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Devious - Allentown Brew Works

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 184
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bronze color with alot of very active carbonation and light lacing.

S - Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon - that's about it. Smells like a pumpkin ale should. The aroma is moderately strong overall, smells very good.

T - Very big pumpkin flavor with a nice load of cinnamon loaded in (and nutmeg too). Overall sweetness is not too cloying like some pumpkin ales and there's just the right amount to make it very enjoyable. Also picking up a very small amount of ginger with a small trace of cloves. What really blows me away is that for the %, the ABV, in my opinion, is completely hidden here. NICE!

M - Mild carbonation on the tongue, almost creamy. Medium body and for this much flavor, you would think it would be a heavier beer.

D - "Deviously Delicious" and excellent balance. 'Nuff said. I'll have another, please.

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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.

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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


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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.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml caged and cork bottle. Thanks to chefmonty for this wonderful beer that was included in the Secret Halloween.

A- Pours a dense and murky brownish orange color with some more brownish bronze color on the sides of the glass. One finger light off white head shows poor retention. Light spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- This is a spice forward pumpkin beer. Light cinnamon and gingerbread in the front of the nose. There is a light bready underbody to the aroma with nutmeg and allspice being secondary spices.

T- The spicing in the front of the beer is mostly cinnamon and nutmeg which is what I expected. The middle of the beer is mostly a caramel bready dough flavor...with light gingerbreadish tone. There is some pumpkin in the back with vanilla off flavors that hint here and there. The spicing in this beer plays a good role in the front with the pumpkin coming in the backing.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little prickley for the beer at times. Tons of spicing on the front end of the beer. Light pumpkin, spicing, and alcohol in the aftertaste. This beer is balanced for being a spiced beer with the malts and other flavors counterbalancing the spices. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Clean tasting with no off flavors.

D- This has been a treat to drink. A nice balance of spices and pumpkin flavors. I was very impressed as this beer has been one of the best pumpkin ales I have had this year. The ABV is high but very well hidden until the end of the bottle.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Photo of Jimmys
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into SAVOR tulip.

A: a very dark orange brew. head is bubbly and a little off-white but unfortunately doesnt last long or leave a trace behind.

S: lots of spicy notes, but the allspice is definitely the most dominate. nutmeg. very, very spicy nose.

T: boatloads of cinnamon and allspice to get things going here. i know a lot of pumpkin beers have those two things going on, but this beer takes it to another level. there are definitely cider notes in here too. finish is spicy and dry.

M: moderate amount of carbonation. medium/full bodied.

D: not too shabby. big time spice notes makes this a pumpkin beer lovers dream. im still saying my all-time favorite is ST pumking, but this is up in the top 5.

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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

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one's a slightly hazy honey-copper with a thin collar of creamy head.

Smells of clover honey, pumpkin spices, and ginger.

Kind of has a fruit-cake thing going for it in the flavor, with molasses, spices, and dark fruits. Just imagine if gramma got to baking a few months early and grabbed some extra allspice and nutmeg. Well packaged flavor profile! A lot of these are a cacophony of flavors, while this one manages to meld together into something neat. Well done!

Feels present and dense, but thankfully clean. As the presence dissipates, it reveals a bit more of the spice.

I was caught off guard by this one. It seems to be really well put together and pleasingly balanced.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with about one finger of white fluffy head that quickly disappears.

The scent is of a variety of spices; most notable are nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. Alcohol is also very noticeable.

The taste is dominant of spices also, cinnamon and nutmeg mainly with some pumpkin flavor also. Again alcohol is very noticeable.

Medium body, a bit of a chewy feel, moderate carbonation

This was one of the better pumpkin ales I’ve had. The high alcohol content made it a little unbalanced but I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Capone's today - 16oz. pint.

Pours a deep amber color, with the minimal head fading to a perma-film with decent lacing.

Plenty of spices in the aroma - nutmeg and cinnamon. Hard to really grasp everything, as it was served a bit too cold.

Real pumpkin quality in the flavor along with a ton of spices - not too sweet however. Good English hoppy bitterness to balance the thick malt profile. Rich, but not cloying - good carbonation, and somewhat prickly finish.

Not an all-nighter in terms of drinkability, but solid overall, and one of the more enjoyable beers in the style.

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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.

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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.

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Devious from Allentown Brew Works
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.