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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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86
very good

675 Ratings
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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 31
Gots: 32 | 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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded orange touched brown with a thick frothy creme head. Nose is interesting. There is a mix of citrus tones from the hops used and the citrus of wild yeast. Very unique combination. Kind of a velvety edge to it as well. Flavor is a mix of bitter hop tones with lemony citrus and clearly evident wild tones. The edge bites, but in a smoother kind of way. Very unique. Feel has a fairly full carbonation and the liquid is thick enough. A very interesting ale indeed. The most interesting use of wild yeast I have tasted to date. (But IMO, definitely not an IPA. It's a wild ale to me.)

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 01:53:52 | More by RblWthACoz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed crimson hue...big, creamy beige head. Lovely looking.

Fruity aroma, sweet and sour, funky stuff, whiffs of spice and straw, hayloft and orange, lemon and sod, a little apple...ah!!!

Slides into the palate assuredly...a nice blast of hops, blanketed by the Belgian yeast, coating the mouthfeel, hops spiking up a little from below. Little bitterness remains, but plays consistently on the palate. Delicate, and tasty buzz. Very smooth, easy drinking, ...but full of character, chock-full of juicy, jazzy hoppy flavor.

zesty stuff, flush with Belgian funk. Great drinker, highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 07:34:51 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was 90% head 10% beer. Not amused, not amused at all. After 45 minutes of pouring, breaking up the head and pouring more breaking up the head pouring more, I found that the beer was dark amber to brown and pretty hazy, but this could be due to the fact that interrupted pouring and violent explosive carbonation drove all the sediment off the bottle of the bottle whatever. Head is huge, did I mention the head? Carbonation is unreasonably high. Its really irresponsible to have a beer that is carbed this high. Some lacing left on the glass but me physically breaking up the head may have affected the beer's ability to form decent lacing so I'm in the fence about that part of my review.

This beer is a brett bomb, so I guess that what wild means. Brett b I suspect. Not a lot of lactic in the aroma, kind of a funkiness, yeastiness. No hops to speak of, this is the Hop Devil but "wild" right?

Beer is super carbonated in the mouth, it almost burns as I drink it because of the heavy carbonation. Its quite funky in the palate with a hay like feel to it. Its not sweet at all, at all, and it finishes a little dry. Its kind of bitter....I guess....I suppose. Whatever. Its not an IPA, good attempt. I'm not going to get to try the Midnight sun brett belgian ipa so this will have to do. fun.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 02:02:30 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a clouded amber caramel hue with a large cream tinted beige head forms thick and fluffy. Excellent belgian style lacing spread beautifully across my Piraat chalice. Slightly opaque clouded body compared to the standard Victory HopDevil.

Aromatics take off the gloves with funk filled nose with mild band aid and barnyard funkiness. Fruity highlights come correct as well with tart apple and mild apricot preserves. With complementing strong citrus and caramel malts, a great combination, I'm typically not big on the American IPA Belgian combos but this does the trick in the sense that HopDevil isn't like the typical American IPA to begin with. My problem lies when the grapefruit hop bombs are blended with those spicy Belgian yeast blasts, this doesn't rub me the wrong way so far.

Flavors are impressive with the range of flavors but it does get stuck on the Brett trip. Strong spicy bitter leather blended with underlying caramel malt sweetness and citrus/pine hop accents. Throughout the whole experience there's wild cider fermentation notes that come around with an earthy robust musty tone, with more barnyard funk stepping through. And underlying hop burps come bursting through with the more you sip.

This is a must as far as texture goes creamy textured carbonation with fine backing bubbles borders on a mousse at times with champagne like edges. Medium bodied with slight oily hop resins being pronounced due to Victory's whole flower hopping methods. Quite a unique experience that finishes with a lacquering of fresh leather and earthy powdered chalk from the yeast tones.

Drinkability is impressive with the complexity using a wild yeast strain in their flagship IPA, you gotta love the fact that this beer is so damn sessionable. It is it's own unique creation that I applaud Bill and Ron for pulling out for their Philly Beer Week, since the April bottling I'm sure the complexity has grown and with time it will continue to. I just wasn't willing to age any Hop Devil based brew, I like hops fresh!

I got this bottle from Fathead's for 9.95 and they weren't sure how much it really was.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 02:53:48 | More by WVbeergeek
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the newly renovated Victory Brewing Company.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a 1/2 finger of brite-white head. Retains nicely and leaves good looking lace behind. The aroma is similar to the Hop Devil that we all know and love. Hops, citrus, spice, and caramel backing but the Brett does make its presence known with a tingling tartness that seems to intermingle with the hops.

The taste is more of the same, with the Hop Devil taste being most prominant. Tingling hop bitterness and a touch of citrus that are balanced by a silky smooth backbone of caramel malts. Much like the aroma, the Brett isn't very assertive and adds a more subtle tartness to the surroundings that compliments the spice and hop characteristics well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and a slightly slick feel at times.

This was quite interesting as I've never come across a Brett infused IPA before. I can't really say that this take was hugely memorable or anything for me but I do have to give Victory credit for trying something outside of the box.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2008 16:24:11 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle. Poured chilled from the 750ml to a double walled tumbler.

A - Hazed deep golden amber/apricot shade with creamy ecru head comprised of spacious bubbles measuring about 3 fingers high and makes a lot of lace

S - Mild lychee, golden pear and grape aroma w/ a mild brett funkiness and sweet malt scent w/ ligt stone fruit tinge

M - dry yeast & spice combine w/ sweet fruity malt and mild spice w/ a citrus tang from the hops. Finishes slightly nutty w/ a mild warmth of alcohol and pine bitterness in the finish

T - A tasty tropical yeast element w/ red grapes and mild pine hops keep the flavor of bretty funk under wraps and the mild toasted sweet malt flavors blend well together w/ subtle light sugar and citrus accents w/ mild apricot fruit and earthy yeast playing off the mild lingering pine finish

D - A great ale all fermented w/ brett? I am surprised and the taste is delicious a truly drinkable IPA w/ belgian influence. I like how the malt a d fruit shadow the hop flavors w/ subtle brett funkiness adding light/shade contrast.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 14:59:29 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a well balanced pale and crystal malt scent along with a moderate hop aroma. The Brett funk adds quite a bit of character to the aroma. The hops are still there, but the tartness of the Brett really enhances the experience. The taste is decent. It has a solid IPA taste that goes down smooth and finishes quite bitter with a touch of Brett sourness. It's pretty subtle, but definately there. I'm not sure the two mix well together. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a bit of a disappointment. I would like to see this beer fermented with a Belgian Abbey yeast along with an increased abv. and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 00:57:52 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 22:13:38 | More by jlindros
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-03-2014 03:31:38 | More by oline73
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 3rd, 2009 Bottling Date; Sampled June 2009
A very careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. This leaves tons of lace on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides with a rocky, un-even surface. The beer is a murky, light amber hue that shows a hazy, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of phenolic Brettanomyces notes, butyric acid (though this is not overly aggressive), spicy hop and caramelized crystal malt character. The phenolic / medicinal note really starts to come on after a bit and makes it so the herbal hop character is not nearly as noticeable as one would expect from a beer with an IPA hop bill.

A peppery carbonation tickles the palate with substantial effervescence as this rolls across my tongue. The finish has a lingering herbal bitterness that provides a nice bite. The flavor is phenolic and a bit medicinal tasting; the Brettanomyces provides a sharpness and a biting quality to this beer. The Brettanomyces is not as dominant as it was in the nose, the hops are able to provide a piquant, citrus oil note that softens with just a hint of caramelized malt sweetness in the late middle of each sip; this brings out some notes of bergamot and sweet grapefruit. The crystal malt influence is quite evident and even a bit distinct because it is not something that heavily influences most Brettanomyces beers that I have had. The body of this is light enough to be pretty quaffable, but it still has some residual body from the malt; this might actually be a bit better if it had dried out a bit more.

This is an interesting beer, it doesn't quite work for me as it is not very balanced and doesn't quite mesh all the flavors together; especially the crystal malt seems a bit out of place here. Still not bad and I am glad to be drinking this right now.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 19:50:45 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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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mactrail

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fragrant, funky stew of flavors.

Big foam-up on pouring into a tulip glass, but head really lasts with plenty of carbonation as you sip. Aroma is floral and spicy with a classic brettanomyces nose as you exhale. Amazingly flavorful with some modest malt notes. Quite acidic with some very sharp fruity notes. Hops charge forward with enough bitterness to balance the weird yeast.

I don't think I've had a brett brewed beer that was so mellow and likable. And for an IPA, it's got more going on than the hop overload. Seems like a very sophisticated concoction and reinforces my opinion that Victory is one of the best of the bigger brewers.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 02:59:14 | More by mactrail
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-25-2011 14:03:44 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a medium brown with a firm white head into a tulip, great lacing.

S: Hop Devil, no real sense of Brett, moderate intensity.

T: All regular Hop Devil upfront, pine, orange and grapefruit. The Brett comes in at the back end adding funk, leather, and a rustic feel to the beer. The Brett's charcacter is much more evident immediately at a higher temperature.

M: Smooth, silky, chewy with hops at times, long finish.

D: This is an outstanding effort from the guys at Victory. I already love Hop Devil so I was real excited about trying this. The Brett and hop character meld together a lot better than I thought they would, really good.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 22:06:10 | More by Halcyondays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The bottle started overflowing as soon as I opened it. Pours a near-clear amber color. Leaves a rocky off white head and spotty chunks of lace.

Smell: Excellent blend of pale malts, fresh hops and light Belgian style yeast.

The taste matches the smell except that the hop is more bitter than floral and the yeast is more biting. This is a full bodied IPA. The aftertaste reminds me of most home brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 22:17:31 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark amber in color with a 2" head that falls quickly. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: hop bitterness, grapefruit, and some soft belgian-style funkiness is detectable.

Taste: nice twist on the classic Hop Devil as the malt sweetness, sharp bitterness, caramel, and grapefruit are bold but the Brett gives this a hint of sourness and funk. It is nice because these flavors compliment and not go overboard like some others that have Brett added.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this one grows on you especially as it warms. But no more than two to three pints for me in a session. Must give this one a try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2009 14:04:13 | More by Gavage
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3/5  rDev -21.9%

09-16-2012 04:28:26 | More by mendvicdog
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/15/09-

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Medium golden color. Full super white pocky head with some light lace trails remaining.

Smell- A bit of everything. SOme lemon peel, a bit of brett funk, some english style hops and a wee bit of toasted malt.

Taste- Nicely done. Really laid back in the beginning with a mild hoppy burst, some malt backing and some good brett. Towards the end it really turns quite bitter from the hops and the brett subsides leaving a bitter lemony hops flavor.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher carbonation level, but almost about right. Nice lasting flavorful hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not quite on the level with Hop It, but no far either. Quality BIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 03:54:34 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grolwer shared courtesy of hopdog and filled courtesy of maybrick...
Appears a hazy orange with a small white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is mild, with a very mild funk with some rubber, pineapple, grass, dried leaves, bananas, and earty minerals.
Taste is of light hops, rubbery funk, pumpkin & squash, dough, strangeness, with wood like flavors.
Mouthfeel is chewy, medium bodied, doughy, bitter, and smooth in the finish.

Serving type: growler

05-31-2008 02:13:50 | More by weeare138
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-28-2014 18:31:12 | More by yourefragile
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to Solomn420 for pulling this out and sharing.

Poured an amber with a nice white head. Nose is sour, spice and belgian yeast. Taste was sour, lots of yeast and hops, pretty good balance and there a spiciness to it on the end. Mouthfeel was and drinkability was good well. Good beer all the way around.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 01:21:29 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a small glass at the Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis during an IPA tasting. I have to repeat the sentiments of Emma from Abe's Cold Beer, "I respect what they're trying to do, but..." The poor beer just doesn't work. It doesn't really have enough hops to resemble an IPA, and there isn't enough wild fun to be a respectible sour ale. Instead it's stuck with an odd clove and plastic taste that's none too pleasant. Pass.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2009 16:43:30 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 1/4 pint (approximately) served at the brewpub in Downingtown.

A: The ale is an amber brew, orange and brown, with a nice-sized head that lingers through the first 1/3 of the glass.

S: The aroma has the hallmarks of HopDevil, biting citrus and caramel malts, with the added touch of funky brettanomyces. The ale smells like Orval on hop steroids.

T: The ale has the intense funkiness of a year old Orval. The malts and hops seem to be happy to take the backseat and allow the brett to shine. The taste is yeasty and dry, making me instinctively grab for another sip. The barnyard funkiness is an excellent addition that really augments the overall HopDevil experience.

M: Dry gamey tartness is the calling card of this ale. The decision to add brett to HopDevil is inspired, to say the least.

D: The alcohol level is moderate and never escapes the the funky body. A real treat to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2008 01:51:19 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 22:40:01 | More by Billolick
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.