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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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Wild DevilWild Devil

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very good

750 Ratings
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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 32
Gots: 43 | 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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Photo of akorsak


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
Photo of 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
Photo of woodychandler


3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A finger's worth of soapy, foamy ecru lead with decent retention. Nose was much more sour than my beloved Devil. Color was a slightly cloudy lemon-yellow. Mouthfeel was medium with a hoppy, yeasty tang on the palate. Finish was highly unusual, with a light sourness competing with the expected bitterness.

My only concern arose from the idea that I have always considered Hop Devil to be a female and for her to have caught hold of a wild yeast strain?!? C'mon baby, you should know better.

Bottom line; it was interesting and for those die-hard afficianados of sour beers, this is something that you should try. For those of us who are less inclined, in our old age, to sharp sour-ish women, fear not, La Belle Diable still exists on cask.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2009 10:11:30 | More by woodychandler
Photo of orangesol


4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-13-2014 16:38:23 | More by orangesol
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 20:43:17 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of stakem


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

Review from notes taken on 1/30/10 during a side by side comparison with hop devil.

Pours slightly cloudy with a sour aroma that is quite musty. Taste is significantly funky with some citrus reminding me of moldy blue cheese. Bitterness is actually subdued by the funk. Aroma and taste is filled with must but overall quite smooth feeling and moderately carbonated. Brett taste lasts through the finish and is reminescent of wet leather but enjoyable in a perplexing way.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 23:57:16 | More by stakem
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-21-2013 18:54:23 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper-ish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small slightly thicker patch and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of brett funkiness with decent amounts of barnyard and hay which is followed by lighter aromas of citrus/lemon zest and pine/resin hops. Just a hint of biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of biscuit + cracker malts with a slightly heavier than moderate amount of brett funky flavors (including some solid barnyard funk and hay). There is a moderate amount of citrus/lemon zest and pine/resin hops which intensify through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness are present in the finish.

O: A very enjoyable beer with a nice combination of wild/brett flavors and the traditional hop flavors in the base beer - easy to drink and definitely one I would grab again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2014 01:58:22 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of DrunkinYogi


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-10-2014 03:34:36 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would definitely call this an American Wild Ale, rather than an IPA. The hops are definitely there, but the funky element most defines this beer. Pours a hazy orange with a bready head that sticks quite a bit to the glass. Nice balance of a funky slightly ripe cheese smell, citrusy hop aromas, and some light acetic notes in the nose. The taste loses almost all the sour notes and instead matches earthy/piney/citrusy hops with more of the cheese/barnyard funk. It's entirely a matter of taste, but these flavors to me go together remarkably well. It reminds me of a fairly ripe Spanish or French soft cheese wrapped in some sort of slightly pungent leaves. The earthy, tannic, and sharp herbal notes of the leaves counterpoint the funky cheese in the same way that the hops counterpoint the funkiness of the Brett here. I like it, and I really applaud the experimentation. The mouthfeel is full, thick, and especially funky on the finish. A very interesting beer indeed. If you're looking for a sour, this is not it- but might be given enough time. If you're looking for funk + hops, we have a winner.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 22:28:30 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of zestar


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-05-2014 08:45:31 | More by zestar
Photo of Wasatch


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 00:24:00 | More by Wasatch
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

I have had this fresh on tap and let this bottle sit to see what would happen to the brett. Here goes nothing.

Cork comes off with a loud pop and gushes out a bit.

Pours a massive amount of head. I poured it slowly and the head rose up very fast. Over four fingers of khaki head. Finally fades down and I can get at this one. Leaves some rings and splattered lace. Color is a orange hued burnt copper.

Aroma: Tons of funk. The brett seemed to have develop nicely, maybe overpowering the ipa components. Has the barnyard funk to it with some spices and cloves. It has some citrus flavors, but the hops aren't very present.

Taste: Tons of barnyard funk and brett. The hops bring some bite as well, but not as present as when the beer was fresh (pretty obvious). Has some hints of bananas and cloves with some grapefruit citrus. The hops are floral and they blend well with the funkiness in this beer. A decent amount of black crushed pepper.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but funky with some crisp notes. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. End dry with an awkward aftertaste that I can't determine.

Overall, this was a fun beer to age. It really changed a lot and I enjoyed to see what a few months did to it. It was very funky and not to much of an IPA anymore. It is drinkable. The 750 shouldn't be too big of a problem.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 03:28:29 | More by mothman
Photo of ppoitras


3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 01:30:47 | More by ppoitras
Photo of BARFLYB


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

On Tap again at The Memphis Taproom I guess this is a fresh batch and checking my earlier review things have changed for the better.

In the tulip Wildhopdevil looks bright amber with some red spots poking out if ya look carefully. A nice punch of carb gives rising bubbles a new name. A bright sturdy foam of white clouds up above leaving some stick. Straggly lines about. Smell is all brett, it reeks of belgian yeast and it opens my eyes. A good amount to, not to off putting. Recently after having Bullfrog's Undead Ed which was swimming in Brett, wild devil is more balanced. Baked bread and some traces of the base beer with some mild tropics. Taste is pretty damn good. I'll admit Im not a fan of regular hop devil weather it be from the source, a bottle, on tap, on cask, in a firkin, I just don't dig it. The wild in this brings new life to the former. It's not sour, it's not really funky either, it's just bretty and this is extremely fresh stuff. I get brett followed by bisquits followed by small hop devil tropics (east coast style), pale malt, finished off with dry brett. Feel is medium bodied and smooth, once again this is not sour. The carb is amped up and a slight stingy sensation follows it. I had two glasses of this, something I don't normally do at beer bars, I really enjoyed this elixer.

On tap. (about a year ago)

Wilddevil has a copper/amber look to it with a sturdy white head that leaves some stick. The smell is the best part with a belgian musk layered on top of hopdevil. The hops are not great in taste and neither is the wildness, perhaps this will change in time but i'm not holding my breath. A step below medium bodied with good carb. I wil try this in a bottle down the line but right now the only thing wild in this is the smell. (4,4.5,3,3,3)

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2010 18:42:13 | More by BARFLYB
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

08-27-2012 02:11:11 | More by ejimhof
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker glass On-Tap.

Appears semi hazy pale golden with a nice head and some lace.

Smells of floral hop, citrusy.

Tastes of grapefruit. Some lemon zest spice. Theres a funk not apparent in the usual HopDevil. Hoppy, fruity and bittersweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

A beer to sip upon and enjoy the wild bouqet. Glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2009 00:41:46 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of BillRoth


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-15-2013 15:39:36 | More by BillRoth
Photo of John_M


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2009 12:46:07 | More by John_M
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-18-2011 21:26:55 | More by brandoman63
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-10-2011 03:25:40 | More by rab53
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 22:18:50 | More by beerthulhu
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3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cork with relative ease and a loud, well, pop.
Poured...holy crap...head is coming up fast to about 4 fingers. This is a clean glass, too. yipes. Luckily the head chunks up and calms down to a moderate level. Some clinging to the glass all the way up. Clean, chestnut appearance.

First whiff brings up Belgian IPA. Some sourness comes in, then sweet. A bit musky. Some funk and small phenolic hints..plasticy.

Tame flavor. wow, downhill form here. Thin, weak, tame. Perhaps the hops and bretts cancel out each other. Maybe I should age this a bit more. This reminds me a bit of Bud Ale. It has hops....I guess. There is a bite to it. An IPA? More like a PA with Brett instead of malt as the balancing agent. It is dry, wouldn't say sweet, but it has something else. Wouldn't say sour either. Juicy, perhaps.
Apple, slight pear and bread.
Sour hits at the end, but on the tip of the tongue. Hmm.

Good drinkability. Not sure about this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 03:54:23 | More by Mebuzzard
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 23:29:48 | More by Viggo
Photo of DrJay


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 00:24:05 | More by DrJay
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.