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Devassa Ruiva - Cervejaria Devassa

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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: soper2000 on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 12
Photo of enelson
3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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1.75/5  rDev -43.2%

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3.08/5  rDev 0%

Photo of denisconrado
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Look, do not expect much, but I found very interesting the price! Too bad I can only 200 km from here... Appearance: redhead:-) translucent, elusive foam; Aroma: smell is not common...

Photo of Flavio_Gama
3.36/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of Igormatos
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of carlos_fleico
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%

350ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours an amber to copper colour with about a finger of a very aired white head with poor retention, decent lacing left on the walls of the glass.

S: Caramel malts, bread, with a very faint floral hops aroma.

T: Same as the nose, with some nice medium bitterness. Taste gets worse as it warms up. Lack of flavor hops.

M: Relatively creamy, light-bodied and very refreshing. Medium carbonation. Bready aftertaste.

O: You can get this beer for the same price you would get a Skol or Antarctica (awful AALs), which is a plus. This beer isn't a complex and unique brew, but it works fine in a barbecue or in a hot summer day.

Photo of HenriqueBrumano
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of FLima
2.72/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light copper color with an aired two finger head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Faint aroma of caramel malt and bread, that is about it.
Predominant flavor of caramel, toasted malt and hay with a hint of floral hops and Red Ale yeast. Dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Light to watery body with good carbonation.
Although this might be a bit superior to other cheap beers in Brazil (though its price varies a lot...) and the other two main Devassa sellers, it carries the same defect of its brown ale, it misses body and hops, but at least it is not very sweet and has no off-flavors. Alternative session beer to local Adjunct Lagers if the price is right.

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2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of RaphaelSC
2.69/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First its important to note that this beer isn't expensive, you can buy one for almost the same price of a regular brazilian american adjuct lager.

There is no head at all in this beers.

the smell is faint, almost undetectable.

The beer taste very cool and poor like other brazilian beers. Some notes of hops and malts could be find, but very faint.

In general this is a brazilian beer, which means a cool and refreshing beer with little complexity to be found.

Better than most others major beers in this country, but not a unique experience!

Photo of cmr5056
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a light amber liquid forming a big white aired fluffy head. Small retention and some nice lacings left

S: Caramel, caramel malts, dark fruits and flowery hops

T: Follows the nose. A slightly sweet caramel upfront, followed by sweet grains and a light flowery bitter hoppy end

M: Very watery and light body. Good carbonation. Aftertaste is caramel and light bitter

O: Good drinkability. Much better than the disgusting Lager version. Good session Ale

Photo of estevaom
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours with a white head clear, amber body excellent lace.

S - caramel and toffee malt some herbal hops.

T - lightly sweet caramel malt up front with some musty hop flavor in the middhe and fairly strong bitterness in the finish.

M - medium body high carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

D - aside from the strangely high carbonation it is a nicely made amber. Good malt character and a decent level of hops, but with a british hop character.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.14/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Devassa Ruiva a "darker" version of Loura was also a fairly good beer. I had a hard time seeing the difference in color due to the lighting in the place, but my colleagues believe that it was a little darker. As with all Brazilian Tap (Chopp) beers there was a sizable head that retained during the entire tasting. The smell was pretty bland, some malt and grain present. The taste was not as smooth to me as Loura, but still ok. A bit more malt and hop present with this beer to give it a tad more bitterness. Mouthfeel was good and would enjoy this on any occasion.

Photo of gcpxavier
3.66/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It is something between an india and an english pale ale, but it has a brazilian accent.

Brazil is now a great beer producer and for many years only the pilsen style and very cool beer was offer here.

Today with the AB-Imbev and many others brewers I think is a good news we take a time to appreciate more tastes.

Devassa is a newborn brewery and is in the right way.

In a very short space of time it will be a very good producer. By now I recommend this beer. Even for you know the taste.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the Copacabana location, on to the beer:

Nice color. It is an amber orange colored beer with some carbonation running through the body. Good head and retention. One whiff of the aroma started to cast doubts though. I smell I mild aroma of boiled corn mixed with the light toasted malts and faint diacetyl. It´s not just an aroma thing too. Okay, so the taste is a little different, but it still has some problems. Light toasted malt is nice. Light metallic, faint touch of boiled corn, and sharp hop bitterness? Not so good. It also has that `cheap feel´. Too bubbly and a little rough out there. Faint metals linger in the aftertaste.

It´s a passable beer, but there are enough flaws in this beer to ruin an experience. Pass.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tiago for the bottle.

Appearance: very deep burnished golden colour. Quite clear. Very low, foamy white head. Very poor retention and no lacing.
Aroma: grains, yeast and some fruit notes.
Taste: bitter herbal hops, grains and sweet maltiness notes.
Mouthfeel: kind of smooth, average carbonation, medium to low alcoholic presence and a medium to light body.
Finish: very long bitter aftertaste.

Overall: tasty Brazilian ale. Nice bitterness character. Well-balanced and pleasant to drink. Not top of the notch but an honest beer.

Photo of decom
2.84/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

poured a light copper colour, with a reddish head, that went away sooner than expected.
The smell is nothing impressive, it´s a little fainter than other brazilian ales that I´ve tried.
Mouthfeel is watery, as others have stated
The taste is just ok, lacking on the bitterness, and it^s not "malty" enough for my personal preference.

All in all, an ok beer, But nothing impressive, and I expected more, since I payed over 4 reais for a bottle.

Photo of Beeryce
3.49/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Devassa Ruiva or Tropical Ale, as it is also referred to on the label, is an English style Pale Ale of 4.8% alcohol with validity date on the label. The back label states that it is top fermented with a mixture of imported malts and hops, presumably from England as is the style profile. The label also boasts of its import to England and that it outsells many domestic Pale Ales there. I find this funny as, if the ingredients are imported from England, then the final product of said ingredients are then imported by England supposedly outselling their own Pale Ales- now that’s funny shit!

Poured from 330ml bottle into Devassa tulip style glass producing two fingers of thick foamy radiant red tinted head. With very good retention it left lacing almost coating the glass; a rarity for Brazilian beers and a surprise as it is from a microbrewery but by no means a craft or artisinal brewery. The beer itself is pale amber with an obvious red hue to its clear rather highly carbonated body.

There is little nose; however raw maltiness with matalic tiny smell dominate and are hard to get past, but a spicy floral hoppiness is slightly detectable. A sweet maltiness is more present as beer warms, as is expected. The metallic smell carries over to the taste in the head, but it almost nonexistent in the body of the beer.

The front is very nice starting out with vaguely sweet, bright citrusy hoppiness melding into bitter hop flavor with a hint of toasted Carmel malt. The middle is balanced but, true to style, the hops dominate. Finally the finish, also well balanced, is buttery with a great hop bitterness that lingers and persists.

The mouthfeel is a little disappointing as it is very thin and watery. Despite the previous statement the drinkability is very high and coupled with the low alcohol content make this a great session beer. However, at almost $4 Reais per bottle a rather costly session beer.

As with all Devassa beers the packaging/labeling is catchy and, as they intend, seductive; which is their sales pitch. Sometimes I think they care more about the packaging than the product that goes in it, as consistency of quality is a problem. This is somewhat due to the lack of knowledge and experience with quality beer of the Brazilian public as a whole. It is easy to put a low quality product in a chic package and sell it to an uneducated public, just look at Budweiser and Miller Lite in the U.S. However, Devassa’s beers are worth trying whether you are a Brazilian or a tourist.

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