Victory HopDevil IPA
90 Blade Chainsaw
Victory HopDevil IPA is another fine creation from the brewers at Victory Brewing Company in Downington, Pennsylvania. It received the Champion American Beer award during the 2002 Great British Beer Festival. According to their website, the Hops selection includes whole American flowers and the Malts are imported 2 row German barley for a crushing 6.7 ABV alcohol content and a rich 68 IBUs.
This is my second selection with Victory, and while I wasn’t a big fan of their lager, I was a big fan of their brewing quality and grain selections. I’m also interested in the whole American flower hops. It’s probably somewhat risky to place so much attention to the promise of a bitter brew, but 68 IBUs back in 1999 was unusually high. So now that some microbreweries are building these monsters with over 100 IBUs, Victory HopDevil has the dual challenge of being true to its original formula while defending the menacing intentions of its devilish hop persona.
While admittedly a hophead, I’m open to all levels of these magic alpha acidic beasts and can enjoy IPA flavors of any variety, as long as its good beer.
Onto The Method
9.0/10 Blades – The Classic
1.5 – Appearance – Deep bronze metals with a chunky tan head and noticeable carbonation – good lacing on the top and sides of the glass.
2.0 – Aroma – Immediate hop characters and floral fragrances over a balanced malt aroma. The scent awakens memories of youthful summers in Central Park with my high school sweetheart; the powerfully romantic and menacing innocence of youth.
2.0 – Taste – A rich malt base sets the stage for a powerful hop bitterness that lasts well into the midnight hours of aftertaste.
1.5 – Palate – A high-medium to thick body that’s nicely acidic due to its generous hops as well as surprisingly smooth given its edgy character.
2.0 – Overall – It has all the great qualities of a superb India Pale Ale, but with the added value of excellence in production and inspiration of the heart. The feelings lend themselves more to romance than menace.
8.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze –A crushing 6.7% ABV lays the foundation for this IPA to wield its bitter authority. Alcoholic vapors blend in with the majesty of the hop.
8.0/10 Blades- The Knife –digestibility – The medium-high to thick body is no match for this knife, as the sharp edges of the alcohol and hop acids cut right into the gut and the mind.
10/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift –After one and a half brews, my face turns numb and my mind flush with rising euphoria. The combination of the high alcohol and natural hop selection makes for a narcotic effect on the central euphoria system.
8.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – In spite of its narcotic surrealism, I could have ridden this machine into the core of perfection. Ultimately, I chose to continue with a milder brew only to save two of these for the following night and concluded after the fourth.
47.0/50 Blades – the buzz – Victory HopDevil IPA offers an interesting selection of whole American hop flowers, which feel pleasantly narcotic and provide a synergistic euphoria with its highly alcoholic counterpart. Aside from being a powerful brew, Victory HopDevil is also one good tasting beer. The buzz inspired memories of the youthful summers I spent with my wife many years ago. I asked my wife if we could go to Central Park today to relive our vernal days, and as our three children cried for food or ran wildly into the energy of the sun, she agreed – but only in spirit and mutual desire.