HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

7,350 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Now this is a nice little IPA. Cloudy golden orange color with an orange tinted lid. Lightly sweet and caramelish smells, but lemony and citrusy hops reign. Soft and light oily smooth. Biscuit and caramel malts play a role in the flavor, but theres a pleasant hoppy bitterness of grapefruit and orange peel. Victory has a pretty solid IPA here folks.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: The color of this beer is gorgeous; a medium shade of copper-orange that is nearly crystal clear. A finger and a half of head rises with the first poor then settles into a coaster-sized cap. Hundreds of bubbles surround the outsides of the glass and dart up to the top as soon as the wiggle themselves free from the glass itself. The lacing is not super thick, but it leaves a record of each sip with a nice layer.

SMELL: The fruit aromas are the star of the show here. Grapefruit (with a little sugar on top), orange and maybe a touch of apricot are all here. Some pine with a hint of grass and some nice floral notes complete the smell.

TASTE: A luscious caramel backbone provides a canvass for all the traditional, American-style IPA flavors to play; grass, pine, orange, grapefruit, mango (maybe?) and biscuit. The bready finish is a perfect complement to the malty start.

MOUTHFEEL: Sweet to start, dry to finish. Medium bodied with a pleasant sparkle.

OVERALL: We have some outstanding IPAs in this market here in Colorado, but there are very few East Coast-style IPAs that are made this well. An homage to balance, the hops are enough to satisfy any hophead, but with enough complexity to turn the anti-IPA crowd into fans.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of berley31
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with an average-sized, fizzy off-white head, that diminished slowly to about 1/2-finger size. Body is dark orange and very hazy.

S: Nice, high-citrus aroma with the emphasis on oranges. Hops come through as well, with a bit of pine too, but the citrus wins out for sure.

T: Excellent flavor - citrus blast at the start, with a perfect hoppy finish. Moderate duration with the hops, but the bitterness is not overwhelming.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, with some creaminess and average-to-lively carbonation.

D: An excellent IPA that I could easily put back a few of, as the bitterness is extremely present but not too strong at all.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of NSXAG
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Bro's are a little off on this one... IMO...

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored with little head. Aroma leans more towards the earthy and grassy. Taste I'd floral, dank definitely an old school ipa. Not in your face with bitterness or grapefruit. I like it a more malt forward ipa.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of pnelting
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoctorDog
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beveritt for sharing this little devil.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. "Enjoy by Mar 03 09" stamped on front label.

A- Clear copper/amber. Pours with ~2 fingers of light tan head, which fades gradually to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing as consumed.

S- Spicy citrus hits the nose first, but seem to fade away quite quickly after pouring, and are replaced by a malty, herbal presence.

T- Sweet malty notes strike first, followed by a very tea-like flavor, and a fairly bitter, spicy finish.

M- Med/high carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and dry.

D- Decent, but I can see the dominating tea flavors getting overwhelming after a few of these.

Future outlook: Decent, but pretty run of the mill. With so many great drinks to be had, I won't seek this one out, other than to perhaps try again when extremely fresh.

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2.33/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This bottle was poured into my samual adams perfect pint glass i purchased at the sycamore Hy-Vee for $2.95 that i rinsed and let air dry before serving beverages. Glass temperature was room temp which is about 60 degrees.

Pour has a solid head about 3 fingers tall and leaves lacing. The color is dark for an ipa by todays standards, and i say is a dead on match to "alloy orange", with the hex triplet code #C46210. google it.

Aroma lets you know this is an IPA, kinda. There are a bit more then a balanced load of hops poking out of here but not by much. A notion of Grapefruits amid evergreen saps float barely over some toasted caramel malts.

The flavors are more unimpressive, IPAs have really evolved a long way since this was a top tier offering, and really shows how uni-dimensional the use of cascade hops can be. That said this comes out as a beer that tastes exactly like you would expect in that there is grapefruit/citrus, some pine notes, layered over a caramel backbone. sounds like a blueprint for mediocrity.

The mouthfeel is slightly low in carbonation from center, resulting in a slightly sweeter finish and creamy feel. Needs to be dryer.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours sweet tea-brown with a finger of off-white head. The lacing is considerable.

S: Caramel malts are strong (only 3 months old), piney hops, and rye.

T: Strong maltiness, some citrus, floral and piney hoppiness, and rye. It's akin to Founders Rye P.A.

M: It has medium-light thickness with stronger-than-average carbonation.

O: This is a good East Coast IPA but it doesn't distance itself from other IPA choices.

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

This is by far one of the best IPA's that I have had. A small head with a cloudy appearance made it great to look at. A nice balance of bitter and sweet made it great to drink.
I wonder if it is this good in the bottle?

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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like the Pils, a very cool label. It pours a much deeper color - rich amber, and it foams like a wild beer might. The smell obvious; nice and fresh. The darker color is correct in suggesting this is a bigger beer than most IPAs in the malt department. Its got a meaty, rusty flavor very reminicsent of olde style Bitters, almost of an ESB, but a much more pronounced hop flavor. Its a very nice beer, though its vitals make it somewhat difficult to drink another. After finishing, there's almost the same resiny feeling I get after sampling my wort. Sweet and filling.

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Photo of mjl21
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Comes in at 6.7%. Has an enjoy by date of 2/14/10.

A-Pours a clear amber with a two finger off white head that sticks around. It has a nice glow when held up to the light. Lots of visible bubbles can be seen. Leaves some nice lace.

S-It reminds me more of a pale ale than an IPA. It is a blend of grapefruit, grassy hops, and pale malt.

T-It starts with grassy and grapefruit hop flavors. Pale and sweet malt follow and cut out some of the initial bitterness. The grapefruit and grasy hop flavors return at the end and leave some lingering bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and creamy from the head.

D-It goes down easily enough. Not sure it is an IPA.

I haven't had this in two years, but this bottle was better than what I remembered. It is a well crafted beer and a good six pack to last through the night.

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