Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by everetends:
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Here we are, Wild Devil. Bought you fresh at the Hop City months ago. Planned on tearing you up shortly there after, but alas. That very same day I met up with Murch at the Brick Store Pub and he wanted to share a bottle as our final beer. The beer was decent then but I decided, with Murch's advice, to let it rest and see how it develops. So, like I said, here we are. Served up in a tulip.
A: Pours a very light brown/amber color into the tulip. Held to the light, a little more orange comes through but stays mostly the same. The body is murky, hazy, cloudy. Can't see through it, in other words. Off the pour, we got a HUGE head. Not saying it was gusher, you just need to be careful. Probably three fingers of head, maybe a touch more. The head is off white in color, kind of a little dirty white look to it. Retention isn't bad at all. falls to a half finger or so, and sticks around. Light wispy strands of lace are sporadic. Looking good.
S: Ah . . . very happy. It appears the Brett has come out finally. Nice and musty/musky. Dusty attic, and little bit of hay and barnyard coming across. Not quite horseblanket, but has that sweaty horse type smell. Behind that, this is a floral brew. Tons of floral notes fo sho. Some orange blossom, citrus, touch of field notes and a little bit of honeysuckle. There is a touch of pine coming across, but these hops are mostly floral in character. Just incredibly earthy and fragrant to be honest.
T: Yet again, much better than remembered. When I first had it, the Brett was weak but present. With the large amounts of floral hops, that combination created a very soapy/medicinal flavor. None of that mess now. The Brett is really out now, but not over bearing. Getting that dusty wood type flavor, touch of hay and barn. This is mostly earth though. Nice notes of grass and floral goodness. Citrus hops and pine hops are here but the floral really mixes well with the Brett in that earthy form. This isn't crazy hoppy or crazy with the Brett. It is right in line. The malts really don't come out too much. Maybe a touch of pale malts with a tinge of honey. The mustiness and muskiness is right on point for me. Damned nice.
M: Medium in body with a really nice creaminess to it. Has a really good weight to it. Not too heavy but just enough to sit on the palate a bit and allow you to explore it. Carbonation has toned down a bit. I remember it being a touch too high but now it is nice and medium to medium high. Has a good bubbly nature to it on the throat. ABV is noticeable but nice, slight heat on the throat develops a bit. Aftertaste is all barnyard musk.
D: I apparently have waited a perfect amount of time here. Its all about preference. I am big fan of Brett. Love what it does and what it brings. Murch was a bigger fan of the hoppiness on this fresh because he's not a huge fan of Brett. For me this is the sweet spot of the beer I think. Mixing hoppy with Brett is tricky because something is going to have to give. Now the hops are mostly there for aroma purposes and they compliment the Brett in flavor. Damned good if you ask me. really enjoying this beer and glad I waited on it to open up.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2010 05:51:20 | More by everetends
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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
3.61/5 rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip bulb glass. Bottled on June 11th 2014.
Appearance: Dark maple brown with hints of redness. Murky, dark and cloudy, but no sediment. 2 finger head, slighlty tan, off white, decent retention.
Smell: Earth and pine, citrus and tropical fruit smell that is dominated by a funky leathery overtone, like an old cabbie seat. Smell is still very bright and vibrant.
Taste: Hops and malt like a classic ipa that is smothered by brett flavor, slightly sour with very light clove spice, grass, smoky peat, toasted bread, with lemon and peach finish that intertwines nicely with the brett flavors. Well balanced although the base beer has been covered up, it still shoots through in patches. The more I taste it, the more I am getting the brett (yeah horse blanket!) punching out in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-light body with light stickiness towards the finish. Light carbonation. Smooth with some medium-light astringency.
Overall: An enjoyable beer that I would qualify as something other than a "Belgian IPA". Pretty much just a simple IPA (Hopdevil) with a good deal of brett covering up the base. Enjoyable and simple and straightfoward. Good introductory beer to brett flavors as one can easily compare this beer to its base, and the brett flavors are still overt enough to enjoy as is. Good but nothing great or breathtaking.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 03:04:20 | More by DrRambis
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 736 ratings.