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AleSmith Lil' Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Lil' Devil
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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2004)
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4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2004 02:57:58 | More by Boto
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-27-2013 19:55:12 | More by jsanford
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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint from the Tap Room in San Diego

Pour was a golden brown color, had this after Lost Abbey Devotion, so did not really measure up to that, but still very good

Smell was more ctirus and had faint zestiness to it

Taste was fairly bitter for a Belgian, but this was a good thing

Could drink a lot of these

Hopefully Alesmith bottles this sometime too

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2007 21:09:53 | More by Floydster
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-26-2013 13:09:56 | More by petermethot
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-27-2012 02:15:40 | More by beerpadawan
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught @ Alesmith Brewing Company. Light orange. Fresh spicy aroma with hints of coriander, orange peel, sour fruits, butter toffee, wheat and yeast. A strong spice influence in the flavor with coriander and orange peel...Just a great Belgian style brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2006 05:02:27 | More by Crosling
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New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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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New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-12-2013 23:58:13 | More by smithj4
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2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
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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3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-26-2012 17:46:51 | More by brotherloco
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-16-2012 03:38:46 | More by tbeq00
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-16-2011 01:07:59 | More by codynevels
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-07-2014 03:32:51 | More by Kurmaraja
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

12-09-2012 22:54:01 | More by mychalg9
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-08-2013 18:38:28 | More by jvillefan
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-22-2012 16:16:43 | More by sd123
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District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: Very clean, deep golden color with dark hues. Subtle off white head with a healthy ring around the glass.

S: Cloves, yeast, banana and coriander. Floral with a nectar quality to it.

T: Very spicy with an interesting vanilla wake. More cloves and yeast like the smell eluded to. Its like a white beer but a bit maltier. More floral sensations. Pronounced grainy aftertaste with lingering banana notes.

M: Thing body but a silky mouthfeel.

D: Very easy drinking beer. Touch cloying as the banana flavors sit on the palate, but it was 100 degrees outside so anyting sugary becomes cloying.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2006 21:10:55 | More by Westsidethreat
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-08-2013 02:12:31 | More by rawfish
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-01-2014 23:53:41 | More by MastaShonuf
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-24-2014 18:35:32 | More by kbrown
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-08-2014 21:24:43 | More by Evan
AleSmith Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.