Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,235
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 42
Gots: 145 | FT: 2
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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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Reviews by FickleBeast:
Photo of FickleBeast
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.4 L glass on tap at Victory Brewing

A - clear reddish color, minimal head. Darker than expected

S - Mild Brett smell - some funkiness, not much else

T - Initial taste is funkiness that is then balanced by a solid hop bitter kick. Has a good malt backbone, but unbalanced on the hop side.

M - Dry, refreshing, almost too dry - bitterness lingers

D - Ok, but between the Brett funk and the hop bitterness it gets to be a bit much. Wouldn't order another.

Overall a good intro into Wild beers. Certainly the most palatable wild beer I've had.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RichardMNixon
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A review from someone who dislikes hop devil, dirtwolf, and ranch.

Smells more funky than hoppy, but the latter are still there, enough that Mrs. Nixon will have none of it. Starts off very herbal, bordering on spiced beer. The funkiness is there too and the sweetness I get from a lot of victory IPAs isn't. As it warms up, the herbal notes yield to pine, lemon, and cherry. Nice and smooth throughout, a solid beer.

Photo of jivex5k
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was amazing. I grabbed it on a whim, I'm partial to brett beers, especially the few CS ones that show up every now and again.
I'm going to say this right now, hop savant has nothing on this beer. This one was more balanced, and about 1/4th the price.

It was a solid appearance, nice amount of head, the aroma was mostly funk with a faint hoppy profile, the taste...a perfect balance between the funk and the hops. I'm glad I found this gem of a beer sitting innocently on the shelf.

I just hope this doesn't become super popular so it's hard to find bottles of this, probably shouldn't be writing a review about it.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden orange color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of funk and sourness with a strong funk of a hay like and grassy nature as well as a whole lot of sour vinegar and lemon juice. Along with these aromas comes some lighter sweet smells of tangerine and pineapple as well as a somewhat yeasty smell, overall producing a nice sour wild smell.

Taste – The taste begins a wonderful blend of sweet, malt, funk and hop. The sweet is mainly of a tangerine and light caramel nature with the malt being of a more biscuit like flavor. The funk flavors, which are only rivaled by the sweet upfront, are mainly of a grassy and hay taste, with the hop being relatively light initially, and consisting of a grapefruit taste mostly, but containing a little bit of grass as well. As the taste advances the funk grows in nature with the sweet remaining relatively constant. The funk takes on more grass and hay flavors, but also gains some yeasty and sour lemon and vinegar flavors as the taste moves to the end. As the sour and funk flavors increase, so too do the hop flavors, with more grapefruit coming to the tongue, but with quite a bit more grassy hop and some earthy and herbal flavors also coming to the tongue. In the end, with the sweet flavors still holding their ground, and with the nice blend of hop and the decent showing of funk, one is left with a very pleasant and enjoyable funked IPA flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to slightly above average. The medium carbonation and body are a rather nice blend for the IPA and sour flavors of the brew upholding both all while in conjunction with the sweeter and malty flavors, keeping the brew nice and easy drinking.

Overall – This is a very pleasant and flavorful wild with a good blend of IPA flavor and funk. One to seek out and try.

Photo of oberon
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This came out a nice bronze in color with a moderate head on an easy pour.

Smell - The wild yeast is bonkers here at the nose. It is a quality aroma full of funk and fungus. There's a light, leafy hop scent and maybe some lightly-toasted malts but this nose is all about that nasty funk.

Taste - The yeast comes on strong at the taste as well but the malt really picks things up and brings a wonderful, toasted flavor to this beer. The hops are still second fiddle and mostly like endive. The profile is certainly not balanced but is most enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with a surprising bitterness throughout. It seems light in the hop department but boy did it bitter-up at the end.

Drinkability - I don't know how to categorize this ale except to say that it totally kicks butt. It brings the best part of a wild ale, that yeasty funk, the bitterness of a good IPA, and the malt structure of a big Belgian. Nicely done.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes on 9/18/10. Thanks to TCGoalie for sharing and zoso1967 for supplying.

A: Pours a murky orange-gold-light brown into an oversized wine glass. A khaki head started at two fingers and retains at half a finger throughout the tasting. The lacing left on the glass is frothy, but not very sticky.

S: Wild, spicy yeast, meet American hops. I get a lot of aromas from this one, including banana, peach, pear, and tangy sour sauce. On the back end of the smell are citrusy hops. There is a bit of an odd burnt plastic tang, and overall the aroma is very sugary and sweet.

T: The beginning of the sip is nicely sour from the wild yeast influence, and then a weird collision of burnt plastic and hops takes over. The finish is oddly bitter, but not clean. It takes kind of like earth and circus peanuts at the same time. The taste is curious, and I am not sure I like how the wild Belgian yeast interacts with the American hops.

M: The feel is medium upfront, but it soon becomes thin and a little watery in my mouth. The finish is not so pleasantly puckering.

D: This was an interesting beer and worth a try, but not really my cup of tea. The yeast and hop collision really left a strange and not entirely pleasant taste in my mouth. I will not have this again.

Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4-22-09 Opened 4-29-09

It seems as though the cork has pushed up away from the bottle. So i'm predicting craziness...Yep, it's true, have your glass ready, we've got a gushing brett bomb on our hands. Pours with a huge, airy tan head that takes a while to settle. While i'm waiting the room fills with bretty goodness. Oh, shit! I topped off the glass and now foam is proceeding to snake from the top of the bottle! Good times. Once it settles, it's actually a really nice looking amber beer with great head retention and spangled lacing.

The funky aroma continues on with bubblegummy brett, which consists of: sticky, band-aidy pineapple, green apple, tropical fruit, and cotton candy esters.

Flavors of band-aids and white pepper sweep across the tongue mingling with sweet candied fruits and finishing with a significant piney hop finish, even after a year. There's a bubblegum taste that lingers for as long as you let it. Could be a little dryer for my tastes with this style, but the hops do a great job balancing.

The mouthfeel is quite sparkling, but not as much as I expected, considering to the gushing fiasco.

As far as i'm concerned, if you like brett, and see one of these around, try it. Very nice.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Wild Devil Ale... 6.7% alcohol with Brett added to the IPA. Strange indeed.
Poured into oversized St. Fruillien wine glass.

A- Wild is right! On a moderate pour, foamy head exceeded top of glass and got all over the damn place. On a more review like note the head is a two and a half inch yeasty froth with little to show its going anywhere other than where it is. Thick pillows of lacing coat the glass with vigor. Dark orange fluid with a slight haze...

S- Smell is a heavy dose of Brett. Wet blanket, sour hay and fruity vines. Some bittersweet hops are hinted in the back of the nose.

T-M- Complex and simple at the same time. Upfront is a big wild yeast hit that is almost instantly followed by hop bite. Fresh hop bitterness is evenly balanced with sour Brett making a medley of bitter sourness. Nice. Flavors are fresh green grass, Brett, lemongrass, light malt and alcohol esters. Mouthfeel is a light carbonated heated Ipa with thick funk to slowly slide down the tongue.

D- I like this one but has a lot going on for a Belgian Ipa. I love the sour funk as well as the hop bitterness... but together? A smooth mixture for testing just strange though.
(3/16/2010)
Note: Just opened a second Wild Devil and head is much more tame by an inch... must have had a little more Brett before?

Photo of sgoodship
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife was kind enough to pick this up for me while she was shopping because she thought I would find it interesting. I do!

Poured our of a 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. bottle with a champagne cork (which was a pain in the ass but pretty), it delivered an uncontrollably large head. It was amber stained and creamy. Soft, fine bubbles with very impressive head retention and good lacing. The beer was a murky amber color. German head, Belgian color?

The nose was sophisticated, floral and Belgian yeast. There was a little hop kick and malty sourness to it too.

The taste had a slight banana. It felt like there was hoppy but the backbone was so strong that it balanced the beer to the point where it was hard to get a read on who was driving. I'd have preferred the hops to get more in the driver seat. The fruit left a tang in the mouth., mixed with more malt in the finish, it left a chewy funky aftertaste that was pleasant.

Mouth was a clean, refreshing - like a dry lager finish. Light side of medium body.

I wish this brew had gone hoppier. I thought it was tasty and refreshing but it just didn't hit the spot for me. My overall takeaway was that enjoyed trying this beer and it enhanced Victory's reputation in my mind, even if I am not going to be searching for this specific brew in future.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the original bottling. Bottled Apr 22 2009. Super loud cork pop and pours into my glass a slightly hazy amber orange with a ton of carbonation creating a massive four finger head that's slow to recede. Aromas are big on hay and deep Brett funk upfront. Bright floral hops jump into the mix with crisp toasty malt and a light caramel. The Brettanomyces are the star of the show here though..very vibrant and earthy.

First sip brings smooth, lightly toasted malt with a bit of caramel along with a fusion of Brett funk and resinous, floral hops. Earthy notes with hay and a tart twang. Estery goodness as the Brett has really blossomed here. Flows down with a twist of hoppy bitterness. Finishes smooth with a lingering Brett funk. Really quite lovely.

Mouthfeel is on the light to medium side with tons of fast moving bubbles. I personally would have liked a bit less carbonation but I am guessing that the yeast just wouldn't have it that way. Overall, this is a wicked, wild, funky twist on Hop Devil and I am enjoying it thoroughly. I will have to track down another bottle or two, with the low abv it's easy to put away a 750.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass, the beer is a hazy red/orange color with a huge, tan, meringue-like head. A pretty beer. Great aroma, too. Very floral and earthy. Expecting big things, I was a little disappointed in the taste. Not that it's bad, but it doesn't live up to the aroma. Some citrus, more pine, a lingering bitterness. Where did the earthy aroma go? Still, this was a very good beer, and I will want to drink it again.

Photo of Beaver13
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled 4/22/09. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a huge creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of brett, some funk and some fruit.

The flavor is a good dose of brett with a bitter backbone. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very spritzy carbonation.

Overall, the brett dominates but I like it. The bitterness mixed with the brett is interesting, it would be nice to see what it was like if more of the hops came through.

Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a slightly hazed, copper/orange body with an immense beige head. Lots of splotchy lacing.

Aroma is fruity, minty, and slightly funky with Brett notes.

Medium body has a creamy carbonation that imparts a velvety feel.

The Brett is more apparent in the taste than the aroma. Funky gravel notes, unripe strawberries, and motheaten wool offer up a plethora of wild funkiness. Floral and citrusy hops and a minty note make up a solid IPA slanted, hop bill. Solid caramel malt backbone provides a nice balance. Finishes with a dry and herbal flourish.

Nicely done. The wildies emerge quite well in the taste here. Will probably improve with a few more months of aging.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked. Pours hazed, dull copper amber, under a nice looking fluffy, large medium oatmeal head, that stays around then leaves plenty of thicker lace on the glass. One sniff and the barnyard comes to the nostrils, not over done, but clearly present. Moderate funk, fruit, and then quite drying in the mid finish and finish. Love the style, love the intrigue of the addition of brett, so this one was a no brainer for me to seek out and enjoy. I was not disappointed.

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance (4.5): Cloudy orange-amber with thick, sticky head and nice lacing.

Smell (4): Barnyard funk and wet horse blanket. Some light citrus and toasted malts.

Taste (4): Strong Brett taste, pretty funky. There is some IPA underneath, with citrus, pine and spice, but not as much as expected. Light toasted malts.

Feel (4): Highly carbonated, medium bodied, very dry and slightly tart.

Overall (4): Nice Brett beer, but I expected a little more IPA to add to the complexity.

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip, bottled in 2009.

First things first. I got this from a cooler at store, took it home and put it in my fridge, poured it out and my duvel tulip was 95% foam, then it started foaming out of the bottle and I filled TWO more glasses with 95% foam before the bottle stopped spewing foam. Took off on drinkability for this because it's a pain to have to pour three glasses of foam before I can get one glass of beer.

Pours a haze orange hue with a ridiculous head that starts to crater and fade after a long time. Nose is brett, funk, tart, and hoppy, really crisp and well balanced.

This is a bit more flat than I'd like, but because of the crazy over-carbonation I guess it's to be expected. It's got a decent hop bite to it along with a very belgian yeast character that's quite unique and tasty.

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 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!

Photo of whoneeds8
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 22, 2009

Poured into a pint glass amber with a very thick white head. Very good retention and lacing. The taste is an odd combination of flavors. The hops of "HopDevil" are in a war against the brett yeasts that really doesn't work well over the tounge. It's not bad, it's just odd. The mouthfeel is solid, great consistency and carbonation.

Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler fill. First ever Victory beer. Interesting ipa with the ibu s hitting you mid drink. Some sourness with the aroma of cherrys. Overall one that is just far enough from your traditional ipa and worth a try.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a clouded amber caramel hue with a large cream tinted beige head forms thick and fluffy. Excellent belgian style lacing spread beautifully across my Piraat chalice. Slightly opaque clouded body compared to the standard Victory HopDevil.

Aromatics take off the gloves with funk filled nose with mild band aid and barnyard funkiness. Fruity highlights come correct as well with tart apple and mild apricot preserves. With complementing strong citrus and caramel malts, a great combination, I'm typically not big on the American IPA Belgian combos but this does the trick in the sense that HopDevil isn't like the typical American IPA to begin with. My problem lies when the grapefruit hop bombs are blended with those spicy Belgian yeast blasts, this doesn't rub me the wrong way so far.

Flavors are impressive with the range of flavors but it does get stuck on the Brett trip. Strong spicy bitter leather blended with underlying caramel malt sweetness and citrus/pine hop accents. Throughout the whole experience there's wild cider fermentation notes that come around with an earthy robust musty tone, with more barnyard funk stepping through. And underlying hop burps come bursting through with the more you sip.

This is a must as far as texture goes creamy textured carbonation with fine backing bubbles borders on a mousse at times with champagne like edges. Medium bodied with slight oily hop resins being pronounced due to Victory's whole flower hopping methods. Quite a unique experience that finishes with a lacquering of fresh leather and earthy powdered chalk from the yeast tones.

Drinkability is impressive with the complexity using a wild yeast strain in their flagship IPA, you gotta love the fact that this beer is so damn sessionable. It is it's own unique creation that I applaud Bill and Ron for pulling out for their Philly Beer Week, since the April bottling I'm sure the complexity has grown and with time it will continue to. I just wasn't willing to age any Hop Devil based brew, I like hops fresh!

I got this bottle from Fathead's for 9.95 and they weren't sure how much it really was.

Photo of brow1901
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I heard this was on tap at stub and herbs so I rushed down to have a glass.

A- Light brown in color with a nice thick head that stayed around for awhile. Not much lacing, I actually ordered the beer not knowing what style it was just that it had brett. I thought it looked like a barley wine. Nice and cloudy opaque, with very little redness that is usually found in IPA's

S- The beer seemed to fail here. Not much hop character, but I was anticipating any. And when it really didn't deliver any exciting malt smells I was disappointed. I noticed the brett, but it wasn't really funky or any of that. Just typical yeast smell.

T- The brew tasted pretty good, not much to get excited about though. I thought it tasted like a saison, or belgian strong ale. Not really interesting hop character, or malt flavors. It was just kinda hovering between styles.

M- Good mouthfeel nice and light carbonation, not a thick beer but heavy enough.

D- Very drinkable, nice and refreshing. Totally worth a try, not sure how much a bottle is but I'd get another glass for sure.

Photo of sevreng
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle purchased at Shadyside Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh, PA on 6/9/14. Poured into tulip glass.

A - Semi-bright, dark copper/amber hue. Creamy head on pour, dissipates slowly with heavy lacing.

S - Citrus and sweet tart notes indicate the presence of both the hops and brett while a nice malt base keeps things grounded.

T - Tart chalkiness overrides the malt base, hops poke through and help to build a dry finish with an off twang of brett. Pretty interesting transformation of Hop Devil, makes me want to pick up a bottle of Hop Devil to remind myself where this started.

M - Carbonation keeps the malt and brett light and fluid, finish is a little too drying for my tastes.

O - Interesting tasting beer with fantastic interplay between the malt, hops, and brett upfront, but the lingering aftertaste of hoppy brett is not great. Makes me want to compare to the original for kicks. Would be interesting to hold on for one a little longer as this bottle was only 1 month old.

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,235 ratings.