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

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2,533
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Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a light copper crystal clear body with a very gentle carbonation. The head is a creamy off-white that slowly turns to a thin film.

S- The smell of big bold juicy hops has hints of pineapple, resin and grass. The smell of pale malt gives support to the big hops.

T- The hops have a fresh juicy flavor with notes of fruit, citrus and some pine flavors. The malt flavor has some pale malt qualities but there is also some toasted notes aswell. The finish has a soft yet tangy hop bitterness that hands on your breath.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a smooth texture. There is no astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is about hop flavor. There is not a lot of bitterness and the hops have a fruity flavor that is unusual. Smooth hoppy beer.

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

A pint glass hand-pulled at the brewery in Downingtown, PA.

A: The ale is a brilliant amber color, the color that all good beer should aspire to, dark and mysterious but light enough to allow you to peer through it as you ponder its greatness. Capping off this magnificence is a billowy white head, full of dense bubbles that lasts nicely through the pint.

S: The nose has the big bite of HopDevil mixed with a creamy maltiness. The hops are still big and bold though, make no mistake about it.

T: The taste nicely combines the big hops with a subtlety that comes from the cask. The hop body is still big and American, grapefruit with an earthy undertone, but it was relaxed a bit, taking on a softer more concentrated body. The creamy head atop the beer is a sweetness that matches the grainy biscuit body nicely. The hops deliver a long biting finish that remains bitter long after the sip is a memory.

M: The cask has smoothed out the beer, mellowing the hops and accentuating the malts. The effect is a great drink, smooth and bitter.

D: HopDevil on cask was a revelation, robust and delicious. If you love HopDevil from a bottle, you'll flip for the cask.

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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 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 VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark amber with a small bubbly head.

S-Not as pungent as I remember. Floral hops. Malty sweetness. Slight booze. Spiciness.

T-Better than the smell in my opinion. Floral and pine hops overpower the slight caramel malt. Spice is apparent; booze is better masked in the taste.

M-Light to medium bodied. Smooth and mildly slick.

D-Easy drinker especially for 6.7%. Easy to drink a 6er of this.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 bylerteck
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 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 jmdrpi
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass, it appears orangish copper in color. nice cream-colored head. nice lacing. smells of piney hops, with just a little sweetness.
taste is a big hop bite as expected, but is balanced enough to finish fairly clean. as I am not a huge hop-head, I let these sit in my fridge a little longer to balance things out.
higher carbonation, with medium body. I find this IPA more drinkable that most.

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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 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 Jwale73
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy copper with a half inch frothy, off-white head the bubbled and effervesced right below the cap; good head retention with spotty bands of lacing as the brew recedes. Nose suggests some grapefruity hops, with caramel on a malty backbone, suggesting sweet flavors in the mouth. Taste consistent with nose - some hops upfront, but finishes malty sweet with just a light bitterness that doesn't linger. Mouthfeel fell between light- and medium-bodied with a pleasant, consistent background effervescence. Nice drinkability, but this is not your typical IPA. It's a bit too malty and less hoppy than I appreciate in the style.

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Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an amber-orange color with a two finger off-white head that has decent retention. The top of the head is pretty creamy and has large bubbles where it touches the glass. Thick lacing starts to be left on my glass almost immediately. Smells of bitter, piney hops and sugary amber malts. The balance is pretty nice here and the strength is not bad for either element. I like my beer to have a strong nose, this one is rather fulfilling. The malt element is a bit too sweet to blend in very well, still a good nose though. The hops are also a bit one dimensional. The taste is strange in this beer. It is not the hoppiest beer I have had by far but the hops are incredibly bitter and piney. I also get some orange peel and citrus notes. They dont mask the malts completely but the hop profile itself isn't balanced enough. I still enjoy the beer but it is definitely performs a beat down on my taste buds. Also, they obviously meant for this to have a huge hoppiness. Mouthfeel is rather nice, the body is moderate and the carbonation is appropriate for the taste. The only thing here is the relentless bitterness attack on the tongue. No warming to speak of. This one would be hard to session for me because of the bitterness on the tongue. The price is not too bad at all.

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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 StJamesGate
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright amber with a thin white head that leaves some lace. Big resiny orange blossom nose with some wet hay. Spicy malts: toffee, honey and dark toast notes hold for a second but get stomped by oily, nettle, bitter hops. Lingers to a bone dry finish. Prickly carb and sticky but soft mouthfeel. Malts step up as it warms. ABV kicks a bit.

Titanic. Big and assertive, but with no pine burn. Can challenge any West Coast IPA. A classic.

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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 maximum12
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with almost a touch of orange in it & a nice head. The smell, through my bad nose, is pretty subtle. A little hops, not much else.

Taste is...fine. Maybe I'm being too hard on this beer, but after having several other really, really hoppy & good IPAs & double IPAs recently, this one's average. Perhaps it's the marketing. I can't think but something named "Hop Devil" should have a little more kick to it. It does go down a lot easier than the slam-bang-kick-you-in-the-hops beers, which often take me an hour or so to down.

A decent enough beer, but there are several hop-head beers out there I'd rather have in my glass.

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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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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,338 ratings.
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