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:
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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
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Ratings: 7,376 |  Reviews: 2,545
Photo of CMG-PSU
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm not really a fan of IPAs normally.. but this is a good one for sure. Aftertaste is not as powerful or lingering as other IPAs I've had so I like that about it. VICTORY is my go to for everything so you cant go wrong.

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

HopDevil pours clean into a pint glass with a considerable pillowy off-white head nearly two-fingers thick, and remains about ½-finger thick from start to finish.. The color is reddish brown, like cinnamon.

In the nose, the aroma has hints of malt, raspberry and caramel, all of which are present bringing the aroma into the mouth. It is surprisingly complex.

The first sip offers an expected but pleasantly strong floral hop character. What I do not expect is the malt: it's very evident and underpins the hops perfectly. It has a very light mouthfeel, which is an achievement given the strong malt character, and the carbonation is spot on for the style: medium-to-high and very crisp. At its coldest, it doesn't appear too complex: the malts and hops are dominant and at first do not offer any other characteristics. As it warms mid glass, the above-average alcohol becomes evident, but balances perfectly with the malts and hops. Orange zest flavors start to sneak in at the finish.

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Photo of sullysbeer
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Light peppery hop aroma. More caramel character comes through than the hops and they both battle each other. Fruity esters of grapefruit that can also be from the hops.

Appearance: Clear copper in color with a huge creamy slightly off white head that kinda clings to the glass.

Flavor: Very nice caramel and hints of biscuit malt flavor. Huge hop flavor that is spicey and grassy. Has a decent bitter after bite that lingers a bit and makes you take another sip to put out the "fire." The bitterness is not overly cloying. Slight alcohol but almost totally masked.

Mouthfeel: On the high side of medium bodied. Slick on the tongue. Perfect CO2.

Overall Impression: A perfectly balanced India Pale Ale. This one is not overly done on the hop bitterness at all. It's actually refreshing. Would be perfect after a hot summers day just before sunset, especially when the fishing is just right.

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Photo of Mitchel
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HopDevil pours a hazy copper, orange color with a medium off-white head. The head is somewhat rocky, but has decent retention. The head definitely sticks to the glass. It smells like, well…hops and little bits of devil (what did you expect?)! It also has a hint of grapefruit and pine.

A very bold taste. It tastes like bitter hops, citrus and pine. It has hints of malt in the background and a nice floral aftertaste. A light spiciness lingers on the tongue.

This is a must have for hop-heads. It is a good beer. I am not particularly fond of overly hopped beers, but this one is turning me to the dark side. The label is awesome by the way. I am happy to report that this beer is not actually made with bits of real devil (they use imitation devil and devil extracts).

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

A: Clear but amber and much darker than other IPAs. A slightly off-white head rises in as fine and pillowy and leaves just a touch of lace

S: Limited aroma, maybe just a very faint citrus

MF: Medium body with nice carbonation, but a bit dry feeling

T: The hops are astringent and biting, but quickly balanced by the malt. The hops flavors are indistinct due to the dominant biscuity malt.

D: I could probably drink more of these due to the malt backbone preventing undue palette crushingness, but it isn't what I look for in an IPA

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Photo of plowe70
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwillcourt
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle right out the fridge into a pint glass.

A - Beautiful hazy, deep copper color, almost glowing. Apricot-colored when held to the light. Stream of bubbles up the center of the glass. Two fingers of off-white head with decent retention and little lacing.

S - Faint, spicy hops.

T - Sweet, toasted malt with slight biscuit flavor. The malt is substantial but not in balance with the spicy hops that dominate. Hops are much stronger than the smell indicated and linger in the finish.

M - Decadently creamy and frothy at first. Light-bodied after the carbonation leaves.

D - Very delicious. Surprisingly drinkable considering the strength of the hops. Really disappointed I don't have another one. I could easily drink three.

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Photo of cdman56
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Innocentexile
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into Stone Pint glass

A-not so clear copper color with a finger of good head with some lacing action.

S-Typical IPA smell. Citrus with pine.

T/M-mmmhmmmhmm. Hoppy deliciousness. plenty of bitter to go around. Malty finish with the "hop Devil" taking a stroll upon your taste buds.

O-Great representation of the American pale ale and India pale ale style. does not disappoint

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Photo of drperry11
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of xHopHeadx
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of rymurphy617
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Vbloise
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of B_Sloane89
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of PCATD
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of numbers
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Mac_McNelis
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dtumminelliob
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours a deep amber, on the darker side of the IPA spectrum. The smell is fine, but nothing noteworthy. The taste is a little too sweet/malty for me. The hops are fine, but not especially assertive. They could definitely be doing more for the style.

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Photo of docacl
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ruleof72
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice amber red, mostly clear with a medium creamy white head. Lacing is good. The smell is very good with a near perfect mix of hops, sweetness, and a hint of bitterness all combined to yield a pine like aroma that is very nice. The taste is very forward with sweet pine followed by the citrusy hop flavor with a hint of bitterness, very nice. The body/mouthfeel is a little thin given the profile of this beer. A little heavier would be better. Carbonation is good. This is a drinkable beer and well worth the price of admission.

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Photo of tcfishler
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, medium-dark amber with a good head and lacing.

Piney-hoppy nose.

Very subtle sweetness. Hop character is evident from the start, but bitterness doesn't take over until the finish. Rounder mouthfeel than the DFH 60 minute IPA, which I compared side-by-side.

I think the malt here manifests more in the mouthfeel than in any obvious sweetness. This is a balanced and seeminly nonaggressive IPA.

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Photo of peck95
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a very nice amber color with a small head and some good retention
the smell is actually quite funky like a old grass pile not the nice grassy hop smell i was expecting
the taste of this beer actually blew me away a nice hop taste perfectly balanced with sweet malts
the feel in the mouth is also very nice not to dry and not overly sweet either
this beet is very drinkable i would recommend this be to any one who wants a hoppy beer but not something that is a complete hop bomb. one of the best and more aggressive ipas that is not a IIpa

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Photo of mbrasi
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour amber golden with a nice white head. Aroma is nice citrus and sweet. Flavor somewhat dissapoints bitterness lingers too long. This beer should finish cleaner but it doesn't. I really don't understand how this IPA can be in the same league as Furious, AleSmith, and Two hearted. It still is very drinkable and a solid effort.

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Photo of ROBORB
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, this beer poured a dark orange color with a nice 1 finger head. There was plenty of lacing. It had an aroma of hops, pine, citrus, and malts. I found that the taste matched the smell. The hops were not overpowering. They actually complemented the malts very nicely. The carbonation was very nice as well. This was a good beer but I felt that it was lacking something. I would seek it out again on tap as it is a great session beer.

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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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