AleSmith Horny Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

BA SCORE
90
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994 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:
994
Reviews:
397
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
12.13%
 
 
Wants:
117
Gots:
214
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 994 |  Reviews: 397
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

A - Pours crystal clear medium bright gold color with tones of cascading bubbles and a one fingered creamy, white frothy head that sticks on top without dying down.

S - Very dry and musty, fruity lemon, spicy, crackery aroma.

T - Very, very tart on the first several sips until the palate starts to adjust and then starts to subside. Nice lemon and coriander spiciness, pears, white grapes, and crackery dry malt. There is alcohol effervescence on the back end but never to the point where it creates heat on the way down.

M - Heavy medium body and very gentle carbonation, very dry on the finish.

O - A very solid beer, would love to compare this one to a more recent bottling date.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of seand
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden amber with a fair amount of fizzy white head. This dissipates quickly to just a ring around the glass, leaving reasonable lacing.

S: Honey, cloves, and spices, with a slight phenolic note.

T: Medium intensity mouth coating sweetness, with yeasty spicy grainy overtones. The yeast comes forward through the finish. The booze is hinted at, but hidden.

M: Medium body, but coats the mouth. Medium carbonation.

Overall, very very good. Nice balance, and while there are hints that this is as boozy as it is, they are well hidden; dangerously drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Ego
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

eyes...
loud sizzle on this puppy, the head vaporizes in a flash, bright and golden glowing, lots of disorganized carbonation is running clumsily around the glass, a thin layer of foam sticks around due to the furious pace of carbonation, decent enough looking

nose...
dry and musty with very light hints of tropical fruit, kind of reminds me of chardonnay or something of that ilk, nothing over whelming and nothing off putting

taste etc...
alot of belgian style ales go a little much into the spice flavor for me, not here, really super smooth, and where o where are you hiding the ABV? I feel it but damn it is no where in the flavor, you get just a hint of the coriander in the finish which balances nicely with a slight bitterness and ever so slight candy sugar tone, in a way this is a very subdued beer... but I really like it for that. in terms of mouth feel it drinks super smooth, the carbonation is subtle (and from looks you might have been expecting a mess in that department)

verdict?
I don't often drink belgian style ales... but when I do...
but then again I am about the least interesting man...
this stuff is super solid, it drinks ultra slick and watch out for that ABV. a damn well rounded beer.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Fast gusher upon opening. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, grape, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, candi sugar, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, spice, and malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, grape, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, candi sugar, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, grape, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, candi sugar, cracker, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of yeast, spice, and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale. All around great balance and complexity of yeast, spice, and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 994 ratings.
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