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Hop Devil Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Hop Devil AleHop Devil 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of doubledteague
2.78/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Beautiful amber color, but unlike other review I hac very very little head that dissipated very quickly.

S- Very hoppy, piney, and a slight hint of citrus.

T- BOOM!!! Hit hard with the hops, and pines, never got the citrus.

M- Very very dry. Heavy carbonation, or maybe thats just the hops.

O- Im a little unsure. Its good for an IPA, but I think its a little too heavy on the hops for my own personal taste. Just my opinion though.

Tasted and Reviewed 1945-2015 10/31/11

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

Appearance: Pours a golden brown with a finger of sticky head. Looks gorgeous. Laces nicely all the way down.

Smell: Some sweetness at the front, with some definite floral notes following. Nothing complex or over powering, smells like an IPA.

Taste: I get an immediate kick of the hops, which works well with the carbonation. It finishes a bit sweet, almost honey like. There's some grapefruit-like taste in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and crisp, leaves a good taste in the mouth. Leaves you wanting more.

Overall: A very interesting IPA indeed. It doesn't finish with a strong bite like you would expect, rather it hits you right up front and fades into a bubbly sweetness. I got this in a make your own 6 pack, and I'm glad I did. Not sure if I'd go for a 6 pack of this by itself though.

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Photo of beerdeity
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice dark amber, and has a captivating aroma. The hops are extremely present in the first smell. The first taste is quite overwhelming, given the elevated IBUs, but subsequent mouthfuls proof to be less intense. Eventually the beer provides a very pleaseant mouthfeel, and extremely satisfying taste. Not for the weak of heart, but a must for any hophead.

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

First tried this at the Old Dominion BeerFest in June '05; finally found it for sale at a wine store in Reston, Virginia.

Poured a nice, amber color, with an off-white head, about one finger's worth; head dissipated slowly, but still showed a partial head even to the last sip. Left a nice lacing throughout. Hoppy taste, very easy to drink. One of the best beers I've had in a long time.

Price was $8.99 for a sixer, which I thought was high, but for the quality of this beer, it was well worth the price.

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Photo of dfuller
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice IPA light brown with a thin head and little lacing to speak of.

Smell: A bit cleaner than you'd expect for an IPA of this strength. A few notes of roasted nuts come through.

Taste: Hop heavy, as the name obviously implies. This is an unpretentous beer, so I can forgive it for its complete lack of balance. This is supposed to be a hop-hitter and it certainly lives up to that. Sweeter and less bitter than your typical hophead feature, but that's about all there is to add.

Mouthfeel: The sharp bitterness of the hops dominates as you'd expect. Still, light in body for an IPA.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable on a hot day. This beer would hold up well against some spicy food and sweating-hot weather.

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Photo of johnshuster
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S-Bottle from a six pack that I picked up at the local store. Victory is big in PA where I was in school, but living in MA now I was surpised but happy to see their stuff in the cooler. Then I got home and saw the enjoy by July 2005 stamp on the side of the bottle...this was November 10th...oh well, I gave it a try anyway. It was still pretty good.

A-The usual IPA, reddish brown slightly golden color. A nice light head on top that left behind plenty of lacing on the way down.

S-Not as overpowering as IPAs usually are. Mind you, that is a smell I like so overpowering is not used in any negative sense here...but anyway, this didn't have the trademark super hoppy scent that I have come to expect from most IPAs. It was still there, just more subdued and subtle in its hoppiness.

Taste-Since I couldn't compare this to a fresh beer, I don't know whether this was tasting right or not. But, it was not bad at all. This was not as hoppy as other beers of this kind I have had, but that's not a bad thing since I think sometimes it gets overdone. Some hopiness was still there and the beer is filled with strong flavors throughout.

Mouthfeel-Pretty good. Again, who knows what the age did to it here. It was not very carbonated...only a slight bit present. Nothing to complain about though, nice and smooth with a little bite to it.

D-Just fine. Can't really taste the high octane in this one at all. Goes down smooth, even if it is 4 months too old! Very good balanced flavor, not so assaulting you can keep drinking it. Would try again for sure, hopefully a fresh one next time.

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Photo of soundbarrier
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into pint. Good copper/amber color. Thin off white head very little lacing.

Pour: Poured into pint glass with a thin off white head. Very little lacing.

Smell: Good bouquet with little hoppyness for something called Hopdevil. Overall it is good.

Taste: Fruity notes. Not hoppy enough.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Good clean taste, and very drinkable. I would have expected more HOP!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Echosolace
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Carmel-colored in appearance. Effervescent but not overly so. I'd think a shitty beer would bubble up too fast and lose its carbonation. Head is sustained for a decent amount of time. Lacing strong even in just the head.

S: Light and hoppy, but I think maybe my glass smells a bit wierd. Its been in my fridge for a while.

T: It would be a nice beer to pair with some kind of food. Some pasta or salad I think. It doesn't have the bite I like in a strong IPA, but solid nonetheless.

M: Balanced. Doesn't really blow up in your mouth like champagne, but keeps its bubbly for a while and is fun to strain over the tongue. I like this about it quite a bit. I think it's the strongest point about this beer.

D: Yeah, it's really good. It's a fine beer and I wouldn't mind making it a staple of my fridge if I wasn't so into variety. I'd think of it as a good average or median of what an IPA should be for the beer uninitiated. I actually had a person drink this along with Victory's Golden Monkey to see where they stood on the malt/hops scale. Turns out he didn't like either, but I think this was actually a good way to find out. Yumm yumm

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Photo of mjrtoo
2.32/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent amber color as you would expect, with little head. Upon the first sniff I proclaimed to myself 'It smells like Budweiser' and to me, it does, absolutely nothing here for me in the smell department. Upon taste, it kinda tastes like budweiser too, although with the typical hoppy bitterness of ales. The mouthfeel is very bright on the tounge, too much carbonation for my tastes. I suppose this might be a good session beer if you want something like an american lager with hops. But I might recommend looking for something else in the American IPA department.

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Photo of beauweaver
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am not going to beat around the bush on this wonderful brew. I have tried many good IPA's but this one is simply the best! Pure and simple. If you haven't tried it, you are missing on a wonderful thing.
Some say it's an acquired taste. I don't believe that.

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Photo of Mattysox
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For my first review, I've selected a beer that has become one of my standard issue, go to brews...I've been pretty impressed with Victory in general, and this beer in particular, during my numerous tastings of it.

HopDevil pours a ruddy, pale orange color, usually with a fairly solid, substantial head, if you pour it aggressively. First notes to your nose are a little grapefruit and piney hops, but definitely more citrus than x-mas. It has a smooth mouthfeel, with enough carbonation to be bracing but not obnoxious. The hops, of course, are the centerpiece of the beer, but there is great malty balance to it, and that, I think, is this beer's true strength. It is very well balanced and eminently drinkable, despite its modestly high ABV. It finishes more bitter than it tastes initially, but that's not a bad thing, as the hop profile of this is pretty tasty.

One final note, if you can find this on tap, as I do at Tallula in Arlington, VA, you'll find a slightly smoother, less carbonated mouthfeel. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of lookitsfelias
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark coppery/amber/bronze colors immediately noticable, fluffy off white head with minimal yet apparent lacing

S - rustic american hop smell

T - bitter dry hops, and malty backbone

M - definitely feels great on the mouth, lots of pleasant carbonation

D - A+

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Photo of Nfl1991
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably one of the best IPA's I've had, and a beer that I'll return to from time to time. You can't go wrong with Hopdevil. Very hop-heavy, with a a bitter, but well balanced aftertaste. Very piney/grassy, with a medium bodied feel. Tonight I've had 4 IPA's, Titan IPA (Great Divide) , Union Jack IPA (Firestone), Stone IPA (Stone), and Hopdevil. Out of the four, I'd go back to this one first. If you've ever tried the Union Jack or the Stone, this is a similar beer in regards to it's high hop presence and grassy/piney/floral taste. Try it!

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Photo of parejkoj
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear deep amber, solid thick head that fades after about 5 minutes with a little lingering on the beer surface. Beautiful.

Smell: Very floral, almost reminds me of a quick whiff of rose with some lemony citrus to balance. Very nice. A little bit of malty sweetness.

Taste: Well balanced bitterness and malt profile. Grapefruit and citrus flavors up front. A little bit of pine or resin notes. A touch herbal. Noticeable alcohol. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, although as mentioned above, noticeable alcohol.

Overall: Very good. No upfront flaws apparent outright. Really enjoyable, it would be easy to drink a few of these. A well balanced IPA, which isn't always easy to find. Highly recommended.

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Photo of 3beerdudes
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer dude # 2 reports the beer dudes enjoyed the rich hoppy aroma along with the reddish yet clear appearance. The beer dudes like the just right hoppiness with the lasting after taste. The beer dudes recommend this beer as a good staple to have in the fridge for an ipa.

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Photo of astrobrewer
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color, some haziness. Fine, off-white head that is retained for quite a while. Strong, sweet, citrusy hop aroma. Flavor also dominated by hops with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Medium body balances hop flavor nicely. Carbonation level is just right with the bubbles making a nice tingle on the tongue that is good with the spicy hoppiness. A good beer if you're in the mood for lots of hops.

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Photo of sabalon
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

actually had a chance to try this beer twice, the latter by accident.

forgot i had already had it. it poured nicely, golden cloudy, with a decent head, but that faded quickly.

aroma was citrus, but the taste was quite muted, not too much hopping devil wise. don't get me wrong, it went down just fine.

not too disappointed, but the 'hop devil' moniker had me prepared for more than advertised.

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Photo of derrickt007
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again got this guy from Brawley's in Charlotte.

A. Pours a copper/ amber like color with an off white head that had good retention and some lacing.

S. Smells of hops, but not and over powering flowery smell like some IPA's.

M. To me its a meduim bodied beer.

T. Very good IPA, the taste of the hops were there, but the malt balances it out very well. ALmost a nutty taste in there. I am a hop head, but this was a very good tasteing beer that like i said balances out nice at the end.

O. Very drinkable, could knock back a couple of these in a session.

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Photo of bradleyseven
2.91/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a mixing glass (american pint glass)

amber-red-copper colored and transpearant. off-white head which went away quickly leaving some light lacing

faint non-descript citrus and a little bit of pine and juniper

toasted grain, slightest bit of whole-grain bread. Sharply bitter hopping but no clear/specific tastes

medium bodied, bite of hops really tends to lingers in the mouth

I found this beer to be muddled, nothing tends to stand out; i was fairly unimpressed.

~E. Brad

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Photo of holzmann
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the beers that I place in my "Solid IPA" category: never disappoints, but still has a special character at that. Strong hop body with smokey tones and flavor with a good hop bite in the finish.Great hop aroma that is however not quite as flowery or complex as other IPAs of its caliber. From my experience I have seen this beer to have sub-par head retention.

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Photo of 77suburban
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber color, I would even say orangish (if that term is permissible for beer). Cloudy, decent white head.

Smell: The smell really makes me want to take the first sip. Hoppy, of course, tending toward the citrus end. Malt aroma comes through very well.

Taste: It goes without saying, the hops are prominent. Very citrusy, orange-like character. A bit of ester comes through but the alcohol is well hidden; although it is only 6.7%. Well balanced IPA, the malt character is not totally buried which helps the smoothness of this bitter ale. On that note, the bitterness is quite tastefully expressed. A good helping of hops without making you pucker.

Notes: This is a very nice, easy drinking IPA. You could have a few of these without tiring of it. Smooth, balanced, and complex. I hope to get more of this soon!

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Photo of brucer1
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

rich, opulent copper in color with a wonderful two finger head. good lacing as i finish it off. i can easily smell the wonderous hops in this great effort by victory. the complexity of flavors in this beer is, for me, what makes it one of my favorite beers. starts bitter ends with a touch of sweetness that ends it off, marvelous! damn near perfect in it's balance of moderate alcohol content and how it feels, no hint of a burn. i will easily finish the six pack i just bought so for me, it's a good session beer. Beware of the hops.

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

I've had this beer on tap in different bars across Pennsylvania and it never disappoints.
It pours a medium orange/copper/rust color with a slight frothy head. The scent is pure IPA: citrus & hops.

What sets this beer apart from the other IPA's is the taste...You get that hops kick in the front, not overpowering (which is good) and then finishes with a very slight malty sweetness.

Some IPA's are either overpowering with the hops (which is fine, depending on what you are thirsting for at the moment) or finishes with a sweetness which overpowers the hops. This one, in my opinion, has the right mix in the right order.

This beer will have you wanting more but be careful, at 6.70% abv, it sneaks up on you!

It's one of the best IPA's out there and one of my favorites. I'm lucking to have this brewed in my home state.

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

Appearance: orange opaque. Makes me wonder if it is unfilltered. excellent head at about half an inch. Wonderful lacing.

Smell: Well...HOPS. Very noticable. I'm not a big fan of beers that are overhopped, but what the hay. I'll try anything the wife brings home at least once.

Taste: Not as hoppy as the smell indicated. infact its over ballanced just enough not to be extreme. This is the main flavor however with some citrus in the after taste, as one would expect. who can complain when the name suggests the taste you get.

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

Had my first visit to the Ginger Man in NYC. Asked what the barkeep recommended for an IPA and this was his 2nd recommendation after Stone (which I'd had so I said no). I was pleased. I've had better IPAs but I'd drink it again. Pretty damn drinkable for an IPA.

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Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 7,200 ratings.
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