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Victory HopDevil (245 of 1001)

Rating: 3.85

This beer was one of the first that Victory Brewing produced, a very hoppy American IPA despite the fact that both head brewers learned the trade in Bavaria at the Weihenstephan Institute. This offering was originally conceived and brewed in 1995, a year before the Victory Brewing Company was formally launched and is said to be inspired by Sierra Nevada’s yearly Celebration beer that the brewers got their hands on prior to making this one. This year round offering is one that I’ve tried once previously in the past and (think) I fairly enjoyed so I opted to order another bottle when placing an order with Brewdog’s online shop recently. It is one of a few Victory beers that you can find relatively easily in the UK if you know where to look and it was also named the top U.S. beer at the 2002 British Beer Festival; here’s hoping it’s just as good the second time round.
Victory Hop Devil

Appearance (4/5): I slightly caramel amber in colour and very clear. The head is quite a large one, sitting about three centimeters tall with a thick, creamy looking  texture and fairly good retention, reducing slightly and holding at about half its original size with plenty of lacing on the sides too.
Aroma (8/10): Very hoppy initially as you’d expect but with a malty and caramel base, some sweetness and a little pine as well. There is some alcohol coming through as well but thankfully it is quite faint. Quite a pleasant smelling beer with some fruits, namely grapefruit and some orange rounding things off.
Taste (7/10): Matching the nose well, this one starts with the same strong hop presence that the nose featured and touches of the malts as well. Grapefruit, some orange and citrus flavours come through and are followed up by some resinous pine too; the taste is definitely a good one and I could detect some faint touches of caramel towards the end too.
Palate (4/5): A smooth, medium body that is really bitter, particularly towards the end of each sip. There is some spice and very faint hints of alcohol with some sweetness from the fruits and further bitterness closing things.

Overall (15/20): This one definitely comes across as a very hoppy and bitter American IPA with plenty of fruits and hops coming through from the start, almost overpowering you at times but the taste is still a good one. I enjoyed this one but I felt the balance could have been slightly better and that’s about the only thing that’s stopping me from rating it a little higher; definitely one worth picking up but there are better out there as well.

Brewed In: Downingtown, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Brewery: Victory Brewing Company
First Brewed: 1995
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.7%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £2.80

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