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HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Beautiful new- penny copper color, thin head, sticky lacing on my tasting snifter. Gorgeous. Fruity hop nose. Melon, citrus. Produce market. Yummy smell overall. Delicious, full maltiness, slightly sweet, very fruity, nice round hop bitterness. Dry finish. Good slightly sticky and bubbly refreshing mouthfeel. All around delicious. Solid 4.5 all around and overall. Victory is becoming one of my favorite brewers up there with Stone and Bells. Their beers never disappoint me.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.6/5  rDev -11.3%

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

Pour: light rusty-red hue, ‘foggy’ twinge with a very thin complement of lacing.

Smell: somewhat strong, cutting aroma of caramel malt sweetness (surprising to me for something called Hopdevil); piney hop profile is there, but it doesn’t steal the sole of what’s present.

Taste: not your typical American IPA, and I really like it that way (nice change of pace)... this beer does not assail your tastebuds solely by over-hopping. i can imagine plenty of fresh hops, yet there is such a malt profile that all comes to taste so swell together and this ups the drinkability scale for me.

Overall: there are other beers i would go to for a hop-fix... yet this beer impresses.

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

The picture of The HopDevil on the label is very well done, great concept.
The pours a deep copper color with slightly off white head that sticks around for a while, then leaves sparse spatters of sticky lace.
Nice hop variety goes right to the nose: citrus, grassy, and piney aromas are all there.
The first thing that I notice about the flavor, well first thing after the hops, is that the malt presence is actually there. All of these wonderful hop qualities are kept in balance by sweet malt; they compliment each other very well and make this a very enjoyable brew.
The mouthfeel is medium with an almost perfect carbonation.
The drinkability is unbelievable, this well-balanced IPA comes in at 6.7%, which in my opinion isn't very high, but high enough to get the job done and low enough to not over do it. Great IPA....

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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. to pint glass.

pours what looks more like an amber or red than an IPA, but quite pretty, sitting under an off-white head with all sizes of bubbles and some thin lacing down the glass. the nose is somewhat faint, though it has a strong (relatively speaking...) hop muskiness that seems to me to be American Fuggles or Goldings, not exactly what i would associate with "distinctive American Hops," but, yes, they are American. the taste is well balanced between these hops and the noticeably German malts, lending a smooth, European quality that is fine, refreshing, and tasty, but not that complex. body is good, if not a bit overly drying, and of the thin to medium sort. quite an enjoyable beer and drinkable at that! buuuut, not that interesting. solid, but not, shall i say, provoking.

EDIT: what i thought to be Fuggles was, evidently, Tettnang(er) instead. apparently, these two strains are similar, according to the Hopunion Databook.

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3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy copper beer with thin off white head that persists throughout the drink.

S: The smell is soft maltyness with nice hop aromas that are slightly fruity, not really citrusy though, and more subtly earthy.

T: The taste is lightly malty with some residual sweetness that balances the mildly aggressive hop bitterness. Spicy hop flavors that have some floral character but not much.

M: The body is heavy light or light medium with medium carbonation. This beer is not dry but minimally sweet which provides a thirst quenching aspect.

D: The thirst quenching aspect of this beer makes it go down very well. With minimal residual sugars and minimal hop bitterness this beer is well balanced.

Notes: I am hop head. I like this beer. When I drink it I like more than one. It's a real good beer.

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

A - Pours a deep copper with a two finger off-white head that has excellent retention. Nice amount of lacing that clings to the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of strong citrus hops, as it should.

T - Taste is surprising, simply because it's not as bitter as expected. The citrusy hops are in full force, but there's a strong malt backbone to really smooth it out. A hoppy beer to be sure, but tastes very well balanced.

M - Smooth. Real smooth.

D - Excellent. Great, bold flavor plus a smooth mouthfeel makes me want another before I'm even done with the first one.

Notes: I must be turning into more of a hop head than I thought, because I'm enjoying this IPA more than I thought I would enjoy any hoppy brew.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Servingtype: bottle

Appearance: Dark golden fizzy goodnes

Smell: wow! Spicy citrus with extra spice, this beer has an excellent citrusy aroma

Taste: The hop flavor hits you right in the face but in a very gently and loving way, once again, citrusy, maybe some lychee and a slight bit of pepper

Mouthfeel, nothing devillish about it, goes down really smooth

Drinkability: very easy to drink

PS: I wish this beer was legal in MS

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4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my favorite tulip glass. Enjoy by July 14, 2011.

A: Deep copper/burnt orange with a hint of ruby, clear as day, with a tight 1-finger cream-colored head. Decent retention and good lacing. Looks like a million bucks in my tulip!

S: Loads of grapefruit, flowers, a little spice, and sweet caramel malt goodness. The aroma is very nice but it's just a little weak. I have a feeling this would be dynamite fresh on tap.

T: This IPA is just bursting with flavor. Explosion of bright, juicy grapefruit & citrus hops, a little floral, grassy, and resinous as well, flowing beautifully into the rich malts - sweet, caramely, a little buscuity and just a touch of spiciness from the alcohol. Finishes long and smooth with just the perfect amount of bitterness to keep you coming back for more. Fantastic.

M: Thick and chewy, oily and a little puckering. Medium carbonation keeps it smooth and full on the tongue.

O: Probably one of, if not -the- best "single" IPA I've had yet. Incredibly flavorful and perfectly balanced with just the right amount of bitterness. Incredibly drinkable and exceptionally well-crafted.

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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A fairly transparent orange rust that has a generous off-white head that lasts.

S - Not as aromatic as I expected, but a breadiness from the grain bill. When it is allowed to breathe, the earthy/vegetable aroma of the hops really comes through and some floral notes as well.

T - The sweetness from the malt bill is what you taste first at the front. It is subtle, but then segues into a earthy/floral hop flavor and a hint of fruitiness (pears). And finally, the bitter coats the back of your throat.

M - The mouthfeel is a really great balance between the creamy head and the light body.

D - Despite the bitter finish, I could drink a lot of these in one night due to the lowish abv.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,414 ratings
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