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Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil 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 aeminter
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper/amber color with a thick foamy off white head and excellent lacing.

S - Nice balance between the hops and the malts. Hops are on the citrus and floral side. (this is an old bottle so the hops are not as pronounced as they usually are)

T/M - Slightly sweet up front with a nice complex lingering bitterness in the finish. Very well balanced in terms of the style. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Excellent beer!

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy bright orange-amber pour. Thick, frothy, lacy light-tan head subsides quickly but not completely.
Smell: Flowery intense cascade hops, sweet malt background. Perhaps the standard for American-style IPA nose.
Taste: Exceptional balance between hops and malt. Sweet caramel malt followed by acidic hop bitterness concluding with a crisp, dry flower/citrus finish.
Mouthfeel: Just slightly thin. Malt is slick and hops are delightfully oily and drying. Carbonation is crisp and helps deliver the hoppy oiliness to the old tastebuds.
Drinkability: A super IPA.

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Photo of Knox_Worrell
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First bottle of this ever and all I can say is WOW.

Appearance: Least impressive thing about this beer. Not much head but that doesn't always reflect on the quality of the beer.

Smell: This is what an IPA should smell like. Permeates a rich and sweet hoppy aroma with a hints of caramel malt and wheat barley

Taste: Is a little offsetting at first because of the rich notes of Wheat and Earthy Hops but grows quickly as the glass empties. A little more bitter than your regular IPA. Caramel is very tasteful in its presence and complements the wheat/hops taste. Think I tasted a hint of Vanilla but maybe I'm dreaming. Still the best IPA taste-wise I've had.

Mouthfeel: Delightfully smooth and elegant. Very swishable but yet a beer you want to drown in.

Overall: Victory does know how to brew an IPA. This is a rich and hoppy brew that will be a constant favorite. Not necessarily a novice IPA but that is probably a good thing. The Caramel tones are second to no other IPA.

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Photo of Ds0589
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Shannon Rose in Woodbridge,NJ. Appearance is a hazy copper. Retains some head throughout with some bubbles.

Smell is more woodsy. A lot of citrus. The lime and orange are what stands out the most to me.

Taste is spicy. Seems like a more bitter Sierra Nevada. Big hops and the citrus blends very well with them. Get a lot of orange in the taste.

Mouthfeel is that its a moderately heavy beer. For 7 percent the alcohol hides very well. The aftertaste lingers for a while but its pleasant.

Overall, this is a very good beer. Good balance of hops and citrus. The alcohol isnt too powerful. Victory is close to me. Havent really explored there variety but might have to after trying this one.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have purchased this wonderful over-the-top brew many times. When I am looking for a fix of heavy in your face hops (and when am I not?) this is one of the staples to which I turn.

True to its' name, this baby delivers the goods. Hops out the wazou. Even though it is over the top the way none of the imports are (yet), it is very drinkable. I could have several of these, although I usually savor them!

The cooked in and finishing hops are all very strong. If you didn't get that from the name, beware (you must really need more warning then, I guess).

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Photo of Boto
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a fantastic brew! The beer is a amber (maybe orangish) color, with a quick-dissapating head. The aroma is fantastic. The hops are strong. Fairly good whiff of grapefruit/citrus to it. The taste is equally good. The hops are VERY strong, but there is an exquisite balance to them. They aren't strong for the sake of being strong. Decent amount of body to the beer. I had this with a friend the other night, and his initial reaction was "WOW".

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice darker color for an IPA. Only got a small head built up but great lacing down the glass. Smell is piney with a hint of malt sweetness. Great hop taste with this one. For a hop centered beer they keep everything in check. It's hop dominated but very well rounded. I like a beer that goes overboard with hops but I know a great balance as well. Great beer and for sure one to put on your list of beers to try.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a sixtel on tap on my draft system poured into a SA glass.

Clear with a slight haze,coppery color,dense/creamy off-white head with execellent retention slowly decends into a nice pillowy layer. Lots of carbination as well.

A good assertive piney/resiny aroma up front,very clean and inviting,carmelized maltiness with slightly burnt notes and a nice toastness in there also. Citrusy hop aromas in the background.

Strong hop tastes, lots of pine with a leafyness,as grapefruityness comes through towards the finish. Excellent balance With a sweet carmell maltiness.

A good full mouthfeel with a twangy feel. On of the first ipa's iv'e ever had and still one of the best. Without a doubt the most drinkable as well. The one never lasts long at my house. An absoulte must try ipa, has to be a classic.

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Photo of far333
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an inviting golden color, with a white and long lingering head. Noticeably hoppy smell of citrus and pine, followed by a very strong hop flavor that rolls over the entire tongue from front to back. This is a great beer, with a tremendous and intense hop flavor.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HopDevil (cool name, and cool bottle) pours a deep redish-bronze to amber with a one finger head that recedes to a thin soapy film. A bit of lacing sticks to the glass, and stays put.

The nose is full of grassy, musty, floral, and citrus (particularly grapefruit) notes. I dig the outdoorsy smell going on here....like after it rains in the spring. It smells...zesty and fresh.

Oh yeah! That's goood! Grassy vegetal sweetness (like flowers maybe?) predominates along with a fresh mouthfeel. Then, the sweetness turns to bitter grapefruit mid-sip followed by a bitter alcohol punch. I can taste quite a bit of malt for an IPA....and for me that is a good thing. IMO this is a very balanced beer (for the style at least).

I really like the nature-y fresh zest and the sweet and sour combo on the tongue. For me, this is very very drinkable since it has that hop heavy kcik that I crave, but the sour pucker is not at all overwhelming even towards the end of the glass! I could session quite a few of these babies!

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear true copper hue. Head is a very pale yellow with a variety of small and large bubbles. Head falls to a fine net of tiny bubbles that cover the beer, Good Lacing. Plenty of carbonation races up the walls of the glass.

S - Amazing Smell. Lots of sweet grape fruit up front with a more of a pine finish. Complementary caramel malt accentuated the bitter hop aroma at the end. Slight malt undertones.

T - Simply amazing. There is a very powerful citrus hops up front that seem to be sweetened by the malts. The taste moves towards a hint of a yeasty sweet bred towards the middle. And finishes clean on the palette with a Spicy bitter taste that doesn't linger too long. The malt doesn't seem to separate its self ever from the Hops, it's a cohesive taste the whole way through.

M - Medium Bodied finish very light and dry with an ever so slight warming feeling. Awesome carbonation, just right.

O - It just doesn't last long enough. The first impression is of IPA is that its not overpowering enough, then after a few sips the beer becomes perfectly balanced with malt and just the right amount of hops. Its getting a 5 on Overall impression because it improves with each sip, rather then hit you up front and leave you numb towards the end. Perfectly balanced.

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Photo of jamex
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Bought a 6-pack for $9.99 in San Diego. Bottle states: "Enjoy by Jan 2, 2011."

Poured an amazing orange. Smells of pine, honey, hops, tangerine, melon and orange rind. Outstanding.

Taste is like the smell; hoppy, orange...for some reason I'm getting very slight strawberry. The bitterness fades very quickly and is amazingly drinkable. A mellow yet delicious hop presence. Very fresh taste - I wonder when this was bottled?

This is my second Victory beer and I'm quickly becoming a fan. Goes great while sitting in the sun.

note: I just had my teeth cleaned at the dentist. How this plays into this review, who knows..

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Photo of knephews
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer on tap in different bars across Pennsylvania and it never disappoints.
It pours a medium orange/copper/rust color with a slight frothy head. The scent is pure IPA: citrus & hops.

What sets this beer apart from the other IPA's is the taste...You get that hops kick in the front, not overpowering (which is good) and then finishes with a very slight malty sweetness.

Some IPA's are either overpowering with the hops (which is fine, depending on what you are thirsting for at the moment) or finishes with a sweetness which overpowers the hops. This one, in my opinion, has the right mix in the right order.

This beer will have you wanting more but be careful, at 6.70% abv, it sneaks up on you!

It's one of the best IPA's out there and one of my favorites. I'm lucking to have this brewed in my home state.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear copper with red highlights-- devlish! Generous off-white head, good lacings. The nose is of fresh, slightly piney hop goodness, with a touch of cereal. Bitterness takes up residence on the palate early and doesn't relinquish its hold. Hop flavors turn sweet and juicy, combining with resinous elements that affirm this ale's status as a hop monster.

If this is the Devil, consider me Damned, and Damned proud of it!

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just returned from the US from a 2-year job assignment in Australia. I've been waiting 2 years to get my hands (and tounge) on some nice American Hop Bombs.

Victory Hop Devil was my choice.

It pours a wonderful, clear honey colour with a foamy tan head that sticks around for quite a while, and sticks to the side of the glass. If the head was a bit thicker, I'd give it a 5. But it's hard to fault the looks.

Smell is fantastic, citrusy, spicy, with some toasty malt in the background

Taste is exactly what I want out of a big, American Hop Bomb. It's a 5, and I don't give those out willy-nilly. First impression is actually a sweet malt, until the beer hits the back of your tongue when the bittering hops get you. Nice. Then you breathe in and get the affect of the aroma hops. What a nice combination. Alcohol is hidden well behind the malt.

Mouthfeel is on the heavy side, but it fits. It's creamy, and I would say it has the same mouthfeel as a nice English Ale. Drinkabiliity is outstanding for one, but one's really all you need.

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Photo of jreitman
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I do not consider myself a hop man at all, but this brew was a very pleasant experience. The beer is orange, almost amber in color with a very hoppy nose. While very hoppy and bitter, the beer still had some nice malt sweetness to it which was a pleasant surprise. Fairly complex IMO and I enjoyed every sip. A great beer indeed.

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Photo of texashammer
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep amber color, slightly hazy, with thick rocky off-white head, 2 fingers. Oily and exuberant flowery hops in the nose, along with some malt struggling against the big hops. Tastes immediatly bitter, with aggressive and oily, juicy hops, mostly flowery. Some sweetness as you drink on into it. Dry finish. Full body, smooth and slick mouthfeel, with a bite from the hops in the middle. Drinkable? Oh, yes. Gulpable.

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Photo of jifigz
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Victory Tulip glass.

A: Gorgeous dark red/light brown/toasty orange (all three of those colors had sex and created Hop Devil's wonderful shades).

S: Piney and floral with maybe some citrus biting through in the aroma. I think the several PBR's before this are numbing my senses a little.

T: The perfect blend of malt backbone with hop bitterness. Mildly floral and citrusy. Certainly not too much that an average macro drinker couldn't be swayed into appreciating heaven here on earth.

M: It is a somewhat creamy with a rather mild carbonation. I think it suits this beer well.

O: This is my go-to beer. I drink more of this than anything else. In my opinion, its the best readily available beer at a decent price where I live (central PA) and I think everything about it rocks. Great taste, great aromas (when Pabst aren't killing your senses), and a great value. Hell, even the devil with a hop for a head looks righteously awesome.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into Shipyard pint glass.

A: Pours a thin copper with a tan head that dissipates soon after it forms and forms the typical IPA "oil slick." Tiny bubbles of carbonation float to the top consistently for almost ten minutes; very cool. Completely opaque when held up to the light.

S: Smells super spicy (heat-wise, not cinnamon/clove spicy), with yeast and alcohol notes in the background. There is also a hint of grapefruit/bitter citrus that comes through at the end.

T: So beautiful and well-balanced. Drinks somewhat hot but it works so well, which is fairly rare for a beer of this ABV. More spice, hop resin and a slight malty sweetness. Finish is nice and dry and makes me want another sip immediately.

M: Very carbonated, which I believe is why the spiciness works. The carbonation turns this fairly thin brew into pure creaminess once it hits the tongue. Coats the mouth and leaves a resiny hop texture behind.

D: I can't say enough about this beer; it reminds me of synchronized swimming. Everything melds together perfectly, creating one of the more drinkable IPAs I've ever tasted.

This holds a place on my short list of go-to beers, and that's saying a lot.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with a finger of whiteish head, very slight haze.

Smell is pine, citrus, caramel malt, grapefruit

Taste is great, really good balance to this one. Citrus, pine, grapefruit all come through huge but then it is cut back by a caramel cracker malt back bone. WOW is all I can say. I always have Hop Wallop in the fridge. Do not know why I do not pick this one up more often. That is going to change that is for sure!

Mouthfeel is standard medium with average carbonation as with most ipas. Finishes nice and dry with a biscuity piney bitterness.

Will for sure be grabbing this a lot more in the future! Really nice stuff, really good balance. I like this kind of IPA!

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Photo of Star80
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before October something, tastes fresh to me out the fridge at the store. Color is a nice toasty copper color with a cream head. The smell is of resinous piney hops, and citrus (grapefruit/lemon) zest. Taste is a deep herbal citric twang with a resinous and gloriously bitter aftertaste, with some toasty malts. Wow, what a nice balance. Not too little, and not too much of anything. The mouthfeel is very smooth, almost creamy, and compliments the wonderful hop nose and long puckering aftertaste. I think when fresh this is certainly one of the best American IPA's that money can buy. Another high quality beer from Victory brewing co. Hmm, what could be better, maybe Hopdevil on cask?!? Time to take a trip to PA.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - a dark crimson-brownish color that wells up a half finger of light tan head, very faint carbonation visible when held up to light

S - sldfijhaerg[poihqe, sorry that was my jaw hitting the keyboard, i was in torpor after catching a whiff of the hops in this ale, man is it enticing, but not solely hops, kind of a dark sweetness to the aroma as well

T - holy shit, this is THE smoothest IPA I have EVER had, the hoppiness is still there, but is mellowed out by a subtle yet poignant sweetness and tea flavor, these flaver intertwine in the end to create an amazing finish that is ultra-balanced, this is great

M - as i said, ubersmooth, what more can i say, this is amazing, go try it, NOW

D - what are you waiting for?, go try it if you havent!

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Photo of kennylopez
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a fresh 12oz bottle into a globe glass.

Appearance: a hazy golden color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells: pine and citrus hops are huge and a grassy hint.

Tastes: there is a big citrus hop character at first and finishes with a tangy pine note. This is a wonderfully balanced IPA and quite flavorful.

Mouthfeel: the 6.7% is so well hidden through all the delicious hop flavor. the carbonation is great and a super refreshing brew.

Overall: I love this IPA quite a bit. I plan to always keep it in the fridge and at $8 a six pack a everyday drink for me.

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Photo of HogHill
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a warm amber color with good clarity, which in contrast to it's sibling Hop Wallop, is a light golden beer. Head is a nice off white which laces around my pint glass.

Smell: You can tell this is an American IPA with a whiff. Strong hop aroma, with a hint of grapefruit. Do they sell this in a candle?

Taste: This is a rock solid American IPA, it has a good balanced of hops to malt. The hops win but the malts do show up. A pleasing piney aftertaste finishes it off. Very drinkable, I can go through a few of these and still crave more of the deveil's alphas. Victory brews a damn fine IPA.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My review is based on a bottle quaffed in the intimate recessess of Birreria Paridiso in Georgetown (DC) and succeeded several fine beers.

Let's talk about the head; it was thick and foamy and sank like a deflating pillow atop a translucent copper-colored liquid of pure clarity housing a steady stream of carbonation bubbles. Lacing was minimal.

And the nose? Well, I detected a heavy floral blast concealing some hint of banana - which appears to increase if allowed to sit and if stirred several times. I love science.

Taste? Let the bottle speak for itsef: "bold and spicy." Labels never lie. In addition, there is a heavy layer of hops lathered onto the tongue, with the spicy bits fading into a semi-sweet aftertaste.

This very full-bodied; yet, not one with particular heaviness nor one that neccessarily overwhelms the palate. Obviously, this depends on one's individual hop tolerance level.

In any case,Victory does it again! Hop Devil is a superb ale with a well-balanced body and accompanied by a nicely palatable sweetness with a welcoming biscuity finish. Ahhhh....

To summarize, let us borrow from the Book of Stewie Griffith and simply say, "Victory is mine...! Now where is that insidious harridan Lois?

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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