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AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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802 Ratings

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 95
Gots: 129 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001)
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Photo of DaveHS
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and straw-colored. Pours with a rich, foamy head that
recedes quickly, and leaves minimal soapy lacing.
Spicy and fruity, with plenty of coriander and notes of peach, grape,
and citrus. Mouthfeel is thin and fine, with high carbonation. Horny
Devil's effervescence works well against the dry coriander. Sweet
caramel malts and bready, toasted grain flavors in the finish. I enjoyed this one. Don't think I'd want to drink it too often, though. Getting through a bottle by myself was an undertaking.

DaveHS, May 23, 2010
Photo of Sixpoint
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep amber color, almost brown.

An aroma of alcohol, spicy phenolic esters. I also get an abundance of malt, bread, and a sweet toffee aroma.

Candy-apple sweet toffee crunch surprise in the palate.

Low carbonation and a full-bodied flaovr. The sweetness is cut by hops and spice.

Finished malty and spicy. LIttle hop flavor in this one. Real warming in the finish. Fantastic holiday beer.

Sixpoint, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours gold, 2 fingers of white head, whih dissipates slow and leaves light lacing. It's slightly cloudy too.

S - Coriander, clove, honey, and very flowery.

T - Similar to the smell, but also has lemony esters and some pilsener flavor.

M - Full-bodied, lots of belgian funk goodness, malt dominated, and good overall.

D - Very good. Unique in comparison to most strong ales and complex.

LiquidBread219, May 21, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a blonde yellow, with an average white head, with very good lacing.

S: Estery, pears and bananas.

T: On first sip, you are hit with a heavy pear ester flavour that dominates the drink at first, but then evolves in to a malt and apple tasting drink, with a bit of hops at the end and peppery spice, with a slight medicinal character.

M: Smooth and refreshing with a nice bite.

D: A very good BSPA, you'd never know it was 11.00% alc./vol, there's virtually no alcohol taste at all, a very good production.

Halcyondays, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of kawilliams81
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a hazy honey color with a 2" frothy white head. Thick wall lacing that resides quickly.

S- very sweet honey and fruits, lemon, coriander and other spices.

T- sweet honey, lemon and oranges, coriander and spices, and some bitter citrus zest.

M- medium body and carbonation. Fairly effervescent and crisp.

O- very nice beer, more sweet than most Belgian pales but still has some crisp bitterness to it.

kawilliams81, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of bbkd3b
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass (purchased by mistake by my wine-drinking mother... silly her!)

A: Not too bad looking, really. The color is golden and hazy, the head starts off a good 1-finger thick but then dissipated on me pretty quickly. The second glass had good lacing, probably poured the first one too cold.

S: Nice smell. First thing I notice with these Belgians: the yeast. It's there, along with a bit of sugar, bread, and lemon. Good combination that somehow made my nose smile.

T: Darn good, I'll tell you that! Real sweet when it hits the tongue. I'm talking a nice sugar flavor, but when I let it sit, the lemon took over. Then it finished with a spiciness and a little alcohol. Complex and in a good way. Yum yum!

M: Medium body with heavy carbonation. On the better side of good, really.

D: Good stuff that is only hurt by it's 11% ABV. I'm all done with it.... I wish I had more :(

Overall/notes: This was a Christmas gift, and a real good one at that! I love Belgian-style beers, and this is one keeps me in line. The second glass was better than the first, probably because it was warmer. Tasty stuff. I hope to meet this beer, once more, in the near future.

bbkd3b, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of philbe311
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Voluminous four fingers worth of big chunky airy pure snow white colored head with a very rocky top... Actively and visibly fades away until showing impressive retention at a little over a fingers worth at which point some rich creaminess appears... The color is a medium gold with a very slight haziness... Loaded with small bubbled briskly paced carbonation throughout... A slight bit of lacing clings to the3 glass...

S - Stellar nose right off of the bat... Belgian yeast... Honey... Some light candied sugar... The coriander notes are present but faint... Some slight wheat notes... Wonderful balance and complexity... They really should make a cologne or air freshener out of this one... Stellar...

T - Belgian yeast from the get go... Hints of honey and candied sugars that come and go quickly... A brisk wheat spiciness... An herbal spiciness rises on the finish that a mix of coriander and pepper notes that continues to linger for a while... Some booze and medicinal notes mixed as well...

M - Medium bodied... Dense... Slightly sticky... Light prickly carbonation... Lush to start... Dry to finish...

D - I have never ever been let down by Alesmith... They continually deliver with each subsequent beer I try and this is no exception... A sipper with lots of character... An assertive and complex Belgian Strong Pale Ale... The nose is world class and all other facets are beyond very good... Highly recommend... Nicely done...

philbe311, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of MJR
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dull orange with gold highlights. Clarity is pretty good, with just a bit of chill haze and the yeast left in the bottom of the bottle. There's not much of a head to speak of, even with an aggressive pour, just a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Strong coriander presence with lots of honey. A bit vinous... There's a fair amount of fruitiness, of which pear is the most obvious component. Slight peppery spiciness. Hint of earthy yeast, with a shot of alcohol.

Taste: Slighty sweet, with lots of coriander, honey, and pear showing up first to the party, followed by more spicy fruit and a touch of nutty, bready yeast. Hefty alcohol undercurrent, which delivers a nice warmth. A touch of a phenolic character shows up late. Not much activity in the hop department, just a faint bitterness that provides a bit of balance. Interestingly enough, the flavors are integrated well, but not so much that they aren't easy to pick out one by one.

Mouthfeel: This brew has a medium mouthfeel that tends to feel a bit syrupy due to the lighter carbonation. Very round and full. Ends dry from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Fair drinkability. This is a very well done brew, but it's high alcohol prevents it from being anything but a nightcap.

Another great beer from Alesmith...not as good as the other ones I've had, but still a winner...

MJR, May 08, 2003
Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a thin, white head that quickly recedes to a very slight ring and a small island in the center. The beer is a lighter orange-amber in color when held up to the light.

smell: Moderately sweet candy sugars, lightly toasted and pale Belgian malts, and orangey coriander take the lead. A nice ethanol note is found alongside some herbals (light mint, pineapple sage, thyme...maybe even some distant rosemary) and a hint of dark rum. Pulpy fruits including apricot, peach, banana, kiwi, cherry, pineapple, and coconut are found. Along with the ethanol, a moderate Belgian hop aroma provides a good counter of the big sweetness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a low, smooth medium. The body is slick and heavy. Could use either a little more carbonation or a slightly thinner body, but it works out okay.

taste: Sweet, lightly toasted malts upfront with an obvious flavor of coriander...maybe even a little more than I'd like, but not cloying. Nice, slightly toasted malt flavors with big candy sugar. Notes of mushy, overripe tropical fruits and a slight white pepper are found. The papery Belgian hop flavor is light, and gives a lighter bitterness that helps clean up the sweetness a little after the swallow. In the finish, a coriander flavor lingers on the tongue with a sticky malt sweetness and an herbal bread flavor. Ok, the smell was great, and the flavor is good, but it could definately stand to lose a little sweetness. Very close to a 4.5 for taste, but the high sweetness kills some of the complexity for me.

drinkability: The alcohol is very well hidden on both the nose and on the tongue, but the heaviness of the beer limits the drinkability.

Recieved, I think, from Zorro in a trade, probably last fall or winter and cellared since.

blackie, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of ChazMania
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ass bottle. Pours a very clear mandarin orange color. I'm not familiar with the labeled "coriander" aroma nor flavor, but I smell and taste honey...and I like it! It is a nicely balanced sweet beer with a long dry finish. I can't believe the bottle says 11% alcohol, it's very hidden. Although I might be trashed after drinking this whole thing!

ChazMania, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of Onslow
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First thing to hit ya is the wonderful aroma, yeast and a slight honey sweetness .. . pours a light murky creek river tan,..the ole miss, the ole man.. . has a wonderful all around feel; from the uplifting yeasty aroma, to the absolute clean cut mouthfeel.. roll em up .. very easy to drink, a sipper with loads of complex fun flavours; peach, mango, yeast, honey, plum, tits, pineapple are just some of the flavours ... . thank goodness KotH is getting canceled .. . The alcohol level is absolutely perfect, works well .. . A fantastic well made, enjoyable, empowering, manly yet could be enjoyed by any one kinda person, flavourful kinda brew ... another winner by Alesmith.. . but be careful, packs a huge secret punch...

Onslow, May 01, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from foiled and capped 750ml a clear medium gold which turns to cloudy (further in to the bottle) with lots of bubbles and a medium sized head of foam that shrank very quickly leaving a fine layer with lacing.

The smell is very lemony and spicy with notes of yeast and a pretty strong nose of alcohol.

The taste, up front, is a very citric bitter/sour with the "mentioned on the label" Coriander and has notes of bread but... it's also very sweet, a Malt Liquor kind of sweetness...my initial impression is that the flavours aren't meshing very well together.

After a few more sips, I'm starting to "see" and appreciate the harmony that *is* actually there and this becomes a fine sipper. The sweetness that I complained about earlier is now well balanced and in fact taken over by the spice and citrus from the hops.

Oh and yes, there's certainly some warming from this 11%abv but Alesmith did a pretty fine job of hiding it. I might have to get some more of this for, what I'm sure will be, the upcoming harsh winter that is due here in Casper.

Bottom line: My initial impression was so-so but the more I sipped on this Belgian Strong Pale Ale, the more it pleased my palate. My hat's off to Alesmith once again!

Bitterbill, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright orange/peach color, small offering of foam.
Sweet, fruity aroma, pronounced spiciness, from the coriander and Belgian candi sugar. Very nice.
Taste: big, big,big, and bold in the mouth, slick and delicious, though it drifts away off of the palate quickly, though never exactly leaves. Fat fruit, utterly tasty, though it could stand to be a bit more complex. Like an extra-strong tripel, with a fuller body. Alcoholic strength becomes heavier and more predominant in the overall feel, and I actually like it better as the bottle drains. Funny, that.
Full-bodied, long, fruity, spicy finish. A nice brew for sharing with friends, celebrations, nice dinners....wish I had a bottle for every happy occasion that comes my way.

feloniousmonk, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, hazy, yellow-gold coloring with a slow, steady flow of carbonation and a thin, sparse coat of white head. Nose of tart and sweet tropical fruit, including pineapple, mango, and a citrus blend. Spices of coriander, nutmeg, and cinnamon blend nicely with all the fruity characteristics, with hints of Belgian funk and booze highlights. Flavors of booze forward, with a heavy dose of banana sweet and subtle spice blend to follow. Clove and coriander give the beer a touch of balance, and there is an overall warmth that builds as you drink from the ABV. This one's a heavy hitter. The aftertaste is tangy sweet from all the fruit character, with that warmth still kicking around your mouth. Smooth bodied, and kept light by the carbonation. The finish is smooth and clean, with a hint of spice linger. Very good, very heavy beer.

GarthDanielson, Aug 26, 2013
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very vigorous pour only gets about an inch of light tan head on top of this glowing orange amber body. Nose is very sweet with hints of orange, cherry candy, anise, and soft malt. Long malt candied sweetness rushes the tast buds as you take first sip. it is very silky smooth with great backbone to the palate. For all the sweetness this beer is ver well balanced and wonderful for the style. Leaves a thick mouthfeel. Makes you want another sip. Very drinkable and enjoyable well made brew.

SPLITGRIN, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, glowing amber/orange with a very interesting color. Almost a neon hint to it.
Aroma of heavy candy sugar and coriander as advertised also picked up some depp orange and lemon zest. Hint of grain also present.
Flavor of depp matly and candy sugar his with some grain and a the advertised spicy, coriander. Very nice taste.
Mouthfeel is smooth and malty like a classic Belgian style should be.
Drinkability is excellent. Very true to Belgian style. Another Alesmith classic.

CRJMellor, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of iguenard
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

( 37/50, 11% alc/vol, Home, after a good jam) Small yeast sediment in suspension throughout the glass of golden pale ale. The yellowish head dissipates extremely quickly. But even with this defect, the ale shines through. Some pineapple esters accentuate another slightly alcoholic ale with very evident belgian yeasts. Quite nice fruity aromas mixed in a sort of way that the alcohol is blended very well. Savor the yeast as it starts, then quickly get the grassy hops that escape the otherwise daunting body of alcoholic fruit esters. Pineapple, prunes, lemon marang pie. Tinge of alcoholic burn and an acrid yeast quickly gets the warmth effect and takes on a life of it's own. Weird because it starts off not that good, but as it warms, it begins to harmonize and eventually gets round and playful. It takes a talented brewmaster to deliver 11% alcohol in an attractive way. This one takes the cake in the originality of the delivery. Warmth brings it all together. Great nite sipper. Try it with lemon pie and filet of porc.

iguenard, May 07, 2011
Photo of dickieb
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear gold, with out much of a head, almost looks like a macro. The smell is a bit sweet, with a large hint of apples, with Belgian yeast and spices. The taste is mostly of tart apples, much like the smell with Belgian spices, and a decent malty character. The warming alcohol is quite nice on a fall evening. Mouthfeel is good for the 11% ABV, and quite drinkable. Im still disappointed with the un-noteworthy appearance, but overall an interesting brew.

dickieb, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of spruce488
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with absolutely no head whatsoever. Golden brown color with an orange hue. Possesses a spicy orange aroma,with an ethanol presence. Smell is reminiscent of rum. Taste great, orange is prevalent combined with unidentifiable spices ( the bottle says coriander so I'll make note of that even though I cant identify it.) The taste follows up with a light honey touch followed by an alcohol warmth to end it.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for such a big beer. Only complaint is the lack of carbonation. Beer is so flat it almost seems like there is something wrong with it. Guess I'll have to pick up another bottle to double check this.
Drinkability is high, I could drink this all night if it wasnt for its alcohol content.
I would recommend it if the carbonation problem is limited to this beer, otherwise it is a major fault in my opinion.

spruce488, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of garthwaite
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica. Lighting wasn't great, but this looked to be a faded orange with a long lasting bubbly white head that laced gently down the tulip glass. First and foremost in the aroma is coriander...lots of coriander. Swirling it around a little & trying to get past the coriander (which I like) allowed me to pick up some some additional scents of sweet orange liquor and rock candy. In the mouth, this ale really burst with flavor. More coriander across the top of the flavor profile, but not as dominant as in the nose & complimented gorgeously by more subtle spices, candied sweetness, & deep ripe fruit (banana, lemon, & orange). Some mild earthy hops are present in the background & contribute to this brew's complexity. Subtle, but warming alcohol evident throughout. Medium bodied with a very dry finish. Delicious.

garthwaite, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of SidVicious619
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into Tulip, had a cloudy yellowish, tiny head that disappears very fast. Scent of coriander, apple tarts. Yeasty and notes of floral. Taste was amazing that had caramel and alcohol in your face and bright apples and peaches in the back. Massive carbonation and the yeast are very alive!

SidVicious619, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of pmarlowe
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the tasting room.

A: Pours medium gold, with a frothy white head. Excellent retention, thick lacing, and pretty effervescent bubbles.

S: Subtle floral aromas, coriander in good balance, mild citrus aromas, and pale malt.

T: Sweetish malt and some fruity esters, which impart brightness and structure. Mouthwatering. Crisp yet somehow a little flabby. Coriander on the back end supports the flavors nicely and adds some complexity.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. A little crispness.

T: Tasty, well executed example of the style. Goes down remarkably easily for the ABV: I would've guessed like 7%.

pmarlowe, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Ego
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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)

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.

Ego, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Franchise
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty blonde leaving a very thin white lace. The aroma is honey, cloves, super sweet "natural honey candy" is what comes to mind. The taste mirrors the nose, very sweet, the alcohal is faint well hidden masking the 11% but warming. As this beer warms a bit candied orange, peach, and caramel all come to mind. The finish is smooth and lite, one that you need to sip and enjoy slowly.

Franchise, Jun 22, 2006
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clouded light brass colored brew, with a white head that leaves some lacing, medium curtains.

Funky stable aromas, salt and mineral, alka-seltzer, yeast, peaches, pomegranates, grape-fruit and lime.

Starting sweet and fruity, peaches, orange marmalade, then salty licorice candy, bitter peel.

Medium carbonation, small foamy bubbles, oily and sticky, a smooth dryness.

A good, but demanding one. Hard strong cheese recommended.

rarbring, Sep 25, 2012
AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.