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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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1,144 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,144
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 45
Gots: 110 | FT: 4
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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Photo of colts9016
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from a BIF, thank you very much.

Poured into a nonic at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A nice three finger foamy and bubbly ivory head that has some retention. The body of the beer is a medium copper color with reddish and orange hues. There is a lot of effervescence bubbles coming from the bottom. the clarity of the beer is hazy. As the head drops it is leave a little of the head on the glass.

Nose: A bright floral esters, citrus and pine. The maltiness in the beer persuades a little sweetness out in the open.

Taste: A mdium tons of floral esters and wood. The malty backbone is very limber.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, tangy and sour. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is almost full. This is one barbaric beer to bring out your uncivilized side. It is tangy, sharp funky and the whole kitchen sink. It is a very intresting take on an IPA. Since it is what Victory intended it to be, I will just judge it as an IPA conglomeration.

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber body and a big fluffy white head. The aroma is vinegary brett sourness meets light fruity hops. On the palate the brett really takes over. Starts out spicy, peppery, fruity, and herbal, then vinegar and brett. Hop bitterness and flavor seem to be severely muted by the brett. Still, it is wonderfully complex and tastie. Medium carbonation, tart, bright, acidic and refreshing. Like brett? You'll like this. Just don't expect anything resembling an IPA.

Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of seanchai
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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

so, wild devil, their hop devil with brett added to it. I'm happy to have tried this and am bringing a fresh growler home to share with friends. I found it a refreshing IPA with a bit of an edge on it. I think if I was told nothing I'd probably say not as clean as it might be for an IPA but not note the brett. true fans of the hopdevil I'm sure will key in on the differences. I however decided to try another beer on cask than try the regular version of this back to back.

A nice crisp beer and one worthy of a try. I presume the brett character will only grow over time if this lasts on tap.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 22, 2009

750ml bottle. Pours amber with a lively two finger off-white head. Maintains a nice cap down the glass. Some nice lacing.

My first brett experience.

Aroma is yeasty, bready, some light fruits, banana, citrus, some spice, and that funk I was expecting.

Flavor follows suit, funky, yeasty, bread, citrus, somewhat sour, and spice. Mostly dry finish.

High carbonation.

Nice, I'm intrigued.

Photo of drbenderdo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of axeman9182
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in June of 2009, it's poured into my Duvel tulip. A slightly aggressive pour yields a beer that is a lovely shade of orange, with an absolutely massive rocky, off white crown. The head sticks around for a while and leaves plenty of lacing as it slowly fades. The nose is absolutely fantastic, a great blend of barnyard funk and earthy, piney hops, with a hint of bready malts lingering in the background. The taste doesn't quite live up, as the brett has overrun the hops. There's a quick blast of hop bitterness up front, and it's all brett from there. I wish a little more hop flavor from the nose had made it's way to the taste, because at this point it basically tastes like a wild ale. Wild Devil has a bit too much prickly carbonation, it could stand to be a little subdued. Carbonation brett/hops balance issues aside, this beer is pretty drinkable, as there is no hint of alcohol whatsoever.

Photo of soupyman10
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is out of control - fairly innocuous tilt of the bottle brings forth a huge frothy head that takes a solid five minutes to subside. Underneath sits a solid looking clear copper brew. Crazy lacing, as you might expect. Second pour is incredibly delicate and - while still eliciting a huge head - allows the carbonation and body to come through a little better.

Obviously, the nose is all Brett. Huge funky sourness, but mixed well with some light candy malt hints. Definite hops. A touch of sour apples. Light earthiness. Nice.

Flavor is nice - Brett and sour funk straight up. Earthy. Light fruity grapefruit hops. Really nice flavor. Malty goodness in there as well. Hops and sour on the back end.

Solid carbonation with an appropriate pour.

Overall, a good, weird beer. I would drink this again, although it lacks the crispness of a true Belgian.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged from what...the Beer Run? in C-Ville. Finally got to pouring this in sumpm. Duvel tulip. Moderate to muffled pop of the cork off the 750 into the vessel.

Pours a little frothy with a couple of fingers that dissipate into a finger with a few glaciers and tunnels. Lacing is there in a sporadic fashion. Leaves a little dissipation behind.

I get a bit of Houblon on this one - it's flawed but pretty cool. Floral hops plus a whack Belgian yeast strain. Not perfect but raw - what's not to like? A little drier than I would like, though.

You have the Belgian spice on the yeast strain. Clove, ultradry ginger and some gritty floral hops. They dissipate to reveal more true American IPA notes. Tight metal but hardcore metallic floral hoppiness. Finish is very planterish and grassy.

Palate is intriguing. There's a mid tinge of wile ale yeast with the floral and grassy hop notes. Again, more of an American IPA Houblon.

This is good but I prefer its closest comparison, the Houblon. Good but wayyy too all over the place to break ground. Drinks a little heavier than expected. It has some artistic impression; scores of individual elements may indicate that I didn't like this. Sure I did - the whole is a bit greater than the sum of its parts.

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

Poured into my dimple glass this brew is amazing when it come to a head you get a two to three finger head with a good pour, and it lasts . The body of the brew is a clear orange copper color.

The aroma is quite unique you get the Brett funky yeast, then some light floral hops come up as it warms. The flavor is just as wild, a funky IPA. What a nice combination. I had funky IMP Stout this weekend but that was unintentional. This one seems to work, the funky brew with a bitter finish is a nice surprise. The mouthfeel is great as well. Oh ya the carbonation is intense but you can guess that from the head.

A very drinkable combination but the bomber is great for one sitting. I will grab this one again

Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Stigs
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, bottled in April of 2009...purposefully held onto this for awhile to see what happened as I've had it fresh(er). served in a standard pint glass.

A - "pop" and a few ounces of beer spills out, but i was ready for it. pours with an insane amount of loose fluffy light tan colored foam, billowing mound in the center of the glass. the beer is amber in color with lively carbonation.

S - funk bomb, yeasty wet horse, lemon peel, some over-ripened hops, floral with just a light kiss of tartness, cardboard, and candy sugar.

T - brett bomb off the bat, hops chime in with some bitterness before they stat to show their age. light lemony and soapy throughout the second half, citrusy yet basement musty.

M - light bodied with a hugely powerful yet tight carbonation, makes the beer very "fluffy". lingering funky brett, hop bitterness, and citrus juices.

D - a wonderfully unique beer, not the most elegant brett beer but very enjoyable and surprisingly refreshing when chilled. feels like an uphill battle again foaming at times, but the good stuff is at the bottom. cool beer.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Enchanting dark amber color with a slightly hazy, clear body. The head is big and bubbly and leaves splotchy lacing.

S- Somewhat funky like bread that is rising. Citrus and tropical fruit notes present but subtle.

T- I get alot of that yeast funk but also alot of hopping which creates a nice, somewhat chaotic balance. Not overly bitter but instead quite complex.

M- Great carbonation, with an effervescent quality. Moderate body.

D- Very drinkable with the right balance of originality and tradition.

Photo of Bwagner1122
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of ATPete
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

corked/caged 750ml bottle

Awesome label design. The bottle opens with a soft pop and pours a rich amber orange color, great clarity and a small peachy/off white head. Young funky brett in the nose, these were bottled last Wednesday, lots of earthy and herbal in the nose with a bitter grapefruit rind and peachy apricot hop character. This one is 100% fermented with Brett and they got it at the exact ABV of HopDevil? Wow. The funk is still young and pretty subtle in flavor, it has for the most part the exact hop characteristics of a HopDevil with an added complexity of subtle looming funkification. Medium bodied, mild carbonation and a long fruity bitter aftertaste that begs for another sip. It screams Belgian influence without a doubt. i will definitely be putting one of my other bottles down for a while just to see how this one comes along. Hops and funk? better than i had expected.

Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Wayne17
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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

First off I'd have to say that this drinks more like a wild ale than an Belgian IPA. The presence of brettanomyces, after one has been able to detect such, is too strong and distinctive to deny.
On that note-
Funky and almost musky in scent and flavor. While hops are clearly used here I wouldn't mark them as a defining aspect, or THE defining aspect of the beer. The yeast is what takes center stage here. Bottled March 3, 2009 and this being May 7, 2010, the bottle has had some time to mature and maybe could have benefited from even more time in the bottle. Tart and twangy with almost rotten apple notes there; hard, core, steel cider?
Very alive with the yeast action.
So far, from my experience, the best take that Victory has had on a Belgian style or idea. It has a traditional/authentic aspect without trying to copy something.
I will get other bottles of this for the sake of comparison.

3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of ToddHolder
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of salthemonster
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,144 ratings.