Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
We pop the cage and cork on this brew and pour into our snifters. It appears a deep red orange that is translucent, with high carbonation visible, and a glow. Once the yeast from the bottom of the bottle hits the glass there is instant haze, with yeast particulates sinking to the bottom. It blasts up a four to five finger head of huge foamy tan bubbles that refuses to dissipate. As it finally does, cakey lacing sticks around the entire glass. The aroma delivers all of the funk promised. The brettanomyces comes through strongly, with brightly floral hops, sweet pineapple, smoky character and medicinal phenols, which could both be from the yeast. As we sip, malts and hops fight for the front. The malts are clean, with the hops somewhere between soapy and piney. The yeast crashes in bitterly through the middle. This, paired with the hops, mark the finish. The hops here are now, surprisingly, floral and a touch sweet. The aftertaste is bitter, of yeast and phenols. The body is medium, with prickly carbonation. The mouth is lightly coated, but cooled and, after a while, a bit dried. The abv is standard, and the beer is quite drinkable.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the funky aroma, and the outrageous head and head retention. It nearly took twenty minutes to dissipate before we could even get near the liquid. All the while the brew just glowed beneath it. For whatever reason, when we first picked this up we were afraid that this would be only a minor variation of Hop Devil, which we do enjoy. We found, however, that the change in yeast made for a vastly different selection than its predecessor, for a nice, welcome change.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2010 04:34:32 | More by TheBrewo
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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
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