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HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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4.06/5
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7,416 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,541
Reviews:
2,556
Ratings:
7,416
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
Wants:
305
Gots:
1,577
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 7,416 |  Reviews: 2,556
Photo of Seraphiel-
2.23/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was super excited for this one, but found myself disappointed. The smell was cloyingly sweet, and the taste was pretty flat for me.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can with a best by date of Nov. 20, 2017. The beer pours a deep, clear amber color. There is a thick off-white head with thick lacing.

The smell explodes with citrus hops but there is also a strong malt backbone.

The taste is deep, bitter pine hops with a decent malt backbone. There is not a lot of citrus that comes through in the taste, just tons of bitter, floral hops.

The mouthfeel is thick with medium carbonation.

Overall this is good but a bit more floral hops than I expected from the smell.

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Photo of Nace4
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steevo24
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Orny18
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eric_T_07
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stucat
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Retroman40
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
2.96/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L: Clear amber with a tight beige head. Moderate retention, with some splotchy lacing.

S: Super sweet toasty malt, tons of caramel and toffee and toasted brown bread. There's a little bit of grapefruit juice and woody, pine as well, but it's mostly tons of malt.

T: Caramel, toffee, and toasted bread throughout. There is a little bit of grapefruit juice and grapefruit in the mid-palate, but overall this is cloying. There's some earthy and piney bitterness near the finish, but that cloying caramel malt just sticks hard.

F: Medium-bodied, medium-carbonated, very sticky with all the residuals sugars.

O: Not my cup of tea. This is bad IPA, in my honest opinion. Victory makes a ton of great beer and I love most of it, but this is not one of them.

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

It pours a translucent amber gold body with a head that disappears within a couple seconds. Even with an aggressive pour, the head didn’t last. Some light lace ran here and there. The smell has an earthy hoppiness that isn’t overbearing. I noticed a bit of clove and cinnamon. The taste has the earthy hoppiness again along with the clove and cinnamon. The palate has a low to medium amount of carbonation. Between light and medium bodied. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, a pretty good IPA that I would come back to.

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Photo of monkist
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had Dirt Wolf earlier from Victory so I knew I had to try their other staple IPA. A very nice and nostalgic experience indeed - athough they are from Pennsylvania, this beer reminds me some of the great craft IPAs that have been recently made in Hungary - though just a mere coincide.
Looks also follow this, I noticed that Hungarian IPAs tend to be filtered sharp and clear with a golden brownish, caramellized malty hue. Although on the hoppy side they are unbeatable: this Hop Devil is full of Citra, and it has been shamelessly dry hopped with it as well.
The more I drink it the more it reminds me of the good old IPAs of Hungary, East Coast style from East Europe. Good to know that we had such an example to aim for.
It is quite different from your "average" American IPAs, in a good way. Although for me personally it might not be something shockingly brand new, I am glad for this one. Very well done, and the hopping puts the icing on the cake (or on the beer).

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of baldy00
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RAFH
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HermitDan
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
2.23/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of cbaz
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PeteyR
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A really well balanced beer that goes down nicely any time of year. Victory make some great brews and this one doesn't disappoint.

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

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

Photo of thesidewayz01
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,416 ratings
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