Devil's Ale | SanTan Brewing Co.

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Devil's AleDevil's Ale

Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Devil's Ale is of the new breed of American West Coast Pale Ales. Devil’s Ale won a Gold Medal at 2011 GAZBF. It is the highest rated Pale Ale in Arizona receiving 96 points from Draft Magazine. Deep, golden maroon in color, Devil’s Ale is defined by a delicious citrus hop character derived from Cascade & Centennial hops grown in the Pacific Northwest, balanced with a firm caramel malt flavor.

45 IBU

Added by t0rin0 on 12-01-2009

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 322
Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber/honey colored with thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing on the glass is excellent. Citrusy, hoppy aroma. Great hop forward taste followed by a smooth citrus malty taste. Aftertaste is bitter but not too bitter. The hops and malts are balanced very well. Great beer!!

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Photo of That_One_Guy
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

I personally consider this one of my "go to" micro. It's got a bold taste when you start with a hoppy citrus taste and then mellows out with a kick of hops. Love the amber color. Not a traditional Pale Ale at all.

WIFE TAKE: I thought this was Irish Amber. Hey look, the can has a mustache!

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one last night at Another Pointe of View, and I didn't realize I hadn't tried their pale ale. It was a very pleasant surprise, smelling of citrus, malt and big dose of pine. Taste was a great blend of grapefruit citrus, a healthy dose of malt. Really hit the spot. A big white head and lacing down the glass. If their IPA was this good, they'd really be onto something. As it is, this is their best beer, imo.

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Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this can out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving nice rings down the side of the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Good hoppy aroma with a slight citrus background.

T: Bitter hoppy flavor with that same citrus background that finishes on the dry side of bitter.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent pale ale.

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Photo of supie12
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Being from Arizona I am bias. However, this is the best APA I've tasted since my start in craft beer drinking.
The color is a rich Amber.
The head maintained decently after pouring into a glass.
It's aroma is deep and you can really smell the quality.
The taste is also spectacular. It's not excessively bitter. And lingers nicely on the tounge.
I've been craving a taste from home since I've moved to Texas and this really hit the spot.

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Photo of Chuk_Hell
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hop aroma bursts from the can and spills into your glass.An orange-amber color greets the eye. A one -finger head disapates fairly quickly. This is a great smelling beer for a pale ale ..grass, pine, and tropical fruit.The brewer says this is dry-hopped with simcoe and I believe it. Wonderful balance and very drinkable, I really like this beer.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can with no date code on it into a pint glass and got a 1 1/2 finger of head that slowly dissipates to a really nice covering on the top of the beer that lasts to the end.

A: Pours a copper and brass color with 1 1/2 finger of head and sheets of sticky lacing that covers the glass from top to bottom.

S: Citrus smell first and more of a lemon or orange peel than a grapefruit followed by floral and pine scents. Very nice and appealing.

T: There is a very nice balance between between the hops and the malt which I didn't notice with the aromas. Upfront: orange, lemon and followed with a bread flavor of the malts and then back to the hops. This finishes with a piney, crisp taste.

M: This goes down good; but not as good as on tap or when I've had it by growler. Go figure. I wanted to try it at home in a single serve unit, though. I have to ask myself, "Is this a freshness issue"?

O: I highly recommend this beer! If you could get it on tap; you should try it. Normally, I have to rate this beer one of my favorites as I get it fresh. It is a hoppier pale ale and almost an IPA in my opinion. There is a wonderful balance of hops and malts. A very good Arizona beer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My fav of the SanTan brews so far.Pours with a nice, medium sized, thick, off white head that lasts, and good lacing. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is hop, floral, perfume, citrus, malt. Flavor is like nose, plus a real nice play between bitter and sweet which leads to the desire for another sip. Great body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and as I said, a session brew.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a tall, white head over an orange body. I'm reminded of Dale's Pale Ale, but this is a bit more drinkable—not as thick. The aroma has a subtle floral touch and then there's still a big rich grapefruit citrus flavor with a grassy edge. The hops don't have a super sharp dry-hop edge, the the flavor rolls nicely through the bitter fruit character with a mild dry, bready toffee malt note in the finish. This is a great pale ale for a hot day, check it out.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, unfortunately the PHX bar I got it at poured it into a red plastic cup
A: A decent head on what appeared to be a decent-colored brew; hard to tell but I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt
S: Typical pale ale with pine/citrus hops over a nice malt backbone
T: Again, classic pale ale - a nice pine/orange peel flavor up front backed by malt and a bit of caramel towards the finish
M: Medium-bodied, crisp from the hops
O: Well-made, always nice to try a new brew when traveling to other parts of the country; I'm glad it's carried at the airport & would recommend giving it a try

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear orange/amber color with a khaki head that thinned out but still left waves of lacing.

S - sweet pine and citrus hop aroma.

T - good balance of solid malt backbone with piney and citrus hop hitting midway and on the finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - a good pale ale that I would have again.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber/copper color with a moderate off-white head that dissipates to a thin island, leaving minimal lacing.

N- Resinous and fruity with some grapefruit and citrus. Hint of toasted malt is minimal, letting the hops dominate the aroma.

T- Malt presence is much more pronounced in the flavor. There is a solid foundation of toasted bread and subtle caramel sweetness with a firm bitterness of grapefruit rind and resin for balance. Some vague fruitiness and hints of citrus on the way to a long bitter finish.

M- Light bodied, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D- Overall, a tasty pale ale. Nicely balanced, thirst quenching, and enjoyable.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap with breakfast/lunch the other day.

The beer pours an amber/brown color, very clear, nice white head that doesn't last but laces the glass a bit.

Aroma is malty, caramelly, and a little citrusy.

Flavor is confusing because it seems to be stuck half way between a dry bitter not so flavorful ESB and a lightly hopped (fruity) amber ale. There is some flavor to be found but its all subtle and nothing too special.

The body is medium, carbonation was ample, and over all a pretty drinkable beer. This is one of those beers that a non beer enthusiast would describe as having that beery flavor. Pretty generic.

I went with the amber classification because of the appearance. As mentioned above the flavor could go either way.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - dark golden or amber in appearance with a half inch of dense white head on top. Nice overall pour that's clean and clear.

Aroma - citrus, bread dough, burnt sugar, candied orange peel and some hints of caramel and malt balls. Aroma reflects a mort malty side of the pale ale family so let's see how if the taste matches up.

Taste - first thing that comes to mind is balance. At first I'm confronted by a bitter, hoppy, citrusy mouthful of flavor that is almost immediately backed up by a wave of brown bread and biscuity malt flavors.The hoppiness of Devil's Ale certainly lifts it into the ranks of a very good American Pale Ale and each sip will remind you of that. This leaves the palate dry in the finish, just enough to stick your head back in the glass and take another sip. Very well done!

Overall - like malt kissed hops...or is it...hop kissed malt? Whichever you look at this is a solid American Pale Ale with a very nice malty backbone and some great citrusy hop notes as well as a crisp and bitter finish. Very tasty and certainly worth stuffing into your cooler, your backpack or your suitcase!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big ups and major props to my fellow CANquistador, indiapaleale, for sending me this and one other in support of my version of The CANQuest (TM)! I love where it hails from (Chandler, AZ) and I look forward to trying it out.

From the CAN: "Craft Beer For Beer Drinking".

It came in a RexAm CAN with a wide-mouth opening, which is always good for an interesting Crack & Glug. It poured with a nice Glugging sound which resulted in a finger-and-a-half of light-tan head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was big with pine hops. Man, this used to be what I would consider an IPA, not an APA. My mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium with a nice mix of caramel malt sweetness and moderate, not overwhelming, hops on the tongue. Hot dang, but this was just what I was looking for! Finish was slightly thin, with the hops barely winning out, but I found myself wishing for some more Ooomph. I would most definitely put this in my cooler if I had access to it on a routine basis.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big light tan head slow settles into a nice lacing above a clear golden amber colored beer.

Big floral, citrus, piney, spring grass aroma with a slight soapy lacing to it.

Citrus and piney dry hops taste with just an ever so slight soapiness on the edges.

A drying aftertaste that brings a bit of the hops tastes with it on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty decent tasting pale ale with a very inviting aroma, the only draw back I can relate is a light to very light soapiness or something that I can only describe as that that comes along with the drinking of this Devil's Ale.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pint served in a plastic cup at a burger joint in Flagstaff AZ. Clear brownish red color with a small tan head. Nice mild floral grapefruit citrus aroma. Sweetened orange lemon grapefruit taste with a cracker background. Thirst quenching with a mild hop bite.

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Photo of joecast
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pancho Mcguillicuddys.

Light amber appwarance. Not much head, low carbonation.

Nice hoppy aroma. Was thinking it would be classed as an IPA, but this is a well placed in APA territory. Good stuff.

Great balance in the taste. Enough hop flavor but not so bitter that it makes it less drinkable.

Nice full mouthfeel and full flavored. Drinks like an easy drinking bigger beer. Really well made. Nice.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy off white head with excellent retention and lacing. Cloudy copper colored body with thick, small bubbled carbonation.

Flowery hops. Some pine. Sweet, bready malt balance.

Moderate/high bitterness. Pine and some flowers. Moderate malt backbone.

Bitter. Medium/full bodied.

A strong APA. An IPA masquerading as an APA. High quality but too strong.

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Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer new year's eve from Total Wine for $7.49.

Beer poured amber with a white head that dissapated quickly.

Nose is strong floral hops which is very inviting.

Taste is well balanced between the caramel malts and the grapefruit hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth.

Overall this is a solid beer, well balanced pale with enough hopping to make us hop heads happy. Definitely worthy of a shot!

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Photo of JDV
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper, small head. Smell is fruity, gummy bears, and fresh but subtle. Taste is smooth, very fruity, gummy bear malt, light bitterness. Very drinkable with medium body, light carbonation. Might prefer a touch more spritziness, but the flavor is nice, hoppy but not harsh at all and it goes down easily. I like it. Like a bowl of dry hopped melted gummy bears.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a great amber color and very nice foamy head to it. Smells like hops, citrus, and floral. The taste is a good hop bite and smooth malt on back side. You can tell there is a little citrus mixed in but very well balance of it. Overall very smooth and easy drinking, great balance of flavor and easy to drink all day out in the sun. Very good beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 02/29/16 into pint glass at Native Grill & Wings in Sierra Vista, AZ. Pours a clear ramber with a decent off white head. Initial impression is a nice balance of uncomplicated resinous and floral hops. Refreshing mouthfeel and quite drinkable. Nothing spectacular here, but it certainly holds its own with other local offerings. This was my first beer from this brewery and I'm favorably impressed

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Photo of aval89
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: although listed as a amber, SanTan classifies is as a Pale Ale.

A: received it with a nice full finger head. Slowly settles to thin film.. Body is dark orange/copper tone.

S: mild caramel with some citrus notes.. Mild grapefruit with faint toasty malt smells.

T: has a rich caramel/biscuity base throughout. Towards the back grapefruit bitterness comes in with slight lemon zest & some pine characteristics. Finishes bitter with toasted malts & grapefruit flavors..

Mf: nice light medium body with great carbonation..

D: really easy to put these down.. Surprised at the drinkability.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

After a harrowing few days on my trip out here to Arizona, I settled down with one of these last night at Steve's Greenhouse Grill in PHoenix. This was what the bartender there recommended and it wasn't a bad choice at all. It's good to have a choice of local beers available and while this wouldn't stand up well against the higher-rated beers in this category, this was nicely brewed and went down pretty easily!

The pour to this was a deep copper, which was fitting for the Grand Canyon State. There was a good head to be seen and the top of the lacing stuck to the pint glass it was served in for quite a while. A good nose existed here as well with citrus, wet hops, and a bit of oil to be detected. No burn or excessive alcohol here and this faded out very nicely in the back. Just a bit of caramel gave some body to this and the balance was as good as could be for a beer that wasn't terribly strong.

I didn't even feel the alcohol in this and had I not needed to drive back to my hotel after my serving, I would have easily had another. While the oil and resin weren't that present and the heavier Pale Ale flavors like pine and lemon weren't to be found here, this reminded me of a good American Amber like those of the Troegs beers. Everything worked together well here and Arizona can be proud to have such a drinkable beer of this type brewed in its backyard!

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