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 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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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged/corked bottle served in a snifter.

L - hazed amber color with a huge beige head that left lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - yeast and citrus hops.

T - bitter citrus hops are tamed by the sweet and sour flavor of the Brett finishing dry and bitter.

F - medium/full bodied with a creamy smooth feel.

D - this is quite an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

Bottled on Mar 3 2009:

Pours hazed caramelish orange amber with an off-white head. Trailing lace slides down the glass with some stickage.

The smell is perfumy with a "wild" side (Bretts) with citrus - Nice combo of Bretts, maltiness and American IPA citric hop aroma.

The taste is musty, caramelish, bready, spicy - citric and herbal. Finishes with a bready and spicy dryness. It has a tea-like aftertaste.

Aggressively carbonated - A "Belgian-esque" attempt at the feel.

This is nicely balanced/blended of Wild and American IPA. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of Dewey0603
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange honey with a gigantic tan foamy head. A nice looking brew. The smell has a spice filled aroma with alcohol,bread yeast, lemon,citrus,and holiday spices. The taste is OK,some hops,citrus and bitter, as well as bread yeast,pine,and alcohol. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. A pretty good beer,nothing really special,but a solid brew from Victory.

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Photo of brow1901
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I heard this was on tap at stub and herbs so I rushed down to have a glass.

A- Light brown in color with a nice thick head that stayed around for awhile. Not much lacing, I actually ordered the beer not knowing what style it was just that it had brett. I thought it looked like a barley wine. Nice and cloudy opaque, with very little redness that is usually found in IPA's

S- The beer seemed to fail here. Not much hop character, but I was anticipating any. And when it really didn't deliver any exciting malt smells I was disappointed. I noticed the brett, but it wasn't really funky or any of that. Just typical yeast smell.

T- The brew tasted pretty good, not much to get excited about though. I thought it tasted like a saison, or belgian strong ale. Not really interesting hop character, or malt flavors. It was just kinda hovering between styles.

M- Good mouthfeel nice and light carbonation, not a thick beer but heavy enough.

D- Very drinkable, nice and refreshing. Totally worth a try, not sure how much a bottle is but I'd get another glass for sure.

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

Semi clouded deep amber orange color with an immense capping of dirtier whitish foam of creamy distributed bubbles. Good amount of lacing is strewn across the glass in lots of strings and spot.

Aroma is quested fairly full of spicy citric levels in peels, pith, and pulp. Lemon and orange speak up quickly, there's a tad of lime and pink grapefruit as is a quieter malt backing. Good Ol' Belgian Brett yeast is used here and isn't overpowering too much, but is evident.

Taste follows suit with a good load of complex citrusy things, orange, lemon, lime; peels, zest, and pith; and Brett influenced spice and funk. Nice touches to herbal leafyness, soft pine needles, and some floral powdery dryness that borders on medicinal qualities. Its leveled out nicely with a great mildly sweetened malt backing balancing it up and keeping it well under control. It gets dry in the finish and lowly bittered within it all. Once you've established a good amount of sips the dryness really takes its hold on your palate from that point forward with a nice spicey funk of citrus.

Body is medium and clean with a bit of extra body added in the mid ranges as it creates lots of citric spiced dryness and nearly leathery like coating on the palate. It has an unescapable presence thats quite nice the whole way thru.

WildDevil is quite a nice twist on the IPA and done very well by Victory - no surprise really. For those fans of the Brett this may be something that would be exceptionally worth keeping around? I quite liked.

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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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