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

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

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85
Ratings:
245
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.65%
 
 
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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Alesmith tap house 8.27.16

L - Deep yellow, 1 finger of head, lots of lace

S - coriander, Belgian candy sugar

T - well balanced, tasty for a light brew. Oranges, coriander.

F - medium body and carbonation

O - a good balanced Belgian pale

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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 MadCat
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Straw yellow with a fluffy white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Citrus, apricot, and pears, with some Belgian yeast

Taste: Apricot, peach, spicy yeast, some citrus, and some light malt on the end

Feel: Light body, full carbonation

Overall: This seems to be a looked over beer in AleSmith's lineup due to how sought out the Speedway Stout and IPA are. I think this warrants more attention than it gets, and I would certainly get it again

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

Appearance: Served on tap in a pint glass at the hotel bar of the Marriott in Del Mar. Golden orange colored beer with a whispy white head on top. Nice looking beer for sure.

Smell: Very sweet malty nose with a bit of fruity/berry scent at the end. This beer has a very juicy and enticing aroma.

Taste: Just like the nose, and then some. The flavor opens strong with a chewy bread flavor. The malt is backed by lots of nice, fruity esters. Faint flavors of raspberries, strawberries, and apple. Crisp and clean. The beer ends with a great but small hop bitterness to balance the beer out. It is much stronger on the sweet and malty side than on the bitter side.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and tacky on the palate. Lingering sweetness make the aftertaste very nice.

Drinkability: I could drink this beer all day. It paired very nicely with the cheese plate we ordered. Bold, dry cheeses paired better than soft and mold cheeses. A very tasty beer that I will gladly order again if I find it.

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

On-tap at the brewery

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is sweet and fruity with Belgian yeast

T - Follows the nose starts of sweet and fruity and finishes with the Belgian yeast

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very good beer at a decent abv making it so you can have more than one in a sitting worth picking up sometime to give it a try

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

Poured a slightly hazy golden color. There was a decent white head to it. The aroma is more reminicent of a tripel than a Belgian ale: Somewhat yeasty with banana and corriander. The taste is quite good, with a slight wheat taste. It leaned more toward the Belgian side for sure but it was exceptional.

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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 Gusler
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago
The beer pours a limpid amber color with a largish white head that is creamy in texture and the resultant lace a fine curtain to obscure the glass. Sweet malt aroma at the front, citrus like crispness, hints of orange peel, and refreshing. Start is slightly sweet, pleasingly malted and the top middling in its feel, finish has a benign acidity, the hops purposeful in their spicy bite, desert dry after taste that lingers, a nice drinkable beer, not bad, not great, just a good thirst quenching beer.

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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 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 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 ommegangpbr
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a well executed Belgian style pale ale brewed in America. There's a little bit of that bubble gum, phenolic flavor in there but it mostly settles down into an easy drinking, flavorful ale. I might personally like to see this be a bit hoppier but I enjoy it for what it is. There are some citrus notes, some notes of sourdough and rye. I'd happily keep this on hand.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled September 2015.

A mildly hazy light orange with a dense white head with good retention and little lacing, this looks good. The nose is quite massively perfumey, fruity and with some spice. Very floral and yeasty with quite a refreshing hit of orange peel, a little clove and white pepper and a nice grain character. The palate opens with a lot of orange peel, some sharp yeasty spice with pepper, allspice, honey. Grainy, rustic, this is light in body and crisply carbonated. Drying on the finish with a lingering orange peel and spice. Nice.

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Photo of tpd975
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Alesmith.

A: Pours a hazy cloudy orange hue with a nice creamy white head.

S: Nice sweet fruit aroma with hints of apple and peach. Hints of banana esque Belgian yeast as well.

T: Nice sweetness with a touch of bitter. Apples, pears, and peaches dominate. Belgian yeast makes a big prescene as well. The finish has a touch of bitter grapefruit along with a touch of floral hops.

M: Light and fruity. Tasty.

D: Good, a nice draft only brew.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, apple, orange and lemon juice; coriander, almost smells like a tripel. Flavor starts with apple and lemon citrus with a hint of light stone fruit, coriander becomes more assertive into a grainy, more muted finish with lingering coriander spice and bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice Belgian pale ale, the start is great, but the spicing becomes more assertive as the good fruit flavors fade away into the finish. A nice domestic take on the style, but I may be spoiled by this brewers bigger Belgians, which are very full flavored. I'd get this again if in the mood for a light Belgian pale.

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Photo of ksimons
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A hazy golden yellow color with a thin layer of white head that disappears to leave a light lacing around the top. Smells of sweet fruits, sugar, pale malts, and yeast. Taste is a pale malt body with banana, yeast
Medium body, crisp carbonation. Overall a bit too sweet but a decent take on the style.

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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 Crosling
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught @ Alesmith Brewing Company. Light orange. Fresh spicy aroma with hints of coriander, orange peel, sour fruits, butter toffee, wheat and yeast. A strong spice influence in the flavor with coriander and orange peel...Just a great Belgian style brew.

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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 dbalsock
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Standard yellow, pale ale appearance with minimal head. The carbonation was ok, and I didn't notice lacing, but it may have occured.

Smell: This was pretty much all hops for the aroma. Slightly piney and quite floral.

Taste: Very nice malt backbone to the taste, along with apple and some strong spices. Sweet and complex, but not overly rich.

Mouthfeel: This was very smooth and very fulfilling on the palate. Lighter bodied, but an even consistency that rounded out the experience.

Drinkability: I found this easily quaffable and was sad to leave before having more. I could probably spend the day with this brew and not get bored.

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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 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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Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a smudged bottling date that does say 2016 but I can't figure out the month. Sampled on August 27, 2016.

It has a basic orange colored pour with a quick-lasting head.

The aroma brings out a lot of traditional Belgian notes like toasted bread, orange zest, banana, and clove with a low hop profile.

Medium body.

The taste is what you expect with toasted bread, mild sweetness, and rosemary or sage spicy notes to end. I liked the bitterness.

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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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AleSmith Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
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