HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,533 Reviews
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 toolbrew
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer on a whim because I like my hops.

It poured a nice clear golden brown, almost honey color with a thick white head.

The scent wasn't too strong with any flavor. Slightly hoppy aroma.

The taste was a little watery but you could tell that it's an IPA.

Mouthfeel is nice for an IPA. Not too overwhelming in any particular area. Not too watery and everything fits into place.

I could see myself drinking a few of these at a time. Good session beer.

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Photo of rzoq
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz into a frozen pint.

Short, active head that dissipated fast. Smells like a boatload of hops with some malty backnotes. Comes across like an autumn beer.

Tastes quite the opposite. Hops to the face! Full on hop flower flavor that lingers long and smooth. Supreme lacing for the style. Burns a bit, in a good way. Astringent almost. Not getting many flavors besides the hops, but... el diablo, right?

Nice with spicy food. Or a sox/yankees game. Start with something less hoppy and ease into this one =)

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Photo of anycrew
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into an English tulip pint.
This beer has a a slightly tan head with that quickly diminishes. Has good carbonation with no lacing. Pours a nice copper color that I expect from an IPA. Does not have a large amount of sedimentation.
The smell of hops is not very strong. It smells more like honey and that liquid malt extract smell.
I liked the taste of the beer. i thought it was bittered nicely but it could use more of a fresh flower or fruit taste in the beginning. Has more of a malty finish that is quite nice.
Nice mouthfeel on this one. Coats the palate nicely with a lingering flavor of malt and hops. Bitterness does not overpower.
This is a very drinkable beer. Very smooth. Could easily drink 3 in a session

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The appearance is simply fantastic. The beer appears transparent and amber / orange in color, with nearly two inches of dense, creamy head that coats the glass with a thick sheet of lacing.

The aroma brings a balance of hops and malts, along with some toasted notes.

The flavor is tangy and bitter, with malt in the driver seat more so than hops. Very fresh, crisp and clean on the palate, as this growler was just filled. While I appreciate balance and realize that a beer doesn't have to be over the top to be a good brew, HopDevil just lacks the hop presence required by the style.

The feel is decent enough, but I find myself distracted by the hop to malt ratio.

Overall, a middle of the road offering. There are many better IPAs that are easily accessible.

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Photo of BCMan
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HopDevil taught me to love and appreciate a good hoppy beer. This beer is amber in color with a strong hop bouquet. The head built quickly but faded back again nearly as fast. As with the nose, the taste of this brew is just the same, hoppy. This beer I can drink at any given time but may need to be in the mood to have a sixer. This is one of my favorite beers and next to Storm King it's my favorite from Victory. The labels from Victory are very distinct so they stand out. I've criticized them for being so plain but others I've spoken to on on this topic loves the labeling for that reason. My rating, What'sa Hop'inen Hot Stuff!

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Photo of wspscott
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass (no date)

A: A dark copper color with a little bit of haze, darker than the usual American IPA, off-white head leaves lots of lace.
S: Relatively muted nose, a little bit of pine, not much else. As it warms, a little bit of yeasty fruitiness
T: Lots of bittering hops, seems to be lacking in flavor/aroma additions, a little bit of caramel.
M: Lots of carbonation, on the high side for the style, well attenuated, crisp
D: A nice example of the style, but not a great one. Worth trying, but I am puzzled by all of the high reviews. I would not buy again given the price.

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Photo of BierFan
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Expiration date on the bottle of June 02 09.

Small light tan head and a dark orange body. Malty sweetness and grapefruit in the aroma. Whole mess of pine in the taste. More bitterness and pine flavors than I expected it to have. Really good though.

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Photo of Cresant
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dated 2/26/06. Cloudy honey colored with a chill haze. Thin head, minimal carbonation visible (due to elderly bottle?).

Smell was very subtle, grainy sweetness.

Taste was crisp and refreshing. Arugula. Lingering hoppiness. Increasingly complex as it warmed. Long hop heaven aftertaste.

Hop oils coat the lips and mouth.

Nice. I'll return to this one.

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Photo of Theitos
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear orange/amber color. There is a bout a pinky's worth of head that stays. Decent amount of lacing.

S: A nice hop smell. I can smell some citrus.

T: A nice balanced hop flavor with earthy undertones. It has a grapefruit taste. Overall a nice pleasant taste.

M: Smooth feel. There's no bite to the beer.

O: The overall taste is very pleasant. There's a nice mix of citrus and bitterness. I would drink this again and I would serve it to someone who is starting to get use to hoppy beer.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange with a nice rocky white head resting on the top. Good retention and fair lacing/webbing. I take a whiff of this and the first thing I notice is a strong peppery spiciness to this. Some mild hops. Really is lacking in the scent dept. Nice hoppy bitterness coats the mouth with a hint of spiciness. This brew feels warm in my stomach. Crisp and clean. Not that bad, but almost too bitter. Lacks the citrus complement that I enjoy in an IPA. Good, but just shy of great.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/22/12 notes. Picked up a bottle of this on Friday at Stateline in MD. 12 oz. bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent reddish amber color with moderate carbonation evident and one finger of fluffy off white head. Light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of fruity malts, pine hops, caramel malts, grapefruit, and citrus hops. Hops are there but not overly strong, and more malts than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, pale malts, caramel malts. taste has more hops than the nose but is still decently malty, and has some lightly bitter to it. A step up from the nose to me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with some light bitterness.

o - Overall a nice IPA, though I was expecting it to be hoppier. A nice mix of hops and malts, and pretty easy to drink. Would give another shot sometime.

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Photo of Holland
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BBD: 10/18/2011 - very close to today.

A: looks delicious and thick with a brownish orange color and good head, then great lacing.

S: bitter, earthy, and pine-like hops. Decent malt profile with pale and caramel.

T: same as the smell, and tastes a bit old. This was surely better 2 months ago.

M: medium body, good carbonation. Smooth, then crisp. Nice.

O: solid beer, too bad I got an old version. I'll try it again some time and pay more attention to the best by date.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at Kclinger's in Hanover...

This is definitely a hoppy beer, but it doesn't kick you in the taste buds like some other IPAs, as I expected. Smells spicy with a hint of citrus...maybe a grapefruit?? It was a good choice on a humid day like today, but I would be more likely to try another IPA.

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Photo of miadw3
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a dark amber-red with minimal head. Excellent lacing.

S - Sweet malt with a slight note of bitter hops.

T - Taste of sweet malt and caramel, but not much hop notes. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - Perhaps the bottle was not fresh, but this was a malt bomb for me. Very little hop presence and tons of sweet malt. Enjoyed Hop Wallop MUCH more.

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Photo of dgilks
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with futura123. Thanks Will.

Clear amber colour with a smooth, foamy light tan head. Fair head retention.

Smooth malty aroma with some resinous herbal hops. Slightly grassy with a touch of pine.

Malty with a heavy dose of bitter resinous hops. Not all that bright and fruity but still nice.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid East Coast IPA which, while maltier than I like, is still quite drinkable and a nice beer.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Maybe it's just me but I found this beer to be way too malty and boring. The thing was I could tell this was going to be the case from the aromas alone . . . and this bottle still has 4 months until it's best by date. The appearance is nice enough. It glows and even looks attractive and inviting in the glass. But the taste and flavors are far from being a good ipa.

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Photo of Thur123
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This claims to be the real deal...hmm...Pours a deep ruby red/orange color with a slight off white head. Carbonation looks good and this brew is also somewhat hazy. The smell is robust but well balanced hop bitterness with a sweet malt smell underneath. A slightly sticky citrus stank comes through as well but its far more subtle then the floral aroma. A more complex smell then I would have guessed.

Glug glug glug

Hits slightly sweet but the floral hops take over my tongue and wreak havoc at the back of my tongue, where they linger in the aftertaste, there's a really lemon tart acidic citric element. The mouth feel is a little sticky but overall pretty good. The carbonation really bolsters this brew. After the first few sips the floral punch seems to mellow some, letting less powerful taste come through. Pretty good, but could use a bit more sweetness to the bitterness and just a bit more malt profile...IMHO.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a fairly clear amber color with a fairly substantial amount of foamy white head. Leaves behind quite a bit of lacing.

Lots of floral and citrusy hops. I do get a little bit of sweet maltyness as well but the hops seem to steal the show.

The hops aren't nearly as present in the taste as they are in the nose. Some spices and caramel malts come through as well. Medium bodied and well carbinated.

While this is a good beer, it doesn't set itself apart in any way. It seems to be a little on the week side and maybe a little one dimensional. Not bad, but not outstanding...

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to markwise for the extra

Look: Pours a copper color with a lighter shade of orange at the bottom of the glass. 1/4 inch off white head and no retention

Smell: Notes of citrus upfront with a hint of caramel and candy sweetness

Taste: Very sweet and candy like upfront. Almost taste like bubblegum flavored hops

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with quite a bit of carbonation and a dry sticky finish

Overall: Not the best IPA i have ever had. Not a huge fan of the flavor and overall feel of the beer would like the body to be a bit lighter

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Photo of PhageLab
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz bottle into my Hobgoblin glass. Right off the bat I was surprised by both the aroma and color of this brew, definitely intriguing.

A - Nice clean light brown with hints of amber. Under certain lights it almost looks red. Medium sized head that eventually left, but the lacing was great.

S - HopDevil indeed, well it cleared my sinus anyways! The floral scent was there, but couldn't shine through until the very end. It almost smells like there is a blend of cherry in there as well.

T - Hard to explain. Seems like a blend between a nut brown ale and an IPA. Many may not agree with me here, but it has a roasted soothing aftertaste that I've only experienced with nut browns before. It threw me off because initially it's a hop blast and singe to the taste buds, yet afterwards I wasn't sure what I had drank. Hopefully this isn't my palate playing tricks on me. It's good at any rate.

M - The finish is a bit cleaner than I had expected, and it is fairly light bodied, nothing definitive here.

D - I would never turn one down, I'll say that much. Interesting profile, and quite drinkable, if for nothing else the curiosity of it's presentation. What you see is nothing like what you get, and that's not a bad thing.

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Photo of johnyeast
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark Copper in color. Good smells of hops that prepare the palate for on coming and disticnt flavor of hops. Thick hops taste. Dry in taste. An aftertaste of hops that stayed with me. Not as drinkable as most but over all a decent beer that reflects the style.

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Photo of bigone4
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber/Brownish tan Color light floral aroma. Little if any head no real lacing of the glass. Dissapointed with these characteristics but it does have a nice sharp initial taste followed by a nice smooth hoppy finish. It is very drinkable and enjoyable. It was a rather lighter filtered IPA. It does pack a punch at 6.7%abv. I had tried this beer a few years back and it tasted less hoppy than I remember it. I am not that impressed with this beer. I wll ha ve to make it a point to try some of the other Victory brewery beers. I have heard good things about them. Overall it is a decent IPA enjoyable and drinkable but not my favorite.

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Photo of sstackho
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single 12oz bottle purchased from Charles Street Liquors in Boston. Bottle two weeks past "Enjoy By" date on label. Pours a beautiful dark amber, with slight head that laced well. Light carbonation. Medium aroma of hops. Full, somewhat warming, bitter hoppy taste - but not overly complex, and not as fruity as I prefer in this type of beer. This beer was enjoyed after a 20 minute walk home from the store on a warm night, so perhaps it should have been consumed a few degrees cooler - although I'm generally a fan of cellar-temperature beers. Nice beer, but not one that I will necessarily seek out again any time soon. Would be interested in trying it on tap.

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Photo of inbeertruth
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Kroger's on South Voss in Houston, TX.

A: Poured this into a pint glass. Copper color with a small head which quickly dissipates, leaving ample lacing.

S: Hops, hops, and more hops, blended with malts, citrus, and spice. A hint of pine.

T: Hops and Malt, bitter aftertaste. Though it lacks the balance and fruit nuances that usually shows in most IPAs I've had.

M: Velvety and smooth, and dry. Little carbonation.

D: Bitter, but very drinkable.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent IPA from Victory. Floral, spice, dank bitterness that lingers on the palate. Prefer Dirtwolf anyday however. Not a bad offering though. Always available in my area which is nice.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,338 ratings.
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