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Death Valley Pale Ale - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Death Valley Pale AleDeath Valley Pale Ale

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69
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 24.65%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Death Valley Desert Pale Is a classic pale ale made with lots 2-row malt and hopped with clean Cascade hops from Yakima Valley. If you're a fan of California Pale Ales; you going to love this beer!

(Beer added by: charlzm on 06-12-2010)
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Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

tbryan5, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/2 inch head, orange/brown in color, hazy

Smell: toasted English pale malt, grass, earth, and pumpernickel

Taste: follows the smell

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, medium-high carbonation, medium body

Overall: A decent slightly above average APA. I would get a single of this if I saw it again, but would not invest in a six pack. It tastes different from other APAs.

tigg924, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
1.95/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the skunk spray with a little bit of grain mixed in. The flavor is not as skunked as the aroma, but the grain notes are still there. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing good about this beer. Avoid at all costs.

Mora2000, May 20, 2011
Photo of chossboss
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

chossboss, May 26, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A dark copper and brown appearance, looks a little dark for a 'pale' ale. No head. Aroma is nothing approaching hoppy, or nice smelling for that matter.

Tastes like a brown ale. Nutty, no hops, weird aftertaste. A little bready. Slight bitterness accompanying the aftertaste. Just seems weak in about every flavor component.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
2.88/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big white head settles into a thin lacing above a clear copper colored beer.

An almost soapy lemony citrus aroma with a little bit of some caramel malts coming through.

Light caramel malts taste with a little bit of some citrus hops sneaking in there.

A light dry aftertaste on this medium bodied pale ale.

Not enough hops for me to consider this a good quality pale ale, This would be more of what I would expect from a amber or red.

LXIXME, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Two finger of white head on top of transparent golden ale. The head was solid. Great lacing.

Faint smell of lemon.

Mild taste of bitterness, faint malt sweetness.

Soft texture, moderate carbonation, light to medium body.

It looked really great. For a pale ale it's just too mild all around. It's a step about the standard BMC lagers but as an ale it should have a bit more to it.

Fatehunter, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of jheezee
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

jheezee, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of BeerAmbassador
1.8/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours an amber color with a thin white head. Sweet malty aromas along with another smell that is hard to identify, like cooked or canned something (not corn). Mouthfeel is thin and flavor is more akin to a brown ale as Beerandraiderfan said. first beer I have had in a long time that is a drain pour for me.

BeerAmbassador, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nine orange/amber color, solid finger of off-white head.

Aroma has a touch of grassy, citrus hops, but mainly there's a lot of bready malts.

Taste is pretty similar, but a bit more balanced with the light hops and sweet, bready malts.

The feel is light, nicely carbonated. Sort of slick and dry.

Average drinkabilty. Not the worst IW brew I've had by far, but still not great.

EgadBananas, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.43/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Death Valley Pale Ale has a thin, off-white to beige head and a cloudy amber appearance. Carbonation is low. The aroma is of some sort of citrus (apricot?), and the taste is mostly of hops (good) and water (not good), although just a shade of barley can be picked up. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Death Valley Pale Ale finishes fairly refreshing. I guess this is okay, but it's too watery for a California pale ale.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of genitempo
2.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: First brew I've had from Indian Wells. If this is the best they've got, coming out of California, they have stiff competition. Label always catches my eye. Poured easy from bottle to pint glass. Dark yellow, hints of amber in red, white head, maybe 1/8 inch. Watery pour.

S: Nothing to write home about. The malted barley wins out over the hops the entire sip (maybe a hint of hop domination towards the end)

MF: meh. Don't swish at all or the carbonation will set in.

O: Definitely not worth the purchase. The kitsch label is probably the best and only thing worth mentioning. Always a skeptic with the American Pale Ales because it's almost a dumpster term for beer types. Which is probably why it takes a really good APA to catch my taste buds.

genitempo, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of RyanK252
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

RyanK252, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
2.05/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My thanks to optimator13 for his inclusion of bottles in a recent CANTrade! I am not averse to bottles, but I won't personally ship them. This beer caused me to look at a map and sure enough, it comes from the shadow of China Lake, a naval base that I visited a couple of times while stationed in Alameda.

My aggro pour netted me a finger-and-a-half of tawny head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was caramel-malt forward with some pine hops underlying. Mouthfeel was leaning towards the thin side and the taste was really muted, more caramel than hops and pretty weak at that. Finish was really bland for the style. There just was not a whole lot happening with this beer.

woodychandler, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of deadliest
3.73/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear light copper with an eggshell head that's craggy and lasts a good while and leaves some small lines of lace.

S: Smell is nice, but a little weak. Clean smell of piney hops and some breadiness.

T: Overall quite good. Pine needles balanced with a heavy doughy taste. Only thing off-putting is there is a kind of soapy taste hanging out in the back.

M: Clean and crisp. Well carbonated unlike the other Indian Mills beers I've tried. Smooth.

D: Nice drinkability. I like the doughy aftertaste. Could go for another.

I was worried after picking 3 of their beers for a mix-6 and being let down hard by the first 2, but this one turned out to be pretty darn good.

deadliest, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of ACB
2.25/5  rDev -20.8%

ACB, May 29, 2014
Photo of charlzm
2.45/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed June 11th, 2010. Bottle obtained directly from brewery on May 30th, 2010. Consumed in "special" Samuel Adams glass.

Beer is a clear copperry orange with plentiful carbonation. A small, off-white head less than a finger tall becomes a thin but still beer-covering skin in short order, providing creamy, moderately sticky lacing.

Smell is indistinct hops with a bready malt note.

Flavor is unpleasantly sharp and somewhat metallic. Mineral water notes. Traces of bready malt (even yeast?) and a piney hop flavor. Bitterness is moderate, thin and only appears on the finish.

Slightly astringent but otherwise unremarkable mouthfeel.

Not an especially good beer, save for its appearance. I did barely finish the bottle, but it wasn't any fun. Not recommended.

charlzm, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to lighter copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, grapefruit and orange citrus hops. In the taste, dry grain like malt and a small hop presence. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel,, with a small dry citrus hop in the aftertaste. More citrus in nose and in aftertaste, it is ok.

OWSLEY069, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
1.8/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served from the tap in a pilsner glass at the Brewery. The beer had a cloudy and dull coloring from the glass, with a miniscule head. The aroma of the beer smelled of a little bit of nothing. I was truly hoping for some hops in the nose, but there truly wasn't anything remarkable. The beer itself was very light in the mouth, with hints of malt. Other than that, the flavor was overall nondescript. Smooth as it was, the beer would be easy to drink if the flavor were more inviting.

Pale ales tend to be balanced with malt and hops flavors, but the key part of that is the flavor aspect, which this beer could use a boost of.

GarthDanielson, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.4/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

But for a slight chill-haze, it's mostly clear, tannish to orange in color, slight fine rising bubbles, not that much head but nice lacing.

A bit of a musty, off, gym-socks smell to it. Really malty but also dry-earth in texture. Not good on the smell.

For a pale ale, one of my favorite styles, it's not that good.

Feel is ok. Medium and smooth carbonation. But the bitterness is a bit lost on continued musty flavors.

Not that great.

AlCaponeJunior, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of Beermazter310
3.75/5  rDev +32%

Beermazter310, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.24/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pine, hops, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, hint of wheat, and slight metallic aroma. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pine, sweet malt, hops, hint of alcohol, and slight metallic flavors. Overall, decent beer with simple characteristics, but the metallic aroma and flavor diminishes the quality.

Tone, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of rydev24
3/5  rDev +5.6%

rydev24, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of RoseHulmanBeerClub
2.8/5  rDev -1.4%

RoseHulmanBeerClub, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of animal69
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

animal69, Mar 10, 2013
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Death Valley Pale Ale from Indian Wells Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.