Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by Foxman:
4/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It pours a hazy and frantically carbonated deep amber. Three fingers of persistent pinkish tan head fill the upper stories. Commas of lacing stop and go along the inside of the glass.
In the aroma, sweet caramel malt and light molasses prop up a surprisingly understated citrus hop presence that's further trod upon by clove, banana, and crisp apple esters, but in an interesting fashion.
Upon sipping, The malt is toasted and softly sweet with caramel and a hint of berries. The hops press to impress with grapefruit and pine drizzled with lemon. Esters assert with curls of clove, green apple, and a mellow spice melange. Residual grain returns with a twist of molasses. A finale of dry hop bitterness drives a crisp, lingering finish. The Brett subdues the Devil, delivering a funky new identity.
Medium bodied, the smooth grain creaminess, spicy hops, and crisp esters caress and glow nicely.
It seems the ballsy yeast works a transformation on the Hop Devil, creating a new and brassy character. It's an intriguing take on a Belgian IPA, but with more oily muscle, and it's clean, fun, and quite drinkable. There's nothing wrong with what it was, and nothing wrong with what it's become here.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2010 23:32:03 | More by Foxman
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4.16/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 01:20:16 | More by Darkmagus82
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.