Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,235
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 42
Gots: 146 | 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:
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 mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to a kind trader for throwing this one in as an extra recently. For some reason the whole lineup minus this one had made it down to me. Served at cellar temp this one was poured into a goblet and consumed on 05/11/2009.
Fantastic pour right off the bat and to be honest nearly perfect for the style. Light hazy amber with a rich head of nearly three inches on top that would not fade for anything. Some light carbonation could be seen through the haze and a rich overall look for a wild ale. The aroma was nice, sour and bright with hints of lemon and citrus that rode up and over the sour notes very nicely. Light balancing act here as some touches of grain come into play, but really a very bright, almost a funky IPA like aroma. A bit of a let down as I go in for a taste, as I was really expecting this one to be bigger. Light citrus, mostly lemon across the tongue. Too light though and not enough depth for me, left me a bit hanging and wanting more from it. Solid carbonation though and a smooth, easy to drink profile, I just overall wish it had come off a little bit bigger.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker glass On-Tap.

Appears semi hazy pale golden with a nice head and some lace.

Smells of floral hop, citrusy.

Tastes of grapefruit. Some lemon zest spice. Theres a funk not apparent in the usual HopDevil. Hoppy, fruity and bittersweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

A beer to sip upon and enjoy the wild bouqet. Glad I got to try this one.

Photo of CaptFrothy
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle coaxed into my Piraat snifter. Mahogany brown, 2" shaving cream head that settled into a thin white line. Slightly coarse mouthfeel, hoppy initialy, with a lingering dank aftertaste. Wonderful fusion of an IPA and Belgian, delightfully different, delicous, and sessionable with only a 6.7abv. Victory hits another one out of the park!

Photo of epk
3.92/5  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.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to me on tap at wonderful Julian's in Providence RI
A - Amber, slightly hazy. Nice fluffy light tan head that slowly falls.
S - Sweet malt, floral and a little funk.
T - Taste follows nose.
M/F - Light/medium mouthfeel. Light carbonation.
D - Interesting and tasty.

Photo of iuhoosier336
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is very hazy and tan. The smell is of sourness almost a gouze smell in there and hops of course. Taste is very hoppy at first but it leaves quickly followed by some citrus and then the sourness. Very good, alcohol hidden well, one of the best of Victory's beers.

Photo of spokeydonkey
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked, botle conditioned bottle into a snifter. Bottle reads "Bottled on March 27, 2009." Poured on May 4th.

Note: The style listed here is "American IPA," but this is definitely more of an American Wild Ale, and I'm reviewing it as such.

Popped the cork and was blasted with brettanomyces funkiness even before pouring.

A - Pours light amber and fairly clear. Thick and creamy off-white head, that doesn't last too long. Leaves nice trails of lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Definite brett funk. I've never spend much time around horses, but my girlfriend attests that it does indeed smell like horse, so I guess that rumor about brett is true. There's some citrus hops hiding behind that funk. Although they're huge in the regular hop devil, they're overpowered here.

S - First and foremost is the "wow, that's a funky beer." The wild yeast character jumps out at the first sip. A slight malt sweetness follows this up, along with citric hops. Finishes with a nice toasty dry kick.

M - Fairly light bodied and crisp. Easy to drink, but very complex.

D - Very drinkable. I'm a big fan of Hop Devil, and I'm a big fan of wild ales, so this is great.

Overall: The label claims its fermented "completely with brettanomyces," which gives it an absolutely huge wild-ale flavor. Fortunately, the base beer is big enough to stand up to the funk from the yeast. There's not much subtlety in this beer, but if you like wild ales and IPAs, it's great.

Photo of mikeydaknows
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bought Two drank one celler one. Served in a corked 750ml bottle which was pretty difficult to open. To pop the cork i had to use a vice.

When popped smelled like pez the candy. Poured very livley carb. I liked the stiff bubbles felt weird on my lips. Tasted slightly bitter just like hop devil. Not very smooth and drinkible..but the taste is very different and weird. This experement with brett reminds me of a homebrew i made. When fermenting the top of the bucket blew off two times allowing it to be exposed to my attic funk haha. I was told this wild exposure is hit or miss when effecting the taste. so in brewing this wild devil i wonder if the victory guys got it right on the first try??

It also reminds me of a berliner bitter weiss mixed with a funkey monk-e ale. Overall i was happy with this beer but im not sure if i wanna age it a year. I dont know what my percentages are gonna equall out to, but i gave this beer a b++ not quite an A but i bet on tap it would be an A for its unique taste and being wild.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Photo of jmz62565
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange honey with a gigantic tan foamy head. A nice looking brew. The smell has a spice filled aroma with alcohol,bread yeast, lemon,citrus,and holiday spices. The taste is OK,some hops,citrus and bitter, as well as bread yeast,pine,and alcohol. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. A pretty good beer,nothing really special,but a solid brew from Victory.

Photo of brow1901
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I heard this was on tap at stub and herbs so I rushed down to have a glass.

A- Light brown in color with a nice thick head that stayed around for awhile. Not much lacing, I actually ordered the beer not knowing what style it was just that it had brett. I thought it looked like a barley wine. Nice and cloudy opaque, with very little redness that is usually found in IPA's

S- The beer seemed to fail here. Not much hop character, but I was anticipating any. And when it really didn't deliver any exciting malt smells I was disappointed. I noticed the brett, but it wasn't really funky or any of that. Just typical yeast smell.

T- The brew tasted pretty good, not much to get excited about though. I thought it tasted like a saison, or belgian strong ale. Not really interesting hop character, or malt flavors. It was just kinda hovering between styles.

M- Good mouthfeel nice and light carbonation, not a thick beer but heavy enough.

D- Very drinkable, nice and refreshing. Totally worth a try, not sure how much a bottle is but I'd get another glass for sure.

Photo of tavernjef
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi clouded deep amber orange color with an immense capping of dirtier whitish foam of creamy distributed bubbles. Good amount of lacing is strewn across the glass in lots of strings and spot.

Aroma is quested fairly full of spicy citric levels in peels, pith, and pulp. Lemon and orange speak up quickly, there's a tad of lime and pink grapefruit as is a quieter malt backing. Good Ol' Belgian Brett yeast is used here and isn't overpowering too much, but is evident.

Taste follows suit with a good load of complex citrusy things, orange, lemon, lime; peels, zest, and pith; and Brett influenced spice and funk. Nice touches to herbal leafyness, soft pine needles, and some floral powdery dryness that borders on medicinal qualities. Its leveled out nicely with a great mildly sweetened malt backing balancing it up and keeping it well under control. It gets dry in the finish and lowly bittered within it all. Once you've established a good amount of sips the dryness really takes its hold on your palate from that point forward with a nice spicey funk of citrus.

Body is medium and clean with a bit of extra body added in the mid ranges as it creates lots of citric spiced dryness and nearly leathery like coating on the palate. It has an unescapable presence thats quite nice the whole way thru.

WildDevil is quite a nice twist on the IPA and done very well by Victory - no surprise really. For those fans of the Brett this may be something that would be exceptionally worth keeping around? I quite liked.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of NEhophead
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of jackorain
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of ski271
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of sholland119
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.


Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
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