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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,366
Reviews:
2,539
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amazing brew. A redish colour with a retaining head. Pleasant aroma, great choice late afternoon and before dinner as so tasty and inetresting on its own. A wake up call to the senses from the hops. Very popular with my mates. We all will have it again. Will tingle and numb the tongue. Was hoppy but mellower when had a year later on tap at Clark's Ale House.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Two finger head, Smell is hoppy, pine-like and not overwhelming. Taste is spicey, with hints of caramel. Full bodied and dry aftertaste. The hoppiness is very strong on the initial taste and there is no letting up from there on. I think the A+ given by "The Bros" is generous. The beer is very good but not A+ good.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.6/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a medium copper color with a nice short but firm white head.

Nose is Sweet malt and ripe peaches (no hop character in nose) but a very pleasant almost assertive "good Belgian" nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, no creamy character but with huge hop bitter flavors with underlying lightly sweet malt. Bitter hops and malt to not juxstapose well; not well balanced and the layers are not integrated. Very bitter pine resin flavors that are inconsistent with the nose that is not the floral dry hop character or the pineapple character of a big hoppy beer but more candi sugar.

Flavors are not consistent with nose at all. There is no bright character, no crisp, clean or desireable character to the flavors of this beer. It's sort of "bitter for bitter's sake."

Finish is the biggest bitter (unpleasant) pine resin character I've had to date, and not a good bitterness but a "chemical" or synthetic bitter character. I can't see this being a beer to drink.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, and some caramel aromas. Taste is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hops, and a slight brown sugar/caramel flavor on the finish. There is an astringent hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but I am not a fan of the astringent bitterness on this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

famous for a reason, but really the first of its kind... a big bold merger of a red ale and an ipa. pours redish with plenty of head, smells like an ipa, but add some malty sweetness a la american red/amber ale. makes for a really nicely balanced flavor profile with the hops still dominant. bitter but not brutal finish. medium body and good carbonation make it plenty drinkable. goes great with grilled chicken, and gets a nice warm buzz on. one of the first craft beers i got into, i owe a lot to this one.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Devil pours out a golden copper color with a decent foamy white head on it. The head gives off a good lacing down the glass that sticks for just about the entire time you have it. The smell has a wonderful aroma of hops spewing from it. The taste of the beer has an interesting spicy hoppiness to it. There is a light maltiness in the flavor as well but mostly a very strong hop flavor throughout. The mouthfeel was is medium bodied and has a nice stinging on the tongue from the carbonation and hops. Overall it's an impressive IPA and really worth looking into.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is in my top 5 for favorite beers all time for sure. Just a wonderfully crafted IPA that is available everywhere in my area for about $8-9/6 pack. It's a hop head delight with nice bitterness and such. It's well balanced and the alcohol is so well hidden its scary. If you haven't tried this yet, please do. Also, sweet logo on the bottle.

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is light amber in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell is dominated by aromas of pine resin hops and there are also some notes of caramel malts.
T: There is a good balance between the flavors caramel malts and hops; there is a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops but this isn't very overpowering. Bitterness really stands out in the finish and aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable - I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.

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

Devilishly deliciousness is what comes from the depths of Pennsylvanian brewing to reward all area hop-heads with a sharp and citrusy bitterness, backed by the malty tendencies that give east-coat IPA their uniqueness.

Its deep amber hue foreshadows its malt balance just as the sweetness hits the tongue and its savory and crusted aromas begin to satisfy the savory seeking senses. But the quick rebuttal from hops suggest a stern counter taste with its own grapefruit, orange and pine flavor.

And with those graham cracker and caramel sweetnesses smolder underneath, the middle palate shifts to hop flavor. Its sharp and acidic flavors of pink grapefruit, ripe orange peels and sappy pine needles frame a hop dominance to command the beer's taste thereafter.

As the malt continues its decline, the hops turn deeply resinous and bitter- cleaning the taste and drying it simultaneously. Its mild warmth is hidden by hop flavor as the ale concludes with peppery bite and a pep of ginger.

Unlike many of the more "West Coast" varieties, Victory Hop Devil targets hop-heads with a sensibility for balance. A delightful taste for any hop lover.

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

I brought home a bottle of this from a recent visit Stateside, due to its location of origin (never had a Pennsylvanian IPA before), and let's face it, the overtly pandering label art. Hey, it stood out from the multitude of IPAs available on the shelves during that particular shopping trip.

This beer pours a light, clear orange amber colour, with a few fingers of pillowy white head, which sticks around for more than a few minutes, and leaves a fair amount of soap bubble lacing around the glass. It smells faintly of grapefruit hops, and not much else, even as it warms. The taste starts with a grassy, flinty hop dryness, that moves to include more resinous pine bitterness, before washing over a thin caramel malt backbone to the lip-smackingly dry hop finish. The carbonation is understated, allowing the hops to remain the star of this show. The body is a wee bit less than full, but, for the style, I suppose it is just right. There is no noticeable warming from the elevated alcohol. For the strong, but not overpowering, hop goodness, and the smooth mouthfeel, this is quite a decently drinkable IPA.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of good thickness, decent cream, and pretty good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper-gold. Generally appealing.

Sm: Very hoppy (shocker). I suspect they dumped a bit too much cascade into this one. Some bittering hops are present, but it smells tame enough. The aroma is mild in strength.

T: A very pleasant full barley foundation is well hopped, but fortunately the bittering hops are not overdone. To its credit, it's quite well built, but the problems emerge when considering the balance. It feels like they created a bland barley foundation and just dumped hops into it. It works to a point, but has drawbacks. The primary issue is that the open and close have minimal flavour while the body carries everything. Strucuturally, it's problematic, but it does work. I do like it (which is relatively rare for me when I drink IPAs), but there's work to be done.

Mf: Smooth and wet - perchance a bit too wet for the style and flavours it's meant to complement.

Dr: Very drinkable. It avoids the two common pitfalls of IPAs: it's neither too coarse nor too bitter. I'd recommend it to fans of the style as a rare example of a well done IPA. That said, there's work to be done. I look forward to trying more beers from the same brewery.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber color with a one finger head that hangs around for a while; leaves quite a bit of lacing behind, too

Smell: Lots of grapefruity aromatics, with an underlying biscuity malt aspect

Taste: After the initial sweet malt front end, it doesn't take long for the hops to assert themselves, with a blast of citrus fruit (grapefruit and lemon) bitterness; nicely balanced into the finish go both the sweet biscuity malt and the bitter hops, with the hop flavors winning out at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very nice example of a balanced IPA; plenty of bitter flavors but a nice malty backbone to make it more drinkable

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt with a strong citrus peel hop bitterness. I'm getting some apricot notes here as well.

Taste: The amount of malt backing up the hops is just perfect. Apricot notes with some caramel. Big fan.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: The malt and hop levels are perfect. So well balanced. I'd definitely have another.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised that I haven't reviewed this yet...
Thanks to CrazyMacHarris99 for throwing me this extra in trade!

Attractive reddish-amber tone, fluffy head of foam. It leaves quite a bit of lace on the glass. Obviously well carbonated, with a slight haze of suspended micro-sediment.

Aroma is spicy and bready, it seems more malty than most US IPA's. Flavor follows suit, very malty with spicy hop accents. A little grassy, with an herbal hop aftertaste. Bready malt has some light buttery character. Really easy drinking, fairly mild for an IPA, meaning it's not too amped-up and aggressive. Very accessible IPA from Victory.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear medium brown beer with a nice head with above standard retention. Aroma is quite nice with the hops defiantly in evidence. Taste is quite refreshing with a nice dosage of hops leaving a very enjoyable bitterness on my tongue. Full body without a hint of the alcohol showing. Great one for Victory.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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