HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,366
Reviews:
2,539
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
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300
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Ratings: 7,366 |  Reviews: 2,539
Photo of deepsouth
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured a golden amber into my oversized wine glass. even a pretty hard pour didn't get me much head. a few rocky bubbles and some hazy head covers the beer though.

the smell is bittersweet and citrusy. a bit floral and spiciness as well.

this beer tastes pretty hoppy. lots of citrusy hops. grapefruit, lemon rind, dare i say a bit oakish. complex taste. i can taste a bit of alcohol as well.

the mouthfeel is a bit carbonated, smooth, velvety & fluffy. great for this style.

i could drink a few of these. a good example of a nice clean tasting american ipa.

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

Holy Hops, Batman! This beer is insane in the membrane. It looks OK, it smells OK, but the initial sip sent sent me on a spin. The aftertaste is nothing but pure hoppyness. Even after it goes down the hatch, the hops linger behind and are 2 legit 2 quit.

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

On tap, from notes. Finally had the pleasure of trying this one. Pours clear deep copper, thick head, some retention, good lacing.

SMELLS citrusy and floral hops, has some legs, malty support in the background.

TASTE is grapefruity and floral hop flavors in the lead, rich sweet malty base backs the hops, medium bitterness through the middle. Largely smooth and balanced, some lingering bitterness after the finish.

FEEL moderate carbonation and tingles, medium body, some lingering bitterness.

OVERALL very easy drinker, but a little thin in flavor. Sessionable.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love a good IPA so was anxious to try this one.
Starts out with a real thick foamy head, then develops good lacing. Great Copper/red color. Nice Grapefruit/hoppy smell. A nice IPA but I think with the name I was expecting more Hops.
Its still a very satisfying IPA, very drinkable. A good session IPA. Has a dry mettalic mouthfeel.
Goes down very easy.
This is my first product from Victory, will definately try some others.

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

Looks very good. A beautiful amber color with a tall head.

Smells like an IPA. Hops with some murky citrus/grapefruit notes. Slightly sweet.

Tastes like it smells. Hops with some murky citrus/grapefruit notes. Some herbal "spiciness".

Feels slightly foamy/fluffy. Medium bodied but on the lighter side.

A good and easy going IPA.

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

Pours a burnished copper colour with gorgeous gushing head that retains a couple of fingers of beige foam, and sticky lace. No real bead but all the action's up top. Looks great.

Smell is fresh and delightful. Lots of sweet caramel malt underlying, hint of bread grain, but largely just light floral hops, hint of lemon zest, rosewater and fresh pineapple and a touch of resinous bitterness as well. Bit subdued, but otherwise ideal.

Taste hits you with those hops right away. Resinous notes and a touch of fresh pine that develops malty notes as an afterthought for the mid. Touch of barley, English toffee and lemon curd, before hops take over for the finish. Slight tartaric sherbety twang gives a nice lightness, but the bitterness is separate, resinous and quite drying at the back. Still a nice blend between those different hop characters and the pleasant malt base. I likes.

Fairly full body but a slight harsh back as it goes down. It could be carbonation but I think it's more likely hop oils sharpening the finish. Not bad.

I won't lie and say I haven't had better IPAs, but I certainly haven't had a better IPA from Victory. Or even from Pennsylvania.*

* I haven't had any others.

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Photo of Naked_Batman
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark amber/orange with a very thin somewhat soapy head that doesn't persist

Smell: slight hints of molasses and toasted malt lead into piney earth notes

Taste: surprisingly yeasty and malty with a constant underlying pine hoppiness. After sipping there is a definite toasty note lingering on the tongue. Id be interested in seeing the grist bill for this brew. Not going to lie the taste threw me off a bit. It had the malty richness or a trippel but the bitterness and refreshing hints of a very hoppy IPA. Not unenjoyable, just unexpected.

Overall: An IPA to break the mold. Hoppy and complex. I can see why people love this brew but to be honest it wasn't my favorite. It has a certain heaviness in the flavor that I think appeals to many and almost feels like a "winter ipa" if you would. Still would drink again though

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Photo of FlyFisher2782
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Cheers2beers for this one.

Starts of with a billowing tan head that dissipates a little quickly and gives up a dark straw colored beer underneath.

The nose of this beer I find lacking a bit for an IPA. Not much hops present in the smell but I did catch a hint of a dark plum and some bready overtones.

First sip brought me right back to the fact that this is definitely an IPA. Starts of with a crisp malt backbone, dry, bready and well balanced. This is definitely more of a "dry" ipa with little sweetness in the malt.

There are mostly bittering hops in this one, but perfectly balanced with the malt it makes for a nice platform to show off the hoppy finish which stays with you for a while. Peppery, spicy hops, no real citrus to speak of.

Overall a VERY balanced IPA with a perfect amount of carbonation and a great hop finish.

You could definitely session some of these as the alcohol was imperceptible.

I'd crack another anytime.

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

poured an amberish orange with yellow highlights and had a half finger of bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass. the aroma did have some good hoppy piney notes alongside caramel, sweetness from the malts and hints of citrus. the hop profile was much better on the palate with citrus caramel accents but had piney grassy notes and a touch of tangerine. the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, piney, mild hoppy finish. drank really good and enjoyed paired with some BBQ chicken while watching the steelers get the their ass's handed to them in the super bowl.

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

Had on-tap at the Happy Gnome in St.Paul. It's a deep brown color, with an off-white head that fades. Looks tempting. Nose is all hops. Taste is malty with pine and a strong hop finish. Mouthfeel is nice and drinkability is up there. Overall a nice brew.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

I really like this. The chestnu colour is mouthwatering and the taste and smell are a symphony of bitter piney hops and some maple syroup malts. It is slightly on he hoppy side but it s in the name - you have been warned

Mouthfeel is good carbonation but leaves a slight coating. I will have to revisit this soon.

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Photo of booga73
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joe1510
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle

Hopdevil poured a beautiful clear amber. A 1+finger creamy off-white eggshell head formed and stuck around awhile. Moderate lacing sticks throughout the drink.

Smell is of sweet malts. Along with citrusy hops. Sweetened grapefruit and a touch of pine. The front has a nice caramel nose followed by the citrus. Very nice.

This beer is very well balanced. The taste starts off with a quick bite followed by grapefruit and ends with a good grapefruit pulp bitterness. This is all held in check by a good malt backbone that balences everything nicely. A touch of pine in the taste too. As it warms there's a slight alcohol presence in the nose and throat.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied. Light bodied on the finish. A little on the watery side. Feels more medium bodied when first taken in. Light on the carbonation.

Drnkability is pretty high. With the lighter body and the nice balance between the hops and malt I could very easily enjoy a few of these at a time.

Overall this is a very well made beer from Victory. I was a little surprised though as I was looking for a more one sided hoppy ipa. Pick it up if you see it.

Slainte!

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

A: Rich copper color wtih ruby tones. Thick off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Pine and floral hops. Toasted malt and carmel. Earthy, grassy resin and a faint hint of alcohol.

T: Nicely balanced with sweet carmel malt upfront. Toasted bread and cereal. Followed by sharp hop bite. Piney resin, grapefruit and lemon zest. Nicely crafted IPA.

M: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation

D: Great balance, and exceptional drinkability. Another great offering from Victory.

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Photo of jcole524
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a sniffer. Very nice in appearance. Golden orange with a rather respectable size creamy white head.
Aroma is very pleasant and strong. Spicy and the bitters are definately picked up imediately.
Taste very true and full to the IPA brew style. Not overwelming...a pleasant mixture of bitterness and sweet malts. Better when cold with this brew.

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Photo of bjoyce12
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excellent. I'm a huge believer in truth in advertising, and Hop Devil fits the bill. Huge smack of hops. From something called "Hop Devil", I would expect nothing less. Pours a foamy dark golden. Can notice the hops scent right away. Good sign. Hops comes through from first taste through to the aftertaste. When I'm looking for a good, solid IPA, this one will make my top 10.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stone AB pint glass.

A- Orange meets Amber color with a thick 1 inch head. Sufficient lacing to stick to the sides as it dissipates.

S- Hops and spice on the nose up front. Some caramel malt is present as well.

T- Nice. The hop presence is totally put in check by the malty middle. Bittersweet dry finish. After a few minutes, and a few sips, the malt becomes more pronounced. Balanced and subdued flavor profile, but masterfully achieved.

M- Medium bodied.

D- One of the more drinkable IPA's I've had in a while. As a southern california resident, I enjoyed the restrained hop profile of this nice IPA as a nice change of pace from the extreme (but tasty) DIPA's that seem to be everywhere out here. Certainly more sessionable.

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Photo of nater919
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcaputo99
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dd43
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid IPA from Victory. Clear, amber in color, pretty highly carbonated. Nice to have an IPA with a foam cap that actually sticks around for a while. Nice bit of malt character on the nose to go with the piney qualities that a west coast type of ale (despite this being from PA) will have. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost wondering if there is some wheat in the mash. Hoppy without being overbearing. Some citrus that is expressed more in the flavor than the aroma. A tasty brew!

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Photo of mbusster88
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into perfect pint glass.

A: Orange amber color with small off white head. Very small bubbles in the head, but it doesn't stay around long. Some carbonation coming off the glass but not very much at all.

S: Very big pine character in the nose. But also get the malty notes of toffee and caramel. Not sure if this bottle is really fresh or not.

T/M: Very good east coast ipa taste. Really get pine and some astringent flavors in the mouth. However I also get a lot of malt and caramel notes. Good mouth feel makes this rather enjoyable.

D: Good IPA, not sure if it was the freshest bottle, but still good. I think I would get this again but I definitely wont be running around looking for it. I might get some more if I find it fresher to double check.

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Photo of keng1343
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doppelmeup
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a cloudy, pumpkin color into a pint glass with a 1/4 inch head which dissipated quickly, leaving some nice lacing.

Fruity, hoppy aroma, not as sharp as SNCA.

Very nice, bitter taste with some hints of malt. Not overpowering or cloying as I found SNCA to be.

Great bitter finish that cleansed the palate and then left the mouth feeling clean and refreshed.

I liked this much more than SNCA.

Will definitely try this again.

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