HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

7,350 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of doughanson78
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to 67couple for this.

A: Dark copper/amber color. Very clear. One and a half finger slightly yellow tinted white head, thick, with awesome retention and great lacing.

S: Not a big aroma from this one. Mostly sweet caramel malts. Some toffee. A super light pine scent.

T: Very malty. Lots of caramel and toffee. A hint of floral hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Very creamy. Light carbonation.

O: Pretty much a malt bomb. Looking at the label I'm 3 weeks over the "Enjoy By" date. 7-14-11. Guess I need to get this one fresh and give it another try.

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Photo of lechroy
2.74/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into taster glass. A is a warm sunset Orange, opaque with a fair 2 finger head. S is nicely malty sweetness with caramel and Orange essence. T is too much. Heavily unbalanced and very bitter. Too much for my palette and I live IPA. M is decent. O is that this beer was going big and really comes over too strong and bitter. Could be better as a 8 abv beer with more malt shape.

UPDATE: Had this again on tap at Beer Revolution (OAK), and again it was a disappointment. Too much hype, not a tasty enough for me to ever recommend.

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Photo of mikechance
2.71/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a nice rusty orange color and a little 1/3 - 1/4 inch head. I'm picking up a lot of malt and spice in the nose but nothing hoppy or any of the citrus you would expect from an IPA. A very malt dominated beer with very little of the hop characteristics I expect from an American IPA. Its medium bodied and has a little sour and acid aftertaste. This is much closer to an old ale style or brown ale than anything else. For something called HopDevil Ale I’m very disappointed.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep orange-amber/copper with a thick white head that lasts. Lacing is strong with rings.

S - Grapefruit hops with a grainy malt background. Hints of spices and sweetness.

T - Bold. Powerful. Very dry and pronounced hops flavors. Citrus, spice and herbal. The whole spectrum. The grainy malts struggle to have presence but they are assuredly in there.

M - Rich, lush.

O - Great American IPA. For all hop heads, no doubt.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint. Best by 9/16/11.

A: Pours a clear, slightly dark orange color with one finger pale orange head. Good retention and lace.

S: Faint citrus with nice sweet malt underneath.

T: Caramel malt up front, very little hoppiness. A little mint on the finish. Nice, but just not what I expect from an IPA.

M: Medium mouthfeel, pretty smooth.

O: Not bad, but a bit of a disappointment. This is just too mellow, more of an APA than an IPA. As an APA, would probably give it all 4's. However, your mileage may vary, give it a try.

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Photo of minterro
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber color beer. slow but constant carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. yellow head not much lacing (wouldn't even call it spider web). had trouble determining if this sound be a 3.5 or 4 lets call it a 3.75... ok?

S: The aroma is very piney hop centered. There are also notes of orange zest, some spiciness, and mildly sweet malts.

T: Piney taste, surprisingly doesn't finish dry. You can taste the citrus and spice throughout the sip. you can taste the alcohol contain when you breath out after taking a sip (almost seems like it should be higher in ABV).

M: this beer was fairly flat, but im not marking it off cause it was sitting in my frig till today when i could find the proper amount of time to rate it (maybe could cause the head to lose some thickness?). Beside this particular beer this beer is mid body and mild carbonation (as the bubbles rising from the bottom would suggest).

Drinkability: I could have a few of these, but I rather not im trying to keep em' for a while and enjoy them separately.

overall: this is a great beer, expensive but worth it. Even on my limited college budget i would spend my well earned money on this beer, it is that good. what are u waiting for stop reading and go to the store haha.

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Photo of huhl23
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer from Victory. Was a bit skeptical at first try but wow I shouldn't have been. Pours a light orange amber color with two finger head that dissipates into a nice light head. Small lacing. Hints of grapefruit in the nose. Taste is hoppy and malty. Very good balance. Very good IPA.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light burn orange in color. Nice frothy head. Smells hoppy, smells of caramel, maybe a bit of grapefruit, and other citrus. Lots of hops on the tongue, a bit of citrus, all be it not that much. Myabe a bit of rye? Tastes sweet with no bitterness. Not a good finish. Taste just dies off. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated, awesome on a hot day. Not the best I've ever had by far, but very drinkable and a nice hoppy brew.

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Photo of StBoisterous
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light amber color.

S- A strong hoppy aroma, slightly sweet.

T- Well balanced blend of hops and spices.

M- The taste of spices linger with a strong hoppy aftertaste.

O- Powerful tasting, yet very drinkable IPA. My favorite ale from Victory. This is the ale that really sparked my interest in drinking microbrews.

Serving type: bottle (poured into glass)

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

A: Dark coppery, almost reddish, amber. Good size off-white head. Maybe some chill haze. Good retention and superb lace.

S: C hops – citrus, rind, and resin. Caramel malts with slightly sweet toasty grain and doughy bread. Hints of darker roast as it warms. There is plenty of enough here, especially in the malts, but the hops could stand to be a bit more danky and pungent.

T: Nice! Bit initial citrus. A third juicy/fruity – orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Two thirds rind. Backed immediately by loads of firm, rounded caramel, doughy sweet malts, and toasty grain. Great interplay of hops and malts. Middle to end has a good does to spice to come in to play with the lingering malty sweetness. Some earthy, grassy/herbal character shows though at the end and leads into a long resin finish. Playing with the hops in the end and finish are some soft dark roasty notes – burnt toffee, a touch of darkly roasted grain, and smidge of chocolate. Toasty grain note really shines as brew warms.

M: Over medium body with soft, yet firm carbonation to match. Definite dextrins, but not syrupy. Plentiful hops and touch of darker roast malts lead to a drying finish. Slight alcohol warming after a while.

D: Very Hoppy, yet balanced too. Big and robust. Great heft and feel with a nice level of complexity. This is a great IPA. Big and bad, but not overdone or overpowering. Nicely rounded and interesting.

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Photo of beerman21
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep tarnish penny copper with a two finger soap sud looking head. The head reseeds back to a nice thin lace leaving behind residue that sticks to the glass.

Smell-A nice floral and citrus combination with bready malts peaking through just enough to say they’re there. Grapefruit, papaya come to mind and dark cracked wheat bread.

Taste-very balanced.. really has everything here for what a IPA should be, a nice dry crispness with a abundance of bitter floral and citrusy hops. The sweetness from the malts make there presence, but for sure the hops are in charge. I like the balance of this brew and the fact its not trying to destroy your taste buds its not trying to be the most bitter brew out there. Its smooth and at times creamy with just the right amount of sweetness and IBU it’s a very good IPA.

Highly drinkable and highly recommended. I only wish they had this on tap here my hometown. Great beer.

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Photo of busterthecat
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best buy date of Oct. 11th 2011. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Purchased as part of a Victory mix 12 pack.

A- Pours a nice copper hue that sits rich in the glass. A big foamy light khaki head forms then fades down slowly to leave a dense foamy film to cap the liquid. Some sticky lacing.

S- Sweet bready malt, some spicy hops present. Very malt forward. Quite appealing. The aroma is felt on roof of mouth.

T- Similar taste to what the aroma would indicate. Lots of sweet bready malt, spicy rye bread. The hops are quite spice centered, but have a touch of pine and light citrus zest in the end and finish. The hops start to come out of the malt body as it warms.

M- Medium bodied. The body of the beer does linger well, as well as a mellow bitterness. Mildly drying on palate. Simple.

O- A good IPA overall. Very easy to drink. Lots of balance here, if thats your thing. I prefer a hop forward IPA, so thats why I'm rating the otherwise solid brew down a couple notches. Everyone should try this beer.

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

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a darker amber with a rich tan head. Scents of malt and floral fruits. Creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel. Very balanced between hops and malts which give it a lovely finish. The mouthfeel was good and it was well-carbonated. Overall, it was a very fine effort.

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Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Deep amber hue. Plenty of bubbly carbonation clings to the sides of the glass. Pours about a half finger, foamy, white head. Lingers for awhile in that state. Plenty of persistent lacing.

S: Malty baked Italian bread, lots o' hop, a little woody, and a subtle floral scent.

T: Hoppy... really hoppy. Bitter, piney hop bite, with a woody or nutty tone, and just a hint of fresh flora. A little butterscotch makes an appearance in there, too.

M: Dry and bitter. Mouth puckering hop bite.

D: Slow drinker. The bitter bite dictates it.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice color tone, foamy head, carbonation, substantial lacing. Nose is a great combiation of malt and hops... a little uncharacteristic. Nicely thrown in there is an indistinct nutty or woody tone and a heavy floral character. Hops rule the day. It's bitter, piney, with some nut, butterscotch, and fresh flora. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a 8oz. tasting glass

Appearance : copper color with a nice white foamy head and adequate lacing

Smell : very fragrant hop aromas here. All the aroma you would
except from a beer called HopDevil sweet citrus and evergreen

Taste : lots of hop bitterness and lots or malty sweetness this is a well balanced beer

Mouthfeel : medium bodied brew with medium carbonation

Overall : this is a very pleasant beer easy to drink and refreshing very easy to drink. I would recommend this beer to anyone looking for a mild ipa

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

From a bottle about a week past the "use by" date. (7/15/11) old review.
Pours deep amber with two fingers of off-white head, nice amount of foamy lacings.
Nice floral, piney aroma.
Taste is lots of citrus hops with plenty of rich malt flavor. Good dry bitter finish. Not sure what hops are used but they are richer and more complex than most West Coast IPAs.
Carbonation is just right. A good amount of grapefruit flavor. Very good beer.
updated 8/21/13.
Best by date on newer pour indicates May 6, 2013. So it is well past that date. So much for the drink fresh mandate. This beer has been in a cooler in the dark for most of its life. Didn't hurt the flavor at all IMO. Still a very good IPA.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Some white-ish bubbly head. Dark, rich amber. Hardly any bubbles.

S: Quite hoppy. Some citrus and pine. Some sweet, grainy malts.

T: Piney hops. A little grapefruit. A bit sweet in the back of my throat. Not bad.

M: Strong, full, carbonated.

O: Not bad. I'm just not terribly impressed. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best before 02 October 2011.

A: Tight finger of head on a dull dark bronze beer. Clearish, with bubbles. Nice lace.

S: Moderately nice hops. A little boring. Caramael?

T: Not very impressive. Subdued flavours and sort of watery. What are there are American IPA piney hops, with plenty of juicy citrus to keep things interesting. It's by no means a bad IPA, just a thoroughly middle of the road one. Aftertaste is lightly dry and relatively brief.

M: Nice. Robust, chewy, and carbonated. Astringent hops before the smoothness (wateriness?) kicks in.

O: Overall, a decent, drinkable IPA. Nothing really good or bad about it. Probably wouldn't recommend, but I wouldn't advise you against it. Might have again.

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Photo of patreely12
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - copper amber. nearly clear. decent off white foamy head. nice lacing. overall good look.

S - light fruity esters. some citrus and sweet malts. good dose of spicy hops.

T/M - very well balanced flavors from the sweet malts and bitter, spicy hops. the hops are dominant on the back end which I enjoy, less than I expected but still great. hints of fruit and orange rind citrus. smooth and refreshing. some what of a soapy body but still enjoyable.

O - for a beer with a name like "HopDevil" I was expected a punch in the face from the hops, but I didn't get it. This is still a very good beer though. definitely fits the criteria for any hop head.

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Photo of AndrewR
2.94/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

gorgeous crystalline toffee color with 1/2 in. head, receding fast. aromatically challenged, wound up tight. fresh baked bread with concord grape jam, burnt popcorn, perfume counter at the mall on the nose. medium mouthfeel with disappearing to zero midpalate that transitions into short sappy bark plummy abrupt finish. big pazzz on this...

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Photo of Lightbearer2012
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this before and liked it but it was always close to the enjoy by date. I found this fresher batch (enjoy by Sept 26 2011) at one of the local liquor stores that previously didn't carry it so without hesitation grabbed a sixer. With the menacing devil staring me down I start this review.

12 oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass. The color is a gorgeous amber with a khaki head that faded rather quickly. However a quick swirl around the glass brought it back but again no retention.

The aroma is a little weak to me with sweet caramel malts coming out and like a few others have said a spice I can't identify but it is not off putting.

The taste is really good. It starts off sweet and malty but then the hops introduce themselves and interrupt the malt but not rudely. The previously mentioned mystery spice is part of the flavor as well but like the aroma does not hinder the enjoyment. Make no mistake, the finish is hops and a pleasant bitterness but certainly not as hoppy as the name Hop Devil would suggest.

The mouthfeel is creamy and lightly carbonated but the carbonation fades quickly which disappointed me a little. Not too thick, not too thin and the flavors do work the palate nicely.

Overall I love this beer when fresh but only like it when its a little dated. I love a lot of Victory's beers and fresh Hop Devil is no exception. Newbies to the aggressive hop ales will probably not like this beer (imho) but I sure do.

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Photo of obrike
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have not had this one is a while...I believe this is one of the beers that initially got me interested in craft beer.

A lovely burnt copper color in my 512 pint glass. Off-white head, disappated fairly quickly, but left pretty streaks of lace. This beer really pops in the glass.

Quite a mix of scents in this one...spicy...can't quite trace what it is, followed by tropical mango, grapefruit, pine, a bit of caramel malt.

The taste was a bit of a letdown...the hops were there, but they felt more grassy and dry, not the oily, tropical or grapefruit kick that I like. The spicyness was tame and the sweet malt I smelled seemed subdued a bit. The aftertaste threw off the flavor...can't quite put my finger on it, but it felt a bit unbalanced. Maybe this was an older bottle?

Still, a good and interesting take on a IPA, but in my opionion, not one to seek out.

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

Attractive red-amber with a thick, off-white head. Beautiful lacing -- lovely and meticulously detailed. A in presentation, for sure!

Pleasing olfactory, too..pine and woody hops resins.

Taste is well-balanced with malts alongside the hops. It's a heavily-bodied ale, with a bitter hint at the finish. A lovely and well-rounded American IPA, and maybe better than Victory's Hop Wallop.

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Photo of BMoldy
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the second the liquid leaves the bottle, I'm loving the look of this beer: rich copper with a robust, light brown head. Great retention and lacing all around. An initial whiff suggests herbal hops, with a slight pine and citrus aroma as well. A further examination reveals strong roasted malt waiting just underneath. Taking a sip, however, it's the malt that sweeps in at first, covering the palate in a delicious wave of toasty goodness. Almost at the same time, the hops creep in, allowing the bitterness to build in the center and back, while an interesting fruitiness comes in from the sides. Perhaps the best part, though, is the mouthfeel. Medium weight, but not sticky or clawing... maybe a little chewy, it's incredibly smooth yet has just the right amount of carbonation to enhance the beer's individual flavors.

Not my favorite IPA in terms of taste, but beautiful nonetheless. Although my bottle was still "good" (Exp. 8/29), I get the feeling this is one of those beers that really demands to be consumed ASAP; the flavors felt a little muddled, and I felt like the hops needed to stick out more... I don't know what it is about the mouthfeel, but it really struck me for some reason. Overall, a great brew from a brewery that I'll be sure to check out again soon.

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Photo of clint1019
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has an amber color with a very thin head on it.

The aroma is that if light malt and a piney hop aroma. The hop aroma is not what you would expect at all from a IPA. It is very light compared to most other IPA's.

The taste is that of a strong piney hop flavor and a light malt flavor. The aftertaste has a nice hop bitterness and also picking up a slight alcohol taste.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall this was a decent beer. It has a great piney hop flavor to it. The only reason this beer got marked down a little bit is it doesn't have the strong hop aroma you would expect from an IPA.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,350 ratings.
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