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:
7,375
Reviews:
2,545
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
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301
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Photo of HeadyHopper32
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark orange almost copper. Decent head action, stuck around for a while.

S - Smells dark and spicy. A tad of orange maybe grapefruit. Definitely getting the bready malt smell. Strong hop presence but not a very pleasant one. Not too impressed.

T - Definitely better than the smell. Strong bite up front that coats your tongue. Sticks around for a while. The spice you get on the smell comes through in the taste but it's not as strong and it is better balanced with fruity flavors; more grapefruit in the taste than on the smell which is nice. When everything settles down it leaves a very pleasant piney taste.

M - Pretty dry. Coats your tongue but not the whole mouth like some IPAs. Doesn't feel heavy, very drinkable.

O - I'm into this beer but am not crazy about it. It's more about hopping the hell out of the beer than balancing the flavors. If you're not a hop head there is no reason for you to pick up this brew.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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

No obvious bottle date on a couple 6 packs(all the Imperial Stouts I saw were dated lol) I glanced at so I said F it and grabbed a single bottle to see whats up. Victory, whatsupwiththat?

Pours a clear copper colored body with a finger of offwhite head. Not many bubbles moving through it. Tiny bit of lacing left.
Smells of grapefruit and lots of spice. There is some sweet caramel malt backbone to this.
Spice dominate flavor accompanied by some grapefruit. Some sweetness, but it is mostly hops which provide a bitter punch.
I'm just not totally feeling this spicy IPA. It's pretty interesting though.
Pretty smooth, low carbonation, medium body, and dry.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Enjoy by date of 05/13/12. Poured slowly and carefully into a standard one pint glass.

A: A light shade of copper that is clear and has plenty of carbonation streaks raising. It had a thick almost clumpy off white head of about two fingers and left some lacing.

A: The aroma was some sweet caramel and some light floral dandelion and maybe some lavender.

M: Plenty of carbonation and a medium body. It leaves a slick coating.

T: This is where the beer shines. It begins with a caramel sweetness. Then the floral hops kick in, and then some pine comes through, too. All of the flavors are bold yet transition nicely from one to the next. It leaves a pleasently bitter after taste.

O: This is a great blend of bold flavors. Really outstanding how the flavors work well together. This a great american pale ale.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings. Perfect pairing for wings and baseball.

A - A shade or two darker than orange. Has a fat white head. Nothing stunning, but clearly well-done.

A - Honey-like malt, a little toast. Lots of floral hops. Pine and Citrus follow. This beer could be an air-freshener, still it's not the blast I recall. Could be the moment. Could be the beer. I know I've been more blown away; not just by other beers, but also other samplings of HopDevil.

T - sweet and chewy, with some very strong citrus notes present. This never becomes as spicy as a recall. There've been times when I drank this beer and a 16oz was way too harsh and gritty to finish. This beer came out smoother, though the bitterness mounted as the glass finished.

This beer definitely throws a more interesting malt backbone than average. It's not as dry, but it's also not as sweet as many other hoppy beers. Picking a camp for it is hard to do. That's why I think the Vienna malt is such a good choice for basemalt... and hops up well to the blast of Centennial and Cascade.

M - thick, but occasionally creamy. It's not one to pound. take your time.

O -I often feel the venue matters a lot. Certain places get there hands on quality product, but don't handle it well. Had this one at Buffalo Wild Wings. I recall their Centennial IPA also waned over the course of months they offered it. Maybe it's me, maybe I am right. I dunno.

Regardless, this is an IPA that deserves to be counted among the national greats. Some may prefer others, but this has a deserved placed in the the pantheon. A little more rugged and a little thicker than average, this is a treat and a challenge in one package.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,375 ratings.
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