madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
27th February 2012
Bottle brought out by Tom Cadden to share - cheers mate. Hazy gold beer, good cream coloured head. Light crisp palate. Light fruity hops. A little chesnut mushroom! Very mild citrus. Semi dry finish.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes. First reviewed 7/1/2010. Poured from a 750 mL caged and corked bottle into a tulip.
A forceful pop when I opened the cork led me to immediately know how carbonated this would be. The first pour was nearly all foam, of the off-white sea foam kind. After letting it sit for a while, each swirl refreshes to a nice level head. Dark apricot / amber color.
Floral notes and Belgian funk are the first two things I notice in the aroma. Some lemony citrus as well.
The taste starts off noticeably dry, with a pale malt presence quickly ceding control to a stronger Belgian funk, as a result of the Brett. There is an earthy taste in here, but the hops provide some juicy grapefruit with bits of earthiness and pine.
At first there is a champagne-like carbonation and dryness, with a juicy bite from the hops toward the end. It feels overcarbonated.
This Belgian IPA forgoes some balance for a more hoppy taste, and although it is not bad, it is not my favorite. Aging it to get more flavor from the wild fermentation would only reduce the hop profile, so I am not really sure if there is a better aging period for this or not.
johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
wild devil. amber with small head. aroma sour funky and some tannin woodiness. some spicy hops. flavor of soapy belgoim hops and some fruit. some spice in the finish. tea like and herbal.
sudsmeister (62) - Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2011
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Thanks for the warnings about the cork. I opened my bottle in the shower stall just in case and managed not to put an eye out. This is my first sampling of a "sour ale" and will be my last. I had to pour it after toughing out a few ounces. This stuff was nasty.
MmmcKay (1038) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2+ year old bottle. BEWARE!!! If you are opening an older bottle of this stuff, be careful. Put a towel over the cork when you open it! This bottle freaking exploded. I was being somewhat careful (Iím a sommelier), but not careful enough (I was drunk). After the cork left the bottle like a rocket and took off a chunk of the ceiling, the foam monster ensued. Pouring for three people, we each got an over foamed portion. More than half the beer was foam. Each glass tasted completely different. Tough to rate on flavor here. Lots of Brett. It was ok in flavor but not great. Iíll never forget it though.
adnielsen (7581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home. I should have read the previous reviews- this baby shot off gushing like champagne and I lost 1/3 of it to my pants and the couch. Cloudy, reddish orange appearance with a light brown head. Mildly cohort, barnyard, citrus fruity, slightly tart but mostly funky aroma. Tangy, moderately funky, lightly sour, mild caramel, slightly floral hoppy, orange citrus fruity, wild yeasty flavor. Tangy, funky aftertaste. Iím not a huge fan.
Cybercat (2773) - Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 Victoryís best, but worth a try. And do have a nice big thirsty towel handy in case yours goes off like Aetna!
JoePeesie (848) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dry crisp earthy. A touch of sweet and a touch of sour. not the best sour Iíve ever tasted so so at best.
TAR (2384) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rusty peach. Billowy off-white head. Predominant band-aid comprises the nose alongside lesser dabs of pineapple upside-down cake, toffee malt, and plastic. Pungently phenolic. Boisterous carbonation. Sassy and awash with brett, initially, with an expressive wave of candied pecan which is quick to follow. Deep, well-textured malt reveals an earthy edge as its many layers unfold, dovetailing nicely with the rustic hop bitterness and phenolic crunch. Ample amount of juicy residuals bolster the core while absorbing some of the brett-derived cottony brashness. Nice and full, rather than stark and hollow. Vague note of dough/yeast adds a bit of unnecessary weight to the otherwise cleanly-attenuated body. Closes with prolonged honey-glazed biscuit and candied pecan malt depth kissed with an appetizing tandem of robust peppery hop bitterness and perfumey brett. Aside from the B-vitamin yeast character, which plagues most of the Victory line and is difficult to overlook in this case, this is very respectable. Nice malt extraction, good balance, forceful yet refined hop punch, etc. Iíll still take the breathtakingly bright and complex brett character of their Helios over this, as this is a bit more one-dimensional, stiff and plasticlike. Solid.