Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by cvstrickland:
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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:
3.91/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
*25.4 oz. Bottle*
Keeping it real like a hypothesis and hitting this brew with my Desert Eagle, it's legal and it astonishes. This brew is just too damn sexy looking. Lean and clean with a lot going on in the dome. Deep amber with a slightly off-white 1/2 finger crown. She looks neat, how does she smell? First this aroma is balanced between hops, malts and Brett. Tangy lemon pepper with some floral goodness. She also has that musky funk, she may look clean but deep inside but you can tell this girl gets down and dirty. The malts smell slightly toasted and bold. Let's get a taste for this Wild Devil. Well rounded, musky funk with citric, a little pineapple and resinous hops. The malts are sweet, biscuity and balanced with a resinous hop and slightly cheese aftertaste. Oh finishes slightly dry and bitter and on time and brassy. The feel on this Devil is medium-light body and par carbonation.
Overall: This is an interesting take on the Brett IPA. Is it the most adventurous, no. Is enjoyable, yes it is. This beer is pretty balanced, hoppy and funky. This brew is worthy.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 20:28:41 | More by Shroud0fdoom
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
ten years ago this would have been earth shattering, but i don't think it is expressive enough in brett character to appease the wild palate of today. supposedly has hop evil as the base beer, an east coast staple for me growing up. i get so little of the hops from that, it ends up being a weirdly yeasty amber, although its super clear in looks, must have been filtered, no haze or sediment at all, uncommon in wild ale to say the least, but it may have hurt this one, because its just not as bretty as i had hoped for. light wine-like brett on the nose, but the malt trumps it i think in terms of assertiveness. the taste too seems oddly unbalanced, i am missing the hops i love so much in the base beer. there is a little bitterness in the finish, but thats about it. for ten bucks this is a cool beer, a twist on an old favorite, but it doesnt deliver what it promises i don't think, at least not for me. it may fill a role as a pale amber wild ale, no sourness at all, no haze, no wheat (i don't think) and maybe there is a desire for that, but its underwhelming for me.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 23:36:57 | More by StonedTrippin
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.