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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2004

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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 261
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed November 26, 2006. On tap at AleSmith. Light orange cream aroma, bold with floral herbs. Some bright esters coming from the bold yeast character. Pour of orangish gold. Wispy sweet caramel and lightly profused citrus spice qualities. Acerbic and certain with lemon, from both rind, pith and juice. Nicely down, however a little cloying and yeasty at the backend for me.

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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 Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed several samples of this tasty brew at the Bluezapalooza beer fest @ Mammoth Mtn, in the Sierra, reviewed from notes (yeah I was that guy at the fest taking notes.) Poured light amber, clear, with a light tan head, and left some wispy lacing. Nose was mildly of corainder, and some orange peels. This is a nicely crafted Belgian pale, crisp, refreshing and palate cleansing. Love the style and this version would be great for all sorts of foods, BBQ, salads, cheese, and so on

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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 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 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 msubulldog25
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a large snifter (Duvel), on tap at Concordia Ale House

Appearance - light auburn with no head
Smell - Faint malty aroma, spicy
Taste - crisp & clean, a little fruitiness
Mouthfeel - very smooth, warm and engaging on the tongue
Drinkability - very enjoyable - my wife said she really liked it, too

If I ranked on a 1-10 scale, I'd give it a 9.

Hope it stays on tap at our pub - I'd like more!

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hollingshead.

A nice slight cloudy honey-amber color filled my glass with a good size of white creamy head. The scent was very phenolic, bananas, vannilla and just fruity. The taste was like a cross of a pale and a wit with spice, nutmeg and fruits. Very delicious and just deep in flavor.

I didnt expect this little brother of a beer to be so well done. It is and i'll be searching this one out to add to my frig.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served on tap in a pint glass at the hotel bar of the Marriott in Del Mar. Golden orange colored beer with a whispy white head on top. Nice looking beer for sure.

Smell: Very sweet malty nose with a bit of fruity/berry scent at the end. This beer has a very juicy and enticing aroma.

Taste: Just like the nose, and then some. The flavor opens strong with a chewy bread flavor. The malt is backed by lots of nice, fruity esters. Faint flavors of raspberries, strawberries, and apple. Crisp and clean. The beer ends with a great but small hop bitterness to balance the beer out. It is much stronger on the sweet and malty side than on the bitter side.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and tacky on the palate. Lingering sweetness make the aftertaste very nice.

Drinkability: I could drink this beer all day. It paired very nicely with the cheese plate we ordered. Bold, dry cheeses paired better than soft and mold cheeses. A very tasty beer that I will gladly order again if I find it.

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Photo of freed
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Gueuzedude
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a complex spicy notes to it. I could just smell this beer forever, there are great notes of apple, and a variously sundry mix of fresh herbs. This has a nicely light and refreshing taste with a cidery finish and a hint of balancing astringency. This is quite a spicy beer throughout, with notes of coriander in the middle of this beer. This is just so much better than its big brother the Horny Devil.

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Photo of Gusler
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago
The beer pours a limpid amber color with a largish white head that is creamy in texture and the resultant lace a fine curtain to obscure the glass. Sweet malt aroma at the front, citrus like crispness, hints of orange peel, and refreshing. Start is slightly sweet, pleasingly malted and the top middling in its feel, finish has a benign acidity, the hops purposeful in their spicy bite, desert dry after taste that lingers, a nice drinkable beer, not bad, not great, just a good thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a few beers in O’Brien’s San Diego, EyeChartbrews Bachelor Beer-Bus arrived to take us to the Alesmith Brewery for a quick tour and a few beers. The small Bar inside the Unit that locates the Alesmith Brewery had several beers on tap that our party of 12 enjoyed.

The Lil’ Devil was one of them, a beer I don’t recall ever seeing before. Advertised at 6.66% ABV, this is somewhat cheekily named after its bigger Brother the Horny Devil, and even uses the same pump Clip style decoration, albeit somewhat slightly modified.

Poured with a hazy golden colored body, with a large smooth looking white head at first, but this quickly settled to a thin covering in my Plastic Pint Mug as we toured the Brewery. The nose was sweet and very fruity, malts and some coriander. The body of the beer is malt laden with an exceptionally fruity middle, lots of bananas and cloves with some coriander and a spicy feel at times. Finishes with a nice cool crisp lemon bitterness which lends a terrific balance. Great aftertaste. The mouthfeel is solid and the Drinkability is rather dangerous. This is a gorgeous soft and fruity Tripel style offering from Alesmith. I was quietly very impressed with this Belgium style offering from Alesmith, to the extent that I cannot believe why it is not more widely available.

Note: This is listed as a Belgium Pale Ale, which I have to say is pushing the boundaries a bit. For me it is more of a fruity Belgium Tripel, actually it reminded me of Floreffe Tripel a little.

If you get to the Alesmith Brewery, try one. It’s hard to forget the tastes of this beer once sampled, let alone trying to get that damn song by the Cult out of my head also.

Highly Recommended!

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Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: I had a sample of this at the brewery. It poured a slightly hazy golden color. There was a decent white head to it. The aroma is more reminicent of a tripel than a Belgian ale: Somewhat yeasty with banana and corriander. The taste is quite good, although there is no wheat evident (the brewer told me that there is none). It is sort of a tripel, but a hair lighter. A hair of hops at the end. A unique and very good beer.

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