Wild Devil
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Brett Beer
Ranked #43
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,818
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 12.83%
Ratings:
1,289
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 31, 2020
Added:
May 08, 2008
Wants:
  50
Gots:
  158
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: It’s arguable that our menacingly delicious HopDevil has always been wild. With bold German malts and whole flower American hops, this India Pale Ale is anything but prim. But add a touch of brettanomyces, the unruly beast responsible for the sharp tang and deep funk found in many Belgian ales, and our WildDevil emerges completely untamed. Floral, aromatic hops still leap from this amber ale, as a host of new fermentation flavor kicks up notes of citrus and pine. Pour yourself a glass today—if you dare.
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Photo of Stevedore
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Stevedore from Oregon

2014 edition opened in 2020, has done well- got really bretty but still has a nice herbal bitterness.. lighter golden body, three finger white head, on the verge of overcarbonation, but not surprising given that the brett has had 6 years to work.

Jul 31, 2020
 
3.75 by BEER88 from Washington on Jun 26, 2020
 
3.98 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on May 15, 2020
 
3.83 by aasher from Indiana on Apr 17, 2020
 
4.78 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 02, 2020
 
4 by Happyyb from New Hampshire on Jul 15, 2019
 
3.9 by Corburk from Pennsylvania on Mar 10, 2019
 
3.25 by Dduquette from Maryland on Jan 28, 2019
Photo of Bmarkalan1970
2.52/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by Bmarkalan1970 from South Carolina

Did not like the after taste. Not a sour beer to my liking.

Jan 06, 2019
Photo of MikeWard
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

22oz bottle into a goblet. Bottled 8/15/18, so a little over 4 months old. (The small silver freshness dating on a cream label required a magnify glass to figure out. C'mon Victory) First experience with a Brett IPA.

Clear deep amber colored body. Massive foamy off white head, replenished by streams of carbonation up the sides of the glass. (not that replenishing was really required, head stayed enormous throughout, leaving layers of lacing)

Winey, saison-like aroma.

Dry, woody, taste. Then sour and bitterness take over and battle it out to the end. A little apple in there. Sour bitterness increases as the drink rests in the mouth. Comes off as even higher abv than the listed 6.7. Pretty warm beer.

Mouth is full and foamy, finish tangy bitterness.

Overall, it was hard to find the IPA here. Glad to have tried it, but a 12oz would have been more than enough for me.

Dec 22, 2018
 
3.81 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Dec 17, 2018
 
3.71 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Nov 04, 2018
 
3.78 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Oct 30, 2018
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(750 ml bottle, 2018 release... split and shared between two Chouffe tulip)

L: hazy red liquid, bit of foam on pour, but it slips back into a thin collar... a few specks of sediment did sneak in... no lace

S: rather malty pop up front, with perfumy citrus peel and sweaty Brett rushing up behind it... subsequent sniffs detect funky grapefruit juice and malty red wine... inviting if you like malt (and I do)

T: beefy-malty red ale, bitter grapefruit jolt on the edges, mellow funk coating with tinto-tinted cheeks... bit of wine-soaked wood in the aftertaste... surprising degree of malt up center, but not all that sweet aside from a subtle note of dark caramel in the middle... overall good intensity, long-lasting trails

F: delicately-fluffy exterior to its lightly-viscous malt interior... funk, hops, and alcohol provide a soft florescent glow to the back of the palate, kissed with a little tart tingle on the end... hits nice marks in plushness and attenuation

O: interesting twist on one of my favorite IPAs (which is really a hoppy red ale as it is)... was skeptical at the $16.99 price point, but I may be tempted to give in to another bottle... didn't turn out quite how I imagined it but was rather enjoyable - glad to have finally tried it after all these years

Oct 18, 2018
 
4.02 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Sep 28, 2018
 
4 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Sep 18, 2018
 
3.88 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Sep 18, 2018
 
3.25 by Gryphon69 from Michigan on Jan 13, 2018
Photo of Samsbone
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5
by Samsbone from Maryland

One of my favorites. Love the Brett yeast. I wish they would produce it more often.

Dec 22, 2017
 
3.81 by bb-magic from Florida on Mar 11, 2017
Photo of fx20736
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by fx20736 from New York

This is mis-categoorized as an IPA. It is a Saison/ Farmhouse ale and a decent one at that

Feb 23, 2017
 
3.81 by HeartofMiami from Florida on Jan 26, 2017
 
3.68 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Jan 04, 2017
Photo of dbl_delta
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

Undated 750 ml bottle into pint glass. Pours a medium gold with a huge off-white head. Initial impression is juicy citrus with a relatively sweet malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel. Brettanomyces funk is not dominant, which is good because I don't think it enhances the taste. Finish is relatively clean and bitter. Odd aftertaste after it warms a bit. Not gonna revisit this one.

Dec 28, 2016
 
3.56 by durwood64 from Ohio on Nov 19, 2016
 
3.96 by Prue from Maryland on Aug 13, 2016
 
4.01 by eire from Alaska on Aug 10, 2016
 
4.31 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio on Aug 06, 2016
 
3.75 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Jun 09, 2016
 
3.85 by Magery from Kentucky on Jun 09, 2016
 
3.75 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2016
Photo of hophugger
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by hophugger from Virginia

Look, head and aromas seemed fine. This bottle was two years old and It was just put on the shelves. I understand brettanomyces and bottle conditioning but this was so flat and lacked a ton of flavor that should have been there..

May 28, 2016
 
4.07 by JNPIII127 from New York on May 27, 2016
 
4.15 by kinmundy77 from Illinois on May 22, 2016
 
3.71 by cfcairns from Pennsylvania on May 04, 2016
 
3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York on Apr 20, 2016
Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mychalg9 from Illinois

Old bottle bought on clearance for $3.99/750mL. No oxidation present. Actually a pretty good beer at this point. Dry from the brett but still tastes juicy. Would buy again at this price.

Mar 01, 2016
 
3.25 by Nat1975 from Indiana on Feb 21, 2016
Photo of Jadjunk
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Jadjunk from Georgia

"It’s arguable that our menacingly delicious HopDevil has always been wild. With bold German malts and whole flower American hops, this India Pale Ale is anything but prim. But add a touch of brettanomyces, the unruly beast responsible for the sharp tang and deep funk found in many Belgian ales, and our WildDevil emerges completely untamed. Floral, aromatic hops still leap from this amber ale, as a host of new fermentation flavor kicks up notes of citrus and pine. Pour yourself a glass today—if you dare." Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale innoculated with Brettanomyces. Available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a beige-white color over a moderately hazy copper-amber body with ample carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is moderate and patchy. 4

(Smell) Citrusy and fruity hop notes with a moderately sweet caramel and pale malt base. Little brett character comes through in the aroma, and the ale smells much like the hop devil base. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Caramelized malt body with light Brett tang on the finish, softly dry, tangy fruit and pithy citrus, closely echoing a brightly-hopped IPA, although the hop notes are largely faded. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, slick, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a moderate frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly tangy and sweet over hoppy bitter. Alcohol presence is light, and there are no off characters to note. 3.75

(Overall) It's quite solid, but also pretty unremarkable, with not much of an impact from the Brettanomyces, even with some considerable age on the bottle, the Brett flavor doesn't really develop into much, although many of the brettanomyces flavors echo closely that of a citrusy or fruity hop profile, so this beer aged a bit nicer than I thought it might. Enjoyable, but not too "wild" in its flavor development. 750ml is a bit much in volume for this beer, it would be nicer in a smaller bottle format. I likely won't be revisiting this beer, but might recommend it if you find a decent price or on a discount, as it holds up fairly well. 3.75

Victory Brewing Company's
Wild Devil Ale
3.77/5.00

Feb 03, 2016
 
4.31 by BellsFan from Michigan on Jan 31, 2016
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1289 ratings