HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
4.06/5
7,396 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,461
Reviews:
2,550
Ratings:
7,396
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
Wants:
303
Gots:
1,571
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 7,396 |  Reviews: 2,550
Photo of Dithyramb
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle purchased at Avalon Liquors in SNJ. Best before Sept. 16, 2005 clearly notable on the front label.
Pours amber, just a bit darker brown accented than most. A few arcs of carbonation off the side. A shorter lived, but full and frothy, dark tan head reduced to a nice lace.
Hearty citrus and pine aroma
Initial biting bitterness that had a blend of citrus and pine notes. This isn't a one trick pony, though. A superb malty bakebone kept everything in check.
Slightly more than medium mouthfeel. Didn't finish as dry or astringent as one would expect.
Drinkable? Sometimes, we're worried that we pack too much beer. That they will take up the ice. After fishing, we won't have any room to put the day's catch in, since we have all these full bottles to lug back to the house. Not the case here. The sixer disappeared. Yes, I'd have several.
Note: A good mix of hearty pine hop belches after the first sip or two.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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 abcramer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Schmoog
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
2.96/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L: Clear amber with a tight beige head. Moderate retention, with some splotchy lacing.

S: Super sweet toasty malt, tons of caramel and toffee and toasted brown bread. There's a little bit of grapefruit juice and woody, pine as well, but it's mostly tons of malt.

T: Caramel, toffee, and toasted bread throughout. There is a little bit of grapefruit juice and grapefruit in the mid-palate, but overall this is cloying. There's some earthy and piney bitterness near the finish, but that cloying caramel malt just sticks hard.

F: Medium-bodied, medium-carbonated, very sticky with all the residuals sugars.

O: Not my cup of tea. This is bad IPA, in my honest opinion. Victory makes a ton of great beer and I love most of it, but this is not one of them.

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Photo of Kplummer82
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DispyDnb
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of nhirsch04
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 DesMoinesMike
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of saxclar123
4/5  rDev -1.5%

HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,396 ratings
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