On the same night that I tried Full Boar Scotch Ale at Devil’s Canyon during their Beer Friday event I also tried a pint of Lager Diabla. This is another award winning beer with a Gold California Golden Bear award in 2006. Devil’s Canyon describes this beer as follows:
Lager Diabla is an exceptionally easy drinking lager that is lightly bodied with a clean/crisp finish. This beer is a California Lager.
The description of “crisp” fits perfectly and at 5.4% alcohol by volume it is also an easy drinking session beer.
Where I Found It. I had Lager Diabla at the Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company headquarters in Belmont, CA on Beer Friday, which happens on the last Friday of every month.
Serving Type. When I sampled this brew, it it was served from the tap into a pint glass.
Appearance. The color of Lager Diabla beer is yellow with a tint of orange and is slightly cloudy. This gives it the effect of appearing like a yellow gemstone such as a yellow sapphire. The white colored head is a little frothy but doesn’t last.
Smell. The bouquet is a wonderfully crisp and citrusy. The aroma comes through as sweet un-roasted grains. The combination of the sweet aroma and the citrus bouquet gives it an overall tangerine like quality. Hidden in there is a slight lager yeast smell.
Taste. I came to the same conclusion as the brewer that Lager Diabla is crisp and clean. This beer has a touch of sweetness and the hop bitterness is pleasantly noticeable. Together these flavors produce a very well balanced beer.
Mouthfeel. Lager Diabla is smooth and light-bodied. Although the carbonation level is about average, it wasn’t as carbonated as I expected, which, as it turns out is a good thing making it smooth and drinkable.
Drinkability. Devil’s Canyon has produce a lager that is smooth and very easy to drink. Is was surprisingly good and refreshing on a colder night but I can’t wait to try it when it is much hotter outside. It should be a perfect summertime beer.
Rating. My ratings below are on a five point scale with five being the best score.
- Appearance (20%): 3.5
- Smell (20%): 4.0
- Taste (40%): 4.0
- Mouthfeel (10%): 4.0
- Drinkability (10%): 4.5
- Overall: 3.95
- Alcohol by volume: 5.4%
- Style: California lager (possibly Premium American Lager)
- Brewery: Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company
- Beer Advocate rating: None (as of February 7, 2009)
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