Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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

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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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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 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 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 Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super fresh at the brewery. Nothing like a good hoppy beer straight from the source. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice copper color with an off white head and some lace rings as it goes down. Nose brings a good amount of pine and floral notes as well as a bit of citrus. Taste adds some caramel but is mostly pine and floral hops without too much bitterness. Medium body and slightly dry. The first few times I had this I was not a huge fan but it has really grown on me over time.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a burgandy/bronze color with a foamy, creamy, small, off-white head. It left sticky, sheeets of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, roasted caramel malt and floral notes.

T - It tasted of sharp, bitter hops with a very solid caramel malt backbone. Hints of toffee emerge as the beer warms up.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fizzy. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is a great IPA with a sharp hop character and a smooth maltiness.

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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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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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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of the Victory line I have tried and I came away very impressed.Now Iam not a hop-head but this beer has a nice balance to the hoppiness.Poured a real nice rich copper color with a pillowey head,the aroma of hops hits ya from almost a foot away.Taste is herbal hoppy with a nice nutty malt background.Had this at a pub in Blue Bell not far from my new place.

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy copper-orange with a rocky three finger head that leaves behind sticky, sea-foam like lace.

S - Pungent, lemony hop character with some nutty malt. Grapefruit, pine, and some caramel; you can tell there are a lot of hop oils in this.

T - A lot of bready malt, followed closely by pine and citrus. I get a little bit of mustard, maybe some pepper, and alcohol warmth towards the end. The finish is all bitterness, and it lingers.

M - Medium to slightly thick body with moderately high carbonation.

D - Drinkability is hard to judge on this one. It is quite bitter, beyond the point of being refreshing IMO, but they squeeze a lot of flavor from the hops as well. I can't see myself drinking more than one in a sitting, but the six pack won't last long. Overall, another winner from victory.

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

Slightly cloudy orange-amber, more orange than most. The head is pale orange to light toffee in color and leaves wisps and small sheets of sticky lace as it falls. The nose is hoppy, but it isn't one-dimensional. Malt is appreciated, as is a certain spiciness.

The flavor is of hops and caramel malt. The hops win comfortably, but there's more malt than I'm used to in an American IPA. Those of you who like a strong malt presence or a balanced character in your IPAs will love it. Citrus fruit is front and center, especially grapefruit and orange peel.

The body/mouthfeel is medium-full and is nicely done. It's very slightly dry on the finish, which is where the hops assert themselves to an even greater extent.

Even though I like my IPAs to be slanted a little more toward the hoppy end of the scale, this is a very good beer and is one that I'll buy whenever I have the opportunity. Love the HopDevil on the label.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 8/5/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear copper in the glass, topped with roughly 1 ½ fingers of stiff bright-white head. This retains at nearly a full finger, staying rich throughout, and drenching the sides of the glass with heavy creamy lacing. The aroma is loaded with grassy, spicy, earthy, and piney character, which is undercut by a layer of fresh smelling grapefruit zest. Backing notes of caramel and bread fill out the back of the nose, while just a touch of light alcohol heat creeps out as well as this warms.

The taste is bright feeling with a fresh citrus bitterness that possesses a pronounced earthy edge to it. This however is immediately cut by the malts, with notes of toasted bread and caramel doing a nice job of balancing this. Hops return in the quite aggressive finish on this though, with notes of pithy rind, spice, and resin all contributing to the strength and dryness of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fantastic creamy feel and an overall smooth crispness that glides along effortlessly despite the assertive hop profile and light alcohol warmth that is present. Just a great cask feel here that really contributes a lot to this.

With its American take on a British IPA, Hop Devil seems to be a rather polarizing beer with some people. Cask however is the way to go with this beer, as it really pops those hop flavors, helps smooth out the earthy and aggressive edges of the profile, and generally keeps that close to 7% ABV drinking rather nicely. A pint on cask here is just a given for me when it’s one.

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Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich and seriously hoppy. More malt and roasted flavors than most IPAs. Seems more powerful than the ABV would indicate. Attractive clear dark amber in the glass. Light bodied. Enough foam and carbonation in the mouth. Some spice in the hoppy aroma.

Bitterness is more in check than a lot of IPAs, but it does end on a dry and bitter lingering note. Some tartness. Surprising dark notes. A lot of grain flavor. A touch of flowers but more resiny and dark caramel. A clean and well made brew that should appeal to the IPA enthusiast.

12 oz bottle from Best Damn in San Diego.

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

It's amazing what cask conditioning can do! I'll assume everyone is familiar with the standard Hop Devil (if not, check out the standard reviews first). The color remains the same, but the head holds to the end of the glass and gives a solid wall of lace. The cask version also has a much lighter nose - I guess that's mainly because the limited carbonation brings it up less. Smooth hop & malt aroma. It has a light silky mouthfeel. The flavor expresses a soft malt of light, sweet biscuity caramel, and a more balanced grassy hop flavor and bitterness. So English! A totally different beer! You wouldn't think the bottled version could do this. Similar, in many ways, to Young's Dirty Dick. I'm sure that the standard draft or bottled version would stand up to some spicy fries, but the cask version gets a little lost. Absolutely worth trying. No wonder it did so well at the 2002 GBBF!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium copper-amber body with a dense, creamy off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, floral aroma with some citrus and brown sugar. Also, there's a fruitiness to it, but beyond some peaches its more of a vague fruitiness for me, like standing with your back to a fruit platter at a party.

Taste: Soft flavors throughout, be it the toasty malts, grapefruit, or the single drop of caramel sweetness, and though the finish is light in its bitterness, there is an acidic flare-up right on the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a lively carbonation. Slight warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Overall, its a fairly easygoing IPA, with none of the flavors ever really pronouncing themselves, leaving the experience a bit lacking.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper with a nice creamy colored head and significant lace. Looks great. Smell is richly hopped , with even a bit of a sugary presence. Taste was very nice, not overly upfront with the hops, but it will catch you on the back end. Nice dry finish. Again that almost caramel malty taste rounds this out very nicely. Very smooth as well. This is a good IPA that is not Crazy Hopped, although I do prefer insanely hopped beers. Overall very nice.

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Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in pint glass.

A - scant head quickly dissipates. Nice but slightly cloudy orange-amber color.

S - sweet hops, but not as much as one might expect for a beer called HopDevil.

T - perhaps less hoppy than expected, given Hopdevil label and "American IPA" style, but more pronounced flavor than the aroma leads one to expect. Smooth, with nice finish. American hops.

M - good carbonation level

D - good hoppy session beer

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color with a short foamy white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick, even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of well-blended hops and citrus.

T: Big hops flavor comes out first and is quickly followed by some malty citrus sweetness, but the hops flavor, while balanced well, is certainly the dominant flavor.

M: Very crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, not filling as it seemed a little light for the style, a good kick, this one is very poundable.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/30/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, biscuit, light toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus hop and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit. tangerine, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, biscuit, light toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sierra Nevada Tulip Glass

Pours a 1 and 1/2 finger creamy and fizzy yellowish-cream colored head. Great retention and amazing lace walls! This really makes the beer look excellent. Solid flow of carbonation bubbles from the etching. Color is clear dark ruby/golden bronze.

Aroma: I really pick up the bready malts here. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. Floral hops stand out the most. The citrus level is fairly low for an IPA. This is a fairly solid IPA.

Taste: the floral hops are not as pronounced here. There seems to be more fresh earthy hops mixed in. The same bready malts are here. A little booze shines through. ALso there is a mixture of citrus present.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. The booze shines through after left in the mouth for a while. Medium bodied. Medium level of carbonation as well. Leaves a mouth full of floral hops for an aftertaste. Very sticky and dry.

Overall, this was a good IPA for a change. Normally it is all of these DIPAs that are coming out and I hardly drink regular IPAs, so it was nice to get to have one of these. A really good representation to the style and worth a try. I will drink this again.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at a friend's house

A staple of the Philly area, VHD is a common find and on average a very good beer overall. A reddish amber color with a nice white head, varying in size, but generally well-retaining and well-lacing. Fruity, happy hop nose with a well-defined bready malt base. Crisp bready malts in the taste, sweet, with an influx of citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest. Medium-bodied, well-balanced, a little bitter in the finish, but overall a fine quaff.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for sending this one as an extra. I tried it quite some time ago, when I first started getting into beer, so it is nice to revisit this beer.

A: The pour is a clear amber color which is, sort of dark for an IPA, I must say. There's a thin off-white head to go with it.

S: Certainly some hops on the nose. Much more toward the sweet, fruity side of things with notes of mango, tangerine, orange, and overripe pineapple. Some caramel maltiness is in there as well.

T: Surprisingly bitter for such a sweet nose. Quite a bit of pine with a bit of a citrus peel bitterness, too. Some lemon zest and maybe a little bit of soap? A touch of bread and slightly burnt toffee, as well.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Maybe not quite as good as I had remembered it being a couple years ago, but still a pretty good and readily available IPA from Victory.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Yorgo's in Lancaster PA -served chilled in a pint. I thought I reviewed before, but alas this is my first...

A - Brilliant copper/fiery amber w/ an inch of beige capping the ipa which settles quickly and clings like a sheet as lace. The clarity is very good and the ale has a very fine bead.

S - Nice aroma of hops which are of American origin and subtle malt sweet note. The nose hints as yeast which is almost meaty with its intensity

M - A mild acidity up front and the bitterness is on par for the style. The carbonation is med high and sweetness restrained with only mild malt texture

T - A malt note begins and the taste of American hops (not too bitter but not too tame) a yeasty flavor which has a mild bready taste and the hops seem to exhibit a pine flavor as it warms. The alcohol is evident in the taste as the hop bitterness is fresh like chewing on a pellet, but lacks flavor and just seems bitter without depth. The carbonation makes it hard to enjoy the malt since it overtakes it mostly.

D- A nice IPA, but seems middle of the road in the popular saturated IPA market currently. The beer is drinkable, yes - but not my first choice if I want an American IPA. I think it represents the style well, though.

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From my notes from a trip back to NC

Pours caramel with a 1" white head. Good lacing & so/so head retention

S: A little peppery hops & some malt

T: Malt sweetness up front then piney & peppery hops which become more prominent as it warms. Finishes dry fruitty & hoppy

MF: Rich & slightlty effervescent & great balance

Drinks really easy, a nice IPA that is now availible in CO, yeah!

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

A bit dryer and crisper than on-tap, the clarity is a shade clearer but still hazy with a frothy sticky head. Quite aromatic with lots of semi-coarse hop, lightly toasted grain alcoholic esters. The flavour is a mirror image of the aroma with lots of hops in the bitterness and flavour. I prefer it on draft though, probably because I usually drink it our of a 32oz mug at Bukowski’s Tavern.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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