AleSmith Horny Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Horny DevilAleSmith Horny Devil

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of brentlikesbeer
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. Fruity Belgian-style Ale. Noticeable coriander. Can be cloudy in some batches, but absolutely love this beer from my personal favorite San Diego brewery.

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Photo of mobrado
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite US-brewed Belgian-style Strong Pale and by far my favorite Belgian-style beer by AleSmith. Pity it's not more affordable and sold in 4 or 6-packs.

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Photo of avalon07
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy / fizzy head that lasted a below average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A nice aroma of apples, Belgian yeast, malt, pears, and other fruit.

T: Tasted of some Belgian-style yeast, a bit of malt, some apples, a sugary element, pears, a candi sweetness, some light spices (coriander, in particular), and some banana as well. Definitely an interesting flavor, centered very much on the fruit ingredients. Generally, very sweet and likable.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat syrupy finish. Medium-bodied.

O; A very solid American version of a Belgian beer. Not perfect, but well worth trying.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange, minimal head but plenty of large bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Aroma: citrus peel, banana, spice, fruity & grain fragrances. Flavor: belgium ale & IPA. Grainy aftertaste. Carbonation wasn't waisted on a head, plenty left to tickle the tongue. Flavor is a bit weak. Not bad but expected more.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An interesting smell combining the peaches with the hops.
Tastes somehow like a Belgian ale combined with a triple and a bit of an IPA, all surrounded by the flowery and peachy taste, with a little sour and sweet aftertaste.
Enjoyable overall.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet. Bottled in 2013.

L-Medium gold with small amount of white foam/lacing

S-Honey, malt, citrus, wet straw and spice.

T-Orange marmalade, sweet malts, coriander and hop spice on the back. Develops a mead flavor as it warms.

F-Bright, juicy, carbonation cuts through to create a dry finish.

Very balanced flavors, only slightly heavier than a triple in feel. If I didn't know better, I'd think it was actually Belgian.

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Photo of cmurkar
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear yellow with an inch thick white head. Lots of bubbles. Smell floral, with strong belgian yeast and fruity notes. Finishes with pronounced malt. Taste is very much like the smell. Malt is strong, followed by white grape, pear, and phenol. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Alcohol warms you very quickly.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

OG=1.081, 25 IBU, 10% ABV, $10.99 for a 750ml bottle at Goodmans in Kenosha.

Pours out to a medium peach, forming a tall whipped mouuse-like light yellow/off white head with beautiful retention and lacing owing to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose is of white grape and apple juice with hints of pineapple and is a bit boozy as it warms. I don't pick up on coriander, although it's mentioned on the website. Mouthfeel is very soft and billowy and has a slick syrupy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is such it gives the impression of a much higher OG and FG. The taste is a recap of the nose. Mild bitterness, overall sweet, but with a dry finish. A touch of higher alcohols and very subtle cardboard are flaws in the finish. As it warms, it becomes much more boozy and makes it a bit difficult to finish.

It starts out nice, but this is just too heavy handed and boozy to really compete with the classic example of the style, Duvel, or other nice Belgian golden strongs like Matilda, Pranqster, La Fin Du Monde, or La Chouffe.

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Photo of colts9016
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A one finger creamy rocky head with fair retention, the head is white in color. The color of the beer is amber color and it hazy. The beer is slightly opaque with some carbonation visible.

N: very fruity with some pear and banana notes, a touch of spicy pepper, caramel, biscuits, yeasty, a touch of citrus, and floral,

T: Very malty with fruity esters, pears, banana phenols, little pepper, caramel, biscuit, yeasty, floral, grass, and touch of floral.

M: Carbonated, medium body, and a little warming.

O: A very good representation of the this style. I could not detect the coriander, but some peppery notes. A well made BPA.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It should be pointed out that this is a Belgian-style ale and as such, it falls a bit short of the real deals overseas. Easy drinking at 10% but the yeast presence (or lack thereof) is what makes this one a tier below. The experience is not authentic overall even for a Belgian-style ale. Still, solid as such just not a top tier offering in it's style.

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Photo of puck1225
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. A clear yellow color with a decent head and good lacing. The smell is fruity with apples and apricot. These can be tasted as well, along with warm spice and licorice. A bit boozey, but a good beer.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Looks clear 24k gold tones with some tomes of beighter irange showing through, when held up to light: head is flat white, semi-fluffy imo, medium size bubble; enticing. Smell: sweet fruity tones, apricot, apple, slight spice. Taste: follows smell missing spice notes from the coriander, but missing the floral kotes of fresh coriander. Feel is smooth, medium mouthfeel, medium-sweetness, slightly dry finish. Overall, a memorable and well put together, from a brewery that doesn't dissapoint. Pair with smoked poultry and game, mostly white meat.

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Photo of stephens101
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange and topped with a thin veil of off-white froth. Prominent light fruits (orange, pear, mango), Belgian yeast and peppercorn in the aroma. Tastes sweet with plenty more Belgian yeast, fruit and spice preceding other notes of taffy and grain with a perfect dose of alcohol in the finish. Medium and borderline creamy.

A devilishly pleasurable beer that pairs well with deviance.

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Photo of Ri0
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 8/2013. It is a cloudy peach gold with a nice 2 finger white head. Nice cap and lacing form on the glass. A bright citrus and coriander aroma along with Belgian yeast, lemon and orange peel. Some banana, clove, and earthiness also are present. Flavor is sweet and yeasty in the front with some banana, but quickly morphs into a citrus and coriander with some spicy hops. Medium smooth feel with a dry finish. A tasty brew even after it sat for 2.5 years.

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Photo of dd43
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big ass substantial beer. I went into this after having a helles lager so my palate needed a good long while to acclimate.

Bears a resemblance to some of the more mouth coating American tripels I've had, minus the Belgian candied sugar and adding a peppery bite. There are some other cooking spices coming through here, I presume those are Belgian yeast phenolics. Maybe a hit of coriander, maybe a little white pepper. The flavor combines those things with a malt base that to be honest is taking me a while to get used to. I would not immediately characterize this as a best of breed Belgian strong pale. There is something in the flavor I can't pin down which I'm not in love with. It's almost coming across like a flaw. Maybe the tap line isn't kosher here? It is almost a little stomach acid like. I'm thinking draft line issue.

Fairly boozy, there's not much of a chance that you'll drink this and only realize afterwards that it was a 10% brew. I've had a number of alesmith beers that were very impressive. This beer I would say is good, but not amazing or even great. If I ever come up with a descriptor for what is bothering me in the flavor I will update this review.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Taco, Manchester, CT
L - gold, amber
A - banana, yeast, bread
T - follows nose, slightly sweet
F - nice medium body with clean finish
For me, similar to Allagash Tripel, nice beer all around

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Photo of GilGarp
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped bottle. Bottled on 11/4/14.

Served slightly chilled into a goblet as suggested on the label. Horny Devil is a pale golden color with near perfect clarity. The head is thin and white.

Aroma is just right for the style with subtle nuances from the yeast. Banana and coriander come through.

Flavor is sweet up front with topical fruit and black pepper. There is good balance as it finishes effervescent and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Balanced and drinkable for 10% abv.

Overall a very good American version of the style. Probably not as much depth as a true Belgian but nearly as tasty.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought at BevMo in Santa Clara. I don't get it. Brothers give 100 and love it, but this was mundane to me. I love Alesmith, but this was bland to me...perhaps more to do with the style

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Photo of cjgiant
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle no date:
Pours a straw-golden and very clear. Visible random bubbles form a starry night across the glass, rising slowly to supply the lid of foamy head atop the surface.

The nose hit me just before I started pouring, and was definitely what the label says - a spiced Belgian, in the ilk of Allagash White (though not a witbier). Belgian esters of banana with a little indistinguishable light fruit tart note as well. The coriander comes out more early, but is always present in the nose.

The notes from the nose are all represented in the taste. However, the banana takes a back seat to an apple pulp sweet-tartness (more of the former). The spice also bites into the palate early (perhaps aided by a prickly carbonation feel), and lingers in an almost white pepper taste in the end. The beer has a nice light feel to it, but the flavors add a depth to the beer to add a little heft to it.

Very enjoyable, but perhaps a little sweeter than I'd like. It crosses so many t's and dots a lot of i's for style, but is just off from being a home run to me. You shouldn't pass it up, though, if you have a chance to see for yourself.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden in color white foamy head. Beautiful semi sweet, very clean banana aroma. Taste follows nose with banana, slight clove, semi sweet malt and booze is well hidden

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy deep gold. A substantial 2F rocky head fades quickly leaving little in the way of lacing.

S: Very sweet belgian candi aroma. Rock candy, cotton candy grapes, apples.

M: Medium body. Alcohol solventy comes in at end. Biting carbonation.

T: Pears, apple, banana and an earthy hop flavor. Orange must, coriander in a supporting role.

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Photo of beerinspector1
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tastes great!
Really impressed, taste sipped here at Home & Away here in Old Town part of San Diego.
Will definitely seek this out.
Went on to purchase a pint and enjoyed every moment of it.
Definitely smooth and it's alcoholic content of 10% is a bonus, Alesmith has a definite winner.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a clear light goldenrod with half an inch of fizzy white head. Lots of lively carbonation bubbles throughout the brew makes it pleasant to look at but head fades very quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Huge whiffs of Belgian yeast, coriander, lemon and orange peel, initially. Then aromas of banana bread, white pepper, vanilla, and herbal earthy hops in the background.

T: Sweet malts, citrus, and banana all rush your palate initially, in the middle you find huge notes of coriander, peppercorn, vanilla, candi sugar, and apples. Finishes with some herbal spiciness, and some pine like hop bitterness with a noticeable alcohol flavor and warmth.

M: Light to medium bodied and highly carbonated. Slick with a slight dryness and alcohol warmth. Pretty easy drinking from a 10% abv.

O: A pleasantly easy drinking take on a BSPA. Nothing about this beer blew me away but everything about it was enjoyable. I could easily see myself being in the mood for this beer again and would highly recommend giving it a shot to any fan of the style. It's subtle complexities make it a solid brew that I feel like bigger fans of Belgian styles would absolutely love beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, golden body with one finger head that quickly died. The aroma has strong notes of yeast and candi sugar along with minor notes of spices and lemony citrus. Light bodied, somehow it's creamy at times(??) and the beer is really smooth thanks to noticeable Belgian yeast strain. There is a balance between strong tastes of candi sugar and tropical fruit sweetness along with some spices and orange citric notes. Pick up a little alcohol and coriander spice in finish and there's a sharpness in finish thanks to lively carbonation.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a golden orange with a 3/4" wispy head that drops to about 1/8" after is sits and leave nice lacing.

a wet hay, fruity, earthy smell that is way out there.

tastes of yeast, light malts, coriander, little orange and other fruitiness.

smooth medium carbonation

overall a pretty good beer

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