Wild Devil | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Wild DevilWild Devil

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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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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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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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my dimple glass this brew is amazing when it come to a head you get a two to three finger head with a good pour, and it lasts . The body of the brew is a clear orange copper color.

The aroma is quite unique you get the Brett funky yeast, then some light floral hops come up as it warms. The flavor is just as wild, a funky IPA. What a nice combination. I had funky IMP Stout this weekend but that was unintentional. This one seems to work, the funky brew with a bitter finish is a nice surprise. The mouthfeel is great as well. Oh ya the carbonation is intense but you can guess that from the head.

A very drinkable combination but the bomber is great for one sitting. I will grab this one again

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy and frantically carbonated deep amber. Three fingers of persistent pinkish tan head fill the upper stories. Commas of lacing stop and go along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, sweet caramel malt and light molasses prop up a surprisingly understated citrus hop presence that's further trod upon by clove, banana, and crisp apple esters, but in an interesting fashion.

Upon sipping, The malt is toasted and softly sweet with caramel and a hint of berries. The hops press to impress with grapefruit and pine drizzled with lemon. Esters assert with curls of clove, green apple, and a mellow spice melange. Residual grain returns with a twist of molasses. A finale of dry hop bitterness drives a crisp, lingering finish. The Brett subdues the Devil, delivering a funky new identity.

Medium bodied, the smooth grain creaminess, spicy hops, and crisp esters caress and glow nicely.

It seems the ballsy yeast works a transformation on the Hop Devil, creating a new and brassy character. It's an intriguing take on a Belgian IPA, but with more oily muscle, and it's clean, fun, and quite drinkable. There's nothing wrong with what it was, and nothing wrong with what it's become here.

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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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A: pours a nice two finger head that lasts forever. Gold and ruddy translucent.

S: lemony, funky & brett with that characteristic hop devil cilantro/soapy feel.

T: smooth and silky followed by puckery brett and balanced hop brett and malt. Good

M: smooth , velvety and slightly dry after you get used to the funk.

O: definitely nice and balanced fully for such an aggresive style.

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,271 ratings.
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