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:
1,272
Reviews:
532
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.73%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
159
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,272 |  Reviews: 532
Photo of MidwestBA
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe a bad bottle, but this was just not good.

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Photo of ffshore545
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of sneaks2210
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ms11781
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of bonkers
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. It pours a deep amber The smell is pure funk, I really did not notice any hops. The flavor is sour and funky, I did not detect many IPA qualities. Wild Devil is medium bodied and had moderate carbonation. It is a sipper for me. IMO the brett took this beer over and it is more of a wild ale than an IPA. I did not detect any hops in this at all. This brew was a dissapointment.

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Photo of stumac
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I totally dig badass beers with low alky. And a big F you to everyone else. You're just damn drunkies! period

This brew pours up with a murky deep rust color and a spectacular fluffy ivory crown. great lacing on my dixie cup.

the nose is great. Immediate scent of brett and yeast and funk, followed up by mild fruits, figs, cherries, apricots. then comes in the floral hops. very nicely balanced.

the taste was not as smooth as the aroma but it was still damn good. I taste brett funk, big bitter spicy hops, hay, light earth, more mild fruits.

nicely done. full bodied, Belgian style carbo. A damn good afternoon delight...

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Photo of amalburg
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of allergictomacros
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Massive head over clear copper liquid. Nose is cherries and sour funk. Wow this is bitter. On the dryish side with a chalky earth and intense bitterness. Acidity is much lower than expected. Otherwise, getting the barest hint of some grapefruit. I'm a little underwhelmed by this one - the unbalanced bitterness obliterates any subtleties. I'm not loving this.

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Photo of memphischas
3.35/5  rDev -13%

Photo of UnionMade
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Clear, golden amber with a huge, poofy head. The foam laces very nicely all the way down the glass, in big frothy clumps.
Smells mostly floral, with a touch of green apple. I'm not getting much in the way of funk. Some mousiness is there, but not much. Certainly different from Hop Devil.
Wow! The flavor is much funkier than the smell. Toasty malt sweetness immediately gives way to harsh, bretty, jam-band level funkiness. It basically dominates the beer. Medium/full bodied, with very assertive carbonation. Not much in the way of sourness, or at least it's buried under significant hop bitters in the finish. Prominent barnyard flavors, reminding me of visiting the livestock tent at county fairs. Hay, with a distinct cow plop flavor at the very end of the finish. Strange and slightly unpleasant, but I'm comforted that nothing harmful can survive in beer, and that this is a reputable brewery. Dry and decidedly eccentric. If this was a person, it would be that crazy guy that walks around town with basketball shorts under leather chaps and carries the pink boom box.
I'm not sure if IPA and wild ale mesh exactly. The bitterness of the hops is only amplified by the lack of sweetness than brett delivers, and that cowshit flavor in the finish is somewhat off-putting. I'm glad my wife has been wanting to try this, because I doubt I want the entire 750 ml.

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Photo of brystmar
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: hazy orange-red with lots of fizzy, airy head. Mild lace on the glass.

S: very floral with lots of Brett yeasty funkiness. Despite not liking IPAs very much, I really enjoy the hoppy smell.

T: Hops! Brett! Mild sourness, really unique and pretty darn delicious. I were to create an IPA, it'd turn out something like this.

M: medium-bodied with above avg carbonation. Nothing special here.

D: pretty good given its mild boozy warmth. A great experience for all beer enthusiasts!

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Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tclipse
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Budinetz
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jimmys
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL into snifter. man the cork came out with a bang. and so did the foam! this thing is going nuts out of the bottle and will hardly stay in my glass. not a good start.

A: a hazed orange blanketed with a dense white head. this head is huge and has great retention.

S: smells like a belgian. a chalky earthy characteristic most common. however, there is a vinous brett quality that peaks around as well. hard to tell this was an IPA to begin with there not being a large hop smell.

T: brett coming through on the palate much more than the nose. something is a slightly unpleasant though. tastes medicinal/band-aid-like. i know some of this may be expected because of the brett. wish there was a more pronounced hop body worked in as well.

M: not effervescent, but very very bubbly. the bubbles actually feel large, not fine and prickly.

D: not bad, just not living up to the hype i had in my mind. worth a try.

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Photo of timmy2b
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip, bottled in 2009.

First things first. I got this from a cooler at store, took it home and put it in my fridge, poured it out and my duvel tulip was 95% foam, then it started foaming out of the bottle and I filled TWO more glasses with 95% foam before the bottle stopped spewing foam. Took off on drinkability for this because it's a pain to have to pour three glasses of foam before I can get one glass of beer.

Pours a haze orange hue with a ridiculous head that starts to crater and fade after a long time. Nose is brett, funk, tart, and hoppy, really crisp and well balanced.

This is a bit more flat than I'd like, but because of the crazy over-carbonation I guess it's to be expected. It's got a decent hop bite to it along with a very belgian yeast character that's quite unique and tasty.

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Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of zac16125
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a tulip

A:  really pretty dark amber with some red hues, 2 fingers of slightly off white head, decent retention, leaves trace spotty lacing

S: the brett is certainly noted. smells tart with sour apple and sour white grape notes, yeasty, some funk, similar to a Saison really, There is also a touch of caramel malts. I get almost no hop characters but I like the aroma

T: malty upfront with some piney hop bitterness and spice, then a big Belgium yeast prescence on the back end with tons of banana on the finish of every sip. A touch of funk but really none of the sour tart that was on the nose, although as it warms to room temp a hint of tart and peppery spice comes out.

M/D: medium bodied with an appropriate carbonation, somewhat drying finish, drinkability is high

O: overall a pretty good beer.  I wish the tart on the nose came out more in the taste, and that the hop presence was higher, but tasty none the less and an enjoyable drink.  

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Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Cubatobaco
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of Proteus93
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden amber, almost closer to a sunset orange just before it sinks beneath the horizon. The rolling head forms quite quickly, and it's huge. About 2 and a half, almost 3 fingers in a tulip. It leaves plentiful, thick layers of lace behind.

S: A moderately mild aroma - floral and slightly citrus with a bit of earthiness and hay. Hops are the more dominant aroma, but even they are modest.

T: The taste is a different story... quite flavourful, with plenty going on. Citrus hops have a great relationship with the brett, which doesn't add too much of a horse-blanket character, but the funk certainly is there. Some slightly evergreen notes are still there, though I detected more in the HopDevil. There's also an intriguing sweetness to this - almost like a fruit sweetness, but not quite - that makes for a great drinking experience. Very good.

M + D: It's quite a foamy beer (I over-poured on one of my glass refills and got it all over myself!) but that isn't so apparent on the tongue. Carbonation is a bit bubbly and assertive, but not really intense. It has just a touch of chewiness to it that is nice. I'm certainly a fan, and look forward to having it again.

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Photo of dgherm
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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