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Devious - Allentown Brew Works

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87
very good

174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 12
Gots: 19 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerImmediately on 08-19-2010)
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Photo of joshstevens87
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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

joshstevens87, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

BeerLover99, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of olympicgatorade
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

olympicgatorade, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of gestyr
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

gestyr, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of JRed
3.35/5  rDev -13%
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.

JRed, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of cooch69
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

cooch69, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of HopsYeast
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

HopsYeast, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of mothman
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

mothman, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Kegatron, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of cpanossian
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

cpanossian, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of claspada
2.4/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

claspada, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

alleykatking, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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

thain709, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

weeare138, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

jzeilinger, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

rfgetz, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of PremiumPete83
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

PremiumPete83, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of magine
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a cloudy, dirty dark orange amber color. Has a very carbonated bone colored head that settles to no head and only a ring of lace around the edges. The dirty cloudy look is great, not much else though. Average look but dirtiness make it slightly above average.

Brew smells of cinnamon, spices, nutmeg. Smells like pumpkin pie spices. Yup its a pumpkin beer. Good unmistakable smell here.

Brew tastes malty, spicy and has the booze in there as well. The brew is medium and nearly smooth to drink despite its high alcohol. Can taste the cinnamon and nutmeg, but it is subtle. This is a nice malty smooth finishing brew that is not over spiced. Nice drinkability for this style. Good flavored pumpkin brew.

This isn't my favorite style by any stretch, but this is a more enjoyable brew for this style for sure. It keeps you interested in your next sip, which for me says a lot. Drinks more like a stout type of brew. This is well crafted tasty brew. Good stuff.

magine, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

tempest, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

msubulldog25, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Updating review on 9/29/2011. Original done on 9/3/2010.

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a deep, dark brown-orange colored brew that has a good two finger head that is a creamy off white color. Descent lacing and the head retains very well, leaving a clumpy cover on top.

Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of clove and a buttery malt with some mild hop bitters.

Tastes of predominantly of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg as well as buttery roasted caramel malts. Complex flavors, a lot going on here. Mild hop bitter in the back with a faint alcohol burn.

Medium bodied, but on the thick side, creamy, smooth stout-like in the mouth. Good carbonation.

In spite of the abv, this is is a very sessionable imperial pumpkin. Pumpkin ales (especially the imperials) are for me, one of the joys of this time of year and something that I look forward to enjoying. This is definitely one of my favorites.

ujsplace, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Head fizzes up and fizzes down quite fast on this one. Nothing much left after a minute. The beer pours a cloudy, iced tea color. Nothing too impressive here.

S: One of the more balanced pumpkin ales I've tried. Can still smell the actual beer in front of all the spices. Spice is there, but the maltiness of the beer is what stands out. Very pleasing....seeing as how most pumpkin beers are a mouthful of cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: Again, one of the better balanced pumpkin ales I have encountered. Distinct pumpkin flavor upfront. Very important in my opinion. The spices reside on the aftertaste and hint at pumpkin pie, but the pumpkin flavor really is standing out. It really is a delicate balance to achieve with the strong spices that coincide with these beers.

M: Thin and fizzy. Seems to be the only problem I find with this beer. It's a big beer with a small beer feel. Slippery and highly carbonated. Has the feel of a soda almost.

D: One of the better pumpkin ales I have tried, it definitely spills out pumpkin but it lacks in other areas. Way too much carbonation, but a great level of spice. Great pumpkin flavor. Good take at a very frowned upon style.

kiddynamite920, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Axic10
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first pumpkin beer of 2010. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with a finger of head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, smells like pumpkin pie in a glass.

Taste: Taste follows the nose, heavy on the spices of cinnamon and nutmeg with a nice pumpkin aftertaste. Good, but not Pumking good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight burn from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Definitely worth picking up at again at the $6-$7 I paid for it at Whole Foods. Will make this a regular during my pumpkin beer season.

Axic10, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

BeerImmediately, Aug 19, 2010
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Devious from Allentown Brew Works
87 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.