Wild Devil | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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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 HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper with a nice frothy, one finger head and good retention.

The aroma is very interesting, and the more I smelled it, the less I liked it. The Brett is slightly musty and seems to clash with the citrus and floral hops, making for a strange aroma. It's experimental, no doubt, but I'm not sure what to make of it.

The flavor is bitter and then tart. The strange combination of citrus hops, Brett, and caramel malt is interesting. My overall impression is that the Brett doesn't seem to flow with the bitterness and citrus hops. It's definitely unique though. The finish is bitter, Bretty, and slightly fruity.

Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

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Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grolwer shared courtesy of hopdog and filled courtesy of maybrick...
Appears a hazy orange with a small white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is mild, with a very mild funk with some rubber, pineapple, grass, dried leaves, bananas, and earty minerals.
Taste is of light hops, rubbery funk, pumpkin & squash, dough, strangeness, with wood like flavors.
Mouthfeel is chewy, medium bodied, doughy, bitter, and smooth in the finish.

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a dark ruby red color with a two finger frothy yellowish beige head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Funky, earthy aroma with a strong barrel and brett character. Musty with hints of toasted oak and barn countered by some earthy pine and sweet citrus.

Chewy medium body that's on the fuller end with again, a strong barrel presence and lots of earthy oak. Dry musty brett flavor gives this beer some nice funk/tarntness which is countered by the bitter hop character. Som bready yeast adds fullness to the body but it's still pretty quaffable. Hints of pine needle compliment the dryness from the oak and brett but is balanced by hints of citrus fruit. Pale malt backbone with a dry finish.

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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 puboflyons
4/5  rDev +3.9%

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on November 20, 2014.

Amber-orange pour with a lingering, foamy, white head.

Mellow aroma of malts, hops, and a sour bite. But everything is muted and laid back.

Medium to better than medium body.

This has more sour qualities to it but they are very low profile with a mildly bitter finish after the caramel malts fade. Quite nice.

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

Props to Solomn420 for pulling this out and sharing.

Poured an amber with a nice white head. Nose is sour, spice and belgian yeast. Taste was sour, lots of yeast and hops, pretty good balance and there a spiciness to it on the end. Mouthfeel was and drinkability was good well. Good beer all the way around.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a rusty looking amber, with a towering, 4-5 inch head that dissipates in a few minutes, Fairly decent spidery lacing down the glass.

Smells like some vestige of Hop Devil- fairly earthy and spicy, with a good portion of sweet malt aromas, along with funky Brett aromas that bring to mind Sweet Tarts or Smarties.

The sweet chalkiness continues in the flavor, and is honestly really nice. Spicey and herbal hops are prominent, showing the untamed Hop Devil is still somewhere back behind the Brett assault. The Brett also lends some juicy sweetness as well. As it warms up, the bitterness becomes a little more pronounced.

Medium bodied, funky, bitter and dry mouthfeel- slightly creamy. There is a low level of carbonation.

This is very solid. It's much closer to a hoppy American wild ale than a Brett IPA- as the Brett completely takes over the proceedings, and leaves Hop Devil wimpering in the corner.

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

(Served in a tulip glass) bottled April 22 2009
A- This beer has a crazy foam that keeps growing and growing over the rim of the glass. It is a yellowish tan head on top a hazy deep caramel body with some big bubbles stuck at the base of the glass.
S- The big brett aroma and a spicy green hop aroma and some caramel malt nose to it.
T- The brett and cheese rind flavor is follow by a big bitter hop finish with a slight pungent flavor that lingers a moment. The caramel malt flavor is buried underneath and has a nice sweetness to it. As the beer opens up there is a buttery note to the caramel malt flavor.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a full carbonation and no alcohol heat noticed. There is a fizzy finish that boost the hop bite a bit.
D- The last half of the bottle was better than the first. It seems the carbonation died down a lot and the caramel malt really came in to blend with the hops and brett very nicely.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A rolling and towering cream-beige 4 finger head mushrooms upward from the center compliments of the wild brett yeast. A nice coppery-orange tone coloring and strong carbonation of tiny tightly bound micro-bubble jet streams that brings the visible nature to life along with a turbid background. Retention was extraordinary, clinging to the sides of the glass leaving a spotty foamy lacing. A nice start indeed.

S: The aroma starts off with a little funk with sour fruit (pears) and damp citrus. Some banana peels are also slight but noticeable. The brett does produce some nice additional aromas as the label suggests, but also covers up and masks what made the original hop devil so aromatic, its bright citrusy nature and sweet malt highlights. Soft flower pedals closes things out here.

T: The flavor as well starts off with a good deal of funk, tart citrus and a really good amber malting. Dry with some hay/straw notes hints of lemon peels and floral hops gives this a wet and dry taste. The malting was nice, like a rich amber, nicely hopped with dry citrus flower hints. Musky lemons, and floral notes close out with the brett producing a decent barnhouse like lingering fade. As the label suggest, the brett brings about some new additional flavors and aromas, but comes at the expense of what made the original so menacingly delicious.

M: creamy and full, very smooth with the carbontion feeling much lighter then the visible nature leads you to believe.

D: Decent drinkability with a good funk. The brett adds some new additional flavors yet in some ways at the expense of the original. Decent per style, very good even, but just not enough to warrant an outstanding rating.

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 1/4 pint (approximately) served at the brewpub in Downingtown.

A: The ale is an amber brew, orange and brown, with a nice-sized head that lingers through the first 1/3 of the glass.

S: The aroma has the hallmarks of HopDevil, biting citrus and caramel malts, with the added touch of funky brettanomyces. The ale smells like Orval on hop steroids.

T: The ale has the intense funkiness of a year old Orval. The malts and hops seem to be happy to take the backseat and allow the brett to shine. The taste is yeasty and dry, making me instinctively grab for another sip. The barnyard funkiness is an excellent addition that really augments the overall HopDevil experience.

M: Dry gamey tartness is the calling card of this ale. The decision to add brett to HopDevil is inspired, to say the least.

D: The alcohol level is moderate and never escapes the the funky body. A real treat to drink.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with reddish tint and a large head. A smell of bigness; some sweet malts and fruit aromas closer to berries and grape more than citrus. A fuller body that has some caramel sweetness intertwine with a wild, leafy hop bitterness that gives off a mild tropical fruit flavor but also has a sour, dry and crisp edge to the backbone of this beer. A good beer but wore my palate out towards the end; one is fine for me.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured into a Chimay chalice, formed a 1" beige head over the effervescent coppery brew. Pillowy head lasts and lasts, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is bandaids and tartness. Taste is a peek of sweetness to start, but quickly overpowered by the earthy tartness, with a lemony hops close. Mouthfeel is bubbly but still pretty smooth, with an acceptable drinkability. This one didn't do much for me.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a slightly hazed amber under a 3” faintly yellow tinted white foam collar that slowly recedes. S: Earthy fruit aromas rise form the glass joined by funky Brett. T: Layers of flavor with peach, tropical fruit, hop flavors, light malt, over ripe fruit, yeast flavors all interacting and vying for prominence with everything falling into a well-rounded balance by the finish. There is a little papaya in the after tastes. F: The texture is incredibly creamy and soft. The body is medium. O: An outstanding wild IPA.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a slightly hazy, copper color. Thin head that leaves little islands of lacing.

S-Well the Brett is not shy at all. Intense Brett always reminds me of eucalyptus mixed with slightly rotten fruit (ridiculous). Soft floral hoppiness and some caramel malt.

T-The familiar flavor of HopDevil comes out more here. The Brett has stained the flavor almost to the core, but the base of HopDevil is still alive. The funky, tangy, almost medicinal Brett rules the flavor but it does concede some flavor via floral hop and semi-sweet malt.

M-Medium bodied. Lingering flavor. Mild to moderate bitterness. There is the slightest touch of alcohol. Well carbonated.

O-Surprised I haven't had this beer up until now. It's interesting. I think I will take regular HopDevil on most occasions however. The zany yeast really alters the flavor here and if you're going to make this a whole new package, it might as well be very different.

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Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

Aroma is riddled with brett, acetic acid, must, horse blanket, floral notes, and muddled fruit. Flavor is lightly sour, musty, but falls a little short with a bitter finish. Notes of sweet tarts and confectioners sugar emerge as it warms. A little too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled on 6/10/09. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with a frothy 2 inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is yeast, lemon peel, pears, peppery spice and some earthy hops. Unfortunately the taste isn't quite as appealing as the aroma. It tastes like medicine/aspirin, peppery spice, yeast, and some grassy hops. But the medicinal taste overpowers the other flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has a lot of carbonation. Drinkability isn't bad as it is smooth, but would be better if the beer didn't have that aspirin taste. I'll have to revisit this one in the future.

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

Pours a strong copper with just a little haze. The head is a fast rising three fingers and recedes in a very spongey manner to a filmy foam. Nice effervescant bubbling. The aroma is tart and bitter fruits with no discernable hop notes. The brett does some interesting things to this beers aroma. When this cool brew is more to the cold side, its hards to taste its IPA qualitiea. But once this beer warms a style warping brew comes through. The taste starts with toasted bread and biscuits. Then the malts and brett comebine to give off bitter rind fruit and some funky earthy. The finish shwocases this beers citrus hoppiness and the brett yeast funk combining to make something interesting. The palate is bitter, sweet, and lambic-y tartness. This is a good and enjoyably interesting style bender. I highly recommend pickig up a bottle of this. A must try!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled June 2014 not so old really. Into the beer boot.

A - No sediment which is amazing since I thought with 7 months on this bottle it would have some floaties. Just some haziness to the typical amber brown color of an IPA. MASSIVE head a full 2 inches that takes a while to die down. Excellent lacing.
S - Smell is decent the bitter hops of the devil have taken a back seat to some funky straw and sour lemon from the Brett which is actually very strong smelling.
T - In a way the bitter hops and funky Brett cancel each other out to just some chalky yeast flavor and a Twang of bitterness.
M - Smoother than Hops Devil in my opinion it takes some of the edge off but the base beer is still pretty strong.

Overall it makes me kind of intrigued that they can add Brett to an IPA and am kind of surprised they didn't try it again to a more citrus/pineapple hop type beer like Dirt Wolf. Maybe they will read this and get idea's!

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

I tried this shortly after it first came out on tap at the Victory brewpub. The character wasn't much different from Hop Devil at the time, so let's see if a bottle's any different. Cloudy coppery orange with a two inch beige cap. Lots of clumpy lacing, good head retention. Interesting aroma, ripe fruits, pineapple and citrus, earthy and grassy, faint tartness. Moderate bitterness that grew to become fairly sharp over a few sips, with more tropical fruit sweetness. Notes of funk, minerals, and berries, a bit medicinal with very faint rubbery/plastic flavour. Lingering grapefruit. Kind of odd, but it works fairly well. Carbonation was on the high side and quite creamy. A little dry with a decent texture. I like it. The combination of hop flavour and bitterness with the brett seems like a good idea.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Bottled On: 11 Jun 2014

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- The Brett funk is certainly there but it's not as prominent as I remember it being in the old version of this beer. It's a cleaner funk, not as dank but pleasing nonetheless and the mild hop presence that's still there after all these months combine with it and makes a somewhat fruity bouquet. Kind of a soily aftertaste.

T- Tangy, bright Brett character that continues the fruity theme plus a moderate hop bitterness that lingers. Slightly medicinal.

M- A bit sharp and dry with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Definitely not as much Brett as when they first came out with this beer but it's enjoyable enough. A shame because this used to be my favorite Victory beer.

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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 sweemzander
2.17/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750mL size bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on April 22, 2009.

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange amber with the most massive off-white to light yellow foamy head, in fact it caused my glass to overflow after less than 2 seconds of pouring. Took many minutes to dissipate in-between pours to get enough beer in the glass to actually rate! Is this overcarbonated?

(S)- Pungent floral orange and lime citrus with a rather strong musty Pine Sol cleaner aroma. This is actually burning my nostrils.

(T)- The pine sol cleaner is also present in the taste. Dry and bitter with a very off-putting minerality. Its like like you cleaned the floor with pine sol and licked the rag when you were done. Is this a bad bottle?

(M)- Ridiculous carbonation. Has a very funky and off-putting bitter yet alcoholic cleaner presence.

(D)- What is going on here? This is clearly a bad bottle that is also wayyy overly carbonated at the same time. Will re-review when I get another bottle, which, hopefully is a good one!

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Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slight explosion of foam upon opening a well rested bottle. Pours a beautiful glistening amber color with an almost gusher like 1/2 glass of head on the first pour. Smell is of grass, hay, mellow barnyard, earth, mellow sweetness. Taste follows scent with a very earthy and grassy flavor backed by the mellow barnyard notes from the Brett. Mellow citrus flavors throghout my sips. Fully carbonated, medium bodied. Wonderful balance between the earthy, grassy hops and a mellowd Brett presence. Not one scent or taste overpowers... very pleasing.

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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