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Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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91
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2,492 Reviews
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:
2,492
Ratings:
7,165
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
19.46%
 
 
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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear amber color with orange edges, a thick, fine, creamy head, and beautiful sheets of lace.

Aroma: Citrusy hop aroma of overripe stone fruit, like peaches, or apricots. The hop character is a bit funky, like the fruit is slightly too far gone.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The medium bodied texture carries light, sweet, fruity flavors, and green, fresh hops on the tongue. The fruity sweetness combined with the grassy hop create the overripe stone fruit/peach character, with the finish presenting full, biscuity malt flavor, subtle pear, and spicy hop. The hop bitterness is well balanced throughout, but shows a bit too much resiny bitterness on rest (about 5-10 seconds after you’ve swallowed).

Final Word: This is a great IPA! It carries plenty of hop flavor, but offers a unique spicy, peachy, grassy profile instead of your typical grapefruit/bitterness combo found in many IPAs. While the bitterness was a bit too unpleasant after swallowing, it merely kept the beer from being perfect, not from being excellent. The texture and balance made for an extremely drinkable IPA, while still offering enough complexity and nuance to please any drinker. I particularly enjoyed the hint of pear in the finish, as it followed this beer’s trend of surprising you with many atypical flavors. This beer is a must try for any IPA lover, and should only be avoided by those that aren’t used to hoppy beers yet.

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Photo of Scipio3
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I love Victory DirtWolf so I had high hopes for this brew. Appearance, smell and mouthfeel was all good, but I was disappointed in the taste.
However, I then remembered that DirtWolf was a DIPA, and comparing wasn't fair, nor the intent of these reviews.
As a IPA, this was a good beer. No citrusy taste, but good hops and flavor.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden, clear, one finger head.

Earthy, musty smell. A bit different. Mixed with some white bread.

Deep bitterness from the get go balanced with some faint sweetness. Has an almost apple-like acidity mixed with a bit of pear fruitiness. Strange spice like flavor that I can't quite gather.

Medium body with medium to low carbonation. A bit viscous and wet.

Not what I remembered. Doesn't have a pop on the hop profile but rather a smooth-like earthy undertone carried by a malt backbone.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I remember this being one of the very first hop heavy beers I fell in love with. It had that sting of hops and hop bite that was overpowering and took my tastebuds by storm. This beer still remains one of my favorite HOPPY beers of all time. It has stood the test of time.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep transparent copper color. When I first stuck my nose in this beer I thought it smelled like stale, dirty dish water. Luckily, it tasted much better. Mix of pine and citrus hops up front that are balanced out quickly by sweet carmel malt. Does not finish too bitter. In all fairness, maybe I had too many hoppy beers before reviewing so I will revisit, but right now I would say good- not great.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml Bottle from the Brewdog Online Shop (£2.80):
Caramel amber & clear with a 3cm head that's a thick & creamy. It halves in size & leaves some good lacing on the glass too.

Hoppy initially with a malty & caramel base, some sweetness & a little pine. Some alcohol comes through & it's a good smelling beer with some grapefruit & orange too.

Strong hop presence that the nose featured & the malts as well. Grapefruit, some orange & citrus flavours come through & are followed up by some resinous pine too; the taste is definitely a good one with faint touches of caramel towards the end too.

Smooth, medium body that is really bitter. There's spice & faint hints of alcohol with some sweetness from the fruits and further bitterness closing things.

A very hoppy & bitter American IPA with plenty of fruits & hops coming through from the start, almost overpowering you at times but the taste is still a good one. Definitely one worth picking up but there are better out there as well.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Devilishly deliciousness is what comes from the depths of Pennsylvanian brewing to reward all area hop-heads with a sharp and citrusy bitterness, backed by the malty tendencies that give east-coat IPA their uniqueness.

Its deep amber hue foreshadows its malt balance just as the sweetness hits the tongue and its savory and crusted aromas begin to satisfy the savory seeking senses. But the quick rebuttal from hops suggest a stern counter taste with its own grapefruit, orange and pine flavor.

And with those graham cracker and caramel sweetnesses smolder underneath, the middle palate shifts to hop flavor. Its sharp and acidic flavors of pink grapefruit, ripe orange peels and sappy pine needles frame a hop dominance to command the beer's taste thereafter.

As the malt continues its decline, the hops turn deeply resinous and bitter- cleaning the taste and drying it simultaneously. Its mild warmth is hidden by hop flavor as the ale concludes with peppery bite and a pep of ginger.

Unlike many of the more "West Coast" varieties, Victory Hop Devil targets hop-heads with a sensibility for balance. A delightful taste for any hop lover.

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Photo of Moose90
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served On-Tap, Nitro Pour

A — Pours a clear honey amber hue in the glass after it cascades out and settles. A smooth and creamy off-white colored head sits on top and leaves behind some consistent spots of lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is quite bitter, piney, dusty almost, a light bready base as well.

T — Starts nice enough with notes of lemon, pine, earth, and citrus, as it warms and is consumed a real acrid bitterness forms and becomes a bit of a distraction to the rest of the flavors.

M — Medium bodied, smooth, easy drinking sans the extreme bitterness.

O — A nice enough IPA, just a bit lacking in real depth and balance.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a. Pours a brownish orange color. Very little head. Low to moderate lacing.

s. I get malt - heavy malt, which was not expected, but very interesting. Caramel and some pine, but not much.

t. This is different. The IPA concentrates more on the traditional Ale aspect. The hops are there, but nothing like wolf. They are a part of the whole as opposed to being over the top hop.

m. Mouthfeel is good. Easy to drink with a bit of a bite in the back of the throat on the finish - subtle.

o. outstanding. falls just outside my current top 5, but will revisit when given the chance.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a fan of hoppy beer. There I said it. But I still want to try them out to change my perception of them. I had an IPA so hoppy, bitter, and similar to a pine cone that I decided not to try them for a while (I think it was Sierra Nevada's Torpedo).

This beer definitely has hops galore but without a mountain of bitterness. Is there bitterness? Yes absolutely, but I've experiences much worse. Was there a pine taste to it? Yes, unfortunately there was but it wasn't overwhelming.

For an IPA this is pretty nice and I like the price of $1.79 per bottle. But as a beer I'd rank this beer low since I'm not a fan of IPAs. I hear of these mythical fruit and hoppy beers... maybe I'd be into those. Too much pine and bitters, but maybe that's all they will ever be. Meh. I just don't understand how people can pretend to like beers like this.

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Photo of Coagulater
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have had a lot of IPAs ... This one never fails to deliver everthing an IPA should.
I'll skip all the over analysis and get right to it: one of my all time favorite IPAs. I like Serierras "Torpedo" but it can be a bit too much at times. The Hop Devil on the other hand... Awesome, always.

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Photo of Mikus
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Actually picked up a 6-pack at the local Giant Eagle. Had a best by date of early October, so I thought it must be pretty fresh. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass (thought this was style appropriate). 1 1/2 fingers of slightly off-white head (diminished down to about 1, decent retention). Clear, darkish amber color... good looking beer. Medium one the nose, some hints of lemon, definitely some pine, smells 'clean' overall (reminiscent of the 'clean' smell of DirtWolf; at least to me), maybe just a hint of the 'homebrew keg' smell... but just a hint. Tastes were on point. Bright, resiny pine freshness off the bat, bit of citrus on the back end... not overly malty. Crisp and refreshing to the tastebuds. Overall, a nice refreshing, light to medium-bodied mouthfeel, good carbonation, again very refreshing on the palate. Nice beer. This is a keeper, and I am sure it will find its way into my fridge every once in a while (especially when the dates are right!).

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Photo of Robjm1987
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Darker golden brown, indiciative of it's malty taste.
Smell: malt and hops..More malty.
Taste: could include more hops.
mouthfeel: very full
Overall; better ipas out there in price range..more
of an "east coast ipa".I prefer west coast style.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Nice cloudy amber color with off white head that fades fast. But pretty good lacing
S: Lots of fruit smell with a little bit of pine and some malt.
T: Very hoppy and bitter. Some grapefruit taste and as the beer warms you get more and more malt. Very good ipa and good hop aftertaste
M: good

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

This is a very good IPA that I love drinking with any sort of food. Typically I enjoy this beer when I got out or am just relaxing around the house as well. It's obviously very hoppy, being an IPA, but it is also very well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of JohnMalone
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This nitro version of the well known and loved classic Hop Devil is outstanding. I'm a big fan of Guinness so I love the pour and have no problem waiting for it to 'cook'. The aroma is very much Hop Devil but the mouthfeel is so smooth you have to control yourself not to finish it off on the first taste. If you've in Downingtown stop in Victory ask for a taste of both the nitro version and the normal tap style.

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Photo of Tmyhre802
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Much darker than the ipa's I typically perfer, looks much more amber than ale.

S-Underwhelming on the hops, got mostly fruit.

T-Definitely east coast style, very piny.

M-Medium-bodied.

O-Overall a good very complex east-coast style ipa, but this just isin't my type of pale. However, this is my first taste of Hop Devil and I will definitely be trying more and hope it grows on me!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark orange, somewhat cloudy, moderate head of white, fast fade, but with a remainder that produces considerable lacing.

S - Floral hops, with malt sweetness, with subtle grapefruit and other citrus.

T - Malty sweetness couples with a big pine and grapefruit pith hop hit, closing down with bitterness that rules the close until, in the final trail off the malt and sweetness remains.

M - There is mild drying, moderate carbonation, and a bit of build on the tongue, but all very manageable.

O - An IPA designed primarily for balance. With the big hop flavors is a strong malt backbone. The overall result is delicious.

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Photo of Ed2
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Chickee's and Pete's during a rained out Phillies game. Paired with seafood, mussels - white with garlic... Nice local beer. Dark body... Deep amber, small white head, less than a finger. Smell-hopolicious!
And tasted the same... Crisp tight and well worth the wait.

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Photo of dank203
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber color, floral hop aroma and good amount of bitterness on the taste. well balanced, solid malty backbone. pretty perfectly balanced IPA and one of the most consistently decent ones out there. wouldn't take it over a lot of others but its always available and fresh

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Photo of rawfish
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear deep amber, striking for an IPA with a sepia head, rocky, 2 and a half digits high. Brilliant rings of lacing down the glass.

Nose is a bit muted but a good waft of citrus and grapefruit hops with a solid malty backing and a spicy note. The malt bill here is in full force, reminds me alot of a hoppy American red ale.

Even with the ever evolving world of IPAs changing perception of taste it's still a assault of hops on the palate. Not hugely bittering but large amounts of tart grapefruit and pine resin. The malts are a big player, caramel, bready and a solid balance, somewhat spicy. Dries rather well despite the darker malts.

Good carbonation and body, the malts kept a bit of sticky sweetness on the finish, I think this could finish a little crisper and less grainy.

Despite its presence in the Victory line-up for such a long time it's still extraordinary, I'll take it when I can find it. I love the darker malt bill and still in my top 10 when I can get it fresh.

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Photo of McStagger
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/9/14. The best buy date is borderline microscopic. What the hell, Victory. What the hell.

A: Pours a fairly dark copper. This one seems more like an amber than a pale. Finger and a half off white head. Good retention. Good lacing. Carbonation is moderate.

S: Very bready in the nose. Dark, biscuity quality. Hops are present, leading to a slight floral edge with a big shot of fruitiness. Mostly stone fruit, with some berry characteristics.

T: Starts off with the rich copper malts. Again, doughy and biscuity like. Hops take over mid palate and shoot up a quick. Big burst of key lime and kumquat. Finishes with a nice, almost peppery/ginger note that carries through into the aftertaste. Takes a turn for the resinous, but the malt balances it wonderfully. Hints of lemon and pine in the finish. The malts give the citric taste an almost candied quality. Finishes fairly dry, and amazingly fruity.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is in no way distracting. Even comes off as slightly creamy.

O: Very, very good. I think I still prefer the hop monster west coast IPA's, but this one can hold its own with anybody. Great nose and truly exceptional flavor.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting IPA. Pours darker and amber like a red ale. Some fruit hops but more bready and malty grains than others of the style. A little sweetness from the malt offsets the bitterness. A well balanced beer, but it doesn't have the big fruit and hops that I prefer in an IPA. We'll worth a try and a solid overall offering.

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Photo of Rbroccoli
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I always try my beers for the first time in a glass pint tumbler. I know it doesn't do certain styles justice, but it creates a controlled medium IMO

S-Grassy/Floral Hops. I sniffed hard out of the bottle, so it was followed by a burning alcohol, then the citrusy aromas came through

A-Amber. some off white head dissipates quickly, clear, small carbonation bubbles, leaves only a small amount of lacing

t-grassy/floral hop oils roll across the tongue, transitions to a well balanced and pleasant bitterness on the sides and back of the tongue, bready malts, citrus, hint of tropical fruit, hop oils remain on the back of the tongue, building up to a nice hoppy and citrusy flavor that lingers for a while after the drink. Definitely need a palate cleanser if you're tasting a variety of beers after this one

m-light/tingling carbonation, hop oils provide a smooth and rich texture

o-Excellent well balanced IPA. Not quite as intense as other IPAs that use the word “Hop” in their title; nonetheless, this is an awesome beer.

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Photo of Seanem44
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Rich copper/orange with a thin off-white head that dissipates into a nice creamy texture,

S: Very pleasant smelling. Fruity with dank hops. Not too overwhelming though. Well balanced.

T: Very hoppy. The fruity smell does not translate over into taste. Lingering bitter after taste with a slight taste of alcohol.

M: Just didn't do a lot for my mouth. It did not make my palate come alive as other IPAs have.

O: A solid IPA. I'd say its on the lower end of the top tier. Does drink very easy for being almost 7% ABV. I'd definitely drink it again, but only if I didn't have better options.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,492 ratings.
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