Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +30.5%
This beer was amazing. I grabbed it on a whim, I'm partial to brett beers, especially the few CS ones that show up every now and again.
I'm going to say this right now, hop savant has nothing on this beer. This one was more balanced, and about 1/4th the price.
It was a solid appearance, nice amount of head, the aroma was mostly funk with a faint hoppy profile, the taste...a perfect balance between the funk and the hops. I'm glad I found this gem of a beer sitting innocently on the shelf.
I just hope this doesn't become super popular so it's hard to find bottles of this, probably shouldn't be writing a review about it.
08-04-2014 15:56:59 | More by jivex5k
5/5 rDev +30.5%
Doherty's East Avenue cafe in Pawtucket had one of just 2 kegs in Rhode Island and i was lucky enough to be there. This was a very interesting IPA. Smell is wheaty and hoppy. Not overpowering in the hops. Due to the yeast used it has a very wheaty flavor. Reminded me of the Victory Whirlwind Witbier hopped up. Light and easy to drink. Combines my 2 favorite styles wheat and ipa for a very drinkable beer.
06-25-2008 14:51:39 | More by rolands6
4.9/5 rDev +27.9%
A: pours copper in color with an absolutely ridiculous head that simply won't fade away. Wild Devil is hazy, and teeming with bubbles rising from the bottom of my tulip.
S: bouquet is pungent, with notes of lemon, wet hay, and blue cheese. Very complex and upfront.
T: this brew is quite dry, with heavy notes of lemon, limburger, and Amercian hops.
M: light body, tons of prickly carbonation, and a but of astringency.
D: This is obviously a take on Orval, and I couldn't be happier. The marriage of bitter hops and funky Brettanomyces is expressed beautifully in this one. Keep up the good work Victory.
04-12-2010 01:56:54 | More by Avagadro
4.88/5 rDev +27.4%
Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick, frothy head that fades to leave a bit of lacing. Absolutely gorgeous presentation in my fluted tulip.
Aroma is a strong whiff of floral, grassy hops mixed in with the characteristics of the belgian yeast. Very floral and spicy.
Taste is full of grassy hops mixed with the characteristics of the yeast. Spicy with a hint of citrus and plum as well.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering spice, hops and plum. Very nice. Alcohol is well-contained and as a result, this beer is far more drinkable than I feel it should be. Just a hint of peach rolls off the tongue in the mouthfeel.
Very nice for the style. Marvelous and certainly worth a try if you enjoy the style. Very easy to drink as well.
01-05-2010 00:33:15 | More by Brad007
4.88/5 rDev +27.4%
I had a bottle of this at Gullifty's Restaurant in Rosemont, PA.
Appearance: The body is a clear red amber color. The head is huge, tan, with a great thick head and wonderful lacing.
Smell: The aroma is spargy with berry notes.
Taste: The flavors are pine, berry and clove.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is both smooth and crisp.
Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review.
04-03-2009 01:26:49 | More by treehugger02010
4.83/5 rDev +26.1%
Corked and crowned 750mL bottle, $10.99 at Hoosick Beverages in Troy NY. Bottled on date: Jun 11 09, so it's just over a year old. I'm a little skeptical of this because of the brettanomyces and the high price. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.
I smell fruity strawberry as soon as the cork is popped. Barely started pouring into the glass and it overflowed with fizzy tan head- like 4" of foam on top of 2" of beer. It gradually settles as the bubbles come together, leaving large spaces and pockets in the cake, and chunks of billowy foam stuck to the glass. The brew itself is a slightly cloudy bright reddish-orange. Smell and taste are similar: fruity, a bit sweet, hoppy. Strawberry, tart cherry, pine, lemon rind, honey, sugar syrup, lavender, corriander, a bit of yeast, some spice, floral, herbal, earthy notes. Very complex, has a bit of everything. Reminds me a bit of... sorry for the crude comparison... the crunch berries in Cap'n Crunch cereal. Finishes with a long lingering pine and strawberry. Body is medium/ medium-heavy, balanced well by carbonation, leaves some resiny slickness on the tongue. Very very tasty and highly drinkable.
This bottle was 1yr old and it was nothing short of phenomenal. I hope to find a few more bottles, maybe see what it does after more time.
Again, be careful and slow on the pour, this stuff reacts wildly!
06-27-2010 17:45:15 | More by BeerNinja007
4.8/5 rDev +25.3%
This beer, poured into a wide-mouthed chalice is a medium orange-red color, a bit hazy, with a small but persistent head. The aroma is particularly delicious, with a huge load of herbal hoppiness and a nice musty earthiness (new-turned black soil) underneath. A gorgeous flavor! First, there an enormous hoppy flavor fairly grassy and citrusy, but bitterness never completely takes over; the brett really makes this beer, lending a delicious tartness and a lot of complexity and also pungency. The best beer I've had in months.
I haven't really cared for hop devil in the past, it being the taste of hops and nothing but, but this beer reminds me more of the excellent Orval, but with even more hops! wonderful!
05-27-2009 02:07:18 | More by allengarvin
4.78/5 rDev +24.8%
Very cool chestnut brown color with a terriffic off white head that goes on and on. Really a smart looking beer. Damp, musty aroma with a heavy floral undertone. Mildly spicy.
Big heavy hop flavor upfront with a nice "off" sort of taste. Lingering bitterness/funk all the way thru. Nice, peppery spice to it. Graniny and malty at the same time. Very well balanced with the gamut of flavors. Not overly "heavy" tasting.
Great mouthfeel. Quite quenching and refreshing. You'd think all this flavor might need to be "bigger" bodied. Perfect for an early spring evening.
I really like this a lot. I sit here and get inspired for my next homebrew batch. Great beer-perfect pairing of hops and funk. Well worth getting. I need more.
04-21-2009 23:32:50 | More by lackenhauser
4.75/5 rDev +24%
A: pours a hazy brick red into a Duvel tulip. A slightly off white head that leaves a pretty good amount of lacing.
S: tart and sour with a lot of hops to be down and dirty. There are some funky things going on here.
T: um wow. This is my first brett beer and its a little more funky than I expected. A lot of hop character that comes out as a tart/sour orange and grapefruit. The nice sour mask the malt but not completely, there's still a sourdough quality to it.
MF: medium to heavy body and a chewy quality. The sourness is astringent across the tongue. Fairly creamy and extremely rich.
D: wow this is a crazy good beer at an awesome price at a close by brewery.
01-14-2011 03:43:57 | More by nickthetick
4.7/5 rDev +22.7%
Poured into a tulip, massive, off-white head fed aggressively by streams of bubbles from the bottom. Beautiful auburn hue to the body. Sexy looking beer.
Smells like a hoppy saison. Slightly pineapple-y with a citrus tinge followed by a floral background (Saaz on board with some American hops?). Nice.
This beer has absolutely everything for me. Masterful use of hops in the beer's ability to provide bitterness but discernible flavor and aroma. Mostly pine-y with just a touch of grapefruit in this area. More impressive is how well the always tasty base beer has melded with the distinct farmhouse style without sacrificing anything. Funky but only subtly as the malt body holds its ground and leaves an earthy flavor on my tongue. Love it.
High degree of carbonation is right for a Belgian take on what should normally be a more restrained style. Body is full and the carbonation actually serves to cut through any perceived oiliness from the hops. Finally, the tired IPA gets a wake up. Makes me remember why hops excited me way back when. Outstanding.
06-07-2009 07:26:41 | More by malcontent
4.65/5 rDev +21.4%
So, I picked up a bottle of this baby today, but unfortunately cannot figure out when it was bottled. There seems to be a bottled on/best by or something on it, but it's unreadable, saying something akin to 20(half circle)(omega). Upon undoing the wire and popping the cap off, I barely touched the cork and it exploded. A good 10 minutes of nonstop head pouring out of the bottle later, I could sit down and enjoy the beverage. Even after that ludicrous amount of foam, it poured with 2/3 head.
Smell: A bouquet of brett and citrus hops greeted me, but they were not overpowering. It had an uncommonly clean nose for a brett brew.
Taste: A delightfully balanced, but potent, taste of brett sourness and strong hops creates a flavor unlike any I've found before. There is enough sweetness to give this complex flavor some backbone and hold it together, but the funk and hops are what stay prominent. There is a bit of bitterness at first taste, but that quickly fades into the glorious citric, with a dash of herbal, hop flavor and musty, sour brett, integrated into a singular taste.
The rest: The bubbliness retained through the entire drinking process, even through both glasses of the bomber. Keeping that in mind, it drinks smoothly and I could easily drink more if I had more.
08-27-2010 23:55:13 | More by Maxxthepenguin
4.65/5 rDev +21.4%
upon popping open the cork of this ale I poured into a ballon glass and was met by a wonderous ruby red slightly hazy beer with a huge frothy cream colored head. Very effervesient with apparent over carbonation....At this point I brought my nose to the glass only to be jetted back in time, I began to imagine what the sailors who popped open the original IPAs might have smelled and hoped it was like this. Very nice citrus notes and apricot are backed by the smell of the wild, rustic, horsehair, wild mushrooms and freshly tilled soil.
I patiently waited for the head to reduce so I could sip....A snappy tart bitterness is the first hit on the tongue, but this ale is remarkably mellow and smooth on the finish. Grapefruit, honey, tangerine, and strangely bok choy are the flavors coming through for me, the beer is so quenching, but I find it almost impossible to truly put my finger on the great wild yeast flavors that are so so complex and warming. Mouthfeel is nice, semi thin, but it makes this beer very quaffable.
Overall, I am so glad I picked up a bottle of this stuff. I am just starting to venture into wild ales and this one makes me want to continue to try more and more. Great stuff
08-30-2009 01:04:30 | More by LukeD23
4.65/5 rDev +21.4%
I tried this beer while sampling all the taps at Stub and Herb's on a recent visit to Minneapolis. I like beer and I especially love IPA. After drinking my way through the taplist, this is the beer that I kept coming back to. It didn't taste a lot like an IPA, and it didn't taste like a typical Belgian, but it sure was good. I typically don't drink the same type of beer two times in a row, but this time I did - and Stub and Herb's has an excellent set of taps.
I want some more!
08-17-2009 00:32:52 | More by collmanb
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