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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

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2004)
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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
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hpthebull

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-14-2012 06:41:41 | More by hpthebull
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

08-05-2012 04:21:06 | More by mwayne
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
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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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-16-2012 03:38:46 | More by tbeq00
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KyleMA

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-27-2012 22:52:31 | More by KyleMA
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dmsohyea

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-22-2012 23:53:35 | More by dmsohyea
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brotherloco

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-26-2012 17:46:51 | More by brotherloco
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kojevergas

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -13%
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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ineva

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

03-18-2012 23:21:11 | More by ineva
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pmarlowe

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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rrryanc

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

01-06-2012 22:03:13 | More by rrryanc
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hawkmage

California

3/5  rDev -20.4%

12-31-2011 03:28:09 | More by hawkmage
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earitt

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-17-2011 19:59:44 | More by earitt
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codynevels

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-16-2011 01:07:59 | More by codynevels
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notchucknorris

California

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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HopHead84

California

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -5%
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 +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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pennywhistle

California

4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
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 +11.4%
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%
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 +6.9%
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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bulletrain76

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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
AleSmith Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.