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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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674 Ratings
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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 31
Gots: 32 | 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 Naugled

New York

2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

served in flute

Beautiful head, off white dense and long lasting.

Interesting combination of hop and funk, intriguing and makes you thirst

Flavor falls down in my opinion. Has great balance of hop flavor and brett funk, and you don't want to spit it out, but it is not an appealing flavor. It's like ketchup on ice cream, they just don't work well together.

Mouth feel is a bit thick and lingering and cloying

Not terribly drinkable, it's just not a good combination in my opinion. It's a well made beer, but falls down on flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 17:39:03 | More by Naugled
Photo of sweetbrew82


2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750 ML into a goblet/ Bottled on April 22, 2009

P: Orange-tinged amber with a gargantuan head of tan foam. It sits atop with the puffiness of a cumulus cloud and has a pretty thick and frothy texture to it. Shows good retention and even better rockiness as it sinks and leaves some chunks of lace behind.

A: The nose is quite interesting. I get citrus and floral hops, caramel malts, some fruity notes, and that Brett-derived horse blanket, leathery kind of character. Much more funky than I would have thought for being bottled only four months ago.

T: The taste is equally interesting, but in a less pleasant way than the nose. Citrus hops hit me with flavors of grapefruit, orange, and lemons while a pinch of pine needles jab at the bitter region of my palate. Some earthiness is noted in here as well. The caramel malt is heavily-toasted and plays a more sizeable role than the nose would lead you to believe. But, I think the Brett funk just kind of muddles things up a bit for me. It seems a little too forceful with notes of hay, horse blanket, and sweaty leather which kind of trample on the rest of the flavor profile.

M: The mouthfeel of Wild Devil is easily its best attribute. It feels medium-full in the mouth with a rich, semi-sticky creaminess that makes it very palatable, even if it is a bit over-carbonated.

Notes: I had a hard time rating this beer due to the unique nature of it. I just wasn't really feeling the Brett'ed IPA idea. Admittedly, it sounds interesting on paper, but the actual execution of such a beer was really awkward and not all that pleasant. The funk seems to drown out the hops and makes it feel kind of disjointed as a whole. Props to Victory for being brave enough to try it, though. It seems like a lot of other people are digging it, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. Interesting to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 23:57:13 | More by sweetbrew82
Photo of LittleDon


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip shaped glass. It is dark amber and cloudy with a substantial amount of carbonation. A huge amount of head is created, as if it were over-carbonated. The aroma contains both banana and rose-like floral elements. There is a small bite from the carbonation on the tongue. The taste is somewhat hard to describe. I think I'm getting hay, along with the alcohol and floral tones. The finish is bitter and surprisingly long.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 22:07:17 | More by LittleDon
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet.

4.5 A: Hazy orange brown color. Whippy, creamy tan head with excellent retention and moderate lacing.

3.0 S: Not very hoppy, but then again Hop Devil isn't hoppy to begin with. Perhaps a touch of herbal hops. Not very wild either. There isn't much here in any case.

3.5 T: This is pretty boring as an IPA and also pretty boring as a brett'ed beer as well. There's some funk there with horse blanket, but not as much as I'd like. Biscuity malts. Weak herbal hop flavor and decent bitterness.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation and very creamy. This is easily the best feature.

3.5 D: I have another bottle and will reexamine in about a year or so. As of now though, it's a shitty IPA and not much of a brett'ed beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 04:34:46 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of BeerBelcher


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was excellent. It poured a bright red color with mountains and mountains of head. Aroma is pure wild ale, with lots of barnyard funkiness accompanied by some pleasant sweet and sour notes. This beer has an astringent mouthfeel appropriate for the degree of sourness present. This beer was also pretty drinkable for having sourness and funkiness to it. It was really good.

I bought this bottle at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. I'd highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 17:58:42 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of Casey10


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this style and I thought that this beer had a good taste as well.

A - Dark copper hue with a very big head at pour seems to go down quickly though.

S - Funk, very earthy sharp smell.

T - Definate Belgian stylings with eathy taste, banana, cloves, very funky.

M - good strong feel here

D - If you like this sytle for the price can't go wrong. Not fantastic but not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 04:12:36 | More by Casey10
Photo of SolsticeDreamer


3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opened a 750ml bottled and pour into a wheat beer glass that held most of the bottle's pour. Amber color body with a creamy white head that lasted longer then one would think, a bit hazy though.
Had the aroma of a barnyard horse blanket next to a field of fresh cut green grass; floral and complex. Sweet aroma undertones with a hint of tart yeastiness.
Sweet malty with the must of the Brett yeast strain, but the complex all hits at once and lingers to a dry clean finish; the spicy and grassy notes drop off and my tongue search for the hoppiness that seemed to of only kissed the beer.
Pretty full bodied beer with a semi-high carbonation level that almost works for the style. Great beer concept, but it seem all too safe in practice. I want more hop! More FUNK! I guess one can not have cake and pie, it's either one or the other for this style and something was lost with the marriage the two.
A good fresh treat, but a bit pricy for what it is; but one should try it for themselves!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 22:30:54 | More by SolsticeDreamer
Photo of philipquarles


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours hazy amber with a fluffy white head that lasts quite a while. Smells strongly of Brett, with notes of barnyard, leather, and must. Nice sweet, floral notes with a bit of tanginess. Sweet malt comes through strongly in the taste, along with a lot of musty notes from the Brett. Quite spicy. A lot of grassy character thanks to the hopping, which also drys it out. Full body with plenty of carbonation; works well for the style. Though it's a good beer, all of the ingredients don't seem to jive together seamlessly.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 18:20:55 | More by philipquarles
Photo of Cresant


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. The body was bright copper with a hint of cloudiness. The tall head of off-white settled to a cap.

Smell was spicy. Wet concrete. Every so slight alcohol hints as it warmed.

Taste was peppery. Nice hops flavor without harshness. Dark cherries. Drying. Slight iodine flavor. Grassy. You can pick out the different aspects of this beer easily, yet they work well together and I found this very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was effervescent and medium to full in body.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 14:02:50 | More by Cresant
Photo of alleykatking


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Max's

A- Pours a very nice deep copper amber color. Given to me with a nice 1 finger head that seemed to melt away leaving behind nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Bigger hops upfront. Kind of a citrus hoppy smell but can't pinpoint the fruit I keep picking up. There is a bit of funk that kind of hides the hops a bit but doesn't cover it all the way. A sour smell to this beer which is a welcome in my nose. Nice aroma on this.

T- Nice hops profile in this. Kind of a little bitter. The yeast strain they use brings out some funk and extra bitterness to it. A nice sour taste also shines in this. I was suprised at how well I enjoyed this beer...which was...well....a lot.

M- Nice medium mouthfeel to this. Good carbonation levels helps the beer leave a sour mess in the mouth before it goes down the throat. Nice funk taste left on the tounge.

D- This a very drinkable beer I thought. I like sours though which might lead me to like this a bit more than others. Nice blend of the two styles and I am really glad I got to try this one out!

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 22:17:47 | More by alleykatking
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Victory Wild Devil Ale is a hazy golden ale with a dense, creamy off-white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a very unique aroma. Strong citrusy hops and sour bret are both prominent in the nose. It's medium bodied, silky smooth, but flat. The finish is acidic. It tastes sour and bitter. This is a super complex mash-up of a dry-hopped IPA and, like, a Geuze or a Farmhouse or something. It's fruity and funky. It's kind of a stunt beer.

[Sampled at the 2009 Flower City Brewers' Fest at Frontier Field, Rochester, NY]

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 12:34:37 | More by yesyouam
Photo of collmanb


4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I tried this beer while sampling all the taps at Stub and Herb's on a recent visit to Minneapolis. I like beer and I especially love IPA. After drinking my way through the taplist, this is the beer that I kept coming back to. It didn't taste a lot like an IPA, and it didn't taste like a typical Belgian, but it sure was good. I typically don't drink the same type of beer two times in a row, but this time I did - and Stub and Herb's has an excellent set of taps.

I want some more!

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 00:32:52 | More by collmanb
Photo of jabel9

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My understanding is that the Wild Devil is the Hop Devil with a wild yeast strain introduced in the brewing process. This beer pours a nice rich amber color with a good head that laces well. The bottle claims that it is spiced, and you can tell with every sip. As far as Victory brews are concerned, this is a very good brew. How could you resist the opportunity to try a beer that potentially can not be duplicated? I do, however, enjoy the Hop Devil and Hop Wallop a bit more. Cheers!

Serving type: growler

08-16-2009 03:21:49 | More by jabel9
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the head is supersudsy and voluptuous. lacing is decent but retention less so. copper in color, as i remember hop devil

hops are mostly what i smell. there's a touch of wildness but it certainly doesn't overpower the hop and may not even keep up with mat sweetness

this thing tastes like wild, though. the bitterness is bold but hop flavor loses out to brett. some sweetness gets through but the one-two punch of edgy funk and lupulin bitterness is a wall too significant to surmount for the poor malts

ok mouthfeel. does the job

good experiment...a decent twist to a great beer, yet i doubt i'll be drinking too much more of it...something about lots of hops and brett

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 03:14:26 | More by bruachan
Photo of vrazionale


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottled on APR 22 2009.

A - Pours a dark copper-colored body with a dense one finger head with decent retention.

S - This is quite the beguiling nose. I love the interplay between the hop pungency and musty basement smells. I get notes of pine, chestnut honey, orange, old wood, basement funk, vanilla, and grass.

T - The hop bitterness is well-tempered by the sweeter malt and dark floral honey character. The bitterness steps up at first, before transitioning to the funky sweet flavors, with the finish dominated by a piney, citrusy hoppy bitterness. As the brew warms up a bit, the sweeter notes outpace the bitterness.

M - The brew feels pretty full-bodied, but the carbonation is well-done.

D - I really like this brew, but it didn't blow me away. I like the idea of combining an IPA with Brettanomyces, and I think Victory did a good job integrating the very different flavors. I'd pair this brew with a big chunk of Stilton, a rustic pork pate, and a crusty baguette.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 02:37:00 | More by vrazionale
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

We love to funk you, Funkenstein
Your funk is the best

Poured from 750 into wide snifter. Corked + caged. I like the thick-neck bottle.

A- Ruby gold strawberry blonde amber, very nice coloration and a head that lasts for days. One of the most prolific and fluffy heads I've ever seen.

S- Fuuunky. Nice hop profile, What is that I smell? The brett.. the brett? It's got to be the brett, boldly asserting its presence.

T- I like it. No, I love it. I adore it. A solid hop profile (coming from HopDevil), this beer is multi-dimensional. The yeast/brett is powerful, funky, tasty, heavy, bold, and in perfect fashion. This is a world-class beer... Got to give it to Victory for setting the beer apart from most others.

M- the best of both worlds. This is a perfect hybrid... a fantastically balanced beer that is expertly crafted. Hops are crisp but are not too strong, which allows for the funk to come on in and settle on your tongue.

D- Really high. This one's tasty... don't sleep on it, it's a winner.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 23:38:10 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of John_M


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during their Victory blowout.

Wasn't sure how much I was going to like this beer, as the idea of infecting an IPA with brett struck me as a chancy idea at best.... but what do you know, Victory came up with a good idea.

The beer pours the expected copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is pretty interesting. I get the expected hopdevil citrus and pepper nose, but it's wound up with a considerable amount of sour funk, which greatly adds to the complexity. While I'm not a big fan of sour beers, I liked how the sour interplayed with the hoppy bitterness in this beer. Flavors on the palate replicate the beer pretty closely, but the hoppy bitterness ultimately seemed to dominate in this beer, which is what I prefer The beer is medium bodied, with persistent flavor throughout. The beer finishes well and the sour does seem to detract at all from the drinkability.

Much to my surprise, I really liked this. The sourness gives the beer a bit of an edge, and I think makes for a more interesting flavor profile. I think I prefer this to the regular hopdevil. A very interesting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2009 12:46:07 | More by John_M
Photo of jgasparine


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from the tap with a thin flat white head, which quickly receded, leaving a touch of lacing behind. Body is a hazy honey color, and exhibits a fair amount of carbonation.

S- The nose is prominently caramel malt and brettanomyces, with some faint low-alpha hop aroma playing in the background. Smells a bit crackerlike as well...

T- Nice caramel malt up-front and tons of horseblanket (brett)... but what's this, a moderate punch of low-alpha hops? I suppose the nose indicated that this was coming, but I don't know if I like the way it works (or doesn't work) with the funky malt profile... the hops almost seem distracting.

M- Big body... lots of unattenuated sugar... grainy and a bit oily at the same time... the moderate carbonation works nicely here with this wonderfully big body.

D- This beer goes down easy enough, but I feel like the hops are distracting... so I must downgrade the drinkability rating accordingly.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2009 02:26:33 | More by jgasparine
Photo of emerge077


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a dead-on clone of Burton Bridge Empire IPA...
Cellared this bottle since May, and the Brett is definitely there in spades.

Pours a lovely rusty orange, with a ridiculous amount of foam... pour slowly, this beast is alive! Thick lacing coats the glass, there was a convex rocky head that defied gravity for awhile before deflating back into the glass. Musty barn blanket Brett, some pineapple citrus peeks through too. Medicinal, wet hay, wild yeast smell. Alternately bitter and flashing sweetness in the initial sips. Long finish of leafy hop bitterness and some mild residual funkiness. The Brett is huge in a bigger quaff, very drying and musty, almost to a fault. I get some pine and straw, again very dry as Belgian IPAs are. Dusty dried pineapple is there in the background. Pretty complex, and plenty of wildness. The last third of the bottle slows me down a bit, probably best shared. This paired well with a 12 month aged Manchego.

Just purchased a 3rd bottle, and still loving it. If you like Wild Devil, seek out Burton Bridge Empire IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 23:53:49 | More by emerge077
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to Solomn420 for pulling this out and sharing.

Poured an amber with a nice white head. Nose is sour, spice and belgian yeast. Taste was sour, lots of yeast and hops, pretty good balance and there a spiciness to it on the end. Mouthfeel was and drinkability was good well. Good beer all the way around.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 01:21:29 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of cvaypai


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 ml to goblet.

Appearance - Pours a dark crimson orange with no sediment. A 4 finger frothy head emerges that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a thick frothy lacing.

Smell - Tons of belgian funk and sourness in the nose, followed by citrus. I will agree with others and say it has a barnyard like smell to it.

Taste - This is definitely different, a nice belgian funk to it, definitely can taste some orval like qualities, with a nice chase of citrus hops on the end. Bitter just on the end, can barely tell that is what this started as. Sour fruits detected, apple, cherry, and a bit of grape, its hard to discern though.

Mouthfeel - Not too bad, not overcarbonated and feels just about right for the style in the mouth, pretty good.

Drinkability - Just a glass or a bit more, the whole 750 is a bit much for one, definitely one to share I think.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 22:46:36 | More by cvaypai
Photo of alcstradamus


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
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
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
Photo of wyattshotmaker


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter with a massive billowy white head,this beer is a hazy amber color. nose is reminiscent of sweet tarts,seriously.it's very fruity and tart

taste has some citrusy hop bitterness with a spicy tartness provided from the brett yeast. finishes somewhat minerally,which i like quite a bit.

mouthfeel is light a prickly,i had this beer with some indian food and it was a nice compliment.the prickly carbonation cleaned off the palate nicely.

a funky beer,but overall pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 02:12:49 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of albern


2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm parting company with the reviewers who raved over this beer. This tasted like a Wild Ale and the Brett yeast was just overpowering. The sourish vinegar taste from the yeast was just too much to bear. The beer looked good with a nice amber color and a thick creamy and frothy head that laced and retained well.

The nose has a bit of the yeasty funkiness to come, but it is not until the beer is tasted that the true character emerges. This is really not an IPA, Belgian or otherwise, and there are no candied sugar fermentables to offset that really hard to take yeastiness. There was slight booziness to the beer and the mouthfeel was a bit taut and harsh. I didn't finish the one I had at the party and do not foresee revisiting this one either.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 22:40:45 | More by albern
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.