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AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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787 Ratings

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 96
Gots: 131 | FT: 9
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

bbadger, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1%

orangesol, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

Rollzroyce21, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of BigMike
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

A: Poured a light golden orange with a huge fluffy head.

S: Coriander and peppery spice. Alcohol notes in the background. A sugary sweetness is picked up also. Strong Belgian yeastiness.

T: Like the nose, lots of pepper and coriander. Candied sugar and Belgian yeast. The 11% abv is noticeable.

M: Medium bodied. Lots of carbonation that's sharp on the tongue.

Overall: A good beer. Lots of good Belgian qualities but nothing I was overly excited about

BigMike, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%

A big bottle into the Duvel glass at the crib.

Horny Devil has a bright golden medal glow to it that is straw yellow to a degree. A nice amount of white bubbles form up top leaving a sheet of lace on the glass. Not as impressive looking as Alesmith IPA, but what is?

This beer takes some warming up to grasp what's there, and primarily, it's Belgian candi sugar, you cant miss it. The coriander plays a nice roll with a big straw/hay scent coming up the glass.

First sips I was not a fan, and now to the end of the bottle, Im coming around, but not 100% sold. What's advertised is there leading with candi sugar, coriander in the middle, but the 10% in the end is BIG. Tastes of alc. in the end kill off any possibility of a pleasant after taste. The hay is quite big to, but not to farmhouse levels.

Feel is a nice big medium with a blast of heat towards the end. Maybe this is just the bottle version and the tap is easier to helm. Carb is spritzy and needed. Some fruity essense comes out towards the bare end of the bottle.

Overall, A great stab at the style, but perhaps a bit too sweet with the onslaught of Candi Suga and the mountain of alcohol in the end. Would probably go great with some pasta dish shared with friends.

BARFLYB, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev +1%


On tap at Alesmith.

A: Pellucid pale yellow with an inch of lively froth. Retention is great and there are tendrils of lacing all over the glass.

S: Pronounced apple and pear with a little stone fruit. Coriander is aromatic and pervasive. There's a candied sweetness with a little honey. I know honey is an unlikely ingredient, but I still get that impression. The yeast strain is decidedly Belgian.

T: Biscuit with pear and granny smith apple. There's a mild candied sweetness and evident coriander. Alcohol is well hidden. The finish is fruity and lightly spicy.

M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: A complex and enjoyable Belgian Strong Pale.

HopHead84, Sep 23, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Half finger of white head, gold body.

Belgian, yeasty nose with wheat, some orange and coriander.

Some funk in the taste, tartness that mellows into wheat, plenty of sweet pale malt and some coriander.

Nice bright carbonation ensure this finishes cleanly.

Good Belgian style-- I can't help but be heavily reminded of Unibroue.

zaphodchak, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Bottle states this beer can be aged 6 to 24 months or longer. Ok, so how about putting a date on the bottle? Unknown age but I suspect it is fresh.

Pours a dull, cloudy golden color with a large billowing head that quickly settled to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Pleasing aroma that shows its Belgian roots. Plenty of Belgian yeast esters and phenols. Hints of honey and fresh cut grass. The coriander is hard to pick out of the phenols.

Tastes just what a BSPA should taste like. This beer could easily be confused with one of the Belgian originals. I started out with the beer a little too cold, but as it warms this beer really opens up. Loads of fruity esters compliments the sweetness of the malt and candi sugar. This beer is sweeter than most of the style. I also get hints of honey and finally get the coriander. The alcohol is noticeable but adds to the flavor instead of distracting from it. Leaves a warming feeling.

Body is somewhat light for how big the flavor and alcohol is. Maybe the lively carbonation has something to do with this impression. Makes the beer easy to drink.

Really impressed with this Alesmith offering. A very good American BSPA.

morimech, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of jcartamdg
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Pours a hazy straw gold, lots of carbonation with a perpetual 1 finger head. Aroma of orange peel, coriander and juicy pears. Taste follows the nose but is a bit too sweet. Mouthfeel is too carbonated. Not a bad brew just too sweet and too carbonated for my liking. I'm glad I tried it but I won't be seeking this out again

jcartamdg, Sep 05, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Thanks to xhuskr for the trade! Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A nice spritzy action, but an incredibly golden honey crystal clear with spritzy fast racing bubbles of carbonation. Head tries to form but can't. Uh oh this looks dead on arrival for a Belgian. No lacing but some wet spider legs that break. I am sensing failure. There is no head, collar, or lacing with this beer at all. What did form was very soapy disappearing instantly. An aggressive pour makes things better even giving some stickiness for the disappearing head. Ok NOW we have some staying power and stickiness.

Aroma is abundant candi yeast, floral notes and apple. Green pear a little as well. Floral hints also. Dry white wine grape sense. Extremely varied and impressive, but a big punch of gas.

Taste brings all that and more. Fruit bouquet and sugars in the palate with green apples, pears, white wine dry crispness of pinot grigio and hints of lemon. Texture is ruined by excessive carbonation. Feels more like wine than beer, but a fantastic mix of both with Belgian charm.

Overall I think this did not travel well from California, I am thinking bottle shock but could be wrong. It is really too bad but judging from other appearance reviews of this it looks like something went wrong. Too bad there is a tremendous beer behind this just wanting to escape. I will have to have this sometime again. Luckily even in this state there is very much to enjoy. It looks like this all had to do with the pour somewhat but you never know. A fantastic beer is hiding here.

smakawhat, Aug 31, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with huge bubbly white head; good head retention with spotty lacing.

S: Nose is very complex with notes of coriander, spices, honey, Belgian yeast and sugars, fruits like apricots and peaches, and sweet grainy malts. Very pleasing.

T: A intricate collage of flavors that I can't tell are working for or against each other in this beer. It starts out sort of sweet from honey and pale malts and caramel malts. Then, the spices, pepper, and Belgian yeast cut into the sweet tropical fruity flavor of this beer. It then balances out between bitter citrus hops and a Belgian candi sugar sweetness. Slightly warm finish from the high ABV, but with everything else going on, it's not noticeable.

M: Medium to full body; medium carbonation; texture is buttery and creamy.

O: I don't know why, but this wasn't what I expected in this beer. It was really tasty and extremely easy to drink, but different then any other Belgian Strong Pale Ale I've ever had. Definitely worth trying if you see it and I'll probably pick up more bottles in the future. Very complex drink indeed.

BrewCrew2010, Jul 31, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

Big thanks to Millerbuffoon for this extra! 750mL brown glass pry-top champagne bottle. No date that I could find...

Pours a hazy golden/amber orange with thin (very thin) white head. Coriander, orange juice and high-alcohol estery aromas ping around in my head. Lime and cilantro also come to mind.

Palate is slick and also prickly with some alcohol burn. Flavors center around the orange juice thing, with some artificial lime flavor and leafy green herb/botanical notes. Pale malt, hay and tonic come to mind as well. Carbonation level is really really low.

Finish is so-so, with lots of warming alcohol. Flavors are ok, but not the most complex beer and it definitely shows it's ABV all the way through.

SFLpunk, Jul 30, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

$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
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A - The beer pours a beautiful golden orange with the color deepening nearer to the center. The head lingers, and leaves excellent lacing.

S - Smell is a combination of fruit (peaches, apricot, pears), pale malt, and coriander. Compliments the color perfectly.

T - Begins sweet with malt and fruit, and transitions into a bit of alcohol (11% after all) and spice. Finishes nicely with coriander.

M - Carbonation is perfect. Medium body, and very drinkable.

O - One of my favorite beers. Very refreshing on a warm day, and the varied, yet balanced, flavoring works well.

miadw3, Jul 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

This brew poured out as a slightly hazy looking golden yellow color. The head was big and fluffy leaving a nice lacing. The smell of the beer had an interesting soft fruity aroma to it, the smell of Belgian yeast and some wild flowers are in there too. The taste of the beer was floral with a little hop bite to it. The mouthfeel was bubbly and tickled the taste buds. Overall I found this beer to be pretty good overall and it's worth trying if you get a chance.

Knapp85, Jul 13, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

750ml capped bottle traded to me from user G311. thanks again vince! drank from my duvel tulip.

A- the pour yields a slightly hazy golden orange colored body with a finger and a half of bright white head on top. the head lasts for a while before falling and leaves behind complete circles of lacing. very nice.

S- the first things i pick out of the notes are stone fruits. peaches and apricots mostly. there is also a hint of pear. light belgian candi sugar adds to the already sweet smelling mix. pale malts and a little bit of wheat move in next. coriander, clove and black pepper spiciness. floral and herbal hops.

T- the taste begins with more of the pale malts and belgian yeast that i could smell before moving onto the fruits. pear, apricot, peach, and banana. clove and coriander spices follow those. a little bit of alcohol mixes with herbal, spicy, and leafy hops at the end.

M- the body is on the lighter side of medium. the carbonation is just right. slight warming from the alcohol, but at 11% ABV its still very well hidden.

O- the strength of this one really crept up on me. its probably too much beer for one person to enjoy due to the strength, but i did it. id buy this again if it were on the shelf around here. one of the better american examples of a classic belgian style that ive had in a long time.

jwinship83, Jul 10, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

A- Golden copper. Hazy. Fluffy white head with great retention and lacing. Lots of little bubblies going on to keep a faint tiny head alive

S- Pretty typical of a belgian strong pale ale. Light aroma. Yeasty, bready, and little bit of fruit. Perhaps apple.

T&M - Outstanding and delicious. Apples, mangos, a bit of pineapple. Warming alcohol on the lips. Yeasty. Bit of peppery spice. Lemony grassy kiss with bits of honey and caramel. And subtle faint hint of hops. Light and playful carbonation for a creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Pretty complex. Lots of layers in this beer. The 11%abv is there, but not alarming. Its pretty well masked.

O- Outstanding. Even though 11%, I could drink this beer all night long. Love it.

Bierlerner, Jun 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

750ml bottle bought online from the Brewdog shop...

Poured a light golden yellow colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and meringue like then faded fairly quickly to light wispy layer. Quite a lot of carbonation shoots to the surface... some light sticky lacing clings on to the end...

Aroma - Strong spicy fruits (apricots, pineapples, pears), nice strong belgian bready / yeasty notes, candy sugar / honey sweetness, light toasted malts, peppery hops, faint trace of alcohol, some basil / thyme herbal notes, faint medicinal traces...

Taste - Biscuity malts, toasted bread, herbal / floral, spicy fruits (pineapples, pear drops), light sugary sweetness, definite belgian yeastiness, honey notes, peppery, some salty hints, slight soapiness, grassy, spicy hops

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry.. light / medium body... very refreshing and drinkable - the 11% alcohol is very well hidden..

Overall - A very good and well made Belgain pale ale... Probably not worth what i paid for it though..

mdagnew, Jun 14, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +1%

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. fairly aromatic with notes of coriander, belgian yeast, lemon zest, and some grassiness in the background. nice aroma.

flavor delivers 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. flawed, we're not talking world class material here, but really good.

perrymarcus, Jun 12, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Review from notes. Thanks to Cuzco for sending this my way.

A: Upon opening there was a massive bubble explosion, tons of carbonation. The beer poured a hazy orange with a billowy white head with good retention and lacing. A little bit of sediment floating in the beer.

S: Spicy/fruity aroma, with lemon, grass, and apple. A little bit pepper and coriander for spices.

T: Similar to the aroma, with the apple being the strongest flavor. Some lemon and spices round it out - coriander and pepper again.

M: Medium bodied with very high carbonation, slight booze presence, but dry, reminded me of a dry white wine in mouthfeel almost.

O: Pretty good, a nice change of pace, but something I probably won't revisit.

mdaschaf, Jun 11, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Tastes are wheat, fields, sweat, booze, coriander, grass, lemons, lemonade, yeast, wood, bananas, cloves, mint, ginger and biscuits. Smells like a lot good going on all at once. I've been drinking this since 2009 and so on and so fourth. I'm glad I tried this so early on.

Jazzcrop, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

503rd review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
750 ML, Capped

App- A sunshine yellow with a two and a half finger head. Lacing all over the glass. Pretty decent bubbles dancing from the center of glass.

Smell- A menage of scents. A very aromatic beer with only the yeast, coriander and pepper taking center stage.

Taste- Another mix of flavors but this seems to fade quickly with some apple juice like qualities with yeast, coriander exploding all over the tastebuds and of course the pepper.

Mouth- Medium bodied, High carbed and leaves way too much coriander for me.

Drink- A nice gift from the wife for my birthday for something different. I probably wont revisit this one, but was nice to break away from gigantic stouts, IPA's and DIPA's

FosterJM, May 21, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

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
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