Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nothing refreshes like a hop axe to the head. This one does not miss. As a hop nut that measures every IPA against the titan, 90 Minute; this one scores high. very pretty and well balanced. It has become one of my big five weekly dinkers. The others are: Dogfish 90 Minute, New Glarus Hearty Hops, 3 Floyds Alpha King and SN Ale.
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of the best IPA’s that I’ve had.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
this is my boy! The "if you were stuck on a desert island" thing. If i had to choose, the devil would be it!Its always in my fridge. An old trusted friend.Beautiful dark copper color, clear.great hop presence, kinda got an inky? flavor going on.Feels good in yer mouth!Damn good beer from a damn good brewery!One hoppy sumbitch!
RobMcC (1) - USA - SEP 26, 2002 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best IPA’s in the world. Juicy malt and lip smacking hops make this brew a favorite of mine.
russell232 (1) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2002 does not count
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good IPA but not noteworthy. In fact, a little disappointing in terms of the sterling reviews noted in this survey.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2004 Re-Rate:Glowing copper. Minimal but lasting milky, white head. Aromas of hops presence are instantaneous. Intense,spicy,piny,citric hops cloud the malt which is mainly caramel in aroma. Taste exremely refreshing and better balance than expected.So clean. Caramel covered hops on a piece of toast.For how good and delicate this is.It has to be one of the most consistent,well made,brews.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark robust IPA, malty, less hoppy than Stone Ruination IPA, but more balanced. I compared these two side by side in a dual tasting,Stone is much more bitter and hoppy, Victory more balanced, malty and smoother.I like the color of Hop Devil better, but Ruination’s aroma is almost overpowering, it wins here.The final result is a close one, a Photo finish and the winner is Victory Hop Devil By a Nose for being more balanced,Hop heads will still prefer Stone Ruination. Thanks igenousboy,only Dreadnaught is better, extremely recommended !
Terminus (3087) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - SEP 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2003 ReRate-Cask-RAF-2/28/03-Definately bumping the numbers up on this one. This is one of the only Ipa's out there that i have ever had that is probably the best marriage between a british IPA and an American version. This one has it all-huge malt with huge hops! definately a pleasure to experience on cask at RAF!
top notch IPA-i sampled this along with the hop ottin from anderson valley and this was much more balanced. Very reminisent to the 3f's alpha king due to a good malt presence on the middle-cant wait to have another one of these
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2004 (re-rate) A beautiful deep amber, clear. Decent head. Caramelly malt aroma, moderate resiny hops noticed. Almost thick bodied, very creamy palate for an IPA, spicy hops sitting in caramel and oranges, not too sweet. Nice long bitter finish. Man, compared to alesmith, the hops are moderate at best here. Not making it any better but you can see the emphasis was on body, balance and flavor here and more hop orientated in alesmith and other big IPA's. Equally impressive, just have different ways of getting there IMHO. Awesome IPA.