HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
4.06/5
7,396 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,459
Reviews:
2,550
Ratings:
7,396
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
Wants:
303
Gots:
1,572
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 7,396 |  Reviews: 2,550
Photo of elroacho
2/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of tmars13
2/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of Jason1124
2/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of jfcaa193
2/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of MOVERTON1284
2/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of pobri27
2.05/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Highly overrated beer. On tap tastes watered-down. Less-than stellar feel and too dark look. More like a lager in color.

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Photo of ken2cart1
2.09/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- light mahogany, lbig 1 inch frothy head

S- def a solid caramel backbone, fruit hopsmell in there, but not as much hop smell as an ipa should

T- wheres the hops? decent bitterness, but no hop flavor, watery, matallic taste, HAS THIS BEER GONE BAD?

m- WATERY

D- not enjoyable at all

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Photo of ttu94
2.11/5  rDev -48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was very hesitant to write this review. American IPA's are my favorite style of brew. This beer is highly recommended so I thought it must be good. After drinking my first I thought I had a bad bottle. It was poor, make that very poor for any style of beer. I did not write a review cause I thought I must have a bad batch. 4 weeks later I buy another sixer. Same crap! This time I did a blind taste test with Broken Halo, Avery IPA, Great Divide IPA, and this mess. I could pick this thing out blindfolded every time, and not for good reasons.
It looks good nice color and head. But that is where good ends and bad to worse starts. It smells like a decent IPA with malts and lots of hops but then a whiff of, (I don't know what) hits me. I really don't know what to call it, plastic? or soap. Whatever the smell is it is even more prevalent in the taste. A very distinctive yuck aftertaste. To its credit the beer is much better as it warms but I will be very gun shy about trying another.

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Photo of hoptrip619
2.16/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured a dark amber/copper into a clean pint glass. Appears to be lightly carbonated w/o much head.

S - Smells like a bum farted onto a pine cone... Seriously... The bottle reads "Enjoy by Sept 19 2010"

T - Cheesy hop flavor, combined with a saltwater taffy malt character, and a lingering resinous bitterness.

M - Medium body, flaccid carbonation

D - I've heard good things but please stop shipping your beer to California if it's going to arrive ruined.

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Photo of billysdad
2.16/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Disappointed. Dank. Flat. Not enough hops. I'm sort of a Philly guy. Looked for years w/envy at Victory's rep/price. When I tried it, really bad compared to west coast hoppy IPAs. Maybe fresher it's better, but due to my location, why is a west coast IPA fresher than a Philly IPA?

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Photo of badgerbeer1
2.19/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I had this in cruddy bar, so I hope the negativity is product of poor taps. Looked great, smelled awful. Had two and smell was same. Ruined taste, most likely. Again, review could be skewed due to poor taps

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Photo of mikethebeerguy
2.2/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

All in all not a great taste. They threw a ton of spices together and prayed... an overpowering taste of hops. Very heavy flavor. I guess a lot of people are into that though. Not me though, not a smooth beer and certainly not good flavor. I would not recommend this overpriced and overrated beer to anyone.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
2.23/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Seraphiel-
2.23/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was super excited for this one, but found myself disappointed. The smell was cloyingly sweet, and the taste was pretty flat for me.

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Photo of evanackerman
2.24/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

wow, i was very disappointed with this one, there is no balance to this brew just over the top hops, this needs some malt flavor very badly. aroma is very strange and not plesant, i wish i would not have bought an entire six pack of this.

I ususally like highly hopped beers but this one is just too one-dimensional, i guess most others disagree but i can't understand why this is so highly rated.

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Photo of Bike2work
2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of Obsidian
2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of John_Squires
2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of christensega
2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of DarthMalt
2.31/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Ouch! Hop Devil deilivers, as promised. There's definitely a time and place for beers like this. Hopefully, I'll find one or the other, so that my tongue didn't writhe in vain.

"Would you like some malt to go with those hops?"

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Photo of mjrtoo
2.32/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent amber color as you would expect, with little head. Upon the first sniff I proclaimed to myself 'It smells like Budweiser' and to me, it does, absolutely nothing here for me in the smell department. Upon taste, it kinda tastes like budweiser too, although with the typical hoppy bitterness of ales. The mouthfeel is very bright on the tounge, too much carbonation for my tastes. I suppose this might be a good session beer if you want something like an american lager with hops. But I might recommend looking for something else in the American IPA department.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.33/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This bottle was poured into my samual adams perfect pint glass i purchased at the sycamore Hy-Vee for $2.95 that i rinsed and let air dry before serving beverages. Glass temperature was room temp which is about 60 degrees.

Pour has a solid head about 3 fingers tall and leaves lacing. The color is dark for an ipa by todays standards, and i say is a dead on match to "alloy orange", with the hex triplet code #C46210. google it.

Aroma lets you know this is an IPA, kinda. There are a bit more then a balanced load of hops poking out of here but not by much. A notion of Grapefruits amid evergreen saps float barely over some toasted caramel malts.

The flavors are more unimpressive, IPAs have really evolved a long way since this was a top tier offering, and really shows how uni-dimensional the use of cascade hops can be. That said this comes out as a beer that tastes exactly like you would expect in that there is grapefruit/citrus, some pine notes, layered over a caramel backbone. sounds like a blueprint for mediocrity.

The mouthfeel is slightly low in carbonation from center, resulting in a slightly sweeter finish and creamy feel. Needs to be dryer.

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Photo of Smccullough
2.4/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Cconsalvo
2.47/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe I got a bad batch....date on bottle "enjoy by Dec 10 2015"
No hop profile at all! No nose, no taste, just a very low carbonated sicky-sweet malt aroma and taste. It's actually pretty nasty. Drain pour.

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Photo of ZachStubbs
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,396 ratings
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