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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
284
Reviews:
96
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
8.71%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some citrus-like aroma. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very citrus-forward and pretty drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
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 largadeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber-gold color in the tall tulip with some chill haze. Yeasty, celery taste, quite herbal and vegetal for a Belgian style. Even a cheesy hint. Not very strong flavors, more like a restrained Saison. Mellow with modest acidity. Malt is there but soft and submerged. Quite mild, a light mouthful, watery even. Fruity spicy nose. Goes down very easy, a pleasant quaff with a sausage and coleslaw.

Enjoyed at the Linkery, San Diego.

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3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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 atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Alesmith

A: The pour is a hazy pale golden color with a fluffy white head and lots of lacing.

S: There is plenty of spice, particularly coriander, along with some fruity banana esters. Like most Belgian style beers, the nose is dominated by the yeast with some sweet malt coming through.

T: As you would expect from the nose, plenty of Belgian yeast character and the typical coriander and orange peel flavorings. The sweetness from the malt is restrained which I was happy to see.

M: The body is a bit on the light end of medium with full carbonation.

D: A decent enough Belgian pale ale, but fairly typical and nothing fantastic. There are certainly better offerings from Alesmith.

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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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AleSmith Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 284 ratings.
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