Long ago I feel in love with Victory’s Golden Monkey (my review of it) and I’ve tried most of their brews though never given any others full reviews. I intend to change that starting now with their IPA HopDevil. The artwork is awesome though the name is a bit much. This is a very hoppy beer, but not quite “devil”worthy. Here is what they have to say about it:
The mythical HopDevil® resides in the lore of farmers. Our HopDevil is the real deal. Bold, spicy and menacingly delicious. He’s the product of distinctive American hops and meticulous craftsmanship. Arising from the heady wilds of our hopback and gently tamed with time, this Devil makes a great companion.
Style: American IPA
Ingredients: imported 2 row German malts and whole flower American hops
Beautiful color of golden amber brown that turns to a bright golden yellow if you hold it up to a bright white light. This is topped off with a slightly off-white head that’s about a half-inch thick and built of tiny little bubbles. As the head slips down the glass it leaves a nice lacing in it’s wake.
Bountiful hop aroma greets your nose as soon as you empty the bottle. The hops display grapefruit and citrus sensations with some spicy action. That is all backed by a solid sweet malt background, definitely there but not hugely noticeable.
The hops dominate the tongue as well bringing in lots of bitterness that hid from my nose. The hop flavor matches the aroma but packs a bit more citrus and spice. The hops really slam you around and one or two of these beers would wreck your palate, so be careful lining this up in a tasting. Deep in the bottom and almost in the after taste is the toasted and honey malt flavors.
Medium body with a mouth feel that is initially smooth but then gets very carbonated.
This is a fantastic beer and is on the really high end of common IPAs. The after taste is a bit much and lingers for too long. I think this is a great gateway or entry IPA that should slide between and 60 and 90 minute IPAs before introducing someone to hop slam or west coast IPAs. It’s got a great amount of alcohol at 6.7% none of which is really in your face in the taste. Single best thing about this beer? It is available almost everywhere in the area. We are seriously thick with the stuff. Any half-decent better beer seller and most krogers will have multiple 6-packs of this in stock. HopDevil is another home run from Victory standing beside my love of their Golden Monkey.