HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale
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4.06/5
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,779
Reviews:
2,562
Ratings:
7,459
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
Wants:
307
Gots:
1,600
Trade:
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Ratings: 7,459 |  Reviews: 2,562
Photo of HiWire
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DispyDnb
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of TheSSG
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a big, off-white, resiny head. Bright, floral, citrus hop aroma with maybe a touch of buttery esters underneath. Amber-gold color. Starts off very bitter with an underlying sweetness (that buttery caramel), builds into a pine-sap hoppiness with prominent notes of grapefruit. Finish is hop bitter and sticky pine sap flavor, and then the malt comes through in a biscuit like quality under this, and the resin begins to take on an almost soapy flavor as it fades from my palate.

Not bad, overall. I'm not a big fan of that buttery caramel aspect, which I presume is here to lend a more authentic English characteristic to it. The smell started off FANTASTIC, but as the head faded, and the buttery caramel became more pronounced, I began to really hate the smell.
Maybe I'm overly sensitive to diacetyl (that buttery caramel)....I do tend to have a visceral, negative reaction to it. If this were on tap, I'd blame a dirty line...
Looking at the lower reviews, that seems to be a re-occuring issue for a few of us. I tend to favor the aromatic IPA's over these aggressively bitter ones (they're a fun novelty, but they get tiring).
I found the "drink by date" and I still have a month before that date, so I know this isn't ancient and stale.

I am pairing it with Prairie Breeze cheese, and that's working quite well. Hoppy bier + Cheddar (or cheddar-like) cheese = Win!
(It's also making this one easier to finish for me)

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ski271
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While this beer, when on cask is quite possibly my favorite beer ever, it's missing a little something in the bottle. No real surprise. In bottle it still is one of the staples in my fridge. Still a beautiful beer, still that wonderful citrusy hops aroma backed by solid malts and some pine, and the taste is nicely well-rounded and balanced. But it's not the same as the hand-pulled version that wows me.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep cloudy brownish amber with a nice big white head. Good retention and nice lacing. Smell is piney and also a little nutty. The hops bitterness takes over the taste but it isn't the typical citrus/pine hops. Definately more spicey and nutty than what i would expect from an ipa. The bitterness sticks with you but not a good way. I can see how this would appeal to some but not what I look for in an ipa at all. One of the few dissapointments I've had from Victory.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3/5  rDev -26.1%

HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,459 ratings