AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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895 Ratings

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Ratings: 895
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 104
Gots: 172 | FT: 10
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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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Ratings: 895 | Reviews: 376
Reviews by mickeymac:
Photo of mickeymac
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many of Alesmith's high abv selections, it comes in a champagne style bottle wrapped with foil. It's golden-orange with a minimal white head and little carbonation. The smell and taste are subtle fruit with some spice and a generous dose of alcohol. I dedect a bit of apricot. Perhaps because of the low carbonation level, it seems to lack a bit of body. Alesmith does it right again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of steelerguy
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden color with amber hues, large head that has some staying power, and moderate carbonation.

S - Spicy and sweet with a bit of a tangy aroma..tart green apples come to mind.

T - Light malt, some peppery penols, the spices and yeast are spot on for a Belgian. Finishes with a little lemon like hop bitterness.

M - Very crisp, finishes dry, definitely some warmth from the alcohol, you are left wanting another sip...impressive for an 11% beer.

D - Good looks, good aroma, good taste, great mouthfeel...what is not to like!?

Photo of ROBORB
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to the Mike. Thanks brother!

Poured into a tulip this beer produced a nice orange haze with a 3 finger white head. It smells of citrus and lemon. The taste is pretty complex. At first you get the lemon presence and then it melds into the malt and sugar to form a nice crisp finish. The carbonation is perfect for this type of beer. I could not detect any alcohol while drinking this so be weary when you open one by yourself. I could see this one aging wonderfully if kept in the right conditions. Wonderful beer and highly recommended!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, the beer was a golden color with a thick white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, and peppery spice. However, the aroma didn't do justice to the taste. Fruit, cotton candy, funky yeast, spice, pepper. Although it's 11% ABV, you wouldn't notice it. Very smooth and lively. Need to have more of these.

Photo of Beaver13
2.58/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a fizzy creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is wheaty cereal malts with coriander and soapy, floral spices and some soft fruit and earthy belgian yeast.

The flavor is sweet wheaty malts and spice (coriander and chamomile), some earthiness and a medium bitter alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, sweet with a lot of spice (coriander, floral, chamomile) and a bit of alcohol.

Photo of Jason
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint 9 oz champagne magnum that is corked capped and foiled. From their web site the reddish foil denotes that this is the 2001 vintage.

Appearance: Thin but fluffy white lace, decent retention. Slightly hazed with a golden orange going on copper colour.

Smell: Orange blossom honey and coriander, peaches and pears perfume through the nostrils. Sweet estery alcohols have an underlying spiciness. Hint of yeast is powdery and lightly nutty with some earthiness also.

Taste: Medium to full in body, creamy and slick mouth feel. Carbonation is at a moderate level but still holds the crispness. Alcohol is noticeable from the get go. Esters are quite flamboyant with both spicy and fruity sweet flavours. Peppery with tropical fruit flavours, vague pineapple and a peach-mango mix keep things on the complex side and give a slight wine-like impression. Hops are there with a bitterness and bitterness only, light but spicy. Phenols are there but slightly restrained, trace medicinal flavours are noticeable. Malt flavours are sweet and to a point close to syrupy, honey-like flavours with very light caramel and shortbread flavours within. Alcohol is warming to the body, earthy in the back with light yeasty flavours and remnants of the esters and phenols.

Notes: What effort put into this ale, richly complex with such a lush and complex character. Big on sweetness but the other attributes of this brew hold up strong to keep it in check. Other than the head lacking, perhaps from the carbonation being a tad low, this beer is near perfection.

Photo of merlin48
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml red foiled bottle, thanks to a trade with brewdlyhooked13. Served into a tulip glass at cellar tempaerature.
Appearance: Pours a clear, caramel amber body that clouds up with subsequent pours. Offwhite, almond hued head never rises over a finger in height, but retains well and leaves behind some patch and sheet lace, as well as a persistent collar.

Aroma: Wow! This one is a delight to the olfactory senses. Lots of tropical fruits to enjoy here, with guava, pineapple, coconut, banana, and lime. Orangepeel, coriander, white and black peppper, add a spicy array, and some yeast is represented by some old wool blanket.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation contributes to a velvety mouthfeel, atop a full medium body.

Taste: Mirrors the aroma for the most part, with more orangepeel, lime, some bubblegum candy sugar, and some syrupy fruit sweetness. Pepper is hotter than the aroma suggests, and the coriander is difficult to ignore. Alcohol is well concealed, except for some minor medicinal notes. Hop and yeast bitterness offer up a pleasant balance to the dominant fruit sweetness. Pineapple emerges as the dominant taste toward the finish, but bitter orangepeel and coriander make up the aftertaste.

Impression: Very well constructed, and more Belgian in character than I expected. I've been very impressed with the handful of Alesmith brews I've been fortunate to sample, and this one is certainly a winner. Wish I could find these in Kentucky, Tennessee, or southwestern Virginia.

Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, foiled, capped and w/o freshness/vintage info....Pours clear w/o nearly the expected carbonation for the style, quite minor head, just a thin film, but leaving plenty of fine, intricate lacing upon a gentle swirl. Tons of very tiny bubbles continuing to rise to the top. Nose is lightly of fresh fruits, with alcohol, and coriander. Tasty, clearly high quality offering, light coriander, mintyness, some warming alcohol, juniper, anise, complexity is impressive. Another stunner from AleSmith, what is in that San Diego water? Go and get some if you can find it in your local area.

Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: one inch head, high carbonation, hazy, orange-yellow in color

Smell: lemon, orange, and cardamom

Taste: lemon, orange, candied sugar, toasted malt, alcohol, and cardamom

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, high carbonation, sweet with a bitter alcohol backbone

Drinkability: Decent for the style but not spectacular. It feels like an enhanced version of the style. This one is complex, but not one I am likely to get again.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is great. I get a lot of coriander, oranges, white pepper and yeast. The flavor is more of the same with some alcohol (it is quite boozy), Belgian yeast, coriander, wheat and orange juice. This tastes like a Belgian White on steroids, but it is not a coriander bomb like a lot of the Double Whites I have tried in the past. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of magictrokini
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours darker gold with a short-lived bubbly head. Aroma full of yeast, bread, apples, and coriander. Very smooth motuhfeel and taste. Nice balance between the Candi sugar and fruity tartness. Trippel-like yeastiness with more of an alcoholic back. Very enjoyable.

Photo of dwvarner77
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a lovely deep hazy orange or apricot color, with a slight head that quickly recedes to an intermittent coating.
a good orange/coriander aroma, with a hint of hop spice behind that. i would certainly purchase a horny devil air freshener for my truck.
the flavor is a bright, strong orange off the bat, but that gives way to a strong sickly sweetness something along the lines of a golden raisin, not what i was hoping for here. the adjunct sugar is clearly present, and i wouldn't say it's a positive attribute. there's a slight lemony finish in there, but it was overpowered by that sweetness.
the mouthfeel was thick, syrupy, not that good, in my opinion. no real carbonation in the mouthfeel.
The aroma on this one got my hopes up, but it was too sweet and syrupy for my tastes. I would have preferred a more dry, lighter flavor with a more active carbonation to compliment the coriander.
Drinkablility is ok, but honestly I'd rather sit and enjoy the smell on this one than drink it. Just doesn't float my particular boat, I guess.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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 pat61
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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 ehammond1
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear light golden with a small whtie head that leaves irregular lines of lace down the glass.

The aroma is a nice one, though the yeast isn't as present as I would have imagined. There's a bit of citrus, some grass, and mild Belgian yeast character.

The flavor is a mild, nice combination of bread, mild Belgian yeast, mild citrus, some grass, and earth. There's also some white grape flavor a well.

Medium bodied with moderate/high carbonation. The alcohol is very well integrated and hidden. Light and incredibly drinkable for such high ABV.

A nice, drinkable Belgian pale, and the huge ABV is hidden remarkably well.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 07/03/13.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty and zesty fruit driven Belgian aroma. Belgian yeast upfront with hints of funk, clove, peppers, and some sweet candied sugar. Good hints of coriander spicing. Fruit esters of banana, pear, apple, and white grape along with citrus fruit hints of orange, pineapple, lemon zest, apricot, and slight mango. Pale malt with hints of grains, crackers, and biscuit. Slight honey like sweetness as well. Light hints of earthy and floral hops. A very good Belgian style aroma.

Taste: As zesty and good as the aroma, a big taste of fruit notes and spicy yeast. Upfront Belgian yeast with some funk and notes of clove, peppers, and a good dose of coriander spicing. Sweet Belgian candied sugar. Lots of fruit esters with notes of bananas, white grape, pear, apple, and citrus notes of orange, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, and apricot. Slight note of honey. Bready pale malt with notes of grains, biscuit, crackers, and slight caramel. Nicely earthy with some subtle hops in the background. A little taste of the alcohol. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and fairly prickly. Pretty smooth and the alcohol heat is pretty mild.

Overall: A very good take on a Strong Belgian Pale Ale. Very good spice and fruit flavors. Pretty smooth for its size and ABV.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden honey tone with a suprisingly thin white head leaves specks of lacing quite disappointing appearance. Aroma: Rich complex honey tinged fruit tones tropical fruit like some pineapple and mango type flow. Taste: Very sweet with the alcohol leaving it's mark on the palate very heavy in the plethora of flavor going on here with rich syrupy notes of pear, mango, and pineapple comes a dry finish. The sweetness is this beers primary flavor attribute but also one that cuts back on the drinkability. Mouthfeel: I would say medium bodied ale with a lot of texture from the syrupy fruit a bit cloying due to the sweetness. Drinkability: Very tasty and flavorful however the lack of carbonation takes away from the crispness turning into a strong alcoholic syrup, it's better than that but I am quite disappointed from this offering from Alesmith. The IPA, ESB, and X were fantastic so far just a lot of rich flavors take away from the drinkability here.

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of OStrungT
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden brown with a white head that fades very slowly leaving a lot of laces. It smells slightly spicy. It also smells slightly honey like. Not much in the way of hops. I hate to say it since I like most AleSmith beers, but I am not too fond of the aroma of this beer. This beer tastes quite syrupy. It is very sweet. Very sweet. I taste alcohol. It is very strong. It has a malty taste. Almost Barley Wine like. I detect some spicy like flavors to it. This beer is carbonated well. It leaves an alcohol like aftertaste. This beer is quite aggressive. I dont think this beer would make a good session beer. It is quite alcoholic and the aggressive flavor might be a bit much. This beer is good to try, but dont go out of your way.

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Blue Palms in Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear honey-copper color with a half-finger light beige head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of loads of light fruits - mostly pears - with a good amount of caramel malt aromas.

Tastes very good. Sweet caramel malt flavors are joined almost immediately by sugar-coated pears and apricots. The ending has a surprising amount of bitterness, though it's still only mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could have entirely too many of this 11% beer.

Overall this is another very good beer from AleSmith, certainly worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- Even with a rigorous pour this beer only manages a little mesh of snow white bubbles as a head. The body is a light brown crystal clear with tiny bubbles gliding through it. There are some small jetsam swirling around like a snow globe in the body.

S- This beer has a light perfumed candy note and hints of apple blossoms. The finish has a green note but it is not really strong enough to call it hops.

T- This beer has a light apple juice note that is followed by a smooth honey and white sugar note. There is a light toast note that comes through when it warms. The finish is a note of fresh ground coriander seed hint with green herbal flavors and an alcohol taste that is light but fusel in nature.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with an alcohol bite that cleans the finish.

D- This beer is simple but has a great flavor. Even though it has lots of sweet flavors it is not syrupy sweet and the flavors are very subtle. The alcohol does play in the flavor but it is really smooth for such high alcohol content.

Photo of watermelonman
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice deep gold with a small head that didn't last long. Lace is minimal.

The smell is nice and strong but coriander and spice are so powerful that nothing else can come through. It doesn't dominate the taste, however. Pale malt, esters, and a bit of alcohol are all present. Spice and coriander come strong in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly sharp while drinkability is great for the alcoholic content.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a pretty golden pumpkin orange in the glass with a half finger white head that melted to merely a white ring of lacing.
Aromas are soft belguim yeasts, pepper and corriander spices, and oranges.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy while very tingly from the tiny carbonation bubbles throughout.
Taste is sweet candied pale malts, bread dough, oranges, corriander, and white pepper spices.
Aftertaste leaves you with sugar and orange peel plus something a little stale...I think the alcohol and yeast reminents.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to Cuzco for sending this my way.

A: Upon opening there was a massive bubble explosion, tons of carbonation. The beer poured a hazy orange with a billowy white head with good retention and lacing. A little bit of sediment floating in the beer.

S: Spicy/fruity aroma, with lemon, grass, and apple. A little bit pepper and coriander for spices.

T: Similar to the aroma, with the apple being the strongest flavor. Some lemon and spices round it out - coriander and pepper again.

M: Medium bodied with very high carbonation, slight booze presence, but dry, reminded me of a dry white wine in mouthfeel almost.

O: Pretty good, a nice change of pace, but something I probably won't revisit.

Photo of jmz62565
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden orange with a white head thats alittle on the small side. The lacing is lacking and the head disappears abit quickly making this Ok looking. The smell is pungent with coriander, candy sugar, and lemon,not bad,but nothing fantastic. The taste is almost thick and creamy with coriander, lemon,wheat,candy sugar, and mixed citrus zest. The m/f is very good with a medium creamy feel and a great mixture of flavors. A good beer that hides the alcohol well,but is lacking in some qualities that make Belgians great.

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AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
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