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AleSmith Lil' Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Lil' DevilAleSmith Lil' Devil

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86
very good

62 Reviews
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Reviews: 62
Hads: 167
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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: 62 | Hads: 167
Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a large snifter (Duvel), on tap at Concordia Ale House

Appearance - light auburn with no head
Smell - Faint malty aroma, spicy
Taste - crisp & clean, a little fruitiness
Mouthfeel - very smooth, warm and engaging on the tongue
Drinkability - very enjoyable - my wife said she really liked it, too

If I ranked on a 1-10 scale, I'd give it a 9.

Hope it stays on tap at our pub - I'd like more!

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Photo of Floydster
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of justintcoons
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance
Pale apricot yellow with a short white head that dissipates quickly. Hazy with light carbonation.

Nose
Banana, pear, golden apple, and light phenols.

Taste
Follows the nose. Banana, pear, and banana peel. Golden apple and tangy apricot. Light phenols with a touch of pink peppercorn.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, refreshing, and quaffable.

Overall
Simple, smooth, mellow, and quaffable.

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Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Crosling
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
2.87/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with little head. The nose is typically funky. The flavor profile is less funky than the nose might indicate. The body is solid.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: Dec. 30, 2015
Consumed: Dec. 29, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured an orangeish, pale, hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy, white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Poor wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled Belgian cloves, coriander, banana, peppery spices, orange peel, Circus Peanuts and some grassy malts. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted not quite as good as the nose, but still getting similar notes. Got Belgian cloves, coriander, orange peel, citra zest, Belgian peppery spices, apple, wet banana chips, green grapes and maybe some honey. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Spicy finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This was a pretty decent Belgian Pale Ale. I’d have it again. (Overall - 3.75)

3.76 | 85 | B+

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very aptly named brew. Duuvel means devil. This is a little duuvel.

It's a very pretty brew - deep golden with just a bit of fizz, mostly translucent but not transparent. The aroma is pronounced but not overpowering. It's a hoppy yeasty smell as it should be, on the hoppy side. The taste is dry and hoppy but not overly so and not bitter. It's a very nice balance. At first blush, it's like a duuvel, but quickly you realize it doesn't pack the hidden punch that the big boy has. The aftertaste is mild but lingers long. It is the most yeasty part of the taste, like I would expect from a Belgian.

This is an outstanding brew and would be great to serve with a big dinner - your guests won't get wasted. Unfortunately, it is pretty rare in these parts, but I would highly recommend it to anyone anywhere.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was bottled on 9/28/15

Pours golden yellow with a slight haze. Skinny head of loose bubbles that fell fast. Nose is fruity and sweet with a bit of crackery malt. A clean lemony herbal, distinctive floral, ;light scent of pear, citrusy back notes and coriander. Taste is sweet and there is a mild spice. Phenols are lightly in the background. It's lightly breaddy a bit sticky and finishes effervescent and a touch sweet. Hops are moderately bitter although they never really come too far forward. Light pepper to finish medium dry. Vague frutiness light pear I am not tasting any orange peel.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; golden colored; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: coriander, pepper, orange, and lemon;

T: ;more coriander that anything all the way through; pepper in the background with orange behind that; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated; dry finish, but it takes a few seconds to get there;

O: not much malt character, but nice to drink;

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Photo of ksimons
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A hazy golden yellow color with a thin layer of white head that disappears to leave a light lacing around the top. Smells of sweet fruits, sugar, pale malts, and yeast. Taste is a pale malt body with banana, yeast
Medium body, crisp carbonation. Overall a bit too sweet but a decent take on the style.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of sleazo
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
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

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of freed
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of jrsaffert
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale gold with white head.

Nose is fruity with a hint of pepper.

Taste is a little bit of bready malt base that is covered up by the fruity esters. banana, some citrus, little apricot. Some spice notes too, especially in the mid palate and finish.

Medium-light body. Fairly dry finish, but not as dry as a typical tripel.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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AleSmith Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.