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AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

848 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 101
Gots: 156 | FT: 11
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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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Photo of Nipitato
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium gold hue. Cloudy. No head.

S: Nice melding of lemony coriander and floral hop aromas. Sweet malt notes in the background. Spicy clove or peppery phenols lacking.

T: Malt character is quite prominent. Coriander adds subtle lemon characteristics that compliment fruity esters. Peppery phenols far far back in the background. Sweet alcohol flavor. Slightly bitter very long aftertaste.

MF: A tad more than medium mouthfeel. Nice and filling/smooth. Alcohol warming present. lightly carbonated.

D: Nice and tasty. Hides its ABV well. Good domestic take on a Belgian strong pale ale with a subtle twist.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Phatz
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With the $20 price tag on this bottle I really hoped for more.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange copper color with a small head.

Smell: A bit of a small nose. Some yeast some pale malt some alcohol, but mostly it is just a gentle coriander in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very very spicy. It is a thin body and very straight forward. Sweet peach and sugar body with loads of coriander and then a big pepper bite the leave pepper on the aftertaste. The alcohol maybe a bit high as well. Decent, but not exciting from Alesmith.

Drinkability: This is a sipping beer to share. A 750 is too much.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 750 mL bottle shared with Phatz, weeare138 and Beerbeing.

A: The ale is a hazy blonde ale, one that revels in its yellow paleness. The head is moderate but nothing to get too excited about.

S: The ale has a sweet spicy aroma that showcases a strong coriander element.

T: The ale has a sweet, strong spiced body. There are some honey elements that provide a strong sweetness. Those notes are balanced by an intensely strong coriander pepper element that overtakes all other elements of the beer.

M: Can you say coriander? The ale overloads the spicey element, creating a big pepper bomb.

D: The strong spices and big abv make pounding this ale impossible but the flavors are nice and almost reminiscent of a Chimay blue.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 brought back from San Diego by my roomie. What could be more clever to drink on Valentine's Day? Nothing. Nothing could be more clever to drink in front of my girlfriend on Valentine's Day. Turns out she hates the way it smells and doesn't fancy the flavor so much either. Guess that makes me the...nothing new here. On to the beer.

Pour: crystal clear orange-amber under a finger of loose white foam that instantly fades to nothing.

Nose: almost sickly sweet caramel apple dominates the front with some peppery spices/yeast and heady booze vapors in clean-up duty.

Taste: sweet start of caramel and apple, grape skin, peach nectar, spice and a very dry, biting ethanol finish.

Feel: slick, smooth and very dry with biting carbonation - like sticky champagne.

Drinkability/Overall: An interesting "Belgianesque beer." Didn't get a whole lot of coriander, which is what this beer claims as its "feature" ingredient, but still a light, and V-Day appropriate fruity ale. At 11%, the booze lets itself be known, but with only a half glass left from the 750, I'm feeling no worse for wear. Mission Accomplished.

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the handsome magnum with red foil and crown cap into a wine glass a glowy brown-orange. Just a wisp or two of lacing forms.

Smell is very strong of fruity yeast and coriander. A lot of orange peel and a bit of sourdough.

Flavor is almost overwhelming with orange peel and coriander. It's very strong and almost seems fake, but since I've watched the fine AleSmith boys at work I know there's nothing fishy going on here, just real quality beer. This beer simply has a well-defined purpose, and a strong flavor that takes a while to warm up to.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and quaffable, no complaints whatever.

Drinkability is a little below average because the beer can be a little overwhelming if you're not ready for it. The coriander is quite strong but after a little while the taste buds adapt. It's not going to please everyone right away.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very vigorous pour only gets about an inch of light tan head on top of this glowing orange amber body. Nose is very sweet with hints of orange, cherry candy, anise, and soft malt. Long malt candied sweetness rushes the tast buds as you take first sip. it is very silky smooth with great backbone to the palate. For all the sweetness this beer is ver well balanced and wonderful for the style. Leaves a thick mouthfeel. Makes you want another sip. Very drinkable and enjoyable well made brew.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with red foil

A - Pours a butterscotch orange with golden highlights when held up to the light and a very small white head that disappeared immediately.

S - Sweet and yeasty with spiced fruits and honey. I get plums oranges and apricots along with some tropical fruit. The spice and fruit dominate with a clear alcohol presence. I get slight remembrances of tequila as it warms.

T - Sweet candi sugar, coriander and other spices. The alcohol is also very noticeable in the taste and a little overpowering. Fruity but not as much as the aroma.

M - Full and syrupy with very little carbonation.

D - Not your typical Belgian Strong Pale in my mind. Sweet and fruity with a bog alcohol punch. A heavy dose of coriander when I pour the yeast into my last sip.

Photo of Morris729
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber in color with a bit of a chill-haze and a short creamy white head. Nose is coriander and spicy yeast along with fruity alcohol esters and a bit of vanilla bean. Taste begins with sweet bready malts and candied sugar along with coriander and fruity yeast followed by a bit of vanilla extract. Perhaps a bit more coriander and noticeable alcohol than I would have liked, but still quite enjoyable.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. It's not bad, but not good. Pours to a golden yellow color with a slight haze. Not much carbonation apparant, and very little head that settles out to nothing. No subsequent lacing.

The smell is decent. Has a nice spicy nose of coriander, pepper, clove, and candi sugar. Interesting, but a little spicier than I would typically enjoy as well as a little more candied than I prefer. Has a light herbal, grassy hops bouqet as well, if not a bit skunked (damn green bottle).

The taste is very complex. Sweet and candied with a very dry spicy finish. Nice hops bitterness with a grassy herbal flavor. Seems like a little too much at once. Tastes quite strong, but definitely not in the 11% range, so it is "smooth" in that regard. Still not feeling it, especially compared to other AleSmith offerings I've had the pleasure of trying thanks to the generosity of BA dogfooddog.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden with a few particulates and barely any head at all, just a wispy bit of foam at the edges of the surface.

The aroma was sweet with a bit of spice at first. The spice was coriander and pepper and was more pronounced as the beer warmed and it then put off a citrusy character mixed with alcohol.

The flavor was lightly sweet when it first contacted the palate with a citrusy flavor and coriander spice along with a dash of pepper. The citrus was lightly lemony with a pinch of orange. The beer contained a strong presence of alcohol in the flavor and a light bit of caramel coupled with a decent fruit aspect.

The finish was dry with lasting spice and citrus into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium with a low carbonation. The alcohol in this puppy was pretty darn high and led to a strong warming after consumption. A fairly easy drinking beer for 11% ABV, but the alcohol could be played down just a smidge.

750 ml crown capped bottle.

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

Big ol' bottle poured into a gen-u-ywine Duvel glass.

Pours a dark gold--dark even for a Belgian strong--atop which sits a large, white champagne head. Bubbles like champagne, too, where it it keeps going up and up for what seems like forever.

Deep and rich fruits and spices. The spices are standard white pepper, allspice, and clove. The fruit are more green than red--juicy, not overripe. Citrus, melon. There's also heavy notes of alcohol.

Tastes very much like it smells. Starts with big, bold saison fruit--bright green apples, light grapes, dried apricots. That moves in to a more sour middle tasting of pears and green grapes and white wine, and the whole thing ends on a sweet and sour kick of fruit and alcohol.

Were it not for the alcohol weight, I'd think this was a refreshing sports drink. Were it not for yeasty afteraste, I'd think it was fine champagne. It's neither, thank god; instead, it's just a really tasty beer.

Photo of jmz62565
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden orange with a white head thats alittle on the small side. The lacing is lacking and the head disappears abit quickly making this Ok looking. The smell is pungent with coriander, candy sugar, and lemon,not bad,but nothing fantastic. The taste is almost thick and creamy with coriander, lemon,wheat,candy sugar, and mixed citrus zest. The m/f is very good with a medium creamy feel and a great mixture of flavors. A good beer that hides the alcohol well,but is lacking in some qualities that make Belgians great.

Photo of dblinkhorn
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped and foiled 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours with a somewhat creamy off-white head that is very thin, probably half a finger. It quickly dissipates to a very thin and patch cap of head that leaves minimal lacing on the way down. The beer is orange/honey in color and moderately hazy.

Smell - Not a powerful odor, but some complexities can be detected. You can definitely smell the corriander right away with notes of candied dark ripe fruits. A slight molasses-like sweetness is also present, much richer than the fruit aroma. Herbal and slightly floral hops are balanced with a barely detectable malt character.

Taste - Corriander right off the bat, with strong herbal notes from the hops. The fruits are very sweet and slightly tangy, mainly consisting of the usual Belgian style: figs, raisins, plums, etc. The malt is earthy and rich, with somewhat of a raw character. The finish is actually rather bland compared to the initial taste, with a rising alcohol burn as you swallow. Aftertaste is somewhat sour with sweet fruits and a rich malt background.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and actually smoother than I expected. The carbonation is just at the right-level for this pale of an ale. (My preference is...the darker the ale, the smoother [lighter] the carbonation, and vice versa.

Drinkability - Strong and spicy alcohol warmth throughout the drinking, but especially at the finish of each sip. At 11% and noticeable, this stuff isn't incredibly drinkable, but decent.

A pretty good little Belgian pale ale. I do like the extra kick of corriander, but I think that this brew has something missing as far as flavor. It is still a tasty brew, though...make no mistake. Recommended.

Photo of spruce488
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with absolutely no head whatsoever. Golden brown color with an orange hue. Possesses a spicy orange aroma,with an ethanol presence. Smell is reminiscent of rum. Taste great, orange is prevalent combined with unidentifiable spices ( the bottle says coriander so I'll make note of that even though I cant identify it.) The taste follows up with a light honey touch followed by an alcohol warmth to end it.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for such a big beer. Only complaint is the lack of carbonation. Beer is so flat it almost seems like there is something wrong with it. Guess I'll have to pick up another bottle to double check this.
Drinkability is high, I could drink this all night if it wasnt for its alcohol content.
I would recommend it if the carbonation problem is limited to this beer, otherwise it is a major fault in my opinion.

Photo of blackie
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a thin, white head that quickly recedes to a very slight ring and a small island in the center. The beer is a lighter orange-amber in color when held up to the light.

smell: Moderately sweet candy sugars, lightly toasted and pale Belgian malts, and orangey coriander take the lead. A nice ethanol note is found alongside some herbals (light mint, pineapple sage, thyme...maybe even some distant rosemary) and a hint of dark rum. Pulpy fruits including apricot, peach, banana, kiwi, cherry, pineapple, and coconut are found. Along with the ethanol, a moderate Belgian hop aroma provides a good counter of the big sweetness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a low, smooth medium. The body is slick and heavy. Could use either a little more carbonation or a slightly thinner body, but it works out okay.

taste: Sweet, lightly toasted malts upfront with an obvious flavor of coriander...maybe even a little more than I'd like, but not cloying. Nice, slightly toasted malt flavors with big candy sugar. Notes of mushy, overripe tropical fruits and a slight white pepper are found. The papery Belgian hop flavor is light, and gives a lighter bitterness that helps clean up the sweetness a little after the swallow. In the finish, a coriander flavor lingers on the tongue with a sticky malt sweetness and an herbal bread flavor. Ok, the smell was great, and the flavor is good, but it could definately stand to lose a little sweetness. Very close to a 4.5 for taste, but the high sweetness kills some of the complexity for me.

drinkability: The alcohol is very well hidden on both the nose and on the tongue, but the heaviness of the beer limits the drinkability.

Recieved, I think, from Zorro in a trade, probably last fall or winter and cellared since.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from foiled and capped 750ml a clear medium gold which turns to cloudy (further in to the bottle) with lots of bubbles and a medium sized head of foam that shrank very quickly leaving a fine layer with lacing.

The smell is very lemony and spicy with notes of yeast and a pretty strong nose of alcohol.

The taste, up front, is a very citric bitter/sour with the "mentioned on the label" Coriander and has notes of bread but... it's also very sweet, a Malt Liquor kind of sweetness...my initial impression is that the flavours aren't meshing very well together.

After a few more sips, I'm starting to "see" and appreciate the harmony that *is* actually there and this becomes a fine sipper. The sweetness that I complained about earlier is now well balanced and in fact taken over by the spice and citrus from the hops.

Oh and yes, there's certainly some warming from this 11%abv but Alesmith did a pretty fine job of hiding it. I might have to get some more of this for, what I'm sure will be, the upcoming harsh winter that is due here in Casper.

Bottom line: My initial impression was so-so but the more I sipped on this Belgian Strong Pale Ale, the more it pleased my palate. My hat's off to Alesmith once again!

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - this belgian pours a dark amber in color, with a thin bubly, quickly dispersing head, there is a lot of fast moving carbonation, and though i managed not to pour any, there is a thick layer of sediment in the bottle

S - what a great fresh aroma from this ale, the corainder spiciness really comes through, along with the distinct breadiness and hoppiness i've come to love from quality Belgians

T - danm, this is great, perhaps its the week without a craft talking, but this is really really good, the spiciness is the first note, very tasty and of high quality, the yeasty breadiness gives it great tasting background, and the aftertaste subdues into a nice apple cider flavor

M&D - apart from being nearly thick and tasty, nearly chewy, this beer is warming, it warms the mouth, tongue, throat on the way down, the only drawback is the fizziness, but its so slight it doesnt take anything away from the beer, it upholds Alesmiths reputation handily

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Black95tt: Poured a light orangey color ale with a good foamy head with little retention. Aroma of spices is clearly dominating with some traces of the Belgian yeast. The spices that probably include coriander also dominate taste as well as slightly funky yeast, some sweet malt and a light dry finish. Alcohol is well masked which I appreciated but body was a bit too watery for the style.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: Vibrant and inviting - the color of orange blossom honey. The white frothy head dissapates fairly quickly, however bubbles continue to float to the top.

S: Floral essences give it a freshness that reminds me of a warm spring day. Hints of rose, camomile and lavender.

T: Very complex, and layered with flavors like vanilla creme, orange, clove, sweet lemon, jasmine, honey and cardamon. The sweetness hits the roof of the mouth in a juicy burst, while a slight bite nips the tip of the tongue. Nicely balanced througout the rush of flavors, with a strong finish.

M: Medium body with a low carbonation.

D: This beer is definately better on tap than it is in the bottle. Very much enjoyable on draft.

Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to HogTownHarry for this one!
Poured a glowing, glazed over golden colour. Some head that diminished quite quickly. A Belgian-esque aroma, certainly. A ton of coriander, maybe some ginger as well. A damp, heavy mouthfeel - thick, thick. Odd for this style. Some light booze can easily be detected, it gently coats the mouth which is nice. Hard to grasp much character, this is neither sweet nor sour nor much of any one adjective. Even the otherwise pleasent aroma is rather one-dimensional. A neat lasting resonance, but the exessive use of coriander makes the mouthfeel very gritty, leaving this beer with little grace.
This just doesn't pull off as genuine Belgian style ale, clearly an American interpretation, that while good, isn't 'as good' in my own, humble opinion.
Disapointing, this wasn't the complexion or finess I expected with Alesmith, its good, but rather bold without boasting much substance.

Photo of edchicma
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A definte split personality. It pours a cloudy yellow with little head...very unimpressive. Smell likewise is a touch of lemon and some subtle yeast...ho hum. Then, the taste kicks in..Jekyll and Hyde for sure! ...a full malty, citrus. smooth experience that must be sampled to be appreciated. The mouthfeel is almost beyond smooth...from front to back palate. For 11 abv this is unbelievably smooth on the drinkability scale. Get past the appearance and smell and experience a truly great brew.

Photo of TheBungyo
3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If ever I wanted to demonstrate the importance of appearance this beer would be my subject. Let me say that every Alesmith beer I've tried has been good ... strangely though, the two that had problems were both belgian style beers. It wasn't that they didn't taste good. They both lacked any head, carbonation, lacing and mouthfeel. This one poured like amber diluted with honey. No head, not even a shimmering of bubbles that vanishes instantly. Nothing. No lacing. I am not happy with this pour. I would have given it a 1 if the body didn't look so good. In other circumstances I would ponder as to whether or not I got a bad bottle but since this is the second Alesmith Belgian to appear this way I find that hard to believe. Smell is orangey, with honey and sugary sweetness. Taste is orangey diacetyl mingled with sweet sugary finish. This would be a very good beer if the mouth and appearance were fixed. Instead, mouth is extremely thin and boring. I'd have another, but only to make sure this bottle wasn't a fluke. I'm unhappy with this beer.
Note:
It may seem strange for me to thank Clickpush for this beer since I seemed unhappy with it but this was an extra he threw in out of the kindness of his BA heart. For that, I thank you my friend. I am definitely glad I got to try it.

Photo of Franchise
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty blonde leaving a very thin white lace. The aroma is honey, cloves, super sweet "natural honey candy" is what comes to mind. The taste mirrors the nose, very sweet, the alcohal is faint well hidden masking the 11% but warming. As this beer warms a bit candied orange, peach, and caramel all come to mind. The finish is smooth and lite, one that you need to sip and enjoy slowly.

AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.