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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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BA SCORE
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 UCLABrewN84
2.23/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle pour at Field Of Drafts held at The Hanger in Lancaster, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and subdued hop aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that has a more fruity than hoppy aspect.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of nickfl
2.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with an anemic, half finger head of off-white foam on top of a hazy, amber-brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Light malt with just a hint of toffee and little else.

T - Moderately sweet malt up front with a little bit of caramel. Dry toast and a slightly sour grainy flavor crop up in the middle. These flavors fade out toward the finish leaving mild bitterness and some very weak toffee and toast character behind.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Weak malt and virtually undetectable hops leave this beer feeling very light and watery. There is a fairly high level of carbonation which, combined with the weak flavor, creates an odd, club soda like twang in the finish. Not much going on here and what little flavor is present isn't particularly good. Not worth drinking.

nickfl, Nov 26, 2010
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 imperialking
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

imperialking, Jun 14, 2013
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 wrightst
4/5  rDev +40.8%

wrightst, Oct 18, 2013
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 WDJersey
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

WDJersey, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of jheezee
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

jheezee, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Offa
3.7/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden amber, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is full fruity/flowery grain, bread, apple, grass, a bit like a nice, full-bodied pale lager.

Taste is spicy-peppery & grassy hop bitterness with honeyish apple and toasty bread sweetness, some mineral. Bitterness just dominates the finish but in aftertaste is joined by the bready sweetness. It is a good, solid light, golden ale.

Offa, May 16, 2012
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 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 elNopalero
3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apparently this is a limited release… once it’s gone, it’s gone for the year.

This pours a golden straw color with no foam. I don’t find much more than a lightly honeyed aroma to this. There’s a slight bittering to the flavor followed by some honeyed sweetness and a dry finish.

elNopalero, May 05, 2012
Photo of animal69
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

animal69, Mar 10, 2013
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 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 tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

tbryan5, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of 2GOOFY
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

2GOOFY, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of rydev24
3/5  rDev +5.6%

rydev24, Feb 05, 2012
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Death Valley Pale Ale from Indian Wells Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.