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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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86
very good

761 Ratings
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Ratings: 761
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 33
Gots: 46 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mr. Goodbar. Grapefruit dark brown with soapy white head. Very drinkable cocktail of orange, hoppy, very above average mouthfeel, likely from the yeast if not honey.Brett is well integrated in the mix, and does not detract at all.Yes,a Belgian IPA woul describe it and I could drink this for years.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2009 04:06:30 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-06-2013 01:54:09 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-26-2011 19:05:59 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Bottle was quite fresh.

Pours a nice golden light copper color along with a white head and some pretty nice lacing as it goes down. Nice foamy head. Nose brings forward a moderate amount of funk and earth as well as some hop character. Neither one really stands out too much at this point. The taste is the same. There is a bit of dry bitterness and some mild hop characteristics, as well as a bit of hay. Not really too much going on here, although the balance works well. Nice, dry feel with good carbonation. While this isn't particularly spectacular right now, I've got another bottle and I'd like to see how the Brett takes hold over a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 00:25:36 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Simply untwisting the wire cage resulted in a huge explosion that launched the cork and cage assembly straight up on a collision course with the ceiling. Some foam started gushing out, but was easily captured into a snifter glass. The foam gradually settled down into a finger high beige head that consistently remained on the surface. The beer is hazy orange-amber in color.
S: The nose is dominated by a moderate amount of sour funky aromas.
T: Like the smell, sourness stand out in the taste, relegating the hop bitterness that is so prominent in Hop Devil to a back seat role that becomes evident in the finish. For this reason, there is a good balance between sour and bitter flavors. The overall taste isn't that complex.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a very high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't too difficult to drink because the sour flavors in the taste aren't too strong and are nicely balanced by the hop bitterness. However, it takes a long time to consume because of the time spent waiting for the foam to subside after each pour from the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 17:50:43 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy amber color and a modest head; just a little bit of lace

Smell: There are hops for sure, but the aroma wafts of a Belgian influence

Taste: Biscuity, at first, with plenty of caramel, and a growing piney flavor by mid-palate; after the swallow, the beer lurches in an unexpected direction with pear and candi sugar elements kicking in to provide a Belgian influence

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The description of the beer failed to prepare me for what I was tasting and only later did I learn about the Brett influence (which I could not discern); definitely more of a Belgian IPA style than an American

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2008 23:21:07 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-25-2011 17:23:42 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to a kind trader for throwing this one in as an extra recently. For some reason the whole lineup minus this one had made it down to me. Served at cellar temp this one was poured into a goblet and consumed on 05/11/2009.
 
Fantastic pour right off the bat and to be honest nearly perfect for the style. Light hazy amber with a rich head of nearly three inches on top that would not fade for anything. Some light carbonation could be seen through the haze and a rich overall look for a wild ale. The aroma was nice, sour and bright with hints of lemon and citrus that rode up and over the sour notes very nicely. Light balancing act here as some touches of grain come into play, but really a very bright, almost a funky IPA like aroma. A bit of a let down as I go in for a taste, as I was really expecting this one to be bigger. Light citrus, mostly lemon across the tongue. Too light though and not enough depth for me, left me a bit hanging and wanting more from it. Solid carbonation though and a smooth, easy to drink profile, I just overall wish it had come off a little bit bigger.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 01:10:27 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly dirty beige color ale with some golden hue and a huge off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt with some dry Brett notes and a floral and bitter hoppy finish. Taste of lightly sweet Belgian malt with some clear dry Brett notes with some floral and dry hops finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and great carbonation with no signs of alcohol. Very well done and interesting take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 04:10:03 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.7%

07-12-2014 21:50:47 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon first taste, this ale seems much more akin to American Wild Ales with the hop influence for a complex (if not contradictory) sour/bitter interplay.

Aromas of bright lime, tart under rippened berries, dusty/musty/attic-like character shape the nose while bruised fruit (esters?) of peach, appricot, green apple, and pears add to the growing list of adjectives to describe the aroma. The hops nearly get lost because of the strong musty, leathery notes.

While pouring a rust-colored hazy hue, the beer caps with a firm and froathy yellowish head that retains very well and laces strongly all the while. A very nice look.

Acidic tartness takes over the taste immediately and really bring the lemon-lime and berry character to life. Backup notes of decayed woods, leather, and dried tobacco round out the mid palate along with the bruised fruit flavor and mild brown sugar sweetness. Finishing with a zesty hop bitterness and citrus rind flavor, this is the spot where the hops really make their mark and leave a lasting impression.

A carbonated fullness holds firm through the acidic notes early for a creamy effect that's short lived. a quick transition to dryness of alcohol, astringency, and bitterness keeps the beer very drinkable and refreshing in the finish.

The normal take on a Belgian IPA is to take a Tripel or Saison-like beer and hop it to IPA levels. This more complex and challenging base style is much more funky and in Wild Ale or Lambic fashion. It makes sense see where this beer can go; similar to a few of the more hoppy Jolly Pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 16:17:58 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber color with two fingers of fluffy head that sticks around. Some lacing.

S: Very funky, tart, barnyard, some sweetness. Not much in the way of "traditional" hop aromas (not in terms of IPA hop character, anyway).

T: A nice tartness on the front, followed by a slight bitterness and spiciness, and then malty sweetness on the finish. There is a definite floral feel to this beer, too.

M: Lots of carbonation, crisp, and dry. Despite the plentiful carbonation, still good body.

D: A very interesting beer. I enjoy it quite a bit, especially for the fact that it's completely different from anything I have had previously.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 21:00:17 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-21-2014 23:36:45 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly cloudy, dark amber body with a foamy, delightfully fluffy, whitish head.

Smell: A moderate dose of caramel maltiness in the nose with hints of grainy bread tucked in there as well. Plenty of aromatic, sliced citrus fruits, mostly pink grapefruit and orange from the original Hop Devil. Then, of course, there's the newfound musty, funky Brett notes.

Taste: Caramel-minded maltiness with a light touch of breadiness and a thin, lonely drop of sweetness. In comes an infusion of Brett-type flavors, with tastes of mildew-strewn leather saddles, abandoned basement cobwebs, and just plain old mustiness. Chock-a-block with phenolics. Then, back to the IPA for a burst of bitterness, acidity, and fruity citrus tastes. Semi-dry, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Lively, high degree of carbonation.

Drinkability: An interesting composite of a bitter India Pale Ale and the funky layering of the wild yeast.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 19:08:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-02-2014 17:43:46 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-11-2013 06:02:03 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a very interesting and tasty beer to say the least.Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep amber with fluffy one finger slight off white head.Aromas were pretty much perfect and I dont say that lightly,a mix of awesome floral and citric hop,I mean just fresh and awesome.To go along with the exquisit hop aromas a slightly spiced aromas comes thru as well,liked spiced apple and clove,Flavors are what a Belgian IPA should be in my personal opinion,a mix of citric and piney hop with some spice and grilled pineapple.The mouthfeel at first was a bit rough around the edges but mellowed after a little bit.A great brew... seriously.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 22:36:58 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear amber orange with a big pillowy full thick white head.

Very assertive ripe banana with cooked peaches in the nose. Back label indicates yeast is completely Brettanomyces but there is simply no Brett character in the nose, and I'm very sensitive to Brett (and I like it.) None here but a wonderful floral and fruit character - no Brett funk whatsoever. I don't know if this is good or bad; I do know that this beer is a winner.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and very well balanced. Mouthfeel is very inviting and indicates a very well made product.

Flavors complex and layered with a fruit/malt front, to a bitter hop citrus middle to a full burnt toast, roasted grain and light coffee bitter finish that goes on to a final finish of layered malt.

This is a very well made and delicious drink and inviting all around. Full character, layers and flavors come out best as the beer warms to a "cool room" temperature. Nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 23:32:12 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a hazy yellowish color, the head was pretty big at first but settled down after a little while. The lacing was scattered and a little soapy looking on the glass. The smell of the beer gives off some strong hop and vinegar type of aromas. The beer definitely smell like it has some wild yeast in it. The taste of the beer has a tart/sour kick upfront that fades into the hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty crisp on this one, it's dry also. Overall it's a unique brew but not really one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 15:08:42 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, copper color with an off-white, two-finger head of bubbly foam. It left some nice patterns of lace.

S - It smelled of little of barnyard and of many floral notes. Some mild caramel and citrus aromas, too.

T - It tasted spicy and somewhat funky with a burnt toast caramel malt backbone.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is a very interesting ale. The funkiness in an IPA is a unique treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 01:18:35 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a dead-on clone of Burton Bridge Empire IPA...
Cellared this bottle since May, and the Brett is definitely there in spades.

Pours a lovely rusty orange, with a ridiculous amount of foam... pour slowly, this beast is alive! Thick lacing coats the glass, there was a convex rocky head that defied gravity for awhile before deflating back into the glass. Musty barn blanket Brett, some pineapple citrus peeks through too. Medicinal, wet hay, wild yeast smell. Alternately bitter and flashing sweetness in the initial sips. Long finish of leafy hop bitterness and some mild residual funkiness. The Brett is huge in a bigger quaff, very drying and musty, almost to a fault. I get some pine and straw, again very dry as Belgian IPAs are. Dusty dried pineapple is there in the background. Pretty complex, and plenty of wildness. The last third of the bottle slows me down a bit, probably best shared. This paired well with a 12 month aged Manchego.

Just purchased a 3rd bottle, and still loving it. If you like Wild Devil, seek out Burton Bridge Empire IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 23:53:49 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-11-2012 15:26:57 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory's newest beer, Wild Devil, pours a hazy, very deep amber body with a crimson cast and golden-orange highlights at the base of the glass. The creamy yellowed-white head holds well and leaves average lacing.

The nose displays candied-caramelish-malt, spicy/grassy hops and fruit (apricot and summer fruits), and a bit of damp straw, mustiness, and leather.

In the mouth it's decidedly medium-bodied and foamy with a moderate, fine bubbled carbonation that warms to become pillowy soft.

In the flavor, it offers notes of apricot, honey, drizzled caramel, spent hops, chalk, mineral, pine, and an earthy mustiness that's not too unlike like muddy ground and underbrush. A comparison to Hop Devil is inevitable, and there's certainly some of that still present, but it's softened and smoothed by the Brettanomyces. It's become a different beer, and yet the ties are still strong enough to recognize its origins. The bitterness remains, and it's fairly strong and blunt in the finish.

That bitterness of the original Hop Devil, however, doesn't seem to work real well with the Brett. It's kind of blocky, and not particularly well rounded. Still, it's an interesting beer and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 21:43:10 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Giant, four finger head of off-white foam on top of a clear, reddish-brown body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves dense, even lace on the glass as it settles down.

S - Strong, funky wild yeast aroma; distinctly brettanomyces with notes of damp earth, soft cheese, and apricots. Some toasted and caramel malts and, surprisingly, just a hint of fruity hops.

T - Toasty malt and light caramel up front with lots of powdery, funk that is strongly reminiscent of camembert cheese. Some pine hops show up very briefly towards the finish and leave moderate bitterness to compete with the funk.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well, this is a strange one. For some reason, the hops are not nearly as prevalent as I would have expected and they blend in strange and not entirely unpleasant way with the brett funk. Unlike the the hop flavor, the bitterness is not seriously diminished and it is an unusual counterpoint to the wild yeast; a combination I have not encountered before. The net effect of the fruitiness from the yeast and hops combined with the bitterness is eerily similar to a full-flavored soft-ripened cheese like brie or camembert.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 01:27:29 | More by nickfl
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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.