HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale
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HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

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 powoo19
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to be honest, I bought the beer for the bottle art. It is very cool. After hours of letting it chill I cracked one. It poured nicely, with a nice rich color. It clung nicely to the glass with each sip.
The taste was, as expected, very hoppy, which I have come to enjoy over the years. It leaves a great feel and aftertaste.
This is not a session beer in my opinion, but it is very good.
Give it a try, you wont be disappointed, unless of course you think Rolling Rock is good, then just stay away!
Happy Drinking

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Photo of hokies1999
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Pours with a nice head that is maintained at ~1/8" throughout the drink with a sanded golden appearance. The aroma has notes of grapefruit and pineapple from the hopps and really pulled me in. It's obvious a generous helping of hops are in this brew. I could smell this beer and Dogfish Head's 90 min IPA all day long. It just makes my mouth water.

The first thing that hits you upon the taste is the hop citrusy sweetness...almost overwhelming pineapple and grapefruit tartness. The finish is slightly dry with hop bitterness at the end. You have to be a hop head (which I defiantly am) to enjoy this beer. If you prefer sweeter European brews then you won't be as enthralled with this beer. Either this beer and DFH 90 IPA is always in my frige...they're neck and neck to me.

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Photo of JustinJTisdale
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a six pack of this because I remembered loving it when it was on tap.

The color is gold with off white head that lasted very long considering the style and left a nice thin lacing.

The taste is VERRRY hoppy and citrusy and the smell of hops flooded the living room to the point where my girlfriend a few feet away commented on the smell asking if they sold candles with that aroma.

I plan on grabbing another 6 pack of this as soon as its gone!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe I've not reviewed this beer yet...

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice white thick head, lacing is great on this beer. Color is a deep amber.

Smell is a nice roasted, caramely malt but clean and not sweet, a great piney hop scent, nice a aromatic.

Taste is a smooth nice roasted malt, slightly caramely, great hop flavors, mostly piney but a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is very well balanced, great for an ipa of this flavor and strength.

A superbly drinkable beer, one of my favorites all time.

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Photo of dmarch
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is certainly a favorite in this area and was a favorite of mine even before I moved here. Amber color with a head that never seems to diminish. Hops are very noticable in the aroma and the taste. A nice malt character is present, but lets face it, this is a hop-head's beer. This is the type of beer that I'd like to stock up on and always have on-hand.

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Photo of gixxerrider21
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful medium amber color with about an inch of white to off-white head. The hop smell is not overpowering, and has a nice sweet/fruit smell, like that of grapefruit possibly a hint of honey. The head reduces to about 1/4 inch as you drink, with a nice amount of lace down the side of the glass. The taste is smooth with a good mouth feel. The hop flavor hits midway through the drink, and continues to the end, leaving a nice hop taste on the back of the tongue. Overall a well done IPA, this beer is drinkable with an ABV of 6.7%, versus other IPAs of the sort that have ABV's of 8% or higher.

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Photo of albern
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer, and given the 1200 plus previous reviews, there isn't much more to add. It pours a tawny ruby color with lots of creamy off white head, tons of lacing, and lots of retention.

The aroma ... hops, and lots of them. There are some sweet malts present, some leafy, oily, and estery hop in the nose, and this is pretty much what you'll experience in the taste.

The taste is just very creamy malt, lots of bready and biscuity grains, sweet malts in the backbone, and plenty of juicy hops. This is a hearty beer by any standard. This has a British creamy maltiness that I definitely appreciate.

The consistency is quite heavy and creamy, very smooth, quite resinous on the tongue. The hops leave an oily feel in the aftertaste. This beer is slightly drying in the finish, but the aftertaste is quite light. The ABV is about right, there is a bit more warming alcohol notes in the beer than your typical IPA. An excellent beer that is well received by all. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange tannic rust, clear as could be. Smells great. The sweetness enhancesn the light floral character of the hops. I wish the World smelled just that way. Just on the nose alone, you know this one will be good. Tastes great! Terrific presence of the malt early, and then replaced by a nice and strong hop hit, all busy and everything, and sustain of the hops lasts at least five minutes. Great after-follow here, on the bitterness I mean. Wow. Mouthfeel is foamy-creamy and high and roiling but soft and not at all scrubbing. A terrific experience from front to back. More of this in my future, sure.

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Photo of IronLover
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange with a red hue, a slight haze and no head. Decent lacings on the glass. Big citrus and tropical aromas with a hint of sweet maltiness. Very smooth and mellow feel. More mellow than the bottled version. Low carbonation. Tropical citrus flavors overwhelm this IPA. Difficult to detect any malt character. Hop flavors taper from tropical fruit to pine at the finish. Very smooth and mellow with tons of hop punch and it went down pretty easy.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Perfect amber hue to this brew, nice head with some good retintion.

Strong hops smell but yet I can get the malt to, I expected the hops to just dominate.

Very nice citus notes to the hops also a floral finish. Semi sweet malts and some spices do some balanceing work to the beer, but the after taste on your tounge is very pungent straight up delicious hop juice. Not overly bitter but fantastic hoppyness to this beer.

You can feel the bitterness on the back of your tounge for a few seconds but it slowy dies down. Medium body bring me another round please!!

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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 BierStein711
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught!

Outstanding herbal IPA with a two finger head and amber body

Smells of hebal pine and aromatic resin

Tastes like grapefruits, apricots, booze, and a good hop bite at the finish!

Smooth mouthfeel

Moderate carbonation

Excellent beer! I plan on grabbing a sixer soon!

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Photo of EStreet20
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - A cloudy copper color with a nice one finger off white foam head.

S - Good grapefruity hop aroma on the nose. Not a hop bomb by any means but a nice aroma for an IPA.

T - A nice bold flavor on the first sip. A bit of a malty taste lingers behind a nice hop rush. A bit of a sweet breadiness there too with the hops leading the way. Some spiciness at the end.

M - No complaints here. A nice smooth feel in the mouth.

D - I've always loved this one. Def keeps you coming back for more.

Notes: This was my first IPA shortly before I discovered BA and it really got me going into the craft beer movement. Def a good one both for experienced IPA drinkers who dont want the complete hop assault of a DIPA, as well as those new to the style. Excellent work by Victory, as always.

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Photo of JDH2000
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a generic pint glass. I love the label on the bottle.

A- Nice dark amber color with a slight off-white head. Nice lacing around the glass

S- Great hoppy scent. Picking up notes of citrus and some malts.

T- I love how the hops hit you, with a nice balance of spiciness and bitterness. Taste mellows out with some nice malty flavors.

M- medium bodied with some mildly-strong carbonation.

D- overall, a great beer and could easily put back a few in one sitting. A great IPA to definitely keep on hand.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at home out of a Victory variety case. Appearance was amber, with a bit of head retention. Smell was heavily hoppish. The taste was well............very hoppy as well. Mouthfeel was very smooth, and perfectly carbonated. Drinkability-wise, this is certainly another I could have all day!

The Victory HopDevil is truly one of the American classics of IPA, and is surely one that I would have around in the future!

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

PresentatioN: 12 oz brown bottle, BBD of Aug 5, 2007 printed on the label (about 10 days late, whoops), poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a hazy bronze color, small carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed about one finger thick and retained nicely.

Aroma: The hops dominate nicely, in the background lurk some sweet and bready malts too. Very enticing.

Taste: As one would expect with a name like this, the hops dominate from beginning to end. At the start it's more floral with some citrus in the background. A malty sweetness is there as well. Towards the middle and end, the hoppiness becomes more citrus and bitter, and by the finish it's mostly grapefruit, a little spicy too. The sweet malt taste lingers a little before getting pushed out of the way by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, medium to full body. The carbonation balanced very nicely.

Overall: Excellent! Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys hoppy IPAs or even double IPAs.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoping to find something a bit more drinkable than Victory's Hop Wallop, a great beer, but not something I'd have more than one of per night. Pours an amber, burnt orange. The head forms slowly and you can tell this is a thick and bitter beer; the head is nice leaving a good solid lace around the glass. Aroma is pure pine needles and brown sugar with earthy and bitter hops dominating the smell. Taste is bitter with the hops dominating this sweet, caramel-like brew, also hints of over-ripe orange. Finishes oily with a nice residual bitterness so you know you've been drinking an IPA.

All in all, a great beer I'll have a again. A low-yield hop bomb so it's drinkable, but there are some better ones out there to have several of in one sitting.

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Photo of maek228
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark copper with a head that stays put.

smell- rich hoppy smell

taste- damn. this beer is aggressive. it comes hard with the hops, has some spice to it, lemon grass, honey dew, and it has a mild maltiness to it. awesome taste, the hops linger like a perfect kiss.

mouthfeel- hoppy and rich. a bit creamy

drinkability - despite the high ABV this stuff goes down great. i once tailgated with these badboys at an eagles game and it was perfect

good with a cigar as well

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Photo of smanders
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by Jan 5, 2009 - purchased Sep 1, 2008 - 6.7 % ABV

A= burnt-orange with thin head which dissipated quickly.

S= hops, hops, and more hops.

T= with all of the hoppy aroma, Hopdevil had a nice balance of malt. No awkwardness as with other overly hopped IPAs.

M= smooth without being syrupy.

D= this beer is a winner. Imagine lounging by the pool or on the beach and you're craving hoppy refreshment. This is it!

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Photo of patobandito
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper brown color, very nice. Smells extremely hoppy, just like a beer named "Hop Devil" should. taste is interesting. Starts fairly mild and then the hops just grow and grow to a lovely bitterness. Very full tasting beer, great for sating that hop craving.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thank you Aprilluvsbeer for this great IPA!

Appearance: Pours a bright red-amber with 1.5 finger, loose, offwhite head. Head quickly falls to a thin film, leaving some wispy lacing behind it.

Smell: Sweet malts, molasses, oak, and citric hops. Smells rich and friendly. Very sweet and woody.

Taste: Molasses and oak step up first. Toasty malts, citrus fruits, and a light hop kick also add to the mix. More malts than hops, and while I normally don't like that sort of imbalance, I love it here! Reminds me of a milder Oaked Arrogant Bastard. Mmmm...

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with pretty high carbonation (a little too high). Light mouth numbing.

Drinkability: Damn this was good! Really a mellow, smooth IPA. Great woody character - very rich!

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Photo of thartman
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an old stand-by when I need hop fix... always delivers. Pours a deep golden copper color with a nice froth. Floral hops and citrus dominate the nose. Nice hop and citrus bite, crisp, and bitter, some toasted malts, and grapefruit mixed in.. excellent with spicy wings!

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Photo of lstokes
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Victory Brewing Company, and it was delicious! Orange-copper beer with a creamy head, and the smell was citrusy hops with some sweet malt in the background.

Creamy mouthfeel, a sweet malt hit at the beginning which gives way to a spicy and exciting blend of hops--something of a dry and spicy finish which lingers on the palate for a good long while. The carbonation was just right for the taste and hell, I really enjoyed drinking it.

Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark amber/brown color with a slight reddish tint. There is an off-white head which dissipates fairly quickly, leaving solid lacing.

S: Smells overwhelmingly of citrus and hops. There is light pine bitterness behind a range of tropical fruit flavors. I’m also getting a bit of a grape smell.

T: Upfront it is very sweet and fruity. It tastes very citrusy, even orange-like. This quickly fades to an herbal flavor. There is a little light malt flavor that lends a little bit of balance to the drink. There is a strong bitterness that develops mid-sip and persists long into the aftertaste.

M: Relatively thin and well carbonated.

O: A decent IPA. It is both fruity sweet and hoppy bitter. Fairly drinkable save for the bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one will always have a special place in my fridge. Picked up a 6-pack of this from La Bodega. Appears that Victory has made it to Alaska. 12 oz bottle with a best b date of Oct 18, 2011. Pours a hazy copper with a thin white head and some nice lacing on the glass.

Smells like a pine forest with some aromas of sweet/caramel malts.

Taste is just a perfect balance of hops and malt. Upfront I get that delightful piny resin bitterness that moderates with the follow through of sweeter malt flavors. Some hints of caramel. Lingering lip-smacking bitterness from the pine-delivering hops. I can pick up some citrus on the back of the tongue. One thing that really sets the taste apart here is a delightful spiciness. Very bitter with a spicy kick. Strong malt bread-like backbone for superb balance.

Mouthfeel is lively and crisp--well carbonated with the hops keeping things lively. Also some slickness from the hop oils. Never a dull moment in the mouth with this beer.

Overall, a sentimental favorite, so I'm somewhat biased on this one. But I think it deserves it. Really. A great beer to display the fine qualities of American IPAs.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,434 ratings