Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,235
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 43
Gots: 145 | FT: 2
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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 barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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

(Served in a tulip glass) bottled April 22 2009
A- This beer has a crazy foam that keeps growing and growing over the rim of the glass. It is a yellowish tan head on top a hazy deep caramel body with some big bubbles stuck at the base of the glass.
S- The big brett aroma and a spicy green hop aroma and some caramel malt nose to it.
T- The brett and cheese rind flavor is follow by a big bitter hop finish with a slight pungent flavor that lingers a moment. The caramel malt flavor is buried underneath and has a nice sweetness to it. As the beer opens up there is a buttery note to the caramel malt flavor.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a full carbonation and no alcohol heat noticed. There is a fizzy finish that boost the hop bite a bit.
D- The last half of the bottle was better than the first. It seems the carbonation died down a lot and the caramel malt really came in to blend with the hops and brett very nicely.

Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during their Victory blowout.

Wasn't sure how much I was going to like this beer, as the idea of infecting an IPA with brett struck me as a chancy idea at best.... but what do you know, Victory came up with a good idea.

The beer pours the expected copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is pretty interesting. I get the expected hopdevil citrus and pepper nose, but it's wound up with a considerable amount of sour funk, which greatly adds to the complexity. While I'm not a big fan of sour beers, I liked how the sour interplayed with the hoppy bitterness in this beer. Flavors on the palate replicate the beer pretty closely, but the hoppy bitterness ultimately seemed to dominate in this beer, which is what I prefer The beer is medium bodied, with persistent flavor throughout. The beer finishes well and the sour does seem to detract at all from the drinkability.

Much to my surprise, I really liked this. The sourness gives the beer a bit of an edge, and I think makes for a more interesting flavor profile. I think I prefer this to the regular hopdevil. A very interesting beer.

Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this one.

750ml Bottle
Bottled: 22 Apr 09

Pours a nice slightly hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, huge three-finger off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, lemon citrus notes, and some spice. The taste is bitter, hoppy, slight malts, with a good dose of citrus, and spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but most likely would not try again.

Photo of ppoitras
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured into a Chimay chalice, formed a 1" beige head over the effervescent coppery brew. Pillowy head lasts and lasts, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is bandaids and tartness. Taste is a peek of sweetness to start, but quickly overpowered by the earthy tartness, with a lemony hops close. Mouthfeel is bubbly but still pretty smooth, with an acceptable drinkability. This one didn't do much for me.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.21/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Poured a medium amber colour with a lot (3 fingers) of bubbly white head that quickly dissipated.

S - Intense aroma of spices up front. No hops whatsoever. Smells like a strong Belgian Ale with a sour nose in the background. The sourness covers up any hops that might be present.

T - The sour nose is very present in the palate and dominates the taste. No hops at all, aside from a slight bitterness - but it is overpowered by the intense sour taste. I wonder if this is a bad bottle...

M - Light to medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D - Sour. Drain pour. Won't even consider buying this one again.

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

A: A rolling and towering cream-beige 4 finger head mushrooms upward from the center compliments of the wild brett yeast. A nice coppery-orange tone coloring and strong carbonation of tiny tightly bound micro-bubble jet streams that brings the visible nature to life along with a turbid background. Retention was extraordinary, clinging to the sides of the glass leaving a spotty foamy lacing. A nice start indeed.

S: The aroma starts off with a little funk with sour fruit (pears) and damp citrus. Some banana peels are also slight but noticeable. The brett does produce some nice additional aromas as the label suggests, but also covers up and masks what made the original hop devil so aromatic, its bright citrusy nature and sweet malt highlights. Soft flower pedals closes things out here.

T: The flavor as well starts off with a good deal of funk, tart citrus and a really good amber malting. Dry with some hay/straw notes hints of lemon peels and floral hops gives this a wet and dry taste. The malting was nice, like a rich amber, nicely hopped with dry citrus flower hints. Musky lemons, and floral notes close out with the brett producing a decent barnhouse like lingering fade. As the label suggest, the brett brings about some new additional flavors and aromas, but comes at the expense of what made the original so menacingly delicious.

M: creamy and full, very smooth with the carbontion feeling much lighter then the visible nature leads you to believe.

D: Decent drinkability with a good funk. The brett adds some new additional flavors yet in some ways at the expense of the original. Decent per style, very good even, but just not enough to warrant an outstanding rating.

Photo of vfgccp
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: June '09
Drank: Dec '10

A - Orange amber. Huge, loosely carbonated head almost 5 fingers high - delightfully out of control. Great lacing.

S - Sweet orange, lemon peal, bright hops, fresh cut grass, earthy yeast notes.

T - Bright cedar & grapefruit up front. Soft bready malt early in the profile. Honey. Spicy pepper and lemony tarragon. Strong yeast character. Bitter cedary hop finish.

M - Light body with a smooth round finish.

D - Great flavor, but the IBU's require some heavy lifting.

O - A spectacular IPA. If a peppery saison and an American IPA had a baby, I'm pretty sure this is what it would taste like.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber, thick white head and lacing. Belgian yeast, fruit and light brett aroma. Moderate pine hops, citrus, bready malt and brett. Nice mouthfeel. Closer to a wild ale or saison than a Belgian IPA in my book. Obviously well made, but a little too much brett flavor, so this is a miss for me.

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

I had half a bottle left from a tasting, put a stopper in it, and it was still remarkable well-carbonated the next day.

A: Hazy, copper-orange with a light tan head, good retention, slight lacing.

S: Floral, soapy, citrus and toffee with an enticing hint of barnyard funk.

T: There's a lot going on with the flavours here. There's the floral & citrus rind from the hops, a little earthyness & soap, spicy Brett character and underlying bread, nut & caramel from the malts (plenty of protein but not too much sweetness). Eclectic & wonderful. It's like brewing a Orval with some slightly dark malt (German no-less), then hopping it up American style.

M: Moderate body is smooth, somewhat acidic (from the yeast & hops) with an off-dry finish.

D: I like it, but the hops & Brett might be a little much for some.

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

I tried this shortly after it first came out on tap at the Victory brewpub. The character wasn't much different from Hop Devil at the time, so let's see if a bottle's any different. Cloudy coppery orange with a two inch beige cap. Lots of clumpy lacing, good head retention. Interesting aroma, ripe fruits, pineapple and citrus, earthy and grassy, faint tartness. Moderate bitterness that grew to become fairly sharp over a few sips, with more tropical fruit sweetness. Notes of funk, minerals, and berries, a bit medicinal with very faint rubbery/plastic flavour. Lingering grapefruit. Kind of odd, but it works fairly well. Carbonation was on the high side and quite creamy. A little dry with a decent texture. I like it. The combination of hop flavour and bitterness with the brett seems like a good idea.

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Not sure where it came from, I've had this a couple times before.

Pours a hazy dark reddish orange, some nice bright highlights, huge and thick off white head forms, very chunky, settles down to a pretty thick layer and ring, tons of lace chunks stick to the glass, looks good.

Smell is neat, lots of brett, horse blanket, nicely funky, lots of spice, floral, very perfumey, lightly malty, a bit of biscuit and caramel sweetness, but mostly citrus and floral hopping with a real pleasant brett funkiness.

Taste is similar, very malty at first, caramel, brown sugar, some toast/biscuit, bread, floral, some grapefruit and orange peel, perfumey, really nice, lightly spicy, a bit of alcohol, nicely spicy in the finish, very dry and funky.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, maybe a bit high but well integrated. This is a cool experiment that works, I dig Hop Devil and I dig Wild Devil. Its good stuff.

Photo of Brad007
4.85/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick, frothy head that fades to leave a bit of lacing. Absolutely gorgeous presentation in my fluted tulip.

Aroma is a strong whiff of floral, grassy hops mixed in with the characteristics of the belgian yeast. Very floral and spicy.

Taste is full of grassy hops mixed with the characteristics of the yeast. Spicy with a hint of citrus and plum as well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spice, hops and plum. Very nice. Alcohol is well-contained and as a result, this beer is far more drinkable than I feel it should be. Just a hint of peach rolls off the tongue in the mouthfeel.

Very nice for the style. Marvelous and certainly worth a try if you enjoy the style. Very easy to drink as well.

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

Pours a strong copper with just a little haze. The head is a fast rising three fingers and recedes in a very spongey manner to a filmy foam. Nice effervescant bubbling. The aroma is tart and bitter fruits with no discernable hop notes. The brett does some interesting things to this beers aroma. When this cool brew is more to the cold side, its hards to taste its IPA qualitiea. But once this beer warms a style warping brew comes through. The taste starts with toasted bread and biscuits. Then the malts and brett comebine to give off bitter rind fruit and some funky earthy. The finish shwocases this beers citrus hoppiness and the brett yeast funk combining to make something interesting. The palate is bitter, sweet, and lambic-y tartness. This is a good and enjoyably interesting style bender. I highly recommend pickig up a bottle of this. A must try!

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Lindergh in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of slightly biscuit-y pale malts with good amounts of funk and citrus/pine hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malts with a hint of toastiness up front are joined by citrus hop flavors first, pine hop flavors second, and funky brett flavors third. The malt flavors reintroduce themselves right before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I remember liking this much more a bit fresher, especially as the increased influence from the malts doesn't do this beer any favors. Still, worth a shot even if it's past its prime if just to see how it ages.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory bomber, corked and caged, purchased from Binny's in Lake Zurich for about $7 last week. The beer is hazy dark copper color with an enormous poofy foam, easily 7-8 fingers, lots of dry lacing on the glass. The nose is nice, the unmistakeable scent of brettanomyces but not really much hops aroma (too bad). Smells like an American wild ale, or actually this smells more similar to Orval or Matilda. I like it but it doesn't have the hops whack I'd hoped for, given the Hop Devil base. Maybe it's too old (bottled on Apr 22 2009) and the hops faded too much, leaving the Brett holding the nose. Still good though! The taste is likewise very much like Matilda. Lots of Brett funk and a little sourness (not much), some musty horse blanket and sharp citrus pith. The smooth velvetty mouthfeel and delicious flavors kept me engaged non-stop until the bomber was drained. That's good drinkability.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled on 6/10/09. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with a frothy 2 inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is yeast, lemon peel, pears, peppery spice and some earthy hops. Unfortunately the taste isn't quite as appealing as the aroma. It tastes like medicine/aspirin, peppery spice, yeast, and some grassy hops. But the medicinal taste overpowers the other flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has a lot of carbonation. Drinkability isn't bad as it is smooth, but would be better if the beer didn't have that aspirin taste. I'll have to revisit this one in the future.

Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +4.7%

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on November 20, 2014.

Amber-orange pour with a lingering, foamy, white head.

Mellow aroma of malts, hops, and a sour bite. But everything is muted and laid back.

Medium to better than medium body.

This has more sour qualities to it but they are very low profile with a mildly bitter finish after the caramel malts fade. Quite nice.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled June 2014 not so old really. Into the beer boot.

A - No sediment which is amazing since I thought with 7 months on this bottle it would have some floaties. Just some haziness to the typical amber brown color of an IPA. MASSIVE head a full 2 inches that takes a while to die down. Excellent lacing.
S - Smell is decent the bitter hops of the devil have taken a back seat to some funky straw and sour lemon from the Brett which is actually very strong smelling.
T - In a way the bitter hops and funky Brett cancel each other out to just some chalky yeast flavor and a Twang of bitterness.
M - Smoother than Hops Devil in my opinion it takes some of the edge off but the base beer is still pretty strong.

Overall it makes me kind of intrigued that they can add Brett to an IPA and am kind of surprised they didn't try it again to a more citrus/pineapple hop type beer like Dirt Wolf. Maybe they will read this and get idea's!

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

22oz bottle, split and paired with some smoked ribs and such

cell phone notes, tasted last weekend

appearance: served in a standard pint, hazy orange-amber body with an active beige froth

smell: caramel, funky yeast, spicy hops, apricot, peach

taste: brett is the new rage these days - victory chimes in with a genetically modified version of their solid ipa...the brett adds some funk but the taste is pretty muddy - still a hoppy beer with a funky distraction

mouthfeel: medium body, active carbonation

drinkability: good

Photo of avalon07
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, white, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, yeast, and a bit of malt.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit, Belgian yeast, and a malty backbone. Very lively and tasty. Easy to drink.

M: A huge amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An incredibly drinkable Belgian IPA.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a Guinness Imperial Pint. Bottled on date of March 27 2009.

A - Clear red-orange amber color with an enormous tan head. Strong retention that slowly turned rocky as it went down leaving large, clumpy lacing.

S - Strong yeast and hop aromas permiating through the dense head. Lots of barn-yard aromas imparted by the brett. yeast. Stable, straw, and musty blanket funk (why does this actually smell good in beer? haha). Hints of pine and citrus but that take a back seat to the large citrusy-fruity smells of a few drops of pineapple and mango wedges. Mild but apparent malt backbone holds the incredibly complex smell all together. Wow.

T - A fantastic medley between the funky barnyard flavors of straw and musty blanket from the brett. yeast with the fantastic fruity and floral characteristics from the hops. Like the aroma, everything is held together with a robust, caramel-roasted malt backbone that lingers on the finish. Slight spice of alcohol finishes off the complex flavor.

M - The alcohol lends a slight spicyness to the well carbonated, slick, and medium-bodied brew that finishes slightly dry with a mild bitterness.

D - This is my first [while writing the review] of the 750 ml. I may have a hard time finishing it but it's damn delicious.
[Note: I polished it all off and really enjoyed every sip.]

That was a fantastic beer to have for my 200th review. I was a little scared of it to be honest but it turned out to be great, a fun beer to review due to its serious complexities, and got me hammered while watching The Fountain.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Watch out - this one really is a Wild Devil! The sample I got popped and fizzed like champagne, and about half of it ended up in a towel. What I got poured a hazy, dark honey golden with a thick pale golden tan head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is more fruity than hoppy, apple and citrus. Flavor is hoppy and slightly bitter with a sour apple overtone. Texture has average body and is somewhat fizzy. OK, not Victory's best, but worth a try. And do have a nice big thirsty towel handy in case yours goes off like Aetna!

Photo of Durge
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy deep amber color with a decent white head and lots of healthy lacing. The aroma offers a pleasant sour Alka Seltzer citrus with mild wheat grain. The flavor comes on with a very odd chalky Pepto Bismal/Alka Seltzer idea. It's fizzy and brings some sour cherry. There's a vague cotton candy sweetness but mostly this offers pretty medicinal sour qualities. It's light to medium bodied and heavily carbonated. Modest drinkability and not really something I'm anxious to finish. Not sure what this is but it doesn't much matter.

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