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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

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#2,538
Reviews:
2,555
Ratings:
7,414
pDev:
11.58%
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Photo of SHODriver
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: gorgeous bronze color with a decent amount of thick white head
S: my nose isn't doing well at the moment but I'm getting a lot of malt smell from it. Very sweet and misleading. The smell burns a little toward the end so you can tell there's some hoppiness going on.
T: Very good flavor starts off with some caramel sweetness to kick things off which quickly fades to the hoppy side of things with a good transition to some earthy spicy notes. It finishes at the swallow with an oily hop finish that coats the mouth and leaves you wanting more.
M: Good carbonation that may be a little on the heavy side which leads to the mouthfeel being a touch on the thin side but not bad.
D: I really like beers like this so I could see myself drinking a few of them. It certainly won't be hard to finish it off.

Overall: a very good beer for you to get a hop fix. the only bad thing is the oily hop flavor seems to coat a little too well to after a couple sips you can't appreciate all the flavors. Instead of the up front sweetness it just tastes sort of watery until a new wave of hop flavors come roaring in. Still a good beer considering that though.

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Photo of Lillenk
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is a really nice dark gold color with a very nice white head.

Smell is huge with hops and citrus.

Taste is a blast in the face of hops. Love this beer. Finishes smooth enough to leave you wanting more but with enough of that sting of hops to know you're drinking an IPA.

Mouthfeel is nice but a little big to crush more that 2 or 3.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Taken in july 2010 in a tonic glass victoria. Look: Amber opaque dead color, fat yellow head, excellent lacing. Smell: Blend of earth hops and cookie malts. Taste: Earth, pine, wood, floral and probably spicy hops with scents to ashes and snuff. Mouthfeel: Clean, extra body and very bitter, the bitterness is like a bomb on the palate, creamy body with high carbonation, a victory for the drinker.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy copper color from a 12 oz bottle with the ABV and 'best-by' date on the label. Thin head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is a very nice blend of hops with hints of malts and some sweetness (bread/yeast).
Taste is delicious blend of, beautiful hoppy bitterness interlaced with hints of malt. A very smooth, crisp brew; very good mouthfeel with decent lacing along the glass.
All in all, a solid ale from Victory Brewing.

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Photo of mjurney
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep amber color, crystal clear. Tons of fine bubbles. Head looks thick. Lacing looks awesome on the glass.

Aroma:
Caramel malts and floral hops, touch of earthy.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Very malty up front, caramel, hint of nutty. Hop character is present, I get floral-earthy with touch of resin. There some hint of fruitiness from the yeast. Body is pretty creamy.

Finish & Aftertaste:
Floral hop finish, slighty sweet aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
It's more like an Amber Ale than IPA, otherwise it's pretty good brew.

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Photo of JMD1970
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly same as other reviews posted. However, the middle and the finish were about the same I thought, nice and smooth. Hoppiness seems to hit you up front in the beginning (just barely) but I think that's moreso of the expectation of extreme hoppiness with a name like HopDevil. The name and the smell will make you think it's a strong Ale, but it's actually not...nice little suprise. A good drink.

Appearance: orange/brown

Smell: Strong, earthy, hoppy

Taste: Smooth, picked up the citrus at the finish

Mouthfeel: perfectly smooth, not what I was expecting at all

Drinkability: Was a little nervous at first, I like strong Ales but the initial bitterness usually gets to me, until I have a few more drinks. I was expecting a strong/heavy/hoppy Ale but was pleasantly suprised at how smooth it turned out. I will definitely have another.

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

Pours an orange red color with a medium sized white head and a fair amount of lacing. Smells of pine and some citrus and some actual hop bitterness. Tastes very well balanced. Citrusy hops up front and they dominate most of the experience. Some malts and some citrus. Mouthfeel is medium with a little carbonation. Fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a copper red, very nice, little head

S- hopsss, piney

T- very good, a strong bite at the end, hops and a hint of malt

M- good mouth feel, little carbonation, light on the palete

D- very drinkable

overall, great IPA, i would buy this again...it was smooth and a delicious beer, no complaints

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Photo of eporter66
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Hazy copper with good head retention and lacing from top to bottom

S - The sweet malt aroma comes through rather than the more citrus smell I am used to from the hoppier beers I have tried

T - A sharp bitter bite to this beer, yet again I find the malt presence a bit to upfront for my taste. I prefer more of a citrus sweetness to my IPA, which this has, but it does not jump out at you - this has a more malt based flavor, even a bready taste, but the hop bite is their sticking to the taste buds. The fruit flavor seems to come out later, as an aftertaste.

M - This is a creamy reach mouthfeel, not watery at all.

D - Good flavor - and good for two or three beers to sit back and relax.

D

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Photo of nkersten
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap while waiting for my plane at the Philly airport. Served in an imperial pilsner glass, a dark amber orange color with a foamy white one finger head that fades to a collar with good lacing. Smell is not as hoppy as I would have imagined. Some pine, lots of malt body but not too sweet. Taste is earthy and spicy hops, some pine, malt flavor is subdued, finish is very bitter. Maybe this is an old keg but I would like to see a little more hop flavor. Medium bodied with a bit too high medium carbonation, finish is pretty clean. An ok beer, but not my favorite IPA by any means.

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

12oz bottle. Enjoy by Date of Jan 4 2011. Pours a murky amber color with virtually no head. Some lacing. Sweet aroma of piney hops. Flavor is just like the aroma. Piney hops but not as sweet as I thought it would be. Slight bitter aftertaste. A bit thin of a mouthfeel but certainly a drinkable IPA. Pretty good.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy orange-amber with just a trace of red. Around a finger of white head that quickly receded to a patchy film. Sweet caramel malt aroma with plenty of citrus hops and a hint of pine.

Moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy, resinous mouthfeel. Some mild grapefruit and orange zest up front followed by a mellow biscuity caramel backbone. Fairly bitter finish with hints of spice and lots of pine.

Nicely hoppy and not overly sweet, although the pine on the finish has a slight astringency that gives an overall impression of detergent at times. However, it's not enough to keep this brew from being quite drinkable, if not exceptional.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass:

A - amber golden color, light head with good lacing.

S - strong malty scents and equally strong hoppy scents.

T - Interesting mix of tastes, typical bitter hops tastes mixed with strong nutty malty flavours as well.

M - Medium to heavy bodied, lower carbonation.

D - Excellent beer, not very sessionable though.

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Photo of joelbb14
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a very interesting beer to me. It is certainly not one of my favorites, but still a very quality beer from an objective point of view. I bought it hoping to find something like an IPA but alas it was much maltier than I had expected. Still good though, definitely has a broad array of flavors.

Appearance. Clear and very orange, head is extremely light and goes away within one minute. Leaves no lacing worth mention.

Smell. Certainly malty, but not a "hoppy" as I expected from a beer called "HopDevil." It smells fairly sweet as well, and I would say it is also pretty roasty.

Taste. It actually tastes almost exactly as it smells. Roasty, malty, and unfortunately for me, lacking in Hops. It is slightly bitter, but that is not the main flavor that comes through. The first thing I taste is the maltyness which is then overtaken by a citrusy sweetness (alcohol content possibly) and finally a little hops at the end. Not bad, not great though.

Mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is close to perfect, not super carbonated but very fitting for the style.

Drinkability. The drinkability has taken a hit because of how malty and roasty it is. I really can't see myself drinking more than one per sitting.

Although this is a good beer, I am, shall I say, disappointed. This is like getting the wrong salad dressing. Say for example I like Italian and Tomato Vinaigrette. I ask for Italian and expect Italian but instead I get the Tomato Vinaigrette. It's a flavor I don't expect which makes it strange and a little disappointing. I expected this to be super hopsy but it wasn't. I like the beer but it is not what I had expected.

Note After Review - I just looked at the date, it is past its "drink by" date. I do not know if this contributed to my dissatisfaction, but I will keep an eye out and edit this review if my opinion changes.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber/orange colour with a very large frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - hops, caramel, citrus zest, a nuttiness, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer is perfectly carbonated and it feels very smooth and creamy on the tongue. It has a sweet malt taste with lots of hops and caramel. There is also lots of citrus taste and some notes of pine. I'm also picking up on some fruit esters. It finishes with a sugary sweet then bitter hop aftertaste that you can feel in your cheeks even after a few seconds have passed.

Drink - A good that I'll be happy to have again. The alcohol is extremely well hidden and this is a highly drinkable beer. It's really tasty and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Beertinez
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy copper with a thin, white head.

Aroma is malty. Citrusy. I'm not getting a lot hops.

Taste is a pleasant malty-ness. Grapefruit and orange peel in the middle. A little peach. Finishes with a nice hop kick. Notes of citrus.

Slightly creamy. Drinkabilitiy can be a little better. (Due to the creaminess and the ABV being in the "middle" range.)

Overall, this brew is worthy of a try but I wouldn't go above and beyond to acquire it. With a name like "Hop Devil," I expected something with more hops. Hop Devil is more of a malty IPA. The only other IPA (Well, its a double IPA) I had from Victory was the "Hop Wallop" and that brew was great, IMO. I was kind of holding this to that first impression I had of Victory.

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

Nice clear deep orange color. Not really any head at pour, thin ring around edge of glass. Very citrusy hoppy aroma, sweet orange/tangerine. Some light malt character in aroma. Smells like there might be a very very faint spicey note in aroma. As beer warms, aroma becomes more tropical. Good carbonation; Crisp mouthfeel and haldway through the glass can swirl and get a 1/2 off-white head. Slightly spicey middle, darker sweetness on the beginning, still cirtusy though. Floral end with a grassy finish. With warmth end seems to have a banana hint to hit Hoppy Dry finish, feels like thin silkiness that lasts. With warmth, dryness on finish becomes less strong and even more smooth. Overall on the medium to darker side of an ipa than lighter.

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Photo of birchstick
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikereaser for sending this my way as an extra!

A - pours a brownish amber with a nice one finger head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S - smells of caramel malts and some piney hops

T - the taste follows the nose perfectly. Starts with a very solid bready and caramel malt profile that fades to some piney hops with a touch of citrus. This is definitely a maltier IPA, as they seem to be more dominant in the flavor profile than a typical IPA.

M - A slick, buttery mouthfeel with a medium body that goes down well

D - pretty solid east coast IPA with a nice malt profile. Not uberly complex, but pretty tasty nonetheless. If hops intimidate you, I would highly recommend this as an entry into the IPA realm.

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

Pours crystal clear amber-orange, thick head that quickly fades to thin lacing. Smells of sweet tangerines, malt and melons. Taste is fruity up front, nice bouquet, caramel malt is quiet in the back, balanced bitterness, medium light mouthfeel with high carbonation makes this an easy drinker!

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Photo of hopstradamus
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. A bold, copper colored, beast of a beer with just the slightest haze. A fluffy, off-white head attempts to hold in the hop aroma.

S. Hops, hops, hops, and little else. There may be more to this beer but not in the nose. The hop aroma is grassy, and citrusy, with hints of grapefruit and lavender.

T. The taste is just like the nose except the hops are more floral than grassy and there is some malt character. The malt is bready but not heavy and is only a momentary distraction from the hops.

M. I found the mouthfeel to be very light and I loved it for that. A beer with this much hops can easily be heavier and kind of chewy in addition to being bitter but this one is light and refreshing, and a little dry.

D. Delicious and refreshing...I must have more!

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Photo of GPHarris
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a tumbler that left sticky lace and sheeting throughout. the body was a clear and bright amber color.
s - grapefruit with some bready maltiness.
t - same as above though the hops are more pronounced.
m - creamy and smooth. medium thickness.
d - one of the hoppiest AIPAs i've had and it's still one of the most drinkable.

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

12oz (355ml) bottle purchased from Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, Michigan. Pours a deep copper orange with a thick ring of cream white head and strands of stringy lacing on the tulip. Smell is sweaty and doughy yeast (similar to the Prima Pils), barley, blood orange, red grapefruit, floral notes, taffy, and a small hint of lime. Some unusual aromas for an IPA but enticing nonetheless. Flavour is pine, caramel, slight woodiness, spicy and grassy hops, firm malt sweetness, bitter and citric finish, somewhat astringent. IBUs are apparent on the palate. Mouthfeel is prickly spiciness upfront, medium body, crisp carbonated bite with a juicy and lasting bitterness in the aftertaste. A solid candidate for a session, even if it's not the most intricate example of the style. I would grab this again.

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

65th review on BA
bottle to pint

App- Dark caramel brown a bit of orange highlights as well as a thin 1/4" in eggshell head. Dissapaited quickly.

Smell- Not overly complex a mild hoppy citrus.

Taste- The taste for me was very hoppy with a small citrus and spice note. Wasn't as big a taste as I thought it would be.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a nice balance on the palate.

Drink- Pretty good. I like the spice notes. It was a nice smooth drinking IPA.

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Photo of BDJake
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a transparent copper-amber color with a crown of off-white head that left decent lacing despite dissipating quickly

S- pine and mild citrus from the hops, but not too complex

T- it wasn't total one-dimensional hoppiness, but it did not have the complexity i truly expected; the hops were nicely on the forefront of the palate and the bite surrounded the malts fairly well

M- low carbonation for it's light-medium body, with nice bitterness from start to finish

D- overall it's a pretty solid brew, if not necessarily one of the best- i may be a slave to west coast ipa's but this one is still very enjoyable and worth adding to any sixer

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into beer glass -exp date Jan 02 2011

Poured a cloudy light amber with two finger head that dissipated quickly , light lacing with moderate carbonation.

Smell was very light citrus with light pine and hops.

Taste had some spice notes with mild citrus (apricot) hints, lots of pine and Hop flavor,

Very good feel , I would hold a drink for at least a minute to savor it's flavor.

Drinkabilty - was smooth from start to finish, You know it's an IPA but it's not overpowering hops in your face, It is very drinkable and has a nice finish and aftertaste.

I would recommend this and will be on the look out for another one.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,414 ratings
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