Friday, March 11, 2011

Victory Brewing Co. - HopDevil India Pale Ale

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass

HopDevil, Victory's American India Pale Ale pours a deep copper with amber highlights and a very mild cloudiness. The head is a large creamy tan foam with great retention and solid lacing. The nose is quite hoppy and earthy. There's a slight visible hop oil sheen in the foam. The hops are verdant and fresh with a bready underlying malt. There's almost a hint of anise or licorice to the aroma as well.

The mouthfeel is initially silken, but the malts provide a more complex gritty texture. The hops are somewhat piney, but there's a clear focus on citrus. It's not the prominent grapefruit of other big hop AIPAs, but the citrus component is robust. Near the finish the hops develop a minor spiciness, tempered by a very mild honey sweetness.

Final Verdict: A-

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