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AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

861 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 103
Gots: 162 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DubbelBastard
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: really pale golden color, thin white head.

Bouquet: faint sweet smell, not much there

Taste: The other reviewers are more eloquent than I... but I detect mostly just "sweetness" reminiscent of a Riesling.

Mouth: rolls over the tongue quite delicately, but has the consistency of the palest of ales.

Overall: They claim 11% abv, and the bros gave it stellar reviews. I can't taste the alcohol, which might be dangerous. I would be lead to believe that not all the wonderful Belgian sugar they used in the recipe got converted over to alcohol... but who knows, perhaps it did. If you're in the mood for a smooth, sweet, strong beer (or want to get your girl tipsy), this is a good beer to try.

Photo of gbrill
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of bhir
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ehammond1
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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 Hopdaemon39
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been looking forward to reviewing this beer.

Poured from a 750 ml capped bomber into an oversized wine-glass. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a fluffy 1+ finger head (even in the wine glass) with even retention and a few spots of lacing.

Smell is just funky enough- of course a good dose of Belgian yeast with some pale malt sweetness in the background. Not overwhelming funky smelling at all but not too mild.

Taste is exceptional- pale malt sweetness washes over the tongue at first, soon joined by the yeast, then a nice coriander note, easing back into an even blend of malt and yeast. Lovely.

Mouthfeel is also exceptional- light body with moderate to full carbonation. It is a thing of beauty. If you're in Cali and have not tried this beer- shame on you do it now! If not, just pay the 15 bucks and drink it for a special occasion. I cannot recommend it more highly.

Update: As I continue through the bottle, I notice more of a white grape flavor. Interesting.

Photo of alecvdpoel
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of yonnie
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into tulip. Cloudy yellow-orange-ish in color with finger fingers of offwhite head.

S - Malty, bready, Belgian yeast, citrus, some spice.

T - Sweet and malty, some floral spiciness, alcohol is well hidden.

M - Medium bodied.

O - Overall this is a terrific beer. A nice balance of sweet and spicy flavors and it is very easy to drink.

Photo of tbeq00
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of PSK257-Vack
1/5  rDev -75.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big winey taste. Rush of hops. Mineral flavors. Light color in the glass. Light mouthfeel. Sharp taste, almost tart. A clear and light bodied brew that is full of power.

Fruity with a touch of pineapple. Lots of apples with a hint of lemon. Powerful with alcohol. Some hops play into the game. Fairly dry, not so much of the Belgian funk but plenty of bitter yeasty complexity. Very drinkable strong beer.

Happy to find this on tap at Ciro's in San Diego.

Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for a long time but have never taken the plunge until now. Sure, this is available here in DC, but it's a $20 beer!

Served in a Duck Rabbit snifter.

A: Hmmmm.... it doesn't look like an 11% ABV beer. It has a soft, cloudy, Alka-Seltzer infused orange color, with a very slight head that didn't add up to much in the whole scheme of things.

S: Scrumptious scent of orange juice, coriander, and Belgian yeast. Muted, yet effective.

T: It was like an uber sweet, melted orange popcicle with crushed orange Flintstone vitamins. The Belgian character was subtle, yet evident after close study.

M: Very champagne-like (to my mind) and sweet in a very decadent way. Also, I got no booze whatsoever, which was very unexpected given the high ABV. The lacing was pretty much non-existent.

O: I've had friends tell me to steer clear of this one, but in my opinion, this was absolutely fantastic and well worth the $20 I spent!

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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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...

Photo of whatname
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is nice golden color with two fingers of head. This belgian strong pale ale has a nose of coriander, belgian yeast, pear and sugar. Upon sipping, it has a taste of banana, apple, candy, some bitterness. It is a sweet taste, but not too much so, quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is med-full, quite a bit of carbonation to it. Alcohol is hidden to an extent, so keep in mind it is a bit high, even for the style. But, it is a mighty tasty beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky honey gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, spices, and some slight citrus peel aromas. Taste is the same with the spices lingering on the finish. There is also a slight alcohol kick with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slight crispness and a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and a good American example of the style.

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with some friends, 100 from the Bros.? We'll see....

Almost a champagne like look/aroma/taste to this one, definitely one of the more unique Belgian strong pale ale's I've had. Kinda fruity smell, and surprisingly easy to drink for the high ABV. Doesn't really knock your socks off with taste though, but has a smooth finish and dry aftertaste making it mostly drinkable. Good beer, but wouldn't call it that great or 'amazing' in my opinion, glad I got to try it though.

AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 861 ratings.