Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 527
Hads: 1,239
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 42
Gots: 147 | FT: 2
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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 BuffaloTapHugger
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown in color with a nice head and good lacing. Smells of some hops, wheat and yeast. Taste is a little yeasty,some wheat in there and a moderate does of hops. Light to medium in body, goes down pleasant with some lingering stickiness. A nice approach to the style, but the yeast just kills it for me. (323 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper with a nice frothy, one finger head and good retention.

The aroma is very interesting, and the more I smelled it, the less I liked it. The Brett is slightly musty and seems to clash with the citrus and floral hops, making for a strange aroma. It's experimental, no doubt, but I'm not sure what to make of it.

The flavor is bitter and then tart. The strange combination of citrus hops, Brett, and caramel malt is interesting. My overall impression is that the Brett doesn't seem to flow with the bitterness and citrus hops. It's definitely unique though. The finish is bitter, Bretty, and slightly fruity.

Medium bodied with nice carbonation. (656 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mr. Goodbar. Grapefruit dark brown with soapy white head. Very drinkable cocktail of orange, hoppy, very above average mouthfeel, likely from the yeast if not honey.Brett is well integrated in the mix, and does not detract at all.Yes,a Belgian IPA woul describe it and I could drink this for years. (308 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 fl oz brown bottle; corked & caged.
Bottled on March 3, 2009.
Served in a tulip.

Pours a rather hazy, dirty copper in color beneath a dense inch of lasting foam. Thin and spotted lacing with pretty good strength.

Moderately earthen, floral hops with a brisk citrus aroma: notes of lemon and grapefruit along with lightly sour cherries and red raspberry. Noticeabley phenolic, yeast-filled must that circles the olfactory senses.

Initially sour, raspberry, cherry, and orange peel that is interrupted by a dirty floral hop character and an intense clove spice. The floral hop presence is full and almost muddy with a swarming must. The pine presence of the hopdevil tastes more like a full clove spice as a result of the change in yeast. The flavors seem unbalanced and don't seem to compliment one another.

Almost full in body; spicy and dry with a bulky amount of carbonation. As are the flavors, the textures aren't quite balanced.

An interesting idea combining Brett and the Hopdevil; however, I prefer the natural hop flavors of the Hopdevil. (1,059 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle

A: Deep amber under a very large off white head. OK lace, not too much retention.

S: A mix of hops and yeasty funk. There's a certain citrus mix which is surrounded by a funky apple and earthy tone. A bit of sweetness there.

T: The funk hits you right up front before finishing a hoppy, slightly less funky. Bitterness is up there. A bit of citrus in the middle. The wildness is much more "wild" in the taste department. I'm having a hard time distinguishing any apple or other fruity flavor. Mostly an earthy character. And even with all that, the malt backbone still manages to poke its head in. Very nice

M/D: Carbonation is very high and prickly, but helps to give the body a very light feel. A certain dryness to the beer, although it is ultimately bitter. Drinkability is pretty good on this one. A nice brew for sure, and the low ABV means you have a few even if the wildness means you aren't throwing them back too fast. Good beer. (957 characters)

Photo of jackorain
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks almost just like hop devil. That means dark amber-copper color with an off white head. The only difference appears to to be the head make up. The color is the same, but the bubbles are more open and it sticks around a lot longer. Speaking of stick, it sticks to the glass in a disjointed splotchy kind of way.

The aroma is also a ot like hop devil with big citrus and pine aroma as well as caramel malts and biscuit malts. Throw in a little barn yard, sweat and hay and there you go.

Wow that taste different. Don't get me wrong the hops are there as well as the bitterness, but the brett has lent a big spicy overtone. There is a bit of clove to back up the hops. The funk comes through in the middle with a bit of yeasty sweaty type taste. The bittenrss comes roaring back in the finish reminding you once again that this is te same hop bill as Hop Devil. Bit the what lingers long with the bitterness is the spice and funk.

The body is medium and the carbonation is quite a bit higher than Hop Devil.

Very drinkable a nice change of pace.

Thanks for Reading (1,074 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle into a Duvel snifter. A soft pour produced an abundant frothy head that was very slow to diminish. Aroma was a nice blend of funky spice, Earthy hops and the German malts that are familiar to Hop Devil. Taste was an absolute plethora of flavor, crisp citrus hops, funky Brett sourness and sweet malts dance nicely together and leave a nice sour bitterness on the tongue. The beer is quite light and refreshing with decent carbonation and is very refreshing. This one was even more enjoyable than I expected, one I will certainly love to try again and again. (587 characters)

Photo of ski271
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Attractive corked 750ml bottle. Back label on upside-down? Sure, whatever. Pours a medium chestnut brown with a bit of an amber tinge. Head is medium-large, frothy, light tan and slowly-diminishing. Good lacing. Smells spicy, fruity hops, similar to the HopDevil, but with the light, medicinal, band-aid-like funk I was expecting from the Brets. Taste follows suit, with the hops big and citrusy up front. Then the malts come in accompanied by the Belgian funk. Musty, and oddly wonderful. Finishes with a lingering Bret funk underneath a lasting grapefruit bitterness. Its texture is like a dry, sharp cheese. Medium body. Moderate carbonation.
The Brets are a bizzare add to one of my favorite beers. Like I said before, it's odd... but oddly good. If you haven't experienced the funk of Bretanomyces, this is a decent introduction because the influence of the wild Belgian yeast is fairly mild compared to something like some Flanders ales. An enjoyable experiment. (969 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very cool chestnut brown color with a terriffic off white head that goes on and on. Really a smart looking beer. Damp, musty aroma with a heavy floral undertone. Mildly spicy.

Big heavy hop flavor upfront with a nice "off" sort of taste. Lingering bitterness/funk all the way thru. Nice, peppery spice to it. Graniny and malty at the same time. Very well balanced with the gamut of flavors. Not overly "heavy" tasting.

Great mouthfeel. Quite quenching and refreshing. You'd think all this flavor might need to be "bigger" bodied. Perfect for an early spring evening.

I really like this a lot. I sit here and get inspired for my next homebrew batch. Great beer-perfect pairing of hops and funk. Well worth getting. I need more. (731 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked. Pours hazed, dull copper amber, under a nice looking fluffy, large medium oatmeal head, that stays around then leaves plenty of thicker lace on the glass. One sniff and the barnyard comes to the nostrils, not over done, but clearly present. Moderate funk, fruit, and then quite drying in the mid finish and finish. Love the style, love the intrigue of the addition of brett, so this one was a no brainer for me to seek out and enjoy. I was not disappointed. (489 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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 (420 characters)

Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled MAR 3 2009.

Pours a beautiful amber in color with a full two fingers of pillowy off-white head. Aroma is dominated by hops that seem mostly herbal and a touch grassy. There is a faint yeast presence, some barely noticeable fruity esters and a bit Brett. Taste is interesting, doesn't really seem to resemble Hop Devil. Hops are much more herbal and grassy. There is also a distinct Brett funk that, while not terribly powerful, is the dominant flavor here. Mouthfeel is good with medium-light body and ~high carbonation. Fairly dry, hops aren't in the fore but there is a better than moderate bitterness. Drinkability is pretty good. The Brett character gets much more prominent as the beer warms. Overall I'm not a huge fan of Brett but I still find this brew rather enjoyable. (788 characters)

Photo of mhatters
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Victory, served in a standard pint glass

Beautiful copper color, really an attrative beer, good head, not real thick, but there.

A combination of spices and floral hops in the nose, quite attractive.

The taste is definably Hop Devil, with a twist - the spiceyeast profile opens and softens this to a more attractive brother.

I like this more than Hop Devil - an easy drinking, fun beer (409 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this beer is like meeting your best friend's slightly dangerous younger brother - he looks and sounds the same, but there is something eerily different about him.

It pours copper and clear with a lively head and good lacing. The aroma is almost exactly like Hop Devil - malty, a bit sweet, carmelly with a hop character that is at once pronounced and difficult to describe. But there is just a little sourness on the edge of perception. The flavor is likewise familiar - malty, carmelly, with grassy and floral hops, but a slight funk, stronger than in the aroma, but not unpleasant. The mouthfeel is relatively thick, with a bit of cling that combines the hop bitterness and the Brett-based funk on the back of the tongue. There is a buttery character to the beer that Hop Devil doesn't normally have.

The overall effect is a bit tighter and stickier than Hop Devil. It has a sweet-and-sour character that distinguishes it sharply from its original version.

Curiously, this is a beer better in the bottle than on draft. I had the beer on tap at the Victory restaurant when it first came out and I didn't much like it, though I didn't review it at the time. I found it too bitter and not sweet enough to offset the sour. I don't know whether my tastes have changed or if Victory has successfully tweaked the recipe in the year since then, but I like this beer now. (1,376 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interested to try this one. Pours looking almost like an IPA, amber in color, relatively clear, but with a giant foamy head, a la a robust Belgian ale. Wow - lots of aroma jumping off this one. I can't say I drink Hop Devil all the time, but the signature spicy notes of hops are there, a tad of citrus, and a wonderful floral aroma from the brett. The flavor is a complex mix as well. Hops, mild and spicy, slightly citrusy, and an awesome flowery, fruity bouquet of wild goodness. A bit ripe and pungent. Slightly musty and dry in the finish, mildly funky. Want more. Wow, again. I've become quite a fan of the Belgian IPA as it is now pretty much an official style, but this is quite different. I've never had a beer where the hops and wild yeast are both sort of the main character and really mixing the flavors in the overall profile of the beer. I am totally into this. (880 characters)

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

A - Poured with a slightly tan/off-white thinner head that didn't hang around too long. Vibrant coppery brown with orange highlights.

S - Lightly funky from the brett with damp hay and nearly blue cheese aroma. Hop bitterness is definitely there and is a bit more piney.

T - Bit of a bite at first, little tart and quickly followed by a piney hop bitterness. The malt is fairly firm (like in the regular version of Hopdevil), and holds all together well. I really am liking the play between funky and hoppy in this brew.

M - Almost medium MF, with snappy crisp carbonation that livens things up.

D - Good drinkability, but this is not a quick down the hatch type of brew for me. Lots of interesting characteristics that make this fun to drink.

Overall, this is a really solid brew and a nice twist. I'm really digging this fresh, but will have to pick up another bottle to see just how funky it might get a bit on down the road. Definitely recommended. (962 characters)

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

Pours a slightly hazy tea-minus amber color with a HUGE foamy ultra-light tan colored head that fades slowly, leaving ring after ring of Belgian lacing in its wake. The aroma is quite appealing IMO. You can definitely recognize the classic HopDevil nose over an earthy Belgian yeast. Fragrant and piny with citrus notes and an underlying roasted malt thing too. The tangy bright intensity of the flavors lend to a lighter-medium texture to the mouth feel. At 6.7%% ABV this one is drink'in nicely. Finishing on the dry-side and pretty cleanly. I could relax with this one all afternoon. I would seriously recommend it. Corked and caged, mine was $8.49 at Sam-the-Beer-Man. (672 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a well balanced pale and crystal malt scent along with a moderate hop aroma. The Brett funk adds quite a bit of character to the aroma. The hops are still there, but the tartness of the Brett really enhances the experience. The taste is decent. It has a solid IPA taste that goes down smooth and finishes quite bitter with a touch of Brett sourness. It's pretty subtle, but definately there. I'm not sure the two mix well together. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a bit of a disappointment. I would like to see this beer fermented with a Belgian Abbey yeast along with an increased abv. and mouthfeel. (788 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a very interesting and tasty beer to say the least.Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep amber with fluffy one finger slight off white head.Aromas were pretty much perfect and I dont say that lightly,a mix of awesome floral and citric hop,I mean just fresh and awesome.To go along with the exquisit hop aromas a slightly spiced aromas comes thru as well,liked spiced apple and clove,Flavors are what a Belgian IPA should be in my personal opinion,a mix of citric and piney hop with some spice and grilled pineapple.The mouthfeel at first was a bit rough around the edges but mellowed after a little bit.A great brew... seriously. (643 characters)

Photo of blackheartbilly
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like Victory and love Hop Devil, so after I got over the $9.00 (1 pint) price tag, I bought it. It had a date on the label which read: BOTTLED MARCH 3, 2009. I love it when they post the date, honestly helped me decide to buy it.

A: Bottle conditioned, reddish, amber color usually associated with a double IPA. There were tons of "floatie" things swirling around, but I didn't care.

S: Slight sense of alcohol, and smelled similar to a Belgian Ale, with extra hops. Certainly didn't smell like a straight IPA.

T: Complex, bitter, piney hops up front, with a pleasant after taste of spice, typical of a belgian. I read on the bottle that they use a belgian yeast, which gave it that belgian vibe.

M: Bitter, medium carbonation, sort of shocks the senses at first but finishes smooth, with warming alcohol.

D: At $9.00 a pint, haha not very drinkable. It had a great flavor, which is worth trying. I wish they would release this as a six pack or reduce the price. I would drink this again, if someone else was buying. I always spend good money for good beer, I get it, but still $9 for 1 pint, not in this economy. (1,120 characters)

Photo of jfunkk79
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber with huge head that never fully dissipates. Aroma is a slightly funky, earthy hop smell. Definitely the bret peaking through. The sweet hop flavor of the original Hop Devil is there but with some spiciness from the bret yeast. Medium mouthfeel with a pleasantly dry finish. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. (326 characters)

Photo of schinebd
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A nice amber color with a cool tannish head with decent retention. Has a hazy hue

S - The smell is dominated by the Brett, giving the nose a decidedly Belgian character. The hops are there but masked.

T - The Brett certainly takes over the taste here. The regular hop devil is one of the more "hoppy" single IPAs out there, but in this version the hops are very hard to detect, aside from the bitter aftertaste. There is some decent funk here, but nothing crazy. This beer tastes a lot like a belgian tripel, but replaces the fruit and spice flavor with some mild hop bitterness. Definitely unique, but not excellent.

M - Nothing special here - mild carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink and the Brett makes this a bit of a thirst quencher. however, the flavor doesn't offer enough to make me come back for more. (818 characters)

Photo of damienblack
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light amber with a massive head - definitely prone to gushing if you are not careful. Sticky straw head where most of the lacing boils away, leaving a thin layer. Smells like a super-hopped saison: hoppy yet horsey/funky at the same time. Pretty evenly split between the two.

This beer definitely works for me best with the first two senses. Taste is most certainly different, but not quite up to the billing. HopDevil + Bret != awesomeness in this case. The hop character is definitely present throughout. I haven't tried original HopDevil so I can't compare. It's mostly a hoppy backbone, though, instead of full-on hop explosion. Then the brett wild taste starts to kick in. Unfortunately, all it's really doing for me is make the hop character a little paler, more subdued. It's got a nice ephervesence to it, almost like a very dry champagne that's also very hoppy. But after that tingle, it gets real soapy, not a particularly clean sensation. The aftertaste consists of the bitter/sour/soapy sensations all fighting for dominance, with none really taking the crown. I don't know if it's my taste buds being stupid, but tastes different from sip to sip, depending on which of those sensations assert. Some are quite enjoyable (like hoppy with the wildness as a backbone), but when it gets real soapy (with those other sensations crawling up the spine), it is not so hot. Drinkability suffers for this same reason. It's like a constantly shifting wild card. It definitely gets props for trying something crazy, but doesn't quite live up. Now, given a year or so for the hops to fade and the brett to really come out, and I wonder what this will taste like. (1,675 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
4.87/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this at Gullifty's Restaurant in Rosemont, PA.
Appearance: The body is a clear red amber color. The head is huge, tan, with a great thick head and wonderful lacing.
Smell: The aroma is spargy with berry notes.
Taste: The flavors are pine, berry and clove.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is both smooth and crisp.
Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review. (393 characters)

Photo of bonkers
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. It pours a deep amber The smell is pure funk, I really did not notice any hops. The flavor is sour and funky, I did not detect many IPA qualities. Wild Devil is medium bodied and had moderate carbonation. It is a sipper for me. IMO the brett took this beer over and it is more of a wild ale than an IPA. I did not detect any hops in this at all. This brew was a dissapointment. (416 characters)

Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.