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AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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788 Ratings

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Ratings: 788
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001)
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Photo of beercollector
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured cloudy amber with almost no head and no fizz.

The initial smell was herbal with light hop but not a real pronouced aroma.

The taste started very sweet followed by an acidic after taste. Very little alcohol bite. It has a smooth slick mouth that lingers a bit.

This would be a slow sipping beer.

I'm not sure that I would keep it much over six months. But perhaps it would lose some of the sweetness.

beercollector, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright orange/peach color, small offering of foam.
Sweet, fruity aroma, pronounced spiciness, from the coriander and Belgian candi sugar. Very nice.
Taste: big, big,big, and bold in the mouth, slick and delicious, though it drifts away off of the palate quickly, though never exactly leaves. Fat fruit, utterly tasty, though it could stand to be a bit more complex. Like an extra-strong tripel, with a fuller body. Alcoholic strength becomes heavier and more predominant in the overall feel, and I actually like it better as the bottle drains. Funny, that.
Full-bodied, long, fruity, spicy finish. A nice brew for sharing with friends, celebrations, nice dinners....wish I had a bottle for every happy occasion that comes my way.

feloniousmonk, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of marburg
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey-orange color with a moderate, fleeting head and a decent haze even with a few days of rest and a careful pour. Even through a cold, the aromas are hard to miss -- Melon and peach, Amaretto honey -- and a bit of pepper and earth underlie pungent alcohol. Whiffs of Chinese sweet and sour sauce straight from the little plastic pouch. Sweet and spicy.

Carbonation is scant, unfortunately. Big honey melon flavors mingle with alcohol and powdered coriander. Just loaded with flavor ranging from the absurdly phenolic to the intensely sweet. A bit more carbonation would really have helped cut the intensity to a more manageable level. As it is, the sweet, syrupy flavors intensify and plasticize slightly before a peppery and tongue-dulling hop bite. Just an inch short of spectacular.

marburg, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of twilight
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a light orange, dark yellow, almost deceptively dark, with a very slight inkling of a head. The nose is slightly grassy, kind of reminiscent of a lager or perhaps a hopped up Duvel with that Belgian Candi goodness overtaking the nose in the background. Taste is almost yum, but still really really good. There's the initial sweetness and the hop grassiness, but leads to a slight alcohol burn and the same burn in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is okay, slightly undercarbonated, but at least it's not overly carbonated so that you taste only bubbles. This is probably the only fault with the beer. Of course, I'm still drinkin' it, so there!

twilight, Dec 23, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
2.38/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I saved this one for Halloween. Presented in a green 750ml bottle with a red foil-covered cap. Poured into my Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: apple juice color with the same amount of carbonation and head that I'd get if I actually poured apple juice into my Duvel glass. An increasingly aggressive pour resulted in absolutely zero head and only an occasional random clump of carbonation that wandered listlessly to the surface. Not a very encouraging start...
Smell: coriander, coriander and, for a change of pace, more coriander. Total domination. Heavy alcohol fumes eminated from the glass also. Some (much) lighter fruity aroma and pepper but this just seemed too off-balance.
Taste: gee, imagine that, a ton of coriander and raw alcohol right out of the gate. Also a hefty dose of candy sugar like the rock candy I sometimes got as a kid. Some modest fruitiness - apples and pears - and a light peppery bite in the finish that got steamrolled by the alcohol. Way out of balance and harsh.
Feel: light, low/no carbonation, and lifeless.
Overall: this was a major disappointment considering how much I like Alesmith's Yulesmith and IPA. Horny Devil was as close to a drain pour as a beer can get with me and still manage to not get dumped. At $10.99 a bottle I expected much more. I'll probably try it again as I can't imagine it's really supposed to be this way. But I won't be trying it again soon.

Boilermaker88, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of clvand0
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a small head that sticks around for some time. The aroma is comprised of an orange/corriander feel and sweetness. Smells great. The flavor is very malty and sweet with some spices (corriander/orange) and a bit of grainyness. Extremely well crafted beer. Loved this one and I'm looking forward to the other AleSmith beers.

clvand0, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a pint glass (no tulip-style glass present, boo!). It pours a medium amber-red color with two fingers of head. There is no lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet and fruity, very inviting. A little spicy and a little citrusy. The taste is sweet and malty, with some fruity characters. So complex I can hardly describe it. The body is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is deadly. Great stuff! A shout out to clvand0 for making my brew day a little bit better.

SheepNutz, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of Wildman
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a copper amber color and formed a small bubbly off white head that left trace lace as it subsided quickly. A small amount of carbonation is present. A nice aroma of malt, hops, coriander and plums. The flavor consisted of both malt and hops with background of corinader with some sweet fruity undertones. The body was slightly creamy and the finish a touch astrigent, yet bittersweet. Not a bad beer, but a bit pricey.

Wildman, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of garthwaite
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica. Lighting wasn't great, but this looked to be a faded orange with a long lasting bubbly white head that laced gently down the tulip glass. First and foremost in the aroma is coriander...lots of coriander. Swirling it around a little & trying to get past the coriander (which I like) allowed me to pick up some some additional scents of sweet orange liquor and rock candy. In the mouth, this ale really burst with flavor. More coriander across the top of the flavor profile, but not as dominant as in the nose & complimented gorgeously by more subtle spices, candied sweetness, & deep ripe fruit (banana, lemon, & orange). Some mild earthy hops are present in the background & contribute to this brew's complexity. Subtle, but warming alcohol evident throughout. Medium bodied with a very dry finish. Delicious.

garthwaite, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, glowing amber/orange with a very interesting color. Almost a neon hint to it.
Aroma of heavy candy sugar and coriander as advertised also picked up some depp orange and lemon zest. Hint of grain also present.
Flavor of depp matly and candy sugar his with some grain and a the advertised spicy, coriander. Very nice taste.
Mouthfeel is smooth and malty like a classic Belgian style should be.
Drinkability is excellent. Very true to Belgian style. Another Alesmith classic.

CRJMellor, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of silenius
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a head on this beer that should have a big rocky one. Head was almost non-existent and quickly disappears after I swirl. Beer is a warm golden yellow with hints of orange. Slightly cloudy.

Smell is moderate yeasty funk, coriander, light spice, canned pears, apple preserves, and orange marmalade. A slight toasty oak as well.

Taste probably warrants a little more than 4.0, but not a 4.5. Canned pears, oak, honey, oxidized marmalade and did I mention the spicy coriander. They were a little heavy handed with that here.

Mouthfeel is moderately heavy, but the carbonation keeps it from getting too thick feeling. Overall, If I had to guess, I'd say it is more like a Tripel than a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

silenius, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This one came in a very cool looking 750ml capped bottle. In the goblet this looked a cloudy golden orange color with a small white head that dropped to a light bubbly cap. Very nice lacing was left around the goblet as it was consumed. The nose was filled with spice, coriander I am guessing along with a slight sweetness. The taste was very similar as a fruit sweetness was backed by spiciness and a bit of alcohol. There was also a slightly bitter aftertaste as well. Mouthfeel is full and rich, as most Alesmith offerings are. Overall this is a very interesting beer that is tasty but the drinkability is hindered by the over use of spice as is wears on you by the end of the bottle.

meathookjones, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glorious looking bottle Mondial saturday gathering at tiggmtl’s. Thanks a ton to Captaincougar for his legendary generosity Amber yellow, clear, light off-white head. Fruity aroma, yeasty coriander, orange, pears, alcohol and ginger. Pleasant enough, but I’d like some funkiness in the yeast, or something farmy. Palate is also moderately yeasty with more fruity notes (lime, pear). The cookie malt feels a little stale though, like a fruit juice and the balancing bitterness seems a bit restrained. Alcohol burn is considerable. Top notch alesmith mouthfeel though, full bodied with nice medium carbonation, creamy. I like the fruitiness, but don’t find much else to contemplate.. Slightly disappointing in that regard.

Rastacouere, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed pale appearance. Dark golden. Very little head. Slight off white collar. Lacing is spotty. Whiffs of alcohol, corriander, a little doughy yeastiness and spice come across my nose. Sweet aroma. The sweet corriander and orange hit the palate first, but it is quickly washed away by the sting of ethanol. But the alcohol blends into the nice biscuity maltiness and doughiness of the beer. Yeast properties are pretty big. A little fruitiness. Some baker's yeast. Phenolics. Pretty nice, eclectic flavor profile. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. And the body is about medium. Good drink.

Thank's for the horny beer Mr. Bum.

Bighuge, May 19, 2004
Photo of jonnylieberman
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a champange bottle a beautiful copper. Very bright. Very little head, very little lacing.

Smell: Yep, that's coriander. Loads of it. A little malt and some alcohol is present. A little bit of peach perhaps.

Taste is great. This is what Belgian beers in Belgium taste like. Sweet and spicey. Definate plum/prune type of thing going on. Alcohol is the aftertaste.

Mouth feel is just beyond... I mean, talk about warming. The medium body is deceptive. Alcohol all down your throat. Almost bournon like. Warming is an understatement. I love it.

Note: 11% per bottle unlike the 10% listed above. Definately going to pick a bottle (or ten) and age it. Yums...

jonnylieberman, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another superb beer from Alesmith.

Poured a light peach. Nice head. Some lacing.

Fantastic nose loaded with banana esters, pears, mandarin oranges, sweet malts and lots and lots of coriander.

Delicious flavor. Mango, pineapple, peanut butter, green grapes, black peppers, banana and coriander throughout. This was one awesome tasting beer. Fluffy in the mouth and quite lovely. I want more.

Crosling, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in the green 750 mL bottle into a goblet. The color is hazy golden, with a bit of wispy head. The smell is a very strong coriander. The taste is dominated by the coriander spicing, with a bit of tripel sweetness and alcohol. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, probably wouldn't have too many more.

A bit too dominated by the coriander to be easily enjoyable, but still an interesting experiment. Not great and not something I'd really seek out again.

beergeek279, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of Jables
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy and bright orange. With a beautiful frothy white head.

The smell was good but not too good. Spicy yeast ala belgian witbier but much sweeter. Candy sugar also evident on the nose.

The flavor is rich and fruity with spicy notes. Dried apricots, peaches, with coriander and some nutmeg.

The mouthfeel is rich, heavy, and creamy. The alcohol is more and more evident as it warms.

Overall, a great beer for sitting and sipping during those terrible movies that your significant other insists you watch on Valentine's Day. A special thanks to Gusler for this brew!

Jables, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Horny Devil has an orangey/golden color, with some haziness (without even swirling in the sediment from the bottle; that'll be later...). The head is a sturdy 1" of fine, tight, off-white colored bubbles which last and last. It does thin down a bit, but maintains at 1/2" for the duration of quaffing. Carbonation within consists of a plethora of minute, slow-moving bubbles heading top-side in an endless procession. Lacing on the sides is fairly decent too! All-in-all, this bier looks lovely!!! The aroma has lovely suggestions of fruit, with some peach, mango, and other tropical styles thrown in. A smidge of peppery spiciness is also present. Body has a medium feel to it; just the right amount of heft for this style. The abundant carbonation makes for a bubbly/creamy/foamy feel on the tongue, yet without the bite, or roughness, of some biers. The flavor is loaded with tropical fruit, making for a "dee-li-shus" mouthful of bier! I pick up some mango, peach, a touch of orange and other citrus notes at the outset of tasting. Malt present is of the bready/crackery variety. Near the finish, I get some mild pepperiness and yeasty spiciness. (Swirling in the yeasties near the finish only enhances the spicy characteristics). Though having eaten prior to this quaffing session, I still can feel a warming glow within my stomach from the ABV, listed as 10% on the bottle. This is a lovely bier, and 25 minutes after starting and about 2/3's through, I can feel the alcohol. Mmmm....good stuff! Big thanks go to a great westcoast BA, drewbage1847! Vielen Dank, und Zum Wohl!!!

overall: 4.35
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


Bierman9, Feb 08, 2004
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4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to weefishheads for sharing this. It was a large, nicely decorated 750ml bottle. About as attractive an item can be with horny painted on it. Poured, it shone pale yellow, a haze due to the sediment suspended in it. A very slight wisp of foam graced the top, but it was brief.

The aroma was ripe of apples and orchard. Yeast contributed greatly to the smells, though it was not overwhelming.

The taste was marvelous. mild pale malts, gala apple yeast and delicate spice combine to create a very subtle and pleasing drink. The near puree of sediment brush across your tongue as you drink, enhancing the experience greatly, and further suggesting fresh pressed apples.

Though a strong Belgian, there were not overtly strong flavors or sensations. It came across as a much lighter beer, and I was surprised to learn it was so highly alcoholic. I can't wait for next thanksgiving to share this at the table.

freed, Jan 19, 2004
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden honey tone with a suprisingly thin white head leaves specks of lacing quite disappointing appearance. Aroma: Rich complex honey tinged fruit tones tropical fruit like some pineapple and mango type flow. Taste: Very sweet with the alcohol leaving it's mark on the palate very heavy in the plethora of flavor going on here with rich syrupy notes of pear, mango, and pineapple comes a dry finish. The sweetness is this beers primary flavor attribute but also one that cuts back on the drinkability. Mouthfeel: I would say medium bodied ale with a lot of texture from the syrupy fruit a bit cloying due to the sweetness. Drinkability: Very tasty and flavorful however the lack of carbonation takes away from the crispness turning into a strong alcoholic syrup, it's better than that but I am quite disappointed from this offering from Alesmith. The IPA, ESB, and X were fantastic so far just a lot of rich flavors take away from the drinkability here.

WVbeergeek, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.8/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No real head on this beer. It is a very clear golden color. There is a bit of weird aroma emanating from my glass, I am not quite sure what it is though. It tastes a bit cidery. It is thin bodied, lightly alcoholic in the finish, and there is a light sweetness running throughout. I detect an astringent mustiness as well. This really needs to be highly carbonated, this is just lightly carbonated. Does this get better? It must, right? Not too interesting at all. So disappointing coming from this brewery, it is in fact a drain pour for me, I have much better things in the fridge waiting for me.

Gueuzedude, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of winomark
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear pale gold with a miniscule white head.

Aroma: Citrus and spice notes. Some faint estery components also.

Taste: Quite interesting. Can taste the coriander, but also a strange candy/sugar/sweet something. Malt and any hops are well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Slightly sweet and syrupy, but pleasant. Some flavor I can't describe; maybe vanilla?

Drinkability: Oddly enouhg, a very enjoyable brew, especially on Halloween night. Not what I expected at all. I like it, but I don't know why.

winomark, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of hyuga
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting pour, couldn't get as much of a head out of this one as I usually expect from Belgian pale ales. The head that did form settled quickly. Nevertheless, it's a nice looking beer, golden with a red hue, accented by lots of ascending bubbles. Huge peppery spiciness in the aroma, followed by a little lemon and coriander. A bit estery, small amount of tart apple and some dried fruit. A bit yeasty. Sharp and zesty on the palate. Smooth and malty sweet at the start with spicy pepper on the edges of the tongue. Candi sugar is detectable here. Spiciness increases as it hits the middle, and a bit of dried fruit shows up here as well. I'm getting some banana too. Lemony and sharp near the back, with hoppiness showing up right before the finish. Pepper and coriander all the way through. Spicy and dry finish. Excellent take on the style. I love peppery spiciness in beers. There aren't too many of these brewed in America outside of Unibroue's, and this one is right up there with the best. Another impressive offering from Alesmith, a brewery that definitely lives up to the reputation given to it by the many beer lovers who speak so highly of it.

hyuga, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just had this for the second time, and I enjoyed it both times. Certainly a unique, tart taste. Cloudy, almost orange hue. Decent sized head, but not huge. Some retention, little lacing. Orange taste makes you pucker. Smooth and drinkable, alcohol hidden well. I never knew what coriander was, but I assume it adds to the flavor here. Nice beer, well worth trying.

JohnnyDuvel, Jun 15, 2003
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