HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,533 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 knm
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I started the pour it looked really light, but once in the glass in darkened to a smooth amber. The medium brown head dissipated quickly and left heavy lacing.
The smell of this beer is grand, not the typical sour hops variety. This is actually one of the sweetest IPA's I have ever sniffed!
The taste is quite smooth also, nothing popping to hard. Good hops immediately, with nice caramel undertones. A little piney twang as well.

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

Not a very thick head when poured. The head has a beige tinge to it. Pours a nice, thick-looking amber/copper color. Smells like . . .citrus, lemon or lime stand out with some piney after notes. Mouthfeel is slightly thick. Big hop flavor, almost consumes this entire beer but there is a malt backbone towards the middle and then finishes a touch dry with the pine flavor lingering. Bitterness suites the style. Overall a damned good drinking beer. It may be a touch too heavy on the body but it's a good beer, just make sure you let it warm up a bit to get all the goodies in there.

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

Pours a clear brownish copper color with a half inch of off white head that lasts a while. Leaves a small amount of lacing that dissipates quickly. Good creamy and hop flavor. Citrus tones and flavors aren't overpowering and are well balanced. Doesn't have a heavy body, with medium carbonation and has a very smooth finish. Very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of boblinneman
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Two words to describe Hopdevil COMPLEX yet BALANCED!
Its hard for me to give a perfect rating, but this beer really does have it all. Its a rollercoaster ride for your tastebuds. Victory does not over hop this IPA to make a name for themselves, (ex. 90minuteIPA or Ruination) they just made the perfect beer.

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

I grew up in PA and every time I go back to visit I pick up a case of this. It is what I judge all other American IPA's against. Pours a rich golden-burgundy with an off-white head that rises and slowly falls to a solid film that laces all down the glass. It smells of piney citrus, but not in the same fresh biting way that a lot of IPA's come off. This one has more of a mellow and rich smell that rides atop a grainy backbone. The taste is more of the same. The hops are first and foremost, but there is a complexity here that leaves you looking forward to the next as soon as you finish the first. The malts provide just the right amount of balance in the sense that the scales are definitely tipped to the hops, but they bring their malty friend along to mellow out the finish with an earthy graininess that provides the perfect yang for their yin. Great beer, enough said.

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

This beer pours a nice deep amber with a good 1 1/2 finger head that stays only for a bit before settling into a tiny frothy cap that sticks around for the rest of the beer. The nose is grapefruit and floral hops with a bit of honey. Mouthfeel is medium-light. Tastes just crisp enough, lots of grapefruit and tons of hop aftertaste, although not as much as you'd expect from the name. Very dry and refreshing. An excellent well priced IPA with a very big taste and presence. Definitely a must try and a great session beer.

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Photo of irishtimepiece
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous burnt orange/copper color with a short head that recedes to a thin layer of foam. Plenty of lacing. Smells floral/citrusy with a substabtial plum-like sweetness. The taste is all hops upfront with a strong dark fruit malty finish. Mouthfeel is tingly. Excellent beer. Almost comes off as a smaller American Barleywine.

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

From a 12 oz. bottle into a glass stein with freshness date February 11th 2008.

A - Pours a hazy, amber honey color with a half inch head that dissipates slowly and a sticky lacing that clings to the glass.

S - Well-balanced smell of hops, citrusy grapefruit, small grain and the faintest note of alcohol. Not too strong of a smell, yet not weak. Becomes more pronounced as it warms.

T - The strong, spicy wave of hops mixed with hints of alcohol hit your taste buds first, reminding you that you are drinking an IPA. Toasted sweetened malt, citrus and honey flavor rush in only to be beaten down by another forceful and strong rush of hops with a lingering alcohol taste and just the tiniest hint of malt that results in more of a dry, spicy finish.

M - A smooth and creamy medium-bodied IPA, with well-balanced carbonation.

D - Seems to be quite drinkable. For an IPA named HopDevil, I expected more hoppy bitterness to it, however it was very well-rounded with an spicy hop fix to it that mixed very well with the rest of the brew. Something to tip back and enjoy more than a few during a warm summer day. My first tasting of a Victory brew and I am quite impressed. Definitely recommended.

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

Note: I am changing the format of my reviews:

A- A deep amber with a slight reddish tint. The lacing is excellent with an off white head..

S- You really get the hops. Pungent and sweet..

T- Great hoppiness all the way through this. With subtle up front flavor strong middle tones and a nice finish.

M- Light carbonation and even a subtle pillowy feel as it moves through your mouth.

D- A very nice hoppy beer. We drank it while we built the new kegerator.

Packaging - Med brought this one over in a German style growler. I really like the German style. The sealable top and the new system over at Liberty, where they flush with CO2 before filling will make these last a good amount of time. Much better than the screw off caps.

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

I've had great hoppy beers. This one is far too simple. Still good, but too simple.

It's as if Victory forgot that a hoppy beer can also have flavor with the bittering. The hops are straightforward and bitter, nothing more.

Pouring out the beer is translucent orange and amber. Beautiful. The head is moderate and leaves little archepelagos of lacing. The head stays around for many minutes afterwards.

The smell is piney and strong. Mild alcohol scent wafts through.

Taste from this medium-body IPA is this- Little sweet malt then *BAM!* BITTER! No real citrus flavor or pine note, just overwhelming bitter. All I'm saying is that I've had nicer IPA's in my life.

I drank probably five tonight, and I was pretty happy after that, hahaha... It has 6.8% alcohol, so be careful with it on an empty stomach. Despite the bittering, it was easy to put many down in a short time period. Very drinkable for such a mouth-puckering brew.

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Photo of johnmichael712
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. The bottle tells me to enjoy by June 26, 2009, but I'm not exactly sure of the time frame between the bottled on date and the freshness date. This beer pours a beautiful dark amber color with orange highlights, and is a few shades darker than the Thomas Creek Class Five IPA I had earlier today. Holding this beer up to a lamp allows me to appreciate its remarkable clarity. The head is a medium khaki color that doesn't look like it'll be sticking around for too long considering the negligible amount of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head has moderate retention, and eventually fades to a small wisp atop the surface of the beer, but it still manages to leave a hearty amount of lace behind.

Smell: The nose of this beer is very punchy, with a citrusy hop character that leaves no doubt in the mind that Northwestern American hops were used in this brew. The website doesn't give any names, but I have a feeling they all start with a "C". All the usual players are here, grapefruit, papaya, and orange zest, and Victory has done a wonderful job with bringing out these wonderful hop aromas. There are also hints of leafy hoppiness, a bit of spice, and some caramel malt, but this is definitely a C-hop dominated nose.

Taste: I thought I had tasted some malt dominant IPA's in my lifetime, but I think I can safely say that Victory's HopDevil takes the cake. This beer starts out with an absolute truckload of sweet malt, with hints of toasted bread and caramel coming along for the ride. After this, however, the hops steal the show, and it's an all out brawl between citrus flavors (grapefruit and bitter orange peel), leafy/floral hop flavors, and enough tongue-bruising bitterness to satisfy even the biggest of hopheads. These flavors eventually subside to a slightly dry, bitter, and very spicy finish that lingers on the palate for an absolute eternity. I think it's worth noting that drinking this beer reminded me of a less malty but hoppier Bigfoot, and those of you that have tasted both beers know exactly what I mean.

Mouthfeel: Very nice medium to medium-full body, especially for an IPA. The thick, malty body is heavenly smooth on the tongue, and the moderate carbonation only adds to the smoothness. Swirling this beer around in the mouth is a delight, and this is a very good mouthfeel for an IPA.

Drinkability: I feel like a broken record when I say that I'm not the sort of person that could ever drink more than one IPA or DIPA in a row, so I don't rate drinkability for these beers on whether or not I'd have another. Instead, I like to focus on how easily drinking one bottle is/was, but sometimes certain things bear repeating. With that in mind, I'm not having any trouble finishing this glass, and in the months that I can't buy Bell's Hopslam Ale I can definitely see myself buying this beer again.

Notes: I've read that the late Michael Jackson was a big fan of Victory's HopDevil, and after tasting it I can see why. This is definitely one of my favorite American IPA's to date, but only time (and more beer!) will tell if it can hold its position. The boys at Victory have done it again, and they continually establish themselves as power players in the American craft beer scene. Victory for my taste [buds]? You bet.

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

This beer pours semi-dark golden color with a great white frothy head.

Oh my the hops! No wonder they call it HopDevil! The stinging hops scent is complimented with a hint of fruits.

The taste is awesome. I was expecting the hops to be overpowering but they do very well. The fruits also play on the back end here.

The mouthfeel is great, smooth and delicious.

Overall it is a great beer for hop lovers, which I can be at times.

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

On tap this beer is hoppier then out of the bottle. Copper with a creamy white head that smells earthy and hoppy. Tastes initially extremely hoppy but as it flows across your tongue you get nice kick of malt goodness. Hops are the overwhelming flavor with a slight warmth from the alcohol in your stomach but its barely noticeable. Nice thirst quencher and is also highly drinkable do to its unique but not overwhelming flavor.

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

So far the best example of an American IPA I have found. One of the beers that I have been drinking for years and finally decided to give it the review it deserves.

Pours a pretty dark amber, fluffy white head. A nice strong fresh hop smell. A nice strong fresh citrus hop taste. Carbonation is perfect, drinkability is unmatched.

The Hopdevil tops the charts when it come to balancing the hops and malt that makes a good IPA great.

Try one, another IPA will never match the glory that is the Hopdevil!


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Photo of ebit
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lot's of head when poured aggressively. It sticks around too. A beautiful amber orange for the body with hints of red in the middle and yellow at the edges.

A non-overpowering combination of light citrus and piney hops are first to the nose instantly. Traces of grain malt are just barely evident. Very clean smelling but could be a bit more aromatic.

Citrusy hops and spices charge forward early almost drowning out everything on with grainy malts in the background. Grainy malts take precedence as you swallow with bread and slight honey flavors. All build to a bitter but not unpleasant aftertase as hops whisk everything away.

Carbonation bites early on giving it a crisp feel. A medium light body counters the bite with a bit of smoothness. Leaves the mouth a bit dry and wanting another drink. This is about what the beer should feel like, not only does it allow you to focus on the hop flavors in the brew but I'd go so far as to say it even enhances them.

The hops might turn some but it adds a unique character to the beer as they literally attack your tongue from the get-go. Able to be consumed at an above average rate if you want a beer that feels light but aggressive on the palate. The alcohol might catch up with you after a few but it's worth the journey.

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Photo of JustinJTisdale
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a six pack of this because I remembered loving it when it was on tap.

The color is gold with off white head that lasted very long considering the style and left a nice thin lacing.

The taste is VERRRY hoppy and citrusy and the smell of hops flooded the living room to the point where my girlfriend a few feet away commented on the smell asking if they sold candles with that aroma.

I plan on grabbing another 6 pack of this as soon as its gone!

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Photo of huhl23
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer from Victory. Was a bit skeptical at first try but wow I shouldn't have been. Pours a light orange amber color with two finger head that dissipates into a nice light head. Small lacing. Hints of grapefruit in the nose. Taste is hoppy and malty. Very good balance. Very good IPA.

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

This beer lasts a *long* time.

I got to a 20-count at times.

Fills your mouth.

But not very heavy.

I had seen it before. Nice packaging, Tried it because I saw it on this site.

I will buy it again.

Adding to the review eight months later: I have bought this beer several times since my original review, and I continue to find it a good change of pace. It is a very full beer, you have to pay attention when you drink it, but it's worth the attention.

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Photo of cjohnson
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish-amber with about an inch and a half of head, and a nice little bit of carbonation bubbles coming up through the beer.

Very nice smelling beer with a spicy and (unsurprisingly) hoppy nose.

Very hoppy, a little too so for my liking, but not so much as to be overwhelming. A pretty strong bitterness comes with the hops, and maybe just a hint of malt sweetness to finish. Fairly spicy.

Medium bodied mouthfeel; nothing incredible.

I found this pretty drinkable, even though I don't love this style. Not my favorite pale ale I've had this evening, but certainly a respectable offering from Victory that people who like IPAs will undoubtedly enjoy.

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Photo of Gregg03
4.75/5  rDev +17%

This is my go-to staple IPA. It is nicely balanced, great mouth-feel, soft flavors. It's called "hop devil" but I really think it is so well-balanced that the name is a bit mis-placed. Sometimes IPAs have a hoppy bite, but this is much more balanced than many others. The Bros are right with the "World Class" rating. Great beer.

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Photo of JDH2000
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a generic pint glass. I love the label on the bottle.

A- Nice dark amber color with a slight off-white head. Nice lacing around the glass

S- Great hoppy scent. Picking up notes of citrus and some malts.

T- I love how the hops hit you, with a nice balance of spiciness and bitterness. Taste mellows out with some nice malty flavors.

M- medium bodied with some mildly-strong carbonation.

D- overall, a great beer and could easily put back a few in one sitting. A great IPA to definitely keep on hand.

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Photo of mash4077
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz to glass

A- Clear amber color, with two fingers of off-white head, good retention and lacing.

S- Caramel, chocolate, floral hops, alcohol is present but not overpowering. Nice malt presence.

T- Smooth hopiness, warm malt tastes. Something of a sour citrus, not really lemon though. Molassas and carmel come out in the end, with the hops kicking back in the aftertaste. Very good.

M- Solid carbonation, nice and creamy, full bodied.

D- Not wonderful, average.

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

Appearance: Orange and amber colored ale. looks still. Has a medium off-white head that seems like it sticks.

Smell: Strong hops and and a bit of malts in the nose. I also smell some citrus and fruity esters.

Taste: Bold hops flavors here. Lots of bitterness and lots of hops. This beer's smell and taste go together so well. The aroma makes you look forward to that next sip and the taste delivers.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little thicker than most IPA's I have had.

Overall: One of my favorite IPAs right now.

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Photo of beerman599
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i had this at the Connecticut real ale festival and it was wonderful a stand out among standouts a true historically correct IPA with great body mouth feel and balance.hop heads and malt freaks alike will love this one. if you can find it on cask its a must!!!

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,339 ratings.
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