HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

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

Bronze body with a medium-sized head and excellent retention. A bit hazy and very appealing. Very hoppy (obviously) and bitter without the additional sweetness than many of this style have, but very true-to-form. The bitter flavor may slightly hinder the drinkability. Personally, not my favorite in this style but a very well-crafted beer that is sure to please.

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

12 oz. bottle. Pours a copper color with a small off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malts and fairly hoppy, citrus and pine. Flavor is malty, caramel again with a fairly good piney hop bitter finish (which sticks around for a while). Very nicely balanced, crisp, medium bodied. Very, very drinkable.

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

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with, god bless Victory, a friggin' "enjoy by" date. Freaky little portrait of the Swamp Thing on the label.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copperish, burnt-orange hue; fine, one-fingered head; moderate -- albeit scattered -- lacing.

Aroma: Mild notes of malt sweetness smothered under a blanket of citrusy hops.

Taste: A solid, biscuity malt character quickly gives way to a citrusy, floral hop rapist. Aftertaste reverts back to a subdued maltiness.

Mouthfeel: A thick -- almost chewy -- malt body.

Notes: Consumed this after a dark lager and had a good time. Mustard recommends this beer, but cannot support the notion that this is a top twenty-five brew. Good times.

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

victory hopdevil, best by March 25 2011. in mixed from festival, fond.

a 4 clear ruddy amber with an inch of yellowish white foam atop. decents rings of lace are left in its wake, at least at first.

s 3.5 would prefer a much bolder nose in an ipa.

t 3.5-4 soapy tasting, lemony. solid malt backing, but these hops are not all that tasty playing on a stage of pale and caramel maltiness. lingering pithy bitterness and something almost like coffee. yet it gets better as the beer warms a little.

m 4-4.5 ample carbonation, very creamy, almost overcarbonated (though that's easily remedied). soft medium body.

d 3-3.5-4 not much to my liking despite some redeeming qualities. really expected to enjoy this one much more, but am willing to try another specimen on another day. did improve a bit toward the end of the glass, enough to up some scoring.

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Photo of dleigh
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Moderate head and carbonation. Hazy translucent.

American Hop, floral and citric, grapefruit & orange. Buttery, nutty, toffee, rum/caramel, sticky sweet. Well balanced aroma.

Nutty, buttery, bread-like. Sharp hop edge, citric and floral. Fairly well balanced. Like drinking hop nectar.

Mild carbonation, moderate foamation. Thick.

Enjoyable IPA. Beastie malt, sharp hop.

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Photo of UA8
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark amber color with a tall beige head.

S- Citrus hops are prominent, a touch of tropical fruit such as pineapple, semi sweet malt.

T- Leads with a citrus character that rolls into a slightly sweet and smooth caramel. Finishes with a little bit of herbal and pine hops.

M- Ridiculously smooth probably the best character of the beer. Carbonation is moderate.

D- This a real solid beer I would like a little more character in the flavors but it drinks very smooth so that somewhat makes up for the lack of complexity. Worth a try I just worry about it being a Victory beer because I have had a lot of consistency problems with their beers.

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

Bottle I picked up at TotalWine in Annandale poured into a heavy 14oz mug. This is the second or third time I've had the Hop Devil.

Hop Devil poured a beautifully consistent amber. A very thin head dissipated quickly, but that could be as much the fault of my dishsoap as poor retention.

The pine and cream aromas hit first, and with some searching, the pale malts filled out the tail. Good, indicative aromas for a balanced IPA.

The taste was clearly pine and citrus, mostly lemon, but next up I was stung with the sharp taste of copper. Not awesome, but it did fade after the first sip.
To fast forward, that's probably the only negative on this one. Otherwise, well balanced for an IPA named Hop Devil. Again, for the style, there was plenty of light caramel and cream in the backseat to add to the depth and balance of the Hop Devil - the biggest little beer in America, err something.

It's embarrassing, but in my notes I actually wrote "superb" when I turned my attention to the texture and mouthfeel. But yeah, it was. Understandably thick for the ABV and depth typical of the heavier IPAs. Carbonation was complementary, just enough to cut the texture and tickle the tongue.

Anyone like me that holds a special place in their heart / brain / stomach for DIPAs will probably find the Hop Devil quite drinkable and come back for more. And if you like IPAs, but are more moderate (balance is paramount) Hop Devil could be a weekend fling. And if you don't like heavy hops, well, it's called Hop Devil. Yeah.

Despite the fact that it made me use words like superb, tickle, and special place, I really like the Hop Devil. The copper tinge wasn't enough of a problem to ruin the taste, and that's not something I've noticed when I had had it before. A very good heavy IPA.

I need to sit down and pit the devil against Troegs HopBack. A Susquehannan backyard brawl of sorts. The HopBack is dubbed an amber ale, but whatever, these two beers have a lot more in common than geography.

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

What a treat it is to have Victory's beers available on our shores. I've had everything from their range that we get out here multiple times, and it's pretty much uniformly terrific. Summer, while officially over, shows no sign of relinquishing it's sticky grip on this part of the country, and if I had my druthers I'd have a fridge full of Prima Pils and maybe a couple of Helios saisons with which to ride it out. This beer, also, is really fucking good.

Pours a red-tinted orange with a wispy tan head. Still and maybe a bit flat, but gosh it's a pretty colour. Pretty standard nose of pine needles and caramel.

Big malt presence, more than even the nose lets on. Bread dough, caramel, maybe a bit of honey. At the same time the hops are going to work too. Pine, citrus pith, some earthy/herbal flavors. Not super-complex, but strikes a really good balance. Incrediblly full and silky mouthfeel. After each sip your palate feels properly coated with goodness.

Textbook US IPA. I like it an awful lot.

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

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured nearly 3 fingers of beautiful bumpy golden cumulus, the color of the ale is a brite copper amber color, with yellow orange hilites when held to the lite.

Smell - Wow, lemon and pine, with a touch of crisp biscuit in the background. Nice, but on the lite side in the nose. This ends up being the only week part of this ale.

Taste - With a name like hopdevil I almost winced in anticipation of having my tastebuds destroyed, but was I wrong. Starts with really flavorful lite grassy green hops and lemon citrus, citrus becomes more pronounced and introduces grapefruit with a touch of citrus sweetness, there is also crispy biscuits and a touch of malt here too, the finish is grapefruit and pine, but not overpowering here at all - smooth transitions, nice balance, and decent complexity. Finish is bitter but still juicy.

Mouthfeel - Lite to medium, but actually very juicy, making the mouth water. Carb is medium but very smooth, adding a brite crispness, but the edges are smoothed by the juiciness of this beer. Really a fantastic mouthfeel on this, highly drinkable and downright thirst quenching.

Overall - What a nice IPA! I'm really enjoying this alot. Not overly bitter, and definitely not overly sweet, such a perfect balance. A great looker with nice lacing and a fantastic mouthfeel, alcohol is very well hidden too, and sessionable at 6.7% A must try.

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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of paco1029384756
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear ruby color with one finger of creamy, sticky eggshell white head.

Scent of sweet caramel malts, light sugars, and sweet, leafy hops. A nice, sweet juicy smelling IPA, but the malts to overpower the hops slightly.

Taste of bitter, sweet, earthy, lightly grassy hops, and clean sweet, grainy malts. A balanced IPA, but with a nice depth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pinching and somewhat drying alcohol.

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Photo of watermelon
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Date on bottle says best by December 29th 2013

A: Deep translucent amber body. Beige 2 finger head that had good retention and decent lacing.

S: Some citrus hop flavors as well as lots of carmel and bread malts.

T: This one is more malt forward with some piney hops on the end.

M: Good mouthfeel thick and creamy. Some slight astringency, as well as a coating on the teeth. Hides the booze well.

O: This is a good IPA I could drink this regularly. Its a decent value for the price point as well.

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Photo of JamesFleischmann
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

12 ounce bottle from Beverage Warehouse

Poured into a cold pint glass with a 1/4 inch head

Good American IPA, very hoppy and smoky with scents of oranges and lemons

More and more hops came out as the beer got warmer and you could see lots of things floating across the bottom which would scare most people, but it should not, it is a good thing

One of Victory's best

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

Nice clear deep orange color. Not really any head at pour, thin ring around edge of glass. Very citrusy hoppy aroma, sweet orange/tangerine. Some light malt character in aroma. Smells like there might be a very very faint spicey note in aroma. As beer warms, aroma becomes more tropical. Good carbonation; Crisp mouthfeel and haldway through the glass can swirl and get a 1/2 off-white head. Slightly spicey middle, darker sweetness on the beginning, still cirtusy though. Floral end with a grassy finish. With warmth end seems to have a banana hint to hit Hoppy Dry finish, feels like thin silkiness that lasts. With warmth, dryness on finish becomes less strong and even more smooth. Overall on the medium to darker side of an ipa than lighter.

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

I've had great hoppy beers. This one is far too simple. Still good, but too simple.

It's as if Victory forgot that a hoppy beer can also have flavor with the bittering. The hops are straightforward and bitter, nothing more.

Pouring out the beer is translucent orange and amber. Beautiful. The head is moderate and leaves little archepelagos of lacing. The head stays around for many minutes afterwards.

The smell is piney and strong. Mild alcohol scent wafts through.

Taste from this medium-body IPA is this- Little sweet malt then *BAM!* BITTER! No real citrus flavor or pine note, just overwhelming bitter. All I'm saying is that I've had nicer IPA's in my life.

I drank probably five tonight, and I was pretty happy after that, hahaha... It has 6.8% alcohol, so be careful with it on an empty stomach. Despite the bittering, it was easy to put many down in a short time period. Very drinkable for such a mouth-puckering brew.

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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with 'Enjoy by Nov 06 05'

Spotted this @ Hollingshead's for only $1.69

Pours orange with a two finger collar of large bubbled light tan foam and excellent clarity. Nose is evenly split between floral pine and sweet grapefruit.

Entry is nice withy carbonation lightly brushing the sides of the tongue with a mouthfeel a little thinner than I'm used to with an IPA. Midtaste hits the sweet spot with a nice pale malt and grapefruity hops.

The finish stings the back of the mouth with a pleasant, clean hop jolt that fades with the same pine / citrus ratio promised by the nose.

Smooth and very drinkable...I'll be picking up a few more of these before they're all gone!

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

On tap at McIntyre's in Toms River.

I'd say the most impressive aspect of this beer was the head. It's thick, full and cream-colored, not what I'm used to seeing on an ale. Smell is of hops, but not the piney stuff I'm used to finding. I couldn't quite place the flavor either; it's hops, but there was something unique about it. Overall, a well-balanced beer, not overwhelmingly hoppy but definitely sturdy. Drinkability was quite good.

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

From a 12oz bottle marked "Enjoy By Sept 19, 2010" enjoyed a few days late on 10/2/10. Into my Sam Adams glass (Thanks, guys!), this one is a slightly hazed orange color with plenty of precipitating carbonation. Thin pale foam cap fades fairly quickly leaving minor lacing. Nose is pretty nondescript even after warming for a bit. There's definitely something hoppy going on there but it's more bready than anything. It's smelling more like an APA than anything at this point. Without checking, I'm guessing this is an English IPA, but then when I taste it... yep, definite biting citrus and piney hops. Now I'm scratching my head. This beast is definitely an IPA but it's not fitting neatly with my experiences with IPA's. A bit more sniffing and tasting and I unravel this beer a bit more. More sweet malt on the palate but there's a definite underpinning of bitter hops. Just a touch of boozy alcohol is there as well. Finishes dry and bitter, one part grapefruit and one part burnt toast. Throughout the mouth remains quite crisp and fresh, very complementary. The little bubbles that are visible in the glass translate nicely to the palate, keeping things crisp and lively. Drinkability is quite good; if not for the 6.7% ABV, I'd be tempted to call this one "sessionable," though only for those who like their brew hops-forward.

Overall: A competent IPA, nicely crisp and enjoyable, rather in the middle of the road of the style. Definitely hoppy but plenty of malt balance there, too. Definitely worth a try.

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

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

HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,435 ratings