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AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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880 Ratings
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Ratings: 880
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 105
Gots: 173 | FT: 11
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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Ratings: 880 | Reviews: 373
Photo of biegaman
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, clean, golden, and bubbly - Horny Devil definitely looks desirable. If that kind of appearance doesn't put you in the mood for a beer, well, then there's something wrong with you. I'll take the high road on any "head" jokes but, seriously, retention is fabulous.

There's enough spicy coriander on the nose to make my eyes cross. So fragrant is this perfume that I suspect ginger and white pepper have helped even though I know they didn't. Lemon zest is another ingredient I'd bet my left testicle was added, even if the brewery says it wasn't.

The taste, correspondingly, has a Shandy-esque profile that, for such a strong beer (10%) is oddly reminiscent of lemonade and, funny enough, could almost serve as a hot-weather quencher - or at least it's done so fantastically on this sunny, humid May afternoon.

Mind you, all other times I've tried Horny Devil I remarked a sweet, overly strong ale that was frankly a little bit of a challenge to drink. What before tasted like a saccharine, superficial, poorly-executed attempt at replicating a Belgian ale, today tastes like a wonderfully creative recipe in its own right.

There's so much zest and life in this recipe that, despite considerable aging, this beer tastes fresh and animated. Still perky with effervescence and vivacious with spice, I'd never know this bottle just celebrated its second birthday. I'm extremely impressed with how well this has held up.

I wouldn't class Horny Devil in the same category as other Duvel-inspired Belgian Strong Ales (domestic or imported) but I have scored it just as highly. True to its name it's an attractive, alluring, satisfying ale that you'll be happy comes in the large-size serving. Definitely put a night aside to enjoy it.

Photo of jancona
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foam dissipates in about 2 seconds and no lacing - too bad. Smell is dried apricots, banana taffy, white pepper, coriander - nice! Flavor is more of a juicy orange with a hint of banana, followed by a sweet spice and dry hop finish. Feel has a nice carbonation which was a pleasant surprise since there is not a touch of foam.
Not much to look at, but tastes mighty nice.

Photo of dank203
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

lot of light lemony and peppery notes, little alcohol thru the nose, really clean

Photo of founddrama
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious golden Belgian tripel. Mildly lemony on the finish but not citrusy either.

Photo of johnfantonius
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect Belgian Pale Ale very floral

Photo of dcmchew
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shiny golden pour, small foamy white head that recedes quickly.
Smells really nice, sweet bubblegum fruitiness, with apple, cherry plum, pear and some quince shining. Nice floral notes and lots of honey, spicy peppery yeasts, herbs, really fresh, almost like a saison.
So tasty, lots of orchard fruit and honey (as if it was added). Lots of apple, pear, quince, faint persimmon, apricot with a bit of alcohol and glazed in tons of spicy acacia honey. Yeasts are soft, but really spicy, with big coriander (obviously), pepper, lemongrass, clove. Some nice hop, a bit minty too in the finish, with a mild bitterness and a long spicy finish.
Aftertaste is really rich, lots of spices, lingering fruit and a bit of sweetness too. Alcohol too, but entirely bearable. Medium body and carbonation.
This is really so much better than many beers in this style from Belgium. Really authentic-feeling, really tasty. Really cool.

Photo of KccoVaper
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer

Photo of flyingpig
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage (750ml) from Brewdog's Online Shop:
Another brilliant beer from AleSmith, the quality really shows through with this one and it is remarkably easy to drink despite the fact it comes in at 11% abv. and is packed with flavour. It's more fruity than I was expecting but the balance is great and the carbonation is perfect, helping the beer down far too easily for the strength of the beer. Simply put, this one is a must try for any beer fan and one that was well worth the very expensive price tag - definitely a beer that has aged well since I picked it up a couple of years ago.

Photo of KYGunner
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The nose represents Belgian yeast with a lot of spicy clove, peppercorn, light banana, bubblegum and an earth tone.

The bottle suggests this be served between 50 and 55F and it is spot on. Too cold and it was just too clovey but as it warmed the sweetness came out. The banana was nice and it has a bit of bubblegum but the yeasty fungus earth tones are not my favorite.

Photo of Flounder57
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, spice, powdery yeast, Belgian candy, wheaty, bready, and pale malts.

Taste: You get a lot more of the bready notes and warming alcohol in the taste. Nice coriander and powdery yeast too.

Mouthfeel: Drinks light for a 10% beer. Refreshing, chewy, medium bodied, a little dry, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. Got better with time and warming up to room temperature too. I will revisit this one again sometime in the future.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle tasted blindly at a Better Beer Authority shoot, 2013 vintage, do outed into a BBA large bottom snifter, drank over 30 minutes

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

APPEARANCE - Cloudy orange with a 2-finger head that lasts. Good lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, piney, herbaceous.

TASTE - Hoppy, piney, herbaceous, a little sweet. ABV well-hidden. A bit closer to an IPA than to a Belgian Ale.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - A bit of carbonation.

VALUE - Reasonable.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Very quaffable.

Photo of Celtics17
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

This is a big flavorful beer. It's a Belgian all the way through. Banana is the biggest taste I get. It's lovely all the way, along with small orange notes. This Belgian Strong Pale Ale has a nice refreshing , and sweet fruit quality.

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +23.5%

I have had this a month old and have aged it 2 and three years and it is always good.
Nose: fruit, apricot to pineapple, orange, a hint of banana, slightly sweet.
Pours orange tinted amber with a slight haze under a bone white 1" fluffy foam cap. Lacy and has legs.
Palate: Initial sweetness dissolves into honey and a range of fruit flavors such as apricot, pineapple, melon, and peach riding of a malt backbone with a light caramel touch and a light hop accent on the finish.
AleSmith has nailed the Belgian Strong Pale Ale texture achieving a very rich, creamy texture, a medium light to medium body that belies the level of alcohol, depth of yeast flavors and complex malt action in the beer. The carbonation is fine and soft and above average. It has an underlying sweetness balanced by the alcohol and light hop touch. In no way is it cloying.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev 0%

(4.00) A: Orangish-brass coloring with a good clarity revels a fine misty rise of effervesce within. An eggshell white head at 2 inches height shows a strong rate of retention while being mostly lasting throughout the course of the drink. A near complete sheet lace coating suffocates the inner vessel walls.

(3.75) S: The nose brought forth a touch of wet lemony grapefruit, dry wheat grains with some sugary citrus. A bit of dry candy sugar sweetness and alcohol followed by some dry belgian yeastiness upon warming.

(4.05) T: Tart apple flavor, some spicy cinnamon alcohol, fruitiness of cantelope, and a banana yeastiness . Semi-dry pear, dry spicy belgian hop warmth with some cloves. Things conclude with hints of soft lemony and woodsy pine-pepper with a very delicate hop offering.

(3.85) M: Frothy mouthful, spicy warm hop and alcohol glow, tart and lightly dry.

(4.05) O: Overall a great belgian pale, spicy, dry hop and alcohol glow with a very delicate and balanced sense of hops and spiciness.

Photo of dontmentionit
1/5  rDev -75.3%

. Poured a hazy golden with almost no head. Was way to sweet for my taste in this style. My girlfriend who loves moscato and other sweet wines loved this.

Photo of SebD
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy pale golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of belgian yeast, coriander, lemon, bananas, some pepper and faint cloves.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some belgian yeast, coriander, some lemon, cloves, bananas and peppery spices.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Great example of the style. I would buy this regularly if I had access to it.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of elNopalero
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was deceptively strong.

It pours a clear golden color. There’s a light aroma with a bit of an estery aroma to it. I found it sweetly flavored with an orange blossom characteristic shining through. I had enjoyed it thoroughly, felt it afterwards!

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Lady Alehouse on the 4th of July in San Diego.

Appearance: Excellent clarity in the amber body. Small but semi-durable white head. Head leaves some sticky streaks and spots on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet biscuits, yeast and faint tropical notes.

Flavor: Fruity, slightly tart, mildly bitter. Banana and clove evident, as is the higher ABV. Seemed to have a narrow tempeature range for optimal flavor and balance. Moderate complexity. Relatively good finish and aftertaste.

Feel: Light-medium body with medium+ carbonation. ABV mostly evident.

O: true Belgian style and quality.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank form my Ciney sniffer.

A - Pours the classic straw slightly cloudy colour. Head that is white and laces well after reducing.

S - Spice and sugars

T - Nice and spicy up front with some Belgian malts mid palate. The finish is again spicy with some boozy notes.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - A decent try at a Belgian Pale but does not beat the real thing

Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up locally and enjoyed from a horny devil snifter.

Brew pours a murky orange with a thin bubbly head that bubbles away quick. Nose is fairly fruity with big coriander notes and Belgian candied yeast. Not a classic BSPA, but not a huge departure...just a bit heavy on the sweet for the nose. As for the flavor, the sweetness comes through, but e fruitiness is more present and balances things out...although this definitively falls on the sweeter side of the spectrum for the style. Some bubble gum notes and phenolic booze on the finish. Drinks fairly nice and even without a lot of carbonation. Overall, not bad at all. A bit sweet with heavy handed coriander.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich deep golden color with fantastic clarity. A quarter inch thick white head rests on top with a bit of Brussels lacing. Fantastic aroma of coriander, pears, pale malt, and Belgian Strong Ale yeast greets my nose. The mouth is moderately carbonated and fairly dry. I get pale malt and Belgian Strong Ale yeast on the front of the palate and then an appropriate burst of coriander in the follow through. It's so easy to do overkill on the aroma and flavor of coriander, but they nailed it on this one.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2011 Vintage.

A - Pours crystal clear medium bright gold color with tones of cascading bubbles and a one fingered creamy, white frothy head that sticks on top without dying down.

S - Very dry and musty, fruity lemon, spicy, crackery aroma.

T - Very, very tart on the first several sips until the palate starts to adjust and then starts to subside. Nice lemon and coriander spiciness, pears, white grapes, and crackery dry malt. There is alcohol effervescence on the back end but never to the point where it creates heat on the way down.

M - Heavy medium body and very gentle carbonation, very dry on the finish.

O - A very solid beer, would love to compare this one to a more recent bottling date.

Photo of seand
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden amber with a fair amount of fizzy white head. This dissipates quickly to just a ring around the glass, leaving reasonable lacing.

S: Honey, cloves, and spices, with a slight phenolic note.

T: Medium intensity mouth coating sweetness, with yeasty spicy grainy overtones. The yeast comes forward through the finish. The booze is hinted at, but hidden.

M: Medium body, but coats the mouth. Medium carbonation.

Overall, very very good. Nice balance, and while there are hints that this is as boozy as it is, they are well hidden; dangerously drinkable.

Photo of Ego
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

eyes...
loud sizzle on this puppy, the head vaporizes in a flash, bright and golden glowing, lots of disorganized carbonation is running clumsily around the glass, a thin layer of foam sticks around due to the furious pace of carbonation, decent enough looking

nose...
dry and musty with very light hints of tropical fruit, kind of reminds me of chardonnay or something of that ilk, nothing over whelming and nothing off putting

taste etc...
alot of belgian style ales go a little much into the spice flavor for me, not here, really super smooth, and where o where are you hiding the ABV? I feel it but damn it is no where in the flavor, you get just a hint of the coriander in the finish which balances nicely with a slight bitterness and ever so slight candy sugar tone, in a way this is a very subdued beer... but I really like it for that. in terms of mouth feel it drinks super smooth, the carbonation is subtle (and from looks you might have been expecting a mess in that department)

verdict?
I don't often drink belgian style ales... but when I do...
but then again I am about the least interesting man...
this stuff is super solid, it drinks ultra slick and watch out for that ABV. a damn well rounded beer.

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AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
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