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Wild Devil by Victory Brewing Company
Sour Ale
6.70 % ABV

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Review by everetends on 01/22/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 0
Here we are, Wild Devil. Bought you fresh at the Hop City months ago. Planned on tearing you up shortly there after, but alas. That very same day I met up with Murch at the Brick Store Pub and he wanted to share a bottle as our final beer. The beer was decent then but I decided, with Murch's advice, to let it rest and see how it develops. So, like I said, here we are. Served up in a tulip.

A: Pours a very light brown/amber color into the tulip. Held to the light, a little more orange comes through but stays mostly the same. The body is murky, hazy, cloudy. Can't see through it, in other words. Off the pour, we got a HUGE head. Not saying it was gusher, you just need to be careful. Probably three fingers of head, maybe a touch more. The head is off white in color, kind of a little dirty white look to it. Retention isn't bad at all. falls to a half finger or so, and sticks around. Light wispy strands of lace are sporadic. Looking good.

S: Ah . . . very happy. It appears the Brett has come out finally. Nice and musty/musky. Dusty attic, and little bit of hay and barnyard coming across. Not quite horseblanket, but has that sweaty horse type smell. Behind that, this is a floral brew. Tons of floral notes fo sho. Some orange blossom, citrus, touch of field notes and a little bit of honeysuckle. There is a touch of pine coming across, but these hops are mostly floral in character. Just incredibly earthy and fragrant to be honest.

T: Yet again, much better than remembered. When I first had it, the Brett was weak but present. With the large amounts of floral hops, that combination created a very soapy/medicinal flavor. None of that mess now. The Brett is really out now, but not over bearing. Getting that dusty wood type flavor, touch of hay and barn. This is mostly earth though. Nice notes of grass and floral goodness. Citrus hops and pine hops are here but the floral really mixes well with the Brett in that earthy form. This isn't crazy hoppy or crazy with the Brett. It is right in line. The malts really don't come out too much. Maybe a touch of pale malts with a tinge of honey. The mustiness and muskiness is right on point for me. Damned nice.

M: Medium in body with a really nice creaminess to it. Has a really good weight to it. Not too heavy but just enough to sit on the palate a bit and allow you to explore it. Carbonation has toned down a bit. I remember it being a touch too high but now it is nice and medium to medium high. Has a good bubbly nature to it on the throat. ABV is noticeable but nice, slight heat on the throat develops a bit. Aftertaste is all barnyard musk.

D: I apparently have waited a perfect amount of time here. Its all about preference. I am big fan of Brett. Love what it does and what it brings. Murch was a bigger fan of the hoppiness on this fresh because he's not a huge fan of Brett. For me this is the sweet spot of the beer I think. Mixing hoppy with Brett is tricky because something is going to have to give. Now the hops are mostly there for aroma purposes and they compliment the Brett in flavor. Damned good if you ask me. really enjoying this beer and glad I waited on it to open up.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 1 9 17 4 8 0
Out of the 750 and into my HopDevil pint glass. The pour reveals a hazy, earthy copper color... WHOA - careful on the pour, this one is almost all head. Could see this gushing quite easily... even as I had to fight to get the cork out.
Anyyyways, monstrous stained ivory head - a good three inches in height. Massive amounts of carbonation on the rise, boiling up from the bottom, keeps this pillowy, clumpy and creamy head from dissipating for some time. After about a 7-8 minute wait, the carbonation settles down just a touch, allowing for the head to recede to less than an inch... and what beautiful lacing. Strand after strand, woven intricately down the sides of the glass - sexy. After topping it off, this still does not want to settle below an inch of foam.
*edit* Second glass lends two fingers of head.

Aroma is that of your average HopDevil... juicy oranges and sticky pine resin command your attention. That malt backbone is there too... along with a dusting of must. Aaah yes, the Brett. Real subtle like, and somewhat overpowered by the citrus and floral hop tones... but it is there. Nice mellow funk... think Saison and HopDevil mixed.

Taste is more of the same. Good amount of orange rind and conifer sap wrapped around a caramel malt spine - kinda sweet, with a hint of spice to it (cinnamon/nutmeg? Almost pumpkin pie like - just a hint, mind you). Again, the IPA in this overshadows the funk... but the funk is back! That oh-so-familiar "barnyard" mustyness sinks into the back of the tongue - just enough amongst the tongue scrubbing the hops are giving it - to remind you of the little critters that have taken control of the sugars here... it all actually balances very well. It's very interesting how the wild bugs have put their own little twists on how this tastes.
Aaaah, citrus/pine, caramel, spice and burlap, all in the same sip.

Medium in body, abrasive yet smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. Very dry and astringent towards the finish. Carbonation is more subtle than your average IPA - I have had HopDevil on cask - the carbonation here is similar/familiar to that.

On the first sip, my initial reaction was "weird". Then, by the time I was halfway done with my first glass, I'm thinking "I kinda dig it". Upon pouring my second glass, I am really looking forward to it!
Extremely drinkable and refreshing... AND interesting enough for the beer geek in all of us. Low ABV and mellow carbonation make for a high quaffability quotient here. Good summertime brew - no doubt.
To wrap this thing up.... take two thirds of HopDevil, and one third of a funky Saison and mix.
You then have WildDevil.
Highly recommended.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tangfoot on 09/29/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 15 4 7 2009
I've been eyeing this one for some time, and finally got around to giving it a try.

The cork didn't blow, but I could tell it wanted to. On a very delicate pour, I got 2/3 huge fluffy head that is off-white and thick like soap bubbles. Thick chunks were left behind as "lacing". It's very cloudy and a dark amber in color.

The smell is very different from other Brett beers I've tried. Very nice aromatic hops, with only a hint of sourness. There's some malt sweetness there, also.

My initial impression of the taste is that of a stale, flat IPA. Eh. After a few sips, the actual IPA flavor starts to show through. It doesn't have much sourness in the taste, but I do get some in the aftertaste. I taste caramel and some light hops, and there's some slight cherry flavor in the finish. There's a lingering malt sweetness left behind.

I'm not overly impressed, but this is a unique sour. I think the idea is solid, but it misses the mark in sourness and bitterness both.

Price: $9.00 Served In: Snifter

Review by SAP on 07/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 9 13 4 8 2009
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.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 06/28/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
Thanks to Joey for sharing this one last night at La Bella.

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle. The color was dark orange and brown, a good inch of foam on top with some great retention and decent lacing on the glass.

Loads of brett on the nose, sweat, cheese, hay, medicinal aromas, some citrus notes in the background, orange, and quite herbal too. Fortunately, La Bella had the Hop Devil on tap so it was quite interesting to try both of these side by side. I could detect some similarities in both but the work the brett did on this beer changed it quite a bit. Some malt sweetness peeks through the brett as the beer warms up. A little fruitier later on.

The taste was similar to the aroma, lots of brett upfront, cheesy, hay, caramel, and some citrus bitterness to finish it off. High carbonation but still smooth and easy to drink. I enjoyed this one a bit more than I thought I would...the last funky IPA I tried was not a good experience but this one was well done.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 05/07/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 4 9 2009
Semi clouded deep amber orange color with an immense capping of dirtier whitish foam of creamy distributed bubbles. Good amount of lacing is strewn across the glass in lots of strings and spot.

Aroma is quested fairly full of spicy citric levels in peels, pith, and pulp. Lemon and orange speak up quickly, there's a tad of lime and pink grapefruit as is a quieter malt backing. Good Ol' Belgian Brett yeast is used here and isn't overpowering too much, but is evident.

Taste follows suit with a good load of complex citrusy things, orange, lemon, lime; peels, zest, and pith; and Brett influenced spice and funk. Nice touches to herbal leafyness, soft pine needles, and some floral powdery dryness that borders on medicinal qualities. Its leveled out nicely with a great mildly sweetened malt backing balancing it up and keeping it well under control. It gets dry in the finish and lowly bittered within it all. Once you've established a good amount of sips the dryness really takes its hold on your palate from that point forward with a nice spicey funk of citrus.

Body is medium and clean with a bit of extra body added in the mid ranges as it creates lots of citric spiced dryness and nearly leathery like coating on the palate. It has an unescapable presence thats quite nice the whole way thru.

WildDevil is quite a nice twist on the IPA and done very well by Victory - no surprise really. For those fans of the Brett this may be something that would be exceptionally worth keeping around? I quite liked.

Price: $9.00 Served In: Tulip

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