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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Ratings: 7,350 |  Reviews: 2,535
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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Photo of Prostman81
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A terrific beer. Pours a lovely amber-red color, with only a minimal amount of head. Hop aromas are more spicy rather than citrus. Definitely different from the usual West Coast IPAs I drink. The taste is excellent. A well done blending of malt character and hop taste. A smooth, almost sharp bitterness that persists throughout but never overwhelms. My tongue keeps dancing back and forth between the malt and hops. Love it. I wish I could pick up what hops are used in this, but the only hint I can say with some certainty is that there is some Chinook in here. I probably haven't been able to brew with the other hops used here (Nuggett? Some English hops?) The drinkability on this one is just what you'd expect for an IPA. Good alcohol content, and a great body that makes this a great drink even in hot weather. A beer I'd get again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Metuo
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of CincyTK
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of BelJen
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of AdamPenna
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of sarick84
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of crc1935
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deviousdannyg
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of MitchKrandle
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of wbeaver
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jpolet
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of MitsuDjentleman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Surrender2theFlow
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of krberg
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark copper with a slightly off-white head. Mouth-watering.

Suprisingly malty smelling. Sweet malt with flower-like hop aromas.

Full, rich malt backbone. Bitterness that comes to meet the malt and just tops it enough to provide a slight lingering bitterness. Flavor hops to round out the package. Delicious.

Full mouthfeel, but a lot of it comes from CO2. I'd like to try it naturally conditioned to get a better sense of the beer behind the carbonation.

Smooth and tasty. Very drinkable.

An old favorite. A wonderful (and missed) east coast IPA.

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Photo of unknownlamer
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer smelled good with a nice strong and smooth hop aroma, but not quite as nice as a Magic Hat Blind Faith. When it hit my tongue there was a definite hop bitterness, but the malt did a good job of keeping it balanced. It felt rather nice in the mouth too. It started to go down fairly easily, but towards the end of the swallow the fairly harsh hop bitterness showed up, and it left a fairly harsh aftertaste. The harsh bitterness on the back of my tongue remained for the entire time I was drinking the beer, but it became a bit more subdued as my tastebuds acclimated to it.

I wouldn't drink more than one or two of these in a session, especially if a smoother IPA was available. Definitely a good beer, but not amazingly drinkable.

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Photo of biker30x
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint. Hazy golden-orange with a medium sticky head. Opening the bottle releases the full aroma of pine resin and grapefruit citrus, it intensifys through the pour. Nosing the glass reveals a slight vegital earthiness. The first sip hammers the mouth with hoppy spice which competes with a sweet side of citrus and burnt brown sugar. There is also a hint of yeasty rustic bread. Did I mention the deep pine burn of the hops? Crisp in the mouth, neither thin nor overly thick, the overall drinkability belies the 6.7abv. For an extreme hophead, this is a session beer.

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

Appearance: Nice copper color. Thick tan head. Resilliant lacing that sticks to the walls of the glass all the way down.

Aroma: Lots of citrus. Tons of Grapefruit with a little pine.

Taste: Upfront citrus notes. Bitterness follows in aftertaste. Perhaps not as balances as it should be.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated. Hard to tell with high citrus notes. Light on tongue.

Overall, a good hoppy beer if you like extreme IPAs. However, I would have appreciated a more balanced beer. A higher gravity could have helped here.

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

Very hoppy, malty, cheesy and herbal smells

Bitterness in taste and you can really taste the hops. It leaves an oily mothfeel.

the color of the beer is a deep copper color and it pours a very good foam.

Very hoppy, malty, cheesy and herbal smells

Bitterness in taste and you can really taste the hops. It leaves an oily mothfeel.

the color of the beer is a deep copper color and it pours a very good foam.

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Photo of beerman21
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep tarnish penny copper with a two finger soap sud looking head. The head reseeds back to a nice thin lace leaving behind residue that sticks to the glass.

Smell-A nice floral and citrus combination with bready malts peaking through just enough to say they’re there. Grapefruit, papaya come to mind and dark cracked wheat bread.

Taste-very balanced.. really has everything here for what a IPA should be, a nice dry crispness with a abundance of bitter floral and citrusy hops. The sweetness from the malts make there presence, but for sure the hops are in charge. I like the balance of this brew and the fact its not trying to destroy your taste buds its not trying to be the most bitter brew out there. Its smooth and at times creamy with just the right amount of sweetness and IBU it’s a very good IPA.

Highly drinkable and highly recommended. I only wish they had this on tap here my hometown. Great beer.

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Photo of DeSoto
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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