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:
7,376
Reviews:
2,545
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
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301
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1,553
For Trade:
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Ratings: 7,376 |  Reviews: 2,545
Photo of Ricochet
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark amber, good head, just as expected.

S: As advertised. Hops. Hops. Hops. Pale ale x2.

M: Citrus start, hop bitterness, warm in the mouth. It wasn't dry like I've known IPAs to be.

T: Nothing can be said by me that wasn't said by many others. This was a full pale with overpowering hops flavor than took center stage and hammed it up like Shatner. Great.

D: Very. However, something I've noted as of late... I always considered myself a hophead, but I like a little more "suttle" hoppy beer taste rather than them "stick it in your face" hoppiness of this and other stong hops beers. I prefer a flavor not so drastic, therefore , my drinkability score is lessened but still, this is one of those special beers if you're looking for the extreme.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally sitting here with a bottle of the legendary HopDevil out of the Victory variety pack....here we go.

Appearance-flawless, a gorgeous red amber color with a huge foamy head that stays and stays and stays, exceptional clarity with active carbonation.

Smell-spicy hop aroma combined with sweet fruit malt, alcohol also seeps through the nostrils but the hops overtake everything by quite a bit.

Taste-velvetey smooth with a rich taste, dark malts puncuate at first followed by a large hop bite, very spicy kicks with some darker flavor (almost chocolate but not quite) seeping through. Viciously flavorful and quite delicious.

Mouthfeel-dark on the palette, hop bite is nice, very flavorful on the palette, a pleasure to drink.

Drinkability-flavorful to the death and deviously drinkable. A top-notch ale that should be enjoyed in all circumstances.

Overall-I am angry that I was so late in finally getting to drink this fabulous beer. A sheer pleasure to drink in every respect and a beer that has acheived its fanfare and fame through sheer drinkability and hop character. A must-try.

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Photo of Sturmthis
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Kplummer82
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jjboesen
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My review is based on a bottle quaffed in the intimate recessess of Birreria Paridiso in Georgetown (DC) and succeeded several fine beers.

Let's talk about the head; it was thick and foamy and sank like a deflating pillow atop a translucent copper-colored liquid of pure clarity housing a steady stream of carbonation bubbles. Lacing was minimal.

And the nose? Well, I detected a heavy floral blast concealing some hint of banana - which appears to increase if allowed to sit and if stirred several times. I love science.

Taste? Let the bottle speak for itsef: "bold and spicy." Labels never lie. In addition, there is a heavy layer of hops lathered onto the tongue, with the spicy bits fading into a semi-sweet aftertaste.

This very full-bodied; yet, not one with particular heaviness nor one that neccessarily overwhelms the palate. Obviously, this depends on one's individual hop tolerance level.

In any case,Victory does it again! Hop Devil is a superb ale with a well-balanced body and accompanied by a nicely palatable sweetness with a welcoming biscuity finish. Ahhhh....

To summarize, let us borrow from the Book of Stewie Griffith and simply say, "Victory is mine...! Now where is that insidious harridan Lois?

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

Deep copper, amber in color, with a thinnish, smooth off white head. Decent lace down the glass. Nose is hoppy and citric. Flavor starts off caramel sweet, with a strong, fairly rough hop flavor throughout. Hops lend a good blend of citric and floral flavors to the brew, with spicy and acidic notes present throughout. Well-carbonated, but fairly creamy in body, with a medium-light mouthfeel and a dry finish. Nice hop aftertaste. Overall a good IPA, though I probably wouldn't rank it top #10. Seems a bit one dimensional compared to, say, Stone's Ruination.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a sixtel on tap on my draft system poured into a SA glass.

Clear with a slight haze,coppery color,dense/creamy off-white head with execellent retention slowly decends into a nice pillowy layer. Lots of carbination as well.

A good assertive piney/resiny aroma up front,very clean and inviting,carmelized maltiness with slightly burnt notes and a nice toastness in there also. Citrusy hop aromas in the background.

Strong hop tastes, lots of pine with a leafyness,as grapefruityness comes through towards the finish. Excellent balance With a sweet carmell maltiness.

A good full mouthfeel with a twangy feel. On of the first ipa's iv'e ever had and still one of the best. Without a doubt the most drinkable as well. The one never lasts long at my house. An absoulte must try ipa, has to be a classic.

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

Photo of beachbum1975
3.04/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for this one soundbarrier.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber with an average tan head. Slight stickiness on the walls of my pint glass. Neato comic book-esque packaging.

Smell: Lots of yeast mixed with a wet dog (kinda musty to me)

Taste: bready, yeasty with a fair amount of hops on the finish. Where's all the hops?

Mouthfeel: High carbonated and a bit waxy

Overall: Not enough hops to be called a "Hopdevil". The hops are either not here or hiding somehere. Nice, but not one that I'd run all over to get.

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of cmq103
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of muddyh2oblues
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a slightly hazy, like amber golden color with a nice amount of foamy slightly off white head that lingers, medium lacing

S: very nice hop notes, great citrus and grapefruit notes

T: interesting taste, nice hop notes, slight citrus flavor, something lingers on the palate that is almost like a slight skunkiness

D/M: medium carbonation, smooth drinking, sits a little heavy, lingering taste on the palate is not the best

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

A - Golden brown almost amber color. One inch of creamy frothy head. Left a lacy sort of webbed ring of head all the way down the class.

S - Hoppy, malty, earthy. This beer smells amazing.

T - Amazing hop characteristics with malty undertones. it even has a faint sweet finish that pulls everything together.

M - Nice hop and malt balance on the toungue.

O - This beer is from the Gods (I've been watching alot of Spartacus). I put this up there with the best American IPA's I've ever had. This is a must have if you haven't already tried it.

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Photo of nhirsch04
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thought this was decent IPA. Not overly hoppy but good balance with malts and hops.
Good drink ability and it finished very clean on the palate.
My thoughts are this beer is a bit overrated on here for what I tasted, but it was still a solid beer.
:)

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

On tap cask conditioned at the Drafting Room in Springhouse. The HopDevil pours a nice copper color with a nice thick off-white head. The aroma is of a nice balance between the intense hop flavor and the malty sweetness with a bit of citrus. The taste is an enjoyable balance of the hoppy, piney bitterness and the sweet and fruit tones. A very nice beer and extra special on cask.

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Photo of Greggy
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an amber color, crystal clear, with a 2 finger white fluffy head with nice retention. As it slowly recedes, it leaves some nice lacing.

S- The nose is a bit tight for me but there is definite grapefruit, and almost a munich malt note in there along with some biscuit.

T- Starts off with a very smooth maltiness with notes of biscuit and caramel then moves into a nice long dry finish.

M- This is smooth and the Alcohol is well hidden.

D- It's to bad this isn't 5%, as it'd be one hell of session beer. Regardless, this is very tasty. It wasn't much of an IPA, but definitely a tasty pale.

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Photo of KnowYourCraft
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of patrick802
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of s1ckboy
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of greencovesteve
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of bh123
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of obrike
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have not had this one is a while...I believe this is one of the beers that initially got me interested in craft beer.

A lovely burnt copper color in my 512 pint glass. Off-white head, disappated fairly quickly, but left pretty streaks of lace. This beer really pops in the glass.

Quite a mix of scents in this one...spicy...can't quite trace what it is, followed by tropical mango, grapefruit, pine, a bit of caramel malt.

The taste was a bit of a letdown...the hops were there, but they felt more grassy and dry, not the oily, tropical or grapefruit kick that I like. The spicyness was tame and the sweet malt I smelled seemed subdued a bit. The aftertaste threw off the flavor...can't quite put my finger on it, but it felt a bit unbalanced. Maybe this was an older bottle?

Still, a good and interesting take on a IPA, but in my opionion, not one to seek out.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,376 ratings.
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