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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

971 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 39
Gots: 76 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle recently sent from inlimbo77; thank you! Bottled on 09/21/2011, so over two years old at this point. "Poured" into a DFH signature glass...

To start, it’s vastly over-carbonated as so many others have said. Upon popping the cork, it began gushing out of the bottle. Luckily, I was prepared and and able to start pouring/collecting into a glass right away. On the pour (of actual liquid, mind you) a massive amount of head develops, so much that 99% of the glass is nothing but foam. I had to let the foam settle into liquid before drinking.

Once it had settled to a manageable amount, the liquid was a translucent golden orange color with some copper hues. The head is an eggshell white that is very foamy/sudsy, and does hang around for quite a while.

The aroma is of tart citrus, primarily lemon, tart apple, sour pear, some faint peach, and just tart fruits in general. Behind that is quite a bit of straw/hay, various other light grains, some grass, and barely an inkling of hops. Plenty of yeast to be had as well; it smells more like a saison than any IPA, though it is not offputting.

It tastes of tart fruits, primarily pear and lemon, some grains, straw, hay, a funky yeast flavor, pine, and various floral grasses. Hops have almost completely mellowed out and vanished, and this is pretty mild and lackluster in flavor. Not bad, but not amusing either. A bit of a chalky/soapy aftertaste to it.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery after the excess in carbonation had finally been dispelled. It seems so much of it was in a rush to escape that no carbonation bothered to stay dissolved. It finishes clean with a slightly dry aftertaste, and iis very appealing in that respect.

Overall, this isn't much of an IPA anymore, which I've tried to reflect in the score. I will say, though, that it does make for a pretty decent brett-inoculated saison, having plenty of tart fruit esters and light grains. I find it curious to see how, over the course of a couple of years, this one has changed so much to seemingly warrant a reclassification. That said, don't shy away from trying this one in your travels as there's plenty of enjoyment to be found in it, but don't expect it to be an IPA of any kind.

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Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 971 ratings.