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Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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91
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2,492 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,492
Ratings:
7,165
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
19.46%
 
 
Wants:
282
Gots:
1,394
For Trade:
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Reviews: 2,492 | Ratings: 7,165
Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, front of label says best before 4/21/07, so I'm late by about a week, no big deal. Head retention is good, lacing just OK. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a red/orange color with about an inch off-white head. It smells like pine and citrusy hops. The taste is citrusy and pine hops (grapefruit) with a bit of malt, but it's the hops that are the most noticable. Very nice bitter taste too. Mouthfeel is medium, with it being a bit creamy and oily/slick. Drinkability is good, it's even better if you're a hophead. Overall I think it's a pretty decent IPA.

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Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tried this fresher, but still not terribly impressed. This bottle best by 4/12.

Pours a clear copper color with an ivory, solid one finger head that lingers and leaves light lacing.

A caramel, bready malt backbone supports hop aromas of grapefruit, lemon, and resin. There's a toasted note at the finish. Pine comes out as it warms.

Flavor is bready malt initially, with a nutty, toasted character in the slightly bitter finish. Grapefruit, pineapple, and bitter resin are interwoven in the profile.

Body is moderate with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

Overall, a more malt forward ipa than the moniker might suggest. A bit more hop complexity would really make this exceptional, as well as a tamer toast character.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark orange amber in color. The carbonation is spot on with another half inch of head. Poured just right!

S - Aggressive hops with bitter pine and grapefruit. I get a mild malt but indeed it smells hop forward.

T - It quite good in fact. I do wish the malt profile was a bit stronger to balance the intense hop blast on my tongue but with a name like Hop devil it's indeed hoppy. Malt is there to balance and make it drinkable but it really wasn't too balanced still enjoyable.

M - Light to medium the bitterness was spot on.

Overall I liked this beer. I found it even more hop forward than my current favorite DIPA Mojo Risin. Well done victory!

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

It had been a while since I tried this beer, so it seemed like a good place to start on my first trip to the Victory brewpub since moving to the area (yesterday). And how was I going to say no to it on cask?

It produced superb, thick rings of lace and was a rich amber colour, but a little on the murky side. The grapefruit aroma was very pronounced and a little sharp compared to what I remember from the bottled version. The same grapefruit character was in the flavour as well, along with a very solid, caramel, malty backbone to balance the ample bitterness. It felt very full in the mouth as well - I was a little surprised since many beers I've tried on cask seem a little thinned out without the extra carbonation. Overall, quite excellent! I'm sure the guys back in Toronto will be jealous.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says Enjoy By Jul 19 2013.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and small specs of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides down the glass leaving a jagged ring behind.

S- Zesty, semi-citrusy hop aroma with a sturdy malt backbone. Somewhat sweet-smelling.

T- Moderate bitterness with some grass and pine notes. The substantial amount of malt is unusual for an IPA and very welcome since it provides a nice balance as well as some biscuity tones.

M- Pretty sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A quintessential east coast IPA. One that's just as enjoyable now as it was many years ago when I first had it.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by date of 09-16-2009.

(A)- Pours a red amber color with tiny floating particles. 2-finger head dissipated down to a solid layer of tan foam on the surface that is still present even with the last drop. Some lacing.

(S)- Creamy pine with citrus of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and pineapple. Malty background evident. Almost has a peach/floral aroma in there too.

(T)- Again, super creamy citrus of pineapple and grapefruit. Good hop bite that is balanced nicely with a malty sweet finish.

(M)- A nice creamy citrus mouthfeel that moves into the bitterness of hops and then you experience the slightly sweet malts at the end. This beer is really nicely balanced and the flavors are layered in such a way that you get one after another. Solid carbonation.

(D)- A great and enjoyable IPA that has a bit more malt to it than most, but I really enjoy it. A really creamy taste and mouthfeel is very appealing as well.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a bright amber color and a somewhat cloudy texture. There was an inch of head that dissipated quickly.

S: Floral hops, a bit of malt and something sweet in this area.

T: Naturally, as the name would imply, the hops were front and center. There are also some caramel(?) flavors, as well as malt.

M: There was a good amount of carbonation and a slightly slick finish here.

D: Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer. The hops provide a sharp bitterness, but it's a well-balanced flavor.

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Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a decent reddish-copper color with a one-finger head that quickly fades.

Aroma: Smooth and very hoppy on the nose. Malty too.

Taste: Starts off smooth and malty and then the hop bitterness kicks in with mild citrusy notes. It's smooth and not overly bitter. Feels balanced on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Decent hop bitterness. Good malt backbone.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for an IPA. It does remind me a bit much of an APA but the hop bitterness alone makes up for that.

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown/red, thick off white head forms, lots of lacing and good retention, head lasts until the end. Smell is sweet and malty, lots of toffee, but with nice floral/pine hops, good balance. Taste is sweet toffee, some grains, lots of floral hops, little bit of pine, clean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Great IPA, superb balance, easy drinking. Thanks for the bottle DrJay/or Dan.

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

Pours a deep copper color with a slight head. Nice pungent/oily/flowery mix in the aroma. This is a decent brew. Pretty solid caramel malt backing. Good hop flavor, but again, I'd prefer more bitterness. Easy drinking for an IPA. There's no signature taste here that really stands out. This is another IPA that everybody else seems to die for and I just think it is plain good, but not great.

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

A - Copper orange in color. Thin white head, nice lacing.

S - Citrus hops with a faint malt background.

T - First taste is sweet citrusy hops and bready malts. Bitter zing follows and dwindles in the finish.

M - Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Sticky.

D - Good quality east coast IPA. Not as powerful as the West Coasters, but sometimes i prefer this balance when it comes to drinkability.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark orange with a dark yellow-cream colored head. Spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Sweet malts mostly, some citrus tones as well.

T - Oranges, grapefruit, and again some malts.

D - Average carbonation, slightly thick body.

O - A sweet, hoppy ipa.

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

What an overrated IPA from the East Coast. Its not bad, but boy, is it overrated. I think this is probably middle of the road at best for a California IPA.

Something weird about Victory's hoppy beers (this one and Hop Wallop). . . they seem more like English IPAs with a higher amount of hops. Rather than the usual hop character used out West, these ones seem to just load up on whatever Euro style hops (E. Kent goldings, Hallertau, Saaz) as opposed to some of the higher alpha acid hops out West.

Beer looks decent, nice amber goldness, smells like a minimal hop bouquet of some of those other hops, taste dissapates too quickly. Just expected more from the label and reputation.

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Photo of tigg924
2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark-amber in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and a bit of caramel

Taste: citrus and pine hops with a touch of caramel--once this one warms though all I can taste are IBUs

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium bodied, sweet start with a bitter back and finish--once I ate food this became super bitter

Overall: Before food, this was fine..After food--just a big hoppy IBU monster. A must do for hopheads, but one I could not finish. I appreciate the veracity of the hops, but I wanted something just a bit less bitter.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Potsdam IGA. Bottle notes 'Enjoy by Jan 11.' I'm confused as to how this is so past it's prime. From notes.

A - Poured a copper colour with nice streams of carbonation coming up. Bright. Two finger cream coloured head with a creamy texture and lot's of chunky lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Citrusy, floral, bready.

T - Grapefruit, bready, caramel, citrus, resins. Seems a little weak, which is to be expected for the date. Malt offers more balance than is typical for the style.

M - Medium bitterness, dry, good carbonatgion, medium to full body.

O/D - Not sure how I should rate this. I enjoyed the beer but I understood the potential of it had it not been so out of date. I can see the potential for it's IPA hop profile to shine through more heavily, however it didn't on this sample. Still a good beer this time 'round.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Best before Jul 1, 2011

A: Gentle pour produces about a finger of off white head which doesn't stick around long or leave much lacing. Nice amber color. This beer is very clear.

S: Mostly piney hops and bready aromas. Some sweet malt is present as well.

T: Pretty balanced as the smell would suggest. Malty finish balances out the hop bitterness. Green apple after taste.

M: Tingly and light to medium body.

O: One of the better Pa IPAs. Bitterness hides the ABV quite nicely. This is a session beer for me.

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

Copper, amberish color with a light tan head. Huge grapefruity citrus hop aroma ! Hop flavors are very high with an assertive hop bitterness. Medium bodied (leans light) and smooth. I tasted little malt character but this beer was not overly bitter to me since the hop character is so citrusy pleasant.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Appears a deep orange amber with a good amount of carbonation. A fluffy, slightly off-white two finger head bubbled up after a steady pour and had excellent staying power and significant lacing. Pretty.

The nose is full of sweet toasted crystal malt and grapefruit. Pretty much a 50/50 split here. Perfectly balanced.

The taste mimics the nose. Solid grapefruit hops and toasted crystal malt, very well-balanced. Leaves a slight sweet finish in its wake.

Medium bodied with that typical elite IPA creaminess.

The alcohol is well-hidden in this IPA. Absolutely buried. A very drinkable beer.

This became a favorite the first time I had this beer about 9 years ago. It was love at first sip. It was a must at my wedding.

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Photo of claspada
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Downingtown, PA. Not at the brewery itself, but close enough. Anyway...
Pours a nice copper color with an off white head and some lace rings as it goes down.
Aromas begin with a good amount of pine and floral hops as well as a bit of citrus.
The tastes add some caramel but is mostly pine and floral hops without too much bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly dry.
Overall it is good, but forgettable in a sea of IPAs which exist in today's market. Good to find on tap amongst the other domestic swill my hotel had on tap.

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Photo of dgilks
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with futura123. Thanks Will.

Clear amber colour with a smooth, foamy light tan head. Fair head retention.

Smooth malty aroma with some resinous herbal hops. Slightly grassy with a touch of pine.

Malty with a heavy dose of bitter resinous hops. Not all that bright and fruity but still nice.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid East Coast IPA which, while maltier than I like, is still quite drinkable and a nice beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a light amber with a decent white head that lasts about 1 minute, light lacing.

The smell is all hops, nothing else on the nose.

The taste is ok, nothing but hops again. Not a great finish. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over 1800 reviews for this beer, I think most of us are already familiar with this one so my review really won't make much of a difference besides restating what's already been said. (Really?)

A - Pours a dark amber color, mild carbonation with a thin and delicate white head.

S - Not overly fragrant, modest caramel malt aroma, a little crackery, mildly floral and piney.

T - Krackery bisquity and caramel malt back bone. Has a small amount of floral hop character and the bitterness comes from the piney hop bittering. Balance is perfect throughout the entire sip. The caramel fades and leaves the mouth with a grapefruit and pine bitterness.

M - Finishes semi-dry, a little prickly and grainy on the tongue, and medium body.

D - Very high. Is a hopped up version of an English style IPA.

Needs more aroma but is incredibly WELL balanced for an IPA.

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

This has been one of my favorite IPA's for about a year, but somehow I've never rated it until now.

I usually drink this straight from the bottle, but last night poured one into a glass. The color was darker orange than I expected. Decent head too. Smells and tastes hoppy but without an overly bitter after-taste. It reminds me most of Stone IPA. Nicely balanced IPA.

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Photo of mltobin
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at a bar in Southwestern Connecticut, poured into a pint glass.

The appearance of HopDevil is a dark tone, cloudy, and a one finger head, very inviting.

Smell is kind of complex with some spices present as well as some sweet tones that also hit the nose.

Mouthfeel is very solid, attacking the different taste buds with some hops and a well balanced IPA.

Drinkability is very good, this is a great american IPA.

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Photo of drpimento
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great beer! Matches its commercial description exactly. And I especially like the lack of fruitiness which I've grown to dislike in very hoppy beers. Poured with a nice head which lasted for quite a while and plenty of lace. Very aromatic hoppy maltiness in the nose. Good mouth if perhaps just the barest hint of being thin. Intense savory flavor is all the aroma is but so much more. Quite satisfying yet continuosly intriguing. Excellent finish.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,492 ratings.
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