HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

7,365 Ratings
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of BruinsDude325
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ojiikun
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American standard 12oz bottle from a sixpack picked up at Food Hole. Bottle suggests I drink before Jan '08, but it's not clear when the brew was born. Poured into a nice, big wineglass.

Head is noticable restrained, even after the vigorous pour. Body is quite dark and a good medium amber, neither yellow nor red. What little head there is is also quite dark for this style. Lace is good and sticky.

Aroma is pure hop, on the fruity side (as opposed to piney or floral). Some suggestions of chocolatey malting and good fresh cracked grains. Just a little honey, again with hints of something smokey underneath. Booze is only barely noticable.

Taste is alphas! Nowher near as full in body as the smell suggests, this is crisp and bitter. Hops even tone down a bit before the acids, getting a bit saltier and even peppery. Body is decidedly smooth and blends the darker malts with a good deal of nondescript lighter ones.

Feels really creamy on the tongue, combined with the nearly tingling acids. Not as sticky as you suspect. Not terribly carbonated, unfortunately.

The shining star of this brew is the smell. A good solid presentation of hops and malts, balanced in a war for your attention. The actual taste doesn't quite live up to the fanfare, but it's a great drink nonetheless - not quite as savoury as some other american IPAs.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden, yellow color with quick, but generous head...a head that sticks to the glass for the duration of the beer. Smells exciting -full of hops, hops, and probably some more hops.

So why not? I took a sip and of course the beer was jumping in my face with hops. I was glad. I like the hops - and this beer delivers.

BUT(and there is always a but), as delicoius as this beer is, they didn't seem to bother to provide a complex series of hops. I have enjoyed some IPAs and other hoppy style beers lately which provide hits of hops to different areas of the tongue and mouth. This beer does not do that. This beer simply beats you square in the mouth and surrounds your whole mouth with hops.

So in short, good in flavor, poor in subtlety.

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Photo of shertz
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from fellow BA. Poured into a Pint Glass at 45 degrees. The bottle is dated best by Nov 11 07, plenty of time left on this one.

A- Two finger head goes away pretty quick. A hazy amber color with a little foam left on top. Some bubbles are spotted rising to top.

S- Citrus hops and some sweet malts. Smell of these hops are pretty strong as I was able to get a whiff during the pour. Smells yummy.

T- Obviously the taste is full of dry hops. Last night I reviewed a Stone's IPA and I feel like this one is a little less hoppy than that one. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice IPA though.

M- Medium carbonation but little tingling left in my mouth that you usually get from a hoppy IPA. Still nice.

D- This is a nice, close-to sessional as I can get. It's local for me and well-done, but much better on-tap. Another nice one from Victory.

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Photo of orangesol
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of IamDrunkfromBeer
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ClaytonOT
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A bit of hops with a ton of malt.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory finally ships to AL, so this is my first brew from Victory

A-Pours a vibrant golden brown color with yellow hues. Pretty clear all the way through and not very full. Head is a finger width and a nice soft, white color with good retention. Foam leaves a bit of lacing on the sides.

S-Grapefruit, pungent floral hops, lemongrass, some herbal spices, citrusy tart fruits

T-Sour lemon plays on the front of the palate as it fades nicely into an herby and floral hop middle with a nice bready finish. Well balanced between the hops, fruits, and grain based flavors. Leaves an astringent aftertaste of citrus fruits and hops with a lingering note of breadiness

MF-Creamy with a full body and a semi-dry finish.

O-Pretty damn good. Nothing too special, but definitely one of my favorite IPA's. Appearance and nose are a bit underwhelming, but I like how nuanced it is and the balance between hops, fruits, and bready malt is satisfying.

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Photo of KnucklesMcFisty
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MemphisSooner
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber with an off-white one finger head and some lacing.

Smells of citric hops and piney resin. No doubt what you are getting here.

Big bitter citric and pine hop bite right up front, with some toasted bread and sweet malt in the background. The alcohol fights through, and actually gives you a bit of a break from the hop overdrive here. This one has some surprising balance, where it is a big hop brew, but not to the point where you'd need a break.

Some chewiness, but less than I expected -- same with the mouth coating elements. Not a negative -- keeps this drinkable.

Overall, a great hop-extreme beer. The alcohol level allows this as a multiple beer taster. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, amber color. A smooth pour produced about one finger of cream colored head that left some nice lace.

A: Nothing too overpowering here, I get the pine and citrus hops, grapefruit, and grass. The malts actually balance this quite well IMO.

T: Again very similer to the aroma. I am pleasantly suprised to find how balanced this is. The hops are very prominent, but the brewers uses the malt nicely.

M: Medium body, very carbonated. Comes with a bite.

D and overall impression: Good scores on drinkability here. 6.7% ABV coupled with the balance of the brew, means I could drink quite a few of these. Overall, another soild offering from Victory. This bottle was pretty fresh, but I would really like to try this on tap to experience Hop Devil at it's freshest. Skal.

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Photo of JasonL02
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Clowerweb
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. "Enjoy By: Feb 01 2012".

A: Goldish amber orange color. Two finger white head, respectable retention and lacing. Mostly clear, a bit of cloudiness.
Beautiful color.

S: Very fruity and citrusy. Smells of pineapple, maybe apple and/or grapefruit, notes of pine, maybe some orange peel. Light on the hop aroma. The nose is not too light or too pungent on this one, pretty much just right on the aromatic strength scale.

T: Better than your average IPA in my opinion, though I'm admittedly not much of an IPA guy. Starts citrusy, notes of fruit in the mid palate, consistent with the aroma - maybe pineapple, apple, pear, banana, grapefruit, orange peel, it's hard to tell, but definitely a tropical fruity flavor. A decent hit of classic IPA pine comes through between the mid palate and the finish. Finishes dry with some nice bitter hops. Almost reminds me of a tamed Double Bastard.

M: Higher carbonation, medium bodied, slightly chewy, some watery feel but not much.

O: This is a very drinkable IPA, even for those who aren't much into IPAs. I expected it to be a little more hoppy given it's name. Doesn't overload you with a bombardment of pine, which was a nice change for a craft IPA, and the tropical fruits are a nice touch.

Solid IPA, probably not the best of the best, but definitely a breath of fresh air for those like me who gravitate more toward dark stouts and porters. Worth a try for any craft beer lover!

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Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BBD 3/20/14. Amber pour with a slight ruby cast. Nice head that dissipates with normal lacing. Very nice nose of grapefruit and pine hops. Light medium body and a smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is below normal. Taste is like the nose, mostly hops with grapefruit in the forefront. Finishes smoothly with a pleasant grapefruit bitterness that lingers

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drink by date is Aug. 5, 2006.

Cider brown and clear, HopDevil slips into the glass with very little head. Slight lacing, no bubbling in sight.

The beer gives up the hop aroma in spades. Very juicy and citrusy smell, with an encouraging whiff of sweet malt.

The taste courses with that juicy hops, flashes malt and turns to powerful bitter aspirin and resin. It was a speedy ride that I didn't like at first, but the bitterness clears out quickly and pleasantly.

Feels thickish, without the carbonation to even out the mouthfeel, but the finish is so surprisingly clean that it's not much of an issue. I could drink more of this beer, but I'll be looking at other IPAs for a while.

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Photo of drewbage
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a 12 ounce brown bottle with no freshness date.

Beer pours bright orange with minimal haze with a large white fluffy head that sticks in the glass.

Aroma is spicy with sandalwood and mildly citrus hop with a dustiness in the end.

Flavor is sharp and resinous with a pleasant approach of hops that is balanced with a medium weight body that tastes like a good handful of biscuit malt and lends a large residual sweetness that is swept back off the tongue by a carbonation enhanced hop. Finish has a sharp acidic touch on the front of the tongue with a dollop of honey on the end of the tongue.

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Photo of ALC82
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of counselor
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a dark amber, good rocky head, but on further inspection appeared a bit cloudy. The hops hit my nose full on, biting, leafy and citrus. The hops dominate all over, especially on the back end where they linger above the gum line, on the back sides of the throat and inside the cheeks. Not much else going on here except the hops, no esters, no malts. I would prefer a bit more balance in my IPAs. A bit over the top on the IBUs. A really good beer for the times you want to be a hophead.

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Photo of decadance
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice Golden Hue. about half an inch of head which recedes.

S - Has an earthy smell. A bit of pine as well, behind the dominant hops.

T - Slightly sweet citrus, with a back end of hops bitter.

M - Its a little clingy and remains more than I would like.

D - The smell, taste, and ABV are enough to make me want to return.

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Photo of jams1220
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BranfordBound
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before July on the label.

Nice dark amber color with a two finger off-white colored head that leaves very nice lacing.

Smells of a nice mild hop note with some caramel underneath.

Very sweet/mild IPA. Bready and caramel malts start things off. Finishes with a balanced hop note that is fruity with some lingering pine.

Neutral mouthfeel with a low end of medium bodied.

An excellent session, everyday IPA. Pretty balanced and on the sweet side of things. Good value.

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Photo of pwoods
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Biggs on Colerain Ave., poured into a pint.

A: Pours a very deep amber with perfect visibility. 1 1/2 fingers of rocky, off white head forms and holds on quite well. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Clean floral hops with plenty of orange and grapefruit esters without the oiliness. A slightly sweet and grainy malt background rounds things out.

T/M: Lots of bittering hops up front. Juicy and sweet grapefruit. Malts are on the weak side, adding a touch of sweetness and some body to the drink. Medium with enough carbonation. Dry bittering finish.

D: Easy to drink and nice and tasty. Lots of bitterness would probably prevent me from drinking this on card night, though.

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

I brought home a bottle of this from a recent visit Stateside, due to its location of origin (never had a Pennsylvanian IPA before), and let's face it, the overtly pandering label art. Hey, it stood out from the multitude of IPAs available on the shelves during that particular shopping trip.

This beer pours a light, clear orange amber colour, with a few fingers of pillowy white head, which sticks around for more than a few minutes, and leaves a fair amount of soap bubble lacing around the glass. It smells faintly of grapefruit hops, and not much else, even as it warms. The taste starts with a grassy, flinty hop dryness, that moves to include more resinous pine bitterness, before washing over a thin caramel malt backbone to the lip-smackingly dry hop finish. The carbonation is understated, allowing the hops to remain the star of this show. The body is a wee bit less than full, but, for the style, I suppose it is just right. There is no noticeable warming from the elevated alcohol. For the strong, but not overpowering, hop goodness, and the smooth mouthfeel, this is quite a decently drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Chris1108
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great IPA! One of my few that are always in stock in my fridge. The pour produces a golden full bodied appearance with ample frothy head that lasts. The smell is sticky sweet with a hint of the delicious hops. Mouthfeel is full and well balanced with excellent taste. I enjoy a full bodied beer and this really delivers!

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,365 ratings.
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