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Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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2,492 Reviews
Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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
Reviews:
2,492
Ratings:
7,165
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
19.46%
 
 
Wants:
282
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1,394
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Reviews: 2,492 | Ratings: 7,165
Photo of Oakenator
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My introduction to the beauty of the hop over 10 years ago. Pours a sweet reddish brown with a nice head and good lacing. The aroma is a piney hop and a clean beer. Taste is more bitter and less sweet. Great beer and for sure a benchmark for Victory.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I bought a 6-pack for $8.99 -- pretty good for an American IPA.

A: Nice amber color with a great pearl head. The retention was really good -- it just looked like a beer that I wanted to drink. Fairly medium-bodied (not thick and syrupy like Dogfish Ales).

S: Abundance of citrus-hop aromas. Actually reminded me of the hops found in a lot of New Zealand ales. Orange zest and pine, with a touch of brown sugar.

T: You'd expect a really bitter beer, but the guys at Victory have done it again -- a rather creamy, but spiced beer. Layers of toasted malt really compliment the zesty hops in the brew. I wouldn't say it is "well-balanced" -- you have to love hops to love this one. The taste of the hops almost hints at blood orange and basil when it reaches room temperature. So complex and satisfying -- definitely a keeper.

This is a fantastic beer. Thankfully, at least ONE micro-brew in the country understands that you can have a nice IPA without jacking up the alcohol and sugar to bring it into balance. I enjoyed this with some excellent Thai cuisine, and I would gladly drink it on its own anytime! Great job -- highly recommended!

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Photo of twilight
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awww... A cute little hopdevil on the bottle. It's nice, and adds some fun to the seriousness of the beer. It pours a cloudy golden orange colour with a head that doesn't last at all. The smell- oh, the smell- it's like sticking your nose into a packet of hops when you homebrew. And that reminds me of the beauty of hops. I suppose I'll have to be a hopdevil worshipper for this one based solely on the smell. The taste is excellent, smooth and malty, and continuing to the bitterness of the hops while leaving a balanced, yet hoppily bitter, aftertaste in the mouth. It almost has citrusy overtones during the intense hop rush. I hadn't realized this was 6.7 ABV otherwise I'd have bought another for tonight. There's always tomorrow. With the grand rush of hops, I hoppily look forward to more intense IPA's.

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Photo of emericanchaos
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

burnt brown pour with slightly discolored frothy head. head almost looks like guinness's. body is very dark for this style. most IPA's are a lighter brown to resemble their pale hoppy flavor. this devil is extremely dark brown sort of a mahogany as opposed to the typical tanned beech wood color you would expect.

hops explodes from my pint glass. cascade hops especially. almost burns the nose. not much else to comment on aside from that.

the aroma is definetly an indication of how this brew is going to go down. great punch of hops which mellows into a dilluted spice which i'm assuming comes from the yeast. between these two big flavors it's difficult to pick up anything more. hops fans rejoice!!

lots of carbonation mixed in with spicey hops and yeast makes this one an interesting adeventure. swishing around the pallette is a tad sluggish. that slight hesitation makes the bold flavor of this beer even more present. never the less it goes down extremely well.

if you love hops or have enjoyed IPA's this is an easy decision. lovely beer, specially for my fellow hops addicts. this is my craft brew standby. whenever i'm having trouble deciding i goto the devil and you should too.

thank you victory.

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Photo of Riggo
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A while back, I tried this beer and just felt it was way too hoppy. I was quite surprised then to discover on a recent tasting how balanced this beer really is. What is distinctive about this beer is not really the heavy hops. Plenty of American brewers do that, but few do it while at the same time balancing it out with complex earthy, malty flavors and an amazing depth of character. All the while remaining very drinkable. Outstanding.

Pours an attractive clear, dark copper with a creamy tan head that remains in a thin cap, leaving nice lacing. The nose is alluring and complex: an earthy mixture of wood, smoke, burnt sugar, spicy, leafy hops, melted butter(?), fruit (orange, lemon, raisins, apricots, grapefruit?). On palate, a combination of complexity and balance that is exceptional. On the one hand, earthy flavors of nutty, roasted, smoky malt, buttery toffee, and caramel. At the same time, spicy, leafy, cedary hop bitterness and fruit--grapefruit, lemon, orange. Finish is long, dry, and fruity. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, with just a touch of carbonation. A surpsisingly drinkable brew to have such a big, spicy hop presence. Very rounded-out and deeply earthy. One of the very best American ales. Victory is perhaps the best brewery in the country.

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Photo of loren01
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in trade with shark262, thanks much for this one!!
A: Pours a copper color with lots of frothy white head. Lots of lacing sticking down the sides of the glass.
S: Smells very citrusy and spicy. There is also a very well balanced malt scent.
T: Very very hoppy flavored, yet suprisingly malty for as hop flavored as it was. The end is very bitter but not in a bad way at all. Nicely balanced. Tastes very fresh out of the bottle like I'm sitting right at the brewery.
M: Goes down very easily, perfectly carbonated, slight bitter mouthfeel.
D: Overall this is an excellent IPA, one of the better ones I've had in quite some time.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear copper color, with a big white head that a bit of lace on the glass. Aroma is all citrusy grapefruit hops with just a bit of a dry grass to it. The flavor is very nice lots of grapefruity hop citrus up front, some husk flavors and the slightest toasty malt hiding in the background. Clean crisp drying hop finish. Slick smooth mouthfeel with a mild carbonation makes this a very drinkable beer that leaves you wanting another. Thanks to NeroFiddled for providing this as part of a beer trade.

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Photo of SirSaranac
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MaltFrazier came through with yet another good batch of various brews for me to try.... this was one of them....

A- Dark Amber/ Copper in color... Nice robust 2 finger head... some light sediment floating around... intricate lacing on the inside of the glass

S- Mmmm... Hops... super piny hop oil... stings the nose.... This is the epitome of what an IPA should smell like!

T- Very hoppy... mostly pine, but a little citrus peeks through to say hello. There's a malty backbone that disolves quickly, this brew is all about an overload of hops! Delicious!

M- Light/Light-Med body... hop bite on the tongue... perfect carbonation... nuff said

D- Mmmhmmm... if you're in the mood for a super hoppy IPA with flavor to get you through the night, then this is a fine choice. Drink up!

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Photo of Coagulater
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have had a lot of IPAs ... This one never fails to deliver everthing an IPA should.
I'll skip all the over analysis and get right to it: one of my all time favorite IPAs. I like Serierras "Torpedo" but it can be a bit too much at times. The Hop Devil on the other hand... Awesome, always.

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Photo of BabiakNo9
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't believe it took me so long to review this beer... served in a pint glass from a bottle.

A - Dark amber in color. Def. can't see through this beer.

S - Pine, grapefruit-like-citrus, & very noticeable hops.

T - Citrus throughout with enough hops to make any hop head satisfied. Noticeable spice, but nowhere near many IPA's; It's not called SpiceDevil, so I'm not surprised.

D - Would be a favorite to session. Though the name puts an emphasis on hops, I could never get sick of this beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: gorgeous bronze color with a decent amount of thick white head
S: my nose isn't doing well at the moment but I'm getting a lot of malt smell from it. Very sweet and misleading. The smell burns a little toward the end so you can tell there's some hoppiness going on.
T: Very good flavor starts off with some caramel sweetness to kick things off which quickly fades to the hoppy side of things with a good transition to some earthy spicy notes. It finishes at the swallow with an oily hop finish that coats the mouth and leaves you wanting more.
M: Good carbonation that may be a little on the heavy side which leads to the mouthfeel being a touch on the thin side but not bad.
D: I really like beers like this so I could see myself drinking a few of them. It certainly won't be hard to finish it off.

Overall: a very good beer for you to get a hop fix. the only bad thing is the oily hop flavor seems to coat a little too well to after a couple sips you can't appreciate all the flavors. Instead of the up front sweetness it just tastes sort of watery until a new wave of hop flavors come roaring in. Still a good beer considering that though.

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Photo of jblo
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fuller's Glass.

Thin Lace, head sticks around for a few years.

Lovely color - orangeish amber.

smells like piney mountain orange trees.

Tastes like the name - hops, hops and citrusy goodness, with just enough malt backbone to help it along.

Aftertaste/mouthfeel are excellent - they stick around for a while and leaves a tingly tangly feeling on the tongue that is basically heaven.

One of my favorite IPA's, right along with DFH 90 and Green Flash!

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Photo of sheathead
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Amber in color. 1/4 inch head. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

Slight floral smell with maybe some caramel?

Starts with a big hop bite. The malty back bone somewhat balances the hops, but the hop bite comes back at the finish.

Not overly carbonated. Just enough to feel a tingle on your tongue.

This is a very drinkable beer. The ABV isn't too high and the hops are kept in check enough that they don't become too much after a few beers.

HopDevil is one of my favorite beers, which is why it's my first review. Victory brews a damn fine American IPA.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally got my hands on an IPA that everyone has been raving about. Beverage poured with a wonderfully thick head. Strong clean amber color. Hints of grapefruit tickled my nose. Not much lace sticks around to show off the fact that you had a wonderful beverage. A nice bitter taste to it that is not too over-the-top like some IPA's can be.

Is it good? YES!! Is it one of the best IPA ever?? Not quite, but it sure is in my top 5 list.

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Photo of Wildman
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well I finally got to try this. The supply of Victory's recently dried up in Columbus. But my favorite beer supplier came through. This beer poured a lovely reddish copper color and formed a nice off white head that left some nice lace. The aroma was of malt and citrus-grapefruit. The flavor was of malt, caramel and hops. The finish is sweet and astrigent. Also the alcohol makes it's presence known in the finish. A great beer. Now the big decision, which do I get at the store, Victory's or Stones? Definately different characters which makes the decision even harder. Definiately worth the wait and harassing I gave my stores.

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Photo of jmc44
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber, almost copper color. 2-finger off-white head which diminishes but is always there.

Armoa of hops. Tastes faintly malty but is quickly smothered by the strong taste of spicy and cirtusy hops. Finishes strongly, but not overwhelmingly, bitter.

If you are a hophead this is a great beer; especially great on warm summer days like today.

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Photo of wafers
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours dark amber, moderate off-white foam that lingers and sticks to glass for awhile
S: Very potent smell, funky, kind of earthy
T: Bitter hops right off the bat with a nice malty background, very balanced and flavorful
M: Somewhat heavy, very sticky, resiny
O: Straight up awesome IPA, very tasty, drinkable, definitely a top option that should be considered when available

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Victory Hop Devil IPA has a thick, spongy, khaki head, a semi-clear, orange appearance, a few streaming bubbles, and a good amount of sporadic lacing left behind. The aroma is of hop oil, flowers, some pine, and sweet, white bread. Taste is of all those, plus citrus rind, sugar, citrus juice of some sort, hearty (but, not harsh) bitterness, and no alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, soft, and oily, and Victory Hop Devil IPA finishes mostly dry, refreshing, sweet, and quite drinkable. This is a super IPA, and I say it's one not to miss.

RJT

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Photo of bierguru
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A -
body is a orange but not really copper color head is a creamy white that stays very well

S -
right up front you get hit with a grapefruit smell along with slight hints of malt and biscuit and finishes with a smooth hop smell

T -
grapefuit right up front and some other citrus herbal taste then finishes with a strong but smooth hop taste

M -
some bite on the tounge from the bitterness from grapefruit and hops but nothing annoying very smooth

D -
this is my favorite American IPA its bitter but its a really smooth bitter and very tasty

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Photo of roddwolff
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Taken in july 2010 in a tonic glass victoria. Look: Amber opaque dead color, fat yellow head, excellent lacing. Smell: Blend of earth hops and cookie malts. Taste: Earth, pine, wood, floral and probably spicy hops with scents to ashes and snuff. Mouthfeel: Clean, extra body and very bitter, the bitterness is like a bomb on the palate, creamy body with high carbonation, a victory for the drinker.

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Photo of legatovibrato24
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a unibroue snifter. Translucent amber in color with a fine, lacy head that lingers only to fade into a glass lacing fine layer. Smell is along the lines of dogfish head 60 minute. Citrusy and earthy hops almost smells like the air in an open field after a long steady rain.

First sip and initial impression is right in the ballpark of DFH 60 min. However similar the hop profile seems to dogfish head, there is a difference that pushes it over the top. At first it was hard to place, but about halfway through i figured it out. The HopDevil doesn't hold back, from the initial taste to the lingering finish, it's hops dominated, all the way.

While this is not a beer for those new to hoppy beers, it is one that any IPA lover should give a shot, especially if they enjoy the dogfish head and sierra nevada torpedo hop profiles.

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Photo of mlhall55
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one of those beers that has come so close to having the perfect amount of hops! This beer is by far on the top 10 list that my roommates and myself created. Great flavor with out any of the baggage, I've had hoppy beers that taste kind of on the sweeter side - not this one. Great job Victory!

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Photo of micahgoldfus
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a orange-brown color with red tints, and a cream-colored head that bubbled down fairly slowly. The smell was strong and quite pleasant: earthy, hoppy punch, with plenty of pine flavor, but a dash of sweetness. It was complex and complimentary, and the taste proved to be so as well. The taste had massive amounts of hop power, as you can imagine. It was fresh, and perfectly combined the floral, sweeter hops with grassy, bitter ones. Also, the are sharp citrus flavors as well, like grapefruit and orange. There was a sweet, caramel-like malt base that was simply perfect: not too sweet, not too bready, just right. The drinkability is fantastic: it's so hoppy it's spicey, so I couldn't drink it too quickly, but it still goes down smooth and easy, with the the other flavors coming in. All in all, a great beer that is powerful without being too over-the-top, as I find many American IPAs.

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Photo of soilguy
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The american IPA has finally reached the pinnacle of its evolution, and its name is Hopdevil. This was my second encounter with the Hopdevil, having visited the brewery in 2001. It was even better than I remembered. A blast of citrusy american hops assaults one upon opening the bottle - definitely some Cascade, and I wouldn't be surprised if some Centennial was lurking in there as well. It pours a dark golden brown with a rich white head. The flavor is the perfect union of sharp hops and crisp maltiness. Naturally, it is out of balance and strongly weighted towards the hops, but the hops do not suppress the other complex flavors in the beer. Any idiot can fill a brew kettle to the top with hops and call it an IPA, but the skill of the brewer is revealed by brewing a beer that satisfies the hopheads and still has loads of malt character. In my opinion, this is one of the top five craft brews that I have tasted.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this poured into a pint glass. Awesome beer to have in the Spring or Fall months, but really any time of year. Super crisp, outstanding flavor of hops and citrus (especially big on the hops as the name would lead you to believe). Really nice copper color with a whitish foam head. Just enough boozy flavor to let you know it's there without getting into the range of an imperial or anyhting like that. One of the best offerings I've had from Victory, very nice beer.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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