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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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1,104 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,104
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 43
Gots: 98 | FT: 3
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 Kadonny
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a nonic pint glass. This bottle I have been aging for almost 9 months.

A: A medium brownish color with a hint of burnt orange and a huge huge billowy off white head. The head stands tall and leaves chunky lacing as it eventually recedes. Seems a bit overcarbonated.

S: Wow, so the aging really allows the brett to fully develop. Heavy smells of must, horse blanket and yeast with some citrus and pine hops qualities.

T: Follow the nose. The aging really allows the brett to develop to bring heavily forward the yeasty musty, horse blanket, wet straw flavors that are coupled with the bready slightly sweet malt character. The herbal, citrus and slight piney hops poke through at the end to leave the bitterness in your mouth. Wow, this beer is a different monster with age on it, the brett really comes out in a huge way.

M: Medium, coating, a bit spicy and no alcohol flavor. As I said earlier, a bit overcarbonated I think.

D: High, very enjoyable beer.

Overall if you get a chance to age this beer and you really like brett, do it. This is significantly a different beer than when fresh as the brett really works into the flavor. Still I really enjoyed it, kudos to Victory.

Updated June 2014 with the newest batch. After being on hiatus for the past couple of years, Wild Devil is back and back in a big way.

Corked and caged 750 which yielded the following. The brett really seems way more prominent early on with this batch. This beer is fresh and the brett really is already very prominent. Fantastic beer that I just wish they made all the time. I'll be picking up a bunch more bottles before this goes on hiatus again. Fantastic.

Kadonny, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful firey copper orange with some golden yellow hues. A fat head of very off white foam that lasts and leaves lace . A few bubble making their way to the top amid perfect clarity. Nose is powerful and funky. Citric tartness and citrus zest. A lovely perfumey and powdery hop flora. A bit of earth, some sweet bread for malt and a delightful bit of orange that is subtle but not to be denied. Drinks gracefully with all the flavors coming together balanced and with a kind of panache. The orange is juicy and a bit subtle. There is grapefruit peel and tart citrus. The yeast is earthy and funky and dry. The hop floral translates into the drink and as it warms a bit of spice comes through on the nose and on the palate.

The mouthfeel on this one is creamy and and with a bit of softness underlies a powerful collection of earthy and funky flavor with some fruit and a soft breaddy sweetness that keeps you going back for more as a sharp bitter finishes this one dry.

utopiajane, Jun 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jbwimer, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

devilfluff, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Iparedman, Jun 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

hollywood_15063, Jun 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

blameo, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of TNT
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why isn't this higher rated? Funky, citrus, pine, what more could you ask for in this style? Looks great with an almost amber color and nice two finger khaki head. Crisp, but not overly carbonated mouthfeel. Stands out amongst Belgian IPA's. Would highly recommend.

TNT, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mikefuski17, Jun 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Matthew_Hamilton, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

efrank, Jun 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

stomioka, Jun 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Gotti311, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

zestar, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

afsdan, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

cjohns73, Apr 08, 2014
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3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2009 and held by brewery and re-distributed, then bought in 2014. Amber/orange.

A- Pours the biggest bubbly foam head I've ever seen right out of the bottle.

S- Yeasty and sour. hoppy too. candied oranges. Wild.

T- Similar to the smell really. Some sour notes from the yeast action. The hops has really mellowed out. I hope others review this delayed/aged re-release because I don't think I'm doing it justice with this review. But it's a pretty exciting/interesting beer.

M- Very bubbly and fizzy in the mouth.

O- I thought about getting some hop devil (which I haven't had yet, though I loved V's Hop Fresh) to taste alongside this one but this beer stands on its own as completely unique from the original Hop Devil. It is indeed wild, and I'm glad I tried it.

trentbent, Apr 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

yourefragile, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

meatyard, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Yellolab2010, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

krome, Jan 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

nrs207, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

InspectorBob, Nov 21, 2013
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,104 ratings.