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AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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823 Ratings

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Ratings: 823
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 96
Gots: 137 | FT: 11
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001)
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Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -1.2%

stortore, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent head that sticks around for a while, but nowhere near as crazy as other golden or tripel ales. Nice smell: what banana phenol and some coriander.

Taste was complex and smooth. Very well balanced. I thought the alcohol could have come down just a tad to make this brew perfect in taste.

However, this beer was really drikable despite it's 11% abv. I think the only thing they could do is bring the abv down to 9-10 range and it would provide a perfect balance.

jasonjlewis, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

cool ass bottle, flashy foil, great silkscreen job.

pours a hazy golden amber, see-thru with sugar-glazed distortion. not much in the way of head here, a constant ring with some floating mold-like islands of dead carb.

big belgian sugar aroma which captures a nice mix of clover honey and fresh, tart apple juice scent. further warming brings hints of thick mango puree and canned pineapple sweetness. a varitable fruit salad in the bspa-insipired nose.

belgian malt bomb is bold and solid in flavor. age has softened it a bit, added some quirks like raw pumpkin flesh and something smoother and phenolic for balance. the coriander is a welcome spice addition but not influential or overwhelming.. perhaps partly lost in the shuffle of a year. mild spice hints add to the earthier side of this brew, which is lacking.

a good sipper. strives to be well rounded, but seems to be on the cusp of age-inspired destruction. don't think this will improve too much further than the 18 months have pushed it. good beer for a u.s., overall iffy for something wrapped up so pretty.

goodbyeohio, May 15, 2006
Photo of BKotch
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

BKotch, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of eric5bellies
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
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

eric5bellies, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.78/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 3/17/2009 (bottle):

Pours a pretty clear golden colored body, with a creamy white color head good lacing but diminishing. Smells very fruity, lots of fruit, fruit loops comes to mind. Alcohol and belgian flowery aroma. Some spiciness, and I think the coriander too. Some mustiness. Sweet taste, some honey like. Some spiciness, not as good tasting as it smells. Maybe it's the coriander or something, a little too strong. A little mediciny.

jujubeast6000, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of bruachan
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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

bruachan, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev -1.2%

BeerThursdays, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ncelauro
4/5  rDev -1.2%

ncelauro, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: The pour is a cloudy golden caramel color with a frothy white head. Nice retention, and it leaves spots of lace all over the glass.

Smell: The yeast is very aromatic, giving off some Belgian spiciness including white pepper, clove, and coriander. Sweet pear, crackery malt, and a bit of spicy hops are present as well.

Taste: This is definitely sweeter than what I would expect out of the style, and the fruit flavors really pop. Peach and pear combine with some tropical fruit to add some depth to the style. The malt is mostly dry and imparts a crackery flavor, with the Belgian yeast delivering the spiciness. A generous hop presence adds additional spice and character. A little alcohol bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: This has a surprisingly light body considering the ABV, probably falling around a medium feel. Crisp, bubbly carbonation and a lightly acidic feel.

Drinkability: This was a solid offering from Alesmith and a fruitier take on the style.

KickInTheChalice, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$12.99 for a 22oz bottle

A: amber colored beer, clear with great frothy head
S: deep cloying beer with tons of alcohol and a strong Belgian yeasty quality
T: very good and drinkable beer, incredible depth, malty, Belgian yeast qualities, clean, only problem (and for me it is a major problem) is that the beer is dominated by EtOH and is extremely hot, if this was somewhere around 8-9%ABV it would probably be world class for my tasting
M: creamy, rich, tons of EtOH
O: good beer overall but knocked down a bit due to EtOH

wisrarebeer, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Beerbuddy21, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Duhast500
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 220z bottle into a brandy snifter.

The color is a clear gold with two fingers of foamy head and some lacing.

The smell is a bit deep in the farmhouse flavors. Some nice clove, and fruity green grape flavor. Some funk that makes me wonder, where does it go fro here.

The taste is again funky that is just about what I expected from this beer. It comes at me from some places not expected and I am naming them as they come. A truly light at times but a deep strong aromatic beer that has some strong farmhouse feel.

The feel of this beer is light and really drinkable. A small glass will take a while to savor and during that time the true amazing flavors come out.

Duhast500, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

bluntedboywonder, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

ObeMaltKinobee, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of bamadog
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle was purchased, waxed and stored in 7/2009. Review is from notes taken on 1/26/2011 and poured from the bottle to a tulip. BTW -- this is not a bomber that should be sat down with by yourself.

Appearance: Pour is a light and crisp golden/coppery color; starts with a huge 3 and 1/2 finger fluffy white head with decent retention; body is perfectly clear and shows strong and fast carbonation; head slowly fades to a full cap and leaves a thick web of lacing at first which eventually dwindles to some sticky spots and swaths.

Smell: Can something be delicate and robust all at the same time? I don't know for sure, but this comes pretty close -- sweet subtle candi sugars and a slight sweet and slightly tart fruitiness with an acidic bite (a bit like apple and/or green grapes -- I'm kind of reminded of a dessert wine); a certain cereal graininess; nice Belgian spiciness that is really warm and reminiscent of the coriander it is brewed with.

Taste: Nice Belgian spiciness and coriander that has a bit of an herbal or floral aspect to it; slightly tart, more sweet and fruity flavors as mentioned in the nose (again, I'm reminded of a dessert wine) and some nice tastes of Belgian yeast; at first the alcohol flavors are very faint and well blended, but as it continues to warm they start to linger more heavily on the palate and breath (1/2 way into my second glass is when I realize that opening this by myself was a mistake...); the aftertaste is very sweet and it becomes a tad cloying and heavy with alcohol, but I feel that this is more my fault because this one should have been shared.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and it comes across a little slick and oily; carbonation is strong and lively but resists being sharp in the oily and heavier body; a moderately thick and semi-dry cottony dry stickiness is left all over the mouth; alcoholic vapor lingers; gums and belly are left quite warm.

Drinkability: Really quite a well-crafted beer, as is everything AleSmith seems to do. However, due to the heavier ABV and it's continued presence as I plow my way through the bottle, it becomes tougher to finish. Crack this one with friends on a special occasion, or simply make a special occasion by cracking this one with friends -- either way, the operative notion is to share it with friends.

bamadog, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of mikepcarney
5/5  rDev +23.5%

mikepcarney, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of BeerManDan
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into a glass, the color was of a thick, hazy golden yellow, with an orange hue. And there was absolutley no foam what so ever. At first, I could smell spicies and a hint of a yeasty nature. The taste was of spices, but couldn't pick up any yeast taste. This belgium ale is thick, but kind of flat tasting. I like the flavor, but, the flatness is what makes this ale just average instead of upbove average. All in all, it still an enjoyable belgium ale.

BeerManDan, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy orange-golden amber color with a full finger wispy white head and an enormous amount of effervescence in the form of very tiny bubbles that keep the head alive. Thin foamy sheets of lacing all the way to the bottom.

The smell is at first tart, then yeasty until the tartness reveals itself with a sweet lemon character and a little banana.

Medium bodied, the mouth is initially conditioned by a sour nature. A creaminess rendered by the carbonation smoothing things out. It finishes with yet another level of citrus complexity and lemon flavor.

Drinkability - The 11% ABV is well integrated. A good drinker.

jjayjaye, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of KJ2013
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

KJ2013, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Magery, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of sammyg832
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

sammyg832, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Shaw
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Shaw, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of virinow
5/5  rDev +23.5%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tayner for sending some love to the last frontier.

Pours a slightly (chill?) hazey yellow/orange color with good fluffy head. The nose is very fruity with belgian yeast and some slight funk (good funk). The taste is very good with fruity, yeasty, wheaty flavor and some great spice flavorings. Through the middle a nice crisp almost appley citrus (not hoppy, but citrus flavor) bite occurs. Probably the coriander shining through. Some alcohol in the taste, but i would have guessed 7 0r 8% not 11! Mouthfeel is good, but slightly abrasive on the carbonation. Drinkability is very high for a brew of this weight. Another good one from the brewmelders at alesmith. Thanks again for the trade, Dana!

AKBelgianBeast, Mar 03, 2008
AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
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