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Devil's Ale - SanTan Brewing Co.

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Devil's AleDevil's Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

57 Reviews

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 287
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 24.07%
Wants: 9
Gots: 69 | 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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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 287
Photo of beagle75
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy amber pour with a finger of head which quickly disappeared. smells of caramel, bread, spanish rice, and a citrusy orange/lemon scent. tastes slightly metallic with a nice grassy flavor, slight hint of bitterness builds a solid backbone, while subtle maltyness distracts your tastebuds - banana, smoked, dirt. light bodied leaning towards medium - fizzy carbonation but a bit syrupy to be light bodied.

overall, this is a bit bitter for an apa, but i do like 'em bitter, so i can't complain too much! a bit heavy on the malt and not so much hop profile. no sign of a best before date on the can, so i can't tell if it just wasn't fresh or if this is just how their style is. personally, i like my apa's / ipa's to be refreshing, and they usually are. this is just more of a gut filler.

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Photo of AEArider
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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

Pour - dark golden or amber in appearance with a half inch of dense white head on top. Nice overall pour that's clean and clear.

Aroma - citrus, bread dough, burnt sugar, candied orange peel and some hints of caramel and malt balls. Aroma reflects a mort malty side of the pale ale family so let's see how if the taste matches up.

Taste - first thing that comes to mind is balance. At first I'm confronted by a bitter, hoppy, citrusy mouthful of flavor that is almost immediately backed up by a wave of brown bread and biscuity malt flavors.The hoppiness of Devil's Ale certainly lifts it into the ranks of a very good American Pale Ale and each sip will remind you of that. This leaves the palate dry in the finish, just enough to stick your head back in the glass and take another sip. Very well done!

Overall - like malt kissed hops...or is it...hop kissed malt? Whichever you look at this is a solid American Pale Ale with a very nice malty backbone and some great citrusy hop notes as well as a crisp and bitter finish. Very tasty and certainly worth stuffing into your cooler, your backpack or your suitcase!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Devil's Ale
SanTan Brewing Co.

Pours an unfiltered copper color, soapy off white head with a yellow tint. Aroma of herbal, citrusy hops and caramel malts. In the taste, a nice hop bite with suggestions of orange, grapefruit and light pine. Bright citrus flavor, solid malt foundation with caramel and bread notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, crisp with a medium level of carbonation, chalky finish. Overall, a pretty impressive pale ale, good hop character and always has a place in my fridge.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Big, rich, and woody tasting. Nice copper color in the pint glass. Expansive nose of flowery hops is the best feature. Sharp and resiny taste. Hoppy bitterness is powerful. More of an IPA to my mind, but maybe there is some distinction that evades me. Rather astringent with that earthy and woody flavor joining up with some kind of acidity.

Not very drinkable, but the hop flavor is pleasing for a brief moment.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a thick, fluffy, off-white head that slowly settles into some sticky lace. Amber in color with shades of copper.

S - Malt and hops. Something nasty that I can't detect.

T - Great balance of sweet malt and bitter hops. Neither overpowers. Fairly hoppy for a Pale Ale. A bit of alcohol. Some piney, bitter notes from the hops. Fruity sweetness.

M - Refreshing at first but it becomes cloying. The taste of old hops hangs around too long.

I'm sure it's much better from the tap.

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Photo of rrski198
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Redfoot19
4.78/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear orange/amber color with a khaki head that thinned out but still left waves of lacing.

S - sweet pine and citrus hop aroma.

T - good balance of solid malt backbone with piney and citrus hop hitting midway and on the finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - a good pale ale that I would have again.

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

A- Deep amber/copper color with a moderate off-white head that dissipates to a thin island, leaving minimal lacing.

N- Resinous and fruity with some grapefruit and citrus. Hint of toasted malt is minimal, letting the hops dominate the aroma.

T- Malt presence is much more pronounced in the flavor. There is a solid foundation of toasted bread and subtle caramel sweetness with a firm bitterness of grapefruit rind and resin for balance. Some vague fruitiness and hints of citrus on the way to a long bitter finish.

M- Light bodied, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D- Overall, a tasty pale ale. Nicely balanced, thirst quenching, and enjoyable.

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Photo of joecast
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of swthomas55
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a sampler at the brewpub 4/8/11.
Lots of citrusy hops in the nose. I'm liking it already!
Clear amber liquid, topped with a lacy white head.
Definitely hop accented in the mouth, but with enough malt to back it up. Lots of flavor but not at all heavy, this one walks the balance line very well. The finish is hoppy with a slight coarseness in the lingering bitterness.
Nicely done, and eminently drinkable.

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

Picked up a sixer new year's eve from Total Wine for $7.49.

Beer poured amber with a white head that dissapated quickly.

Nose is strong floral hops which is very inviting.

Taste is well balanced between the caramel malts and the grapefruit hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth.

Overall this is a solid beer, well balanced pale with enough hopping to make us hop heads happy. Definitely worthy of a shot!

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served a bland sort of amber with a tan head - medium sized bubbles that don't stick much. Brew salts are notable in the aroma, with enough grassy hops to maybe suffice. Fairly herbal as well, with a touch of toasted grain and caramel sweetness. Not much to behold just yet - although we are at an establishment with no draft menu, where the waiter says "I have everything, so many taps..." and then can't even pull an IPA out of his ass. I ask for something hoppy, and get this...

Not the beer's fault. Fairly piney and menthol-like deep into the flavor. Pretty watery after all, as the malts just can't rise to the occasion. Too thin to handle the hops, which become unpleasantly acidic. Balance is way off and the brew salt/metallic note must be dealt with. I may give this a shot canned sometime.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fun fact: this beer was formerly known as Sun Devil Ale, but the fascists at my alma mater, Arizona State University, decided to crack down on SanTan and claimed the brewery was infringing on their copyright. Now known simply as Devil's Ale, this one was poured into a chilled glass from a can emblazoned with the saying "Craft beer for beer drinking."

The look is a perfectly clear pale orange-tinged dandelion. A 1.5 finger head of fluffy yellowish white sits atop, receding slowly to a hefty top layer of soapy film that grips the glass in jagged-edged sheets.

Smells dank. It's pretty hoppy for a simple pale ale. Notes of tangerine, orange blossom, honey and fresh fresh-cut grass are noticeable amidst a candy sweetness.

There's far more bitterness in the flavor than in the nose. Lots of orange peel, grass and pale malt. The substantial bitterness rolls in after the swallow, coating the mouth. Pretty standard.

A prickly medium carbonation makes the beer moderately fizzy as it moves about. Medium light body, just a bit watery. Clean, crisp.

An above-average pale ale and one of the better offerings from SanTan. I enjoyed it, though admittedly the experience was enhanced by watching the Sun Devils upset the University of Arizona in their own house. Victory never tasted so sweet.

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Devil's Ale from SanTan Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.