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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

750 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 32
Gots: 43 | 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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BeerSox

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into 25oz snifter. Reviewed as an American Wild Ale.

Burnt orange with a touch of ruby. Half of the glass is filled with foam that slowly loses density as it settles, adding more and more pea-size bubbles. The head eventually settles to a thick bubbly cap.

A little bit of musty malt aroma, citrus, and a lot of very tart farmhouse aromas.

The flavor is very even, with plenty of toasty malts, but also some very earthy sour flavors. A little bit of grapefruit citrus comes through in the end. Full bodied, high carbonation.

Actually pretty drinkable. For those that love the Brett strain then this one is worth of a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 23:59:36 | More by BeerSox
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, split and paired with some smoked ribs and such

cell phone notes, tasted last weekend

appearance: served in a standard pint, hazy orange-amber body with an active beige froth

smell: caramel, funky yeast, spicy hops, apricot, peach

taste: brett is the new rage these days - victory chimes in with a genetically modified version of their solid ipa...the brett adds some funk but the taste is pretty muddy - still a hoppy beer with a funky distraction

mouthfeel: medium body, active carbonation

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 23:09:01 | More by dirtylou
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Kromes

Georgia

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

Pours an amber color with a thick white head. The smell of this beer is great. A nice Brett, sweaty, horse blanket aroma up front along with the fruity hop aromas in the background. Very nice flavor. Smooth and a good balance between the Brett flavors, the mellow hop and sweet malt. The after taste is slightly bitter and very funky from the Brett. The mouthfeel is about right, smooth and well carbonated. I could drink this all night, very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 14:43:12 | More by Kromes
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bomber that this beer came in was wonderfully labeled with and intriguing introduction to the contents on the back, and things only got better as he wire cage was removed and cork pulled. The body looked typical of IPAs with an orange amber color and slight cloudiness, but the head atop was much larger and wend down very slowly, leaving specks of lace around the glass. The aroma was very Brett driven and supported by complimentary hops. The spicy, herbal, and floral smells were prominent, and a bit of citrus was present as well. The taste was tart, tangy, and earthy. The Brett was pretty dominant over the hops, which here played a supporting role. Surprisingly there was little bitterness, and some sweetness poked through in the middle of the sip before the fully Brett driven finish. The thick head provided a very creamy feel. I felt that this beer could have used quite a bit more hops to really shine. May be a Wild Wallop would be an even more delicious offering. Otherwise this was a fantastic melding of styles.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 03:52:53 | More by rajendra82
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

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

I am a little skeptical of this one. Basically Hop Devil (an outstanding brew) brewed with Brettanomyces yeast. Can it work?

The appearance certainly works. A dark copper colored beer with an outstandingly chunky head. The foam settled down after a few minutes, but left plenty of lacing as a remembrance. This nose seems to merge the hops and Brett yeast well. Floral hops mixed with Belgian funk makes an oddly appetizing aroma.

Medium bodied as it raced across the palate. Fruitiness and that great funk from the Brett yeast entertains the taste buds. The center leaves a hint of sourness before it exits with floral hops reminiscent of the hop profile from Hop Devil. The beer leaves the palate with bitterness and sourness, but definitely not in an offensive way.

This beer is very drinkable and, all said, not half bad. Considering the contrast of the two (brett yeast and floral, citrus hops) this beer is well made and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 22:16:43 | More by BeardedBoffin
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Aenema

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear caramel, 3 finger tan head with splotchy lacing.
Smell - Horse blanket funk and citrus hops.
Taste - Funk, mild hop bite, some sourness and some caramel malt. A very interesting, unique beer.
Mouthfeel - My bottle was overly carbonated upon opening (very highly carbonated) and although it was a medium-bodied beer, it had a watery feel. After sitting and opening up, it flattened and jelled together.
Drinkability - Very drinkable, but would be better in a 12oz format.
Overall - Very interesting, but not a beer I will revist soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 05:14:00 | More by Aenema
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pwsoldier

Texas

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
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stumac

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I totally dig badass beers with low alky. And a big F you to everyone else. You're just damn drunkies! period

This brew pours up with a murky deep rust color and a spectacular fluffy ivory crown. great lacing on my dixie cup.

the nose is great. Immediate scent of brett and yeast and funk, followed up by mild fruits, figs, cherries, apricots. then comes in the floral hops. very nicely balanced.

the taste was not as smooth as the aroma but it was still damn good. I taste brett funk, big bitter spicy hops, hay, light earth, more mild fruits.

nicely done. full bodied, Belgian style carbo. A damn good afternoon delight...

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 21:56:30 | More by stumac
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a small glass at the Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis during an IPA tasting. I have to repeat the sentiments of Emma from Abe's Cold Beer, "I respect what they're trying to do, but..." The poor beer just doesn't work. It doesn't really have enough hops to resemble an IPA, and there isn't enough wild fun to be a respectible sour ale. Instead it's stuck with an odd clove and plastic taste that's none too pleasant. Pass.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2009 16:43:30 | More by tempest
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber body and a big fluffy white head. The aroma is vinegary brett sourness meets light fruity hops. On the palate the brett really takes over. Starts out spicy, peppery, fruity, and herbal, then vinegar and brett. Hop bitterness and flavor seem to be severely muted by the brett. Still, it is wonderfully complex and tastie. Medium carbonation, tart, bright, acidic and refreshing. Like brett? You'll like this. Just don't expect anything resembling an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 15:29:55 | More by BradLikesBrew
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass, the beer is a hazy red/orange color with a huge, tan, meringue-like head. A pretty beer. Great aroma, too. Very floral and earthy. Expecting big things, I was a little disappointed in the taste. Not that it's bad, but it doesn't live up to the aroma. Some citrus, more pine, a lingering bitterness. Where did the earthy aroma go? Still, this was a very good beer, and I will want to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 13:44:08 | More by lordofthewiens
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allengarvin

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer, poured into a wide-mouthed chalice is a medium orange-red color, a bit hazy, with a small but persistent head. The aroma is particularly delicious, with a huge load of herbal hoppiness and a nice musty earthiness (new-turned black soil) underneath. A gorgeous flavor! First, there an enormous hoppy flavor fairly grassy and citrusy, but bitterness never completely takes over; the brett really makes this beer, lending a delicious tartness and a lot of complexity and also pungency. The best beer I've had in months.

I haven't really cared for hop devil in the past, it being the taste of hops and nothing but, but this beer reminds me more of the excellent Orval, but with even more hops! wonderful!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 02:07:18 | More by allengarvin
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Corked & Caged bottle into a Corsendonk tulip. Bottled on Apr. 22, 2009.

Wild Devil pours beautifully, as the russet-copper body maintains a good clarity and active carbonation level, fueling a well-retained tuft of creamy, golden foam. Small spackles of lacing left behind on the inside of the glass. Aroma is a toned-down version of Hop Devil, with a hint of stinky barnyard funk from the Brett balanced by a nice backbone of caramel & biscuit malts that supports a fresh, floral hop nose.

At this early of a stage in Wild Devil's maturation, I can't say that I'm sold. Don't get me wrong, the flavor is nice, but the Brett and hoppiness collide and compete too much with one another. Finishes dry and slightly sticky, with a pronounced funk note and some pine. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, with a medium body and a good bitterness. I have to commend Victory for the originality. And although this isn't the greatest IPA I've come across recently, I'm looking forward to opening a bottle a year from now to see how the Brett character has changed.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 01:36:50 | More by wagenvolks
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 14:59:29 | More by Slatetank
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Proteus93

Virginia

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

A: Deep golden amber, almost closer to a sunset orange just before it sinks beneath the horizon. The rolling head forms quite quickly, and it's huge. About 2 and a half, almost 3 fingers in a tulip. It leaves plentiful, thick layers of lace behind.

S: A moderately mild aroma - floral and slightly citrus with a bit of earthiness and hay. Hops are the more dominant aroma, but even they are modest.

T: The taste is a different story... quite flavourful, with plenty going on. Citrus hops have a great relationship with the brett, which doesn't add too much of a horse-blanket character, but the funk certainly is there. Some slightly evergreen notes are still there, though I detected more in the HopDevil. There's also an intriguing sweetness to this - almost like a fruit sweetness, but not quite - that makes for a great drinking experience. Very good.

M + D: It's quite a foamy beer (I over-poured on one of my glass refills and got it all over myself!) but that isn't so apparent on the tongue. Carbonation is a bit bubbly and assertive, but not really intense. It has just a touch of chewiness to it that is nice. I'm certainly a fan, and look forward to having it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 04:20:53 | More by Proteus93
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mmcary

Texas

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

Picked up today from Spec's, once I got the dang cork out, I was able to pour what is a interesting experience in beer.

A- Poured into a Duvel glass an immediate four finger head developed. Darker than what I was expecting, very orange/amber in color.

S- Funky with a splash of hops. The Brett is very apparent in this, not overpowering but you can smell it, not bad, not that fantastic though.

T- First thing I got was the bitter Brett, as it warmed I could taste the hops, some spice as well, very strange. I do not think it tastes much like Hop Devil as others have stated, it has it's own flavor, not bad, but I wonder with age if the taste might improve..

M- Not too bad, pretty well carbonated, smooth and easy to drink, the flavor lingers well after you drink it.

D- I had to sip this one. It was good to let it linger and let the flavors come out. There is a lot here to sort out. I had one glass and I was done, but it was not bad.

Overall this is a strange brew, not bad, but not something I would seek out again. Wish it was in a smaller bottle, I had to use a wine stopper to save the rest of the 750 for later. I prefer good ol hop devil over this , glad I tried this one for the experience, not sure I want to again though.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 03:30:30 | More by mmcary
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lonestar4lunch

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came in a cage & corked .750. Poured and brownish/reddish hue with a full head. Aroma is sweet due to the yeast but the citrus tones still come thru. You for sure get the crisp bite like Hop Devil but the slight sourness offsets it. The two almost take turns but neither really wants to take control of the flavor. Carbonation is as expected and it finishes with that Belgian, natural flavor. The more this warms up the stronger the hop presence is. It is very enjoyable and I am glad I picked it up. It's just... different.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 00:50:14 | More by lonestar4lunch
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the idea for this beer. Take a very good, popular beer and throw some brett in it. Awesome! Pours a dark amber color with two plus fingers of light beige head. Settles pretty slowly, eventually to a mostly full lace and leaving some webbing on the sides of the glass.

First thing I get from the smell is a whole lot o funk. It's slightly sour smelling and quite funky. It takes a minute for my nose to adjust and start to find the other elements, but soon I'm getting some of the citrus and pine hops that I was looking for, plus some earth and bready malt. It starts to open up a bit as it warms and the hops come out more, but the brett is still front and center. Very nice.

Taste is more Hop Devil and less Wild than the smell was. It's bready with a bit of a toasted note along with some caramel sweetness, and the hops are bolder than in the smell. Midway through the funk peaks but then the hop bitterness takes over into the finish. Hop bitterness is a bit much for the brett; it overwhelms it unfortunately, and the ever so slightly sour brett character is a secondary one. Hops are primarily bitter here actually; some pine and resiny flavor, but not a lot of citrus. It's a little out of balance with the bittering hops dominating too much.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty crisp, also quite dry in the finish. Carbonation is pretty aggressive.

I think this was a fantastic idea for a beer and it came out pretty good. I think this could maybe sit in the bottle for a bit longer until it's at its peak, however. This bottle is dated March 3, 2009, so it has about 2 1/2 months in the bottle. The smell really comes together very nicely, but the taste could use a bit more funk and the hop bitterness, in particular, could stand to fade a bit more. Right now the bitterness just overwhelms the more subtle brett flavor. I'd like to grab another bottle or two and try this again at about 5-6 months in the bottle, and then again a bit longer. This could be a tough one to time, I think, because the brett and hops are working in opposite directions. An interesting experiment and I enjoyed it, but it's not quite over yet!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 00:47:54 | More by number1bum
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wild Devil pours a hazy red/copper with a foamy, bubbly head that fades at a medium pace. The aroma is kind of conflicted, on one hand, herbal, citrusy American hops, and on the other, funky, earthy, and estery notes. The two stand distinctly from each other, and they don't really blend. There's an aroma that reminds me of a ripe garbage truck (but not in an offensive way). The flavor is dry and hoppy up front followed by a light phenolic flavor. Earthy funk dominates the finish, with hints of that garbagey flavor. Overall, this is an interesting beer and I'm glad to try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 00:39:03 | More by ericj551
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a moderately cloudy dark honey colour with a slightly off-white / khaki coloured head that dwindled away into a delicate web of frost over the liquid's surface in about 45 seconds. Nothing too fancy; looked about average.
Smell was a lovely amalgam of resinous hops, yeast, spices and mild sugary notes. Very interesting indeed.
Taste was just incredible, in my opinion, as it provided *some* hops bitterness, but shifted over toward the yeasty, spicey notes so closely associated with Belgian ales. The later waned, toward the finish, concluding in a bit of a hoppy bitterness that was evident in the beginning. This is just fantastic, as it seems to marry two interesting beer concepts: the overly hoppy American IPA & Belgian spontaneously fermented ale. In the mouth, there is moderate carbonation and terrific smoothness. Weight, too, is moderate, being neither too heavy nor too thin. This is indeed highly drinkable, and very well crafted. Brilliant!!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 21:08:36 | More by SilentSabre
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joepais

Maine

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my dimple glass this brew is amazing when it come to a head you get a two to three finger head with a good pour, and it lasts . The body of the brew is a clear orange copper color.

The aroma is quite unique you get the Brett funky yeast, then some light floral hops come up as it warms. The flavor is just as wild, a funky IPA. What a nice combination. I had funky IMP Stout this weekend but that was unintentional. This one seems to work, the funky brew with a bitter finish is a nice surprise. The mouthfeel is great as well. Oh ya the carbonation is intense but you can guess that from the head.

A very drinkable combination but the bomber is great for one sitting. I will grab this one again

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 00:12:18 | More by joepais
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cork with relative ease and a loud, well, pop.
Poured...holy crap...head is coming up fast to about 4 fingers. This is a clean glass, too. yipes. Luckily the head chunks up and calms down to a moderate level. Some clinging to the glass all the way up. Clean, chestnut appearance.

First whiff brings up Belgian IPA. Some sourness comes in, then sweet. A bit musky. Some funk and small phenolic hints..plasticy.

Tame flavor. wow, downhill form here. Thin, weak, tame. Perhaps the hops and bretts cancel out each other. Maybe I should age this a bit more. This reminds me a bit of Bud Ale. It has hops....I guess. There is a bite to it. An IPA? More like a PA with Brett instead of malt as the balancing agent. It is dry, wouldn't say sweet, but it has something else. Wouldn't say sour either. Juicy, perhaps.
Apple, slight pear and bread.
Sour hits at the end, but on the tip of the tongue. Hmm.

Good drinkability. Not sure about this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 03:54:23 | More by Mebuzzard
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armock

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - The hops come out first then some of the sour notes frm the brett reminds me of a Belgian IPA

T - Lots of citrus hops from the start then subtle sour taste not as much brett as i expected but it still has a good taste to it

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit it has an interesting taste going on that I liked if you like IPAs and beers with brett this will be something that you'll like worth finding to give it a try

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 17:09:24 | More by armock
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Sweeny's in St. Paul, poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed on a beautiful spring afternoon on the patio, sun beating down.

A-Arrived with a copper beer, slightly hazed and with a brownish hue. Tannish head was attractive when it arrived, but quickly receded to nothing.

S-Relative to Hop Devil, this one has a more subtle American hop presence, likely subdued by the more prominent twangy Brett characteristic. However, this did not overwhelm what was otherwise a pretty delicate aroma.

T-The flavor was very much like the aroma, with perhaps a little bit more malt presence. The first flavor I noticed on my first sip was, of course, the twang/sour/funk of the Brettanomyces. This, however, was not a slap-in-the-face flavor, but instead a nicely intertwined characteristic which played off the somewhat subdued American hops and biscuity malts. This beer finished crisp, clean, and dry, making it one of the more refreshing and drinkable brews I've had recently. Especially appropriate for sitting outside on a warm day!

M-Felt medium-light bodied on my palate, with a carbonation that seemed borderline effervescent. Of course, it was realistically a more medium-high carbonation level, but the relatively lighter body made me perceive higher carbonation.

D-This is an enjoyable beer. As I've already stated, the Brett addition makes this IPA much more refreshing on a summer day, while being well-balanced within the rest of the beer's character.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2009 13:39:35 | More by CHSLBrew
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged from what...the Beer Run? in C-Ville. Finally got to pouring this in sumpm. Duvel tulip. Moderate to muffled pop of the cork off the 750 into the vessel.

Pours a little frothy with a couple of fingers that dissipate into a finger with a few glaciers and tunnels. Lacing is there in a sporadic fashion. Leaves a little dissipation behind.

I get a bit of Houblon on this one - it's flawed but pretty cool. Floral hops plus a whack Belgian yeast strain. Not perfect but raw - what's not to like? A little drier than I would like, though.

You have the Belgian spice on the yeast strain. Clove, ultradry ginger and some gritty floral hops. They dissipate to reveal more true American IPA notes. Tight metal but hardcore metallic floral hoppiness. Finish is very planterish and grassy.

Palate is intriguing. There's a mid tinge of wile ale yeast with the floral and grassy hop notes. Again, more of an American IPA Houblon.

This is good but I prefer its closest comparison, the Houblon. Good but wayyy too all over the place to break ground. Drinks a little heavier than expected. It has some artistic impression; scores of individual elements may indicate that I didn't like this. Sure I did - the whole is a bit greater than the sum of its parts.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 01:22:04 | More by IBUnit63
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.