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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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 LXIXME
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
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 Jason
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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 woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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 drabmuh
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of my Arizona trip, not really a fan of this beer...at 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 tempest
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Gueuzedude
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
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 Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Devil's Ale
SanTan Brewing Co.

Pours an unfiltered copper color, soapy off white head with a yellow tint. Aroma of herbal, citrusy hops and caramel malts. In the taste, a nice hop bite with suggestions of orange, grapefruit and light pine. Bright citrus flavor, solid malt foundation with caramel and bread notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, crisp with a medium level of carbonation, chalky finish. Overall, a pretty impressive pale ale, good hop character and always has a place in my fridge.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's one of the better beers at Canfest 2010. . . Pours yellow and orange, good head. Aroma was mildly hoppy and that was about it.

Taste, a light bodied pale with adequate hops in the cascade and chinook or columbus vein I would guess. Bitterness subdued, I'd venture the ibu's to not be over 50. Lacks complexity in a good way, this one is straight forward, prolly carapils/crystal malt, c hops and done.

Very sessionable and desireable come warmer weather, this is a winner from SanTan in my book.

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Photo of drpimento
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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 OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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 Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 allengarvin
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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 yemenmocha
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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 ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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 BretSikkink
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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 JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of denver10
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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 AlCaponeJunior
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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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