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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would definitely call this an American Wild Ale, rather than an IPA. The hops are definitely there, but the funky element most defines this beer. Pours a hazy orange with a bready head that sticks quite a bit to the glass. Nice balance of a funky slightly ripe cheese smell, citrusy hop aromas, and some light acetic notes in the nose. The taste loses almost all the sour notes and instead matches earthy/piney/citrusy hops with more of the cheese/barnyard funk. It's entirely a matter of taste, but these flavors to me go together remarkably well. It reminds me of a fairly ripe Spanish or French soft cheese wrapped in some sort of slightly pungent leaves. The earthy, tannic, and sharp herbal notes of the leaves counterpoint the funky cheese in the same way that the hops counterpoint the funkiness of the Brett here. I like it, and I really applaud the experimentation. The mouthfeel is full, thick, and especially funky on the finish. A very interesting beer indeed. If you're looking for a sour, this is not it- but might be given enough time. If you're looking for funk + hops, we have a winner.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This bottle was one of the most difficult bottles I've ever tried to open. That's just the start, and I won't let it affect my rating (hopefully).

When the cork popped, a bit of foam came out, but I got it poured. And it pours out very hazy, reddish colored, almost deep amber, with a massive offwhite head, that falls down, leaving rings and puffs, and leaving just a bit of lacing on the glass - the second pour produced a much denser head that left a bit more lacing, but it still disappeared rather quickly. Nice, but not much better than average. The smell, I'm sure some expect from the name should be tart and funky, but it's not. It's more like a saison, which I expected, because I've accidentally made a beer that's quite a bit like this, but a lighter color. The smell is peppery, and a bit lemony, herbal and spicy, with just a bit of pungent hops - earthy, resinous, maybe a bit piney. There's still a note of the IPA in there, which is very nice. There's also some bready, crackery malt smells, but you don't get much sweetness. I'm a fan here. The taste delivers too. There's the regular beer underneath. Lightly resinous hops, biscuit malt a delicate balance between dryness and sweetness, a bit of citrus comes in followed by flowery, herbal hops. But the wild yeast provides a layer of complexity that you would never expect from a normal IPA. There's the light peppery flavors, without clinging too much, and the wild lemony flavor, which is lovely. And the body is greatly enhanced by the wild yeast, which I love. I mean, I can't imagine an IPA by itself getting this kind of complexity and body, without being cloying or off. I mean, you can easily tell the difference between this and its counterpart, but I would say that I'm a fan. The ABV will get you in 750 mL, but I really enjoyed almost every drop. Don't expect a Wild Ale puckering or tart experience, just expect a lightly bready saison taste, which fits well on top of the beer underneath. This one comes highly recommended by me.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is the most impressive piece. It's a clear reddish amber hue with at least two inches of billowing head. This was not an aggressive pour and happened during each pour from the bottle. It hung around forever and left a moderate lacing. It's a very good looking drink.

The smell has a funky smell, presumably the brett. I also detect a strong spicey scent that smells just like gingerbread. The hops are earthy and a faint odor of orange, but they are overwhelmed by the funk.

This takes more of a wild ale angle than it does an ipa. It's interesting and fun, but not what I expected. The funky yeast and gingerbread are everywhere, especially in the aftertaste. I really had to strain to pick up the Hop Devil hiding in there. I do like the taste, but when the baseline style is IPA it really doesn't fit that profile.

Medium body and crisp carbonation. The finish is bitter and leaves a light spiced taste on the tongue.

The abv isn't high, but after a while I got a little annoyed with the flavor. Again, it tastes good but I can only take so much liquid gingerbread.

It's an interesting take on an IPA and I have to appreciate Victory for thinking outside the box. This really is a creative approach from a producer of some quality IPAs and I'd recommend giving it a try, but this isn't one I'd be buying regularly.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy burnt orange with a few fingers of tan head and a couple strands of streaky lacing.

S - Funky and earthy with tropical fruits, lemon and citrus that are tough to distinguish between the brett and hops. Some grainy sweetness with even more funky tropical fruits.

T - Grassy, floral and funky with some tropical fruit mixed in. Lemon and citrus with a bit of grainy malt. Somewhat of a muddy combination of an ipa and wild beer.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. The dryness from both the brett and hops is a little powerful at times and quickly creates a cotton mouth feel.

D - Interesting enough to try but I do not think the combo works well enough to be a regular drinker.

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Photo of rowew
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 corked and caged, bottled on date is clearly marked.

Appearance: Slightly hazy reddish brown, nice sized head.

Smell: Definitely brett dominated. There are some citrusy hops in there too, but the funk comes through first.

Taste: Interesting, the hop flavors are definitely muted when compared to the brett. Not overly powering, but definitely the main flavor.

Overall impression: This beer is OK - but its not nearly as interesting as I would hope. Its got some brett flavor, but really not much else. Still, its fairly drinkable, just not the most novel thing I've tried.

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Photo of Damian
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits, Boston, MA
Bottled on: Mar 3 2009
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a cloudy, deep, dark, amber-mahogany color with a two-finger, light tan, sea foam head that faded to a dollop of froth. Patchy blocks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was an interesting and impressive blend of citrusy hops and banyard funk. Fruity and semi-sweet with some noticeable must and sourness. Slightly oaky and vinous. Vinegar notes were also detectable.

The taste was similar to the aroma. Once again, an intriguing mix of must/funk and punchy, citrusy hops. The brett character came through strong, particularly up front. Some sweet malts were noticeable as well. Overall, however, the beer the beer started a touch weak. Notes of orange peel were apparent on the back end and they carried into the super hoppy, piney and bitter finish. Lots of grapefruit flavor came through as well. Ultra dry and crisp. As the beer warmed, the sweet malts became more noticeable.

The mouthfeel was light and a touch airy. Crisp, bubbly and sprightly. Somewhat Champagne-like. As the beer sat, the carbonation settled and the liquid became slick, creamy and smooth.

This was definitely a tasty and unique beer. It seems like brett infused IPA's are a new trend in the beer world and this particular one happened to be my favorite example thus far. At a mere $9 a bottle, this was terrific deal.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber color with a lot of carbonation. I poured down the side of a imperial pint and still got a huge head. Smells of citrus hops with a little bit of sourness coming through as well. Slight whiffs of malt buried in the background. Taste is wonderfully complex. The hop bitterness intermingles well with sourness from the brett and the citrusy hop flavor. The malt is less noticeable due to so much else going on but it is definitely there and well balanced. Very dry finish. Light to medium body and very drinkable, I really prefer this to the normal Devil. It might actually be worth the $102 I spent on the case.

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Photo of bum732
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange, nice bubbly head leaving decent lacing. Smells of floral pansies, lots of grass, little bit of clove, some funk, a lot going on here. Tastes of earthy bitter-like malt followed quickly by a hop bite and further bitterness. Not very sweet at all. Hints of pineapple, citrus and earthiness. Finishes quite dry.

An interesting beer, i found the aroma didn't really match the taste which is quite shocking. This beer is not sweet in the slightest, especially compared to hopdevil. The funk is pretty scaled back overall, however, the flavors that the Brett brings to the table are pretty hit and miss. Interesting, however, probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into 25oz snifter. Reviewed as an American Wild Ale.

Burnt orange with a touch of ruby. Half of the glass is filled with foam that slowly loses density as it settles, adding more and more pea-size bubbles. The head eventually settles to a thick bubbly cap.

A little bit of musty malt aroma, citrus, and a lot of very tart farmhouse aromas.

The flavor is very even, with plenty of toasty malts, but also some very earthy sour flavors. A little bit of grapefruit citrus comes through in the end. Full bodied, high carbonation.

Actually pretty drinkable. For those that love the Brett strain then this one is worth of a try.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, split and paired with some smoked ribs and such

cell phone notes, tasted last weekend

appearance: served in a standard pint, hazy orange-amber body with an active beige froth

smell: caramel, funky yeast, spicy hops, apricot, peach

taste: brett is the new rage these days - victory chimes in with a genetically modified version of their solid ipa...the brett adds some funk but the taste is pretty muddy - still a hoppy beer with a funky distraction

mouthfeel: medium body, active carbonation

drinkability: good

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Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a thick white head. The smell of this beer is great. A nice Brett, sweaty, horse blanket aroma up front along with the fruity hop aromas in the background. Very nice flavor. Smooth and a good balance between the Brett flavors, the mellow hop and sweet malt. The after taste is slightly bitter and very funky from the Brett. The mouthfeel is about right, smooth and well carbonated. I could drink this all night, very good.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bomber that this beer came in was wonderfully labeled with and intriguing introduction to the contents on the back, and things only got better as he wire cage was removed and cork pulled. The body looked typical of IPAs with an orange amber color and slight cloudiness, but the head atop was much larger and wend down very slowly, leaving specks of lace around the glass. The aroma was very Brett driven and supported by complimentary hops. The spicy, herbal, and floral smells were prominent, and a bit of citrus was present as well. The taste was tart, tangy, and earthy. The Brett was pretty dominant over the hops, which here played a supporting role. Surprisingly there was little bitterness, and some sweetness poked through in the middle of the sip before the fully Brett driven finish. The thick head provided a very creamy feel. I felt that this beer could have used quite a bit more hops to really shine. May be a Wild Wallop would be an even more delicious offering. Otherwise this was a fantastic melding of styles.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a little skeptical of this one. Basically Hop Devil (an outstanding brew) brewed with Brettanomyces yeast. Can it work?

The appearance certainly works. A dark copper colored beer with an outstandingly chunky head. The foam settled down after a few minutes, but left plenty of lacing as a remembrance. This nose seems to merge the hops and Brett yeast well. Floral hops mixed with Belgian funk makes an oddly appetizing aroma.

Medium bodied as it raced across the palate. Fruitiness and that great funk from the Brett yeast entertains the taste buds. The center leaves a hint of sourness before it exits with floral hops reminiscent of the hop profile from Hop Devil. The beer leaves the palate with bitterness and sourness, but definitely not in an offensive way.

This beer is very drinkable and, all said, not half bad. Considering the contrast of the two (brett yeast and floral, citrus hops) this beer is well made and enjoyable.

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Photo of Aenema
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear caramel, 3 finger tan head with splotchy lacing.
Smell - Horse blanket funk and citrus hops.
Taste - Funk, mild hop bite, some sourness and some caramel malt. A very interesting, unique beer.
Mouthfeel - My bottle was overly carbonated upon opening (very highly carbonated) and although it was a medium-bodied beer, it had a watery feel. After sitting and opening up, it flattened and jelled together.
Drinkability - Very drinkable, but would be better in a 12oz format.
Overall - Very interesting, but not a beer I will revist soon.

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a large off-white head with excellent retention. Lots of lacing is left on the glass.

S - Funky brett notes dominate, backed up by some citrus hops. The merger of brett and American hops creates a fairly grassy aroma. It's very interesting and enticing.

T - Sour brett notes dominate up front with plenty of citrus hop bitterness and a touch of malt sweetness coming through in the finish. The brett and hops seem to clash at first, but they gradually begin to compliment each other as the beer warms, creating a phenominal flavor experience.

M - Full-bodied with some lingering funk on the palate. Carbonation is slightly subdued, which is fine by me.

D - A very interesting and enjoyable drinking experience. This is a great beer to share and discuss with friends. It's quite unlike any other IPA I've had. My hats off to the guys at Victory for making this outside-the-box brew!

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Photo of stumac
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I totally dig badass beers with low alky. And a big F you to everyone else. You're just damn drunkies! period

This brew pours up with a murky deep rust color and a spectacular fluffy ivory crown. great lacing on my dixie cup.

the nose is great. Immediate scent of brett and yeast and funk, followed up by mild fruits, figs, cherries, apricots. then comes in the floral hops. very nicely balanced.

the taste was not as smooth as the aroma but it was still damn good. I taste brett funk, big bitter spicy hops, hay, light earth, more mild fruits.

nicely done. full bodied, Belgian style carbo. A damn good afternoon delight...

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Photo of tempest
2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a small glass at the Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis during an IPA tasting. I have to repeat the sentiments of Emma from Abe's Cold Beer, "I respect what they're trying to do, but..." The poor beer just doesn't work. It doesn't really have enough hops to resemble an IPA, and there isn't enough wild fun to be a respectible sour ale. Instead it's stuck with an odd clove and plastic taste that's none too pleasant. Pass.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber body and a big fluffy white head. The aroma is vinegary brett sourness meets light fruity hops. On the palate the brett really takes over. Starts out spicy, peppery, fruity, and herbal, then vinegar and brett. Hop bitterness and flavor seem to be severely muted by the brett. Still, it is wonderfully complex and tastie. Medium carbonation, tart, bright, acidic and refreshing. Like brett? You'll like this. Just don't expect anything resembling an IPA.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass, the beer is a hazy red/orange color with a huge, tan, meringue-like head. A pretty beer. Great aroma, too. Very floral and earthy. Expecting big things, I was a little disappointed in the taste. Not that it's bad, but it doesn't live up to the aroma. Some citrus, more pine, a lingering bitterness. Where did the earthy aroma go? Still, this was a very good beer, and I will want to drink it again.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer, poured into a wide-mouthed chalice is a medium orange-red color, a bit hazy, with a small but persistent head. The aroma is particularly delicious, with a huge load of herbal hoppiness and a nice musty earthiness (new-turned black soil) underneath. A gorgeous flavor! First, there an enormous hoppy flavor fairly grassy and citrusy, but bitterness never completely takes over; the brett really makes this beer, lending a delicious tartness and a lot of complexity and also pungency. The best beer I've had in months.

I haven't really cared for hop devil in the past, it being the taste of hops and nothing but, but this beer reminds me more of the excellent Orval, but with even more hops! wonderful!

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

750ml Corked & Caged bottle into a Corsendonk tulip. Bottled on Apr. 22, 2009.

Wild Devil pours beautifully, as the russet-copper body maintains a good clarity and active carbonation level, fueling a well-retained tuft of creamy, golden foam. Small spackles of lacing left behind on the inside of the glass. Aroma is a toned-down version of Hop Devil, with a hint of stinky barnyard funk from the Brett balanced by a nice backbone of caramel & biscuit malts that supports a fresh, floral hop nose.

At this early of a stage in Wild Devil's maturation, I can't say that I'm sold. Don't get me wrong, the flavor is nice, but the Brett and hoppiness collide and compete too much with one another. Finishes dry and slightly sticky, with a pronounced funk note and some pine. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, with a medium body and a good bitterness. I have to commend Victory for the originality. And although this isn't the greatest IPA I've come across recently, I'm looking forward to opening a bottle a year from now to see how the Brett character has changed.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle. Poured chilled from the 750ml to a double walled tumbler.

A - Hazed deep golden amber/apricot shade with creamy ecru head comprised of spacious bubbles measuring about 3 fingers high and makes a lot of lace

S - Mild lychee, golden pear and grape aroma w/ a mild brett funkiness and sweet malt scent w/ ligt stone fruit tinge

M - dry yeast & spice combine w/ sweet fruity malt and mild spice w/ a citrus tang from the hops. Finishes slightly nutty w/ a mild warmth of alcohol and pine bitterness in the finish

T - A tasty tropical yeast element w/ red grapes and mild pine hops keep the flavor of bretty funk under wraps and the mild toasted sweet malt flavors blend well together w/ subtle light sugar and citrus accents w/ mild apricot fruit and earthy yeast playing off the mild lingering pine finish

D - A great ale all fermented w/ brett? I am surprised and the taste is delicious a truly drinkable IPA w/ belgian influence. I like how the malt a d fruit shadow the hop flavors w/ subtle brett funkiness adding light/shade contrast.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden amber, almost closer to a sunset orange just before it sinks beneath the horizon. The rolling head forms quite quickly, and it's huge. About 2 and a half, almost 3 fingers in a tulip. It leaves plentiful, thick layers of lace behind.

S: A moderately mild aroma - floral and slightly citrus with a bit of earthiness and hay. Hops are the more dominant aroma, but even they are modest.

T: The taste is a different story... quite flavourful, with plenty going on. Citrus hops have a great relationship with the brett, which doesn't add too much of a horse-blanket character, but the funk certainly is there. Some slightly evergreen notes are still there, though I detected more in the HopDevil. There's also an intriguing sweetness to this - almost like a fruit sweetness, but not quite - that makes for a great drinking experience. Very good.

M + D: It's quite a foamy beer (I over-poured on one of my glass refills and got it all over myself!) but that isn't so apparent on the tongue. Carbonation is a bit bubbly and assertive, but not really intense. It has just a touch of chewiness to it that is nice. I'm certainly a fan, and look forward to having it again.

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Photo of mmcary
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up today from Spec's, once I got the dang cork out, I was able to pour what is a interesting experience in beer.

A- Poured into a Duvel glass an immediate four finger head developed. Darker than what I was expecting, very orange/amber in color.

S- Funky with a splash of hops. The Brett is very apparent in this, not overpowering but you can smell it, not bad, not that fantastic though.

T- First thing I got was the bitter Brett, as it warmed I could taste the hops, some spice as well, very strange. I do not think it tastes much like Hop Devil as others have stated, it has it's own flavor, not bad, but I wonder with age if the taste might improve..

M- Not too bad, pretty well carbonated, smooth and easy to drink, the flavor lingers well after you drink it.

D- I had to sip this one. It was good to let it linger and let the flavors come out. There is a lot here to sort out. I had one glass and I was done, but it was not bad.

Overall this is a strange brew, not bad, but not something I would seek out again. Wish it was in a smaller bottle, I had to use a wine stopper to save the rest of the 750 for later. I prefer good ol hop devil over this , glad I tried this one for the experience, not sure I want to again though.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came in a cage & corked .750. Poured and brownish/reddish hue with a full head. Aroma is sweet due to the yeast but the citrus tones still come thru. You for sure get the crisp bite like Hop Devil but the slight sourness offsets it. The two almost take turns but neither really wants to take control of the flavor. Carbonation is as expected and it finishes with that Belgian, natural flavor. The more this warms up the stronger the hop presence is. It is very enjoyable and I am glad I picked it up. It's just... different.

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,272 ratings.
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