ogivlado (8344) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 25, 2008
Draught at the brewpub.
motelpogo (8031) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 20, 2007
Dark orange coloured, small white head, flowery hoppy nose. The taste is also flowery, very aromatic and fruity with notes of grapefruit and caramel. Pleasant dry finish.
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2009 on tap at the brewpub on sunday night. alas, i didn’t write down the whole commercial description but the basic story was that due to a poor crop in the pacific nw last year, the brewery wasn’t able to get whole leaf cascade and thought they weren’t going to be able to brew a hop devil ipa this year. luckily they sourced some from nz thanks to someone called heidi (i think). anyways, i think everything worked out perfectly in the end. this was served in a glass chalice which emphasised its deep copper colour and steady, off-white head with large bubbles and also the heady aroma of grapefruit, pine, toffee and a whiff of passionfruit. this really bursts in your mouth with some rasping wrigley’s juicy fruit, tangy boiled lolly sweetness and an intensely bitter, grapefruit finish. i was amazed to find an ipa this impressive in austria and after a couple of glasses i would even be so bold as to say that it beat anything i tried in seattle or portland. just goes to show how many great beers are the result of happy accidents. i could go on for ages about how much i loved the brewpub, too, but i’ll save that for a review of one of their beers that i couldn’t find much to write about Borresteijn (7608) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2012
RBESG ’12, Vienna. On tap at the brewpub. Said Hop Devil Whole Leaf. Hazy amber orange colour, off white head. Aroma of loads of hops, light funky, weed, blood oranges, light toasted malts. Flavour is butterscotch, oranges, citrus, weed, very bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, a bit overcarbonated. Nice copy. jfb (6984) - GERMANY - MAR 20, 2011
(draught) pours a murky ruby-orange colour with a frothy off-white head. faint aroma of peaches and pineapples, sweatsocks, resin and oats. flavour is mostly the same, with lots of citrus fruits, especially limes, some light notes of caramel, bread dough and a medium bitter finish. medium-bodied with lively carbonation. KnutAlbert (6798) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2006
This is close to my ultimate beer. An extreme IPA in the American style. The whole range of hops, giving a splendid fruitiness and a crisp dry finish. The best beer in Vienna?
SinH4 (6573) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 17, 2016
Tap. Orange color with white head. Aroma is cat piss hops, a touch of that vomit-like old hop feeling as well, some toasted malts and caramel. Grainy-bready body, a bit coffee even. Bitter dry finish. Doesn’t work out imho. Gurthnar (6293) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 29, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2015 Tap at the brewery. Aroma fruity hops, but also damp, basement, washing cloth. Hazy orange colour. The same off-flavours taint the taste as aroma. Something went wrong here. Marked for future rerate. 5 3 5 2 10 Rerate at the brewpub. Strong strong grassy, even vegetal hoppiness overwhelms the experience. Not so brutally bitter, though the bitterness is high. Rather heavy hops flavour which seems rough and unbalanced. Okay but it stays there for me. Marko (6290) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 3, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2014 Draught at 1516. Lovely, misty full amber body. Small thick white head. Hoppy, piney, slightly yeasty aroma. Quality I2PA. Very strong taste dominated entirely by the bitterness, dry, ashy, slightly piney. Agrumes show up as well a little. The malty background is slightly too subdued and not as full as it should be (though I kinda prefer that to a sticky bittersweet mess). Not the best one I’ve had but the ’hype’ is well deserved - or was initially when there were fewer "alternatives". 3.7 first time, 3.4-3.5 now I guess. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
erickok (6036) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUL 23, 2012
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 5     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 4   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 5   Lacing : 5
Intensity : 4
Yeast : 2   Bread : 2   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : 2   Soap : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : 3   Hay : XX   Toasty : 3   Caramel : 2   Nuts : XX   Honey : XX   Cereals : 2   Grainy : XX
Hops : 4   Noble(1)->American(5) : 4   Leafy : 3   Spicy : 3   Floral : 4   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : 5   Orange : 3   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : 3
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : XX   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Sourness : 1   Bitterness : 3   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2   Clean : XX   Sharp : 2   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : 1   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX
Comments: As I write this, this is the highest rated beer in Austria. I can imagine why. They serve it in a classy Köstritzer-like cup and it looks great in it. Dark bronze with an eternal mountainous head – find a place where hop devil looks like that in the USA. Pleasant bitterness, evolving, full of citrus, mostly aroma hops really. Very malty and much darker than the original American hop devil and I must say feeling much better. Perhaps I’m just being influenced by the low hop dose I’ve had recently, but that would also explain why it’s so highly considered. It all makes sense I tell you, were I living in Vienna, I’d want that in my glass on a regular basis.
Woody brown, frothy head. Big hops, American style, pine, spruce, although it fades a bit, leaving a straightforward backbone. Full bitterness, and flavour.