Monday, September 7, 2009

Wild Devil

This past weekend, we had our engagement party. The beer was pretty simple, a couple cases of Yuengling, along with my bottle of Victory Wild Devil and a bottle of Brewer's Art Resurrection. The surprise of the day was Raski showing up with a couple bottles of the special release of Nugget Nectar that he ran down an picked up in Saturday. That beer never gets old.

I had been looking forward to the Wild Devil for some time. I heard mixed reviews of the IPA with wild yeast. Many reviews said that it was simply Hop Devil (which it isn't). I read that the bottles were released a little early, so people drinking it right away were left with an inferior bottle; the wild yeast needed time to do his thing. I kept it in my beer box for 6 months, and was hoping that was enough time.

Once we pulled the cork, you could tell this beer meant business. The abstract nose of the beer pulled us into it. Right away you could smell the wild yeast, a sour smell. There were hops there as well, but it didn't overpower everything else going on.

There was a sweet citrusy taste mixed with dry-sourness from the wild yeast, finished off by a bitter hop pop at the end. Very unique. Very delicious.

I will be looking for a couple of bottles to hold onto again, just to see how good this beer can be.

1 comment:

  1. Upon popping open the cork of this ale I poured into a ballon glass and was met by a wonderous ruby red slightly hazy beer with a huge frothy cream colored head. Very effervesient with apparent over carbonation....At this point I brought my nose to the glass only to be jetted back in time, I began to imagine what the sailors who popped open the original IPAs might have smelled and hoped it was like this. Very nice citrus notes and apricot are backed by the smell of the wild, rustic, horsehair, wild mushrooms and freshly tilled soil.I like to drink beer while smoking my favorite Cuban cigars. As Cuban cigars are unavailable in US i buy Cigars Online.