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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
256
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
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12
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32
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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 256
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 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 BoldRulerVT
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.
Pours a pretty light amber with half a finger of head.
Aromas are an interesting, sticky mix of belgian yeast and hoppiness.
Taste is much in line with aromas. A very nice combination that worked really well for me.
Mouthfeel was excellent.
This is a unique beer and the flavor profile mix of belgian yeast and hops was really enjoyable.

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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 DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Score this little bottle for around 3 bucks picked up since I loved the regular devil and would love to try a light version.

A - Awesome looking a full inch plus of frothy head that takes a while to dissipate atop a bright golden colored ale.
S - Very fruity with bubble gum yeasts. Peppery breads and some lemon zest.
T - Bready body fruit esters of bubblegum and banana like goodness.
M - Really smooth to drink as expected for half the ABV of the regular Devil. Very light to medium body easy to pound.

Overall its a very simple yet dangerously easy to drink Belgium pale ale that is very fruity. Would buy again!

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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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A copper tinted gold pour with a slight haze kicks up a lacy 2” white foam collar that persists for 3 minutes.

S: Ripe to over ripe fruit aromas, orange, citrus.

T: Big fruit flavors are a blend of peach, banana, citrus, orange and bubble gum supported by light malts. The fruit flavors are medium high, hop and malt flavors are medium to medium low, and hop bitterness is medium low.

F: Very creamy medium to medium low body with medium high carbonation.

O: A refreshing and flavorful Belgian Style pale ale with big fruit flavors.

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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 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 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 utopiajane
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
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 corby112
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with bright straw edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Slightly earthy, floral aroma with a strong yeast and light fruit presence. Some peppery spice with bread, banana, biscuit, cracker, apple and pear. Some candi sugar and grassy pine needle but the light fruit esters and yeast notes dominate the aroma.

Light, crisp and refreshing with a spicy hop presence that compliments the spice and ester-y light fruit notes. Some dry, piney bitterness along with pepper and coriander followed by bread, biscuit and apple and pear sweetness. Subtle alcohol flavor in the finish but there's not much heat at all. Very light and easy to drink without sacrificing flavor.

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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 justintcoons
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance
Pale apricot yellow with a short white head that dissipates quickly. Hazy with light carbonation.

Nose
Banana, pear, golden apple, and light phenols.

Taste
Follows the nose. Banana, pear, and banana peel. Golden apple and tangy apricot. Light phenols with a touch of pink peppercorn.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, refreshing, and quaffable.

Overall
Simple, smooth, mellow, and quaffable.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very aptly named brew. Duuvel means devil. This is a little duuvel.

It's a very pretty brew - deep golden with just a bit of fizz, mostly translucent but not transparent. The aroma is pronounced but not overpowering. It's a hoppy yeasty smell as it should be, on the hoppy side. The taste is dry and hoppy but not overly so and not bitter. It's a very nice balance. At first blush, it's like a duuvel, but quickly you realize it doesn't pack the hidden punch that the big boy has. The aftertaste is mild but lingers long. It is the most yeasty part of the taste, like I would expect from a Belgian.

This is an outstanding brew and would be great to serve with a big dinner - your guests won't get wasted. Unfortunately, it is pretty rare in these parts, but I would highly recommend it to anyone anywhere.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dry with a slight touch of lemon and huge amounts of pepper and coriander. Very nice for a lower abv beer in this belgian style. Hard to find much flawsm

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; golden colored; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: coriander, pepper, orange, and lemon;

T: ;more coriander that anything all the way through; pepper in the background with orange behind that; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated; dry finish, but it takes a few seconds to get there;

O: not much malt character, but nice to drink;

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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 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.
Refreshing.

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Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with a one finger, fluffy white head. Quite nice. Scents of fruit, apricot and peach mostly, with some slight citrus and pear alongside candi sugar and faint hints of Belgian yeast. Very appealing, a good Belgian golden aroma, though not the most complex. Flavor begins with apricot and peach, moves into spicy Belgian yeast and finishes with yeasts spiciness and some graininess. Aftertaste is grainy. Faint, fruity tang as it warms. Again, a good, basic Belgian ale flavor, but not as complex as some. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a watery feel. Quite easy to drink, but very light compared to most Belgian Golden Ales. Overall a good, easy drinking, light take on a Belgian. It's not as rich, complex or deep as some, but it is a good warmer weather Belgian style beer.

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Photo of mhaugo
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce draft pour into a tulip. 5.5% ABV.
Appearance: Shiny golden amber. Brilliant, with a thin cap of foam (4.5/5).
Aroma: Clean, fresh, noble hop aroma, along with sweet apples (4/5).
Taste: This is a beautiful, delicate, beer. The hops are the predominate flavor, but it’s certainly not bitter. I also get a bit of pilsner malt and spiced cider (4.25/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation (4.25/5).
Overall: This beer is a wonderful example of the style; fresh, bright, and alive. I respect AleSmith for leaving this draft-only, because it would quickly die in a bottle (4.25/5).

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Photo of rather
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at whole foods. 4$ happy hour. poured into a nb 0.47L glass.

appearance: bright orange with not much head or retention.

smell: zested orange and slight grapefruit. with a nice yeast undertone.

taste: follows the nose well with a good taste of watery oranges picked from your own tree. and again a smidge of yeast underlying

mouthfeel: a bit wet but nice carbonation inviting me to take another drink.
with a refreshing dry finish, superb.

overall: would love this by the pool or mowing the lawn, very refreshing.
I haven't had its bigger brother horny devil yet but plan on it. lil devil was described to me as half of horny devil.

on tap only as far as I know. so worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of xnicknj
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the industry - served in pint

Clear golden color with a pale white crop of head. Webbed lacing rings the glass with thin retention.

Slightly floral in the nose with orange and lemon peel. Citrusy with cracked pepper and coriander, refreshing with soft bread, yeast and sweetness.

Brush of floral hops up front with citrusy tones and lemon peel. Soft spiciness from pepper and coriander. Mild backbone, biscuit and toasted grain with light sweetness. Belgian yeast with lingering hops towards the finish.

Lighter body, well carbonated, bubbly and crisp on the tongue. Drinkable and refreshing, although this would be more suited for the summertime.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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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AleSmith Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
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