Victory Wild Devil

Victory Wild Devil

Rated 3.581 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Victory Brewing Company

Downingtown, PA, United States

Style:  Wild Ale

6.7% Alcohol by Volume

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Bold, spicy, menacingly delicious HopDevil takes on an entirely new dimension when subjected to a wild yeast fermentation. A sharp, sourish edge has been added by this fermentations that plays into the caramel sweet malt deliciously and creates complex interplay with citrus accented hops.

ID: 35150 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank2119
Overall Percentile96
Style Rank44 of 1298
Style Percentile96.6
Lowest Score2.9
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.678
Weighted Score3.581
Standard Deviation0.359

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  • ZYTHUM 289 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    sampled on 6/26/09. 750ml bottle with mitch. pours a pretty copper color, big head. aroma is funky and hoppy. taste has a tang to it mingled with a hop bitterness. good fruitiness, apricot, grapefruit. would have liked a little more funk, it mostly has a dry finish. gets sweeter as it warms up. body is medium.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    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!

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 3.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Vibrant and sour smelling aroma of apples, yeast, candy, funk, lemon dishwashing liquid. Looks great; pouring and amber color topped with a thick fluffy head. Heavy lacing sticks to the glass after each sip. The flavors are pretty good but don’t seem to mesh together at times or I guess aren’t as smooth or drinkable as expected. Spicy and floral hops. There’s a sour tang I’m not all that fond of. Rather dry, puckery grapefruit, yeasty funk along with an odd dusty note. I will say I didn’t like this at all at first but it grew on me a bit as it warmed. Different and not bad.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A hazy amber colored ale. A huge frothy white head, with lots of bubbles in it rises above. It has some good staying power. Clouds of fluffy lacing are eventually left behind. Citrus, spiceness is in the nose. Medium to light bodied. Dry palate. Big citrusy hops in the tasting. A Belgian IPA? Went well with the stuffed cabbage I’d had today.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle: Poured a lightly dirty beige color ale with some golden hue and a huge off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt with some dry Brett notes and a floral and bitter hoppy finish. Taste of lightly sweet Belgian malt with some clear dry Brett notes with some floral and dry hops finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and great carbonation with no signs of alcohol. Very well done and interesting take on the style.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 8

    Amazing stuff! .. . wonderful full slightly sweet Brett aroma .. . pours a dark gold .. . waaay to easy to drink, the 750ml disappeared in mere moments! .. .

    i am naming all 7 kids i have Brett, even the girls!

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    the belgian yeast has taken a notch off the hopiness of the original beer but left most of the malt flavors intact. what;s left is a mellow, tasty, slighlty hoppy brew of great balance and complexity. quite nice as well...had to bring some of this one home. 10/09-more obviously a wild ale when bottled...more brett AND more hops. still just as complex, but no longer really mellow.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 3.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    After having had Hop Devil, I thought I knew what was coming with this one but I was still surprised at the first taste. Pours a nice hazy copper with a lasting, albeit small white head. Aroma isn't nearly as hoppy as Hop Devil and has an added funky, yeasty tang to it. The yeast also comes through in the flavor. Hops are there but the yeast adds a kind of tangy, sourness to the taste. Definitely an interesting beer with a flavor that could grow on me.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This poured a copper color with a beige head. The aroma contains caramel, oranges, and grapefruit. And ASS. Seriously it smells like an ass. Others at the tasting agreed. The flavor is funky with some vinegar, yeasty flavors, citrus and caramel. It sure tasted better than it smelled. Overall strange but pretty good.

  • SAP 999 reviews
    rated 3.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    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.

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