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HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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4.06/5
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7,406 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,520
Reviews:
2,554
Ratings:
7,406
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
Wants:
304
Gots:
1,572
Trade:
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Ratings: 7,406 |  Reviews: 2,554
Photo of Melchizedek
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sort of rust-orange. Head builds up nicely to about an inch and subsides to a lasting cap that leaves traces down the glass.

It smells hoppy--not a whole lot else to say; the aromas are a little floral and strongly citrusy. In the mouth it makes good on its promise, hops all over the place, although not so aggressive as to be off-putting. Citric and floral notes are joined by a grassy undertone, while the alcohol comes through with warmth and a bit of spiciness. There's some bready yeast as well; as the beer warms, the bitterness takes on sort of a tea-like flavor, with an aftertaste that might be a bit too lingeringly bitter for my taste. The mouthfeel is great, very chewy and with a nice body.

This has sort of a quintessential (to my mind) IPA flavor, strongly hoppy and interesting. I'd definitely have another, and I wish I could have had one with lunch today (some great Indian food).

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Photo of skullsplitter
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It had an amber-like color with a soapy head. The head dissipated pretty quickly but it left a pretty nice lacing.

S - Very hoppy. Obvious earthy and grapefruit tones. Malt tones were also pretty obvious.

T - Excellent IPA. There was a bit of a bread-like taste to it. Very nice and slightly tangy.

M - Tangy yet refreshing. Pretty smooth taste

D - For an IPA it is pretty sessionable. I had two kicked back pretty quickly before I knew it.

I had this up in North Conway. I must say Delaney's Hole in the Wall surprised me with this brew. I picked it at random and I wasn't disappointed. Worth a ride.

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

Pours a nice surprisingly amber color. Rich head fades a nice creamy lace. Initial taste is a well balanced malt with a bitter aftertaste, with a little citrus and honey. A lot more mild then the Victory Hop Whallop but this is more of an amber to me. Recommended.

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Photo of dhd1491
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dense tan head of creamy foam. Clear golden-copper appearance. Slight floral aroma. Nice floral-sour hoppy punch with good malty-sweet balance. Really easy to drink; ranks with the best IPA's I've tried. Might have helped that it was on tap versus bottled. Went great with hot wings.

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Photo of dakid618
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. Pours a deep red with very little head. Some retention on the glass but not much. Very citrusy hoppy smell. Taste is very hoppy with citrus undertones. Dry mouthfeel with lingering sour hop aftertaste in a good way. Very drinkable, will buy again for sure.

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Photo of pbass78
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Brewman123
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of JennieKoeper
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of NIURicky
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of WolfStOner
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best american IPAs & the price is phenomenal

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Photo of ThE_MaD_HoPpEr
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of kingsuecac
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of bonertime98
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Bunnyhop
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy, medium dark, yellowish-red IPA with a medium, light tan head. The smell is hoppy and piney. The taste is malty with a cedary bitterness. The body in my mouth is firm, yet softly rounded. Overall, definitely and IPA, but a bit on the hoppy side for my evolving taste.

Bright and colorful eye-catching label with a picture of some hops with devil's horns. I've heard alot of good things about this beer but it wasn't as "over the top hops" as I expected.

(source: PremierGourmet; Buffalo, NY)

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Photo of wyllder
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A long time fan of Hopdevil in bottles, it was sure nice to have on tap...

Appearance:
Pours a deep amber. Foams to a small head. The color, while not quite as dark as a strong ale, is darker than most IPA's.

Smell:
On tap the smell is even more robust than the bottled. Floral hops & with a citrusy tang in the background greet the nose, I don't think an IPA could smell any better.

Taste/Mouthfeel:
Yumm.. Bitterness & fruitiness greet the front of the palate, forming a formidable balance of hops & malt. Rushing to the back of the palate the feel is at once smooth and creamy going down only to leave you with a lingering hoppy bitterness, the tastes of sawgrass, hay, and grapefruit topped off with malty sweetness are all there. Just beautiful.

Drinkability:
I usually start my sessions with a Hopdevil and often finish them with one too. For a 6.7% ABV, this is, as the label says, dangerously drinkable.

Wyll-

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Photo of RixBeer
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale bronze with a nice 1/8" of creamy tan head. tons of creamy lacing and sticking.

OMG this is beer? Super faint, almost non existant aroma. There is some faint hints of apple, pear and a hint of melon.

The flavor is also a bit thin. This is a far cry from what I remembered this beer to be. This beer ought to be called Hop Angel but, that's to angelic. This beer is decent not more.

It feels thin for an IPA. Reminds me of a basic IPA. Surpiring. I remember this beer being a lot more hoppy.

This beer is as drinkable as a glass of water. Yum but what happend to the hops?

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Photo of akajimmyd
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a tumbler. Creamy amber color. Nice sized head which slowly dissipated but never completely.

Smell: Spicy and fruity scents. (I don’t have an experienced nose.)

Taste: Delicious. Hoppy with a slightly bitter finish. The taste improved as the beer warmed slightly. I couldn’t wait to finish it and have another.

Mouthfeel: Medium Body, perfect carbonation.

Notes: A really enjoyable IPA. Perfect balance between the very hoppy 90 minute and Harpoon’s milder IPA.

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Photo of skillerified
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Nice color. Paints the glass in delicious looking amber, red and orange hues. About a finger on the head and it seems to be sticking around. Solid lacing. Some slow moving carbonation is visible too. About as appetizing looking a beer as I can remember. Seems a little darker than some other IPAs I've tried.

The sniffer likes this one. A good balance of pine, lemon and other citrus scents. A distinctly hoppy scent. Just a hint of spice too. Smells delicious.

Taste somehow seems really weak to me. I'm not getting much beyond a faint caramel flavor at the finish. Just a hint of pine spice in there too. Am I missing something? This doesn't seem right. It's not that it tastes bad, it just doesn't taste like much of anything. Quite a disappointment.

Extremely smooth and mellow mouthfeel. I was really surprised by that. A good balance of bitter and sweet. Not much finish though.

I can't help but feel I've missed something in the taste department. I have another bottle that I'll use as a comparison later and edit this if necessary, but there's just nothing there. Really disappointing. I really like the mouthfeel. It's surprising for an IPA, but is that enough to keep drinking these? I doubt it.

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Photo of Evocatus
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a light beige/white head that is foamy.
Some grassy and piney elements to the aroma with a hint of citrus. Slight malt taste initially, then the hops kick in hard, giving it a strong, piney, hoppy taste with citrus elements. Light carbonation, good body. Excellent IPA, but the taste and punch are so strong I can only have one before feeling overwhelmed by the flavors.

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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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Photo of 440kk
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,406 ratings
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