HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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Photo of thisisbigrob
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a very hazy dark bronze with a creamy offwhite head.

S: Citrus and floral hops with a touch of sweetness.

T: Hoppy but not overpowering, with just enough sweetness to balance things out.

M: Rich, with just the bitter kick you would expect from an IPA. Suprisingly smooth.

D: Going down quick, and the bitterness is not overwhelming.

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Photo of beeragent
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep amber, forming a 1/4 inch head, that slowly faded, leaving medium lacing on the glass. The aroma is all hops. The taste is oh so good! Hops and more hops. Nice citrus flavor, but not overkill, with a good balance of malts. Thick medium mouthfeel, but very smooth. This is a great pale ale, and a very good session ale. I think I've found a new favorite.

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Photo of
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Hazy, orange-gold in color. Small, off-white, creamy head. Minimal lacing, some legs.

Scents of grapefruit and pineapple greet the nose. Honey and caramel follow as the beer warms a bit.

Taste is sweetish and fruity, initially. Nice malty middle. Good herbal hop bite at the finish. Touch of alcohol.

Medium body. Medium + carbonation. Quite dry.

A very nice IPA. I think I prefer Wallop from Victory, but this is easier to drink (if you like hops), and not quite as heavy on the ABV.

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Photo of cfcairns
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EvilKeith
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HopDevil poured into the glass a lightly hazed dark copper color. The head was a beige froth that would not look out of place on a latte. The lacing was thick and clung to the glass.
The smell was dominated by big biscuity malts, sweet caramel, and pungent spicy hops. The taste had a slight sweetness, grapefruit citrus, spicy, a distinct nuttiness with ample hop bittering and a delightful dry finish.
A slick and oily mouthfeel sits on a medium body with moderate carbonation.
Not as hopped as the name had led me to believe, but not a bad American IPA. Certaintly drinkable compared to some “west coast” versions of the style.
I will happily drink the rest of the sixer and keep an eye out for this one in the future.

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Photo of theclap17
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GimpyCane
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

apperance: pour a orange/ copper hue w/ small off white head. For a small head it last throughout the whole beer leaving a good lace.

smell: I scented a lovely piney hop w/ a hint of grapefruit.

taste: Started off slightly sweet w/ a nice bitter aftertaste that lingered for some time on my tongue.

mouthfeel: Really nice body from light to medium w/ a lively carbonation feel. The texture was a little dry as expected, but left a small hint of alcohol on tongue. Yum.

drinkability: Smooth, crisp, and dry all at the same time. The warmer the beer got the better flavor it had.

Overall, this is a really good beer. I enjoy drinking a six and will buy it again.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated Review June 28, 2011.
12oz bottled June 10, 2011. Very fresh. Noticed my previous review was on an older bottle and jumped on this fresh batch that just came in.

Pours clear amber with a two finger light beige head that leaves rings of clumpy lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is herbal, earthy, floral hops, some pine and grass, a bit dank, touch of peach, good bread, toast and caramel malt component as well. Very good strength.

Flavor is resinous hops, some pine and a bit of citrus and fruit, fair caramel and bready malt backbone offering a touch of sweetness, finishes with very strong bitterness and a bit of spice. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation.

Very fresh and very tasty IPA. Darker and with a bit more malt backbone than others, but that doesn’t hold back the strong bitterness which I love. Will keep an eye out for fresh batches in the future!

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Original Review April 21, 2010.
12oz bottle, best by Jun 15, 2010. Pours clear copper amber with a two finger light beige head that leaves some clumpy lacing at the top of the glass and reduces to a small wispy cap. Aroma is heavy on floral hops, some citrus, pine, a little bread and caramel malt. Moderate strength. Flavor is bitter resinous, floral, pine hops with some caramel malt sweetness mixed in. Finishes long and bitter. Mouthfeel is slick, soft carbonation. Good, but nothing really special going on here...

Aroma 3.5, Appearance 3.5, Taste 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5, Score 3.5

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Photo of xnicknj
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with freshness date poured into pint glass

Pours a slightly hazed auburn with golden tones. A light head dissipates leaving sparse film and lacing.

Some caramel and roasted malt in the nose along with a flair of bitter hops.

Biting hops right up front explode into a large amount of citrusy flavor. Grapefruit and orange are present, with a bit of sweetness creeping in. The malt backbone is apparent on the back end, with some caramel and bready qualities. Finishes with further piny hoppiness and some lingering dryness.

Medium bodied, higher on the carbonation, and a little dry. Easy drinking, quality flavor profile, and the alcohol is masked well. A pretty solid beer from Victory, but there's some better IPAs around for sure.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is our last beer from Victory. I landed this beer in a trade since Victory beers are not distributed out here. We could easily get them in Indiana, but Indiana is a lot closer to Pennsylvania than Arizona. I am a big fan of this brewing company, too. I didn't realize the guy behind it were beer nerds and studied beer in Germany. I hope this beer stacks up.

I have had this before, but not in a long time. I think the last time I had this was in Indianapolis at a beer festival. Oh, and I love the label. The little hop devil… cute!

In the Glass: The beer, for being an American IPA, has a nice creamy head. The lace is really nice, too. I would use the word, "sticky" to explain the lace. The beer is also quite cloudy. Makes me think of an unfiltered wheat beer. Maybe that is the German training these brewers had. Let's see what she smells like.

Nose: There is a ton of orange zest on this one. The tasting notes mentioned a lot of pine, but I am not getting much, if any, pine here. That's good, because it's hot outside. I like nice citrus forward beers during the hot summer months. Save pine for the wintertime. Well, the 65 degrees we get here in the desert! There might be a hint of pine there, but the sweetness of the malts really tames it down. Let's see what she tastes like.

Flavor: There is more pine on the palate. A lot more pine. The beer also has a weird mouthfeel, but we will get to that. The flavor profile doesn't really match the aroma whatsoever. That's not a bad thing, as that allows you to experience a wide range of hop character in a single bottle. I haven' had their lineup in a while, but I wonder if all their beers have a similar hop profile. Think Stone Brewing Company.

Mouthfeel: Flat. If I didn't know any better, I would say this beer was flat. It's not, but it has a very flat mouthfeel. I don't know what other words to use to describe it… it's not thin, but that is the word that comes to mind.

I will mention this beer is NOT right out of the fridge. I took this beer out and let it warm up a little. Some of the mouthfeel changes might be coming from that. I wonder if Sheryl noticed.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste also has a lot of pine in it. It is somewhat drying, and leaves me wanting another drink. The ABV on this bottle would allow me to drink 3 or 4 without even really taking note. Speaking of their other beers, their Storm King and Golden Monkey are two of their best beers. They also produce a weizen bock that I have never had. I am not sure I have even seen the bottle.

This is a good beer. For a basic IPA, I would totally put this in my rotation. It has just enough hop character to appease the hop head in me. Sheryl isn't a big fan of hops, but yesterday ordered the new Enjoy By from Stone. We were at Aces and Ales in Las Vegas celebrating my birthday, and they had the new one on tap. It was good; lots of fruity flavors.

If you like a good American IPA, give this one a shot. Cheers!

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Photo of astrobrewer
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color, some haziness. Fine, off-white head that is retained for quite a while. Strong, sweet, citrusy hop aroma. Flavor also dominated by hops with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Medium body balances hop flavor nicely. Carbonation level is just right with the bubbles making a nice tingle on the tongue that is good with the spicy hoppiness. A good beer if you're in the mood for lots of hops.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was an orange-amber color with good clarity. The head was beige, rather small and didn't display very good retention and only spotty lacing. The aroma was excellent for the style, lots of herbal and citrus hops with a pale malt backbone. The flavors were at first notably bitter, with lots of orange rind and grapefruit notes, but behind that lurked the flavors of other hops clearly reflecting the multiple additions used. As it warmed I tasted more of the doughy malt along with some crystal malt and the herbal elements of hops that came through. Acidic and a little biting; great for hop heads. The body was medium, the carbonation very good and the mouthfeel soft and just a little oily. Distinctly bitter but sessionable and a good All-American example.

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Photo of Mwinek
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Solk777
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fisherman34
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good IPA. Nice copper coloured body, and an intense citrus hop aroma and flavor with minor notes of black pepper and pine. Loads of smooth bitterness too. With all of that good stuff being said, it lacks a bit of subtlety and could use a bit more malty flavor to balance out the hops. Still, this is a superb beer.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep copper color, very clear, low carbonation, small head that faded quickly leaving a nice coating on top.

S - Some sweet caramel and toasted malts. Subtle earthy hop aroma.

T - Lots of darker malts, caramel and toasted, almost approaching an amber. Nice hop flavor, earthy with some citrus. A nice bitterness to balance the malt flavor.

M - Has a bit more body than your average American IPA, but it is nice and not over the top or too heavy.

D - This is not an IPA that should really be an IIPA, there are hops but they are not over the top and there is a lot of malt to balance it all out. Balance is good and makes for a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of brow1901
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden red color, light cream colored head is large but dissipates rather quickly. A very thin layer of sticks around and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Mostly of malt, not heavily roasted malt but rather the fresh baked bread malt smell. I catch a slight whiff of some sort of spices maybe pepper. And definitely plenty of hops.

T- Taste is excellent, great balance of strong malts to hops. Some of the spices shine marvelously. The only thing I would ask for is a more defined hop character, something with a citrus or pine taste would seem a good fit. The hop character breaks away from the malty sweetness in the aftertaste.

D- The beer is incredibly drinkable, perfect light carbonation blends with the great taste to make a super smooth beer. Hopdevil goes down easy.

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Photo of SLewis
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Erish
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: cloudy orange-gold, the thick beige head slowly folds into a thick cap, the lacing is outstanding.

S: grapefruit, orange, floral hops.

T: simple, clean flavors, the citrus bursts up front, the piney/floral hops release in the middle and the finish is hoppy and very piney/grassy.

M: light bodied, moderate carbonation, off-dry.

D: As a good-old-fashioned American IPA, this is a standout. Simple, clean, bold, but not overdone. Well done.

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Photo of peabody
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy amber orange with white suds that leave good lacing on the pint glass.
This one smells sweet. Sugary malt and slight hops. Very slight citrus aromas. Needs to be stronger in the nose.
I was trying to compare this and the weyerbacher Simcoe but that won't work. It is a beer by itself. Initially sweet then bitter then sweet then bitter again. Not a lot of citrus flavor but there is a blackness that must be roasted malt and very black tasting hops.
I like this take on the IPA. Very different from most IPA's I have had.
If I could get ahold of lots of these I would love to session a case or two! Victory for your taste indeed!

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes - 6/8/10.

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a full two finger head giving way to spotted lacing. Color is a clear dark copper or burnt orange.

S: Spicy citrus hops. A decent malt backbone is also present in the nose. Not quite as juicy or overpowering as other IPAs, but pleasant nonetheless.

T: Piney and citrus hop flavors. Nice bitterness that is ultimately balanced with some sweet malt. Good IPA, just nothing outstanding here.

M: Resinous hops. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

D: Very easy to drink and smooth going down. Victory has yet to let me down. Intrigued to try the Wild Devil I picked up this past weekend to compare.

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Photo of carln26
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark copper color, very clear and was topped by a fluffy off-white head. A nice lace is left on the side of the glass as the head slowly recedes. The nose has grapefruit, a little spicy pepper, some pine, and light caramel on the finish. I’m not sure of the hop bill, but I think I catch some Centennial in the aroma. The taste is more balanced that I expected. I get a dark caramel first followed by grapefruit rind. The spiciness is still there too. Just the slightest heat in the finish. Slick, dry mouth feel, nice drinakbiklity.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap and poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy dark orange in color with copper hues near the edges of the glass. Craggy off white head pours one finger thick. Decent retention. Soft sticky lacing.

S: Citrus juice. Pine resin. Sweet malts. Yeast. Earth.

T: Citrus juice flavor is immediately pushed out of the way by a citrus and pine hop spicey bitter bite. Rich and sweet caramel malts push through to balance things out and are followed by a soft touch of honey and fresh baked bread. Finishes with more spicey hops and sweet malts.

M: Silky smooth. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: I have tried this beer straight from the bottle, off the tap and out of a cask and I enjoyed this spicey little hop bomb every single time. Recomended.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in 16 fl.oz. pint (tulip) glass at Goose Island - Clybourn, (November 24, 2009).

Eyes: Amber gold, a nice head with good lacing.

Nose: A suggestion of malt, but dominated by the grapefruit, oily hop aroma. Quite interesting.

Tongue: The citrus/floral hops appear strong and bitter, quite complex and interesting. No malts to speak of. I must admit that I like the profile here, but I'm a shade underwhelmed. Good, but the brew does not do enough with the bitter hops, I'm left expecting more.

Mouth: Smooth carbonation, crisp bitterness, but it doesn't linger very long.

Libation: Pretty good IPA. With something called "HopDevil" you'd expect a real hop bomb, but it's quite reasonable. It's interesting, easy drinking, a solid IPA.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,434 ratings