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Wild Devil | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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3.82/5
Very Good
1,271 Ratings
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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:
#13,053
Reviews:
534
Ratings:
1,271
pDev:
12.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
160
Trade:
3
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.51/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served from a corked ad caged bomber. I noticed after pouring that bottling date is from 2009! Should be interesting to review a 3 yr old Belgian IPA.

A - Hazy copper gold. A very pretty beer that proves crystal clear beers aren't always the best looking.

S - Lots of Brett. Maybe a little hoppyness in the background.

T - Brett, Brett, and more Brett. What can I say? This beer has been overpowered by the Brett funk. I can't detect any hops or grain, only Brett.

M - Light and somewhat creamy with a small prickle from the carbonation. I was expecting a lot of carbonated bite because it foamed over when I pulled the cork and even more when I poured the first glass. Very enjoyable mouthfeel despite the overpowering Brett.

O - I suppose age has not treated the Hop Devil kindly because the Brett has overpowered the taste. It's really a shame. I wish I could've tried this one fresh.

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Photo of dfillius
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a wine glass. I love Hop Devil and sour beers, let's get it on!
A: Gentle pour yields 2 fingers of just off-white head with great retention. Hazy copper orange-gold liquid. Beautiful
S: Tart cherry, bright citrus hop. Wow! Layer of sweet caramel underneath. Really interesting and inviting. Dusty aspirin, a little cat pee?
T: Very dry and tart. Overwhelming wildness. Very funky. Horrible mediciney aftertaste, like a chewed up tablet of aspirin. No malt or hop is apparent!
M: Poor. Too dry and chalky and mediciney
D: Poor. I am forcing myself to drink another sip hoping it is better.

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Photo of eclipse54
2.66/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle recently sent from inlimbo77; thank you! Bottled on 09/21/2011, so over two years old at this point. "Poured" into a DFH signature glass...

To start, it’s vastly over-carbonated as so many others have said. Upon popping the cork, it began gushing out of the bottle. Luckily, I was prepared and and able to start pouring/collecting into a glass right away. On the pour (of actual liquid, mind you) a massive amount of head develops, so much that 99% of the glass is nothing but foam. I had to let the foam settle into liquid before drinking.

Once it had settled to a manageable amount, the liquid was a translucent golden orange color with some copper hues. The head is an eggshell white that is very foamy/sudsy, and does hang around for quite a while.

The aroma is of tart citrus, primarily lemon, tart apple, sour pear, some faint peach, and just tart fruits in general. Behind that is quite a bit of straw/hay, various other light grains, some grass, and barely an inkling of hops. Plenty of yeast to be had as well; it smells more like a saison than any IPA, though it is not offputting.

It tastes of tart fruits, primarily pear and lemon, some grains, straw, hay, a funky yeast flavor, pine, and various floral grasses. Hops have almost completely mellowed out and vanished, and this is pretty mild and lackluster in flavor. Not bad, but not amusing either. A bit of a chalky/soapy aftertaste to it.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery after the excess in carbonation had finally been dispelled. It seems so much of it was in a rush to escape that no carbonation bothered to stay dissolved. It finishes clean with a slightly dry aftertaste, and iis very appealing in that respect.

Overall, this isn't much of an IPA anymore, which I've tried to reflect in the score. I will say, though, that it does make for a pretty decent brett-inoculated saison, having plenty of tart fruit esters and light grains. I find it curious to see how, over the course of a couple of years, this one has changed so much to seemingly warrant a reclassification. That said, don't shy away from trying this one in your travels as there's plenty of enjoyment to be found in it, but don't expect it to be an IPA of any kind.

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Photo of st9647v3
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Leaves an aftertaste of gunk in the mouth, no bueno

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
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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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of RIKIM
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not anything like a sour as advertised

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Photo of nrbw23
2.76/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a hazy golden amber color with a huge off white head. Head was crazy big. Head has good retention and leaves some layered lacing.

S- Smells pretty yeasty overall. A bit of spicey hops and a bit of funk.

T- Taste is pretty boring. Not very hoppy at all. This one just seemed like a hot mess of yeast and a very tiny bit of funk.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- Found this one rather hard to drink. This one just seems off.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.79/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip. No dating info. Was a hazy orange amber color with carb fount in center from the etching. It had a massive 4 finger fluffy off-white head that very slowly settled into a foam cap. Some lacing.

The aroma was more on the wild ale side with a big dose of funky brett. The IPA side was there as well but secondary. My favorite style is wild ale closely followed by anything hoppy so really expected to love this one. But, for me, they just didn't blend well. The IPA aroma muted the brett and the IPA aroma seemed off. The taste followed the aroma and was a mess. The IPA side was much stronger in the taste but the brett gave it a weird taste. Hard to drink it. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carb and a horrible after-taste.

Overall, this one is a mess. Some things shouldn't be combined and I'd put wild ale and IPA in that category after tasting this one. Maybe I got a bad bottle otherwise it just didn't come thru. Can't recommend. Rotation - avail in TX but one and done especially at $11.

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2.8/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of drewba
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a very effervescent golden orange. The head is colossal, two inches of head over the beer. The lacing is sticky and full.

S - Tart lemon, grassy funk, piney hops.

T - The lemon tartness maintains for the whole taste, the grassy and brett funk hangs around in the middle and the finish is a dull hop flavor; some grass and pine

M - thin body and massive overcarbonation is rough, not good.

D - I do not want to continue drinking this. It's worth noting that I had this fresh and the gross amount of hops + the funk made this a drainpour. At a few months old, it isn't quite a drainpour as the hops faded a lot.

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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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