Devil's Ale - SanTan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 280
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 8
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: t0rin0 on 12-01-2009

Devil's Ale is of the new breed of American West Coast Pale Ales. Devil’s Ale won a Gold Medal at 2011 GAZBF. It is the highest rated Pale Ale in Arizona receiving 96 points from Draft Magazine. Deep, golden maroon in color, Devil’s Ale is defined by a delicious citrus hop character derived from Cascade & Centennial hops grown in the Pacific Northwest, balanced with a firm caramel malt flavor.

45 IBU
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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pale ale from down in the valley pours a very nice soft-gilded brown into my Junkyard Brewing twelve-ounce tulip, trailed swiftly by a solid, latte-hued foamy-head, that laces well and is well retained. As that tapers off, odors present of a pretty wonderful sticky-sweet wet-hop florality, which isn't especially complex but is a pleasant punch in the nostrils.

Unfortunately, the flavors follow the trend of the nose to a degree that's less pleasant and more extreme: the concerted blast of bitterness expressed by Devil's Ale brings down the buoyancy of its fresher hop notes, and besides those features there isn't a lot operating on the palate whilst this ale passes through the maw. Indeed, even the fairly balanced basal structure of dry malt bite and pale sugars, which should buttress the top-level bittering, are a bit too thin to serve that purpose; instead, the overall textural impression tends to the watery, which is unfortunately not to the service of the beer's mix of flavors. Overall, it's a passable, very unspectacular session pale out of SanTan, and ultimately far from their best effort. (1,119 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice, middle of the road pale ale. Hoppier than some but not as hoppy as the hoppiest pale ales that manage to not be classified as an IPA. Just generally tasty and easy to drink. There's a slightly fruity note in the hops, kinda curious but quite enjoyable. You won't be disappointed if you get a sixer. (315 characters)

Photo of Maloney1011
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: medium copper color, slightly off white head, clear.

Aroma: Big kiss of pine and citus hops/grapefruit. Light caramel.

Taste: Hops jump out, same description as aroma. Finishes with sweet malts.

Feel: well carbonated, bitter, medium body.

Overall: Nice beer, would fall more into light IPA than APA.

Side note: first time to buy, poured from can, bought.in Irving, Tx. Would be fun to hike with a six pack of this. I would buy again. (444 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very average IPA with nothing memorable about it. This new IPA trend is flooding the market with subpar IPA's and this is no exception. Tastes like a million other brews I can think of with the strong grassy taste, amber coloring, carbonation and malty hops aroma. While this is not a bad beer, it is extremely ordinary and I probably won't even remember drinking it in the morning. I live in Arizona and Arizona has a poor community of brewing and this does not help our cause. (482 characters)

Photo of That_One_Guy
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

I personally consider this one of my "go to" micro. It's got a bold taste when you start with a hoppy citrus taste and then mellows out with a kick of hops. Love the amber color. Not a traditional Pale Ale at all.

WIFE TAKE: I thought this was Irish Amber. Hey look, the can has a mustache! (292 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber/honey colored with thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing on the glass is excellent. Citrusy, hoppy aroma. Great hop forward taste followed by a smooth citrus malty taste. Aftertaste is bitter but not too bitter. The hops and malts are balanced very well. Great beer!! (290 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a walnut-colored beer with a small, airy head. The aroma gives off herbal, grassy hop notes, with a slight amount of toasted malt underneath. The flavor is a good balance of malt and hops. Bitterness is medium-high, with good grassy, piney hop flavor. The malt is lightly crystal with some nutty, toasty characteristics. Light bodied but well-carbonated. Not exceptional, but very drinkable. (399 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper, small head. Smell is fruity, gummy bears, and fresh but subtle. Taste is smooth, very fruity, gummy bear malt, light bitterness. Very drinkable with medium body, light carbonation. Might prefer a touch more spritziness, but the flavor is nice, hoppy but not harsh at all and it goes down easily. I like it. Like a bowl of dry hopped melted gummy bears. (373 characters)

Photo of Chuk_Hell
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hop aroma bursts from the can and spills into your glass.An orange-amber color greets the eye. A one -finger head disapates fairly quickly. This is a great smelling beer for a pale ale ..grass, pine, and tropical fruit.The brewer says this is dry-hopped with simcoe and I believe it. Wonderful balance and very drinkable, I really like this beer. (346 characters)

Photo of FrozenJoe
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
Fluffy off white head with excellent retention and lacing. Cloudy copper colored body with thick, small bubbled carbonation.

Smell
Flowery hops. Some pine. Sweet, bready malt balance.

Taste
Moderate/high bitterness. Pine and some flowers. Moderate malt backbone.

Mouthfeel
Bitter. Medium/full bodied.

Overall
A strong APA. An IPA masquerading as an APA. High quality but too strong. (398 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crafted on 4/2/14. Batch # 060 006786.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid balance between citrus and herbal hop characteristics. (604 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can

A big thank you goes out to my dad for surprising me with some beer from a recent vacation. The antique white head forms easily on a standard pour growing to a finger in height. There settling but it leaves a solid cap and respectable ring atop the hazy, apricot orange body. Thin lace sticks like super glue to the glass.

While the nose doesn't quite pop it's not far from doing so, just a little muted. Caramel base is well placed for the citric hop profile to be the showcase. Orange and grapefruit play the major roles. Both are pithy and sweet. A little dankness floats around the back and I hate to say it but a little tea leaf as well, though minor.

Caramel washes over the tongue upfront before pithy citrus hits and takes over. Grapefruit is more abundant than orange but both are pithy then sweeten up toward the finish in the form of candied citrus peel. A hint of that tea leaf bitterness returns but is pretty well buried. The overall citrus characteristic is juicy and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a little heftier than your average pale ale and it works well because of active carbonation and a welcomed frothiness. There's a moderate bitterness I actually wasn't fully expecting that tends to linger after each drink. Nicely done.

Devil's Ale is a solid all around pale ale and probably the best beer I've ever had that's been brewed in Arizona. The maltiness is just enough to lay a base while the hop profile is both juicy and bitter. Highly drinkable. I have a feeling this one could be even better if a touch fresher. I'd pick this up often if in Arizona. (1,585 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a nice head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Caramel malt and some citrusy/piney hops

Taste: A touch of sweet caramel on the front end with hints of citrus and pine in the middle; a bit earthy, too, though the finish is dry and bitter

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent APA that is nice and refreshing (391 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - 4 - clear copper amber color with nice thick film of bubbles on top, leaves nice ring of lacing already. Can is distinctive and original.
S - 4 - For an american pale this is very fragrant in a good way. Sweet malts, citrusy hops (orange juice, pineapple, lemon/lime).
T - 3.5 - Definitely hop bitterness, but much more undefined than in the smell. Bready malts, maybe even a little too much for a pale ale.
M - 3.5 - Medium mouthfeel, very bitter, but undefined hops taste - which carries over into the aftertaste. Alc covered.
O - 3.75 - This beer was a little dissapointing in the taste, which was too bitter, without enough specific hop flavors. Also the malts came off a little bit dark for an American Pale Ale. (725 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with gold hues. Almost not head. A few scattered white foam speckles down the glass. Medium low carbonation.

S: Heavy on the floral and lighter on the dried leaf not than other pales.

T: Dried grass and hay. Almond and semi sweet malt. Dry hop finish. Slight coppery mineral aftertaste.

M: Crisp and light for a pale despite the dry hop. I don't mind the aftertaste, it's not too overpowering and doesn't build to a bit monster.

O: One of the better pales out there. Full flavor without the overpowering dry hop finish. Pale, though, doesn't appear to be my favorite style. (591 characters)

Photo of TommyLiam
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Rich copper with a deep and uniform carbonation. Topped with two fingers of weakly soapy off-white head after a semi-aggressive pour. Lacing is good and carb is persistent.

S: Uniformly weak nose of tangerine and blood orange. No malt detected.

T: The hefty carbonation covers the initial flavor. Mid palate is a generic citrus with a fading pine. After taste is the only redeeming portion as it again displays the nose with a surprisingly pleasant and unique blood orange note that lingers.

M: Too much carb up front and a flat, bland residual feel in the end.

Disappointing but with a surprising citrus blood orange aftertaste that made me go back again. This is the best offering of theirs I've had and something that has the potential to be hugely improved upon. (773 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this can out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving nice rings down the side of the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Good hoppy aroma with a slight citrus background.

T: Bitter hoppy flavor with that same citrus background that finishes on the dry side of bitter.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent pale ale. (404 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big light tan head slow settles into a nice lacing above a clear golden amber colored beer.

Big floral, citrus, piney, spring grass aroma with a slight soapy lacing to it.

Citrus and piney dry hops taste with just an ever so slight soapiness on the edges.

A drying aftertaste that brings a bit of the hops tastes with it on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty decent tasting pale ale with a very inviting aroma, the only draw back I can relate is a light to very light soapiness or something that I can only describe as that that comes along with the drinking of this Devil's Ale. (582 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey amber with a nice white head. Aroma was of some caramel malt, grapefruit, and orange. Flavor followed suit. Only mildly bitter.A medium bodied somehwat active mouthfeel. Overall, a solid APA. Not a standout for the style, but perfectly enjoyable. (263 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, unfortunately the PHX bar I got it at poured it into a red plastic cup
A: A decent head on what appeared to be a decent-colored brew; hard to tell but I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt
S: Typical pale ale with pine/citrus hops over a nice malt backbone
T: Again, classic pale ale - a nice pine/orange peel flavor up front backed by malt and a bit of caramel towards the finish
M: Medium-bodied, crisp from the hops
O: Well-made, always nice to try a new brew when traveling to other parts of the country; I'm glad it's carried at the airport & would recommend giving it a try (590 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

After a harrowing few days on my trip out here to Arizona, I settled down with one of these last night at Steve's Greenhouse Grill in PHoenix. This was what the bartender there recommended and it wasn't a bad choice at all. It's good to have a choice of local beers available and while this wouldn't stand up well against the higher-rated beers in this category, this was nicely brewed and went down pretty easily!

The pour to this was a deep copper, which was fitting for the Grand Canyon State. There was a good head to be seen and the top of the lacing stuck to the pint glass it was served in for quite a while. A good nose existed here as well with citrus, wet hops, and a bit of oil to be detected. No burn or excessive alcohol here and this faded out very nicely in the back. Just a bit of caramel gave some body to this and the balance was as good as could be for a beer that wasn't terribly strong.

I didn't even feel the alcohol in this and had I not needed to drive back to my hotel after my serving, I would have easily had another. While the oil and resin weren't that present and the heavier Pale Ale flavors like pine and lemon weren't to be found here, this reminded me of a good American Amber like those of the Troegs beers. Everything worked together well here and Arizona can be proud to have such a drinkable beer of this type brewed in its backyard! (1,374 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of my Arizona trip, not really a fan of this beer...at all. Beer served in a shaker pint, beer is amber and mostly clear with an off white head.

Aroma is malt with hints of hops.

Beer sort of tastes like a wet blanket, has that malt...old feel to it. Maybe this is an older bottle. I'd give this beer a second chance on draft sometime but as it stands now this is not a repeat. Mediocre at best. (403 characters)

Photo of JohnnyJam
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can with no date code on it into a pint glass and got a 1 1/2 finger of head that slowly dissipates to a really nice covering on the top of the beer that lasts to the end.

A: Pours a copper and brass color with 1 1/2 finger of head and sheets of sticky lacing that covers the glass from top to bottom.

S: Citrus smell first and more of a lemon or orange peel than a grapefruit followed by floral and pine scents. Very nice and appealing.

T: There is a very nice balance between between the hops and the malt which I didn't notice with the aromas. Upfront: orange, lemon and followed with a bread flavor of the malts and then back to the hops. This finishes with a piney, crisp taste.

M: This goes down good; but not as good as on tap or when I've had it by growler. Go figure. I wanted to try it at home in a single serve unit, though. I have to ask myself, "Is this a freshness issue"?

O: I highly recommend this beer! If you could get it on tap; you should try it. Normally, I have to rate this beer one of my favorites as I get it fresh. It is a hoppier pale ale and almost an IPA in my opinion. There is a wonderful balance of hops and malts. A very good Arizona beer. (1,191 characters)

Photo of tylerzander
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a slightly hazy light copper color with an off-white one finger head, larger bubbles which tighten up as the foam subsides, good retention and lacing

S - piney upfront with lemon and grapefruit aromas: typical American pale ale aroma hops, not to say that typical is bad by any means, with a light caramel malt nose as a backdrop for the hops to shine

T - despite the relatively strong aroma, the hop flavor is subdued, with just some shadows of citrusy bitterness and the maltiness is more upfront, with a slightly oxidized taste, wish I would have gotten to this sooner

M - prickly high level of carbonation, and while I tend to like a dry pale ale, this one treads the line on being too thin, and the higher level of carbonation seems to emphasize the thinness rather than offset it; a little degassing actually seems to help this beer out a lot, and enhances the malt body and character

D - not a bad pale ale, but (like most) one you would be best served to drink brewery fresh; up against the ubiquitous standard of Sierra Nevada pale ale, this would lose out, sadly (1,091 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at Rendezvous in Cottonwood, Arizona.

A: Clear, medium amber color with a heavy residue of white bubbles. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and a few streams of bubbles rise in the column from the bottom and sides.

S: Toasted bread and mild cooked fruit fit together amicably. Compared to the flavor, hops are difficult to pick out here. A certain level of complexity present leaves open the possibility of their nuanced collaboration.

T: Begins dry, with potent hop aromatics that are floral and earthy. Bready malt also stands out into the middle where yeast esters are detected. The finish is mildly bitter; floral and herbaceous flavors linger.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: A mature and metered pale ale, this beer appears to be a hybrid of some American flair on a solid English foundation. As is, it would seem to be more at home in the English pale ale style. Either way, it ably marks its territory as a full-blown pale ale, rather than a small IPA. (1,069 characters)

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Devil's Ale from SanTan Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.