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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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Photo of Lolli1315
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Huge white bubbly heading that sticks to the sides of the glass. Gold orange color that is slightly hazy.

S- Holy Brettanomyces Batman! Smell of brett hits you right away fading into some pretty strong barnyard funk. Spicy yeast characteristics compliment the funk smell. Little else can be made out through the barnyard smell.

T- The brett characteristics come out almost immediately in the taste. The barnyard funky flavors pick up and give a distinct band aid type flavor. A slight bitter hop flavor that was not noticeable in the smell. There is also a slight malt underlying the funk as well, but disappears quickly. The end of the beer fades into the familiar funky/brett flavor with slight bitterness. Old Gregg's got the funk.

M- Medium thin body and with a very dry finish that is enjoyable. Very carbonated as well.

D- If you like a funky beer I suggest giving this one a go. Different type of funk than I'm used to with not much sour. But the interesting combination of hops and funk in this one goes together well.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

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

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Review is from notes taken on 3/17/2010 and poured from the bottle (bottled on 4/22/2009) to a tulip glass.

Appearance: Starts as (not with, mind you, but "as") a H-U-G-E head that takes up nearly the whole glass; head is off-white/light tan and is dry and sticky and leaves tons of lacing from the top to the bottom; body is a deep coppery/apricot color and the body is hazy; shows potent carbonation throughout.

Smell: An interesting blend of citric hops that are a little sweet and juicy (orange/grapefruit) and a little bitter; bit of a mulchy horseblanket and tart candy-like presrence.

Taste: Pretty interesting - the IPA base is definitely there and has a nice hoppiness to it with a bitter citric aspect; a tart citric presence is there as well and has a slightly sour twist; mulchy/horseblanket in the back and aftertaste; overall, it's not as funky as I thought it would be, but nice and refreshing all the same.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonation and it's lively; a nice coating that is dry and sticky is left all over the mouth and holds the bitter and mulchy tastes quite well.

Drinkability: Quite high, the nice bitter and tart/sourness isn't overwhelming, but present enough to be consistently interesting; not heavy at all and the ABV isn't too high either; I'm finishing a 750 mL on my own with no problem whatsoever.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of necoadam
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a deep amber orangery color with a huge fluffy head that took a little bit to settle. Left some nice lacing after I was finished.

The aromas are terrific in this beer. Caramel, citrus, maltiness, and hops all blend in nicely. Some light undertones of musk round it out. I sniffed this beer quite a bit since it was so complex and wonderful.

The taste at first was very bready with notes of caramel. Hops and fruit with some citric undertones blend int with the maltiness towards the middle and end. Finished a tad on the dry side.

Mouthfeel was medium with a good dose of carbonation.

Quite the brew. When I took my first sip, at first thought it reminded me of HopDevil, but then the funkiness kicked in. If you see a bottle, do pick it up.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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


Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Medium golden color. Full super white pocky head with some light lace trails remaining.

Smell- A bit of everything. SOme lemon peel, a bit of brett funk, some english style hops and a wee bit of toasted malt.

Taste- Nicely done. Really laid back in the beginning with a mild hoppy burst, some malt backing and some good brett. Towards the end it really turns quite bitter from the hops and the brett subsides leaving a bitter lemony hops flavor.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher carbonation level, but almost about right. Nice lasting flavorful hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not quite on the level with Hop It, but no far either. Quality BIPA.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Review from notes taken on 1/30/10 during a side by side comparison with hop devil.

Pours slightly cloudy with a sour aroma that is quite musty. Taste is significantly funky with some citrus reminding me of moldy blue cheese. Bitterness is actually subdued by the funk. Aroma and taste is filled with must but overall quite smooth feeling and moderately carbonated. Brett taste lasts through the finish and is reminescent of wet leather but enjoyable in a perplexing way.

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