HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

7,357 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of 007
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- dark amber, lasting head, delicate ephemeral lacing
S - piney, citrusy
T - bitter...no sweet...no spicy...no, wait bitter again...
M - smooth, balanced carbonation, clean finish
D - 5.0 exceptional, never disappointing

With apologies to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...

To 007, she was always the beer. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her style. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for HopDevil. All emotions,and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a beer-lover he would have placed himself in a false position. He never spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer.

They were admirable things for the observer -- excellent for drawing the veil from beer's motives and actions. But for the trained reasoner to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely adjusted palate was to introduce a distracting factor which might throw a doubt upon all his results. And yet there was but one beer to him, and that beer was the great HopDevil.

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

This is one of the first craft beers I really got into, almost 10 years ago. Could be the weaning or a regional bias, but I find HopDevil to be one of the top 5 most-drinkable brews in my life. I love it swilled out of the bottle, in a plastic cup at Phils' games, or the "correct" way - poured into a pint.

Any time I have it out of a glass/cup, whether from draft or from bottle, there's always a beefy head - product of the hops used maybe, I don't know for sure. Fairly clean-filtered look, but an awesome deep reddish-orange hue - reminiscent, sort of, of the color of certain doppelbocks or maybe a Vienna lager.

The aroma is unmistakable - a little fuzzy-piney, quite pungent citrus, and perhaps a punch of malty sweetness rounding it out. Could be getting some toasted notes as well. Mouth-watering.

The citrus element bursts forth in the taste, taking on subtle grapefruit notes. A bold, spicy, vaguely peppermint, jolt invigorates (then scrubs) the tongue and a moderately sugar sweet malt base brings everything together (Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale exhibits similar characteristics). Hardly crisp or dry throughout - drinks a bit like IPA soda pop.

I've never had a moment with this beer where I wasn't in mad lust. Helps living in the area, where the price for a six-pack seems chucklingly low. I love it. Love it.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep copper color with nice ruby/amber highlights and a couple fingers of off white head. Very nice fine lacing that clings all over the glass.

Smell: Citrus and grapefruit are present, but piney hops are what is shown off the most in this smell. Very crisp, clean smell that leaves no doubt that this is an IPA.

Taste: I get a bit of caramel malt backbone up front, but citrus, grapefruit, especially piney hops are present on the back end. The hoppy bite is just glorious. This beer is everything an IPA should be.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, but the carbonation is nice and fine, making this a pretty smooth drinking beer. This beer is almost 7% alcohol, but the great flavor plus smooth feel makes this very drinkable.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass, it appears orangish copper in color. nice cream-colored head. nice lacing. smells of piney hops, with just a little sweetness.
taste is a big hop bite as expected, but is balanced enough to finish fairly clean. as I am not a huge hop-head, I let these sit in my fridge a little longer to balance things out.
higher carbonation, with medium body. I find this IPA more drinkable that most.

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

Pours a deep orange. Filmy, thin head. Spotty lacings. Slow moving carbonation.

Big nose of orange and grapefruit with a bit of resinous pine thrown in. Just the slightest whiff of toffee.

Big and brash. Immediate bitter assaut overshadows the citrus and pine flavours. The bittering hops are the show here. There's citrus floating around in there, but your tongue is pretty occupied. Bitterness lasts long into the finish. A nice wet quenching finish leaves you wanting more.

Fine smooth mouthfeel.

A good beer. It's as advertized, a hop bomb, and you can't fault it for delivering.

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Photo of jamex
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Bought a 6-pack for $9.99 in San Diego. Bottle states: "Enjoy by Jan 2, 2011."

Poured an amazing orange. Smells of pine, honey, hops, tangerine, melon and orange rind. Outstanding.

Taste is like the smell; hoppy, orange...for some reason I'm getting very slight strawberry. The bitterness fades very quickly and is amazingly drinkable. A mellow yet delicious hop presence. Very fresh taste - I wonder when this was bottled?

This is my second Victory beer and I'm quickly becoming a fan. Goes great while sitting in the sun.

note: I just had my teeth cleaned at the dentist. How this plays into this review, who knows..

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug, marked "Enjoy By Dec 15 2010".

Appearance: A nice golden orange-brown with a fingers worth of head. The head doesn't stick around for long.

Smell: Piney hops dominate the smell. A bit of the yeasty Victory signature is also present.

Taste: Hits the tongue almost tasteless, but then some hops and malts come through. The malts don't last long though, the aftertaste is almost completely pure, delicious, piney hops.

Mouthfeel - Feels almost a little too light for the pine flavor this has. I expected it to be a bit thicker due to the smell. It still feels great though. Perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability - Very drinkable for an IPA. I like to pair this with the Korean treat Shin Ramyun - I love drinking IPAs and eating Shin Ramyun. A guilty pleasure.

Thiis is a great IPA. There's nothing absolutely exceptional about it, but it's a very solid, widely available choice that I'll surely reach for again.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Burnt-orange in color, with a rather short, but frothy head of foam.
Aroma-Piney hops, citrus notes
Taste-Initial taste of spicy malt, caramel, then a blast of piney, resiny hop bitterness that follows you to the bottom of the glass. Nicely balanced between the spicy malt sweetness, and earthy, piney hop bitterness. Very nice IPA!

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Photo of jettjon
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle marked "Enjoy By Sept 19, 2010" enjoyed a few days late on 10/2/10. Into my Sam Adams glass (Thanks, guys!), this one is a slightly hazed orange color with plenty of precipitating carbonation. Thin pale foam cap fades fairly quickly leaving minor lacing. Nose is pretty nondescript even after warming for a bit. There's definitely something hoppy going on there but it's more bready than anything. It's smelling more like an APA than anything at this point. Without checking, I'm guessing this is an English IPA, but then when I taste it... yep, definite biting citrus and piney hops. Now I'm scratching my head. This beast is definitely an IPA but it's not fitting neatly with my experiences with IPA's. A bit more sniffing and tasting and I unravel this beer a bit more. More sweet malt on the palate but there's a definite underpinning of bitter hops. Just a touch of boozy alcohol is there as well. Finishes dry and bitter, one part grapefruit and one part burnt toast. Throughout the mouth remains quite crisp and fresh, very complementary. The little bubbles that are visible in the glass translate nicely to the palate, keeping things crisp and lively. Drinkability is quite good; if not for the 6.7% ABV, I'd be tempted to call this one "sessionable," though only for those who like their brew hops-forward.

Overall: A competent IPA, nicely crisp and enjoyable, rather in the middle of the road of the style. Definitely hoppy but plenty of malt balance there, too. Definitely worth a try.

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

Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a nice bright pour golden and orange amber. Very clear and bright. There is a nice thin white head that recedes fairly quickly.

S - Delicious pine hop resin. Wow the oil-like resin in this aroma is unlike any other I've had. Nice piney sap aroma. Quite grassy as well. In the back there is a nice and quite noticeable grain bill that balances the strong hop presence. Nice spice permeates all over as well.

T - Wow. Very interesting. I must have gotten a fresh, fresh batch because the hop character is insane in this beer. Starts off with some nice grassy and almost dry hopped spice and hop burn. Slight citrus but overall grassy and of course piney. Very much an East Coast type IPA. Upon further inspection the malt shows up intermittently with the hop character. There is a slight sweet nature to it and some earthy tones but the hops dominate intensely. There is also some nice spice character in this beer that works well and together with the hops.

M - It is crisp and slightly oily but finishes nice clean and dry and bitter. Very great example of an East Coast IPA.

D - Delicious! Bring Victory to Missouri!

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Photo of garuda
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A mostly clear deep amber with a fluffy, one inch, white head that has good retention and good lacing down the glass.

S - Prominent pine and floral hops balanced out by a toasted and sweet caramel malt background, and a touch of butter.

T - Big, bold spicy hops up front, then toasted malts mid palate and a strong, bitter floral hop finish.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth and creamy going down, and leaves some residual hop oils coating the mouth.

D - Great local choice that got me into the craft scene years ago. This bottle was consumed approximately two weeks after bottling, and in my experience I notice that it starts going in a different, malty direction after about a month and a half or so. Grab it fresh, and its outstanding.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly,hazy rusty amber with a sturdy and resilient 2 finger chalky white head that left decent sheets of lacing.

S-Tangy and floral hops,concentrated citrus and brown sugar/caramel malt.Smells relatively sweet and a touch grainy.

T-The hop presence is flowery,almost perfumey,with some grapefruit and pine but a considerable amount more malt detectable than I expected.

M-Medium bodied with good supporting carbonation.Sharp and unctuous with a pleasant bitterness.

D-I enjoyed this beer but I would've enjoyed it a little more as an IPA if the malt was toned down a bit.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is light amber in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell is dominated by aromas of pine resin hops and there are also some notes of caramel malts.
T: There is a good balance between the flavors caramel malts and hops; there is a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops but this isn't very overpowering. Bitterness really stands out in the finish and aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable - I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A fairly transparent orange rust that has a generous off-white head that lasts.

S - Not as aromatic as I expected, but a breadiness from the grain bill. When it is allowed to breathe, the earthy/vegetable aroma of the hops really comes through and some floral notes as well.

T - The sweetness from the malt bill is what you taste first at the front. It is subtle, but then segues into a earthy/floral hop flavor and a hint of fruitiness (pears). And finally, the bitter coats the back of your throat.

M - The mouthfeel is a really great balance between the creamy head and the light body.

D - Despite the bitter finish, I could drink a lot of these in one night due to the lowish abv.

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Photo of majesticsock
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy Hops, Batman! This beer is insane in the membrane. It looks OK, it smells OK, but the initial sip sent sent me on a spin. The aftertaste is nothing but pure hoppyness. Even after it goes down the hatch, the hops linger behind and are 2 legit 2 quit.

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Photo of gopens44
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - love the color of this. Deep coppery red with a half inch of cream colored head that gives way to a lacy pool with a bubble island.

S - hop presence wasn't as overwhelming as I thought it would be, but the balanced smell gave way to a pleasant citrusy scent as well.

T - bites at first but the strong hop presence gives way to a sweet malty taste to balance out the bitter. Very nice.

M - thin, dry and moderately carbonated with an expectedly lingering bitter aftertaste.

Very drinkable when you wish to jump start your drinking fun with something hoppy yet well balanced and trouble free.

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Photo of JMad
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
The color is dark copper, had a huge cloudy white head.
Smells sweet and malty with some earthy hops.
Tastes piney, hoppy, sweet malt, and a hint of pepper.
It's medium bodied and very smooth.
This is pretty tasty, giv e me a hop wallop though.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In the glass it was a nice cooper with a white head, good lacing.

In the nose it was fresh citrus - sweet & bitter - and an orange floral scent. Really a lovely bouquet.

Sweet orange hit up front, followed by the fresh citrus, finnishing with bitter grapefruit. Just enough sweetness lingers as not to overwhelm with the bitter dominance.

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Photo of CascadeConan
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hop Devil pours a wonderful red-tinged-orange, with a sticky white head with decent lacing.

The nose is much heavier on the malt than I initially expected with roasty and carmel notes dominate and then relinquish a small amount of citrusy hops.

On the first taste I experience kind of what the nose was whispering to my ears, sweet grain bill and a uniform bitter from the hops but nowhere near the character I expect from that style.

The carbonation is decent and ties things together but overall not an epiphany kind of beer.

I should have had a more level head going into this review, but from the small amount of hype surrounding this beer I had my hopes set on hops. I recommend picking up a loose 12oz bottle from you local grocer as an entire sixer of this stuff will put a dent in your wallet.

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Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in pint glass.

A - scant head quickly dissipates. Nice but slightly cloudy orange-amber color.

S - sweet hops, but not as much as one might expect for a beer called HopDevil.

T - perhaps less hoppy than expected, given Hopdevil label and "American IPA" style, but more pronounced flavor than the aroma leads one to expect. Smooth, with nice finish. American hops.

M - good carbonation level

D - good hoppy session beer

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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 Erish
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: cloudy orange-gold, the thick beige head slowly folds into a thick cap, the lacing is outstanding.

S: grapefruit, orange, floral hops.

T: simple, clean flavors, the citrus bursts up front, the piney/floral hops release in the middle and the finish is hoppy and very piney/grassy.

M: light bodied, moderate carbonation, off-dry.

D: As a good-old-fashioned American IPA, this is a standout. Simple, clean, bold, but not overdone. Well done.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass.

Amber/copper color. Off white head with good retention and good lacing. Citrus hops dominate in the nose with some maltiness but not much. Flavor wise, all hops all the time and similar to the nose. Carbonation is pretty full and the body is on the lighter side. Drinkability is also very high and this is an easy drinking beer.

Overall, its interesting but not something I would really reach for again. Worth a try though.

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Photo of foogerd
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- clear copper body eggshell head
S- oily bitter hops backed up by sweet bready malts
T- initial bready sweet taste from the malts followed by bitter acidic hops nothing overpowering pretty balanced
M- nice smooth thickness
D- very drinkable hops dont get tiring here no detectable alcohol
Very tasty IPA paired excellently with some spicy cheese

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Photo of bnes09
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent amber ale. Smooth and creamy off-white head with excellent retention and patchy lace.

Citric hops dominate the nose. Some pine and grains in the mix also.

Huge hop flavor of lemon, orange and pine. Some grassy, earthy hop notes also. Bready malt with a hint of rye. Just a touch of caramel sweetness brings it to a satisfying finish.

Drying on the palate. Solid medium-body and well-carbonated.

Flavors are delicious and very well balanced. Exceptional drinkability for an IPA. I could definetly drink a couple of these to kick off the night.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,357 ratings.
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