HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
7,375 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:
7,375
Reviews:
2,545
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
Wants:
301
Gots:
1,553
For Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 7,375 |  Reviews: 2,545
Photo of jordoo
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poored into apilsner glass.

A great dark copper/redish color, with a large slightly off white head.Smells of hpos, mainly floral and citrus with a hint of honey/sweet malts as well. Carmaly malts up front with an excellent spicey hop flavor that carries the day and tingles the tongue. Dry and crisp finish. Yet to have a bad victory brew. This is another winner.

 377 characters

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep copper with a dense, long lasting head with excellent lacing.

S: Hops dominate the nose but are not overly pungent. Citrus with pine and a touch of grapefruit. Enticing aroma.

T: A parade of spicy and bitter hops bring in a wave of grapefruit and slight piney flavors followed by a noticeable caramel malt backbone.

M: Medium body, smooth with perfect carbonation. The hop resin leaves a glorious aftertaste on the palate that cries out for more and more.

O: Damn delicious. This may be my favorite offering from victory. The hops dominate for the most part but the substantial malt backbones brings a lot to the table. Highly recommended

 701 characters

Photo of Ricketyturtle
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent beer - a tiny bit of sweetness to it. Good stuff!

71 characters

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

Right off the bat, this beer, my first taste from Victory, completely took me by surprise. I expected another, basic, drinkable-but nothing special IPA that I could start my night with. Instead I found one of the better beers I have had at home in a while. I had been working at home all day and finally got to sit down to watch the second Final Four game in my chair and this stepped up to meet me.

Poured into a basic pint glass (actually an Oscar Blue's Gordon glass...) pours a nice, warm, rich, curious amber in color. This beer looked immediately delicious. It was virtually headless, just some slight lacing. Its head dissipated almost completely about 1/4 into this beer.

HopDevil's smell is enticing, and again surprisingly sweet.

This beer's taste is what caught me completely off guard. It was sweet, rich and buttery at the top. This beer hit my mouth and immediately made me sit up and give it the attention it deserves. The ending hopfeel was amazing. I am hop crazy right now (have been since last summer) and I found this to be one of the most balanced hop beers I have had in a while.

This IPA did not murder your mouth like some hop-fabulous beers do. While I appreciate those that do, but for this evening, this beer was the perfect beginning to my session. started me off strong, got my mouth ready for beer for the rest of the evening.

This is a very very drinkable IPA. I threw this into a mixed6 I got from Lucas. I regret that. I would have sat all night and enjoyed this beer that surprised me with its personality, balance and drinkability. This will definitely become one of my staples for session-type IPAs.

Completely recommend this beer. I will be chasing down a sixpack of this very soon.

 1,729 characters

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

Thanks to Biegaman for sharing this growler with me. I've enjoyed it now over three days although loathe to write a review since I've been struggling with a bad cold. The colour is copper to chestnut brown with a tan head that thins out but produces good lacing and lots of wispy film. Well carbonated. The nose is distinct pink grapefruit with a spicy citrus rind backdrop and maybe a hint of pine needles. The alcohol is well hidden with a sweet grapefruit taste, assertive hops, flashes of butterscotch. The mouthfeel throughout remains hoppy and crisp with a bitter-sweet lingering finish. This is a great beer drinking experience and one I'll hope to repeat often in the future.

 683 characters

Photo of plowe70
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Tan, fuzzy microcream top with lots of sticking. Smell is big fruity hops, heading in the direction of tropical fruits, especially guava.

In the mouth, it's all fruity hops again, but if you were to forget the hops for an instant, then the rich guava jelly and tropical fruits from the nose come right back. Hops strike bitterness in the mouth, move to dryness in the aftertaste, and continue well after that as well. Mildly phenolic at times, like a medicinal soda...but this didn't seem to be bad..

Great structure and balance in this IPA--which makes it highly drinkable.

Had this on-tap at the new Phillies' Citizens Bank Park. Nice to now be able to watch another victory by the Phils and enjoy a Victory brew at the same time. Downside's the plastic cup!

 769 characters

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

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

Appears a nice dark orange-amber with a one and a half finger soapy off-white head.

Aromas of citrus like grapefruit, some orange, and biscuity malt.

Flavors back up the aroma quite well. However, the hops in the aroma seem weak in comparison to the actual taste. This one's bursting with grapefruity hops. Some pine in there as well. There are also biscuity malt tones coming through, but they end up drowned out by the hops. A bit of alcohol towards the end but it doesn't really detract.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Very smooth and creamy.

Wow, this is a great IPA. My only regret is buying a single bottle instead of a six pack.

 684 characters

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

From notes:

Nice copper hue... great, white head (very thick)... Wonderful lacing.

Citrus heavy whiff... grassy tones with a bit of berry. Slight maple, even. Aroma can at times, be sweet but mostly heavy on the hops.

A smooth palate... silky and not harsh at all.

Large bitter bite... lingering citrus with some spicy pine notes. A very nice beer.

 362 characters

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

Served a little warmer than I intended, but here goes.

This poured with a nice thick head, very firm, and tiny bubbles. Head was somewhere between off-white and tan. The beer itself is a nice copper color, more reddish toward the center, and a nice amber around the edges. The lace persists throughout the drink, but loses strength toward the end. It is primarily a very fine bubble lace, with some deposits to the sides. The aroma is all hops as far as I can tell, with no hint of malts coming through. It is slightly spicy, but it took me awhile to notice that. As the beer warms, I am beginning to get a faint hint of some malts, but nothing distinct.

The first taste is primarily the sweeter hops, although even up front a but of the bittering comes through. Not at all unpleasant though. The middle has some malt flavoring, mainly caramel, with maybe a slight grassy hint to the brew as well. The finish, as one might expect, is thoroughly dominated by the bitter hops, and the flavor lingers like a girl-friend that won't go away... but in a good way. Overall, this is very well balanced, albeit toward the hops. But then, you knew that was coming. The presence of some malt renders this a very, very drinkable beer.

Can't complain to much about drikability or mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate, and helps to keep from feeling as though the mouth has been coated in hop oil. The higher alcohol means that this isn't to be fooled with, but it can be consumed enjoyably in quantity.

 1,497 characters

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

After thoroughly enjoying Yakima Twilight, it was only logical to try their IPA as well.

Amber and dark gold colors are very prominent, accompanied by a very nice ivory colored cap. Lacing and retention where both outstanding in every respect. Long retention and huge sticky lacing.

Aroma is a big on the hops. Pine, citrus, and sweetness of caramel lend it to have a very big and pungent nose worthy of any hophead to behold.

As I said before, this beer is to be enjoyed by any self proclaimed hophead. Pine and citrus are very prominent along with a abundance of caramel sweetness. The malts are just as bit as strong as the hops. A big beer with a multitude of flavors.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium. Perfect for the style, and perfect for Hopdevil.

Drinkability is sturdy. A few of these could go down effortlessly.

 822 characters

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

Beautiful amber-orange color with a frothy head and lots of lacing, bubbles mildly active and slight cloud to it. Sweet nose of spices, cooking bread, mandarin orange, turns hoppier as it warms, deep but not especially penetrating feel. Full-bodied, bitter in spite of a softer underbelly, hops still outdistancing the malts, albeit some roasty notes appear at the end. Orange and white grapefruit citrus with fewer baking spices here. Suggestion of pine tar along with generalized herbaceousness. Carbonation goes a long way to making a whole glass drinkable. Intensely aggressive beer.

 587 characters

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

I had this on cask. More than one. It's great on cask. I've had it numerous times on draft, and loved it's big hoppy-ness, but on cask, all the rough edges are smoothed away and it turns into even more of a session beer.

Beautiful amber color and head when first poured. Like a said, a great session beer, even at 6.7 (althought that's pushing it). You still get a mouth full of hops, but it seems even more balanced at cask and at that temp.

Recommended, especially on cask for a change. This is good stuff.

pat

 521 characters

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

Poured into a glass from a bottle with no date marked but a "NO REFILL" imprint on the bottle.

A- Dark copper/caramel in color. hazy in transparency. Good looking ring of lace with some small bubbles in the center.

S- Smells like my last Victory brew. Hard to explain but to me smells like a piney bitter cinnamon with some underlying sweetness.

T- Taste is superb. full of various hop flavors and other subtle notes like pine and lemon

M- Feels somewhat viscous like a quality beer should- refreshing but not so watery that you can't taste it.

D- Drinks fine for me. Didn't really notice it was a potent brew until I looked as it is quite smooth and drinkable in large quantities

 685 characters

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

A. A bold, copper colored, beast of a beer with just the slightest haze. A fluffy, off-white head attempts to hold in the hop aroma.

S. Hops, hops, hops, and little else. There may be more to this beer but not in the nose. The hop aroma is grassy, and citrusy, with hints of grapefruit and lavender.

T. The taste is just like the nose except the hops are more floral than grassy and there is some malt character. The malt is bready but not heavy and is only a momentary distraction from the hops.

M. I found the mouthfeel to be very light and I loved it for that. A beer with this much hops can easily be heavier and kind of chewy in addition to being bitter but this one is light and refreshing, and a little dry.

D. Delicious and refreshing...I must have more!

 766 characters

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

Appearance: Orange and amber colored ale. looks still. Has a medium off-white head that seems like it sticks.

Smell: Strong hops and and a bit of malts in the nose. I also smell some citrus and fruity esters.

Taste: Bold hops flavors here. Lots of bitterness and lots of hops. This beer's smell and taste go together so well. The aroma makes you look forward to that next sip and the taste delivers.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little thicker than most IPA's I have had.

Overall: One of my favorite IPAs right now.

 510 characters

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

As the name implies...you better like hops to drink this beer. The beers pours a copper/amber color....good head and lacing and a great hoppy smell that smacks you in the face. The taste is balanced very well with some bitterness up front that smooths out as you drink the beer. I put down 3 of these waiting for my steak to cook. Can definitely see myself stocking some in the fridge.

 385 characters

Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask review from 04MAY02...
On cask at NERAX.... pleasing copper color, with a small, fine head. Nose is hops, hops, and hops! Mmmm. Decent smoothness/body, overall. Flavor was hops from start to finish... Not as aggressive as the bottle/tap version, though. Felt it was mellowed a bit by the oaky cask flavors... Still an A-1 bier!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

*** ***

On-tap review of 09FEB02...
On draft, dark copper color, maybe a tad cloudy (?) but enticing. Fine creamy head which fades away.... Nose is pleasant, floral and attracting! Has medium-full body, and medium-smooth tongue....goes down nicely! Semi-sweet, malty (biscuity? really?) start which segues nicely into a smooth floral hoppiness!!! I like it!!!!
Sampled also from the bottle...same dark, copper color, but no cloudiness....other attributes are the same... A-1 IPA! Also enjoyed often from the bottle.... (4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5 = 4.50)

41

 976 characters

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Ah the Devil....

Pours a very nice-looking, amber color with a full head. Visibility through the glass, with much bubble activiity and decent lacing.

Smell is crisp and full of hop goodness. Very nice citrus presence as well. Floral tones are pleasantly noted.

Taste is very impressive and well-balanced. Hops are powerful on the palate. Citrus and piney notes follow. A very quintessential IPA flavor.

Mouthfeel is full, bitter and acidic. A very potent presence in the mouth.

This is definitely one of my 2-3 favorite IPAs. Drinkable as hell. Hoppiness is the key here, but it is not so overwhelming to taint the taste. Balanced nicely. A classic brew.

 669 characters

Photo of timbro81
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to evolbob for getting this to me.

Best before Feb '08 on the label. Pours a very slight hazy liquid gold with a small head that fades quickly. Smells of fresh oily hops piney with a touch of floralness. Good carbonation throughout. Big mouth feel. Impressive malt foundation with a superstructure of hops on top. Caramel malt also prominent. Superbly balanced. A crisp spicy assault of the mouth. Aftertaste lingers around and offers a nice warming effect. Very Highly Recommended, never run out.

 505 characters

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into beer glass -exp date Jan 02 2011

Poured a cloudy light amber with two finger head that dissipated quickly , light lacing with moderate carbonation.

Smell was very light citrus with light pine and hops.

Taste had some spice notes with mild citrus (apricot) hints, lots of pine and Hop flavor,

Very good feel , I would hold a drink for at least a minute to savor it's flavor.

Drinkabilty - was smooth from start to finish, You know it's an IPA but it's not overpowering hops in your face, It is very drinkable and has a nice finish and aftertaste.

I would recommend this and will be on the look out for another one.

 649 characters

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.

 511 characters

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

an excellent IPA of a murky amber, nice head of white yellow. well hopped... but also well malted. a wonderful range of fruit citrus: lemon, orange, but also apple even... and a mango. the malt is just as bold. bready and not too thick. a bit of toast and butter quality to it like some english style IPA's. excellent rendition. a recommended IPA on my behalf absolutely.

 371 characters

Photo of Budinetz
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - It looks pretty awesome with the creamy head on nitro...definitely crazy looking compared to CO2.

S - Not quite as floral as the other versions, as nitro blends can hinder the aromatics of an IPA. I definitely detect a serious hop resume though

T - It tastes like the east coast IPA that I know and love, but wait...there's something more...a little extra biscuity...the nitro allows a little bit more of the maltiness to come through on this one...mmmm

M - It feels awesome in my mouth! It has the drinkability of water in a desert...goes down very smooth and the ABV can catch up to you so be careful!!

O - A great beer overall! It's much more sessionable as a nitro than CO2 and you can really pick up on the characteristics of the German malts that are being used.

 776 characters

HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,375 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.