Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,235
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 42
Gots: 145 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%

Bottled on: 6/11/14.

Pours a murky dark orange with a super foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, tropical fruit, earth, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, tropical fruit, funk, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance of tropical fruit and Brett characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of GRG1313
4.42/5  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.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Smell: There are earthy hops for sure, but the aroma wafts of a Belgian influence, bringing both a sweeter BPA character as well as some funk from the Brett

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, candi sugar and funky elements kicking in to provide a Bretty Belgian influence

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pretty nice beer but I would prefer less sweetness and more Brett funk from a Brett IPA

Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/26/08 at Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with Belgian yeast, floral hops and citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of citrus, Belgian yeast, caramel and a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness. There's a hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style with the twist of adding the wild yeast, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the newly renovated Victory Brewing Company.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a 1/2 finger of brite-white head. Retains nicely and leaves good looking lace behind. The aroma is similar to the Hop Devil that we all know and love. Hops, citrus, spice, and caramel backing but the Brett does make its presence known with a tingling tartness that seems to intermingle with the hops.

The taste is more of the same, with the Hop Devil taste being most prominant. Tingling hop bitterness and a touch of citrus that are balanced by a silky smooth backbone of caramel malts. Much like the aroma, the Brett isn't very assertive and adds a more subtle tartness to the surroundings that compliments the spice and hop characteristics well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and a slightly slick feel at times.

This was quite interesting as I've never come across a Brett infused IPA before. I can't really say that this take was hugely memorable or anything for me but I do have to give Victory credit for trying something outside of the box.

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A huge 75% head rises and fades slowly with lots of big bubbles, and leaves a thick lacing, hazy reddish orange beer.

Nose has lots of funk and wild barnyard, horse hair, dry, lightly malty, very light hops and bitterness.

Taste also has lots of barnyard funk, wild yeast, a little horse hair, touch of malt and hops, semi bitter, some nice wild Brett flavors but not too heavy on them... yet. Light citrus and orange peel too.

Medium body with lots of carbonation.

Finishes somewhat bitter with light hops, some nice funk and wild barnyard Brett, very dry, light malt flavors and slightly spicy.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded orange touched brown with a thick frothy creme head. Nose is interesting. There is a mix of citrus tones from the hops used and the citrus of wild yeast. Very unique combination. Kind of a velvety edge to it as well. Flavor is a mix of bitter hop tones with lemony citrus and clearly evident wild tones. The edge bites, but in a smoother kind of way. Very unique. Feel has a fairly full carbonation and the liquid is thick enough. A very interesting ale indeed. The most interesting use of wild yeast I have tasted to date. (But IMO, definitely not an IPA. It's a wild ale to me.)

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle. Poured chilled from the 750ml to a double walled tumbler.

A - Hazed deep golden amber/apricot shade with creamy ecru head comprised of spacious bubbles measuring about 3 fingers high and makes a lot of lace

S - Mild lychee, golden pear and grape aroma w/ a mild brett funkiness and sweet malt scent w/ ligt stone fruit tinge

M - dry yeast & spice combine w/ sweet fruity malt and mild spice w/ a citrus tang from the hops. Finishes slightly nutty w/ a mild warmth of alcohol and pine bitterness in the finish

T - A tasty tropical yeast element w/ red grapes and mild pine hops keep the flavor of bretty funk under wraps and the mild toasted sweet malt flavors blend well together w/ subtle light sugar and citrus accents w/ mild apricot fruit and earthy yeast playing off the mild lingering pine finish

D - A great ale all fermented w/ brett? I am surprised and the taste is delicious a truly drinkable IPA w/ belgian influence. I like how the malt a d fruit shadow the hop flavors w/ subtle brett funkiness adding light/shade contrast.

Photo of mactrail
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,235 ratings.