HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
7,350 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,350
Reviews:
2,535
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
Wants:
298
Gots:
1,534
For Trade:
8
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Photo of Samber79
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of CaptSardonicus
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't like this malt bomb.

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Photo of nathanjohnson
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of StrayteEDGE
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of leftoverburrito
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of tds101
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

I'm a relatively new beer taster, but after trying a few other IPA's from Southern Tier, Sierra Nevada, and even Samuel Adams, I find Hop Devil to be rather (surprisingly) bland. It's a 12oz bottle, fresh (over 2 months till it's past its due date). The color is good, but it poured quite syrupy into the glass. The smell is malty, with just a touch of citrus fruits. The taste is, as I said, bland. Almost no taste, bread like perhaps, with a mild grapefruit and pine aftertaste. It's a bit thick on the tongue. Overall I'm somewhat disappointed. I saw the high ratings and expected more. I'll definitely pass on this in the future.

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Photo of NeoZaZ
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of msarver16
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of Paul_Hutchinson
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Touted as a particularly hoppy IPA but I found it poor, lacking in flavour, depth and taste

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Photo of biercycle
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of beercatbrew
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of rderedin
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of shirtless_mike
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of J_Ross
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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 JoshuaJ
2.53/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, light copper color. Big head with zero lacing.

Smells weak, to be honest. Picking up some citrusy grapefruit, a touch of honey. Not much else.

Tastes...completely underwhelming. For a name like "HopDevil," I was expecting a massive hop bite. Not so, here. It's a lot more balanced than what I was expecting, but in this case, it's not a good thing. Weak, citrusy hops flavor meet weak, biscuity malts. Did someone fill half my bottle up with water?

Mouthfeel is thin. The beer finishes dry, which is nice, but it just feels an anorexic version of what everyone else has been reviewing.

Overall drinkibility suffers from the high expectations not being met in regards to the nose and taste, and the thin consistency. I suppose I'd have another if it was offered to me, but I won't be buying another.

Notes: The date on the bottle says to enjoy by 10/09, which I've obviously done, but I can't shake the feeling that something must have "off" with this batch. It's not been contaminated per se. Just extremely watery.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.6/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a medium copper color with a nice short but firm white head.

Nose is Sweet malt and ripe peaches (no hop character in nose) but a very pleasant almost assertive "good Belgian" nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, no creamy character but with huge hop bitter flavors with underlying lightly sweet malt. Bitter hops and malt to not juxstapose well; not well balanced and the layers are not integrated. Very bitter pine resin flavors that are inconsistent with the nose that is not the floral dry hop character or the pineapple character of a big hoppy beer but more candi sugar.

Flavors are not consistent with nose at all. There is no bright character, no crisp, clean or desireable character to the flavors of this beer. It's sort of "bitter for bitter's sake."

Finish is the biggest bitter (unpleasant) pine resin character I've had to date, and not a good bitterness but a "chemical" or synthetic bitter character. I can't see this being a beer to drink.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,350 ratings.
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