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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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cudmud

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: This beer pours with a deep copper color and with a huge rocky head. The head goes onto produce some major, sticky lace. This sample was a gusher and its taking a long time for the head to dissipate to a drinkable lever.

Smell: I first noted some carmel and toffee notes, which were followed by some very floral hop elements. There is also an apple and bubble gum smell to this beer.

Taste: This beer has a sweet earthy taste to it, which is followed by complex levels of hops. In all, this is a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Full body and smooth.

Drinkability: This is a well balanced and potable beer.

02-02-2011 02:29:09 | More by cudmud
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nickhiller

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

A: cloudy and peach-colored, big frothy yellow head is a brief affair.

S: yeast funk, green apples, sour cherries, apple cider vinegar, all the familiar signs of Brett.

T: yup, Brett and lots of it with funk, almost like an aged cheese, grapefruit, sweet grain and a bitter hop finish.

M: medium bodied, average carbonation, dry bitter finish.

D: Ok, it's kind of like a weak sour, not sour enough to be interesting, not hoppy enough either. It seems a little bit like it can't decide what it wants to be.

02-01-2011 02:37:24 | More by nickhiller
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

750 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a tulip.

A: It pours a slightly clouded red-orange color with a huge head that, despite a controlled pour, measures three fingers of egg shell white foam that turns quite rocky but laces well.

S: Barnyard mustiness, floral hops, lemon zest, and cereal malt.

T: Heavily floral with some horseblanket, citrus notes, pepper, and cereal malt.

M: It has a medium body that is heavily carbonated but not in a prickly way, and it finishes smooth with some peppery flavors lingering.

D: This is very unique and definitely one to seek.

01-21-2011 16:05:38 | More by bucklemyshoe
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nickthetick

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +24%

A: pours a hazy brick red into a Duvel tulip. A slightly off white head that leaves a pretty good amount of lacing.

S: tart and sour with a lot of hops to be down and dirty. There are some funky things going on here.

T: um wow. This is my first brett beer and its a little more funky than I expected. A lot of hop character that comes out as a tart/sour orange and grapefruit. The nice sour mask the malt but not completely, there's still a sourdough quality to it.

MF: medium to heavy body and a chewy quality. The sourness is astringent across the tongue. Fairly creamy and extremely rich.

D: wow this is a crazy good beer at an awesome price at a close by brewery.

01-14-2011 03:43:57 | More by nickthetick
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dogfishandi

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11%

750ml. bottle split with 2 other friends. poured into a standard pint.

this bottle was quite a gusher when the cork was popped which resulted in a huge, billowy, rocky, 4 fingers of white head. lots of bubbles rushing to the top and a bit of sediment within the orange golden body. tons of furry sticky lace and great head retention.

funky, barnhouse at the forefront. light mustiness, acidic, lemon citrus, and a bit of plastic.

sharp, funky, barnhouse, acidic mustiness at the forefront. lemon citrus with just a touch of pine from the hops i presume. just a bit of a bready malt. moderately hoppy bitter finish.

medium bodied with some average feeling carbonation. acidity and a bit of bitterness linger on the palate.

drinks pretty good, but one pour would be enough for the night.

overall: the brett was definatly at the forefront which seemed to mute out the hops a bit. the only other brett IPA ive had was ithaca-superfriends and was much more hoppy and delicious. i still very much enjoyed this beer and i would drink it again, but if you like this style, you need to try the super friends!

01-09-2011 20:53:07 | More by dogfishandi
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

Knew good things would come from this beer, now it's time to see if I actually know what I knew...?

Appearance:
Right off the bat I can see a dark amber IPA that is richer than a typical IPA. There is enough carbonation throughout the duration of the drink, but the head is very soon a memory of the past.

Smell:
Citrus hops with a fruitiness from the yeast and sweetness from the malt. The hops come through the most, which is expected for an IPA, but then there is this unfamiliar yeast note that is not characteristic. This realization makes me excited because I am interested to see how these flavors work together in the flavor profile.

Taste:
I am getting a spicy and interwoven deliciousness composed of pine/citrus bitterness from the hops and funkiness from the yeast. This beer also has a nice backbone from the malt, which is an added benefit to all the complexity between the yeast and hops. Citrus predominates in the aftertaste, I am impressed by how this beer brings together all the aspects of the yeast, malt and hops.

Mouthfeel:
Balanced flavors, a richer IPA than expected, but still a medium body. I like the beer's ability to use a robust yeast which compliments strong, oily hops nicely. There is no gross aftertaste, only a lingering sweet citrus.

Drinkability:
Exceptional beer which strays from the typical IPA profile in a way that is unexpected yet not undesirable. I think that the beer is highly drinkable and I appreciate that it takes an awesome yeast profile and combines it with a substantial hoppy bitterness. These two characteristics in a beer are things which I hold sacred and cherish, but are not typically combined in this fashion. This beer would complement a meal well and I would definitely try on tap.

Cheers.

01-09-2011 03:07:03 | More by ThePorterSorter
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lovindahops

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

First Brew of 2011! Gotta always grab a Victory when you see one you never had!

A- a glimmering hazy orange with a bubbly marshmallow like head on top. Sticky lacing lingers, while the haziness keeps company to some of the yeast like sediment. No doubt, this is how you want this style to look

S- big time orange flavor with some sourness and slight barnyard funk. Some citrus character is present with some piney hops scents too. Lil lemon zest should be mentioned as well

T- spicy and flavorful with some musty notes of flavor. Very tart and sour as expected. Dry on the exit. It's definitely complex and full of flavor

M- carbonatation is wicked on this brew. The clash of flavors really linger and I like that for the brew

D- Wild devil is no question full of flavors that puts on quite a show. This is a treat for a brew. As stated on an earlier review, I think brew can be a gateway for other sours and trials for Belgium styles that are emerging. Victory just gets it done for me. I'm thankful their brews are so widely available in cuse

01-01-2011 19:44:35 | More by lovindahops
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vfgccp

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11%

Bottled: June '09
Drank: Dec '10

A - Orange amber. Huge, loosely carbonated head almost 5 fingers high - delightfully out of control. Great lacing.

S - Sweet orange, lemon peal, bright hops, fresh cut grass, earthy yeast notes.

T - Bright cedar & grapefruit up front. Soft bready malt early in the profile. Honey. Spicy pepper and lemony tarragon. Strong yeast character. Bitter cedary hop finish.

M - Light body with a smooth round finish.

D - Great flavor, but the IBU's require some heavy lifting.

O - A spectacular IPA. If a peppery saison and an American IPA had a baby, I'm pretty sure this is what it would taste like.

12-29-2010 20:01:42 | More by vfgccp
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TheBear11D

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

12oz bottle

Pours a beautiful cloudy yellowish orange with an easily provoked nearly white head with good lacing.

Citrus hops overwhelm the nose with pine hops and roasted malts mixed decently in.

Rather sweet up front with a truck load of citrus hops in the finish. It's almost fruity to start but a very abrupt switch to the bitter hops does not mix the best.

Medium body with carbonation that is suiting.

The brew is decent but the odd mixture of flavors that do not blend hold it back from being more.

12-25-2010 05:16:24 | More by TheBear11D
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

We pop the cage and cork on this brew and pour into our snifters. It appears a deep red orange that is translucent, with high carbonation visible, and a glow. Once the yeast from the bottom of the bottle hits the glass there is instant haze, with yeast particulates sinking to the bottom. It blasts up a four to five finger head of huge foamy tan bubbles that refuses to dissipate. As it finally does, cakey lacing sticks around the entire glass. The aroma delivers all of the funk promised. The brettanomyces comes through strongly, with brightly floral hops, sweet pineapple, smoky character and medicinal phenols, which could both be from the yeast. As we sip, malts and hops fight for the front. The malts are clean, with the hops somewhere between soapy and piney. The yeast crashes in bitterly through the middle. This, paired with the hops, mark the finish. The hops here are now, surprisingly, floral and a touch sweet. The aftertaste is bitter, of yeast and phenols. The body is medium, with prickly carbonation. The mouth is lightly coated, but cooled and, after a while, a bit dried. The abv is standard, and the beer is quite drinkable.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the funky aroma, and the outrageous head and head retention. It nearly took twenty minutes to dissipate before we could even get near the liquid. All the while the brew just glowed beneath it. For whatever reason, when we first picked this up we were afraid that this would be only a minor variation of Hop Devil, which we do enjoy. We found, however, that the change in yeast made for a vastly different selection than its predecessor, for a nice, welcome change.

12-20-2010 04:34:32 | More by TheBrewo
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Lolli1315

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

A- Huge white bubbly heading that sticks to the sides of the glass. Gold orange color that is slightly hazy.

S- Holy Brettanomyces Batman! Smell of brett hits you right away fading into some pretty strong barnyard funk. Spicy yeast characteristics compliment the funk smell. Little else can be made out through the barnyard smell.

T- The brett characteristics come out almost immediately in the taste. The barnyard funky flavors pick up and give a distinct band aid type flavor. A slight bitter hop flavor that was not noticeable in the smell. There is also a slight malt underlying the funk as well, but disappears quickly. The end of the beer fades into the familiar funky/brett flavor with slight bitterness. Old Gregg's got the funk.

M- Medium thin body and with a very dry finish that is enjoyable. Very carbonated as well.

D- If you like a funky beer I suggest giving this one a go. Different type of funk than I'm used to with not much sour. But the interesting combination of hops and funk in this one goes together well.

12-19-2010 02:44:12 | More by Lolli1315
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plfahey

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled April 22nd, 2009, opened December 16th, 2010.

Appearance-Little bit of a gusher, this one poured a slightly hazy orange copper color, with an enormous beige head of dense, moussy foam. pretty good retention with nice lacing.

Aroma-Intense Brett-y aromas abound here. Sour, apple-cidery, light citrus (lemon), barnyard are the main aromas that I pick up. There's some light citrus/pine aromas from the hops, but the wild yeast aromas dominate. Smells great.

Flavor-The IPA character shows through much more in the flavor. Lightly tart and barnyardy up front, but then some of the citrus/pine hops and caramel malt show through in the middle, before being overtaken again by the Brett flavors in the finish. Quite dry in the finish, and a little bit tart.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body is highly enriched by insane carbonation. I'm assuming that this carbonated so high because of the long period of bottle conditioning with brett (which also leads to the dryness and thinner body from high attenuation). Effervescent.

A fantastic concept, this one reminds me of a gueuze, with the base IPA barely showing through in the palate. Personally, I really liked this one, and found it quite refreshing.

12-18-2010 01:55:28 | More by plfahey
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LtCracker20

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

A-Pours an amber/orange with a 2 finger rocky off white head with great retention. Ok lace and champagne like carbonation.

S- Slight piney hops with big brett funk. I love it! Not too much else but the funk. Sour wild-like aroma.

T- Nice sour and tart flavors. Grassy hops are there. The brett shines through in a barnyard flavor. Spicy hops come through as it warms.

MF/D- Light carbonated body(champagne like). I love the funk, but it can hurt the drinkability as I can't see having more than this bottle, especially with the high carbonation.

12-02-2010 22:09:53 | More by LtCracker20
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%

Picked up a 750ml (caged and corked) bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Stone branded snifter - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a mildly hazy copper hue with a solid three-finger fluffy white head leaving a ton of lace in its tracks.

S: Major yeast funk - musty leather and wood, some sweet malt, fermented fruit with only a small amount of earthy hop in the mix - the yeast funk is very dominant, which i'm not bothered by, but I wish the hop was a little more prevalent.

T: Similar to the nose, but fortunately the bitter hop is much more present in the flavor and balances the yeast funk and sweet malts quite nicely. Being that I am a huge fan of IPA's and Wild Ales, Lambic, Geuze, etc. (anything with Brettanomyces, Pediococcus and/or Lactobacillus), this is a dream come true. If you don't like the flavor of funky yeast though, I would pass on this one. Definitely not your typical Belgian IPA, but a damn fine take on it!

M: Light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation, extremely dry and smooth leaving a slight bitterness feel from the hop.

D: Extremely drinkable - I picked up two of these in my trade and they will both be gone by the end of the night, no problem.

12-02-2010 03:22:04 | More by DeanMoriarty
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donManguno

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottled 9/21/09

Unfortunately this beer exploded out of the 750ml. bottle I picked up at Minks earlier today, and my dog isn't capable of sharing her opinion of the first third. She seemed to like it, though.

I still get a big three-finger head from a very slow pour into a Duvel chalice. The color is a beautiful orange, very inviting. The nose is full of brettanomyces and I detect a substantial amount of hoppiness, though its subtlety is overpowered by the bretts.

The taste is very funky with a nice piney hop finish. The carbonation is a bit aggressive, and somewhat distracting, but that also seems to enhance the sourness and the spiciness of the hops. This is probably the most unique of the brett-y beers I've been favoring lately, and I think it was a good idea well executed.

11-29-2010 23:52:41 | More by donManguno
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paulozanello

Brazil

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Had the on-tap version of Wild Devil at the very Downingtown PA brewpub!

Gorgeous pour! Copper and hazy color with a tan and creamy head that lasted forever leaving amazing lacing.

Smell was of delicious brett character: lots of tart funkyness with some citrus and earthy notes from the hops. It wasn't very strong though.

Taste started out with that great sour/tart/funky bretty character and finished with some nice bitter and spicy notes from the hops. Aftertaste was mildly bitter and not very persistent.

Body was medium with moderate to high carbonation. Very refreshing beer with great drinkability. The sweet and sour aspect leaves your mouth watering after each sip.

I think that this is a great gateway beer for people that are just being introduced to sours. The hop bitterness balances well the brettanomyces fermentation products making it very drinkable and easy on the palate.

11-27-2010 04:04:07 | More by paulozanello
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Bottled March 27, 2009. Bottle conditioned, corked and caged.

Poured into the glass with an enormous three-finger head, already exhibiting a familiar Belgian trait. (Maybe it was encouraged by the Gulden Draak tulip it's in now.) Color is a burnt ruddy color, like red and orange autumn leaves, made a shimmering, lively thing by bubbles that zip through it.

Nose is totally Brett-ified, fruity and earthy and sweat-like, although the IPA element gets lost underneath the yeast domination. I like this smell, and I like this yeast strain, so I really can't complain, although I did expect more hops to push through, especially considering the boast about it on the label. Again, no real complaint there, just sayin'.

As with the nose, this is an incredibly Brettanomyces-centered taste. While some tangy fruit gets through, as does pithy rind and an ultra-earthy herbal wang--all of which could very well be the hops--it could also be the magic this yeast strain is working on the base beer (which is, apparently, Victory's Hop Devil -- and which, incidentally, was my first ever hop-heavy beer). The thing that really wins me over is not the funkiness of the yeast nor the truly wild hop flavor, but the fact that some malt is actually allowed to push through. It's got characteristics of tobacco leaf, toffee and burnt sugar, and it's this that makes this beer so damn wonderful. I could name other Brett-infected U.S. brews that are way too one-dimensional, but I won't...rest assured Wild Devil isn't one of them.

Lively, even exuberant carbonation avoids feeling aggressive, but still makes its presence known. Body is medium at best, making this go down easily, despite a flavor that may not be for everyday sort of drinking. But as an occasional walk on the wild side (no pun intended at all), this is a treat.

11-24-2010 22:52:21 | More by Metalmonk
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mactrail

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

Fragrant, funky stew of flavors.

Big foam-up on pouring into a tulip glass, but head really lasts with plenty of carbonation as you sip. Aroma is floral and spicy with a classic brettanomyces nose as you exhale. Amazingly flavorful with some modest malt notes. Quite acidic with some very sharp fruity notes. Hops charge forward with enough bitterness to balance the weird yeast.

I don't think I've had a brett brewed beer that was so mellow and likable. And for an IPA, it's got more going on than the hop overload. Seems like a very sophisticated concoction and reinforces my opinion that Victory is one of the best of the bigger brewers.

11-23-2010 02:59:14 | More by mactrail
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nrbw23

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -27.4%

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.

11-22-2010 09:10:18 | More by nrbw23
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. The beer's color tone incredible, with the lower part of the glass showing a golden color beer, with the color deepening to a russet orange as you reach the top of the glass. The beer is hyper-carbonated, leading to a slow, patient pour and a bit of loss as the beer continues to seep out of the top of the bottle. As the head reduces, it collapses leaving sticky foam all down the sides.

Sweet smelling, with grapes, apricots and pears. Mild malt profile, with little to no obvious hop profile.

Tart at first, with an earthy, leafy quality to it. Some hop bite is present, shadowing a citrus flavor. Faint sweet malt echoes underneath.

The bottle carbonation is obvious, bringing a champagne feel to this beer. There's an almost buttery, oily feel to this once you get past the carbonation. This beer is definitely as much about the feel as it about the taste.

Seems well done for the style, but it is too much like champagne for my tastes.

11-21-2010 21:02:02 | More by TheHoppiest
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ZSimon

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +21.4%

Bomber from Total Wine, Richmond, VA.

Not sure I've seen anything like this beer before, beginning with the look. Saying reddish amber would sell this beer short - this baby glows! Ultra-active carbonation powers this beer, to the unfortunate point of a bit of yield loss due to gushing. A huge, coarse, sticky, luxurious head sticks around til the end.

Brett yeast is the dominant flavor here - funky berry fruit, earthiness, with a healthy dose of hops adding another layer. Something different in every sip, definitely a function of a killer yeast strain. Just fantastic.

Wild Devil is everything a wild ale can be. Built on the traditional HopDevil foundation (a winner in its own right), the Brett yeast takes over and transforms this offering into something truly memorable. For those of us on the East Coast that don't have regular access to the Russian River line of wilds, this is a worthy substitute. Way to go, Victory!

11-21-2010 00:22:12 | More by ZSimon
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice hazy slightly orange and caramel color with a huge fluffy 2 inch head that is ecru. It has really densely packed bubbles and the retention is very long.

S - Aroma starts off with some slight funk followed by some nice tart lemon aromas. There is some slight apple and pear notes as well with some hidden sweetness around. There is also some nice grassy notes form the hops as well as some slight pineapple and citrus notes.

T & M - Starts off with some ncie dry Brett notes as followed by some slight tart hints that try to evolve but then are complimented by some awesome funk and farmhouse flavors. There is some nice bread character and also some nice husk and almost hay like flavors. There is a very American IPA finish to the beer with some slight tropical fruit sweetness that quickly fades into a nice clean and dry finish. It is crisp, clean, dry and nice and funky.

D - Very delicious and refreshing plus it has a nice level of ABV. Good BIPA.

11-19-2010 01:56:16 | More by JoEBoBpr
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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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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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ToAzwethinkweizm

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Reviewed on 6 November 2010, on tap at Tap at Mallet in Rochester, NY for the "Victory Total Tap Takeover."

I've been wanting to try this out of the corked bottle, so I had to sample it on tap with a friend. Each of us had a 3oz sample in a standard highball bar glass. Held up to the light, no head, little lacing, color is cloudy amber orange. Aroma has some heavy raspberry, apple, big on natural honey aroma, and some bitter hops are there. There is also a little bit of sour funk, which makes sense as this beer is advertised as having "Belgian wild yeast" added to it. Taste has light raspberry, Belgian yeast flavors, sweet Riesling, and slight sour funk. The bitterness wants to stay on the palate and party for a little while longer, like the friend in your group that doesn't want to leave the party and it's already 7:30am. Sounds like a complaint, but really we all need and love that friend of ours, much like you will love the bitterness that stays in your mouth. Definitely worth aging a bottle of this if you can find it.

11-08-2010 01:02:23 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.