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: 65 | Ratings: 326
Photo of camerondolsen
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delicious beer. Great ale to drink after a long day! Better on tap. It is a cleaner looking ale, not following the recent Arizona trend of New England of haze. Definitely one of my Go-To beers!

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Photo of andrewh995
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Citrus, hops and good caramel maltiness. The bitterness is more prevalent than a normal APA and it really does this beer a lot of good. Great local brew.

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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 Tsar_Riga
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Standard copper body, clear, with a short off white-light tan head, and some lacing.

S - Pine and lemon-like citrus, a bit of grapefruit pith, and honey hinted malts.

T - Follows the nose, with a moderate malt middle, suggesting dough and sweetness, and a strong tea flavor, then closing off in a sharp bitter turn.

M - Full, bright, with mild drying in the close.

O - Nothing special, but a solid, drinkable pale that offers full, bitter hop flavors.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 AlCaponeJunior
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice, middle of the road pale ale. Hoppier than some but not as hoppy as the hoppiest pale ales that manage to not be classified as an IPA. Just generally tasty and easy to drink. There's a slightly fruity note in the hops, kinda curious but quite enjoyable. You won't be disappointed if you get a sixer.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 joe1510
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can

A big thank you goes out to my dad for surprising me with some beer from a recent vacation. The antique white head forms easily on a standard pour growing to a finger in height. There settling but it leaves a solid cap and respectable ring atop the hazy, apricot orange body. Thin lace sticks like super glue to the glass.

While the nose doesn't quite pop it's not far from doing so, just a little muted. Caramel base is well placed for the citric hop profile to be the showcase. Orange and grapefruit play the major roles. Both are pithy and sweet. A little dankness floats around the back and I hate to say it but a little tea leaf as well, though minor.

Caramel washes over the tongue upfront before pithy citrus hits and takes over. Grapefruit is more abundant than orange but both are pithy then sweeten up toward the finish in the form of candied citrus peel. A hint of that tea leaf bitterness returns but is pretty well buried. The overall citrus characteristic is juicy and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a little heftier than your average pale ale and it works well because of active carbonation and a welcomed frothiness. There's a moderate bitterness I actually wasn't fully expecting that tends to linger after each drink. Nicely done.

Devil's Ale is a solid all around pale ale and probably the best beer I've ever had that's been brewed in Arizona. The maltiness is just enough to lay a base while the hop profile is both juicy and bitter. Highly drinkable. I have a feeling this one could be even better if a touch fresher. I'd pick this up often if in Arizona.

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Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a nice head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Caramel malt and some citrusy/piney hops

Taste: A touch of sweet caramel on the front end with hints of citrus and pine in the middle; a bit earthy, too, though the finish is dry and bitter

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent APA that is nice and refreshing

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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 constantine_272
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with gold hues. Almost not head. A few scattered white foam speckles down the glass. Medium low carbonation.

S: Heavy on the floral and lighter on the dried leaf not than other pales.

T: Dried grass and hay. Almond and semi sweet malt. Dry hop finish. Slight coppery mineral aftertaste.

M: Crisp and light for a pale despite the dry hop. I don't mind the aftertaste, it's not too overpowering and doesn't build to a bit monster.

O: One of the better pales out there. Full flavor without the overpowering dry hop finish. Pale, though, doesn't appear to be my favorite style.

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Devil's Ale from SanTan Brewing Co.
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