Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled on June 10th, 2009, and drank May 3rd, 2010. As a sidenote, I like the tension between "I need this fresh, it's an IPA," and "Let it sit, I need that brett action."
Appearance: Predictably, the bottle was a mild gusher. Careful pour down the side of the glass yields a two inch, rocky, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves occasional spots of lacing. Beer pours a hazy amber.
Smell: Some grapefruit hops (still!), a grape note, and lots of brettanomyces influence--it's leathery, tangy, and funky. Beginning to think that putting brett in an IPA is a good idea. Smell develops with time and warmth, with some lemony funk and other notes emerging. Smell is drawing me in. HopDevil--which I only just tried, and it was fresh--had an aroma that was too faint. That's not the case here at all; in your face brett, just as I like.
Taste: First sip: immediate hit of hop bitterness, big brett flavors (cologne, leather, tanginess, funk), and HopDevil's respectable malt backbone. I'm immediately sold; putting brett into HopDevil isn't a good idea, it's a great idea. As I get deeper in, the tangy, funky flavors vary and intensify, while the big hop bitterness stays strong, and the malt backbone battles to not be overcome by the brett (it's losing the battle, but putting up an admirable fight).
What else is there to say? This tastes exactly like you'd expect and want it to, knowing the description of the beer. The brett is in your face, but there's a lot of HopDevil characteristics staying strong underneath it. If that sounds good to you, I guarantee that you'll enjoy this flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. The flavor is strong enough that the heavy carbonation isn't a problem. Lingering bitterness and tartness. No alcohol heat.
Drinkability: The alcohol is completely masked, and the taste is very good. The aggressive flavors and feel could be a bit much, but this is a beer I'll have no trouble finishing and will definitely return to.
Drinking Wild Devil reminds me of drinking Rogue's John John Dead Guy Ale. I don't like Dead Guy Ale. I don't particularly like HopDevil either (I like it more than Dead Guy, but it's one of my least favorite IPAs). Get experimental and throw Dead Guy into whiskey barrels, and suddenly I love it. Throw some brett into HopDevil, and the same thing happens.
Notably, it's not just that it's an IPA with brett. It's a very bitter IPA with (in my opinion) too big a malt backbone, with brett, and that combination works wonderfully. Despite my ambivalence toward HopDevil, I'm impressed that it stands strong underneath the huge influence of the different yeast.
Overall, this beer is a great idea, with great execution.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2010 04:35:47 | More by Pahn
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