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Wild Devil | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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

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Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.99%
 
 
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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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Photo of number1bum
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the idea for this beer. Take a very good, popular beer and throw some brett in it. Awesome! Pours a dark amber color with two plus fingers of light beige head. Settles pretty slowly, eventually to a mostly full lace and leaving some webbing on the sides of the glass.

First thing I get from the smell is a whole lot o funk. It's slightly sour smelling and quite funky. It takes a minute for my nose to adjust and start to find the other elements, but soon I'm getting some of the citrus and pine hops that I was looking for, plus some earth and bready malt. It starts to open up a bit as it warms and the hops come out more, but the brett is still front and center. Very nice.

Taste is more Hop Devil and less Wild than the smell was. It's bready with a bit of a toasted note along with some caramel sweetness, and the hops are bolder than in the smell. Midway through the funk peaks but then the hop bitterness takes over into the finish. Hop bitterness is a bit much for the brett; it overwhelms it unfortunately, and the ever so slightly sour brett character is a secondary one. Hops are primarily bitter here actually; some pine and resiny flavor, but not a lot of citrus. It's a little out of balance with the bittering hops dominating too much.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty crisp, also quite dry in the finish. Carbonation is pretty aggressive.

I think this was a fantastic idea for a beer and it came out pretty good. I think this could maybe sit in the bottle for a bit longer until it's at its peak, however. This bottle is dated March 3, 2009, so it has about 2 1/2 months in the bottle. The smell really comes together very nicely, but the taste could use a bit more funk and the hop bitterness, in particular, could stand to fade a bit more. Right now the bitterness just overwhelms the more subtle brett flavor. I'd like to grab another bottle or two and try this again at about 5-6 months in the bottle, and then again a bit longer. This could be a tough one to time, I think, because the brett and hops are working in opposite directions. An interesting experiment and I enjoyed it, but it's not quite over yet!

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Photo of ericj551
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wild Devil pours a hazy red/copper with a foamy, bubbly head that fades at a medium pace. The aroma is kind of conflicted, on one hand, herbal, citrusy American hops, and on the other, funky, earthy, and estery notes. The two stand distinctly from each other, and they don't really blend. There's an aroma that reminds me of a ripe garbage truck (but not in an offensive way). The flavor is dry and hoppy up front followed by a light phenolic flavor. Earthy funk dominates the finish, with hints of that garbagey flavor. Overall, this is an interesting beer and I'm glad to try it.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a moderately cloudy dark honey colour with a slightly off-white / khaki coloured head that dwindled away into a delicate web of frost over the liquid's surface in about 45 seconds. Nothing too fancy; looked about average.
Smell was a lovely amalgam of resinous hops, yeast, spices and mild sugary notes. Very interesting indeed.
Taste was just incredible, in my opinion, as it provided *some* hops bitterness, but shifted over toward the yeasty, spicey notes so closely associated with Belgian ales. The later waned, toward the finish, concluding in a bit of a hoppy bitterness that was evident in the beginning. This is just fantastic, as it seems to marry two interesting beer concepts: the overly hoppy American IPA & Belgian spontaneously fermented ale. In the mouth, there is moderate carbonation and terrific smoothness. Weight, too, is moderate, being neither too heavy nor too thin. This is indeed highly drinkable, and very well crafted. Brilliant!!

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Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cork with relative ease and a loud, well, pop.
Poured...holy crap...head is coming up fast to about 4 fingers. This is a clean glass, too. yipes. Luckily the head chunks up and calms down to a moderate level. Some clinging to the glass all the way up. Clean, chestnut appearance.

First whiff brings up Belgian IPA. Some sourness comes in, then sweet. A bit musky. Some funk and small phenolic hints..plasticy.

Tame flavor. wow, downhill form here. Thin, weak, tame. Perhaps the hops and bretts cancel out each other. Maybe I should age this a bit more. This reminds me a bit of Bud Ale. It has hops....I guess. There is a bite to it. An IPA? More like a PA with Brett instead of malt as the balancing agent. It is dry, wouldn't say sweet, but it has something else. Wouldn't say sour either. Juicy, perhaps.
Apple, slight pear and bread.
Sour hits at the end, but on the tip of the tongue. Hmm.

Good drinkability. Not sure about this one.

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

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - The hops come out first then some of the sour notes frm the brett reminds me of a Belgian IPA

T - Lots of citrus hops from the start then subtle sour taste not as much brett as i expected but it still has a good taste to it

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit it has an interesting taste going on that I liked if you like IPAs and beers with brett this will be something that you'll like worth finding to give it a try

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Sweeny's in St. Paul, poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed on a beautiful spring afternoon on the patio, sun beating down.

A-Arrived with a copper beer, slightly hazed and with a brownish hue. Tannish head was attractive when it arrived, but quickly receded to nothing.

S-Relative to Hop Devil, this one has a more subtle American hop presence, likely subdued by the more prominent twangy Brett characteristic. However, this did not overwhelm what was otherwise a pretty delicate aroma.

T-The flavor was very much like the aroma, with perhaps a little bit more malt presence. The first flavor I noticed on my first sip was, of course, the twang/sour/funk of the Brettanomyces. This, however, was not a slap-in-the-face flavor, but instead a nicely intertwined characteristic which played off the somewhat subdued American hops and biscuity malts. This beer finished crisp, clean, and dry, making it one of the more refreshing and drinkable brews I've had recently. Especially appropriate for sitting outside on a warm day!

M-Felt medium-light bodied on my palate, with a carbonation that seemed borderline effervescent. Of course, it was realistically a more medium-high carbonation level, but the relatively lighter body made me perceive higher carbonation.

D-This is an enjoyable beer. As I've already stated, the Brett addition makes this IPA much more refreshing on a summer day, while being well-balanced within the rest of the beer's character.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged from what...the Beer Run? in C-Ville. Finally got to pouring this in sumpm. Duvel tulip. Moderate to muffled pop of the cork off the 750 into the vessel.

Pours a little frothy with a couple of fingers that dissipate into a finger with a few glaciers and tunnels. Lacing is there in a sporadic fashion. Leaves a little dissipation behind.

I get a bit of Houblon on this one - it's flawed but pretty cool. Floral hops plus a whack Belgian yeast strain. Not perfect but raw - what's not to like? A little drier than I would like, though.

You have the Belgian spice on the yeast strain. Clove, ultradry ginger and some gritty floral hops. They dissipate to reveal more true American IPA notes. Tight metal but hardcore metallic floral hoppiness. Finish is very planterish and grassy.

Palate is intriguing. There's a mid tinge of wile ale yeast with the floral and grassy hop notes. Again, more of an American IPA Houblon.

This is good but I prefer its closest comparison, the Houblon. Good but wayyy too all over the place to break ground. Drinks a little heavier than expected. It has some artistic impression; scores of individual elements may indicate that I didn't like this. Sure I did - the whole is a bit greater than the sum of its parts.

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

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy brown color with a huge off-white head that slowly disipates into a fluffy cap. There is an orangy-citrus aroma, some honey and hints of brown sugar, some spicy farmhouse funk as well. The spicy, peppery brett hits right off the bat, some sour orange followed by a bitter earthy hop flavor. All of this is supported by a bready honey malt. Moderate body with tingly airy carbonation; finishes a tad bitter. An unique brew for sure, runs the table from sweet, sour and bitter. The brett seems to work well with the hops, though I would probably like to see some more hop flavor.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Massive head over clear copper liquid. Nose is cherries and sour funk. Wow this is bitter. On the dryish side with a chalky earth and intense bitterness. Acidity is much lower than expected. Otherwise, getting the barest hint of some grapefruit. I'm a little underwhelmed by this one - the unbalanced bitterness obliterates any subtleties. I'm not loving this.

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

Wasn't sure what to expect from this brew, an American IPA fermented with Brettanomyces only...

Pours a pretty clear orange-amber color with plenty of carbonation holding up a massive foamy head.

First impression is that the smell seems kinda muted, but definitely get sweet bready malt and spicy brett with a touch of caramel and alcohol heat. Does open up after it breathes a bit, bringing out the brett and toastier malts.

Bready and floral. The brett adds an interesting spiciness and dryness to the Hop Devil while at the same time taking away a bit of the rich malt profile. Hops are still there all the way. Interesting for sure. Only thing I can really compare it to is Ommegeddon, but fresh, this Wild Devil is much more tasty.

Medium-full, almost creamy mouthfeel with strong carbonation, slightly bitter, drying finish.

Pretty damn drinkable. I am surprised. Good Beer.

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Photo of cokes
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beneath a billowing stack of sandy froth is a crimson bronze liquid that is mostly obscured by haze.
Aromatic primarily of pine and lemon rind, with fainter, brett-derived notions of suede and sandalwood. Malt fails to scratch out much (or seemingly any) room, scent-wise.
More in line with it's unwild sibling, tastewise. Lightly toasty and nutty maltiness. Pine dominated hop, with some lagging citric oils, and peppery dry grasses. Funk is not nearly as pronounced as in the aroma, but some dry, leatheriness and increased lemony sour-bitterness are noted.
Light bodied, any sort of malt backbone is broken immediately by the gushing carbonation that never really settles down.
The increased dryness actually boosts the drinkability a bit, as it is nearly parchingly arid.
In full disclosure, I'm not wild about HopDevil, and I'm equally nonplussed about the Brett treatment here.

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

Had on tap at Stub and Herbs in Minneapolis on 5/12, a 7 oz. pour

Poured a slightly hazy orange color with a half inch off-white head that falls to a skim and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma was basically the same as the regular Hop Devil with a slight funk to it. There was citrus, pine, and spicy hops in there with the brett flavor only slightly making an appearance.

Taste began with hops from the start, again citrus, pine, and spiciness all with a bit of a funky brett tinge to it. It was actually quite subtle, probably due to the hops covering it up.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, pretty smooth and easy to drink.

Overall I can say I'm glad I was able to get the 7 oz. pour because I didn't want to spend $9 for a bottle of it. It's an interesting beer that is worth a try but I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to a kind trader for throwing this one in as an extra recently. For some reason the whole lineup minus this one had made it down to me. Served at cellar temp this one was poured into a goblet and consumed on 05/11/2009.
 
Fantastic pour right off the bat and to be honest nearly perfect for the style. Light hazy amber with a rich head of nearly three inches on top that would not fade for anything. Some light carbonation could be seen through the haze and a rich overall look for a wild ale. The aroma was nice, sour and bright with hints of lemon and citrus that rode up and over the sour notes very nicely. Light balancing act here as some touches of grain come into play, but really a very bright, almost a funky IPA like aroma. A bit of a let down as I go in for a taste, as I was really expecting this one to be bigger. Light citrus, mostly lemon across the tongue. Too light though and not enough depth for me, left me a bit hanging and wanting more from it. Solid carbonation though and a smooth, easy to drink profile, I just overall wish it had come off a little bit bigger.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker glass On-Tap.

Appears semi hazy pale golden with a nice head and some lace.

Smells of floral hop, citrusy.

Tastes of grapefruit. Some lemon zest spice. Theres a funk not apparent in the usual HopDevil. Hoppy, fruity and bittersweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

A beer to sip upon and enjoy the wild bouqet. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of CaptFrothy
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle coaxed into my Piraat snifter. Mahogany brown, 2" shaving cream head that settled into a thin white line. Slightly coarse mouthfeel, hoppy initialy, with a lingering dank aftertaste. Wonderful fusion of an IPA and Belgian, delightfully different, delicous, and sessionable with only a 6.7abv. Victory hits another one out of the park!

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

Notes from 4-3-09. I let this one sit a couple weeks before I popped it - unfortunately I did not have the fortitude to hold out longer.

Gently decanted from a 750ml bottle into two tulip-shaped pint glasses. Bubbles up with a creamy off-white head, dissipating into a splendid sticky lace. Shines an amber hue comparable to it's HopDevil kin.

Again like it's forerunner, WildDevil exhibits a nose of earthy hops and spice and yet something else is present, a subtle fruit - citrus in variety, hides among these aromas. In the first taste you get a peppery herbal twang in the front with a subtle sweetness towards the end. In the mouth you feel the tingling sensation of it's higher carbonation and a dryness as other flavors fade.

Do you like hops? I do, and would have no problem sitting down to a few pints of this.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to me on tap at wonderful Julian's in Providence RI
A - Amber, slightly hazy. Nice fluffy light tan head that slowly falls.
S - Sweet malt, floral and a little funk.
T - Taste follows nose.
M/F - Light/medium mouthfeel. Light carbonation.
D - Interesting and tasty.

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Photo of iuhoosier336
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is very hazy and tan. The smell is of sourness almost a gouze smell in there and hops of course. Taste is very hoppy at first but it leaves quickly followed by some citrus and then the sourness. Very good, alcohol hidden well, one of the best of Victory's beers.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked, botle conditioned bottle into a snifter. Bottle reads "Bottled on March 27, 2009." Poured on May 4th.

Note: The style listed here is "American IPA," but this is definitely more of an American Wild Ale, and I'm reviewing it as such.

Popped the cork and was blasted with brettanomyces funkiness even before pouring.

A - Pours light amber and fairly clear. Thick and creamy off-white head, that doesn't last too long. Leaves nice trails of lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Definite brett funk. I've never spend much time around horses, but my girlfriend attests that it does indeed smell like horse, so I guess that rumor about brett is true. There's some citrus hops hiding behind that funk. Although they're huge in the regular hop devil, they're overpowered here.

S - First and foremost is the "wow, that's a funky beer." The wild yeast character jumps out at the first sip. A slight malt sweetness follows this up, along with citric hops. Finishes with a nice toasty dry kick.

M - Fairly light bodied and crisp. Easy to drink, but very complex.

D - Very drinkable. I'm a big fan of Hop Devil, and I'm a big fan of wild ales, so this is great.

Overall: The label claims its fermented "completely with brettanomyces," which gives it an absolutely huge wild-ale flavor. Fortunately, the base beer is big enough to stand up to the funk from the yeast. There's not much subtlety in this beer, but if you like wild ales and IPAs, it's great.

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Photo of mikeydaknows
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bought Two drank one celler one. Served in a corked 750ml bottle which was pretty difficult to open. To pop the cork i had to use a vice.

When popped smelled like pez the candy. Poured very livley carb. I liked the stiff bubbles felt weird on my lips. Tasted slightly bitter just like hop devil. Not very smooth and drinkible..but the taste is very different and weird. This experement with brett reminds me of a homebrew i made. When fermenting the top of the bucket blew off two times allowing it to be exposed to my attic funk haha. I was told this wild exposure is hit or miss when effecting the taste. so in brewing this wild devil i wonder if the victory guys got it right on the first try??

It also reminds me of a berliner bitter weiss mixed with a funkey monk-e ale. Overall i was happy with this beer but im not sure if i wanna age it a year. I dont know what my percentages are gonna equall out to, but i gave this beer a b++ not quite an A but i bet on tap it would be an A for its unique taste and being wild.

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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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