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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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1,116 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 44
Gots: 103 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American 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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5/5  rDev +30.9%

dougokc, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

jivex5k, Aug 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Stape20, Oct 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

banjofred101, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Jwicks, Sep 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

mquinn919, Jul 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

HopStoopid120, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

ThirstyHerf, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

TDunphy, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of rolands6
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

rolands6, Jun 25, 2008
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

KGarrett, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

JustinMatthew, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Craft-T-SOB, Sep 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Matthew_Hamilton, Jun 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Mike099, Nov 15, 2014
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4.95/5  rDev +29.6%

JeffONeal, Aug 10, 2014
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4.92/5  rDev +28.8%

drez511, Sep 12, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Avagadro, Apr 12, 2010
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4.88/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Brad007, Jan 05, 2010
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4.88/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

treehugger02010, Apr 03, 2009
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4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

BeerNinja007, Jun 27, 2010
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4.8/5  rDev +25.7%

IreRican, Sep 28, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

allengarvin, May 27, 2009
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4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

lackenhauser, Apr 22, 2009
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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,116 ratings.