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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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1,193 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,193
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 45
Gots: 127 | 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:
Beer added by: Kadonny on 05-08-2008

It’s arguable that our menacingly delicious HopDevil has always been wild. With bold German malts and whole flower American hops, this India Pale Ale is anything but prim. But add a touch of brettanomyces, the unruly beast responsible for the sharp tang and deep funk found in many Belgian ales, and our WildDevil emerges completely untamed. Floral, aromatic hops still leap from this amber ale, as a host of new fermentation flavor kicks up notes of citrus and pine. Pour yourself a glass today—if you dare.
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

ten years ago this would have been earth shattering, but i don't think it is expressive enough in brett character to appease the wild palate of today. supposedly has hop evil as the base beer, an east coast staple for me growing up. i get so little of the hops from that, it ends up being a weirdly yeasty amber, although its super clear in looks, must have been filtered, no haze or sediment at all, uncommon in wild ale to say the least, but it may have hurt this one, because its just not as bretty as i had hoped for. light wine-like brett on the nose, but the malt trumps it i think in terms of assertiveness. the taste too seems oddly unbalanced, i am missing the hops i love so much in the base beer. there is a little bitterness in the finish, but thats about it. for ten bucks this is a cool beer, a twist on an old favorite, but it doesnt deliver what it promises i don't think, at least not for me. it may fill a role as a pale amber wild ale, no sourness at all, no haze, no wheat (i don't think) and maybe there is a desire for that, but its underwhelming for me.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip bulb glass. Bottled on June 11th 2014.

Appearance: Dark maple brown with hints of redness. Murky, dark and cloudy, but no sediment. 2 finger head, slighlty tan, off white, decent retention.

Smell: Earth and pine, citrus and tropical fruit smell that is dominated by a funky leathery overtone, like an old cabbie seat. Smell is still very bright and vibrant.

Taste: Hops and malt like a classic ipa that is smothered by brett flavor, slightly sour with very light clove spice, grass, smoky peat, toasted bread, with lemon and peach finish that intertwines nicely with the brett flavors. Well balanced although the base beer has been covered up, it still shoots through in patches. The more I taste it, the more I am getting the brett (yeah horse blanket!) punching out in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-light body with light stickiness towards the finish. Light carbonation. Smooth with some medium-light astringency.

Overall: An enjoyable beer that I would qualify as something other than a "Belgian IPA". Pretty much just a simple IPA (Hopdevil) with a good deal of brett covering up the base. Enjoyable and simple and straightfoward. Good introductory beer to brett flavors as one can easily compare this beer to its base, and the brett flavors are still overt enough to enjoy as is. Good but nothing great or breathtaking.

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,193 ratings.