Wild Devil | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,271
Reviews:
533
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.99%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
160
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,271 |  Reviews: 533
Photo of Magery
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 JNPIII127
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kinmundy77
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cfcairns
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Nat1975
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 BellsFan
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 DASA10
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rwalford74
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hop_junkie
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rydev24
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dryndantheman
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 mikepcarney
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of razorsdescent
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wayne_Ochs
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Molson2000
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,271 ratings.
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