HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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:
#2,838
Reviews:
2,565
Ratings:
7,467
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
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Ratings: 7,467 |  Reviews: 2,565
Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Deep amber hue. Plenty of bubbly carbonation clings to the sides of the glass. Pours about a half finger, foamy, white head. Lingers for awhile in that state. Plenty of persistent lacing.

S: Malty baked Italian bread, lots o' hop, a little woody, and a subtle floral scent.

T: Hoppy... really hoppy. Bitter, piney hop bite, with a woody or nutty tone, and just a hint of fresh flora. A little butterscotch makes an appearance in there, too.

M: Dry and bitter. Mouth puckering hop bite.

D: Slow drinker. The bitter bite dictates it.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice color tone, foamy head, carbonation, substantial lacing. Nose is a great combiation of malt and hops... a little uncharacteristic. Nicely thrown in there is an indistinct nutty or woody tone and a heavy floral character. Hops rule the day. It's bitter, piney, with some nut, butterscotch, and fresh flora. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours amber-gold, with rosy highlights. The beer has a thick, foamy cream head that sustains while drinking. Smells of cream and hops, smoke and toffee. Taste is slightly sour, with sweet malty overtones. The beer has dominant hoppy notes, and some peppery characteristics. The spice is present in the aftertaste, and the finish is smooth and creamy. Light hops are consistent throughout the beer, helping to balance the other flavors. Smooth and easy to drink, and the low ABV allows for multiple follow-ups without doing too much damage.

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

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

Pours a slightly cloudy deep copper color with a thin off white head that leaves some lace on the sides. Aroma hits you with hops; pine and grapefruit, but there's also some malt in the background, a bit of caramel. Taste assaults the the taste buds with hops, much like the smell. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected and is a bit dry in the finish, no lingering hops on the palette. Great brew, not as hoppy as some out there, but certainly very drinkable. I taste no alcohol and could easily drink to many of these.

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

The mythical HopDevil resides in the lore of farmers...

Appearance: Almost an amber tinge. The head has plenty of fluff on the pour and stays relatively strong through out.

Smell: Ahhh. After a month of drinking Natural Light (financial hardship) this brings me back to what beer really smells like. Solid Hop goodness. Lacking the pine scent that I love though.

Taste: Very well balanced. The Hops come through strong, but not overpoweringly. The malt is present on the tip of the tounge.

A very strong example of an IPA. Not the best I've had, but nothing to sneeze at.

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Photo of tut2528
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a ruby and rust mixture that has moderate transparency. the pour creates about 1/2 fingers worth of head with minimal lacing.

S: a sweet malt backbone and piney hops are complemented by grapefruit, mango, and orange peel and a slight touch of bread/biscuit.

T: similar to the nose, but the hops really are the dominant character here. still pick up on the bread/biscuit, big grapefruit, slightly tangy orange and mango, dry finish.

M: medium bodied but there is some lightness to it as well. it leaves a bold hop bitterness on the palate with a slight piney feel to it as well.

O: solid brew all the way around. wish there was a bit more balance with the bitterness and the tropical fruits. but overall its solid.

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

The aroma of oranges and caramel was different than what I usually smell had me intrigued right off the bat. Neither of them overpowering the other like they are in some kind of perfect harmony. I found the darkish orange color of it interesting too. Yeah, such a shade is expected in an IPA but there is something a little more eye catching about it here.
It's bitter but not that way too much pucker, the taste of lemon peel and caramel letting it go down smooth. The hops linger leaving a nice little twang in the mouth once it's down the throat but not anything shouting too loud "I'm 6.7% abv" the way a bunch of others do. Nice medium body...not too fizzy nor too oily. The only complain I have is the name Hop Devil itself. After all it's got a hop bud fancied as a devil's face on the label. Off the name alone I was expecting something a bit more over the top and maybe a belly ache/esophagus fire the next day like a Two Hearted Ale (which are a treat once every few month or so but I still would prefer not get stuck with entirely for an evening cuz after a few they fall under the "a bit too much" category for me) or the "This rules but where is the fine line between it and barley wine?" thing of Hop Slam (Yeah...I realize I used tow different things Bell's makes as my reference point. Hey! I'm Michigan born and raised! Homeland pride brothers and sisters!!!) at first and that was what I was prepared for. I don't feel let down at all that this is a bit more mellow than that...An almost perfect mellow as a matter of fact....A mellow that I can share with friends who are even of the too much persuasion as well as those that like the bite. No matter the season either. There's something about the way these guys do things (though I'm gonna wait til the colder months roll in before I try their Storm King Stout) where I have to say Victory does it again!!!

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Photo of dfuller
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice IPA light brown with a thin head and little lacing to speak of.

Smell: A bit cleaner than you'd expect for an IPA of this strength. A few notes of roasted nuts come through.

Taste: Hop heavy, as the name obviously implies. This is an unpretentous beer, so I can forgive it for its complete lack of balance. This is supposed to be a hop-hitter and it certainly lives up to that. Sweeter and less bitter than your typical hophead feature, but that's about all there is to add.

Mouthfeel: The sharp bitterness of the hops dominates as you'd expect. Still, light in body for an IPA.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable on a hot day. This beer would hold up well against some spicy food and sweating-hot weather.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into tulip glass.

A - Poured an amber color with orange hues. The pour produced a nice tan head of foam that subsided into a film of small spotty bubbles, random scatterings of lacing clung to the glass throughout.

S - Hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit with slight bits of alcohol pushing up the rear.

T - Very floral with hints of citrus and pine. Finishes off with a bitter hoppy bit and some alcohol warmth and a slightly metallic/soapy taste.

MF&D - Medium bodied, but not quite as oily or clingy as I would have liked. A definite notch below N.N. or 90min IPA, but overall a quality ale worth checking out.

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

Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Phocion
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber with a frothy beige head with amazing retention. Exactly what I expect an IPA to look like... so far, so good.

The nose is dominated by the aromas of grapefruit and orange. A hint of spiciness as well, and although I can't definitely place it I want to say coriander. Surprisingly heavy malts as well, with a whiff of heavy caramel hiding right behind the citric hops.

Very earthy flavor. The hops are somewhat disappointing for an IPA and along with a toasted malt taste my mouth is filled with an almost burnt aftertaste.

Clean and dry mouthfeel with healthy carbonation. It's not bad and it's better balanced than most IPAs, but when I buy a bottle with a picture of a demonic hop flower on the front I expect a bit more in the way of bitterness. Still, I won't have a problem finishing off the sixer.

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Photo of juhl31
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-it's got that newer, undefinitional (yup!) IPA color. auburn/dark gold. smaller white head and takes a bit to see through

-good mix of hops and malt. a bit piney, a bit floral

-big pine hop taste which leads to a pine malt taste as well. some dark caramel melts into the back as well

-pretty thick for an IPA. the carbonation gets a bit bitey towards the end

-i have always enjoyed this beer. i like the pinier style hops a good amount. a nice change of pace IPA. would and have bought repeat 6ers before which says something

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Photo of Seanem44
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Rich copper/orange with a thin off-white head that dissipates into a nice creamy texture,

S: Very pleasant smelling. Fruity with dank hops. Not too overwhelming though. Well balanced.

T: Very hoppy. The fruity smell does not translate over into taste. Lingering bitter after taste with a slight taste of alcohol.

M: Just didn't do a lot for my mouth. It did not make my palate come alive as other IPAs have.

O: A solid IPA. I'd say its on the lower end of the top tier. Does drink very easy for being almost 7% ABV. I'd definitely drink it again, but only if I didn't have better options.

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

On-tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours an amber-red color with a big off-white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Smells of citrus (oranges and grapefruit) and pine. Taste is similar, but with a sharper hop bitterness towards the finish (though not too astringent). Generally light-bodied, with moderate carbonation. A nice and drinkable IPA offering.

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

Pours a dark amber with a more than ample off white head that lingers.
Smell: mainly hops, fruits, and alcohol.

Taste: The hops dominate whole heartedly and it's a very wonderful thing. Bold, spicy, bitter, but not overly bitter. The aftertaste of bitterness doesn't last long either.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, then bittersweet.

I'm pretty impressed with this IPA, but it probably won't be a repeat purchase of mine since I'm not a hop lover.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Devil pours out a golden copper color with a decent foamy white head on it. The head gives off a good lacing down the glass that sticks for just about the entire time you have it. The smell has a wonderful aroma of hops spewing from it. The taste of the beer has an interesting spicy hoppiness to it. There is a light maltiness in the flavor as well but mostly a very strong hop flavor throughout. The mouthfeel was is medium bodied and has a nice stinging on the tongue from the carbonation and hops. Overall it's an impressive IPA and really worth looking into.

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Photo of bigrzman
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copper colored with outstanding head retention. Head is creamy with and it has streaks of tiny carbonation which are consistent. Smells of a crisp hop with a spicy lemony note. Tastes like a lemon rind with a high amount of pilsner malt. Nice dry palate with good hop kick correct for an ipa. I can drink a few over a night nothing to get crazy with.

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

Appearance: Dark amber, good head.

Smell: Citrus, not overpowering, with a kind of sweetness hovering in the background.

Taste: A nice hoppy citrus bite, not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Seemed a little thin to me.

Drinkability: Because of the thin mouthfeel, I could have a few in a sitting if I was willing to deal with the alcohol.

A pretty good IPA, but has never been one of my favorites even though Victory is one of my favorite breweries. Seems kind of thin but has a nice hop kick.

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

a: This was a slightly hazy copper color. It was served to me with a sticky, craggy head.

s: Balanced pretty nicely between to extremes. Big, sweet aromas of brown sugar and caramel. Huge hop notes of resiny pine.

t: Pretty much mirrors the smell. Balanced, but not in a small way.

m: Good body and carbonation, the sweet aftertaste is a little distracting.

d: Used to be one of my favorites, this was my first one in long time. I still like it but I prefer a little less maltiness in my IPAs now.

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Photo of Yancey82
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Picked up a couple single IPAs while at the beer store. This one looked interesting and my buddy has told me about Victory beers. So I purchased for about 2 bucks a bottle and took it home. Poured into a 12 oz. snifter with little to no head. Aroma that I would expect from an IPA and nice appearance. Taste as good but mouthfeel seemed a little dry and off. I could only drink a few of these in a sitting. Should defintely try if your an IPA lover like me.

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

Brick red with an ambery sheen and a smallish beige head, difficult to judge from the English hand-pump pour. Very malty in the nose with lots of toasted grain as well as ripe fruits like cherries and apples that synthesize into a pie-like character. Citric hops combine with dark sugars and an unexpected vanilla note to produce hints of cola. Tastes as it smells, lovely, bready, nutty, and bitter with fruity pear, grape, and grapefruit undertones, a hearty almond flavor and a sharp hop bite. However, it's not so sharp that it cuts through the malts - it mostly just perforates them. A bit thick on the palate, which tips the scales in favor of malty sweetness - this would probably be better served another way so that the carbonation makes more of an impact. Still, a very good quaffer.

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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: Golden Orange Red with 1 finger white head

Smell: citrus, hops, sweet malts,

Taste: piney, citrus, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp, bitter,

Drinkability: a very nice ipa. could definitely drink a few of these.

Cheers,

The CPJ

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,467 ratings