Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Victory Hopdevil Ale - Beer Review

IPAs don't always go over well with the Better Beer Authority panel. Can Hopdevil overcome this bias and win over the team. Tune in and find out.

Partial Transcript: "On Tap -- Hopdevil Ale

Hi. I'm James Knott and today we are drinking Hopdevil Ale from the Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. The brewery was founded in 1996 by childhood friends Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski -- who both studied brewing in Munich, Germany. Their beers are currently available in 29 states.

Hopdevil Ale is an American IPA with 6.7% ABV. It is a good example of Victory likes to combine German and American brewing styles. They use German 2-row barley and American whole flower hops, which they claim have a higher flavor to bitter ratio than hop pellets. This is a year-round offering that is available in bottles and on tap. The brewery describes Hopdevil as "menacingly delicious".

Q&A Does the malt backbone help offset the ample amount of hops? Does this taste like an IPA to you?

Hopdevil gets a (???) on the BBA scale. How does this compare to your favorite IPAs? Let us know in the comment section.

Thanks for watching. I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority"


  1. Citrusy IPA... Sounds delicious. Is Kentucky one of the states where I can find this beer?


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