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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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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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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

08-12-2012 12:38:48 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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

California

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-08-2014 04:24:30 | More by zestar
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-03-2012 05:51:23 | More by SocalKicks
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mactrail

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

06-26-2004 19:56:55 | More by Gueuzedude
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Halcyondays

California

4.1/5  rDev +9%

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.

08-22-2007 02:05:19 | More by Halcyondays
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kojevergas

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%

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-

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

04-04-2008 04:35:38 | More by barleywinefiend
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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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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

09-02-2012 06:07:06 | More by drewone
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DoubleJ

California

4.1/5  rDev +9%

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.

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

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

10-20-2013 23:57:48 | More by BillRoth
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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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HopHead84

California

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -4%

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.

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

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

11-04-2013 16:39:46 | More by GraduatedCashew
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illidurit

California

4.1/5  rDev +9%

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.

03-09-2008 07:24:40 | More by illidurit
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

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!

03-08-2004 04:54:29 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-17-2014 02:27:51 | More by Boone757
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tpd975

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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

California

4.21/5  rDev +12%

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).

12-05-2013 15:53:24 | More by mhaugo
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AleSmith Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
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