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RATINGS: 2939   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Bold, spicy and menacingly delicious, this American-hopped India Pale Ale offers an aromatic punch and then follows through with a lasting, full-bodied finish.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boto (1854) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 30, 2003
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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2003
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2003
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.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThomW (35) - USA - JUN 26, 2003
One of my newest favorites. Great fruity and bitter taste and not too sweet. Highly recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2003
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!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
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!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2003
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3291) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2003
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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2003
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".

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2003
Poured dark golden color, with an almost yellow head. Citrus, hop aroma. Smooth hop taste, very well balanced!


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