Blind tasting review
Victory Hop Devil Ale
Victory Hop Devil Ale

Family India Pale Ale
Country USA (PA) ABV 6.7%
Price $$$ Packaging 12oz/355ml bottle
Characteristics Bitter, hoppy

Overview Victory Brewing Company was founded in 1996 in a former Pepperidge Farm bakery, and since has grown steadily from a smalltown brewpub to a nationally distributed craft brewery. It produces a wide range of American-, Belgian-, and German-styled beers, but the best known are the trio of beers reviewed here.

Flavors and aromas Victory’s hop profile is unmistakable; while they claim to use American hops for Hop Devil and Continental hops for Prima Pils, both have a similar—and hard to miss—fresh, dry character to the nose. Balance is clearly not the goal here, but this is a fine example of a successful, powerfully hoppy brew, with ample fresh floral/citrus hops filling in for malt body.
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