Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company
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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
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
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
2.35/5 rDev -38.6%
Appearance: Amber, Large decent head
Smell: spicey, farm
Taste: Sharp, funky, wheaty flavor
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
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
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
2.58/5 rDev -32.6%
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.
03-24-2011 19:51:04 | More by Jesse13713
2.63/5 rDev -31.3%
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.
05-15-2009 12:47:09 | More by allergictomacros
2.65/5 rDev -30.8%
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.
12-12-2011 01:46:37 | More by eclipse54
2.75/5 rDev -28.2%
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.
12-24-2009 01:54:18 | More by TexIndy
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
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