AleSmith Horny Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

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998 Ratings
AleSmith Horny DevilAleSmith Horny Devil
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
998
Reviews:
399
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
12.13%
 
 
Wants:
120
Gots:
215
For Trade:
8
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged as recommended, for about a year. Peachy colour, looks elegant. Smells yeasty and malty. Above average mouthfeel that is cuvee-ish dry, rich, and the alcohol hits you later. Corriander and fruit. White pepper. A very good Belgium for a lighter colour.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky honey gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, spices, and some slight citrus peel aromas. Taste is the same with the spices lingering on the finish. There is also a slight alcohol kick with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slight crispness and a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and a good American example of the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

my bottle says 10% abv, but nevermind that. this has a shockingly pale look for what I am told is really a barleywine. its hazy blonde, with a short frothy white head and a nose of heavy coriander, both fresh and seed, as well as bright Belgian yeast above a wheat malt base accentuated by candy sugar. it tastes almost like a tripel, sweet and bright, floral and yeasty, just right. the booze is absurdly well hidden, the carbonation is awesome, and the overall experience of this beer is great. my take away is, "how the hell can this be so strong!" it taste so minimalist, but packs a big punch. a subtly complex beer, and a very enjoyable one. more summer than fall, but it ages well, and is drinking lovely at the moment. alesmith really has it all happening right now!

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a slightly hazy looking golden yellow color. The head was big and fluffy leaving a nice lacing. The smell of the beer had an interesting soft fruity aroma to it, the smell of Belgian yeast and some wild flowers are in there too. The taste of the beer was floral with a little hop bite to it. The mouthfeel was bubbly and tickled the taste buds. Overall I found this beer to be pretty good overall and it's worth trying if you get a chance.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color. Although it has a light amount of visible carbonation, the beer poured with a massive three finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties.
S: The smell has light to moderate aromas of yeast in the nose along with some hints of candi sugar.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has hints of pale malts and peppery spices along with a slight amount of bitterness. No traces of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be overly carbonated however the bubbly nature makes this beer especially easy to drink considering its strength.

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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 BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Few brewers are able to capture the traditional and authentic taste of Belgium like Alesmith does with Horny Devil. Its light, effervescent, powerful and chocked full of subtle complexities.

Upon the pour, the ale springs to life as large bubbles of froth race to the rim of the tulip and nearly overtakes it. As it continues to billow, it pulls away from the medium haze and golden straw body underneath. Incredibly strong retention and intricate lacing patterns reinforce the notion of Bruges right from the beginning.

Fruit and perfume waft about the nose and does so with a backbone of light wheat and champagne. Lightly earthy from hops and with a light pungent cork-like musty scent, the aromas are bold and graceful. Green apples, under-ripened oranges and a hint of spiced pear weave in and out of a dry white wine note just as coriander, white pepper and a hint of paradise seed tingles the nose, heading into that first sip.

Its taste springs to life with fruit and earth. As the dry taste of sparkling white wine bring about obvious white grape character, its also lightly cider, perry-like and decorated with dried orange peels. Lemon-like acidity fuels its dry fruit taste as the ale builds in a mild lemongrass hop character. Its buffer of light cookie dough, dry crackers and whole wheat lifts beautifully from the taste and allows the ale to close cleanly. Its spiciness of coriander and peppercorn play delicately on the late palate as one final champagne note trails in its finish.

Light on the palate, the ale is zesty as its carbonation springs from the tongue and as the acidity pangs on the mouth. It carries an arid feel that dries out beautifully in the finish with a crisp, minerally taste seemingly of plaster. Its dry warmth keeps the taste and texture returning to champagne.

Again, the ale is chocked full of understated complexity and finesse. Its balance and layering is easily overlooked, but are the details that give Horny Devil an authentic and genuine character.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Wades Wine in Westlake Village, California and served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. I was a bit taken aback at the standard pressure cap; I'm used to Alesmith using corks. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery, which has impressed me in the past. Cost was $10.99 USD plus tax.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured into the snifter without any extra vigor; I didn't anticipate carbonation issues. Snifter was filled with liquid; I didn't use brandy quantities (if you put the snifter on it's side, beer would definitely spill out). I left the yeast in the bottle per the label's instructions.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and great retention for the ABV. Really looks like a believable Belgian abbey head. Colour is a hazy semitransparent lemon yellow. It's generally appealing for the style, and the retention impresses me.

Sm: Coriander and spices, candi sugar, Belgian yeasts, clean malts, and some light earthy notes. A mild strength aroma. Pleasant and inviting; certainly indicative that the beer is alive.

T: Clean malts form the foundation. Coriander and pleasant spices are very complementary of the overall profile. Candi sugar gives it a delightful subtle sweetness that manifests alongside its fizzy delicate mouthfeel. Some subtle yeast notes. Really pleasant and refreshing. Fresh and enjoyable. Biscuity. Very full bodied. Complex yet subtle. There's some wonderful layering going on, particularly with the well-chosen malts. Incredibly well balanced and wonderfully built for the style. Very lovely.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Delicate and thin without feeling weak or inadequate. I don't know how they kept the mouthfeel so restrained while maintaining such a full bodied flavour profile. Quite remarkable. Perfectly carbonated, without any sharpness at all. Complements the flavour quite well. A bit of cream, but not as it is in most stouts; more subtle.

Dr: It drinks like it's 5%. Very drinkable for the ABV and style. It's really an excellent beer. I would definitely have this again, preferably aged or on-draught. Another very impressive beer from Alesmith. Brilliant for the style.

It drank just fine out of me snifter. I'd recommend this one for aging, absolutely. It's hard to imagine it much better, but I'd certainly like to try it. On par with Russian River's damnation in terms of Belgian style golden ales.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a huge head; lots of retention and lacing (I have read in other reviews that there have been carbonation problems but this seems to have been corrected.)

Smell: The coriander comes through loud and clear, but there is also some bubblegum and fruity esters, too

Taste: A fruity blend of candi sugar and peach/mango provide the opening, with the coriander making its appearance a bit later on; after the swallow, the coriander lingers while the sweet and fruity flavors persist with just a hint of bubblegum sweetness throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with buoyant carbonation; some warmth after the swallow

Drinkability: Not my favorite style, so this is a bit hard to drink; top notch if I were rating it as a beer judge but I won't often return to it

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Black95tt: Poured a light orangey color ale with a good foamy head with little retention. Aroma of spices is clearly dominating with some traces of the Belgian yeast. The spices that probably include coriander also dominate taste as well as slightly funky yeast, some sweet malt and a light dry finish. Alcohol is well masked which I appreciated but body was a bit too watery for the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a small, white head of soapy, bubbly foam. It left sheets of white, soapy residue on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled fruity - apple and pear - a bit like a Tripel. Nice yeasty/spicy notes, too.

T - Estery and yeasty with sweet fruitiness. Good spicy bite with some grassiness. Nice subtle caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp with a sharp bite. A dry finishing beer with a medium body.

D - This is really a nice beer. Good looking and great taste/aroma.

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AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 998 ratings.
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