Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 527
Hads: 1,238
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 42
Gots: 147 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kadonny on 05-08-2008

It’s arguable that our menacingly delicious HopDevil has always been wild. With bold German malts and whole flower American hops, this India Pale Ale is anything but prim. But add a touch of brettanomyces, the unruly beast responsible for the sharp tang and deep funk found in many Belgian ales, and our WildDevil emerges completely untamed. Floral, aromatic hops still leap from this amber ale, as a host of new fermentation flavor kicks up notes of citrus and pine. Pour yourself a glass today—if you dare.
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Photo of NickTsU
1.41/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A- Beer has a cloudy light amber appearance.
S- the smell resembles chardonnay and plastic. And not in a good way.
t- The taste was that much liked it smelled and I found this beer hard to drink.
M- Med-high carbonation.
D- Did not finish glass.

All in all I had high hopes for this brew and think victory is a great brewery just was not impressed with this beer. (364 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
1.46/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A 09 bottle split with onix1agr and poured into duvel tulips.

A- a steady pour yields four big fingers of off white rocky head that rises and holds above the glass. When the head settles in time some nice chunky lace holds and holds. The body is a hazy deep copper orange in color. I gota say this looks great.

S- oh no! Something is wrong here. I get brett and lots of it but not in a good way. This smells like a dumpster full of nothing but band aids. There's a old ointment found under the sink and some wet laundry left in the washer for a few days. This just smells terrible. I've had a good amount of bretted ipa's including this fresh but something went wrong in this.

T- I'm finding it hard to swallow the first sip. Just really bad. Lots of medicine, like chewing an aspirin. Loads of bretty mustiness and a touch of bone dry biscuit. Each sip I find more tasking to swallow. Hops are completely gone. Light lemon zest buried in the back. With lots of warming it starts to pull together a bit but by the time you start to swallow it all falls apart.

M- a bit less then medium in body and big carb. So dry you can't even believe it.

O- overall this is either a bad bottle or past its prime, way past. I enjoyed the wild devil fresh not my fav but solid. I hoped with some time that the brett would kick in some more since it was very light fresh. This is closing in on abomination. I am challenged by each and every swallow and that's not in a good way. I will have to try another older bottle and some fresh again to see what's up. (1,551 characters)

Photo of Ralphs66
1.55/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I previously gave this beer a 4. But am re-rating so Victory can be aware of the baaaaad batch from June bottling. This is NOTHING like the beer I had previously. This batch is a friggin mess. Yeast bomb; smell and taste. Faint scent of Brett. I'll choke it down, but virtually undrinkable. The rating is not a fair one, but hoping it serves as warning to others to avoid June 2014 bottles. As another reviewer stated, I want my money back. (440 characters)

Photo of begforme4484
1.56/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours dark amber. Extremely light and frothy head.

Smells a bit sour mash. Hops scent is void.

Taste is very sour and lacking. Only, it's bad kind of sour. It actually made me nauseas as I tried to drink it.

Cork popped off with enough vigor to dent my ceiling. I may have gotten a bad batch, because this beer was absolutely terrible. I'm nervous to ever give it another shot, but I'm sure I'll revise this in the future if I do. (434 characters)

Photo of jonziefle
1.87/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured a light copper amber color with a light haze. Very bubbly off white head that poured right out of the glass. Almost too much carbonation; very hard to pour. Plenty of visible carbonation. Lots of lacing because there is way too much head.

Smell: A strong off-smell of fresh band-aids or gauze. Not sure if this is the "funk" the label talks about. Hard to notice much else besides this smell. Sour. It appears I might have gotten a bad bottle.

Taste: More rubbery off-taste. Very earth, sour, and yeasty. Really odd flavors that just don't work for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a strong carbonation bite. Alcohol is well hidden.

Drinkability: Not a good beer in my mind. Hard to pour (overly carbonated) with an off nose and taste.

Buy Again? Yes, because I can't believe that Victory could make an IPA this bad. (841 characters)

Photo of erok
1.94/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - horseblanket
smell - horseblanket
taste - horseblanket
mouthfeel - horseblanket

Just kidding about the appearance and mouthfeel ( kinda). This beer is another example of a too rough around the edges victory offering. The wild yeast is so overdone and out of balance that the final beer could neither be categorized as an an american wild ale nor a Belgian ipa. In fact this beer displays no characteristics of either style. It's basically a glass of suspended yeast in bitter liquid. The emphasis on funk is taken to its logical and unpalateable extreme in this beer. (581 characters)

Photo of JWU
1.97/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemless wine glass.

a: best part of the experience. Big fluffy head on top of a cloudy goldenrod brew. Leaves nice lacing down the glass.

s: Funky, sour, and smells of latex and metallic odors.

t: brutal. a solid malt base is quickly overpowered by a sour taste that transforms into the taste of adhesive bandages. Ends slightly bitter, sour, with the bandage flavor trailing off.

m: too carbonated, and left the mouth very dry, sour, and metallic.

d: I couldn't even get through half of the bottle. Extremely disappointed by this offering from Victory. (594 characters)

Photo of Overlord
1.97/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Purs an IPA-ish orange amber with a big white sudsy head. Smells like ... hmm.... just raw brett/funk, with no ipa character, and the funk has a decidedly one-note soapy quality.

Taste is just bad. Nine bucks? Why? IPA qualities are very muted, maybe a hint of background citrus and grapefruit. Mainly, there's a soapy, unpleasant sour and funky brett tone that is just off-kilter and unappealing.

A beer that doesn't know what it wants to be, and fails at all. Drainpoured most of it. (487 characters)

Photo of -A-
2/5  rDev -48.3%

This beer is far too sweet to be labeled as an IPA. It does not taste like an IPA at all and it is sticky.

It is also far too foamy. I poured this thing carefully down the side of my beer glass and half an hour later it has a foam head on it over an inch thick. If I was pouring a stout maybe but this isn't acceptable from an IPA.

For sweetness, lack of bitter hop character, and this really ridiculous foam thing going on I give this beer a generous 2. This is, quite honestly, not what's wanted from an IPA. It's barely drinkable.

If you want an IPA from Victory try their Hop Devil or, even better, their Dirt Wolf. Those are both good beers. This one isn't. (672 characters)

Photo of argock
2.16/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.75.

A: A very lively glowing red amber with sticky 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and persistent lacing down the glass.

S: Moderate funkiness with immediate tartness and spicy hoppiness with not a lot of malt showing through

T: A mess of a beer with no commitment to being either a sour ale or an IPA which leaves a mismatched overly tart, overly bitter hoppy brew with no malt character. It unfortunately tastes like a sour crabapple, and that is not good.

M: Good medium body with a bit too much carbonation. Very funky, earthy, tart aftertaste that is sickly sweettart.

D: No tone I'm going to back to and a hard brew to figure out. There is very little malt character to this beer, and the tart and bitter qualities overrride everything else and detract from the enjoyment of this brew. I wish Victory had gone either sour ale or IPA with this beer -- it is stuck in the middle which makes it a hard one to choke down. (1,020 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
2.17/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750mL size bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on April 22, 2009.

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange amber with the most massive off-white to light yellow foamy head, in fact it caused my glass to overflow after less than 2 seconds of pouring. Took many minutes to dissipate in-between pours to get enough beer in the glass to actually rate! Is this overcarbonated?

(S)- Pungent floral orange and lime citrus with a rather strong musty Pine Sol cleaner aroma. This is actually burning my nostrils.

(T)- The pine sol cleaner is also present in the taste. Dry and bitter with a very off-putting minerality. Its like like you cleaned the floor with pine sol and licked the rag when you were done. Is this a bad bottle?

(M)- Ridiculous carbonation. Has a very funky and off-putting bitter yet alcoholic cleaner presence.

(D)- What is going on here? This is clearly a bad bottle that is also wayyy overly carbonated at the same time. Will re-review when I get another bottle, which, hopefully is a good one! (1,008 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.21/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Poured a medium amber colour with a lot (3 fingers) of bubbly white head that quickly dissipated.

S - Intense aroma of spices up front. No hops whatsoever. Smells like a strong Belgian Ale with a sour nose in the background. The sourness covers up any hops that might be present.

T - The sour nose is very present in the palate and dominates the taste. No hops at all, aside from a slight bitterness - but it is overpowered by the intense sour taste. I wonder if this is a bad bottle...

M - Light to medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D - Sour. Drain pour. Won't even consider buying this one again. (634 characters)

Photo of DennisD
2.41/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Amber, Large decent head

Smell: spicey, farm

Taste: Sharp, funky, wheaty flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium

Drinkability: Okay. Not sure if I enjoy the wild ales but this beer seemed decent and according to the reviews there is a market for it. (250 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
2.46/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on April 22nd, 2009. Quite disappointed in the dating since this was a new sight for me at the store. Poured into my Maudite tulip.

Appearance - Four full fingers of head that dissipate quickly into the glass. Soapy and very porous head qualities end up creating a clumpy froth in the end. The beer itself is murky pale brown that is quite bland looking. Opaque and appears to be thick and heavy. All in all, I am not too impressed with this beers appearance.

Smell - Uh oh. This smells like a baby's soured diaper. Well that's not any good at all. The slight tart citrus in the background is just completely masked by. . . well. Waste. This smells just absolutely horrible. A tart Belgian yeast smell lingers but is unpleasant.

Taste - Thankfully the taste is better than the smell. A very Belgian-like feel to this beer overall. Very full of yeast and lemongrass. Slightly sour and tart from start to finish. Not nearly as hoppy as expected; especially being derived from Hop Devil. Despite my love for sours, the slight tartness couldn't save this beer for me. It's just very rotten tasting overall. I did enjoy some redeeming qualities; such as the slight spice and brett yeast used.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - An extraordinarily dry beer that leaves the tongue asking for water. As soon as I swallow, my mouth feels as parched a desert; like the liquid just disappeared into nowhere. Light bodied and appears too heavily carbonated at times. I was excited for this beer, thinking it would be different and unique. But it was a huge letdown for me. Not sure why this was even on the shelf. Perhaps they found it in the back? Either way, If I see a newer release I won't hesitate to pick it up and compare notes. But the taste itself does not appear to be skunked or infected. (1,792 characters)

Photo of jmccullough916
2.51/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served from a corked ad caged bomber. I noticed after pouring that bottling date is from 2009! Should be interesting to review a 3 yr old Belgian IPA.

A - Hazy copper gold. A very pretty beer that proves crystal clear beers aren't always the best looking.

S - Lots of Brett. Maybe a little hoppyness in the background.

T - Brett, Brett, and more Brett. What can I say? This beer has been overpowered by the Brett funk. I can't detect any hops or grain, only Brett.

M - Light and somewhat creamy with a small prickle from the carbonation. I was expecting a lot of carbonated bite because it foamed over when I pulled the cork and even more when I poured the first glass. Very enjoyable mouthfeel despite the overpowering Brett.

O - I suppose age has not treated the Hop Devil kindly because the Brett has overpowered the taste. It's really a shame. I wish I could've tried this one fresh. (896 characters)

Photo of dfillius
2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a wine glass. I love Hop Devil and sour beers, let's get it on!
A: Gentle pour yields 2 fingers of just off-white head with great retention. Hazy copper orange-gold liquid. Beautiful
S: Tart cherry, bright citrus hop. Wow! Layer of sweet caramel underneath. Really interesting and inviting. Dusty aspirin, a little cat pee?
T: Very dry and tart. Overwhelming wildness. Very funky. Horrible mediciney aftertaste, like a chewed up tablet of aspirin. No malt or hop is apparent!
M: Poor. Too dry and chalky and mediciney
D: Poor. I am forcing myself to drink another sip hoping it is better. (600 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle recently sent from inlimbo77; thank you! Bottled on 09/21/2011, so over two years old at this point. "Poured" into a DFH signature glass...

To start, it’s vastly over-carbonated as so many others have said. Upon popping the cork, it began gushing out of the bottle. Luckily, I was prepared and and able to start pouring/collecting into a glass right away. On the pour (of actual liquid, mind you) a massive amount of head develops, so much that 99% of the glass is nothing but foam. I had to let the foam settle into liquid before drinking.

Once it had settled to a manageable amount, the liquid was a translucent golden orange color with some copper hues. The head is an eggshell white that is very foamy/sudsy, and does hang around for quite a while.

The aroma is of tart citrus, primarily lemon, tart apple, sour pear, some faint peach, and just tart fruits in general. Behind that is quite a bit of straw/hay, various other light grains, some grass, and barely an inkling of hops. Plenty of yeast to be had as well; it smells more like a saison than any IPA, though it is not offputting.

It tastes of tart fruits, primarily pear and lemon, some grains, straw, hay, a funky yeast flavor, pine, and various floral grasses. Hops have almost completely mellowed out and vanished, and this is pretty mild and lackluster in flavor. Not bad, but not amusing either. A bit of a chalky/soapy aftertaste to it.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery after the excess in carbonation had finally been dispelled. It seems so much of it was in a rush to escape that no carbonation bothered to stay dissolved. It finishes clean with a slightly dry aftertaste, and iis very appealing in that respect.

Overall, this isn't much of an IPA anymore, which I've tried to reflect in the score. I will say, though, that it does make for a pretty decent brett-inoculated saison, having plenty of tart fruit esters and light grains. I find it curious to see how, over the course of a couple of years, this one has changed so much to seemingly warrant a reclassification. That said, don't shy away from trying this one in your travels as there's plenty of enjoyment to be found in it, but don't expect it to be an IPA of any kind. (2,243 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Massive head over clear copper liquid. Nose is cherries and sour funk. Wow this is bitter. On the dryish side with a chalky earth and intense bitterness. Acidity is much lower than expected. Otherwise, getting the barest hint of some grapefruit. I'm a little underwhelmed by this one - the unbalanced bitterness obliterates any subtleties. I'm not loving this. (360 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a hazy golden amber color with a huge off white head. Head was crazy big. Head has good retention and leaves some layered lacing.

S- Smells pretty yeasty overall. A bit of spicey hops and a bit of funk.

T- Taste is pretty boring. Not very hoppy at all. This one just seemed like a hot mess of yeast and a very tiny bit of funk.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- Found this one rather hard to drink. This one just seems off. (446 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
2.79/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip. No dating info. Was a hazy orange amber color with carb fount in center from the etching. It had a massive 4 finger fluffy off-white head that very slowly settled into a foam cap. Some lacing.

The aroma was more on the wild ale side with a big dose of funky brett. The IPA side was there as well but secondary. My favorite style is wild ale closely followed by anything hoppy so really expected to love this one. But, for me, they just didn't blend well. The IPA aroma muted the brett and the IPA aroma seemed off. The taste followed the aroma and was a mess. The IPA side was much stronger in the taste but the brett gave it a weird taste. Hard to drink it. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carb and a horrible after-taste.

Overall, this one is a mess. Some things shouldn't be combined and I'd put wild ale and IPA in that category after tasting this one. Maybe I got a bad bottle otherwise it just didn't come thru. Can't recommend. Rotation - avail in TX but one and done especially at $11. (1,056 characters)

Photo of drewba
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a very effervescent golden orange. The head is colossal, two inches of head over the beer. The lacing is sticky and full.

S - Tart lemon, grassy funk, piney hops.

T - The lemon tartness maintains for the whole taste, the grassy and brett funk hangs around in the middle and the finish is a dull hop flavor; some grass and pine

M - thin body and massive overcarbonation is rough, not good.

D - I do not want to continue drinking this. It's worth noting that I had this fresh and the gross amount of hops + the funk made this a drainpour. At a few months old, it isn't quite a drainpour as the hops faded a lot. (627 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a small glass at the Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis during an IPA tasting. I have to repeat the sentiments of Emma from Abe's Cold Beer, "I respect what they're trying to do, but..." The poor beer just doesn't work. It doesn't really have enough hops to resemble an IPA, and there isn't enough wild fun to be a respectible sour ale. Instead it's stuck with an odd clove and plastic taste that's none too pleasant. Pass. (419 characters)

Photo of cameraman
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep amber color with an inch high head, which is cream in color. The head laces slowly down the sides of the glass and settling to an eighth of an inch high. A strong malty and bread fragrance comes out at first, with touches of yeasty spiciness and some sour scent as well at the end. The typical Belgian spiciness comes in at the front of each taste. A sour flavor begins each taste, then a spoiled citrus flavor, followed by grapefruit bitterness, then it finishing with strong pine and grassy flavors that linger for some time. A heavy to medium bodied feel, with the foamy feel of carbonation on the back of the palate. This beer seems to have potential, but I am having trouble trying to find that something, it seems like it is lost. Hop Devil is a great beer, but there is something not so wild about this beer. (829 characters)

Photo of albern
2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm parting company with the reviewers who raved over this beer. This tasted like a Wild Ale and the Brett yeast was just overpowering. The sourish vinegar taste from the yeast was just too much to bear. The beer looked good with a nice amber color and a thick creamy and frothy head that laced and retained well.

The nose has a bit of the yeasty funkiness to come, but it is not until the beer is tasted that the true character emerges. This is really not an IPA, Belgian or otherwise, and there are no candied sugar fermentables to offset that really hard to take yeastiness. There was slight booziness to the beer and the mouthfeel was a bit taut and harsh. I didn't finish the one I had at the party and do not foresee revisiting this one either. (752 characters)

Photo of sweetbrew82
2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
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. (1,849 characters)

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.