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Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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2,492 Reviews
Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale
BEER INFO

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

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
Reviews:
2,492
Ratings:
7,165
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
19.46%
 
 
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Reviews: 2,492 | Ratings: 7,165
Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of singles in early February from Total Wine for $1.99 each. Enjoy by 4-20-14.

Beer poured an amber-orange with not much of a head but the clarity is spot on.

Not catching a whole lot of hop power as this is mostly biscuity with some citrus.

In the world of IPA's which most are west coast hop monsters this one is balanced, as far as an IPA can be. Caramel and biscuity malts are prevelant at the start. Citrus, pine, and a hint of mango meld nicely with the malt base. Pine tar lingers on the palate just to let you know this is an IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely carbonated for a refreshing presentation.

Overall a solid beer that i will enjoy again at some point in the future.

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Photo of fps_dean
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with very little head and moderate lacing.

Smells like hops, but a fairly mild scent.

Tastes like piney hops and some grapefruit, and is balanced out nicely with toasted and grainy malts, although the bold hops clearly dominate in flavor. It's not an overly powerful IPA, and goes down very smooth.

A very solid IPA overall. One of my favorite summertime IPAs because it goes down so smoothly, but still perfectly acceptable in the winter as well.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light brown hued with a quarter inch head of beige foam with vibrant carbonation bubbles. Brussels lacing. Aroma of pine like hops is prevalent. The pine like hop bite is very strong on the front of the palate. The backbone is of light malt and then I get a rush of pine like hops on the fade. The mouth is fairly dry and refreshing.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into glass. 6.7% abv.

Appearance- A brilliant and clear dark red amber with a massive foamy head on it.

Smell- Citrus; orange and grapefruit. Not much else....did I mention citrus? lol

Taste- A dual blast of malt and hops. The initial malt blast is somewhat of a toasty bread character. The hops remain through the whole flavor profile until a spicy hot finish. Notes of grapefruit along with hints of sweet caramel too. Wickedly complex.

Mouthfeel- Heavy body of which is thick and creamy.

Overall- A solid example of a great IPA. This was the first craft beer I tried years ago so maybe it has a sentimental impression on me, but nevertheless, it is damn good if you dont mind a complex bitter blast. The hops linger as much as any other IPA. A must try if you're a hophead.

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Photo of pkalix
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tan-nish kind of head, dark caramel color and no carbonation.
hop aroma but not pungent or strong.
taste is mildly sweet with a biscuit flavor within the hop. I cannot find a date on the bottle, as someone else alluded to, but there does seem to be some hop blandness due to time on shelf going on.... a very nice brew, for sure, but not seeing the 'wow' as others have explained....

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (best by 5/9/14)

A: Hazy, copper colored body. Almost no lacing and only a pencil head.

S: A nice, pine malt body, with an almost caramelized sweetness in there. I even get a bit of onion/garlic in there.

T: So, apparently this is 3 months old since it expires in 2 months and they date Hop Devil with a 5 month shelf life. Whoops. The hops have really died out. All malt here. Light and piney. Piney hop aftertaste. A bit watery even.

M: Prickly, coarse and rough. Gets smoother as it warms up.

O: I will try to get it fresh, but I have had older IPAs that have tasted better than this.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: copper, amber. 1.5 finger head nice lacing. Dark color for an ipa.

S: mmm citrus and pine

T: east coast ipa taste where the taste is primarily pine. But there is a citrus undertone of mostly grapefruit and the caramel malt sweetness nicely balances the beer.

M: pretty light bodied

O: a great beginner ipa but I revisit it often... Because it's great. A perfect example of an east coast ipa

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Photo of JOHNKNEEGEEZ
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pour glass.
A: Aggressive pour yielded an inch thick creamy head that laced quite nicely. This IPA is a rich copper.
S: Earthy, mostly, but also citrus and slight pine.
T: Spice, earthy, floral, citrus and piney tones from hops balance nicely with biscuit and caramel flavors from malts. Finishes on the palate with a very unique taste; earthy is the word I would use I guess.
M: Medioum-bodied.
O: This a well thought out and well built IPA. Hop bitterness is present, but not does not takeover. Likewise, the malt is there but not that over-powering malt backbone that can take away from an IPA. Highly drinkable representation of IPA.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Nice clear dark copper color with a wispy one-finger white head. Patchy lacing.

S - Healthy scent of fresh earthy hops, a tiny bit of grass, and almost toffee like malt. Great combination.

T - Hop forward; with the hops flavorful without being overly alpha-acidic or harsh. Hints of pine, lime, and tangerine, but overall more earthy than citric or sprucey. Guessing they used more than the "C" hops here. Really nice caramel malt underbody. Slight mineral note in finish, but stops short of being "metallic" (more like salt). Nicely balanced. Tasty.

M - Fuller side of medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Nice fit for the style.

O - A quintessential East Coast IPA. I immediately wished I had another on hand. Well put together on all levels.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - copper Amber color with a slight white head and leaves thin lacing.
Smell - spiced pine grapefruit sweet malt smell.
Taste - great hoppy pretty spiced and slight citrus but with a great malt backbone.
Feel - smooth medium body with medium carbonation.
Overall - great beer if I'm looking for a bitter spiced beer.

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Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a rich, clear reddish amber with a thin ring of fluffy off-white head. It looks quite nice, though more head formation would be nice. Scents of sweet malt and abundant floral hops upfront, aromas of honey and jasmine are also present, as well as some earthy notes and fainter notes of citrus and pine. Quite well rounded and appealing, very well done aroma in the East Coast style. Flavor begins with a big burst of floral hops and hop bitterness, as well as some caramel malt sweetness backing the hops. In the middle and finish more pine resin flavor comes out, alongside some citrus peel, still backed by a modest level of caramel malt. The finish is mostly pine resin and a bit of caramel malt. Aftertaste is bitter pine resin, floral flavors and grainy malt. The flavor profile is quite nice and balances hop bitterness with malt sweetness quite well. Very fitting for an East Coast IPA and quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a slightly sticky and resinous mouthfeel. It is quite easy to drink and very pleasant. Overall this is a good East Coast IPA. It has the aroma, flavor and mouthfeel I expect from the sub-style and it matches quite well with, though not quite as good as, Bell's Two Hearted. Still, it's a good IPA and I'd have it again.

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Photo of gr0g
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decidedly not pale, but copper in color. A nice, two-finger head forms, with good retention and some sexy lacing. Aroma features mostly herbal and grassy notes along with a solid toffee note. As an IPA that's been around a while, the great aromas lent by "new school" hops are not present.

On the palate there's more balance between malt and hops than many IPAs. Still, perceived bitterness is in IPA territory and there are some nice, though vague hoppy flavor notes. Despite the maltiness, the flavor is dry. Pronounced citric hop bite. The soft, fine carbonation works very well.

This really blurs the line between IPA and an amber/red ale due to the balance between the strength of the hop flavors and the malt body (plus it's got an amber color). Hop Devil ultimately stands out as a malt-forward IPA that's quite good, if not quite a stand-out in an increasingly crowded market.

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Photo of mick303
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A different IPA in that is takes a big floral component, lots of smooth fine carbonation, good citrus bite to it, a nice refreshing bitter IPA, would highly recommend and look forward to having it again, some pepperiness to it, an intoxicating smell of complex floral and hop aromas, body is smooth and nuanced, good all-rounder.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed Belgian tulip

Mostly clear deep amber with two fingers of frothy cream-colored head that leaves a thin cap and moderate lacing. Smell is dominated by sweet bready caramel malt with a faint earthy hop bitterness in the background.

Taste is not as sweet as the nose would suggest. There is definitely some toasty caramel present, but it takes a backseat to the pine, grapefruit and lemon peel. Not that impressed with the quality of flavors in the hop profile, but it's well balanced so it works. Just on the light side of medium-bodied, with smooth crisp carbonation.

If you're In the mood for an IPA with relatively strong malt support, this is an adequate option. Never my first choice, but never disappoints either.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crisp looking amber orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and ripe hoppy aroma with good hints of citrus, grass, and caramel malt. Upfront scent of earthy hops with hints of grass and a little pine. Juicy citrus fruit presence with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Solid sweet malt backing with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A balanced and pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a ripe juicy and fairly earthy IPA taste with good notes of citrus, grass, and caramel malt. Upfront mix of hop flavors with earthy notes of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange pulp, lemons, mango, tangerine, and pineapple. Good malt balance with notes of sweet caramel, grains, cracker, biscuit, and yeast. Nicely juicy and drying. A very solid IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and slightly oily and sticky. Finishes dry and smooth.

Overall: A very solid American IPA. Good juicy hop notes with a nice caramel malt backbone.

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Photo of Bone53
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a bottle into a snifter at about 45°F

Appearance: Darker than most IPAs. Amber red with a one finger off white head. You can tell that they probably used a good amount of malts in this one.

Smell: Citrus grapefruit, caramel malts, spices. Intriguing

Taste: Similar to the smell. Nice balance between citrus hops, caramel malts, and spices. Complex

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, full mouthfeel for an IPA and not overwhelmingly bitter like a lot of IPAs are guilty of.

Overall: Hop Devil stands out in the IPA world. It's unique in its own way with a healthy amount of malts and spices. An excellent example of an East Coast IPA. Not among my absolute favorites in the style, but a great go to as I reside in PA. Cheers!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous red color with thick, creamy rich head on top. Beautiful. Bready aromas on the nose in addition to dark fruits & pine. Palate offers a wonderful balance of malt with bitterness and prickly citrus flavors. Finish through to the aftertaste is bold, grabby hops with still that nice lingering malt component. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium amber hued with a half finger of off-white foam.

Piney and resinous hop character with citrus, and a little sweet caramel/toffee like sweetness.

Pine explosion with notes of citrus, toffee, and caramel sweet malt.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, leans bitter but decent balance.

Overall, an exceptional brew.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint. Color is a reddish amber and has a good head with some staying power. Lacing that was left was good and abundant.
Aroma was pine and maybe some citrus.
Taste is more complex than aroma. Slight malt in background. Hops front and center. Pine grapefruit and more green notes are predominant. Mouth feel is pretty clean and is a little on the lighter side considering.
Overall this is another very good IPA from Victory. Great beer overall and good, true to style, character.

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Photo of lochef81
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first experience with Victory. From the first moment with this ale it is clear that it is not your typical American ipa. It pours a deep red amber color with a thick deep cream head that lasts well into the beer. And leaves a thick lacing of off white foam. The aroma is very complex and not reminiscent of most hop heavy ipas. There is a strong presence of malts, some coffee and caramel notes. There are also citrus and pine notes but they are subtle in relativity to the malt. It is very complex and unexpected fir such an unassuming ipa. The flavor is very similar. Im beginning to well respect the east coast for their very complex and deep ipas. Not just the single note hoppy ipas if the west coast. Looking forward to sampling Victory's hop ranch tomorrow.

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Photo of craftbeerbyob
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The appearance is a little more redish/brown than typical IPAs but is very clear. I was not too impressed with the smell. There is a strong pine nose with hints of hops. The taste is extremely complex with a great spice. The mouthfeel was crisp and easy drinking, not too heavy. This is not my ideal IPA, prefer West Coast IPAs, but think it is an overall great beer!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle enjoy by 5/9/14 into New Belguim globe

A-Pours a great amber color with a slight ruby cast. Nice 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates with normal lacing.

S-Very nice nose of grapefruit and pine hops.

T-Taste is like the nose, mostly hops with grapefruit in the front.

M-Mouthfeel is medium body and smooth. Carbonation is normal. Finishes smoothly with a pleasant grapefruit bitterness that lingers.

O-I really enjoy this IPA, great hops and grapefruit.

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Photo of HarryPotHead
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good brew...my first from Victory. Met some folks at a local watering hole who highly recommended so I thought I would give it a shot. Definitely not dissapointed.

Nice rich amber color although a bit cloudy. Thick sticky head gets extra points.

Pine and citrus on the nose as you would expect, but kinda subdued...def not overpowering. An off note mixed in as well.

Something missing on the palate...not sure what it is. Game on bitterness with punch and hop loaded for sure but its missing a level of complexity seen in other competing brews of the same style. This is definitely a well crafted and tasty beer, but falls just short of the top tier for the style. For east cost offerings I'd stick with DFH or Troegg's Nugget Nectar although you will pay slightly more for each.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BBD 3/20/14. Amber pour with a slight ruby cast. Nice head that dissipates with normal lacing. Very nice nose of grapefruit and pine hops. Light medium body and a smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is below normal. Taste is like the nose, mostly hops with grapefruit in the forefront. Finishes smoothly with a pleasant grapefruit bitterness that lingers

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Photo of ONUMello
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color, one-finger head
S: Somewhat subtle but complex mix of citrus/pine hops, caramel, yeast and melon
T: Again this isn't in your face but really makes you stop and think about it. The palate also is hop-forward but also has a nice primary earthy component. The bready/yeasty notes from the male take second stage. Long finish, good complexity
M: Medium-bodied, long finish, light carbonation
O: This is one that stops and makes you think, which I really appreciate. Certainly an IPA, definitely tasty, just different enough that it's quite intriguing

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,492 ratings.
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