Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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:
2,499
Ratings:
7,194
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
19.46%
 
 
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Photo of DaneBramage
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1 per bottle on clearance at my local shop.

A: Dark amber to copper.
S: Citrusy, grapefruit and orange. Hints of pine.
T: Citrusy and hoppy, but not overly so on either. Hints of malt.
F: Smooth with a very citrusy, smooth aftertaste, not bitter at all.
O: A really easy-drinking IPA that goes down well on a warm afternoon. A steal for the price.

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Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

An excellent ipa, but try their Dirt Wolf if you are after a richer Dipa and want a worthy substitute to some much higher priced and more difficult to procure beers like those of VT.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

**
08/12/2012
Grapefruit, Orange Peel, hops, hops hops.Dark Yellow/Orange.Nice strong hoppy, but drinkable beer.xCitizens Bank Park, Diamond Club, Bottom of the 3rd: Phils 3, Cards 2.

**

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Photo of bdaggett
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark Amber look with a small head.
Really nice malt to support the hop flavors on this guy. Plenty of hops and citrus flavor that is not overwhelming at all. A really nice balance overall. The malt was much more prominent than I expected, but I was not disappointed.

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Photo of bravedave232323
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Ah, Lucifer, how I have missed you.

As I drink this sassy IPA once again, this beer reminds me of... believe it or not, a chihuahua.

This beer has the label, promise, and attitude of a dangerous bite of hops. Although this is not a nuclear explosion of hops as expected, this is a phenomenal IPA.

An attractive amber, ever so slightly cloudy/red pour, a minimally discolored pretty head rests at one inch or less.

This beer has a respectable citrus kick that immediately floods the mouth. You feel the intensity that tries to breath through. It's not quite the devil that it proclaims, but still a taste that leaves you smacking your lips and reathing through the mouth to enjoy the strong hop accents that try to punch through this bold, summery (and dare I say..playful?) IPA.

It has the attitude and initial punch of a triple IPA, but quickly forgives with citrus and summer character. One of my favorites.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap at chickie and Peres in Philadelphia airport. 2 finger head that disappeared fairly quick.

Initial taste was wondering whether it was an IPA because I did not detect very strong citrus hoppy flavor. Very well balanced with nothing specific standing out.

I like it. Very very drinkable.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A darker than average color appearance for an ipa, this one even seems to have a little bit of light brown/tan color with burnt copper. The head is less than 1/3". The aroma doesn't pop. Seems like a lager bill hopping.

A good amount of toffee/caramel like malt impressions. The hops just aren't cutting it though given the label and beer name. If you wanna go malty, this might be up your alley.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Appearance: dark copper, with a slightly reddish tint in different lights. Pours a plenty thick head, with an off white color to it. Lots and lots of sticky lacing while drinking. The body is mostly translucent; maybe a touch of haze to it.

Aroma: kind of disappointing....some bitter hops, some malty sweet notes, maybe a smidgeon of citrus underneath. Definitely more of a "classic" IPA in its scent.

Taste: thankfully, this beer hasn't aged badly at all despite not being en vogue at the moment. Packs tons of hop complexity and is perfectly balanced and delicious. Begins lightly sweet, with some nice citrusy and dank notes, and finishes piny and bitter. Moderate malt backbone doesn't overwhelm or over-sweeten the beer.

Feel: silky smooth and full-bodied for a less than 7% IPA, this drinks super nice.

Overall: everyone reminisces about how this was their go-to before the recent hop haze and juice revolution, but this beer is still fantastic.

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Photo of thebeers
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For years, this was my go-to beer. Remember being blown away by the hops when I first tried it at Bob and Barbara's in Philly around year 2000. Today, it's not all that outrageous, but you've got to respect your elders and appreciate the classics.

Pours a nice copper color with an off-white head that leaves decent lacing. What I get in the aroma these days is actually a wallop of malty sweetness, but there's fairly grapefruit-ish, earthy hops in there, too. These hops continue to the taste, with a strong malt balance, that's somewhat nutty in character. Medium to heavy bodied for an IPA.

What can I say? The newcomers have surpassed it in the decades that have followed, but this is still a damn good beer. Thank you, Victory.

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Photo of laketang
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12 oz. bottle marked best by oct. 2016
clear amber, tan head, frothy
estery bouquet, earthy sweet tones, not very pungent
real smooth hop bitterness.very subtle hop flavor
good medium mouthfeel, clean finish, not long

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber red with a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Smells like dark toffee, tobacco, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, biscuity cracker malts, black tea, apricot, grapefruity orange citrus, papaya, with herbal earthy grass and pine. Tastes like dark toffee, caramel, tobacco, molasses, brown sugar, biscuity cracker malt, grapefruit and orange citrus, papaya, apricot, tannic black tea, with dank herbal grass and earthy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice malty IPA.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm shocked at the glowing reviews. The last half of this six pack hung out in the fridge a long time. Too light bodied, though heavy of malt flavor, drinks more like a blonde ale. The hops do nothing to Improve the recipe, and actually detract from an otherwise decent light ale.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: a light mahogany color with some pale orange and light ruby notes. large 2 finger solid, marshmellow-like tan head

s: apricot, grapefruit, orange peel, dry crackers, thick caramel malts, and fresh brewed black tea

t: nice balance between malts in hops in here. its actually a bit sweet upfront, then moves to some nice tea leaf bitterness. there is a large bready presence in here as well along with a nice citrus zest that lifts everything up. there is a little bit of pine and pineapple going on in the background. a touch of syrup as well

m: fuller side of medium. carbonation level is on the lower side, but it works with the beer

o: i'm a big fan of this. if you're into crazy hopped beers, this one may be a bit malty for you, but i think it strikes a nice balace. not too sweet, not too bitter. easy to drink, easy to enjoy

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Photo of Caj1
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Beautiful copper-amber with a tinge of ruby. Crystal clear and with medium carbonation. I didn't pour with quite as much gusto as usual since I was using a different glass from normal, but I got a finger of dense, creamy off-white head. Great head retention, I poured this baby up, let it sit for about ten minutes and it still had a thick film of foam across the top. Wonderful lacing, it just won't stop clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Very good caramel creates the backbone of the scent profile. Sweet and malty like a good IPA should smell. Really 50/50 on the malt/hops ratio. I also detect spicy notes and some slight (emphasis on slight) estery scents, like banana. Some grainy notes come through but remind of fresh whole grain bread. Hops aren't huge on the nose, but don't really need to be. I get some resinous, deep notes, and as a whole it definitely edges on piney and general "dank" earthy tones, but there is a tinge of lemongrass.

T: Counterintuitive to what I expected on the smell, the hops are forward here. Malt does a great job of supporting and balancing the bitter and deep green hops. At first, the resinous, earthy flavors are very pronounced, but don't overstay their welcome. Medium bitterness overall. Malt is subtle, but I do get definite caramel and a little bit of a brown sugar flavor. Again, reminds me of fresh baked artisan bread. As the beer warms, the spicy, fruity flavors come out to play. Pepper tingles on the tongue toward the end of the taste experience.

F: It tastes like a DIPA but doesn't feel like one. Medium bodied overall, not something that I could pound down but it's crisp like any good IPA should be. Doesn't finish remarkably clean, but it has some astringency from the slightly higher alcohol content which helps give it a slightly dry bite after the swallow.

Overall: Easily one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of reviewing. Balanced, complex without going crazy, and overall a joy to savor. I don't have much else to say about this, I've already written an article.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours a deep amber, on the darker side of the IPA spectrum. The smell is fine, but nothing noteworthy. The taste is a little too sweet/malty for me. The hops are fine, but not especially assertive. They could definitely be doing more for the style.

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Photo of ppvora
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Copper with a slight haziness, 1 finger head, a little bit of aeration.
Aroma: Orange, hops, pine, a bit of a lovely mango in the background.
Taste: Big hops, a teeny-weeny bit of bread/crackers, but no complexity.
Mouthfeel: some lingering bitterness in a nice way.

Overall: This is one of Victory's beers that got them attention and it's a lovely introduction to their line of hoppy beers. I hope they continue to make it for the next 30 years!

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a little darker that most IPA's I've encountered, looks like an amber ale. Has very little head very slight carbonation. Has that typical hoppy smell of an IPA. Initial taste is pleasant but gradually finishes quite bitter. If you like IPA's, this one's for you. The lacing is there but not all the plentiful as well.

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Photo of beercam
2.52/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

????? Victory's lack of consistency lately is alarming. It's as if this bottle was skipped when they were adding the hops. This tastes like a standard lager. Super confused. Bummed. Might cry. Keep this shit up Victory and I AM OUT

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Translucent dark amber, one finger head, pretty good lacing.
S-Floral, piney, sweet malt.
T-Sweet caramelized malt followed by medium hop bitter. Quite the pine resin flavor, in a good way. Bitter grapefruit notes linger.

M-Big carbonation, some creaminess, some astringency, clean & crisp finish.
O-Complex mix of sweet & bitter, well done!

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Photo of TTen
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Hop Devil IPA

L: Beautiful, perfectly clear red-amber with a tight, off white head. Good retention and great looking beer. 4.75
S: Floral hops and caramel malt. Nice combination. The sweetness in the aroma reminds you that this is a substantial beer. 4.25
T: Nice bitterness. The sweet, caramel malt balances it out and the floral hops add some spice. 4.5
F: Medium body and agressive bitterness give a big feel to this hoppy, malty ale. 4.5
O: It's so good even 20 years after I first had it. Balanced yet both the hops and malts get a chance to speak. This should always be in my house. This beer didn't stop being awesome because there are lots of hoppier beers available now ;) 4.5

Enjoy by: 7/2/2016

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Photo of Obake21
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L = Light brown/brown.
S = Not a lot goingon here for me here, but maybe it's too cold. I get a little pine and resin, but not much.
T = Lighter than I thought it should be for an IPA. Not as much piney-ness as I would have expected.
F = Again, lighter here than I thought, but is still refreshing.
O = I actually really like this one because it's not as much like an IPA as the other I have tried. This one was considerably more mellow than others, which I liked, but it didn't seem as much an American IPA as it should be.

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Photo of IndiaPaleViking
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. A no-apologies hop bomb that you can taste 20 minutes after you've drank it.

Fabulous piney nose that gives you a hint of what's to come. Fabulous hops with just enough malt to give it a hint of balance. I first had this beer at the Philly airport and after that I visited the Victory taproom any time I came to town. This was the IPA that hooked me on IPA's and made me a hop head; and for that I thank you.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to @Ozzylizard for this PA gem. A nice fresh one at that. NBS BIF#3
Rich amber hued liquid pushes up a meaty buttermilk biscuit colored head 2 fingers-plus high. Slowly recedes to an afterthought. Smell hints at a little malt sweetness after a wash of piney, grassy hops that move to citrus. Taste is more of the same with a finish that lingers with the piney notes. A good old school IPA. Mouthfeel is full enough for my taste. Overall, a very good IPA.

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Photo of MACrist
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Amber to copper clear with a finger of tan head that dissipates after a few minutes and leaves a thick ring on top. Small rising bubbles. Decent lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Toffee, malt, citrus, a little astringent. Minor pine notes.
TASTE: Very malty, bready, caramel, and citrus. Lasting mild bitterness on the finish. Very slight pine.
FEEL: Lots of carbonation, medium full body, a little slick and then more dry towards the finish.
OVERALL: Really malty, but pretty nice balance with the citrus and pleasant bitterness on the finish. Slight astringent quality to the beer.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good example of a beer with lots of hop flavor but that doesn't overwhelm the drinker with bitterness. It's rich copper in color and with a thick, fluffy off white head. Smells grassy, citrusy (grapefruit and lemon), piney, and with some bready sweetness. Taste has lots of different hop flavors, starts fairly sweet on the palate, and finishes very dry. Feel is medium as far as thickness and carbonation, and leaves a resiny coating on the tongue. There's obviously a lot of different styles of hops going on here (I'm not seasoned enough to pick out which flavor is which) but there's enough balanced sweetness to keep it from being a palate wrecker.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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