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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

683 Ratings
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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 31
Gots: 33 | 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 FtownThrowDown


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

750ml bottle. This was the most work I've ever had to do to get a cork out of a bottle. Took five minutes of fidgeting around with to finally pop.
Pours a very dark amber in color. A huge three inch head of foamy head forms on the pour. Smell is spice, just barely a hint of hops, and a bigger amount of brett than I was expecting. Taste is even more brett. This beer has a lot of brett in it. So much so, that it's dominating any hop character that it had. This is a very pleasant surprise and I'm enjoying the hell out of this beer. Carbonated and bitter in the mouthfeel. Very easy drinking and non cloying. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 18:55:43 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of DaveHS


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

Pours a cloudy light orange with a massive foamyhead. Have a glass ready, this one's a gusher. The few times I've had this beer the head has not fully dissipated before I finished my glass, so I wouldn't bother waiting. Just jump right in. The nose is alternately earthy and citric, with a deep undercurrent of wet horse blanket.
The mouthfeel is crisp, with a slick yeasty aftertaste. Prickly carbonation holds it all together. The taste is citric and tart, with layers of funk. A dry, hoppy backbone plays nicely against the brettanomyces. Great on a hot day, or with a light meal.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 20:26:13 | More by DaveHS
Photo of movingtrain


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

Large wire and cork bottle poured into a Piraat glass.
This looks interesting...Hop Devil brewed with Brettanomyces? Hmmm...

Pours a good copper/amber color...head is very strong...a light cream color, about 2.5 fingers, and slowly receding as the beer settles in the glass and warms up.

Smells a bit funky...banana, clove, some bright hop character in the nose, fresh baked bread...kind of reminds me of a pond...earthy, damp, some moss growing...very earthy.

Taste picks up some cinnamon first, then some bitter fruit. The yeast has definitely changed this one...did they use the same recipe as the Hop Devil? Very earthy...and sweet. There is some good flavor here...and the beer is very drinkable...would love to grab another bottle of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 23:38:31 | More by movingtrain
Photo of JamisonM


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

Poured into Duvel tulip crack open the cork, a gusher!

A: gigantic head even though I poured slowly and softly, off white head copper color

S: brett funk an earthy rustic quality as well some hay in there.

T: for a beer that is 100% brett fermented I am not getting as much brett as I thought some brett funk wet hay and the hops do come through. the beer is very dry because of the brett

M: light body high carbonation

D: drinkable if you like wild ales and can stand the dryness

Overall: A very good beer. I did enjoy this however drinking this makes me want an Orval no one does a brett beer better then Orval in my opinion. having said that I like the beer. I do sort of like the take of 100% fermented brett beer but I think you better off with a 2 stage 2 yeast fermentation, like Orval does.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 01:43:08 | More by JamisonM
Photo of utopiajane

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful firey copper orange with some golden yellow hues. A fat head of very off white foam that lasts and leaves lace . A few bubble making their way to the top amid perfect clarity. Nose is powerful and funky. Citric tartness and citrus zest. A lovely perfumey and powdery hop flora. A bit of earth, some sweet bread for malt and a delightful bit of orange that is subtle but not to be denied. Drinks gracefully with all the flavors coming together balanced and with a kind of panache. The orange is juicy and a bit subtle. There is grapefruit peel and tart citrus. The yeast is earthy and funky and dry. The hop floral translates into the drink and as it warms a bit of spice comes through on the nose and on the palate.

The mouthfeel on this one is creamy and and with a bit of softness underlies a powerful collection of earthy and funky flavor with some fruit and a soft breaddy sweetness that keeps you going back for more as a sharp bitter finishes this one dry.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 15:57:40 | More by utopiajane
Photo of jackorain


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 22:54:08 | More by jackorain
Photo of illidurit


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

No idea who brought this to our tasting. Pours gold with orange trim and a pale tan head. Aroma is very pungent with lots of lemons and oranges, golden apples, wild bretty dankness, grass, straw, hmm where have I experienced this before? This is surprisingly similar to that wild elixir of heaven called... Orval! Flavor is even reminiscent, although a little less so than the aroma. Resinous hops, grass, yeasty fruits, a pinch of salt, leather. Definitely an entirely different animal than HopDevil. A pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 20:42:22 | More by illidurit
Photo of lovindahops

New York

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

First Brew of 2011! Gotta always grab a Victory when you see one you never had!

A- a glimmering hazy orange with a bubbly marshmallow like head on top. Sticky lacing lingers, while the haziness keeps company to some of the yeast like sediment. No doubt, this is how you want this style to look

S- big time orange flavor with some sourness and slight barnyard funk. Some citrus character is present with some piney hops scents too. Lil lemon zest should be mentioned as well

T- spicy and flavorful with some musty notes of flavor. Very tart and sour as expected. Dry on the exit. It's definitely complex and full of flavor

M- carbonatation is wicked on this brew. The clash of flavors really linger and I like that for the brew

D- Wild devil is no question full of flavors that puts on quite a show. This is a treat for a brew. As stated on an earlier review, I think brew can be a gateway for other sours and trials for Belgium styles that are emerging. Victory just gets it done for me. I'm thankful their brews are so widely available in cuse

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 19:44:35 | More by lovindahops
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the on-tap version of Wild Devil at the very Downingtown PA brewpub!

Gorgeous pour! Copper and hazy color with a tan and creamy head that lasted forever leaving amazing lacing.

Smell was of delicious brett character: lots of tart funkyness with some citrus and earthy notes from the hops. It wasn't very strong though.

Taste started out with that great sour/tart/funky bretty character and finished with some nice bitter and spicy notes from the hops. Aftertaste was mildly bitter and not very persistent.

Body was medium with moderate to high carbonation. Very refreshing beer with great drinkability. The sweet and sour aspect leaves your mouth watering after each sip.

I think that this is a great gateway beer for people that are just being introduced to sours. The hop bitterness balances well the brettanomyces fermentation products making it very drinkable and easy on the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 04:04:07 | More by paulozanello
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

750ml caged/corked bottle served in a snifter.

L - hazed amber color with a huge beige head that left lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - yeast and citrus hops.

T - bitter citrus hops are tamed by the sweet and sour flavor of the Brett finishing dry and bitter.

F - medium/full bodied with a creamy smooth feel.

D - this is quite an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 23:09:49 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of corby112


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

From notes:

Pours a dark ruby red color with a two finger frothy yellowish beige head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Funky, earthy aroma with a strong barrel and brett character. Musty with hints of toasted oak and barn countered by some earthy pine and sweet citrus.

Chewy medium body that's on the fuller end with again, a strong barrel presence and lots of earthy oak. Dry musty brett flavor gives this beer some nice funk/tarntness which is countered by the bitter hop character. Som bready yeast adds fullness to the body but it's still pretty quaffable. Hints of pine needle compliment the dryness from the oak and brett but is balanced by hints of citrus fruit. Pale malt backbone with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 01:02:29 | More by corby112
Photo of CualityC

New York

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

Hops and Brettanomyces two great tastes that taste great together! Well, sort of. This sample has been aged approximately 4-5 months in case anyone's curious.

A: I've had quite a few Hop Devils, but this beer is truly beautiful. Wild Devil is a glowing amber with a nice pillowy white head that slowly sinks back to the surface of the beer. This may be a new standard for beauty in the American IPA category.

S: Wow! A blast of tart funk greets the olfactory glands. Cherry pits, some citrus notes. Seriously complex stuff. Aromatic hops can't hope to keep up with the power of Bretty Yeast, however unlike in a traditional IPA they form the subtle background that allows the otherwise powerful bretty odor to come off pleasant. Wild Hop's smell is evocative of late spring nights, the heady mix of dewy grass and leaves underfoot.

T: Perhaps I've let this beer sit too long. Almost all hop flavor and citrus bite is masked by the Bretty. Not that it's a bad thing necessarily, just not as interesting as the smell. Faint oily pine notes hide behind the Brettonomyce funk and horse blanket flavor. A tasty beer, but not nearly as mind-blowing as the scent lead me to believe.

M: Somewhat soap, and lacking the hop bite of most IPAs. However, the body feels somewhat incomplete, and for that I have to deduct a point.

D: Again, more quaffable than many an IPA. However, the Bretty taste really lingers and discourages somewhat from taking the next sip. I had no problem downing this bottle, but I'd hesitate to ask for another.

All in all, while the taste failed to excite, I still thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Plus I'll never knock an awesome brewery like Victory for taking a chance and bringing out something this innovative. I've never tried a beer like this before, and I can only hope they keep pumping out unique and interesting brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 07:18:55 | More by CualityC
Photo of JoEBoBpr


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

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice hazy slightly orange and caramel color with a huge fluffy 2 inch head that is ecru. It has really densely packed bubbles and the retention is very long.

S - Aroma starts off with some slight funk followed by some nice tart lemon aromas. There is some slight apple and pear notes as well with some hidden sweetness around. There is also some nice grassy notes form the hops as well as some slight pineapple and citrus notes.

T & M - Starts off with some ncie dry Brett notes as followed by some slight tart hints that try to evolve but then are complimented by some awesome funk and farmhouse flavors. There is some nice bread character and also some nice husk and almost hay like flavors. There is a very American IPA finish to the beer with some slight tropical fruit sweetness that quickly fades into a nice clean and dry finish. It is crisp, clean, dry and nice and funky.

D - Very delicious and refreshing plus it has a nice level of ABV. Good BIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 01:56:16 | More by JoEBoBpr
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for sharing this one last night at La Bella.

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle. The color was dark orange and brown, a good inch of foam on top with some great retention and decent lacing on the glass.

Loads of brett on the nose, sweat, cheese, hay, medicinal aromas, some citrus notes in the background, orange, and quite herbal too. Fortunately, La Bella had the Hop Devil on tap so it was quite interesting to try both of these side by side. I could detect some similarities in both but the work the brett did on this beer changed it quite a bit. Some malt sweetness peeks through the brett as the beer warms up. A little fruitier later on.

The taste was similar to the aroma, lots of brett upfront, cheesy, hay, caramel, and some citrus bitterness to finish it off. High carbonation but still smooth and easy to drink. I enjoyed this one a bit more than I thought I would...the last funky IPA I tried was not a good experience but this one was well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 22:14:25 | More by seaoflament
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Comes a really bright, vibrant sunset orange, a thick ruby red grapefruit at its center and lightening as it emanates outwards. The three-quarters of a finger of ever so slightly offwhite head fade fairly quickly but leave a nice stick of solid lacing and a persistent dusting. Lively, relatively fast, and relatively plentiful medium sized carbonation races towards the surface at a clip. What's really attractive is the color on this one, just a really pleasant - gorgeous, even - range of hues.

Aroma: A nice, fruity, slightly funky nose, with plenty of balance between the original beer and the addition. As in the taste below, the citrusy aspect of the backing beer is augmented by the brett addition, with flourishes of orange zest and lemon peel reaching the nose easily and first. The remainder is cheese, bubblegum, pine, mint, and light bready caramel.

Taste: A really nice balance of IPA and brett. The brett adds a definite musty, slightly cheesy, bubblegum-esque character, but no overwhelmingly sour or other undesirable (in my opinion) overtones - just a mild tartness. The backing beer still asserts itself strongly, and some of the more citrusy aspects of the Hop Devil are emphasized by the brett, allowing a nice orange and grapefruit-esque presence to shine through the lightly grassy, moderately roasted body.

Mouthfeel: Probably better carbonated than the regular Hop Devil, or maybe thinned out a little by the brett addition, this one is moderately thick but spritzy enough that it doesn't feel so. It's still reasonably even though, not in a rough, prickly, over-carbonated way.

Drinkability: 6.7% isn't sessionable, but it's not high for the style, nor the base beer style. Furthermore, this isn't an over-the-top wild ale (as some of them so obviously are), instead providing a nice, balanced, lightly tart, rather tasty balance. I quite enjoyed this one despite not being a fan of the style, which means for many people'll it probably be too tame.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2009 20:59:05 | More by CrellMoset
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 02:37:00 | More by vrazionale
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New Jersey

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

I kept the bomber in the basement for 4 weeks on recommendation of a friend.
Pours a huge creamy head. Fairly cloudy rusty amber color. Nose is not as hoppy as hop devil but citrus and pleasant nonetheless.
Taste is fairly complex, citrus and slightly piney hops to start with a sour, more than bitter finish. Its hard not to compare this to hop devil, but it is a completely different beer. For me, a very refreshing beer packed with flavor in a unique style. I will definitely have it again when I can find it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 11:53:06 | More by Imsothirsty
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

Bottled on Mar 3 2009:

Pours hazed caramelish orange amber with an off-white head. Trailing lace slides down the glass with some stickage.

The smell is perfumy with a "wild" side (Bretts) with citrus - Nice combo of Bretts, maltiness and American IPA citric hop aroma.

The taste is musty, caramelish, bready, spicy - citric and herbal. Finishes with a bready and spicy dryness. It has a tea-like aftertaste.

Aggressively carbonated - A "Belgian-esque" attempt at the feel.

This is nicely balanced/blended of Wild and American IPA. Very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 14:20:49 | More by jwc215
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 9fl oz bottle that was bottled on March 3rd. I bought the bottle in the middle of March sometime and its been in the back of my fridge ever since. This is the first beer that Ive had brewed with Brett so I'm not to sure how to pick it out or what flavors to attribute to it.

A- Pours a hazy Light burnt orange hue with a huge fluffy off while head that had good retention and left a lot of lace.

S- Citrus hops, floral aroma, and a bit of a musty smell.

t- Slightly sweet start. The main taste is pine and citrus hops. It has a biter finish, but not nearly as bitter as I remember normal hop devil being. There is also a musty, earthy taste at end that I'm going to attribute to the brett yeast.

M- Medium body with a very very smooth mouth feel. This area of the beer was great.

B- I really enjoyed this beer and would not mind having a few more bottles on hand.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 01:27:46 | More by william5586
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy orange with a steady flow of carbonation in to a huge off white head.

Smell is a peach and pineapple, creamy, yeasty delight.

Taste is a spicy, carbonated, smooth and hoppy.

Very creamy mouthfeel and the smooth taste is a delight to drink. Although different from other belgian ipas I have had, but very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 01:20:40 | More by aubuc1
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"I see the devil's hook, and yet cannot help nibbling at his bait."

--Moses Adams

Glowing topaz with tangerine trim. Talk about a gorgeous hue! The pillowy crown is equal parts ecru, pale gold and pale orange, but isn't very creamy, rocky or sticky. It does last for a bit, which helps. In the end, the beer's color overrides any considerations of head and lace.

The nose features toasted malts (moderate), citric hops (mild) and Brettanomyces yeast (moderate). All in all, not the ideal combination of scents for lovers of either IPAs or wild ales. As the former, it's a 3.5. As the latter, it's a 4.0. Yeah, that's right. Any beer with this much Brett character is an American wild ale. End of story.

The problem with an American IPA-wild ale hybrid is that hops fade over time and Brett needs time to get revved up. Therefore, that perfect sweet spot is somewhat elusive. Or doesn't exist at all. If you want hops, drink the beer fresh. If you want funk, drink it aged. Let's see what four months in the bottle has accomplished.

WildDevil is better beer than it smelled like it would be. The only reason it isn't better beer is because the yeasty funk blasts the hell out of the hop flavor. Not the bitterness, that's still going strong (like I would expect for a reasonably fresh bottle of HopDevil).

From most prominent to least, the flavor profile consists of horse blanket and sweat sock funk, well-toasted barley and nuts, tea leaves, and white grapefruit peel. This is sneakily complex beer and is growing on me with each and every mouthful. If the cork had been extracted two months ago, the flavor score might have been one notch higher.

The mouthfeel is probably the beer's best feature. The carbonation is too sharp-edged to start, but it's close to perfect by the bottom of the first glass. Given the crushed velvet plushness and mouthfilling creaminess, Belgian ale comparisons aren't out of line.

Although these two styles aren't the smoothest and most natural fit in the world of craft beer, Victory has themselves a winner with WildDevil Ale. If you're cellaring a bottle waiting for the funk to show up, it's already here. My advice: pop the cork now, while the hops still have some punch.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 21:41:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy copper with tons of unending tan head. It smelled like persimmon, clove, wild yeast, rusty copper, white grapes, and resin, with some honey malt. It tasted like funky orange and persimmon and resin hops with wild yeast and white grapes and clove and honey. It was oily with smooth carbonation, and had a lasting tangy aftertaste. Overall this was a very well constructed beer. It really tested my patience on the pour (most head ever!), but it was worth the wait. It had great bitterness and sourness balance, along with excellent body. It hid the alcohol well too, so it was actually pretty easy to drink. But the flavor is interesting enough to sip. This could probably improve with age too. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 22:38:36 | More by Pencible
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West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving type - 22oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown with a Nice thick, foamy 2 inch head.

Smell - Funky brett along with some orange, pineapple, lemon, some sweet yeasts, cherries, plums. Mild grainy note at the finish.

Taste - First sip starts with a nice sour/funky brett stink, with the classic hopdevil flavor as backbone. Belgian yeasts provide a grainy and bittersweet flavor that works well with the added brett and hops. Floral fruits add some citric flavor. Malts come out at the finish to balance this out.

Mouthfeel - The brett is first noticed on tongue. Then classic hopdevil flavor along with some Belgian yeasts. Palate gets floral fruits, brett and yeasts. Aftertaste is somewhere between sour, bitter and a little sweet.

Overall - A nicely done take on the classic hopdevil. The brett nor the yeasts overpowered this in anyway. I was really able to enjoy everything about this beer and not suffer a wrecked palate from the brett. This would be a good beer to age.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 05:22:15 | More by wvsabbath
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle. No indication of bottling or best by date.

Hazy orange marmalade colored body. Even with a relatively soft pour a rather impressive head is produced. Four fingers worth of pear color meringue bubbles. Retention is very decent though the lacing could be better. Lacing left is scattered about the glass, I will say what is there is plenty sticky.

At first sniff I would not call this a Belgian style IPA. The barnyard mustiness was quite strong. I am leaning toward this being an older bottle as the brettanomyces have certainly had time to get to work. The funk is secure in leading the nose while a sweet malt aroma plays second fiddle. Sweet smells of caramel and bready malt. the Belgian influence leads me to the thought of candied sugar, though I am fairly certain this was not used. Belgian or not you cannot have an IPA with out hops. The citric hop aroma blends well but seems to be overmatched at this point. Personally the aroma works for me but seems to be off slightly for the style. With the Brett presence so strong I believe the hops have merely faded some with age.

Sweet bready malt up front leans strongly towards a Belgian Strong Pale Ale flavor. The tongue confirms what the nose was telling me, the brett has been at work. Musty leather and loaded with phenols. A large segment of the flavor is dominated by this rustic earthiness. The bitterness hits mid palate with much less citrus punch than anticipated. Hop profile seems more of a grassy bitterness at this time. Hops are no longer bright, once again the meld into the bigger flavors and compliment well.

Medium bodied with a tremendously creamy smooth texture. I thoroughly enjoy bottle conditioned IPA's, even if this one does not scream IPA. The fine prickly carbonation is very reminiscent of your legitimate Belgian ales. Mouthfeel is the high point of this brew.

Balance reigns supreme with this bottle of Wild Devil. Sweet and Spicy with a complimentary hops presence make for a rather enjoyable brew. Though not a high abv, the alcohol remains masked. If served on draft or in a 12 oz format I would certainly be open to a second serving. With the 750ml bottle one is satisfying. Would seek out again, especially a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 23:01:52 | More by kzoobrew
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.