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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

782 Ratings
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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 34
Gots: 47 | 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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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this one for ages and finally got the chance tonight... Bottle was a bit of gusher... Dated March 27, 2009...

A - More than three fingers worth of light tan head with is both big and chunky as well as mildly creamy... A deep rich copperish bronze color with a faint amber hue... Burst at the seams with ultra rapid carbonation... Loads of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Belgian yeasts... Loaded with brettanomyces... Some grainy notes... A touch of tartness... Simple, straight-forward, slightly overpowering, but quite intoxicating none the less...

T - Yeast and brett are first and foremost and sit atop a strong hop base... Some distinctive sour notes emerge as well... Touches of pepper and spice...

M - Light to medium bodied... Intense hop bitterness... Exceedingly dry... Quite dense... Harsh intense carbonation on the tongue...

D - A very interesting offering from Victory... Rumor has it that it has been discontinued and I needed to try it before I lost the chance... Quite happy I did and would recommend others grab bottles if even the chance...

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 02:52:55 | More by philbe311
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a DT tulip.

Bottled On: APR 22 2009

A: Pours a very slightly hazy, bright rusty copper with a giant handful of creamy, light-khaki, foam on top that retained for 7-10 minutes and left a ton of beautiful lace in the glass.

S: Holy Brett! Dusty, woody, musty funk with some slightly herbal qualities. Dried wildflowers and dirty grapefruit.

T: See above. The Brett leads the charge here but get some back-up from moldy citrus, earthy hops, sour fruit, mint, damp wood, a touch of honey and/or caramel, and good old Chicago basement (Goodman St. in Jefferson Park to pinpoint the region)

M: Wants to big and juicy but the Brett reigns it all in and gives it a pleasantly spicy dryness. Prickly/peppery finish lasts forever.

D: While I liked almost everything about this beer, towards the end of the bottle I found myself straining to finish it. It seemed a little "one note". I had to rack my senses to pick out any IPA qualities.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 00:16:58 | More by GbVDave
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cudmud

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours with a deep copper color and with a huge rocky head. The head goes onto produce some major, sticky lace. This sample was a gusher and its taking a long time for the head to dissipate to a drinkable lever.

Smell: I first noted some carmel and toffee notes, which were followed by some very floral hop elements. There is also an apple and bubble gum smell to this beer.

Taste: This beer has a sweet earthy taste to it, which is followed by complex levels of hops. In all, this is a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Full body and smooth.

Drinkability: This is a well balanced and potable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 02:29:09 | More by cudmud
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper-ish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small slightly thicker patch and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of brett funkiness with decent amounts of barnyard and hay which is followed by lighter aromas of citrus/lemon zest and pine/resin hops. Just a hint of biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of biscuit + cracker malts with a slightly heavier than moderate amount of brett funky flavors (including some solid barnyard funk and hay). There is a moderate amount of citrus/lemon zest and pine/resin hops which intensify through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness are present in the finish.

O: A very enjoyable beer with a nice combination of wild/brett flavors and the traditional hop flavors in the base beer - easy to drink and definitely one I would grab again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2014 01:58:22 | More by dbrauneis
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petroos

New York

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours deep golden with a huge, 3 and a half finger light tan medium thickness head which takes a long while to dissipate. Great lacing. Very small amount of carbonation visible.

S: Smells floral first with the strong, musty funk of brett immediately after. Hints of honey, oats and yeast also.

T: First hops and citrus with an earthy undertone and bitterness. The midpalate is all brett. Musky horse blanket, funk, and grass. The finish is brett and floral hops with citrus peel and spice. The hop devil is definitely in there, but it now has a more floral, funky aspect which kind of evens out the bitterness of the original.

M: Mouthfeel is decent, nothing really sticks out.

D: Not especially drinkable or not drinkable. The alcohol is hidden well but the brett may be too much for me to have more than one glass in a sitting. Refreshing, but nothing amazing.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 20:47:30 | More by petroos
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ABOWMan

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper amber color with very hazy yeast "halo" appearance. The head was a generous three fingers of light amber colored fine foam that was long lasting and left slight lacing on the glass as I sipped along.

The aroma is of ripe fruit upfront with some citrus and bread notes to follow.

The flavor is very reminiscent of a robust Belgium ale with its funky fruity yeast notes. However this ale differs from them in that it also exibits a sweet malty background flavor with bitter hop notes that follow. The alcohol/malty sweetness followed by the bitter hop aftertaste left me wanting another sip as soon as I finished one taste.

This beer is flavorful enough that the bitter hop note with limit your consumption of this tasty ale, but this is the only atribute that isn't a standout. Try this beer if you are partial to Belgium ales and also like some hop bite ... you'll like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 22:47:33 | More by ABOWMan
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TommyW

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amazing head retention on the big, white head that is very sticky; body is gold body with red tints.

S- Lots of brett going on; notes of bubblegum, tropical fruit, cotton candy.

T- Again, big brett quality. That band-aid medicinal quality with tropical fruit sweetness. There is a hop pine and citrus hop quality as well. The brett flavor lingers along with some bitterness from the hops.

M- Big carbonation on a medium body.

D- Carbonation on this one is crazy; an interesting beer to try but probably not something I'd go back to very often.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 01:09:45 | More by TommyW
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to a kind trader for throwing this one in as an extra recently. For some reason the whole lineup minus this one had made it down to me. Served at cellar temp this one was poured into a goblet and consumed on 05/11/2009.
 
Fantastic pour right off the bat and to be honest nearly perfect for the style. Light hazy amber with a rich head of nearly three inches on top that would not fade for anything. Some light carbonation could be seen through the haze and a rich overall look for a wild ale. The aroma was nice, sour and bright with hints of lemon and citrus that rode up and over the sour notes very nicely. Light balancing act here as some touches of grain come into play, but really a very bright, almost a funky IPA like aroma. A bit of a let down as I go in for a taste, as I was really expecting this one to be bigger. Light citrus, mostly lemon across the tongue. Too light though and not enough depth for me, left me a bit hanging and wanting more from it. Solid carbonation though and a smooth, easy to drink profile, I just overall wish it had come off a little bit bigger.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 01:10:27 | More by mikesgroove
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cdizinno

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured into a Duvel Tulip after a very foamy episode from the bottle and glass. It just wouldn't settle down.

A: Poured out a hazy, dark amber with a thick 4 finger head. Heavy lacing.

S: Grapefruit and earthy tones, almost like a mild manure(sorry) with a typical Belgian yeast smell underneath it all.

T&M: Nicely balanced with a bready taste. Hops are there with an ultra-dry finish. Citrus and herbal hops come through with a mild malty sweetness. A little too heavy on the carbonation though. Medium bodied.

One is enough for me. Not that I would turn down another, but I'll stick with the standard IPA's and DIPA's.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 21:20:12 | More by cdizinno
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one in a 750 ml bomber right at Victory Brewing Company several months ago when it was first released. We had it on tap that particular day and it tasted "young" which is why I opted to age teh bottle for several months. What I'm tasting now is completely different than the tap version several months ago. Pours an amber orange with and produced a three finger high head with incredible amounts of carbonation. There's definitely some happy yeast in this beer! Holy cow! Had to take a few scoops of the head off the top with a spoon. (sorry folks, terrible thing to do) The malt aroma makes it smell somewhat of a German beer, smell some hops, earthiness, a little citrus, pine aroma.

The taste is not at all what I expected. Compared to the early, young version, this has really matured BIG TIME. Former version just tasted like a weird Hop Devil, almost similar. Now? Tastes Like a Farmhouse Ale meets Germany, meets Downingtown. Get some malts, lemony pepper, hops, bitter dry finish that is a little bit sour like a farmhouse ale. This is really an interesting combination. Complex, alot of different flavors going on. A little acidic, medium body. The beer lives up to its name, definitely.

This is a great beer from Victory, creative, well brewed, interesting for an enjoyable glass or two but I couldn't drink more than that. This is a weird one.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 00:21:56 | More by jzeilinger
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jojox

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Victory, released very recently.

a - dark red/brown, nice white head, holds. Good pour.

s - A bit of different odors that normally expected, but in general similar to Hopdevil. Grassy, herbal hops, not much alcohol. Here though there are some slight spice-type esters barely present. They seem to come and go?

t - Is this hopdevil or wilddevil? I actually had to ask our server to confirm what he gave us. The differences are so slight. Nicely spicy hop flavors up front, smooth and balanced maltiness in the middle, and drying bitterness in the finish. After we discussed the possibility of receiving Hopdevil by accident, I really started to doubt my tastebuds, but the Brett seemed to add a bit of woodsy-ness, spice. Oh so subtile. It's maybe a little less hop-forward than Hopdevil, especially since I know this batch is most likely super fresh. Who knows, in 6 months this could be a different beer.

m - sharp from bittering hops, but appropriately balanced as well. Good CO2. Started out way too cold.

d - Very high, as is Hopdevil.

asides - I was told by the lady working in the shop that this recipe is exactly the same as hopdevil, only the yeast is different. This is the second batch and released for Philly Beer Week.

Next: (4/11/09) This is a completely different beast. I got Wild and Hopdevil side-by-side at the brewery to see if I could detect subtile differences, but these are totally different beers now. Wilddevil has a mild aroma, somewhat Belgian in nature, and the flavors to match. Large belgian aromatics up front, like a Saison or Belgian pale. Drying in the middle and finishing with a bitterness approaching astrigency or phenolic at the end. The hops aren't obvious to be honest, but I'm sure they are contributing to the mouthfeel and dryness. The belgian character which has taken over is dominant. It's quite drinkable but I wonder what it will become and how carbonated the bottles I have bought will become.

Notes: Very interesting to see the change this beer has taken in a month. Victory must have been rushed to release this for Philly Beer Week. I wonder what strain of Brett was used, and if Brett, as the primary fermenter, will superattenuate in this case. Certainly an interesting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2009 17:46:50 | More by jojox
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NuggetNectar22

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a very nice surprise. I love the Hop Devil, so I figured to try this out.

It was a very drinkable beer. It has a nice light amber appearance. You will definitely taste some fruit on the nose. It tastes great and has a good mouthfeel. Victory is a great Brewery and they do a nice job with this one.

I haven't seen this one often, so I would try it when you get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 21:34:19 | More by NuggetNectar22
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub.

A-Clear amber with a small white head and decent lacing.

S-Belgian yeastiness dominates with a solid malt backbone.

T-Malty sweet with a moderate amount of yeasty spiciness. Hops are quite subdued.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-Nice enough but underwhelming. Not enough Hop Devil character to make this a nicely bretty IPA, not enough brett notes to make it a great funky beer.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2009 16:58:18 | More by sholland119
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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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ThirstyBird

Germany

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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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sevreng

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -1%
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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macrosmatic

Florida

3.79/5  rDev -1%
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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sgoodship

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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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DwnTwnBwn

California

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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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alcstradamus

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.