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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 StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

ten years ago this would have been earth shattering, but i don't think it is expressive enough in brett character to appease the wild palate of today. supposedly has hop evil as the base beer, an east coast staple for me growing up. i get so little of the hops from that, it ends up being a weirdly yeasty amber, although its super clear in looks, must have been filtered, no haze or sediment at all, uncommon in wild ale to say the least, but it may have hurt this one, because its just not as bretty as i had hoped for. light wine-like brett on the nose, but the malt trumps it i think in terms of assertiveness. the taste too seems oddly unbalanced, i am missing the hops i love so much in the base beer. there is a little bitterness in the finish, but thats about it. for ten bucks this is a cool beer, a twist on an old favorite, but it doesnt deliver what it promises i don't think, at least not for me. it may fill a role as a pale amber wild ale, no sourness at all, no haze, no wheat (i don't think) and maybe there is a desire for that, but its underwhelming for me.

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Photo of DrRambis
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip bulb glass. Bottled on June 11th 2014.

Appearance: Dark maple brown with hints of redness. Murky, dark and cloudy, but no sediment. 2 finger head, slighlty tan, off white, decent retention.

Smell: Earth and pine, citrus and tropical fruit smell that is dominated by a funky leathery overtone, like an old cabbie seat. Smell is still very bright and vibrant.

Taste: Hops and malt like a classic ipa that is smothered by brett flavor, slightly sour with very light clove spice, grass, smoky peat, toasted bread, with lemon and peach finish that intertwines nicely with the brett flavors. Well balanced although the base beer has been covered up, it still shoots through in patches. The more I taste it, the more I am getting the brett (yeah horse blanket!) punching out in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-light body with light stickiness towards the finish. Light carbonation. Smooth with some medium-light astringency.

Overall: An enjoyable beer that I would qualify as something other than a "Belgian IPA". Pretty much just a simple IPA (Hopdevil) with a good deal of brett covering up the base. Enjoyable and simple and straightfoward. Good introductory beer to brett flavors as one can easily compare this beer to its base, and the brett flavors are still overt enough to enjoy as is. Good but nothing great or breathtaking.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper-ish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small slightly thicker patch and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of brett funkiness with decent amounts of barnyard and hay which is followed by lighter aromas of citrus/lemon zest and pine/resin hops. Just a hint of biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of biscuit + cracker malts with a slightly heavier than moderate amount of brett funky flavors (including some solid barnyard funk and hay). There is a moderate amount of citrus/lemon zest and pine/resin hops which intensify through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness are present in the finish.

O: A very enjoyable beer with a nice combination of wild/brett flavors and the traditional hop flavors in the base beer - easy to drink and definitely one I would grab again.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Peg's snifter.

A: Pours a clear copper, average carbonation. Forms a big fluffy white head with good retention.

S: Musty Brett funk, light lemony citric tang, resinous hops and light bready malts.

T: Brett barnyard musk and a bit of dishwater character. Spice, melon, and citrus hops, but hop presence is lower than expected. Toasted bready malts and some horseblanket round things out. Dry with a light hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body, carbonation sensation on the low side, and the alcohol is fairly well-hidden.

O: This beer seems to hit some right notes, but there are misses too. Primarily, it needs more hops and/or funk. I feel like in order to make it easier to drink, it sacrificed the good flavors it should have had - just seems a bit middle of the road.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-nice amber color with a large white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, orange, Brett, caramel malt, some pine

T-caramel malt, orange, light lemon, brett, pine, floral, hint grassy, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-interesting Belgian IPA version of Hop Devil, enjoyed this beer and was better than I expected

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Photo of sevreng
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle purchased at Shadyside Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh, PA on 6/9/14. Poured into tulip glass.

A - Semi-bright, dark copper/amber hue. Creamy head on pour, dissipates slowly with heavy lacing.

S - Citrus and sweet tart notes indicate the presence of both the hops and brett while a nice malt base keeps things grounded.

T - Tart chalkiness overrides the malt base, hops poke through and help to build a dry finish with an off twang of brett. Pretty interesting transformation of Hop Devil, makes me want to pick up a bottle of Hop Devil to remind myself where this started.

M - Carbonation keeps the malt and brett light and fluid, finish is a little too drying for my tastes.

O - Interesting tasting beer with fantastic interplay between the malt, hops, and brett upfront, but the lingering aftertaste of hoppy brett is not great. Makes me want to compare to the original for kicks. Would be interesting to hold on for one a little longer as this bottle was only 1 month old.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a rusty looking amber, with a towering, 4-5 inch head that dissipates in a few minutes, Fairly decent spidery lacing down the glass.

Smells like some vestige of Hop Devil- fairly earthy and spicy, with a good portion of sweet malt aromas, along with funky Brett aromas that bring to mind Sweet Tarts or Smarties.

The sweet chalkiness continues in the flavor, and is honestly really nice. Spicey and herbal hops are prominent, showing the untamed Hop Devil is still somewhere back behind the Brett assault. The Brett also lends some juicy sweetness as well. As it warms up, the bitterness becomes a little more pronounced.

Medium bodied, funky, bitter and dry mouthfeel- slightly creamy. There is a low level of carbonation.

This is very solid. It's much closer to a hoppy American wild ale than a Brett IPA- as the Brett completely takes over the proceedings, and leaves Hop Devil wimpering in the corner.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great looking beer- deep copper color with a thick marshmallowy head. The nose is intense and perfumy, like a fresh bouquet of flowers. Wow- the brett and base beer work so well together. There are also tangerine peel and pine notes. Slight graham cracker and caramel round it all out. Mostly it's the floral brett that dominates the nose, though. The palate is freakin' gorgeous- so Goddamn smooth and velvety- this time it's more earthy, but the floral overtones are still there. The brett lingers for a bit, but then gives way to a long lasting toasty finish, maybe with a hint of leather. Well done, Victory- maybe not as complex as something like Bitter Monk, but this has such a comfortable, worn-in feel that shows that you've done it well in your own way.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled On 11 JUN 2014

A: Pours a nice amber color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly settles down to a frothy cap that leaves decent lacing

S: A bit of the Brett to start things off, along with a nice fruitiness and some citrus and piney hops. Some lightly sweet malts also balance things out a little

T: Starts off with some lightly funky Brett that imparts some leathery notes as well as some fruitiness and other complexities. Some piney and citrusy hops come in next, along with the lightly sweet maltiness. Finishes with a light, lingering bitterness and a bit more Brett character

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice Brett-influenced IPA with a decent amount of Brett character from the get-go. The hops get a little muted, but Hop Devil isn't insanely hoppy to begin with so it's not a problem. Definitely a candidate for aging and seeing how the Brett influences the beer. Certainly worth picking up a few, especially when it's under $8 for 750 mL

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Photo of Kadonny
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a nonic pint glass. This bottle I have been aging for almost 9 months.

A: A medium brownish color with a hint of burnt orange and a huge huge billowy off white head. The head stands tall and leaves chunky lacing as it eventually recedes. Seems a bit overcarbonated.

S: Wow, so the aging really allows the brett to fully develop. Heavy smells of must, horse blanket and yeast with some citrus and pine hops qualities.

T: Follow the nose. The aging really allows the brett to develop to bring heavily forward the yeasty musty, horse blanket, wet straw flavors that are coupled with the bready slightly sweet malt character. The herbal, citrus and slight piney hops poke through at the end to leave the bitterness in your mouth. Wow, this beer is a different monster with age on it, the brett really comes out in a huge way.

M: Medium, coating, a bit spicy and no alcohol flavor. As I said earlier, a bit overcarbonated I think.

D: High, very enjoyable beer.

Overall if you get a chance to age this beer and you really like brett, do it. This is significantly a different beer than when fresh as the brett really works into the flavor. Still I really enjoyed it, kudos to Victory.

Updated June 2014 with the newest batch. After being on hiatus for the past couple of years, Wild Devil is back and back in a big way.

Corked and caged 750 which yielded the following. The brett really seems way more prominent early on with this batch. This beer is fresh and the brett really is already very prominent. Fantastic beer that I just wish they made all the time. I'll be picking up a bunch more bottles before this goes on hiatus again. Fantastic.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful firey copper orange with some golden yellow hues. A fat head of very off white foam that lasts and leaves lace . A few bubble making their way to the top amid perfect clarity. Nose is powerful and funky. Citric tartness and citrus zest. A lovely perfumey and powdery hop flora. A bit of earth, some sweet bread for malt and a delightful bit of orange that is subtle but not to be denied. Drinks gracefully with all the flavors coming together balanced and with a kind of panache. The orange is juicy and a bit subtle. There is grapefruit peel and tart citrus. The yeast is earthy and funky and dry. The hop floral translates into the drink and as it warms a bit of spice comes through on the nose and on the palate.

The mouthfeel on this one is creamy and and with a bit of softness underlies a powerful collection of earthy and funky flavor with some fruit and a soft breaddy sweetness that keeps you going back for more as a sharp bitter finishes this one dry.

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Photo of TNT
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why isn't this higher rated? Funky, citrus, pine, what more could you ask for in this style? Looks great with an almost amber color and nice two finger khaki head. Crisp, but not overly carbonated mouthfeel. Stands out amongst Belgian IPA's. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of trentbent
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2009 and held by brewery and re-distributed, then bought in 2014. Amber/orange.

A- Pours the biggest bubbly foam head I've ever seen right out of the bottle.

S- Yeasty and sour. hoppy too. candied oranges. Wild.

T- Similar to the smell really. Some sour notes from the yeast action. The hops has really mellowed out. I hope others review this delayed/aged re-release because I don't think I'm doing it justice with this review. But it's a pretty exciting/interesting beer.

M- Very bubbly and fizzy in the mouth.

O- I thought about getting some hop devil (which I haven't had yet, though I loved V's Hop Fresh) to taste alongside this one but this beer stands on its own as completely unique from the original Hop Devil. It is indeed wild, and I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Mixed feelings. Victory tried to make their fantastic Hop Devil with Belgian yeast, German malts, and American hops. The result is a unique combination of floral, citrus, and pine, but my bomber had an acidic taste that overrode everything.

Warning! Once you uncork Wild Devil it will explode like champagne. Be prepared!

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Photo of jmccullough916
2.51/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served from a corked ad caged bomber. I noticed after pouring that bottling date is from 2009! Should be interesting to review a 3 yr old Belgian IPA.

A - Hazy copper gold. A very pretty beer that proves crystal clear beers aren't always the best looking.

S - Lots of Brett. Maybe a little hoppyness in the background.

T - Brett, Brett, and more Brett. What can I say? This beer has been overpowered by the Brett funk. I can't detect any hops or grain, only Brett.

M - Light and somewhat creamy with a small prickle from the carbonation. I was expecting a lot of carbonated bite because it foamed over when I pulled the cork and even more when I poured the first glass. Very enjoyable mouthfeel despite the overpowering Brett.

O - I suppose age has not treated the Hop Devil kindly because the Brett has overpowered the taste. It's really a shame. I wish I could've tried this one fresh.

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Photo of bmwats
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Medium golden hue. Pours about a finger and a half, bubbly, white head. Dissipates fairly quickly leaving a light blanket of foam and a substantial beer ring. Decent dry sticky lacing, initially quickly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Hops are overcome with hefty aroma of lavender, honey, and fresh flora.

T: Hoppy and planty. Very floral.

M: Light but full. The floral nature of this brew really defines it. Hoppy in the front, not too bitter in the end.

D: Goes down easy. Drink as you please.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, decent head, not much in terms of lacing. Nose is hoppy, and floral. Flavor is lightly hoppy with balance of fresh flora. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber, thick white head and lacing. Belgian yeast, fruit and light brett aroma. Moderate pine hops, citrus, bready malt and brett. Nice mouthfeel. Closer to a wild ale or saison than a Belgian IPA in my book. Obviously well made, but a little too much brett flavor, so this is a miss for me.

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

750ml coked and cages bottle:

The beer poured a very nice hazy orange with some hints of red that produced a huge white fluffy head that was retained well, but ultimately receded into a thin ring around the glass. The aroma was maltier than expected, more like a Saison, but most certainly a Belgian malt and yeast aroma. The taste of the beer is sweet, yeasty and with some hints of pine hops. The beer had a lighter feel than expected, but the beer was pretty easy to drink. Overall, a good beer and one that I will try again.

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Photo of cvm4
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from April 2009, cork broke when opening and had to bust out the wine opener.

A - Poured a gentle pour and half the glass is filled with a light tan foamy head. The body of the beer is a cloudy amber.

S - Malty, bready as well as hoppy. A faint lemon can be detected.

T - Pine hops, earthy and bready malts collide and finishes slightly tart.

M - Very bubbly, champagne like. Really mixes the flavors around.

O - Could definitely taste the Belgian yeast but I think the age of the bottle is past its prime.

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Photo of DaveHack
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was soooo excited to find this on tap. Growler filled from a 2+ year old keg.

Hazy, orange with little head (The carb may be a little low due to time spent in growler)

Smells musty, with noticable Belgian yeast

Tastes is sweet and a little bready. There is just a hint of Brett. I would've thought it would be more prominent given the extended stay in the keg.

Feels light in the mouth, not too thin, but light bodied. It is a refreshing beer that would be good out on the deck.

I HAD to try this with Victory being a local brewery and while it wasn't the best thing ever, it was absolutely worth trying and I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again if it were available

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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 SLeffler27
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An orange sherbet head quickly overwhelms the volume of a tulip glass. The head turns rocky and lasts for the duration over a sunset orange, lightly hazy beer with tons of swirling carbonation. Lacing is spotty and sticky.

The hops are fruity citrus and floral with light pine and cedar. There is a presence of brettanomyces, light woodiness and butterscotch. Apricot becomes especially present with warmth.

Wild Devil has a light bitterness with cookie dough and cantaloupe flavors. Tartness is light and on the edge, a bit delayed. The finish is lingering with a slight bitter/tart edge.

The body is medium to light with a silky texture, no alcohol, light carbonation and late metallic notes.

This is an easy drinking beer that would probably pair well with soft cheese. Has enough going on to be interesting, but lacks the hop punch and yeasty funkiness I was seeking.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Re-post from my hacked "jmkratt" :(

look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked to a globe glass. The cork unloaded extremely quickly and the foam quickly spilled from the bottle. Seemed extremely carbonated, overly so.

A - After a gentle pour my globe glass was filled 4/5ths with foam and 1/5 cloudy orange/amber color brew. The extreme head is bubbly white with astounding retention and lacing. It's rather irritating waiting for the foam to subside. I put the opened bottle in the fridge to try and calm it down. When I went to pour my 2nd and 3rd glass it was still extremely foaming. I am not particularly fond of fighting this much foam every single glass. It's like a fresh keg that's been agitated.

S - Perhaps my favorite aspect of the beer. A subtle belgian yeast aroma with a hint of brett and fruity esters. Not any hop character detected. Mild malt sweetness present.

T - Similar to previous reviews I noticed the brett presence immediately and more dominantly than the nose. The hop character also is more dominant than on the nose: earthy character blends fairly well with the brett and bready biscuit malt character. The beer finishes with a bit of medicinal feel.

M - Very carbonated. You can taste the bubbles throughout, if that makes any sense. I don't know how else to describe it.

O - Not what I was expecting. I found the extreme carbonation to be both a hindrance to the aroma and flavor and mouthfeel as well as irritating to deal with. I won't be back. Pretty underwhelmed.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-01-2011 14:20:33

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Photo of Ralphs66
1.55/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I previously gave this beer a 4. But am re-rating so Victory can be aware of the baaaaad batch from June bottling. This is NOTHING like the beer I had previously. This batch is a friggin mess. Yeast bomb; smell and taste. Faint scent of Brett. I'll choke it down, but virtually undrinkable. The rating is not a fair one, but hoping it serves as warning to others to avoid June 2014 bottles. As another reviewer stated, I want my money back.

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Photo of eclipse54
2.66/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle recently sent from inlimbo77; thank you! Bottled on 09/21/2011, so over two years old at this point. "Poured" into a DFH signature glass...

To start, it’s vastly over-carbonated as so many others have said. Upon popping the cork, it began gushing out of the bottle. Luckily, I was prepared and and able to start pouring/collecting into a glass right away. On the pour (of actual liquid, mind you) a massive amount of head develops, so much that 99% of the glass is nothing but foam. I had to let the foam settle into liquid before drinking.

Once it had settled to a manageable amount, the liquid was a translucent golden orange color with some copper hues. The head is an eggshell white that is very foamy/sudsy, and does hang around for quite a while.

The aroma is of tart citrus, primarily lemon, tart apple, sour pear, some faint peach, and just tart fruits in general. Behind that is quite a bit of straw/hay, various other light grains, some grass, and barely an inkling of hops. Plenty of yeast to be had as well; it smells more like a saison than any IPA, though it is not offputting.

It tastes of tart fruits, primarily pear and lemon, some grains, straw, hay, a funky yeast flavor, pine, and various floral grasses. Hops have almost completely mellowed out and vanished, and this is pretty mild and lackluster in flavor. Not bad, but not amusing either. A bit of a chalky/soapy aftertaste to it.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery after the excess in carbonation had finally been dispelled. It seems so much of it was in a rush to escape that no carbonation bothered to stay dissolved. It finishes clean with a slightly dry aftertaste, and iis very appealing in that respect.

Overall, this isn't much of an IPA anymore, which I've tried to reflect in the score. I will say, though, that it does make for a pretty decent brett-inoculated saison, having plenty of tart fruit esters and light grains. I find it curious to see how, over the course of a couple of years, this one has changed so much to seemingly warrant a reclassification. That said, don't shy away from trying this one in your travels as there's plenty of enjoyment to be found in it, but don't expect it to be an IPA of any kind.

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,267 ratings.
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