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RATINGS: 711   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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.
Originally made in 2008, remade in 2014.

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3.7
DuffMan (10271) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle. Hazy copper orange with a lively, bubbly golden head. Spicy, zesty aroma. Palate is quite malty, with apricot fruit and heaps of spice. Moderately bitter finish. Nice.

3.8
alexsdad06 (10268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy soft caramel color with a large fluffy off white head. The aroma has a moderate caramel maltiness with some hints of lightly toasted bread. There is still the nicely hoppy citrus fruits from the original Hop Devil along with the new funky Brett notes. The flavor has caramel and bready malts, Brett funk, mustiness, earthy, woody, and some IPA citrus hop bitterness and acidity. The finish is dry and lightly bitter. Medium-full body with good carbonation. Good beer, interesting to try once, but I would probably just drink the Hop Devil.

3.8
KyotoLefty (10197) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 18, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pretty brown-orange color with an enormous head. Funky, dusty aroma with minerals, slight fruit, quite lambic like. Some caramel in the flavor, light fruit, big bitterness and a dirty dryness. Strongly sour as well. Very funky, with a slight citrus hop taste too. Interesting, though a bit harsh. Huge carbonation. Very nice.

3.3
marcus (10144) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottled 6/-11/09. Poured caramel/orange with a massive beige head and a floral yeasty aroma. I had to wait a few minutes for the head to subside before I could reach the liquid, probably a result of the wild yeast action. There is a spiced caramel malt flavor, and it is actually more bitter than sour. Did not meet my expectations.

3.9
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
750mL. Pours a hazy, bright ruby orange with a massive, ultra-rocky, isohumulone extravagant thick yellow head. Infinite retention. Big lace. Aroma is light but very presence Brett, fresh orange peel, fresh/sweet ruby red grapefruit, slight wild funk and dry hay. Taste is still quite bitter, fruit hoppy, hop oils, stlll presence caramel. Quite the rich, oily palate remains. What an accomplishment- a lackluster DIPA has been transformed into a complex, refreshing beer that has gained funk and fresh fruits but retained a hoppy, rich body. Excellent. More attenuation but not to the point of massive drying and Perrier seltzer. Now if all HopDevils magically transformed into this, I could live in peace.

3.9
MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This beautifully floral Wild Ale displays plenty of herbal hop notes, coniferous brettanomyces wilderness, all subtly lifted by delicate caramel undertones and firm resinous hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A lofty head of foam garnishes the luminous amber.
-The wild yeast aroma is quite loud, but remains extremely attractive throughout.
-The frothy effervescence kind of gets in the way of the complex flavor profile. Drinkability would be increased with a more restrained (or tighter) carbonation.
-At times, mostly because of the mouthfeel, this appeared to me as a rough and ready, unpolished Wild Ale experiment, but the aromas and flavors are so enticing that I have to say I thought it was delicious.

Bottles.

3.4
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2013
750ml bottle, shared by somebody after Jackie-O’s 8th Anniversary. Hazy orange-red color. Pours with a big, soft airy head. Couple dots of lace. Smooth, soft lighter carbonation. Nice dry finish. Moderate sweet taste. Light alcohol dryness. Dark fruit, raisin, chocolate, some fudge. Solid, big, rich lightly tart wild ale.

3
arminjewell (9584) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Poured hazy amber with white head, aroma was sour and funky. Hop flavor in front with grassy and herbal notes and all of bitter at the end covered up by Brett’s funky taste. Maybe this was a bad batch, but the funky ness of the beer didn’t go well with the rest of it for me, but not a bad ale.

3.6
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pale amber coloured beer with a thin white head. Aroma is pretty nice, light pale malts, some crisp and lightly earthy character with a bit of minerally character over a lightly caramelly maltiness. The flinty bretty dryness is starting to show on the palate as well, underneath a soft zesty hoppiness. The beer will probably continue to evolve and dry out as there is still quite a bit of maltiness in the back. Fairly assertive spicy hoppiness. I quite like it.

4.1
onceblind (9418) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Clear brilliant copper under a thin foamy cap. Funky hoppy nose of earthy barn hay and toffee and an earthy grassy hop. The toffee is heavily pronounced in the flavor with a very gentle brettiness, a certain drying barn hay tone, and a gentle dry earthy floral hop finish. Very flavorful, interesting what Brett does to this hop monster.


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