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Helltown Devious Ale - Helltown Brewing

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Helltown Devious Ale
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Helltown Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrDemento456 on 10-29-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

08-31-2013 05:15:29 | More by chuckv
Photo of Cylinsier


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

tap at Bocktown Robinson

Pours a marginally hazy amber golden color, medium whitish head retains as a bit of lacing.

Smells of mild citrus, grassy malts, esters and a hint of hop.

The flavor is a bit citrusy along with coriander and banana ester notes, followed by fresh wheaty malts and some clover honey sweetness, finished with just a touch of piney hop bitterness.

Body is moderate, on the fuller side but not syrupy, with tingly carbonation throughout.

Really good, I liked this one a lot. It was a great BPA with exactly the right amount of hopiness to balance the otherwise malt richness of the style without competing with it. One of the best BPAs I've ever had outside of Belgian offerings, and it could compete with some of those too.

02-20-2012 02:13:53 | More by Cylinsier
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Got this on tap at Elwood's Pub for 4 bucks.

A - Looks like a standard golden ale. The head looks very sticky and I got at least a 1/2 inch of it.

S - Didn't get too much but it does smell sweet. Slight notes of yeast, hops and honey with a bit of graininess.

T - Taste was spicy at first with maybe a touch of clove but I found it to be well rounded with very little bitter hops and yeast giving it a great "fruity" aspect. Don't know how they did it but it was very clean tasting making it easy to drink.

M - Strangely set at 8% I found it to be an easy drinker with a light to medium body.

Overall this is my first experience with the brewery and it seems like they know what they are doing. If I ever saw the brown or IPA I would be more than happy to try it. Hope it's still on tap next week to grab another pint!

10-29-2011 23:27:13 | More by DrDemento456
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

On tap at bocktown last night.

A- Body is a cloudy golden yellow hue. Served with a one finger or so head which quickly fades to a thin collar. Collar has good retention the whole way down the glass.

S- Nose is good. Fruity esters-more of the golden delicious apple and pear style, a good dose of floral hops, lots of clove, and a sweet bready yeast.

T- Taste is very similar to the nose. The fruitiness is the highlight upfront with a lot of clove overtones and a substantial bready yeast backbone. A touch of floral hops come through for the finish to round out the flavor and there is a touch of alcohol astringency in there too-Pretty dry as nothing lingers.

M- Light to medium carbonation. A medium weight body with a slightly bready consistency and slight alcohol astringency.

O- Overall this is a great BSPA. My favorite style. The thing about this style is that its a catch-all style that is open to authentic traditional representations-like this one-or a hybrid of two other strong pale belgian styles (sours,saisons,tripels,belgianIPAs). This is one of the best traditional representations I have tasted in awhile. Well done here and its a local homegrown brew.

02-18-2012 21:38:25 | More by PittBeerGirl
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-07-2014 14:13:55 | More by GameOfBeers
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-28-2013 14:47:33 | More by Seaba
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

04-07-2012 00:29:57 | More by HumphreyLee
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

09-08-2013 04:44:40 | More by BrandonOakes
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West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +7%

Serving Type - 25.9 oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, fizzy 1 inch head, plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet belgian yeasts, floral fruits, lots of banana, lemon, orange, corriander, lemon peel, some pale malts, clove, apples, and some grassy hop notes.

Taste - Light floral fruits, mixed with some added sugars, pale malts and plenty of spices. Has a grassy/herbal feel in each sip. Very floral, tons of lemon and banana along with spicey hops. Belgian yeasts add even more sweetness. Malts are light and add a little bold caramel. ALcohol comes clear at the end with some slight warmth.

Mouthfeel - Light, tounge gets hops, spices and lots of floral fruits. Palate gets more of the same with more sugars and some malts. Afertaste is dry, sweet and saision spicey.

Overall - Tasty, easy to drink and balanced and just complex enough to keep you interested. Drinks moreso like a 5-6% beer, and actually closer to a saison then a strong ale. Really tasty, and easy to drink. Another fine beer from helltown.

12-08-2012 04:23:16 | More by wvsabbath
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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip
8% ABV, serve at 45-50° F,

A - Pouring carefully as the bottle suggests results in a hazy white-ish golden brew that has a long lasting and frothy white head though minimal lace is left following it' departure. On a side note, Devious has one of the better label designs I've seen in quite a while!

S - American-cultured Belgian yeast opens Devious with a strong aroma of lemon pepper spice and clay with notes of Champagne-like white grape and light candi sugar. Floral hops coyly peek through sweet pilsner malt and a grainy finish that trails off with subtle fusel alcohols.

T - Belgian yeast characteristics seem more comfortable expressing themselves in aroma than they do in flavor as the taste of Devious is toned down significantly. Sweet candi sugar and pilsner malt take front and center and are backed up by notes of floral hops as well as spicy yeast esters but the taste is somewhat muddled.

M - Elevated carbonation is a fantastic reflection on the classic style as well as giving the otherwise medium bodied, sweet beer a lighter and crisper feel. Smooth across the palate, Devious finishes with lingering spice and next to no trace of alcohol, further adhering to the golden ales from across the pond.

O - Helltown's Devious is clearly an American craft brewery's attempt at a Belgian-style beer but it's certainly not a feeble one. Yeast esters flourish in aroma and contribute nicely to the flavor and feel but it lacks that pizazz that only the Belgian masters seem to nail. Regardless of it's American roots Devious remains a bright and crisp Belgian-style golden ale that will quietly knock you on your ass, tasting good the whole way!

08-20-2013 14:45:54 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-20-2012 18:30:46 | More by DWolf
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-09-2013 23:16:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-16-2013 02:55:07 | More by Cazlo
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-23-2011 20:49:21 | More by greg4579
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-15-2012 23:35:49 | More by anyhoodle
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West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Had this on tap at a local bottle shop while the ladies shopped on Black Friday
Ordered it off the beer menu and had no idea what I was getting.
Poured a light hazy straw with a fine white head.
Smelled the Belgian characteristics immediately. Yeaty, fruitiness some bubble gum perhaps.
taste was actually a bit lighter than expected now that I know what it is. Very drinkable hiding the 8 percent abv very well.

11-27-2011 12:16:29 | More by dmamiano
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3.86/5  rDev +0.8%

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill. Let's see how this matches up. My reviews have been under a slight hiatus lately.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, amber-like pour. Very caramel-like in color too, but is still transparent enough to see the carbonation flowing to the top. Leaves behind a nice, very inviting, frothy white head that leaves an excellent lacing down to the bottom of the glass. The golden, yet brownish hue makes this a nice Belgian Ale.

Smell: Has a nice, mild aroma of citrus hops, hint of ester aromas and actual delicious grassy malts. Slight hint of caramel also comes to mind. Slight hue of smoked grains.

Taste: Strong rush of smokey, spicy clove and pine hops. Somewhat sweet fruity aspect. Somewhat fig-like taste and a slight alcohol flavor. Not to bad to drink, but be cautious, it's quite thick.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Finishes kind of dry, but the floral hops add a somewhat sweet aspect.

Overall: So this is considered one of my favorite beer styles. Not bad at all, but still would need to get accustomed to it. The start wasn't bad, but towards the end, it got somewhat boring if I may add. Not a bad beer to start with when getting into the Belgian beer market, but the smokiness and somewhat dry after taste makes it different. I probably won't have again, but would recommend it to a friend. Cheers!

09-10-2013 00:18:37 | More by DMXLOX22
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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

Slightly murky bright gold. Small dense head. Smell is sweet. Honey. A little yeast. Taste is malty and sweet. There is a touch of spiciness and hops throughout. Overall a rounded malt flavor dominates though. Some spiciness again in the finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Very easily drinkable. Not particularly "Belgiany." But a pretty nice strong pale.

12-16-2011 11:58:58 | More by burnstar
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Helltown : Devious Ale

Ontap into a snifter. Pours a crystal clear golden color, bone white bubbly fizzy head and little lace. Aroma of Belgian yeast, clean alcohol and some hops. In the taste, superb balance of Belgian yeast with muted fruit notes, earthly, bittering hop, and cracker like malt. Clean, refreshing, and well rounded flavors. A nice balanced Belgian style ale, with deviously deceptive strength. Good brew.

11-02-2011 04:03:58 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-17-2012 12:10:10 | More by Tibi81
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-18-2013 15:27:51 | More by NJBeer265
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-11-2012 00:31:07 | More by murf1087
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-10-2013 03:57:35 | More by Dapper_Dan_Man
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-03-2014 18:11:19 | More by randylangford
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3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small fruit, small candy sugar, and a small note of alcohol. In the taste, a nice fruitiness, with a dry candy sugar and alcohol Belgian like kick. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry alcohol and fruitiness in the aftertaste. Quite nice for a Belgian style pale.

02-27-2012 17:45:38 | More by OWSLEY069
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Helltown Devious Ale from Helltown Brewing
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