Pale Death - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Pale DeathPale Death

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ccrida on 05-04-2013

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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by kevanb:
Photo of kevanb
2.92/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle poured into a Block 15 snifter, no visible bottle date.

The beer pours a deep copper color, slight chill haze with soapy, 2 finger, white head that has good retention and leaves a nice amount of sticky lace behind. The aroma is a bit puzzling, lots of cheesy belgian yeast, pale grain, sweet, sticky clove, sappy hops with some light fruit, perhaps apricot or peach with some grapefruit. It is really unbalanced, funky and just downright unpleasant. The flavors are similar, but slightly better. Much more emphasis on fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, peach or apricot with lots of yeasty clove before pale grain and sweet malts, odd bitterness and some pine, and unpleasant cheesiness really take over the finish. The body is nice, juicy, coats the mouth well, resinous, and has a creamy, soft finish.

Verdict: A bit of a mess to say the least. The aroma set the stage for a rather unpleasant session. I had a hard time drinking more than a few ounces, and ended up drain pouring this bottle. Perhaps the yeast strain used could be changed, perhaps the hop mix, perhaps the grain? Not really sure, but as it stands, this is a beer I'd recommend skipping.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up tonight at the COOP, but most places in town will soon have it in stock. Pours fairly clear light orange with a good enough white head.. spotty lacing.

The nose shows plenty of fruity hops but also some onion/garlic hops that sorta clash with the yeasty notes.

Flavor mirrors the aromas with a round bubblegummy yeasty element that plays well with the residual maltiness and the tropical fruity hops... Still those onion/garlic chive notes don't work IMO...

Definitely the bones of a big DIPA with a nice nod to Belgium... Body is good with plenty of effervescent small bubble carbonation... A bit burpy.


Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with copper notes and a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of piney, mildly citrus hops, ripe tropical fruit, light floral notes, bready malt. Flavor is ripe to overripe tropical fruit, piney and lightly dank hops, orange citrus, odd yeast that is faintly Belgian. Finishes with hay, tropical fruit and a lingering grassy, resinous hop finish.Medium bodied with good carbonation. Does not hew closely to the typical Belgian IPA profile, and a bit of a surprise on first taste, but this really quickly grew on me. There are a number of interesting flavors between the yeast and hops. Malt is present, but mostly in a support role, which it does well, giving a solid backbone for the other flavors to develop on. Unusual and tasty. I liked this quite a bit. Double Mountain handles hops quite nicely. After finishing the glass, I upped the scores; I really like the hops in this one.

Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle purchased from Lifesource Natural Grocer in Salem OR $4.99 Burnt orange body, slightly hazed with a large thick and frothy off white head. Strange yeasty aroma mixed with grassy, fruity hop. Some peppery spice and a bit of orange peel. Taste is similar to the aroma but the coriander comes on strong in the end. Its pretty smooth and tasty stuff. Smooth , thick and creamy mouth feel. Nice unusual IIPA>

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Eugene growler guys the other day.

The beer pours an amber gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this DIPA smells terrific, as I pick up a lot of dank earth, tropical fruit and pine. The beer is pretty impressive on the palate too, but was a bit too boozy for my liking. There's more than enough bitterness to counter the tropical fruit sweetness in this beer, and this beer is pretty tasty, no doubt. However, the noticeable alcohol really seemed to wear on me as I went along, which ultimately hurt this beer's drinkability.

A well crafted DIPA, no doubt, but I'm not sure how often I'd want to drink a DIPA like this.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 1/5/15.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of citrus zest, tropical fruit, dirty berry, earth, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly tart citrus zest, tropical fruit, earth, funk, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting mix of hop, funk, and Belgian yeast characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of TheNewO
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An IPA with the kick of a pilsner. Recommend the hell out of this beer.

Photo of ccrida
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle cracked open the first day it hit PDX. Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Pale Death is a glowing pale orange with an off-white head leaving thick Brussels lace.

Smell is citrus, papaya, earthy yeast, herbal hops, a touch skunky, and sweet ethanol.

Taste is quite hoppy, heavy on the earthy continentals, with a firm bitterness, resinous. Robust alcohol character dominates the complexity as the nose.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, great smell, good if abrupt flavor. Hot, but not to dirty, with a dangerous body.

Photo of woemad
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8oz schooner consumed at Jones Radiator in Spokane. I decided to limit myself to a schooner as I was thinking of the drive home.

Golden-amber color, more gold than amber, I thought, with a bone-white, sudsy head.

Lots of things going on in the nose: A slightly funk, dank, earthiness, some spicy Belgian yeast notes, pears, piney hops.

Much like the aroma, but very well balanced. I didn’t really pick up on the high alcohol content – it seemed well hidden.

Light bodied, with that slightly effervescent mouthfeel that seems so hard for American brewers of Belgian-style beers to duplicate.

I don’t know if I would have wanted a regular Jones-style 23oz mug of this, but the serving I had was very tasty. Probably my best experience with Double Mountain.

Photo of kscaldef
2/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Really had a hard time drinking this. One of those brett strains I just don't care for.

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Pale Death from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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