AleSmith Lil' Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
294
Reviews:
101
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a plastic sampler cup (per Alesmith's preferences!) at Alesmith's tasting room. I was shocked at the presentation. Alesmith ought to know better. Reviewed from detailed notes. Expectations were high given the brewery.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper. No visible yeast. Appealing.

Sm: Hops - mainly floral with little bitterness. Some citrus aromas; orange peel is a highlight. Very pleasant and fresh. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Honey, pleasant clean floral hops, citrus fruit esters, and clean unobtrusive malts. Balanced and enjoyable. Not quite refreshing. Well built. Quite fresh. Quite simple for the brewery, but nice nevertheless. No alcohol or yeast comes through. I do wish it were more complex and subtle.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours nicely. Slightly creamy. Neither too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. Refreshing and nice. I like it, but Alesmith has far better offerings. Give it a go only if you're a big fan of the style.

Low B-

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Photo of John_Squires
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of utopiajane
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was bottled on 9/28/15

Pours golden yellow with a slight haze. Skinny head of loose bubbles that fell fast. Nose is fruity and sweet with a bit of crackery malt. A clean lemony herbal, distinctive floral, ;light scent of pear, citrusy back notes and coriander. Taste is sweet and there is a mild spice. Phenols are lightly in the background. It's lightly breaddy a bit sticky and finishes effervescent and a touch sweet. Hops are moderately bitter although they never really come too far forward. Light pepper to finish medium dry. Vague frutiness light pear I am not tasting any orange peel.

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Photo of Nolster
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brushkanna
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Justindemino
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nobodywonder
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smcolw
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent starting head but it fades so quickly, there is no lace. Greenish hued gold color. Hazy.

Definitive Belgian yeast aroma and a touch of skunk.

Spritzy and thin-bodied, this beer is true to its Belgian Pale Ale roots. Raw, pale malt starts the taste. Strong yeast bite that becomes particularly notable in the swallow. The hop is straight forward.

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Photo of jackrodgers77
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heygeebee
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
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 ER527
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mamaraza
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Redgoatman
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dakin
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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 sleazo
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery

Medium copper with a thin head that dissipated quickly

The aroma was nice, bananas, cloves, with a hop backbone

Taste is more of the same. I am wondering waht type of hops they use, it almost tastes like Saaz or some pilsener type. Interesting. The beer is perhaps a little too sweet.

nice body, medium carbonation.

d-i enjoyed the first half of this beer alot more than the second, it became too cloying after awhile

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Photo of stanale
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of freed
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this on tap recently. It was served way too cold and I had to hand warm it for a while before I could enjoy it. It was in the appropriate style of glass, and sat a lovely golden with a regal white cap. A column of carbonation rose from the center of the glass and replenished the head for the entire session. The beer also had excellent clarity.

The aroma was dominated by tart apple, and not just "as the major component" dominated, I mean like communist witch hunts were dominated by Sen. Joe McCarthy dominated. It was like was having it's own senate committee hearing on aroma and no one else got much of a say.

The taste was sweet and tart - a mixture of cider (no surprise) and like pale malt. Even as the beer warmed, the more delicate spices were less evident. I'm all for subtlety, but the cider flavor imparted by the yeast really prevented this from being a better beer.

The beer was naturally tart in the mouth and left a dry palette. Not bad, but not the best choice for a meal, and the flavor would have been better suited for a smaller serving.

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Photo of Keepnitrl
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

5.75%ABV

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Photo of HalfFull
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass, the Lil' Devil shows a clear golden orange in color with an inch of white head. Retention is too brief however.

Has a nice yeast and candi sugar nose, with apple and pear dominating. Candi sweetness is light and doesn't interfere or overwhelm. Nose becomes harder to find as the carbonation settles. I really think this beer would benefit from bottle conditioning as the CO2 bubbles are too large to stay in the liquid.

Taste follows the nose and delivers a clean fruit and yeast flavor with the expected light amount of sweetness. Offers a decent feel and drink as well though it becomes a bit juice like towards the bottom. Again, a result of the outgassing of the carbonation. Decent, but would be improved from all angles with better carbonation retention.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/10/2011

On tap at Tap Room.

A: Hazy straw colored with a small fizzy head that quickly fades.

S: Aromatic coriander with orange peel and flesh. Belgian yeast blends with well integrated candi sugar. Malt is faint, imparting a bit of biscuit.

T: Coriander, orange, and a perfumy floral flavor with a distinct tangy quality. The beer is moderately sweet with grainy notes. Bitterness is light. There's a candied aspect to the sweetness.

M: Lower medium body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good Witish Belgian Pale, but not something I'd want a pint of.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] No date on the bottle but it does have the ABV (5.75%). Nice golden amber color with creamy white head. The head is not huge but has some staying power.

S: [3.25] Banana-rific. Lots of Belgian style yeast esthers. Not much else is penetrating.

T: [3.50] Similar to the nose but with some added crackers, bready and honey.

M: [3.75] Medium body with pleasant carbonation.

O: [3.50] This is not a favorite style for me - the Belgian yeast doesn't always agree with me. In this case I think it is not so prominent in the flavor as it is on the nose. The nose is a banana bomb. The flavor is rounded out with some additional complexity and backbone that make it nice. I wouldn't repeat this one - but I am not kicking it to the curb either.

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Photo of Danno48
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JamFuel
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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