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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

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 45
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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1/5  rDev -73.4%

SavageHopHead, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of charlzm
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

charlzm, Nov 02, 2008
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Altenor, Jun 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

tedho21, Sep 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

dmsohyea, Jun 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ShanePB, Aug 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Moheban, Dec 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

t0rin0, Aug 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

MastaShonuf, Jun 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

GraduatedCashew, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of bulletrain76
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught at The Red. Hazy orange with a small white head. Spices, orange, and lightly sweaty yeast in the aroma. The flavor has lots of orange, light spices, and light malt. Light bodied with low carbonation. Not a bad beer with some food when you don't want the beer getting in the way, but there isn't much interesting going on with it on its own.

bulletrain76, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a plastic sampler cup (per Alesmith's preferences!) at Alesmith's tasting room. I was shocked at the presentation. Alesmith ought to know better. Reviewed from detailed notes. Expectations were high given the brewery.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper. No visible yeast. Appealing.

Sm: Hops - mainly floral with little bitterness. Some citrus aromas; orange peel is a highlight. Very pleasant and fresh. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Honey, pleasant clean floral hops, citrus fruit esters, and clean unobtrusive malts. Balanced and enjoyable. Not quite refreshing. Well built. Quite fresh. Quite simple for the brewery, but nice nevertheless. No alcohol or yeast comes through. I do wish it were more complex and subtle.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours nicely. Slightly creamy. Neither too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. Refreshing and nice. I like it, but Alesmith has far better offerings. Give it a go only if you're a big fan of the style.

Low B-

kojevergas, May 20, 2012
Photo of sleazo
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery

Medium copper with a thin head that dissipated quickly

The aroma was nice, bananas, cloves, with a hop backbone

Taste is more of the same. I am wondering waht type of hops they use, it almost tastes like Saaz or some pilsener type. Interesting. The beer is perhaps a little too sweet.

nice body, medium carbonation.

d-i enjoyed the first half of this beer alot more than the second, it became too cloying after awhile

sleazo, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of freed
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this on tap recently. It was served way too cold and I had to hand warm it for a while before I could enjoy it. It was in the appropriate style of glass, and sat a lovely golden with a regal white cap. A column of carbonation rose from the center of the glass and replenished the head for the entire session. The beer also had excellent clarity.

The aroma was dominated by tart apple, and not just "as the major component" dominated, I mean like communist witch hunts were dominated by Sen. Joe McCarthy dominated. It was like was having it's own senate committee hearing on aroma and no one else got much of a say.

The taste was sweet and tart - a mixture of cider (no surprise) and like pale malt. Even as the beer warmed, the more delicate spices were less evident. I'm all for subtlety, but the cider flavor imparted by the yeast really prevented this from being a better beer.

The beer was naturally tart in the mouth and left a dry palette. Not bad, but not the best choice for a meal, and the flavor would have been better suited for a smaller serving.

freed, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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
Photo of HopHead84
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/10/2011

On tap at Tap Room.

A: Hazy straw colored with a small fizzy head that quickly fades.

S: Aromatic coriander with orange peel and flesh. Belgian yeast blends with well integrated candi sugar. Malt is faint, imparting a bit of biscuit.

T: Coriander, orange, and a perfumy floral flavor with a distinct tangy quality. The beer is moderately sweet with grainy notes. Bitterness is light. There's a candied aspect to the sweetness.

M: Lower medium body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good Witish Belgian Pale, but not something I'd want a pint of.

HopHead84, Aug 10, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Ralphs66, Apr 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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AleSmith Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.