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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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

Helltown : Devious Ale

Ontap into a snifter. Pours a crystal clear golden color, bone white bubbly fizzy head and little lace. Aroma of Belgian yeast, clean alcohol and some hops. In the taste, superb balance of Belgian yeast with muted fruit notes, earthly, bittering hop, and cracker like malt. Clean, refreshing, and well rounded flavors. A nice balanced Belgian style ale, with deviously deceptive strength. Good brew.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Elwood's Pub for 4 bucks.

A - Looks like a standard golden ale. The head looks very sticky and I got at least a 1/2 inch of it.

S - Didn't get too much but it does smell sweet. Slight notes of yeast, hops and honey with a bit of graininess.

T - Taste was spicy at first with maybe a touch of clove but I found it to be well rounded with very little bitter hops and yeast giving it a great "fruity" aspect. Don't know how they did it but it was very clean tasting making it easy to drink.

M - Strangely set at 8% I found it to be an easy drinker with a light to medium body.

Overall this is my first experience with the brewery and it seems like they know what they are doing. If I ever saw the brown or IPA I would be more than happy to try it. Hope it's still on tap next week to grab another pint!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
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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3.62/5  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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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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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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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at bocktown last night.

A- Body is a cloudy golden yellow hue. Served with a one finger or so head which quickly fades to a thin collar. Collar has good retention the whole way down the glass.

S- Nose is good. Fruity esters-more of the golden delicious apple and pear style, a good dose of floral hops, lots of clove, and a sweet bready yeast.

T- Taste is very similar to the nose. The fruitiness is the highlight upfront with a lot of clove overtones and a substantial bready yeast backbone. A touch of floral hops come through for the finish to round out the flavor and there is a touch of alcohol astringency in there too-Pretty dry as nothing lingers.

M- Light to medium carbonation. A medium weight body with a slightly bready consistency and slight alcohol astringency.

O- Overall this is a great BSPA. My favorite style. The thing about this style is that its a catch-all style that is open to authentic traditional representations-like this one-or a hybrid of two other strong pale belgian styles (sours,saisons,tripels,belgianIPAs). This is one of the best traditional representations I have tasted in awhile. Well done here and its a local homegrown brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tap at Bocktown Robinson

Pours a marginally hazy amber golden color, medium whitish head retains as a bit of lacing.

Smells of mild citrus, grassy malts, esters and a hint of hop.

The flavor is a bit citrusy along with coriander and banana ester notes, followed by fresh wheaty malts and some clover honey sweetness, finished with just a touch of piney hop bitterness.

Body is moderate, on the fuller side but not syrupy, with tingly carbonation throughout.

Really good, I liked this one a lot. It was a great BPA with exactly the right amount of hopiness to balance the otherwise malt richness of the style without competing with it. One of the best BPAs I've ever had outside of Belgian offerings, and it could compete with some of those too.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly murky bright gold. Small dense head. Smell is sweet. Honey. A little yeast. Taste is malty and sweet. There is a touch of spiciness and hops throughout. Overall a rounded malt flavor dominates though. Some spiciness again in the finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Very easily drinkable. Not particularly "Belgiany." But a pretty nice strong pale.

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3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local bottle shop while the ladies shopped on Black Friday
Ordered it off the beer menu and had no idea what I was getting.
Poured a light hazy straw with a fine white head.
Smelled the Belgian characteristics immediately. Yeaty, fruitiness some bubble gum perhaps.
taste was actually a bit lighter than expected now that I know what it is. Very drinkable hiding the 8 percent abv very well.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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Helltown Devious Ale from Helltown Brewing
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