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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,376
Reviews:
2,545
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
Wants:
301
Gots:
1,553
For Trade:
8
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Photo of Rukeli76
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlockR
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stadmo1
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber red with a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Smells like dark toffee, tobacco, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, biscuity cracker malts, black tea, apricot, grapefruity orange citrus, papaya, with herbal earthy grass and pine. Tastes like dark toffee, caramel, tobacco, molasses, brown sugar, biscuity cracker malt, grapefruit and orange citrus, papaya, apricot, tannic black tea, with dank herbal grass and earthy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice malty IPA.

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Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wer34truh
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep burnt orange color.

Overall: Hop Devil has a pungent hop aroma. The taste starts with spicy hops then ending with malt sweetness that has some cinnamon brown sugar that mixes in with a bitter grapefruit dry hop at the end. This ale has impressed me, this is the best example of the East Coast style of IPA.

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Photo of Buannaich
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of kkubek
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm shocked at the glowing reviews. The last half of this six pack hung out in the fridge a long time. Too light bodied, though heavy of malt flavor, drinks more like a blonde ale. The hops do nothing to Improve the recipe, and actually detract from an otherwise decent light ale.

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Photo of JohnnyForeign
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boblemo
2.68/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Houlio_99
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aufie
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thoglund
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopsputin
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: a light mahogany color with some pale orange and light ruby notes. large 2 finger solid, marshmellow-like tan head

s: apricot, grapefruit, orange peel, dry crackers, thick caramel malts, and fresh brewed black tea

t: nice balance between malts in hops in here. its actually a bit sweet upfront, then moves to some nice tea leaf bitterness. there is a large bready presence in here as well along with a nice citrus zest that lifts everything up. there is a little bit of pine and pineapple going on in the background. a touch of syrup as well

m: fuller side of medium. carbonation level is on the lower side, but it works with the beer

o: i'm a big fan of this. if you're into crazy hopped beers, this one may be a bit malty for you, but i think it strikes a nice balace. not too sweet, not too bitter. easy to drink, easy to enjoy

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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 dtumminelliob
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours a deep amber, on the darker side of the IPA spectrum. The smell is fine, but nothing noteworthy. The taste is a little too sweet/malty for me. The hops are fine, but not especially assertive. They could definitely be doing more for the style.

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Photo of hxcryne
1.89/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of connersmth
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,376 ratings.
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