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Wild Devil | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by Kadonny on 05-08-2008

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Ratings: 1,271 |  Reviews: 534
Photo of Tilley4
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of those brews that I've looked over again and again and I finally decided to break down and grab one of these.. I've heard and read conflicting opinions on this one so I'm curious to see what my findings are...

Poured into a Chimay goblet...

Pours a very beautiful deep orangish golden appearance with one of the most impressive heads I've ever seen.. It's absolutely beautiful.. World class even... Right up there with Duvel...

Delicious aromas of piney oily hops with something more sinister underneath... One of the more unusual aromas that I've ever experienced in a brew... It's like an IPA but there's something a bit off... but in a good way if you know what I mean.. there's a definite earthiness to this brew that I find uber appealing... I'm ready for my first sip...

The first sip... Hmmm.... Nothing at all like the aroma really.. It's actually sort of... bland? The hops are here, but very distant... The Brett is here but hasn't quite taken over yet.. This seems very middle of the road at this point.. I'm wondering if a little earlier or later would give this brew some of the character that I'm desiring here... This isn't bad, mind you, but it's very unspectacular at this point...

I'm guessing that I will come back to this one at some point in the future after the Brett has time to really funk this one up quite a bit and re-review it... As it is, it's not offensive or bad but I"m not sure I'm getting what Victory is trying to tell me..

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of benloho
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. bottle split with 2 other friends. poured into a standard pint.

this bottle was quite a gusher when the cork was popped which resulted in a huge, billowy, rocky, 4 fingers of white head. lots of bubbles rushing to the top and a bit of sediment within the orange golden body. tons of furry sticky lace and great head retention.

funky, barnhouse at the forefront. light mustiness, acidic, lemon citrus, and a bit of plastic.

sharp, funky, barnhouse, acidic mustiness at the forefront. lemon citrus with just a touch of pine from the hops i presume. just a bit of a bready malt. moderately hoppy bitter finish.

medium bodied with some average feeling carbonation. acidity and a bit of bitterness linger on the palate.

drinks pretty good, but one pour would be enough for the night.

overall: the brett was definatly at the forefront which seemed to mute out the hops a bit. the only other brett IPA ive had was ithaca-superfriends and was much more hoppy and delicious. i still very much enjoyed this beer and i would drink it again, but if you like this style, you need to try the super friends!

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Photo of jfstilling
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of lucasj82
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of salthemonster
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of csfcmitchell
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Blaze5445
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rajendra82
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bomber that this beer came in was wonderfully labeled with and intriguing introduction to the contents on the back, and things only got better as he wire cage was removed and cork pulled. The body looked typical of IPAs with an orange amber color and slight cloudiness, but the head atop was much larger and wend down very slowly, leaving specks of lace around the glass. The aroma was very Brett driven and supported by complimentary hops. The spicy, herbal, and floral smells were prominent, and a bit of citrus was present as well. The taste was tart, tangy, and earthy. The Brett was pretty dominant over the hops, which here played a supporting role. Surprisingly there was little bitterness, and some sweetness poked through in the middle of the sip before the fully Brett driven finish. The thick head provided a very creamy feel. I felt that this beer could have used quite a bit more hops to really shine. May be a Wild Wallop would be an even more delicious offering. Otherwise this was a fantastic melding of styles.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy burnt orange with a few fingers of tan head and a couple strands of streaky lacing.

S - Funky and earthy with tropical fruits, lemon and citrus that are tough to distinguish between the brett and hops. Some grainy sweetness with even more funky tropical fruits.

T - Grassy, floral and funky with some tropical fruit mixed in. Lemon and citrus with a bit of grainy malt. Somewhat of a muddy combination of an ipa and wild beer.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. The dryness from both the brett and hops is a little powerful at times and quickly creates a cotton mouth feel.

D - Interesting enough to try but I do not think the combo works well enough to be a regular drinker.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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 scottbrew4u
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JKV96
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of VaTechPhilly
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of albern
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
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 jrfehon33
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Gww1864
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Cresant
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. The body was bright copper with a hint of cloudiness. The tall head of off-white settled to a cap.

Smell was spicy. Wet concrete. Every so slight alcohol hints as it warmed.

Taste was peppery. Nice hops flavor without harshness. Dark cherries. Drying. Slight iodine flavor. Grassy. You can pick out the different aspects of this beer easily, yet they work well together and I found this very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was effervescent and medium to full in body.

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Photo of timmy2b
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,271 ratings
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