Devil's Reach - Cape May Brewing Company

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62 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 15.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cape May Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Oakenator on 07-13-2013

When most folks thing of Cape May they imagine Victorian Inns and parasols. Forget all that. Devil's Reach is a narrow passageway in Cape May Harbor and is a fitting name for this beer. Why you ask? The Devil's Reach is smooth and complex. It glides like a shark through the water and will swallow you whole. At 8.4% ABV, this Belgian is a beast.

27 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Spicy, Warming, Fruity

From the southern tip of New Jersey comes a beast of a Belgian inspired Strong Ale. Thoughts of ripe pears and green peppercorns come to mind. Very Belgian-esque from spice and alcohol to fruit and rustic, it could be seen as a Saison though we’d be splitting hairs and it stands tall enough within its style.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Pale Ale | ABV: 8.4% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- On tap. shaker pint.

A: Golden orange coloring, thin covering, no carbonation with a quickly retreating head.

T: Tropical fruitiness on the nose, fresh pineapple, candy sugar, and a bit of orange-apple.

T: Flavor was fruity, tropical, pineapple-orange, sweet malt based. Yeasty applesauce, sweet candi sugar and spicy belgian hops.

M: Softly carbonated, good body per style.

O: Overall good drinkability, sweet and fruity. A beast that drinks like a lamb, sharp clarity of flavor and very smooth.

Photo of michaelj359
2.71/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good. I don't like beer with slot of hops but I liked this

Photo of OGShotzy
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at the Continental in Atlantic City, NJ. Wow. Can't believe they're making this in Rio Grande! Great opaque look and a pure Belgian taste. Would absolutely seek this out again.

Photo of Pav5069
2.89/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A little bland for a Strong blugium ale

Photo of Oakenator
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale unflitered yellow color with minimal head. Head retention is minimal and there is minimal lacing.

S: Citrus and spicy aroma.

T: Grapefruit and orange up front with farm spices on the back. Tastes like a strong Saison - really good.

M: Somewhat lacking carbonation but still good.

O: Great brew - and a good balance for flavor on a hot day.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Bottle from MrBarleywine
Pours a slightly hazy deep straw color with a decent sized quickly depleting bubbly white head. Aromas of lemon a sweet bread with a bit of yeasty funk. The flavor follows the aroma, sweet bready malt a bit of lemon and apple with a touch of alcohol and yeasty funk. Medium body light to moderate carbonation. Feels like a bit wit with maybe a bit of extra sweetness. I could drink this but nothing about it really wows me.

Photo of JCarey
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up at Circle Liquor in Somers Point.

Poured in to a Belgian glass, this brew is reminiscent of an American Pilsner. Pale Yellow, but with some orange tones. Minimal one finger head, no cap, slight lacing.

The smell is distinctly Belgian. Big, strong yeast punch, bready, nutty, huge spices. Slightly fruity.

I feel the big beer is the first sip, taste the Belgian in the backend, and come back for more to be greeted with a crisp and clean Ardennes Belgian. Pepper, fruit, orange, grapefruit, and apricot, spices that remind me of warm apple cider, this is a beast of a beer. Really good job by CMB.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a cloudy orange-yellow with a finger of bright white head. smells of belgian yeast strain, slightly hoppy, sweet pilsner malt, mustard seed. the flavor is much like the aroma.. mustard seed, lots of bready sweetness pilsner style malt, grassy hops, belgian saison style yeast, peppery. lightly carbonated, medium body - served cold is one of the most refreshing beers i've ever had .. and you can in no way tell this is a strong booze heavy beer.. drinks like a 5-6% not 8%+

truly a great take on this (to me) bland style of beer. somehow a heavy beer doesn't fit the summer profile, but this beer has summer written all over it, and again - does not in any way feel like a heavy beer.

Photo of DIM
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

a: Clear, sort of coppery golden; pours with a medium sized fizzy head.

s: Sugary for sure, some yeasty fruit and a touch of pepper. Very well disguised abv.

t: Pretty sweet up front, in a sugary way. Some fruity phenols and clove before a sugary finish.

m: Kinda thin for the abv.

o: A bit sweet but not bad overall. Reasonably priced I believe

Devil's Reach from Cape May Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.