Wild Devil | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

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.

Added by Kadonny on 05-08-2008

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Ratings: 1,273 |  Reviews: 534
Photo of NickTsU
1.41/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A- Beer has a cloudy light amber appearance.
S- the smell resembles chardonnay and plastic. And not in a good way.
t- The taste was that much liked it smelled and I found this beer hard to drink.
M- Med-high carbonation.
D- Did not finish glass.

All in all I had high hopes for this brew and think victory is a great brewery just was not impressed with this beer.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
1.46/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A 09 bottle split with onix1agr and poured into duvel tulips.

A- a steady pour yields four big fingers of off white rocky head that rises and holds above the glass. When the head settles in time some nice chunky lace holds and holds. The body is a hazy deep copper orange in color. I gota say this looks great.

S- oh no! Something is wrong here. I get brett and lots of it but not in a good way. This smells like a dumpster full of nothing but band aids. There's a old ointment found under the sink and some wet laundry left in the washer for a few days. This just smells terrible. I've had a good amount of bretted ipa's including this fresh but something went wrong in this.

T- I'm finding it hard to swallow the first sip. Just really bad. Lots of medicine, like chewing an aspirin. Loads of bretty mustiness and a touch of bone dry biscuit. Each sip I find more tasking to swallow. Hops are completely gone. Light lemon zest buried in the back. With lots of warming it starts to pull together a bit but by the time you start to swallow it all falls apart.

M- a bit less then medium in body and big carb. So dry you can't even believe it.

O- overall this is either a bad bottle or past its prime, way past. I enjoyed the wild devil fresh not my fav but solid. I hoped with some time that the brett would kick in some more since it was very light fresh. This is closing in on abomination. I am challenged by each and every swallow and that's not in a good way. I will have to try another older bottle and some fresh again to see what's up.

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Photo of aklude
1.5/5  rDev -60.7%

Photo of Ralphs66
1.55/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I previously gave this beer a 4. But am re-rating so Victory can be aware of the baaaaad batch from June bottling. This is NOTHING like the beer I had previously. This batch is a friggin mess. Yeast bomb; smell and taste. Faint scent of Brett. I'll choke it down, but virtually undrinkable. The rating is not a fair one, but hoping it serves as warning to others to avoid June 2014 bottles. As another reviewer stated, I want my money back.

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Photo of begforme4484
1.56/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours dark amber. Extremely light and frothy head.

Smells a bit sour mash. Hops scent is void.

Taste is very sour and lacking. Only, it's bad kind of sour. It actually made me nauseas as I tried to drink it.

Cork popped off with enough vigor to dent my ceiling. I may have gotten a bad batch, because this beer was absolutely terrible. I'm nervous to ever give it another shot, but I'm sure I'll revise this in the future if I do.

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Photo of jonziefle
1.87/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured a light copper amber color with a light haze. Very bubbly off white head that poured right out of the glass. Almost too much carbonation; very hard to pour. Plenty of visible carbonation. Lots of lacing because there is way too much head.

Smell: A strong off-smell of fresh band-aids or gauze. Not sure if this is the "funk" the label talks about. Hard to notice much else besides this smell. Sour. It appears I might have gotten a bad bottle.

Taste: More rubbery off-taste. Very earth, sour, and yeasty. Really odd flavors that just don't work for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a strong carbonation bite. Alcohol is well hidden.

Drinkability: Not a good beer in my mind. Hard to pour (overly carbonated) with an off nose and taste.

Buy Again? Yes, because I can't believe that Victory could make an IPA this bad.

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Photo of erok
1.94/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - horseblanket
smell - horseblanket
taste - horseblanket
mouthfeel - horseblanket

Just kidding about the appearance and mouthfeel ( kinda). This beer is another example of a too rough around the edges victory offering. The wild yeast is so overdone and out of balance that the final beer could neither be categorized as an an american wild ale nor a Belgian ipa. In fact this beer displays no characteristics of either style. It's basically a glass of suspended yeast in bitter liquid. The emphasis on funk is taken to its logical and unpalateable extreme in this beer.

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Photo of JWU
1.97/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemless wine glass.

a: best part of the experience. Big fluffy head on top of a cloudy goldenrod brew. Leaves nice lacing down the glass.

s: Funky, sour, and smells of latex and metallic odors.

t: brutal. a solid malt base is quickly overpowered by a sour taste that transforms into the taste of adhesive bandages. Ends slightly bitter, sour, with the bandage flavor trailing off.

m: too carbonated, and left the mouth very dry, sour, and metallic.

d: I couldn't even get through half of the bottle. Extremely disappointed by this offering from Victory.

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Photo of Overlord
1.97/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Purs an IPA-ish orange amber with a big white sudsy head. Smells like ... hmm.... just raw brett/funk, with no ipa character, and the funk has a decidedly one-note soapy quality.

Taste is just bad. Nine bucks? Why? IPA qualities are very muted, maybe a hint of background citrus and grapefruit. Mainly, there's a soapy, unpleasant sour and funky brett tone that is just off-kilter and unappealing.

A beer that doesn't know what it wants to be, and fails at all. Drainpoured most of it.

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Photo of mwbrady12
2/5  rDev -47.6%

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2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of NHSTEVE
2/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sour beer how about a bad tasting yeasted beer. I want my money back.

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Photo of -A-
2/5  rDev -47.6%

This beer is far too sweet to be labeled as an IPA. It does not taste like an IPA at all and it is sticky.

It is also far too foamy. I poured this thing carefully down the side of my beer glass and half an hour later it has a foam head on it over an inch thick. If I was pouring a stout maybe but this isn't acceptable from an IPA.

For sweetness, lack of bitter hop character, and this really ridiculous foam thing going on I give this beer a generous 2. This is, quite honestly, not what's wanted from an IPA. It's barely drinkable.

If you want an IPA from Victory try their Hop Devil or, even better, their Dirt Wolf. Those are both good beers. This one isn't.

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Photo of chadwicktorres
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of volta
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of Theniz
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of argock
2.16/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.75.

A: A very lively glowing red amber with sticky 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and persistent lacing down the glass.

S: Moderate funkiness with immediate tartness and spicy hoppiness with not a lot of malt showing through

T: A mess of a beer with no commitment to being either a sour ale or an IPA which leaves a mismatched overly tart, overly bitter hoppy brew with no malt character. It unfortunately tastes like a sour crabapple, and that is not good.

M: Good medium body with a bit too much carbonation. Very funky, earthy, tart aftertaste that is sickly sweettart.

D: No tone I'm going to back to and a hard brew to figure out. There is very little malt character to this beer, and the tart and bitter qualities overrride everything else and detract from the enjoyment of this brew. I wish Victory had gone either sour ale or IPA with this beer -- it is stuck in the middle which makes it a hard one to choke down.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.17/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750mL size bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on April 22, 2009.

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange amber with the most massive off-white to light yellow foamy head, in fact it caused my glass to overflow after less than 2 seconds of pouring. Took many minutes to dissipate in-between pours to get enough beer in the glass to actually rate! Is this overcarbonated?

(S)- Pungent floral orange and lime citrus with a rather strong musty Pine Sol cleaner aroma. This is actually burning my nostrils.

(T)- The pine sol cleaner is also present in the taste. Dry and bitter with a very off-putting minerality. Its like like you cleaned the floor with pine sol and licked the rag when you were done. Is this a bad bottle?

(M)- Ridiculous carbonation. Has a very funky and off-putting bitter yet alcoholic cleaner presence.

(D)- What is going on here? This is clearly a bad bottle that is also wayyy overly carbonated at the same time. Will re-review when I get another bottle, which, hopefully is a good one!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.21/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Poured a medium amber colour with a lot (3 fingers) of bubbly white head that quickly dissipated.

S - Intense aroma of spices up front. No hops whatsoever. Smells like a strong Belgian Ale with a sour nose in the background. The sourness covers up any hops that might be present.

T - The sour nose is very present in the palate and dominates the taste. No hops at all, aside from a slight bitterness - but it is overpowered by the intense sour taste. I wonder if this is a bad bottle...

M - Light to medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D - Sour. Drain pour. Won't even consider buying this one again.

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

Photo of craft4mike
2.36/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Very unpleasant beer. Hop bomb that does not hide the ABV at all and has little to no sour or funk. Victory never fails to disappoint me.

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Photo of DennisD
2.41/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Amber, Large decent head

Smell: spicey, farm

Taste: Sharp, funky, wheaty flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium

Drinkability: Okay. Not sure if I enjoy the wild ales but this beer seemed decent and according to the reviews there is a market for it.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.46/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on April 22nd, 2009. Quite disappointed in the dating since this was a new sight for me at the store. Poured into my Maudite tulip.

Appearance - Four full fingers of head that dissipate quickly into the glass. Soapy and very porous head qualities end up creating a clumpy froth in the end. The beer itself is murky pale brown that is quite bland looking. Opaque and appears to be thick and heavy. All in all, I am not too impressed with this beers appearance.

Smell - Uh oh. This smells like a baby's soured diaper. Well that's not any good at all. The slight tart citrus in the background is just completely masked by. . . well. Waste. This smells just absolutely horrible. A tart Belgian yeast smell lingers but is unpleasant.

Taste - Thankfully the taste is better than the smell. A very Belgian-like feel to this beer overall. Very full of yeast and lemongrass. Slightly sour and tart from start to finish. Not nearly as hoppy as expected; especially being derived from Hop Devil. Despite my love for sours, the slight tartness couldn't save this beer for me. It's just very rotten tasting overall. I did enjoy some redeeming qualities; such as the slight spice and brett yeast used.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - An extraordinarily dry beer that leaves the tongue asking for water. As soon as I swallow, my mouth feels as parched a desert; like the liquid just disappeared into nowhere. Light bodied and appears too heavily carbonated at times. I was excited for this beer, thinking it would be different and unique. But it was a huge letdown for me. Not sure why this was even on the shelf. Perhaps they found it in the back? Either way, If I see a newer release I won't hesitate to pick it up and compare notes. But the taste itself does not appear to be skunked or infected.

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Photo of wattoclone
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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