Me & The Dev-Ale - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Me & The Dev-AleMe & The Dev-Ale

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company visit their website
Mississippi, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WDJersey on 09-07-2013

A rustic Mississippi Ale inspired by the Delta Blues. A sinister brew with a seductive balance of sweetness, resinous pine, and citrus aromas. Find yourself at the "crossroads" of alluring malt character and deviant hop backbone while celebrating the blues legends.
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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a snifter just days after the BB date.

Pours alovely orange-amber color, with excellent clarity but a feeble head that manages to leave a bit of spotty lacing and hang around a long time. .

Higher ABV is fairly well hidden; a paricularly good thing given that the aroma and flavor are both mild. A good bit of hops in the nose with a solid sweet malt base. Still, both the aroma and the taste lean towards sweet. Fruity alcohol esters and light hops get revealed in the finish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of smakawhat
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled September 13th 2014.

Deep orange to lemon bodied yellow. Kind of looks like a classic American barleywine, but only manages a half finger of faint tan head, before quickly dissolving into a bubbled collar. Slightly slick and oily top, but with a very nice contrast of orange, yellow, and even red color.

Interesting nose. Hints of honey and floral sweetness on the front, with a fairly candy like aroma. Not particularly fruity smelling, but a nice aroma. It really does remind me more of a braggot actually.

Oh boy this is a doozy. The mouthfeel on this has really gone south. Watery and with a bizarre mineral tinge to it, for a high gravity beer this has really light and wet character. Interesting flavors though, large honey cookie and biscuit sweetness. Flavors of waffery cookie and a bit of vanilla to match. Real unique flavor. Big biscuit like cookie finish as well, with hints of treacle and thin pancake syrup. Chalky aftertaste quite a bit too though.

Pine and citrus? Where? Has a real unique character unlike any other high gravity beer, but a classic example of how a bad mouthfeel can just ruin the party.

Photo of tigg924
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Loved the way this one smelled. The taste is toffee, toasted malt, caramel, with light pine and citrus hops. If anything, I think this could use a bit more hops to balance it out. This is an easy drinking sipper that I may get again, but would not rush out for.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this one in trade.

Appearance: Darker amber color with an off white thin head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malts, Hops and fruity notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of malts with some mild bitter hops and some sweetness, mild alcohol.

Overall: Decent brew, I rather like this one. Too bad it is a limited brew and I don't live in the south, I would have this one again.

Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper/orange with 1 finger of beige head. Nice lacing & above average head retention

S: Pears, breadyness & honey malt, faint Brandy notes

T: Dryness, pears, faint leafy & woody hops, plus breadyness. Intense dryness, breadyness & faint pear as this warms, slight boozeyness as well. Finishes dry, malty, with a little booze warmth & toffee

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Drinks okay, but not one I would buy again

Photo of SCDan
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into chilled glass, one- finger head vanished quickly with slight lacing. Dark amber in color. I am an IPA guy and abundant hop taste was lacking. Medium feel in mouth, and alcohol was well-hidden. Was looking for something different. Will finish 4-pack and move on...

Photo of deford
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an IPA glass.

L- Golden, really a beautiful color, nice white inch plus head that takes it's time fading. Leaves a flat cap of bubbles over the whole beer. Pretty much perfect.

S- Pleasant, fruity...makes me think of pears and bubblegum. Maybe honey or maple...something really sweet like that....almost tropical.

T- A little pine cone and citrus...very mellow (the bottle is dated 8/12/14...just noticed that)...might be the reason for the muted flavors...very soft. Don't really get any alcohol at all...and I was expecting a lil bit at least.

F- Medium at best...maybe a little less than that....not really flat just not really carbonated.

O- Nothing special here...don't really need to do this again. Too many fantastic beers out there to waste my time on this...

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Lazy Magnolia Me & The Dev-Ale has a fairly thin, off-white head, a clear, sparkling, copper appearance, some ascending bubbles, and minimal lacing. The aroma is of citrus and pine, and the flavor is mostly of those things, with some breadiness and just a touch of alcohol, way in the back. The mouthfeel is mostly thin and a bit slick, and Lazy Magnolia Me & The Dev-Ale finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and even refreshing. Overall, this is very good, but unusual.


Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange-brown with a modest white head, which slowly collapses to a scattering of foam. Thin, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls. The carbonation is slight and drifts lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Toasted malt and caramel dominate the aroma, there are citric and pine hops as well. The high ABV (8.0%) is subtle in the aroma.

Taste: Begins with lots of sweet caramel and toasted malt. The citric and pine hops are present from the opening, but develop gradually, becoming dominant only late in the taste. The alcohol is omnipresent, although not oppressive, and only mildly warming. All of this seems surprising, in light of the high ABV. Finishes with a long, lingering note of pine and citric hops, supported by the toasted and caramel malts.

Mouth feel: Smooth full, and pleasant, the carbonation has a graceful feel.

Drinkability/notes: Quite good, more than a little bit like Stone Brewing's Arrogant Bastard, although a bit less pricey. A nice example and reasonably priced at $8.99 for a six-pack of twelve-ounce bottles.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of E-McFarden
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber in color with little to no lacing down the glass. Strong floral aroma hop scents with hints of vanilla or dried fruit. Caramel malt flavors with sweet background peak through first followed by subtle but not too overpowering bittering hops. Full bodied feel yet still finishes dry.

Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hops, hint of alcohol, and a hint of spice. Does not appear to fit the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, hint of alcohol, and a hint of pine. Overall, good appearance, but average aroma, body, and blend.

Photo of Mikecap
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky amber brown with one finger of whitish head that fades quickly, decent lacing and retention.

Smell: Not much at first, but some pine, sweet malts and resin as this warms up. More pine and some citrus come through, not amazingly inviting though.

Taste: Some pine, citrus fruit, lemon, grapefruit, and orange peel. A bit more earthiness and some malt character. Tastes better than it smells.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but a bit syrupy, not a ton of bitterness but there is some that comes through. Alcohol is well hidden and overall it is smooth just a bit malty.

Overall: This is a decent offering but I've liked Lazy Magnolia's other seasonals better. This is a worth a shot but nothing outstanding. Might be worth revisiting with some age.

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours alovely orange-amber color, with excellent clarity; thin, off-white head that rapidly fades.

Aroma of caramel, toffee, pecans, and slight alcohol - pleasant, light, and sweet.

Assertive sweetness up front, with a nutty, earthy flavor and a mellow malt element at the finish; aftertaste leaves some alcohol and depth with nuts, but mostly sweet.

Higher ABV is fairly well hidden; a paricularly good thing given the mild aroma and flavor. Leans towards sweet, with alcohol esters and light hops revealed in the finish.

Photo of Kendo
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip. Body is coppery with no head. No lace.

S: Some pine over caramel malt and toffee-like sweetness.

T: Sweet up front - molasses, cane sugar - then a bit of a piney/citrusy hop bite on the finish, though with sweetness still prevailing. ABV noted as a drying finish and as heat in the belly.

M: Flat and syrupy; medium in heft.

O: OK, not great.

Photo of WDJersey
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a 4 pack from Bay Tobacco & Beer in Waveland, Mississippi. Poured 12 oz bottle into a snifter, had a amber color with a medium head. Has a caramel and malty aroma, with a hint of citrus. Also has a sweet, light hop taste with a slight bitter finish. Overall its a very drinkable beer, couldn't tell the beer had an 8% ABV.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet

A: Clear cherry/amber with a half-finger off-white head that dissipates to foam. Billowy lacing.

S: Light hops surrounded by grapefruit and citrus, orange and mangoes.

T: Sweet, grainy hops arrive with grapefruit and mangoes. Doesn't have the hop bitterness I was expecting. Smooth malts. A dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden. A surprisingly good taste.

M: medium with light to medium carbonation.

O: much better than I was expecting. I'd love to try this one on draft. A real winner from Lazy Magnolia. Great artwork on the label.

Photo of Tilley4
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle of this one last minute to give it a shot...

A pretty nice offering from LM... nothing earth shattering but a nice approachable Strong Ale... the hops are piney in nature but they aren't overly bitter or for that matter prevalent... quick on the palate and then they are gone... sweetness of the malts comes and goes... gets better as it warms... wish the hops were a bigger factor here... they are great but don't linger as long as I would like them to...

Good but not great or memorable... I liked the beer but maybe not enough for a repeat purchase?

Photo of DuffDaddy
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2015 Owen Fest SPD beer tastin' - brought by Bro'

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best By: 01/02/14.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper-toned body with a white head, fairly small, that evaporates fast.

Smell: Modest toast, modest caramel, modest grain with restrained citrus, restrained pine needle.

Taste: Toastiness, followed by a very, very slight nuttiness with a light-colored caramel sweetness as the citrus fruitiness lands early, hinting of lemon and approachable lime. Minor pine. Not particularly bitter, either. Remains fruity on the backhalf, however, there's a bit of graininess showing on the drying, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's not most expressive brew, you get some malts, some hops, not really too much of anything, and, then, it's over.

Me & The Dev-Ale from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.