boto (1854) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2004 Bottle: What a fantastic brew! The beer is a amber (maybe orangish) color, with a quick-dissapating head. The aroma is fantastic. The hops are strong. Fairly good whiff of grapefruit/citrus to it. The taste is equally good. The hops are VERY strong, but there is an exquisite balance to them. They aren't strong for the sake of being strong. Decent amount of body to the beer. I had this with a friend the other night, and his initial reaction was "WOW".
Had this on Draught at Victory. It was a CASK version. I won't change my rating due to the availability of this, but if you are in the area, check and see if they have some of this. It was superb. Even more refined than the original.
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2003 One of my favorite IPAs. Hoppy taste with some hints of citrus/fruit. Poured with a decent sized head that left a good lacing.
3fourths (8032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden orange hue with a medium-sized head which is gone very quick. Fruity aroma of grapefruit and apple cider. Strong bite along with a strong fruit cover, nice pleasent hop finish is just a tad bit under what I consider bitter. I was disappointed with this IPA. It is liked so well on RateBeer, but is a middle-of-the-pack IPA in my book.
ThomW (35) - USA - JUN 26, 2003
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my newest favorites. Great fruity and bitter taste and not too sweet. Highly recommended.
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really good combiantion of malt & hops, with the hops being the dominant factor. It poured from the bottle with a really nice head that left good lacing. This is a really well done IPA. Live it, Love it, Drink it!
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great IPA probably one of the best. Great amber color and light head. The flavor represents what an IPA should be. Perfect blend of hops and malts. I'm trying very hard to think of a better IPA... and I Can't!
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 (3291) - 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 (5336) - 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!