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AleSmith Lil' Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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80
Ratings:
232
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.91%
 
 
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Photo of q33jeff
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

**
07/15/2016

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: slightly hazy, yellow orange. Pretty large white head, big bubbles, fades quickly.
AROMA: Apple pie, a touch yeasty, but not unpleasant.
TASTE: Some wang in the taste, bready, yeasty, but very drinkable.
FEEL: a little chewy, good carbonation.

A nice easy belgian style.
**

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Photo of Ri0
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Clear gold with a 1 finger white head and minimal lacing. Aroma spice and clove, banana, some yeast. Flavor follows nose and doesn't become overly sweet like some Belgian Pales. The finish is dry with a lighter feel. Pretty well made BPA.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden and well carbonated but thin on head. Smell is of biscuit, honey, bread yeast, iron and graphite. The taste starts off breast and malty, but quickly goes in a weird aftertaste that reminds me of dry rot wood and wormwood. A cloying sweetness persists too long as well with a fatty greasy wide mouth feel. I like the concept of encapsulating the essence of a strong Belgian into a light easy drinking package, but the finish just missed the mark for me. Tighten up some of aftertaste and we can try again.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a golden orange color with a bright white head, no head retention, lots of carbonation, no lacing, , beer is clear.

A: Very aromatic, lots of spice, coriander comes through pretty strong, orange peel not as much yeast as other Belgian beers I've tried, pick up some banana and clove.

T: Taste follows the nose, hit of spice and clove, banana, touch of yeast, finish is dry with spice, citrus peel and yeast lingering in the aftertaste, complex.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: Solid Belgian pale ale, beer balances as it warms allowing the Belgian yeast to have a greater presence. I will most likely reach for this when I want a more accessible Belgian pale ale that tastes great.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden with white head. Aroma has nice yeast esters with bubblegum and banana. Taste starts slightly sweet with banana flavor but overall it's really balanced with floral notes. Medium body and carbonation. A quite nice, easy drinking belgian style ale.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light pale yellow with a fluffy white head, but low retention.

Aroma and flavor carryover well into each other, with banana, pear, some grassy pilsner qualities, and a peppery spice that is nice and light. There is also a honey element, but it is not too sweet.

Feels nice and balanced, a little fluffy but also crisp, carbonated, and fluid.

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Photo of hman43
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours pale gold with a white head.

Smell: It has aromas of coriander, orange, banana, and yeast.

Taste: It has flavors of orange, coriander, yeast, and grassy hops.

Feel: It has a moderate feel that is on the light side with a moderately dry finish.

Overall: It is a pleasant fruity beer with a decent balance to it.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours yellos, hazy with a mild white foam head, medium retention. Aroma is spicy and lots of yeast, no hops, almost no citric from the orange. Taste is refreshing, malty and spicy, lots of yeast too, no hops, low bitterness. Good beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: Golden orange color with a white, pillowy head.
SMELL: Banana, bubblegum, orange marmalade.
TASTE: Banana and wheat notes, bubblegum, slight tropical, a bit of stale hops.
FEEL: Full bodiued with a slightly cloying finish.
OVERALL: An average example of an American made belgian pale wheat ale. Nothing to write home about.

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

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on March 7, 2016. Look is hazy yellow gold with a one finger off-white head and little lacing. Smell is pepper, citrus zest, coriander, yeast, earth, floral hops and sweet grain and malt aromas. Taste is pepper, bitter lemon zest, coriander, yeast, orange peel, clove, rock candy with sweet grain and bread malt flavors. Feel is medium light in body that is smooth and creamy in the finish.

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Photo of CHickman
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very hazy yellow gold color with bubbles racing up to a 1 finger off white head that faded slowly, leaving minimal spotty lacing and a creamy around the edge.

Smells very spicy with pepper, lemon zest, coriander, grains, yeast, mild barnyard funk, malt, cumin or cinnamon, floral hops and dried flowers or potpourri. The grains balance the spices and hoppy sweetness, making for a nice nose overall.

Tastes similar to the nose in that the flavor starts off spicy with pepper, lemon zest, coriander and strong sweet grains, then shifts to yeast, barnyard funk, spices, orange peel, light clove, candied sugar and a finish that is equally bready and earthy. Aftertaste is a combo of citrus, honey, floral hops and wet cardboard.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a nice soft feel and mild carbonation that slides down easy. It's slightly bitter and a little tart as the barnyard funk and yeast mix well with the spices and zesty hops. Aftertaste is earthy, spicy and bready, with a medium body that completely hides the ABV. Overall a pretty decent beer which I'd have again.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Known for its absolute world-class imperial stouts and then taking its handling of dark malts into an outstanding quad, I find it Interesting that this brewery then makes a relatively average Belgian pale. I suppose there is difficulty in mastering the dark malts and then moving lighter.

But with my more limited understanding, what separates Lil' Devil from the best Belgian pales is the yeast. Alesmith doesn't seem to have found the best strain yet. And that is OK. A brewer this accomplished eventually will learn to be excellent in the paler sectors of the Belgian tradition.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a bad take on the BPA, perhaps missing a bit of the smooth/creamy body I get from my favorite examples (Affligem, etc.), but the nose is pretty on point and, overall, it's a pleasant drinker.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was over at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop last week scouting for various & sundry when I spied a couple of AleSmith singles to help me fill out a mixed-sixer. I remain curious about some of these bottled beers.

From the bottle: "Belgian-style Pale Ale"; "This unfiltered Belgian-style Pale Ale pours a hazy gold with a creamy white head. Ground coriander seeds and two kinds of orange peel added to the kettle contribute pleasant citrus notes to its Belgian fermentation character. Lil' Devil's light body and effervescent finish make for a refreshing beer that will have you coming back for more."; "Lil' Devil's crisp citrus notes and fruity fermentation flavors make it an ideal pairing for steamed mussels and other fresh shellfish preparations - especially when cooked with the beer itself. Soft goat's milk cheeses and mild creamy washed-rind cheeses also pair very well with Lil' Devil's bright, spicy aromatics and its light, refreshing body."

I was amused by the preceding verbiage and was anxious to Pop! the cap on this Lil' Devil as a result. Once that was accomplished, though, I used a very gentle pour to decant it off of its obvious lees. Not only does the bottle identify it as "unfiltered", but so does the site's style description, plus there were some quite obvious atop the punt. Once accomplished, though, I had no compunction about conducting a vigorous swirl in the glass. This raised a foamy finger of bone-white head that lay atop the liquid like a pillow. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) with NE-quality clarity, making my efforts worthwhile. It also enticed the devilish Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus and Midas to drop by for a taste. Nose smelled of pear, white grapes, black pepper, banana, clove and a papery mustiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but bigger than an APA. The taste was immediately akin to a hefeweizen with lots of banana and some clove. As it warmed, I began to get the subtler white grape and pear flavors, but the spice of the coriander was almost overpowering. The mustiness of the yeast also began to assert itself, which I did not mind, but in total, it just was not my bag. Finish was dry, unsurprisingly, given a hearty yeast strain coupled with spices. This is going to seem mean, but I would almost prefer taking them up on their suggestion and cooking with this beer, as opposed to drinking it. I think that it would do really well with mussels and accompanied by a crusty baguette to soak up the juices ... Heaven!

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Photo of maximum12
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mmikey08 for this cute 12 oz. bottle. Had the lavender version in the taproom last October & thought it quite good; now, for the base.

The pour is pale sunshine yellow. The nose is lovely: pale daffodils, pears, Belgian yeast, bananas, sweet, dentist-employing sugar. Nice nose, but for under 6% ABV, killer good.

Lil’ Devil takes a swan dive after the lovely nose. Up front is lemon juice cut liberally with cane sugar (or is that high fructose corn syrup?). Mid-palate brings more wheat than most hefeweizen, grainy, spring wheat. Mild floral hops, very mild bitterness. Finishes light & dry.

The nose led me to believe I was in for a rare treat, so the taste, though still good, felt like a bigger letdown than it would have been otherwise. Perhaps a minor imp.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Retention is pretty low, plus the texture lacks the fluffiness of a typical Belgian-style ale. Also, plenty of lacing sticks to the glass, in a webbed formation. Looks good, but kind of wrong for a Belgian beer.

This is spicy and bread-like the way a BPA should be. This beer's aroma delivers plenty of candi sugar, pear, apple, and black pepper. Some orange twinges also show up. Nails all the basics quite well, that's for certain. Could be a hair less sweet, but that's nitpicking.

At first, I taste some candied sugar and white grape. These flavors transition into a citrusy middle (there's the citrus peel!), and a finish of bread and black pepper. The basics are, again, nailed, but the integration is a little sloppy. I don't really sense a delicate balance, plus it seems overly sweet on occasion.

This doesn't seem to have the evaporative dryness on the palate as the best BPAs do. I don't want to say it's under-carbonated (it isn't)...maybe the carbonation isn't perfectly cohesive with the beer's textural presence? Still, it's fairly light and fairly easy to drink.

Nice, just not impressive - the balance isn't quite there for me. This is a fine preview of the bottle of Horny Devil I've got on standby, at least. I probably won't get this again.

3.27/5: Not Alesmith's finest work, but a serviceable example of the style

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Photo of ajm5108
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a standard golden color. Lots of Belgian yeast on the nose along with some spicey phenols. Taste is what you expect - banana, Belgian yeast, black pepper- maybe a little more phenol / ester taste than I'd like personally. Over a decent little beer.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great to find some Ale Smith in sixers at a fairly reasonable price. The pour consists of a semi-foamy head, dissipates to a think covering, which remains with the beer throughout. Sweet taste of malt followed by a shadow of hops. The malts dominate the hops, which in cases of Belgian beers, seems more true to the style. Medium bodied and a bit cloudy. A clean finish without unnecessary extra hopping. A great stab at the style which holds up to any.

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Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with little head. The nose is typically funky. The flavor profile is less funky than the nose might indicate. The body is solid.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.
Pours a pretty light amber with half a finger of head.
Aromas are an interesting, sticky mix of belgian yeast and hoppiness.
Taste is much in line with aromas. A very nice combination that worked really well for me.
Mouthfeel was excellent.
This is a unique beer and the flavor profile mix of belgian yeast and hops was really enjoyable.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: Dec. 30, 2015
Consumed: Dec. 29, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured an orangeish, pale, hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy, white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Poor wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled Belgian cloves, coriander, banana, peppery spices, orange peel, Circus Peanuts and some grassy malts. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted not quite as good as the nose, but still getting similar notes. Got Belgian cloves, coriander, orange peel, citra zest, Belgian peppery spices, apple, wet banana chips, green grapes and maybe some honey. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Spicy finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This was a pretty decent Belgian Pale Ale. I’d have it again. (Overall - 3.75)

3.76 | 85 | B+

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Score this little bottle for around 3 bucks picked up since I loved the regular devil and would love to try a light version.

A - Awesome looking a full inch plus of frothy head that takes a while to dissipate atop a bright golden colored ale.
S - Very fruity with bubble gum yeasts. Peppery breads and some lemon zest.
T - Bready body fruit esters of bubblegum and banana like goodness.
M - Really smooth to drink as expected for half the ABV of the regular Devil. Very light to medium body easy to pound.

Overall its a very simple yet dangerously easy to drink Belgium pale ale that is very fruity. Would buy again!

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Photo of jrsaffert
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale gold with white head.

Nose is fruity with a hint of pepper.

Taste is a little bit of bready malt base that is covered up by the fruity esters. banana, some citrus, little apricot. Some spice notes too, especially in the mid palate and finish.

Medium-light body. Fairly dry finish, but not as dry as a typical tripel.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A copper tinted gold pour with a slight haze kicks up a lacy 2” white foam collar that persists for 3 minutes.

S: Ripe to over ripe fruit aromas, orange, citrus.

T: Big fruit flavors are a blend of peach, banana, citrus, orange and bubble gum supported by light malts. The fruit flavors are medium high, hop and malt flavors are medium to medium low, and hop bitterness is medium low.

F: Very creamy medium to medium low body with medium high carbonation.

O: A refreshing and flavorful Belgian Style pale ale with big fruit flavors.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/28/2015. Pours lightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of lemon, orange, pear, apple, apricot, white grape, coriander, pepper, light banana/clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, apple, apricot, white grape, coriander, pepper, light banana/clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, apricot, white grape, coriander, pepper, cracker, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/yeast spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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