Helltown Devious Ale | Helltown Brewing

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Helltown Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DrDemento456 on 10-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill. Let's see how this matches up. My reviews have been under a slight hiatus lately.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, amber-like pour. Very caramel-like in color too, but is still transparent enough to see the carbonation flowing to the top. Leaves behind a nice, very inviting, frothy white head that leaves an excellent lacing down to the bottom of the glass. The golden, yet brownish hue makes this a nice Belgian Ale.

Smell: Has a nice, mild aroma of citrus hops, hint of ester aromas and actual delicious grassy malts. Slight hint of caramel also comes to mind. Slight hue of smoked grains.

Taste: Strong rush of smokey, spicy clove and pine hops. Somewhat sweet fruity aspect. Somewhat fig-like taste and a slight alcohol flavor. Not to bad to drink, but be cautious, it's quite thick.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Finishes kind of dry, but the floral hops add a somewhat sweet aspect.

Overall: So this is considered one of my favorite beer styles. Not bad at all, but still would need to get accustomed to it. The start wasn't bad, but towards the end, it got somewhat boring if I may add. Not a bad beer to start with when getting into the Belgian beer market, but the smokiness and somewhat dry after taste makes it different. I probably won't have again, but would recommend it to a friend. Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip
8% ABV, serve at 45-50° F,

A - Pouring carefully as the bottle suggests results in a hazy white-ish golden brew that has a long lasting and frothy white head though minimal lace is left following it' departure. On a side note, Devious has one of the better label designs I've seen in quite a while!

S - American-cultured Belgian yeast opens Devious with a strong aroma of lemon pepper spice and clay with notes of Champagne-like white grape and light candi sugar. Floral hops coyly peek through sweet pilsner malt and a grainy finish that trails off with subtle fusel alcohols.

T - Belgian yeast characteristics seem more comfortable expressing themselves in aroma than they do in flavor as the taste of Devious is toned down significantly. Sweet candi sugar and pilsner malt take front and center and are backed up by notes of floral hops as well as spicy yeast esters but the taste is somewhat muddled.

M - Elevated carbonation is a fantastic reflection on the classic style as well as giving the otherwise medium bodied, sweet beer a lighter and crisper feel. Smooth across the palate, Devious finishes with lingering spice and next to no trace of alcohol, further adhering to the golden ales from across the pond.

O - Helltown's Devious is clearly an American craft brewery's attempt at a Belgian-style beer but it's certainly not a feeble one. Yeast esters flourish in aroma and contribute nicely to the flavor and feel but it lacks that pizazz that only the Belgian masters seem to nail. Regardless of it's American roots Devious remains a bright and crisp Belgian-style golden ale that will quietly knock you on your ass, tasting good the whole way!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2013-03-23 in Columbia, PA

A - Moderately-clear golden-orange with a extremly pillowy 3-finger head that fades to almost nothing in moments, leaving mild lacing.

S - Fruity yeast, grass, musty, sugar, light citrus.

T - Grass, orange candy, cracker, tart apple, orange zest, herbal. Finishes fairly dry with lingering orange sweetness and zesty bitterness. The flavor is decent but not fantastic. Since I really like the flavor of oranges, it sits pretty well with me.

M - Light body and high carbonation. Plenty of bublles to scrub the pallate.

O - Enjoyable but not world class. The musty quality diminishes this brew.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 25.9 oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, fizzy 1 inch head, plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet belgian yeasts, floral fruits, lots of banana, lemon, orange, corriander, lemon peel, some pale malts, clove, apples, and some grassy hop notes.

Taste - Light floral fruits, mixed with some added sugars, pale malts and plenty of spices. Has a grassy/herbal feel in each sip. Very floral, tons of lemon and banana along with spicey hops. Belgian yeasts add even more sweetness. Malts are light and add a little bold caramel. ALcohol comes clear at the end with some slight warmth.

Mouthfeel - Light, tounge gets hops, spices and lots of floral fruits. Palate gets more of the same with more sugars and some malts. Afertaste is dry, sweet and saision spicey.

Overall - Tasty, easy to drink and balanced and just complex enough to keep you interested. Drinks moreso like a 5-6% beer, and actually closer to a saison then a strong ale. Really tasty, and easy to drink. Another fine beer from helltown.

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2/5  rDev -47.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small fruit, small candy sugar, and a small note of alcohol. In the taste, a nice fruitiness, with a dry candy sugar and alcohol Belgian like kick. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry alcohol and fruitiness in the aftertaste. Quite nice for a Belgian style pale.

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Helltown Devious Ale from Helltown Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 32 ratings