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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

622 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 622
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.32%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

American IPA w/ Brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: Kadonny on 05-08-2008)
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trentbent

New York

3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2009 and held by brewery and re-distributed, then bought in 2014. Amber/orange.

A- Pours the biggest bubbly foam head I've ever seen right out of the bottle.

S- Yeasty and sour. hoppy too. candied oranges. Wild.

T- Similar to the smell really. Some sour notes from the yeast action. The hops has really mellowed out. I hope others review this delayed/aged re-release because I don't think I'm doing it justice with this review. But it's a pretty exciting/interesting beer.

M- Very bubbly and fizzy in the mouth.

O- I thought about getting some hop devil (which I haven't had yet, though I loved V's Hop Fresh) to taste alongside this one but this beer stands on its own as completely unique from the original Hop Devil. It is indeed wild, and I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 01:17:42 | More by trentbent
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TheMarkE

California

3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Mixed feelings. Victory tried to make their fantastic Hop Devil with Belgian yeast, German malts, and American hops. The result is a unique combination of floral, citrus, and pine, but my bomber had an acidic taste that overrode everything.

Warning! Once you uncork Wild Devil it will explode like champagne. Be prepared!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 23:15:43 | More by TheMarkE
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jmccullough916


2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served from a corked ad caged bomber. I noticed after pouring that bottling date is from 2009! Should be interesting to review a 3 yr old Belgian IPA.

A - Hazy copper gold. A very pretty beer that proves crystal clear beers aren't always the best looking.

S - Lots of Brett. Maybe a little hoppyness in the background.

T - Brett, Brett, and more Brett. What can I say? This beer has been overpowered by the Brett funk. I can't detect any hops or grain, only Brett.

M - Light and somewhat creamy with a small prickle from the carbonation. I was expecting a lot of carbonated bite because it foamed over when I pulled the cork and even more when I poured the first glass. Very enjoyable mouthfeel despite the overpowering Brett.

O - I suppose age has not treated the Hop Devil kindly because the Brett has overpowered the taste. It's really a shame. I wish I could've tried this one fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 00:54:36 | More by jmccullough916
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Medium golden hue. Pours about a finger and a half, bubbly, white head. Dissipates fairly quickly leaving a light blanket of foam and a substantial beer ring. Decent dry sticky lacing, initially quickly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Hops are overcome with hefty aroma of lavender, honey, and fresh flora.

T: Hoppy and planty. Very floral.

M: Light but full. The floral nature of this brew really defines it. Hoppy in the front, not too bitter in the end.

D: Goes down easy. Drink as you please.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, decent head, not much in terms of lacing. Nose is hoppy, and floral. Flavor is lightly hoppy with balance of fresh flora. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 04:54:21 | More by bmwats
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber, thick white head and lacing. Belgian yeast, fruit and light brett aroma. Moderate pine hops, citrus, bready malt and brett. Nice mouthfeel. Closer to a wild ale or saison than a Belgian IPA in my book. Obviously well made, but a little too much brett flavor, so this is a miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 22:57:28 | More by LiquidAmber
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml coked and cages bottle:

The beer poured a very nice hazy orange with some hints of red that produced a huge white fluffy head that was retained well, but ultimately receded into a thin ring around the glass. The aroma was maltier than expected, more like a Saison, but most certainly a Belgian malt and yeast aroma. The taste of the beer is sweet, yeasty and with some hints of pine hops. The beer had a lighter feel than expected, but the beer was pretty easy to drink. Overall, a good beer and one that I will try again.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 17:17:21 | More by PhillyStyle
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from April 2009, cork broke when opening and had to bust out the wine opener.

A - Poured a gentle pour and half the glass is filled with a light tan foamy head. The body of the beer is a cloudy amber.

S - Malty, bready as well as hoppy. A faint lemon can be detected.

T - Pine hops, earthy and bready malts collide and finishes slightly tart.

M - Very bubbly, champagne like. Really mixes the flavors around.

O - Could definitely taste the Belgian yeast but I think the age of the bottle is past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 00:41:57 | More by cvm4
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was soooo excited to find this on tap. Growler filled from a 2+ year old keg.

Hazy, orange with little head (The carb may be a little low due to time spent in growler)

Smells musty, with noticable Belgian yeast

Tastes is sweet and a little bready. There is just a hint of Brett. I would've thought it would be more prominent given the extended stay in the keg.

Feels light in the mouth, not too thin, but light bodied. It is a refreshing beer that would be good out on the deck.

I HAD to try this with Victory being a local brewery and while it wasn't the best thing ever, it was absolutely worth trying and I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again if it were available

Serving type: growler

05-29-2012 01:08:16 | More by DaveHack
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a tulip

A:  really pretty dark amber with some red hues, 2 fingers of slightly off white head, decent retention, leaves trace spotty lacing

S: the brett is certainly noted. smells tart with sour apple and sour white grape notes, yeasty, some funk, similar to a Saison really, There is also a touch of caramel malts. I get almost no hop characters but I like the aroma

T: malty upfront with some piney hop bitterness and spice, then a big Belgium yeast prescence on the back end with tons of banana on the finish of every sip. A touch of funk but really none of the sour tart that was on the nose, although as it warms to room temp a hint of tart and peppery spice comes out.

M/D: medium bodied with an appropriate carbonation, somewhat drying finish, drinkability is high

O: overall a pretty good beer.  I wish the tart on the nose came out more in the taste, and that the hop presence was higher, but tasty none the less and an enjoyable drink.  

Serving type: growler

05-19-2012 03:09:33 | More by zac16125
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SLeffler27

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An orange sherbet head quickly overwhelms the volume of a tulip glass. The head turns rocky and lasts for the duration over a sunset orange, lightly hazy beer with tons of swirling carbonation. Lacing is spotty and sticky.

The hops are fruity citrus and floral with light pine and cedar. There is a presence of brettanomyces, light woodiness and butterscotch. Apricot becomes especially present with warmth.

Wild Devil has a light bitterness with cookie dough and cantaloupe flavors. Tartness is light and on the edge, a bit delayed. The finish is lingering with a slight bitter/tart edge.

The body is medium to light with a silky texture, no alcohol, light carbonation and late metallic notes.

This is an easy drinking beer that would probably pair well with soft cheese. Has enough going on to be interesting, but lacks the hop punch and yeasty funkiness I was seeking.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 23:28:26 | More by SLeffler27
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Re-post from my hacked "jmkratt" :(

look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked to a globe glass. The cork unloaded extremely quickly and the foam quickly spilled from the bottle. Seemed extremely carbonated, overly so.

A - After a gentle pour my globe glass was filled 4/5ths with foam and 1/5 cloudy orange/amber color brew. The extreme head is bubbly white with astounding retention and lacing. It's rather irritating waiting for the foam to subside. I put the opened bottle in the fridge to try and calm it down. When I went to pour my 2nd and 3rd glass it was still extremely foaming. I am not particularly fond of fighting this much foam every single glass. It's like a fresh keg that's been agitated.

S - Perhaps my favorite aspect of the beer. A subtle belgian yeast aroma with a hint of brett and fruity esters. Not any hop character detected. Mild malt sweetness present.

T - Similar to previous reviews I noticed the brett presence immediately and more dominantly than the nose. The hop character also is more dominant than on the nose: earthy character blends fairly well with the brett and bready biscuit malt character. The beer finishes with a bit of medicinal feel.

M - Very carbonated. You can taste the bubbles throughout, if that makes any sense. I don't know how else to describe it.

O - Not what I was expecting. I found the extreme carbonation to be both a hindrance to the aroma and flavor and mouthfeel as well as irritating to deal with. I won't be back. Pretty underwhelmed.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-01-2011 14:20:33

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 14:44:55 | More by hopfacebrew
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eclipse54

Minnesota

2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle recently sent from inlimbo77; thank you! Bottled on 09/21/2011, so over two years old at this point. "Poured" into a DFH signature glass...

To start, it’s vastly over-carbonated as so many others have said. Upon popping the cork, it began gushing out of the bottle. Luckily, I was prepared and and able to start pouring/collecting into a glass right away. On the pour (of actual liquid, mind you) a massive amount of head develops, so much that 99% of the glass is nothing but foam. I had to let the foam settle into liquid before drinking.

Once it had settled to a manageable amount, the liquid was a translucent golden orange color with some copper hues. The head is an eggshell white that is very foamy/sudsy, and does hang around for quite a while.

The aroma is of tart citrus, primarily lemon, tart apple, sour pear, some faint peach, and just tart fruits in general. Behind that is quite a bit of straw/hay, various other light grains, some grass, and barely an inkling of hops. Plenty of yeast to be had as well; it smells more like a saison than any IPA, though it is not offputting.

It tastes of tart fruits, primarily pear and lemon, some grains, straw, hay, a funky yeast flavor, pine, and various floral grasses. Hops have almost completely mellowed out and vanished, and this is pretty mild and lackluster in flavor. Not bad, but not amusing either. A bit of a chalky/soapy aftertaste to it.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery after the excess in carbonation had finally been dispelled. It seems so much of it was in a rush to escape that no carbonation bothered to stay dissolved. It finishes clean with a slightly dry aftertaste, and iis very appealing in that respect.

Overall, this isn't much of an IPA anymore, which I've tried to reflect in the score. I will say, though, that it does make for a pretty decent brett-inoculated saison, having plenty of tart fruit esters and light grains. I find it curious to see how, over the course of a couple of years, this one has changed so much to seemingly warrant a reclassification. That said, don't shy away from trying this one in your travels as there's plenty of enjoyment to be found in it, but don't expect it to be an IPA of any kind.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 01:46:37 | More by eclipse54
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ahq514

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml into snifter.

Pours a transparent amber color. Huge head due to bottle conditioning. Nice chunks of lacing.

Aroma is tart cherries and a little bit of dryness. A little bit of citrus burst from the hops and a big floral burst from the hops.

Taste matches the aroma pretty well. Dry and somewhat peppery at the start, which ushers in the tartness. Floral hops are big throughout the beer. Beer finishes dry.

High carbonation and medium body.

Surprised this beer doesn't get more love. Combines too interesting styles. Brett adds a nice element to this ipa.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 04:57:30 | More by ahq514
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I took the bottle out of the fridge and took the cage off of the top of the bottle. I came back ten minutes later to a big booom and the pressure from inside the bottle popped the cork right off. Simply amazing for a beer bottled back sometime in 2009. The beer was poured into a stella glass

Appearance: Holy head of beer. The head reduces, but I keep filling up my glass to get it to the proper beer level for a review. There is also some nice lacing on the side of the glass too. The beer is also a hazy orange amber color. I know there is carbonation in the beer, but I can't even see any in my glass.

Smell: Very cirtusy here, clementines, tangerine, and grapefruit come to mind. Yeast gives the beer some funkiness and straw aromas too. Some leathery characterisitcs come up towards the end of the nose too. Very strange and hopefully the beer does not taste as funky as the smell.

Taste: Same as the nose, but even more strange and funky. Is the beer supposed to be like this? Not sure. Will find out more with every sip. At least the nice citrus makes everything taste better in the rear. I just waited ten minutes and the same funkiness is going on. Don't really know what to think other than the fact that one part of the beer didn't settle correctly over the last two years.

Mouthfeel: The beer is smooth, highly carbonated, and easy to drink once you get past the funk. Medium to full bodied.

Overall: It smelles good up front, but the funkiness took a little longer than I wanted to get used to it. I prefer sour and funky beers, but this one seemed too funky. I would like to try out a fresher version next time this comes out. This was a decent twist on a style I am getting accustomed too.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 01:47:39 | More by Flounder57
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright; this review is going to be a bit strange. I was shopping around a very out-of-the-way liquor store in Indianapolis when I saw a bottle of this, Victory’s Wild Devil. Now, since I don’t really know the last time this beer was brewed, or if it will ever be brewed again, I had to grab it. I know it’s old, but I have a feeling it could be good with some age on it; however, I’m still bracing for a grossly over-aged monster, just in case.

Brewed over two years before the date of this tasting (“Jun 10 09”). Here goes nothing…

A: Wow – ultra-carbonated. The orange body disappears under a huge tuft of cream-colored suds, quickly filling my 20 oz. tulip. After quite a while, the head finally clears to a dense retention, revealing (to my surprise) only a few ounces of actual beer in the glass. The body’s color is incredible, as well: a beautifully shining orange, crystal clear. What a monstrously active beer; even the lacing is wonderfully noticeable.

S: As expected, this has a rash of odd scents. To start off, there’s a big yeast presence: sharp skunk, lemon-pepper, some oxidized aromas, and an earthy texture I can’t quite identify. It’s like a new leather jacket, mineral water, or even cleaning supplies; like I said, hard to identify. There’s just a hint of fruity hop character left, mostly mango, and something that survived the years to an even greater effect: German malts. They provide a smooth, sugary backdrop, with abundant bock-style dark fruits. Very nice in that department, but everything else is a little strange.

T: You can tell that this has been sitting for a while; at first sip, it’s full-on Belgian skunk with a taste of dried lemon, copper, and black olives. It’s overpowering, yet still incredibly intoxicating. And, while it may be funkier than Robert Randolph, there’s a good amount of hop/malt textures that are still evident underneath: for instance, a bitter tinge of resiny pine has survived. While unexpected, they’re surely welcome, as well as the clean-tasting Euro-malts. These German influences help rock the barnyard bite with flavors of grassy cereal grains and moderate fruits (fig, grape, and lime). And what a smooth finish: super-mild dryness, with a weightless Belgian aftertaste. A very pleasant experience: I find that the more I sip, the more I fall in love with this powerful brew.

M: At first, it feels like this beer is in two layers: a slick, oily one, and a frothy, carbonated one. It might have just been the first pour, though, because the distinction isn’t apparent after the first quarter of the bottle. Carbonation is nice – prevalent, without being painfully crisp. A soft fizz.

O: I could imagine that this would be a very polarizing beer; at first, the tastes come in so strong that it can be unappealing. But, as soon as you warm up to it (and the beer itself warms), it shows its character as a rich, Belgian funk-fest. If you happen to find a bottle, buy it – the age does nothing to thwart the awesome tastes in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 19:37:18 | More by BarryMFBurton
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chodinheaven

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date that says March 3, 2009. Poured into a tulip glass.

Little bit too much head on this one as it is about 10% beer and 90% slowly dissapating, off-white foamy head after a slow pour. Tons of lacing. When the head finally dissapates enough, the beer is a hazy bright copper color. Brettanomyces yeast is immediately evident in the aroma from the minute the bottle is opened. Some crisp and clean German malts come through as well, right after a good grapefruit citrus and pine hop aroma make their way up. Well rounded nose, maybe a little on the sharp side. The yeast definitely takes a large role.

Big funky attitude from the brett yeast, and that truly does become the character of this one, at least up front. After that nearly overpowering taste, some really nice subtle flavors come out. A citrusy orange taste is sweet in the middle of the pallet, along with those clean German hops. These make for a smooth feel, almost too smooth. Two years may have weakened the hops a little, but there is still a small bite from some grapefruit and pine hops in the back of the palate. An aftertaste of brett yeast and a touch of hop resin reside in the back of the mouth.

This is not a bad beer if you like a lot of funky brett yeast character in a beer. This is from two years ago, so it is possible that a fresher version would have more balance as far as hops go, but this one is just a tad too funked out. Still though, worth the buy if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 05:13:48 | More by chodinheaven
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged & corked bottle. Bottle date: 9/21/09, so just over two years. Poured into a DFH signature glass.

A: Well, it's been written before but it is certainly true...over carbonated. Didn't even get cage off before it blew and started shooting everywhere. Poured what I could in glass. Tons of head. Can there be a five finger head? Off white, marshmallow type head. Cloudy orange color from what I got. Some lacing from the head.

S: It's hard to tell through all the head. There is some barnyard aroma. The hops are still there but I would assume died a good amount in the two plus years. I get some fruit, not sure what. Also some piney notes.

T: It's a pretty pleasant sip after all the head died enough to try it. You get some of the Brett on the tip of the tongue. No real hop bite. A good amount of sweetness in the middle. Along with some floral and pine notes.

M: Medium bodied. But not like a DIPA or anything.

O: I have to give this one a B+. Marked down a bit because of the explosion, and difficulty actually pouring a decent glass the majority of the bottle. Amazing how over carbed this was.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 13:34:23 | More by inlimbo77
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a hazy yellowish color, the head was pretty big at first but settled down after a little while. The lacing was scattered and a little soapy looking on the glass. The smell of the beer gives off some strong hop and vinegar type of aromas. The beer definitely smell like it has some wild yeast in it. The taste of the beer has a tart/sour kick upfront that fades into the hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty crisp on this one, it's dry also. Overall it's a unique brew but not really one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 15:08:42 | More by Knapp85
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Watch out - this one really is a Wild Devil! The sample I got popped and fizzed like champagne, and about half of it ended up in a towel. What I got poured a hazy, dark honey golden with a thick pale golden tan head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is more fruity than hoppy, apple and citrus. Flavor is hoppy and slightly bitter with a sour apple overtone. Texture has average body and is somewhat fizzy. OK, not Victory's best, but worth a try. And do have a nice big thirsty towel handy in case yours goes off like Aetna!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 22:31:02 | More by Cyberkedi
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Towering white head...firm. Golden color with considerable haze. The aroma is fresh, hoppy...ripe fruit and a bit of pine...lots of brett....interesting. The beer is not overly alcoholic, but the ethanol is notable. Wild, with a little funk. Bitter. This is a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 03:14:08 | More by Suds
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etaggie09

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After a little scare of the top completely shooting off and the bottle overflowing, this thing settles down enough for me to pour this amber tangerine dream. a cappuccino foam head has some great staying power.

I don't know what I was expecting, but this is a combo of a belgian sweet earthiness and some american hoppy notes. Has a little mustiness in the background too, which is interesting. Gives it a little touch of unrefinement.

I honestly don't know what to make of this. I get the feeling that everything that was in battle in the nose washes out and battles each other. Just seems like a softer version of Hop Devil, really. Not quite as brash, but I'd like a little more sweetness to balance it out a bit.

moderate to high carbonation gives a nice tickle. high drinkability, but all the flavor does is confuse me. I'm not opposed to drinking this, but I'm not excited to be drinking it either. I won't be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 19:12:40 | More by etaggie09
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 01:02:29 | More by corby112
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The bottle cork almost jumps out of the bottle and there is a little gushing of foam on the bottle. I did sit on this bottle for about 1.5 years.
Beer pours a cloudy chestnut hue with voluminous eggshell white foam pouring out. Aroma is pine sap and a little mild fruit or maybe cloves. I also get just a little bandaid/vinyl scent that dings the aroma down a notch. Probably good I didnt sit on this one any longer. The bandaid fades completely after my glass sits and breathes for a little.
First sip reveals an average to light body with almost no carbonation. Very smooth drinker.
Flavor is some caramel but moves to pine sap and grapefruit rind hop astringency. I dont get much funk or yeast hits in the beer, which I sort of anticipated from the name. This is a decent beer but Im not ecstatic about it and wouldnt seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 03:25:51 | More by sulldaddy
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photonicgnostic

New York

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up off the discount rack at my local beer store. No date on the bottle, but I'm guessing it's been there a long time. Not being a hop head I've not had Hop Devil, so I can't compare it to that.

The cork needed little encouragement and each pour was 2/3 head. Poured into an Ommegang Cervoise goblet. Lacing was left down to the bottom of the glass.

This is a far more balanced beer than I was expecting. Malt still comes through the hops and funk. Sweet and and a little spicy up front with slight lingering sourness. Very little sediment poured out at the end.

I'll be going back for the other bottle in the store. I'm very impressed and will finally explore Victory's other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 01:37:32 | More by photonicgnostic
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Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from corked bottle into glass.

Look: A powerful pour with lots of active carbonation causing a mountain of a head. Pours as a lighter amber with a white head that laces.

Taste: Sweet tones; caramel, syrup. Earth; hops, malts, and florals, citrus.

Taste: Much like the taste, all tones are present. Nice complex taste with the hops mixing with sweet accents.

Mouthfeel: Lots of active carbonation. Good coating and mouthfeel with a smooth finish. Easy to drink, maybe a little too bubbly.

As a HopDevil fan I was expecting a punch-you-in-the-face experience with Wild Devil. I was surprised to see how well balanced this beer was. Another nice brew from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.