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Hop Devil (Victory)

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Hop Devil (Victory)

Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

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Hop Devil IPA

Victory Brewing Company

Downington, PA

 

The Buzz:

        This 6.7% ABV IPA is a perfectly balanced, compulsively drinkable experience. If you have even considered enjoying hoppy beer, drink this now.

 

 Life of the Party:

        Made with exclusively whole flower American hops, Hop Devil IPA has a floral, hoppy aroma (duh) but it's not sharp and biting the way many American IPAs are (seriously, American craft brewers are obsessed with hops). Pouring to a clear amber, its zingy mouth feel produces notes of citrus (mostly grapefruit) and tiny bits of roasted malt and (surprisingly) a hint of caramel. It's sublimely balanced and amazingly smooth while still retaining its hop roots. Two aspects jumped out at me: one, the pleasant decrescendo of hops on the slow finish and two, the fleeting sweetness, like an animal that scurries away when you get too close.

 

Potential Hangovers:

        I struggled to find something I didn't like about Hop Devil. The most believable thing I could conjure was that it wasn't as potent of a hop punch as many IPA enthusiasts might want but given its superb flavor and texture, that's no fault.

 

The Vibe:

        The bottle says that Hop Devil is 'gently tamed with time'. If so, the taming was a good call by Victory Brewing. It's what I've always wanted from an American IPA: very hop forward but balanced with a subtle body and feel. This would be a great beer for a small gathering, ideally outdoors on a balmy day (I pictured trees in full autumn color-change). It would also work for a thoughtful solo exbeerience. I could see myself reading a book in a hammock while drinking this.

 

Plus/Minus:

+Crisp and not too hoppy; a great introductory IPA for the uninitiated

+Extremely drinkable

-Not terribly devilish

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