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Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,491 Reviews
Hop Devil AleHop Devil Ale

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

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Reviews: 2,491 | Ratings: 7,164
Photo of MrNuggets
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber colour with an off-white head that doesn't last very long. Faint smell of fruit and hops. My nose is somewhat suprised, it was expecting more. Starts out with a mild fruityness that i really enjoy. Then i get what im here looking for, hops. I was anticipating a firm hop filled kick to the mouth, but what i got was more like a gentle placing of my beloved herb on my tongue.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber body wearing a thin sticky off-white head. Aroma is bready, toasty not unlike a good pilsner's, but with a huge cascade profile (grapefruit, orange) and traces of earth and honey. Taste is typicla to high alpha-acid hops IPA, very lemony, grapefruity. A tart and bitter mix with no stand out quality. Body is clean, rather thin with a biting carbonation. Overrated from my perspective, not even among my favorite half of the style I believe, but the aroma is good and quite complex. Thanks to The_Beer_God though!

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

Appearance: It was a nice clear ruby color with a beautiful sticky off-white lace. The head settled slow but was very nice.

The smell was of fresh hops. A very grapefruit flavor.

The taste was very sweet and malty. Much more malty that I had expected. It was very mild for an IPA I thought. There was a slight tinny flavor at the end that wasn't very pelasant.

The mouthfeel was a good consitency. For how malty it was it had a nice consitency.

A very drinkable brew. I could make this a session brew. At 6.7 it is weighing in slightly for a session brew but I think it could happen.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Redbone's

I see very little head on a clear reddish copper brew, and smell only a faint little suggestion of hops.

But it tastes hoppy all right, with creamy, lingering resin that clings to your tongue with piny persistance, while fierce little scrubby bubbles work the resin deeper. This is all about the hops, the malt forming only a vague background. A pleasant little devil.

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Photo of travolta
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ox bottle, drink by date.

Apperance: Nice foamy head that sticks around and laces the glass. Khaki color. The brew is red apricot or an amber honey.

Nose: Great. Sweet, grapefruit, a little honey,

Taste: What a bite. it's like this one fights you at first and then gives up just before you swallow. It's very bitter. id say if someone made a tea from hops, this is what it would taste like. The first taste is pure hops and then it chills out to be frothy, grassy, earthy. the hops comes back and bites you before you are done.

Notes: better than i thought. If you like your hops, this is it.

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

HopDevil pours clean into a pint glass with a considerable pillowy off-white head nearly two-fingers thick, and remains about ½-finger thick from start to finish.. The color is reddish brown, like cinnamon.

In the nose, the aroma has hints of malt, raspberry and caramel, all of which are present bringing the aroma into the mouth. It is surprisingly complex.

The first sip offers an expected but pleasantly strong floral hop character. What I do not expect is the malt: it's very evident and underpins the hops perfectly. It has a very light mouthfeel, which is an achievement given the strong malt character, and the carbonation is spot on for the style: medium-to-high and very crisp. At its coldest, it doesn't appear too complex: the malts and hops are dominant and at first do not offer any other characteristics. As it warms mid glass, the above-average alcohol becomes evident, but balances perfectly with the malts and hops. Orange zest flavors start to sneak in at the finish.

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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 Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark auburn, with a puffy off white head. frothy, leaves a ton of lace. On cask , so the mouthfeel was very soft and smooth. very pleasant. Sweet malt on the tongue, back ground of citrusy hops. Grapefruit. Flavors are vibrant and well defined. This beer tasted FRESH. Well crafted and served. well worth the high marks it receives.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Caramel amber huge creamy off white head leaves evenly strewn rings of lacing. Aroma: Buttery cascades caramel covered whole hops great aromatics. Balance is what makes this beer works so well that smack of hops with a great sweet bready smelling malt backbone. Taste: INSANE, great tasting beer very much heavenly mixture the hops are accented by the cask serving type the warmth of the beer with the creamy texture carries the flavor so well. If you love this beer on draught and the bottle find it on cask well worth you beer hunting. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied creamy texture so hop resins gliding along the palate. Drinkability: Freakin' amazing, simply effortless to enjoy.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly clear copper-color, creamy cap, crisp carbonation, conservation, cling. An ale all about assertive American alpha acid aroma. Buttered biscuit backbone basically breathes British barley bits. Flavor flaunts flowery flair, finishes fairly faint. Small smooth sizzling sensation supports several soothing sips.

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

Pours a discolored dark rose. The head is dense and leaves a solid lace throughout the session.

Caramel, orange peel and fruity hops on the nose.

Oranges, caramel, cardboard, citrus hops and herbal hops throughout. Solid flavor and a very full in the mouth. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of granger10
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a golden/amber color with a creamy semi-tan head. Slightly hazy in the body and lots of lacing along the glass. Aroma is very floral and slightly pungent. Taste is hoppy up front with lots of flowery taste, almost like I am eating a flower. The middle is still floral hoppy but the body fills in more providing more of a creamy, nutty malt backbone. The finish is tart and dry with a grapefruit flavor and maybe a little alcohol as well. Quite excellent and amazingly well done. This is intensely hoppy yet balance is provided along with a good mouthfeel. Simply a great beer.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a fan of IPAs, I was thrilled to see HopDevil on cask at the Sunset. It had a slightly hazy orange color, and modest white head. The hops were intense but balanced by a very sweet malt presence. I enjoyed the fruity notes, hints of a spice, and the overall drinkability of the beer. It was truly delightful.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $7.99/sixpack. Good looking red-amber color, kind of hazy with a nice frothy white head. Taste is very hoppy (duh), but a bit heavy on the bitterness. There's no malt sweetness to balance the bowl-you-over hop action here. Good session beer if you're into this kind of a beverage I suppose. I'll not buy it again though.

Sweet bottle. The hopdevil is cool.

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

Poured a medium amber with about an inch of fluffy white head. Nice lacing and moderate carbonation.

The smell is hoppy, backed with hoppy and a little bit of malt sweetness.

The taste is classic India pale. Bitter hoppiness, but not harsh at all. There is some spice working there, but my buds couldn't make out any distinquishable flavors. Just a nice blend with, did I mention, a strong hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is firm and smooth, maybe just a little syrupy, but not bad.

If you like India pale, this is one to drink. It's a very drinkable ale.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a deep amber color with a substantial head that laces down the entire length of the glass. You may have to dump in a teaspoon of olive oil to knock the head off this thing. There's a slight maltiness to the aroma, which is mostly dominated by floral hops. The initial taste isn't undelicious. There's a good caramel sweetness that fades into a chamomile-like hop flavor (I don't know another word for the columbus hop flavor). There is a good creamy body to this beer, but the bitter aftertaste is a bit harsh. Ultimately this bitterness leads me to switch to another beer after about two.

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

This came with a slightly off-white head overflowing the glass. Head dissipated to a soapy looking film. The smell is fruity and hoppy...very inviting. The taste is marvelous, with fruits, hops and even a little maltiness which seems to balance the whole deal. It's not very bitter with hops and goes down smooth.

Thanks Victory!

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

Pours a hazy gold with good lacy white head. Smells of (what else) hops, quite pungent. Taste is quite hoppy, but with a name like Hopdevil, I assumed that I would be blown away by hoppy flavors, but I feel I have enjoyed more hoppy beers. Still, a fine brew overall, and a very good one to blend with almost any food. I would argue that in this respect, it is quite Pilsner-like. A fine sampling from Victory.

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Photo of BCMan
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HopDevil taught me to love and appreciate a good hoppy beer. This beer is amber in color with a strong hop bouquet. The head built quickly but faded back again nearly as fast. As with the nose, the taste of this brew is just the same, hoppy. This beer I can drink at any given time but may need to be in the mood to have a sixer. This is one of my favorite beers and next to Storm King it's my favorite from Victory. The labels from Victory are very distinct so they stand out. I've criticized them for being so plain but others I've spoken to on on this topic loves the labeling for that reason. My rating, What'sa Hop'inen Hot Stuff!

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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 gnaussea
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber with a hint of copper. Nice head that settles moderately, leaving a hint of lace. Smell is actually akin to Stone, with a beautifully balanced aroma of cascade hops over amber malt. Taste is not as much like stone. Cascade hops are even more prominent, yet at the same time this beer achieves an indescribable balance. Hops are overpowering all other flavors, but I have trouble setting the glass down. A wonderful brew, to be sure.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Hop Devil simmers in the glass, as golden as the final rays of a sunset, and an aggressive pour yields a cumulonimbus of a head, fluffy and tan. The carbonation lends to a slightly cloudy appearance. A fruity bouquet is a very gentle accompanyment to the reddish golden hue. A good looking beer.

The stuff goes down easy, fruity with a sharp, but not overpowering, tang to it. It is very smooth, the tangyness being the only thing that would prevent me from drinking a few. Oh, that and the pretty decent alchohol content. This a beer that can really sneak up on you, the sweetness and smoothness hiding the punch. That makes two of the Victory beers, and neither disappoints. Can't wait for next season's beer.

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Photo of budsboy
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with devilish-looking green hop monster and glowing red heat from behind. But, it's got that wonderful "V" for Victory too, so I'll forgive the gaudiness.

Pours a nearly clear (murkier than expected) light amber, small white head.

Hops comes to the nose in spades, and cinamon with a touch of fruit. All-in-all pleasing.

Taste is not as bosterous as I expected, but strong. Tangy and sharp, zippy and bitter. Hopped up and ready. Finishes with spice, going to the edge of a spiced beer, in fact. Good if your not in the mood, near nirvana if you are.

This was my second shot at HopDevil. My first happened to be had on the exact date printed as the "Best by" date on the bottle. The second was a good month before the best by date. There was a considerable difference. I've thrown out the first experience and based this review on the second. This brew mellows with age, but mellowness doesn't suit it. The fresher, the better.

Oh, yea ... Thanks to new member Hustlemuscle for the fresh brew.

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

A wonderful hand pulled pint at Mug's Ale House in Brooklyn.
The beer arrives in a tall nonic pint. The liquid is a deep ruddy amber, topped with a short, creamy ivory head. Good clarity, with excellent head retention and gobs of lace sticking to the glass in rings.
The aroma reveals pungent grapefruity hops. Very citric, with some pine and herbal notes. A solid malt backbone with a sweet toastiness playing beneath the hops. A touch of caramel malt, with fragrant appley esters. Unbelievable balance, with every nuance in it's right place.
The flavor starts out with rich toasty malt. A light caramel flavor rides through, hoisting the hops through the finish. Just enough appley fruitiness comes through the middle, with a touch of pear. A robust grapefruity hop flavor edges it's way in rather early, quickly stealing the show in the finish. Light herbal and pine flavor comes through, but it's mostly a display of citric american hops. Moderate bitterness, but the balance never wavers. A touch of sweetish yeast in the aftertaste, with plenty of citric hop flavor. Very soft carbonation, just a light tingle on the tongue. Full bodied, with a very creamy cask conditioned mouthfeel. Top shelf.
IPA doesn't get much better than this. One of my all time favorites. I find myself craving this more than any other beer when I'm thirsty for a pint. This gets my gold star and red pencilled "great job!" with a big circled A+.

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Photo of Sammy
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amazing brew. A redish colour with a retaining head. Pleasant aroma, great choice late afternoon and before dinner as so tasty and inetresting on its own. A wake up call to the senses from the hops. Very popular with my mates. We all will have it again. Will tingle and numb the tongue. Was hoppy but mellower when had a year later on tap at Clark's Ale House.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,491 ratings.
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