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Victory Wild Devil Ale

 (RETIRED)
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76
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RATINGS: 578   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2008
#1100 500ml hand bottle. Mostly earthy hops on the nose with a small hint of sour funk. Earthy and tangy from the hops and just slightly sour from the brett. Pours a dark, hazy copper with a thin film of white on top leaving spotty lacing down the sides of my glass. Zesty grapefruit and earthy hops. A decent cracker like malt backbone with just the smallest hint of funk on the finish. Grassy, earthy with some sweetness on the finish. Mostly full bodied. Lush and creamy on the tongue with a zesty, hoppy finish. Fairly standard Belgian ale. Thanks for the rare treat Joe!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3237) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2008
6 or so ounces from a growler brought by Eric. Thanks! Dry, wheaty, bretty nose. Has bitter hops, brett, and a dry, puckering, pomegranite like finish. Grapefruit and such as well. Interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Sampled at Dickinsonbeer’s Hoboken gathering - hazy copper beer, with a light lace - kind of spicy aroma, with mild belgian fruitiness and some orange rind - no real brett in the aroma - the flavor has a mild hoppy herbal quality and some very young brett character - a bit of bready malt flavor near the end - it really does taste like they simply threw some brett in a batch of Hop Devil, and thus, it sort of tastes like an IPA on its way to being infected - it’s decent, but you can’t just throw brett into something and expect greatness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Growler at gathering, thanks to egajdzis. Light amber pour, hints of red and yellow. Aroma is citrus hops and very light brett notes. Flavor is very much like regular hop devil, grainy malt, citrus hops, some fruity sweetness... and there is some light leather noticeable in the back.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2009 Growler at Paul’s Hoboken Gathering: Slightly hazy copper with a white film for head. Light hops in the nose, along with subtle Belgian esters- sweet bubblegum. No brett. The texture is a bit sharp, but smooth. Flavor is slightly earthy and twiggy. The hops are evident with a Belgian yeast int giving off some bubblegum. I didn’t really detect brett in this stuff, very subdued. Re-rate pending.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 9, 2008
On tap at Victory. Pours a mostly translucent amber with a bunch of golden notes and a medium creamy off white head that left lacing on the glass. Aroma of spicy hop notes, floral, citrus, some banana, brett and as it warmed a touch of barnyard. Flavor some the same spicy hop notes that in HopDevil, citrus, caramel, banana, horse blanket and caramel. This was quite interesting. I hope they decide to keep this one on as a regular and even bottle it. Will be interesting to see how some age benefits this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2008
On draft at Victory for grand reopening. Poured cloudy amber in color with a large bubbly sticky head. Aroma of citrus and piney hops with subtle hints of brett. Taste is similar to HopDevil with a different funky yeast backbone. Grapefruit, and piney hop flavors present with a hint of brett. The brett funkiness was certainly hidden at tap temp. I let my glass sit for an hour or more and it made it quite enjoyable. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Poured a hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, citrus fruits, caramel malts, and a farmy horseblanket over top. Taste was quite bitter, with some pine, citrus fruits, light caramel, and brett brux. Was just very faintly tart, but more of a bretty yeastiness throughout. The funk really came out at room temperature.


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