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AleSmith Lil' Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Lil' Devil
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BA SCORE
85
very good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%


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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2004)
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SShelly

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straight yellow with small head that fades quickly to slight lacing. Slight belgian fruity esters in the aroma, a little banana, a little green apple. Heavy cloves on the pallet. a farily refreshing belgian, could probably use more abv, and less cloves, 2 of us made it 3/4 of the way through the growler and stored the rest. Overall not the best Alesmith offering, but a serviceable begian i would get on tap if I wanted somehting fairly easy drinking.

Serving type: growler

09-29-2008 23:34:19 | More by SShelly
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audiojon

California

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

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

Arizona

4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2013 15:53:24 | More by mhaugo
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rather

California

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 23:20:40 | More by rather
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some citrus-like aroma. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very citrus-forward and pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 01:44:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the industry - served in pint

Clear golden color with a pale white crop of head. Webbed lacing rings the glass with thin retention.

Slightly floral in the nose with orange and lemon peel. Citrusy with cracked pepper and coriander, refreshing with soft bread, yeast and sweetness.

Brush of floral hops up front with citrusy tones and lemon peel. Soft spiciness from pepper and coriander. Mild backbone, biscuit and toasted grain with light sweetness. Belgian yeast with lingering hops towards the finish.

Lighter body, well carbonated, bubbly and crisp on the tongue. Drinkable and refreshing, although this would be more suited for the summertime.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 00:50:42 | More by xnicknj
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kojevergas

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
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-

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 00:16:01 | More by kojevergas
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at AleSmith tasting room.

A: Pours pale straw color with a half finger of dull white head. Very fine bubbles. Pretty good retention and some lacing.

S: Lots of pale malt and Belgian fruit--banana and clove, which makes this more like a hefe.

T: Similar, with the banana a little more in the forefront. A touch watery. A little fruity yeast, but faint.

M: Super smooth mouthfeel which I've come to expect from Alesmith. Medium-light carbonation and body.

O: Refreshing, lighter beer that's good for hotter weather. I guess I was hoping for a little more fruitness or something. Good but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 03:45:58 | More by pmarlowe
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notchucknorris

California

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 16:13:59 | More by notchucknorris
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HopHead84

California

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 21:02:00 | More by HopHead84
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mactrail

California

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber-gold color in the tall tulip with some chill haze. Yeasty, celery taste, quite herbal and vegetal for a Belgian style. Even a cheesy hint. Not very strong flavors, more like a restrained Saison. Mellow with modest acidity. Malt is there but soft and submerged. Quite mild, a light mouthful, watery even. Fruity spicy nose. Goes down very easy, a pleasant quaff with a sausage and coleslaw.

Enjoyed at the Linkery, San Diego.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 05:17:00 | More by mactrail
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armock

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 23:04:11 | More by armock
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pennywhistle

California

4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 21:31:01 | More by pennywhistle
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fbinla

California

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2010 01:04:52 | More by fbinla
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Alesmith

A: The pour is a hazy pale golden color with a fluffy white head and lots of lacing.

S: There is plenty of spice, particularly coriander, along with some fruity banana esters. Like most Belgian style beers, the nose is dominated by the yeast with some sweet malt coming through.

T: As you would expect from the nose, plenty of Belgian yeast character and the typical coriander and orange peel flavorings. The sweetness from the malt is restrained which I was happy to see.

M: The body is a bit on the light end of medium with full carbonation.

D: A decent enough Belgian pale ale, but fairly typical and nothing fantastic. There are certainly better offerings from Alesmith.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 08:53:07 | More by womencantsail
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nickd717

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 02:28:42 | More by nickd717
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bulletrain76

California

3.25/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2009 04:54:11 | More by bulletrain76
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HalfFull

California

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2009 07:21:58 | More by WaXHeLL
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tpd975

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Alesmith.

A: Pours a hazy cloudy orange hue with a nice creamy white head.

S: Nice sweet fruit aroma with hints of apple and peach. Hints of banana esque Belgian yeast as well.

T: Nice sweetness with a touch of bitter. Apples, pears, and peaches dominate. Belgian yeast makes a big prescene as well. The finish has a touch of bitter grapefruit along with a touch of floral hops.

M: Light and fruity. Tasty.

D: Good, a nice draft only brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2009 15:54:58 | More by tpd975
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charlzm

California

2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Light golden yellow with a large fluffy bright white head that left behind copious lacing.

S-Light but typical Belgian yeast esters and bit of sour apples and a hint of spicy hops.

T-All flavours light with notes of lemon zing, sour apples and a bit of floral hoppiness.

M-Light bodied and very zingy. Kinda like a beer spritzer.

D-Light and easy going but for me a bit too light. Needs a little beefing up to make it more interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2008 06:42:15 | More by Deuane
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DoubleJ

California

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2008 04:28:46 | More by DoubleJ
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2008 04:35:38 | More by barleywinefiend
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85 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.