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Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil 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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of laketang
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12 oz. bottle marked best by oct. 2016
clear amber, tan head, frothy
estery bouquet, earthy sweet tones, not very pungent
real smooth hop bitterness.very subtle hop flavor
good medium mouthfeel, clean finish, not long

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber red with a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Smells like dark toffee, tobacco, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, biscuity cracker malts, black tea, apricot, grapefruity orange citrus, papaya, with herbal earthy grass and pine. Tastes like dark toffee, caramel, tobacco, molasses, brown sugar, biscuity cracker malt, grapefruit and orange citrus, papaya, apricot, tannic black tea, with dank herbal grass and earthy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice malty IPA.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm shocked at the glowing reviews. The last half of this six pack hung out in the fridge a long time. Too light bodied, though heavy of malt flavor, drinks more like a blonde ale. The hops do nothing to Improve the recipe, and actually detract from an otherwise decent light ale.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: a light mahogany color with some pale orange and light ruby notes. large 2 finger solid, marshmellow-like tan head

s: apricot, grapefruit, orange peel, dry crackers, thick caramel malts, and fresh brewed black tea

t: nice balance between malts in hops in here. its actually a bit sweet upfront, then moves to some nice tea leaf bitterness. there is a large bready presence in here as well along with a nice citrus zest that lifts everything up. there is a little bit of pine and pineapple going on in the background. a touch of syrup as well

m: fuller side of medium. carbonation level is on the lower side, but it works with the beer

o: i'm a big fan of this. if you're into crazy hopped beers, this one may be a bit malty for you, but i think it strikes a nice balace. not too sweet, not too bitter. easy to drink, easy to enjoy

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Photo of Caj1
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Beautiful copper-amber with a tinge of ruby. Crystal clear and with medium carbonation. I didn't pour with quite as much gusto as usual since I was using a different glass from normal, but I got a finger of dense, creamy off-white head. Great head retention, I poured this baby up, let it sit for about ten minutes and it still had a thick film of foam across the top. Wonderful lacing, it just won't stop clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Very good caramel creates the backbone of the scent profile. Sweet and malty like a good IPA should smell. Really 50/50 on the malt/hops ratio. I also detect spicy notes and some slight (emphasis on slight) estery scents, like banana. Some grainy notes come through but remind of fresh whole grain bread. Hops aren't huge on the nose, but don't really need to be. I get some resinous, deep notes, and as a whole it definitely edges on piney and general "dank" earthy tones, but there is a tinge of lemongrass.

T: Counterintuitive to what I expected on the smell, the hops are forward here. Malt does a great job of supporting and balancing the bitter and deep green hops. At first, the resinous, earthy flavors are very pronounced, but don't overstay their welcome. Medium bitterness overall. Malt is subtle, but I do get definite caramel and a little bit of a brown sugar flavor. Again, reminds me of fresh baked artisan bread. As the beer warms, the spicy, fruity flavors come out to play. Pepper tingles on the tongue toward the end of the taste experience.

F: It tastes like a DIPA but doesn't feel like one. Medium bodied overall, not something that I could pound down but it's crisp like any good IPA should be. Doesn't finish remarkably clean, but it has some astringency from the slightly higher alcohol content which helps give it a slightly dry bite after the swallow.

Overall: Easily one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of reviewing. Balanced, complex without going crazy, and overall a joy to savor. I don't have much else to say about this, I've already written an article.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours a deep amber, on the darker side of the IPA spectrum. The smell is fine, but nothing noteworthy. The taste is a little too sweet/malty for me. The hops are fine, but not especially assertive. They could definitely be doing more for the style.

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Photo of ppvora
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Copper with a slight haziness, 1 finger head, a little bit of aeration.
Aroma: Orange, hops, pine, a bit of a lovely mango in the background.
Taste: Big hops, a teeny-weeny bit of bread/crackers, but no complexity.
Mouthfeel: some lingering bitterness in a nice way.

Overall: This is one of Victory's beers that got them attention and it's a lovely introduction to their line of hoppy beers. I hope they continue to make it for the next 30 years!

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a little darker that most IPA's I've encountered, looks like an amber ale. Has very little head very slight carbonation. Has that typical hoppy smell of an IPA. Initial taste is pleasant but gradually finishes quite bitter. If you like IPA's, this one's for you. The lacing is there but not all the plentiful as well.

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Photo of beercam
2.52/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

????? Victory's lack of consistency lately is alarming. It's as if this bottle was skipped when they were adding the hops. This tastes like a standard lager. Super confused. Bummed. Might cry. Keep this shit up Victory and I AM OUT

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Translucent dark amber, one finger head, pretty good lacing.
S-Floral, piney, sweet malt.
T-Sweet caramelized malt followed by medium hop bitter. Quite the pine resin flavor, in a good way. Bitter grapefruit notes linger.

M-Big carbonation, some creaminess, some astringency, clean & crisp finish.
O-Complex mix of sweet & bitter, well done!

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Photo of TTen
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Hop Devil IPA

L: Beautiful, perfectly clear red-amber with a tight, off white head. Good retention and great looking beer. 4.75
S: Floral hops and caramel malt. Nice combination. The sweetness in the aroma reminds you that this is a substantial beer. 4.25
T: Nice bitterness. The sweet, caramel malt balances it out and the floral hops add some spice. 4.5
F: Medium body and agressive bitterness give a big feel to this hoppy, malty ale. 4.5
O: It's so good even 20 years after I first had it. Balanced yet both the hops and malts get a chance to speak. This should always be in my house. This beer didn't stop being awesome because there are lots of hoppier beers available now ;) 4.5

Enjoy by: 7/2/2016

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Photo of Obake21
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L = Light brown/brown.
S = Not a lot goingon here for me here, but maybe it's too cold. I get a little pine and resin, but not much.
T = Lighter than I thought it should be for an IPA. Not as much piney-ness as I would have expected.
F = Again, lighter here than I thought, but is still refreshing.
O = I actually really like this one because it's not as much like an IPA as the other I have tried. This one was considerably more mellow than others, which I liked, but it didn't seem as much an American IPA as it should be.

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Photo of IndiaPaleViking
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. A no-apologies hop bomb that you can taste 20 minutes after you've drank it.

Fabulous piney nose that gives you a hint of what's to come. Fabulous hops with just enough malt to give it a hint of balance. I first had this beer at the Philly airport and after that I visited the Victory taproom any time I came to town. This was the IPA that hooked me on IPA's and made me a hop head; and for that I thank you.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to @Ozzylizard for this PA gem. A nice fresh one at that. NBS BIF#3
Rich amber hued liquid pushes up a meaty buttermilk biscuit colored head 2 fingers-plus high. Slowly recedes to an afterthought. Smell hints at a little malt sweetness after a wash of piney, grassy hops that move to citrus. Taste is more of the same with a finish that lingers with the piney notes. A good old school IPA. Mouthfeel is full enough for my taste. Overall, a very good IPA.

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Photo of MACrist
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Amber to copper clear with a finger of tan head that dissipates after a few minutes and leaves a thick ring on top. Small rising bubbles. Decent lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Toffee, malt, citrus, a little astringent. Minor pine notes.
TASTE: Very malty, bready, caramel, and citrus. Lasting mild bitterness on the finish. Very slight pine.
FEEL: Lots of carbonation, medium full body, a little slick and then more dry towards the finish.
OVERALL: Really malty, but pretty nice balance with the citrus and pleasant bitterness on the finish. Slight astringent quality to the beer.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good example of a beer with lots of hop flavor but that doesn't overwhelm the drinker with bitterness. It's rich copper in color and with a thick, fluffy off white head. Smells grassy, citrusy (grapefruit and lemon), piney, and with some bready sweetness. Taste has lots of different hop flavors, starts fairly sweet on the palate, and finishes very dry. Feel is medium as far as thickness and carbonation, and leaves a resiny coating on the tongue. There's obviously a lot of different styles of hops going on here (I'm not seasoned enough to pick out which flavor is which) but there's enough balanced sweetness to keep it from being a palate wrecker.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap nitro (been a while since I had it in any form):
Of course it looked lovely on nitro. Amber golden once the waterfall of a nitro pour subsided.

Nose had a surprising light citrus note to it. Wasn't too strong, but was there. Generic vegetal notes otherwise. I'll blame the nitro.

Generally avoid IPAs on nitro, but was in an adventurous mood. This came across as a lightly caramel honey malt opening backed by the hops from the nose, but more bitter than the nose indicated. This was not a bitter pour, but the hops played nicely and did win the battle by the end.

Feel was what would be expected from a nitro pour, smooth with any harshness muted.

Actually a better experience that I was thinking I'd have originally. Definitely need to revisit this with a fresh regular bottle of this beer.

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, strong floral hops, slight resin, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong citrus hops, strong floral hops, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of resin, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, strong body and aroma, good blend and appearance.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 35/case ($ 0.125/oz) at Franklin Beer Co, Franklin, PA
BB 17 Feb 16 bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma light, floral
Head average (four cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, quickly diminishing to partial one mm ring and island of medium bubbles
Lacing – poor. Few tiny islands of tinier bubbles
Body dark orange, clear
Flavor starts slightly bitter with hint of malt backbone, some floralness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the beers that really turned me onto craft beer. I had been trying different brews here and there but this one blew me away and now I can't go back. Very tasty brew that drink easy and light but has nice mouth feel and flavor. This is one of my core 3 brews that's almost always in my fridge.

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Photo of kitch
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 14th January 2016, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear copper orange colour with an off white one finger head that dissipated quickly but left nice stringy lacing.

Aroma: Citrus orange and lemon, pine with hints of tropical fruits and light caramel malt.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine bitterness with quite a strong malt sweetness backbone. The finish is a nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice IPA with good bitterness but maybe slightly too much malt sweetness.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow! So happy I went with the Victory mixed 12 pack (guy at the store tried to sway me into buying the Saranac 12 pack instead). There were some gems in the box, but Hop Devil was my favorite (though I am biased towards IPAs). Great value for such a well executed IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of NDSoBe
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Case of 24.
This beer is a hop beast but not out of control.
Leaves that really clean bitter aftertaste.
Synergizes well with the smells of Woodland Appalachia.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
enjoy by 12.22.15
pours a beautiful orange/amber with a moderate off white head that lasted and left plenty of lace on the glass
smell is boozy, hoppy and slight notes of pine, citrus and floral
taste similar to nose boozier than the abv indicates, fruity and nutty and sweet as it warmed
feel medium body and iscous
very solid

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Photo of drmeto
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

-pours a mostly clear amber-red with a medium,frothy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
-hop particles visible
-pine,resin,grapefruit,orange zest,tea
-Follows the nose plus caramel,nutty,syrupy
-medium hop bitterniss
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-faint alcohol detectable
Very good IPA

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,200 ratings.
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