HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

7,366 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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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.



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

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. Best before date March 30/2011 (coming up fast!)

A - clear copper ale with a small head that dissipates quickly leaving a little lacing behind

S - lots of grassy hops on the nose

T - lots of grassy hops but not overly bitter, a slight hint of citrus and all resolving with a balanced end thanks for some malt finesse with just a hint of enduring bitterness

M - very slight oiliness but overall very light with a bit of carbonation around the edges

D - very drinkable for any hophead; not overpowering, but pleasingly bitter

Overall a very solid IPA - should be a relative staple.

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Photo of Kplummer82
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 Mpkeith29
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Snow81
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish orange

Head: Nice white head and lace that sticks to the sides of my glass

Smell: Malty sweet citric hops

Taste: Very sweet dark citric floral notes going on grains mix in nicely

Weight: Light to medium body

Finish: Hop blanket the cheeks, malty sweetness is still present

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Photo of deakin
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Khang
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Stephen_Woods
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stanley23
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served in a nonic pint glass

A: Pours a deep amber with bright red and crimson highlights. Late summer sunset in a glass. About 3 fingers of head initially. Dwindles to a half inch and lasts through most of the beer. Good lacing.

S: Most noticeable is the carmel sweetness. Faint grassy hop aroma. Scent is subdued overall.

T: Herbal hop flavor. Carmel and maybe some butterscotch appear and then meld with juicy clementine hop sweetness. Finishes dry with a mild piney aftertaste.

M: Carbonation is well done. Mouthfeel is good, but could be a little fuller. Leaves the palate bone dry.

D: Nothing to stop you from having 2 or 3 of these in a sitting. This is a very drinkable IPA.

This is one of the beers that got me into craft. I think I prefer the draft version given the choice. To me HopDevil is a classic. As far as I'm concerned this is THE East Coast IPA. Affordable and easy to find, there is no reason not to grab one of these if you've never had one.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark amber colored beer with a huge, three finger high, beige-white head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass.

A great nose! I'm a little suprice of the malty nose!
Caramel malt, bread, fudge, brown sugar, butter, biscuit, fudge and grass.
Taste: Caramel malt, grass, pine, dark bread, hops and oak.
Body: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, oily taste.

A great IPA from Victory! Bold and malty! I really like this.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pavandal
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured a nice amber color with a think 1' head. Head dissapated into a cake like form, and wouldn't leave until I drank it.

Smells of floral hops.

Tastes is awesome. Hoppy, but not unbalanced. Slight malty hints, but bitter hops prevail.

Feel is a bit heavier than your average IPA, but it's not out of control.

ABV is a bit high, but if you can handle it, have another. Drinkable if you like hops, and I do!

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,366 ratings.
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