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AleSmith Horny Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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Photo of GClarkage
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

01/09/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle, top wrapped in silver foil. Poured into a chalice like glass.

Appearance- Darker orange colored pour. Fluffy white over an inch head. Condenses down to about 1/4 inch for the rest of the drink. Mid range sticky laces in a few places.

Smell- Doesn't really waft out of the glass. You have to stick your nose deep inside. When you get the whiff though, it is very nice. Huge fruity nose, vinous in effect. Kinda like and orchard smell. Orange, peaches, apricots and buckets of corriander.

Taste- As stated before, buckets upon buckets of corriander. This gives it it's huge orange drambuie type of flavor. Liquor or wine type of alcohol taste, maybe a slight amount of white pepper as well.

Mouthfeel- Middle of the road carbonation, super easy to drink as it warms. Very warming in the old tummy. Is 11% now as stated on the bottle rather than the listed 10%.

Drinkability- Goes down super easy and really hits you when you get to the end of the bottle. Will be buying this again for sure.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from AJ's back in August.

This beer pours a golden orange color with very little lacing to note. Nose is sweet, of spices and belgian candy. Taste is sweet and slightly of pepper spices and belgian yeast, somewhat smooth, and an alcohol warming finish in the belly. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is good. The ABV is very high and it is well masked in the taste. It is worthy of a try but rather expensive and one of those special occasion brews.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Revist: 27 Aug 15
750ml Bottle
Red Foil/Capped

It has been many years, since I've had this last.

Poured into a chalice a very nice slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy/fizzy/foamy white head, which leaves a very nice big island and some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, bananna, clove, slight pepper. The taste is very nice, malty, yeasty, with some nice spice note, very nice bananna note. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. Not hot at all. Overall, still a very tasty brew. Recommeded.

750ml bottle

Pours a cloudy straw yellow, no carbonation, no head, but some lacing. Scents of orange, coriander, a little alcohol. Nice taste tangy, sweet, with a hint of alcohol. Medium body. Very drinkable at 11% ABV which the bottle sez. I like this offering from AleSmith, very nice would buy again and recommend to people.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Odd how I dislike most Alesmith beers yet enjoyed this one, while apparently the rest of the world sees things the other way around. There’s no other way to explain this: there’s something wrong with the perceptions of the rest of the world.

I particularly enjoyed the smell of Horny Devil, which captures a pleasing barnyard essence offset by a slight whiff of ginger ale. Very classy. The body is clear autumn yellow with a few flocs, casual carbonation, and minimal head. The taste is golden rustic and traditional with very little evidence of the 11% ABV. A late surge of coriander compliments the finish though something in the end does manage to fall flat, perhaps as a result of poor cellaring. I would definitely seek this again.

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Photo of carln26
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold color, very clear, with virtually no head at all (What the heck?). The aroma is very rich. Orange, coriander, yeast in the form of fresh bread (and I live above a bakery). This is one beer where the aroma pretty much exactly matches the flavor. Distinct coriander and orange zest that is backed by fresh baked bread (Sourdough). Sweetness that reminds me of Jolly Ranchers (Orange flavor). The mouth feel is slightly tacky, yet is still a bit light. There is a ton of alcohol here. Possibly a bit too much. This could hurt the drinkability.

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Photo of mentor
2.74/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle provided by Eyedrinkale as part of BIF20, thanks much! Shared with three other BAs at a quiet gathering in late November, 2005. Pours a small amount of bubbles on the surface. Not carbonation foam, bubbles like you could get from water. Crisp orange gold liquid with some fine particulates suspended. Smells carry brandy and bourbon (my wife says it smells metallic). Caramel and alcohol sting. The taste is Halloween candy caramel...that is cheap and waxy. Funky phenolics are minimal, but there is a sour character. Green apples and mango. Creamy mouthfeel, but the flavors just don't come together on it.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gotta appreciate the breweries that put an extra effort into the presentation. Let's rip into this baby! After the *fwssk!* and the gunsmoke whisp cleared from my 750 barrel, this Belgian ale fills the glass with a medium amber vitreous hue, containing a few sparse rising bubbles to the razor thin head cap island floating around the thin khaki collar. Careful attention was paid to so as not to disturb the yeast in the bottom. Some

Initial scents are spicy peppery dough. Generous aroma. Some detectable awl-kee-hawl esters are present. Belgian characteristics abound with a hint of latex.

First swigs: Dry slightly tart doughy and a dry finish. Candi sugar leaves a slight dry hay linger. Middle is smoothed over with the sugar which evokes a slight vanilla bean. (last yeast pour: A milkshake! fizzy head. Still hidden ABV.)

Although smooth as silk, a syrupy characteristic develops. A bit warm in the thoat. One of the thickest Belgian ales, which is a trick in itself with the delicate appearance.

Last swigs: Reminds me of Kwak a little bit. It;s a darn good Belgian Strong. Sprung $11 smackers at Tops Liquors in Phoenix for the 750 mL. Probably can get comparable cheaper, but still, it's good. Bottle says 11% ABV. Thanks to me for sharing the bottle.

Beer is good. Happy Belgian strong beering.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle into chalices. Golden color, clear, thinnish white head which clings to the glass nicely.

Smells spicy and yeasty. Tastes the same. I guess what I'm tasting is coriander, based on all the other reviews. I wouldn't have known the spice, but the effect on the beer is outstanding. An addictive taste. Even the aftertaste is addictive.

Recommended, even though it is a bit expensive. 750mL set me back $12.50.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, this is a disappointment. Poured as flat as warm milk. The bubbles that did come out in the pour looked like the clear, fomay bubbles that sometimes appear in a glass of water when you pour it out of the sink's faucet. Without any carbonation, the mouthfeel in this beer was less than impressive. Kind of like walking without crutches after you break a leg, there was nothing to make the alcohol pop but for the burn that rises out of the back of the throat. Also, I have a feelingt eh flavors would be more pronounced and come across as "fresher" if there was carbonation. As such, the flavors are dull and <ahem> flat. Sugars and spices come through in the malts. Candied oranges. Slight hints of yeast but nothing that truly jumps out at me. The ABV really brings out a bit of a burn after a while.

Note: Towards the end of the bottle I decided to pour a glass of apple cider and compare. Not too much of a difference.

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Photo of bruachan
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from the hudson acme

my bottle doesn't look like the picture: mine's green
very pale in color; looked like white wine in the bottle. in my glass it's a similar color to the dreadnaught i had last night, but a little lighter. what does that mean? a light pristine amber. a efw bubbles reach for air, but only a collar with a splotch in the middle (either an island with a barrier reef or a volcano with a cinder cone in the crater). conclusion? the color is really nice, and i'll allow for some head to be killed off by alcohol

the smell reminds me of the saison de pipaix i tried this summer: port and white pepper with a citrus tang. there's some alcohol aroma that comes through in this one, but only enough to serve as a reminder that this beer is a little stronger than natty ice (this aspect grows as the beer warms. now it's a little too much)

after smelling this brew i was not prepared for what i tasted. i'm not going to cry "false advertising," but mom was right when she told me not to judge a beer's taste by its aroma. while the nose was subdued, my tongue is attacked by coriander and white pepper, galvanized by a backbone of alcohol heat. at first it seems very spritzy, even though it's not highly carbonated. the attack subsides and i'm left with the residual effects of some spice, but mostly a funky, porty sourness that makes me crave brats and kraut. i get some cinnamon in there, too

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Photo of Shaw
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I brought a bottle of the 2001 vintage (purchased in 2005) back to Fla. from San Diego and shared it with my beer buddies.

It has the orange color of a tripel. I'm surprised to see it classified here as a strong pale ale, but I can see why. My bottle is labeled at 11 percent ABV. There isn't much of a head.

The smell is all coriander, which is why I was thinking this was a tripel.

The taste is quite sweet. The 11 percent ABV is very well hidden behind the coriander, spice and malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, the body is light but not too light.

Overall this is a good beer. Quite sweet, so be aware of that. And with the high strength, I suggest you split the 750 mL bottle unless you have a while to enjoy this brew.

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Photo of eclectic
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange/amber.. fruity aroma with hints of apple and peach.. The taste is less complex than I had expected. Initially sweet and yeasty, with a spicy malt finish… a noticeable alcohol flavor detracts from the overall taste. Medium bodied yet thin at the same time… Overall a rather boring beer with very little redeeming qualities...Would not have this again.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's unusual that I've never reviewed the Horny Devil because it's one of my favorite beers, and I've had more than a few bottles of it! Of course, in a way that does make sense because I'll quite often just skip the review and enjoy the beer to its fullest when I'm enjoying something that fits my personal tastes (mainly sour Belgians, but this one is good too!).

So what is it that catches my attention in the Horny Devil? Well, I guess it's the combination of softly sweet, and ever so lightly toasty, bready malt and low-key coriander. It's round and supple with a great drinkability.

It initially pours a very clear, brass-orange-gold body beneath a full head of white foam that dwindles readily to a thin collar leaving only thin webs of lace about the glass. The yeast pour brings it into full cloudiness.

The nose, however, redeems it with a rich, sweet, and bready malt that's accented by a delicate prick of alcohol and a minor waft of spice.

The body is medium and it's smooth and supple across the palate with a restrained, natural carbonation. However, in older bottles it does develop a bit more crispness.

The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests with just a bit more depth. The bready,vanilla-ish, lightly caramelish, and subtly toasty malt acts as the stage for some entertaining swirls of yeasty fruit, spice, and alcohol. It's basic, but very well-balanced and quite drinkable (with the exception of its strength).

In my opinion, 3 years seems to be the max on this one before it starts to shrivel up. It doesn't develop any more character through aging, and all that happens is that it becomes more crisp and dry. There's a wide medium ground, but I find it best fairly fresh - within a year or two.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a cloudy tangerine color, a thin bubbly head which dissipates to an uneven collar.

Aroma - the lip of the bottle and the cork smell like maple. The beer itself is a more basic nose of sugar, yeast, mixed nuts, and alcohol. It fades a bit but is still a great aroma.

Taste - big malts, Belgian candi sugar, and alcohol, everything where it ought to be. Then, on the swallow, this incredible roasted coffee flavor sneaks in from nowhere. Some alcohol warmth serves to enhance the nutty, roasty flavor. A great Belgian.

Mouthfeel - very solid body, level carbonation, some vapory alcohol feel.

Drinkability - liquid candy for adults. The roasty flavors take this beer up a level. Props to drewbage for this beauty. Another top notch winner from AleSmith.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Champagne like bottle with red foil on the top covering the cork. The appearance is the only thing lacking a bit. Boring head that quicly fades with minimal lacing, but a nice copper/orange color and an unfiltered appearance.

Smell was outstanding. Fruity, Very belgian. I cant wait to dig into this beer.

I'm not sure they could improve the taste. Sweet up front but enough balance in the finish to counter the orange sweetness.

Notes: this is the closest american version of a belgian strong pale ale I have ever had. (note I have had alot, just havent reviewed them as i'm new to the site and won't review off of memory, only while tasting)

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Photo of dwvarner77
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a while back. Wanted to re-visit it. The beer pours a hazy orangey-peachy color with a finger of head that falls to an uneven coat over the brew. Nice and pretty. The nose is nice, with a bit of spicey orange citrus and slight wheaty grain. I dig it a lot. The flavor is not as nice as the aroma. Its a little like a creamy orange, but almost with a soapyness in there. Doesn't really do it for me as much as I recall it doing the first time. The feel is thick, almost syrupy, wtih a light carbonation. I find the flavor keeps this from being a highly drinkable beer. That soapy character just doesn't do it for me. The 10% does not come through at all with this brew, so drinkability is big. A pretty good beer all things considered.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.89/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A 750 ml bottle that's been sitting in my fridge for a few months. Pours a moderately clear orange-golden sunset hue, with a modicum of carbonation, but absolutely no head. None. Nada. 'Taint there, don't look for it.

Aroma is, at first whiff, very very pleasant. Spicy, herbal, pepper, with something that I guess is coriander (never too good with that aroma/flavor, but it definitely has commonality with Hoegaarden aromas, so it must be coriander). Decent balance, slight sweetness.

Flavor- ok, now I absolutely know what coriander is. Because it's everywhere, dominating everything. Yes, there's herbal, there's pepper, there's other nice things in the far deep background. But this one is all coriander.

The strong alcohol is well hidden- after several sips after several minutes, it's real obvious that this one packs a punch. But the balance is very good on that front.

Overall, though, this just wasn't what I was hoping for. I have had any number of well built Belgian Strong Pale Ales that I've really enjoyed, but this one isn't one of them.

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Photo of merlin48
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy orange color with a thin but consistent white head on top. Aroma of orange, pears and spice come across the nose. There is a hint of a musty yeast aroma and alcohol that comes into play. Malt up front with the taste and the spices and yeasty tones come in. A sweet honey like tone also is present. Alcohol is noticeable but not to overwhelming. A busy beer, a lot of different flavors going on. A bit thin on the mouthfeel but overall a nice brew.

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Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared w/ sckressler.

The appearance was okay with miniscule head. A deep orange color with plenty of carbonation going onLeaves scatterings of lace throughout as this brew goes down. Some yeast and sedimant are lingering at the bottom of the glass. The smell of the Belgian candi sugar and spices are aromating from the glass.
Tastes pretty darn good, as this has a full body with perfect carbonation. Surely a Belgian style w/ lots of that sugar and spice going on within the elixer. Feels great after the sip as it lingers throughout my mouth with a bit of sweetness and alcohol burn slightly around my tounge. Don't expect to get down more than one of these mothers during a sitting but it's a good one to split with a pal.

Finger licking good!

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Photo of beercollector
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured cloudy amber with almost no head and no fizz.

The initial smell was herbal with light hop but not a real pronouced aroma.

The taste started very sweet followed by an acidic after taste. Very little alcohol bite. It has a smooth slick mouth that lingers a bit.

This would be a slow sipping beer.

I'm not sure that I would keep it much over six months. But perhaps it would lose some of the sweetness.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.