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Devious - Allentown Brew Works

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

49 Reviews
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Reviews: 49
Hads: 186
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 24.27%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerImmediately on 08-19-2010

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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 186
Photo of Dodo2step
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A- light red and/or dark amber in color. Clear and head is minimal. Average lacing.

S- cinnamon, nutmeg, malt vinegar, clove and pumpkin. Lots of notes in the nose and they all go well together for what i want with a pumpkin ale.

F- Clove and cinnamon dominate the palate and it tastes like a hcewy pumpkin pie with cinnamon sprinkled on top.

M- chewy and heavy in the mouth. the spices linge and coat the mouth as well leaving a nice lip smacking flavor.

O- The 9% doesnt hit you until its almost gone but a good PA thats for sure. I bought a sixer and it was well worth it.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of undeadozzy
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured from a tap. Looked like a generic lager with a deep reddish brown amber color with a foamy head that seemed to go away by itself.

S - Smell is incredible! Smells like a homemade pumpkin pie! The spices are spot on and the pumpkin is insane!

T - Very heavy on the spice. Not sure if it's just the keg or the beer, but its very heavy. Like the taste of a slice of pumpkin pie, but dialed up a few notches. Very tasty regardless, but a little too much.

M - Thick and heavy, Very filling feeling. Very heavy and thick beer, almost feels like you ate a pie after drinking a few of these guys!

O - A very delicious pumpkin beer. Very good, but maybe a little less on the spice. Overall though, a very tasty beer for the fall!

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Photo of 57md
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | 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.

October 2015 update: It's been a couple years since I sampled this seasonal brew. I can report a definite upgrade in both the potency of the nose and a distinct softening of the alcohol sourness on the finish.

November 2015 update: Sampled a year-old Devious and found that the alcohol is definitely more muted with age. Also, there is a strong hint of both brown sugar and vanilla in the flavor profile - never really experienced that before.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 themind
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a class A beer! period! I have had many pumpkin beers and this really is the best one I have had to date. Great aroma and a fantastic taste! Just really a great beer. I am surprised this isnt rated higher because I think this spanks Weyerbachers Imperial.

Bottom Line: Best pumpkin beer I have had!

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Photo of IntoIPA570
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a fall-seasonal lover, I'm always on the hunt for new pumpkin-flavored beers. Though I'm from Northeastern, PA, I hadn't really heard a ton about Fegley's Devious, but then randomly stumbled upon some singles of it at a pizza shop in my hometown. Overall, it's one of the better pumpkin beers on the market (and I've had a ton - Dogfish still being the best I've had). It draws a nice balance between thin and malty, which in my opinion, makes for the better of the pumpkin ale batches. Imperial Pumking is revered as the best-there-is, and I think it's terribly over-malted and doused in vanilla flavoring. Fegley's, much like Dogfish Punkin, is quite drinkable, and you're not tired of it after one. It's a fantastic compliment to any fall occasion, especially Thanksgiving dessert. Great job, Allentown!

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Photo of DCon
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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 jmarsh123
2.51/5  rDev -33.8%
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 shangwang
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finishing off the last few remaining pumpkin beers in my fridge. What a great beer time of year, but alas, it's time to move on and finish the season strong.

Poured into a Chimay glass. Mostly clear reddish-orange color with almost no head and very fine bubbles every now and then. Very sour smell- the most prevelant scent was a sour fruit (cherry?) with hints of pumpkin and spices. Smelled like a fermented pumpkin pie. Tasted strongly of pumpkin, cinnamon and honey, and the sour smell was mirrored in the taste as well. I tend to be a fan of sour tastes in beer, so this was right up my alley. Medium-bodied in mouthfeel with a slight zip of natural carbonation, but nothing too bubbly.

Overall, I enjoyed this one. It's not my favorite pumpkin beer, but it's a dang fine one and I will seek out another 6-pack next year. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of corby112
3.22/5  rDev -15%
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 tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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 jculler82
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Duvel tulip.

Nice clear glowing ruby amber to orange beer. Frothy off white head that fades pretty quickly.

Smells really nice, pumpkin pie spice are leaping out of the glass. Smells the most like liquid pumpkin pie of any pumpkin beer I've tried. Certainly nothing hiding behind complexity though, it's all out front.

Taste mirrors the smell, nutmeg, cinammon, vanilla, bread crust, and some dark fruits to remind you it's a beer. Very drinkable, especially at 9.00%.

Nice full mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Overall, a pleasant pumpkin beer that you don't have to struggle to finish.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of joshstevens87
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
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 olympicgatorade
3.22/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of gestyr
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a tulip glass.

A: A nice orange/amber with a firm off-white head that lasts but leaves a minimum of lacing.

S: Pumpkin, earthy tones, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, biscuit, malt

T: First the taste of alcohol hits you but then the other flavors kick in and the balance is reached. Pumpkin followed by the typical pumpkin pie spices intermixed with a good biscuity malt backbone. No alcohol aftertaste.

M: On the low side of medium bodied. No carbonation sting.

O: I liked this beer. It goes good on a rainy evening. At first the balance wasn't there but then everything seemed to fall into place flavor-wise. I probably will buy this again.

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Photo of JRed
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Photo of cooch69
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes in a 750 ml bottle. It pours a pretty clear glossy orange/amber with a small, tight cream colored head.

Nose is a beauty. Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and caramelized malts. This pretty much smells like a Pumpkin Pie factory. Awesome.

Taste is a bit high on the alcohol at first but then all of the flavors come through immediatly. Lush and creamy pumpkin and crystal malts and all of the spices you can ask for. This ones semi sweet and has a decent carbonation. Give me a bottle of this and two slices of Grade A pumpkin pie with some whipped cream and I'll be set for the night.

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Photo of HopsYeast
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
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 Kegatron
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
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 cpanossian
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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