Wild Devil | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Wild DevilWild Devil

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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 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 cameraman
2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep amber color with an inch high head, which is cream in color. The head laces slowly down the sides of the glass and settling to an eighth of an inch high. A strong malty and bread fragrance comes out at first, with touches of yeasty spiciness and some sour scent as well at the end. The typical Belgian spiciness comes in at the front of each taste. A sour flavor begins each taste, then a spoiled citrus flavor, followed by grapefruit bitterness, then it finishing with strong pine and grassy flavors that linger for some time. A heavy to medium bodied feel, with the foamy feel of carbonation on the back of the palate. This beer seems to have potential, but I am having trouble trying to find that something, it seems like it is lost. Hop Devil is a great beer, but there is something not so wild about this beer.

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Photo of Jeed2316
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of albern
2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm parting company with the reviewers who raved over this beer. This tasted like a Wild Ale and the Brett yeast was just overpowering. The sourish vinegar taste from the yeast was just too much to bear. The beer looked good with a nice amber color and a thick creamy and frothy head that laced and retained well.

The nose has a bit of the yeasty funkiness to come, but it is not until the beer is tasted that the true character emerges. This is really not an IPA, Belgian or otherwise, and there are no candied sugar fermentables to offset that really hard to take yeastiness. There was slight booziness to the beer and the mouthfeel was a bit taut and harsh. I didn't finish the one I had at the party and do not foresee revisiting this one either.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750 ML into a goblet/ Bottled on April 22, 2009

P: Orange-tinged amber with a gargantuan head of tan foam. It sits atop with the puffiness of a cumulus cloud and has a pretty thick and frothy texture to it. Shows good retention and even better rockiness as it sinks and leaves some chunks of lace behind.

A: The nose is quite interesting. I get citrus and floral hops, caramel malts, some fruity notes, and that Brett-derived horse blanket, leathery kind of character. Much more funky than I would have thought for being bottled only four months ago.

T: The taste is equally interesting, but in a less pleasant way than the nose. Citrus hops hit me with flavors of grapefruit, orange, and lemons while a pinch of pine needles jab at the bitter region of my palate. Some earthiness is noted in here as well. The caramel malt is heavily-toasted and plays a more sizeable role than the nose would lead you to believe. But, I think the Brett funk just kind of muddles things up a bit for me. It seems a little too forceful with notes of hay, horse blanket, and sweaty leather which kind of trample on the rest of the flavor profile.

M: The mouthfeel of Wild Devil is easily its best attribute. It feels medium-full in the mouth with a rich, semi-sticky creaminess that makes it very palatable, even if it is a bit over-carbonated.

Notes: I had a hard time rating this beer due to the unique nature of it. I just wasn't really feeling the Brett'ed IPA idea. Admittedly, it sounds interesting on paper, but the actual execution of such a beer was really awkward and not all that pleasant. The funk seems to drown out the hops and makes it feel kind of disjointed as a whole. Props to Victory for being brave enough to try it, though. It seems like a lot of other people are digging it, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. Interesting to say the least.

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Photo of voteforgoat
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Amber/ orange colored brew. Abundant long-lasting foam.

S- citrusy, hops, a little of that rodenbach funkiness. Tried and tried but can't pin it down right now. Can smell the yeast.

t-hoppy, sour, a bit like a gueuze but hoppier. Some bitterness too. Like a pale ale mixes with a gueuze. Not much malt presence though. Long lasting, mouth puckering sourness, but not much complexity? No sweetness. A bit crazy and young tasting, like some home-brew I've had. Doesn't feel balanced. Feels like this wild devil needs to be tamed for a bit longer. Yeast flavor is strong.

m- fine

d- thirst quenching, but tastes a bit too uneven, bitter and sour so you can't drink much.

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Photo of Naugled
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

served in flute

Beautiful head, off white dense and long lasting.

Interesting combination of hop and funk, intriguing and makes you thirst

Flavor falls down in my opinion. Has great balance of hop flavor and brett funk, and you don't want to spit it out, but it is not an appealing flavor. It's like ketchup on ice cream, they just don't work well together.

Mouth feel is a bit thick and lingering and cloying

Not terribly drinkable, it's just not a good combination in my opinion. It's a well made beer, but falls down on flavor profile.

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Photo of philbertk
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Victory Brewing Company--Wild Devil Ale--2009-10 25.4 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. 70 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) IPA--Brett. Big foamy lacy off white head. Hazed pretty rich orange gold color. Odd Brett hop floral citrus farmhouse ester front. Mild active sediment. Creamy dry sweet fruity mild sour crusty caramel hint body. Brett hop spice funky clean tangy citrus end. Odd but not bad. Sampled 6/4/2010. 2 @ $8.99 Each.

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Photo of paulieatworld
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

this was a tough one to review. there's been a lot of split opinions on this beer and it's an unusual style.

pours an off amber/blonde with immense creamy head.
smells quite strongly of belgian funk from the brettanomyces yeast.

on paper this is a cool idea. victory's basically taken the hopdevil and used german malts and super aggressive belgian yeast. the result???

my problem is that the taste just doesn't follow the intriguing nose. the brett funk is super strong and completely dominates, destroying the hop profile. hats off to victory for trying to tackle this, unfortunately it just didn't work for me.

the dudes at Great Divide Brewing brew a better version of this.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of MidwestBA
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe a bad bottle, but this was just not good.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not as good as I was hoping for the Wild Devil is still interesting, especially for an "American Pale Ale" as this site states. I had it on draft at my favorite beer pub and it certainly was refreshing but there are better pale ales out there. Worth a try and another great try from this brewery but not one I'll by a sixpack of.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,271 ratings.
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