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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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87
very good

661 Ratings
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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 31
Gots: 26 | 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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RoyalT

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This came out a nice bronze in color with a moderate head on an easy pour.

Smell - The wild yeast is bonkers here at the nose. It is a quality aroma full of funk and fungus. There's a light, leafy hop scent and maybe some lightly-toasted malts but this nose is all about that nasty funk.

Taste - The yeast comes on strong at the taste as well but the malt really picks things up and brings a wonderful, toasted flavor to this beer. The hops are still second fiddle and mostly like endive. The profile is certainly not balanced but is most enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with a surprising bitterness throughout. It seems light in the hop department but boy did it bitter-up at the end.

Drinkability - I don't know how to categorize this ale except to say that it totally kicks butt. It brings the best part of a wild ale, that yeasty funk, the bitterness of a good IPA, and the malt structure of a big Belgian. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 02:01:32 | More by RoyalT
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BenZ

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle

Think Orval (the balance) + Jolly Pumpkin (the funk) + Stone (the hops). Brettastic, bitter, just slightly less dry than you'd expect. It would be extremely easy to put away a few of these.

This was bottled on 3/3/09. When decorked, there was a blast of american hops - that was the last time they showed their aroma. Poured a cloudy golden red, and the head kept growing over a minute or so, but very slowly - strange.

From then on it was a bitter brett masterpiece. There was some malt flavors in there, but who cares. Drink this thing now!!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 00:40:16 | More by BenZ
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berpwillie

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours slightly hazy amber-orange color with ridiculous amounts of light fluffy head. Upon finishing a glass the whole cup was completely covered with lace. lots of carbonation, with a unique flavor that will drive your palate wild. This beer is a big favorite of mine. Glad it's readily available in my area. Victory is begining to become one of my favorite brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 16:53:35 | More by berpwillie
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a funky beast, but I can't remember who brought it. Thanks whoever it was... I relly liked this one.

Pours a hazy orange with a finger of off-white head. Good retention and lace. Huge barnyard aroma mingling in with some grapefruit, earth, spice and flowers. The taste reminded me of a super-hopped orval. There's certainly a lot of brett, bringing some distinctive funky notes. Decent bitterness in the form of citrus. A pleasant spice and pepperiness from the yeast. Bready backbone throughout with odd moments of brown sugar, before culminating in a dry finish. Pillowy carbonation and medium body.

There's a lot going on here, and I think in some respects this sets a benchmark for belgian IPAs. Anything that compares favourably with orval can't be all that bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 02:44:09 | More by bobsy
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CaptFrothy

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle coaxed into my Piraat snifter. Mahogany brown, 2" shaving cream head that settled into a thin white line. Slightly coarse mouthfeel, hoppy initialy, with a lingering dank aftertaste. Wonderful fusion of an IPA and Belgian, delightfully different, delicous, and sessionable with only a 6.7abv. Victory hits another one out of the park!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 00:15:22 | More by CaptFrothy
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TNT

Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why isn't this higher rated? Funky, citrus, pine, what more could you ask for in this style? Looks great with an almost amber color and nice two finger khaki head. Crisp, but not overly carbonated mouthfeel. Stands out amongst Belgian IPA's. Would highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2014 17:09:33 | More by TNT
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-12-2012 17:31:52 | More by bonbini26
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scottyshades

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 00:47:17 | More by scottyshades
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pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

07-14-2013 18:51:22 | More by pathman
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twelvsies

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interested to try this one. Pours looking almost like an IPA, amber in color, relatively clear, but with a giant foamy head, a la a robust Belgian ale. Wow - lots of aroma jumping off this one. I can't say I drink Hop Devil all the time, but the signature spicy notes of hops are there, a tad of citrus, and a wonderful floral aroma from the brett. The flavor is a complex mix as well. Hops, mild and spicy, slightly citrusy, and an awesome flowery, fruity bouquet of wild goodness. A bit ripe and pungent. Slightly musty and dry in the finish, mildly funky. Want more. Wow, again. I've become quite a fan of the Belgian IPA as it is now pretty much an official style, but this is quite different. I've never had a beer where the hops and wild yeast are both sort of the main character and really mixing the flavors in the overall profile of the beer. I am totally into this.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 12:25:32 | More by twelvsies
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gcare02

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

12-22-2011 20:57:38 | More by gcare02
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

12-11-2011 14:16:12 | More by Oakenator
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is appropriately funky. Starts with the dry bouquet of a cheap cologne and grows medicinal like latex gloves. Some peppery spices and menthol. A little malt. Smells nice.

Pours a deep orange with yellow highlights, moderate clarity, nice big creamy foamy head. Looks wonderful.

Flavor kicks off with a tart hoppy twang, it doubles back to medicine and plastic, then some dry/earthy hop bitterness, cool menthol with hints of tobacco, leafy freshness, peppery spice and herbs, and then some malt - not much, but enough. Not highly hoppy, more funky. Finishes dry and yeasty. Creamy smooth mouthfeel is a nice juxtaposition to the funkiness.

Wonderful beer. It's a soft and prim, yet funky and wild. Another homerun for Victory.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 01:30:06 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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Beerenauslese

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber gold with a sudsy head that lasts to the end, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

Refreshing smells of brown sugar green hops, wet hay, and a little horseblanket.

Sweet malt flavors with lemony citrus and fresh bread/biscuit notes. The sweet malt flavors interact with the citrus on the palate to make the taste quite interesting. Ends dry with bitterness that is also a bit salty. The Brett used is working nicely with the citrus hops to create a mild acid dimension that is perfectly balanced by the German malts.

Mouthfeel is mildly thick and creamy, yet very refreshing due to the citrus/Brett acidity and the fine prickly carbonation. At 6.7 ABV, this is a beer I could drink all day at a summer picnic with German pretzels and mustard and be quite happy.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 03:42:43 | More by Beerenauslese
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wyatt

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

02-08-2012 07:05:23 | More by wyatt
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goatgoat

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date on the bottle, which seems odd for Victory. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a honeyed amber orange with a huge tan head that has a middling retention time. Lots of apparent carbonation. Little lace.
Aroma is lemon and grass with a sweaty funk. A slight woodiness. This is all overlaid with a perfume-floral character.
Taste starts light then moves into a pleasantly odd funk. This combines with a sturdy bitterness in the finish.
Medium mouth with a filling carbonation.

I really enjoy this brew. I can just sniff it all evening, but the drinking is excellent as well. This bottle had a bit more funk in the finish than I remember, but knowing the store where I purchased this it's been "cellared" for a while there.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 17:04:29 | More by goatgoat
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-11-2012 23:12:32 | More by lccrunchy
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btesta

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-14-2012 22:39:57 | More by btesta
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ccozzi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

06-17-2012 00:08:35 | More by ccozzi
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canawler

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

07-02-2014 15:19:32 | More by canawler
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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

04-17-2013 18:06:55 | More by Jason1337
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

07-03-2014 02:23:02 | More by randylangford
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 1/4 pint (approximately) served at the brewpub in Downingtown.

A: The ale is an amber brew, orange and brown, with a nice-sized head that lingers through the first 1/3 of the glass.

S: The aroma has the hallmarks of HopDevil, biting citrus and caramel malts, with the added touch of funky brettanomyces. The ale smells like Orval on hop steroids.

T: The ale has the intense funkiness of a year old Orval. The malts and hops seem to be happy to take the backseat and allow the brett to shine. The taste is yeasty and dry, making me instinctively grab for another sip. The barnyard funkiness is an excellent addition that really augments the overall HopDevil experience.

M: Dry gamey tartness is the calling card of this ale. The decision to add brett to HopDevil is inspired, to say the least.

D: The alcohol level is moderate and never escapes the the funky body. A real treat to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2008 01:51:19 | More by akorsak
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JimsArcade

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16oz pilsner glass.

Like the HopDevil it's based on, it has a nice reddish-brown hue. It generates a sizeable head, and if not for that and the slightly finer composition of that head, you'd never know it wasn't a HopDevil just by looking at it.

Once you smell it, though, you know you've got something different here. The hop aroma is muted somewhat by the musty funk from the Brett yeast. It's bright and earthy all at once.

Wow, this is an IPA? Sure, the citrusy bitterness is there, but the yeast used in this brew brings a mellow balance to the equation. If you only consider the hops and the malts in a beer's taste profile, this beer will change your tune. It's hard to believe that this is related to the HopDevil at all. I actually prefer this wild version.

The new yeast brings with it a finer mouthfeel. It's still got the stickiness from the malts, but that stickiness is countered by the new carbonation profile. Definitely an improvement over the HopDevil.

I could drink this beer all night. Everything is so much more balanced with the funky characteristics of the Brett blending with the hops. The alcohol is well-hidden in this new recipe, too.

I've had this on-tap and from a bomber. On tap, it's a little more earthy while from the bottle it has a hint of sourness. I recommend trying both versions to see what you like better.

If I were to have one main complaint, it would be that the WildDevil, in bottle form at least, is extremely overpriced. If the only thing that's different in the recipe is the yeast, there's no excuse to charge 3x the price for a case of WilDevil over that of a HopDevil. Even at the brewery, a pint of Wild Devil is priced on par with that of a HopDevil.

All-in-all, WildDevil is the most interesting (and successful) new beer Victory has produced in a very long time. I would go so far as to say that it no longer qualifies as an American IPA anymore: the Brett completely changes the characteristics of the HopDevil it's based on. Perhaps it's better suited in the 'Belgian IPA' or even 'Wild Ale' categories.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 18:51:26 | More by JimsArcade
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle into a Duvel snifter. A soft pour produced an abundant frothy head that was very slow to diminish. Aroma was a nice blend of funky spice, Earthy hops and the German malts that are familiar to Hop Devil. Taste was an absolute plethora of flavor, crisp citrus hops, funky Brett sourness and sweet malts dance nicely together and leave a nice sour bitterness on the tongue. The beer is quite light and refreshing with decent carbonation and is very refreshing. This one was even more enjoyable than I expected, one I will certainly love to try again and again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 08:44:21 | More by atsprings
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.