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HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,539
Reviews:
2,555
Ratings:
7,414
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
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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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Photo of troutmask96
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just a fantastic brew. Very pretty amber I.P.A. that pours a nice full head. And oh, the smell. Very, very hoppy with a touch of citrus, and rather bitter. The spiciness of this beer is quite unique among I.P.A.'s, which generally lack complexity. Very drinkable, and at 6.7 ABV multiple pours won't do too much damage...

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Photo of jtw5877
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orangish kind of color with a nice white head sitting on top. Excellent hop aroma, which of course is expected. Flavor is balance and a nice amount of hopiness and enough maltiness to back things up. Not as in your face as I expected but a great beer none the less. I'd recommend to anybody that likes hops.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pale ale pours a hazy orange to copper color with a nice off white head, packed with firm, medium sized carbonation bubbles that sticks around for a while before giving way to a generous lacing.

The citrus hop aroma floats from the glass packing a zesty nostril punch with other grassy notes and even hints of something sweet like honey or molasses, but I'm not completely sure.

Packs puckering citrus hop bitterness on the palate giving way to sweet malt balance mid-palate, but then resuming the grassy hop flavor in the finish. There is also something toasted in the flavor as well.

Very clean brew, medium to light in body with higher than average carbonation. The hop bite remains on the back of the throat throughout the beer, but is very pleasant.

Another great Victory beer, well balanced, easy to enjoy, and quite satisfying without too high of an abv. Also a great bargain versus its similarly priced competition.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of RKB2
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of thorkelson
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avylover
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red/golden, almost mahogany color with a nice foamy light tan head. Very inviting looking beer, especially during the pour with a tornado of golden carbonation. Smell is florally hoppy right away, then some good citrous hop notes come through and some malt is back there too. This beer has a zingy floral hop flavor throughout, but the nice buttery-bready maltiness in the background sets this brew apart from other IPA's.Very crisp and drinkable despite a relatively thick consistency. The bitterness destroys any syrupy mouthfeel that may have lingered otherwise. A good american IPA that lives up to it's name. Pretty much what an IPA should be IMO

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a hazy copper colour with a fairly thin but lasting head. hints of citrus and spice in the smell along with what seemed to be a bread-type smell as well. taste echoes the smell with hints of salt as well. it's definitely a hoppy brew, but the hops are not overbearing. i'm normally not a big fan of ipa's and therefore wasn't expecting to enjoy this one as much as i did, but i really dug this beer. alot. another solid offering from victory.

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Photo of BillCheck
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of MrHolland
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up at an ingles while I was in NC, but I have seen in around the Charleston area.
Appearance is a beautiful dark golden brown color with a thick lace that sticks to glass the whole way through.

Smell is very piny with an overabundance of hops with a little citrus smell as well.

I love the taste it is pure hops , very bitter. Cannot really pick up any malts but I am sure they are there.

This beer has a great mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Very good beer, will buy this on nights when I might want something a little more hoppy the my usual Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Doppel07
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty red-orange hue with significant carbonation and a silky cream-colored head with scattered, arachnoid lacing. Nice malty sweet and flowery nose with a subtle hint of diacetyl and light caramelization. Very well-balanced flavor with great cherry-caramel maltiness and subdued hop profile for an American IPA. This review is based on a less than fresh sample consumed two weeks after the drink before date and I actually prefered this one over the many fresh samples that I've had in the past. Moderate cellaring took some edge off of the hop character and really opened up the malt base. A great American IPA that still pays homage to its English ancestors, particularly when its allowed to mature in a nurturing environment.

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Photo of whatsleftofyou
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
Unsure of age. (Enjoy by 2/15/07? Can't really read it)

A: Had to pour slowly so the head wouldn't overwhelm my glass. Translucent deep ruby color. I'm actually surprised at how clear this is. Small amounts of lacing remain on the glass.

S: While pouring, could smell the hops easily with the glass being over a foot from my face. After the head settled though I couldn't detect much.

T: Quite hoppy, but definitely not overpoweringly so. Almost spicy on the front end with a hop finish that sticks in my mouth for several minutes

M: Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated. Any more carb and it'd be too much, any less and it'd lose its spiciness.

D: It may be a good thing that I can't get this locally, because I could see myself drinking alot of these. Perfectly balanced and would make for a dangerous session beer.

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Photo of jockstrappy
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber color with a creamy, sticky white head that retained itself almost throughout. Aroma is all about the hops!...not much malt to speak of, but still very inviting. Taste...this beer doesn't piss around! Hops dominate up front, with a slight malt background hitting the palate before the hops take over again. Finish is crisp, with a lingering hop effect. Much more balanced then I was expecting. Moderate carbonation, and medium body make for a very pleasant mouthfeel, and the only thing holding back it's drinkability is the ABV. This is a fantastic beer!!!

Edit...taste had to be a 5!

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Photo of ShawnKemp
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this hoppy brew straight out the bottle

I was given a SMACK in the mouth with the first sip

Fresh juicy hops steal the show...with floral aromas and some pine.

Great color and texture contribute to this overall breathtaking experience.

Just Germans doing what they do best.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Its all been said before. This is one of the best IPA's being made in the US. Wonderful, deep amber color with excellent head retention and cling. Great balance and intensley hoppy, both in flavor and bitterness. Aroma is all pine and wildflowers. Carmalized fruit flavors and resinous hop blend perfectly. Lingering bitter hop aftertaste.
Is good... More please!

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Jeroberts2012
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Baileyuk
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Considering the name I was expecting more hops, but that said it ended up not being too much of a dissapointment. It was one of my last beers on a South Carolina/Georgia tour and it was a great way to finish.

A: Poured clear, slightly dark amber color. Good head that retained extremely well.

S: A good smell with one of the better hop smells shining through. A slight smell of caramel seemed to be present.

T: Great. Was expecting an overpowering taste and at first was dissapointed (more surprised) after I got over that it was a quick jump to the top of the hill. A good malty taste made the balancing complete on the fine IPA.

M: A smoother taste. The hops provided the right bite and aftertaste.

D: Very good, I switched off this to try something new. Wish I had not, will definately be seeing this beer again!

In summary not one for an extreme hop head, maybe what a hop head would drink when they want a lighter beer for a change.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,414 ratings
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