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
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
276
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
8.71%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
33
For Trade:
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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 276
Photo of horshamguy
2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.
L--Hazy gold, just like the bottle said. Nice head to start with tons of tiny bubbles. Head dissipated into nothing quickly. No lacing.
S--Yeasty.
T--Bland, with some orange and lemon.
F--Feels flat.
O--Disappointing. Maybe it suffered from its San Diego to Philadelphia journey. I'd say it was a wasted trip.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
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 fscottkey
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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 arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Quick Stop on 10-1-16.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head on the initial pour.

Nose is yeasty with pale malts being very present.

Taste has hints of citrus laid over a Belgian yeasty malt base with a complement of hops that balances things very well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat refreshing.

Overall this was a very enjoyable beer that i could definitely enjoy again!

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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 barnzy78
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
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 tekstr1der
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Radome
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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 BeerDawgs
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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 puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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 TH28
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
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 donspublic
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
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 ommegangpbr
3.94/5  rDev +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 q33jeff
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

**
07/15/2016

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: slightly hazy, yellow orange. Pretty large white head, big bubbles, fades quickly.
AROMA: Apple pie, a touch yeasty, but not unpleasant.
TASTE: Some wang in the taste, bready, yeasty, but very drinkable.
FEEL: a little chewy, good carbonation.

A nice easy belgian style.
**

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Photo of Ri0
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Clear gold with a 1 finger white head and minimal lacing. Aroma spice and clove, banana, some yeast. Flavor follows nose and doesn't become overly sweet like some Belgian Pales. The finish is dry with a lighter feel. Pretty well made BPA.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden and well carbonated but thin on head. Smell is of biscuit, honey, bread yeast, iron and graphite. The taste starts off breast and malty, but quickly goes in a weird aftertaste that reminds me of dry rot wood and wormwood. A cloying sweetness persists too long as well with a fatty greasy wide mouth feel. I like the concept of encapsulating the essence of a strong Belgian into a light easy drinking package, but the finish just missed the mark for me. Tighten up some of aftertaste and we can try again.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
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 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 Sabtos
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light pale yellow with a fluffy white head, but low retention.

Aroma and flavor carryover well into each other, with banana, pear, some grassy pilsner qualities, and a peppery spice that is nice and light. There is also a honey element, but it is not too sweet.

Feels nice and balanced, a little fluffy but also crisp, carbonated, and fluid.

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Photo of hman43
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Mike_Aguirre
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Stinkypuss
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: Golden orange color with a white, pillowy head.
SMELL: Banana, bubblegum, orange marmalade.
TASTE: Banana and wheat notes, bubblegum, slight tropical, a bit of stale hops.
FEEL: Full bodiued with a slightly cloying finish.
OVERALL: An average example of an American made belgian pale wheat ale. Nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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 CHickman
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Beginner2
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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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AleSmith Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 276 ratings.
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