Wild Devil | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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3.82/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: American Brett

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
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#21,901
Reviews:
536
Ratings:
1,283
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
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User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 536 | Ratings: 1,283
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would definitely call this an American Wild Ale, rather than an IPA. The hops are definitely there, but the funky element most defines this beer. Pours a hazy orange with a bready head that sticks quite a bit to the glass. Nice balance of a funky slightly ripe cheese smell, citrusy hop aromas, and some light acetic notes in the nose. The taste loses almost all the sour notes and instead matches earthy/piney/citrusy hops with more of the cheese/barnyard funk. It's entirely a matter of taste, but these flavors to me go together remarkably well. It reminds me of a fairly ripe Spanish or French soft cheese wrapped in some sort of slightly pungent leaves. The earthy, tannic, and sharp herbal notes of the leaves counterpoint the funky cheese in the same way that the hops counterpoint the funkiness of the Brett here. I like it, and I really applaud the experimentation. The mouthfeel is full, thick, and especially funky on the finish. A very interesting beer indeed. If you're looking for a sour, this is not it- but might be given enough time. If you're looking for funk + hops, we have a winner.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RichardMNixon
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A review from someone who dislikes hop devil, dirtwolf, and ranch.

Smells more funky than hoppy, but the latter are still there, enough that Mrs. Nixon will have none of it. Starts off very herbal, bordering on spiced beer. The funkiness is there too and the sweetness I get from a lot of victory IPAs isn't. As it warms up, the herbal notes yield to pine, lemon, and cherry. Nice and smooth throughout, a solid beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden orange color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of funk and sourness with a strong funk of a hay like and grassy nature as well as a whole lot of sour vinegar and lemon juice. Along with these aromas comes some lighter sweet smells of tangerine and pineapple as well as a somewhat yeasty smell, overall producing a nice sour wild smell.

Taste – The taste begins a wonderful blend of sweet, malt, funk and hop. The sweet is mainly of a tangerine and light caramel nature with the malt being of a more biscuit like flavor. The funk flavors, which are only rivaled by the sweet upfront, are mainly of a grassy and hay taste, with the hop being relatively light initially, and consisting of a grapefruit taste mostly, but containing a little bit of grass as well. As the taste advances the funk grows in nature with the sweet remaining relatively constant. The funk takes on more grass and hay flavors, but also gains some yeasty and sour lemon and vinegar flavors as the taste moves to the end. As the sour and funk flavors increase, so too do the hop flavors, with more grapefruit coming to the tongue, but with quite a bit more grassy hop and some earthy and herbal flavors also coming to the tongue. In the end, with the sweet flavors still holding their ground, and with the nice blend of hop and the decent showing of funk, one is left with a very pleasant and enjoyable funked IPA flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to slightly above average. The medium carbonation and body are a rather nice blend for the IPA and sour flavors of the brew upholding both all while in conjunction with the sweeter and malty flavors, keeping the brew nice and easy drinking.

Overall – This is a very pleasant and flavorful wild with a good blend of IPA flavor and funk. One to seek out and try.

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Photo of jivex5k
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was amazing. I grabbed it on a whim, I'm partial to brett beers, especially the few CS ones that show up every now and again.
I'm going to say this right now, hop savant has nothing on this beer. This one was more balanced, and about 1/4th the price.

It was a solid appearance, nice amount of head, the aroma was mostly funk with a faint hoppy profile, the taste...a perfect balance between the funk and the hops. I'm glad I found this gem of a beer sitting innocently on the shelf.

I just hope this doesn't become super popular so it's hard to find bottles of this, probably shouldn't be writing a review about it.

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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 NCBeernut
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/11/09, drank 4/4/10. Poured into a New Belgian Globe.

Hazy coppery amber body. Enormous ivory head with good retention. It almost falls into the gusher category. A little spotty lacing

Big pear aroma that is also a bit lemony. Fruity. Some hop aroma is still present. Spicy in the nostrils. Fain grassiness, but not like cut grass. Hard to put into words. Simply awesome.

Starts fruity and spicy like a fresh fruit salad, with a white pepper like spiciness accompanied by a decent bitterness. Some maltiness becomes evident mid-palate and softens the initial onslaught. Not really much sourness. A tiny bit of astringency in the aftertaste. Bitterness and spiciness linger into the finish. As it warms everything kind of mellows a bit.

Medium bodied. A little oily and resinous. Spot on carbonation in the mouthfeel for the style (annoying to pour though). A 750mL was a good amount, but I could have gone for more. The alcohol slowly crept up on compared to other beers of similar strength - it was kind of weird. Didn't feel much at first.

Overall EXCELLENT. A must-have for anyone who likes Belgians or Hop Devil.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice caramel color & good head when first poured. Smells quite yeasty. Tastes very peppery, almost clove-like. Similarities to Hop Devil are quite evident. Mouthfeel has a nice, spicy bitterness. Drinkability is good - takes a little getting use to at first, but I've found myself drinking quite a few of these badboys when available on tap. Overall, a very nice variation to my favorite beer (Hop Devil).

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Photo of Daveychu
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HookemHoos
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of rajendra82
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bomber that this beer came in was wonderfully labeled with and intriguing introduction to the contents on the back, and things only got better as he wire cage was removed and cork pulled. The body looked typical of IPAs with an orange amber color and slight cloudiness, but the head atop was much larger and wend down very slowly, leaving specks of lace around the glass. The aroma was very Brett driven and supported by complimentary hops. The spicy, herbal, and floral smells were prominent, and a bit of citrus was present as well. The taste was tart, tangy, and earthy. The Brett was pretty dominant over the hops, which here played a supporting role. Surprisingly there was little bitterness, and some sweetness poked through in the middle of the sip before the fully Brett driven finish. The thick head provided a very creamy feel. I felt that this beer could have used quite a bit more hops to really shine. May be a Wild Wallop would be an even more delicious offering. Otherwise this was a fantastic melding of styles.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is an inpressive interpretation of a solid orval style bpa. a but cloud amber orange with a beautiful belgian blond head. contracts into cauliflower shapes. hard stuff to accomplish. nose of musk... brett hints and pine citrus that has hints of munich twig. palate is sweet but a cut of bitter. this is proper sweet. and its proper clean. another consistent foreign rendition by victory. and a elite form.

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Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of RIKIM
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not anything like a sour as advertised

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly dirty beige color ale with some golden hue and a huge off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt with some dry Brett notes and a floral and bitter hoppy finish. Taste of lightly sweet Belgian malt with some clear dry Brett notes with some floral and dry hops finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and great carbonation with no signs of alcohol. Very well done and interesting take on the style.

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Photo of kell50
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of crossovert
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. Watch out when you open it, the cap goes off by it self like a missile and it gushes everywhere.

It pours into my goblet a red-orange hued gold. The head is huge and uncontrollable on the pour and as t recedes it leaves thick lacing.

There is a huge brett presence in the smell, it is funky but nto over the top. There is a distinct frutiiness to it. There is a lot of grapefruit. There is a nice interplay between hops and funk.

It is nice and bretty/hoppy. It is like biting into a pine cone covered in bugs (brett). There is an ample amount of both fruit and hops on the palate.

The mouthfeel is over carbonated, it almost bites the tounge, light beer-like. The mouthfeel doesn't ruin it, but it does keep it from getting a higher rating.

It is an interesting beer for sure.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

ten years ago this would have been earth shattering, but i don't think it is expressive enough in brett character to appease the wild palate of today. supposedly has hop evil as the base beer, an east coast staple for me growing up. i get so little of the hops from that, it ends up being a weirdly yeasty amber, although its super clear in looks, must have been filtered, no haze or sediment at all, uncommon in wild ale to say the least, but it may have hurt this one, because its just not as bretty as i had hoped for. light wine-like brett on the nose, but the malt trumps it i think in terms of assertiveness. the taste too seems oddly unbalanced, i am missing the hops i love so much in the base beer. there is a little bitterness in the finish, but thats about it. for ten bucks this is a cool beer, a twist on an old favorite, but it doesnt deliver what it promises i don't think, at least not for me. it may fill a role as a pale amber wild ale, no sourness at all, no haze, no wheat (i don't think) and maybe there is a desire for that, but its underwhelming for me.

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Photo of Nordbier
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich amber color that has lots of bubbles feeding a big foamy head that falls slowly to scum. As big as the head was it surprisingly didn't leave much in the way of lace.

Aroma is nice fruity peach, green grapes and sour apples. Aroma is mostly fruity along with light malt sweetness and light brett with hops.

Taste is wow funk so much more brett then the nose let on. Lots of breet floating on malt along with the fruits from the nose. Hops make appearance in the finish minty and herbal along with earthy yeasts and more brett. Taste is good enjoyable dont really get the IPA style but i like it the brett way over shadows any hops for me.

Mouthfeel is a good solid enjoyable medium, along with nice mellow carbonation that i enjoy.

Drinkability is good the brett over powers the fruit but still find myself enjoying it. Want to thank merlin48 for sharing this one with me.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.76/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a hazy golden amber color with a huge off white head. Head was crazy big. Head has good retention and leaves some layered lacing.

S- Smells pretty yeasty overall. A bit of spicey hops and a bit of funk.

T- Taste is pretty boring. Not very hoppy at all. This one just seemed like a hot mess of yeast and a very tiny bit of funk.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- Found this one rather hard to drink. This one just seems off.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of dexterk1
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trentbent
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2009 and held by brewery and re-distributed, then bought in 2014. Amber/orange.

A- Pours the biggest bubbly foam head I've ever seen right out of the bottle.

S- Yeasty and sour. hoppy too. candied oranges. Wild.

T- Similar to the smell really. Some sour notes from the yeast action. The hops has really mellowed out. I hope others review this delayed/aged re-release because I don't think I'm doing it justice with this review. But it's a pretty exciting/interesting beer.

M- Very bubbly and fizzy in the mouth.

O- I thought about getting some hop devil (which I haven't had yet, though I loved V's Hop Fresh) to taste alongside this one but this beer stands on its own as completely unique from the original Hop Devil. It is indeed wild, and I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was excellent. It poured a bright red color with mountains and mountains of head. Aroma is pure wild ale, with lots of barnyard funkiness accompanied by some pleasant sweet and sour notes. This beer has an astringent mouthfeel appropriate for the degree of sourness present. This beer was also pretty drinkable for having sourness and funkiness to it. It was really good.

I bought this bottle at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. I'd highly recommend it.

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,283 ratings