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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

683 Ratings
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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 31
Gots: 33 | 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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aubuc1

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy orange with a steady flow of carbonation in to a huge off white head.

Smell is a peach and pineapple, creamy, yeasty delight.

Taste is a spicy, carbonated, smooth and hoppy.

Very creamy mouthfeel and the smooth taste is a delight to drink. Although different from other belgian ipas I have had, but very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 01:20:40 | More by aubuc1
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"I see the devil's hook, and yet cannot help nibbling at his bait."

--Moses Adams

Glowing topaz with tangerine trim. Talk about a gorgeous hue! The pillowy crown is equal parts ecru, pale gold and pale orange, but isn't very creamy, rocky or sticky. It does last for a bit, which helps. In the end, the beer's color overrides any considerations of head and lace.

The nose features toasted malts (moderate), citric hops (mild) and Brettanomyces yeast (moderate). All in all, not the ideal combination of scents for lovers of either IPAs or wild ales. As the former, it's a 3.5. As the latter, it's a 4.0. Yeah, that's right. Any beer with this much Brett character is an American wild ale. End of story.

The problem with an American IPA-wild ale hybrid is that hops fade over time and Brett needs time to get revved up. Therefore, that perfect sweet spot is somewhat elusive. Or doesn't exist at all. If you want hops, drink the beer fresh. If you want funk, drink it aged. Let's see what four months in the bottle has accomplished.

WildDevil is better beer than it smelled like it would be. The only reason it isn't better beer is because the yeasty funk blasts the hell out of the hop flavor. Not the bitterness, that's still going strong (like I would expect for a reasonably fresh bottle of HopDevil).

From most prominent to least, the flavor profile consists of horse blanket and sweat sock funk, well-toasted barley and nuts, tea leaves, and white grapefruit peel. This is sneakily complex beer and is growing on me with each and every mouthful. If the cork had been extracted two months ago, the flavor score might have been one notch higher.

The mouthfeel is probably the beer's best feature. The carbonation is too sharp-edged to start, but it's close to perfect by the bottom of the first glass. Given the crushed velvet plushness and mouthfilling creaminess, Belgian ale comparisons aren't out of line.

Although these two styles aren't the smoothest and most natural fit in the world of craft beer, Victory has themselves a winner with WildDevil Ale. If you're cellaring a bottle waiting for the funk to show up, it's already here. My advice: pop the cork now, while the hops still have some punch.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 21:41:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Pencible

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy copper with tons of unending tan head. It smelled like persimmon, clove, wild yeast, rusty copper, white grapes, and resin, with some honey malt. It tasted like funky orange and persimmon and resin hops with wild yeast and white grapes and clove and honey. It was oily with smooth carbonation, and had a lasting tangy aftertaste. Overall this was a very well constructed beer. It really tested my patience on the pour (most head ever!), but it was worth the wait. It had great bitterness and sourness balance, along with excellent body. It hid the alcohol well too, so it was actually pretty easy to drink. But the flavor is interesting enough to sip. This could probably improve with age too. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 22:38:36 | More by Pencible
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving type - 22oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown with a Nice thick, foamy 2 inch head.

Smell - Funky brett along with some orange, pineapple, lemon, some sweet yeasts, cherries, plums. Mild grainy note at the finish.

Taste - First sip starts with a nice sour/funky brett stink, with the classic hopdevil flavor as backbone. Belgian yeasts provide a grainy and bittersweet flavor that works well with the added brett and hops. Floral fruits add some citric flavor. Malts come out at the finish to balance this out.

Mouthfeel - The brett is first noticed on tongue. Then classic hopdevil flavor along with some Belgian yeasts. Palate gets floral fruits, brett and yeasts. Aftertaste is somewhere between sour, bitter and a little sweet.

Overall - A nicely done take on the classic hopdevil. The brett nor the yeasts overpowered this in anyway. I was really able to enjoy everything about this beer and not suffer a wrecked palate from the brett. This would be a good beer to age.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 05:22:15 | More by wvsabbath
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle. No indication of bottling or best by date.

Hazy orange marmalade colored body. Even with a relatively soft pour a rather impressive head is produced. Four fingers worth of pear color meringue bubbles. Retention is very decent though the lacing could be better. Lacing left is scattered about the glass, I will say what is there is plenty sticky.

At first sniff I would not call this a Belgian style IPA. The barnyard mustiness was quite strong. I am leaning toward this being an older bottle as the brettanomyces have certainly had time to get to work. The funk is secure in leading the nose while a sweet malt aroma plays second fiddle. Sweet smells of caramel and bready malt. the Belgian influence leads me to the thought of candied sugar, though I am fairly certain this was not used. Belgian or not you cannot have an IPA with out hops. The citric hop aroma blends well but seems to be overmatched at this point. Personally the aroma works for me but seems to be off slightly for the style. With the Brett presence so strong I believe the hops have merely faded some with age.

Sweet bready malt up front leans strongly towards a Belgian Strong Pale Ale flavor. The tongue confirms what the nose was telling me, the brett has been at work. Musty leather and loaded with phenols. A large segment of the flavor is dominated by this rustic earthiness. The bitterness hits mid palate with much less citrus punch than anticipated. Hop profile seems more of a grassy bitterness at this time. Hops are no longer bright, once again the meld into the bigger flavors and compliment well.

Medium bodied with a tremendously creamy smooth texture. I thoroughly enjoy bottle conditioned IPA's, even if this one does not scream IPA. The fine prickly carbonation is very reminiscent of your legitimate Belgian ales. Mouthfeel is the high point of this brew.

Balance reigns supreme with this bottle of Wild Devil. Sweet and Spicy with a complimentary hops presence make for a rather enjoyable brew. Though not a high abv, the alcohol remains masked. If served on draft or in a 12 oz format I would certainly be open to a second serving. With the 750ml bottle one is satisfying. Would seek out again, especially a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 23:01:52 | More by kzoobrew
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htomsirveaux

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 18 Jul 2009. Bottling date code 4/22/09.

Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. In retrospect not sure why I selected this glass... Large tight light tan head. Moderate carbonation. Slightly cloudy amber-copper color. Aroma is pleasant, floral and soapy (in a good way). Begins with some caramel notes, transitioning to lots of floral hoppiness and a juicy pear finish. Fruity tart but not sour. Aftertaste is a lingering lightly bitter hoppiness. Fairly light body.

Tasty beer but did not get the brett/barnyard others were reporting.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 04:33:11 | More by htomsirveaux
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter; brewed on 3/5/09

Cork was a little difficult to remove, but once it popped, a deep, cloudy mahogany body sat underneath an ecru cap. Pretty active carbonation. Head was a riser and settled to a thin layer of foam. Little lacing.

Aroma is a bit muddled. Not too impressed. Grassy, earthy hops with a bit of band aid, herbal, medicinal funk going on. There are some cherries that impart a fruity layer as well.

Flavor is very similar to HopDevil. Floral, grassy hops with a spicy yeast bite. Medicinal, herbal bite, quite astringent. Really hits you on top of the expected flavors. A welcomed additional layer.

Medium bodied and crisp. It reaches out, grabs your hop receptors and recedes in a slow and welcomed fashion.

Honestly, I think the Brett cuts through the hops a bit and makes this even more palatable than its not so distant cousin. I like to see breweries doing stuff like this, especially with one of my favorite IPA's of all time. A well thrown change up.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 02:29:03 | More by ColForbinBC
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in June of 2009, it's poured into my Duvel tulip. A slightly aggressive pour yields a beer that is a lovely shade of orange, with an absolutely massive rocky, off white crown. The head sticks around for a while and leaves plenty of lacing as it slowly fades. The nose is absolutely fantastic, a great blend of barnyard funk and earthy, piney hops, with a hint of bready malts lingering in the background. The taste doesn't quite live up, as the brett has overrun the hops. There's a quick blast of hop bitterness up front, and it's all brett from there. I wish a little more hop flavor from the nose had made it's way to the taste, because at this point it basically tastes like a wild ale. Wild Devil has a bit too much prickly carbonation, it could stand to be a little subdued. Carbonation brett/hops balance issues aside, this beer is pretty drinkable, as there is no hint of alcohol whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 02:22:07 | More by axeman9182
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ski271

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Attractive corked 750ml bottle. Back label on upside-down? Sure, whatever. Pours a medium chestnut brown with a bit of an amber tinge. Head is medium-large, frothy, light tan and slowly-diminishing. Good lacing. Smells spicy, fruity hops, similar to the HopDevil, but with the light, medicinal, band-aid-like funk I was expecting from the Brets. Taste follows suit, with the hops big and citrusy up front. Then the malts come in accompanied by the Belgian funk. Musty, and oddly wonderful. Finishes with a lingering Bret funk underneath a lasting grapefruit bitterness. Its texture is like a dry, sharp cheese. Medium body. Moderate carbonation.
The Brets are a bizzare add to one of my favorite beers. Like I said before, it's odd... but oddly good. If you haven't experienced the funk of Bretanomyces, this is a decent introduction because the influence of the wild Belgian yeast is fairly mild compared to something like some Flanders ales. An enjoyable experiment.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 01:40:19 | More by ski271
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Trappissed

California

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy golden color with a healthy head and good amount of lacing. I actually thought that this smelled a bit like pickles upon first whiff. Some fruity elements as well. Tasted more mild than anticipated. A good malty taste with some hop bitterness on the end. Some bubblegum that I have grown accustomed to in the Belgian styles.

Of course some brett funkiness throughout. I even taste some of that pickle that I got in the aroma. Its got to be the brett funk mixing things up. Just the right amount. Its definitely an interesting beer to say the least. Best beer I've had in this style so far, although I've tried just a few.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 08:49:36 | More by Trappissed
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a clouded amber caramel hue with a large cream tinted beige head forms thick and fluffy. Excellent belgian style lacing spread beautifully across my Piraat chalice. Slightly opaque clouded body compared to the standard Victory HopDevil.

Aromatics take off the gloves with funk filled nose with mild band aid and barnyard funkiness. Fruity highlights come correct as well with tart apple and mild apricot preserves. With complementing strong citrus and caramel malts, a great combination, I'm typically not big on the American IPA Belgian combos but this does the trick in the sense that HopDevil isn't like the typical American IPA to begin with. My problem lies when the grapefruit hop bombs are blended with those spicy Belgian yeast blasts, this doesn't rub me the wrong way so far.

Flavors are impressive with the range of flavors but it does get stuck on the Brett trip. Strong spicy bitter leather blended with underlying caramel malt sweetness and citrus/pine hop accents. Throughout the whole experience there's wild cider fermentation notes that come around with an earthy robust musty tone, with more barnyard funk stepping through. And underlying hop burps come bursting through with the more you sip.

This is a must as far as texture goes creamy textured carbonation with fine backing bubbles borders on a mousse at times with champagne like edges. Medium bodied with slight oily hop resins being pronounced due to Victory's whole flower hopping methods. Quite a unique experience that finishes with a lacquering of fresh leather and earthy powdered chalk from the yeast tones.

Drinkability is impressive with the complexity using a wild yeast strain in their flagship IPA, you gotta love the fact that this beer is so damn sessionable. It is it's own unique creation that I applaud Bill and Ron for pulling out for their Philly Beer Week, since the April bottling I'm sure the complexity has grown and with time it will continue to. I just wasn't willing to age any Hop Devil based brew, I like hops fresh!

I got this bottle from Fathead's for 9.95 and they weren't sure how much it really was.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 02:53:48 | More by WVbeergeek
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass) bottled April 22 2009
A- This beer has a crazy foam that keeps growing and growing over the rim of the glass. It is a yellowish tan head on top a hazy deep caramel body with some big bubbles stuck at the base of the glass.
S- The big brett aroma and a spicy green hop aroma and some caramel malt nose to it.
T- The brett and cheese rind flavor is follow by a big bitter hop finish with a slight pungent flavor that lingers a moment. The caramel malt flavor is buried underneath and has a nice sweetness to it. As the beer opens up there is a buttery note to the caramel malt flavor.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a full carbonation and no alcohol heat noticed. There is a fizzy finish that boost the hop bite a bit.
D- The last half of the bottle was better than the first. It seems the carbonation died down a lot and the caramel malt really came in to blend with the hops and brett very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 20:43:17 | More by rhoadsrage
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dancinwillie

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this hiding on the bottom shelf at Jenny St., and had to pick it up. Also, curiosity forced me to find out what I rated HopDevil: 3.3, B-. Let's see how the "wild" version goes.

I popped the cork, then wrote the above. In that short time, foam has poked it's head out of the bottle, about a half inch a leaning, tan foam. WOW, first pour started well enough, until foam just filled my glass. I'd say about 1mm of beer, and 5 inches of head. Slowly dropping, so pouring again. Better this time. Amber colored liquid, with a very active tan head, highlights are golden.

Pineapple leaps up my nose, and pulls a smile up. Some light citrus, clean. A wee bit of barnyard funk underneath too.

Hops definitely have a fruit facet, the lemon and tropical fruits aboud, but a spicy earty flavor too. Malt flavor is of lightly toasted bread, and while it's tasty, I wouldn't mind a bit more here. Not bad though, as I suppose the other ingredients are the brewers focus. Brett is the other key player here, and it has added a crispness to the body, and a dryness to the finish. The mouthfeel is also a little slick.

I quite liked this beer, and I will look for it the next time I'm at the Jennifer St. Market. I would love to see a barrel aged version sometime in the future also. I would buy that as well! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 02:42:45 | More by dancinwillie
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BeanBone

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A relatively clear, copper-red body capped by a fluffy masses of off-white head that recede slowly and leave good lacing. As you reach the bottom of the bottle, plenty of yeast starts to come into play and the body fades to opaque.

Aroma: Lots of almost acidic funk from the Brett dominates at first, but underneath there's muted sweet malt component that plays well with the sour. My mouth is literally watering.

Flavor: Once again, the Brett characteristics dominate, which is fine by me. Not too much going on underneath all the funky fireworks, except a faintly sweet malt backbone and some mild, leafy hops. I don't recognize this as HopDevil at all. The bitterness builds as you progress through the bottle, and towards the end the pieces of the hop puzzle start to come together better. In the aftertaste, there's plenty of Brett character accompanied by the building bitterness and some grainy malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lots of fine carbonation. Dries out in the finish.

Drinkability: If you're not put off by the funk, this is an easy drinking beer.

Verdict: I love HopDevil, and the idea of spiking it with some Brett was insanely appetizing. While I didn't get what I was expecting, the result is still a tasty, drinkable brew. Kind of a curveball really, WildDevil is an interesting, and worthwhile experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 16:12:54 | More by BeanBone
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Kromes

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a thick white head. The smell of this beer is great. A nice Brett, sweaty, horse blanket aroma up front along with the fruity hop aromas in the background. Very nice flavor. Smooth and a good balance between the Brett flavors, the mellow hop and sweet malt. The after taste is slightly bitter and very funky from the Brett. The mouthfeel is about right, smooth and well carbonated. I could drink this all night, very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 14:43:12 | More by Kromes
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Casey10

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this style and I thought that this beer had a good taste as well.

A - Dark copper hue with a very big head at pour seems to go down quickly though.

S - Funk, very earthy sharp smell.

T - Definate Belgian stylings with eathy taste, banana, cloves, very funky.

M - good strong feel here

D - If you like this sytle for the price can't go wrong. Not fantastic but not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 04:12:36 | More by Casey10
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OttoBomb

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked & caged bottle into a 14 oz. Coka-Cola tulip glass, (April 11, 2010). A bottled on date of June 10, 2009 is stamped on the front label.

So I'm having an IPA that's almost a year old. Typically this would be a problem, but this is Belgian IPA which a non-standard version of the style. On one hand the older the beer gets the more interesting/funky the effects of the Brettanomyces become and on the other the more it ages the more the hopps fade. Kind of an interesting catch 22. It would be interesting to age one of these a few years and compare it to a super fresh version sometime. On to the review:

Eyes: Pours a slightly hazy slightly burnt orange. The creamy, fluffy, brown-eggshell colored head requires several measured pours to avoid overflowing the glass. A beautiful looking beer.

Nose: The old sock smell of the Brett dominates, with the slightly piney/citrus hopp aftermath.

Tongue: Much less of that old funky profile than the nose, but the Brett is still strong here. Earthy, musty, funky, with just enough hopps to wipe it all away with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouth: Smooth, creamy and almost perfect lively body.

Libation: An experimental style that blends two drastically contrasting aspects very well. The flavors are complex, lively and very interesting. I'm looking forward to trying this beer at differing ages.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 06:00:08 | More by OttoBomb
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a slightly hazy yeasty look with a one finger head. The smell is of big earth notes, earthy hops, earthy malts, it smells like a dank rainy day. The taste is of a earthy sweet backbone of malt, with earthy hops present. The hops are not as bitter as with an american ipa. Well balanced with the malt. The mouthfeel was moderate carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, like most victories it is big and rough, but that is why you drink victory.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2009 01:35:46 | More by goblue3509
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Tom!!

Poured into my dogfish snifter. Pours a darker orange/ amber with a thin off white head that recedes quickly. Smells of bready yeasts, very belgian at first, then a slight minty hop aroma.
Initial taste reminds me of a belgian IPA that is not too hoppy. I dont get any bitterness off the bat, instead a slight malty backbone. After I swallow, I get some traces of hops on the sides of the tongue. I get a bit of the funk in the aroma as it warms, but not too much and the same can be said of the taste. The brett mellows the hops, but does not overtake the whole flavor. Body is medium, with a fairly good crispness. Very drinkable- I finished the 750 in good time. WOuld like to see more of this beer, perhaps with some age to see what would happen.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 17:53:20 | More by DrDogbeer
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tbrown4

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml -> Dogfish Head Chalice. Split with my buddy Greg on brewing/bottling day. We're harvesting the yeast from this for our first sour. Bottling amber ale (Fat Tire clone). Brewing an experimental batch and a bourbon porter. Haven't had this brew in about two years. I remember enjoying it quite a bit at first taste, first full review is below.

A - Murky, apple cider appearance. Light brown. Big fluffy head and lacing.

S - Slight hop notes, sour citrus

T - Hops not nearly as present as I'd expect. Nice breadyness (almost like sour dough) with a sharp quick tartness.

M - Feels about medium bodied and very clean.

D - Very easy to drink as it's not incredibly high ABV and suprisingly not heavy on the palate. I'd drink this again without question. Seems to be a difficuly one to find around here.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 19:13:44 | More by tbrown4
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Not sure where it came from, I've had this a couple times before.

Pours a hazy dark reddish orange, some nice bright highlights, huge and thick off white head forms, very chunky, settles down to a pretty thick layer and ring, tons of lace chunks stick to the glass, looks good.

Smell is neat, lots of brett, horse blanket, nicely funky, lots of spice, floral, very perfumey, lightly malty, a bit of biscuit and caramel sweetness, but mostly citrus and floral hopping with a real pleasant brett funkiness.

Taste is similar, very malty at first, caramel, brown sugar, some toast/biscuit, bread, floral, some grapefruit and orange peel, perfumey, really nice, lightly spicy, a bit of alcohol, nicely spicy in the finish, very dry and funky.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, maybe a bit high but well integrated. This is a cool experiment that works, I dig Hop Devil and I dig Wild Devil. Its good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 23:29:48 | More by Viggo
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap again at The Memphis Taproom I guess this is a fresh batch and checking my earlier review things have changed for the better.

In the tulip Wildhopdevil looks bright amber with some red spots poking out if ya look carefully. A nice punch of carb gives rising bubbles a new name. A bright sturdy foam of white clouds up above leaving some stick. Straggly lines about. Smell is all brett, it reeks of belgian yeast and it opens my eyes. A good amount to, not to off putting. Recently after having Bullfrog's Undead Ed which was swimming in Brett, wild devil is more balanced. Baked bread and some traces of the base beer with some mild tropics. Taste is pretty damn good. I'll admit Im not a fan of regular hop devil weather it be from the source, a bottle, on tap, on cask, in a firkin, I just don't dig it. The wild in this brings new life to the former. It's not sour, it's not really funky either, it's just bretty and this is extremely fresh stuff. I get brett followed by bisquits followed by small hop devil tropics (east coast style), pale malt, finished off with dry brett. Feel is medium bodied and smooth, once again this is not sour. The carb is amped up and a slight stingy sensation follows it. I had two glasses of this, something I don't normally do at beer bars, I really enjoyed this elixer.

On tap. (about a year ago)

Wilddevil has a copper/amber look to it with a sturdy white head that leaves some stick. The smell is the best part with a belgian musk layered on top of hopdevil. The hops are not great in taste and neither is the wildness, perhaps this will change in time but i'm not holding my breath. A step below medium bodied with good carb. I wil try this in a bottle down the line but right now the only thing wild in this is the smell. (4,4.5,3,3,3)

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2010 18:42:13 | More by BARFLYB
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a little skeptical of this one. Basically Hop Devil (an outstanding brew) brewed with Brettanomyces yeast. Can it work?

The appearance certainly works. A dark copper colored beer with an outstandingly chunky head. The foam settled down after a few minutes, but left plenty of lacing as a remembrance. This nose seems to merge the hops and Brett yeast well. Floral hops mixed with Belgian funk makes an oddly appetizing aroma.

Medium bodied as it raced across the palate. Fruitiness and that great funk from the Brett yeast entertains the taste buds. The center leaves a hint of sourness before it exits with floral hops reminiscent of the hop profile from Hop Devil. The beer leaves the palate with bitterness and sourness, but definitely not in an offensive way.

This beer is very drinkable and, all said, not half bad. Considering the contrast of the two (brett yeast and floral, citrus hops) this beer is well made and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 22:16:43 | More by BeardedBoffin
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a slightly tan/off-white thinner head that didn't hang around too long. Vibrant coppery brown with orange highlights.

S - Lightly funky from the brett with damp hay and nearly blue cheese aroma. Hop bitterness is definitely there and is a bit more piney.

T - Bit of a bite at first, little tart and quickly followed by a piney hop bitterness. The malt is fairly firm (like in the regular version of Hopdevil), and holds all together well. I really am liking the play between funky and hoppy in this brew.

M - Almost medium MF, with snappy crisp carbonation that livens things up.

D - Good drinkability, but this is not a quick down the hatch type of brew for me. Lots of interesting characteristics that make this fun to drink.

Overall, this is a really solid brew and a nice twist. I'm really digging this fresh, but will have to pick up another bottle to see just how funky it might get a bit on down the road. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 00:26:51 | More by Nickls
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chumba526

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a slightly cloudy orange color with a huge white head.

It smells slightly leather like, a bit sour, a bit citrusy and a bit nutty.

It initially tastes wonderfully funky: there is a nice strong barnyard/ leather taste going on. I get some slight citrus flavors going on. There is a nice hoppy bitter bite in the finish. The after taste is a collision of the funky yeast, the citrus flavor and the hops.
The carbonation is moderate: I guess it is kind of high but the carbonation seems kind of creamy.

This is surprisingly drinkable it goes down really smooth, yet it has a substantial strong flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 01:35:00 | More by chumba526
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.