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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,357
Reviews:
2,538
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
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299
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1,543
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2.6/5  rDev -36%

Photo of GreenWBush
2.63/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have pined for the opportunity to try this oft, and generally universally-lauded brew. I was afforded that opportunity at the Map Room, Chicago, Illinois.

This beer presents itself to me much darker than I had expected, an autumn-leaf red with a minimal skim. Just a few freckles of lace are observed clinging to the nonic pint as it disappears.

The nose of this beer again defies my anticipation; it is particularly faint, and not what i'd necessarily call 'hoppy'. The aroma is full of thin, bready malts and just the faintest impression of apple-like hop notes.

While this beer does carry a good amount of bitterness, I am surprised to find a very marginal amount of actual hop flavor. The malt is slightly sourdough-like and gets pummeled around by a thin, reedy and metallic bitterness. This one definetely sits on the 'dry' side of things, never really getting over that painful tea-like bitterness.

The mouthfeel of this beer is also particularly underwhelming. No real oiliness or powdery/pillowiness to speak of, just that incessant clanging bitterness and faint toasted malt. I jiggle the belly in hopes of producing a hop-burp, but nothing comes.

Perhaps my years of drinking West-coast minded IPAs has ruined my palate, but this wasn't even particularly pleasant to wade through. Again, i'd like to try this closer to the source so I can see if my plaguing negative impression of Victory beers has something to do with regional bias/freshness/transit, etc.

So far i'm 0/3 with Victory.

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Photo of chrisjws
2.63/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bamadog
2.67/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fries Cafe over in Cincinnati had this on tap the other night, so I thought I would give it a shot. Overall, Victory has only had a couple of beers that I feel are decent, and they tend to fall short for the most part. Review is from notes taken on 7/9/2010 and poured from the tap to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a solid and consistent coppery color; starts with a one finger off-white head that fades to a thin, but full, cap; body has decent clarity and shows light carbonation bubbling throughout.

Smell: Very, very faint. Bit of a musty grainy presence with a dusty hop scent, and that's it. Not impressed.

Taste: Mostly tall, dry and slightly musty graininess; a very faint, near dusty hoppiness (these flavors make me wonder if this just an old keg or something...); bit of a sugary/candy-like sweet maltiness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation in a light to medium body; a light and semi-dry stickiness lingers around on the palate, but mostly it's a moist finish.

Drinkability: Meh, I could take it or leave it... I would gladly give it another shot though if I was told that the keg was fresh and re-review this if needed.

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Photo of Boblemo
2.68/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rosmhuire
2.7/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I'm new to the craft beer world. Wine is my first passion. but since it's summertime, I've been drinking more beer and have been quite impressed with the quality of crafty beers out there (if only I didn't live on the upper east side of NYC, where you don't get much of a beer selection at the supermarkets and delis).

I was not a big fan of this beer - I enjoy IPA's, but this one seemed all hops and nothing else. I can see that this beer is very well reviewed on this site, but for my palate, it just didn't do the trick

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.7/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 2/10/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a dark brown color. Medium sized head, slightly off-white, diminishing. Strong aroma of hops, some malts. Bitter-sweet taste of hops, unnaturally bitter. Later taste - semi-sweet taste, clean finish. Not all that hoppy.

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Photo of mikechance
2.71/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a nice rusty orange color and a little 1/3 - 1/4 inch head. I'm picking up a lot of malt and spice in the nose but nothing hoppy or any of the citrus you would expect from an IPA. A very malt dominated beer with very little of the hop characteristics I expect from an American IPA. Its medium bodied and has a little sour and acid aftertaste. This is much closer to an old ale style or brown ale than anything else. For something called HopDevil Ale I’m very disappointed.

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Photo of Jasel
2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Not my kind of beer...but I'm not a huge IPA fan. Maybe it was skunked? Still learning.

Consumed with a pilsner glass.

Appearance - A great tannish, to dark brown. A 1 finger head, I don't know about lacing because I just couldn't drink it.

Smell - Decent traditional IPA smell, with some funk our sourness.

Taste - Metallic smell with a hops, hops, hops.

Mouthfeel - Fizzy with a harsh sourness that gave me shivers every time.

Drinkability - Could get past the first few sips let alone a whole beer.

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Photo of lechroy
2.74/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into taster glass. A is a warm sunset Orange, opaque with a fair 2 finger head. S is nicely malty sweetness with caramel and Orange essence. T is too much. Heavily unbalanced and very bitter. Too much for my palette and I live IPA. M is decent. O is that this beer was going big and really comes over too strong and bitter. Could be better as a 8 abv beer with more malt shape.

UPDATE: Had this again on tap at Beer Revolution (OAK), and again it was a disappointment. Too much hype, not a tasty enough for me to ever recommend.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of BogAl
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of joewheeler06
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of Thehopluver
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of BostonPhilly
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of Jerid
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of Aprice34
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of Weisseguy1
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of TEKNISHE
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of m0ntels
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of DuffDaddy
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Got a single from LEGOLAND Publix to celebrate National IPA day. Good for an IPA...mild hoppiness and only a mild headache afterwards - I'll call that a success. Definitely not "devilish". Enjoyed while watching Peaky Blinders on Netflix.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,357 ratings.
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