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Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of cjgiant
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap nitro (been a while since I had it in any form):
Of course it looked lovely on nitro. Amber golden once the waterfall of a nitro pour subsided.

Nose had a surprising light citrus note to it. Wasn't too strong, but was there. Generic vegetal notes otherwise. I'll blame the nitro.

Generally avoid IPAs on nitro, but was in an adventurous mood. This came across as a lightly caramel honey malt opening backed by the hops from the nose, but more bitter than the nose indicated. This was not a bitter pour, but the hops played nicely and did win the battle by the end.

Feel was what would be expected from a nitro pour, smooth with any harshness muted.

Actually a better experience that I was thinking I'd have originally. Definitely need to revisit this with a fresh regular bottle of this beer.

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, strong floral hops, slight resin, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong citrus hops, strong floral hops, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of resin, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, strong body and aroma, good blend and appearance.

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

$ 35/case ($ 0.125/oz) at Franklin Beer Co, Franklin, PA
BB 17 Feb 16 bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma light, floral
Head average (four cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, quickly diminishing to partial one mm ring and island of medium bubbles
Lacing – poor. Few tiny islands of tinier bubbles
Body dark orange, clear
Flavor starts slightly bitter with hint of malt backbone, some floralness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the beers that really turned me onto craft beer. I had been trying different brews here and there but this one blew me away and now I can't go back. Very tasty brew that drink easy and light but has nice mouth feel and flavor. This is one of my core 3 brews that's almost always in my fridge.

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Photo of kitch
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 14th January 2016, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear copper orange colour with an off white one finger head that dissipated quickly but left nice stringy lacing.

Aroma: Citrus orange and lemon, pine with hints of tropical fruits and light caramel malt.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine bitterness with quite a strong malt sweetness backbone. The finish is a nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice IPA with good bitterness but maybe slightly too much malt sweetness.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow! So happy I went with the Victory mixed 12 pack (guy at the store tried to sway me into buying the Saranac 12 pack instead). There were some gems in the box, but Hop Devil was my favorite (though I am biased towards IPAs). Great value for such a well executed IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of NDSoBe
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Case of 24.
This beer is a hop beast but not out of control.
Leaves that really clean bitter aftertaste.
Synergizes well with the smells of Woodland Appalachia.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
enjoy by 12.22.15
pours a beautiful orange/amber with a moderate off white head that lasted and left plenty of lace on the glass
smell is boozy, hoppy and slight notes of pine, citrus and floral
taste similar to nose boozier than the abv indicates, fruity and nutty and sweet as it warmed
feel medium body and iscous
very solid

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Photo of drmeto
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

-pours a mostly clear amber-red with a medium,frothy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
-hop particles visible
-pine,resin,grapefruit,orange zest,tea
-Follows the nose plus caramel,nutty,syrupy
-medium hop bitterniss
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-faint alcohol detectable
Very good IPA

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

pale golden colour- clear with generous head, aroma pure hops and malt, flavour pleasantly sour with lots of caramel, an enjoyable ale though not spectacular.

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Photo of hman43
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours a dark cooper with a full off white head. The head does produce a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: It has aromas of apricot, citrus, and a caramel malt base.

Taste: It has flavors of apricot, citrus, caramel, and a bit of floral elements.

Feel: It is moderately light with high carbonation. Is has a moderately bitter finish.

Overall: It is a fairly easy drinking IPA with a finish that is not overly bitter like some of the others IPA's in this category.

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Photo of gryffilion
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance-wise, this poured a little haze. Medium amber in color, with a small head that dissipated to lace rather quickly. On the nose, it has a spicy citrus character. The hops were definitely immediately apparent. I found that the palate had a very pleasant hoppy character without being too bitter. However, the finish had a somewhat bready, malty character that made me think this bottle might have been a tad stale. The feel was very pleasant--a nice, crisp bite with no apparent flaws.

Overall this was a very pleasant beer and remains a staple of my everyday-drinking IPA lineup.

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

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a clear deep amber, with a one finger white foamy head that died off within less than a half a minute. Light messy lacing slides into the beer.
The smell had some bright citrus and piney notes over some light spice and then the caramel malt.
The taste was moderately the same with a sweetness coming from the malt and the hops. There's a soft bittersweet aftertaste leading into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied with a sly herbal quality lending a hand to a nice smoothness not normally associated with AIPA's, but hey, here comes the bitterness and it hits my tongue nicely.
Overall, this was a pretty nice AIPA. I heard before I was into beer that this was a top 10 beer of the world at one time, well this noob hopefully will get more of this to drink to all of the beer veterans who have gone before me and gave it the more than solid marks it deserves.

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Photo of Beric
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: On tap into a pint glass
Served: August 2016

This review really fell through the cracks, but thankfully I had it at my friend's wedding so it was a memorable time.

Appearance: The bar I was at was pretty dark, so it's difficult to provide a good review of the color, but the beer appeared clear and deep amber, with a soft head that collapsed under the ABV after a reasonable time but not too fast. Looks like a solid IPA.

Smell: Bright citrus and pine hoppiness. Very little malt presence in the nose at all.

Taste: Pleasently 'juicy' but also maintains a pleasant bitterness on the very back end, drying out the palate and prompting another sip. Hop flavors are predominantly citrus, though I also tasted solid assertions of pine and a soft note of herbalness. Medium malt body carries the beer nicely, without getting cloying or thin.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-high body. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable without feeling thin or heavy. Really great for an IPA.

Overall: A fantastic IPA, no doubt, and one that I think should definitely be talked about more! Another great beer from Victory.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely, clear amber but not much head. Smell bready, pepper, mango and a bit of banana. When I first poured this IPA, it was more malty and on the sweet side but as it warmed it opened up and the complexity and balance came through -- a bit of pine, citrus, ever so slight bitter at the end. Mouth feel pretty perfect. Don't drink over-chilled. Will have a again.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Enjoy By 04 JAN 16; it's been a few years since I had this one. Definitely time to try it again
A - fluffy ivory head holds great retention atop a copper colored ale
S - grapefruit zest, caramel, bread crust, pine
T - nice grapefruit and pine for hop flavors, heavy malt backbone of caramel, bread, and toasted grain
M - smooth and creamy, fuller body, quite resinous with hop oils sticking to the palate, finishes moderately bitter with pine and grapefruit lingering
O - always a good IPA to come back to. It's been a few years for me, but it's just as good as I remember.

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Photo of Cconsalvo
2.47/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe I got a bad batch....date on bottle "enjoy by Dec 10 2015"
No hop profile at all! No nose, no taste, just a very low carbonated sicky-sweet malt aroma and taste. It's actually pretty nasty. Drain pour.

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Photo of Premo88
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(Jan. 5, 2016 best by date)

L: copper ... very red-bronze look with lots of both and dark for a nice copper/burnt-orange look; clear; minimal head on soft par, white/off-white foam, a little sticking, keeps a soapy-bubbled collar; beautiful beer

S: lots of citrus/floral hops and lots of malt sweetness ... a bit caramely/mangoey but the floral hop note is pushing through it nicely

T: follows the nose closely but very tame on the bitter end ... in fact, even the floral hop note is more flavorful than bitter; lots of sweetness; earthy aftertaste to balance out the big sweet malt backbone; occasional citrus flavor peeks in, but the floral note predominates

F: a little slick, lots of carbonation ... the slickness belies a relatively lightweight liquid, almost watery even despite the strong flavors

O: really good, a bit too caramel-sweet for my personal tastes but still an excellent example of a less-better American IPA with the hop flavors coming off more floral than anything else

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

Pours semi-opaque, medium amber color with a 1 finger, slightly off-white head.

Wonderful citrus aroma.

Awesome citrus taste with a bit of bitterness to bite, but certainly not overpowering.

Overall a great IPA.

12 ounce bottle in a pint glass.

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Photo of LanceA
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let me preface my remarks by saying that I am a students of brews rather than an expert, and that despite all the hype, IPA is not my favorite style. I liked this IPA more than most I've tried--definitely more than Stone IPA. The color is a pleasing amber. The smell is pepper and spice, and reminded me a bit of a Bloody Mary. No smell of fruit that I could detect. The beer was pleasingly bubbly on the tongue. The taste began as malty and mildly sweet, without much citrus taste that I could detect. The finish was mildly bitter and spicy. However, the aftertaste was very bitter, and lingered long on the tongue. If Stone is a "bitter bomb," and Sculpin and Bell are "citrus bombs," then this is somewhere in between: not perhaps rising to the level of a "spice bomb," but close. I have a feeling that I'll be coming back to this one.

EDIT: Sometimes the malt smell is more prominent, although whether this is from the batch or the glass, I don't know. Also, the bitterness does not last as long sometimes. In any case, I've decided that this is my favorite IPA, even though it does not conform to the current ideal of the "Hop bomb." It reminds me of an ESB in its maltiness, an IPA in its bitterness, and a lager in its drinkability.

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Photo of rjd722
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was the first IPA I ever had, way back in 2004, and, if I remember correctly, was the first real craft beer I tasted. Obviously I'm a bit biased, but this is an American IPA classic. Poured a bottle into my new nonic pint glass. Beautiful deep amber color with a smaller head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. Aroma is full or toasted malt and various earthy notes, which is exactly what you get from the taste as well; great, balanced earthy and malty hops. Really nice mouthfeel, perfect carbonation, very smooth.

What a throwback, I would enjoy this any time! Can't wait to have it on draft again.

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Photo of vonmisian
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cask conditioned Hop Devil is the best beer that I have ever tasted. It is liquid crack. After I tasted it, I went out and bought a Angram Beer engine so that I could have it at home. The smell is a perfect aroma of fresh hops. Beyond the taste and smell , the color is phenomenal. I loved it so much that I had the Sikkens paint company (manufacturer of Mercedes paint) color match it with their spectrophotometer device to perfectly match a gallon of paint for my bike. The best.

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Photo of BigGold
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had, poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped enjoy by: "18 OCT 2015," into tulip. An early example of the American IPA, HopDevil still holds up well today.

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Photo of Reema
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint

Pours a clear honey amber color. Smell is of dry hops, slight smokiness, with some earth scents. The earthiness isn't my favorite. The taste reflects the smell much better. Great hops punch, followed by smoky and earthy flavors. The earthy flavors work much better in the taste than the smell. The body is medium light with ample carbonation that leads to a semi dry finish. Overall, this is a nice IPA with great hops and smoky attributes that work much better in the taste than the aroma. Would definitely have again paired with BBQ.

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Photo of Naked_Batman
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark amber/orange with a very thin somewhat soapy head that doesn't persist

Smell: slight hints of molasses and toasted malt lead into piney earth notes

Taste: surprisingly yeasty and malty with a constant underlying pine hoppiness. After sipping there is a definite toasty note lingering on the tongue. Id be interested in seeing the grist bill for this brew. Not going to lie the taste threw me off a bit. It had the malty richness or a trippel but the bitterness and refreshing hints of a very hoppy IPA. Not unenjoyable, just unexpected.

Overall: An IPA to break the mold. Hoppy and complex. I can see why people love this brew but to be honest it wasn't my favorite. It has a certain heaviness in the flavor that I think appeals to many and almost feels like a "winter ipa" if you would. Still would drink again though

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,199 ratings.
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