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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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87
very good

666 Ratings
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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 31
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
American IPA w/ Brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: Kadonny on 05-08-2008)
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sweetbrew82

California

2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750 ML into a goblet/ Bottled on April 22, 2009

P: Orange-tinged amber with a gargantuan head of tan foam. It sits atop with the puffiness of a cumulus cloud and has a pretty thick and frothy texture to it. Shows good retention and even better rockiness as it sinks and leaves some chunks of lace behind.

A: The nose is quite interesting. I get citrus and floral hops, caramel malts, some fruity notes, and that Brett-derived horse blanket, leathery kind of character. Much more funky than I would have thought for being bottled only four months ago.

T: The taste is equally interesting, but in a less pleasant way than the nose. Citrus hops hit me with flavors of grapefruit, orange, and lemons while a pinch of pine needles jab at the bitter region of my palate. Some earthiness is noted in here as well. The caramel malt is heavily-toasted and plays a more sizeable role than the nose would lead you to believe. But, I think the Brett funk just kind of muddles things up a bit for me. It seems a little too forceful with notes of hay, horse blanket, and sweaty leather which kind of trample on the rest of the flavor profile.

M: The mouthfeel of Wild Devil is easily its best attribute. It feels medium-full in the mouth with a rich, semi-sticky creaminess that makes it very palatable, even if it is a bit over-carbonated.

Notes: I had a hard time rating this beer due to the unique nature of it. I just wasn't really feeling the Brett'ed IPA idea. Admittedly, it sounds interesting on paper, but the actual execution of such a beer was really awkward and not all that pleasant. The funk seems to drown out the hops and makes it feel kind of disjointed as a whole. Props to Victory for being brave enough to try it, though. It seems like a lot of other people are digging it, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. Interesting to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 23:57:13 | More by sweetbrew82
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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.