, hops, hops hops.Dark Yellow/Orange.Nice strong hoppy, but drinkable beer.
Citizens Bank Park, Diamond Club, Bottom of the 3rd: Phils 3, Cards 2.

Bottle to Chilled PIlsner glass, Red Robin.

 244 characters

Photo of bdaggett
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark Amber look with a small head.
Really nice malt to support the hop flavors on this guy. Plenty of hops and citrus flavor that is not overwhelming at all. A really nice balance overall. The malt was much more prominent than I expected, but I was not disappointed.

 277 characters

Photo of bravedave232323
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Ah, Lucifer, how I have missed you.

As I drink this sassy IPA once again, this beer reminds me of... believe it or not, a chihuahua.

This beer has the label, promise, and attitude of a dangerous bite of hops. Although this is not a nuclear explosion of hops as expected, this is a phenomenal IPA.

An attractive amber, ever so slightly cloudy/red pour, a minimally discolored pretty head rests at one inch or less.

This beer has a respectable citrus kick that immediately floods the mouth. You feel the intensity that tries to breath through. It's not quite the devil that it proclaims, but still a taste that leaves you smacking your lips and reathing through the mouth to enjoy the strong hop accents that try to punch through this bold, summery (and dare I say..playful?) IPA.

It has the attitude and initial punch of a triple IPA, but quickly forgives with citrus and summer character. One of my favorites.

 915 characters

Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap at chickie and Peres in Philadelphia airport. 2 finger head that disappeared fairly quick.

Initial taste was wondering whether it was an IPA because I did not detect very strong citrus hoppy flavor. Very well balanced with nothing specific standing out.

I like it. Very very drinkable.

 310 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A darker than average color appearance for an ipa, this one even seems to have a little bit of light brown/tan color with burnt copper. The head is less than 1/3". The aroma doesn't pop. Seems like a lager bill hopping.

A good amount of toffee/caramel like malt impressions. The hops just aren't cutting it though given the label and beer name. If you wanna go malty, this might be up your alley.

 404 characters

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Appearance: dark copper, with a slightly reddish tint in different lights. Pours a plenty thick head, with an off white color to it. Lots and lots of sticky lacing while drinking. The body is mostly translucent; maybe a touch of haze to it.

Aroma: kind of disappointing....some bitter hops, some malty sweet notes, maybe a smidgeon of citrus underneath. Definitely more of a "classic" IPA in its scent.

Taste: thankfully, this beer hasn't aged badly at all despite not being en vogue at the moment. Packs tons of hop complexity and is perfectly balanced and delicious. Begins lightly sweet, with some nice citrusy and dank notes, and finishes piny and bitter. Moderate malt backbone doesn't overwhelm or over-sweeten the beer.

Feel: silky smooth and full-bodied for a less than 7% IPA, this drinks super nice.

Overall: everyone reminisces about how this was their go-to before the recent hop haze and juice revolution, but this beer is still fantastic.

 1,003 characters

Photo of thebeers
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For years, this was my go-to beer. Remember being blown away by the hops when I first tried it at Bob and Barbara's in Philly around year 2000. Today, it's not all that outrageous, but you've got to respect your elders and appreciate the classics.

Pours a nice copper color with an off-white head that leaves decent lacing. What I get in the aroma these days is actually a wallop of malty sweetness, but there's fairly grapefruit-ish, earthy hops in there, too. These hops continue to the taste, with a strong malt balance, that's somewhat nutty in character. Medium to heavy bodied for an IPA.

What can I say? The newcomers have surpassed it in the decades that have followed, but this is still a damn good beer. Thank you, Victory.

 742 characters

Photo of billysdad
2.16/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Disappointed. Dank. Flat. Not enough hops. I'm sort of a Philly guy. Looked for years w/envy at Victory's rep/price. When I tried it, really bad compared to west coast hoppy IPAs. Maybe fresher it's better, but due to my location, why is a west coast IPA fresher than a Philly IPA?

 281 characters

Photo of laketang
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12 oz. bottle marked best by oct. 2016
clear amber, tan head, frothy
estery bouquet, earthy sweet tones, not very pungent
real smooth hop bitterness.very subtle hop flavor
good medium mouthfeel, clean finish, not long

 231 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,338 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.