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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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86
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1,194 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,194
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 45
Gots: 128 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kadonny on 05-08-2008

It’s arguable that our menacingly delicious HopDevil has always been wild. With bold German malts and whole flower American hops, this India Pale Ale is anything but prim. But add a touch of brettanomyces, the unruly beast responsible for the sharp tang and deep funk found in many Belgian ales, and our WildDevil emerges completely untamed. Floral, aromatic hops still leap from this amber ale, as a host of new fermentation flavor kicks up notes of citrus and pine. Pour yourself a glass today—if you dare.
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Dense malt body. Well balanced, assertive, earthy hop. Just a hint of funk. Low tartness. Solid brew.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this shortly after it first came out on tap at the Victory brewpub. The character wasn't much different from Hop Devil at the time, so let's see if a bottle's any different. Cloudy coppery orange with a two inch beige cap. Lots of clumpy lacing, good head retention. Interesting aroma, ripe fruits, pineapple and citrus, earthy and grassy, faint tartness. Moderate bitterness that grew to become fairly sharp over a few sips, with more tropical fruit sweetness. Notes of funk, minerals, and berries, a bit medicinal with very faint rubbery/plastic flavour. Lingering grapefruit. Kind of odd, but it works fairly well. Carbonation was on the high side and quite creamy. A little dry with a decent texture. I like it. The combination of hop flavour and bitterness with the brett seems like a good idea.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Stub and Herbs in Minneapolis on 5/12, a 7 oz. pour

Poured a slightly hazy orange color with a half inch off-white head that falls to a skim and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma was basically the same as the regular Hop Devil with a slight funk to it. There was citrus, pine, and spicy hops in there with the brett flavor only slightly making an appearance.

Taste began with hops from the start, again citrus, pine, and spiciness all with a bit of a funky brett tinge to it. It was actually quite subtle, probably due to the hops covering it up.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, pretty smooth and easy to drink.

Overall I can say I'm glad I was able to get the 7 oz. pour because I didn't want to spend $9 for a bottle of it. It's an interesting beer that is worth a try but I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off I'd have to say that this drinks more like a wild ale than an Belgian IPA. The presence of brettanomyces, after one has been able to detect such, is too strong and distinctive to deny.
On that note-
Funky and almost musky in scent and flavor. While hops are clearly used here I wouldn't mark them as a defining aspect, or THE defining aspect of the beer. The yeast is what takes center stage here. Bottled March 3, 2009 and this being May 7, 2010, the bottle has had some time to mature and maybe could have benefited from even more time in the bottle. Tart and twangy with almost rotten apple notes there; hard, core, steel cider?
Very alive with the yeast action.
So far, from my experience, the best take that Victory has had on a Belgian style or idea. It has a traditional/authentic aspect without trying to copy something.
I will get other bottles of this for the sake of comparison.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with reddish tint and a large head. A smell of bigness; some sweet malts and fruit aromas closer to berries and grape more than citrus. A fuller body that has some caramel sweetness intertwine with a wild, leafy hop bitterness that gives off a mild tropical fruit flavor but also has a sour, dry and crisp edge to the backbone of this beer. A good beer but wore my palate out towards the end; one is fine for me.

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.