HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,535 Reviews
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 billysdad
2.16/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Disappointed. Dank. Flat. Not enough hops. I'm sort of a Philly guy. Looked for years w/envy at Victory's rep/price. When I tried it, really bad compared to west coast hoppy IPAs. Maybe fresher it's better, but due to my location, why is a west coast IPA fresher than a Philly IPA?

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Photo of laketang
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12 oz. bottle marked best by oct. 2016
clear amber, tan head, frothy
estery bouquet, earthy sweet tones, not very pungent
real smooth hop bitterness.very subtle hop flavor
good medium mouthfeel, clean finish, not long

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber red with a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Smells like dark toffee, tobacco, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, biscuity cracker malts, black tea, apricot, grapefruity orange citrus, papaya, with herbal earthy grass and pine. Tastes like dark toffee, caramel, tobacco, molasses, brown sugar, biscuity cracker malt, grapefruit and orange citrus, papaya, apricot, tannic black tea, with dank herbal grass and earthy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice malty IPA.

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

Appearance: Pours a deep burnt orange color.

Overall: Hop Devil has a pungent hop aroma. The taste starts with spicy hops then ending with malt sweetness that has some cinnamon brown sugar that mixes in with a bitter grapefruit dry hop at the end. This ale has impressed me, this is the best example of the East Coast style of IPA.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm shocked at the glowing reviews. The last half of this six pack hung out in the fridge a long time. Too light bodied, though heavy of malt flavor, drinks more like a blonde ale. The hops do nothing to Improve the recipe, and actually detract from an otherwise decent light ale.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: a light mahogany color with some pale orange and light ruby notes. large 2 finger solid, marshmellow-like tan head

s: apricot, grapefruit, orange peel, dry crackers, thick caramel malts, and fresh brewed black tea

t: nice balance between malts in hops in here. its actually a bit sweet upfront, then moves to some nice tea leaf bitterness. there is a large bready presence in here as well along with a nice citrus zest that lifts everything up. there is a little bit of pine and pineapple going on in the background. a touch of syrup as well

m: fuller side of medium. carbonation level is on the lower side, but it works with the beer

o: i'm a big fan of this. if you're into crazy hopped beers, this one may be a bit malty for you, but i think it strikes a nice balace. not too sweet, not too bitter. easy to drink, easy to enjoy

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Photo of Caj1
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Beautiful copper-amber with a tinge of ruby. Crystal clear and with medium carbonation. I didn't pour with quite as much gusto as usual since I was using a different glass from normal, but I got a finger of dense, creamy off-white head. Great head retention, I poured this baby up, let it sit for about ten minutes and it still had a thick film of foam across the top. Wonderful lacing, it just won't stop clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Very good caramel creates the backbone of the scent profile. Sweet and malty like a good IPA should smell. Really 50/50 on the malt/hops ratio. I also detect spicy notes and some slight (emphasis on slight) estery scents, like banana. Some grainy notes come through but remind of fresh whole grain bread. Hops aren't huge on the nose, but don't really need to be. I get some resinous, deep notes, and as a whole it definitely edges on piney and general "dank" earthy tones, but there is a tinge of lemongrass.

T: Counterintuitive to what I expected on the smell, the hops are forward here. Malt does a great job of supporting and balancing the bitter and deep green hops. At first, the resinous, earthy flavors are very pronounced, but don't overstay their welcome. Medium bitterness overall. Malt is subtle, but I do get definite caramel and a little bit of a brown sugar flavor. Again, reminds me of fresh baked artisan bread. As the beer warms, the spicy, fruity flavors come out to play. Pepper tingles on the tongue toward the end of the taste experience.

F: It tastes like a DIPA but doesn't feel like one. Medium bodied overall, not something that I could pound down but it's crisp like any good IPA should be. Doesn't finish remarkably clean, but it has some astringency from the slightly higher alcohol content which helps give it a slightly dry bite after the swallow.

Overall: Easily one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of reviewing. Balanced, complex without going crazy, and overall a joy to savor. I don't have much else to say about this, I've already written an article.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours a deep amber, on the darker side of the IPA spectrum. The smell is fine, but nothing noteworthy. The taste is a little too sweet/malty for me. The hops are fine, but not especially assertive. They could definitely be doing more for the style.

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Photo of ppvora
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Copper with a slight haziness, 1 finger head, a little bit of aeration.
Aroma: Orange, hops, pine, a bit of a lovely mango in the background.
Taste: Big hops, a teeny-weeny bit of bread/crackers, but no complexity.
Mouthfeel: some lingering bitterness in a nice way.

Overall: This is one of Victory's beers that got them attention and it's a lovely introduction to their line of hoppy beers. I hope they continue to make it for the next 30 years!

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a little darker that most IPA's I've encountered, looks like an amber ale. Has very little head very slight carbonation. Has that typical hoppy smell of an IPA. Initial taste is pleasant but gradually finishes quite bitter. If you like IPA's, this one's for you. The lacing is there but not all the plentiful as well.

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Photo of beercam
2.52/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

????? Victory's lack of consistency lately is alarming. It's as if this bottle was skipped when they were adding the hops. This tastes like a standard lager. Super confused. Bummed. Might cry. Keep this shit up Victory and I AM OUT

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Translucent dark amber, one finger head, pretty good lacing.
S-Floral, piney, sweet malt.
T-Sweet caramelized malt followed by medium hop bitter. Quite the pine resin flavor, in a good way. Bitter grapefruit notes linger.

M-Big carbonation, some creaminess, some astringency, clean & crisp finish.
O-Complex mix of sweet & bitter, well done!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished bronze body with fleeting white foaming white head
Real hop heavy aroma like mashed hops or week old grass cuttings kept moist
Marmalade on rye toast flavour
Good but not great

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a light copper/amber color with a slightly tan, mostly white two finger head.

S- Pine hops, slight caramel malty smell, some earthy notes.

T- Follows the nose, with the malts edging out the hop bitterness just a bit. Still, there's a definite punch of awesome hop bitterness in the finish with grassy, pine hops blending with the sweet syrupy malt flavors.

F- Very smooth, medium body without too much carbonation.

O- Excellent West Coast IPA, a classic for sure.

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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 Obake21
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L = Light brown/brown.
S = Not a lot goingon here for me here, but maybe it's too cold. I get a little pine and resin, but not much.
T = Lighter than I thought it should be for an IPA. Not as much piney-ness as I would have expected.
F = Again, lighter here than I thought, but is still refreshing.
O = I actually really like this one because it's not as much like an IPA as the other I have tried. This one was considerably more mellow than others, which I liked, but it didn't seem as much an American IPA as it should be.

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Photo of IndiaPaleViking
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. A no-apologies hop bomb that you can taste 20 minutes after you've drank it.

Fabulous piney nose that gives you a hint of what's to come. Fabulous hops with just enough malt to give it a hint of balance. I first had this beer at the Philly airport and after that I visited the Victory taproom any time I came to town. This was the IPA that hooked me on IPA's and made me a hop head; and for that I thank you.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Copper amber color, that pours a creamy white frothy head, with some carbonation bubbles rising up, not a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: Floral hops and wild grass, some earthy notes, also quite a bit of caramel malt. The aroma on this one isn't nearly as strong as some other IPAs.

T: Starts out with a very strong bitterness, followed by floral hops, some pine and then ends with a lot of sweet malt. Kinda odd how the beer goes from very bitter to quite sweet by the finish, quite interesting.

F: Medium body, nice and creamy carbonation a pretty easy drinking IPA.

O: A very malty yet bitter at the same time IPA, which isn't bad but doesn't blow my socks off.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to @Ozzylizard for this PA gem. A nice fresh one at that. NBS BIF#3
Rich amber hued liquid pushes up a meaty buttermilk biscuit colored head 2 fingers-plus high. Slowly recedes to an afterthought. Smell hints at a little malt sweetness after a wash of piney, grassy hops that move to citrus. Taste is more of the same with a finish that lingers with the piney notes. A good old school IPA. Mouthfeel is full enough for my taste. Overall, a very good IPA.

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Photo of Raidersox
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased as part of a pick six, 12 ounce bottle, "Enjoy By" date of 5/2/16. Chilled to 39 degrees, allowed to sit for 5-10 minutes before opening, poured into a large wine glass.

Look: Pours a nice orange/red amber color with a 1inch tan colored head. Noticeable carbonation held the head up longer than some other beers and continued until the end. When head finally dissipated it left a light foam coating with some lacing. Very promising visuals.

Smell: Hard to determine, some floral/grassy notes, bit of spice, hint of pine.

Taste: Hops and malt seem to be balanced at the start, lightly resinous, grassy but not totally unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, carbonation is noticeable throughout.

Overall: Drinkable but unimpressive. Cool looking label seemed to promise more than I got. It really held it's carbonation well, always a plus. Not a bad beer by any measure and would certainly like to try this again. Curious to know if draft would be different from bottled.

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Photo of matcris
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Amber to copper clear with a finger of tan head that dissipates after a few minutes and leaves a thick ring on top. Small rising bubbles. Decent lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Toffee, malt, citrus, a little astringent. Minor pine notes.
TASTE: Very malty, bready, caramel, and citrus. Lasting mild bitterness on the finish. Very slight pine.
FEEL: Lots of carbonation, medium full body, a little slick and then more dry towards the finish.
OVERALL: Really malty, but pretty nice balance with the citrus and pleasant bitterness on the finish. Slight astringent quality to the beer.

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

Good example of a beer with lots of hop flavor but that doesn't overwhelm the drinker with bitterness. It's rich copper in color and with a thick, fluffy off white head. Smells grassy, citrusy (grapefruit and lemon), piney, and with some bready sweetness. Taste has lots of different hop flavors, starts fairly sweet on the palate, and finishes very dry. Feel is medium as far as thickness and carbonation, and leaves a resiny coating on the tongue. There's obviously a lot of different styles of hops going on here (I'm not seasoned enough to pick out which flavor is which) but there's enough balanced sweetness to keep it from being a palate wrecker.

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Photo of Schoeni
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one looks good in the glass, nice carbonation and the colour is like ginger ale, like carramello. Not that much foam, but fine pored. Smell of honey, pines, more like forest-honey, very sweet on the nose.
The start is really bitter, didn't expect that, but then also malty and sweet. Little bit of mango; Very smooth and crisp, but I miss the fruit notes and the balance of the body. The only Thing thats special here is that the start is really bitter and the aftertaste is not bitter at all, more sweet...

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Photo of cjgiant
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap nitro (been a while since I had it in any form):
Of course it looked lovely on nitro. Amber golden once the waterfall of a nitro pour subsided.

Nose had a surprising light citrus note to it. Wasn't too strong, but was there. Generic vegetal notes otherwise. I'll blame the nitro.

Generally avoid IPAs on nitro, but was in an adventurous mood. This came across as a lightly caramel honey malt opening backed by the hops from the nose, but more bitter than the nose indicated. This was not a bitter pour, but the hops played nicely and did win the battle by the end.

Feel was what would be expected from a nitro pour, smooth with any harshness muted.

Actually a better experience that I was thinking I'd have originally. Definitely need to revisit this with a fresh regular bottle of this beer.

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, strong floral hops, slight resin, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong citrus hops, strong floral hops, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of resin, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, strong body and aroma, good blend and appearance.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,341 ratings.
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