Devious - Allentown Brew Works
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3.48/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
12-16-2010 17:59:52 | More by Kegatron
3.13/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
10-23-2011 23:20:06 | More by corby112
3.63/5 rDev -6%
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.
10-09-2010 01:52:40 | More by weeare138
3.43/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
09-11-2010 01:37:06 | More by tempest
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.1/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
12-27-2010 03:07:40 | More by mothman
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Even though I lived in PA all my life this is the first time I ever seen Allentown Brew Works beers pop up.
A - Pours a very dark amber brown, clear with a 1/4 inch of sticky creamy head that falls to a good lace.
S - Smell is very nice I get the pumpkin (sort of like a squash smell) brown sugar, brown malts?, and a touch of cinnamon. Hope are there but subdued sort of citrus like.
T - Seems very balanced I first get the Pumpkin as sort of a vegital taste but quickly it's washed out with mild cinnamon and all spice, mild yet tasty. The finish sort of mixes between the mild bitterness of hops clashing with a brown malt base.
M - Medium and quite easy to drink despite of it's insanely high ABV. Mild warming feeling though the first few sips as a reminder that it's a Fall beer.
Overall it's recommended that you drink this cold since when it warms the hops become sort of cloying and makes for a weird taste mid palate. Fresh from the fridge though it's quite tasty! Lives up to it's hype!
08-06-2012 00:34:40 | More by DrDemento456
2.4/5 rDev -37.8%
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.
10-28-2010 22:38:55 | More by claspada
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
10-03-2010 19:40:20 | More by rfgetz
2.9/5 rDev -24.9%
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.
10-27-2012 02:25:58 | More by Suds
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
Had on tap. Served into a tulip
Appearance: minimal head, orange-brown in color, clear
Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice
Taste: pumpkin spice--cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, with noticable alcohol at end
Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness at the end, moderate carbonation, medium/light bodied
Drinkability: I like this one and could have a couple glasses over several hours. Nothing that is too different than others I have had in the style, yet still very good.
10-10-2011 14:31:41 | More by tigg924
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
09-08-2010 06:21:22 | More by msubulldog25
Devious from Allentown Brew Works
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