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HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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4.06/5
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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
Ranking:
#2,544
Reviews:
2,556
Ratings:
7,416
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
Wants:
305
Gots:
1,577
Trade:
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Ratings: 7,416 |  Reviews: 2,556
Photo of jnardone235
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of gr0g
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decidedly not pale, but copper in color. A nice, two-finger head forms, with good retention and some sexy lacing. Aroma features mostly herbal and grassy notes along with a solid toffee note. As an IPA that's been around a while, the great aromas lent by "new school" hops are not present.

On the palate there's more balance between malt and hops than many IPAs. Still, perceived bitterness is in IPA territory and there are some nice, though vague hoppy flavor notes. Despite the maltiness, the flavor is dry. Pronounced citric hop bite. The soft, fine carbonation works very well.

This really blurs the line between IPA and an amber/red ale due to the balance between the strength of the hop flavors and the malt body (plus it's got an amber color). Hop Devil ultimately stands out as a malt-forward IPA that's quite good, if not quite a stand-out in an increasingly crowded market.

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Photo of freshcarl
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HipCzech
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz can (stamped "enjoy by: 18 Jan 2018") poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: Clear, bright copper brown with a billowing head of off white foam that leaves terrific streaks of sticky lace.

Smell: Malty, toasty aroma with some caramel sweetness and slightly dank, light citrus hops.

Taste: Pleasantly round, malty base of toasted grains and sweet caramel barely balances the bright and earthy hops: lemon peel, pine needles and black tea leaves. Finishes with a spicy bitterness and just a bit of residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation with a creamy smooth feel.

Overall: Terrifically balanced IPA, with toasty malt and spicy, bitter hops. Older East Coast style, but still so drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

she's got some kick, but it is a little spicy for me. as far as ipa's go, this one is definitlely one of the best. You will get a load of hops with this brew. It is a pretty intense beer because the hops and carbonation team up to give you a kick in the pants.

The aromas are also wonderful as you are engulfed in an array of spices that makes you want to leap into the glass. I will definitely have to get this one again now that i have some more IPAs to compare it to.

After I have developed a love for IPAs, this one has to be sampled again.

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Photo of horshack7
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden amber with a light foamy head. With slight orange hues.

Aromas: The hop nose is big on this one. Light hints of caramel malts.

Taste: It starts off with a bit of crisp mouthfeel. The hoppiness of this one has a great bite to it along with a spice to it as well. There is slight sweetness to it. It's not has hoppy as I thought it might be but it's good.

Notes: This is my second offering from Victory and it's a tasty one. This certainly is a beer that can be enjoyed year round. Cheers

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Photo of nathanjohnson
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of proc
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As my beer knowledge grows, I have found that I have gone from a newbie a few years ago who would cringe at the taste of hops to a seasoned pro, who craves a hoppy beer. I compared this to my beloved Bell's Bell's Two Hearted and found it to be just as good, excellent even. Pours out to a beautiful copper, with a slight head. Taste and smell is that of grapfruit and other citrus. The hop taste is fantastic, but doesn't overwhelm the beer. I believe this is due to my palate digging hops, someone who is new to beer would probably make a face. Unlike one of the other reviewers who said they probably could only have one or two, I believe this could be a session quaffer. It went down that easy. I still give Bell's a slight nod over Victory ONLY because Victory isn't available in Michigan and Bell's cloudy, golden give it just a slight appearance grade higher. But, if this beer were available here...it'd be a tie.

A big thanks to pbrian for sending this my way!

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Photo of aubuc1
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip glass

pours an amber orange with a steady off white head.

smell is big citrus and pine with some sweet malt in the back

very nice balance of bold hops and malt. powerful taste without too much bitterness

nice mouthfeel

nice drinkability on a pretty hoppy beer.

thanks to tadowdaddy for this

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

This is a great looking beer - Cloudy, copper-reddish tint with a full white head with great staying power.
The fresh hop aroma is very good, but could have a little more behind it - tough to complain but some of the other IPAs out there have set the bar pretty high.
Well-balanced flavor in line with what the color would suggest. Easy floral hops with a mild bitterness. A little sweet with some grapefruit and a touch of spicyness. Subtle malt body complements hop flavors nicely.
Mouthfeel is good but leaves something to be desired. A little undercarbonated and not much stickyness - almost too smooth for my preference.
All in all, a complex, yet very drinkable India Pale that lives up to its great reputation.

For those of you who like their IPAs on the copper/red part of the spectrum, this is a great one.

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Photo of jman005
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kzoobrew
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review input from notes

Deep orange colored body. Slightly hazy but nothing that detracts from the beer. Two finger eggshell colored head rests atop. The head recedes rather quickly leaving a modest amount of lacing.

The first thing I notice in Hop Devil is a biscuity malt presence. While it is not the predominant aroma, it is a bit more assertive than I would expect for the style. Pine dominant hop aroma is accompanied by pleasant floral and subtle citrus scents.

Sweet bready malt rolls on to the tongue, this is soon overwhelmed by a strong piney bitterness. The hop profile comes off as a bit too one dimensional. There simple is not enough citrus or floral flavors to compliment the overwhelming pine bite.

Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. The finish is on the drier side and is what should be expected from the style.

Hop Devil just does not do it for me. The hop flavor is not to my liking, I find it a bit abrasive. Not a bad beer, others seem to really like it however it is not one I will seek out.

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Photo of loren01
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in trade with shark262, thanks much for this one!!
A: Pours a copper color with lots of frothy white head. Lots of lacing sticking down the sides of the glass.
S: Smells very citrusy and spicy. There is also a very well balanced malt scent.
T: Very very hoppy flavored, yet suprisingly malty for as hop flavored as it was. The end is very bitter but not in a bad way at all. Nicely balanced. Tastes very fresh out of the bottle like I'm sitting right at the brewery.
M: Goes down very easily, perfectly carbonated, slight bitter mouthfeel.
D: Overall this is an excellent IPA, one of the better ones I've had in quite some time.

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

This one is really hoppy, no doubt. Looks beautifully outta the bottle, big lacing down the glass. Nice micro smell! Packs a wholloping hit on the bitter side after going down. Some malt, more hops. Beautiful copper coloring, also. It is also affordable. A delight of a beer!

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

A clear copper color pour.with a generous white head that receded slowly and left rings of lacing. The aroma was butter, caramel, citrus and pine with citrus being the most dominant fragrance. The flavor was more malt forward than I anticipated, mostly caramel but overall it was nicely balanced against the citrus and pine hops. Mouthfeel was very nice,good crisp finish,drinkable for sure.

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

Photo of Jobin_24
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of burnstar
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Three pints from cask at Zeno's. Wow. The cask really does wonders to this stuff. There is a glorious thick off-white head that persists forever. Below the everlasting head, this beer is a fantastic opaque dark amber color. Smell is all hops- spicy and citrusy and pretty much the same as the stuff from a bottle. Tastes fantastic. Hops hit hard and persist throughout. The difference is that it just tastes a bit more complex and untamed than normal hopdevil. I must say that what really stikes me about this beer more than anything else is the mouthfeel- heavy and creamy and just fantastic. Perhaps the best mouthfeel of any beer I've tried. Pretty drinkable- addictive really, as the fact that I had three pints demonstrates. Wonderful stuff.

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Photo of Rons35
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of SteveB24
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of KingBiscuit
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle expiration date is March, 2008. Also clearly printed on the sampler 12-pack. Thanks very much for that Victory!

A nice deep amber color, with a creamy light tan head that rose to two fingers and never receded past one, all the while maintaining a death-grip on the side of my pint glass.

Aroma of caramel and malt, balanced nicely by the citrusy American hops mentioned on the bottle. Based on the aroma, this should really be called Balance-devil. More and more it's what I am looking for from this style, and not all of them deliver. I was thinking that until I tasted it!

Yes the malt is there up front, but it's immediately usurped by an onslaught of big citrus-laden hops, a bit of hoppy spice and even some alcohol. The grapefruit in this AIPA remains with you through the finish, and then some malt sweetness peeks back through the haze, interestingly enough leaving you with an overall sensation of the balance I mentioned earlier.

This is one well-done beer. Smooth and creamy, with a medium body, and nicely carbonated taboot. I could definitely hit a few of these in a night.

Recommended!

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Photo of DioS
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Poured into a tulip pint: A finger of thick, beige head that retains well & leaves webbed lacing at the top. Bright, rusty body, like tea. Hazy but translucent.

Smell is somewhat balanced between mild, toasty malt & a lemony smell. There's also a leafy, tea-like note that actually makes it kind of like an Arnold Palmer. After a while a slight organic, blue cheese smell develops -- different.

Plenty of lemon & orange flavors up front (zest & all), with a restrained tea coolness, turning just a little biscuity & ending with that bitter citrus zest again. Nice, not too sweet.

Medium-bodied, very smooth with a "cool" feel that comes with a mild tannic dryness.

Overall very nice: good hop flavors without being overly bitter. Also, the malt is just enough to balance -- too much malt or caramel in an IPA is a turn-off for me. Very good drinker. HopDevil was the first IPA I ever had, before I even knew what was supposed to characteristic of an IPA. It had been a while since I'd had a HopDevil, & I'm happy to report that it's a really quality example of the East Coast style.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,416 ratings
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