Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by cvstrickland:
4/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The chilled 750 ml cork-in-cage bottle opens with a hearty pop and the liquid within comes to life. As active foam rises in the bottleneck and threatens to attempt escape, I gently make the first pour into my Maredsous glass and am rewarded with a brew that is clear and polished copper-tinted amber in color with a thick ivory cap of foam atop. As the head relaxes, a fluffy belt of grainy lacing clings to the sides of the goblet. Additional pours firm up the foam cap and puff up the lacing factor quite a bit, but the nature of the foam is more 'sliding' than 'sticking'.
Starting with the first whiff of gas that escaped the cork, I've been smelling a sharp fruity funkiness even from an arm's length away. Holding the glass close at last and taking a deep whiff, I am rewarded with a note of sweet hay and an intense lemony tartness that stands out every bit as much as the pungent citrus-pine hop aromas that permeate the profile.
The taste is grounded in mildly sweet toasted malts hopped to bitter near-perfection with a potent dose of grass-infused orange peel oil. Tangy yet mild lemon-lime fruitiness is nicely accented with a steely, earthy dryness and just a dabble of caramel syrup drizzled over a muddy barnyard hog wallow. Persistent gritty drying and a lingering metallic note take command toward the finish, cleaning things up nicely as they inspire the drinker to have another quenching swallow.
The drink is light-medium in body and carbonated just right for both savoring and quaffing.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2009 01:40:26 | More by cvstrickland
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 778 ratings.