mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep amber, white head. huge hop nose with grapefruit and pine but some malt showing through aswell. citrus burst flavour with some caramel malt flavour and a huge hoppy finish. big, but has style.
DocLock (9709) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I live about 30 minutes from Victory's brewpub, so I enjoy Victory beers as often as I can find time. The HopDevil is one of my top 5 IPAs of all time. It is well-balanced, very hoppy without being overpoweringly hoppy, and has a nice malt flavor base as well. As far as I'm concerned, the bottled HopDevil is very close to the draught version, which proves the consistency of the style in my mind. A must have, blockbister IPA.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice deep copper color. I'm a bit perplexed by the color notes of some of the previous raters (crimson? dark amber? appearance of brandy?) Mine is definitely not that dark. A nice bold copper color. Good carbonation with a dense creamy head. Aroma of hops is strong, mostly Cascade. There is a bit of malt in the nose fighting to get through all the hops. Taste is very hoppy. And I do mean hop taste and not bitterness, although there is plenty of that as well. Malt shows up towards the end, but the hops win out overall. One of the better IPA's I've had over the years. Not over the top, but very well crafted.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2004 Clear, bold, bright crimson coloring, nice, though thin, collar of bubbly beige foam. Beautifully hoppy aroma, piney, fruity, richly redolent with tones of cherries, berries, melons, peach, tangerine, some citrus and more galore. Now, to taste: great, buzzing hops board the palate, but kept in check with toasty, rounded malt, hints of cinnamon and spices, if I'm not dreaming, great bready feel, adds up to good balance in such a hoppy ale. Body is medium, finish is just as long, and full of fruitiness, thoroughly tasty. A great session IPA, mellow but significantly flavorsome.
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I found this a bit overrated also. It was built up so much before I finally got to try it. I don't think this much of a factor though...
Pours a dark amber, very nice head that leaves a thin frothy lace down the glass. Smells of hop, citrus and spice. Taste up front was a prominet malt, thins in the middle a bit, and a bit salty on the back of the tongue, spices along the sides. There is though a generous hop finish, that came a little later than expected with this type of brew. I found the mouthfeel a bit thin and unsatisfying. I just can't rave about this brew or truly find fault. In the light of my eastcoast friends hailing this as there answer to a Ruination. I only chuckle, for this is a completely different brew. HopDevil satisfies though, with its clever spicy infusion. Though much like a 12 round heavyweight bout that you paid $49.95 for, it only lasts one round.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance of a brandy, with a thick syrup consistency. Lacking the aroma expected of a hoppy beer. Full-bodied, yet not as harsh or a finish as some of its cousins, yet all of the body is there. Consumed alongside Dogfish Head 60 and 90, and Stone IPA this was the champion.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my favorite IPAs. This time on draft at Kellian's in Philadelphia. Aroma a bit off, and head not as creamy as sometimes, but still great looking pint: deep copper color and leaves great lace. Goes down as well as always: a load of hops (columbus?) and a bit maltier than I remembered. Alcohol sneaks up on you after the pint is gone.
rajendra82 (1035) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 Poured out a clear amber to orange with a look of sweet tea, The moderate sized head settled down to a thin collar of bubbles that left a good amount of clingy lace. The aroma is fairly mild piney hops with citrus notes. Tasted sweet and crisp with a slick oily mouthfeel. The finish is dry with a more distinct hop aftertaste. Very tasty and drinkable, but not bold enough to justify the name HopDevil . Very nicely balcanced, and would serve as a great introduction to microbrews for someone perpetually sucking on macro swill. If I could get this locally, I'd drink it fairly regularly.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a great east coast style IPA. Very balanced with lots of good hoppy flavor. Was unique in that i am moslty used to west coast IPA's. A good brew
deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very worthy imbiber. With a strong sharp hoppy flavour and a mellow honey color that is quite heady this makes quite an impression. This is the quintessential IPA, sharp in hops, mellow in aroma with a lingering malty citrus flavor. Excellent!