HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale
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4.06/5
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,732
Reviews:
2,560
Ratings:
7,450
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
Wants:
308
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1,595
Trade:
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Ratings: 7,450 |  Reviews: 2,560
Photo of mbusster88
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into perfect pint glass.

A: Orange amber color with small off white head. Very small bubbles in the head, but it doesn't stay around long. Some carbonation coming off the glass but not very much at all.

S: Very big pine character in the nose. But also get the malty notes of toffee and caramel. Not sure if this bottle is really fresh or not.

T/M: Very good east coast ipa taste. Really get pine and some astringent flavors in the mouth. However I also get a lot of malt and caramel notes. Good mouth feel makes this rather enjoyable.

D: Good IPA, not sure if it was the freshest bottle, but still good. I think I would get this again but I definitely wont be running around looking for it. I might get some more if I find it fresher to double check.

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Photo of laicha926
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of hopsandstouts
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of countchunkula
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of JustinTauscher
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of B00ZER
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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 ChiefHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Shakydog68
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 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%

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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 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 sternamagrapha7x
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,450 ratings