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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,837
Reviews:
2,563
Ratings:
7,464
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
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Ratings: 7,464 |  Reviews: 2,563
Photo of Mit
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Literally stunned when I realized I hadn't reviewed this before. One of my favs for sure.

a-pours a clear dark amber colour. Head no lasting too long...could be my glassware.

s-nice citrus hops evened out by some sweeter malt flavours

t-hops come to the front right away. Very slight malt flavours come to the rescue to balance this beer. Very nice.

m-solid for abv..heavier in keeping with 6+ %

d-dangerously so....don't walk after having about six of these...LOL

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

A - Pours a deep reddish amber, foamy 2.5 finger head with thick lacing

S - Decent amount of piney hops with some nice sweet malt in the background. Almost a bit of grape in the scent.

T - A decent hop character but nothing fantastic. Certainly expecting something more foward, almost a tad weak. Hops fade quickly into some roasted malt. After a few sips the balance seemed to come out a little more.

M - Decent amount of carbonation. The overall mouthfeel is a bit thin, actually.

D - Goes down very smooth. Incredibly drinkable. It wouldn't be hard to put a few of these down.

Overall, it was a pretty decent IPA, but I felt like something was missing. In a way it was a little weak for my tastes. Again, a good beer, just not fantastic.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color w/ a one finger white head. The head quickly goes down to a sliver. The smell is that of hops, w/ a little malt.. Also getting a little citrus smell as well, maybe lemon peel? The taste of this beer does the name proud. Massive hop flavor, but also a pretty good malt presence as well. Great lacing on the glass, one of the better I've seen. Very dry finish on this beer, and the aftertaste doesn't last a real long time. This is a solid beer. Maybe not my favorite IPA, but I would probably pick this one up again.

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Photo of jault52
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of April 16th poured into a tulip.

Pours a nice clear amber with good lacing.

My nose has been ruined lately by all the Hopslam and Double Trouble, but I still pick up some mild hop aroma and malt.

With a name like HopDevil I was expecting more up front, but I really like the finish. Very smooth sweet malty finish with hoppy bitterness coming through at the very end.

Very easy to drink. I could easily drink a number of these in the course of a night. Solid offering.

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

Poured a super clear brow/amber with white head that mostly fades but leaves some lacing.

The smell is pine with sweet funky bread. Kind of a weird smell I cant fully figure out.

The taste is very bitter with a little malt coming in on the back for a quick second. The bitter destroys your taste buds pretty quick with not much malt to balance (awesome).

This beer really hit the spot!

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

Pours a clear brownish copper color with a half inch of off white head that lasts a while. Leaves a small amount of lacing that dissipates quickly. Good creamy and hop flavor. Citrus tones and flavors aren't overpowering and are well balanced. Doesn't have a heavy body, with medium carbonation and has a very smooth finish. Very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Fenris244
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark redish amber in color, hazy thin head, good retention. Thick bubbly lace, just after the head receded the lace is already clinging to the glass.

Green apple, citrus and hops come through well, Pine and solvent aromas are also present

This beer certainly leads with it's hops, sweet citrus flavors and a pleasant but muted malt flavor in the finish, bitterness lasts well into the finish as well and lingers for quite a while.

Crisp and refreshing, light in body, very drinkable I could easily have 3-5 in a night and not think much of it. Really tasty and an extremely solid beer.

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

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear dark golden amber with a three finger off white foamy head. Nose is plentiful hops; citrus, grapefruit, floral auroma. Taste is bitter on the palate, caramel malts balance out the now piney tasting hops. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel. An easy drinking IPA deserving of a visit.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$2.49 for a single 12 oz. at ABC

Allright, lets go ahead and give this bitch a whirl. I must warn you that in the past 3 days I have had Hopslam, Nugget Nectar and Jai Alai and I am not normally an IPA drinker.

A- Pours a nice clean dark orange. Pretty good looking for an IPA.

S- Not so much. The previous 3 I mentioned assaulted you with hop smell...always reminds me of a brew day...this one assaults you with bubbles you have to stick your nose in to try and get the "promised hoppiness"

T- Actually pretty clean. By no means the blast that other big IPA's carry but it delivers clean and crisp but subtle hops. I don't know, with the Nugget Nectar and the Hopslam I'm under the impression that you gotta 'drink this now!!' as the IBU's are gonna fade rather quickly. There is no push to get this brew out to people so I think that this could sit for a while and be the same...or maybe it already has sat a while for all I know.

M- good, like other nice IPA's (I guess, since I really don't drink them)

D- Not bad. I would not go out of my way for it, but considering it is available everywhere here in Florida and Victory is usually pretty solid, I would pick it up again. But for $11 a sicer I would probably get a Jai Alai since it is the loacl brew.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured an amberish orange with yellow highlights and had a half finger of bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass. the aroma did have some good hoppy piney notes alongside caramel, sweetness from the malts and hints of citrus. the hop profile was much better on the palate with citrus caramel accents but had piney grassy notes and a touch of tangerine. the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, piney, mild hoppy finish. drank really good and enjoyed paired with some BBQ chicken while watching the steelers get the their ass's handed to them in the super bowl.

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

Picked up a single 12oz bottle for a night-cap at Olive Tree Market here in OB for $1.99 and poured it into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clean copper hue with a light effervescence, a decent head that lingers, leaving solid lacing from start to finish.

S: Sweet carmel nougat, toasted grains and earthy malts, finishing with just a hint of grassy hop, but falling well short of a solid IPA - coming across much more like a well done Pale and less like a well hopped IPA.

T: Similar to the nose - reminds me a lot of some of the fresh hop pale ales you see released around the fall - very fresh and tasty with some nice hop in the mix, but dominated by sweet toasted malt and cereal grain. Don't get me wrong - there's a nice earthy/grassy hop presence, but with a name like "Hop Devil", one would expect the hop to be dominant and not just a part of the mix.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly sticky and creamy with a good carbonation for the style.

D: All-night drinker and definitely the beer's greatest attribute. The light, yet noticeable hop makes for a tasty beer that you can post up on all night.

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Photo of Arinthos
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A- clear orange color with decent head and mild carbonation.

s- citrus fruits ( grapefruit ) hoppy.

T- I am a bit biased on this on as I drink Dipa's regularly. I felt for this style it was very hoppy the citrus smell really carried through. moderate bitterness and dry aftertaste.

M- Very smooth.

D- could def drink a decent amount easily. Very refreshing and a bitterness that makes you want to drink more and more.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A golden orange, with lots of head and average amount of lace on glass for an IPA.

S - Pine and citrusy hops. It's an IPA, no doubt.

T - It starts off sweet from the malts, and then the bitter hops kick in, but it has a very smooth finish. Grapefruit aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied.

D - Very high. It is so smooth!

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

Victory makes some excellent brews - this review has been a long time coming.

A - Bold reddish, orange.
S - Fruit with pine.
T - Tinny hops taste with pine and citrus notes.
M - Adds a nice coating.
D - Unique and refreshing; very drinkable.

Nice IPA effort from Victory. Seems to be a standard east coast style: high on the hops with little citrus goodness.

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears as a nice amber color you'd expect with a beer of this sort, nice light caramel-colored head, with really impressive lacing that lasts all the way until finish and then dries on the side of the glass!

Smell is hops, piney (good) w/alcohol (sadly). I like a well-hidden ABV but all things considered this is nothing to prevent a hopehead from wanting to try this beer as it is far from boozey in flavor.

Taste is lightly piney hop forward, and finishes off chewy with more citrus notes and some other notes. This may have been a little too cold when I started and got better as it warmed slightly.

Mouthfeel is average. Nothing bad mind but nothing spectacular. A little hard on the palate but it's called Hopdevil so what do you expect?

Drinkability is average. Again, just nothing really spectacular about it. I'll say this: there are many IPAs on the market and many of them are good and this is as good as any of those.

This does not classify as world-class or excellent but like I mentioned, is perfectly refreshing and nice and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Auracom
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

From notes. 12 oz. bottle on January 29th, 2011 in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Standard IPA golden coloring, very very thin head with a quick, white, foamy lacing.

S - Good acidic aromas - orange and lemon. Spices. Not much pine in this one.

T - Hops seem a bit laid back and feel controlled. Again, spices. The malts balance the brew out pretty well.

M - Not a fan here. Bitter coating left over on the tongue. Carbonation sucked, not at all enough. Feels much too thin.

D - Eh, overrated. Mouthfeel was big letdown after a pretty nice smell and well-balanced taste.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: big fluffy white head on a clear-copper body. beautiful color. some sporadic carbonation. solid looking beer.

S: sweet caramel malts work their way through a steady hop aroma. maybe it's me, but not as pungent as expected for an AIPA.

T: a chalk like hop bitterness. dry and bitter. a little bit of alcohol/sweetness at the tail end of the sip. cloying residual bitterness reinforces the style. here's that AIPA characteristics i was expecting.

M: good carbonation, just a hair too hard for the body.

D: a solid hoppy brew with a great sweet aspect for balance. nice.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe I've not reviewed this beer yet...

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice white thick head, lacing is great on this beer. Color is a deep amber.

Smell is a nice roasted, caramely malt but clean and not sweet, a great piney hop scent, nice a aromatic.

Taste is a smooth nice roasted malt, slightly caramely, great hop flavors, mostly piney but a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is very well balanced, great for an ipa of this flavor and strength.

A superbly drinkable beer, one of my favorites all time.

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Photo of MattMcGinnis
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this on cask at The Long Room pub in NYC.

Look: Shiny penny copper with a creamy smooth head, the kind that gives you a "milk" mustache

Smell: Shy nose of citrus and hops doesn't come on nearly as strongly as it tastes.

Taste: This cask pulled beer has low carbonation and is served at room temperature to let the full hops flavor of the IPA to come through. Its starts off floral and citrus, builds to a round, toasty biscuit followed by bitter pine.

My full review is here: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2010/11/where-are-you-drinking-in-new-york-the-long-room-irish-pub/

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good tan foam to start. Glowing copper in color. I'm not that exciting about the lack of carbonation. In short, this stuff just looks too darn flat. Nice color as I said though.

Smell: Very nicely nuanced. Definitely caramel malt that balances the pine hops. One of the best smells in an IPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel: See smell for taste...This stuff is pretty delicious. Mouthfeel is a bit watery in comparison, but not too much that it ruins everything else.

Drinkability: Too well balanced not to enjoy.

Overall: See drinkability.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours amber-gold, with rosy highlights. The beer has a thick, foamy cream head that sustains while drinking. Smells of cream and hops, smoke and toffee. Taste is slightly sour, with sweet malty overtones. The beer has dominant hoppy notes, and some peppery characteristics. The spice is present in the aftertaste, and the finish is smooth and creamy. Light hops are consistent throughout the beer, helping to balance the other flavors. Smooth and easy to drink, and the low ABV allows for multiple follow-ups without doing too much damage.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.79/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell is difficult for me....it smelled well....pukey. The Devil come strong with the hop and then leaves the palate dry and with a sour finish. The alcohol content with the hops makes it bitter, but not to bitter for this guy. It would be a tough session beer, but if on a dare I would go for it!

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a slightly hazy, like amber golden color with a nice amount of foamy slightly off white head that lingers, medium lacing

S: very nice hop notes, great citrus and grapefruit notes

T: interesting taste, nice hop notes, slight citrus flavor, something lingers on the palate that is almost like a slight skunkiness

D/M: medium carbonation, smooth drinking, sits a little heavy, lingering taste on the palate is not the best

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass and sometimes from tap. Pours a cloudy copper with a creamy beige head, low carbonation. Shows creamy body, mellow hops, a wonderful lasting hop finish. Picking up some grapefruit, lemon seed and quite floral in the aroma. Rich malts tie it together. Good balance for an IPA.

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Photo of danronian
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Medium amber appearance with a small head that disappears quickly. Smells somewhat sweet with a pine and citrus backdrop.

Tastes sweet at first with a somewhat bitter mouthfeel and with a tart aftertaste.

The balanced taste with a smooth initial taste and pleasant aftertaste along with a not-so heavy body makes me love drinking this beer. One of my favorite hoppy brews for drinkability.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,464 ratings