Victory: Hop Devil (Bottled)

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So there I was minding my own business and checking out my emails before supper on a Wednesday evening and I happened to come across an email flyer from Chappys in Dayton.  They wanted me -and plenty of others, I’m sure- to go along that evening to help raise funds for Breast Cancer, regrettably I couldn’t (as it’s a good couple of thousand miles away!)

Chappys also tell me that they’re about to tap some Founders “Backwood Bastard” – which is an entertaining little drop, being a scotch ale at 10.2%…which I think you’ll agree is excellent value for money…

Anyway…reading about crackers-strength American beers made me want to drink something like that, and then I remembered that I had a bottle of Victory Hop Devil that I brought back with me from my recent trip over the water.

I had the draught version when I was over there and liked it a lot: https://yeastismybitch.com/2013/10/07/victory-hop-devil/

The bottled version of Hop Devil arrived into a glass bearing that familiar IPA orange hue.  The head was sticky, lacey and long-lasting.  As per the draught version, there wasn’t a gigantic aroma, but it did have lovely resinous pine and some sticky sweet malt.

The taste was pleasantly bitter, and teamed up nicely with the hop notes; making for a very joined up experience.  The after-taste was a nice enduring resiny bitterness that pervaded for a quite a while.

In summary: very mellow, very mild for an IPA. But very nice. I could drink a lot of it.

Well worth seeking out.

http://www.victorybeer.com/beers/hopdevil/

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