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AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

373 Reviews
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Reviews: 373
Hads: 906
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 107
Gots: 184 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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Photo of beerinspector1
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tastes great!
Really impressed, taste sipped here at Home & Away here in Old Town part of San Diego.
Will definitely seek this out.
Went on to purchase a pint and enjoyed every moment of it.
Definitely smooth and it's alcoholic content of 10% is a bonus, Alesmith has a definite winner. (286 characters)

Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a clear light goldenrod with half an inch of fizzy white head. Lots of lively carbonation bubbles throughout the brew makes it pleasant to look at but head fades very quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Huge whiffs of Belgian yeast, coriander, lemon and orange peel, initially. Then aromas of banana bread, white pepper, vanilla, and herbal earthy hops in the background.

T: Sweet malts, citrus, and banana all rush your palate initially, in the middle you find huge notes of coriander, peppercorn, vanilla, candi sugar, and apples. Finishes with some herbal spiciness, and some pine like hop bitterness with a noticeable alcohol flavor and warmth.

M: Light to medium bodied and highly carbonated. Slick with a slight dryness and alcohol warmth. Pretty easy drinking from a 10% abv.

O: A pleasantly easy drinking take on a BSPA. Nothing about this beer blew me away but everything about it was enjoyable. I could easily see myself being in the mood for this beer again and would highly recommend giving it a shot to any fan of the style. It's subtle complexities make it a solid brew that I feel like bigger fans of Belgian styles would absolutely love beer. (1,197 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, golden body with one finger head that quickly died. The aroma has strong notes of yeast and candi sugar along with minor notes of spices and lemony citrus. Light bodied, somehow it's creamy at times(??) and the beer is really smooth thanks to noticeable Belgian yeast strain. There is a balance between strong tastes of candi sugar and tropical fruit sweetness along with some spices and orange citric notes. Pick up a little alcohol and coriander spice in finish and there's a sharpness in finish thanks to lively carbonation. (546 characters)

Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a golden orange with a 3/4" wispy head that drops to about 1/8" after is sits and leave nice lacing.

a wet hay, fruity, earthy smell that is way out there.

tastes of yeast, light malts, coriander, little orange and other fruitiness.

smooth medium carbonation

overall a pretty good beer (295 characters)

Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice golden ale with small amount of head and a pleasant aroma I can't place. Taste is brilliant and feel is balanced.

I drank it slowly and it got better as it warmed, so try drinking it a bit warmer for a better taste. (222 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,744 characters)

Photo of jancona
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (917 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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. (339 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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. (234 characters)

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +24.7%

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. (851 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +1%

(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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of dontmentionit
1/5  rDev -75.1%

. 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. (155 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

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 (665 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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! (254 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (Also bottle sample in July 2015).

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. (637 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
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 (370 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of seand
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of Ego
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,230 characters)

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90 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.