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 steelerguy
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden color with amber hues, large head that has some staying power, and moderate carbonation.

S - Spicy and sweet with a bit of a tangy aroma..tart green apples come to mind.

T - Light malt, some peppery penols, the spices and yeast are spot on for a Belgian. Finishes with a little lemon like hop bitterness.

M - Very crisp, finishes dry, definitely some warmth from the alcohol, you are left wanting another sip...impressive for an 11% beer.

D - Good looks, good aroma, good taste, great mouthfeel...what is not to like!?

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Photo of klikger
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful golden hue with loads of visible carbonation; a bit cloudy, with some sediment; nice white head with little lacing

S - Champagne, honey, and spring flowers

T - This is actually tough to describe - it's sweet, but barely; very floral, but I can't put my finger on the flowers; fruity, yet not distinctively one type - I get hints of raspberries and currants, but they come and go. Regardless of my inability to communicate precisely what elements I enjoyed, suffice it to say that this tastes amazing.

M - Bubbly and exceptionally smooth. Forget High Life - this is the champagne of beers.

D - Very drinkable for 11% - the alcohol is very well masked by the bouquet and complexity of the flavors. I shared this with a few friends, but I'm pretty sure I could down a 750 by myself (and perhaps even want more).

Another fantastic AleSmith brew, Horny Devil substantially exceeded my expectations. This is a fascinatingly deep beer, but its so easy to drink that I had to consciously slow down to enjoy it. I'll be seeking this out and looking forward to the next time I'm able to taste it.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the handsome magnum with red foil and crown cap into a wine glass a glowy brown-orange. Just a wisp or two of lacing forms.

Smell is very strong of fruity yeast and coriander. A lot of orange peel and a bit of sourdough.

Flavor is almost overwhelming with orange peel and coriander. It's very strong and almost seems fake, but since I've watched the fine AleSmith boys at work I know there's nothing fishy going on here, just real quality beer. This beer simply has a well-defined purpose, and a strong flavor that takes a while to warm up to.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and quaffable, no complaints whatever.

Drinkability is a little below average because the beer can be a little overwhelming if you're not ready for it. The coriander is quite strong but after a little while the taste buds adapt. It's not going to please everyone right away.

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Photo of karait95
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy body with intense orange-yellow color with a lot of hues when against light, very nice head at least 4 fingers with slow dissipation and a lot of retention to the glass.

S: Intense wheat aroma on top but alcohol can be feel at the end.

T: A strong wheat-hops flavor, really complex, with some sweetness at the beginning but then changed by

M: A really heavy strike of bitterness and alcohol after a few seconds on the mouth.

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Photo of cheers2beers
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted into a snifter

Appearance: This beer pours a orangeish honeycomb hue with a bubbley slightly off white head. A minimal about of laceing can be found. A nice looking temptation indeed.

Smell: The aromas are honey, mango, wild yeast, green apples and a little sour punch with a nice alcoholic finish.

Taste: The flavors are quite nice. This is like the white wine of beers. Has sourness, fruitiness, floral notes as well a nice malty background followed by a mild hoppiness. Honey, peaches, honeysuckel and a touch of alcohol. Wild yeast is definitely detected. This is delicious!

Mouthfeel: This is full and slick for a Belgium Pale ale. Carbonation is subdued but it is there.

Drinkability: This is a must try if you have not had yet. I would love to have a few of these to devour in a session. Alesmith has become one of my top breweries.


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Photo of treque
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So many coulours from red to yellow passing through orange, amazing head with different size of bubbles, last for long, there is some waste.

Nice aroma, candy and spice

Taste is nice, for being a 11% beer you can drink some without any effort

Nice "american" BSPA, also I love the bottle

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Photo of Emersonio
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour: On draft at the brewery. Poured into a bar glass. Appearance: Gold and clear. Aroma: Zesty citrus aroma. Taste: Sweet. Aftertaste: Dry and clean. Overall: Really great brew from on of my favorite breweries. Very good: 4 out of 5.

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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 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 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 dickieb
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear gold, with out much of a head, almost looks like a macro. The smell is a bit sweet, with a large hint of apples, with Belgian yeast and spices. The taste is mostly of tart apples, much like the smell with Belgian spices, and a decent malty character. The warming alcohol is quite nice on a fall evening. Mouthfeel is good for the 11% ABV, and quite drinkable. Im still disappointed with the un-noteworthy appearance, but overall an interesting brew.

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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 merryjoulton
2.86/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pretty nice healthy amber with a prominent foamy head and thick lacing. This is a very thick beer, the color is rich and unwavering. Smells like a warm piece of buttered toast that has been chilled and liquefied. Taste is very bready, almost like a good San Francisco sourdough but without the crunchy crust and moist buttery inside. Feels decent in the mouth. Not to excited about finishing this giant bottle.

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Photo of Ghenna
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 750, served at 55 in an NewB snifter. White fine foam, sticks around for a while too.

Nose is a huge wiff of mellow citrus and honey on the back end. If a smell could have an equivalent of mouthfeel, this comes off as powdery. Never experienced this before.

Taste is sweet and mild citrusy coriandery taste, belgian spice.

Nose is super complex- by far one of my favorites. There is just so much nuance, unlike anything I've ever had.

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Photo of bbkd3b
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass (purchased by mistake by my wine-drinking mother... silly her!)

A: Not too bad looking, really. The color is golden and hazy, the head starts off a good 1-finger thick but then dissipated on me pretty quickly. The second glass had good lacing, probably poured the first one too cold.

S: Nice smell. First thing I notice with these Belgians: the yeast. It's there, along with a bit of sugar, bread, and lemon. Good combination that somehow made my nose smile.

T: Darn good, I'll tell you that! Real sweet when it hits the tongue. I'm talking a nice sugar flavor, but when I let it sit, the lemon took over. Then it finished with a spiciness and a little alcohol. Complex and in a good way. Yum yum!

M: Medium body with heavy carbonation. On the better side of good, really.

D: Good stuff that is only hurt by it's 11% ABV. I'm all done with it.... I wish I had more :(

Overall/notes: This was a Christmas gift, and a real good one at that! I love Belgian-style beers, and this is one keeps me in line. The second glass was better than the first, probably because it was warmer. Tasty stuff. I hope to meet this beer, once more, in the near future.

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Photo of dqrull
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light hay coloured liquid with a snow-white, creamy head, leaves quite a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smells very fresh and fruity, alot of gooseberries, green grapes and some green apples, a whiff of orange peels as well.

Taste has a very big and fresh fruitiness to it, massive green fruits with a little citrus on the side (think lychee, lemon). Alot of green apples, and a ever so light hint of red berries in the end.

Mouthfeel is creamy and luxurious, great carbonation and a mid-body.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped and foiled 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours with a somewhat creamy off-white head that is very thin, probably half a finger. It quickly dissipates to a very thin and patch cap of head that leaves minimal lacing on the way down. The beer is orange/honey in color and moderately hazy.

Smell - Not a powerful odor, but some complexities can be detected. You can definitely smell the corriander right away with notes of candied dark ripe fruits. A slight molasses-like sweetness is also present, much richer than the fruit aroma. Herbal and slightly floral hops are balanced with a barely detectable malt character.

Taste - Corriander right off the bat, with strong herbal notes from the hops. The fruits are very sweet and slightly tangy, mainly consisting of the usual Belgian style: figs, raisins, plums, etc. The malt is earthy and rich, with somewhat of a raw character. The finish is actually rather bland compared to the initial taste, with a rising alcohol burn as you swallow. Aftertaste is somewhat sour with sweet fruits and a rich malt background.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and actually smoother than I expected. The carbonation is just at the right-level for this pale of an ale. (My preference is...the darker the ale, the smoother [lighter] the carbonation, and vice versa.

Drinkability - Strong and spicy alcohol warmth throughout the drinking, but especially at the finish of each sip. At 11% and noticeable, this stuff isn't incredibly drinkable, but decent.

A pretty good little Belgian pale ale. I do like the extra kick of corriander, but I think that this brew has something missing as far as flavor. It is still a tasty brew, though...make no mistake. Recommended.

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Photo of paytoplay
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drinkability on this strong brew is really high when sampled out of Keg at the Brewery. Had never tried one of these brews from some reason. I've been making a mistake. A wonderful beer, great nose of some citrus, oil hops and pine zest. A+ balance and a long finish. Looking forward to trying this out of a 750ml bottle now. On Tap this was maybe the best belgium stong beer I've had.

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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 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 nycwinter
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass x2. The second pour was a little different than the first due to more yeast.

A= Cloudy orange with minimal head and lacing.

S= Floral and citrus tones.

T= Tangy and hoppy. Mildly bitter aftertaste that goes well with pizza. Yeah, pizza. The first pour had a very strong alchohol taste (the ABV rings through), but the second was tangier.

M= Light and carbonated, but not too carbonated.

D= Like I said, goes great with pizza. And may I add B-Ball? But this is not your average "pound a few" beer. It is very enjoyable throughout.

Overall, It's easy to come by (in So. Cal at least), and reasonably priced. It can be enjoyed anytime anywhere in m opinion.

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Photo of waldowin
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle. Pours a honey color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly. Very little visible carbonation.

Smells of cloves, mandarins, honey, and cinnamon.

Tastes of honey, oranges, candy sugar, and finishes with a wash of grapes and cloves. Very, very smooth.

Mouthfeel is silky, smooth, and clean. The finish leaves a slightly herbal tingle in your throat, but overall has little long term effect on the mouth. This makes it frighteningly drinkable for something pushing 11%. Light, smooth, airy and creamy, and non-filling, means you can really get yourself into trouble with this stuff.

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Photo of twilight
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a light orange, dark yellow, almost deceptively dark, with a very slight inkling of a head. The nose is slightly grassy, kind of reminiscent of a lager or perhaps a hopped up Duvel with that Belgian Candi goodness overtaking the nose in the background. Taste is almost yum, but still really really good. There's the initial sweetness and the hop grassiness, but leads to a slight alcohol burn and the same burn in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is okay, slightly undercarbonated, but at least it's not overly carbonated so that you taste only bubbles. This is probably the only fault with the beer. Of course, I'm still drinkin' it, so there!

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

This beer pours golden with very little head despite a hard pour.

The aroma comes across as a mixture of apple juice, mead, belgian yeast, floral hops and alcohol. The coriander comes through more in the taste, and I'm also getting a cream soda flavor here. The alcohol comes through big on the finish.

Overall, this is a good beer that is worth purchasing again. Unique.

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Photo of 77black_ships
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

75 cl. bottle split with several people. The bottle most likely had quite some ago on it we couldn’t determine how old it was.
Age should not be an issue for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Appearance: Hazy golden with a thick white head.

Smell: Huge old grapefruit, touch old BE yeast, touch blaster, vintage notes are showing clearly, revealing quite some age.

Taste: Old Belgian yeast, thick spices, cheese, light caramel, thick old plaster, some sugar, noticeable oxidation, light candy sugar and degraded malts.

Body: Ridiculously over-carbonated.

Overall: About as good as any mediocre Belgian beer that has been aged for far too long. This cannot have been possibly older than 2 years and probably that is already an overestimation. Below run-of-the-mill for a premium price makes this beer seem almost like a bad joke.

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