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AleSmith Lil' Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Lil' DevilAleSmith Lil' Devil

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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 137
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.95% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2004

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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 137
Photo of pennywhistle
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really pretty in the glass. Light, yellow colour, thick white head. Nice amount of carbonation. A sweet, light beer, sort of lemony - it has orange peels in it, which give it a nice citrus blend. A perfect beer for when it's sunny outside.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a few beers in O’Brien’s San Diego, EyeChartbrews Bachelor Beer-Bus arrived to take us to the Alesmith Brewery for a quick tour and a few beers. The small Bar inside the Unit that locates the Alesmith Brewery had several beers on tap that our party of 12 enjoyed.

The Lil’ Devil was one of them, a beer I don’t recall ever seeing before. Advertised at 6.66% ABV, this is somewhat cheekily named after its bigger Brother the Horny Devil, and even uses the same pump Clip style decoration, albeit somewhat slightly modified.

Poured with a hazy golden colored body, with a large smooth looking white head at first, but this quickly settled to a thin covering in my Plastic Pint Mug as we toured the Brewery. The nose was sweet and very fruity, malts and some coriander. The body of the beer is malt laden with an exceptionally fruity middle, lots of bananas and cloves with some coriander and a spicy feel at times. Finishes with a nice cool crisp lemon bitterness which lends a terrific balance. Great aftertaste. The mouthfeel is solid and the Drinkability is rather dangerous. This is a gorgeous soft and fruity Tripel style offering from Alesmith. I was quietly very impressed with this Belgium style offering from Alesmith, to the extent that I cannot believe why it is not more widely available.

Note: This is listed as a Belgium Pale Ale, which I have to say is pushing the boundaries a bit. For me it is more of a fruity Belgium Tripel, actually it reminded me of Floreffe Tripel a little.

If you get to the Alesmith Brewery, try one. It’s hard to forget the tastes of this beer once sampled, let alone trying to get that damn song by the Cult out of my head also.

Highly Recommended!

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hollingshead.

A nice slight cloudy honey-amber color filled my glass with a good size of white creamy head. The scent was very phenolic, bananas, vannilla and just fruity. The taste was like a cross of a pale and a wit with spice, nutmeg and fruits. Very delicious and just deep in flavor.

I didnt expect this little brother of a beer to be so well done. It is and i'll be searching this one out to add to my frig.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a large snifter (Duvel), on tap at Concordia Ale House

Appearance - light auburn with no head
Smell - Faint malty aroma, spicy
Taste - crisp & clean, a little fruitiness
Mouthfeel - very smooth, warm and engaging on the tongue
Drinkability - very enjoyable - my wife said she really liked it, too

If I ranked on a 1-10 scale, I'd give it a 9.

Hope it stays on tap at our pub - I'd like more!

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Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dry with a slight touch of lemon and huge amounts of pepper and coriander. Very nice for a lower abv beer in this belgian style. Hard to find much flawsm

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Photo of mhaugo
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce draft pour into a tulip. 5.5% ABV.
Appearance: Shiny golden amber. Brilliant, with a thin cap of foam (4.5/5).
Aroma: Clean, fresh, noble hop aroma, along with sweet apples (4/5).
Taste: This is a beautiful, delicate, beer. The hops are the predominate flavor, but it’s certainly not bitter. I also get a bit of pilsner malt and spiced cider (4.25/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation (4.25/5).
Overall: This beer is a wonderful example of the style; fresh, bright, and alive. I respect AleSmith for leaving this draft-only, because it would quickly die in a bottle (4.25/5).

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Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: I had a sample of this at the brewery. It poured a slightly hazy golden color. There was a decent white head to it. The aroma is more reminicent of a tripel than a Belgian ale: Somewhat yeasty with banana and corriander. The taste is quite good, although there is no wheat evident (the brewer told me that there is none). It is sort of a tripel, but a hair lighter. A hair of hops at the end. A unique and very good beer.

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Photo of fbinla
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this on tap at 1739 public house in Los Feliz, great aroma, smooth mouth feel with great Belgium flavors really easily drinking but with lots of that wonderful Belgium funk from the yeast. I wish i had this on tap at home. The Belgium Pale Ale is such an overlooked style, great job.

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Photo of WaXHeLL
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Alesmith's Brewing facility. 4oz taster. Tasting notes from 5/1/2009.

Appearance: Translucent yellow. Slightly cloudy. Minimal head. Nothing to write home about.

Smell: The aroma of Belgian sugar and hops come out immediately. This is well balanced with a blend of spices -- nutmeg, clove, and a hint of cinnamon. Overall a nice smelling American-style Belgian. There is a nice floral aroma to this beer -- probably mainly from the floral Belgian hops.

Taste: The spices and hops come out real well to start -- especially with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. The Belgian hops are readily apparent throughout, but not overdone. There is a slightly tart taste to this beer that is well executed. Finishes hoppy and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: A little bit too fizzy / carbonated. The Belgian hops and flavors come out pretty well, even with the light body.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable, and could be a sessions beer. The carbonation hampers the drinkability a bit. Could use a little bit more ABV for my liking.

Final Thoughts: Not too complex, and pretty straightforward. Pretty good, but not exceptional.

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Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Draft Picks Pizza Pub (La Habra, CA), on to the beer:

Pale orange in colr with hues of yellow, the head is thin but creamy, and leaves good lacing on the glass. Before we move on, ask yourself this: do you like peaches? If you do, you will probably like it. The aroma is phenolic with fresh cut peaches, more of the same juicy peaches in the flavor. There are other bright colored fruits mixed with the peach to create a very fruity tasting beer. Very easy going in the mouth with no harsh carbonation or flavors. A pleasant session beer from AleSmith.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pale, golden yellow, with a thick, white head, poured into a fluted goblet.

S: Yeasty esters, with pears and apples, very fragrant.

T: Tasty, and yeasty, lemon is the predominate flavour, pear esters, with some noble, floral hoppiness.

M: Smooth, dry and spritzy, quite thick for a Belgian Pale.

D: Light and easy to drink, as compared to some of Alesmith's other offerings, a good example of a Belgian Pale, I liked it.

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Photo of illidurit
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Bright orange-gold with a great white head that sticks like flypaper to the goblet. Aroma is primarily yeasty, with some ester and spice. Taste is unripe banana, some refreshing lemon, witbier spiciness, and of course a lot of yeasty dough pinning it all together. Crisp and light on the tongue.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very aptly named brew. Duuvel means devil. This is a little duuvel.

It's a very pretty brew - deep golden with just a bit of fizz, mostly translucent but not transparent. The aroma is pronounced but not overpowering. It's a hoppy yeasty smell as it should be, on the hoppy side. The taste is dry and hoppy but not overly so and not bitter. It's a very nice balance. At first blush, it's like a duuvel, but quickly you realize it doesn't pack the hidden punch that the big boy has. The aftertaste is mild but lingers long. It is the most yeasty part of the taste, like I would expect from a Belgian.

This is an outstanding brew and would be great to serve with a big dinner - your guests won't get wasted. Unfortunately, it is pretty rare in these parts, but I would highly recommend it to anyone anywhere.

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Photo of rather
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone's 15th Anniversary

A: Slightly hazy pale golden color with an eggshell colored head.

S: Honeycrisp apple, cinnamon and a touch of wheat.

T: Green apple, pale malts and a bit of lemon on the finish. Pretty light body which works well with the flavors.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a complex spicy notes to it. I could just smell this beer forever, there are great notes of apple, and a variously sundry mix of fresh herbs. This has a nicely light and refreshing taste with a cidery finish and a hint of balancing astringency. This is quite a spicy beer throughout, with notes of coriander in the middle of this beer. This is just so much better than its big brother the Horny Devil.

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Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Stone's Bistro in Escondido, CA

A- clear golden straw, taunt 1" white head with good retent, tight tiny bubbles, elegant

S- clean, floral and malty

T- semisweet malt, grain husk, clean, elegant, grassy, hints of lemon, simple and mellow

M- medium body, carbonation felt but blends beautifully, crisp

D- mellow and tasty Belgian brew, not a fan of Belgians but this is a wonderful brew, sessionable

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

Look: Straw yellow with a fluffy white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Citrus, apricot, and pears, with some Belgian yeast

Taste: Apricot, peach, spicy yeast, some citrus, and some light malt on the end

Feel: Light body, full carbonation

Overall: This seems to be a looked over beer in AleSmith's lineup due to how sought out the Speedway Stout and IPA are. I think this warrants more attention than it gets, and I would certainly get it again

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

Appearance: Served on tap in a pint glass at the hotel bar of the Marriott in Del Mar. Golden orange colored beer with a whispy white head on top. Nice looking beer for sure.

Smell: Very sweet malty nose with a bit of fruity/berry scent at the end. This beer has a very juicy and enticing aroma.

Taste: Just like the nose, and then some. The flavor opens strong with a chewy bread flavor. The malt is backed by lots of nice, fruity esters. Faint flavors of raspberries, strawberries, and apple. Crisp and clean. The beer ends with a great but small hop bitterness to balance the beer out. It is much stronger on the sweet and malty side than on the bitter side.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and tacky on the palate. Lingering sweetness make the aftertaste very nice.

Drinkability: I could drink this beer all day. It paired very nicely with the cheese plate we ordered. Bold, dry cheeses paired better than soft and mold cheeses. A very tasty beer that I will gladly order again if I find it.

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

On-tap at the brewery

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is sweet and fruity with Belgian yeast

T - Follows the nose starts of sweet and fruity and finishes with the Belgian yeast

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very good beer at a decent abv making it so you can have more than one in a sitting worth picking up sometime to give it a try

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

Poured a slightly hazy golden color. There was a decent white head to it. The aroma is more reminicent of a tripel than a Belgian ale: Somewhat yeasty with banana and corriander. The taste is quite good, with a slight wheat taste. It leaned more toward the Belgian side for sure but it was exceptional.

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Photo of Gusler
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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AleSmith Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.