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AleSmith Lil' Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Lil' DevilAleSmith Lil' Devil

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 261
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 Radome
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I find this a decent but unexciting take on the BPA style. Aromas and flavors are fairly muted. The sample I tasted from a 12 oz bottle had a noble hop flavor that seemed a bit stale or skunked, making it tough for me to pick out any subtle malt and yeast flavors that may have been there.

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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 Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours two fingers on a hazy light straw body.
The aroma is lemon zest an grain. Nice.
The taste is grainy, mild lemon bitterness with a clean finish.
The texture is crisp.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: Very clean, deep golden color with dark hues. Subtle off white head with a healthy ring around the glass.

S: Cloves, yeast, banana and coriander. Floral with a nectar quality to it.

T: Very spicy with an interesting vanilla wake. More cloves and yeast like the smell eluded to. Its like a white beer but a bit maltier. More floral sensations. Pronounced grainy aftertaste with lingering banana notes.

M: Thing body but a silky mouthfeel.

D: Very easy drinking beer. Touch cloying as the banana flavors sit on the palate, but it was 100 degrees outside so anyting sugary becomes cloying.

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

On tap at Solena Beach Pizza Plant. Golden Belgian style, represented by yellow with head head and lace. Funky yeast aroma and taste Sweetish but otherwise fine Belgian, leaving a sweet aftertaste. Offset really spicey stuff, a soda pop transition beer.
Review #2000

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

The little brother of Horny Devil, this beer is an extremely drinkable belgian pale. I'm lucky enough to be in San Diego about once a week, and make it a point to stop by the AleSmith brewery as frequently as possible. This week, I was helping my girlfriend move, so I needed something that wouldn't get us too shnockered to actually get stuff done. This fit the bill perfectly! My only complaint is that once you've had Horny Devil, this seems a bit tame. For a session brew (altho at almost 6% it isn't really) this is a perfect choice. Smell is still right on, Belgian pale all the way, taste is very good, but the low ABV does make it a bit light, flavor wise.

All in all, a recommended brew, but do yourself a favor and try the Horny Devil as well.

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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 TH28
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. No apparent code date. Appearance: Murky dark golden, with minimal white head and no lacing. Appears undercarbonated. Aroma: Sharp coriander with some toasted malt character and a light citrus peel. Taste: Strong malt sweetness with an abrupt spicy coriander with some grassy celery. Orange peel shows up on the swallow. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low carbonation. Finish: Leaves a spicy coriander and citrus peel finish. Almost tea like. Overall: An interesting, very tasty Belgian pale. The coriander is almost too strong and I pick up a bit of celery which may indicate it isn’t fresh coriander. Orange peel character is nice. I’d be interested to know what yeast is used in this beer, as it’s missing the typical apple/pear Belgian esters. This beer reminds me of Blue Moon with more of a toasted malt character as opposed to wheat.

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

Pours a straight yellow with small head that fades quickly to slight lacing. Slight belgian fruity esters in the aroma, a little banana, a little green apple. Heavy cloves on the pallet. a farily refreshing belgian, could probably use more abv, and less cloves, 2 of us made it 3/4 of the way through the growler and stored the rest. Overall not the best Alesmith offering, but a serviceable begian i would get on tap if I wanted somehting fairly easy drinking.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
A - thin, foamy white head caps a hazed golden colored ale
S - big orange zest, coriander, wheaty malt, lemon-pepper
T - peppery coriander, zesty orange and lemon, wheat malt, and fruity Belgian yeast esters all blend nicely together
M - medium body, ample carbonation, finishes peppery and zesty
O - pretty good Belgian pale ale with an accentuated orange zest flavor. Glad to try it.

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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 Floydster
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint from the Tap Room in San Diego

Pour was a golden brown color, had this after Lost Abbey Devotion, so did not really measure up to that, but still very good

Smell was more ctirus and had faint zestiness to it

Taste was fairly bitter for a Belgian, but this was a good thing

Could drink a lot of these

Hopefully Alesmith bottles this sometime too

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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