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AleSmith Lil' Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 121
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.95% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2004

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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 121
Photo of charlzm
2.87/5  rDev -25.6%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (425 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of sleazo
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
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 (454 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed November 26, 2006. On tap at AleSmith. Light orange cream aroma, bold with floral herbs. Some bright esters coming from the bold yeast character. Pour of orangish gold. Wispy sweet caramel and lightly profused citrus spice qualities. Acerbic and certain with lemon, from both rind, pith and juice. Nicely down, however a little cloying and yeasty at the backend for me. (389 characters)

Photo of freed
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served on tap in a pint glass at the hotel bar of the Marriott in Del Mar. Golden orange colored beer with a whispy white head on top. Nice looking beer for sure.

Smell: Very sweet malty nose with a bit of fruity/berry scent at the end. This beer has a very juicy and enticing aroma.

Taste: Just like the nose, and then some. The flavor opens strong with a chewy bread flavor. The malt is backed by lots of nice, fruity esters. Faint flavors of raspberries, strawberries, and apple. Crisp and clean. The beer ends with a great but small hop bitterness to balance the beer out. It is much stronger on the sweet and malty side than on the bitter side.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and tacky on the palate. Lingering sweetness make the aftertaste very nice.

Drinkability: I could drink this beer all day. It paired very nicely with the cheese plate we ordered. Bold, dry cheeses paired better than soft and mold cheeses. A very tasty beer that I will gladly order again if I find it. (993 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Stone's Bistro in Escondido, CA

A- clear golden straw, taunt 1" white head with good retent, tight tiny bubbles, elegant

S- clean, floral and malty

T- semisweet malt, grain husk, clean, elegant, grassy, hints of lemon, simple and mellow

M- medium body, carbonation felt but blends beautifully, crisp

D- mellow and tasty Belgian brew, not a fan of Belgians but this is a wonderful brew, sessionable (411 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Straw yellow with a fluffy white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Citrus, apricot, and pears, with some Belgian yeast

Taste: Apricot, peach, spicy yeast, some citrus, and some light malt on the end

Feel: Light body, full carbonation

Overall: This seems to be a looked over beer in AleSmith's lineup due to how sought out the Speedway Stout and IPA are. I think this warrants more attention than it gets, and I would certainly get it again (448 characters)

Photo of bulletrain76
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Standard yellow, pale ale appearance with minimal head. The carbonation was ok, and I didn't notice lacing, but it may have occured.

Smell: This was pretty much all hops for the aroma. Slightly piney and quite floral.

Taste: Very nice malt backbone to the taste, along with apple and some strong spices. Sweet and complex, but not overly rich.

Mouthfeel: This was very smooth and very fulfilling on the palate. Lighter bodied, but an even consistency that rounded out the experience.

Drinkability: I found this easily quaffable and was sad to leave before having more. I could probably spend the day with this brew and not get bored. (657 characters)

Photo of SShelly
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of SwillinBrew
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hollingshead.

A nice slight cloudy honey-amber color filled my glass with a good size of white creamy head. The scent was very phenolic, bananas, vannilla and just fruity. The taste was like a cross of a pale and a wit with spice, nutmeg and fruits. Very delicious and just deep in flavor.

I didnt expect this little brother of a beer to be so well done. It is and i'll be searching this one out to add to my frig. (430 characters)

Photo of audiojon
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of fbinla
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of rather
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of WaXHeLL
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,126 characters)

Photo of pennywhistle
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (252 characters)

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AleSmith Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.