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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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86
very good

1,218 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,218
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 44
Gots: 139 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kadonny on 05-08-2008

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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Ratings: 1,218 | Reviews: 539
Photo of craft4mike
2.36/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Very unpleasant beer. Hop bomb that does not hide the ABV at all and has little to no sour or funk. Victory never fails to disappoint me.

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Burnt orange, murky, white head that fades but leave a ring of lace. Bottle art is kinda drab.

S: Mandarin orange, pretty sharp with some sweetness. Hay in some sniffs. Intoxicating.

T: Not sure what this is. The orange is still there, but alongside chalky yeast and straw. Mild funk. Slightly peppery. Bitter piney hops on the finish. It's all over the place, too much going on and too disjointed of flavors to appreciate it as a whole. Nice try, though.

M: Creamy, actually. Soft carbonation. Pleasant but not sure it fits the rest of the attributes.

O: Plenty of flavor, but it's all headed in opposite directions. Do I want to enjoy the tropical fruit? The funk? The pine? the bitterness? The rich mouthfeel? Sadly, it can't all be done at once, at least not by me. Better than a watery beer, but it could be tightened up for me. Also, why does every bottle explode/overflow? Wasting beer = Major faux pas.

Photo of founddrama
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good foamy head. Tangy sharp flavor from those brettanomyces. Floral nose but not as bitter/hoppy as I expected. Wonderful color.

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 07/2014.

Appearance: darker than I expected. Pale brown with plenty of large bubble head. Clear.

Nose: Belgian funk, light hop nose, sweet spicy, sour cherries, cherry blossom

Taste: tangy, oude bruin flavor, dank, horse blanket, old and wonderful

Overall: 8 months of age. I have not had a fresh bottle but this one is fantastic.

Photo of heygeebee
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bit of a gusher to start with, albeit slooooow... then pours a three finger head over a dark straw body.
Aromas and taste is all mustiness rather than hops... but would you drink a hoppy brett beer sooner or later is the question? The hops have faded here and the brett is yet to really kick in, as such is is a very balanced more farmhouse style than an IPA.
Hugely drinkable tho

Photo of ThomasJ25
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Hop Devil and I had high hopes. It was good but didn't rock my world.

Photo of mothmanscott
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The brew produced an eruption of Vesuvian proportions when opened creating a cleaning event that will go down highly ranked in my wife's journal of household disaster's precipitated by her husband. I lost three quarters of this fine beer. Even after the explosive opening it poured a hazy amber producing a huge, to the point of being difficult to pour, finely bubbled, lasting, egg shell head that left nice chunks of lacing. Aroma is tart citrus, resinous & floral hops, caramel, Brett musty funk, earth & hay. Taste is Brett mustiness, earth, citric & pine hops, band-aide phenolic. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, juicy, wet & a little oily with a low level of astringency.

Photo of st9647v3
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Leaves an aftertaste of gunk in the mouth, no bueno

Photo of BigJohnShow
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Different tasting. Yeast overpowers hops.

Photo of Tindalicious
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not a very enjoyable beer from a brewery that I do Love!

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Crystal clear Amber-orange color. Two fingers of bubbly white head. Whisky rings of lacing.

S: Floral hops, lemon zest, green and herbal, caramel and candy shell malt base, pithy, yeasty Brett funk.

T: Lemonhead candy, candy apple shell, toast, green hops, lemon zest, herbal spiciness, bretty funk throughout. Moderate bitterness. Funk and dank herbal bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Full and creamy. Light scrubbing carbonation. Light astringency.

O: Yeah, it's pretty much what I expected a bretted hop devil to taste like. It's still pretty sweet. It would be interesting to see if it would really dry out with years of age, but I'm not curious enough to stash a bottle if I'm being honest. It's a strangely enjoyable brew that I never yearned for but I'm glad I got to taste.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of NHSTEVE
2/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sour beer how about a bad tasting yeasted beer. I want my money back.

Photo of RIKIM
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not anything like a sour as advertised

Photo of MidwestBA
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of KidDoc
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 25.4 oz bottle into std pint glass. Bottled on date of June 11, 2014. Had this beer on tap at the Mohegan Sun Brewfest and it was among my favorites. Finally located a bottle and had to get it. The bottle did not live up to my memory. Poured a nice, slightly hazy, copper color with a large head. Head retention is excellent maintaining a good half inch throughout. Light to medium lacing. Very Brett forward aroma and strong in the flavor. Well-balanced mouthfeel with a tiny bit of bitter finish. Again, not as nice overall as I remembered on tap, but still a pretty good and interesting beer. Victory always does a good job.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronze in color with excellent clarity. Off white with a hint of light brown in the half inch tightly knit foam. Brussels lacing. Weak aroma is Brett dominated. The flavor is Brett forward with very sour and tart notes. I can't get anything else in the flavor as it seems unbalanced. The mouth is aggressively carbonated.

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked bottle bottled on the 11th of June 2014

Photo of DarthVorador
4/5  rDev +4.7%

A: clear amber with HUGE white head that remains.
S: funk with faint hops.
T: huge funk up front that fades to hop bitterness then funk again on the aftertaste.
F: slight resin & lite carbonation.
O: a very interesting beer. The hops & funk go well together.

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured a clear amber body with one finger of thick, bubbly white head. Quite nice looking, true to style. Scents of pineapple, sweet floral perfume, floral hops, apricot, sugar-cookie sweetness, sweet spices with notes of nutmeg and allspice, light white pepper, medium-light sweetly sour tangerine and a hint of wild barnyard yeast. Overall impression of aroma is of a very unique IPA with the floral hop qualities of Hop Devil mingling with the aromas of both a Belgian Pale and a sour. Very complex and quite enticing. Flavor begins with medium bitterness and notes of citrus zest, floral hops, white pepper, light bubblegum, preserved bitter orange and spicy yeast. Middle is medium in bitterness with notes of orange peel, white pepper, spicy yeast and floral perfume. Finish is dry with notes of bubblegum, white pepper, floral hops, spicy yeast, very light sugar cookie and orange peel. Aftertaste is orange peel, floral hops, white pepper and light bubblegum. Overall impression of flavor is of a very unique IPA that combines flavors of a Belgian IPA with the base Hop Devil. Very nice. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium-light carbonation and a slick feel with a drying finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nice IPA and Belgian Pale combined. Overall this is an excellent experiment. The IPA combines nicely with the Belgian elements and creates a pleasant aroma and flavor aided by a nice mouthfeel. Recommended.

Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle in late September from TW Arrowhead for $8.99. Bottled on 6-11-14.

Beer poured amber-orange with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is wet straw and lemon. Caught some green floral hop cone upon the initial pour.

Taste has a kiss of lemon sourness with a bit of lemon peel to finish.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and a touch prickly.

Overall I appreciate the light sourness combined into a pretty good base recipe.

Photo of JdoubleA
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Not much funk in my bottle. If anything it had a slight lemon flavor and it was kinda like you had a penny in your mouth too. The hops were nice and it was a smooth drinking ale. I enjoyed it, it just wasn't what I thought it would be.

Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

A: A nice dark copper in color with a nice one finger off white head at the top, minimal lacing around the glass.

S:Lots of brett at the front of the nose on this one, followed by some tropical fruit and nice malt tailend.

T: Lots of sweetness up front from the brett, followed by a bite of a sour fruit, lots of tropical flavors coming through.

M: Medium bodied, lots of carbonation, and dryness.

O:Nice balance to this beer, lots funk coming from the brett, but really refreshing to say the least, the sweetness is masked by the bitterness.

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,218 ratings.