Devious - Allentown Brew Works

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 181
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 6.35%
Wants: 13
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerImmediately on 08-19-2010

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Photo of claspada
2.46/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is fairly mild. Only detecting minimal spice and slight caramel/sweet maltiness.

The taste at first is good but then quickly goes down the (you know where). This must have been bottle conditioned because this tastes like a homebrew that isn't ready to be consumed. Tastes like priming sugar and a yeast cake. I am a homebrewer so I know the taste and this may just be a bad bottle or the end of the batch with extra yeast, but this is undrinkable. Straight drain pour after the first half glass, but I will try to review the "good" qualities. Mild tartness and earthy spices combine with the caramels maltiness. Vanilla and cinnamon also play a small role.

This is the second cork and cage 750ml bottle I have had from "Fegley's" also know as Bethlehem Breworks. While the beer at the restaurant is extremly delicious and of high quality, the 2 bottled offerings have been completely miserable. Make the trip to the restaurant, pass on the 750 glass. (958 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
2.51/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish orange with a 1 finger creamy head.

Smells mostly of spices. Lots of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove.

Starts out with a bit of cinnamon. Some strange malty sweetness in the middle followed by a spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and carb is good.

Pretty mediocre. The spices aren't well balanced and not much flavor outside of the spice. (359 characters)

Photo of Suds
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a clear amber color with a small white head. I am always intrigued with pumpkin beers, especially stronger examples of the style. This one was a little disappointing. It's a mildly malty, spicy, pumpkinish brew. Somewhat overspiced. It's not as warming or full as expected. Medium mouthfeel, but a little over carbonated. Not a great beer. (352 characters)

Photo of cpanossian
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 ml cork bottle into tall glass - severl fingers of off-orange/biege foam. Nice clear amber brown color. No lacing.

Good biscuity aroma of gingerbread and spice cake, some cinnamon too. Strong whisps of phenols too? Uh-oh.

Taste is where I sense a conflict - high booze content competes with cakey sweetnees for your taste buds attention. It's honoestly a little much. And then there's the phenol thing. What should be sweet and boozy has this bizarre medicinal backgroud smell/taste.

This Devious is not the best of its kind - it's just ok - but it might be fine for sipping around the old lodge fire to warm yourself up with. (645 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into NB globe glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Color is a burnt rustic with a brown hue to it.

Aroma: Pumpkin pie, crust, nutmeg, cinnamon, hazel spice, and other spices. Kind of malty.

Taste: Just like the nose, but with a ton more spices. A touch of the abv shows, but not that much. Pretty malty.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more spices. A bit clean.

Overall, a decent average pumpkin ale. Nothing out of the ordinary. Abv is pretty well hidden. I couldn't drink the 750 by myself though. (571 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden orange, almost copper, color with a frothy, pillowy two finger yellowish beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.  

Sweet, spicy aroma that's bursting with a ton of pumpkin and autumnal spice.  Hints of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and brown sugar.  There's also some caramel malt adding to the sweetness.  Liquid pumpkin pie.

Medium bodied with a blast of alcohol, pumpkin purée and rich spices.  Stronger than expected with lots of boozy sweetness and heat.  Abv not well masked at all.  This takes away from the sweet pumpkin and caramel malt.  Not as much pumpkin flavor ss expected but there is plenty of zesty spice.  Lots of cinnamon and brown sugar along with some nutmeg and clove.  A bit thinner than expected as well.  Doesn't really live up to the aroma, resulting in a watered down, overly spicy, boozy disappointment.  Not terrible but a let down.   (941 characters)

Photo of olympicgatorade
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Typical for an imp pumkin. Burnt orange brown. Decent lacing, little head.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, little pumpkin.

T: Booze hits you upfront then spices follow. Definitely has a boozier punch left in your mouth than most imperial pumpkins I've had.

M: Not the best. Carbonation is a little high. Has a weird gritty aftertaste that lingers longer than I'd like.

O: Not a very good imperial pumpkin. And at $13.95 a sixer, (and with an abundance of better imperial pumpkins) I will not invest in this again. Has a number of small issues that would need to be fine tuned. Not that enjoyable, and I love imperial pumpkins. (623 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown in color, just a bit transparent but barely. About a finger of off white head at the top, and a bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Strong gingerbread and cinnamon notes up front, with some slight nutmeg and brown sugar.

T: Lots of spice on this brew, strong notes of caramel, gingerbread, cinnamon, very unique but way to spicy for a pumpkin brew for my liking.

M: Medium bodied, lots of carbonation and lots of spice.

D: This was not a terrible pumpkin brew, but not my favorite. Way to spicy for my taste buds, good notes of cinnamon and gingerbread though. (581 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown with lasting white fluffy head. Smells of gingerbread, brown sugar, pie crust, some whipped cream, slight tangy raisin. Tastes of brown sugar, pie crust, booze jumps in and smacks the tongue around, raisin tang, alcohol fades out the drink. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A boozy dessert style pumpkin beer that's a bit too boozy for it's own good. Alcohol and brown sugar bomb. (405 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy deep amber with lots of tiny bubbles and a two-finger, off-white, fizzy head that diminished too quickly (less than a minute). Virtually no lacing.

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. I could smell it clearly as I was pouring it.

T: Light sweetness and slight bitterness. The first taste is alcohol. There is also a nice balance of pumpkin and spice.

M: Light to medium bodied. Somewhat smooth. A bit dry.

O: The way too quickly diminishing head and the strong alcohol flavor were a turn-off for me. I thought this pumpkin ale was just slightly above average. (605 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a large corked and caged bottle from the Allentown Wegmans. This ruby-orange beer has a short head and slight haze. Overall, the beer is a touch sweet and also has a mild sourness, neither of which as I really digging. The aroma is dominated by pumpkin pie spices with a little pumpkin seed and caramel. The taste, however, has a tangy lemon element under pumpkin meat and light vanilla spice. Maybe it's just the hops, alcohol, and spice, but this might turn into a lambic after a couple years. (505 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked & caged bottles into a couple of snifters. Thanks go to HopDerek for sharing this one. By the way, what's up with the label on this? I know it's supposed to be a pumpkin being shoved in a glass but it looks more like a pumpkin puking on the floor. Blech!

Pours a hazy burnt amber orange, topped with about a finger of foamy light tan head. This fizzles out pretty darn quickly, barely having any retention or leaving any lacing back. Pretty dead looking overall. The aroma is fairly aggressive in the nose with the spices, but there is a still a fair amount of bready sweetness for it to latch onto and give this some twang. Pumpkin meat is present and has a bit of a raw veggie feel to it that is probably only strengthened by some citric hops in the background as well. Light alcohol fusels round this out.

I think the taste works a little better here, with a sticky sweet base of sweetness that helps balance out the green and earthy flavors from the pumpkin and hops and it all combines to give this a rather tart and tangy feel. The spices seem more flavorful here as well and aren't overdone at all, seeming to latch onto the more bitter notes of this. The mouthfeel is medium to maybe a little fuller bodied and is sharp upon first sip but then gets much creamier feeling as this moves out across the palate. Alcohol flavors are kept to a minimum but the ABV definitely gives this some heft in the mouth.

This was pretty decent and started to win me over a bit the longer I worked on it. The aroma was a little lacking but the taste got things back on with a well balanced blend of Pumpkin beer flavors and this was pretty darn drinkable for being a 9% beer. (1,685 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this in a trade w/ ipaking67. Poured from the black labeled bottle w/ a Pumpkin smashed into the shape of a strawberry on the front into my 16oz Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale Weizen Glass. Does not have a freshness date on the bottle but DOES have a Mobile Scanning BarCode for "Tasting Notes & Secrets". Very cool!

Aroma- Has good spices around. Not much pumpkin though... Sweet and smells like nutmeg and bit of cinnamon were in the background.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies quickly. Has a nice copper body color with an orange tint and great clarity. Leaves no lacing behind.

Flavor- Very sweet with tons of malt and a small bit of spice. Pumpkin comes into the finish with a bit of hop character too! Interesting but not what I'm looking for... Where is the pumpkin!?!?

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and has a bit of warming feel at the finish with spice.

Overall Impression- An average Pumpkin but would like more from Allentown Brew Works! Send them my way! An above average pumpkin that just didn't have enough character for me. Would like to enjoy again but on-tap. Appreciated the flavors but would throw many other Pumpkins into my Pumpkin Recommendation line before this one. Didn't even realize it was a 9% brew until reading the label more closely! (1,334 characters)

Photo of joshstevens87
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours an amber orange with an inch or so of white maybe slightly orangish head
S-pumpkkin spices of ginger cinnamon nutmeg and allspice
T-very smooth for the abv but could use a bit more spices very smooth flavor tho
M-awesome, incredibly smooth with very little alcohol burn
O-pretty good imperial take on the style but a bit too malty and not enoughh pumpkin flavor for me...stil good tho (393 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dense dark amber with a fluffy white head that quickly fizzles away. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Perhaps a hint of lemon peel, or grains of paradise.
Taste is of the aromas with a citrusy blast atop the pumpkin and spice. Tastes like key lime juice is threading through the malt.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, and sugary but there's a strange lime flavor to me that is sort of distracting. Not sure what that's about. This started great for me and ended strangely with a citrus abundance. (590 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amber body, finger head, little lacing

S: nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin

T: sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin
malt, smooth finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth mouth

O: Another fine brew from Allentown
Brewworks. Get this beer because I
will.

QUITE GOOD, TRY THIS BREW! (276 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a ruby-copper blend with half a finger of head, most of which dissipates quickly. The light smell of pumpkin pie spice graces the nose. There is a bold flavor of pumpkins upfront with a touch of sweetness. The finish has an alcohol sourness that borders on the point of unpleasant. Notwithstanding the finish, this is the boldest version of this yearly offering yet. (380 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa recently, having never tried this before. I'm not the biggest fan of Pumpkin Ales because they tend to be heavy and spicy but the latter certainly wasn't the case here. There was some cinnamon and nutmeg in this but not enough to cause a burn and since this didn't taste like pumpkin pie, there wasn't much of any vanilla or sugar to make this too sweet either. This was an Imperial beer though as the booze was quite strong and detectable from the start!

The pour to this was a dark apricot-copper with a moderate head and hardy any lacing to be seen. Lots of pumpkin in the nose, followed by the spices mentioned above. This almost tasted like a gourd once all of the flavors set in, with a chewy and cloying mouthfeel to back it up. Some booze in the taste too, as a slightly woody aftertaste kicked in when all was said and done. A nice, malty feel was felt from start to finish but I think there was too much here, as this was just a bit too overbearing for me.

I don't think that Pumpkin Ales should be this strong, even if they are of the Imperial type but this one crossed the line just a hair. I'd rather have one of these be strong than spicy since the flavor itself was easily worth savoring. It just couldn't be enjoyed that fast but given how so many beers of this style are close to being drain pours, that's a good thing. Not good enough as a dessert but more than worthy for this time of the year and full enough to enjoy on its own. Just don't plan on having too many in one sitting! (1,527 characters)

Photo of HopsYeast
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-pours no head with a clear light copper color body
s-very faint earthy pumpkin smell. but mostly dominated by typical pumpkin pie spices. clove, cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, sugar.
t-more earthiness to the pumpkin comes out in the taste than the smell which works for me. still has the pumpkin pie like spices but they are less pungent. more of the pumpkin taste comes out.
m-very lite body and low level of carbonation. you can drink this very quickly. be careful with that 9% :)
o-this is a nice pumpkin ale. the smell makes me anticipate a very weyerbacher imperial pumpkin ale like beer, but this one has more earthy flavor and less sweet pumpkin pie taste than the weyerbacher. glad i found another local imperial pumpkin thats good. (741 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, light oranage color with huge poof of soapy white head and active carbonation. Scent is mild, of grass and hay with generous amounts of nutmeg, cinammon and clove, only faint pumpkin. Taste brings the pumpkin pie spices to the front with a backbone of pale grassy malts, bitter earthy hops and a mild taste of fresh squash. Noticable alcohol present and hints of citrus from the hops. Body is medium with highly active carbonation, dry finnish. A decent offering which leans more towards a highly spiced IPA in some regards. (540 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do enjoy me some pumpkin beer when the time/season is right, so on a cool and rainy early-September evening all signs point clearly to 'right now'. A 750 ml (er...'1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz.') caged and corked brown bottle, its label anchored by an inverted gourd that, I suppose, looks devious...or like a moldy orange mushroom. Poured to an imperial pint (what better way to enjoy an Imperial Pumpkin?).

Big thanks to yourefragile; left to his own devices to 'send me something local', this is what he went and did (among many others). Cheers, Michael...

Labeled: 'Fegley's BrewWorks Devious Imperial Pumpkin'

A: A hearty 'thwip' and the cork pries loose, sending an eerie fog drifting from the bottleneck. Into the glass, Devious is a rose-tinted auburn with a fine haze and a not-so-abundant carbonation. A pour of modest vigor yields a massive (3-finger+) head of tan, which frantically fizzes away (like head on a soda) within a minute or two. End result: several small patches of percolating bubbles and a pencil-thin ring; virtually no lace. Hmmm, kinda 'meh'.

S: Enticing aroma of earthy spice (nose-tickling ground nutmeg and pepper(?)), gingerbread, cinnamon, and a lilting note of tart funkiness.

T: I do like it when the 'pumpkin' isn't as straightforward as spicing alone; in that regard, this reminds me a good bit of Elysian Night Owl. Mild tartness and earthy/dry spices fend off the caramel/butterscotch and crusty dough undertones. Vanilla and cinnamon play a role, but as supporters, so the result is less sweet than many. Good balance and steady flavor.

M: Prickly carbonation upfront (again, that 'soda-pop' fizz sort of thing). Initially, surprisingly 'refreshing' - but wait a few sips and the warmth builds. Not an overly 'heavy' feel, mild stickiness.

D: A more 'devious' beer might conceal its alcohol a little better than this does (at least right now)... as such, there's some fusel heat that can't be ignored. Flavorful and not blatantly screaming out 'PUMPKIN!' (as in 'pie spice overload'); sure, I'd have it again - might even look for a couple more while in the area next week, as I'd like to see what an extra month or three in the bottle does. (2,182 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A murky orange body with a hint of bronzing around the sides...a small, bubbly, off white head formed and fell into a wispy cap...decent lacing

S - The nose is all about the pumpkin pie spices...I like my pumpkin ales to feature the cinnamon, nutmeg, and roasted pumpkin

T - All in all the flavors of this beer work really well together...the spices are present throughout the entire beer and present themselves nicely...the cinnamon and nutmeg work well with each other...no one overpowers...the finish was the only problem I had with this beer...not staying power

M - Medium bodied...light in the lingering flavor department...came up short...could have used some creaminess

D - Despite being 9% this one was pretty easy to drink...all the pumpkin pie spices were there it just came up a little short in the finish (824 characters)

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this in a variety pack. Looks mighty nice. Lets see how another pumpkin beer does tonight.

Appearance: Has a nice, dark, orange hazy appearance. I would say just under an inch of head before it quickly dissipates. Very reminiscent of Autumn, which makes it look delicious.

Smell: Pretty heavy on spices, but there is a scent of pumpkin. I mostly note nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste: Has a slight sweetness to it, but heavy on the flavor. Must be the 9% that is first noticeable. The cinnamon and pumpkin is definitely available here and this brew doesn't lack on the roasted malts either.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Nice, smooth body and finishes off dry. Likeable from the start. I would totally recommend this beer and may have another this weekend if I hit up any bonfires. Cheers! (810 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper body beneath the ruby hues and tan head that leaves only a thin lacing around the glass.

Generous aromas of pumpkin and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg float from the glass.

The flavor also offers pumpkin flavors with pleasant fall spices but the pumpkin in the flavor is more sweet pumpkin meat than anything else. There are also some woody stem and toasted malt notes.

Medium in both body and carbonation with a spicy pumpkin finish.

This is a pretty nice pumpkin ale with plenty of traditional characteristics and seemingly well balanced. (568 characters)

Photo of PremiumPete83
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very heady like soda, reduces to almost no head at all.  Dark copper color.

Smell - A lot of spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Finishes with a pumpkin aroma.

Taste - Solid hoppy start followed by a big spice middle. A good bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Malty  pumpkin finish. 

Mouthfeel - Medium body.

Drinkability - A bit of alcohol burn on the way down.  Nice hop beginning and follows into a pumpkin spice flavor.  Good pumpkin ending. Solid pumpkin offering. Would have again. (503 characters)

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Devious from Allentown Brew Works
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