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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Photo of ronniebruner
2.84/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very average IPA with nothing memorable about it. This new IPA trend is flooding the market with subpar IPA's and this is no exception. Tastes like a million other brews I can think of with the strong grassy taste, amber coloring, carbonation and malty hops aroma. While this is not a bad beer, it is extremely ordinary and I probably won't even remember drinking it in the morning. I live in Arizona and Arizona has a poor community of brewing and this does not help our cause.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at 1702; March 2010
This arrives topped by a pale tan colored head that is just about half a finger in height. The beer is an amber color that shows a clear'ish copper hue to it when held up to the light. The aroma is somewhat hoppy smelling with a mix of grapefruit, light menthol, grassy pine and herbal notes. The finish of the nose has a touch of soap to it. If you really dig around you can find some notes of toasted grain and a hint of caramel maltiness.

The beer is nicely bitter, with pine like hop flavors from the beginning to the end of each sip. Actually, both of these become more prominent towards the finish. Some soap-like flavors and a body that is not quite big enough to stand up to the hop character are the most noticeable flaws in this brew. I find myself enjoying this less and less as I take each sip; thin, herbal, grassy and a way to subtle malt character that doesn't manage to play even the needed supporting role to the hops all sort of kill this for me. This isn't horrible, just way unbalanced.

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Photo of TommyLiam
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Rich copper with a deep and uniform carbonation. Topped with two fingers of weakly soapy off-white head after a semi-aggressive pour. Lacing is good and carb is persistent.

S: Uniformly weak nose of tangerine and blood orange. No malt detected.

T: The hefty carbonation covers the initial flavor. Mid palate is a generic citrus with a fading pine. After taste is the only redeeming portion as it again displays the nose with a surprisingly pleasant and unique blood orange note that lingers.

M: Too much carb up front and a flat, bland residual feel in the end.

Disappointing but with a surprising citrus blood orange aftertaste that made me go back again. This is the best offering of theirs I've had and something that has the potential to be hugely improved upon.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of my Arizona trip, not really a fan of this all. Beer served in a shaker pint, beer is amber and mostly clear with an off white head.

Aroma is malt with hints of hops.

Beer sort of tastes like a wet blanket, has that malt...old feel to it. Maybe this is an older bottle. I'd give this beer a second chance on draft sometime but as it stands now this is not a repeat. Mediocre at best.

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Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Big, rich, and woody tasting. Nice copper color in the pint glass. Expansive nose of flowery hops is the best feature. Sharp and resiny taste. Hoppy bitterness is powerful. More of an IPA to my mind, but maybe there is some distinction that evades me. Rather astringent with that earthy and woody flavor joining up with some kind of acidity.

Not very drinkable, but the hop flavor is pleasing for a brief moment.

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Photo of Maloney1011
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: medium copper color, slightly off white head, clear.

Aroma: Big kiss of pine and citus hops/grapefruit. Light caramel.

Taste: Hops jump out, same description as aroma. Finishes with sweet malts.

Feel: well carbonated, bitter, medium body.

Overall: Nice beer, would fall more into light IPA than APA.

Side note: first time to buy, poured from can, Irving, Tx. Would be fun to hike with a six pack of this. I would buy again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus like hops. In the taste, orange citrus hops, yet lacking an ending flavor. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine like hop in the aftertaste. Big nose and start of the beer, but lacking an end.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pale ale from down in the valley pours a very nice soft-gilded brown into my Junkyard Brewing twelve-ounce tulip, trailed swiftly by a solid, latte-hued foamy-head, that laces well and is well retained. As that tapers off, odors present of a pretty wonderful sticky-sweet wet-hop florality, which isn't especially complex but is a pleasant punch in the nostrils.

Unfortunately, the flavors follow the trend of the nose to a degree that's less pleasant and more extreme: the concerted blast of bitterness expressed by Devil's Ale brings down the buoyancy of its fresher hop notes, and besides those features there isn't a lot operating on the palate whilst this ale passes through the maw. Indeed, even the fairly balanced basal structure of dry malt bite and pale sugars, which should buttress the top-level bittering, are a bit too thin to serve that purpose; instead, the overall textural impression tends to the watery, which is unfortunately not to the service of the beer's mix of flavors. Overall, it's a passable, very unspectacular session pale out of SanTan, and ultimately far from their best effort.

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Photo of tylerzander
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a slightly hazy light copper color with an off-white one finger head, larger bubbles which tighten up as the foam subsides, good retention and lacing

S - piney upfront with lemon and grapefruit aromas: typical American pale ale aroma hops, not to say that typical is bad by any means, with a light caramel malt nose as a backdrop for the hops to shine

T - despite the relatively strong aroma, the hop flavor is subdued, with just some shadows of citrusy bitterness and the maltiness is more upfront, with a slightly oxidized taste, wish I would have gotten to this sooner

M - prickly high level of carbonation, and while I tend to like a dry pale ale, this one treads the line on being too thin, and the higher level of carbonation seems to emphasize the thinness rather than offset it; a little degassing actually seems to help this beer out a lot, and enhances the malt body and character

D - not a bad pale ale, but (like most) one you would be best served to drink brewery fresh; up against the ubiquitous standard of Sierra Nevada pale ale, this would lose out, sadly

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper color to me, not really amber. From the can it pours with a nice head of white creamy goodness. Nose had some pleasant candied aromas along with sweet pine. On the palate the malt comes through with a somewhat candied sweetness, grapefruit, and again the pine. Light bodied though, almost watery. Finishes with a piney aftertaste. In a way this is an IPA-light - some similar desirable flavors and aromas, but less bitterness, less alcohol, and lighter bodied.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can

darker golden orange in color, white head. citrus hop aroma - orange, lemon. also some pine in there too. taste is only mildly bitter, enough malt flavor to balance. thin bodied.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crafted on 4/2/14. Batch # 060 006786.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid balance between citrus and herbal hop characteristics.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served a bland sort of amber with a tan head - medium sized bubbles that don't stick much. Brew salts are notable in the aroma, with enough grassy hops to maybe suffice. Fairly herbal as well, with a touch of toasted grain and caramel sweetness. Not much to behold just yet - although we are at an establishment with no draft menu, where the waiter says "I have everything, so many taps..." and then can't even pull an IPA out of his ass. I ask for something hoppy, and get this...

Not the beer's fault. Fairly piney and menthol-like deep into the flavor. Pretty watery after all, as the malts just can't rise to the occasion. Too thin to handle the hops, which become unpleasantly acidic. Balance is way off and the brew salt/metallic note must be dealt with. I may give this a shot canned sometime.

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Photo of Phelps
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fun fact: this beer was formerly known as Sun Devil Ale, but the fascists at my alma mater, Arizona State University, decided to crack down on SanTan and claimed the brewery was infringing on their copyright. Now known simply as Devil's Ale, this one was poured into a chilled glass from a can emblazoned with the saying "Craft beer for beer drinking."

The look is a perfectly clear pale orange-tinged dandelion. A 1.5 finger head of fluffy yellowish white sits atop, receding slowly to a hefty top layer of soapy film that grips the glass in jagged-edged sheets.

Smells dank. It's pretty hoppy for a simple pale ale. Notes of tangerine, orange blossom, honey and fresh fresh-cut grass are noticeable amidst a candy sweetness.

There's far more bitterness in the flavor than in the nose. Lots of orange peel, grass and pale malt. The substantial bitterness rolls in after the swallow, coating the mouth. Pretty standard.

A prickly medium carbonation makes the beer moderately fizzy as it moves about. Medium light body, just a bit watery. Clean, crisp.

An above-average pale ale and one of the better offerings from SanTan. I enjoyed it, though admittedly the experience was enhanced by watching the Sun Devils upset the University of Arizona in their own house. Victory never tasted so sweet.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yellow and orange, 2/5" head, white. Aroma was only minorly hoppy, hoped for more after the write up.

Taste hit plenty of c hops, that offered not just a mild aroma and bitterness, but plenty of hop mouthfeel. IBU's in check to keep it a pale ale. Real traditional by timeline standards, c hops, crystal malt, 50 ibus.

Its a likeable beer, above average pale ale stuff.

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Photo of Gatch
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a thick, fluffy, off-white head that slowly settles into some sticky lace. Amber in color with shades of copper.

S - Malt and hops. Something nasty that I can't detect.

T - Great balance of sweet malt and bitter hops. Neither overpowers. Fairly hoppy for a Pale Ale. A bit of alcohol. Some piney, bitter notes from the hops. Fruity sweetness.

M - Refreshing at first but it becomes cloying. The taste of old hops hangs around too long.

I'm sure it's much better from the tap.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy amber pour with a finger of head which quickly disappeared. smells of caramel, bread, spanish rice, and a citrusy orange/lemon scent. tastes slightly metallic with a nice grassy flavor, slight hint of bitterness builds a solid backbone, while subtle maltyness distracts your tastebuds - banana, smoked, dirt. light bodied leaning towards medium - fizzy carbonation but a bit syrupy to be light bodied.

overall, this is a bit bitter for an apa, but i do like 'em bitter, so i can't complain too much! a bit heavy on the malt and not so much hop profile. no sign of a best before date on the can, so i can't tell if it just wasn't fresh or if this is just how their style is. personally, i like my apa's / ipa's to be refreshing, and they usually are. this is just more of a gut filler.

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Photo of denver10
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey amber with a nice white head. Aroma was of some caramel malt, grapefruit, and orange. Flavor followed suit. Only mildly bitter.A medium bodied somehwat active mouthfeel. Overall, a solid APA. Not a standout for the style, but perfectly enjoyable.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can with no freshness date.

Brassy color has a good clarity, three fingers of head leaves behind a trail of lacing. Soft citric nose with a bigger caramel note. Snappy crispness with a creamy medium body. Citric hops and caramel malt battle it out but realize they are great together and meld for a bittersweet finish. Hint of toasted bread and pear-like fruitiness. The orange peel and piney hop flavor does seem to take the lead though as the dryness pulls towards the end.

Tasty, the hops surprise in the end with a broader stroke. A bit of a session ale as well.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from a can into a 12oz bottle. canned date of 10/6/15. 6 months old, old for a pale.

pours a nice amber color with a decent white head. okay lacing, body nice and clear.

aroma is faintly of some hops, mostly sweetness from the malt.

taste is certainly not premium, with the hops having faded a bit, but is not unpleasant at all. the hop bite only really comes in at the finish.

overall, not too bad for being 6 months old. thinking san tan is onto something with this canning thing.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber color with smallish, but still a full covering of white bubbly head.
Smells nice and hoppy, floral, woodsy and citrus, with bit of caramalt coming out more as it warms.
Tastes pretty much like the aroma suggests. Hop forward, with a slight astringency that counterbalances the light, sweet caramalt backbone. Feels just a bit too thin for how agressive it is with the lingering astringency and prickly carbonation.
Overall, a nice pale ale that is as hoppy and bitter as some IPAs.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - 4 - clear copper amber color with nice thick film of bubbles on top, leaves nice ring of lacing already. Can is distinctive and original.
S - 4 - For an american pale this is very fragrant in a good way. Sweet malts, citrusy hops (orange juice, pineapple, lemon/lime).
T - 3.5 - Definitely hop bitterness, but much more undefined than in the smell. Bready malts, maybe even a little too much for a pale ale.
M - 3.5 - Medium mouthfeel, very bitter, but undefined hops taste - which carries over into the aftertaste. Alc covered.
O - 3.75 - This beer was a little dissapointing in the taste, which was too bitter, without enough specific hop flavors. Also the malts came off a little bit dark for an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a walnut-colored beer with a small, airy head. The aroma gives off herbal, grassy hop notes, with a slight amount of toasted malt underneath. The flavor is a good balance of malt and hops. Bitterness is medium-high, with good grassy, piney hop flavor. The malt is lightly crystal with some nutty, toasty characteristics. Light bodied but well-carbonated. Not exceptional, but very drinkable.

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Photo of DevWand
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber and does a nice job keeping the head

I haven't had too many Pale Ales, but I'll definitely be giving the genre more of a try after tasting this beer. Excellent balance between the hops (almost could be classified as a light IPA) and the grainy malty-ness, I'd expect from an ale. Very drinkable beer

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a snifter. Amber colored with a half inch of white head and quickly faded to the edges.

S - First rye bread, then lighter wet malt smell.

T - Hoppy, very nice. malt backup that balances the bitterness well.

M - Bubbly, moderate carbonation with a medium and crisp body.

D - Not super great looking or amazing smell, but the taste makes up nicely. At 5.5% this is a great session beer with flavor.

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Devil's Ale from SanTan Brewing Co.
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