Sunday, April 12, 2009

Victory HopDevil India Pale Ale review

Victory HopDevil India Pale AleDuring a recent beer run I spied a deal on a 12-pack variety box from Victory Brewing of Pennsylvania. Their variety pack cost just a mere $14.99 and had three different brews that I had never tried before, so I felt it was the perfect opportunity to taste some good brews for just over a buck each. The three beers included the Victory HopDevil, the Victory Golden Monkey and the Victory Prima Pils.

All three brews were of the lighter colored variety and seeing how it's Springtime, I wanted to start getting back into the lighter refreshing brews and start putting the dark beers aside. For my first brew review I chose to sample the Victory HopDevil India Pale Ale.

Appearance: I haven't had an IPA for several months now and I wondered if I was going to be ready for it. The HopDevil poured a nice copper color with a hefty 2 to 3 finger tall off-white head. As I swirled the beer in the glass it left a decent lacing along the sides. The brew was mostly clear with just a slight chill haze.

Aroma: The aroma is exactly what I expected from an IPA. It had a scent of light pine with a noticeable citrusy nose. It was very pleasant to inhale and smelled very clean.

Mouthfeel: HopDevil is a medium bodied brew that was bitter throughout and left a nice coating on the tongue after drinking it.

Taste: Ah hops. They dominated the entire sampling. Hop Devil was citrusy, grassy with a nice malty complexity. It was highly refreshing for an IPA, yet with all of it's bitterness it begged to be paired with some spicy food. Victory HopDevil was a good example of an IPA. It had slightly less IBU's than some other IPA's but that's not a bad thing by any means. It wasn't overly hoppy and had just the right mix of hops vs. malt. I figure this brew would go well on a hot day.

I'm giving this brew a respectable thumbs up. While it wasn't one of my favorite IPA's it was good enough to warrant a 2nd bottle. The next time I drink one of these I'd be tempted to pair it with some spicy Mexican food. Worthy.

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