ElGaucho (2291) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I was the first one on my block to try Victory Hop Devil. I featured it as one of 12 beers in a beer tasting event I hosted in April 2002. It was in the online research for that event that I stumbled across Ratebeer.com, but all of the Hop Devil from the beer tasting had been consumed before I realized I was about to embark upon rating beers for a hobby. Anyway, I finally got my paws on another 6 pack! Sweet pine aroma, with a distinct piney hop profile. Amber in color with attractive, large off-white head, which is mostly diminishing. Very nice lace. Flavor is unbelievably good. If I could put down 11 points in this category I would. A perfectly balanced palate between hops and malt. The hops are strong and sweet without being overbearing. The closest thing to an IPA session caliber beer I have ever tasted. It tastes so pristinely good that you would think that to brew it that way would be effortless. But scores of IPAs that fall short are clear evidence that it is very difficult indeed.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2004 Very hoppy IPA. Reddish in color. Made with cascade hops but its a very good beer. I don't really care for cascade hops, will drink beer when the beer is made with them, but not one of my favorite hops, but the IPA tastes good. A good choice to get from Victory. Very well balanced.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma was nice and hoppy as one would expect from an IPA. Flavor did not quite live up to the billing presented by the aroma. Definetly a good beer but expected a little more hop bite.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hazy orange with dark golden tones, thin foamy head that really lasts for awhile fades to a thin haze and thick ring. Fresh dried floral hops and fruity aroma with an awesome grainy, toasted bakery-like back. This had a really complex aroma with lots of floral hop, some citrus, spice, & grassy grain, super fresh, yum. Tastes like it smells, fresh dried floral hops, with some citrus & spice notes and sneaky bitter, grassy notes as well. But not enough to ruin the solid hop crispy drying finish. Feel has a somewhat creamy medium body and airy dry. This is a solid IPA with great balanced hop bite and toasty malt backbone that tasted very fresh and is very drinkable.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
orangeish reddish colour to it with a thin head that leaves little to no lacing on the glass. Hops in the nose and flavour. Initially the hops arent too strong but after the drink it builds and becomes more bitter. This is good and very easily drinkable. However, not as good as I was expecting. But, it sure cut through the spicy chilli I was having.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The copper red beer with amber highlights pours with a moderate white head that quickly dissipates. The hops are very intense from the first couple of sips. As the beer warms slightly, the flavor profile tries to become more balanced, but the hops always re-assert themselves. The finish has an excellent bitterness. The mouthfeel is solid, but has too much astringency for my tastes. A good beer that I enjoy much better in draught form.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with some white head that diminishes quickly. jgb9348 gave it to me when he came down to Knoxville. Hops jump out of the glass and in the flavor as well. Pretty good IPA! Too bad I can't get it in Tennessee.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a a hazy amber with a decent head that reduces to surface foam with some lace. The aroma is as expected, quite hoppy. The flavor is somewhat well balanced between hops and malt. Not as "over the top" as Hazed and Infused, but still good for a hop head.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2003 Hooly hoppiness batman!!!!!! On first sip, this is just insane, but after a while, it tends to grow on you. This taste has been burned into my moemory, and it will not / nay, can not be forgotten.
Revised - Ey Gad, this substance is the bane of my existance. Any time someone tells me they have a spicy IPA, I just laugh in their face. At first I didn't thhink I liked it that much, but...it's...like...crack. Need more...always need more. Nothing else can satisify the hoppy goodness of this beer. Everything else is just flavored water! I need to run out right now and score some more!!! My Precious.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2003 I love IPA's. Victory is one of my top 3 favorite american brewing companies. Thus, you realize my excitement upon trying a Victory IPA. Let me tell y'all that Victory kicked my ass once again. Awesome IPA! From the pungent hop aroma, to the spicey hop taste balanced by just the right amount of malt. Wow! They know how to put american hops to good use. This is one of my favorite beers of all time. Also, if you let this one warm up a bit it brings out these awesome citrusy notes similar to other victory beers such as Golden Monkey.