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Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,492 Reviews
Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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Reviews: 2,492 | Ratings: 7,165
Photo of cubedbee
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful clear orange with a medium sized lasting head. Smells of citrus and hops. Taste is wonderfully balanced, with the hops taste being clear but never overwhelming. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This is one of the best and most drinkable IPAs out there.

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Photo of Kwak
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice orange color with a hazy cloud to it. Firm thick head disappearing nicely as the drink did. Good smell almost toasted flavor, the hoppy flavor wasn't too much it was just right. this is one beer that goes well with spicy food like curry the hops cut through the heat. Very drinkable a nice food beer!!

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

I had this during the Victory event at the Blind Tiger. Among the 4 styles of Victory I tried, the good ole' HopDevil still stole the night. I've had The Devil countless times in a bottle and on tap, and even a couple of times from a cask, but it was especially good this time, perhaps because of its freshness. In addition to the lovely hops, this almost perfectly balanced ale has a crisp, slightly burnt maltiness coming through the strong, earthy body. This tasting proved again to me that you just can't go wrong with the Devil.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange. The head is about a finger thick, and there's minimal suds clinging to glass.

Smells very herbal, with hops coming on strong. There's some fruity malts as well but it's nearly masked entirely by the spicy hops.

The first thing I noticed about the taste was the carbonation. It tasted rather sweet at first, but then became exceedingly bitter as it hit the back of my tongue. I could literally imagine myself chewing the hop leaves. It was so powerful that it left my mouth feeling a little gunky and oily afterwards.

All in all, it's a good beer, but I enjoy Stone's IPA more. This one doesn't have enough sweetness to balance it out, but I like hops so I can't really hold it against it. I would have preferred it to be a bit maltier, but on the whole, it's a great beer and one that I'd probably pick up again when I need an old familiar brew.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally sitting here with a bottle of the legendary HopDevil out of the Victory variety pack....here we go.

Appearance-flawless, a gorgeous red amber color with a huge foamy head that stays and stays and stays, exceptional clarity with active carbonation.

Smell-spicy hop aroma combined with sweet fruit malt, alcohol also seeps through the nostrils but the hops overtake everything by quite a bit.

Taste-velvetey smooth with a rich taste, dark malts puncuate at first followed by a large hop bite, very spicy kicks with some darker flavor (almost chocolate but not quite) seeping through. Viciously flavorful and quite delicious.

Mouthfeel-dark on the palette, hop bite is nice, very flavorful on the palette, a pleasure to drink.

Drinkability-flavorful to the death and deviously drinkable. A top-notch ale that should be enjoyed in all circumstances.

Overall-I am angry that I was so late in finally getting to drink this fabulous beer. A sheer pleasure to drink in every respect and a beer that has acheived its fanfare and fame through sheer drinkability and hop character. A must-try.

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Photo of boatyard
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

its got that carmel color with a nice one finger hear that leaves you very soon. leaves some slight lacing, and has that fruity grapefruit smell. at first its a bit malty, and then transitions into citrus. I feel its a little thick for an ipa, little syrupy, however goes very well with a ribeye steak. feels ok in your mouth, and if you wait for that tingly sensation its way good. Good example of a hoppy ale, and one of Victories staple points. I hear Victories hop wallup is good stuff, but if you can't find it, this is good stuff.

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Photo of jward
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange in color, with rings of off-white lace down the side of a HopDevil pint glass, which announces that this is a "Champion Beer." Indeed, the title is well deserved! The nose presents fragrant flowery hops, fruity with hints of pine and butterscotch. The strong citrusy hops dominate the flavor, with notes of grapefruit and lemon. But they sit atop a wonderful caramely malt backbone, rendering this beer well balanced and quite drinkable. The mouthfeel is sturdy and appealing.

This one is even better on cask. Bravo Victory!

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Photo of BeerFink
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark reddish orange with a slight off white head. Smell is estery, fruity, slightly malty. Taste is big hops with some toasted malt fighting its way through to the end. The malt provides a good balance to the assault of citrous and pine hop flavors. Slight breadiness from the malt smooth out the sharpness of the hops. There is an spicy flavor that is there from the beginning and lingers in the aftertaste with those lovely alpha acids. That spice makes this quite a good winter ale.

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Photo of palma
2.82/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I honestly gave this beer a few chances before I reviewed it. Now I'm convinced. This beer is just not that good overall, and definitely not a good IPA. I have no idea why this beer is rated so high. Amber body with not much of a head. Nice sweet hoppy aroma with some citrus that even my gf liked. Taste is a different story though. Is this a marco pale ale Im drinking? Where the hell is the flavor? It tastes so stale and bland in my opinion. Watered down. Dead hop flavor. I need some hops here. They call this beer HopDevil? I call that false advertising.

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

Poured a hazy copper color with low cabonation, thick off-white head that receeded to a thin layer, but left a heavy lacing on the glass. Aroma is heavy of a pine needle smell, but with a bit of a citrusy hint to it, as well.

Heavy dose of hops jump you at first taste of this one. The earhty and floral flavors mix with a kick ass spiciness that really makes this beer shine, and definitely shoves the toasted malts right out of the spotlight. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy.

A truly excellent brew. The aroma doesn't quite do justice to the ass kicking your taste buds are about to receive, but everyone likes a surprise, right? Unfortunately, I imagine drinking a few of these would leave your taste buds in a comatose state for a few days.

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

proof that a great IPA dosnt have to wreck your tastebuds and tip you over after one bottle. pours out a nice red tinged sunset and smells of wonderful citrus hops. taste is solid and balanced, a firm dose of hops with enough malt backbone to keep up. some light sweetness, bitter but not overly so, lightly spicy. medium bodied, somewhat filling but not a bloater. a very well rounded beer that shows its mucles with balance and flavor insted of all out bitterness. top notch.

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Photo of PossumJenkins
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Firewaters in Atlantic City, N.J.
As were some other reviewers, I was very surprised at how well-balanced this beer was. It reminded me a lot of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, which is a good thing. Probably a bit hoppier than SNCA, but the hops are not overwhelming as I feared. Drinkability quite high. I would definitely buy this beer if I could find it anywhere in my area.

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

This was a nice amber beer with a one finger head that left a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma was of citrusy hops, mainly grapefruit. No real pine or resinous scents to speak of. Seemed the right level, if a little restricted and one-sided.

The taste was bitter, smooth, and not overpowering, with a mix of floral and grapefruit hops. It was not as bitter as I would have expected... a little too mild considering its name and reputation, IMHO.

Mouthfeel was about what expected from the hop balance, and it was pretty drinkable... I would have rated it higher, had it been a little less mild and a little more bitter. I like a bit more of that from an IPA.

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Photo of ggroller
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am generally a huge fan of this beer and of all Victory products. The bottle I am reviewing, however, left a little to be desired. Maybe it was the Speakeasy I had before it, maybe it was a bad bottle. Who knows. Anyway, aside from the pronounced hoppy fruitiness I picked up on what I can only describe as a sort of rancid mayonaisse typet taste. Not good. I will try this one again from time to time as I have in the past. Hopefully the next one will be better.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Victory really sets the bar w/ their brews....a 16oz. bottle has been poured...
A deep, hazy, orange w/ a full finger of head...caramel in color.
Beautiful lace that lingers forever.
Smell is nothing overpowering, but you can sense how good this beer is going to be....you can smell a hint of citrus and american hops.
Clean and crisp taste w/ a nice bitter aftertaste. The beer has some malt to it and a bouqet of hops, which justifies it's name. Make no mistake, this in no where close to the "Hop Wallup"...this is the one you can drink all evening. Perfect carbonation...keeps you salivating for more. I always try and keep this beer on hand...if you want to go take a chance on an IPA you've never tried, go buy this tonight. If you can't find it, let me know...I'll hunt it down for you.

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Photo of tweeder263
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass a beautiful amber with a slightly off white 2 finger head. Great smell of hops.Taste is hops but in no way overbearing,beautifully balanced with malt side just as powerful. A great session brew for me,,a must to keep in stock.A+

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

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

The appearance is relatively standard to that of an IPA the body may be a shade darker than I am used to though, a dark ruby-colored amber. The head is off-white, meager from the pour and short lived. Spider-web thin veins of lace manage to cling to the glass.

The malt is a bit more heavy-handed on the nose than I would expect. There are nice hop aromas but they are a bit subdued when compared to some other beers of the style. Green hop aromas of pine and tangerine combine with the malt creating a candy-like aroma.

Light and sweet malt up front on the palate. The bitterness is firm but not heavy-handed, the hop flavors emerge with smacks of lemon-zest, light pine-needles, and grapefruit. This beer is very tangy in the aftertaste.

A very well-balanced IPA, highly drinkable…I have to admit I’d like a bit more aromatics and hop bite though.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with little head. Sweet malt aroma with earthy hops. The flavor is a great balance between malt and hops. Starts out with a malty sweetness, and then the hops come in with a spicy flavor. Finishes very bitter. While this is not the hoppiest IPA you will ever try, it has a great hop flavor. The great drinkability makes this a fine choice to pick up a case off.

The bottle I am sampling from is a couple weeks past the best by date, so it does not have the fresh hop taste of a new bottle. It is still, however, a quality IPA.

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Photo of hobbes2112
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Another gem that I picked up while in Ohio.

Pours a dark orange with amber core. One finger off-white head that leaves a small lacing. Head moves down to about the 5mm level and stays there the entire time.

Smell is more complex that some IPAs that I have had recently. Of course there are the pine and citrus notes but there are a lot more spices around.

Taste is a very similar to the aroma, one of those "WYSIWYG" beers. Lots of hops in addition to spices and a significant earthy character.

I am more impressed by this beer than I expected, I haven't had good luck with some of the "top 100" hyped beers.

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

Dare I say it... it could use some more hops to live up to the name. When I picked up this bottle I expected a completely uneven hop monster. Quite to the contrary, this bad boy is pretty damn balanced. Caramel malt is all over the place. This isn't a bad thing. It was a delightful surprize. This is my first brew from Victory and I'm pleased.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $7.99 for a 6'er from the Jungle...

This beer pours a clear amber body with a small white head, good retention and a speck or two of lacing... The aroma is a hop factory at full production and it's a wonderful hop smell with another nice smell of German malt.

The taste is wonderful, the balance of hops and malt is moreso here than the overpowered hop smell. The mouthfeel is something Victory has down in every beer, this one is smooth and nice on the palette. The drinkability is near perfect at 6.7% you can't even notice a tocuh of alcohol and could be a session beer if you have a high tolerance.

Final Thought: This is a great beer with a weak appearence... one of the best IPA's out there.

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Photo of HogHill
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a warm amber color with good clarity, which in contrast to it's sibling Hop Wallop, is a light golden beer. Head is a nice off white which laces around my pint glass.

Smell: You can tell this is an American IPA with a whiff. Strong hop aroma, with a hint of grapefruit. Do they sell this in a candle?

Taste: This is a rock solid American IPA, it has a good balanced of hops to malt. The hops win but the malts do show up. A pleasing piney aftertaste finishes it off. Very drinkable, I can go through a few of these and still crave more of the deveil's alphas. Victory brews a damn fine IPA.

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

Amber orange color with good clarity. A large dense head forms but recedes fairly quickly. Strong floral hop aroma with hints of citrus. Hop flavor is similar but hugely complex. Wonderful smooth hop bite. Great biscuity malt backbone. Alcohol is noticeable but less than, say, SNCA. Medium to full body. The complexity of the flavors makes this beer highly drinkable.

Overall: an excellent complex IPA with smooth bitterness.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In spite of all the many great beers i've had in my time, this remains a favorite, it's always good. Darker than most, it pours a deep amber with a chunky oatmeal colored head. Excellant retention with heavy lacing. Smell of glorious hops balanced between citrus and spruce, tantalizing. Wonderfully full hop flavor rounded by a perfect balance of malt. Orange/grapefruit marmalade contrasted by spicy/biting pine, this is perfection! Warning, a sip may lead to mass consumption so buy at least a sixer!

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Photo of canucklehead
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a big IPA that has much in the malt backbone. I get the fresh hops nose and the IBU's are certainly there but after two or three sips I noticed the malty midbody and the strong finish. Like all Victory products brewers skill is readily apparent in this very nice beer.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,492 ratings.
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