Last weekend I stopped at the liquor store and saw a six-pack of an IPA I hadn’t seen before. Thinking that any company willing to put “devil” in the name of their beer meant that it was going to be a wild ride on the hop side. While the six-pack was an astounding ~$10.50, I was excited to try the beer after judging a book by its cover and noticing that Victory Brewing Company is located in PA.
I brought the beer home and wasted no time in cracking one open. Described on their site as, “a roller coaster ride of flavor, coasting to a smooth finish that satisfies fully,” this beer was a little less of a roller coaster ride and more of a “coasting smooth finish.” While one person has claimed that Minnesotans have an ‘over-hopped’ palate (here’s my review of 90 Schilling by Odell), I have higher expectations of an IPA named “HopDevil” than what actually came through on this one.
Yeah, it had some bitter notes but it certainly wasn’t as hoppy as I would have liked. While I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, I was kinda disappointed in this one as a “HopDevil”. If anything this was more like a “HopAngel” instead. Yeah, it was drinkable and I wouldn’t ever turn it down if it were offered to me again but I certainly wouldn’t shell out nearly $11 (before tax) to drink it again.
Someone I knew in HS who I follow on Facebook recently visited the brewery and noted that they thoroughly enjoy Victory’s Ranch R Double IPA. While it doesn’t appear to be available anywhere outside the brewery, at least at this time, I suppose I’d give it a whirl if I came across it.
How about you? Have you tried any of Victory Brewing’s offerings including their HopDevil IPA? If so what did you think about it? Do you agree with the linked blog article above which talks about Minnesota’s apparent love affair with hops and how it may have gone a little too far? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.