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Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BA SCORE
91
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2,501 Reviews
Hop Devil AleHop Devil 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,501
Ratings:
7,200
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
Wants:
285
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1,430
For Trade:
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Reviews: 2,501 | Ratings: 7,200
Photo of ryantupy
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up on tap at Old Chicago to go with my burger. While I could have paired my beer with my food a little better. I found this to a most enjoyanle hoppy beer. It pours a dark hazy copper color with a nice rocky retentive head. It smells of fregrant hops and some hints of spice. The taste is the best as its tastes overly hoppy. Very bold and tasty hops with enough malt to make it go down smooth. I noticed fragrant, earthy, herbal hops. I loved this beer and have since ordered many more pints.

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

when poured it had a nice thick white head and dark copper color to it.. smells where of nice hops and malts.. it was very nice .. taste was smooth and nice mealdy of hops.. i loved it great taste and nice after taste highly drinkable..
not too over powering in flavor

cheers

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

Another excellent offering from Victory, HopDevil is a full-frontal hopped-up assault on the taste buds. Good, strong presentation, with one and a half fingers topping off a rich, cloudy amber body. The nose was good, full of hops and a whiff of fruit. The taste was bold, hopped, a bit grainy, yet smooth overall.

Way delicious, and more than makes up for some flat mediocrity from Breckenridge that preceded it. Stellar IPA.

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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a massive foamy white head that coats the sides of the glass with thick sheets of lace as it recedes into a creamy lace. Nose is dominated by spicy and floral hops with some additional notes of pine oil. Medium to full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel due to all the hop oils. Taste starts off with strong raw hop leaf flavors followed by some notes of sweet malts and a juicy fruitiness followed yet again by strong bitter hop resins and tannins. A marvelous IPA. Thanks to paceyourself for the sample!

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

Rich dark amber color and slighty hazy. Thick sticky head with good retention. The aroma is very hoppy. A definite piney hop bitterness. A small amount a grains try to pull through the hops. The flavor is pretty much like it smells. Strong floral and pine like hops dominate. Just enough malt to balance the ale. Dry hoppy finish. HopDevil is a hop lovers dream! Be careful though, 6.7 % acl by volume will catch up to you quick.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amber-orange in color and a little cloudy with the perfect amount of carbonation and decent cling with a frothy small head. Smell is definately hoppy. Just the right amount of hop flavor with a little bit of spice. It's a little bitter with that typical victory malt flavor. In my opinion the perfect balance of malt and hop flavor for an IPA. Mouthfeel is dry. I will be stocking this one for sure.

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Photo of brandoneast
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Devil pours reddish with persimmon highlights and displays rocky foam crowning the lip. The aroma of fresh hops sits to the back while more grain and malt are mostly present - the fresher the brew the more revealing hop aroma. This brown bottle has an 'Enjoy By' date of October 22, 2008 that could explain the underwhelming aroma. The taste is absolutely perfect - caramel malt and piney/grapefruit hops whisk together then slide to a trailing bitterness that devilishly taunts repetition. This ale is silky, somewhat dry, and completely exquisite.

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Photo of eman245
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a really great IPA. Personally I have enjoyed nearly all of Victory's brews, great stuff in general.
Not as aromatic as some ipa's but, just the right amount of smell.
Not as hoppy as some stronger ipa's, but a really good amount. Tastes bitter yet still a little hint of sweetness.
Goes down easy, and the not overly bitter taste resides in the mouth for a good while.
Very drinkable, I kinda want another one. Really enjoyed this beer, definitely going to get a 6-er next time I visit the store.

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Photo of edbeered
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Now that a local bar(The Happy Gnome)serves Victory Hop Devil on draft, I finally get a chance to review this quintessential American IPA. The color is a pleasing dark amber. The head disappears quickly, but there is ample lacing on the glass. The fact that I was in a smoke-filled bar probably accounts for the minimal smell of this beer. The taste on the other hand is instantly memorable. There is an intense hop burst up front, combined with a citrussy piney flavor, which is balanced by a notable malt undertone. THIS is what an IPA should taste like! The mouthfeel is rich, but refreshing. This is an amazing beer.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Dark orange amber, almost reddish. Clear with tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Hops are are up front but not overpowering. Well balanced with florals and a minimal pine scent. Not as strong scented as most IPA's.

T&M: Very smooth, medium bodied beer with perfect carbonation. Crisp and dry finish. Perfectly balanced floral hops and minimal sweetness. Slowly fades with slightly bitter hop taste.

This is probably one of the best IPA's I've ever tasted. Have also had this on tap and it's just as good.

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Photo of battlekow
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber, not much head or lacing. Surprisingly malty, fruity nose, with sharp, peppery hops around the edge. Taste is similar, a large malty backbone with hops that rush in quickly to fill the void. HopDevil distinguishes itself from other IPAs with a very pleasant toasty finish. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. A big IPA, but quite drinkable and my favorite of the style, so far.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into glass. 6.7% abv.

Appearance- A brilliant and clear dark red amber with a massive foamy head on it.

Smell- Citrus; orange and grapefruit. Not much else....did I mention citrus? lol

Taste- A dual blast of malt and hops. The initial malt blast is somewhat of a toasty bread character. The hops remain through the whole flavor profile until a spicy hot finish. Notes of grapefruit along with hints of sweet caramel too. Wickedly complex.

Mouthfeel- Heavy body of which is thick and creamy.

Overall- A solid example of a great IPA. This was the first craft beer I tried years ago so maybe it has a sentimental impression on me, but nevertheless, it is damn good if you dont mind a complex bitter blast. The hops linger as much as any other IPA. A must try if you're a hophead.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a nice thick copper color with an awesome tan-colored head created with a vigorous pour. This one smells delicious. I've spent so much time whiffing this one that I almost forgot I was supposed to drink it. An absolutely gorgeous smelling brew.

A nice bold citrus taste. Reminds me of grapefruit and oranges, maybe grapefruit peelings. Good smoothness considering the level of tart citrus hops. I also notice some sort of spices but cant figure out exactly what. Overall it tastes good. Hearty, and smooth for the style.

The mouthfeel is probably a little over medium-bodied, but not heavy. Quite a drinkable beer as well. I really wish I had more than just one.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep red, mahogeny hue, nice thin, but well retaining head. Massive, sticky lacing, floral hops and fresh flowers noted on the nose, a very clean, inviting aroma. A blast of invigorating hops, some spices and an immediate warming effect, esters noted, although in the background. Some grapefruit noted throughout, medium to full bodied, extremely dry and some bitterness noted towards the finish. Clearly a top shelf IPA.

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Photo of BostonTriggs
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time reviewing in a bar. Not sure how this will go.

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass. Let it breathe a bit.

A - Seems to be a light brown/amber color, but appears to be a hazy light golden color when lighted. Starts w/ dense light-peach colored head, and this slowly fades to nothingness.

S - Dominated by floral hops and ruby grapefruit. Very appealing to me. I think I get a pale malt, and the slightest bit of caramel. A slight wheat bread smell, that my mind interpreted as papery at first (not in a skunked way, a positive way). I might be imagining this, but I also smell lemon.

T - Few words needed here. Floral hops, grapefruit, and a beautiful bitterness. It's so perfectly balanced that I have no words to describe it. It starts w/ grapefruit, then adds floral hops, then finishes w/ a nice bitterness. All three flavors hold together at the end. The crispness and individuality of each taste is what blows my mind.

M - Medium body. A little slickness. Coats the mouth well. Medium carbonation. It just chills in your mouth. It's not a trouble maker.

D - Downs easy if you like hops. If you don't, skip this one. I could drink a few of these before I would want to switch. Not a session beer for everyone.

This is among my favorites. It has simple flavors, that come together perfectly.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color with a short foamy white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick, even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of well-blended hops and citrus.

T: Big hops flavor comes out first and is quickly followed by some malty citrus sweetness, but the hops flavor, while balanced well, is certainly the dominant flavor.

M: Very crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, not filling as it seemed a little light for the style, a good kick, this one is very poundable.

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Photo of theozag
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a word, I found HopDevil Ale to be nothing short of splendid.

Pours so pristinely that the platinum-blonde heads seems to simpyl appear over the beer without any agitation at all. The brew itself is a milky, medium amber from bottle to stomach. Smells of sweet summer breezes and roasted bitterness. Take it from someone with a weak sense of smell, this one is sure to impress. Starts crisp and smooth, but washes over the tongue with lots of bitter flavor in very short order. A full-bodied brew, HopDevil delivers everything you expect from a great IPA: hops, hops, and more hops (with a bit of caramel and creme flavors thrown in for good measure). Finishes rough, bitter, and dry but more drinkable than the average IPA because it leaves only a pleasant aftertaste and feels good rolling down the throat.

Overall, probably my favorite IPA to date. If you're ever close to the Victory HQ, I suggest you take a detour and pick up a couple of bottles.

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Howard's Pub in Ocracoke NC, reddish orange color, head had diminished by the time it had gotten to my table, what was left was white with some lacing. Aromas of hops and some malt. Plenty of citric hop bitterness in the flavor balanced with some malt then the hops have the final say in the finish. My favorite example in the style and a big improvement over the bottle I had a couple of years ago. This is an ideal session beer, especially on tap.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is THE ultimate session brew. As a hophead, I am in love with this beer. I like the Wallop more overall, but I could drink these for the rest of eternity. The hops are combined perfectly with everything else in this tasty brew. So well balanced. Crisp maltiness, fruity, hoppy, yeah. Smooth initially, and finishes with some killer hops at the end. Looks very nice...a cloudy amber, almost orange. Not the best tasting beer I've ever had, but arguably the best overall beer there is.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, this has to be one of the best American IPAs out there. Period.

What a lovely, well-balanced beer. Strong a robust aroma. Deep foundation of malt balanced by a firm bitterness. With every sip, it leaves you wanting more.

Outstanding, full-bodied mouthfeel that is not cloyingly sweet.

A devilish brew, and fantastic offering from a very respectable brewery.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time. In Philadelphia on business and finally got my chance. Beautiful hazy orange color with thin white head. One of the best aromas of any IPA I've ever had. Bold, floral exotic taste with lots of things going in the finish. Absolutely amazing. In my top ten.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hopdevil ale pours a medium amber with a nice lacy head that clings to the glass well. aroma is super hoppy and citrusy. taste is an almost carbon copy of the smell. again, extemely hoppy with a grapefruit citrus flavor. subtle maltiness brings up the rear. mothfeel is a slick, oily, slighty sticky carbonated masterpiece. drinkability is good for 6.7% abv... almost too good. also had this in cask - terrific. wish i had made some notes. awesome ale.

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Photo of YankChef
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into an american pint glass.

Appearance: light amberish brown with red hues that really come through when held up to light. 1/4 inch white head that sticks to the top of the beer as well as the glass.

Smell: Sweet citrusy stone fruit. Cherry, apricot, peach and under ripe pear. Rose water and a subtle pine.

Taste: Very aggressive tasting brew with more than enough hops. A lot of the previously mentioned fruits are present as well as a raw hop oil flavor. Bitterness is certainly present and somewhat overpowering but i love IPA's so for me its hop bliss.

Mouthfeel: Medium-High carbonation and pretty raw and in your face.

Overall: a damn fine IPA. One of the best as a matter of fact and certainly deserves its high rating. I could also drink this all night and to me this is a great "drunk" session beer. Meaning it is a session beer to me because i would happily drink it all night and end up getting drunk and be fine with that because it is so damn good. If you like IPA's, this is on your to drink list.

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Photo of crackerpooch
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer presents in a 12oz. brown bottle with the freshness date marked. It pours a one finger beige head that has good retention and laces nicely. The beer has a very slight haze and is dark amber in color. A great looking beer.

The aroma is a beautiful thing. A strong hop smell that almost reminds me of freshly cut grass. A great aroma. The first taste is perfect. Slightly sweet malt at first that smoothly transitions into a perfectly strong hop bitterness. Good hop character that is not overwhelming. The beautiful bitterness lasts for quite awhile in the back of the throat. Magnificently balanced. The mouthfeel is medium in body and goes well with the beer. A incredibly drinkable beer.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer makes me very hoppy. The first one I grab at the bottle bar {Fishtown Pa.} after a marathon. One of my faves. I put this ahead of Dirtwolf, nice color and fragrance and flavor. My favorite rating on BA so far. I rated Head Hunter above this, sorry, this years Hop Devil is more malty than hoppy.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,200 ratings.
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