AleSmith Horny Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Horny DevilAleSmith Horny Devil

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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 Overlord
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big golden color with a slightly off-white head.

Smell is suprisingly mild; maybe a bit of malt, some weird spices, that's about it.

The taste is rather forgettable. I'm a big lover of Alesmith beers, but this is easily the least of their offerings. Not a bad beer, mind you, just not overpowering. There's some slight malt, some weird spices (again...what are those?), maybe a hint of a fruit background. Just ... not as much here. I'm used to Alesmith offerings being explosive taste grenades, and this isn't it. Tastes like a toned down douple ipa mixed with a toned down scotch ale, if such a thing could be imagined.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden brown with a white head that fades very slowly leaving a lot of laces. It smells slightly spicy. It also smells slightly honey like. Not much in the way of hops. I hate to say it since I like most AleSmith beers, but I am not too fond of the aroma of this beer. This beer tastes quite syrupy. It is very sweet. Very sweet. I taste alcohol. It is very strong. It has a malty taste. Almost Barley Wine like. I detect some spicy like flavors to it. This beer is carbonated well. It leaves an alcohol like aftertaste. This beer is quite aggressive. I dont think this beer would make a good session beer. It is quite alcoholic and the aggressive flavor might be a bit much. This beer is good to try, but dont go out of your way.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one me at a tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a pale straw yellow with a two finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, clove, spice, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, alcohol, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. This one was all over the place with the aroma and flavor. The alcohol definitely makes itself known throughout the entire brew. Despite this fact it was really well balanced, but the alcohol hurts the drinkability. Worth trying if you see it around.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL pours a mostly clear, light gold color with an ample white head...somewhat fizzy and does not leave much lace.

Nose is tropical alcohol, fruit cocktail syrup and coriander. Interesting...almost a 'grand cru' type of aroma.

Taste is light and fruity, the yeast does some interesting stuff. Thats a good thing with the neutral malt and modest hops.

Coriander is interesting without the usual accompanying orange peel. ABV is pretty evident and the malt is so light. Yeast, fruit and alcohol driven. It is pretty smooth despite all that though and the grassy hops lend a deft touch of bitterness. Pretty good, gets better as it warms. Id drink this again fo sho.

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Photo of Chambic
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

02.07.10 at City Beer

A: opaque light yellow, with fluffy head

S: bright and fresh, somewhat wit-like

T: more of a bite than the aroma offers, the light spice tastes like coriander and citrus peel

M: clean, refreshing, and nicely carbonated

D: pretty good, but overall, not my style of beer

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark yellow/gold color topped by a mountainous head, which is a bit soapy.
Aroma of citrus, wild yeast, corriander and malt are apparent. Something else under these, not sure.
Taste is a bit bland for the style. Citrus and yeast dominate, but feel a bit over carbonated, not very smooth. Semi-sour. A bit weak.
A good beer, but perhaps the alcohol kills the taste a bit.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with red foil

A - Pours a butterscotch orange with golden highlights when held up to the light and a very small white head that disappeared immediately.

S - Sweet and yeasty with spiced fruits and honey. I get plums oranges and apricots along with some tropical fruit. The spice and fruit dominate with a clear alcohol presence. I get slight remembrances of tequila as it warms.

T - Sweet candi sugar, coriander and other spices. The alcohol is also very noticeable in the taste and a little overpowering. Fruity but not as much as the aroma.

M - Full and syrupy with very little carbonation.

D - Not your typical Belgian Strong Pale in my mind. Sweet and fruity with a bog alcohol punch. A heavy dose of coriander when I pour the yeast into my last sip.

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Photo of Shaw
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I brought a bottle of the 2001 vintage (purchased in 2005) back to Fla. from San Diego and shared it with my beer buddies.

It has the orange color of a tripel. I'm surprised to see it classified here as a strong pale ale, but I can see why. My bottle is labeled at 11 percent ABV. There isn't much of a head.

The smell is all coriander, which is why I was thinking this was a tripel.

The taste is quite sweet. The 11 percent ABV is very well hidden behind the coriander, spice and malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, the body is light but not too light.

Overall this is a good beer. Quite sweet, so be aware of that. And with the high strength, I suggest you split the 750 mL bottle unless you have a while to enjoy this brew.

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Photo of kylehayworth
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Blake for the brew. I couldn't wait to try this one.

A: A nice cloudy golden yellow hue. The head was a nice crisp white.

S: I get a whiff of some booze straight away, after letting that turns to clove/corriander in the spicey'ness, with a bit of honey sweetness. Very wine like.

T: It had a certain sweetness to it, but the tailend hits you with a boozy/spicy aftertaste.

M/D: Medium body, but heavy in the carbonation, you could see this once poured into the glass. I liked the forfront of this beer. It was a little to boozy/spicy for me. I would like to try it again though, and really drink it slow. It took me half an hour to sip my half, maybe an hours worth is in order...

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. It's not bad, but not good. Pours to a golden yellow color with a slight haze. Not much carbonation apparant, and very little head that settles out to nothing. No subsequent lacing.

The smell is decent. Has a nice spicy nose of coriander, pepper, clove, and candi sugar. Interesting, but a little spicier than I would typically enjoy as well as a little more candied than I prefer. Has a light herbal, grassy hops bouqet as well, if not a bit skunked (damn green bottle).

The taste is very complex. Sweet and candied with a very dry spicy finish. Nice hops bitterness with a grassy herbal flavor. Seems like a little too much at once. Tastes quite strong, but definitely not in the 11% range, so it is "smooth" in that regard. Still not feeling it, especially compared to other AleSmith offerings I've had the pleasure of trying thanks to the generosity of BA dogfooddog.

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Photo of DubbelBastard
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: really pale golden color, thin white head.

Bouquet: faint sweet smell, not much there

Taste: The other reviewers are more eloquent than I... but I detect mostly just "sweetness" reminiscent of a Riesling.

Mouth: rolls over the tongue quite delicately, but has the consistency of the palest of ales.

Overall: They claim 11% abv, and the bros gave it stellar reviews. I can't taste the alcohol, which might be dangerous. I would be lead to believe that not all the wonderful Belgian sugar they used in the recipe got converted over to alcohol... but who knows, perhaps it did. If you're in the mood for a smooth, sweet, strong beer (or want to get your girl tipsy), this is a good beer to try.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$12.99 for a 22oz bottle

A: amber colored beer, clear with great frothy head
S: deep cloying beer with tons of alcohol and a strong Belgian yeasty quality
T: very good and drinkable beer, incredible depth, malty, Belgian yeast qualities, clean, only problem (and for me it is a major problem) is that the beer is dominated by EtOH and is extremely hot, if this was somewhere around 8-9%ABV it would probably be world class for my tasting
M: creamy, rich, tons of EtOH
O: good beer overall but knocked down a bit due to EtOH

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Do devils have genitalia, because that would confirm the word horny in this reference. The pour is a very hazy straw colored yellowy hue with some amber colors through out. A soft white head with limited retention and limited lacing through out.

The nose has a strong Belgian quality to it. To start there is a strong yeasty character with some ester/phenolics and spice notes, specifically coriander and orange peel. The malt is limited but some light bready and biscuits. Does not balance against the esters very well. Some alcohol and a light fusel on the backend.

The taste is more in balance but still one sided. The malt is muddled with some light caramel and bready notes. Some minor wheat notes but hidden by the yeast/spice. Big coriander taste with some bubblegum, pepper and cloves kicking through. Some citrus but muddled with orange, grapefruit and lemon. Some rose peal and a touch of butyric as well. The yeast notes are not as bad as the nose indicated. As is the alcohol.

The body is moderate, surprising considering the ABV. Some astringency from the spice. Carbonation is low for style. Overall I think if this beer was a bit more crisp and backs off on some of the spices, it could really be a winner. But eh.

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Photo of drcarver
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Look, its a witbier. Don't let them tell you otherwise. Read the label... its a witbier.

A - slightly hazy but since it is bottle fermented you can keep it pretty clear. great fluffy head that laces and lasts the whole beer

S - WHAT A SHOCK!! Bread, spice, and citrus!!

T/M - Goes down really smooth. Another shocker. It tastes like bread, spice, and citrus!! Nothing here to distinguish it from any other wit

D - goes down well enough, but i've kill my palate on these beers in the past few years because... they all taste the same!

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 750 mL bottle shared with Phatz, weeare138 and Beerbeing.

A: The ale is a hazy blonde ale, one that revels in its yellow paleness. The head is moderate but nothing to get too excited about.

S: The ale has a sweet spicy aroma that showcases a strong coriander element.

T: The ale has a sweet, strong spiced body. There are some honey elements that provide a strong sweetness. Those notes are balanced by an intensely strong coriander pepper element that overtakes all other elements of the beer.

M: Can you say coriander? The ale overloads the spicey element, creating a big pepper bomb.

D: The strong spices and big abv make pounding this ale impossible but the flavors are nice and almost reminiscent of a Chimay blue.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with some friends, 100 from the Bros.? We'll see....

Almost a champagne like look/aroma/taste to this one, definitely one of the more unique Belgian strong pale ale's I've had. Kinda fruity smell, and surprisingly easy to drink for the high ABV. Doesn't really knock your socks off with taste though, but has a smooth finish and dry aftertaste making it mostly drinkable. Good beer, but wouldn't call it that great or 'amazing' in my opinion, glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The nose represents Belgian yeast with a lot of spicy clove, peppercorn, light banana, bubblegum and an earth tone.

The bottle suggests this be served between 50 and 55F and it is spot on. Too cold and it was just too clovey but as it warmed the sweetness came out. The banana was nice and it has a bit of bubblegum but the yeasty fungus earth tones are not my favorite.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an older bottle plucked from the cellar. No date, but at least 2 years old.

Not much gas escaped from the bottle cap when opening. Pour seems a little flat.No head. Nice clear faintly red appearance.

The coriander comes through on the smell. Some hops , and alcohol on nose.

Taste is is bold , sweet , hoppy . Some fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is thick , almost syrupy. The lack of carbonation is slightly distracting.

Drinkability suffers slightly from the high ABV & lack of carbonation. Overall a nice sipper I'd like to try fresher.

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: one inch head, high carbonation, hazy, orange-yellow in color

Smell: lemon, orange, and cardamom

Taste: lemon, orange, candied sugar, toasted malt, alcohol, and cardamom

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, high carbonation, sweet with a bitter alcohol backbone

Drinkability: Decent for the style but not spectacular. It feels like an enhanced version of the style. This one is complex, but not one I am likely to get again.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split a large bottle with a friend over lunch. It poured a slightly hazy straw yellow in the restaurant's (Little Ortino's) Kasteel glasses. The slight alcohol heat was understandable, but the beer was unusually acidic. I was hoping for a super Duvel, was more wine-like with a yeasty, spiced edge. My friend was not a fan. But while the flavor was a bit off the mark, little things like the mouthfeel and carbonation were on, and I wonder a little if the beer was mishandled and poorly stored. Either way, this came off like a Belgian strong pale that's veered off course.

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Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark straw color with a slight cloudiness. I'm disappointed with the very light head. Surprising lace--spotty.

Lots of citrus aromas; more lemon than any other smell. Light coriander and a touch of butter.

The flavor features a tart start. Mid-taste, there is a pale malt flavor with a smidge of spice. The aftertaste returns to the sourness with strong alcohol warmth. Full bodied for the color. High carbonation.

This is a potent brew with some very good flavor. It may be too powerful for the flavor profile. I will be curious to see what my friends who frequent Belgium might say.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw gold, lots of carbonation with a perpetual 1 finger head. Aroma of orange peel, coriander and juicy pears. Taste follows the nose but is a bit too sweet. Mouthfeel is too carbonated. Not a bad brew just too sweet and too carbonated for my liking. I'm glad I tried it but I won't be seeking this out again

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear yellow with an ephemeral white head. No lace. Sparse bubbles.

S - butter, coriander, mild Belgian yeast (fruity/spicy), banana, faint bread, faint floral.

T - is like the aroma, but not as impressive and mediocre for the style.

M - medium body with low-medium carbonation. Oily texture. Low bitterness.

O - somewhat of a disappointment for a big fan of Belgians. Too buttery, doesn't showcase the yeast in the flavor as much as I want. Very boozy and smooth, so it isn't all bad, but I'm not impressed with this beer in the most important category: flavor.

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Photo of BigMike
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light golden orange with a huge fluffy head.

S: Coriander and peppery spice. Alcohol notes in the background. A sugary sweetness is picked up also. Strong Belgian yeastiness.

T: Like the nose, lots of pepper and coriander. Candied sugar and Belgian yeast. The 11% abv is noticeable.

M: Medium bodied. Lots of carbonation that's sharp on the tongue.

Overall: A good beer. Lots of good Belgian qualities but nothing I was overly excited about

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Millerbuffoon for this extra! 750mL brown glass pry-top champagne bottle. No date that I could find...

Pours a hazy golden/amber orange with thin (very thin) white head. Coriander, orange juice and high-alcohol estery aromas ping around in my head. Lime and cilantro also come to mind.

Palate is slick and also prickly with some alcohol burn. Flavors center around the orange juice thing, with some artificial lime flavor and leafy green herb/botanical notes. Pale malt, hay and tonic come to mind as well. Carbonation level is really really low.

Finish is so-so, with lots of warming alcohol. Flavors are ok, but not the most complex beer and it definitely shows it's ABV all the way through.

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