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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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661 Ratings
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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 31
Gots: 26 | 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 emerge077


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +3.9%
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 -3.9%
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 -1.8%
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 +18.2%
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 +1.3%
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 -26%
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
Photo of kirkmichel


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Beautful rust/amber color with a thick tan foam that aderes to the glass. Beer is opaque but not cloudy.
S-I couldn't get too much on the nose..not sure if my sniffer is broken or if the beer just doesn't have much. Did, of course get the piney hop smell that one would expect from a Belgian IPA.
T-What the smell lacked, the taste totally made up for. Nice hop zing, with a nutty flavor and carmelized sugar and fruit.
M-Oily hop feel, but nice overall.
D-Definitely could have a few of these - nice zing, but doesn't totallly take your tastebuds out of commission.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 18:59:06 | More by kirkmichel
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had half a bottle left from a tasting, put a stopper in it, and it was still remarkable well-carbonated the next day.

A: Hazy, copper-orange with a light tan head, good retention, slight lacing.

S: Floral, soapy, citrus and toffee with an enticing hint of barnyard funk.

T: There's a lot going on with the flavours here. There's the floral & citrus rind from the hops, a little earthyness & soap, spicy Brett character and underlying bread, nut & caramel from the malts (plenty of protein but not too much sweetness). Eclectic & wonderful. It's like brewing a Orval with some slightly dark malt (German no-less), then hopping it up American style.

M: Moderate body is smooth, somewhat acidic (from the yeast & hops) with an off-dry finish.

D: I like it, but the hops & Brett might be a little much for some.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 01:46:57 | More by Derek
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Enchanting dark amber color with a slightly hazy, clear body. The head is big and bubbly and leaves splotchy lacing.

S- Somewhat funky like bread that is rising. Citrus and tropical fruit notes present but subtle.

T- I get alot of that yeast funk but also alot of hopping which creates a nice, somewhat chaotic balance. Not overly bitter but instead quite complex.

M- Great carbonation, with an effervescent quality. Moderate body.

D- Very drinkable with the right balance of originality and tradition.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 01:14:19 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of BenZ


4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Think Orval (the balance) + Jolly Pumpkin (the funk) + Stone (the hops). Brettastic, bitter, just slightly less dry than you'd expect. It would be extremely easy to put away a few of these.

This was bottled on 3/3/09. When decorked, there was a blast of american hops - that was the last time they showed their aroma. Poured a cloudy golden red, and the head kept growing over a minute or so, but very slowly - strange.

From then on it was a bitter brett masterpiece. There was some malt flavors in there, but who cares. Drink this thing now!!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 00:40:16 | More by BenZ
Photo of briman


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper color, clear, with a huge fluffy off-white that retains a considerably long time.

Aroma has big floral hop component, some fruit, spices (peppery?), and a distinctive sour note.

Flavor has some citrus, spice, and a pretty substantial earthy undertone that really comes out towards the finish. Very mild malts in the background, but not enough to really get a sense of the character. Mild-to-moderate bitternes in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall, a very interesting brew. Quite an interplay of flavors, with no single component really dominating the beer. Certainly unique.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 03:01:12 | More by briman
Photo of wchesak

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From corked 750ml bottle into an Allagash chalice

A - big sand colored puffy head, amber/copper body with good tint of red, great stream of bubbles traveling through the beer

S - very much like smelling fresh hops picked off a farm, and smelling them in a barn

T - pine/citrus hop flavors at first, giving way to the caramel German malts, then back to the bitter/dry hops taste mixed in with the wild yeast

M - good carbonation but certainly not over the top, medium bodied, finishes clean with lingering hop bitterness in the back of the mouth

D - will be enjoying this again, brett makes this a bit more complex than most IPAs, worth cellaring one and see how it develops

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 23:54:01 | More by wchesak
Photo of gford217


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

The cork pops with a solid pop and pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a massive cream-colored head. It's at least three inches tall and recedes extremely slowly as the bubbles keep feeding it from underneath. Lacing is very good.

The aroma is an interesting mix of things. It's got the citrus hops I'm used to in Hop Devil but there also a slightly acidic citrus kick and some earthy funk just starting to creep in. The yeast is definitely present as well with an earthy spiciness in the nose.

The taste is sharp up front with some tart lemons and some spicy yeast on top of an earthy backbone. The finish is dry and slightly funky with lots of bitter spiciness. I'm not exactly sure what to make of the taste, which is all over the place, but is starting to come together.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very lively on the palate with lots of carbonation and a citrus tartness that zings the tongue at each sip.

This is an interesting take on the original beer. It's got a lot going on and I think a little more time would probably help things meld together a little more. It's starting to get there, but not quite yet. Even so, it's quite enjoyable and very original.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 02:05:12 | More by gford217
Photo of Wasatch


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this one.

750ml Bottle
Bottled: 22 Apr 09

Pours a nice slightly hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, huge three-finger off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, lemon citrus notes, and some spice. The taste is bitter, hoppy, slight malts, with a good dose of citrus, and spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but most likely would not try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 00:24:00 | More by Wasatch
Photo of beerphan


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle -> imperial pint
Bottled on Apr 22 2009 stamped on label

Pous a hazed deep oranged amber with a huge white active head. Tons of thick lace on the glass. Carbonation is active and abundant. Be careful to pour slow or you'll end up with a glass of thick popping foam.

Nose: Belgium funk. Stingy spice, sugar, sour

Hopdevil on steroids and rolled around in a bed of wild funk! Full malted caramel and sweet brown sugar goodness is quickly and mercilessly slapped aside by an unmistakable Bett blast of funk, that rules the flavor to the finish. Tons of hop bitterness present, but only a tad of citric rind melds through. Sharp and funky, yet smooth and complex. Smooth steady mouth that improves as some of the massive carbonation calms itself.

I raised the taste score, and lowered the drinkablity as i made my way through the bottle. Not something that would replace my sessions of hop devil, but a great spin that I was glad to try.

Thank you hoodstream, for taking me to Red Rocks 2night!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 03:52:10 | More by beerphan
Photo of pokesbeerdude


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, $10. Bottled 4/22/2009

A: Amber in color with a huge billowy off white head. Excellent retention, head is dense, fair amount of carbonation moving around. Nice lacing. Pretty fair looking beer.

S: Sour barnyard funk, slightly medicinal, with an herbal hop quality, slightly spicy, and also a little tiny hint of pine. Has an almost mint like quality. Really reminds me of Mikkeller's Its Alive!, nice smelling beer.

T: Really a conflict in the mouth, beer pulls the tongue in many different directions, acidic sourness and hoppy bitterness, really hard to place, quite complex. The slightly minty flavor follows into the mouth. Hop profile is spicy, and definitely more European than American. Unique, but pleasant. Malt profile gets lost under the big hops and wild yeast. What is there is caramelly, but really gets lost. This is unique, but once again quite similar to Mikkeller's It's Alive!. Nice though.

M: Medium thickness, slightly spicy in the mouth as well. Really dry. Very small alcohol heat as well.

D: Really too complex, and has entirely too much going on to be a beer that is easy to drink. Quite tasty, and a unique interpretation on an IPA. Wasn't really much of a fan of HopDevil, and this is about on the same level. Good beer to try, and my hat goes off to Victory for this one. Way to think outside the box! But I don't think I'd ever buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 00:59:47 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of gatornation


3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this ale poured with a huge slowly dissipating head that did not go away..the smell is of a Belgian strong or pale ale not bad the taste is alittle bland but something tells me to take another sip is it the brett or is it the hop devil ipa mixture either way this is an interesting ale glad i bought it and it does grow on you it has hops and grass and biscuits and then that belgium yeast hits you wow this is getting better..its not one ill buy all the time but glad i got it and will try again and will recommend

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 22:43:52 | More by gatornation
Photo of david18

New York

3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not as good as I was hoping for the Wild Devil is still interesting, especially for an "American Pale Ale" as this site states. I had it on draft at my favorite beer pub and it certainly was refreshing but there are better pale ales out there. Worth a try and another great try from this brewery but not one I'll by a sixpack of.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2009 18:49:32 | More by david18
Photo of UnionMade


3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Clear, golden amber with a huge, poofy head. The foam laces very nicely all the way down the glass, in big frothy clumps.
Smells mostly floral, with a touch of green apple. I'm not getting much in the way of funk. Some mousiness is there, but not much. Certainly different from Hop Devil.
Wow! The flavor is much funkier than the smell. Toasty malt sweetness immediately gives way to harsh, bretty, jam-band level funkiness. It basically dominates the beer. Medium/full bodied, with very assertive carbonation. Not much in the way of sourness, or at least it's buried under significant hop bitters in the finish. Prominent barnyard flavors, reminding me of visiting the livestock tent at county fairs. Hay, with a distinct cow plop flavor at the very end of the finish. Strange and slightly unpleasant, but I'm comforted that nothing harmful can survive in beer, and that this is a reputable brewery. Dry and decidedly eccentric. If this was a person, it would be that crazy guy that walks around town with basketball shorts under leather chaps and carries the pink boom box.
I'm not sure if IPA and wild ale mesh exactly. The bitterness of the hops is only amplified by the lack of sweetness than brett delivers, and that cowshit flavor in the finish is somewhat off-putting. I'm glad my wife has been wanting to try this, because I doubt I want the entire 750 ml.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 08:41:24 | More by UnionMade
Photo of MisterClean


3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased and drank at the Belmont Station, PDX.

A - Poured copper wth a 2 fingered white head. Dissipated moderately slow leaving nice lacing.

S - Funk, brett, notes of honey, toffee, spicy hops, and a nectar ester.

T - Brett, honey, breadiness, bitter, slight alcohol, and medicinal tasting. Not so good.

M - Full bodied, hop dominated, with some light alcohol.

D - Something went wrong to give the medicinal taste. Not sure what, but couldn't finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 03:46:49 | More by MisterClean
Photo of KCHopHead


3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sorry to hate on Victory, I like Victory brews but... I just had Saison-Brett which is by far the best Brett beer I've had.

Poured into NB Snifter via Baltimore.

A - Darker than expected, with thick foamy head.
S - Funky Belgian with some hops.
T - Grassy hops, Dry Tripel-like (but for 6.7% I expect wet), Brett funk.
M/D - Good carbonation but a little hard to get down.

Edited to bring this below the B average. The guy who just reviewed above me said he couldn't finish the bottle and neither could I. How do you give a beer a B- when you can't drink it.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 02:15:18 | More by KCHopHead
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed crimson hue...big, creamy beige head. Lovely looking.

Fruity aroma, sweet and sour, funky stuff, whiffs of spice and straw, hayloft and orange, lemon and sod, a little apple...ah!!!

Slides into the palate assuredly...a nice blast of hops, blanketed by the Belgian yeast, coating the mouthfeel, hops spiking up a little from below. Little bitterness remains, but plays consistently on the palate. Delicate, and tasty buzz. Very smooth, easy drinking, ...but full of character, chock-full of juicy, jazzy hoppy flavor.

zesty stuff, flush with Belgian funk. Great drinker, highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 07:34:51 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of womencantsail


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber color with two fingers of fluffy head that sticks around. Some lacing.

S: Very funky, tart, barnyard, some sweetness. Not much in the way of "traditional" hop aromas (not in terms of IPA hop character, anyway).

T: A nice tartness on the front, followed by a slight bitterness and spiciness, and then malty sweetness on the finish. There is a definite floral feel to this beer, too.

M: Lots of carbonation, crisp, and dry. Despite the plentiful carbonation, still good body.

D: A very interesting beer. I enjoy it quite a bit, especially for the fact that it's completely different from anything I have had previously.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 21:00:17 | More by womencantsail
Photo of JimsArcade


4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16oz pilsner glass.

Like the HopDevil it's based on, it has a nice reddish-brown hue. It generates a sizeable head, and if not for that and the slightly finer composition of that head, you'd never know it wasn't a HopDevil just by looking at it.

Once you smell it, though, you know you've got something different here. The hop aroma is muted somewhat by the musty funk from the Brett yeast. It's bright and earthy all at once.

Wow, this is an IPA? Sure, the citrusy bitterness is there, but the yeast used in this brew brings a mellow balance to the equation. If you only consider the hops and the malts in a beer's taste profile, this beer will change your tune. It's hard to believe that this is related to the HopDevil at all. I actually prefer this wild version.

The new yeast brings with it a finer mouthfeel. It's still got the stickiness from the malts, but that stickiness is countered by the new carbonation profile. Definitely an improvement over the HopDevil.

I could drink this beer all night. Everything is so much more balanced with the funky characteristics of the Brett blending with the hops. The alcohol is well-hidden in this new recipe, too.

I've had this on-tap and from a bomber. On tap, it's a little more earthy while from the bottle it has a hint of sourness. I recommend trying both versions to see what you like better.

If I were to have one main complaint, it would be that the WildDevil, in bottle form at least, is extremely overpriced. If the only thing that's different in the recipe is the yeast, there's no excuse to charge 3x the price for a case of WilDevil over that of a HopDevil. Even at the brewery, a pint of Wild Devil is priced on par with that of a HopDevil.

All-in-all, WildDevil is the most interesting (and successful) new beer Victory has produced in a very long time. I would go so far as to say that it no longer qualifies as an American IPA anymore: the Brett completely changes the characteristics of the HopDevil it's based on. Perhaps it's better suited in the 'Belgian IPA' or even 'Wild Ale' categories.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 18:51:26 | More by JimsArcade
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.