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:
No notes at this time.

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:
8
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Photo of BuckyFresh
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a dark orange/copper color, with a tan, frothy, one-finger head. Beer is slightly hazy and contains only a few streams of visible carbonation. Retention is good and lacing sticks like glue to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Hop aroma is pretty sweet and tropical. Pineapple, mango, peach, and orange are the dominant scents. There is also quite a bit of malt in the nose, as well as a touch of bready yeast that is a nice compliment to the hops.

Taste: Very creamy texture and a big punch of hop bitterness. The hops are definitely dominant from the start, but the malty body detected in the nose finds its way into the mix towards the end. I'm definitely getting more pine and citrus than I got in the nose. I really enjoy how the smell of this beer takes you to one end of the spectrum, but the taste sends you cascading towards the other!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a creamy finish offset by a bitterness bomb. Decent malt backbone, but I'd say the hops run the show here.

Drinkability: If it is hops you seek, then look no further. Hides the ABV really well and is a great representation of the style.

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Photo of scootpolute
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 FL OZ. bottle into pint glass-cone.
A - Carmel-Amber, light haze with a great bubbly lace.
S - Spicy herbal and balanced, pungent hop aroma, fruity and oily.
T - YUM! Medium crispness, hoppy palate with a light hints of malt. Big punch of oily hop pungent flavor, mild fruitiness and a malt sweetness that sneaks in towards the finish.
M - Great carbination balance with A bit of warmth in the end from the alcohol.

O - Wow, I 'thought' I've had this one before...MUCH better than I was expecting!!!A tasty and balanced IPA, AWESOME!

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Photo of MichaelBurns
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoy by date of 05/13/12. Poured slowly and carefully into a standard one pint glass.

A: A light shade of copper that is clear and has plenty of carbonation streaks raising. It had a thick almost clumpy off white head of about two fingers and left some lacing.

A: The aroma was some sweet caramel and some light floral dandelion and maybe some lavender.

M: Plenty of carbonation and a medium body. It leaves a slick coating.

T: This is where the beer shines. It begins with a caramel sweetness. Then the floral hops kick in, and then some pine comes through, too. All of the flavors are bold yet transition nicely from one to the next. It leaves a pleasently bitter after taste.

O: This is a great blend of bold flavors. Really outstanding how the flavors work well together. This a great american pale ale.

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Photo of THoff94
2.87/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Taste falls very flat. Can't taste the hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of MilesRaymond
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of moot2142
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of Xadoor
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Victory Brewing beers are new to the Texas market and I was quite excited to try them after all the great things I've heard about the beer. Pours a dark amber with a foamy head that dissipates relatively quickly, but retains a thin white layer down to the bottom of the glass. A spicy floral aroma and flavour, but with only a moderate bitterness. Very delicious and certainly one of my favourite IPA's.

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Photo of WaltTrombone
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After my recent scary experience with an over-the-top hop monster (SN Bigfoot 2003), I was a little nervous about trying HopDevil, but I'm glad I did. For me, it's a good summertime beer, lighter than my usual stouts.

It poured an orangey red, with a chunky beige head. The aroma was faint, malt, caramel and hops. The taste was an initial blast of malt and caramel, purged right after with a steamroller's worth of hops. Mild hops, though, not anywhere near as mouth-puckeringly bitter as the previously mentioned Bigfoot. (Still maybe a bit too hoppy for a recent convert from macros. For them, try a Brooklyn IPA, just as good as HopDevil, but not as hoppy. Review coming soon...) As the beer warms, the taste blossoms into bursts of honey, cola, prunes. In retrospect, I've been drinking this too cold, try chilling this for a short while so that it's in between cellar and fridge temps. Mouthfeel was creamy smooth, with just enough carbonation to stand up to the jambalaya I had it with tonight. Finish was mild, just a faint mellow hop tang.

Thanks to Victory for enlightening me to the hoppy truth; hoppiness doesn't have to mean bitter and nasty.

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Photo of sideshowrob
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow-amber color, with little head that quickly dissapated.

Smell was refreshing, very bright and hoppy. Some note of a bright acid/citrus flavor, lemon, orange?

Taste was a little bit of a letdown. Hops were present, but very polite. My guess is that HopDevil must be brewed with only one type of hop. The flavor was very unified and sad to say, one-dimensional. Compared to other brewers IPA's, I'd really consider this one to be a nice hoppy pale ale rather than a full-up IPA.

Good mouthfeel, very bright and vibrant. Lots of carbonation and "zest"

An easy beer to drink. Almost a good summer-days bbq beer. Very non-offensive.

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

I was excited to see this at my hometown grocery-store in a six pack. A hazy burnt orange with that frothy IPA head that sticks everywhere. So delicious and actually quite smooth drinking. Smoothness doesn't hide the great hop flavor with heady garden notes and a finish of fizzy pepper. Easier to drink than some other hopped-up beers of the same nature, really a great job by Victory.

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Photo of jabocu
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper tone. A little hazy with a thin off white cap. The cap didn't stay around too long either. The aroma was very noticable caramel and citrus. A little hops in the nose. Flavor was nice smooth caramel and grapefruit. A little spice maybe clove or anise. I felt it had a very good blend that went down smooth. The hops hung for a few seconds, but helped mellow the sweetness very nicely. Overall a good basic hopped up beer. Very good taste and goes down smooth. Nothing really extraordinary, but good. Will def. have again!

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Photo of jmalko
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of brow1901
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden red color, light cream colored head is large but dissipates rather quickly. A very thin layer of sticks around and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Mostly of malt, not heavily roasted malt but rather the fresh baked bread malt smell. I catch a slight whiff of some sort of spices maybe pepper. And definitely plenty of hops.

T- Taste is excellent, great balance of strong malts to hops. Some of the spices shine marvelously. The only thing I would ask for is a more defined hop character, something with a citrus or pine taste would seem a good fit. The hop character breaks away from the malty sweetness in the aftertaste.

D- The beer is incredibly drinkable, perfect light carbonation blends with the great taste to make a super smooth beer. Hopdevil goes down easy.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BeerTaster727
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DreaminBeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of kemkempalace
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mwayne
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Hopstronaut
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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