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 NDSoBe
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Case of 24.
This beer is a hop beast but not out of control.
Leaves that really clean bitter aftertaste.
Synergizes well with the smells of Woodland Appalachia.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

had at Capital Ale House Midlothian

A: arrived in a pint glass with a finger and a half of off white head. dark amber/copper body. small amounts of lacing with a quarter finger of head that lingered til the end.

S: mostly malty, not much hops, have no idea how long the cask has been tapped. very light pine aroma.

T: lightly sweet, more malty than hoppy, pine and floral hops.

M: amazingly smooth, seems to linger long on palate. no carbonation. its cask ale.

D: very easy to drink, leaves me wondering why i waited so long to try a cask ale.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark copper with some orange/amber highlights with a full khaki head.
Sweet caramel malt in the nose with some bright hop fruitiness and pine. Apricot, pineapple, mango and earthy hops are most noticeable.
The caramel sweet transfers from the nose and into the flavor with bready malt upfront which then transforms to a moderately piney and floral hop that fades into a bitter and lasting, dry finish.
Nice bitter hop and sweet malt flavors gives a nice even balance and makes for a tasty IPA.

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Photo of TTen
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Hop Devil IPA

L: Beautiful, perfectly clear red-amber with a tight, off white head. Good retention and great looking beer. 4.75
S: Floral hops and caramel malt. Nice combination. The sweetness in the aroma reminds you that this is a substantial beer. 4.25
T: Nice bitterness. The sweet, caramel malt balances it out and the floral hops add some spice. 4.5
F: Medium body and agressive bitterness give a big feel to this hoppy, malty ale. 4.5
O: It's so good even 20 years after I first had it. Balanced yet both the hops and malts get a chance to speak. This should always be in my house. This beer didn't stop being awesome because there are lots of hoppier beers available now ;) 4.5

Enjoy by: 7/2/2016

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Photo of Act25
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle - Downington PA

Appearance: CLEAR amber / copper with few bubbles, providing a rich, off-white thick foam head that laces the glass. Perfect color.

Smell: Prominent grapefruit hop, very spicy. Spiciness is dominant in a good way, with background balance of sweet malts and bready, biscuity aroma. Clean, welcoming IPA.

Taste: initial hop intensity. Original in being spicy, stinging and salty. Earthy grass flavors start, then followed by distinct spiciness. Way in background there's sweet toasty malt with bready and honey flavors. Provides a strong finish of stinging, refreshing, hops. All the precarious, see-saw balance and spiciness make it a great food beer (tonight with burritos and provolone and mozzarella) (NJ Mexican).

Mouthfeel: Refreshing, full body, smooth and creamy with a maltiness tone

one of my favorite american IPAs, sure to please. On the stinging, spicy, tingling hop forward end of the spectrum. A must try. And a regular for me up there with Dales Pale Ale and Great Divide Titan.

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Photo of RichieRich1812
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

A beautiful amber pour with a small head. The nose was ripe with hoppiness. And i mean lots of hoppiness. There was a small fruitiness in the nose as well. The taste was also super hoppy which was great and balanced out nicely with my thai curry chicken. There was also a rich maltiness that gave this beer enormous backbone. The mouthfeel was extremely smooth and moderatley creamy. A great combination of hops, malt and light fruitiness gave this beer exceptional range. Fantastic. My favorite IPA around.

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

12oz brown bottle with a very cool label ... it's a devil face made out of hop leaves.

Appearance: Hazy orange/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very pronounced grapefruit hop aromas, spicy with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Whoa! This is one bold, dangerous and outrageous beer! Mouthfeel is ultra-smooth and creamy with a malty thick full-body. The initial taste is an absolute hop assualt on the palate! A spicy, stinging and salty plethora of citric nuances literally overwhelm the senses. Earth, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is definately present but gets its ass fiercly kicked by the hops. Malt includes some toasted, slightly bready and light honey flavours with an even malt sweetness. It hardly balances the beer, but does keep it somewhat control. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and malt sweetness, which tends to linger for some time.

Notes: This is a very hyped-up beer, and it should be as it is an absolutely marvelous beer for all the hop-heads out there, albeit very daunting for those who are not into hops to the extreme. For what it is, it's crafted to near perfection. A "Wow!" beer for sure. 6.7 % abv.

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

On-tap at the Innsbrooke Capital Ale House.

A kick-ass beer. Everything you want in an AIPA. Hops, a bit of sweet honey, and a long-lasting bitterness. Great mouthfeel and drinkability. Resinous pine hops everywhere on the palate. Beautiful appearance. A staple in my beer fridge.

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

Poured a darker copper color with tons of fluffy tan head.

Smells nice and hoppy.

Taste is bitter throughout with some malt undertones. Nice hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This is a very smooth drinkable beer.

Overall I really enjoyed this IPA and would definitely go for it again.

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

I am fortunate I live about 3 miles from Victory so I have had this beer served three different ways - cask, tap and bottle. The cask is my favorite style though this beer is great which every way it is served. Nice brown color to it with that hop smell that makes you know you are about to have a great IPA. Flavor is solid hops from the beginning to the end. Despite high ABV you don't know it till you get up after drinking a couple of them.

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

Came to the table with a minimal soapy head over clear deep amber liquid. Nose is all biscuity malt and flowery hops. The wonderfully smooth mouthfeel sets the stage for a mingling of fresh hops and sweet malt on the palate. The finish is long with a brief fruity flourish and long fading hoppiness.

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

Appearance: Pours a beautiful orange/reddish color with great clarity. A good-sized head stays pretty well and has a nice sheeting effect down the side of the glass.

Smell: Cascade hops and all the wonderful scents that come with them: pine, grapefruit, citrus... A touch of sweet malt too. Great aroma!

Taste: A skillful balance of sweet malt and hop bitterness and flavor. The cascade hops certainly make themself known. Lots of pine, grapefruit, a touch of pineapple, a bit of a flowery taste, and a bitterness that finishes out strong. I pick up on a touch of toffee throughout as well. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Very soft and rounded, with a smooth, medium thickness.

Drinkability: Good. Some American Pale Ales knock you over with hops...this one has just as much as the next one, but in a beautiful balance with the malt flavors.

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

One of the most balanced ipa's that I have ever had. There's a big hop presense, but Victory has added enough malt to make this very drinkable with a great mouthfeel.

Orangy copper with a tan head. A tad overzealous pour on my part (couldn't wait to try maybe?) resulted in a couple inches of foam. No biggie.

Aroma and taste are similar. Hops (spicy, piney)and caramel-flavored malts take turns assailing your senses.

In one sip, I noticed the hops and malt each poke through atleast twice during the taste, from beginning to finish.

Drinkability? Oh yeah!

Light astrigent alcohol presense, but otherwise a great brew!

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

Being a fan of pale ales I was very excited to taste this for the first time and Victory did not disappoint. With a smooth pour and a foggy amber color with a bubbly off-white head I was ready to go. the smell had a nice fruity, floral sensation with a definite hop quality. The first sip was everything I was expecting. A rich, full body witha complex array of hops and citrus flavors with a mellow dry aftertaste. This warmed me up on a less than warm night, but I could also drink 4 or 5 of these on a hot summer day. No matter what you like this is a keeper. Cheers!

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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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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,449 ratings