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 avalon07
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, white, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, yeast, and a bit of malt.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit, Belgian yeast, and a malty backbone. Very lively and tasty. Easy to drink.

M: A huge amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An incredibly drinkable Belgian IPA.

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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 smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Big surprising supper clear and very dark copper red body color. Head is off white, slightly tan to yellow tinged, with a soapy retention and big three fingers tall height to complete. Soapy bubbles cling, lots of staying power. Some ring like lacing. Very neat looking brew.

Real nice aromatics. Peach and hop floral like notes, maybe a little bit of brown sugar sneaking out. Some faint brett dryness, mild farmhouse funk, with juicy tones of hop drive taking away any sense of dryness or heat. Very nicely balanced and complimenting, with the hops forward ahead of the brett a little but not overwhelmingly.

Palate brings some saison like resemblance. Peppery heat and dryness, but with a matching sugary dipa like finish. Big juiced pine and some citrus fruit like tones. Black pepper aftertaste. Great carbonated pushing mouthfeel through a thick malt body, actually makes a real good cut into the palate and taking away the syrupy quality.

This is a real neat brew, an interesting American IPA Saison sort of hybrid that is fun to drink, and filled with lots of diverse character.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice caramel color & good head when first poured. Smells quite yeasty. Tastes very peppery, almost clove-like. Similarities to Hop Devil are quite evident. Mouthfeel has a nice, spicy bitterness. Drinkability is good - takes a little getting use to at first, but I've found myself drinking quite a few of these badboys when available on tap. Overall, a very nice variation to my favorite beer (Hop Devil).

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Apr. 22, 2009

I was surprised to find when I looked at the bottle that it was already over a year old. This was first time trying it.

BEER FAIL! BEER FAIL! Wow, what just happened? After a short struggle with the cork, overflowing of my 750ml bottle just commenced. I tried to drink the foam as it was overflowing, but I couldn't swallow it but it did taste rather delicious. Besides the mess and bad start, from the taste, I know already I will probably enjoy a lot. Even after setting my bottle down it is still slowly crept back up to the top, crawling over the edge of the bottle. This bottle was not disturbed or shaken prior, I've never seen so much carbonation and bubble.

Quickly rising lots of bubble thick, dense frothy 2 full finger cap of tightly nit bubbles, with excellent retention. This beer looks great. The beer itself is a beautiful- I'd call hazy sunset cherry-orange. The lacing is thick, and clings well. Almost wishing I poured this into my Duvel.

As I've heard that longer aged brett gives more of a funkiness. With this beer being around a year old the brett is def. coming through in the nose and the taste. Nose is mostly the yeasty brett, medicinal phenolic smell that personally I love just as much as hop forward beers. This beer is nothing short of the beautiful smell of Orval.

Taste is fantastic. The brett is upfront, the lightly citric hops are secondary and lower key. If you are drinking this with about a year on it expect it to be somewhat Orval in nature, as that is what I'm constantly thinking the entire time I've been drinking WD. I haven't had a lot of brett ales, but I def. see the similarities between this and Orval.

Light and bubbly on the tongue. High carbonation, I love it. With a great dry finish, Again, characteristics of one of my favorite beers, Orval. This may just be one of my favorite beers, and has all the properties that I love in a beer like this. Victory Brewing, another job well done- you have yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is out of control - fairly innocuous tilt of the bottle brings forth a huge frothy head that takes a solid five minutes to subside. Underneath sits a solid looking clear copper brew. Crazy lacing, as you might expect. Second pour is incredibly delicate and - while still eliciting a huge head - allows the carbonation and body to come through a little better.

Obviously, the nose is all Brett. Huge funky sourness, but mixed well with some light candy malt hints. Definite hops. A touch of sour apples. Light earthiness. Nice.

Flavor is nice - Brett and sour funk straight up. Earthy. Light fruity grapefruit hops. Really nice flavor. Malty goodness in there as well. Hops and sour on the back end.

Solid carbonation with an appropriate pour.

Overall, a good, weird beer. I would drink this again, although it lacks the crispness of a true Belgian.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper with an explosive, lasting white head. Thick lacing. Perfume, funky aroma, somewhat barnyard. Light mouthfeel, long finish. Tart, biting taste. Lots of yeast, which mostly masks the bitterness of the hops. The peppery hops show up in the finish. In between, there is plenty to like. The yeast comes in two parts, funky up front, then mellows into a sweeter, earthiness. Crusty, bready finish to go with the hops. Strange, but very satisfying blend of styles.

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Photo of jfunkk79
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber with huge head that never fully dissipates. Aroma is a slightly funky, earthy hop smell. Definitely the bret peaking through. The sweet hop flavor of the original Hop Devil is there but with some spiciness from the bret yeast. Medium mouthfeel with a pleasantly dry finish. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lighter copper shade with a medium white head. Smell was very fresh hops, seaside with a light grassy smell.
Taste was lively, yet refined. Plenty of citrus without much bitterness. Slight sweet flavor with a dry finish. The yeast influence is very apparent.
Good mouthfeel - very smooth with soft, even carbonation and very easy to drink.
Unusual and tasty.

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Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had half a bottle left from a tasting, put a stopper in it, and it was still remarkable well-carbonated the next day.

A: Hazy, copper-orange with a light tan head, good retention, slight lacing.

S: Floral, soapy, citrus and toffee with an enticing hint of barnyard funk.

T: There's a lot going on with the flavours here. There's the floral & citrus rind from the hops, a little earthyness & soap, spicy Brett character and underlying bread, nut & caramel from the malts (plenty of protein but not too much sweetness). Eclectic & wonderful. It's like brewing a Orval with some slightly dark malt (German no-less), then hopping it up American style.

M: Moderate body is smooth, somewhat acidic (from the yeast & hops) with an off-dry finish.

D: I like it, but the hops & Brett might be a little much for some.

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to DIM for this. Seriously, I stop listening and get excited at brett.

Pours a lot more cloudy and maybe a tad lighter than the regular devil.

Smell: Citrus, Lemons, Grapefruit, Hay.

Taste: The brett makes a pretty big difference. The malt backbone is gone. The Citrus is still there with a nice Spicy brett note and an awesome leathery finish. Typical carbonation for a Belgian, kind of oily.

I really like this and will have no problem finishing the growler. I hope it gets bottled. It was amazing to have them side by side.

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Photo of ATPete
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

corked/caged 750ml bottle

Awesome label design. The bottle opens with a soft pop and pours a rich amber orange color, great clarity and a small peachy/off white head. Young funky brett in the nose, these were bottled last Wednesday, lots of earthy and herbal in the nose with a bitter grapefruit rind and peachy apricot hop character. This one is 100% fermented with Brett and they got it at the exact ABV of HopDevil? Wow. The funk is still young and pretty subtle in flavor, it has for the most part the exact hop characteristics of a HopDevil with an added complexity of subtle looming funkification. Medium bodied, mild carbonation and a long fruity bitter aftertaste that begs for another sip. It screams Belgian influence without a doubt. i will definitely be putting one of my other bottles down for a while just to see how this one comes along. Hops and funk? better than i had expected.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my celebratory beer for finishing the final part of the CPA exam. I don't know that I passed it at this point, but for the moment, I'm done.

A - Poured into an appropriately regal Westmalle chalice, the beer looks very appetizing. There's a crown of coarse-looking foam on top of a light amber body. Active carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass.

S - Nose is of ripe pineapple, some musk, grass and pine.

T - While prevalent in the nose, pineapple carries over to the palate with only a small unsweetened hint. Taste is mostly hop-forward, with some piney hops leading the way amidst the expected Brett spicy leather. Definitely quite dry, with a lot of perceived spice and hops. Not Double IPA-style hopping, of course, but hoppy *for this style*, we're getting up there with this one. I'd like to pop an Orval next to this, because this seems like a good stab at an Orval-type beer.

F - Feel is maybe not as soft and luxurious as a Trappist, but if it's off, it's not off by much at all. Well-carbonated but not overly so, with a lot of palate-cleansing power.

D - I'm not sure I've had many better Belgian pales from an American brewery. This is a top-shelf American take on a classic Belgian style. It's drinkable without question, a dry beer with a lot of flavor at 6.7%, I'd take that any day. Victory just came to South Florida, and I'm digging them...they show some really nice range, and it's all quality.

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Photo of burnstar
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice murky dark amber with a huge rocky persistent head. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Quite pretty. Aroma is very nice citrusy hops with an earthiness. Other fruit notes as well- maybe some tangy apple. Taste has some toasted malt. Hops dominate with citrusy and piney character. Bitter from the middle through the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. Finishes dry. Earthy throughout. A lot going on really- complex and interesting. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Pretty drinkable. This is the first "wild" beer I've had and I must say I'm intrigued. Different but quite good.

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

On tap at Max's during their Victory blowout.

Wasn't sure how much I was going to like this beer, as the idea of infecting an IPA with brett struck me as a chancy idea at best.... but what do you know, Victory came up with a good idea.

The beer pours the expected copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is pretty interesting. I get the expected hopdevil citrus and pepper nose, but it's wound up with a considerable amount of sour funk, which greatly adds to the complexity. While I'm not a big fan of sour beers, I liked how the sour interplayed with the hoppy bitterness in this beer. Flavors on the palate replicate the beer pretty closely, but the hoppy bitterness ultimately seemed to dominate in this beer, which is what I prefer The beer is medium bodied, with persistent flavor throughout. The beer finishes well and the sour does seem to detract at all from the drinkability.

Much to my surprise, I really liked this. The sourness gives the beer a bit of an edge, and I think makes for a more interesting flavor profile. I think I prefer this to the regular hopdevil. A very interesting beer.

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

Well done extreme brew. Poured with a large foamy frothy light tan head and a some lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is a heady blend of yeast, brett bacteria, citrus hops, malt, leather, and earth. Flavor's got this different thing going on in an unusual marriage between sour and hop bitter that actually works. Very good body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and while not cloying, still not a session beer.

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

Poured into a large tulip shaped glass. It is dark amber and cloudy with a substantial amount of carbonation. A huge amount of head is created, as if it were over-carbonated. The aroma contains both banana and rose-like floral elements. There is a small bite from the carbonation on the tongue. The taste is somewhat hard to describe. I think I'm getting hay, along with the alcohol and floral tones. The finish is bitter and surprisingly long.

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

750 poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a pretty cloudy but gorgeous reddish amber...that is, once the foam settled. I poured a glass for myself and my wife and BOTH nearly overflowed and yes I DO know how to pour a beer! The nose is really funky with lots of grassy barnyard with a bit of caramel in the background. Very nice medium body with a LOT of flavor. That spicy Belgian barnyard funkiness seems to dominate. There's also a touch of citrus that give way to a very nice, dry, bitter funky finish. The more I taste, the more intrigued I become with this complex flavor. It's a really great combination of so many regional ingredients. It might be too funky for every occasion, but I love it!

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml (caged and corked) bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Stone branded snifter - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a mildly hazy copper hue with a solid three-finger fluffy white head leaving a ton of lace in its tracks.

S: Major yeast funk - musty leather and wood, some sweet malt, fermented fruit with only a small amount of earthy hop in the mix - the yeast funk is very dominant, which i'm not bothered by, but I wish the hop was a little more prevalent.

T: Similar to the nose, but fortunately the bitter hop is much more present in the flavor and balances the yeast funk and sweet malts quite nicely. Being that I am a huge fan of IPA's and Wild Ales, Lambic, Geuze, etc. (anything with Brettanomyces, Pediococcus and/or Lactobacillus), this is a dream come true. If you don't like the flavor of funky yeast though, I would pass on this one. Definitely not your typical Belgian IPA, but a damn fine take on it!

M: Light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation, extremely dry and smooth leaving a slight bitterness feel from the hop.

D: Extremely drinkable - I picked up two of these in my trade and they will both be gone by the end of the night, no problem.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in the bottle a few months back and wasn't crazy about it, but now having had it on tap a few times, I am really getting to love this stuff.
It's a nice orange color with a reasonable head. The smell is a nice mix of citrusy hops and Brett.
The taste is much like the smell. It seemed that in the bottle I had there was some sort of unpleasant disageement bewteen the hops and Brett that resulted in a bizarre clash of off flavors. But, what I've had on tap is really a great combination of the two, nicely balanced. Two flavors I love, getting along just fine. Sweet malt, citrusy hop along with the funk...and it's a good amount of funk, but not over the top.
Body was medium-light and very drinkable.

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Photo of Shaw
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber in color with a huge, foamy off-white head. I could barely get any beer in my glass because of the head.

The smell is hoppy, earthy and tart. Distinctly Belgian.

This is a very interesting beer. It's hoppy and bitter while also dry and crisp and tart. It is also very different from Hop Devil and shows how much of a role in brewing yeast plays.

The body is solid.

Overall this is a great beer. It's a funky IPA: A beer with a new layer of complexity.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

We love to funk you, Funkenstein
Your funk is the best

Poured from 750 into wide snifter. Corked + caged. I like the thick-neck bottle.

A- Ruby gold strawberry blonde amber, very nice coloration and a head that lasts for days. One of the most prolific and fluffy heads I've ever seen.

S- Fuuunky. Nice hop profile, What is that I smell? The brett.. the brett? It's got to be the brett, boldly asserting its presence.

T- I like it. No, I love it. I adore it. A solid hop profile (coming from HopDevil), this beer is multi-dimensional. The yeast/brett is powerful, funky, tasty, heavy, bold, and in perfect fashion. This is a world-class beer... Got to give it to Victory for setting the beer apart from most others.

M- the best of both worlds. This is a perfect hybrid... a fantastically balanced beer that is expertly crafted. Hops are crisp but are not too strong, which allows for the funk to come on in and settle on your tongue.

D- Really high. This one's tasty... don't sleep on it, it's a winner.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= A huge head on this beer! Had to pour it quick and quickly drink the foam off of it. The head is way bigger than the beer rising 7 8 fingers. The color is a hazy deeep amber. The lacing and retention are awesome. Wish it had a little less head on it though.

S= Funky! Feet and cheese. Super funky. A pretty good swiss cheese smell to it. Really interesting. Not much hops in this one. Really funky however. One of the most funky beers I've ever smelled.

T= More hoppy than the smell for sure. One of the most balanced beers I've ever had. Super cheezy and feet like with a great great hop balance. The malts don't really play a big role in this beer. Funky and hoppy.

M= One of the dryest beers I've ever had. Enamal drying dry.

D= Great brew. I would seek this out again in a heart beat. Worth every sip. A great wild brew that isn't sour. Wonderful seek this out.

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Photo of kirkmichel
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Beautful rust/amber color with a thick tan foam that aderes to the glass. Beer is opaque but not cloudy.
S-I couldn't get too much on the nose..not sure if my sniffer is broken or if the beer just doesn't have much. Did, of course get the piney hop smell that one would expect from a Belgian IPA.
T-What the smell lacked, the taste totally made up for. Nice hop zing, with a nutty flavor and carmelized sugar and fruit.
M-Oily hop feel, but nice overall.
D-Definitely could have a few of these - nice zing, but doesn't totallly take your tastebuds out of commission.

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,270 ratings.
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