Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hopdevil is by far the best IPA on the market. Victory's staple beer, very marketable, it's palate, flavor and overall impression is something to treasure.
Kinz (3256) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2004 A bit too dark for a true IPA, but nonetheless a pretty ruby color can be found amongst the amber. Nice, diminishing off white head. Aroma was surprisingly malty considering all the hop-hoopla surrounding this beer. The hop aromas are somewhat earthy and piney, with some grapefruit on the end. Palate is nice. The flavor is initially rather sweet, quickly wrapped up by a fruity hop finish. Slowly becomes more bitter, with some juicy-fruit gum flavor as well. Good, but I sincerely believe this is a tad overrated. NOTE: Have had the cask version of this a couple of times as well, flavor profile is essentially the same, but the palate is a 5, and the overall a 17, knocking it up to a 4.0. Very smooth and tasty.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2003 Beautiful amber hue; this IPA is all about hops - suprise! Great balanced taste; this is at the very top of my list of IPA's; now that I'm in PA I plan on sampling all of Victory's wares. To use another beer's tag line in an appropriate place "it just doesn't get any better than this".
egajdzis (5266) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark golden color, with an almost yellow head. Citrus, hop aroma. Smooth hop taste, very well balanced!
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This IPA moves in the direction of a strong ale rather than the direction of an imperial IPA, which is OK. Good head with great copper/amber color. Great hop presence with minimal bitterness. Probably not enough hops for you average hop head, though still a great beer. Now available in Oregon!
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not one of the best IPA's I've had and certainly nothing compared to some of the California IPA's. Poured a amber/copper color with very small head. Head dissipates quickly to almost nothing. Aroma is nice but more like an APA than an IPA. Smooth on the palate and slightly crisp. Flavor is a good balance but in my opinion just an average IPA. Also bottle could use a make-over.
crazyvin (1906) - New York, USA - JUN 12, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A deep copper color. A slightly off white head; that faded fast in the middle, but cliung to the sides of the glass. smooth and hoppy. One of the most hoppist beers i have ever had. A real sharp but pleasant aftertaste that last for several minutes after the first few sips.
guzzler67 (1490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fair warning: if you do not like hops, try something else. Everyone else: rejoice! Deep copper color; good sized head; citrusy nose, like grapefuit. Great hoppy taste with enough malt to produce a smooth finish. Outstanding beer.
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber hue with frothy white head. Potent hoppy, floral smell. Exhibits a strong citrus bitterness(but not overwelming).
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great looking deep amber body. Floral, hoppy nose. Fruity taste that is balanced very well with hoppy bitterness. A very well-rounded I.P.A.