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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,357
Reviews:
2,538
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
Wants:
299
Gots:
1,543
For Trade:
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Photo of BigCheese
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber, bit more red than typical IPA.

S: As soon as I cracked the bottle I could smell the fresh hops. Awesome.

Taste: Boom! Lotta Hops up front, floral in the beguinning, followed by an almost sour grapefruit citrus. THe beers called hopdevil and it certainly lives up to the name. A tad more malts would make it more balanced but this is America, IPA's arent balanced.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, well carbonated, leaves some oil-y hop resins on lips and cheeks. Yummy.

Maybe the best IPA on the East Coast. A Great beer thats widely available. A must try for any fan of craft beer.

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Photo of Skabiski
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of abcramer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of puftdank
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Schmoog
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of stella77artois
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: HopDevil is a good looking golden ale. It has a darker orange body and almost ruby highlights, really cool to look at. Healthy doses of carbonation under the one finger head.

With all this activity I’m very surprised this head isn’t more impressive. The white head leaves only a little bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: The bitterness of the hops is very present on the nose. Some real snap to this devilish drink. The flavor profiles are all similar though. Just some notes of orange zest, lemon, and a little bit of a floral note.

Taste: Interesting peppery spice to the drink on top of the hops. It finishes with a pronounced wheat flavor, although it isn’t cereal tasting like adjuncts. This demon is not scaring me off very well.

Hops are very present, but they aren’t bold. This IPA has the hop flavors, but not the zing or bitterness that should accompany it. The malts aren’t really there. The orange is most pronounced with the floral and herbal flavors. It is still a good drink.

Mouth feel: Probably the best part of this beer. It is incredibly creamy and rich. Just a slight amount of bitterness prevents the dryness to mess with the feel. Almost chewy, really, it is that big.

Overall: While the flavors aren’t nearly robust enough to make a “devilish” hop profile, it is still an enjoyable beer. Alcohol content is a little high for sessioning…Ah well, what the heck, maybe this is the devilishness Victory is really talking about.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber, slightly hazy; small frothy head; slight lacing

Smell: sweet, bready malts with a big whiff of citrusy hops

Taste: Juicy malt with a big hit of hops; finishes with piney notes and a dry, lingering aftertaste

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy

Remarks: don't like the hop flavors in this one; it would probably be a decent IPA if I liked American hops

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Photo of Xandrose
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Berg-the-Boiler
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of wander4
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mbeerdino21
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ski271
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While this beer, when on cask is quite possibly my favorite beer ever, it's missing a little something in the bottle. No real surprise. In bottle it still is one of the staples in my fridge. Still a beautiful beer, still that wonderful citrusy hops aroma backed by solid malts and some pine, and the taste is nicely well-rounded and balanced. But it's not the same as the hand-pulled version that wows me.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep cloudy brownish amber with a nice big white head. Good retention and nice lacing. Smell is piney and also a little nutty. The hops bitterness takes over the taste but it isn't the typical citrus/pine hops. Definately more spicey and nutty than what i would expect from an ipa. The bitterness sticks with you but not a good way. I can see how this would appeal to some but not what I look for in an ipa at all. One of the few dissapointments I've had from Victory.

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Photo of seplo
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of hellhammermario
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Colin32
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DioS
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of pdonovan16
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of IceAce
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with 'Enjoy by Nov 06 05'

Spotted this @ Hollingshead's for only $1.69

Pours orange with a two finger collar of large bubbled light tan foam and excellent clarity. Nose is evenly split between floral pine and sweet grapefruit.

Entry is nice withy carbonation lightly brushing the sides of the tongue with a mouthfeel a little thinner than I'm used to with an IPA. Midtaste hits the sweet spot with a nice pale malt and grapefruity hops.

The finish stings the back of the mouth with a pleasant, clean hop jolt that fades with the same pine / citrus ratio promised by the nose.

Smooth and very drinkable...I'll be picking up a few more of these before they're all gone!

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber in color with about a fingers worth of foamy head that lasts. Nose is big. Toasty caramel malt sweetness and some grapefruit/orange hops. Flavor is smooth and creamy. Similar to the nose. Sweet and fruity. Sugary caramel malt and grapefruit with a bitter but smooth finish. The bitterness is smoothed out by such a big malty body and fruity aroma hops. I had to be careful with this one the other night. 6.7% and such a smooth body and fruity character it went down fast.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,357 ratings.
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