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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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683 Ratings
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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 31
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This bottle was one of the most difficult bottles I've ever tried to open. That's just the start, and I won't let it affect my rating (hopefully).

When the cork popped, a bit of foam came out, but I got it poured. And it pours out very hazy, reddish colored, almost deep amber, with a massive offwhite head, that falls down, leaving rings and puffs, and leaving just a bit of lacing on the glass - the second pour produced a much denser head that left a bit more lacing, but it still disappeared rather quickly. Nice, but not much better than average. The smell, I'm sure some expect from the name should be tart and funky, but it's not. It's more like a saison, which I expected, because I've accidentally made a beer that's quite a bit like this, but a lighter color. The smell is peppery, and a bit lemony, herbal and spicy, with just a bit of pungent hops - earthy, resinous, maybe a bit piney. There's still a note of the IPA in there, which is very nice. There's also some bready, crackery malt smells, but you don't get much sweetness. I'm a fan here. The taste delivers too. There's the regular beer underneath. Lightly resinous hops, biscuit malt a delicate balance between dryness and sweetness, a bit of citrus comes in followed by flowery, herbal hops. But the wild yeast provides a layer of complexity that you would never expect from a normal IPA. There's the light peppery flavors, without clinging too much, and the wild lemony flavor, which is lovely. And the body is greatly enhanced by the wild yeast, which I love. I mean, I can't imagine an IPA by itself getting this kind of complexity and body, without being cloying or off. I mean, you can easily tell the difference between this and its counterpart, but I would say that I'm a fan. The ABV will get you in 750 mL, but I really enjoyed almost every drop. Don't expect a Wild Ale puckering or tart experience, just expect a lightly bready saison taste, which fits well on top of the beer underneath. This one comes highly recommended by me.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 00:14:47 | More by taylorhamrick
Photo of Holmes698


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-12-2014 14:34:30 | More by Holmes698
Photo of blameo


4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

06-25-2014 18:10:04 | More by blameo
Photo of rkcrozier

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

11-27-2012 13:50:19 | More by rkcrozier
Photo of bs870621345

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Rather disappointing offering from Victory, I see where they are trying to go, but I just think they fall short. Bottled in September 2009.

Pours an orange amber color with a HUGE head. The head fades after a while and leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like grapefruit, bread, and funk. Its really not that funky.

Taste is grapefruit up front, bread in the middle, and funk on the end. The funk lingers on the palate, and is slightly unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. The carbonation doesn't clean the palate as I would like it to.

Drinkability is not good. Its not inviting and I'm struggling to get through this even with people taking sips from it.

I expected more, but I'm guessing I do not like 100% brett beers. I feel like without the sour component, the brett falls flat.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 02:57:33 | More by bs870621345
Photo of Jesse13713


2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on April 22nd, 2009. Quite disappointed in the dating since this was a new sight for me at the store. Poured into my Maudite tulip.

Appearance - Four full fingers of head that dissipate quickly into the glass. Soapy and very porous head qualities end up creating a clumpy froth in the end. The beer itself is murky pale brown that is quite bland looking. Opaque and appears to be thick and heavy. All in all, I am not too impressed with this beers appearance.

Smell - Uh oh. This smells like a baby's soured diaper. Well that's not any good at all. The slight tart citrus in the background is just completely masked by. . . well. Waste. This smells just absolutely horrible. A tart Belgian yeast smell lingers but is unpleasant.

Taste - Thankfully the taste is better than the smell. A very Belgian-like feel to this beer overall. Very full of yeast and lemongrass. Slightly sour and tart from start to finish. Not nearly as hoppy as expected; especially being derived from Hop Devil. Despite my love for sours, the slight tartness couldn't save this beer for me. It's just very rotten tasting overall. I did enjoy some redeeming qualities; such as the slight spice and brett yeast used.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - An extraordinarily dry beer that leaves the tongue asking for water. As soon as I swallow, my mouth feels as parched a desert; like the liquid just disappeared into nowhere. Light bodied and appears too heavily carbonated at times. I was excited for this beer, thinking it would be different and unique. But it was a huge letdown for me. Not sure why this was even on the shelf. Perhaps they found it in the back? Either way, If I see a newer release I won't hesitate to pick it up and compare notes. But the taste itself does not appear to be skunked or infected.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 19:51:04 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of DrDogbeer


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Tom!!

Poured into my dogfish snifter. Pours a darker orange/ amber with a thin off white head that recedes quickly. Smells of bready yeasts, very belgian at first, then a slight minty hop aroma.
Initial taste reminds me of a belgian IPA that is not too hoppy. I dont get any bitterness off the bat, instead a slight malty backbone. After I swallow, I get some traces of hops on the sides of the tongue. I get a bit of the funk in the aroma as it warms, but not too much and the same can be said of the taste. The brett mellows the hops, but does not overtake the whole flavor. Body is medium, with a fairly good crispness. Very drinkable- I finished the 750 in good time. WOuld like to see more of this beer, perhaps with some age to see what would happen.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 17:53:20 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of Rob315


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-09-2013 17:24:05 | More by Rob315
Photo of cagocubs


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from corked bottle into glass.

Look: A powerful pour with lots of active carbonation causing a mountain of a head. Pours as a lighter amber with a white head that laces.

Taste: Sweet tones; caramel, syrup. Earth; hops, malts, and florals, citrus.

Taste: Much like the taste, all tones are present. Nice complex taste with the hops mixing with sweet accents.

Mouthfeel: Lots of active carbonation. Good coating and mouthfeel with a smooth finish. Easy to drink, maybe a little too bubbly.

As a HopDevil fan I was expecting a punch-you-in-the-face experience with Wild Devil. I was surprised to see how well balanced this beer was. Another nice brew from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 12:35:51 | More by cagocubs
Photo of wesbrownyeah


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Wild Devil Ale... 6.7% alcohol with Brett added to the IPA. Strange indeed.
Poured into oversized St. Fruillien wine glass.

A- Wild is right! On a moderate pour, foamy head exceeded top of glass and got all over the damn place. On a more review like note the head is a two and a half inch yeasty froth with little to show its going anywhere other than where it is. Thick pillows of lacing coat the glass with vigor. Dark orange fluid with a slight haze...

S- Smell is a heavy dose of Brett. Wet blanket, sour hay and fruity vines. Some bittersweet hops are hinted in the back of the nose.

T-M- Complex and simple at the same time. Upfront is a big wild yeast hit that is almost instantly followed by hop bite. Fresh hop bitterness is evenly balanced with sour Brett making a medley of bitter sourness. Nice. Flavors are fresh green grass, Brett, lemongrass, light malt and alcohol esters. Mouthfeel is a light carbonated heated Ipa with thick funk to slowly slide down the tongue.

D- I like this one but has a lot going on for a Belgian Ipa. I love the sour funk as well as the hop bitterness... but together? A smooth mixture for testing just strange though.
Note: Just opened a second Wild Devil and head is much more tame by an inch... must have had a little more Brett before?

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 23:20:01 | More by wesbrownyeah
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-09-2014 21:52:30 | More by Yellolab2010
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-24-2012 18:44:22 | More by sweisel80
Photo of movingtrain


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large wire and cork bottle poured into a Piraat glass.
This looks interesting...Hop Devil brewed with Brettanomyces? Hmmm...

Pours a good copper/amber color...head is very strong...a light cream color, about 2.5 fingers, and slowly receding as the beer settles in the glass and warms up.

Smells a bit funky...banana, clove, some bright hop character in the nose, fresh baked bread...kind of reminds me of a pond...earthy, damp, some moss growing...very earthy.

Taste picks up some cinnamon first, then some bitter fruit. The yeast has definitely changed this one...did they use the same recipe as the Hop Devil? Very earthy...and sweet. There is some good flavor here...and the beer is very drinkable...would love to grab another bottle of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 23:38:31 | More by movingtrain
Photo of volta

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -47.9%

11-14-2011 19:29:47 | More by volta
Photo of endincolorado


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper-orange with a big, bubble-bath like head that settles slowly and leaves a moderate amount of lace.

Aroma is very intriguing. Notes of orange, and citrus, along with some interesting spiciness- something like licorice and a zesty herbal character.

The flavor is also something interesting. Though there is some crisp hop flavor, most of the flavor is dominated by these herb and spice notes. Some sweetness from the malt, followed by a moderately dry bitterness that lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, with lots of carbonation, and a slight warmth from the alcohol.

Overall, this is an interesting drink. The hop flavor helps it to be refreshing, and the spiciness of the yeast creates a unique character that would go well with a good meal.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 04:33:42 | More by endincolorado
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-17-2011 18:06:09 | More by Desaparecido
Photo of jacobseyb


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Amber/copper color with an off white three finger head

S-nice balanced smell with some malts up front, bitterness of hops is still very evident.

T-strong flavors from both ends of the spectrum, malts evident with some hop bitterness as well. Yeast really transforms flavor of the original

M-enjoyable feel no great distractions

D-drinkable and even sessionable, enjoyable beer though not anything outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 03:00:42 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on 22 Apr 2009. Almost killed the dog when the cork blew out, not a huge gusher or anything, but tons of head. Pours a golden amber color with a huge frothy off-white head, lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, citrus, earthy, and a bunch of the funk. Flavor is spicy, funky, caramel malts, earthy, a little fruity, and a slight hint of wood. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, well carbonated, acidic and bitter. Good one, definitely not your normal beer, warms well.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 02:35:38 | More by mtstatebeer
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a large off-white head with excellent retention. Lots of lacing is left on the glass.

S - Funky brett notes dominate, backed up by some citrus hops. The merger of brett and American hops creates a fairly grassy aroma. It's very interesting and enticing.

T - Sour brett notes dominate up front with plenty of citrus hop bitterness and a touch of malt sweetness coming through in the finish. The brett and hops seem to clash at first, but they gradually begin to compliment each other as the beer warms, creating a phenominal flavor experience.

M - Full-bodied with some lingering funk on the palate. Carbonation is slightly subdued, which is fine by me.

D - A very interesting and enjoyable drinking experience. This is a great beer to share and discuss with friends. It's quite unlike any other IPA I've had. My hats off to the guys at Victory for making this outside-the-box brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 23:55:32 | More by pwsoldier
Photo of nickthetick


4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 03:43:57 | More by nickthetick
Photo of JWU


1.93/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 01:40:11 | More by JWU
Photo of chicagoish


3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz Corked Bomber

A: Cloudy yellow, dark, yeasty. HUGE Foamy head. It was a gusher after I popped the cork overflowing all over the counter.

S; Very Belgian brett funk, slightly Hoppy.

T: Earthy, mild bitterness. I like more hop bite and sweetness from an IPA, and the belgian yeast seems to cut down on that.

M: Smooth

D: Not what I expected. Leans more toward a Belgian and it's not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 22:17:26 | More by chicagoish
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-04-2012 01:58:24 | More by Njstoutlover23
Photo of Hophead101


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on 3.21.09 - poured from bottle into chalice beer glass

this is a great looking beer. heavy orange brown color with a fantastic head that stuck around for quite some time and was tan in color. the smell was interesting - crisp nose, some flowery hop aroma but subtle.

taste is nice. this is a nice twist on the classic hop devil beer. crisp and hoppy with a nice 'tang' - mostly due to brett (I assume). malt is what is tasted first but then a nice slightly sour hoppy taste. the funk hits mostly at the end combined with hops

another great beer from Victory

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 19:17:30 | More by Hophead101
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown in color with a nice head and good lacing. Smells of some hops, wheat and yeast. Taste is a little yeasty,some wheat in there and a moderate does of hops. Light to medium in body, goes down pleasant with some lingering stickiness. A nice approach to the style, but the yeast just kills it for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2009 23:43:05 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.