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Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil 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
Reviews:
2,502
Ratings:
7,201
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
19.46%
 
 
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Photo of JDH2000
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a generic pint glass. I love the label on the bottle.

A- Nice dark amber color with a slight off-white head. Nice lacing around the glass

S- Great hoppy scent. Picking up notes of citrus and some malts.

T- I love how the hops hit you, with a nice balance of spiciness and bitterness. Taste mellows out with some nice malty flavors.

M- medium bodied with some mildly-strong carbonation.

D- overall, a great beer and could easily put back a few in one sitting. A great IPA to definitely keep on hand.

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Photo of mash4077
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz to glass

A- Clear amber color, with two fingers of off-white head, good retention and lacing.

S- Caramel, chocolate, floral hops, alcohol is present but not overpowering. Nice malt presence.

T- Smooth hopiness, warm malt tastes. Something of a sour citrus, not really lemon though. Molassas and carmel come out in the end, with the hops kicking back in the aftertaste. Very good.

M- Solid carbonation, nice and creamy, full bodied.

D- Not wonderful, average.

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Photo of thatlongname
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange and amber colored ale. looks still. Has a medium off-white head that seems like it sticks.

Smell: Strong hops and and a bit of malts in the nose. I also smell some citrus and fruity esters.

Taste: Bold hops flavors here. Lots of bitterness and lots of hops. This beer's smell and taste go together so well. The aroma makes you look forward to that next sip and the taste delivers.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little thicker than most IPA's I have had.

Overall: One of my favorite IPAs right now.

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Photo of beerman599
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i had this at the Connecticut real ale festival and it was wonderful a stand out among standouts a true historically correct IPA with great body mouth feel and balance.hop heads and malt freaks alike will love this one. if you can find it on cask its a must!!!

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Photo of kevinl6
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine ale indeed from Victory. This one pours a combo Golden/amber/orange color with an almost 1 finger deep silky head. A very pleasing brew to the eye. Smell is nice also: hoppy (of course), fruity....citric? Taste is very hoppy as well, with a blend of fruit, a nice combination of flavor. Mouthfeel is very soothing for an ale, it is pleasant on the palate. A very drinkable beer, I want another...and another....and another!!

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Photo of soilguy
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The american IPA has finally reached the pinnacle of its evolution, and its name is Hopdevil. This was my second encounter with the Hopdevil, having visited the brewery in 2001. It was even better than I remembered. A blast of citrusy american hops assaults one upon opening the bottle - definitely some Cascade, and I wouldn't be surprised if some Centennial was lurking in there as well. It pours a dark golden brown with a rich white head. The flavor is the perfect union of sharp hops and crisp maltiness. Naturally, it is out of balance and strongly weighted towards the hops, but the hops do not suppress the other complex flavors in the beer. Any idiot can fill a brew kettle to the top with hops and call it an IPA, but the skill of the brewer is revealed by brewing a beer that satisfies the hopheads and still has loads of malt character. In my opinion, this is one of the top five craft brews that I have tasted.

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Photo of brewshakes
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up in a mixed six pack from Total Wine. This beer poured a copper color with a white head that lasted throughout. The nose is hops with some pine and citrus. The beer is smooth and the hops really come through. Very bitter towards the end. I enjoyed it but I don't think I could have more than a couple in one sitting because it's so dry at the end.

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Photo of MURF0320
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy coppeer with 2 fingers of fluffy light tan head, very little lacing. With a beer named Hopdevil I was definately expecting more hops from my first wiff. The scent was a bit weak and balanced by sweet malt. Taste is also more balanced than expected. Definitely bitter and filled with citrus and spicy hops, but there is quite a bit of malt complexity. Finishes with a blunt bitterness and peppery spice. Mouthfeel leaned toward dry and thin. Not hard to drink but I wouldn't care for two of these in a row.

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Photo of CONOR8832
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice copper apperance, red tint, good creamy white head.

S - Good floral armoa, with a tad bit of citrus, mildly sweet smelling.

T - Nice and blanced flavors of hops and malts, the hops do not over power the malts, mild bitterness left on the tounge for a lingering after taste but overall a very balanced ipa.

M - Medium bodied beer, nice cabination, tingly, mildy spicy shock that dissapates very quickly.

D - Good IPA, for beginner hopheads this is a nice balanced mildly hoppy IPA that would a good starting point on your journey to find the greatest IPA around (IMO) Not my favorite but it will not be the last time I dance with this devil. Cheers

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A- clear orange color with decent head and mild carbonation.

s- citrus fruits ( grapefruit ) hoppy.

T- I am a bit biased on this on as I drink Dipa's regularly. I felt for this style it was very hoppy the citrus smell really carried through. moderate bitterness and dry aftertaste.

M- Very smooth.

D- could def drink a decent amount easily. Very refreshing and a bitterness that makes you want to drink more and more.

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

The lacing and head retention of this IPA was great. Taste was of pine and spice. I had this right around the holidays so the taste fit right in with the cold weather. Alcohol content was just right and obscured by the rounded flavor. Very easy to drink and quick for a buzz. It was a bit on the bitter side of course, so the more I drank, the more I wished I had a less hoppy beer to pace with. A good example of the style.

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Photo of apants007
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

cold bottle to pint glass-

pours golden brown with a nice foamy white small bubble head that leaves nice lacing going down the glass.

has a nice bitter citrus aroma.

has dry grapefruit as the dominant flavor... nice well rounded bitterness with just enough sweetness to keep the funk in check.

coats the tongue nice and slow and has a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

grabbed this guy on accident... I had always been turned off by the label! I was pleasantly surprised . I will most likely drink this again soon. on purpose next time even!

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Photo of Doppel07
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty red-orange hue with significant carbonation and a silky cream-colored head with scattered, arachnoid lacing. Nice malty sweet and flowery nose with a subtle hint of diacetyl and light caramelization. Very well-balanced flavor with great cherry-caramel maltiness and subdued hop profile for an American IPA. This review is based on a less than fresh sample consumed two weeks after the drink before date and I actually prefered this one over the many fresh samples that I've had in the past. Moderate cellaring took some edge off of the hop character and really opened up the malt base. A great American IPA that still pays homage to its English ancestors, particularly when its allowed to mature in a nurturing environment.

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Photo of emericanchaos
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

burnt brown pour with slightly discolored frothy head. head almost looks like guinness's. body is very dark for this style. most IPA's are a lighter brown to resemble their pale hoppy flavor. this devil is extremely dark brown sort of a mahogany as opposed to the typical tanned beech wood color you would expect.

hops explodes from my pint glass. cascade hops especially. almost burns the nose. not much else to comment on aside from that.

the aroma is definetly an indication of how this brew is going to go down. great punch of hops which mellows into a dilluted spice which i'm assuming comes from the yeast. between these two big flavors it's difficult to pick up anything more. hops fans rejoice!!

lots of carbonation mixed in with spicey hops and yeast makes this one an interesting adeventure. swishing around the pallette is a tad sluggish. that slight hesitation makes the bold flavor of this beer even more present. never the less it goes down extremely well.

if you love hops or have enjoyed IPA's this is an easy decision. lovely beer, specially for my fellow hops addicts. this is my craft brew standby. whenever i'm having trouble deciding i goto the devil and you should too.

thank you victory.

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Photo of quikfish13
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy orange, with an off white tannish head. Very foamy on top and appears good and refreshing. The aroma is a bit lacking in the head but does have a nice hoppy undertone that is sweet but not quite citrus. I just found myself wishing for a more dominate smell of hops.

This IPA I found had a more roasted flavor than I am used to in the style. A nice change from the ordinary. Good amount of carbonation giving it a medium body that left with a strong bitter finish. Thoughts of oranges came to mind, with a slite alcoholic taste that is more masked by the hops and malts.

I quite enjoyed this beer and would pick up another six pack when able. I would also be interested in trying this one on tap.

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Photo of blammasterj
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (enjoy by June 16, 2010) into my Brooklyn Brewery pint glass

A: Pours a nice amber color with a moderate head that diminishes into a sticky rim around the glass. Overall decent, but not great lacing down the glass.

S: Smells of floral and spicy hops and some sweet malts.

T: Taste is an amalgamation of sweet and bitter hops that are somewhat spicy and herbal and open up into lemon rind, and a nice bready malt backbone. There is a mild soapiness component to the otherwise perfect finish.

MF: Average mouthfeel with kind of a long finish.

D: A very refreshing beer, but I must say that I think it is overrated. To that end I think that this is a very good beer and a good IPA, but it doesn't exhibit the particular qualities that I look for in an award-winning IPA.

However this was amazing with a spicy stir-fry, the alcohol was completely hidden, and I definitely sessioned this devil.

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Photo of Buttermaker
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, balanced, satisfying. Those are the first three words that come to mind when I take a sip of Victory's HopDevil. This is a big American IPA that get's it right. I don't see Victory very often out here on the west coast but I'll have to start seeking them out.

Tasting Notes: I generally think appearance is overrated but this is a beautiful beer. The reddish copper hue seems to glow from within. If there's a weakness it's the nose (also overrated, especially on Beeradvocate...smell gets 20% but drinkability gets 10%!?!?) which is almost off-putting. The taste is sublime. Bold but balanced, with a nice long finish that reminds me of the last note of A Day In The Life. Mouthfeel and drinkability are wonderful.

Recommended Music Pairing: Dr. John - Right Place Wrong Time

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Photo of CascadeConan
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hop Devil pours a wonderful red-tinged-orange, with a sticky white head with decent lacing.

The nose is much heavier on the malt than I initially expected with roasty and carmel notes dominate and then relinquish a small amount of citrusy hops.

On the first taste I experience kind of what the nose was whispering to my ears, sweet grain bill and a uniform bitter from the hops but nowhere near the character I expect from that style.

The carbonation is decent and ties things together but overall not an epiphany kind of beer.

I should have had a more level head going into this review, but from the small amount of hype surrounding this beer I had my hopes set on hops. I recommend picking up a loose 12oz bottle from you local grocer as an entire sixer of this stuff will put a dent in your wallet.

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

Pours a dark copper color with off white head.

Smell is everything one expects from an IPA. Grapefruit and orange citrus are most prominent, with piny notes. Sweet malty backbone comes through but the hops take center stage.

Robust bitterness is immediately present on the taste, doesn't wait till the finish to come out. The bitterness is far from overwhelming however, and works well with the rich caramel malt palate all the way through. bitterness becomes more pronounced on the finish along with all the hop flavors present in the aroma-grapefruit, orange, and pine. Lasting bitterness on the aftertaste is assertive but still keeps me coming right back for more.

Light/medium body with appropriate carbonation to match the malt. Overall a solid IPA and very balanced. Try it if you can get it.

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Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful yeasty-hazed amber into the glass with a thin head, retaining to the very last pull. Cascade hops and grapefruit to the nose. Nice deep hoppiness that leaves the mouth pleasantly satiated. Leaves a "peppery" good medium-lasting bitter finish. For an IPA, the hops are worked in nicely, and not overwhelmingly off-balance in any way. Nice job here. I wish it were a bit more complex in the taste dept., but it’s definitely a great brew.

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Photo of Hammer35
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice clear orangish color with a pale head that dissipates quickly. Good carbonation but little head retention.

Smell: Pleasant citrusy, earthy aroma with just a hit of malt and the end. Not overpowering but very present.

Taste: Much like the smell. Huge notes of citrus. Piney hops are present too. Malty toward the finish with a bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Excellent! Full bodied, very well carbonated and light enough to be
refreshing.

Overall: Excellent IPA and a great example of the style. An easy drinker that has a great aroma and full of flavor. I would've like a little more head retention and maybe a slightly more pronounced aroma but still one I'll definitely drink again.

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Photo of zakery
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a fluffy off-white head.

The smell is bold and a little fruity. It has an under-tone of blackberry jam and an over-tone of citrus.

It provides a medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

The taste is hoppy and the malt is there but takes the backseat in this brew. I can taste fresh citrus and it provides a medium to medium-high bitterness with a slightly dry finish. There is none of the berries in the taste, but has a mellow. little sweet and smooth feel to it.

Not for the faint of heart or macro-drinker, this brew is great for good-beer-lovers that want a little edge and have a thing for layered tastes of hops.

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Photo of edchef1850
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I never consider myself a hop head. I am not a big fan of overly hopped beers, as i feel they lack balance. That being said , i have been seduced by the mystical hop devil!. Victory Brewing is a top notch brewer. They really work hard to produce beautiful beers, and hop devil is no exception. I love the balance of this beer, you cant miss the big hops in the glass, rich amber color and floral bouquet, the smell of hops wafting from my glass. But the balance in the mouth is perfect. This beer is a winner all around. You can feel the love that the 2 brewmasters from victory put into there craft. Good job fellas!

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Photo of bigreduw64
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard good things, so I'm looking forward to this one.

Appearance: Rich amber color. Pours a nice head that slowly dissipates, but doesn't leave.

Smell: Nice hoppy smell, get floral notes, but not a real strong aroma. If it tastes like it smells, it should be good.

Taste: Good hoppy flavor, but I can also taste the malt. Some light berry notes in the background. I like it.

Mouthfeel is good, not a lot of carbonation. I could drink about 2 of these at a time, then I would have to switch to something a little less hoppy.
Very good IPA, didn't use to be a fan, but its because of beers like this that I am starting to really enjoy IPA's.

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

HopDevil Ale pours an amber-orange out of the bottle with a cool looking hop devil on the label. Not surprisingly, hops are in charge here. There is a pleasant citrus, grapefruit, orange hopiness that predominates with only a hint of malt in the background. Dry on the finish with more hops.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,201 ratings.
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