HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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4.06/5
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HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,638
Reviews:
2,559
Ratings:
7,434
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
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Ratings: 7,434 |  Reviews: 2,559
Photo of Kplummer82
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BUNZILLA
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a 8oz. tasting glass

Appearance : copper color with a nice white foamy head and adequate lacing

Smell : very fragrant hop aromas here. All the aroma you would
except from a beer called HopDevil sweet citrus and evergreen

Taste : lots of hop bitterness and lots or malty sweetness this is a well balanced beer

Mouthfeel : medium bodied brew with medium carbonation

Overall : this is a very pleasant beer easy to drink and refreshing very easy to drink. I would recommend this beer to anyone looking for a mild ipa

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Photo of ljbonadonna92
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very malt forward IPA with a hazey copper color and fragrant, almost perfumey hop smell. Little head retention. Overall, good beer. Definitely not outstanding but good.

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Photo of Dillinger
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChuckTom
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sebas
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vendetta
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original Rating Date:
June 26, 2008

Pretty good IPA. Good aroma- earthy, piney. Pretty bitter, not a balanced IPA to say the least. Tastes a bit heavier than other IPAs, little bit of dark toastiness in here. Overall pretty good, but I expected better from the ratebeer rating. I enjoyed it but will probably stick to Stone and Dogfish Head.

Rerated:
August 27, 2008

Could have been stuck with a bad batch, tried this beer again and it impressed me more.

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Photo of Elneely88
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigGold
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had, poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped enjoy by: "18 OCT 2015," into tulip. An early example of the American IPA, HopDevil still holds up well today.

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Photo of lost_sailor
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of windypete
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rvisual
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Label said "Enjoy by 9 August 2015" . Purchased and I "enjoyed" on 22 August 2015.
Not a bad IPA but I see no reason to buy it again. Give me Sculpin or 60 Minute IPA any day.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this back from my busines travels. I thought my wife would like it, as well. More of a redish appearance than most IPAs. Great hoppy aroma. Taste didn't have that pine resin thing goingon like so many west coast IPAs. A bit of a creamy taste and finish. Kind of a Nugget Nectar thing. Maybe it's the PA water.

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Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaradog
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Visual: One finger loosely packed head that dissipates quickly. Beautiful clear amber color that absolutely glows when you hold it up to the light.

Aroma: Grapefruit, apricot, and I also get a little hint of the smell that most Belgian beers have (not sure what it is called). I’m picking up a hint of bready malt in there as well. Not bad, but not knocking me over with hop aroma either.

Taste: More malt on the front end than what I expected. And really, I don’t pick up very much hops until the finish which comes in with a thin yet harsh wave of bitter. I feel like there is something there that plays to the middle sides of the tongue, however every time I roll it over the sides, it immediately starts to fizz up which distracts from the taste. By the way I pick up a Black Tea aftertaste on the exhale.

Mouth Feel: If I keep this beer running straight down the center of my palette then it feels good, reasonably wet and the taste is just … plain. If I roll it around it fizzes up something terrible and goes really dry; yes more tastes come out but they are overshadowed by the fizziness.

Drink-ability: I could try to extract out and find as much flavor as possible and end up completely disappointed because I can’t get the beer to hit on all cylinders. Either it goes fizzy and dry but tries to present its flavor, or it goes down quick and smooth with only average flavor… certainly nothing impressive enough to live up to its name and label.

Impressions: I’m just not impressed. I think this beer is unbalanced to a point where it can’t live up to its potential. As far as I’m concerned, I have to believe this is a work in progress, and that the brewers are still perfecting the formula. The hops are definitely in there, but they constantly have to fight to be noticed. Yes I would buy it again. Yes I would enjoy it. But I still think something is keeping this beer from living up to its true potential. Maybe it was nearing its end of life... it only has two more days left on its Best By date.

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Photo of Nishriver
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FLima
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Initially tropical fruity aroma but then fades away to piney with toasted malts. Hints of resin and caramels.
Good bitter taste of grapefruit mostly offset by sweet punch of toasted malts. Notes of pine, caramels and condiments. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation.
Good IPA, full of character, being very malty and bitter, and still easy to drink. Victory did a good job balancing strong flavors.

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Photo of Ryan4120
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BLZR
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ffejherb
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Victory Brewing Co.

A - Hazy orange body with traces of red, copper and rust. Large, two-finger creamy white head that fully diminished. Beautiful lacing decorated the glass as I drank. This beer looked absolutely amazing when it was served!

S - Moderate bready maltiness in the nose with a fairly heavy perfumy hop aroma and some cask wood. Not quite as hoppy in the nose as I had anticipated.

T - Initial flavor was moderately bitter, followed by an average finish. Much better on cask that in the bottle! Overall, not as hoppy as I was expecting. Hops are definitely more floral than citrus.

M - Medium body with a very creamy texture and virtually no carbonation. This brew felt amazing in the mouth. Cleaner, more creamy mouthfeel and not quite as bitter as the bottled version. Not very sticky for an IPA, but very creamy.

D - Fantastic cask offering from Victory! I could drink one or two of these on every visit to Victory. This is an all-around fantastic IPA that is so much better on cask.

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sort of rust-orange. Head builds up nicely to about an inch and subsides to a lasting cap that leaves traces down the glass.

It smells hoppy--not a whole lot else to say; the aromas are a little floral and strongly citrusy. In the mouth it makes good on its promise, hops all over the place, although not so aggressive as to be off-putting. Citric and floral notes are joined by a grassy undertone, while the alcohol comes through with warmth and a bit of spiciness. There's some bready yeast as well; as the beer warms, the bitterness takes on sort of a tea-like flavor, with an aftertaste that might be a bit too lingeringly bitter for my taste. The mouthfeel is great, very chewy and with a nice body.

This has sort of a quintessential (to my mind) IPA flavor, strongly hoppy and interesting. I'd definitely have another, and I wish I could have had one with lunch today (some great Indian food).

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Photo of umtox
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark golden amber. Exceptional head retention.

S: Malt, light bitterness from the hops with a touch of dry citrus. Malty undertones.

T: Malty upfront, with increasing bitterness and a pleasant dry finish. A great effort in this category from Victory.

M: Exceptional crispness that is maintained from the start to finish.

D: Powerful and biting, but the crispness would likely mask the typical weight in the belly that is produced by IPAs, so I would not be afraid to pull two.

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Photo of gryffilion
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance-wise, this poured a little haze. Medium amber in color, with a small head that dissipated to lace rather quickly. On the nose, it has a spicy citrus character. The hops were definitely immediately apparent. I found that the palate had a very pleasant hoppy character without being too bitter. However, the finish had a somewhat bready, malty character that made me think this bottle might have been a tad stale. The feel was very pleasant--a nice, crisp bite with no apparent flaws.

Overall this was a very pleasant beer and remains a staple of my everyday-drinking IPA lineup.

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Photo of thekanna
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Teaism in Penn Quarter, Washington D.C.

Appearance: Nice bright orange copper with a thin layer of white foam to cap it off.

Smell: Clean and fresh. Slight citrus notes in the background; like well done dishes, but without the soap taste.

Taste: Wow, this is like a hop slap in the face. Rather, someone put hops in a cannon and shot you in the face with them. The characteristic flavor of hops (lychee, longan, a couple other tropical fruits...) is strong with this one. Bitter bite tops it off.

Overall: If you like the flavor of hops, this is the way to go. Nice, refreshing beer that can cut through practically anything. Like paint thinner... FOR YOUR MOUTH.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled
Burnished bronze body with fleeting white foaming white head
Real hop heavy aroma like mashed hops or week old grass cuttings kept moist
Marmalade on rye toast flavour
Good but not great

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,434 ratings