HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,527 Reviews
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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Photo of DaveGood
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While going to see a friend's band perform at the North Star bar, I was pleasantly surprised to find this on tap. It poured out a hazy copper color with a creamy thick semi-tan head. The smell was dominated by a sweet-fruity aroma with a sweet malt undertone. The taste was very similar to that of the aroma, as it was full of bitter hops and some spices. While the hops are over-powering, they are not overwhelming at all. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth. I could easily sit back and enjoy several of these before I realized how many I actually had. Kudos to Victory for creating this wonderful IPA!

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

Wonderfully hoppy bouqet emanating from a tall, light peach head with great retention, leaving moderate lacing. Deep caramel-amber body is pretty clear. It's full for this style, with moderate carbonation. Can't detect the spice the label claims is in here, the only shortfall. Amazingly heavy with malts balanced well with the hops, fruity undertones stimulating the palate. An interesting brew, and although I like my IPAs extremely hoppy, this is an excellent example of the style; very rich and full of flavor.

And hey, isn't the illustration on the label the cutest thing? Hops with horns and a devilish smile, quite characteristic of this brew. If you haven't tried IPAs, try this, then the Dogfish 60, and work your way up. Once you go hop, you never stop.

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

I'm not a big fan of IPAs. So, I was ready to be disappointed with all of the hype. But I wasn't disappointed. This is probably the best IPA I've had.

I had it in a bottle ($3.50) at Monk's in Philly.
It was darker than I was expecting from an IPA. It was dark in Monk's but, to me, it still looked more dark than than golden.
Lots of hops obviously, but I don't think they kill you. They balance it well enough (I guess with the high alcohol content? -I know it's probably in a beer 101 article).

If you like IPA you'll like it...if you don't like IPA you might like it anyway.

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Photo of Lafe
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ahh Hopdevil, how I love thee.

I'm a fan of the IPA style of beer, and I believe that Hopdevil is exemplary of the style. Big on malt and hops, this beer satisfies.

The pour reveals a pretty amber color, fairly clear with only a hint of haze (I can read this screen, albeit backwards, through my pint glass). The aroma is strongly hoppy, with a bit of malt behind it. A half-inch or so of head forms, then diminishes to a lacy covering. A good bit of lacing occurs on the side of the glass as the beer inevitably dwindles within.

The first taste is hoppy in flavor, and surprisingly well balanced between the bitterness and malty sweetness. One normally expects an IPA to be hoppy, and this one is, but not to the detriment of the malt base. The mouthfeel is substantial but not cloying, with hop oils playing a leading role. The sweetness of the malt and bitterness from the hops leave a very balanced sensation, from beginning to end. Carbonation is spot on, and supports the mouthfeel perfectly.

Overall, this beer is extremely satisfying, and well worth the $8ish per sixpack at which i can acuire it locally. It has become a staple in my beer fridge. Definitely one of my favorite, and most drinakable, commercial IPAs. (The other is Tupper's Hop Pocket).

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden, yellow color with quick, but generous head...a head that sticks to the glass for the duration of the beer. Smells exciting -full of hops, hops, and probably some more hops.

So why not? I took a sip and of course the beer was jumping in my face with hops. I was glad. I like the hops - and this beer delivers.

BUT(and there is always a but), as delicoius as this beer is, they didn't seem to bother to provide a complex series of hops. I have enjoyed some IPAs and other hoppy style beers lately which provide hits of hops to different areas of the tongue and mouth. This beer does not do that. This beer simply beats you square in the mouth and surrounds your whole mouth with hops.

So in short, good in flavor, poor in subtlety.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off-white colored head disappeared to a ring and some film and left no lace. The beer was golden amber in color and fairly transparent. The aroma was of spicy hops. Smooth, light, and refreshing beer. Mostly piney hops in the aroma with a decent bite.

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Photo of MrNuggets
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber colour with an off-white head that doesn't last very long. Faint smell of fruit and hops. My nose is somewhat suprised, it was expecting more. Starts out with a mild fruityness that i really enjoy. Then i get what im here looking for, hops. I was anticipating a firm hop filled kick to the mouth, but what i got was more like a gentle placing of my beloved herb on my tongue.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber body wearing a thin sticky off-white head. Aroma is bready, toasty not unlike a good pilsner's, but with a huge cascade profile (grapefruit, orange) and traces of earth and honey. Taste is typicla to high alpha-acid hops IPA, very lemony, grapefruity. A tart and bitter mix with no stand out quality. Body is clean, rather thin with a biting carbonation. Overrated from my perspective, not even among my favorite half of the style I believe, but the aroma is good and quite complex. Thanks to The_Beer_God though!

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

Appearance: It was a nice clear ruby color with a beautiful sticky off-white lace. The head settled slow but was very nice.

The smell was of fresh hops. A very grapefruit flavor.

The taste was very sweet and malty. Much more malty that I had expected. It was very mild for an IPA I thought. There was a slight tinny flavor at the end that wasn't very pelasant.

The mouthfeel was a good consitency. For how malty it was it had a nice consitency.

A very drinkable brew. I could make this a session brew. At 6.7 it is weighing in slightly for a session brew but I think it could happen.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Redbone's

I see very little head on a clear reddish copper brew, and smell only a faint little suggestion of hops.

But it tastes hoppy all right, with creamy, lingering resin that clings to your tongue with piny persistance, while fierce little scrubby bubbles work the resin deeper. This is all about the hops, the malt forming only a vague background. A pleasant little devil.

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Photo of travolta
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ox bottle, drink by date.

Apperance: Nice foamy head that sticks around and laces the glass. Khaki color. The brew is red apricot or an amber honey.

Nose: Great. Sweet, grapefruit, a little honey,

Taste: What a bite. it's like this one fights you at first and then gives up just before you swallow. It's very bitter. id say if someone made a tea from hops, this is what it would taste like. The first taste is pure hops and then it chills out to be frothy, grassy, earthy. the hops comes back and bites you before you are done.

Notes: better than i thought. If you like your hops, this is it.

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

HopDevil pours clean into a pint glass with a considerable pillowy off-white head nearly two-fingers thick, and remains about ½-finger thick from start to finish.. The color is reddish brown, like cinnamon.

In the nose, the aroma has hints of malt, raspberry and caramel, all of which are present bringing the aroma into the mouth. It is surprisingly complex.

The first sip offers an expected but pleasantly strong floral hop character. What I do not expect is the malt: it's very evident and underpins the hops perfectly. It has a very light mouthfeel, which is an achievement given the strong malt character, and the carbonation is spot on for the style: medium-to-high and very crisp. At its coldest, it doesn't appear too complex: the malts and hops are dominant and at first do not offer any other characteristics. As it warms mid glass, the above-average alcohol becomes evident, but balances perfectly with the malts and hops. Orange zest flavors start to sneak in at the finish.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Its all been said before. This is one of the best IPA's being made in the US. Wonderful, deep amber color with excellent head retention and cling. Great balance and intensley hoppy, both in flavor and bitterness. Aroma is all pine and wildflowers. Carmalized fruit flavors and resinous hop blend perfectly. Lingering bitter hop aftertaste.
Is good... More please!

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Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark auburn, with a puffy off white head. frothy, leaves a ton of lace. On cask , so the mouthfeel was very soft and smooth. very pleasant. Sweet malt on the tongue, back ground of citrusy hops. Grapefruit. Flavors are vibrant and well defined. This beer tasted FRESH. Well crafted and served. well worth the high marks it receives.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Caramel amber huge creamy off white head leaves evenly strewn rings of lacing. Aroma: Buttery cascades caramel covered whole hops great aromatics. Balance is what makes this beer works so well that smack of hops with a great sweet bready smelling malt backbone. Taste: INSANE, great tasting beer very much heavenly mixture the hops are accented by the cask serving type the warmth of the beer with the creamy texture carries the flavor so well. If you love this beer on draught and the bottle find it on cask well worth you beer hunting. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied creamy texture so hop resins gliding along the palate. Drinkability: Freakin' amazing, simply effortless to enjoy.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly clear copper-color, creamy cap, crisp carbonation, conservation, cling. An ale all about assertive American alpha acid aroma. Buttered biscuit backbone basically breathes British barley bits. Flavor flaunts flowery flair, finishes fairly faint. Small smooth sizzling sensation supports several soothing sips.

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Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a discolored dark rose. The head is dense and leaves a solid lace throughout the session.

Caramel, orange peel and fruity hops on the nose.

Oranges, caramel, cardboard, citrus hops and herbal hops throughout. Solid flavor and a very full in the mouth. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of granger10
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a golden/amber color with a creamy semi-tan head. Slightly hazy in the body and lots of lacing along the glass. Aroma is very floral and slightly pungent. Taste is hoppy up front with lots of flowery taste, almost like I am eating a flower. The middle is still floral hoppy but the body fills in more providing more of a creamy, nutty malt backbone. The finish is tart and dry with a grapefruit flavor and maybe a little alcohol as well. Quite excellent and amazingly well done. This is intensely hoppy yet balance is provided along with a good mouthfeel. Simply a great beer.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a fan of IPAs, I was thrilled to see HopDevil on cask at the Sunset. It had a slightly hazy orange color, and modest white head. The hops were intense but balanced by a very sweet malt presence. I enjoyed the fruity notes, hints of a spice, and the overall drinkability of the beer. It was truly delightful.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $7.99/sixpack. Good looking red-amber color, kind of hazy with a nice frothy white head. Taste is very hoppy (duh), but a bit heavy on the bitterness. There's no malt sweetness to balance the bowl-you-over hop action here. Good session beer if you're into this kind of a beverage I suppose. I'll not buy it again though.

Sweet bottle. The hopdevil is cool.

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

Poured a medium amber with about an inch of fluffy white head. Nice lacing and moderate carbonation.

The smell is hoppy, backed with hoppy and a little bit of malt sweetness.

The taste is classic India pale. Bitter hoppiness, but not harsh at all. There is some spice working there, but my buds couldn't make out any distinquishable flavors. Just a nice blend with, did I mention, a strong hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is firm and smooth, maybe just a little syrupy, but not bad.

If you like India pale, this is one to drink. It's a very drinkable ale.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a deep amber color with a substantial head that laces down the entire length of the glass. You may have to dump in a teaspoon of olive oil to knock the head off this thing. There's a slight maltiness to the aroma, which is mostly dominated by floral hops. The initial taste isn't undelicious. There's a good caramel sweetness that fades into a chamomile-like hop flavor (I don't know another word for the columbus hop flavor). There is a good creamy body to this beer, but the bitter aftertaste is a bit harsh. Ultimately this bitterness leads me to switch to another beer after about two.

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Photo of babyhobbes
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came with a slightly off-white head overflowing the glass. Head dissipated to a soapy looking film. The smell is fruity and hoppy...very inviting. The taste is marvelous, with fruits, hops and even a little maltiness which seems to balance the whole deal. It's not very bitter with hops and goes down smooth.

Thanks Victory!

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

Pours a hazy gold with good lacy white head. Smells of (what else) hops, quite pungent. Taste is quite hoppy, but with a name like Hopdevil, I assumed that I would be blown away by hoppy flavors, but I feel I have enjoyed more hoppy beers. Still, a fine brew overall, and a very good one to blend with almost any food. I would argue that in this respect, it is quite Pilsner-like. A fine sampling from Victory.

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Photo of BCMan
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HopDevil taught me to love and appreciate a good hoppy beer. This beer is amber in color with a strong hop bouquet. The head built quickly but faded back again nearly as fast. As with the nose, the taste of this brew is just the same, hoppy. This beer I can drink at any given time but may need to be in the mood to have a sixer. This is one of my favorite beers and next to Storm King it's my favorite from Victory. The labels from Victory are very distinct so they stand out. I've criticized them for being so plain but others I've spoken to on on this topic loves the labeling for that reason. My rating, What'sa Hop'inen Hot Stuff!

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,317 ratings.
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