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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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87
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528 Reviews
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Reviews: 528
Hads: 1,242
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 43
Gots: 149 | FT: 2
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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Photo of Damian
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits, Boston, MA
Bottled on: Mar 3 2009
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a cloudy, deep, dark, amber-mahogany color with a two-finger, light tan, sea foam head that faded to a dollop of froth. Patchy blocks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was an interesting and impressive blend of citrusy hops and banyard funk. Fruity and semi-sweet with some noticeable must and sourness. Slightly oaky and vinous. Vinegar notes were also detectable.

The taste was similar to the aroma. Once again, an intriguing mix of must/funk and punchy, citrusy hops. The brett character came through strong, particularly up front. Some sweet malts were noticeable as well. Overall, however, the beer the beer started a touch weak. Notes of orange peel were apparent on the back end and they carried into the super hoppy, piney and bitter finish. Lots of grapefruit flavor came through as well. Ultra dry and crisp. As the beer warmed, the sweet malts became more noticeable.

The mouthfeel was light and a touch airy. Crisp, bubbly and sprightly. Somewhat Champagne-like. As the beer sat, the carbonation settled and the liquid became slick, creamy and smooth.

This was definitely a tasty and unique beer. It seems like brett infused IPA's are a new trend in the beer world and this particular one happened to be my favorite example thus far. At a mere $9 a bottle, this was terrific deal. (1,469 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber color with a lot of carbonation. I poured down the side of a imperial pint and still got a huge head. Smells of citrus hops with a little bit of sourness coming through as well. Slight whiffs of malt buried in the background. Taste is wonderfully complex. The hop bitterness intermingles well with sourness from the brett and the citrusy hop flavor. The malt is less noticeable due to so much else going on but it is definitely there and well balanced. Very dry finish. Light to medium body and very drinkable, I really prefer this to the normal Devil. It might actually be worth the $102 I spent on the case. (623 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange, nice bubbly head leaving decent lacing. Smells of floral pansies, lots of grass, little bit of clove, some funk, a lot going on here. Tastes of earthy bitter-like malt followed quickly by a hop bite and further bitterness. Not very sweet at all. Hints of pineapple, citrus and earthiness. Finishes quite dry.

An interesting beer, i found the aroma didn't really match the taste which is quite shocking. This beer is not sweet in the slightest, especially compared to hopdevil. The funk is pretty scaled back overall, however, the flavors that the Brett brings to the table are pretty hit and miss. Interesting, however, probably wouldn't buy again. (676 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into 25oz snifter. Reviewed as an American Wild Ale.

Burnt orange with a touch of ruby. Half of the glass is filled with foam that slowly loses density as it settles, adding more and more pea-size bubbles. The head eventually settles to a thick bubbly cap.

A little bit of musty malt aroma, citrus, and a lot of very tart farmhouse aromas.

The flavor is very even, with plenty of toasty malts, but also some very earthy sour flavors. A little bit of grapefruit citrus comes through in the end. Full bodied, high carbonation.

Actually pretty drinkable. For those that love the Brett strain then this one is worth of a try. (639 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, split and paired with some smoked ribs and such

cell phone notes, tasted last weekend

appearance: served in a standard pint, hazy orange-amber body with an active beige froth

smell: caramel, funky yeast, spicy hops, apricot, peach

taste: brett is the new rage these days - victory chimes in with a genetically modified version of their solid ipa...the brett adds some funk but the taste is pretty muddy - still a hoppy beer with a funky distraction

mouthfeel: medium body, active carbonation

drinkability: good (529 characters)

Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a thick white head. The smell of this beer is great. A nice Brett, sweaty, horse blanket aroma up front along with the fruity hop aromas in the background. Very nice flavor. Smooth and a good balance between the Brett flavors, the mellow hop and sweet malt. The after taste is slightly bitter and very funky from the Brett. The mouthfeel is about right, smooth and well carbonated. I could drink this all night, very good. (448 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bomber that this beer came in was wonderfully labeled with and intriguing introduction to the contents on the back, and things only got better as he wire cage was removed and cork pulled. The body looked typical of IPAs with an orange amber color and slight cloudiness, but the head atop was much larger and wend down very slowly, leaving specks of lace around the glass. The aroma was very Brett driven and supported by complimentary hops. The spicy, herbal, and floral smells were prominent, and a bit of citrus was present as well. The taste was tart, tangy, and earthy. The Brett was pretty dominant over the hops, which here played a supporting role. Surprisingly there was little bitterness, and some sweetness poked through in the middle of the sip before the fully Brett driven finish. The thick head provided a very creamy feel. I felt that this beer could have used quite a bit more hops to really shine. May be a Wild Wallop would be an even more delicious offering. Otherwise this was a fantastic melding of styles. (1,031 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a little skeptical of this one. Basically Hop Devil (an outstanding brew) brewed with Brettanomyces yeast. Can it work?

The appearance certainly works. A dark copper colored beer with an outstandingly chunky head. The foam settled down after a few minutes, but left plenty of lacing as a remembrance. This nose seems to merge the hops and Brett yeast well. Floral hops mixed with Belgian funk makes an oddly appetizing aroma.

Medium bodied as it raced across the palate. Fruitiness and that great funk from the Brett yeast entertains the taste buds. The center leaves a hint of sourness before it exits with floral hops reminiscent of the hop profile from Hop Devil. The beer leaves the palate with bitterness and sourness, but definitely not in an offensive way.

This beer is very drinkable and, all said, not half bad. Considering the contrast of the two (brett yeast and floral, citrus hops) this beer is well made and enjoyable. (940 characters)

Photo of Aenema
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear caramel, 3 finger tan head with splotchy lacing.
Smell - Horse blanket funk and citrus hops.
Taste - Funk, mild hop bite, some sourness and some caramel malt. A very interesting, unique beer.
Mouthfeel - My bottle was overly carbonated upon opening (very highly carbonated) and although it was a medium-bodied beer, it had a watery feel. After sitting and opening up, it flattened and jelled together.
Drinkability - Very drinkable, but would be better in a 12oz format.
Overall - Very interesting, but not a beer I will revist soon. (552 characters)

Photo of pwsoldier
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a large off-white head with excellent retention. Lots of lacing is left on the glass.

S - Funky brett notes dominate, backed up by some citrus hops. The merger of brett and American hops creates a fairly grassy aroma. It's very interesting and enticing.

T - Sour brett notes dominate up front with plenty of citrus hop bitterness and a touch of malt sweetness coming through in the finish. The brett and hops seem to clash at first, but they gradually begin to compliment each other as the beer warms, creating a phenominal flavor experience.

M - Full-bodied with some lingering funk on the palate. Carbonation is slightly subdued, which is fine by me.

D - A very interesting and enjoyable drinking experience. This is a great beer to share and discuss with friends. It's quite unlike any other IPA I've had. My hats off to the guys at Victory for making this outside-the-box brew! (924 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I totally dig badass beers with low alky. And a big F you to everyone else. You're just damn drunkies! period

This brew pours up with a murky deep rust color and a spectacular fluffy ivory crown. great lacing on my dixie cup.

the nose is great. Immediate scent of brett and yeast and funk, followed up by mild fruits, figs, cherries, apricots. then comes in the floral hops. very nicely balanced.

the taste was not as smooth as the aroma but it was still damn good. I taste brett funk, big bitter spicy hops, hay, light earth, more mild fruits.

nicely done. full bodied, Belgian style carbo. A damn good afternoon delight... (641 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a small glass at the Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis during an IPA tasting. I have to repeat the sentiments of Emma from Abe's Cold Beer, "I respect what they're trying to do, but..." The poor beer just doesn't work. It doesn't really have enough hops to resemble an IPA, and there isn't enough wild fun to be a respectible sour ale. Instead it's stuck with an odd clove and plastic taste that's none too pleasant. Pass. (419 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber body and a big fluffy white head. The aroma is vinegary brett sourness meets light fruity hops. On the palate the brett really takes over. Starts out spicy, peppery, fruity, and herbal, then vinegar and brett. Hop bitterness and flavor seem to be severely muted by the brett. Still, it is wonderfully complex and tastie. Medium carbonation, tart, bright, acidic and refreshing. Like brett? You'll like this. Just don't expect anything resembling an IPA. (483 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass, the beer is a hazy red/orange color with a huge, tan, meringue-like head. A pretty beer. Great aroma, too. Very floral and earthy. Expecting big things, I was a little disappointed in the taste. Not that it's bad, but it doesn't live up to the aroma. Some citrus, more pine, a lingering bitterness. Where did the earthy aroma go? Still, this was a very good beer, and I will want to drink it again. (415 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer, poured into a wide-mouthed chalice is a medium orange-red color, a bit hazy, with a small but persistent head. The aroma is particularly delicious, with a huge load of herbal hoppiness and a nice musty earthiness (new-turned black soil) underneath. A gorgeous flavor! First, there an enormous hoppy flavor fairly grassy and citrusy, but bitterness never completely takes over; the brett really makes this beer, lending a delicious tartness and a lot of complexity and also pungency. The best beer I've had in months.

I haven't really cared for hop devil in the past, it being the taste of hops and nothing but, but this beer reminds me more of the excellent Orval, but with even more hops! wonderful! (712 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Corked & Caged bottle into a Corsendonk tulip. Bottled on Apr. 22, 2009.

Wild Devil pours beautifully, as the russet-copper body maintains a good clarity and active carbonation level, fueling a well-retained tuft of creamy, golden foam. Small spackles of lacing left behind on the inside of the glass. Aroma is a toned-down version of Hop Devil, with a hint of stinky barnyard funk from the Brett balanced by a nice backbone of caramel & biscuit malts that supports a fresh, floral hop nose.

At this early of a stage in Wild Devil's maturation, I can't say that I'm sold. Don't get me wrong, the flavor is nice, but the Brett and hoppiness collide and compete too much with one another. Finishes dry and slightly sticky, with a pronounced funk note and some pine. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, with a medium body and a good bitterness. I have to commend Victory for the originality. And although this isn't the greatest IPA I've come across recently, I'm looking forward to opening a bottle a year from now to see how the Brett character has changed. (1,060 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle. Poured chilled from the 750ml to a double walled tumbler.

A - Hazed deep golden amber/apricot shade with creamy ecru head comprised of spacious bubbles measuring about 3 fingers high and makes a lot of lace

S - Mild lychee, golden pear and grape aroma w/ a mild brett funkiness and sweet malt scent w/ ligt stone fruit tinge

M - dry yeast & spice combine w/ sweet fruity malt and mild spice w/ a citrus tang from the hops. Finishes slightly nutty w/ a mild warmth of alcohol and pine bitterness in the finish

T - A tasty tropical yeast element w/ red grapes and mild pine hops keep the flavor of bretty funk under wraps and the mild toasted sweet malt flavors blend well together w/ subtle light sugar and citrus accents w/ mild apricot fruit and earthy yeast playing off the mild lingering pine finish

D - A great ale all fermented w/ brett? I am surprised and the taste is delicious a truly drinkable IPA w/ belgian influence. I like how the malt a d fruit shadow the hop flavors w/ subtle brett funkiness adding light/shade contrast. (1,093 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden amber, almost closer to a sunset orange just before it sinks beneath the horizon. The rolling head forms quite quickly, and it's huge. About 2 and a half, almost 3 fingers in a tulip. It leaves plentiful, thick layers of lace behind.

S: A moderately mild aroma - floral and slightly citrus with a bit of earthiness and hay. Hops are the more dominant aroma, but even they are modest.

T: The taste is a different story... quite flavourful, with plenty going on. Citrus hops have a great relationship with the brett, which doesn't add too much of a horse-blanket character, but the funk certainly is there. Some slightly evergreen notes are still there, though I detected more in the HopDevil. There's also an intriguing sweetness to this - almost like a fruit sweetness, but not quite - that makes for a great drinking experience. Very good.

M + D: It's quite a foamy beer (I over-poured on one of my glass refills and got it all over myself!) but that isn't so apparent on the tongue. Carbonation is a bit bubbly and assertive, but not really intense. It has just a touch of chewiness to it that is nice. I'm certainly a fan, and look forward to having it again. (1,183 characters)

Photo of mmcary
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up today from Spec's, once I got the dang cork out, I was able to pour what is a interesting experience in beer.

A- Poured into a Duvel glass an immediate four finger head developed. Darker than what I was expecting, very orange/amber in color.

S- Funky with a splash of hops. The Brett is very apparent in this, not overpowering but you can smell it, not bad, not that fantastic though.

T- First thing I got was the bitter Brett, as it warmed I could taste the hops, some spice as well, very strange. I do not think it tastes much like Hop Devil as others have stated, it has it's own flavor, not bad, but I wonder with age if the taste might improve..

M- Not too bad, pretty well carbonated, smooth and easy to drink, the flavor lingers well after you drink it.

D- I had to sip this one. It was good to let it linger and let the flavors come out. There is a lot here to sort out. I had one glass and I was done, but it was not bad.

Overall this is a strange brew, not bad, but not something I would seek out again. Wish it was in a smaller bottle, I had to use a wine stopper to save the rest of the 750 for later. I prefer good ol hop devil over this , glad I tried this one for the experience, not sure I want to again though. (1,244 characters)

Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of number1bum
3.82/5  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! (2,146 characters)

Photo of ericj551
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wild Devil pours a hazy red/copper with a foamy, bubbly head that fades at a medium pace. The aroma is kind of conflicted, on one hand, herbal, citrusy American hops, and on the other, funky, earthy, and estery notes. The two stand distinctly from each other, and they don't really blend. There's an aroma that reminds me of a ripe garbage truck (but not in an offensive way). The flavor is dry and hoppy up front followed by a light phenolic flavor. Earthy funk dominates the finish, with hints of that garbagey flavor. Overall, this is an interesting beer and I'm glad to try it. (581 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a moderately cloudy dark honey colour with a slightly off-white / khaki coloured head that dwindled away into a delicate web of frost over the liquid's surface in about 45 seconds. Nothing too fancy; looked about average.
Smell was a lovely amalgam of resinous hops, yeast, spices and mild sugary notes. Very interesting indeed.
Taste was just incredible, in my opinion, as it provided *some* hops bitterness, but shifted over toward the yeasty, spicey notes so closely associated with Belgian ales. The later waned, toward the finish, concluding in a bit of a hoppy bitterness that was evident in the beginning. This is just fantastic, as it seems to marry two interesting beer concepts: the overly hoppy American IPA & Belgian spontaneously fermented ale. In the mouth, there is moderate carbonation and terrific smoothness. Weight, too, is moderate, being neither too heavy nor too thin. This is indeed highly drinkable, and very well crafted. Brilliant!! (966 characters)

Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my dimple glass this brew is amazing when it come to a head you get a two to three finger head with a good pour, and it lasts . The body of the brew is a clear orange copper color.

The aroma is quite unique you get the Brett funky yeast, then some light floral hops come up as it warms. The flavor is just as wild, a funky IPA. What a nice combination. I had funky IMP Stout this weekend but that was unintentional. This one seems to work, the funky brew with a bitter finish is a nice surprise. The mouthfeel is great as well. Oh ya the carbonation is intense but you can guess that from the head.

A very drinkable combination but the bomber is great for one sitting. I will grab this one again (709 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cork with relative ease and a loud, well, pop.
Poured...holy crap...head is coming up fast to about 4 fingers. This is a clean glass, too. yipes. Luckily the head chunks up and calms down to a moderate level. Some clinging to the glass all the way up. Clean, chestnut appearance.

First whiff brings up Belgian IPA. Some sourness comes in, then sweet. A bit musky. Some funk and small phenolic hints..plasticy.

Tame flavor. wow, downhill form here. Thin, weak, tame. Perhaps the hops and bretts cancel out each other. Maybe I should age this a bit more. This reminds me a bit of Bud Ale. It has hops....I guess. There is a bite to it. An IPA? More like a PA with Brett instead of malt as the balancing agent. It is dry, wouldn't say sweet, but it has something else. Wouldn't say sour either. Juicy, perhaps.
Apple, slight pear and bread.
Sour hits at the end, but on the tip of the tongue. Hmm.

Good drinkability. Not sure about this one. (953 characters)

Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.