Devil's Ale - SanTan Brewing Co.

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Devil's AleDevil's Ale

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277 Ratings

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 8
Gots: 59 | 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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Ratings: 277 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by TommyLiam:
Photo of TommyLiam
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can with no freshness date.

Brassy color has a good clarity, three fingers of head leaves behind a trail of lacing. Soft citric nose with a bigger caramel note. Snappy crispness with a creamy medium body. Citric hops and caramel malt battle it out but realize they are great together and meld for a bittersweet finish. Hint of toasted bread and pear-like fruitiness. The orange peel and piney hop flavor does seem to take the lead though as the dryness pulls towards the end.

Tasty, the hops surprise in the end with a broader stroke. A bit of a session ale as well.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's one of the better beers at Canfest 2010. . . Pours yellow and orange, good head. Aroma was mildly hoppy and that was about it.

Taste, a light bodied pale with adequate hops in the cascade and chinook or columbus vein I would guess. Bitterness subdued, I'd venture the ibu's to not be over 50. Lacks complexity in a good way, this one is straight forward, prolly carapils/crystal malt, c hops and done.

Very sessionable and desireable come warmer weather, this is a winner from SanTan in my book.

Photo of LXIXME
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of aval89
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: although listed as a amber, SanTan classifies is as a Pale Ale.

A: received it with a nice full finger head. Slowly settles to thin film.. Body is dark orange/copper tone.

S: mild caramel with some citrus notes.. Mild grapefruit with faint toasty malt smells.

T: has a rich caramel/biscuity base throughout. Towards the back grapefruit bitterness comes in with slight lemon zest & some pine characteristics. Finishes bitter with toasted malts & grapefruit flavors..

Mf: nice light medium body with great carbonation..

D: really easy to put these down.. Surprised at the drinkability.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a tall, white head over an orange body. I'm reminded of Dale's Pale Ale, but this is a bit more drinkable—not as thick. The aroma has a subtle floral touch and then there's still a big rich grapefruit citrus flavor with a grassy edge. The hops don't have a super sharp dry-hop edge, the the flavor rolls nicely through the bitter fruit character with a mild dry, bready toffee malt note in the finish. This is a great pale ale for a hot day, check it out.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a snifter. Amber colored with a half inch of white head and quickly faded to the edges.

S - First rye bread, then lighter wet malt smell.

T - Hoppy, very nice. malt backup that balances the bitterness well.

M - Bubbly, moderate carbonation with a medium and crisp body.

D - Not super great looking or amazing smell, but the taste makes up nicely. At 5.5% this is a great session beer with flavor.

Photo of BeerZack
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber color with smallish, but still a full covering of white bubbly head.
Smells nice and hoppy, floral, woodsy and citrus, with bit of caramalt coming out more as it warms.
Tastes pretty much like the aroma suggests. Hop forward, with a slight astringency that counterbalances the light, sweet caramalt backbone. Feels just a bit too thin for how agressive it is with the lingering astringency and prickly carbonation.
Overall, a nice pale ale that is as hoppy and bitter as some IPAs.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is my first Arizona beer. Thanks stephenhawking for the nice local extra in a can!

Pours a clear orange almost amber with a 2.5 finger head.

Smells of caramel malt and a bit of citrus. A bit more malt than I expected from an APA.

A little bit of citrus followed by caramel and biscuit malt. Finishes with just a light bitterness. Nothing complex about this, but no off flavors either

Mouthfeel is a touch thin and carbonation level is medium.

Good beer. Lacks a tick in flavor, but it's a good drinkable beer. I could definitely see grabbing some of these for the golf course if they were readily available.

Photo of Absolut
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a easy drinking pale ale. not too extreme, hoppy or bitter.

Photo of Originalredman
2.81/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Wish there was a bit more of a hop presence. Some odd carbonation

Photo of rrski198
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber in color with a little white head. Decent lacing.

S: Fresh american soapy, piney hops. Blurring the lines of and ipa and pa

T: Citrus and soapy hops. Big fresh american pa.

M: Slightly sweet seltzer water and biterness lingers. A little thin but overall, quite nice.

O: Nice pa from SanTan. I love american pa's and this doesn't disapoint.

Photo of joecast
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pancho Mcguillicuddys.

Light amber appwarance. Not much head, low carbonation.

Nice hoppy aroma. Was thinking it would be classed as an IPA, but this is a well placed in APA territory. Good stuff.

Great balance in the taste. Enough hop flavor but not so bitter that it makes it less drinkable.

Nice full mouthfeel and full flavored. Drinks like an easy drinking bigger beer. Really well made. Nice.

Photo of Redfoot19
4.78/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is beer. This is what I was waiting for! I get one of these with at one of my favorite restaurants when I take the misses out for an anniversary dinner.
Looks superb, hands down. The smell has a great aroma, and the mouthfeel if excellent. Taste? Devils ale brings the A game with taste. Great potency, awesome flavor, and absolutely satisfying. I will always refer to this as a top beer for any beer enthusiast.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of atomicbeer
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pint served in a plastic cup at a burger joint in Flagstaff AZ. Clear brownish red color with a small tan head. Nice mild floral grapefruit citrus aroma. Sweetened orange lemon grapefruit taste with a cracker background. Thirst quenching with a mild hop bite.

Photo of AEArider
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque copper with a beige soapy head that dwindled, some lacing. Smell is very earthy- woody, piney hops and toasted malt. Taste has a good amount of bite, hops are quite citrusy, and again, earthy. A bit dry, medium body feel. Nothing but good things from this brewery so far.

Photo of ronniebruner
2.84/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of constantine_272
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of JohnnyJam
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big ups and major props to my fellow CANquistador, indiapaleale, for sending me this and one other in support of my version of The CANQuest (TM)! I love where it hails from (Chandler, AZ) and I look forward to trying it out.

From the CAN: "Craft Beer For Beer Drinking".

It came in a RexAm CAN with a wide-mouth opening, which is always good for an interesting Crack & Glug. It poured with a nice Glugging sound which resulted in a finger-and-a-half of light-tan head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was big with pine hops. Man, this used to be what I would consider an IPA, not an APA. My mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium with a nice mix of caramel malt sweetness and moderate, not overwhelming, hops on the tongue. Hot dang, but this was just what I was looking for! Finish was slightly thin, with the hops barely winning out, but I found myself wishing for some more Ooomph. I would most definitely put this in my cooler if I had access to it on a routine basis.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 03/18/12
Can to pint glass

First enjoyed this one at the Spring Training games in Peoria, AZ which was nice…even at $8 a cup.

A: Pours a clear crimsoned amber color. Within that copper to straw pale spectrum. Great big khaki color soaped head leaves a splattered mess of lace down the glass.

S: Smells of sweet pale malts and some faint danky hemp like herbs. A slight metallic aroma and that is not just the can I am talking about.

T: Taste starts off with a good dose of sweet pale malts and some decent hops. Light mixture of citrus and pine notes. A bit of spice and earthiness. Has an herbal candy sweetness overall with a real dry bitter finish. A little bit of a tart aftertaste but not bad at all. Reminding me a little of Dale’s Pale just not quite as polished flavor wise.

M: Mouthfeel is lighter and somewhat thin with a sticky coat of the tongue and drying finish.

D: Good array of herbal, pine, and citrus notes. Plenty of malt foundation. This is a decent can but does fall a bit short of being great. Could use a little refining IMO.
Still pretty nice on tap at the ballpark in the “Craft Beer” concession.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus like hops. In the taste, orange citrus hops, yet lacking an ending flavor. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine like hop in the aftertaste. Big nose and start of the beer, but lacking an end.

Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of PhxHorn
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one last night at Another Pointe of View, and I didn't realize I hadn't tried their pale ale. It was a very pleasant surprise, smelling of citrus, malt and big dose of pine. Taste was a great blend of grapefruit citrus, a healthy dose of malt. Really hit the spot. A big white head and lacing down the glass. If their IPA was this good, they'd really be onto something. As it is, this is their best beer, imo.

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Devil's Ale from SanTan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.