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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1,272
Reviews:
532
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.73%
 
 
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42
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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/11/2014. Pours slight hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, black pepper, hay, straw, grass, light caramel, toast, bread, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops, funky/spicy brett, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, black pepper, hay, straw, grass, caramel, toast, biscuit, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Large amount of earthy yeast spice/hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, apricot, black pepper, hay, straw, grass, caramel, toast, biscuit, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of funky/spicy brett, citrus hops, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Brett IPA. All around great complexity spicy/funky brett, citrus hops, and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Bottle was quite fresh.

Pours a nice golden light copper color along with a white head and some pretty nice lacing as it goes down. Nice foamy head. Nose brings forward a moderate amount of funk and earth as well as some hop character. Neither one really stands out too much at this point. The taste is the same. There is a bit of dry bitterness and some mild hop characteristics, as well as a bit of hay. Not really too much going on here, although the balance works well. Nice, dry feel with good carbonation. While this isn't particularly spectacular right now, I've got another bottle and I'd like to see how the Brett takes hold over a year or two.

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Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

I have had this fresh on tap and let this bottle sit to see what would happen to the brett. Here goes nothing.

Cork comes off with a loud pop and gushes out a bit.

Pours a massive amount of head. I poured it slowly and the head rose up very fast. Over four fingers of khaki head. Finally fades down and I can get at this one. Leaves some rings and splattered lace. Color is a orange hued burnt copper.

Aroma: Tons of funk. The brett seemed to have develop nicely, maybe overpowering the ipa components. Has the barnyard funk to it with some spices and cloves. It has some citrus flavors, but the hops aren't very present.

Taste: Tons of barnyard funk and brett. The hops bring some bite as well, but not as present as when the beer was fresh (pretty obvious). Has some hints of bananas and cloves with some grapefruit citrus. The hops are floral and they blend well with the funkiness in this beer. A decent amount of black crushed pepper.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but funky with some crisp notes. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. End dry with an awkward aftertaste that I can't determine.

Overall, this was a fun beer to age. It really changed a lot and I enjoyed to see what a few months did to it. It was very funky and not to much of an IPA anymore. It is drinkable. The 750 shouldn't be too big of a problem.

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

A - Giant, four finger head of off-white foam on top of a clear, reddish-brown body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves dense, even lace on the glass as it settles down.

S - Strong, funky wild yeast aroma; distinctly brettanomyces with notes of damp earth, soft cheese, and apricots. Some toasted and caramel malts and, surprisingly, just a hint of fruity hops.

T - Toasty malt and light caramel up front with lots of powdery, funk that is strongly reminiscent of camembert cheese. Some pine hops show up very briefly towards the finish and leave moderate bitterness to compete with the funk.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well, this is a strange one. For some reason, the hops are not nearly as prevalent as I would have expected and they blend in strange and not entirely unpleasant way with the brett funk. Unlike the the hop flavor, the bitterness is not seriously diminished and it is an unusual counterpoint to the wild yeast; a combination I have not encountered before. The net effect of the fruitiness from the yeast and hops combined with the bitterness is eerily similar to a full-flavored soft-ripened cheese like brie or camembert.

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Photo of oberon
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a very interesting and tasty beer to say the least.Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep amber with fluffy one finger slight off white head.Aromas were pretty much perfect and I dont say that lightly,a mix of awesome floral and citric hop,I mean just fresh and awesome.To go along with the exquisit hop aromas a slightly spiced aromas comes thru as well,liked spiced apple and clove,Flavors are what a Belgian IPA should be in my personal opinion,a mix of citric and piney hop with some spice and grilled pineapple.The mouthfeel at first was a bit rough around the edges but mellowed after a little bit.A great brew... seriously.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A huge 75% head rises and fades slowly with lots of big bubbles, and leaves a thick lacing, hazy reddish orange beer.

Nose has lots of funk and wild barnyard, horse hair, dry, lightly malty, very light hops and bitterness.

Taste also has lots of barnyard funk, wild yeast, a little horse hair, touch of malt and hops, semi bitter, some nice wild Brett flavors but not too heavy on them... yet. Light citrus and orange peel too.

Medium body with lots of carbonation.

Finishes somewhat bitter with light hops, some nice funk and wild barnyard Brett, very dry, light malt flavors and slightly spicy.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory's newest beer, Wild Devil, pours a hazy, very deep amber body with a crimson cast and golden-orange highlights at the base of the glass. The creamy yellowed-white head holds well and leaves average lacing.

The nose displays candied-caramelish-malt, spicy/grassy hops and fruit (apricot and summer fruits), and a bit of damp straw, mustiness, and leather.

In the mouth it's decidedly medium-bodied and foamy with a moderate, fine bubbled carbonation that warms to become pillowy soft.

In the flavor, it offers notes of apricot, honey, drizzled caramel, spent hops, chalk, mineral, pine, and an earthy mustiness that's not too unlike like muddy ground and underbrush. A comparison to Hop Devil is inevitable, and there's certainly some of that still present, but it's softened and smoothed by the Brettanomyces. It's become a different beer, and yet the ties are still strong enough to recognize its origins. The bitterness remains, and it's fairly strong and blunt in the finish.

That bitterness of the original Hop Devil, however, doesn't seem to work real well with the Brett. It's kind of blocky, and not particularly well rounded. Still, it's an interesting beer and worth trying.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/26/08 at Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with Belgian yeast, floral hops and citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of citrus, Belgian yeast, caramel and a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness. There's a hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style with the twist of adding the wild yeast, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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

On tap at the newly renovated Victory Brewing Company.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a 1/2 finger of brite-white head. Retains nicely and leaves good looking lace behind. The aroma is similar to the Hop Devil that we all know and love. Hops, citrus, spice, and caramel backing but the Brett does make its presence known with a tingling tartness that seems to intermingle with the hops.

The taste is more of the same, with the Hop Devil taste being most prominant. Tingling hop bitterness and a touch of citrus that are balanced by a silky smooth backbone of caramel malts. Much like the aroma, the Brett isn't very assertive and adds a more subtle tartness to the surroundings that compliments the spice and hop characteristics well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and a slightly slick feel at times.

This was quite interesting as I've never come across a Brett infused IPA before. I can't really say that this take was hugely memorable or anything for me but I do have to give Victory credit for trying something outside of the box.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper-ish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small slightly thicker patch and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of brett funkiness with decent amounts of barnyard and hay which is followed by lighter aromas of citrus/lemon zest and pine/resin hops. Just a hint of biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of biscuit + cracker malts with a slightly heavier than moderate amount of brett funky flavors (including some solid barnyard funk and hay). There is a moderate amount of citrus/lemon zest and pine/resin hops which intensify through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness are present in the finish.

O: A very enjoyable beer with a nice combination of wild/brett flavors and the traditional hop flavors in the base beer - easy to drink and definitely one I would grab again.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Fragrant, funky stew of flavors.

Big foam-up on pouring into a tulip glass, but head really lasts with plenty of carbonation as you sip. Aroma is floral and spicy with a classic brettanomyces nose as you exhale. Amazingly flavorful with some modest malt notes. Quite acidic with some very sharp fruity notes. Hops charge forward with enough bitterness to balance the weird yeast.

I don't think I've had a brett brewed beer that was so mellow and likable. And for an IPA, it's got more going on than the hop overload. Seems like a very sophisticated concoction and reinforces my opinion that Victory is one of the best of the bigger brewers.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly cloudy, dark amber body with a foamy, delightfully fluffy, whitish head.

Smell: A moderate dose of caramel maltiness in the nose with hints of grainy bread tucked in there as well. Plenty of aromatic, sliced citrus fruits, mostly pink grapefruit and orange from the original Hop Devil. Then, of course, there's the newfound musty, funky Brett notes.

Taste: Caramel-minded maltiness with a light touch of breadiness and a thin, lonely drop of sweetness. In comes an infusion of Brett-type flavors, with tastes of mildew-strewn leather saddles, abandoned basement cobwebs, and just plain old mustiness. Chock-a-block with phenolics. Then, back to the IPA for a burst of bitterness, acidity, and fruity citrus tastes. Semi-dry, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Lively, high degree of carbonation.

Drinkability: An interesting composite of a bitter India Pale Ale and the funky layering of the wild yeast.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"I see the devil's hook, and yet cannot help nibbling at his bait."

--Moses Adams

Glowing topaz with tangerine trim. Talk about a gorgeous hue! The pillowy crown is equal parts ecru, pale gold and pale orange, but isn't very creamy, rocky or sticky. It does last for a bit, which helps. In the end, the beer's color overrides any considerations of head and lace.

The nose features toasted malts (moderate), citric hops (mild) and Brettanomyces yeast (moderate). All in all, not the ideal combination of scents for lovers of either IPAs or wild ales. As the former, it's a 3.5. As the latter, it's a 4.0. Yeah, that's right. Any beer with this much Brett character is an American wild ale. End of story.

The problem with an American IPA-wild ale hybrid is that hops fade over time and Brett needs time to get revved up. Therefore, that perfect sweet spot is somewhat elusive. Or doesn't exist at all. If you want hops, drink the beer fresh. If you want funk, drink it aged. Let's see what four months in the bottle has accomplished.

WildDevil is better beer than it smelled like it would be. The only reason it isn't better beer is because the yeasty funk blasts the hell out of the hop flavor. Not the bitterness, that's still going strong (like I would expect for a reasonably fresh bottle of HopDevil).

From most prominent to least, the flavor profile consists of horse blanket and sweat sock funk, well-toasted barley and nuts, tea leaves, and white grapefruit peel. This is sneakily complex beer and is growing on me with each and every mouthful. If the cork had been extracted two months ago, the flavor score might have been one notch higher.

The mouthfeel is probably the beer's best feature. The carbonation is too sharp-edged to start, but it's close to perfect by the bottom of the first glass. Given the crushed velvet plushness and mouthfilling creaminess, Belgian ale comparisons aren't out of line.

Although these two styles aren't the smoothest and most natural fit in the world of craft beer, Victory has themselves a winner with WildDevil Ale. If you're cellaring a bottle waiting for the funk to show up, it's already here. My advice: pop the cork now, while the hops still have some punch.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The bottle started overflowing as soon as I opened it. Pours a near-clear amber color. Leaves a rocky off white head and spotty chunks of lace.

Smell: Excellent blend of pale malts, fresh hops and light Belgian style yeast.

The taste matches the smell except that the hop is more bitter than floral and the yeast is more biting. This is a full bodied IPA. The aftertaste reminds me of most home brews.

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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 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 atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,272 ratings.
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