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HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,539
Reviews:
2,555
Ratings:
7,414
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
Wants:
306
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1,575
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Ratings: 7,414 |  Reviews: 2,555
Photo of texashammer
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep amber color, slightly hazy, with thick rocky off-white head, 2 fingers. Oily and exuberant flowery hops in the nose, along with some malt struggling against the big hops. Tastes immediatly bitter, with aggressive and oily, juicy hops, mostly flowery. Some sweetness as you drink on into it. Dry finish. Full body, smooth and slick mouthfeel, with a bite from the hops in the middle. Drinkable? Oh, yes. Gulpable.

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Photo of inanity
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Off the cask at Standard Tap in Philly. This is the first time I’ve had this beer off a hand-pump, and there is such a huge difference than out of a bottle or straight from the tap. Unbelievable.

Served at about 50-55 degrees, the appearance was a deep ruby amber. Full, thick and creamy head. Tons of retention and Belgian lace down the pint. Not quite as big a nose than from the tap, but still lots of citrus hop scents. The taste was next to perfect for an IPA. The higher serving temperature and lower carbonation allowed for an incredible mix of malt sweetness and spicy hop bitterness. Malt sweetness is bready, but the hops still dominate with a biting spiciness, with both grapefruit and pine flavors, followed by a lingering alcohol aftertaste. With such a smooth and chewy mouth-feel you can only get from beer from the engine, I wish all beers could be served this way.

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

Appearance: Pours a nice amber color, with moderate head.

Smell: Take one whiff and you quickly realize why it's called what it is. The hoppiness is just bursting right out of the glass!

Taste: The smell is not misleading, This is, surpirse, surprise, a very hoppy drink and you can taste all those hops with each taste.

Mouthfeel: It's very smooth and will leave that hop taste lingering around your mouth for a bit.

Drinkiness: I could drink this all day and all night. It is very smooth and good for repeated drinking. If you like hops, than you'll love this brew.

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

Poured from a bottle at 45 degrees F into a Nonic glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a solid 2-finger off-white creamy head. Lacing his generous.

S: Powerful citrusy, red grapefruit aroma with a detectable malt backbone. A bit on the "sour" side, but nothing offensive at all.

T: A good IPA -- solid malt backbone sits underneath the citrusy hops, which are ample.

M: Creamy, yet adequate carbonation. Slightly oily but finishes dry. No aftertaste.

O: A well-crafted brew, for sure. A solid middle of the road IPA that satisfies. Alcohol is completely hidden. A B+/A- in my book.

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Photo of SLUGLIFE
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of wmc0005
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jmgault1
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Wiedemann
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of penguinstout
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Rosethoj
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of sternamagrapha7x
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bhudish
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of RobAM
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like victory Brewing Company. They have quite a few good beers and this one is no exception.

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

Poured a hazy copper color with low cabonation, thick off-white head that receeded to a thin layer, but left a heavy lacing on the glass. Aroma is heavy of a pine needle smell, but with a bit of a citrusy hint to it, as well.

Heavy dose of hops jump you at first taste of this one. The earhty and floral flavors mix with a kick ass spiciness that really makes this beer shine, and definitely shoves the toasted malts right out of the spotlight. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy.

A truly excellent brew. The aroma doesn't quite do justice to the ass kicking your taste buds are about to receive, but everyone likes a surprise, right? Unfortunately, I imagine drinking a few of these would leave your taste buds in a comatose state for a few days.

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

Since DIM was awesome enough to hook me up with WildDevil, I figured I should revisit this first to compare.

Pours orange with a huge off white head that fades into a thin layer of foam.

Smell: All Brown Sugar and Grapefruit.

Taste: Citrus, Sweet Caramel, Dry finish, Creamy and Full bodied. Awesome and very drinkable.

If this was brewed in MI, I'd buy it all the time. Sadly, My loyalty lies with Crooked Tree and Two Hearted with a dash if Mad Hatter.

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Photo of keenan41
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BeenJammin
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a strong citrus hop aroma with some difinite caramel aroma in there too. This beer has pretty cool amber color but the head and lacing did not show up as good as I hoped. The flavor is fantastic though. It has a lot of spicy and citrus flavored hops as was expected from the name. It does not lack anything in malt flavor either. Its mouthfeel doesn't really stand out but it isn't light either. This beer has good drinkability. I can see my self downing a six pack of it.

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

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Beer pours a brown/copper color that looks orange when held to the light. A standard pour provides a soapy/creamy 1 finger white head. Small amounts of lacing present and the head retains itself for a good portion of the beer.

Smell: Smell of wet hops and malt.

Taste: Decent hopped beginnings that make way to a bready/malt backbone before finishing with more hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy in some areas, it is definitely decent though nothing overly special. Decent smooth carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer goes down easy and doesn't show its 6.7% abv at all. Well worth getting at least a six to session this one.

Final Thoughts - Decent entry from Victory. Different looking IPA that goes down smooth.

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Photo of ceraphin
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of hmich176
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cre83
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of SedateSix
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Caj1
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Beautiful copper-amber with a tinge of ruby. Crystal clear and with medium carbonation. I didn't pour with quite as much gusto as usual since I was using a different glass from normal, but I got a finger of dense, creamy off-white head. Great head retention, I poured this baby up, let it sit for about ten minutes and it still had a thick film of foam across the top. Wonderful lacing, it just won't stop clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Very good caramel creates the backbone of the scent profile. Sweet and malty like a good IPA should smell. Really 50/50 on the malt/hops ratio. I also detect spicy notes and some slight (emphasis on slight) estery scents, like banana. Some grainy notes come through but remind of fresh whole grain bread. Hops aren't huge on the nose, but don't really need to be. I get some resinous, deep notes, and as a whole it definitely edges on piney and general "dank" earthy tones, but there is a tinge of lemongrass.

T: Counterintuitive to what I expected on the smell, the hops are forward here. Malt does a great job of supporting and balancing the bitter and deep green hops. At first, the resinous, earthy flavors are very pronounced, but don't overstay their welcome. Medium bitterness overall. Malt is subtle, but I do get definite caramel and a little bit of a brown sugar flavor. Again, reminds me of fresh baked artisan bread. As the beer warms, the spicy, fruity flavors come out to play. Pepper tingles on the tongue toward the end of the taste experience.

F: It tastes like a DIPA but doesn't feel like one. Medium bodied overall, not something that I could pound down but it's crisp like any good IPA should be. Doesn't finish remarkably clean, but it has some astringency from the slightly higher alcohol content which helps give it a slightly dry bite after the swallow.

Overall: Easily one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of reviewing. Balanced, complex without going crazy, and overall a joy to savor. I don't have much else to say about this, I've already written an article.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of hop_devil
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,414 ratings
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