AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

370 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 370
Hads: 899
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 104
Gots: 178 | FT: 10
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my spot - Bradley's Liquor in Tustin, CA.

Yeeep! If Raul wasn't Horny before drinking this thang, he sure was horny as hell after!

Beautiful, rich, golden ale color. Warm, delicate, frothy head. And the taste, the flavors...BOOM! Sleek, silky, and sexy Belgium Golden Ale flavors with an added (yet subtle) wallop of spices (including coriander).

No floozy, nothing big going on for Raul at the moment, malaise is at an all time high... but during the hour or so when Raul polished off this bad boi, he was feeling' it.

Props to AleSmith! (561 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid the price on this one dropped a 10 spot on a 750ml

A - 11% pale ale so I expected little head just a slight lace ring with decent lacing. Color is a bright hazy yellow similar to a pineapple juice.

S - Big fruit and bubble gum notes and spicy coriander are detected. Maybe some banana and clove too. Smells like a boozed up triple with ABV heavy on the nose.

T - Ah much smoother than the initial smell. ABV is well integrated with fruity yeasts, spicy clove/coriander and some hops do make their way into the finish. The only note of the ABV is a touch of booze taste in the finish but no actual burn.

M - Medium to heavy in body, kind of bubbly even though I don't see much carbonation. A sure fire sipper.

Overall I am impressed the smell was kind of boozy and off-putting but they pulled it off well with the taste. I will keep an eye out for any releases that are affordable like this. (900 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to oversized snifter.

A - slightly cloudy translucent yellow with half a finger of bubbly off-white head that quickly reduced to a few scattered bubbles along the top of the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, cloves, candy sugar. Lighter banana notes and spice.

T - Belgian yeast, cloves and banana with candy sugar. Some spice, coriander, fruit and a peppery finish. The ABV is extremely well hidden.

M - Medium body, somewhat creamy. Light carbonation. (461 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color. Although it has a light amount of visible carbonation, the beer poured with a massive three finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties.
S: The smell has light to moderate aromas of yeast in the nose along with some hints of candi sugar.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has hints of pale malts and peppery spices along with a slight amount of bitterness. No traces of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be overly carbonated however the bubbly nature makes this beer especially easy to drink considering its strength. (716 characters)

Photo of BeerNFoodDood
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer nicely chilled into a tulip.

The appearance was a nice light golden color with good carbonation and visible yeast in the bottom.

It had a very nice spicey and fruity nose.

Beer tasted graet I had cellered it for 4 months after I got it. The criander gives the beer and interesting spice quality that had me coming back for more drinks. The yeast tasted great in this beer. That fruit yeast character mixed with the intense spice was superb. (460 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautiful clear light golden with small quickly receding head. Bubbles like champagne and they keep coming up from the bottom. Smell of coriander, honey, apples and pears. A little funk. Fruity flavor Very effervescent. Flavors follow the smell exactly, with some extra sweetness. Less dry than I expected from the aroma. Clean finish and light mouthfeel. Very nice. I liked this a lot. (392 characters)

Photo of abrand
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into LA tulip

Pours a golden color with a nice 1 finger head that leaves lacing. Haziness to the pour with visible sediment. Smells sweet with cherries and citrus fruits. Some alcohol is left on the nose as well. Taste is very malty with lots of grains. A sweet finish with the coriander. Very smooth and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and good carbonation. Overall this is great. Very delicious. (425 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a thin rim of white bubbles. Aroma of coriander and Belgianness. The first sip takes me back to the first time I had a big Belgian beer and my eyes were forever opened. Coriander, candi sugar, lots of fruity esters and phenols backed up by a creamy, slick mouthfeel and ever so slight touch of hops at the end. Delicious. (347 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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%. (625 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger in NYC.

Beer is golden in colour. No head.

Aroma consists of sweet bready malt, honey, yeast and apply. Quite floral.

Sweet bready malt in the nose as well, with light fruit (apple, melon), honey, spices and green grape.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bready feel.

Overall, a good BSPA. Not a standout but quite enjoyable. (358 characters)

Photo of rarbring
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice golden body with a touch of haze and a pretty robust effervescence. Head poured a finger of frothy white foam which dissipates rather quickly leaving very little lace. Decent.

Smell: strong coriander and citrus aroma, rather like an imperial-strength witbier. I rather like it.

Taste: strong malt flavor with a good amount of that coriander present. There is a bit of a harshness to the flavor though, like the alcohol is too strong or the beer just not quite attenuated properly. It's OK, but I don't love it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation and a wonderful mouthfeel. Easily the best part of this beer.

Overall: aside from the texture, this beer is a miss in my book; my least favorite by a brewery whose beers I normally love. (816 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle Erin brought back from San Diego.

Appearance: Pours a beautifully clear golden color. Starts with a nice bone white, tightly bubbled head, but the retention and lacing are subpar for the style where these things are prized.

Smell: Very fruity and spicy. Pears and tropical fruits. Yeast is spicy and musty. Candy like sweetness and no smell of booze.

Taste: Again, fruity and spicy-- spice dominates and becomes herbal and a little sharp. Tastes a bit too boozy too. Long yeasty finish. Hold the coriander please.

Mouthfeel: Quite good. Very lively carbonation and a slick feel. Well done.

Overall: A good, strong Belgian style pale ale. Overspiced, but pretty solid. (686 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: pours a slightly hazy gold with a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: bubblegum and candy sugar dominate with faint spice and fruit notes.

T: bubblegum and candy sugar dominate here as well with spices more present. Light yeast and alcohol flavors on the finish.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is too thick and undercarbonated.

O: not a bad BSPA, but too sweet, thick, and simplistic. (442 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy gold with fizzy head

S: sweet and bright hops and yeasts; pale malt smells

T: like a mist of lemony citrus over pale orchard fruits, coriander and orange peel spices; peaches

M: the fairly sweet malts give it some body; drier yeasty finish; mild aftertaste

O: gotta love AleSmith's stuff - this one warms nicely - reminded me of a fuzzy, lemony tripel; while it is a good BSPA, it also presents a palette of flavors that set it apart from standards like Duvel or Don de Dieu - definitely worth buying and trying. (525 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split a large bottle with a friend over lunch. It poured a slightly hazy straw yellow in the restaurant's (Little Ortino's) Kasteel glasses. The slight alcohol heat was understandable, but the beer was unusually acidic. I was hoping for a super Duvel, was more wine-like with a yeasty, spiced edge. My friend was not a fan. But while the flavor was a bit off the mark, little things like the mouthfeel and carbonation were on, and I wonder a little if the beer was mishandled and poorly stored. Either way, this came off like a Belgian strong pale that's veered off course. (573 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a pale, clear orange amber. Nice snow white head leaving lacing. Looks very nice. Fruit, especially citrus and Belgian spicing aroma. Moderate heavy bodied, which is nice considering how pale this is. Complex fruit flavors and coriander with something happening through the taste. Ends with a spicy, peppery finish. Nice carbonation bite. Overall a pleasure to drink. Very nice. (450 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a cloudy straw yellow tone while yielding a huge, billowing off-white head - a frothy 3" of which (at least). retention is quite strong as is slowly fades, leaving some patchy lacing. great looking belgian pale. nose is nice, too: fairly aromatic with notes of coriander, belgian yeast, lemon zest, and some grassiness in the background.

flavor follows the aroma, delivering more of the same. bold presence of the coriander and lemon; yeast and some spice; secondary notes of grass and candi sugar. very well-hidden 11% ABV, finish is on the dry side. very tasty. mouthfeel is a touch thin; has lively carbonation.

overall i think this is a fantastic beer, one of those, whole being better than the sum of its parts types. it's flawed - we're not talking world class material here - but still really good.

(originally reviewed: 06-12-2011) (884 characters)

Photo of DubbelBastard
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.93/5  rDev -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. (674 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of yonnie
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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! (955 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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... (1,448 characters)

AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.