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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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907 Ratings
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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 36
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American 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 bluejacket74


3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled on 6/10/09. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with a frothy 2 inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is yeast, lemon peel, pears, peppery spice and some earthy hops. Unfortunately the taste isn't quite as appealing as the aroma. It tastes like medicine/aspirin, peppery spice, yeast, and some grassy hops. But the medicinal taste overpowers the other flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has a lot of carbonation. Drinkability isn't bad as it is smooth, but would be better if the beer didn't have that aspirin taste. I'll have to revisit this one in the future.

10-19-2009 23:49:10 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of dfillius


2.45/5  rDev -36%

Poured into a wine glass. I love Hop Devil and sour beers, let's get it on!
A: Gentle pour yields 2 fingers of just off-white head with great retention. Hazy copper orange-gold liquid. Beautiful
S: Tart cherry, bright citrus hop. Wow! Layer of sweet caramel underneath. Really interesting and inviting. Dusty aspirin, a little cat pee?
T: Very dry and tart. Overwhelming wildness. Very funky. Horrible mediciney aftertaste, like a chewed up tablet of aspirin. No malt or hop is apparent!
M: Poor. Too dry and chalky and mediciney
D: Poor. I am forcing myself to drink another sip hoping it is better.

10-17-2009 22:54:12 | More by dfillius
Photo of CHADMC3


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours a hazy copper with orange hues and an off white head that leaves a sticky, foam lacing in its wake which lasts throughout the majority of the glass.

Aroma consists of floral hops, wild yeast, and semi sweet malt.

There is an immediate sweet malt presence quickly overtaken by the mix of floral hops and funky yeast with a pepper like bite in the finish.

Medium in body and carbonation, with a bit of an aggressive bite between the yeast and pepper like qualities.

This is a unique brew and a crossover of styles. As advertised there is plenty of funky yeast with noticeable hops and hints of sweet malt, certainly worth a try.

10-17-2009 03:32:33 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of WorldWideStout


4.1/5  rDev +7%

Beer pours with a humongous head. Head is manilla and delightfully pillowy, leaving good lacing. Some head is present the entire time I drink the beer. Color right at the top is a hazy light orange which turns to a deeper, less hazy orange farther down.

Smell is floral, piny, and bright. It almost reminds me of the way a citrus-flavored gum tastes right at the beginning, with a burst of sweetness, but in the best possible way.

Taste starts off with that sweetness, but not as intense as in the bouquet. It turns then to citrus, with a slight hint of bitterness, but not nearly as much as your typical IPA. There is also a bit of vanilla in the background. The taste fades; there is not much of an ending. The aftertaste is just the slightest bit bitter, but is gone within a few seconds.

Mouthfeel is medium and average.

With less than 7% alcohol and not much bitterness, this had a high drinkability for me.

I am not a hophead, but I enjoyed this beer because I could smell and taste the lovely hoppy flavors without much bitterness at the end. The hoppiness, combined with the lack of bitterness and notes of vanilla, make this beer the only one I've encountered that slightly resembles Dogfish's 120 IPA.

10-16-2009 05:01:27 | More by WorldWideStout
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured copper, with an off-white/tan head that laced fairly well. Smelled malty sweet mixed with raisins and tartness, with some yeast and hop bitterness. The flavor was much more intense, with tart sweetness mixed with malt and wood, dissolving to yeast and then a hop bitter finish. Alcohol is present every step of the way. The feel is thick, yet smooth, with little carbonation. Tastes more like a barleywine that hasn't matured yet rather than a Belgian IPA. Needs aging.

10-13-2009 20:50:09 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of alpinebryant


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured an amber/copper with a large 1" oakey colored head.

Smells of lemon , malted grains, and a horse barnyard.

Tasted of funk, grassy knoll , malted grains, and some citrusy hops. This has Certainly been aged to make the funky flavor and it delivers as a wild ale is intended to. Slight caramel flavors are also present. At some point in drinking the 750 ml, you may ask yourself if you are near a dairy farm as the scent of a Vermont dairy farm is eerily close to this beers taste at first.

Overall pretty drinkable, but as you would need to tell someone who doesnt know what they are drinking, this is not for the novice.

10-12-2009 22:52:31 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of ppoitras


3.2/5  rDev -16.4%

750ml bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured into a Chimay chalice, formed a 1" beige head over the effervescent coppery brew. Pillowy head lasts and lasts, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is bandaids and tartness. Taste is a peek of sweetness to start, but quickly overpowered by the earthy tartness, with a lemony hops close. Mouthfeel is bubbly but still pretty smooth, with an acceptable drinkability. This one didn't do much for me.

10-10-2009 01:30:47 | More by ppoitras
Photo of scottyshades


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Ok, so I am not entirely familiar with the Belgian IPA style AT ALL. So I will review this beer with that in mind. But I am really intrigued in the beers with Brett, so this is exciting, and only my second Brett beer.

A: Pours a slightly transparent/slightly hazy amber/copper color that produces a MASSIVE head, typical in Belgians. I could write a review about the head alone, but I assume other Belgian IPA's may be similar...Really airy and fluffy head that just keeps expanding. So far, looks delicious.

S: The first note I get is a Belgian spiciness...clove, coriander, banana, pear, spearmint and bubblegum. Very enticing. I am getting a little bit of funk from the Brett (horsey/barnyard type stuff) almost like moldy blue cheese in a way. Really interesting.

T: Pretty different from the nose. The flavor profile has a much more noticeable hop presence (I don't know what kind- seems like warrior and cascade), and the malt backbone and Belgian spice really balances this well. If you try hard, this beer has a lot of complexity, especially when it warms to about 5-10 degrees above serving temp. The funkiness of the Brett becomes more apparent as the temp warms as well. Also picking up some light fruits, as well as some clove honey! Very very nice!

MF/D: This beer is pretty viscous, very smooth and easy to drink, long Belgian spice finish with a slight twang of funk

Overall, very nicely done, very creative, and complex. Looking forward to trying this again, as well as other Brett beers.

09-29-2009 00:47:17 | More by scottyshades
Photo of Fish113d


3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours a dark amber color with some slight haze. Head billows to the top quickly, but sustains to a fluffy & light 1" topper. Sticks to the glass as it dissipates.

A bit of sweet fruits on the nose right away with some rather weak biscuity-hoppiness coming through.

Not as sweet as I expected for a "belgian IPA". I thought it'd have a bit more spice. However, a sharp biscuit flavor hits my palate with a nice floral resonance throughout my mouth and palate. Finish dries out a bit with just a bit of alcohol "twang" on the finish. Nothing real fancy however in my opinion. Peppery I guess as well.

Sharp carbonation on the sip with a smootness coming quickly all through the swallow. A bit of drying on the tip of my tongue and some tingling.

I'll finish the bottle, and I'd drink again, but I like Hopdevil enough not to spend the extra dough on this one.

09-28-2009 01:32:03 | More by Fish113d
Photo of smcolw


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

Appearance: The bottle started overflowing as soon as I opened it. Pours a near-clear amber color. Leaves a rocky off white head and spotty chunks of lace.

Smell: Excellent blend of pale malts, fresh hops and light Belgian style yeast.

The taste matches the smell except that the hop is more bitter than floral and the yeast is more biting. This is a full bodied IPA. The aftertaste reminds me of most home brews.

09-27-2009 22:17:31 | More by smcolw
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

The chilled 750 ml cork-in-cage bottle opens with a hearty pop and the liquid within comes to life. As active foam rises in the bottleneck and threatens to attempt escape, I gently make the first pour into my Maredsous glass and am rewarded with a brew that is clear and polished copper-tinted amber in color with a thick ivory cap of foam atop. As the head relaxes, a fluffy belt of grainy lacing clings to the sides of the goblet. Additional pours firm up the foam cap and puff up the lacing factor quite a bit, but the nature of the foam is more 'sliding' than 'sticking'.

Starting with the first whiff of gas that escaped the cork, I've been smelling a sharp fruity funkiness even from an arm's length away. Holding the glass close at last and taking a deep whiff, I am rewarded with a note of sweet hay and an intense lemony tartness that stands out every bit as much as the pungent citrus-pine hop aromas that permeate the profile.

The taste is grounded in mildly sweet toasted malts hopped to bitter near-perfection with a potent dose of grass-infused orange peel oil. Tangy yet mild lemon-lime fruitiness is nicely accented with a steely, earthy dryness and just a dabble of caramel syrup drizzled over a muddy barnyard hog wallow. Persistent gritty drying and a lingering metallic note take command toward the finish, cleaning things up nicely as they inspire the drinker to have another quenching swallow.

The drink is light-medium in body and carbonated just right for both savoring and quaffing.

09-25-2009 01:40:26 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of necoadam


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured out a deep amber orangery color with a huge fluffy head that took a little bit to settle. Left some nice lacing after I was finished.

The aromas are terrific in this beer. Caramel, citrus, maltiness, and hops all blend in nicely. Some light undertones of musk round it out. I sniffed this beer quite a bit since it was so complex and wonderful.

The taste at first was very bready with notes of caramel. Hops and fruit with some citric undertones blend int with the maltiness towards the middle and end. Finished a tad on the dry side.

Mouthfeel was medium with a good dose of carbonation.

Quite the brew. When I took my first sip, at first thought it reminded me of HopDevil, but then the funkiness kicked in. If you see a bottle, do pick it up.

09-24-2009 13:17:04 | More by necoadam
Photo of jwhancher


4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

Has a nice caramel color & good head when first poured. Smells quite yeasty. Tastes very peppery, almost clove-like. Similarities to Hop Devil are quite evident. Mouthfeel has a nice, spicy bitterness. Drinkability is good - takes a little getting use to at first, but I've found myself drinking quite a few of these badboys when available on tap. Overall, a very nice variation to my favorite beer (Hop Devil).

09-24-2009 02:01:47 | More by jwhancher
Photo of BravoTwo


4/5  rDev +4.4%

A - Copper red, orange hues with a nice rocky thick head.

S - Brett funk, with a slight sweetness of malt. Slight lemon peel smell with a light bit of hops.

T - Brett funk with muted hops in the background, certainly not as hops forward as HopDevil, but the character of the original is there. Less sour than anticipated.

M - Good carbonation level as well as being fairly light on the tounge.

D - For what it is, is has good drinkability. Perhaps this would be the really subjective category here, since the character of the beer may not be as drinkable to all.

09-19-2009 20:44:02 | More by BravoTwo
Photo of callmescraps


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

Too intrigued to pass up.

Appearance - A deep orange copper color. Three inches of solid, rocky head that only dissipates slowly. Laces very nicely. Very clear. It's a fine looking beer.

Smell - Sour tart apples right up front. Also some wet horse blanket. The Brett is in effect, but I'm not getting much in the way of hops. Real funky.

Taste - Um, an odd thing. There's a sweet caramel malt. There's some piney hops, certainly. There's a strange funkiness. But it's all a little muted. Not as sour as expected. Maltier than expected. All sort of muddled.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp. Great carbonation. Tingles.

Drinkability - Um. Not bad. A little gassy. And just a little weird. It goes down fine.

This was interesting, but then fell flat. Instead of bringing out the best of each, it was literally like mixing an IPA and a sour. So it's more like two beers in one glass instead of one coherent beer. These didn't seem to bring the best out of eachother.

09-17-2009 04:44:56 | More by callmescraps
Photo of GClarkage


4/5  rDev +4.4%


Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Medium golden color. Full super white pocky head with some light lace trails remaining.

Smell- A bit of everything. SOme lemon peel, a bit of brett funk, some english style hops and a wee bit of toasted malt.

Taste- Nicely done. Really laid back in the beginning with a mild hoppy burst, some malt backing and some good brett. Towards the end it really turns quite bitter from the hops and the brett subsides leaving a bitter lemony hops flavor.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher carbonation level, but almost about right. Nice lasting flavorful hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not quite on the level with Hop It, but no far either. Quality BIPA.

09-16-2009 03:54:34 | More by GClarkage
Photo of discovolante65

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

I am quite confused on the style classification of this one. I had thought it was HopDevil with Brett. Not sure how adding the brett changes it from an APA to a BPA....but whatever.

Served in my beautiful DFH snifter, shared with Roopy40

Big white foamy fluffy head that snow-coned up out of the snifter. Hazy dark orange with some sticky legs all over the glass.

Barnyard and lemon pledge, with a wet wood/earthy smell to it as well. Nice sweet smell in there to counter the donkey.

Taste is not something I hated, but not something I was over the moon about either. It grew on me though. All of the bitterness of HopDevil but with a dry fruity barnyard wash on the end. Some peppery sharpness in there as well. Makes me wish I had a nice piece of steak with a blue cheese butter to go with it.

I think it was a little overcarbonated. Tingly like pop rocks and soda in my mouth. Very dry and enjoyable. Bitterness lasted a bit on the tongue though.

I commend Victory for this beer. Definitely not the norm. I really enjoyed the extremes of this one. lots of complexity and layers to this. The more I drank it and the warmer it got, the more I enjoyed it.
I plan on grabbing a few more at this price and letting them age a bit, should be interesting...

09-15-2009 19:50:44 | More by discovolante65
Photo of goblue3509


4.1/5  rDev +7%

Pours a nice amber color with a slightly hazy yeasty look with a one finger head. The smell is of big earth notes, earthy hops, earthy malts, it smells like a dank rainy day. The taste is of a earthy sweet backbone of malt, with earthy hops present. The hops are not as bitter as with an american ipa. Well balanced with the malt. The mouthfeel was moderate carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, like most victories it is big and rough, but that is why you drink victory.

09-14-2009 01:35:46 | More by goblue3509
Photo of erok

New York

1.95/5  rDev -49.1%

Appearance - horseblanket
smell - horseblanket
taste - horseblanket
mouthfeel - horseblanket

Just kidding about the appearance and mouthfeel ( kinda). This beer is another example of a too rough around the edges victory offering. The wild yeast is so overdone and out of balance that the final beer could neither be categorized as an an american wild ale nor a Belgian ipa. In fact this beer displays no characteristics of either style. It's basically a glass of suspended yeast in bitter liquid. The emphasis on funk is taken to its logical and unpalateable extreme in this beer.

09-11-2009 14:27:24 | More by erok
Photo of Kolsch


4.6/5  rDev +20.1%

On tap at Victory, Downingtown PA.

Appearance: Very big, very frothy head. Stuck around through the whole drink.

Smell: Absolutely barnyard. If I didn't know it, I swear I was at my Uncles farm.

Taste: Barnyard funk that was probably the most Horseblanket taste I ever had. The taste was so unique, I could not stop marveling at it. Not for everybody, though my wife liked it which was very strange. Could not detect too much on the Hop side. People say to let this one age, I like it the way it is now, the funkier the better.

Overall: I will seek out as much as humanly possible.

Edit to original Review. I cellared a couple of bottles and interestly enough the hop side comes out more with age. I prefer the damp, blanket taste.

09-10-2009 20:34:42 | More by Kolsch
Photo of nickfl


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

09-10-2009 01:27:29 | More by nickfl
Photo of Hibernator


4.1/5  rDev +7%

Victory Wild Devil Ale
1 Pint 9.4 FL. OZ. brown bottle with caged cork
Bottled on Apr 22 2009
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pop goes the cork...

Pours a hazy dark orange/amber mix. A major head forms on top of the beer. Even the most delicate pour gives a huge head. Complex patterns of sticky lacings all over the glass.

Funky nose - whiffs of that unmistakable belgian sour beer kick, fruit, a band-aid and just plain different.

A sweet and candy-like sweetness with a certain fruity presence. A mix of orange citrus, sour lemon and apricot juice. Sour-dry-hoppy. The brettanomyces yeast funk mixes in with a significant hop punch on the finish. I also get a medicinal taste too. An interesting combination of beer styles to say the least.

09-04-2009 19:29:22 | More by Hibernator
Photo of champ103


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours a cloudy reddish/amber color. At first a large light beige colored head forms. The tightly packed bubbly foam rises to over three fingers and gently recedes. Not much lace to speak of.
S: I love the smell of Brett. Lots of funky barnyard and horse blanket aromas. Some sourness, kind of tart, and sweet fruity aromas linger on. Lots of layers in the nose.
T: Some funky Belgian flavors. Though not nearly as noticeable as the nose. Sweet fruits. A much more pronounced hop bitterness as well. This is good, but the nose made me think I was in for something a bit different. I am not really sure what, but the aroma and flavor are at odds with each other.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Easy and smooth to drink. I will not have any problems finishing the bottle.

A very interesting beer. The nose is full of Bretty goodness. I think I would have preferred more of the funky Brett flavor to come out instead of the hop bitterness. Still this is very good, and something I would recommend.

09-04-2009 00:50:37 | More by champ103
Photo of portia99


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet. Bottled on March 3, 2009

A - Pours a cloudy, yeasty looking amber color with a full 4 fingers of off-white, yellowish foam. The head really has some staying power too - takes a good couple of minutes to die down to the point of drinkability.

S - A little bit sugary sweet, lots of spicyness, phenolic - bandaids, horse blanket, other barnyard-like aromas, sourness...very complex and funky.

T - Phenolic, spicy, hoppy. Very dry. Bitter hops, no hop flavor. Lots of funky barnyard flavors here. How these flavors combine is a little different from other wild ales I've had. The hoppiness of this one seems to put an edge on the funky flavors. Gives a different kind of sharpness to them.

M - Medium body, tons of carbonation...extremely vigorous bubbliness, almost creates foam in your mouth as you drink. Bitterness lingers and hangs on well past the swallow.

D - Pretty interesting beer...not sure I could have a lot of this...one 750ml by myself is going to do me I think. Lots of complexity and distinctive flavoring. Quite interesting, but hardly sessionable, where other sours/wild ales are more palatable in larger quantities.

Had one of these right when they came out in March '09 and wasn't particularly impressed. After a few months of maturation in the bottle, this has taken on some more character and has become more interesting. Think I might hold on to a bottle or two for a while and see how they progress after a few more months.

08-30-2009 18:58:35 | More by portia99
Photo of LukeD23


4.65/5  rDev +21.4%

upon popping open the cork of this ale I poured into a ballon glass and was met by a wonderous ruby red slightly hazy beer with a huge frothy cream colored head. Very effervesient with apparent over carbonation....At this point I brought my nose to the glass only to be jetted back in time, I began to imagine what the sailors who popped open the original IPAs might have smelled and hoped it was like this. Very nice citrus notes and apricot are backed by the smell of the wild, rustic, horsehair, wild mushrooms and freshly tilled soil.

I patiently waited for the head to reduce so I could sip....A snappy tart bitterness is the first hit on the tongue, but this ale is remarkably mellow and smooth on the finish. Grapefruit, honey, tangerine, and strangely bok choy are the flavors coming through for me, the beer is so quenching, but I find it almost impossible to truly put my finger on the great wild yeast flavors that are so so complex and warming. Mouthfeel is nice, semi thin, but it makes this beer very quaffable.

Overall, I am so glad I picked up a bottle of this stuff. I am just starting to venture into wild ales and this one makes me want to continue to try more and more. Great stuff

08-30-2009 01:04:30 | More by LukeD23
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.