AleSmith Lil' Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Lil' DevilAleSmith Lil' Devil
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.95%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
294
Reviews:
101
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 294 |  Reviews: 101
Photo of brutalist
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hired_Goon
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
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 DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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 hman43
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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 WaXHeLL
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Alesmith's Brewing facility. 4oz taster. Tasting notes from 5/1/2009.

Appearance: Translucent yellow. Slightly cloudy. Minimal head. Nothing to write home about.

Smell: The aroma of Belgian sugar and hops come out immediately. This is well balanced with a blend of spices -- nutmeg, clove, and a hint of cinnamon. Overall a nice smelling American-style Belgian. There is a nice floral aroma to this beer -- probably mainly from the floral Belgian hops.

Taste: The spices and hops come out real well to start -- especially with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. The Belgian hops are readily apparent throughout, but not overdone. There is a slightly tart taste to this beer that is well executed. Finishes hoppy and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: A little bit too fizzy / carbonated. The Belgian hops and flavors come out pretty well, even with the light body.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable, and could be a sessions beer. The carbonation hampers the drinkability a bit. Could use a little bit more ABV for my liking.

Final Thoughts: Not too complex, and pretty straightforward. Pretty good, but not exceptional.

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Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with a one finger, fluffy white head. Quite nice. Scents of fruit, apricot and peach mostly, with some slight citrus and pear alongside candi sugar and faint hints of Belgian yeast. Very appealing, a good Belgian golden aroma, though not the most complex. Flavor begins with apricot and peach, moves into spicy Belgian yeast and finishes with yeasts spiciness and some graininess. Aftertaste is grainy. Faint, fruity tang as it warms. Again, a good, basic Belgian ale flavor, but not as complex as some. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a watery feel. Quite easy to drink, but very light compared to most Belgian Golden Ales. Overall a good, easy drinking, light take on a Belgian. It's not as rich, complex or deep as some, but it is a good warmer weather Belgian style beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Draft Picks Pizza Pub (La Habra, CA), on to the beer:

Pale orange in colr with hues of yellow, the head is thin but creamy, and leaves good lacing on the glass. Before we move on, ask yourself this: do you like peaches? If you do, you will probably like it. The aroma is phenolic with fresh cut peaches, more of the same juicy peaches in the flavor. There are other bright colored fruits mixed with the peach to create a very fruity tasting beer. Very easy going in the mouth with no harsh carbonation or flavors. A pleasant session beer from AleSmith.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pale, golden yellow, with a thick, white head, poured into a fluted goblet.

S: Yeasty esters, with pears and apples, very fragrant.

T: Tasty, and yeasty, lemon is the predominate flavour, pear esters, with some noble, floral hoppiness.

M: Smooth, dry and spritzy, quite thick for a Belgian Pale.

D: Light and easy to drink, as compared to some of Alesmith's other offerings, a good example of a Belgian Pale, I liked it.

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Photo of Taologic
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of illidurit
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Bright orange-gold with a great white head that sticks like flypaper to the goblet. Aroma is primarily yeasty, with some ester and spice. Taste is unripe banana, some refreshing lemon, witbier spiciness, and of course a lot of yeasty dough pinning it all together. Crisp and light on the tongue.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very aptly named brew. Duuvel means devil. This is a little duuvel.

It's a very pretty brew - deep golden with just a bit of fizz, mostly translucent but not transparent. The aroma is pronounced but not overpowering. It's a hoppy yeasty smell as it should be, on the hoppy side. The taste is dry and hoppy but not overly so and not bitter. It's a very nice balance. At first blush, it's like a duuvel, but quickly you realize it doesn't pack the hidden punch that the big boy has. The aftertaste is mild but lingers long. It is the most yeasty part of the taste, like I would expect from a Belgian.

This is an outstanding brew and would be great to serve with a big dinner - your guests won't get wasted. Unfortunately, it is pretty rare in these parts, but I would highly recommend it to anyone anywhere.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark yellow but zero head left after a few seconds. Aroma is of yeast and spice, sweet. Flavor follows similarly, pretty nice for relatively low abv. A nice mix of malt and yeast flavors. I don't miss hop bitter in this style, but it's a little on the sweet side. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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 AdamSteve
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of donspublic
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip, 1/2 finger cream colored head, dissipated quickly. Light golden in the glass, maybe a little yeast haze, some slipped by, but otherwise clear. Smells of belgian esters, clove, fruity and some citrus coming thru. Taste initially is a little sweet up front quickly followed up by the juicy fruit esters with a little coriander/citrus mixed in. Finish might be a little spicy, not much, semi dry on the palate. Mouthfeel is appropriate given the abv. I am glad we now have AleSmith in Texas, I have been on a Belgian IPA kick and it is nice to find something lower in ABV that can fill that itch.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Ron's Corner Tavern

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Photo of rather
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at whole foods. 4$ happy hour. poured into a nb 0.47L glass.

appearance: bright orange with not much head or retention.

smell: zested orange and slight grapefruit. with a nice yeast undertone.

taste: follows the nose well with a good taste of watery oranges picked from your own tree. and again a smidge of yeast underlying

mouthfeel: a bit wet but nice carbonation inviting me to take another drink.
with a refreshing dry finish, superb.

overall: would love this by the pool or mowing the lawn, very refreshing.
I haven't had its bigger brother horny devil yet but plan on it. lil devil was described to me as half of horny devil.

on tap only as far as I know. so worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone's 15th Anniversary

A: Slightly hazy pale golden color with an eggshell colored head.

S: Honeycrisp apple, cinnamon and a touch of wheat.

T: Green apple, pale malts and a bit of lemon on the finish. Pretty light body which works well with the flavors.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a complex spicy notes to it. I could just smell this beer forever, there are great notes of apple, and a variously sundry mix of fresh herbs. This has a nicely light and refreshing taste with a cidery finish and a hint of balancing astringency. This is quite a spicy beer throughout, with notes of coriander in the middle of this beer. This is just so much better than its big brother the Horny Devil.

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Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the AleSmith event at City Beer (well, actually at Triptych across the street).

Very nice appearance. Cloudy golden-straw color with a thick white head and very good lacing.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, wheat, sweet malt, banana, and citrus. Smells great.

Flavor is a lot like Horny Devil, just toned down as the description says. Wheat, pale malt, Belgian yeast, spices, banana, and orange peel. Mild floral hop notes.

Body is medium and carbonation is fairly lively.

Drinkability is high. Overall a really good beer. Another winner from these guys.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Stone's Bistro in Escondido, CA

A- clear golden straw, taunt 1" white head with good retent, tight tiny bubbles, elegant

S- clean, floral and malty

T- semisweet malt, grain husk, clean, elegant, grassy, hints of lemon, simple and mellow

M- medium body, carbonation felt but blends beautifully, crisp

D- mellow and tasty Belgian brew, not a fan of Belgians but this is a wonderful brew, sessionable

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AleSmith Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 294 ratings.
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