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AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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846 Ratings

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 101
Gots: 155 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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Photo of BigMike
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BARFLYB
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


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.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of morimech
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of jcartamdg
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
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

AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
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