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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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86
very good

1,042 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,042
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 44
Gots: 91 | 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:
American IPA w/ Brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: Kadonny on 05-08-2008)
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Photo of NickTsU
1.35/5  rDev -64.8%
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.

NickTsU, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
1.43/5  rDev -62.7%
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.

oglmcdgl, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of begforme4484
1.5/5  rDev -60.8%
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.

begforme4484, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of jonziefle
1.85/5  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.

jonziefle, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of JWU
1.93/5  rDev -49.6%
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.

JWU, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Overlord
1.93/5  rDev -49.6%
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.

Overlord, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of erok
1.95/5  rDev -49.1%
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.

erok, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of mwbrady12
2/5  rDev -47.8%

mwbrady12, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of nathanjohnson
2/5  rDev -47.8%

nathanjohnson, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of -A-
2/5  rDev -47.8%

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.

-A-, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of chadwicktorres
2/5  rDev -47.8%

chadwicktorres, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -47.8%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of volta
2/5  rDev -47.8%

volta, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Theniz
2/5  rDev -47.8%

Theniz, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of argock
2.08/5  rDev -45.7%
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.

argock, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
2.15/5  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!

sweemzander, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.17/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of SenatorSpaceman
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

SenatorSpaceman, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of slengteng
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

slengteng, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of DennisD
2.35/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

DennisD, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of dfillius
2.45/5  rDev -36%
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.

dfillius, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of wattoclone
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of jmccullough916
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

jmccullough916, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

ejimhof, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of timmy2b
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

timmy2b, Aug 01, 2014
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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,042 ratings.