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AleSmith Lil' Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Lil' Devil
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BA SCORE
85
very good

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.95% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2004)
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Reviews by Crosling:
Photo of Crosling
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught @ Alesmith Brewing Company. Light orange. Fresh spicy aroma with hints of coriander, orange peel, sour fruits, butter toffee, wheat and yeast. A strong spice influence in the flavor with coriander and orange peel...Just a great Belgian style brew.

Crosling, Apr 19, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed several samples of this tasty brew at the Bluezapalooza beer fest @ Mammoth Mtn, in the Sierra, reviewed from notes (yeah I was that guy at the fest taking notes.) Poured light amber, clear, with a light tan head, and left some wispy lacing. Nose was mildly of corainder, and some orange peels. This is a nicely crafted Belgian pale, crisp, refreshing and palate cleansing. Love the style and this version would be great for all sorts of foods, BBQ, salads, cheese, and so on

Billolick, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of SudsSurfer
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

SudsSurfer, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Altenor
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Altenor, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of KyleMA
4/5  rDev +6.1%

KyleMA, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Auraan
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with a one finger, fluffy white head. Quite nice. Scents of fruit, apricot and peach mostly, with some slight citrus and pear alongside candi sugar and faint hints of Belgian yeast. Very appealing, a good Belgian golden aroma, though not the most complex. Flavor begins with apricot and peach, moves into spicy Belgian yeast and finishes with yeasts spiciness and some graininess. Aftertaste is grainy. Faint, fruity tang as it warms. Again, a good, basic Belgian ale flavor, but not as complex as some. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a watery feel. Quite easy to drink, but very light compared to most Belgian Golden Ales. Overall a good, easy drinking, light take on a Belgian. It's not as rich, complex or deep as some, but it is a good warmer weather Belgian style beer.

Auraan, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of alecvdpoel
4/5  rDev +6.1%

alecvdpoel, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Solena Beach Pizza Plant. Golden Belgian style, represented by yellow with head head and lace. Funky yeast aroma and taste Sweetish but otherwise fine Belgian, leaving a sweet aftertaste. Offset really spicey stuff, a soda pop transition beer.
Review #2000

Sammy, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of SamuelR
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

SamuelR, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the AleSmith event at City Beer (well, actually at Triptych across the street).

Very nice appearance. Cloudy golden-straw color with a thick white head and very good lacing.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, wheat, sweet malt, banana, and citrus. Smells great.

Flavor is a lot like Horny Devil, just toned down as the description says. Wheat, pale malt, Belgian yeast, spices, banana, and orange peel. Mild floral hop notes.

Body is medium and carbonation is fairly lively.

Drinkability is high. Overall a really good beer. Another winner from these guys.

nickd717, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Ralphs66, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed November 26, 2006. On tap at AleSmith. Light orange cream aroma, bold with floral herbs. Some bright esters coming from the bold yeast character. Pour of orangish gold. Wispy sweet caramel and lightly profused citrus spice qualities. Acerbic and certain with lemon, from both rind, pith and juice. Nicely down, however a little cloying and yeasty at the backend for me.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass, the Lil' Devil shows a clear golden orange in color with an inch of white head. Retention is too brief however.

Has a nice yeast and candi sugar nose, with apple and pear dominating. Candi sweetness is light and doesn't interfere or overwhelm. Nose becomes harder to find as the carbonation settles. I really think this beer would benefit from bottle conditioning as the CO2 bubbles are too large to stay in the liquid.

Taste follows the nose and delivers a clean fruit and yeast flavor with the expected light amount of sweetness. Offers a decent feel and drink as well though it becomes a bit juice like towards the bottom. Again, a result of the outgassing of the carbonation. Decent, but would be improved from all angles with better carbonation retention.

HalfFull, Aug 25, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

BrahptimusPrime, Jun 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DarthTremens, Feb 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

jgluck, Dec 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

jsanford, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Eighty
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Eighty, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Gusler
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago
The beer pours a limpid amber color with a largish white head that is creamy in texture and the resultant lace a fine curtain to obscure the glass. Sweet malt aroma at the front, citrus like crispness, hints of orange peel, and refreshing. Start is slightly sweet, pleasingly malted and the top middling in its feel, finish has a benign acidity, the hops purposeful in their spicy bite, desert dry after taste that lingers, a nice drinkable beer, not bad, not great, just a good thirst quenching beer.

Gusler, Mar 21, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

bca115, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Beerbuddy21, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of dmsohyea
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

dmsohyea, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

ShanePB, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of audiojon
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The little brother of Horny Devil, this beer is an extremely drinkable belgian pale. I'm lucky enough to be in San Diego about once a week, and make it a point to stop by the AleSmith brewery as frequently as possible. This week, I was helping my girlfriend move, so I needed something that wouldn't get us too shnockered to actually get stuff done. This fit the bill perfectly! My only complaint is that once you've had Horny Devil, this seems a bit tame. For a session brew (altho at almost 6% it isn't really) this is a perfect choice. Smell is still right on, Belgian pale all the way, taste is very good, but the low ABV does make it a bit light, flavor wise.

All in all, a recommended brew, but do yourself a favor and try the Horny Devil as well.

audiojon, Mar 13, 2006
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AleSmith Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.