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 | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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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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Photo of clvand0
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy, but not as arrogant as I expected it to be. There is some caramel malt that can be detected in the back. The flavor is surprisingly balanced. There is a nice malt character to battle the large amount of hops. Well done.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Handpull from the Drafting Room in Exton. Orangey copper colour, bordering on red this time around. Hmmmm, darker on cask are we? Head is small bits of white, lacing is not good. Aromas are less hoppy and more malty than I seem to recall. The taste is actually a bit more calm than the devil on tap, but it is no less amazing. Hoppy up front with a very bready malt flavor in the middle and a clean finish. Mouthfeel is cask goodness, drinkability does not waver. Three serving types and three 4.5's across this board. Perhaps Victory should rename their flagship brew "Consistent Devil"

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a warm amber with a tan head. Smells very hoppy with pines shining through. In the mouth it tastes great. Hoppy, but not overly hoppy. Hop falvors range from pine to citrus to full-on bitterness. A nice amound of malts start shining through towars the finish, but it ends quite hoppy. A very well rounded "IPA" with a great aftertaste. This is one of my favorite beers, I don't know how I managed to skip reviewing this one. This is a common find in my fridge. A classic beer, and one that I will cherish forever. Cheers, my friends.

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Photo of zbs
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour immediately overcome with a division of tiny spherical parachuters rocketing in reverse. Smell is damp with rich but distant foam of raisin. After several the head seems to form a Mandlebrot formation on the glass. Hops, of course. The alcohol is faint in a warmth that spreads across the palate. Could be more voluptuous, but I like them skinny. Certainly enough to work with. Droopy lacing follows but the parachuters keep coming long as I can manage to contain myself.

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Photo of rousee
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cherry/almond color with very little head which drops to a wisp in a few seconds. It does leave some lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell is not nearly as strong as I would expect with a name like Hopdevil. It is hoppy but not very and it does seem to have some hops-malt balance. It has a little mustiness on the nose also. Not a negative but not really a postive either.

The taste is good but it doesn't really jump out for me. I like a DFH 60 min. IPA much better than this. Stil decent though. Finishes bubbly and balanced with a fuzzy mouthfeel. Its okay for drinkability -not as good as others in this style.

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

I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this one yet given all the Hopdevil I've consumed since discovering it.

It pours a dark brown red not unlike apple cider with a tan head that collapses quickly. Some stickiness in the glass.

Smell is moderate hop bite, not overwhelming with a nice malt back to it.

Taste is a great malt and hop combo. Sure they ratcheted up the hops, but they also pumped up the malt to keep it balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth and not prickly. A little thick, though.

I could drink these all night long.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While pouring the beer I could smell the sweetness and the hops flowing out of the glass. It poured a hazy copper color. Very little head to speak of just a thin whisp of off white foam coating the top of the beer.
The smell was very sweet with the scent of raisins dominating. I could also detect the hops nicely mixing in with the maltiness.
The taste started out very malty with some sweetness to it and slowly turned to a nice crisp hop bitterness. It finishes a tad bit dry with a nice bite in the end. Carbonation also seemed right on, not to much, just enough.
Its a good beer with a very bold taste.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber orange color-no real head but theres some nice lacing on the glass. Subtle hop aroma-doesnt scream like a lot of the US- IPAs. Nice flavor-malty backround with a big,upfront hop presence. Very citrusy-grapefruit like,spruce? A touch of residual malt sweetness in the end. Nice solid body An enjoyable beer all around-another fine effort by Victory.

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Photo of Doppel07
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty red-orange hue with significant carbonation and a silky cream-colored head with scattered, arachnoid lacing. Nice malty sweet and flowery nose with a subtle hint of diacetyl and light caramelization. Very well-balanced flavor with great cherry-caramel maltiness and subdued hop profile for an American IPA. This review is based on a less than fresh sample consumed two weeks after the drink before date and I actually prefered this one over the many fresh samples that I've had in the past. Moderate cellaring took some edge off of the hop character and really opened up the malt base. A great American IPA that still pays homage to its English ancestors, particularly when its allowed to mature in a nurturing environment.

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Photo of trancefishy
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a rich copper colour, with a mediocre off white head and coarse carbonation that quickly retreats.
Aroma is big floral hoppiness, bit of citrus and perhaps jasmine.
The taste doesn’t seem to be an accurate reflection of the aroma, though; it’s non-existant for a moment, then builds a bit to a hoppy bitterness, with a finish that tastes like a not-so-good grapefruit. A malt sweetness is also present, but, I don’t think it meshes well with the rest of the flavours.
Mouthfeel is creamy and medium body.
I was expecting this beer to be a lot more hoppy than it is. for the record, this 6 pack has a best before date of a little over a month ago, so, I think that may have something to do with it.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours a burnt orange color. Has a one finger head that fades quickly. Earthy, smokey smell. The taste is of caramel, smoke, at first then a rush of fresh floral hops in a medium body. Finishes with a slightly bitter grapefruit bite. Not bad, but not fresh tasting either.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I finally tracked this beer down in TO. They have it at the great Cafe Volo.

It poured a brilliant copper red color with a respectable sized frothy head that left loads of lace trails. The aroma is of citrusy, piney hops up front, but also a competent honey nutty maltiness. The taste is a mass of layered hop flavors, very floral, piney, citrusy and resinous. Its definitely less focused on the Grapefruity Cascades than Liberty Ale (one of the only other APAs Ive tried). The intense hoppyness is kept to heel by a big bold maltiness, theres graham crackers and a nuttyness in the malt profile. The carbonation is soft making for a very subtle medium bodied mouthfeel. The finish is very bitter and lingers for a while. This beer is infinitely drinkable and refreshing.

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

Victory HopDevil Ale has a beautiful red coloring to it with very mild carbonation. Head retention is good, with 1 to 2 cm that produces lovely Belgian lace. It smells of hops and malt, but the hops are the predominating aroma. It has a well ballanced taste, for something that is called "HopDevil"; the hops are definitly there, but I was plesantly suprised to have such a balance of the two. It is smooth & begs you for another sip, but be careful with this one at 6.7% ABV. An excellent beer by all respects.

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

very clear, but intense ambery red color. puffy head, excellent lacing. smells like hops hops hops, duh. maybe a little citrusy scent in there. tastes great. tastes like hops, but not gratutiously so. i'm pleasantly surpised to find a nice balance here. i thought it would just be "let's see how intense and hoppy we can make this beer," which would actually be cool, as i tend to like crazy beers. but this beer is very well balanced and, well, damn near perfect. it's got a mellow tone to it that i didn't expect to be present. great mouthfeel. by the way, as i imbibe this tasty beverage the lacing continues down the glass... sweet. drinkability... let's just say i could pour this on my cereal in the morning. boo ya. great beer. cheers.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a chilled beer in a pint glass.
The brew pours a clear amber color with a soft fluffy beige head foaming up very easily about 2 cm. Aroma is all hops with piney scents mixing with sour grapefruit and some lighter floral scents too. The first sip reveals a lighter body than expected and a slightly oily texture. There is a very mild carbonation.Hop flavor is present almost immediately after a brief sugary sweetness on my lips. The hop flavors are primarily pine and grapefruit, similar to the nose. The beer is very smooth and easy to drink even for the strong hoppiness that exists.

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy carmel/amber color with a tan head.

Smell: grapefruit up front, a little flowery (roses maybe), and a little malt sweetness in the background. Very inviting.

Taste: A grapefruit/citrus punch to the palate. Some flowery hops follow it up with bitterness in the background. There is a definite malt presence as I pick up a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but chewy and complex.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. I expected a hop bomb. This is definitely a complex, well done beer. It's not over the top but it's definitely hoppy. I really enjoyed this one and I don't consider myself a hop-head.

Another fine beer from Victory.

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

thanks to both ppoitras and shippos for the trade.

"Enjoy by June 06 04" --- oops, I held on to this one for awhile longer than expected.

Pours out a light amber brown and sits a foggy caramel red in the glass with a mighty, fluffy off-white head. Lacings are wonderful.

The aroma is intense, with hops bouncing around on every side of your nose, filling your head with soothing aromas. Mildly citric with light traces of pine. Caramel and nuts lurk beneath. There is nothing wrong with an IPA that smells as good as this one. Doesn't try to set you back by overloading it with hops, rather, it presents itself delicately with a healthy dosage.

Tastes nicely malted up front with caramel sweetness. Hopping is clearly evident soon after, as flavors begin to mingle with one another. Some grapefruit citrus flavors along with hints of fresh pine bring out the front of the hoppings. The balance of malts and hops is just dead on, there is not much more to say about it. Flavor is nothing short of amazing.

Fills your mouth with it's wide range of flavors and medium-full body. Carbonation is well controlled and matches the smooth and cleanly polished body.

By far, one of the best IPA's I've ever had. It's a shame I can't see this one regularly, as it makes me so happy to pop one open and treat myself to a great tasting beer. This beer has it where it counts, right in the mouth. It's all there. I need to move to a better state.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bison County, Waltham, MA

Pours amber/copper orange. Good size creamy head that quickly shrinks down to near nothing.

Smells of fruit, hops and flowers.

Tastes strongly of hops, malt and caramel with a bitter kick.

Very smooth mouthfeel here.

Extremely drinkable and tasty. There are better IPA's out there, but this one is quite good.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,193 ratings.
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