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Wild Devil | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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3.82/5
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1,271 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#13,065
Reviews:
534
Ratings:
1,271
pDev:
12.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
160
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,271 |  Reviews: 534
Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jrfehon33
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of albern
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm parting company with the reviewers who raved over this beer. This tasted like a Wild Ale and the Brett yeast was just overpowering. The sourish vinegar taste from the yeast was just too much to bear. The beer looked good with a nice amber color and a thick creamy and frothy head that laced and retained well.

The nose has a bit of the yeasty funkiness to come, but it is not until the beer is tasted that the true character emerges. This is really not an IPA, Belgian or otherwise, and there are no candied sugar fermentables to offset that really hard to take yeastiness. There was slight booziness to the beer and the mouthfeel was a bit taut and harsh. I didn't finish the one I had at the party and do not foresee revisiting this one either.

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Photo of Gww1864
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Cresant
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. The body was bright copper with a hint of cloudiness. The tall head of off-white settled to a cap.

Smell was spicy. Wet concrete. Every so slight alcohol hints as it warmed.

Taste was peppery. Nice hops flavor without harshness. Dark cherries. Drying. Slight iodine flavor. Grassy. You can pick out the different aspects of this beer easily, yet they work well together and I found this very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was effervescent and medium to full in body.

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Photo of MidwestBA
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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 sneaks2210
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ms11781
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of bonkers
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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 EMV
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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 stumac
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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 +4.7%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of allergictomacros
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
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 -12.3%

Photo of UnionMade
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
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 Jimmys
3.4/5  rDev -11%
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 brystmar
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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 tclipse
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Budinetz
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lochef81
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brianmandell
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brauseboof
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,271 ratings
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