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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

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
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 charlzm:
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charlzm

California

2.8/5  rDev -25.5%

Consumed 11/01/08 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Dark honey/orange colored beer with no head and no active carbonation.

Aroma is sweet flowers and esters.

Slightly oxidized flavor (hello, hint of wet cardboard). Thin wood character, light white pepper on finish. Really grasping at straws to come up with anything to describe the flavor.

Lack of carbonation, and this beer's thin, watery mouthfeel combine to make a less-than-awesome drinking experience.

I had this fresh at the brewery a couple of years ago and I recall it being far better than this.

11-02-2008 15:44:57 | More by charlzm
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Billolick

New York

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

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

09-16-2006 16:40:53 | More by Billolick
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SudsSurfer

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-18-2013 21:52:27 | More by SudsSurfer
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Altenor

California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

06-28-2013 04:20:43 | More by Altenor
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KyleMA

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-27-2012 22:52:31 | More by KyleMA
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Auraan

Arizona

4.11/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

03-01-2014 06:26:05 | More by Auraan
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alecvdpoel


4/5  rDev +6.4%

09-05-2012 19:56:10 | More by alecvdpoel
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

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

02-11-2007 23:40:08 | More by Sammy
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nickd717

California

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

02-10-2010 02:28:42 | More by nickd717
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Ralphs66

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-17-2013 22:14:04 | More by Ralphs66
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

12-19-2006 19:18:48 | More by CharlesDarwin
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HalfFull

California

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

08-25-2009 01:34:39 | More by HalfFull
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BrahptimusPrime

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-26-2014 20:13:06 | More by BrahptimusPrime
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DarthTremens

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

02-01-2013 22:23:50 | More by DarthTremens
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jgluck

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-19-2012 03:42:17 | More by jgluck
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LakerLeith

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-29-2014 15:10:48 | More by LakerLeith
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jsanford

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-27-2013 19:55:12 | More by jsanford
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Eighty

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-05-2013 18:58:44 | More by Eighty
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Gusler

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

03-21-2004 21:36:26 | More by Gusler
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bca115

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-14-2013 00:33:05 | More by bca115
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Beerbuddy21

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-17-2013 02:42:34 | More by Beerbuddy21
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dmsohyea

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

06-22-2012 23:53:35 | More by dmsohyea
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

08-14-2013 14:59:52 | More by ShanePB
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audiojon

California

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

03-13-2006 03:57:34 | More by audiojon
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rather

California

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

on tap at whole foods. 4$ happy hour. poured into a nb 0.47L glass.

appearance: bright orange with not much head or retention.

smell: zested orange and slight grapefruit. with a nice yeast undertone.

taste: follows the nose well with a good taste of watery oranges picked from your own tree. and again a smidge of yeast underlying

mouthfeel: a bit wet but nice carbonation inviting me to take another drink.
with a refreshing dry finish, superb.

overall: would love this by the pool or mowing the lawn, very refreshing.
I haven't had its bigger brother horny devil yet but plan on it. lil devil was described to me as half of horny devil.

on tap only as far as I know. so worth a try if you come across it.

06-19-2013 23:20:40 | More by rather
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AleSmith Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
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