AleSmith Horny Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

397 Reviews
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 397 | Ratings: 993
Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Alesmith Beer... right on!

Pours a clear bright gold color with a decent sized white head.

Aromas are spicy, citrus like, and some coriander.

Beer is crisp, dry, and spicy. Some banana flavors, a bit soapy, and with a very sharp bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, it's full and thick.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is an interesting twist on the Belgian Strong Pale Ale style. A little to much spice and not enough beer flavors to really be a favorite of mine for this style. But it's still an interesting beer that's worth a try.

 546 characters

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

2006 bottle: Pours a hazy copper color with a thick and foamy off-white head that diminishes slowly. Patchy lacing. Coriander, orange peel and yeast in the nose. Medium-bodied with a sweet character. Flavors of Belgian candi sugar, yeast and sweet spices are all present. Touches of alcohol and malt are present as well. The finish is sweet sugar and spice and lingers a bit. Overall this is an enjoyable Belgian, although it does not quite live up to the standard set by Alesmith’s other beers. It swings a little too far on the sweet side so the complexity suffers a bit as a result. I would get this again but the price would make me think twice.

 650 characters

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle purchased in mid-October. Poured into my Chimay Chalice.

A- Body is a rich gold hue. Pours with a creamy 1 finger white head. Head fades to a smooth creamy eggshell appearance. Fogginess is medium and basically uniform throughout-though some tiny yeast particles can be seen floating throughout the body. Bubbles are constantly rising to the top-but that's a feature of the glass.

S-Smell is decadent. Probably the best smelling American BSPA I have come across yet. Nose is a perfect balance of bready Belgian Ale Yeast, citrus, Belgian candy sugar, and wonderful floral hop aromas.

T-Pleasant taste upfront with a nice balance of Belgian candy sugar, Belgian ale yeast, citrus, and coriander. The character of all the initial flavors stays strong for the finish but a big presence of floral hop flavor and hints of alcohol are added. Left to linger is a residual bitterness of hops and alcohol that has medium strength; and loads of sugary and bready sweetness to balance it out. A great bitter-sweet taste.

M- High carbonation and body consistency reflects the high alcohol content. Somewhat smooth from the yeast-but there could be a lot more here to balance the alcohol.

D-This is a very nice BSPA. I will buy this again the next time I am out-of state (as well as the Alesmith and Yulesmith IPAs). Alesmith is quickly becoming one of my favorites-but I can't get it unless I take an 80 min trip. The alcohol is quite noticable in the mouthfeel and this is a great example of my favorite style-but is not my favorite example. The mouthfeel could use some improvement. I do wish that more of these American-Belgians were brewed with the same craftmanship as this one.

 1,691 characters

Photo of beermanbrian
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bronzed yellow in color with a thin creamy film of a head. Light on the carbonation side. No lacing to speak of. Not overly exciting to look at.

I'm mostly picking up the spiced flavors in the nose. It must be a combination of the yeast and the added corriander. I don't really pick up much else, as it warms maybe some slight alcohol burn. Taste hits with a little sweetness up front but it is quickly covered with spice.

Syrupy mouthfeel followed by an amazing dry finish. I'm almost getting a dry white wine feel with this one. Other mentioned the sweetness but I just don't see it. Looked for a date on the bottle and couldn't find one. I'm thinking this has mellowed considerably with time. This one is a nice sipper, maybe a little one dimensional. Dosn't knock my socks off but certainly better than many seam to think. I would certainly give this one a repeat visit.

 878 characters

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.

 588 characters

Photo of atigerlife
2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours golden with an orange hue. Small white head which dissipates quickly leaving a collar. Good lacing. Tons of tiny carbonation seen rising.

Aroma of floral hops. Sweet. Malts. Spices.

Taste is very sweet. Hops come through with a bitter aftertaste. Malts also present with some pepper. Tasted almost medicinal.

Mouthfeel was sticky, medium bodied and flat.

Overall an OK brew but too sweet to drink too much. Seemed one dimensional and lacking character. Not a beer that I will have again. I like Belgians, but this wasn't one.

 542 characters

Photo of Zorro
2.16/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Near clear golden colored ale without much head formation.

Smell is sweet and a little spicy with a lot of alcohol aroma. Not much here.

Sweetish with fair amount of alcohol flavor and a little spice. Little bit of caramel taste. Damn this is disappointing.

Mouthfeel is disappointing.

Worst AleSmith beer yet. I have to wonder if this one had a bad cap seal because I would expect more carbonation in this ale style. I will leave this as a placeholder and try again. Still caps don't normally leak.

 503 characters

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.

 631 characters

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.

 463 characters

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a powerful pale malt scent that is balanced nicely with a spicey coriander aroma. It's got a wonderful fruity yeast aroma. It blends well with the malt aroma. The taste is great. It has a damn good malt flavor.It's warm yet, mellowed out with the coriander. It goes down easy and finishes with a kick ass fruity yeast taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine Belgian style brew. It's got great malt character as well as excellent spice and yeast content.

 629 characters

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two tulip glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the hook-up and the assist!

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow color. Some suspended sediment. Almost no head to speak of.

S: Sweet. Smells of Belgian candi sugar, yeast, spices, and tart apples.

T: See above with the addition of some alcohol heat.

M: Spicy and smooth with a slight alcohol burn.

D: Very good. The alcohol presence is made known but it's not too intrusive.

 459 characters

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

On tap at Stone Brewing Co. Bright and shiney gold in color with a white head leaving very good lacing. A lot of belgian yeast and mustiness in the aroma, not as sweet or fruity as other Belgian strong pale ales. The taste was earthy, alcoholy, with light malt and sugars that had a slick feel to it. Almost the consistency of many double IPA's. I enjoyed this beer though, it's not like a lot of others in the style that are a little more thin and fruity but it does a good job of putting all the components together and making an interesting beer.
4 / 3.5/ 4 / 3.5 / 4

Sampled from a bottle 12/23/07. Much better than I remembered when having on tap at Stone. The smell was much better, had a nice belgian yeast mustiness plus a lot of fruitiness in it. The taste wasn't as dry and yeasty as some other belgian pale's like Damnation for instance.
4 / 4.5 / 4.5 / 4 / 4.5

 878 characters

Photo of albern
3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a disappointment and what potential this beer has. The downer is the pour. There's no head ... a Belgian with no head ... not good for starters. The smell is candied sugars, coriander, fruits, alcohol. The taste is so compromised by the lack of carbonation, head, and mid section that this beer just falls down in all the wrong places. It wasn't until I read some reviews that I discovered that the beer I poured wasn't flat after all. The complexity is nice, and there is plenty of balance to talk about. The alcohol is a little too warming in the aftertaste but its the lack of any carbonation which just kills it for me. My next one this evening will be a Karmeliat and I'm looking forward to the pour.

 710 characters

Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a standard pint, thanks to mac300 for sharing this.

A - A clear golden amber w/ a thin pale head.

S - Fruit loop scents and herbal hop w/ grassy clover scent. A cherry like malty fruitiness.

M - Thick full-on malt, spiced w/ heat of booze. The feel is bordering on viscous w/ warmth that lasts.

T - Well made complex ale flavors right off. Fruit and malt combine w/ cedar and sweet candy like tastes. An intense and fruity interpretation for sure w/ decent hop accents.

D - Strong in flavor and abv strength as evidence in the feel goes. A real easy drinker for the amount of punch it is packing. Sometimes gives the effect of a barleywine with the fruity intensity and plenty of wood accenting it.

Edit -8/19/09 previous review - a-4 s-4.5 m-4.5 t-4 d-4
Strange I had this very same beer 2 years ago to the day. Thanks foofaa for the deja vu!
Poured chilled from the 750ml into a sampler and refilled.
A - Golden pineapple juice color w/ mild haze and creamy snowy cap.

S - lots of coriander and tropical aromas of mango and lime, mild white pepper and aromatic hebal notes

M - Crisp, highly carbonated, spicey feel w/ sweet aspect, mild vinous touch w/ alcohol present and slightly dry finish w/yeasty fruitiness

T - A deep banana laced w/ lemony bright flavor and zesty nutty pepper edge. Plenty of coriander giving off both fruit and spice which is accented by the yeast w/ mild ginger-like flavors. The taste of kumquat is hinted at.

D - Fantastic beer, just phenomenal drinkability - wonderful to taste again after about 730 days -exactly.

 1,573 characters

Photo of nickfl
2.36/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Slightly hazey copper color. No head whatsoever.

S - Fruity malty and herbal. Smells a bit sour and earthy.

T - Alcoholic with lots of residual sweetness and hop flavor. A bit of herbal funkyness as well.

M - Thick and syrupy, very low carbonation.

D - This really reminds me of Dogfish 120. Very thick, quite hoppy, and hard as hell to drink. Some decent carbonation would help this beer tremendously. The best feature is the hop character, but it isn't good enought to redeem this one. I am not going to dump it, but I am pretty pissed off that I paid $12.99 for this.

 578 characters

Photo of Dansting
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured a cloudy amber color with no head or lacing. Amazing aroma of coriander, apricot, and maybe a little citrus to it. Excellent full mouthfeel. Complex flavor. Definite coriander start, with a strong alcohol taste to it as well. Finish is almost peach-like. A great offering from Alesmith.

 301 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- Even with a rigorous pour this beer only manages a little mesh of snow white bubbles as a head. The body is a light brown crystal clear with tiny bubbles gliding through it. There are some small jetsam swirling around like a snow globe in the body.

S- This beer has a light perfumed candy note and hints of apple blossoms. The finish has a green note but it is not really strong enough to call it hops.

T- This beer has a light apple juice note that is followed by a smooth honey and white sugar note. There is a light toast note that comes through when it warms. The finish is a note of fresh ground coriander seed hint with green herbal flavors and an alcohol taste that is light but fusel in nature.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with an alcohol bite that cleans the finish.

D- This beer is simple but has a great flavor. Even though it has lots of sweet flavors it is not syrupy sweet and the flavors are very subtle. The alcohol does play in the flavor but it is really smooth for such high alcohol content.

 1,065 characters

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

Pours a slightly cloudy orange-golden amber color with a full finger wispy white head and an enormous amount of effervescence in the form of very tiny bubbles that keep the head alive. Thin foamy sheets of lacing all the way to the bottom.

The smell is at first tart, then yeasty until the tartness reveals itself with a sweet lemon character and a little banana.

Medium bodied, the mouth is initially conditioned by a sour nature. A creaminess rendered by the carbonation smoothing things out. It finishes with yet another level of citrus complexity and lemon flavor.

Drinkability - The 11% ABV is well integrated. A good drinker.

 640 characters

Photo of SilentSabre
2.89/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received this in a trade with nflmvp probably close to a year ago. Green 750mL with red foil and an enormous collection of yeast and other debris in the bottom of the bottle. Probably a half inch deep covering the bottom evenly. I have never seen this much "yeast muck" in a beer before.
I was totally caught off guard by this one in every with the exception of appearance. It poured a slightly cloudy orange (without disturbing the mud in the bottom) with a meager white soapy top that faded away in only a few seconds.
Smell was extremely fruity. It smelled nearly indistinguishable from a glass of pinot grigio and apricots. Very nice, just not really what I was expecting, I guess. Taste is that fruity and sweet for about 0,5 to 1sec, then it turns bitter and alcoholic. Nearly unpleasantly so, I thought. While this does drink below 11,0%, the level of noticeable alcohol along with the bitterness, and not just a nice hop bitterness, it's a different bitterness, persuades me to go ahead and say that I don't care much for this. Perhaps a fresh example is vastly different, but 1+/- year old one of these just isn't for me.
The mouthfeel is also assertively heavy for the style, I thought.
In its prime, I'm sure this is a fine beer, but not under these circumstances. I'm still glad I had the opportunity to try something else from this brewer.

 1,359 characters

Photo of IntriqKen
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a pretty golden pumpkin orange in the glass with a half finger white head that melted to merely a white ring of lacing.
Aromas are soft belguim yeasts, pepper and corriander spices, and oranges.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy while very tingly from the tiny carbonation bubbles throughout.
Taste is sweet candied pale malts, bread dough, oranges, corriander, and white pepper spices.
Aftertaste leaves you with sugar and orange peel plus something a little stale...I think the alcohol and yeast reminents.

 516 characters

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml green bottle with a red foil cover and a simple cap. I've had this beer for about a year and a half in my cellar. Not sure how long it was in the store. I want to say first that I love the Alesmith products, and I love all Belgian styles. That being saaid, this one, at least at this age, can only be described as a fruit bomb and was a little bit of a shocker. Poured a slightly hazy golden with a decent head that faded pretty quickly and left minimal laccing. My sample didn't seem quite as flat as some others have reported, but it was a little low in carbonation. The smell and taste were both very fruity, but changed significantly toward the tropical as the bottle warmed and breathed. Some banana and apricot as well as coriander on the nose at first, and then as it warmed huge mango aromas. The taste was similar, with more restrained coriander, banana and apricot at first and then huge apricot, mango and persimmon flavors. The mouthfeel was a little slick, but there was some creaminess there as well, and as noted the carbonation was slightly low. I liked this beer at first, but as the intense tropical flavors grew it just became a little overwhelming and hard to finish- it was that fruity. I even like fruit beers, but this was super intense and also too sweet in the end.

 1,310 characters

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.

 556 characters

Photo of rallison
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find this to be an excellent dessert beer - sweet and delicious!

Golden color with a nice white head. Tastes of Belgian candi sugar, apple juice (just a touch), coriander and other spices. Definitely leans toward the sweet side of things, with a nice complexity of flavors.

Mouthfeel leans toward the lighter side, in a good way, for the style. Definitely tastes like less than 11%, and approaches some of the good trippels in delicacy.

This is one beer I could easily drink and drink - up until that point where the 11% starts kicking in! Highly recommended.

 572 characters

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.

 386 characters

Photo of vwcraig
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as a bonus in a trade with ressletr

Sampled from a goblet. Hazy, golden color with a steady-rising bead. Thick and bright white head that settles to a cap of foam. Mostly fruity banana-type smells from yeast most likely. Also sweet, bready smells. Taste is about the same with some light clovey spiciness. The fairly high alcohol is well-hidden and has a raisiny taste in aftertaste. Excellent mouthfeel that is mostly on the creamy side. Laces glass fairly well as it empties. Moderate dryness in mouthfeel as it warms. Good drinkability especially with the booziness not ever really showing up for me.

 615 characters

AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 993 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.