Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,235 Ratings
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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 thedoubler55
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

A: A nice dark copper in color with a nice one finger off white head at the top, minimal lacing around the glass.

S:Lots of brett at the front of the nose on this one, followed by some tropical fruit and nice malt tailend.

T: Lots of sweetness up front from the brett, followed by a bite of a sour fruit, lots of tropical flavors coming through.

M: Medium bodied, lots of carbonation, and dryness.

O:Nice balance to this beer, lots funk coming from the brett, but really refreshing to say the least, the sweetness is masked by the bitterness.

Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

Aroma is riddled with brett, acetic acid, must, horse blanket, floral notes, and muddled fruit. Flavor is lightly sour, musty, but falls a little short with a bitter finish. Notes of sweet tarts and confectioners sugar emerge as it warms. A little too bitter for my liking.

Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler fill. First ever Victory beer. Interesting ipa with the ibu s hitting you mid drink. Some sourness with the aroma of cherrys. Overall one that is just far enough from your traditional ipa and worth a try.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Victory Brewing Company's Wild Devil a couple weeks ago for $9.99 at The Lager Mill. I can't say I've had very many Wild IPA's and I'm really interested in giving this beer a shot, so lets see how it goes. Bottled June 11th 2014. Poured from a brown corked and caged 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's similar to the hop devil label and I think it's just a little eye catching. It poured a hazy burnt orange caramel color that took on more of red color when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed rill the end and it left some sticky rings of lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer, I really liked the color.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the fruity hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice fruity, juicy and citrus rind like aromas with just a slight bit of floral hops coming through on the background. Up next comes the brett that imparts that signature funky aroma with some wet straw coming through along with a nice tart lemon like aromas. This beer had a very nice aroma, there was some great balance between the fruity hops and the brett and the brett seemed to intensify the fruity aspects.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and not as fruity and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the wild yeast being the first to show up and they impart most of those funky and wet straw like aspects that I got in the aroma, but it only had a slight bit of that fruity aspect and I wanted much more of that. On the finish comes the hops which only impart a light fruity aspect with more of those floral and earthy hops flavors showing up along with a high amount of bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste along with some wild yeast. This was a nice tasting beer, but I wish it had more of those fruity aspects from the aroma since the wild yeast and bitterness seemed to clash a little.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, a little prickly, very dry, medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, but in the end I really wish the taste was more like the aroma and that clash of bitterness and wild yeast holds this beer back from being a great example of the style. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, pretty crisp, a little prickly, very dry, not too filling and the taste just did an ok job at holding my attention, One glass is enough for me, I could drink a full bottle, but I think I would start to get bored with it after one glass. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both very nice and they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was how the flavors blended together, they just ended up clashing a little and that held this beer back. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it's nice to try, but it isn't something that I feel the need to revisit. I would recommend giving this a try, but I can't say I would recommend it as a great example of the style. All in all I thought this beer was nice, but if the flavors blended better and had more of those fruity aspects from the aroma this would be a great beer, but as it stands now it just needs a little bit of work. This isn't my favorite beer Victory and I like it just a little more that Hop Devil and I would say it's just a little above average for the style. I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, keep up the solid work guys.

Photo of Scrapss
4/5  rDev +4.7%

A: pours a nice two finger head that lasts forever. Gold and ruddy translucent.

S: lemony, funky & brett with that characteristic hop devil cilantro/soapy feel.

T: smooth and silky followed by puckery brett and balanced hop brett and malt. Good

M: smooth , velvety and slightly dry after you get used to the funk.

O: definitely nice and balanced fully for such an aggresive style.

Photo of bnes09
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Dense malt body. Well balanced, assertive, earthy hop. Just a hint of funk. Low tartness. Solid brew.

Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark orange with a two finger bright white head, with very good retention and lacing. Thje aroma has grapefruit, tropical fruit, and Brettanomyces.

Tastes just like it smells with grapefruit, tropical fruit, and Brettanomyces. Has a nice combination of sweetness and bitterness with a nice change of pace from the Brettanomyces.

Medium bodied with proper carbonation. Very easy to drink, and finishes dry. I like Hop Devil quite a bit, and like Wild Devil even more because of the Brettanomyces.

Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.
(My 300th BA review.)

A- Dark copper in color, and decent clarity. Head is off-white and towers in my pour, rocky, and sustains at one finger. Good lacing.

S- It's hard not to mention the Brett first, because it's very prominent. Adds the funk, and some nice fruity notes. Pine notes, a little citrus. Malt is pretty concealed, but leaves a sweet bready aroma.

T- If this really is the just HopDevil recipe on Brett, the Brett really sweetens this thing up. The Brett gives off a fruity, citrusy flavor. Pine comes in with an earthy bitterness.

M- The body is medium, and has a slight stick. Overall, very smooth though. Bitterness is there but the Brett funk really balances it out. Finish is dry and funky.

O- Really interesting. The hop and Brett balance is really nice, and adds a combination of characteristics I haven't really experienced. The Brett is at an appropriate level, and doesn't overpower the beer.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/11/2014. Pours slight hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, black pepper, hay, straw, grass, light caramel, toast, bread, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops, funky/spicy brett, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, black pepper, hay, straw, grass, caramel, toast, biscuit, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Large amount of earthy yeast spice/hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, apricot, black pepper, hay, straw, grass, caramel, toast, biscuit, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of funky/spicy brett, citrus hops, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Brett IPA. All around great complexity spicy/funky brett, citrus hops, and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of TheLibertyFlamesTaster
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Not a huge fan of the super hoppy beers. This beer tasted like my dick. Mildly roaster and sweet to the lick. Best when chased by a milky substance.

Photo of -A-
2/5  rDev -47.6%

This beer is far too sweet to be labeled as an IPA. It does not taste like an IPA at all and it is sticky.

It is also far too foamy. I poured this thing carefully down the side of my beer glass and half an hour later it has a foam head on it over an inch thick. If I was pouring a stout maybe but this isn't acceptable from an IPA.

For sweetness, lack of bitter hop character, and this really ridiculous foam thing going on I give this beer a generous 2. This is, quite honestly, not what's wanted from an IPA. It's barely drinkable.

If you want an IPA from Victory try their Hop Devil or, even better, their Dirt Wolf. Those are both good beers. This one isn't.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: hazy; amber colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: for a moment, it's hoppy; then all yeast;

T: a little floral up front, then the brett kicks in and fades as a moderate bitterness kicks in at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: love how it starts out with the brett and finishes hoppy;

Photo of kkleu357
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Amber body with a huge lasting 1.5 inch head. Typical sour smell with a hint of hops. Not really sour tasting though. Kind of sweet. Very Brett like, if that makes sense. Pretty good.

Photo of beerded_drunk
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

the first time i tried this beer i was half in the bag and had it on draft, so i decided to pick one up bomber sized and have a go at the house. i poured this beer from a cork and cage into a tulip/snifter hybrid and it was about half head half beer. absolutely gorgeous copper color with an off white froth. I've never smelled anything like this before, it is a dominant funk that leaves way to a subtle yet very present hop aroma. Taste: this beer tastes like a funky sour that has been freshened up with hops, very much caramel, under cooked bread, flowers (roses/dandelion), apricot, it almost has a grassy, plant like aftertaste, slightly metallic (aluminum,copper?), spicy, you get the hops 4 milliseconds into the first sip and they never go away. the carbonation dances quite nicely! pretty interesting beer. creamy, almost oily mouthfeel, lingers in the nose. overall i think i like it, its fun to drink and the longer it lasts the more you get from it. def looking forward to finishing this beer!

Photo of ttroha
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%

Tap. Pours dark amber with frothy white head. Aroma of funk, apricot, and spicy and floral hops. Flavor is sweet and hoppy at first, followed by a tart and funky aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. Medium bodied. An interesting mix of IPA and sour. A different beer. I liked it.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%

Bottled on: 6/11/14.

Pours a murky dark orange with a super foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, tropical fruit, earth, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, tropical fruit, funk, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance of tropical fruit and Brett characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma weak – some yeast phenolics and citrus
Head average (4 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing poor – a few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body medium orange, clear
Flavor begins with primarily light citrus then fades to some earthiness. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.625. Final weighted score: 3.7
A pleasant Brettanomyces fermented brew, slightly overcarbonated.

Photo of gr0g
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

3-month old bottle. Copper-colored, no difference from HopDevil. More vigorously carbonated and fizzy, though, with good head retention. The sticky foam leaves some nice lacing. Hop aromas are relatively muted, replaced by contributions from the Brett. Much more earthy and a bit musty. More notes of lemon and lemongrass rather than the citric, grapefruity character of HopDevil. Smells like a Belgian IPA.

A solid hop bitterness on the palate that lingers a bit, true to the base beer. Leathery, kind of funky flavor notes. More aging would likely allow even more character to develop. As-is, it's bitter at first then malty/funky flavors abruptly join in. Well worth a try, and it stands out more among its peers compared with HopDevil.

Photo of rangerred
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Poured into a tulip out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours a clear dark copper with a nice one finger off-white head. Very good head retention with a solid ring of lacing all the way around the glass.

The aroma really shows off the Brett with the telltale barnyard and earthy notes present in a wild ale. There are also some piny hop notes and a good shot of bready malt. Really nice.

The flavor takes all of the characteristics present in the aroma and bumps them up another notch. Once again the Brett is the first thing to really come through. Hops follows closely behind with pine and earth before the malt comes rushing in. This is a beer that really has it all. Nice drying bitterness on the finish as well.

Overall, I love how there is so much going on here but it all works. A wonderful combination of flavors with nothing off-putting whatsoever. Definitely one to pick up should you come across it.

Photo of y2jrock60
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Not bad.

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance (4.5): Cloudy orange-amber with thick, sticky head and nice lacing.

Smell (4): Barnyard funk and wet horse blanket. Some light citrus and toasted malts.

Taste (4): Strong Brett taste, pretty funky. There is some IPA underneath, with citrus, pine and spice, but not as much as expected. Light toasted malts.

Feel (4): Highly carbonated, medium bodied, very dry and slightly tart.

Overall (4): Nice Brett beer, but I expected a little more IPA to add to the complexity.

Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +12%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Big surprising supper clear and very dark copper red body color. Head is off white, slightly tan to yellow tinged, with a soapy retention and big three fingers tall height to complete. Soapy bubbles cling, lots of staying power. Some ring like lacing. Very neat looking brew.

Real nice aromatics. Peach and hop floral like notes, maybe a little bit of brown sugar sneaking out. Some faint brett dryness, mild farmhouse funk, with juicy tones of hop drive taking away any sense of dryness or heat. Very nicely balanced and complimenting, with the hops forward ahead of the brett a little but not overwhelmingly.

Palate brings some saison like resemblance. Peppery heat and dryness, but with a matching sugary dipa like finish. Big juiced pine and some citrus fruit like tones. Black pepper aftertaste. Great carbonated pushing mouthfeel through a thick malt body, actually makes a real good cut into the palate and taking away the syrupy quality.

This is a real neat brew, an interesting American IPA Saison sort of hybrid that is fun to drink, and filled with lots of diverse character.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

750ml bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color. The head is two fingers high, with an off-white shade. Retention is decent, with the head also having a frothy, almost oily texture. There are some inconsistent pockets of lacing left on the glass. (3.25)

Smell: One of my friends complained about how this didn't have any perceptible brett. Well, I'm here to call baloney, because the notes of funk, earth, fruits, and *faint* vinegar are unmistakably the work of brett. Of course, the base beer is still prevalent (with its caramel-laden malts and peppery hop notes), but I'm happy to report that it brings a nice brett quality. Not in your face, but this is definitely reminiscent of Orval. And I like me some Orval. (3.75)

Taste: Brett is less evident here. It starts off with some black pepper and pine flavor, before transitioning into sweet caramel malts. After a bit of time, the malts develop a nutty flavor. The brett qualities are gentle on the flavor profile...but if I concentrate, and taste this beer carefully, I pick up notes of earth, funk, and fruitiness decently enough. I'd be interested to see how this develops with some age on it. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: It's not quite as dry as I like my brett-laden ales to be. The body is medium-full and a moderate amount of sweetness lingers on the palate. I'd even suggest the carbonation is low next to something like Orval or Rayon Vert. This is the weak link of the brew: too much sweetness is left behind, and the (relative) lack of carbonation makes it feel somewhat lifeless. (2.75)

Overall: Right now, it's pretty much HopDevil with a funky kiss - ergo, not really worth $8-9/750 when HopDevil sits around the same price for a 6 pack. Key words, right now. Aging an IPA sounds apocryphal (and it is), but I'm still really intrigued to find out how the brett develops with at least year of age. And for that reason, it's actually well worth picking up a bottle instead. (3.5)

3.58/5: Interesting twist on a solid IPA; worth trying and even worth aging

Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Bottle dated June 10.
Pours a bit orange but pretty clear, with nice head and decent lacing. Pretty nice looking beer. The smell is a bit of honey, melon, and a strange bite that I initially took as alcohol, but became less like it later. I am guessing this might be the Brett from reading reviews, but couldn't recognize it myself.

The taste has a bit if a malt beginning (honey like), with the funkiness that again must be the Brett. The beer seems a bit crisp with nice carbonation. This melds with a light herbal bitterness the lingers the rest of the taste. The interesting part if this beer is actually more in what I consider feel. The carbonation adds a perceived spiciness, but as that mellows, the feel and taste lead to a smooth end (at temp).

Overall, this is a well made beer, maybe a slight bit on the malty side, but overall pretty balanced. There is some earthy feel to it, but it doesn't quite seem as dry as other Belgian IPAs I've had. I actually thought it was an APA until I double checked.

Edit: I noticed a bit more of the yeast taste as I got to the bottom of the glass. Others noted it as being more prevalent than I noticed. When I have again, I'll have to see if I still miss it.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a slightly hazy, copper color. Thin head that leaves little islands of lacing.

S-Well the Brett is not shy at all. Intense Brett always reminds me of eucalyptus mixed with slightly rotten fruit (ridiculous). Soft floral hoppiness and some caramel malt.

T-The familiar flavor of HopDevil comes out more here. The Brett has stained the flavor almost to the core, but the base of HopDevil is still alive. The funky, tangy, almost medicinal Brett rules the flavor but it does concede some flavor via floral hop and semi-sweet malt.

M-Medium bodied. Lingering flavor. Mild to moderate bitterness. There is the slightest touch of alcohol. Well carbonated.

O-Surprised I haven't had this beer up until now. It's interesting. I think I will take regular HopDevil on most occasions however. The zany yeast really alters the flavor here and if you're going to make this a whole new package, it might as well be very different.

Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,235 ratings.