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AleSmith Lil' Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.95%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2004

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Ratings: 298 |  Reviews: 101
Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Determined419
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattd123
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of scottspencer
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Everydayoff
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Hazy golden color with some orange shade, it tops with a finger of frothy white head that stands for a while with rather short retention before collapsing to some bubble along the rim and leaving mild lacing on the glass-side.

So sweet in a nose led by candy sugar, honey, and banana ester. Then, floral, citrus, orange peels, earthy spice, and coriander. Lots of Belgian’s ester here that is grounded by pale bready malt.

Sweetness also well covers through the taste buds with its candy sugar, banana, and honey. Malt plays as a base of the flavor structure with its banana bread, biscuit, and some wheat grain. Citrus zest in the middle from the addition of orange peels along with earthy spice and coriander, the palate is swept again with its sweet and dry of yeasty ester at the finish.

Light to medium body with quite smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation, the feeling is light, rather crisp, and refreshing with a pleasantly dry finish.

Very sweet overall and more like a Witbier from the addition of coriander spice and orange peels, it is so drinkable, pretty good one.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Belgian Pale Ale, by an American brewer, there’s something you don’t see often (least not in Australia). I’m interested in how this one will turn out - I love Belgian Pale Ales, and Belgian beers in general, I also love experimentation in those styles so I’m keen to see how this turns out. So far I’ve only reviewed 1 beer from AleSmith, their IPA, which I didn’t rate too highly due to what I expected to be hop fade (it was too malty and lacking a bit in hop flavour, though that could have been intentional I doubt it). At least with a Belgian Pale Ale hop fade isn’t generally a factor (as Belgian styles tend to concentrate more on sugar/yeast flavours than malt/hops)... well, Geronimo it is then.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazed pale golden body with a thin white lace covering where the head normally resides. Bit lacking in the head department for a Belgian Pale - looks like AleSmith needs a new “head” brewer... wow that really sounded funnier in my head [pun intended?]. 5/10.

S: Spicy coriander/clove yeast character upfront, bit of pepper too, barnyard characters as well... we’re definitely in Belgian territory here, but it’s a bit of a style mix - Blonde and Saison specifically. Hints of candi sugar and floral notes as well, but it’s difficult to grasp at this stage if it’s going to be sweet or dry... we’ll know soon enough though! 7/10.

T: Dry it is then. Flavours of the above: coriander/clove/pepper/barnyard yeast, mingle with orange peel and floral hops. Pepper and a long (looong) dryness in the finish. I never thought I would say this about a Belgian style - but it needs more sugar. Yep, I said it. Even as I said it I imagined Belgian beers that are far too sweet but nonetheless much better within the same style (Leffe Blonde, La Trappe Blond, Tongerlo Blond...) this is a disappointing AleSmith. 5/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a reasonably active carbonation - fairly typical for a Belgian Pale here. More body, as always, would be appreciated. 7/10.

D: Rather disappointing brew from AleSmith... they flubbed up the yeast somehow, granted I know for a fact that getting the yeast right in a Belgian style beer is f**king monumental, I have a huge amount of respect for Trappist monks as a (former) homebrewer. That said - AleSmith are PROFESSIONAL craft brewers: this beer needs less yeast/more sugar, it’s obvious even to me. 6/10.

Food match: A glass of water to overcome this yeasty dryness perhaps?

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Photo of patre_tim
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Soft gold and hazy with a perfect, champagne like carbonation, topped with 2 fingers of white head.

Smells of phenols, peaches, and coriander.

Tastes of phenols, canned peaches and coriander.

Light body, quite dry with moderate carbonation.

Got in Chiang Mai, drinking it here July 9th, 2017. Love the brewer, not their strongest beer in my opinion, but well executed.

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Photo of teromous
2.55/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't see a bottle date listed.

Appearance: The body is a nice light opaque grapefruit color. The head is minimal and never really forms. There is a bit of white fizz on the top but it quickly goes away. Not very impressive looking for a Belgian Pale Ale.

Aroma: There isn't much aroma here. There is a light bit of what smells like bubblegum.

Taste: Coriander comes through at first then some bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: It feels light bodied with very mild bitterness and a light carbonation. The finish is wet. It feels very watered down.

Overall: It is a pretty unimpressive beer and there isn't much else to say about it. I wouldn't recommend it and I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Foley67
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stanale
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elamb106
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated nice and quick. Lacing was messy. The smell started off with sweet bubblegum up front and then subtle Belgian spices sliding into some sweet citrus. And then some bitter citrus hops try to make an effort to balance. The taste is dry and sweet through the bubblegum. Citrus shows a decent flavor. Dry citrus/bubblegum aftertaste. Quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good. Overall, nice Belgian pale ale. I’d have again.

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Photo of Jodio
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sweemzander
2.81/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a fingernail of off white covering the majority of the top. The aroma is of enticing pale sweet Belgian malt and sweet Belgian ale yeast. I'm tasting sweet pale malt and sweet,fruity esters common of Belgian ale yeast. This isn't Duvel or Orval, but my goodness you could do much worse. The mouth is crisp, vibrant, and easy going.

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Photo of JavierGC
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of h4ger
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Coronado Brewing Tulip Glass. No bottle or freshness date.

L: Nice golden color, can see through pretty well but under close inspection, a little bit of very fine particulate is noticeable. Finger width white head dissipates into a ring.

S: Smell is what first tips you off that this is Belgian (other than the label). Lots of yeasty esters,. Good malt notes, like honeyed buttery biscuits. Not much I can pick up hop-wise. A tough of Banana too.

T: Very much follows the nose, this is really tasty. Very much a Belgian Ale.

F: Medium bodied, pleasantly carbonated.

O: Wow did AleSmith crush this one.

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Photo of mamaraza
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Dakin
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Unfiltered cloudy yellowish amber. No head.

Smell: Oranges, banana, Spices.

Taste: Faint citrus, bit of spices, and again a hi to of banana. Pretty bland. But smooth at least.

Feel: Light mouth feel.

Overall: Basically a lite version of a Belgian ale in my opinion. 5.5/10.

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rudiecantfail
2.33/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.
L--Hazy gold, just like the bottle said. Nice head to start with tons of tiny bubbles. Head dissipated into nothing quickly. No lacing.
T--Bland, with some orange and lemon.
F--Feels flat.
O--Disappointing. Maybe it suffered from its San Diego to Philadelphia journey. I'd say it was a wasted trip.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours soft gold, nice fluffy head.
Nose is also a little muted, Belgian, yeast, and malts
Taste is as you would expect, Belgian Yeats domainate but a little stale and dull
I suspect age is the issue....
However, really nice and zesty and oh so Belgian in terms of carbonation.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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AleSmith Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
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