Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by OttoBomb:
4.1/5 rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 750ml corked & caged bottle into a 14 oz. Coka-Cola tulip glass, (April 11, 2010). A bottled on date of June 10, 2009 is stamped on the front label.
So I'm having an IPA that's almost a year old. Typically this would be a problem, but this is Belgian IPA which a non-standard version of the style. On one hand the older the beer gets the more interesting/funky the effects of the Brettanomyces become and on the other the more it ages the more the hopps fade. Kind of an interesting catch 22. It would be interesting to age one of these a few years and compare it to a super fresh version sometime. On to the review:
Eyes: Pours a slightly hazy slightly burnt orange. The creamy, fluffy, brown-eggshell colored head requires several measured pours to avoid overflowing the glass. A beautiful looking beer.
Nose: The old sock smell of the Brett dominates, with the slightly piney/citrus hopp aftermath.
Tongue: Much less of that old funky profile than the nose, but the Brett is still strong here. Earthy, musty, funky, with just enough hopps to wipe it all away with a slight bitter aftertaste.
Mouth: Smooth, creamy and almost perfect lively body.
Libation: An experimental style that blends two drastically contrasting aspects very well. The flavors are complex, lively and very interesting. I'm looking forward to trying this beer at differing ages.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2010 06:00:08 | More by OttoBomb
More User Reviews:
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.