Wild Devil
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
American Brett
Ranked #56
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,121
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 12.69%
Reviews:
536
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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 MikeWard
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(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

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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..

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Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"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

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

25.4 oz corked and caged bottle poured into a pint glass
bottled 6/11/14
poured a beautiful orange to amber with a HUGE white head that lasted the whole beer and left lots of lace on glass
smell initially malty fruity and cherry with a lot of funk and sour as the beer warmed up
taste tart cherry initially funky and medicinal with a dry finish
feel medium body and warming
i have learned i am not a fan of brettanomyces
this beer reminded me of evil twin femme fatale noir only better
wouldnt drink again

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Photo of jopezu
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy amber with a massive, nearly uncontrollable head. nose; brett-dominated with sour yeast smells & lime pith. taste; slightly soured bready belgian yeast funk core. it takes a few sips to discern the hop and mild fruit flavors beyond the core, but they're here meekly in the middle. it's hilarious that the "tastes like a band-aid" claim on bretts rings true here, which is off-putting for me. i like dank, but this beer is a dirty kind of "smelly clothes" dank. there's not an ipa fan on earth that would label this brew an ipa. a more apt category is "american wild ale" i'd think.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a slightly hazed amber under a 3” faintly yellow tinted white foam collar that slowly recedes. S: Earthy fruit aromas rise form the glass joined by funky Brett. T: Layers of flavor with peach, tropical fruit, hop flavors, light malt, over ripe fruit, yeast flavors all interacting and vying for prominence with everything falling into a well-rounded balance by the finish. There is a little papaya in the after tastes. F: The texture is incredibly creamy and soft. The body is medium. O: An outstanding wild IPA.

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Photo of EMV
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep copper, semi-opaque with thick creamy white head. Generous lacing.

S: Sour yeasts and citrus. Hops present but subdued. Does not smell like an IPA.

T/F: Hops forward, giving way to some mildly sour citrus and funk. Orange peel and lemon... a little herbal, and a mild sour aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonated. Almost creamy.

O: Not really sure what to make of this beer. Not really an IPA but it has noticeable hops... some sour funk but not nearly a sour, and lots of flavors are duking it out for attention... kind of like a child banging pots on the kitchen floor. Tastes better as it warms, but after half the bomber I'm still not convinced I like it. I don't hate it though, and it's definitely interesting.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Burnt orange, murky, white head that fades but leave a ring of lace. Bottle art is kinda drab.

S: Mandarin orange, pretty sharp with some sweetness. Hay in some sniffs. Intoxicating.

T: Not sure what this is. The orange is still there, but alongside chalky yeast and straw. Mild funk. Slightly peppery. Bitter piney hops on the finish. It's all over the place, too much going on and too disjointed of flavors to appreciate it as a whole. Nice try, though.

M: Creamy, actually. Soft carbonation. Pleasant but not sure it fits the rest of the attributes.

O: Plenty of flavor, but it's all headed in opposite directions. Do I want to enjoy the tropical fruit? The funk? The pine? the bitterness? The rich mouthfeel? Sadly, it can't all be done at once, at least not by me. Better than a watery beer, but it could be tightened up for me. Also, why does every bottle explode/overflow? Wasting beer = Major faux pas.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 07/2014.

Appearance: darker than I expected. Pale brown with plenty of large bubble head. Clear.

Nose: Belgian funk, light hop nose, sweet spicy, sour cherries, cherry blossom

Taste: tangy, oude bruin flavor, dank, horse blanket, old and wonderful

Overall: 8 months of age. I have not had a fresh bottle but this one is fantastic.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bit of a gusher to start with, albeit slooooow... then pours a three finger head over a dark straw body.
Aromas and taste is all mustiness rather than hops... but would you drink a hoppy brett beer sooner or later is the question? The hops have faded here and the brett is yet to really kick in, as such is is a very balanced more farmhouse style than an IPA.
Hugely drinkable tho

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The brew produced an eruption of Vesuvian proportions when opened creating a cleaning event that will go down highly ranked in my wife's journal of household disaster's precipitated by her husband. I lost three quarters of this fine beer. Even after the explosive opening it poured a hazy amber producing a huge, to the point of being difficult to pour, finely bubbled, lasting, egg shell head that left nice chunks of lacing. Aroma is tart citrus, resinous & floral hops, caramel, Brett musty funk, earth & hay. Taste is Brett mustiness, earth, citric & pine hops, band-aide phenolic. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, juicy, wet & a little oily with a low level of astringency.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Crystal clear Amber-orange color. Two fingers of bubbly white head. Whisky rings of lacing.

S: Floral hops, lemon zest, green and herbal, caramel and candy shell malt base, pithy, yeasty Brett funk.

T: Lemonhead candy, candy apple shell, toast, green hops, lemon zest, herbal spiciness, bretty funk throughout. Moderate bitterness. Funk and dank herbal bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Full and creamy. Light scrubbing carbonation. Light astringency.

O: Yeah, it's pretty much what I expected a bretted hop devil to taste like. It's still pretty sweet. It would be interesting to see if it would really dry out with years of age, but I'm not curious enough to stash a bottle if I'm being honest. It's a strangely enjoyable brew that I never yearned for but I'm glad I got to taste.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled June 2014 not so old really. Into the beer boot.

A - No sediment which is amazing since I thought with 7 months on this bottle it would have some floaties. Just some haziness to the typical amber brown color of an IPA. MASSIVE head a full 2 inches that takes a while to die down. Excellent lacing.
S - Smell is decent the bitter hops of the devil have taken a back seat to some funky straw and sour lemon from the Brett which is actually very strong smelling.
T - In a way the bitter hops and funky Brett cancel each other out to just some chalky yeast flavor and a Twang of bitterness.
M - Smoother than Hops Devil in my opinion it takes some of the edge off but the base beer is still pretty strong.

Overall it makes me kind of intrigued that they can add Brett to an IPA and am kind of surprised they didn't try it again to a more citrus/pineapple hop type beer like Dirt Wolf. Maybe they will read this and get idea's!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Bottled On: 11 Jun 2014

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- The Brett funk is certainly there but it's not as prominent as I remember it being in the old version of this beer. It's a cleaner funk, not as dank but pleasing nonetheless and the mild hop presence that's still there after all these months combine with it and makes a somewhat fruity bouquet. Kind of a soily aftertaste.

T- Tangy, bright Brett character that continues the fruity theme plus a moderate hop bitterness that lingers. Slightly medicinal.

M- A bit sharp and dry with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Definitely not as much Brett as when they first came out with this beer but it's enjoyable enough. A shame because this used to be my favorite Victory beer.

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Photo of KidDoc
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 25.4 oz bottle into std pint glass. Bottled on date of June 11, 2014. Had this beer on tap at the Mohegan Sun Brewfest and it was among my favorites. Finally located a bottle and had to get it. The bottle did not live up to my memory. Poured a nice, slightly hazy, copper color with a large head. Head retention is excellent maintaining a good half inch throughout. Light to medium lacing. Very Brett forward aroma and strong in the flavor. Well-balanced mouthfeel with a tiny bit of bitter finish. Again, not as nice overall as I remembered on tap, but still a pretty good and interesting beer. Victory always does a good job.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronze in color with excellent clarity. Off white with a hint of light brown in the half inch tightly knit foam. Brussels lacing. Weak aroma is Brett dominated. The flavor is Brett forward with very sour and tart notes. I can't get anything else in the flavor as it seems unbalanced. The mouth is aggressively carbonated.

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Photo of DarthVorador
4/5  rDev +3.6%

A: clear amber with HUGE white head that remains.
S: funk with faint hops.
T: huge funk up front that fades to hop bitterness then funk again on the aftertaste.
F: slight resin & lite carbonation.
O: a very interesting beer. The hops & funk go well together.

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured a clear amber body with one finger of thick, bubbly white head. Quite nice looking, true to style. Scents of pineapple, sweet floral perfume, floral hops, apricot, sugar-cookie sweetness, sweet spices with notes of nutmeg and allspice, light white pepper, medium-light sweetly sour tangerine and a hint of wild barnyard yeast. Overall impression of aroma is of a very unique IPA with the floral hop qualities of Hop Devil mingling with the aromas of both a Belgian Pale and a sour. Very complex and quite enticing. Flavor begins with medium bitterness and notes of citrus zest, floral hops, white pepper, light bubblegum, preserved bitter orange and spicy yeast. Middle is medium in bitterness with notes of orange peel, white pepper, spicy yeast and floral perfume. Finish is dry with notes of bubblegum, white pepper, floral hops, spicy yeast, very light sugar cookie and orange peel. Aftertaste is orange peel, floral hops, white pepper and light bubblegum. Overall impression of flavor is of a very unique IPA that combines flavors of a Belgian IPA with the base Hop Devil. Very nice. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium-light carbonation and a slick feel with a drying finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nice IPA and Belgian Pale combined. Overall this is an excellent experiment. The IPA combines nicely with the Belgian elements and creates a pleasant aroma and flavor aided by a nice mouthfeel. Recommended.

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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle in late September from TW Arrowhead for $8.99. Bottled on 6-11-14.

Beer poured amber-orange with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is wet straw and lemon. Caught some green floral hop cone upon the initial pour.

Taste has a kiss of lemon sourness with a bit of lemon peel to finish.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and a touch prickly.

Overall I appreciate the light sourness combined into a pretty good base recipe.

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Photo of JdoubleA
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Not much funk in my bottle. If anything it had a slight lemon flavor and it was kinda like you had a penny in your mouth too. The hops were nice and it was a smooth drinking ale. I enjoyed it, it just wasn't what I thought it would be.

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Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +3.6%

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on November 20, 2014.

Amber-orange pour with a lingering, foamy, white head.

Mellow aroma of malts, hops, and a sour bite. But everything is muted and laid back.

Medium to better than medium body.

This has more sour qualities to it but they are very low profile with a mildly bitter finish after the caramel malts fade. Quite nice.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

A: A nice dark copper in color with a nice one finger off white head at the top, minimal lacing around the glass.

S:Lots of brett at the front of the nose on this one, followed by some tropical fruit and nice malt tailend.

T: Lots of sweetness up front from the brett, followed by a bite of a sour fruit, lots of tropical flavors coming through.

M: Medium bodied, lots of carbonation, and dryness.

O:Nice balance to this beer, lots funk coming from the brett, but really refreshing to say the least, the sweetness is masked by the bitterness.

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1284 ratings