HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

7,357 Ratings
HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gasp100
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I finally had a chance to pick up a six pack of this brew in one of my local liquor stores. I had just finished the 1/6 keg of Dogfish head's "Shelter Pale Ale" (I'll review that next) and I was ready for a change. Since visiting this site I never go out to the beer store without a list of recommendations (too bad the stores in Middletown, DE are limited in selection) from writers here. Anyway, this beer is fantastic. The color was a beautiful bronze hue, a bit cloudy but enticing none the less. I like my beer very cold (on the lower side of the recommended 36 degree's) and this may have an effect on the cloudiness of the brew. After opening the bottle I was greeted with a wave of hops, hops and more hops. Not overpowering but very present. The beer poured with a thin head that disappeared and formed a nice lace down the glass. The taste was awe inspiring... I really mean it. I wasn't through my first glass when I jumpted back on the site and hit the homebrewers section. Then I came back to my senses.... I'll let other craftsman perfect their art for now. The taste had a nice caramel sweetness, much less fruity than the Shelter Pale Ale I was drinking and the hops really cut through and seemed to lighten everything up. It has a kick too, 3 or more and you have the smile on your face (especially when the Yankees are beating the Sox in game 7).

Overall, I love it and I'm proud to say this is a local beer for me --- Downington, PA is not more than an hour away. I WILL take a trip to the Victory Brew Pub as soon as I can.

This is my first review, so go easy. I don't know all the "catch phrases" and I don't know how to put into words the particulars just yet, but I'm learning and I love good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass, just because. Color is a lighter shade of amber. Head is about an inch thick and hangs around for a while, as does the lacing. Smells balanced between hops and malt. Noticable floral and citrus aromas. Tastes really good. Hoppy like an IPA should be. A definite citrus taste to it (grapefruit). A nice pine taste as well. Not a real strong hoppy bite, but plenty of hops in there. A nice bitterness rounds out the taste. Medium mouthfeel. A bit fizzy. A bit sticky. Leaves my teeth chomping for more. Goes down nice and easy. A very drinkable beer and quite enjoyable.

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

Pours a nice, cloudy amber/copper color with a decent off-white head.

The smell is a good, citrusy, hoppy smell, not overpowering, not as strong as expected.

The taste is well-balanced, not overly hoppy as you may expect from the name. The hops are there, but backed by a citric tang.

A good, medium body with a decent amount of carbonation give it a pleasant mouthfeel, finishes a bit dry.

The overall drinkability of HopDevil is decent. It’s all-around a solid beer, maybe not with quite the over-the-top punch that hopheads crave, but that makes it much more accessible to those trying to find a good, solid IPA to get started in the world of craft beers with. It’s not insanely hopped, not overly bitter, and doesn’t have a monster ABV, all of which make it a very enjoyable beer that can be had in decent amounts without getting sick or tired of it.

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4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange-bronze. One finger head subsides quickly but clots nicely at the top and leaves a nice almost crusty lace towards the top. Medium carbonation.

Orangy-grapefruit crisp hop readily apparent with some sweet dinner roll hanging tough with it. The citrus and malt blend well here.

Ditto on the taste, which still showcases the hops but never lets them run away or hog the scene. Toffee and sweeter fruitiness sorta keep the citrus honest yet know their place here. That said, this hoppy treat is just an IBU away from true bitterness. Catching some yeast and an almost wheat spiciness in there that may not actually physically be there. Alcohol is incredibly masked for 6.7%.

I'm amazed at the balance. This is quite hoppy but somehow has a mild caramel sweetness; and neither detracts from drinkability, together or individually. Medium bodied with a lingering sweet floral finish. Only catching the slightly breath- warming alcohol at the end after the last few swallows.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear deep orange color. Not really any head at pour, thin ring around edge of glass. Very citrusy hoppy aroma, sweet orange/tangerine. Some light malt character in aroma. Smells like there might be a very very faint spicey note in aroma. As beer warms, aroma becomes more tropical. Good carbonation; Crisp mouthfeel and haldway through the glass can swirl and get a 1/2 off-white head. Slightly spicey middle, darker sweetness on the beginning, still cirtusy though. Floral end with a grassy finish. With warmth end seems to have a banana hint to hit Hoppy Dry finish, feels like thin silkiness that lasts. With warmth, dryness on finish becomes less strong and even more smooth. Overall on the medium to darker side of an ipa than lighter.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-this beer pours an a dark orange slightly amber color with a generous head which dies a little while drinking and leaves behind an excellent lacing
S- citrusy hops up front with a straw and toasted malt smell lingering in the background, overall not a very dominant smell
T-very strong hop presence (as the name would imply) but really not as hoppy as many double ipa's to be honest the malt is very refreshing with a citrusy, straw slightly toasted character, very delicious but still rather typical for an ipa which is not an insult by any means, but with a beer name such as hopdevil i thought it could deliver a bit more
M/D- medium body very dry bitter finish, very refreshing, very delicious, though the bitterness may turn some people off it certantly isn't a beer that is too heavy or too alcoholic to be enjoyed all night

overall while i thought it was a delicious beer and one i would pick up again it wasn't quite what i was expecting, a excellent beer yes, but not one that may be too much so or too heavy in a way that it limits you from enjoying more than a few (i.e DFH 120 min IPA)

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4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber / orange tint with a decent carbonation. Head is two fingers after pouring, but fades quickly.

S: Orange citrus, caramel, with noticeable floral characteristics.

T: The malt backbone imparts sweetness at first. Finishes with a earthy hop kick. Lots of pine, juniper, smoke, and salt in that hop flavor.

M: Smooth and easy drinking, even with the emergence of hop flavor at the end. Leaves you smacking your lips as the sweet and spice elements mingle.

O: A very drinkable (even sessionable) IPA. Like their brethren on the West Coast, Victory has put its unique stamp on the style. What’s most impressive to me is how approachable this beer is. It isn’t over-hopped, still bold in its flavors, and backs off the intensity where others might try to amp it up a notch. Sometimes less is more. I certainly find myself able to put down 2 or 3 of these a lot easier than others.

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

A - Pours a deep orange-amber/copper with a thick white head that lasts. Lacing is strong with rings.

S - Grapefruit hops with a grainy malt background. Hints of spices and sweetness.

T - Bold. Powerful. Very dry and pronounced hops flavors. Citrus, spice and herbal. The whole spectrum. The grainy malts struggle to have presence but they are assuredly in there.

M - Rich, lush.

O - Great American IPA. For all hop heads, no doubt.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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