Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale
BEER INFO

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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2,497
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7,182
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
19.46%
 
 
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Photo of cdizinno
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Dark orange amber, almost reddish. Clear with tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Hops are are up front but not overpowering. Well balanced with florals and a minimal pine scent. Not as strong scented as most IPA's.

T&M: Very smooth, medium bodied beer with perfect carbonation. Crisp and dry finish. Perfectly balanced floral hops and minimal sweetness. Slowly fades with slightly bitter hop taste.

This is probably one of the best IPA's I've ever tasted. Have also had this on tap and it's just as good.

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Photo of battlekow
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber, not much head or lacing. Surprisingly malty, fruity nose, with sharp, peppery hops around the edge. Taste is similar, a large malty backbone with hops that rush in quickly to fill the void. HopDevil distinguishes itself from other IPAs with a very pleasant toasty finish. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. A big IPA, but quite drinkable and my favorite of the style, so far.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into glass. 6.7% abv.

Appearance- A brilliant and clear dark red amber with a massive foamy head on it.

Smell- Citrus; orange and grapefruit. Not much else....did I mention citrus? lol

Taste- A dual blast of malt and hops. The initial malt blast is somewhat of a toasty bread character. The hops remain through the whole flavor profile until a spicy hot finish. Notes of grapefruit along with hints of sweet caramel too. Wickedly complex.

Mouthfeel- Heavy body of which is thick and creamy.

Overall- A solid example of a great IPA. This was the first craft beer I tried years ago so maybe it has a sentimental impression on me, but nevertheless, it is damn good if you dont mind a complex bitter blast. The hops linger as much as any other IPA. A must try if you're a hophead.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a nice thick copper color with an awesome tan-colored head created with a vigorous pour. This one smells delicious. I've spent so much time whiffing this one that I almost forgot I was supposed to drink it. An absolutely gorgeous smelling brew.

A nice bold citrus taste. Reminds me of grapefruit and oranges, maybe grapefruit peelings. Good smoothness considering the level of tart citrus hops. I also notice some sort of spices but cant figure out exactly what. Overall it tastes good. Hearty, and smooth for the style.

The mouthfeel is probably a little over medium-bodied, but not heavy. Quite a drinkable beer as well. I really wish I had more than just one.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep red, mahogeny hue, nice thin, but well retaining head. Massive, sticky lacing, floral hops and fresh flowers noted on the nose, a very clean, inviting aroma. A blast of invigorating hops, some spices and an immediate warming effect, esters noted, although in the background. Some grapefruit noted throughout, medium to full bodied, extremely dry and some bitterness noted towards the finish. Clearly a top shelf IPA.

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Photo of BostonTriggs
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time reviewing in a bar. Not sure how this will go.

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass. Let it breathe a bit.

A - Seems to be a light brown/amber color, but appears to be a hazy light golden color when lighted. Starts w/ dense light-peach colored head, and this slowly fades to nothingness.

S - Dominated by floral hops and ruby grapefruit. Very appealing to me. I think I get a pale malt, and the slightest bit of caramel. A slight wheat bread smell, that my mind interpreted as papery at first (not in a skunked way, a positive way). I might be imagining this, but I also smell lemon.

T - Few words needed here. Floral hops, grapefruit, and a beautiful bitterness. It's so perfectly balanced that I have no words to describe it. It starts w/ grapefruit, then adds floral hops, then finishes w/ a nice bitterness. All three flavors hold together at the end. The crispness and individuality of each taste is what blows my mind.

M - Medium body. A little slickness. Coats the mouth well. Medium carbonation. It just chills in your mouth. It's not a trouble maker.

D - Downs easy if you like hops. If you don't, skip this one. I could drink a few of these before I would want to switch. Not a session beer for everyone.

This is among my favorites. It has simple flavors, that come together perfectly.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color with a short foamy white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick, even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of well-blended hops and citrus.

T: Big hops flavor comes out first and is quickly followed by some malty citrus sweetness, but the hops flavor, while balanced well, is certainly the dominant flavor.

M: Very crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, not filling as it seemed a little light for the style, a good kick, this one is very poundable.

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Photo of theozag
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a word, I found HopDevil Ale to be nothing short of splendid.

Pours so pristinely that the platinum-blonde heads seems to simpyl appear over the beer without any agitation at all. The brew itself is a milky, medium amber from bottle to stomach. Smells of sweet summer breezes and roasted bitterness. Take it from someone with a weak sense of smell, this one is sure to impress. Starts crisp and smooth, but washes over the tongue with lots of bitter flavor in very short order. A full-bodied brew, HopDevil delivers everything you expect from a great IPA: hops, hops, and more hops (with a bit of caramel and creme flavors thrown in for good measure). Finishes rough, bitter, and dry but more drinkable than the average IPA because it leaves only a pleasant aftertaste and feels good rolling down the throat.

Overall, probably my favorite IPA to date. If you're ever close to the Victory HQ, I suggest you take a detour and pick up a couple of bottles.

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Howard's Pub in Ocracoke NC, reddish orange color, head had diminished by the time it had gotten to my table, what was left was white with some lacing. Aromas of hops and some malt. Plenty of citric hop bitterness in the flavor balanced with some malt then the hops have the final say in the finish. My favorite example in the style and a big improvement over the bottle I had a couple of years ago. This is an ideal session beer, especially on tap.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is THE ultimate session brew. As a hophead, I am in love with this beer. I like the Wallop more overall, but I could drink these for the rest of eternity. The hops are combined perfectly with everything else in this tasty brew. So well balanced. Crisp maltiness, fruity, hoppy, yeah. Smooth initially, and finishes with some killer hops at the end. Looks very nice...a cloudy amber, almost orange. Not the best tasting beer I've ever had, but arguably the best overall beer there is.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, this has to be one of the best American IPAs out there. Period.

What a lovely, well-balanced beer. Strong a robust aroma. Deep foundation of malt balanced by a firm bitterness. With every sip, it leaves you wanting more.

Outstanding, full-bodied mouthfeel that is not cloyingly sweet.

A devilish brew, and fantastic offering from a very respectable brewery.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time. In Philadelphia on business and finally got my chance. Beautiful hazy orange color with thin white head. One of the best aromas of any IPA I've ever had. Bold, floral exotic taste with lots of things going in the finish. Absolutely amazing. In my top ten.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hopdevil ale pours a medium amber with a nice lacy head that clings to the glass well. aroma is super hoppy and citrusy. taste is an almost carbon copy of the smell. again, extemely hoppy with a grapefruit citrus flavor. subtle maltiness brings up the rear. mothfeel is a slick, oily, slighty sticky carbonated masterpiece. drinkability is good for 6.7% abv... almost too good. also had this in cask - terrific. wish i had made some notes. awesome ale.

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Photo of YankChef
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into an american pint glass.

Appearance: light amberish brown with red hues that really come through when held up to light. 1/4 inch white head that sticks to the top of the beer as well as the glass.

Smell: Sweet citrusy stone fruit. Cherry, apricot, peach and under ripe pear. Rose water and a subtle pine.

Taste: Very aggressive tasting brew with more than enough hops. A lot of the previously mentioned fruits are present as well as a raw hop oil flavor. Bitterness is certainly present and somewhat overpowering but i love IPA's so for me its hop bliss.

Mouthfeel: Medium-High carbonation and pretty raw and in your face.

Overall: a damn fine IPA. One of the best as a matter of fact and certainly deserves its high rating. I could also drink this all night and to me this is a great "drunk" session beer. Meaning it is a session beer to me because i would happily drink it all night and end up getting drunk and be fine with that because it is so damn good. If you like IPA's, this is on your to drink list.

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Photo of crackerpooch
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer presents in a 12oz. brown bottle with the freshness date marked. It pours a one finger beige head that has good retention and laces nicely. The beer has a very slight haze and is dark amber in color. A great looking beer.

The aroma is a beautiful thing. A strong hop smell that almost reminds me of freshly cut grass. A great aroma. The first taste is perfect. Slightly sweet malt at first that smoothly transitions into a perfectly strong hop bitterness. Good hop character that is not overwhelming. The beautiful bitterness lasts for quite awhile in the back of the throat. Magnificently balanced. The mouthfeel is medium in body and goes well with the beer. A incredibly drinkable beer.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy copper color from a 12 oz bottle with the ABV and 'best-by' date on the label. Thin head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is a very nice blend of hops with hints of malts and some sweetness (bread/yeast).
Taste is delicious blend of, beautiful hoppy bitterness interlaced with hints of malt. A very smooth, crisp brew; very good mouthfeel with decent lacing along the glass.
All in all, a solid ale from Victory Brewing.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Smallish head compared to other IPAs Ive seen. At its fullest its a little less than a finger high. It dissipates into a thin patchy film. There is some nice lacing, however.
Devilish burnt orange in color, this beer is on the darker and redder side of the style.

S- The smell alone is thirst quenching. Floral hops over top some biscuity malts and some honey. The nose is nice but it is not powerful as it could be.

T- The biscuity/nutty malts are there underneath the bite of the huge hops. The malts make this go down very well with an almost creamy smoothness at the back of my mouth. The finish is bitter and dry with some slight medicinal tastes left on the tongue, but nothing unappetizing.

M- Medium body, smoothed out from lower carbonation and a creamy malt backbone. You can feel this one washing away your thirst like a broken levee.

D- The ABV is average for this style which is really meant to be a highly sessionable and thirst quenching. HopDevil hits this aspect of the american IPA right on the head.

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Photo of mike24
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: dark coppery red colour and clear with a thin but luscious off-white head that fades quickly but maintains some decent lacing

S: hugely aromatic, hops and some yeasty notes, maybe some licorice

T: surpisingly sweet up front, light to medium in body, very crisp. the hops hit on the finish leaving a dry bitterness in the back of the mouth that encourages the next quenching sip.

D: very good, the balance of the crisp carbonation and the dry finish is nothing less than outstanding.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This was a work of art. The body was a gorgeous, deep dark orange with a monster head that rose and rose. I couldn’t stop staring at the lacing that it left when it finally went down.

Smell – Extremely complex hop profile. I think just about every type of hop must be represented in this ale. There’s also a subtle yet distinct malt balance, but this one is all about the beautiful hop scent.

Taste – The complex aromas found there way into the taste. The hops were very well balanced, and made this one a pleasure to consume. The malt backbone was enough to balance, but this one certainly is all about the hops.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied with a bit of carbonation. The exceptional balance of this ale made it feel terrific in the mouth.

Drinkability – This was a terrific IPA that was exceptionally smooth, tasty, and exciting all at the same time.

Update – I thought I’d revisit my review 10 years later. The incredible mouthfeel stands out to me again. It is so smooth it just disappears from the glass. This one will never grow old.

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Photo of croixian1
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer will make your whole mouth dance! I forgot it in the freezer and when I remembered it was pretty much as cold as you can get before freezing. Poured into an iced tumbler. Color a deep, silky amber. Not much head because it was so cold (my fault). Aroma of hops and freshly baked, yeasty bread and light distant pineapple note.
Up-front taste: Deep lushness of bitter hops and pine. Very robust yet silky mouthfeel. Swallows very smoothly. After taste: Pine, hops, slight citrus and call me crazy, but some very light notes of coffee and bitter chocolate. Long aftertaste: Hops and pine in the back of the mouth. Delicious!
This beer is now in my top ten of all time. Simply a pleasure to sip and enjoy on a hot afternoon!

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Photo of Zorro
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy red colored ale with a fair tan head. I could almost call this amber but it is more red than that.

Smell is LOTS of citrus hops with a fairly strong sour note from them. Little bit of bready malt scent is there but the hop scent simply dominates this beer. Little bit of oak scent in this.

Taste is very mildly sweet with a slight sour note and lots of hops. First sensation I get here is smoke, and it is very pleasant. The smokiness reminds me of a good Scottish wee heavy. Strong oak and grapefruit are the next hop flavors to make themselves known. Fairly bitter without getting harsh this is a great IPA that pulls off that trick very well. Strong hop oil slickness on the teeth and tongue.

Mouthfeel is good rich without going to far.

Super drinkable for a very strong IPA. This an excellent beer with only one fault, the 6.7% ABV makes this a bit strong for drinking one after another. Great beer that I can recommend.

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- really nice opaque orangish-light brown, not much of a head really, small white, short duration, minimal lacing around the outside
s- sort of mildly scented but still really good, nice citrus smell with a little pine and maybe some sweet malt
t- some nice medium hopbite with citrus and hints of pine and flowers, maybe a little caramel, so far the best part of this beer, very nice, slight hops aftertaste
m- sorta thin for an ipa but not bad, nice slight creamy/oily feel
d- it's a delicious beer for sure, one of the better ones i've had, must have for ipa fans

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle expiration date is March, 2008. Also clearly printed on the sampler 12-pack. Thanks very much for that Victory!

A nice deep amber color, with a creamy light tan head that rose to two fingers and never receded past one, all the while maintaining a death-grip on the side of my pint glass.

Aroma of caramel and malt, balanced nicely by the citrusy American hops mentioned on the bottle. Based on the aroma, this should really be called Balance-devil. More and more it's what I am looking for from this style, and not all of them deliver. I was thinking that until I tasted it!

Yes the malt is there up front, but it's immediately usurped by an onslaught of big citrus-laden hops, a bit of hoppy spice and even some alcohol. The grapefruit in this AIPA remains with you through the finish, and then some malt sweetness peeks back through the haze, interestingly enough leaving you with an overall sensation of the balance I mentioned earlier.

This is one well-done beer. Smooth and creamy, with a medium body, and nicely carbonated taboot. I could definitely hit a few of these in a night.

Recommended!

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a fan of IPAs, I was thrilled to see HopDevil on cask at the Sunset. It had a slightly hazy orange color, and modest white head. The hops were intense but balanced by a very sweet malt presence. I enjoyed the fruity notes, hints of a spice, and the overall drinkability of the beer. It was truly delightful.

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Photo of Colossal_Cod
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this a few years back and thought nothing of it. I decided to give it a second chance and was surprised by the how much better it tasted this time around. Hoppy, piny, citrus deliciousness. Reminded me of Great Divide's Titan IPA but a bit sweeter and not quite as hoppy. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and can see where the hype is coming from. I believe batches vary in quality but if you get a good one your in for a treat.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,497 ratings.
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