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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

893 Ratings
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Ratings: 893
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 36
Gots: 70 | 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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NickTsU

Texas

1.35/5  rDev -64.8%

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.

11-14-2010 03:33:45 | More by NickTsU
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

1.43/5  rDev -62.7%

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.

03-24-2011 22:31:29 | More by oglmcdgl
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begforme4484

Connecticut

1.5/5  rDev -60.8%

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.

08-20-2010 13:38:36 | More by begforme4484
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jonziefle

North Carolina

1.85/5  rDev -51.7%

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.

07-01-2010 04:51:45 | More by jonziefle
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JWU

Pennsylvania

1.93/5  rDev -49.6%

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.

11-14-2010 01:40:11 | More by JWU
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Overlord

California

1.93/5  rDev -49.6%

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.

06-18-2009 09:39:59 | More by Overlord
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erok

New York

1.95/5  rDev -49.1%

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.

09-11-2009 14:27:24 | More by erok
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -47.8%

07-28-2013 23:43:12 | More by mwbrady12
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

2/5  rDev -47.8%

12-31-2011 23:33:38 | More by nathanjohnson
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jophish17

Georgia

2/5  rDev -47.8%

12-24-2011 00:30:58 | More by jophish17
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volta

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -47.8%

11-14-2011 19:29:47 | More by volta
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Theniz

Indiana

2/5  rDev -47.8%

08-02-2014 07:11:35 | More by Theniz
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argock

Virginia

2.08/5  rDev -45.7%

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.

06-12-2009 04:20:17 | More by argock
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -43.9%

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!

10-20-2009 23:29:39 | More by sweemzander
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.17/5  rDev -43.3%

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.

06-22-2010 00:50:26 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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slengteng

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

08-08-2014 06:18:24 | More by slengteng
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DennisD

California

2.35/5  rDev -38.6%

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.

03-04-2010 20:52:25 | More by DennisD
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dfillius

Michigan

2.45/5  rDev -36%

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.

10-17-2009 22:54:12 | More by dfillius
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

09-12-2012 14:27:30 | More by wattoclone
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jmccullough916


2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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.

11-12-2012 00:54:36 | More by jmccullough916
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

08-27-2012 02:11:11 | More by ejimhof
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timmy2b

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

08-01-2014 11:08:27 | More by timmy2b
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Rayoga

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

07-27-2014 23:26:25 | More by Rayoga
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Ricklikesmibeer

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

07-11-2014 10:09:16 | More by Ricklikesmibeer
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Sinewave

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

01-01-2012 23:50:33 | More by Sinewave
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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.