HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale
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4.06/5
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7,427 Ratings
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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,586
Reviews:
2,557
Ratings:
7,427
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
Wants:
306
Gots:
1,586
Trade:
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Photo of msarver16
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of blackcompg
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured nearly 3 fingers of beautiful bumpy golden cumulus, the color of the ale is a brite copper amber color, with yellow orange hilites when held to the lite.

Smell - Wow, lemon and pine, with a touch of crisp biscuit in the background. Nice, but on the lite side in the nose. This ends up being the only week part of this ale.

Taste - With a name like hopdevil I almost winced in anticipation of having my tastebuds destroyed, but was I wrong. Starts with really flavorful lite grassy green hops and lemon citrus, citrus becomes more pronounced and introduces grapefruit with a touch of citrus sweetness, there is also crispy biscuits and a touch of malt here too, the finish is grapefruit and pine, but not overpowering here at all - smooth transitions, nice balance, and decent complexity. Finish is bitter but still juicy.

Mouthfeel - Lite to medium, but actually very juicy, making the mouth water. Carb is medium but very smooth, adding a brite crispness, but the edges are smoothed by the juiciness of this beer. Really a fantastic mouthfeel on this, highly drinkable and downright thirst quenching.

Overall - What a nice IPA! I'm really enjoying this alot. Not overly bitter, and definitely not overly sweet, such a perfect balance. A great looker with nice lacing and a fantastic mouthfeel, alcohol is very well hidden too, and sessionable at 6.7% A must try.

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Photo of daverdave
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Fitzmke
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of catfan2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of hopmeister
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Snapps
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of bkaj21
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ahbaggins
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of wilfonzo
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of stimblin
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Trioxin245
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kemoarps
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber the colour of dehydrated urine. That came out wrong. I don't mean it as a bad thing, but that's the colour it is (I just had to teach a BSA First Aid class and we were talking about signs of dehydration, so that's why it's on my mind). Minimal head, but good lacing. Not unattractive looking, but doesn't really stand out in my book.

The first whiff I catch is floral hops with a decent caramel malt balance. Again, nothing really stands out, but what little comes through isn't unpleasant.

After the pour and the nose, my hopes were not super high for this, but it really comes through on the tongue and is very well crafted beer. With a name like hopdevil I was expecting it to just be a bitter bomb. It isn't (I see this as a good thing). It certainly is guided by its citrusy hops, but they are incredibly smoothe and mellow, like a good wine. A touch of biscuit malts serves to balance it a little bit.

Appropriate level of carbonation for what it is, and ultimately a quite drinkable beer. I was not overly excited about this going in (I'm not a huge hop head), but was thoroughly impressed. I felt like it was exceptionally crafted, with good balance. Nice and smoothe, with a mellow complexity to it, it brings to mind fine wine (not in flavours, but in character). Absolutely give it a try if you see it. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of aburns2424
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of NiceTaps
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A-Orange/amber color, clear and clean. A decent head with a little lacing.

S-The cleanest smelling American IPA, perhaps.
I don't pick up any strong citrus or pine scents.

T-There are citrus flavors and a little malt backround. Also a little pine to round out the flavor. Bitter, but tasty.

M- good carbonation and medium body. So easy drinking.

O- a solid American IPA.

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Photo of salinasa
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of muskiesman
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass from on tap at Tuscany Brewhouse

A very satisfying brew. Admittedly I did not pick up much in the nose here but a wallop of fresh flavors when tasted. A great floral hop presence and German malt. 6.7% highly hidden
A red to amber hue slightly cloudy with low carbonation head quickly dissappated. Feels slight creamy caramel with a big citrus kick

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Photo of satownsend
4/5  rDev -1.5%

HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,427 ratings
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