Wild Devil | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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:
#13,056
Reviews:
534
Ratings:
1,271
pDev:
12.83%
Bros Score:
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Photo of scottyshades
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, so I am not entirely familiar with the Belgian IPA style AT ALL. So I will review this beer with that in mind. But I am really intrigued in the beers with Brett, so this is exciting, and only my second Brett beer.

A: Pours a slightly transparent/slightly hazy amber/copper color that produces a MASSIVE head, typical in Belgians. I could write a review about the head alone, but I assume other Belgian IPA's may be similar...Really airy and fluffy head that just keeps expanding. So far, looks delicious.

S: The first note I get is a Belgian spiciness...clove, coriander, banana, pear, spearmint and bubblegum. Very enticing. I am getting a little bit of funk from the Brett (horsey/barnyard type stuff) almost like moldy blue cheese in a way. Really interesting.

T: Pretty different from the nose. The flavor profile has a much more noticeable hop presence (I don't know what kind- seems like warrior and cascade), and the malt backbone and Belgian spice really balances this well. If you try hard, this beer has a lot of complexity, especially when it warms to about 5-10 degrees above serving temp. The funkiness of the Brett becomes more apparent as the temp warms as well. Also picking up some light fruits, as well as some clove honey! Very very nice!

MF/D: This beer is pretty viscous, very smooth and easy to drink, long Belgian spice finish with a slight twang of funk

Overall, very nicely done, very creative, and complex. Looking forward to trying this again, as well as other Brett beers.

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Photo of twelvsies
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interested to try this one. Pours looking almost like an IPA, amber in color, relatively clear, but with a giant foamy head, a la a robust Belgian ale. Wow - lots of aroma jumping off this one. I can't say I drink Hop Devil all the time, but the signature spicy notes of hops are there, a tad of citrus, and a wonderful floral aroma from the brett. The flavor is a complex mix as well. Hops, mild and spicy, slightly citrusy, and an awesome flowery, fruity bouquet of wild goodness. A bit ripe and pungent. Slightly musty and dry in the finish, mildly funky. Want more. Wow, again. I've become quite a fan of the Belgian IPA as it is now pretty much an official style, but this is quite different. I've never had a beer where the hops and wild yeast are both sort of the main character and really mixing the flavors in the overall profile of the beer. I am totally into this.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is appropriately funky. Starts with the dry bouquet of a cheap cologne and grows medicinal like latex gloves. Some peppery spices and menthol. A little malt. Smells nice.

Pours a deep orange with yellow highlights, moderate clarity, nice big creamy foamy head. Looks wonderful.

Flavor kicks off with a tart hoppy twang, it doubles back to medicine and plastic, then some dry/earthy hop bitterness, cool menthol with hints of tobacco, leafy freshness, peppery spice and herbs, and then some malt - not much, but enough. Not highly hoppy, more funky. Finishes dry and yeasty. Creamy smooth mouthfeel is a nice juxtaposition to the funkiness.

Wonderful beer. It's a soft and prim, yet funky and wild. Another homerun for Victory.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Poured into a tulip out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours a clear dark copper with a nice one finger off-white head. Very good head retention with a solid ring of lacing all the way around the glass.

The aroma really shows off the Brett with the telltale barnyard and earthy notes present in a wild ale. There are also some piny hop notes and a good shot of bready malt. Really nice.

The flavor takes all of the characteristics present in the aroma and bumps them up another notch. Once again the Brett is the first thing to really come through. Hops follows closely behind with pine and earth before the malt comes rushing in. This is a beer that really has it all. Nice drying bitterness on the finish as well.

Overall, I love how there is so much going on here but it all works. A wonderful combination of flavors with nothing off-putting whatsoever. Definitely one to pick up should you come across it.

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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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