Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is a slightly sweet grapefruit and citrus. Pours a transparent amber with an okay white head that is gone in a minute or so. Not as hoppy as I expected. More malty than expected. Flavors are kind of citrus, grapefruit, and caramel without any of these being the dominant flavor. Most of the taste comes in the finish and the hops barely outweigh the sweetness. Rather dry. A little more hops or a little less sweetness would improve this beer, but still very good. Fits right in the middle of the IPA's I've had. mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - SEP 23, 2004
A very deep golden/amber colour that to me is a promise of intense hoppines. The aroma and flavour don’t disapoint. Huge aromas and flavour of white grapefruit with a decent malt backbone. Why couldn’t the LCBO sell this? Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2004
I’m not sure what type of ale this is, they say IPA, but i taste a very sweet beer, maybe a cross between a imperial IPA and a sweet amber. Sweeter body of malt than most, hoppy, very clean crisp hops. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2004
This pours a deep amber color with a slight white head that vanishes very quickly. No problem. The caramelly malt aroma and and tart hoppy aroma grab your attention. Good, full-bodied mouth-feel with a nice bitter edge. A lingering hop finish rounds the drink off nicely. HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Good amber color, very good hop smell before the first drink. Hops are tthe idea with this beer. The balance isn’t as good as in some other very hoppy IPA’s but, it’s a solid beer.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Bottle. Poured a nice amber color. Whitish head with decent lacing. Caramel malt aroma with decent hop aroma. Medium bodied. Taste is balanced well between hop and malt. Fair hop finish lingers. Nothing over the top, but solid. Loddeer (171) - USA - SEP 17, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2004 I personally love Hop Devil !!! I feel that flavor on the palate is remarkably different from any beer I have ever tasted. There’s a certain degree of bitterness to this pale ale, but this bitter sense is an extremely enjoyable one. I really enoy pale ales, and this is my favorite by far. Phenomenal ... but I re-rated this one: After trying several over IPAs and doubles, this one is still on the top of the list, but this type of assessment was excessive. Still excellent ... but there are better ones out there. kane (111) - USA - SEP 16, 2004
The name inspires an over the top hop beer but delivers a solid if somewhat subdued IPA. Thick and malty, similar to Indica IPA but not as good. A well balanced effort. jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Poured orange with a slight rocky head. Huge citrus and evergreen aroma. Flavor was really well balanced with the perfect amount of malt to compliment the hop without becoming cloying. Gret palate for the style with enough heft to keep the flavor, but not so much as to be sticky. MarkBarnes (419) - Waterville, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2007 Sept. 12, 2004: Tried this on tap, and went through a six-pack at a later date. It’s hoppy alright, but a bit too heavy, sweet and "oily" for my unrefined palate. Not my favorite IPA, despite its great "rep."
Re-rate on Sept. 24, 2006: Bumping up the scores a bit here. This is darker and maltier than the likes of citrusy & dry IPAs like Smuttynose, Southern Tier and Stone; however, this is a delicious brew I’d be happy to have anytime.