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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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Avg:
3.85
pDev:
20%
 
 
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Photo of hophugger
3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
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 +10.4%
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 -2.1%
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 -20.5%
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 -9.1%
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 +16.9%
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 +2.3%
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 -5.7%
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 +1.8%
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 +6%
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 +5.5%
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 -1.8%
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%
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 +5.5%
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 -7.8%
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 -11.2%
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 +3.9%

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 +3.9%

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 +4.7%
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 -22.1%

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 +3.9%

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 -9.1%

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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Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

Aroma is riddled with brett, acetic acid, must, horse blanket, floral notes, and muddled fruit. Flavor is lightly sour, musty, but falls a little short with a bitter finish. Notes of sweet tarts and confectioners sugar emerge as it warms. A little too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler fill. First ever Victory beer. Interesting ipa with the ibu s hitting you mid drink. Some sourness with the aroma of cherrys. Overall one that is just far enough from your traditional ipa and worth a try.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Victory Brewing Company's Wild Devil a couple weeks ago for $9.99 at The Lager Mill. I can't say I've had very many Wild IPA's and I'm really interested in giving this beer a shot, so lets see how it goes. Bottled June 11th 2014. Poured from a brown corked and caged 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's similar to the hop devil label and I think it's just a little eye catching. It poured a hazy burnt orange caramel color that took on more of red color when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed rill the end and it left some sticky rings of lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer, I really liked the color.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the fruity hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice fruity, juicy and citrus rind like aromas with just a slight bit of floral hops coming through on the background. Up next comes the brett that imparts that signature funky aroma with some wet straw coming through along with a nice tart lemon like aromas. This beer had a very nice aroma, there was some great balance between the fruity hops and the brett and the brett seemed to intensify the fruity aspects.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and not as fruity and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the wild yeast being the first to show up and they impart most of those funky and wet straw like aspects that I got in the aroma, but it only had a slight bit of that fruity aspect and I wanted much more of that. On the finish comes the hops which only impart a light fruity aspect with more of those floral and earthy hops flavors showing up along with a high amount of bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste along with some wild yeast. This was a nice tasting beer, but I wish it had more of those fruity aspects from the aroma since the wild yeast and bitterness seemed to clash a little.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, a little prickly, very dry, medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, but in the end I really wish the taste was more like the aroma and that clash of bitterness and wild yeast holds this beer back from being a great example of the style. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, pretty crisp, a little prickly, very dry, not too filling and the taste just did an ok job at holding my attention, One glass is enough for me, I could drink a full bottle, but I think I would start to get bored with it after one glass. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both very nice and they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was how the flavors blended together, they just ended up clashing a little and that held this beer back. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it's nice to try, but it isn't something that I feel the need to revisit. I would recommend giving this a try, but I can't say I would recommend it as a great example of the style. All in all I thought this beer was nice, but if the flavors blended better and had more of those fruity aspects from the aroma this would be a great beer, but as it stands now it just needs a little bit of work. This isn't my favorite beer Victory and I like it just a little more that Hop Devil and I would say it's just a little above average for the style. I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, keep up the solid work guys.

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