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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3.41/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Bottled in 2009 and held by brewery and re-distributed, then bought in 2014. Amber/orange.
A- Pours the biggest bubbly foam head I've ever seen right out of the bottle.
S- Yeasty and sour. hoppy too. candied oranges. Wild.
T- Similar to the smell really. Some sour notes from the yeast action. The hops has really mellowed out. I hope others review this delayed/aged re-release because I don't think I'm doing it justice with this review. But it's a pretty exciting/interesting beer.
M- Very bubbly and fizzy in the mouth.
O- I thought about getting some hop devil (which I haven't had yet, though I loved V's Hop Fresh) to taste alongside this one but this beer stands on its own as completely unique from the original Hop Devil. It is indeed wild, and I'm glad I tried it.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2014 01:17:42 | More by trentbent
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.