HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,350
Reviews:
2,535
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
Wants:
298
Gots:
1,533
For Trade:
8
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

12 oz bottle. Nice caramel color, very frothy head, good retention. smells like like grapefruit,raisin, pine,lots of citrus! bicuity taste, bitter finish. pretty sweet tasting. carmel flavors come through. bitter notes at the end predominate the flavor of each sip. nice thick mouthfeel that really clings to your mouth. This beer is nice to sip on slowly due to bitterness levels, but a really enjoyable brew.

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

From a bottle to a pint glass...
The color is dark copper, had a huge cloudy white head.
Smells sweet and malty with some earthy hops.
Tastes piney, hoppy, sweet malt, and a hint of pepper.
It's medium bodied and very smooth.
This is pretty tasty, giv e me a hop wallop though.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of EPICAC
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a six-pack of this last night at Libby's Liquors in Central Square. I had two bottles with dinner last night at a friend's apartment.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, hazy reddish-copper with a thick, beige head that fades to a film leaving heavy but patchy lace on the inside of the glass. I really love the color.

Smell: Sweet malts with some tart fruitiness, a whiff of alcohol and some grassy, resiny and grapefruit hop aromas.

Taste: Toasty malts upfront that move into a fruity and sugary sweetness. The finish is a grassy and resiny hop bitterness with a lingering tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and oily with low carbonation.

Drinkability: This is really hop-forward making it a bit hard to drink.

Overall: This is an excellent American IPA.

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Photo of Michaeldmanley
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Skidz
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to both ppoitras and shippos for the trade.

"Enjoy by June 06 04" --- oops, I held on to this one for awhile longer than expected.

Pours out a light amber brown and sits a foggy caramel red in the glass with a mighty, fluffy off-white head. Lacings are wonderful.

The aroma is intense, with hops bouncing around on every side of your nose, filling your head with soothing aromas. Mildly citric with light traces of pine. Caramel and nuts lurk beneath. There is nothing wrong with an IPA that smells as good as this one. Doesn't try to set you back by overloading it with hops, rather, it presents itself delicately with a healthy dosage.

Tastes nicely malted up front with caramel sweetness. Hopping is clearly evident soon after, as flavors begin to mingle with one another. Some grapefruit citrus flavors along with hints of fresh pine bring out the front of the hoppings. The balance of malts and hops is just dead on, there is not much more to say about it. Flavor is nothing short of amazing.

Fills your mouth with it's wide range of flavors and medium-full body. Carbonation is well controlled and matches the smooth and cleanly polished body.

By far, one of the best IPA's I've ever had. It's a shame I can't see this one regularly, as it makes me so happy to pop one open and treat myself to a great tasting beer. This beer has it where it counts, right in the mouth. It's all there. I need to move to a better state.

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

12 oz. brown bottle purchased at Avalon Liquors in SNJ. Best before Sept. 16, 2005 clearly notable on the front label.
Pours amber, just a bit darker brown accented than most. A few arcs of carbonation off the side. A shorter lived, but full and frothy, dark tan head reduced to a nice lace.
Hearty citrus and pine aroma
Initial biting bitterness that had a blend of citrus and pine notes. This isn't a one trick pony, though. A superb malty bakebone kept everything in check.
Slightly more than medium mouthfeel. Didn't finish as dry or astringent as one would expect.
Drinkable? Sometimes, we're worried that we pack too much beer. That they will take up the ice. After fishing, we won't have any room to put the day's catch in, since we have all these full bottles to lug back to the house. Not the case here. The sixer disappeared. Yes, I'd have several.
Note: A good mix of hearty pine hop belches after the first sip or two.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber, bit more red than typical IPA.

S: As soon as I cracked the bottle I could smell the fresh hops. Awesome.

Taste: Boom! Lotta Hops up front, floral in the beguinning, followed by an almost sour grapefruit citrus. THe beers called hopdevil and it certainly lives up to the name. A tad more malts would make it more balanced but this is America, IPA's arent balanced.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, well carbonated, leaves some oil-y hop resins on lips and cheeks. Yummy.

Maybe the best IPA on the East Coast. A Great beer thats widely available. A must try for any fan of craft beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of gr0g
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decidedly not pale, but copper in color. A nice, two-finger head forms, with good retention and some sexy lacing. Aroma features mostly herbal and grassy notes along with a solid toffee note. As an IPA that's been around a while, the great aromas lent by "new school" hops are not present.

On the palate there's more balance between malt and hops than many IPAs. Still, perceived bitterness is in IPA territory and there are some nice, though vague hoppy flavor notes. Despite the maltiness, the flavor is dry. Pronounced citric hop bite. The soft, fine carbonation works very well.

This really blurs the line between IPA and an amber/red ale due to the balance between the strength of the hop flavors and the malt body (plus it's got an amber color). Hop Devil ultimately stands out as a malt-forward IPA that's quite good, if not quite a stand-out in an increasingly crowded market.

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Photo of Schmoog
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: HopDevil is a good looking golden ale. It has a darker orange body and almost ruby highlights, really cool to look at. Healthy doses of carbonation under the one finger head.

With all this activity I’m very surprised this head isn’t more impressive. The white head leaves only a little bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: The bitterness of the hops is very present on the nose. Some real snap to this devilish drink. The flavor profiles are all similar though. Just some notes of orange zest, lemon, and a little bit of a floral note.

Taste: Interesting peppery spice to the drink on top of the hops. It finishes with a pronounced wheat flavor, although it isn’t cereal tasting like adjuncts. This demon is not scaring me off very well.

Hops are very present, but they aren’t bold. This IPA has the hop flavors, but not the zing or bitterness that should accompany it. The malts aren’t really there. The orange is most pronounced with the floral and herbal flavors. It is still a good drink.

Mouth feel: Probably the best part of this beer. It is incredibly creamy and rich. Just a slight amount of bitterness prevents the dryness to mess with the feel. Almost chewy, really, it is that big.

Overall: While the flavors aren’t nearly robust enough to make a “devilish” hop profile, it is still an enjoyable beer. Alcohol content is a little high for sessioning…Ah well, what the heck, maybe this is the devilishness Victory is really talking about.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Photo of Berg-the-Boiler
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,350 ratings.
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