HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
7,350 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
Ratings:
7,350
Reviews:
2,535
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
Wants:
298
Gots:
1,535
For Trade:
8
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Photo of Gambyt20
3.02/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hackattack
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The above ratings on this IPA are right on with my assessment. I only wish this was a choice where I get my beer. This was a gift from my beer distributor bro' . Hint, hint.

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Photo of sastnd
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brocktune
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matthew630
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from the bottle.

L: Pours Light amber with a slight head and visible carbonation rising up
S: Very bright and citrusy aroma, a little bit a malt
T/F: Very smooth with some sweetness and bready taste with a lingering bitterness. Some pine in the front with pretty solid carbonation

Overall a very solid beer, it is very easy to drink and does not bash you on the head with lots of bitterness, something that is often overdone in this style. Would gladly drink again.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of selimsivad519
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMV
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had many times... this particular tasting was poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish tulip. I've always been a fan of the devil du hops artwork.

L: Clear copper/caramel pour. Thin off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Rich and biscuity grains... pungent pine, grapefruit, and herbal hops.

T/F: Follows the nose. Caramel malts and grains which lead to a big bitter hop profile. Grapefruit and pepper... resinous pine, and a bit herbal. Very assertive... reminds me of baking. Medium body and solid carbonation. Finish is spice and pepper which lingers on the palate.

O: One of my first favorite IPA's, and just as good now with a belated re-visit. I tend to hit Dirtwolf more frequently but you can't go wrong by hitting up the classics. This was the beer that made sitting at Phillies games a joy.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trygelski1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Roundabout Brewing tulip glass:

Look: Pours an amber color with about an inch of head. Lacing is present with decent retention.

Smell: Very strong malt backbone with some sweetness present on the aroma with citrus and hops present as well.

Taste: Notes of citrus and pine are present but I wish there was more. Sweet malty finish along with some bready notes. Definitely not the hop devil as the label indicates.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Very solid IPA from Victory. Wish this had a bit less sweetness and malt and more hops so this could be the devil as the label indicates. I would definitely pick this up again though and consume.

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Photo of Truck67
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timmy2b
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of srfou
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of luke12345
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wlerik1
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RochefortChris
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JustinSparks
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryan_DelMastro
4.91/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dillinger
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

-deep amber, clear pour. Aroma is pine hop. Strong hop punch is paired with a rich malt back. The finish is clean and there are no off-notes, a solid IPA.

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Photo of emp11139
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Docksidebars
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SiepJones
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drgonzo767
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Is it unfair I ultimately knock this for untruth in advertising? Because I do. To me, "hop devil" says blast you in the damn face with hops, and this does not. Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Looks beautiful. Amber red, full head. Nice lacing as I drink it.

Smells of malt, and in fact a nice sophisticated malt smell, light hops, there's some biscuit in there but what do I know, I have slight cold.

As a dedicated hop head, here is my beef: to me the malt is much stronger than the hop. Now, that's wonderful if you don't call your beer HOP DEVIL. It's a very light hop and citrus balanced with the malt. Call it something else and I would be raving about it. Twenty years ago and I would be raving about it. But today you kind of expect something else when promised the Lord of Darkness Himself of hops. That's why I have to knock down the overall score, it is not what is promised, although it is very good as a beer in and of itself.

Feel is about right. It's lightly carbonated, slight oil and dryness on the finish. I could drink six of these. Refreshing.

Again, I temper this review with my thoughts on the name. I don't think that is unfair. A real hop head will not be getting what they think they are with a name like that. But this is a damn fine beer, very balanced, very drinkable, very satisfying. I would drink this again, and I would drink a six pack of this. Just know what you are getting and you will pleased: a very balanced almost malt heavy AIPA.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,350 ratings.
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