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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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737 Ratings
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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 32
Gots: 41 | 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 beer2day

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep gold with strong orange hints. Big, frothy head on my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Huge bubbles throughout the head.

Very strong yeast presence in the nose, as expected. Banana bread and cloves are all over this one. There are complex layers of spices underneath that initial tier, though.

Hit is very cloying. Finish is not much better, but some fruitiness kicks in - mainly with unripe cherries. These wild ales are definitely an acquired taste. In 30 years of beer drinking, I haven't acquired mine yet.

Body is slightly fizzy and slightly thicker than expected.

For the style, I don't think this is a bad beer. Just not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 02:29:51 | More by beer2day
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3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to me on tap at wonderful Julian's in Providence RI
A - Amber, slightly hazy. Nice fluffy light tan head that slowly falls.
S - Sweet malt, floral and a little funk.
T - Taste follows nose.
M/F - Light/medium mouthfeel. Light carbonation.
D - Interesting and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2009 04:46:18 | More by ThirstyBird
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3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle purchased at Shadyside Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh, PA on 6/9/14. Poured into tulip glass.

A - Semi-bright, dark copper/amber hue. Creamy head on pour, dissipates slowly with heavy lacing.

S - Citrus and sweet tart notes indicate the presence of both the hops and brett while a nice malt base keeps things grounded.

T - Tart chalkiness overrides the malt base, hops poke through and help to build a dry finish with an off twang of brett. Pretty interesting transformation of Hop Devil, makes me want to pick up a bottle of Hop Devil to remind myself where this started.

M - Carbonation keeps the malt and brett light and fluid, finish is a little too drying for my tastes.

O - Interesting tasting beer with fantastic interplay between the malt, hops, and brett upfront, but the lingering aftertaste of hoppy brett is not great. Makes me want to compare to the original for kicks. Would be interesting to hold on for one a little longer as this bottle was only 1 month old.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2014 23:35:57 | More by sevreng
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3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Peg's snifter.

A: Pours a clear copper, average carbonation. Forms a big fluffy white head with good retention.

S: Musty Brett funk, light lemony citric tang, resinous hops and light bready malts.

T: Brett barnyard musk and a bit of dishwater character. Spice, melon, and citrus hops, but hop presence is lower than expected. Toasted bready malts and some horseblanket round things out. Dry with a light hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body, carbonation sensation on the low side, and the alcohol is fairly well-hidden.

O: This beer seems to hit some right notes, but there are misses too. Primarily, it needs more hops and/or funk. I feel like in order to make it easier to drink, it sacrificed the good flavors it should have had - just seems a bit middle of the road.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 16:32:30 | More by macrosmatic
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife was kind enough to pick this up for me while she was shopping because she thought I would find it interesting. I do!

Poured our of a 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. bottle with a champagne cork (which was a pain in the ass but pretty), it delivered an uncontrollably large head. It was amber stained and creamy. Soft, fine bubbles with very impressive head retention and good lacing. The beer was a murky amber color. German head, Belgian color?

The nose was sophisticated, floral and Belgian yeast. There was a little hop kick and malty sourness to it too.

The taste had a slight banana. It felt like there was hoppy but the backbone was so strong that it balanced the beer to the point where it was hard to get a read on who was driving. I'd have preferred the hops to get more in the driver seat. The fruit left a tang in the mouth., mixed with more malt in the finish, it left a chewy funky aftertaste that was pleasant.

Mouth was a clean, refreshing - like a dry lager finish. Light side of medium body.

I wish this brew had gone hoppier. I thought it was tasty and refreshing but it just didn't hit the spot for me. My overall takeaway was that enjoyed trying this beer and it enhanced Victory's reputation in my mind, even if I am not going to be searching for this specific brew in future.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 06:39:23 | More by sgoodship
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Glass over flowed, tons of carbonation. Hazy amber beer. Laces well. Thick mat of bubbles stays around till the last drop.

S - Amazing wild smell. Lots of sour apple. Sweet grassy malt. Some tart acidic notes, touches of horse blanket. Wonderful.

T - This beer is all over the place. It has the hop profile of a good ipa, but the sweetness of Belgian. And the brett brings in a tart sour finish.

M - Lots of carbonation. Tons in fact, borderline gusher. Mice acidic and hopd dry finish. Light body

O- this wild beer is weird, its good in different ways but not one. Highly complex. Maybe time will show where this beer going.
will age another.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 05:08:14 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grolwer shared courtesy of hopdog and filled courtesy of maybrick...
Appears a hazy orange with a small white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is mild, with a very mild funk with some rubber, pineapple, grass, dried leaves, bananas, and earty minerals.
Taste is of light hops, rubbery funk, pumpkin & squash, dough, strangeness, with wood like flavors.
Mouthfeel is chewy, medium bodied, doughy, bitter, and smooth in the finish.

Serving type: growler

05-31-2008 02:13:50 | More by weeare138
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark copper/ruby color, with a huge 3 finger billowing head in my 25 oz. snifter. Slowly receding, it leaves wisps of lacing behind on the glass. Smell is big barnyard funk and earthy hops. This one really invades the senses and lets you know you are in for a unique experience.

The taste follows suit quite nicely. The hoppy IPA base is well apparent, bring a nice wave of bitterness and pine flavor to the forefront. But the wild funk comes crashing down quickly, reminding you that this is no ordinary beer. Medium bodied with more carbonation that a typical IPA.

This beer was very interesting overall. I really did enjoy the taste, but would much rather have this is small batches. The bomber is just too big and I was more than satisfied after the first 8 oz. or so. Then it became a little bit of a chore.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 15:38:52 | More by alcstradamus
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a very thick eggshell colored heading that sticks around and leaves some very nice lacing till the last sip.

Smell is very fruity and very spicey hopped. Another very heavy floral wave hits you after a few ticks.

Taste is immediate with bubblegum. Then a crisp maltiness kicks in right in the middle when the spicey hoppiness takes and finishes the ride.

Mouth is medium bodied a little acidic on the palate but doesn't overkill. Finishes smooth and hoppy.

Drinkability is good nothing spectacular. After the bigger hype about this beer a few months back I was very eager to try it from the taps and it didn't dissappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2009 18:38:26 | More by TheFightfan1
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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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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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New Jersey

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

.4 L glass on tap at Victory Brewing

A - clear reddish color, minimal head. Darker than expected

S - Mild Brett smell - some funkiness, not much else

T - Initial taste is funkiness that is then balanced by a solid hop bitter kick. Has a good malt backbone, but unbalanced on the hop side.

M - Dry, refreshing, almost too dry - bitterness lingers

D - Ok, but between the Brett funk and the hop bitterness it gets to be a bit much. Wouldn't order another.

Overall a good intro into Wild beers. Certainly the most palatable wild beer I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 15:14:13 | More by FickleBeast
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Rhode Island

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

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...

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 19:50:44 | More by discovolante65
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle dated June 11, 2009 poured into a snifter

A- A hazing amber/orange color with a HUGE head.

S- Different, the brett really stands out with hints of spices.

T- Hoppy up front, then it finishes just like it smell.

M- Smooth, weight fits the taste very well.

D- This beer takes some getting use to and the bottle should be shared with someone who enjoys craft beer. I did enjoy it, but I do not see myself buying it again unless someone else wants to try it with me.

Note: After not being able to describe the smell I did do some research on Brettanomyces and found out that it was what I was smelling.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 23:20:59 | More by larryi86
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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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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged & corked bottle. Bottle date: 9/21/09, so just over two years. Poured into a DFH signature glass.

A: Well, it's been written before but it is certainly true...over carbonated. Didn't even get cage off before it blew and started shooting everywhere. Poured what I could in glass. Tons of head. Can there be a five finger head? Off white, marshmallow type head. Cloudy orange color from what I got. Some lacing from the head.

S: It's hard to tell through all the head. There is some barnyard aroma. The hops are still there but I would assume died a good amount in the two plus years. I get some fruit, not sure what. Also some piney notes.

T: It's a pretty pleasant sip after all the head died enough to try it. You get some of the Brett on the tip of the tongue. No real hop bite. A good amount of sweetness in the middle. Along with some floral and pine notes.

M: Medium bodied. But not like a DIPA or anything.

O: I have to give this one a B+. Marked down a bit because of the explosion, and difficulty actually pouring a decent glass the majority of the bottle. Amazing how over carbed this was.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 13:34:23 | More by inlimbo77
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-15-2014 23:01:13 | More by CavemanRamblin
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-28-2014 20:45:15 | More by Iparedman
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-27-2012 21:24:59 | More by jheezee
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-30-2013 17:53:57 | More by JamLand
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-15-2014 18:27:58 | More by mikeburd1128
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-02-2014 17:43:46 | More by jaydoc
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-19-2014 00:56:50 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-19-2014 02:54:42 | More by campfirebrew
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-19-2014 01:13:00 | More by salthemonster
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.