Wild Devil | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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%
 
 
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43
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Ratings: 1,271 |  Reviews: 533
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a hazy yellowish color, the head was pretty big at first but settled down after a little while. The lacing was scattered and a little soapy looking on the glass. The smell of the beer gives off some strong hop and vinegar type of aromas. The beer definitely smell like it has some wild yeast in it. The taste of the beer has a tart/sour kick upfront that fades into the hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty crisp on this one, it's dry also. Overall it's a unique brew but not really one of my favorites.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Simply untwisting the wire cage resulted in a huge explosion that launched the cork and cage assembly straight up on a collision course with the ceiling. Some foam started gushing out, but was easily captured into a snifter glass. The foam gradually settled down into a finger high beige head that consistently remained on the surface. The beer is hazy orange-amber in color.
S: The nose is dominated by a moderate amount of sour funky aromas.
T: Like the smell, sourness stand out in the taste, relegating the hop bitterness that is so prominent in Hop Devil to a back seat role that becomes evident in the finish. For this reason, there is a good balance between sour and bitter flavors. The overall taste isn't that complex.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a very high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't too difficult to drink because the sour flavors in the taste aren't too strong and are nicely balanced by the hop bitterness. However, it takes a long time to consume because of the time spent waiting for the foam to subside after each pour from the bottle.

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

Upon first taste, this ale seems much more akin to American Wild Ales with the hop influence for a complex (if not contradictory) sour/bitter interplay.

Aromas of bright lime, tart under rippened berries, dusty/musty/attic-like character shape the nose while bruised fruit (esters?) of peach, appricot, green apple, and pears add to the growing list of adjectives to describe the aroma. The hops nearly get lost because of the strong musty, leathery notes.

While pouring a rust-colored hazy hue, the beer caps with a firm and froathy yellowish head that retains very well and laces strongly all the while. A very nice look.

Acidic tartness takes over the taste immediately and really bring the lemon-lime and berry character to life. Backup notes of decayed woods, leather, and dried tobacco round out the mid palate along with the bruised fruit flavor and mild brown sugar sweetness. Finishing with a zesty hop bitterness and citrus rind flavor, this is the spot where the hops really make their mark and leave a lasting impression.

A carbonated fullness holds firm through the acidic notes early for a creamy effect that's short lived. a quick transition to dryness of alcohol, astringency, and bitterness keeps the beer very drinkable and refreshing in the finish.

The normal take on a Belgian IPA is to take a Tripel or Saison-like beer and hop it to IPA levels. This more complex and challenging base style is much more funky and in Wild Ale or Lambic fashion. It makes sense see where this beer can go; similar to a few of the more hoppy Jolly Pumpkin beers.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a dead-on clone of Burton Bridge Empire IPA...
Cellared this bottle since May, and the Brett is definitely there in spades.

Pours a lovely rusty orange, with a ridiculous amount of foam... pour slowly, this beast is alive! Thick lacing coats the glass, there was a convex rocky head that defied gravity for awhile before deflating back into the glass. Musty barn blanket Brett, some pineapple citrus peeks through too. Medicinal, wet hay, wild yeast smell. Alternately bitter and flashing sweetness in the initial sips. Long finish of leafy hop bitterness and some mild residual funkiness. The Brett is huge in a bigger quaff, very drying and musty, almost to a fault. I get some pine and straw, again very dry as Belgian IPAs are. Dusty dried pineapple is there in the background. Pretty complex, and plenty of wildness. The last third of the bottle slows me down a bit, probably best shared. This paired well with a 12 month aged Manchego.

Just purchased a 3rd bottle, and still loving it. If you like Wild Devil, seek out Burton Bridge Empire IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy amber color and a modest head; just a little bit of lace

Smell: There are earthy hops for sure, but the aroma wafts of a Belgian influence, bringing both a sweeter BPA character as well as some funk from the Brett

Taste: Biscuity, at first, with plenty of caramel, and a growing piney flavor by mid-palate; after the swallow, the beer lurches in an unexpected direction with pear, candi sugar and funky elements kicking in to provide a Bretty Belgian influence

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pretty nice beer but I would prefer less sweetness and more Brett funk from a Brett IPA

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 zeff80
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, copper color with an off-white, two-finger head of bubbly foam. It left some nice patterns of lace.

S - It smelled of little of barnyard and of many floral notes. Some mild caramel and citrus aromas, too.

T - It tasted spicy and somewhat funky with a burnt toast caramel malt backbone.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is a very interesting ale. The funkiness in an IPA is a unique treat.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 mothman
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

I have had this fresh on tap and let this bottle sit to see what would happen to the brett. Here goes nothing.

Cork comes off with a loud pop and gushes out a bit.

Pours a massive amount of head. I poured it slowly and the head rose up very fast. Over four fingers of khaki head. Finally fades down and I can get at this one. Leaves some rings and splattered lace. Color is a orange hued burnt copper.

Aroma: Tons of funk. The brett seemed to have develop nicely, maybe overpowering the ipa components. Has the barnyard funk to it with some spices and cloves. It has some citrus flavors, but the hops aren't very present.

Taste: Tons of barnyard funk and brett. The hops bring some bite as well, but not as present as when the beer was fresh (pretty obvious). Has some hints of bananas and cloves with some grapefruit citrus. The hops are floral and they blend well with the funkiness in this beer. A decent amount of black crushed pepper.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but funky with some crisp notes. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. End dry with an awkward aftertaste that I can't determine.

Overall, this was a fun beer to age. It really changed a lot and I enjoyed to see what a few months did to it. It was very funky and not to much of an IPA anymore. It is drinkable. The 750 shouldn't be too big of a problem.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory's newest beer, Wild Devil, pours a hazy, very deep amber body with a crimson cast and golden-orange highlights at the base of the glass. The creamy yellowed-white head holds well and leaves average lacing.

The nose displays candied-caramelish-malt, spicy/grassy hops and fruit (apricot and summer fruits), and a bit of damp straw, mustiness, and leather.

In the mouth it's decidedly medium-bodied and foamy with a moderate, fine bubbled carbonation that warms to become pillowy soft.

In the flavor, it offers notes of apricot, honey, drizzled caramel, spent hops, chalk, mineral, pine, and an earthy mustiness that's not too unlike like muddy ground and underbrush. A comparison to Hop Devil is inevitable, and there's certainly some of that still present, but it's softened and smoothed by the Brettanomyces. It's become a different beer, and yet the ties are still strong enough to recognize its origins. The bitterness remains, and it's fairly strong and blunt in the finish.

That bitterness of the original Hop Devil, however, doesn't seem to work real well with the Brett. It's kind of blocky, and not particularly well rounded. Still, it's an interesting beer and worth trying.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Bottle was quite fresh.

Pours a nice golden light copper color along with a white head and some pretty nice lacing as it goes down. Nice foamy head. Nose brings forward a moderate amount of funk and earth as well as some hop character. Neither one really stands out too much at this point. The taste is the same. There is a bit of dry bitterness and some mild hop characteristics, as well as a bit of hay. Not really too much going on here, although the balance works well. Nice, dry feel with good carbonation. While this isn't particularly spectacular right now, I've got another bottle and I'd like to see how the Brett takes hold over a year or two.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A huge 75% head rises and fades slowly with lots of big bubbles, and leaves a thick lacing, hazy reddish orange beer.

Nose has lots of funk and wild barnyard, horse hair, dry, lightly malty, very light hops and bitterness.

Taste also has lots of barnyard funk, wild yeast, a little horse hair, touch of malt and hops, semi bitter, some nice wild Brett flavors but not too heavy on them... yet. Light citrus and orange peel too.

Medium body with lots of carbonation.

Finishes somewhat bitter with light hops, some nice funk and wild barnyard Brett, very dry, light malt flavors and slightly spicy.

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Photo of oberon
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a very interesting and tasty beer to say the least.Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep amber with fluffy one finger slight off white head.Aromas were pretty much perfect and I dont say that lightly,a mix of awesome floral and citric hop,I mean just fresh and awesome.To go along with the exquisit hop aromas a slightly spiced aromas comes thru as well,liked spiced apple and clove,Flavors are what a Belgian IPA should be in my personal opinion,a mix of citric and piney hop with some spice and grilled pineapple.The mouthfeel at first was a bit rough around the edges but mellowed after a little bit.A great brew... seriously.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Giant, four finger head of off-white foam on top of a clear, reddish-brown body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves dense, even lace on the glass as it settles down.

S - Strong, funky wild yeast aroma; distinctly brettanomyces with notes of damp earth, soft cheese, and apricots. Some toasted and caramel malts and, surprisingly, just a hint of fruity hops.

T - Toasty malt and light caramel up front with lots of powdery, funk that is strongly reminiscent of camembert cheese. Some pine hops show up very briefly towards the finish and leave moderate bitterness to compete with the funk.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well, this is a strange one. For some reason, the hops are not nearly as prevalent as I would have expected and they blend in strange and not entirely unpleasant way with the brett funk. Unlike the the hop flavor, the bitterness is not seriously diminished and it is an unusual counterpoint to the wild yeast; a combination I have not encountered before. The net effect of the fruitiness from the yeast and hops combined with the bitterness is eerily similar to a full-flavored soft-ripened cheese like brie or camembert.

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