Tuesday, October 6, 2009

98. Victory HopDevil

Our second beer from Victory; our last one was WildDevil, the Brettanomyces version of HopDevil. We had this in the bottle at Thai 9, one of our favorite local restaurants. HopDevil is a beer we’ve both enjoyed for a while; Elli first had this in Carlisle, PA, while I first had this in Buffalo, NY. See, graduate school did some good things for me.

HopDevil has a bready, toasty, and caramel malt nose with a light hop spiciness in the aroma. It is a hazy copper with a decent orange sheen, and has an off-white head that rings and lightly laces the glass. HopDevil begins with a dry biscuit and caramel malt and then moves into a bitter middle with low levels of earthy and piney hop flavor, closing out with a combination of malt breadiness and hop bitterness, the malt finishing clean and the hops lingering. The medium body and the medium carbonation bite help round the beer on the palate well; there is a good amount of dryness across the profile, particularly at the end. A very drinkable IPA, even at 6.7% ABV; it goes down easy and clean. We don’t drink this too often, but that might have to change. As well, the hop flower demon on the label is a nice touch—we’re making this a Top 10 Best Label contender.

From the bottle: “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 craftmanship. Arising from the heady wilds of our Hopback and gently tamed with time, this Devil makes a great companion.”

From the Victory website: “Menacingly delicious, with the powerful, aromatic punch of whole flower American hops backed up by rich, German malts. HopDevil Ale offers a roller coaster ride of flavor, coasting to a smooth finish that satisfies fully.”
a beer drinking biker’s wet dream...
ABV: 6.7%


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