Wild Devil | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Wild DevilWild Devil

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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.

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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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Photo of Scrapss
4/5  rDev +3.9%

A: pours a nice two finger head that lasts forever. Gold and ruddy translucent.

S: lemony, funky & brett with that characteristic hop devil cilantro/soapy feel.

T: smooth and silky followed by puckery brett and balanced hop brett and malt. Good

M: smooth , velvety and slightly dry after you get used to the funk.

O: definitely nice and balanced fully for such an aggresive style.

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Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark orange with a two finger bright white head, with very good retention and lacing. Thje aroma has grapefruit, tropical fruit, and Brettanomyces.

Tastes just like it smells with grapefruit, tropical fruit, and Brettanomyces. Has a nice combination of sweetness and bitterness with a nice change of pace from the Brettanomyces.

Medium bodied with proper carbonation. Very easy to drink, and finishes dry. I like Hop Devil quite a bit, and like Wild Devil even more because of the Brettanomyces.

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Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.
(My 300th BA review.)

A- Dark copper in color, and decent clarity. Head is off-white and towers in my pour, rocky, and sustains at one finger. Good lacing.

S- It's hard not to mention the Brett first, because it's very prominent. Adds the funk, and some nice fruity notes. Pine notes, a little citrus. Malt is pretty concealed, but leaves a sweet bready aroma.

T- If this really is the just HopDevil recipe on Brett, the Brett really sweetens this thing up. The Brett gives off a fruity, citrusy flavor. Pine comes in with an earthy bitterness.

M- The body is medium, and has a slight stick. Overall, very smooth though. Bitterness is there but the Brett funk really balances it out. Finish is dry and funky.

O- Really interesting. The hop and Brett balance is really nice, and adds a combination of characteristics I haven't really experienced. The Brett is at an appropriate level, and doesn't overpower the beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/11/2014. Pours slight hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, black pepper, hay, straw, grass, light caramel, toast, bread, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops, funky/spicy brett, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, black pepper, hay, straw, grass, caramel, toast, biscuit, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Large amount of earthy yeast spice/hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, apricot, black pepper, hay, straw, grass, caramel, toast, biscuit, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of funky/spicy brett, citrus hops, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Brett IPA. All around great complexity spicy/funky brett, citrus hops, and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of -A-
2/5  rDev -48.1%

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 HamdenHector
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: hazy; amber colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: for a moment, it's hoppy; then all yeast;

T: a little floral up front, then the brett kicks in and fades as a moderate bitterness kicks in at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: love how it starts out with the brett and finishes hoppy;

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Photo of kkleu357
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Amber body with a huge lasting 1.5 inch head. Typical sour smell with a hint of hops. Not really sour tasting though. Kind of sweet. Very Brett like, if that makes sense. Pretty good.

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Photo of beerded_drunk
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

the first time i tried this beer i was half in the bag and had it on draft, so i decided to pick one up bomber sized and have a go at the house. i poured this beer from a cork and cage into a tulip/snifter hybrid and it was about half head half beer. absolutely gorgeous copper color with an off white froth. I've never smelled anything like this before, it is a dominant funk that leaves way to a subtle yet very present hop aroma. Taste: this beer tastes like a funky sour that has been freshened up with hops, very much caramel, under cooked bread, flowers (roses/dandelion), apricot, it almost has a grassy, plant like aftertaste, slightly metallic (aluminum,copper?), spicy, you get the hops 4 milliseconds into the first sip and they never go away. the carbonation dances quite nicely! pretty interesting beer. creamy, almost oily mouthfeel, lingers in the nose. overall i think i like it, its fun to drink and the longer it lasts the more you get from it. def looking forward to finishing this beer!

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Photo of ttroha
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

Tap. Pours dark amber with frothy white head. Aroma of funk, apricot, and spicy and floral hops. Flavor is sweet and hoppy at first, followed by a tart and funky aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. Medium bodied. An interesting mix of IPA and sour. A different beer. I liked it.

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,272 ratings.
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