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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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976 Ratings
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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 39
Gots: 77 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
American IPA w/ Brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: Kadonny on 05-08-2008)
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Photo of cyraxx
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a coppery amber with a two finger light cream colored head, I like.

S- Brett, brett, brett. I can smell the HopDevil underneath, mainly just the hop profile.

T- Funky barnyard yeast upfront, finishes dry. Smooth citrus and piney hoppiness which I enjoy.

M- A little over carbonated, but overall fine.

D- Moderate ABV coupled with smooth rather than biting hoppiness makes this pretty drinkable, imo.

cyraxx, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of jera1350
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

April, 2009 bottling date.

Bit of a gusher out of the bottle. Coppery brown/orange color with tons of sudsy foam on top. Not real sticky so doesn't leave a lot of lace.

Sweet and sour scent. Belgian yeast, sour fruit, light wet horse blanket.

Some funk, mostly horse blanket, but not a ton. Lightly puckering, quite bitter from the hops, earthy. Some funk lingers in the aftertaste.

Overly carbonated. Very active and fizzy in the mouth. Extremely dry finish.

Interesting beer that is quite drinkable. The funk is not overwhelming and has a lot of bitter hops to satisfy the hopheads. Got this at a bargain of a price and am glad to have picked it up.

jera1350, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of colts9016
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from a BIF, thank you very much.

Poured into a nonic at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A nice three finger foamy and bubbly ivory head that has some retention. The body of the beer is a medium copper color with reddish and orange hues. There is a lot of effervescence bubbles coming from the bottom. the clarity of the beer is hazy. As the head drops it is leave a little of the head on the glass.

Nose: A bright floral esters, citrus and pine. The maltiness in the beer persuades a little sweetness out in the open.

Taste: A mdium tons of floral esters and wood. The malty backbone is very limber.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, tangy and sour. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is almost full. This is one barbaric beer to bring out your uncivilized side. It is tangy, sharp funky and the whole kitchen sink. It is a very intresting take on an IPA. Since it is what Victory intended it to be, I will just judge it as an IPA conglomeration.

colts9016, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

wyattshotmaker, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of popery
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

RBSG09 Grand Tasting notes. Thanks to everyone.

I'm happy that I got a chance to try this one without the peskiness of travel or trade. It was a bit of a surprise, but I'm not really sure why. I've had a Hop Devil and, though it was pretty good, decided to reserve judgment until I get a fresher bottle. This tastes a lot like a Hop Devil with a well-melded, reasonably mild brett flavor, which tones down the sharp edges of the base beer. It's unlike any Belgian IPA I've tasted. I'm not sure the Belgians could stomach adding hops like an American brewery (not to assign value to either tradition). Anyway, the beer pours a cloudy/hazy amber color with a good head and lacing. The aroma is American hops and smoothed out Brett funk. The flavor is a unique, to me anyway, combination of Brett funk and American IPA. Any harsh bitterness from the hops has been replaced or, at least, toned down by Brett mustiness. It's a really good beer but not what I was expecting.

popery, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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]

yesyouam, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of bbeane
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Be careful, my bottle had some pressure, and was a bit of a gusher

A- Poured into snifter... starts with a huge head that pillows well above the rim of the glass and lingers for a while, sticking to the walls of the glass as it slowly recedes. Beer is a murky amber color with light activity

S- A semi sweet aroma with a huge presence of Brett

T- Mildly hoppy from start to finish, less belgian sweetness than I expected

M- Despite the huge head, somewhat light in the carbonation department with medium body

D- Not really one of my favorite styles, but tasty none the less. Probably won't buy another, but wouldn't turn down someone buying me one...


bbeane, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*25.4 oz. Bottle*

Keeping it real like a hypothesis and hitting this brew with my Desert Eagle, it's legal and it astonishes. This brew is just too damn sexy looking. Lean and clean with a lot going on in the dome. Deep amber with a slightly off-white 1/2 finger crown. She looks neat, how does she smell? First this aroma is balanced between hops, malts and Brett. Tangy lemon pepper with some floral goodness. She also has that musky funk, she may look clean but deep inside but you can tell this girl gets down and dirty. The malts smell slightly toasted and bold. Let's get a taste for this Wild Devil. Well rounded, musky funk with citric, a little pineapple and resinous hops. The malts are sweet, biscuity and balanced with a resinous hop and slightly cheese aftertaste. Oh finishes slightly dry and bitter and on time and brassy. The feel on this Devil is medium-light body and par carbonation.

Overall: This is an interesting take on the Brett IPA. Is it the most adventurous, no. Is enjoyable, yes it is. This beer is pretty balanced, hoppy and funky. This brew is worthy.

Shroud0fdoom, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Chris585
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%

Chris585, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of epk
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 4-3-09. I let this one sit a couple weeks before I popped it - unfortunately I did not have the fortitude to hold out longer.

Gently decanted from a 750ml bottle into two tulip-shaped pint glasses. Bubbles up with a creamy off-white head, dissipating into a splendid sticky lace. Shines an amber hue comparable to it's HopDevil kin.

Again like it's forerunner, WildDevil exhibits a nose of earthy hops and spice and yet something else is present, a subtle fruit - citrus in variety, hides among these aromas. In the first taste you get a peppery herbal twang in the front with a subtle sweetness towards the end. In the mouth you feel the tingling sensation of it's higher carbonation and a dryness as other flavors fade.

Do you like hops? I do, and would have no problem sitting down to a few pints of this.

epk, May 06, 2009
Photo of Stigs
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, bottled in April of 2009...purposefully held onto this for awhile to see what happened as I've had it fresh(er). served in a standard pint glass.

A - "pop" and a few ounces of beer spills out, but i was ready for it. pours with an insane amount of loose fluffy light tan colored foam, billowing mound in the center of the glass. the beer is amber in color with lively carbonation.

S - funk bomb, yeasty wet horse, lemon peel, some over-ripened hops, floral with just a light kiss of tartness, cardboard, and candy sugar.

T - brett bomb off the bat, hops chime in with some bitterness before they stat to show their age. light lemony and soapy throughout the second half, citrusy yet basement musty.

M - light bodied with a hugely powerful yet tight carbonation, makes the beer very "fluffy". lingering funky brett, hop bitterness, and citrus juices.

D - a wonderfully unique beer, not the most elegant brett beer but very enjoyable and surprisingly refreshing when chilled. feels like an uphill battle again foaming at times, but the good stuff is at the bottom. cool beer.

Stigs, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory's newest beer, Wild Devil, pours a hazy, very deep amber body with a crimson cast and golden-orange highlights at the base of the glass. The creamy yellowed-white head holds well and leaves average lacing.

The nose displays candied-caramelish-malt, spicy/grassy hops and fruit (apricot and summer fruits), and a bit of damp straw, mustiness, and leather.

In the mouth it's decidedly medium-bodied and foamy with a moderate, fine bubbled carbonation that warms to become pillowy soft.

In the flavor, it offers notes of apricot, honey, drizzled caramel, spent hops, chalk, mineral, pine, and an earthy mustiness that's not too unlike like muddy ground and underbrush. A comparison to Hop Devil is inevitable, and there's certainly some of that still present, but it's softened and smoothed by the Brettanomyces. It's become a different beer, and yet the ties are still strong enough to recognize its origins. The bitterness remains, and it's fairly strong and blunt in the finish.

That bitterness of the original Hop Devil, however, doesn't seem to work real well with the Brett. It's kind of blocky, and not particularly well rounded. Still, it's an interesting beer and worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml coked and cages bottle:

The beer poured a very nice hazy orange with some hints of red that produced a huge white fluffy head that was retained well, but ultimately receded into a thin ring around the glass. The aroma was maltier than expected, more like a Saison, but most certainly a Belgian malt and yeast aroma. The taste of the beer is sweet, yeasty and with some hints of pine hops. The beer had a lighter feel than expected, but the beer was pretty easy to drink. Overall, a good beer and one that I will try again.

PhillyStyle, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Proteus93
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Proteus93, May 23, 2009
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright; this review is going to be a bit strange. I was shopping around a very out-of-the-way liquor store in Indianapolis when I saw a bottle of this, Victory’s Wild Devil. Now, since I don’t really know the last time this beer was brewed, or if it will ever be brewed again, I had to grab it. I know it’s old, but I have a feeling it could be good with some age on it; however, I’m still bracing for a grossly over-aged monster, just in case.

Brewed over two years before the date of this tasting (“Jun 10 09”). Here goes nothing…

A: Wow – ultra-carbonated. The orange body disappears under a huge tuft of cream-colored suds, quickly filling my 20 oz. tulip. After quite a while, the head finally clears to a dense retention, revealing (to my surprise) only a few ounces of actual beer in the glass. The body’s color is incredible, as well: a beautifully shining orange, crystal clear. What a monstrously active beer; even the lacing is wonderfully noticeable.

S: As expected, this has a rash of odd scents. To start off, there’s a big yeast presence: sharp skunk, lemon-pepper, some oxidized aromas, and an earthy texture I can’t quite identify. It’s like a new leather jacket, mineral water, or even cleaning supplies; like I said, hard to identify. There’s just a hint of fruity hop character left, mostly mango, and something that survived the years to an even greater effect: German malts. They provide a smooth, sugary backdrop, with abundant bock-style dark fruits. Very nice in that department, but everything else is a little strange.

T: You can tell that this has been sitting for a while; at first sip, it’s full-on Belgian skunk with a taste of dried lemon, copper, and black olives. It’s overpowering, yet still incredibly intoxicating. And, while it may be funkier than Robert Randolph, there’s a good amount of hop/malt textures that are still evident underneath: for instance, a bitter tinge of resiny pine has survived. While unexpected, they’re surely welcome, as well as the clean-tasting Euro-malts. These German influences help rock the barnyard bite with flavors of grassy cereal grains and moderate fruits (fig, grape, and lime). And what a smooth finish: super-mild dryness, with a weightless Belgian aftertaste. A very pleasant experience: I find that the more I sip, the more I fall in love with this powerful brew.

M: At first, it feels like this beer is in two layers: a slick, oily one, and a frothy, carbonated one. It might have just been the first pour, though, because the distinction isn’t apparent after the first quarter of the bottle. Carbonation is nice – prevalent, without being painfully crisp. A soft fizz.

O: I could imagine that this would be a very polarizing beer; at first, the tastes come in so strong that it can be unappealing. But, as soon as you warm up to it (and the beer itself warms), it shows its character as a rich, Belgian funk-fest. If you happen to find a bottle, buy it – the age does nothing to thwart the awesome tastes in this beer.

BarryMFBurton, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A huge 75% head rises and fades slowly with lots of big bubbles, and leaves a thick lacing, hazy reddish orange beer.

Nose has lots of funk and wild barnyard, horse hair, dry, lightly malty, very light hops and bitterness.

Taste also has lots of barnyard funk, wild yeast, a little horse hair, touch of malt and hops, semi bitter, some nice wild Brett flavors but not too heavy on them... yet. Light citrus and orange peel too.

Medium body with lots of carbonation.

Finishes somewhat bitter with light hops, some nice funk and wild barnyard Brett, very dry, light malt flavors and slightly spicy.

jlindros, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of RustyDiamond
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very glad I got to try this one today at the Brick Store Pub, during their '11 Kegs, 11 Days, 11th Anniversary'.
Served in a tulip and a very bright, slightly hazy orange with 2 fingers of white froth.
Not much of an aroma could be detected...spicy, hoppy?
Taste was that of a crisp, Belgian-style IPA. I could detect the Brett, but this beer was not overblown by the FUNK. If anything, I think it brought out the fruity esters from the yeast. Bright citric notes but again, smoothed out by the Brett. Belgian-style Tripple/IPA hybrid? Whatever it is, I like it!

RustyDiamond, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of donManguno
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/21/09

Unfortunately this beer exploded out of the 750ml. bottle I picked up at Minks earlier today, and my dog isn't capable of sharing her opinion of the first third. She seemed to like it, though.

I still get a big three-finger head from a very slow pour into a Duvel chalice. The color is a beautiful orange, very inviting. The nose is full of brettanomyces and I detect a substantial amount of hoppiness, though its subtlety is overpowered by the bretts.

The taste is very funky with a nice piney hop finish. The carbonation is a bit aggressive, and somewhat distracting, but that also seems to enhance the sourness and the spiciness of the hops. This is probably the most unique of the brett-y beers I've been favoring lately, and I think it was a good idea well executed.

donManguno, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle dated 6/11/14 poured into a tulip
A: Burnt orange with a lingering one-finger head
S: Sweet malts, yeast, a bit of earth/bretty funk
T: Sweet malt again, hints of citrus/pine from the hops, barnyard/earth from the brett and spice to round it out
M: Medium-bodied
O: Won't be memorable but solid and worth trying

ONUMello, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear caramel color into my imperial pint glass, with you 3 fingers of head that dissipates into a nice little layer that remains due to the high carbonation and has splotchy lacing.

S - A mash-up of Hops, citrus and spice. Kinda funky like many others have said. I'm getting a lot of orange zest, some lemon, and sour notes.

T - Definitely the high point of this beer. A unique blend of hops, malt, spice, and just small amount of sourness. Makes the mouth water, which is a great quality in my book, a little sour pucker and a bit of a bitterness lingers on the palate.

M - Feels medium-light, crisp, but just way over carbonated.

D - Nice change of pace, enjoyed trying this one but not in any hurry to pick up another.

StoneBrewFanatic, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a strong copper with just a little haze. The head is a fast rising three fingers and recedes in a very spongey manner to a filmy foam. Nice effervescant bubbling. The aroma is tart and bitter fruits with no discernable hop notes. The brett does some interesting things to this beers aroma. When this cool brew is more to the cold side, its hards to taste its IPA qualitiea. But once this beer warms a style warping brew comes through. The taste starts with toasted bread and biscuits. Then the malts and brett comebine to give off bitter rind fruit and some funky earthy. The finish shwocases this beers citrus hoppiness and the brett yeast funk combining to make something interesting. The palate is bitter, sweet, and lambic-y tartness. This is a good and enjoyably interesting style bender. I highly recommend pickig up a bottle of this. A must try!

scruffwhor, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of Gehrig
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When perusing the wares at the magnificent Sun Singer, I flipped a mental coin between Victory Wild Devil and Three Floyds Munster Octoberfest. Admittedly, a tough call and, to be honest, Wild Devil still has me somewhat perplexed.

Two fat, foamy fingers of off-white froth top a hazy orange-mahogany body; very good duration and ample lacing on the trusty Duvel tulip. Farmhouse funk is all over this aroma--fine with me but, given the advertised complexity of Wild Devil, I cannot help but ask where the hops are. I am awaiting citrus, in bursts or hints, but am coming up empty on that front.

I waited for well over an hour after this was poured and consumed to make determination on Wild Devil, and the jury is still somewhat out. On the one hand, it's a rather malty farmhouse, smoother than the average Saison. On the other hand, it's an IPA smothered in Brett, the sourness of which counteracts the potential benefits of a hopped-up if irregularly malted IPA. In sum, this beer has an identity crisis.

It isn't that it's bad beer, or poorly crafted, but rather ill-defined beer lacking discernible identity. After just trying Jewbilation 13, which served as an object lesson in the importance of patience, it isn't as though I didn't give Wild Devil plenty of time to sort itself out, to warm to room temperature, to breathe. What shortcomings exist, that is, I feel safe in saying that they are in the brewing and not my analysis of the product. Wild Devil is a cleverly crafted but ultimately unsuccessful beer from Victory, an otherwise outstanding brewery. Why? Because this beer suffers from an innate identity crisis, hovering in beer limbo between a malty IPA and a hoppy Saison, all the while remaining true to neither.

In all, it's pretty decent and worth trying, to decipher better than I did, alas. But if one is looking for creative definition in Victory's concoction, one might try elsewhere, for Wild Devil suffers from an uncertainty that I have yet to clarify.

Gehrig, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Barnyard beer right here. Funk hits you right upon opening, but then you're distracted by the brilliant amber color and generous light tan to almost white head. Nose is ripe fruit with a smearing of barnyard across your face, disrespectfully. Smack. On the palate the yeasty influence really takes over too, with some fruitiness, a smooth silky body, and hop tartness. Worth trying.

yemenmocha, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of Hophead101
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on 3.21.09 - poured from bottle into chalice beer glass

this is a great looking beer. heavy orange brown color with a fantastic head that stuck around for quite some time and was tan in color. the smell was interesting - crisp nose, some flowery hop aroma but subtle.

taste is nice. this is a nice twist on the classic hop devil beer. crisp and hoppy with a nice 'tang' - mostly due to brett (I assume). malt is what is tasted first but then a nice slightly sour hoppy taste. the funk hits mostly at the end combined with hops

another great beer from Victory

Hophead101, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a slightly hazed, copper/orange body with an immense beige head. Lots of splotchy lacing.

Aroma is fruity, minty, and slightly funky with Brett notes.

Medium body has a creamy carbonation that imparts a velvety feel.

The Brett is more apparent in the taste than the aroma. Funky gravel notes, unripe strawberries, and motheaten wool offer up a plethora of wild funkiness. Floral and citrusy hops and a minty note make up a solid IPA slanted, hop bill. Solid caramel malt backbone provides a nice balance. Finishes with a dry and herbal flourish.

Nicely done. The wildies emerge quite well in the taste here. Will probably improve with a few more months of aging.

merlin48, Jun 09, 2009
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.