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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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910 Ratings
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Ratings: 910
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 36
Gots: 72 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American 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 CampusCrew


4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

appearance: golden reddish ale with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: some nice grassy and herbal aromas. pine

taste: intresting. this beer gets alot of shit from BAs but I liked it. Very intresitng beer.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: loved it. would drink again

05-18-2010 03:01:52 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

Bottled in June of 2009, it's poured into my Duvel tulip. A slightly aggressive pour yields a beer that is a lovely shade of orange, with an absolutely massive rocky, off white crown. The head sticks around for a while and leaves plenty of lacing as it slowly fades. The nose is absolutely fantastic, a great blend of barnyard funk and earthy, piney hops, with a hint of bready malts lingering in the background. The taste doesn't quite live up, as the brett has overrun the hops. There's a quick blast of hop bitterness up front, and it's all brett from there. I wish a little more hop flavor from the nose had made it's way to the taste, because at this point it basically tastes like a wild ale. Wild Devil has a bit too much prickly carbonation, it could stand to be a little subdued. Carbonation brett/hops balance issues aside, this beer is pretty drinkable, as there is no hint of alcohol whatsoever.

05-18-2010 02:22:07 | More by axeman9182
Photo of TommyW


3.83/5  rDev 0%

A- Amazing head retention on the big, white head that is very sticky; body is gold body with red tints.

S- Lots of brett going on; notes of bubblegum, tropical fruit, cotton candy.

T- Again, big brett quality. That band-aid medicinal quality with tropical fruit sweetness. There is a hop pine and citrus hop quality as well. The brett flavor lingers along with some bitterness from the hops.

M- Big carbonation on a medium body.

D- Carbonation on this one is crazy; an interesting beer to try but probably not something I'd go back to very often.

05-15-2010 01:09:45 | More by TommyW
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

05-07-2010 07:34:26 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of Pahn

New York

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled on June 10th, 2009, and drank May 3rd, 2010. As a sidenote, I like the tension between "I need this fresh, it's an IPA," and "Let it sit, I need that brett action."

Appearance: Predictably, the bottle was a mild gusher. Careful pour down the side of the glass yields a two inch, rocky, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves occasional spots of lacing. Beer pours a hazy amber.

Smell: Some grapefruit hops (still!), a grape note, and lots of brettanomyces influence--it's leathery, tangy, and funky. Beginning to think that putting brett in an IPA is a good idea. Smell develops with time and warmth, with some lemony funk and other notes emerging. Smell is drawing me in. HopDevil--which I only just tried, and it was fresh--had an aroma that was too faint. That's not the case here at all; in your face brett, just as I like.

Taste: First sip: immediate hit of hop bitterness, big brett flavors (cologne, leather, tanginess, funk), and HopDevil's respectable malt backbone. I'm immediately sold; putting brett into HopDevil isn't a good idea, it's a great idea. As I get deeper in, the tangy, funky flavors vary and intensify, while the big hop bitterness stays strong, and the malt backbone battles to not be overcome by the brett (it's losing the battle, but putting up an admirable fight).

What else is there to say? This tastes exactly like you'd expect and want it to, knowing the description of the beer. The brett is in your face, but there's a lot of HopDevil characteristics staying strong underneath it. If that sounds good to you, I guarantee that you'll enjoy this flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. The flavor is strong enough that the heavy carbonation isn't a problem. Lingering bitterness and tartness. No alcohol heat.

Drinkability: The alcohol is completely masked, and the taste is very good. The aggressive flavors and feel could be a bit much, but this is a beer I'll have no trouble finishing and will definitely return to.

Drinking Wild Devil reminds me of drinking Rogue's John John Dead Guy Ale. I don't like Dead Guy Ale. I don't particularly like HopDevil either (I like it more than Dead Guy, but it's one of my least favorite IPAs). Get experimental and throw Dead Guy into whiskey barrels, and suddenly I love it. Throw some brett into HopDevil, and the same thing happens.

Notably, it's not just that it's an IPA with brett. It's a very bitter IPA with (in my opinion) too big a malt backbone, with brett, and that combination works wonderfully. Despite my ambivalence toward HopDevil, I'm impressed that it stands strong underneath the huge influence of the different yeast.

Overall, this beer is a great idea, with great execution.

05-04-2010 04:35:47 | More by Pahn
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3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

A - Reddish, slightly golden coloring; thick, long-lasting head which was light in color

S - Hops definitely present, however, it moves to a sweeter, citrus nose

T - Sweet-to-hoppy-to-funky taste. Citrus was present throughout that long transition. While the variety of taste was remarkable, none of it stood out

M - Moderate carbonation, not spectacular. A mild funkiness lingered

D - Very drinkable, taste does change in subtle ways the more I drink

04-30-2010 03:57:49 | More by ebin6
Photo of brownbeer


4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

Bottled 4-22-09 Opened 4-29-09

It seems as though the cork has pushed up away from the bottle. So i'm predicting craziness...Yep, it's true, have your glass ready, we've got a gushing brett bomb on our hands. Pours with a huge, airy tan head that takes a while to settle. While i'm waiting the room fills with bretty goodness. Oh, shit! I topped off the glass and now foam is proceeding to snake from the top of the bottle! Good times. Once it settles, it's actually a really nice looking amber beer with great head retention and spangled lacing.

The funky aroma continues on with bubblegummy brett, which consists of: sticky, band-aidy pineapple, green apple, tropical fruit, and cotton candy esters.

Flavors of band-aids and white pepper sweep across the tongue mingling with sweet candied fruits and finishing with a significant piney hop finish, even after a year. There's a bubblegum taste that lingers for as long as you let it. Could be a little dryer for my tastes with this style, but the hops do a great job balancing.

The mouthfeel is quite sparkling, but not as much as I expected, considering to the gushing fiasco.

As far as i'm concerned, if you like brett, and see one of these around, try it. Very nice.

04-30-2010 03:20:55 | More by brownbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

No date on the bottle, which seems odd for Victory. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a honeyed amber orange with a huge tan head that has a middling retention time. Lots of apparent carbonation. Little lace.
Aroma is lemon and grass with a sweaty funk. A slight woodiness. This is all overlaid with a perfume-floral character.
Taste starts light then moves into a pleasantly odd funk. This combines with a sturdy bitterness in the finish.
Medium mouth with a filling carbonation.

I really enjoy this brew. I can just sniff it all evening, but the drinking is excellent as well. This bottle had a bit more funk in the finish than I remember, but knowing the store where I purchased this it's been "cellared" for a while there.

04-26-2010 17:04:29 | More by goatgoat
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Cork and caged bottle with a printed "bottled on" date of June 10th 2009. Poured into tulip.

Appearance - Pours a hazy reddish orange with a thick and chunky white head that leaves thick clumps on the glass as it recedes. Lots of rising carbonation. Very lively and inviting.

Smell - Big funk character up front with a lingering lemony tartness. Reminiscent of a horse blanket or an unused baby diaper (not a bad thing). Some floral hop and malt aromas underneath the sour funk.

Taste - The funky horse blanket flavor does not overpower as the smell would make you believe. It is definitely present throughout, but not at an overwhelming capacity. Some hints of banana. The malt adds a nice sweetness that fades into a great spicy/piney hop finish, which mixes well with the brett funk flavors. Creates a really interesting sour/bitter/dry finish similar to a tart green apple.

Mouth Feel - Medium bodied ale with lots of carbonation that give the beer a smooth feel as it goes down.

Drinkability - Being my first beer with brett I did not know what to expect. Definitely pleasantly surprised. Victory took an already awesome beer and transformed it into something completely different and still awesome. Complex and drinkable. Not an everyday type of beer, but definitely something I look forward to having many more times.

04-20-2010 03:43:26 | More by Sam21
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

750 mL cork /cage bottle, bottled on Jun 11 09

A - hazy orange amber color, huge 3 inch head from a delicate pour, that holds form out of the top of the pint glass

S - a mixture of hops and a little musty sweetness

T - the hops of the "Hop Devil" is still there, but mellowed with a little funkiness

M - high carbonation, fairly clean finish

D - pretty easy to down the whole bottle over the course of an hour

04-16-2010 03:56:04 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +27.9%

A: pours copper in color with an absolutely ridiculous head that simply won't fade away. Wild Devil is hazy, and teeming with bubbles rising from the bottom of my tulip.

S: bouquet is pungent, with notes of lemon, wet hay, and blue cheese. Very complex and upfront.

T: this brew is quite dry, with heavy notes of lemon, limburger, and Amercian hops.

M: light body, tons of prickly carbonation, and a but of astringency.

D: This is obviously a take on Orval, and I couldn't be happier. The marriage of bitter hops and funky Brettanomyces is expressed beautifully in this one. Keep up the good work Victory.

04-12-2010 01:56:54 | More by Avagadro
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Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

750 ml bottle- been sitting on this one for better part of a year to see how the brett is doing. Pours a dark copper with an insane head. Thick chunky head that doesn't want to go away. Nose- grassy hops, caramel and dirt. Taste- took a while for my taste buds to wrap all of whats going on together- intially it was caramel malt sweetness and then the brett funk, but after a few sips the hops start to come through as well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. finishes nicely with the hop/brett dryness.

04-11-2010 17:13:26 | More by oakbluff
Photo of NCBeernut

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

Bottled 6/11/09, drank 4/4/10. Poured into a New Belgian Globe.

Hazy coppery amber body. Enormous ivory head with good retention. It almost falls into the gusher category. A little spotty lacing

Big pear aroma that is also a bit lemony. Fruity. Some hop aroma is still present. Spicy in the nostrils. Fain grassiness, but not like cut grass. Hard to put into words. Simply awesome.

Starts fruity and spicy like a fresh fruit salad, with a white pepper like spiciness accompanied by a decent bitterness. Some maltiness becomes evident mid-palate and softens the initial onslaught. Not really much sourness. A tiny bit of astringency in the aftertaste. Bitterness and spiciness linger into the finish. As it warms everything kind of mellows a bit.

Medium bodied. A little oily and resinous. Spot on carbonation in the mouthfeel for the style (annoying to pour though). A 750mL was a good amount, but I could have gone for more. The alcohol slowly crept up on compared to other beers of similar strength - it was kind of weird. Didn't feel much at first.

Overall EXCELLENT. A must-have for anyone who likes Belgians or Hop Devil.

04-04-2010 20:42:46 | More by NCBeernut
Photo of froghop


3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

pours a clear red-orange with a large off-white head, above average carbonation, and some lacing.

smell is floral, some citrus, and wild yeast.

taste is sour, wild yeast, some malt, some citrus, and a little bit of hops, ends a little bitter, and tart.

04-03-2010 01:49:59 | More by froghop
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4.58/5  rDev +19.6%

pours slightly hazy amber-orange color with ridiculous amounts of light fluffy head. Upon finishing a glass the whole cup was completely covered with lace. lots of carbonation, with a unique flavor that will drive your palate wild. This beer is a big favorite of mine. Glad it's readily available in my area. Victory is begining to become one of my favorite brews.

03-31-2010 16:53:35 | More by berpwillie
Photo of stakem


4/5  rDev +4.4%

Review from notes taken on 1/30/10 during a side by side comparison with hop devil.

Pours slightly cloudy with a sour aroma that is quite musty. Taste is significantly funky with some citrus reminding me of moldy blue cheese. Bitterness is actually subdued by the funk. Aroma and taste is filled with must but overall quite smooth feeling and moderately carbonated. Brett taste lasts through the finish and is reminescent of wet leather but enjoyable in a perplexing way.

03-29-2010 23:57:16 | More by stakem
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

i've had this one a few times now, but Viggo brought this particular bottle over. thanks eric, and anyone else who has shared this one in the past.

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled march 28/2010.

pours hazy red-brown with a huge fluffy light tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of chunky lace as it falls.

aroma is wacky. definitely some american hops in there. grapefruit and orange peel. touch of pine. big herbal and floral hops, slightly perfumey. hint of alcohol. lightly toasted white bread. cracker. touch of biscuit. there's a little bit of musty and sharp almost ammonia-like character.

taste is pretty sharp. strong perfumey+floral character. just over medium bitterness level. bit of grapefruit and orange peel. touch of pine. slightly herbal. white bread and cracker. the ammonia from the aroma is somewhat subdued, or perhaps more wrapped up in the perfumey/floral character.

mouthfeel is good. medium body and bone dry finish. somewhat astringent perfumey character. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. the alcohol is hidden pretty well, but the particular hop combo is a little rough and not quite to my liking. interesting, but not necessarily one i'll go looking for.

03-29-2010 00:02:07 | More by grub
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7%

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Not sure where it came from, I've had this a couple times before.

Pours a hazy dark reddish orange, some nice bright highlights, huge and thick off white head forms, very chunky, settles down to a pretty thick layer and ring, tons of lace chunks stick to the glass, looks good.

Smell is neat, lots of brett, horse blanket, nicely funky, lots of spice, floral, very perfumey, lightly malty, a bit of biscuit and caramel sweetness, but mostly citrus and floral hopping with a real pleasant brett funkiness.

Taste is similar, very malty at first, caramel, brown sugar, some toast/biscuit, bread, floral, some grapefruit and orange peel, perfumey, really nice, lightly spicy, a bit of alcohol, nicely spicy in the finish, very dry and funky.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, maybe a bit high but well integrated. This is a cool experiment that works, I dig Hop Devil and I dig Wild Devil. Its good stuff.

03-28-2010 23:29:48 | More by Viggo
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Look: Deep amber/mahogany, cloudy, massive head with great retention & lacing

Smell: Brett funk, citrus hops, sweet malt

Taste: Up Front: Sweet and slightly tart, citrus. Finish: Nice blast of Brett funk, sweet malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation

Drinkability: Very quaffable!

Overall Impression: I have done a complete 180. A while back, this was my first Wild Ale, and I hated it. Since then I have taken quite a liking to Wild Ale, and Brett Saison, so I decided to give this beer another chance. I'm glad I did. This is a very tasty Belgian IPA/American Wild Ale. Want to know the impact of yeast in brewing? Compare Hop Devil to Wild Devil, and see for yourself. Brett is an interesting little creature indeed!

03-26-2010 12:06:22 | More by BeerGodz
Photo of drpimento


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Well done extreme brew. Poured with a large foamy frothy light tan head and a some lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is a heady blend of yeast, brett bacteria, citrus hops, malt, leather, and earth. Flavor's got this different thing going on in an unusual marriage between sour and hop bitter that actually works. Very good body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and while not cloying, still not a session beer.

03-23-2010 01:42:28 | More by drpimento
Photo of sbw138


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Got a big bottle from Varga, poured into a couple of snifters.

Appearance - Pours a nice amber in color with a huge, foamy off-white head. I could barely get any beer in my glass because of the head.

Taste - Hoppy, but with subtle hints of both earthy and sweet malty smells.

Taste - This is a very interesting beer. It's hoppy and bitter while also dry and crisp and tart. It is also very different from Hop Devil and shows how much of a role in brewing yeast plays.

Mouthfeel - The body is solid, and goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability - Overall this is a great beer. It's a funky IPA: A beer with a new layer of complexity. I would still probably prefer HopDevil over this.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 14:18:22 | More by sbw138
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Review is from notes taken on 3/17/2010 and poured from the bottle (bottled on 4/22/2009) to a tulip glass.

Appearance: Starts as (not with, mind you, but "as") a H-U-G-E head that takes up nearly the whole glass; head is off-white/light tan and is dry and sticky and leaves tons of lacing from the top to the bottom; body is a deep coppery/apricot color and the body is hazy; shows potent carbonation throughout.

Smell: An interesting blend of citric hops that are a little sweet and juicy (orange/grapefruit) and a little bitter; bit of a mulchy horseblanket and tart candy-like presrence.

Taste: Pretty interesting - the IPA base is definitely there and has a nice hoppiness to it with a bitter citric aspect; a tart citric presence is there as well and has a slightly sour twist; mulchy/horseblanket in the back and aftertaste; overall, it's not as funky as I thought it would be, but nice and refreshing all the same.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonation and it's lively; a nice coating that is dry and sticky is left all over the mouth and holds the bitter and mulchy tastes quite well.

Drinkability: Quite high, the nice bitter and tart/sourness isn't overwhelming, but present enough to be consistently interesting; not heavy at all and the ABV isn't too high either; I'm finishing a 750 mL on my own with no problem whatsoever.

03-21-2010 04:16:28 | More by bamadog
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

A-Pours a hazy gold/amber. A moderate pour produced a monumental foamy white head that overwhelmed my tulip.

S-earthy, yeasty, a bit of hops and spice.

T-Fruity, with a malty sweetness and a bit of floral hops.

M-Very harsh carbonation (as you'd expect from the mammoth head) made it unpleasant. A bit thin as well.

D-I couldn't finish the bomber. The carbonation was too much.

If you like Belgians and sharp carbonation, you'll probably get into this one. But it was a bit much for me.

I give it credit as a true representative of the style in A, S & T, but the mouthfeel and drinkability just weren't there.

03-20-2010 17:35:43 | More by Lerxst
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4.35/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours a nice amber in color with a huge, foamy off-white head. I could barely get any beer in my glass because of the head.

The smell is hoppy, earthy and tart. Distinctly Belgian.

This is a very interesting beer. It's hoppy and bitter while also dry and crisp and tart. It is also very different from Hop Devil and shows how much of a role in brewing yeast plays.

The body is solid.

Overall this is a great beer. It's a funky IPA: A beer with a new layer of complexity.

03-15-2010 03:36:50 | More by Shaw
Photo of wesbrownyeah


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Victory Wild Devil Ale... 6.7% alcohol with Brett added to the IPA. Strange indeed.
Poured into oversized St. Fruillien wine glass.

A- Wild is right! On a moderate pour, foamy head exceeded top of glass and got all over the damn place. On a more review like note the head is a two and a half inch yeasty froth with little to show its going anywhere other than where it is. Thick pillows of lacing coat the glass with vigor. Dark orange fluid with a slight haze...

S- Smell is a heavy dose of Brett. Wet blanket, sour hay and fruity vines. Some bittersweet hops are hinted in the back of the nose.

T-M- Complex and simple at the same time. Upfront is a big wild yeast hit that is almost instantly followed by hop bite. Fresh hop bitterness is evenly balanced with sour Brett making a medley of bitter sourness. Nice. Flavors are fresh green grass, Brett, lemongrass, light malt and alcohol esters. Mouthfeel is a light carbonated heated Ipa with thick funk to slowly slide down the tongue.

D- I like this one but has a lot going on for a Belgian Ipa. I love the sour funk as well as the hop bitterness... but together? A smooth mixture for testing just strange though.
Note: Just opened a second Wild Devil and head is much more tame by an inch... must have had a little more Brett before?

03-12-2010 23:20:01 | More by wesbrownyeah
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.