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AleSmith Horny DevilAleSmith Horny Devil

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AleSmith Brewing Company
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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 -8.7%
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 dickieb
4.11/5  rDev +2%
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 WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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Photo of albern
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
2.36/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

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Photo of Dansting
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.89/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of shroompod
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
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 rallison
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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 vwcraig
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium gold hue. Cloudy. No head.

S: Nice melding of lemony coriander and floral hop aromas. Sweet malt notes in the background. Spicy clove or peppery phenols lacking.

T: Malt character is quite prominent. Coriander adds subtle lemon characteristics that compliment fruity esters. Peppery phenols far far back in the background. Sweet alcohol flavor. Slightly bitter very long aftertaste.

MF: A tad more than medium mouthfeel. Nice and filling/smooth. Alcohol warming present. lightly carbonated.

D: Nice and tasty. Hides its ABV well. Good domestic take on a Belgian strong pale ale with a subtle twist.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent head that sticks around for a while, but nowhere near as crazy as other golden or tripel ales. Nice smell: what banana phenol and some coriander.

Taste was complex and smooth. Very well balanced. I thought the alcohol could have come down just a tad to make this brew perfect in taste.

However, this beer was really drikable despite it's 11% abv. I think the only thing they could do is bring the abv down to 9-10 range and it would provide a perfect balance.

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Photo of Phatz
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With the $20 price tag on this bottle I really hoped for more.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange copper color with a small head.

Smell: A bit of a small nose. Some yeast some pale malt some alcohol, but mostly it is just a gentle coriander in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very very spicy. It is a thin body and very straight forward. Sweet peach and sugar body with loads of coriander and then a big pepper bite the leave pepper on the aftertaste. The alcohol maybe a bit high as well. Decent, but not exciting from Alesmith.

Drinkability: This is a sipping beer to share. A 750 is too much.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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 Golden2wenty1
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 brought back from San Diego by my roomie. What could be more clever to drink on Valentine's Day? Nothing. Nothing could be more clever to drink in front of my girlfriend on Valentine's Day. Turns out she hates the way it smells and doesn't fancy the flavor so much either. Guess that makes me the...nothing new here. On to the beer.

Pour: crystal clear orange-amber under a finger of loose white foam that instantly fades to nothing.

Nose: almost sickly sweet caramel apple dominates the front with some peppery spices/yeast and heady booze vapors in clean-up duty.

Taste: sweet start of caramel and apple, grape skin, peach nectar, spice and a very dry, biting ethanol finish.

Feel: slick, smooth and very dry with biting carbonation - like sticky champagne.

Drinkability/Overall: An interesting "Belgianesque beer." Didn't get a whole lot of coriander, which is what this beer claims as its "feature" ingredient, but still a light, and V-Day appropriate fruity ale. At 11%, the booze lets itself be known, but with only a half glass left from the 750, I'm feeling no worse for wear. Mission Accomplished.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
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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4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very vigorous pour only gets about an inch of light tan head on top of this glowing orange amber body. Nose is very sweet with hints of orange, cherry candy, anise, and soft malt. Long malt candied sweetness rushes the tast buds as you take first sip. it is very silky smooth with great backbone to the palate. For all the sweetness this beer is ver well balanced and wonderful for the style. Leaves a thick mouthfeel. Makes you want another sip. Very drinkable and enjoyable well made brew.

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