Devious | Allentown Brew Works

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Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerImmediately on 08-19-2010

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49
Ratings:
186
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 186
Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper body beneath the ruby hues and tan head that leaves only a thin lacing around the glass.

Generous aromas of pumpkin and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg float from the glass.

The flavor also offers pumpkin flavors with pleasant fall spices but the pumpkin in the flavor is more sweet pumpkin meat than anything else. There are also some woody stem and toasted malt notes.

Medium in both body and carbonation with a spicy pumpkin finish.

This is a pretty nice pumpkin ale with plenty of traditional characteristics and seemingly well balanced.

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Photo of themind
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a class A beer! period! I have had many pumpkin beers and this really is the best one I have had to date. Great aroma and a fantastic taste! Just really a great beer. I am surprised this isnt rated higher because I think this spanks Weyerbachers Imperial.

Bottom Line: Best pumpkin beer I have had!

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- AOH

A- light red and/or dark amber in color. Clear and head is minimal. Average lacing.

S- cinnamon, nutmeg, malt vinegar, clove and pumpkin. Lots of notes in the nose and they all go well together for what i want with a pumpkin ale.

F- Clove and cinnamon dominate the palate and it tastes like a hcewy pumpkin pie with cinnamon sprinkled on top.

M- chewy and heavy in the mouth. the spices linge and coat the mouth as well leaving a nice lip smacking flavor.

O- The 9% doesnt hit you until its almost gone but a good PA thats for sure. I bought a sixer and it was well worth it.

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Photo of magine
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a cloudy, dirty dark orange amber color. Has a very carbonated bone colored head that settles to no head and only a ring of lace around the edges. The dirty cloudy look is great, not much else though. Average look but dirtiness make it slightly above average.

Brew smells of cinnamon, spices, nutmeg. Smells like pumpkin pie spices. Yup its a pumpkin beer. Good unmistakable smell here.

Brew tastes malty, spicy and has the booze in there as well. The brew is medium and nearly smooth to drink despite its high alcohol. Can taste the cinnamon and nutmeg, but it is subtle. This is a nice malty smooth finishing brew that is not over spiced. Nice drinkability for this style. Good flavored pumpkin brew.

This isn't my favorite style by any stretch, but this is a more enjoyable brew for this style for sure. It keeps you interested in your next sip, which for me says a lot. Drinks more like a stout type of brew. This is well crafted tasty brew. Good stuff.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy deep amber with lots of tiny bubbles and a two-finger, off-white, fizzy head that diminished too quickly (less than a minute). Virtually no lacing.

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. I could smell it clearly as I was pouring it.

T: Light sweetness and slight bitterness. The first taste is alcohol. There is also a nice balance of pumpkin and spice.

M: Light to medium bodied. Somewhat smooth. A bit dry.

O: The way too quickly diminishing head and the strong alcohol flavor were a turn-off for me. I thought this pumpkin ale was just slightly above average.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown in color, just a bit transparent but barely. About a finger of off white head at the top, and a bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Strong gingerbread and cinnamon notes up front, with some slight nutmeg and brown sugar.

T: Lots of spice on this brew, strong notes of caramel, gingerbread, cinnamon, very unique but way to spicy for a pumpkin brew for my liking.

M: Medium bodied, lots of carbonation and lots of spice.

D: This was not a terrible pumpkin brew, but not my favorite. Way to spicy for my taste buds, good notes of cinnamon and gingerbread though.

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Photo of Axic10
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first pumpkin beer of 2010. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with a finger of head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, smells like pumpkin pie in a glass.

Taste: Taste follows the nose, heavy on the spices of cinnamon and nutmeg with a nice pumpkin aftertaste. Good, but not Pumking good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight burn from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Definitely worth picking up at again at the $6-$7 I paid for it at Whole Foods. Will make this a regular during my pumpkin beer season.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Updating review on 9/29/2011. Original done on 9/3/2010.

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a deep, dark brown-orange colored brew that has a good two finger head that is a creamy off white color. Descent lacing and the head retains very well, leaving a clumpy cover on top.

Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of clove and a buttery malt with some mild hop bitters.

Tastes of predominantly of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg as well as buttery roasted caramel malts. Complex flavors, a lot going on here. Mild hop bitter in the back with a faint alcohol burn.

Medium bodied, but on the thick side, creamy, smooth stout-like in the mouth. Good carbonation.

In spite of the abv, this is is a very sessionable imperial pumpkin. Pumpkin ales (especially the imperials) are for me, one of the joys of this time of year and something that I look forward to enjoying. This is definitely one of my favorites.

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Photo of olympicgatorade
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Typical for an imp pumkin. Burnt orange brown. Decent lacing, little head.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, little pumpkin.

T: Booze hits you upfront then spices follow. Definitely has a boozier punch left in your mouth than most imperial pumpkins I've had.

M: Not the best. Carbonation is a little high. Has a weird gritty aftertaste that lingers longer than I'd like.

O: Not a very good imperial pumpkin. And at $13.95 a sixer, (and with an abundance of better imperial pumpkins) I will not invest in this again. Has a number of small issues that would need to be fine tuned. Not that enjoyable, and I love imperial pumpkins.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Head fizzes up and fizzes down quite fast on this one. Nothing much left after a minute. The beer pours a cloudy, iced tea color. Nothing too impressive here.

S: One of the more balanced pumpkin ales I've tried. Can still smell the actual beer in front of all the spices. Spice is there, but the maltiness of the beer is what stands out. Very pleasing....seeing as how most pumpkin beers are a mouthful of cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: Again, one of the better balanced pumpkin ales I have encountered. Distinct pumpkin flavor upfront. Very important in my opinion. The spices reside on the aftertaste and hint at pumpkin pie, but the pumpkin flavor really is standing out. It really is a delicate balance to achieve with the strong spices that coincide with these beers.

M: Thin and fizzy. Seems to be the only problem I find with this beer. It's a big beer with a small beer feel. Slippery and highly carbonated. Has the feel of a soda almost.

D: One of the better pumpkin ales I have tried, it definitely spills out pumpkin but it lacks in other areas. Way too much carbonation, but a great level of spice. Great pumpkin flavor. Good take at a very frowned upon style.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured bottle into glass. 9% abv

Appearance- Pours a very deep orange-brown color. Opaque. Also has a tannish head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell- Squashy aroma of pumkin mash, with big notes of nutmeg/cinnamon spice mixed about.

Taste- Pumpkin is as big at the start of the taste profile as in the nose. Also a bit of vanilla in there too. The pumpkin flavor blends into a caramel sweetness that ends with a punch of spice. I taste allspice and cinnamon to finish it out.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body with a slick creamy texture. Right on for an imperial brew. The alcohol is quite noticeable after swallowing, as the burn can be felt.

Overall- A solid heavy hitting pumpkin ale that clocks in at 9%. Yes it is boozy but the pumpkin is a stand out flavor. Perhaps a little heavy on the spices but still is smooth. Glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of cooch69
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes in a 750 ml bottle. It pours a pretty clear glossy orange/amber with a small, tight cream colored head.

Nose is a beauty. Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and caramelized malts. This pretty much smells like a Pumpkin Pie factory. Awesome.

Taste is a bit high on the alcohol at first but then all of the flavors come through immediatly. Lush and creamy pumpkin and crystal malts and all of the spices you can ask for. This ones semi sweet and has a decent carbonation. Give me a bottle of this and two slices of Grade A pumpkin pie with some whipped cream and I'll be set for the night.

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Photo of shangwang
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finishing off the last few remaining pumpkin beers in my fridge. What a great beer time of year, but alas, it's time to move on and finish the season strong.

Poured into a Chimay glass. Mostly clear reddish-orange color with almost no head and very fine bubbles every now and then. Very sour smell- the most prevelant scent was a sour fruit (cherry?) with hints of pumpkin and spices. Smelled like a fermented pumpkin pie. Tasted strongly of pumpkin, cinnamon and honey, and the sour smell was mirrored in the taste as well. I tend to be a fan of sour tastes in beer, so this was right up my alley. Medium-bodied in mouthfeel with a slight zip of natural carbonation, but nothing too bubbly.

Overall, I enjoyed this one. It's not my favorite pumpkin beer, but it's a dang fine one and I will seek out another 6-pack next year. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of jculler82
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Duvel tulip.

Nice clear glowing ruby amber to orange beer. Frothy off white head that fades pretty quickly.

Smells really nice, pumpkin pie spice are leaping out of the glass. Smells the most like liquid pumpkin pie of any pumpkin beer I've tried. Certainly nothing hiding behind complexity though, it's all out front.

Taste mirrors the smell, nutmeg, cinammon, vanilla, bread crust, and some dark fruits to remind you it's a beer. Very drinkable, especially at 9.00%.

Nice full mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Overall, a pleasant pumpkin beer that you don't have to struggle to finish.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Foamy hed, with decent lacing. Lots of lacing. The color could be more inviting tho; lager.

S: Pumpkin pie and spices. Clove and cinnamon. Squashy. Vanilla. Raw pumpkin....pumpkin rind.

T: Yummy. NOT PUMPKIN PIE; which is nice. A malty, delicious brew with hints of cinnamon, clove and raw pumpkin. Clove finishes.

M: Chewy, and full bodied. A really nice coat on the tongue! Really nice!

O: This is a refreshing take on pumkin beers. NOT PUMPKIN PIE, BUT JUST PUMPKIN. Great job Allentown. I love PA breweries!!!

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this in a variety pack. Looks mighty nice. Lets see how another pumpkin beer does tonight.

Appearance: Has a nice, dark, orange hazy appearance. I would say just under an inch of head before it quickly dissipates. Very reminiscent of Autumn, which makes it look delicious.

Smell: Pretty heavy on spices, but there is a scent of pumpkin. I mostly note nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste: Has a slight sweetness to it, but heavy on the flavor. Must be the 9% that is first noticeable. The cinnamon and pumpkin is definitely available here and this brew doesn't lack on the roasted malts either.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Nice, smooth body and finishes off dry. Likeable from the start. I would totally recommend this beer and may have another this weekend if I hit up any bonfires. Cheers!

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Photo of gestyr
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a tulip glass.

A: A nice orange/amber with a firm off-white head that lasts but leaves a minimum of lacing.

S: Pumpkin, earthy tones, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, biscuit, malt

T: First the taste of alcohol hits you but then the other flavors kick in and the balance is reached. Pumpkin followed by the typical pumpkin pie spices intermixed with a good biscuity malt backbone. No alcohol aftertaste.

M: On the low side of medium bodied. No carbonation sting.

O: I liked this beer. It goes good on a rainy evening. At first the balance wasn't there but then everything seemed to fall into place flavor-wise. I probably will buy this again.

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Photo of joshstevens87
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours an amber orange with an inch or so of white maybe slightly orangish head
S-pumpkkin spices of ginger cinnamon nutmeg and allspice
T-very smooth for the abv but could use a bit more spices very smooth flavor tho
M-awesome, incredibly smooth with very little alcohol burn
O-pretty good imperial take on the style but a bit too malty and not enoughh pumpkin flavor for me...stil good tho

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Photo of cpanossian
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 ml cork bottle into tall glass - severl fingers of off-orange/biege foam. Nice clear amber brown color. No lacing.

Good biscuity aroma of gingerbread and spice cake, some cinnamon too. Strong whisps of phenols too? Uh-oh.

Taste is where I sense a conflict - high booze content competes with cakey sweetnees for your taste buds attention. It's honoestly a little much. And then there's the phenol thing. What should be sweet and boozy has this bizarre medicinal backgroud smell/taste.

This Devious is not the best of its kind - it's just ok - but it might be fine for sipping around the old lodge fire to warm yourself up with.

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Photo of undeadozzy
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured from a tap. Looked like a generic lager with a deep reddish brown amber color with a foamy head that seemed to go away by itself.

S - Smell is incredible! Smells like a homemade pumpkin pie! The spices are spot on and the pumpkin is insane!

T - Very heavy on the spice. Not sure if it's just the keg or the beer, but its very heavy. Like the taste of a slice of pumpkin pie, but dialed up a few notches. Very tasty regardless, but a little too much.

M - Thick and heavy, Very filling feeling. Very heavy and thick beer, almost feels like you ate a pie after drinking a few of these guys!

O - A very delicious pumpkin beer. Very good, but maybe a little less on the spice. Overall though, a very tasty beer for the fall!

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Photo of HopsYeast
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-pours no head with a clear light copper color body
s-very faint earthy pumpkin smell. but mostly dominated by typical pumpkin pie spices. clove, cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, sugar.
t-more earthiness to the pumpkin comes out in the taste than the smell which works for me. still has the pumpkin pie like spices but they are less pungent. more of the pumpkin taste comes out.
m-very lite body and low level of carbonation. you can drink this very quickly. be careful with that 9% :)
o-this is a nice pumpkin ale. the smell makes me anticipate a very weyerbacher imperial pumpkin ale like beer, but this one has more earthy flavor and less sweet pumpkin pie taste than the weyerbacher. glad i found another local imperial pumpkin thats good.

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Photo of PremiumPete83
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very heady like soda, reduces to almost no head at all.  Dark copper color.

Smell - A lot of spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Finishes with a pumpkin aroma.

Taste - Solid hoppy start followed by a big spice middle. A good bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Malty  pumpkin finish. 

Mouthfeel - Medium body.

Drinkability - A bit of alcohol burn on the way down.  Nice hop beginning and follows into a pumpkin spice flavor.  Good pumpkin ending. Solid pumpkin offering. Would have again.

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Photo of IntoIPA570
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a fall-seasonal lover, I'm always on the hunt for new pumpkin-flavored beers. Though I'm from Northeastern, PA, I hadn't really heard a ton about Fegley's Devious, but then randomly stumbled upon some singles of it at a pizza shop in my hometown. Overall, it's one of the better pumpkin beers on the market (and I've had a ton - Dogfish still being the best I've had). It draws a nice balance between thin and malty, which in my opinion, makes for the better of the pumpkin ale batches. Imperial Pumking is revered as the best-there-is, and I think it's terribly over-malted and doused in vanilla flavoring. Fegley's, much like Dogfish Punkin, is quite drinkable, and you're not tired of it after one. It's a fantastic compliment to any fall occasion, especially Thanksgiving dessert. Great job, Allentown!

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Photo of rebby
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 4-pack of 12oz bottles at Wegman's in Collegeville PA.

I won't pretend to know much about what characteristics are ideal for beer. I just know that when I drank this I tasted pumpkin and some spice, and the flavors were nicely balanced to my thinking. The spices were there but did not overpower the pumpkin flavor. I like pumpkin and liked that I could taste it. This a a beer I can enjoy with a meal or a snack, and wouldn't mind a second if I am feeling thirsty. Careful though, it's not named Devious for nothing - packs a bit of a wallop, so another good reason to enjoy with food.

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Devious from Allentown Brew Works
3.79 out of 5 based on 186 ratings.
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