HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Ratings: 7,388 |  Reviews: 2,548
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle expiration date is March, 2008. Also clearly printed on the sampler 12-pack. Thanks very much for that Victory!

A nice deep amber color, with a creamy light tan head that rose to two fingers and never receded past one, all the while maintaining a death-grip on the side of my pint glass.

Aroma of caramel and malt, balanced nicely by the citrusy American hops mentioned on the bottle. Based on the aroma, this should really be called Balance-devil. More and more it's what I am looking for from this style, and not all of them deliver. I was thinking that until I tasted it!

Yes the malt is there up front, but it's immediately usurped by an onslaught of big citrus-laden hops, a bit of hoppy spice and even some alcohol. The grapefruit in this AIPA remains with you through the finish, and then some malt sweetness peeks back through the haze, interestingly enough leaving you with an overall sensation of the balance I mentioned earlier.

This is one well-done beer. Smooth and creamy, with a medium body, and nicely carbonated taboot. I could definitely hit a few of these in a night.


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

Poured into a tulip pint: A finger of thick, beige head that retains well & leaves webbed lacing at the top. Bright, rusty body, like tea. Hazy but translucent.

Smell is somewhat balanced between mild, toasty malt & a lemony smell. There's also a leafy, tea-like note that actually makes it kind of like an Arnold Palmer. After a while a slight organic, blue cheese smell develops -- different.

Plenty of lemon & orange flavors up front (zest & all), with a restrained tea coolness, turning just a little biscuity & ending with that bitter citrus zest again. Nice, not too sweet.

Medium-bodied, very smooth with a "cool" feel that comes with a mild tannic dryness.

Overall very nice: good hop flavors without being overly bitter. Also, the malt is just enough to balance -- too much malt or caramel in an IPA is a turn-off for me. Very good drinker. HopDevil was the first IPA I ever had, before I even knew what was supposed to characteristic of an IPA. It had been a while since I'd had a HopDevil, & I'm happy to report that it's a really quality example of the East Coast style.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of bigdeuce
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is really hoppy, no doubt. Looks beautifully outta the bottle, big lacing down the glass. Nice micro smell! Packs a wholloping hit on the bitter side after going down. Some malt, more hops. Beautiful copper coloring, also. It is also affordable. A delight of a beer!

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Photo of Buckeye982
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatrickCT
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McMatt7
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Smconnor
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of dnichols
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I keep insisting that I am not a fan of AIPAs but then a brew like this one comes along and presents a case for this style that I find hard to ignore. I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Sam Adams lager glass.

A: It poured a richly dark orange with a one finger white head that receded to a skim across the surface and ring around the collar. There was a thin and leggy and clung to the side of the glass.

S: The aromas were bold and complex with floral and citrusy hops balanced well with sweet toasted malts.

T: The sweet and creamy malts were challenged by a range of hop flavors that gave the tongue a real workout. There were earthy and citrusy (grapefruit and oranges) flavors. On the backside there was a sweet tart like presence that made the finish of each swig entertaining and left me wanting more.

M: It had a medium-body with a modest amount of carbonation and a great refreshing finish. There was a bit of bitter-sweet aftertaste.

D: It is a great IPA with a wonderful flavor and complex aroma. I would be limited to 2 or 3 before the bitterness overcame my enjoyment but its a great way to go.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of burnstar
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Three pints from cask at Zeno's. Wow. The cask really does wonders to this stuff. There is a glorious thick off-white head that persists forever. Below the everlasting head, this beer is a fantastic opaque dark amber color. Smell is all hops- spicy and citrusy and pretty much the same as the stuff from a bottle. Tastes fantastic. Hops hit hard and persist throughout. The difference is that it just tastes a bit more complex and untamed than normal hopdevil. I must say that what really stikes me about this beer more than anything else is the mouthfeel- heavy and creamy and just fantastic. Perhaps the best mouthfeel of any beer I've tried. Pretty drinkable- addictive really, as the fact that I had three pints demonstrates. Wonderful stuff.

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3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 83.9% out of 100 with 7,388 ratings
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