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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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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 256
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 ThisWangsChung
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Retention is pretty low, plus the texture lacks the fluffiness of a typical Belgian-style ale. Also, plenty of lacing sticks to the glass, in a webbed formation. Looks good, but kind of wrong for a Belgian beer.

This is spicy and bread-like the way a BPA should be. This beer's aroma delivers plenty of candi sugar, pear, apple, and black pepper. Some orange twinges also show up. Nails all the basics quite well, that's for certain. Could be a hair less sweet, but that's nitpicking.

At first, I taste some candied sugar and white grape. These flavors transition into a citrusy middle (there's the citrus peel!), and a finish of bread and black pepper. The basics are, again, nailed, but the integration is a little sloppy. I don't really sense a delicate balance, plus it seems overly sweet on occasion.

This doesn't seem to have the evaporative dryness on the palate as the best BPAs do. I don't want to say it's under-carbonated (it isn't)...maybe the carbonation isn't perfectly cohesive with the beer's textural presence? Still, it's fairly light and fairly easy to drink.

Nice, just not impressive - the balance isn't quite there for me. This is a fine preview of the bottle of Horny Devil I've got on standby, at least. I probably won't get this again.

3.27/5: Not Alesmith's finest work, but a serviceable example of the style

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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 illidurit
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Bright orange-gold with a great white head that sticks like flypaper to the goblet. Aroma is primarily yeasty, with some ester and spice. Taste is unripe banana, some refreshing lemon, witbier spiciness, and of course a lot of yeasty dough pinning it all together. Crisp and light on the tongue.

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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 notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone's 15th Anniversary

A: Slightly hazy pale golden color with an eggshell colored head.

S: Honeycrisp apple, cinnamon and a touch of wheat.

T: Green apple, pale malts and a bit of lemon on the finish. Pretty light body which works well with the flavors.

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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 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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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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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 CHickman
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Deuane
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Light golden yellow with a large fluffy bright white head that left behind copious lacing.

S-Light but typical Belgian yeast esters and bit of sour apples and a hint of spicy hops.

T-All flavours light with notes of lemon zing, sour apples and a bit of floral hoppiness.

M-Light bodied and very zingy. Kinda like a beer spritzer.

D-Light and easy going but for me a bit too light. Needs a little beefing up to make it more interesting.

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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 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 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 nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the AleSmith event at City Beer (well, actually at Triptych across the street).

Very nice appearance. Cloudy golden-straw color with a thick white head and very good lacing.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, wheat, sweet malt, banana, and citrus. Smells great.

Flavor is a lot like Horny Devil, just toned down as the description says. Wheat, pale malt, Belgian yeast, spices, banana, and orange peel. Mild floral hop notes.

Body is medium and carbonation is fairly lively.

Drinkability is high. Overall a really good beer. Another winner from these guys.

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Photo of charlzm
2.87/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 11/01/08 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Dark honey/orange colored beer with no head and no active carbonation.

Aroma is sweet flowers and esters.

Slightly oxidized flavor (hello, hint of wet cardboard). Thin wood character, light white pepper on finish. Really grasping at straws to come up with anything to describe the flavor.

Lack of carbonation, and this beer's thin, watery mouthfeel combine to make a less-than-awesome drinking experience.

I had this fresh at the brewery a couple of years ago and I recall it being far better than this.

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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 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 Beginner2
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of Sabtos
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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 armock
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is sweet and fruity with Belgian yeast

T - Follows the nose starts of sweet and fruity and finishes with the Belgian yeast

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very good beer at a decent abv making it so you can have more than one in a sitting worth picking up sometime to give it a try

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Photo of HalfFull
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass, the Lil' Devil shows a clear golden orange in color with an inch of white head. Retention is too brief however.

Has a nice yeast and candi sugar nose, with apple and pear dominating. Candi sweetness is light and doesn't interfere or overwhelm. Nose becomes harder to find as the carbonation settles. I really think this beer would benefit from bottle conditioning as the CO2 bubbles are too large to stay in the liquid.

Taste follows the nose and delivers a clean fruit and yeast flavor with the expected light amount of sweetness. Offers a decent feel and drink as well though it becomes a bit juice like towards the bottom. Again, a result of the outgassing of the carbonation. Decent, but would be improved from all angles with better carbonation retention.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at AleSmith tasting room.

A: Pours pale straw color with a half finger of dull white head. Very fine bubbles. Pretty good retention and some lacing.

S: Lots of pale malt and Belgian fruit--banana and clove, which makes this more like a hefe.

T: Similar, with the banana a little more in the forefront. A touch watery. A little fruity yeast, but faint.

M: Super smooth mouthfeel which I've come to expect from Alesmith. Medium-light carbonation and body.

O: Refreshing, lighter beer that's good for hotter weather. I guess I was hoping for a little more fruitness or something. Good but not great.

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AleSmith Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 256 ratings.
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