Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,498
Ratings:
7,184
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
19.46%
 
 
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Photo of cbl2
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Medium brown in body with hints of amber. At least an inch of offwhite head. A bit dark for an IPA, but inviting. Enjoy by Oct-08-04 clearly marked.

Smell:

Characteristic hop spicyness is present along with presence of grapefruit.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Floral and hoppy on the tongue, but I can't help but compare this to Stone's IPA, and come up lacking in every which way. A bit piney towards midsip with flavor of grapefruit. Good, but not great.

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Photo of brewnut11
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah.. the appearence. This brew is a amber color with a nice white head the laces on the side of the glass. The appearence jumps out and says drink me. The aroma of hops explodes out of this bottled beer. It smells like American hop varieties (which I believe are the best) and has much greater aroma than the average IPA. The aroma adds to the taste which packs alot of flavoring hops into this beer. The bittering hops are balanced nicely with the malt and it makes the brew a very drinkable ale.

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Photo of wyllder
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A long time fan of Hopdevil in bottles, it was sure nice to have on tap...

Appearance:
Pours a deep amber. Foams to a small head. The color, while not quite as dark as a strong ale, is darker than most IPA's.

Smell:
On tap the smell is even more robust than the bottled. Floral hops & with a citrusy tang in the background greet the nose, I don't think an IPA could smell any better.

Taste/Mouthfeel:
Yumm.. Bitterness & fruitiness greet the front of the palate, forming a formidable balance of hops & malt. Rushing to the back of the palate the feel is at once smooth and creamy going down only to leave you with a lingering hoppy bitterness, the tastes of sawgrass, hay, and grapefruit topped off with malty sweetness are all there. Just beautiful.

Drinkability:
I usually start my sessions with a Hopdevil and often finish them with one too. For a 6.7% ABV, this is, as the label says, dangerously drinkable.

Wyll-

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The mythical HopDevil resides in the lore of farmers...

Appearance: Almost an amber tinge. The head has plenty of fluff on the pour and stays relatively strong through out.

Smell: Ahhh. After a month of drinking Natural Light (financial hardship) this brings me back to what beer really smells like. Solid Hop goodness. Lacking the pine scent that I love though.

Taste: Very well balanced. The Hops come through strong, but not overpoweringly. The malt is present on the tip of the tounge.

A very strong example of an IPA. Not the best I've had, but nothing to sneeze at.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale bronze appearance, with a fine, thick beige-colored head that leaves laces and trickles assuredly down.
Aroma, surprisingly spare, if I stretch my nostrils out far and wide I can pick out some remembered flavors, there's fruit aplenty here, peach, grapefruit, apple, even, melon, maybe, but it just doesn't stick out like it used to...or did it? Fruity, yeah, but none too vibrant.
Taste: Fruity, again, nice hops, but, really, weak, over all, and they quit the palate with a quickness! Tingly, spicy, but it peters out with a disappointing fervor. There's some caramel-y toasty malt contributions as well, that linger on the palate.
Honestly, I recall liking this tremendously once, but perhaps my lips have met too many other, better IPAs in the meanwhile.
Body is medium, finish fades fast, comes off rather flat...i've had this from a freshly tapped keg once, and was happy with it then, perhaps I can retry with a fresher bottle (for the likelihood of finding it on tap around here is nil to none)...a nice IPA, but not so spectacular.

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Photo of chriscolby
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper-colored, slightlly hazy with a moderate -- but clinging -- head. Spicy, American hop aroma with moderate grassiness dominates the nose, although there's a nice, estery ale aroma and some malt to be found, also. There's a solid hop presence throughout the initial blast of flavor, "mid-palate," and aftertaste, but it doesn't totally steamroll the malt flavor. The malt flavor reveals some caramel malt with a slight biscuity tinge. Some sweetness hangs around to accompany the hops all the way into the aftertaste. My only complaint -- and it's a minor one -- is that the mouthfeel is a bit thin.
For a 6.7% ABV beer with a big all-around hop presence, this is surprizingly -- almost dangerously -- drinkable. I enjoyed every sip of this IPA -- and the head is still there!

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Photo of Stimack
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last evening while at Mahar’s. Brew had a nice deep amber color with a nice light tan head that had very good retention and left lacing through out the brew. The aroma had a strong floral and citrus hop note that did not seem as pungent as when served from a bottle. The taste, a sharp hop hit up front that dominated most of the experience, but I was able to catch enough of a malt taste that tries to balance it out, it fails but with this type of brew that is expected. The finish is still hop, a nice finish to this brew. Ok, now for the thing that has kind of thrown me a bit, I like this brew better from the bottle. Not sure if this brew was getting to its last legs at Mahar’s but it seemed to lack the character of the bottled version that I know much better. Will try it again on tap in the future and will edit my findings if the differ!

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Photo of irishmoss
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The picture of The HopDevil on the label is very well done, great concept.
The pours a deep copper color with slightly off white head that sticks around for a while, then leaves sparse spatters of sticky lace.
Nice hop variety goes right to the nose: citrus, grassy, and piney aromas are all there.
The first thing that I notice about the flavor, well first thing after the hops, is that the malt presence is actually there. All of these wonderful hop qualities are kept in balance by sweet malt; they compliment each other very well and make this a very enjoyable brew.
The mouthfeel is medium with an almost perfect carbonation.
The drinkability is unbelievable, this well-balanced IPA comes in at 6.7%, which in my opinion isn't very high, but high enough to get the job done and low enough to not over do it. Great IPA....

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers and probably the best IPA that I've had, although Duclaw Venom is basically a clone.. A bright orange/amber color and light brown head. It has a very floral and citric hop flavor and aroma. Very refreshing for a beer of moderate alcohol content, this beer goes down very well, full of flavor and very refreshing. It also leaves a nice buzz very quickly at 6.7 abv. Being one of the most flavorful, delicious beers and only 6 dollars per sixer at College Square liquors in Westminster MD this is a top notch brew that will not disappoint any hop head.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear light amber brown. The head was just off-white and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong citrus malt presence which backed off as the head fell.

The flavor was malty with a strong hop presence in bitterness and flavor to balance the malt. The bitterness does not outshine the malt and is well done. The hop flavoring is in check and does not turn the flavor into a phlem stripper as some IPA's try to do.

The finish was dry and pleasantly bitter into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. Enjoy before April 30 04.

I must say I have had this beer on tap many, many times and it certainly is fresher than my bottled example 10 days past the enjoy before date, but the only missing component is the hop aroma and perhaps some of the hop flavor. Still a great IPA.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one has a dark amber colored body, bubbly cream head on top. The scent is oily, sappy, and loaded with hops. For the main course of the taste, this one is featuring delicious hops, with a slick oil feel on the tounge. Some orange characteristics, slightly acidic. Not as intensly hoppy as say hop ottin, i think this beer is better blended than some of the other hops monsters. Great beer.

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Photo of nixhecks
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light amber color with a sticky cream-tan colored head, good retention. Aroma was of spicy piney hops and a slight alcohol sweetness. Enormous hop taste, but somehow balanced out with a sweetness mid-palate, finishing with a dry spicy hop aftertaste and a twinge of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is heavy to medium, and carbonation is low. This is quite a treat for any hop-lover, although it is a bit extreme otherwise.

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Photo of nvsblman
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to PSUDREW for sending this to me in a trade!

Appearance: Amber/copper color, with about a finger of head. There was light sticky lacing as the head disappeared.

Smell: Piney hop aroma that wasn't quite as strong as expected given the taste.

Taste: Wow, what a beer! Great piney/grapefruity hop flavor with a nice malt balance. Also detected a slight citrus in the lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium/slightly creamy mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: I could sit out in the warm Arizona spring and drink this all day with some meat from the grill!

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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 crackerpooch
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer presents in a 12oz. brown bottle with the freshness date marked. It pours a one finger beige head that has good retention and laces nicely. The beer has a very slight haze and is dark amber in color. A great looking beer.

The aroma is a beautiful thing. A strong hop smell that almost reminds me of freshly cut grass. A great aroma. The first taste is perfect. Slightly sweet malt at first that smoothly transitions into a perfectly strong hop bitterness. Good hop character that is not overwhelming. The beautiful bitterness lasts for quite awhile in the back of the throat. Magnificently balanced. The mouthfeel is medium in body and goes well with the beer. A incredibly drinkable beer.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a semi-cloudy medium-amber, forming a poofy, whipped dark biege head with excellent retention and clumpy lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is citric, fruity, leafy, juicy, piney hops with a touch of cannabis skunk. Very nice, running the gamut of hop aromas. Mouthfeel is fresh, clean, somewhat soft, with a touch of hop astringency in the finish, and a medium-dense body. Taste is wonderful....full of the juicy sweet fruity hops I mentioned but exquisitely balanced with a smooth malt body with caramel overtones and a little residual sugars to balance out the hops during the lightly toasty finish. Full of hop flavor, yet never caustic or acidic, this is a masterly brew. Bitterness level is very nice, but has a touch of fatiguing leafy harshness towards the end.

In my experience, this IPA is 2nd only to Two-Hearted. This is an amazingly well-crafted brew that I could gladly drink all night. The hops are intoxicating, yet never overbearing. This brew makes me smile from ear to ear. World-class.

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Photo of jvajda
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark golden brown with a three-finger head. Looks pretty intimidating.
Smell: A little less hoppy than I thought, still pretty present though.
Taste: A big blast of hops followed by a big blast of bitterness. This one leaves the mouth pretty dry.
Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated.
Drinkability: I was a little let down by this IPA, but it's still good and can be enjoyed in most situations.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a frothy, permanent head and orange color. Aroma was typically hoppy. Flavor was more complex than the typical American IPA, with distinctive British fruitiness and spicy hop flavor mingled with malty sweetness. Finishes nicely bitter and refreshing. A very good bottled IPA. This stuff must be even better on tap.

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Photo of andyo
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first brush with a victory beer. I was very excited to taste this beer after reading so many great reviews of this brewery. I picked up a 6 of this for $7.30 (after tax) from a wholesaler here in Virginia Beach.

Poured out real nice, creating a frothy, thick head that rested gently for a long period of time. The color was a rich copper- slighlty orange.

Mouthfeel was medium, with citrus flavors reminiscent of lemon and orange coming through. It reminded me slightly of "Three Floyd's Alpha King". Very crisp and zesty; easy to drink. The hops were distinct, but not overbearing. All in all, it was a very refreshing, well balanced beer that I am sure I will enjoy again and again!

....I can't wait to try the Storm King Stout!

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Photo of Charthepirate
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very solid IPA, and one step away from a truly great beer.

Pours a little cloudy, with a small, but sticky head. Deep roasted colors are a feast for the eyes.

Smell of toasted grains and caramels followed by a big wallop of hops.

Feels nice and chewy in the mouth, small hints of of sweetness, caramel, and roasted malts. Sometimes notes of Cotten candy pop out. The hops come on big in the back of the mouth, rocking all over the senses. Sometimes they feel just too apbrasive though. It's great, but a touch too much for me.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer. Nice head, off-white some what brown, leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass. Smells wonderful, there must be hops in there. And there most certainly are. The taste is amazing, lovely hops exploding all over the taste buds-spicy: tastes graet and feels great This has become one of my favorites.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April '04 review:
Tan head atop this dark copper colored beer.
Bold aroma of piney, floral hops with pale caramel malt underneath.
Big piney, floral hop flavor. Pale caramel malt backbone that falls a bit short of balancing this beer. Relatively smooth, yet very bold and hoppy.
Good mouthfeel and drinkability.
Maybe not quite as high up on the chart now that I've sampled more IPA's, but still darn good.

11/02 review:
I mandated a pitstop at Victory's while driving through PA on a family vacation. I had the Hop Devil on tap and brought some home. This is probably my favorite IPA. Agressively hopped, but not overly bitter with an awesome flavor. Nice aroma. Beautiful coppery color I love in my IPA's and pale ales. This is one of those beers I appreciated more and more the more I drank. It left me longing for more. Much to my delight, they now distribute to Ohio. I must admit that overall, I wasn't impressed with many of Victory's other beers. Not that they were bad, but the Hop Devil and their Storm King Imperial Stout seemed to be a notch or 2 above the rest of their lineup. But the Hop Devil is absolutely top notch and always welcome in my refrigerator.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hop Devil pours a copper-orange with a pillowy off-white head that has good retention and exhibits some lacing.

Its aroma is strong hops with a nice citrus balance, along with some malty cookie underneath.

The taste is fruit and bready malt initially followed by a big piney hop bang. The hops are nice and strong with a lingering bitter taste, but the beer remains very nicely balanced. More malts come out as the beer warms. It has a nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by May 13, 04 (sampled 4/14/04). Bottle wasn’t quite full, a lot of headspace. Given recent posts on how this beer doesn’t age well, this might be a factor.
Aroma: Combination of spicy and fruity hops with a hint of malt base.
Appearance: Nice clear amber with yellow tinged edges. Multi-sized bubble light tan head that left spots of lace as it receded, but not much.
Flavor: The malt is subtle but really keeps the hops in check. I found that the malt started to show late in the beer as it started to warm. Hops are of course the main show, but their act is somewhat restrained. This really struck me as more of a pale ale than an IPA. The hop taste is well presented, but just a little low-key with some tea like flavors.
Mouthfeel: Noted some hop oil in the feel and a little alcohol burn in the finish of this medium to heavy bodied beer. Oily coat lasts. The beer is pretty smooth and soft.
Overall Impression: Wow, what a let down. I paid big bucks to get this shipped to me given the reputation it had, and while it nicely presented a hop taste, there just wasn’t any “bang”. Drinkability doesn’t suffer, I’d gladly drink these at length, but I’m not ordering any more. If it was the local tap, I could see getting excited about this drinkable IPA, but the beer just was too mild mannered. Hop DEVIL? Devil took my $20 bill and vanished in the air. I just don’t see this as a top 20 beer. Good, yes. Outstanding? Not to me.

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Photo of cokes
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden-leaning copper topped by thin bone suds.
Malty nose (yes, malty). And fairly vacant too. Caramel toast with glimmers of herb-coated citrus fruits. Just a touch piney as well. It all seems so rote and unnoteworthy.

This is a highly-esteemed IPA?

Seriously?

Maltiness holds up well enough. There's goodly amounts of caramel-draped bread dough. So far, so good. It turns a bit toasty later on. Alright. Well done.
But then...
The hops dribble out. Premature ejactulation-style. Lightly piney and floral and citric. But not in any sort of cohesion. And without any force. The finish is tea-bittered, and weak.
The thinnish mouthfeel does not help matters.
I've had high regards for every other Victory product I've consumed. Hence, I entered with large expectations. But this....this left me scratching my head, and wondering why anyone gives a shit about it.
Maybe absolutely fresh makes all the difference. But right now, absolute indifference is all I feel.
Thanks, anyway, Bighuge, for the opportunity.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,498 ratings.
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