Wild Devil | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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.

Added by Kadonny on 05-08-2008

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Ratings: 1,273 |  Reviews: 534
Photo of jojox
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Victory, released very recently.

a - dark red/brown, nice white head, holds. Good pour.

s - A bit of different odors that normally expected, but in general similar to Hopdevil. Grassy, herbal hops, not much alcohol. Here though there are some slight spice-type esters barely present. They seem to come and go?

t - Is this hopdevil or wilddevil? I actually had to ask our server to confirm what he gave us. The differences are so slight. Nicely spicy hop flavors up front, smooth and balanced maltiness in the middle, and drying bitterness in the finish. After we discussed the possibility of receiving Hopdevil by accident, I really started to doubt my tastebuds, but the Brett seemed to add a bit of woodsy-ness, spice. Oh so subtile. It's maybe a little less hop-forward than Hopdevil, especially since I know this batch is most likely super fresh. Who knows, in 6 months this could be a different beer.

m - sharp from bittering hops, but appropriately balanced as well. Good CO2. Started out way too cold.

d - Very high, as is Hopdevil.

asides - I was told by the lady working in the shop that this recipe is exactly the same as hopdevil, only the yeast is different. This is the second batch and released for Philly Beer Week.

Next: (4/11/09) This is a completely different beast. I got Wild and Hopdevil side-by-side at the brewery to see if I could detect subtile differences, but these are totally different beers now. Wilddevil has a mild aroma, somewhat Belgian in nature, and the flavors to match. Large belgian aromatics up front, like a Saison or Belgian pale. Drying in the middle and finishing with a bitterness approaching astrigency or phenolic at the end. The hops aren't obvious to be honest, but I'm sure they are contributing to the mouthfeel and dryness. The belgian character which has taken over is dominant. It's quite drinkable but I wonder what it will become and how carbonated the bottles I have bought will become.

Notes: Very interesting to see the change this beer has taken in a month. Victory must have been rushed to release this for Philly Beer Week. I wonder what strain of Brett was used, and if Brett, as the primary fermenter, will superattenuate in this case. Certainly an interesting beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory- WildDevil

A- Deep clear amber with a good moderates head and lacing.
S- Sugary cherry malt with bitter green hops.
T- Thick sweet cherry malt with big earthy green hops. Sour fruitiness.
M- Thick and sweet. Bold oily green dry hop body and finish.

Overall- Big tasty hops with a thick sweet/ sour maltiness. Very good.

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Photo of ATPete
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

corked/caged 750ml bottle

Awesome label design. The bottle opens with a soft pop and pours a rich amber orange color, great clarity and a small peachy/off white head. Young funky brett in the nose, these were bottled last Wednesday, lots of earthy and herbal in the nose with a bitter grapefruit rind and peachy apricot hop character. This one is 100% fermented with Brett and they got it at the exact ABV of HopDevil? Wow. The funk is still young and pretty subtle in flavor, it has for the most part the exact hop characteristics of a HopDevil with an added complexity of subtle looming funkification. Medium bodied, mild carbonation and a long fruity bitter aftertaste that begs for another sip. It screams Belgian influence without a doubt. i will definitely be putting one of my other bottles down for a while just to see how this one comes along. Hops and funk? better than i had expected.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/10/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a cloudy orange with no head. Aroma of dulled citrusy hops, spicy apple. Flavor is dominated by spices (especially clove and corriander) which reminded me of a witbier. Also I got some oakiness and sour/sweet fruit in the finish. Thick mouthfeel. A very interesting beer that is nothing at all like Hop Devil. Not very sour or bretty either. Nevertheless, a good beer.
7/4/7/4/13 (3.5/5)

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Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Victory: This one pours a hazy, orangish color. There is a small off-white head that leaves some lacing. Citrus hops to the nose, but a bit more subdued than the Hop Devil. Some malts in the aroma also. The taste is quite good. A bit of sourness from the Brett is noticeable. A good bit of hoppiness (grapefruit mostly on top), as well a fairly decent amount of malts. Some spices also. Very Nice!

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ruckzuck
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at BSP a few weeks ago, just now entering notes into BA.

A - an amber, opaque body with a frothy white head

S - fruity, funky, citrusy and sweet. Very inviting

T - bitter hops and spices, Belgian funk , bit of a tartness & bitter aftertaste. Definitely fascinating

M - medium bodied with some carbonation. Went down well

D - very interesting and very good. Would really like to have another one of these at some point. Try it if you get the chance.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a mediu amber colored beer with moderate off-white puffy head.

Smell has strong notes of citrus anf piney hops, with the addition of a nice tartness.

Taste is superb. The hops are restrained, yet flavorful. and the addition of the brett gives a nice refreshing tartness at the ending.

Left a dry-tart taste sensation in the mouth. Extremely enjoyable.

What a great pairing!. As a another reviewer commented, more brewers need to explore this combination of flavors.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI.

A - Copper with a slight haze and a moderate head with some lacing.

S - Spicy with clove. Smells a lot like a Belgian.

T - I found this a lot like a Belgian tripel but with more hops. It had the Belgian sweetness and spicy flavors. But it had a hoppier finish. It was an interesting blend.

M - Good consistency. It had a lower carbonation which let the flavors come through nicely.

D - An interesting and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/26/08 at Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with Belgian yeast, floral hops and citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of citrus, Belgian yeast, caramel and a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness. There's a hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style with the twist of adding the wild yeast, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of rolands6
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Doherty's East Avenue cafe in Pawtucket had one of just 2 kegs in Rhode Island and i was lucky enough to be there. This was a very interesting IPA. Smell is wheaty and hoppy. Not overpowering in the hops. Due to the yeast used it has a very wheaty flavor. Reminded me of the Victory Whirlwind Witbier hopped up. Light and easy to drink. Combines my 2 favorite styles wheat and ipa for a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 1/4 pint (approximately) served at the brewpub in Downingtown.

A: The ale is an amber brew, orange and brown, with a nice-sized head that lingers through the first 1/3 of the glass.

S: The aroma has the hallmarks of HopDevil, biting citrus and caramel malts, with the added touch of funky brettanomyces. The ale smells like Orval on hop steroids.

T: The ale has the intense funkiness of a year old Orval. The malts and hops seem to be happy to take the backseat and allow the brett to shine. The taste is yeasty and dry, making me instinctively grab for another sip. The barnyard funkiness is an excellent addition that really augments the overall HopDevil experience.

M: Dry gamey tartness is the calling card of this ale. The decision to add brett to HopDevil is inspired, to say the least.

D: The alcohol level is moderate and never escapes the the funky body. A real treat to drink.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very glad I got to try this one today at the Brick Store Pub, during their '11 Kegs, 11 Days, 11th Anniversary'.
Served in a tulip and a very bright, slightly hazy orange with 2 fingers of white froth.
Not much of an aroma could be detected...spicy, hoppy?
Taste was that of a crisp, Belgian-style IPA. I could detect the Brett, but this beer was not overblown by the FUNK. If anything, I think it brought out the fruity esters from the yeast. Bright citric notes but again, smoothed out by the Brett. Belgian-style Tripple/IPA hybrid? Whatever it is, I like it!

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Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the NEW and IMPROVED Victory.

A-Cloudy, murky orangish brown with a medium off-white head.

S-Mostly Hop Devil with all you would expect from it. In the background you get that wafting aroma of the dry, funky barnyard scent. Nice sourness and funk.

T: The brett is addition is certainly present but this is still HopDevil first and funk second. Good combination of flavours. Good melding of citrus, peppery hops and the sourness from the Brett.

M-Medium body with a nice growing tartness. A building astringency makes this really nice.

D-Well done. Still without question HopDevil first and Brett second but the combo is done well. I would not have mined a bit more Brett but...

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Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grolwer shared courtesy of hopdog and filled courtesy of maybrick...
Appears a hazy orange with a small white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is mild, with a very mild funk with some rubber, pineapple, grass, dried leaves, bananas, and earty minerals.
Taste is of light hops, rubbery funk, pumpkin & squash, dough, strangeness, with wood like flavors.
Mouthfeel is chewy, medium bodied, doughy, bitter, and smooth in the finish.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Their spontaneosly fermented (ie, brett added) version of Hop Devil. Had this on-tap at the brewpub in Downingtown.

Deep copper and cloudy compared to Hop Devil. Yellowish head.

Aroma is similar to HopDevil, with big malt and big spicy hops. Flowery citrus and earthy soil come in too. The sourness I expected really took the form of spicy alcohol and a really mild urine-like grassy dryness. It's mild though. What I really just get is a spicier and higher alcohol aroma.

Dirty/stale tobacco, some citrus (grapefruit, kiwi, lemon), and a spicy peppery dry alcohol and cloves presence. Candy sugar (sweethearts, those little chalky candies) is also really big in the taste.

Overall, I welcome the addition of brett. Makes it really unique and adds some more complexity to an already nicely complex IPA.

THe mouthfeel is a bit strange, almost chalky, and drinkability isn't really there. It's worth a sample, but my pint glass did not empty as fast as I wanted it to...

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Photo of HopDerek
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with 1 finger of creamy head, nice retention and good sticky lacing. Smells of yeast, spices, caramel, citrus, and earthy hops. Tastes of sweet caramel and biscuit with a touch of yeast, slight sour notes mix with earthy hops with a lemon rind finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth and spicy with some sour notes. A very interesting twist on their staple IPA, good and flavorful with more of a Belgian IPA feel to it. A great way to start off a visit to the new brewpub.

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Photo of Med
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at eh brew-pub. I was fortunate to get this literally minutes before it kicked.

This review is basically a comparison versus the excellent HopDevil.

A - Color is lighter and cloudier than the regular HopDevil. Head and lace are similar which is to say very good.

S - American IPA all the way. Versus the regular HopDevil the aroma is very similar, though I found it to be not a hop forward.

T - Still very similar to the original, though again I think slightly smoother and less forward. The real difference is in the finish, the brett comes through with a slightly sour ending and a bit of funk. I am a fan of the original but this improves upon it, doesn't just change it.

M - A bit fuller bodied than the original even though the carbonation seems to have suffered a bit. Very nice.

D - I was less than halfway through this when another in my party ordered one and was told they were out. I can't begin to describe how much I wanted another...

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to DIM for this. Seriously, I stop listening and get excited at brett.

Pours a lot more cloudy and maybe a tad lighter than the regular devil.

Smell: Citrus, Lemons, Grapefruit, Hay.

Taste: The brett makes a pretty big difference. The malt backbone is gone. The Citrus is still there with a nice Spicy brett note and an awesome leathery finish. Typical carbonation for a Belgian, kind of oily.

I really like this and will have no problem finishing the growler. I hope it gets bottled. It was amazing to have them side by side.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler into new Sam Adams glass on 5/13/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing!

A - Hazy amber/orange body with creamy one-finger head that left a decent amount of lacing around the glass. Sparse amount of slow-rising carbonation.

S - Funky yeast cloaks the typical floral and perfumy hop aroma of Hop Devil. There's some sour apple and sour cherry notes, as well as a slight alcohol twang as it warms up. Still, the hops are in there, but they seem a bit more fruity that usual, due to the addition of the Brett.

T - Fruity esters mingle with a distinct floral hoppiness and some citrus bitterness, with more of the typical Hop Devil flavor coming out. Still, there's a mild sourness and yeasty aspect that interplays with the hop character, creating a kind of Belgian-style IPA quality that is enjoyable.

M - Medium body with creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is sour with some hop residue on the tastebuds. Warm mouthfeel overall.

D - Not as sour as I had anticipated, yet still quite distinct and different from the standard Hop Devil. Hats off to Victory for putting a new twist on one of their most beloved brews!

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the newly renovated Victory Brewing Company.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a 1/2 finger of brite-white head. Retains nicely and leaves good looking lace behind. The aroma is similar to the Hop Devil that we all know and love. Hops, citrus, spice, and caramel backing but the Brett does make its presence known with a tingling tartness that seems to intermingle with the hops.

The taste is more of the same, with the Hop Devil taste being most prominant. Tingling hop bitterness and a touch of citrus that are balanced by a silky smooth backbone of caramel malts. Much like the aroma, the Brett isn't very assertive and adds a more subtle tartness to the surroundings that compliments the spice and hop characteristics well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and a slightly slick feel at times.

This was quite interesting as I've never come across a Brett infused IPA before. I can't really say that this take was hugely memorable or anything for me but I do have to give Victory credit for trying something outside of the box.

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Photo of DIM
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a somewhat cloudy, amber color. It was served to me with a smallish white head that did stick around for a while.

s: Smells like Hop Devil with just a hint of a sour edge blunting the hops. Some caramel malts back things up. Very fresh smelling overall.

t: The brett is not overly assertive, but it is there, hiding behind the hops. It lends a sour, almost rye flavor to the traditional Hop Devil. It is a nice change of pace.

m: Great carbonation and a nice sticky, oily texture.

d: Overall, I enjoyed this very much. However, I wish the "wild" element was more noticeable. Give Victory a lot of credit for experimenting.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so, wild devil, their hop devil with brett added to it. I'm happy to have tried this and am bringing a fresh growler home to share with friends. I found it a refreshing IPA with a bit of an edge on it. I think if I was told nothing I'd probably say not as clean as it might be for an IPA but not note the brett. true fans of the hopdevil I'm sure will key in on the differences. I however decided to try another beer on cask than try the regular version of this back to back.

A nice crisp beer and one worthy of a try. I presume the brett character will only grow over time if this lasts on tap.

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,273 ratings