Day Of The Dead Beer (Cerveza De Los Muertos) Queen Of The Night
Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

Day Of The Dead Beer (Cerveza De Los Muertos) Queen Of The NightDay Of The Dead Beer (Cerveza De Los Muertos) Queen Of The Night
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,868
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
74
Ranked #46,795
Avg:
3.13 | pDev: 18.53%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
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Photo of stcules
2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clean copper, beige head, ok.
Caramel, chestnut honey, candy sugar. And a little bit of hop.
In the taste honey and sugar (too much). A light citrussy hop (too light).
Again honey in the aftertaste, light citric, too much sugar.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Teku glass.
4.25/3.5/3/3.5/3/3.25
Two fingers of long-lasting head top a clear, ruby-amber beer with mild effervescence.
Smells malty, fruity, and sweet.
Round, refreshing, and apple-sweet, with a lightly offish aftertaste reminiscent of grain or lager. The aftertaste is pretty blegh, but the actual beer is kinda nice.
Overall, a sweetish, malty beer to knock back in swigs. Not sure how this is a pale ale in any sense of the word, but ok? Would not have again except in preference to BMC.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber copper with no carbonation and a finger of beige head.

Smells richly of caramel, hard water, a slight citrus like a weak orange candy.

Very caramel forward, biscuit, malt, little english style hops to finish it off.

Medium, biscuity body, medium to low carbonation.

This really is like an English bitter, at least much more in the realm of a British style than the listed APA. Enjoying it as such. Found in Chiang Mai, drank here July 21st, 2016.

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Photo of zdk9
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours darker than I expected- a walnut brown . Finger of head and some weak dotted lacing-. Hazy too.

S- malty- so some malt syrup. A bit if earthy hops.

T- More flavor than I expected. Lots of malt. Caramel. Earthy and slightly piney hops. Kinda fresh and dank at the same time which is wierd.

M- pretty easy drinking. Better cold- there's some oxudationy flavor that comes out as it warms.

O- not bad. Maybe the best Mexican beer I've had.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From notes taken 03/02/16:

A moderately clear darker shade of copper with creamy tan colored head, fluffy and rocky with great retention. Alright lacing. Caramel, dates, toast, tea, and resin on the nose. Not as sweet on the palate as nose led me to expect, very toasty, caramelization sans much sugar, hops are resinous, leafy, herbal, and close to being spicy, with pepper from both/either hops and/or alcohol. Essentially, a dry, watered down Amber Ale. Light in body and watery, slick, sloshy, and softly effervescent.

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Photo of gman1602
3.02/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kind of a forgettable pale ale but it is certainly a pale ale. Pours a little dark, smell is of some hops but more malt, and taste is some malt balanced with hops and a little bit of citrus hop flavor thrown in there; malty aftertaste. For a beer hecho en México, it's not too bad. Sitting at a bar in Juárez, seeing my choices be Tecate, Corona, Dos Equis, or this, I would choose this is it would have more hop presence and overall flavor. The more I drink it though, the more it is getting a little old. Cool artwork on the label and on the (twist off) cap.

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Photo of avalon07
2.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy texture. Some sediment. There was an a 1 1/2 inch, foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A below average aroma of hops, a lot of malt, and some grain.

T: Tasted of a good amount of malt, a grainy profile, and a metallic element in the finish. There's a light citrus ingredient, but it doesn't stand out. Not a particularly great flavor that's pretty bland and a little grating. Nothing special.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with somewhat harsh finish. Light bodied.

O: Making a unique APA is a difficult task, and Queen of the Night doesn't meet the task. It's simply very average and forgettable.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours quite dark for a relatively low ABV Pale Ale. I was expecting a bit of a mess to be honest based on the pour. I was kind of pleasantly surprised though upon trying it. The nose doesn't provide much to write home about with minimal hop character, but the beer itself tastes alright. It is pretty easy to drink and unoffensive. It does suffer from being a bit thin in body despite its malty look, and it certainly is not providing anything profoundly delicious but it is a serviceable option for unoffensive, yet uninspired beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is danky citrus and grain.
The taste is bland: mildest bitterness and a touch of malt.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's tasteless.

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Photo of Smakawhat
2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A bit murky and copper filled amber to rust brown body. Two finger creamy tan head, but barely manages two fingers off the pour. Seems to settle nicely to a simple top. Pretty basic, not even much noticeable carbonation, slightly lifeless but otherwise ok.

Aroma is kind of wet and grainy with some classic touches. Grainy and very light crusty brown bread but drier and more towards flour. Hints of some sweet graham cracker but with a chalky bit of an angle. Some slight fruity notes bouncing between esters and hop, but seems to lean more towards the yeast component, then turns to an almost grapefruit to tropical.

Mouthfeel is just lousy a bit, and there is just not much going on here. Malt depth completely lost on a watery body and flat mineral carbonated like finish. Rocky aftertaste and not much malt flavor going on here at all. Some dry biscuit but very hard to pick out on the palate. Cola like finish a bit on the sweetness as well. Weird finish, and flavor palate, almost like a malt flat soda.

Bizarre and not really working for me here.

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Photo of supervike
3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous copper color and a nice frothy head. Slight smell of malt. Full flavor with a zestiness to it and hints of grain. The finish is a touch bitter. Not too much carbonation. I also really enjoy the colorful naming and bottle with this. It's a good tasting ale with a conversation starter name and idea. Good stuff.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This beers a bit thin in appearance and certainly presents it in feel but the color is rich. The nose is a bit stale but malty with tea leaves, barley, malt and light nuttiness.

The flavor is rather complex for a low gravity beer. I didn't get much hop profile but it certainly presents a wide array of malt character: Roasted pecan, raisin, barley, grain, touch of caramel, mint, tea leaf.

Pleasant surprise in flavor though the prickly thin feel is detracting.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is candy/fruit and mild notes of citrus and earthy malts. The flavor is citrus, fruit, corn, malts and a mildly bitter/tangy finish. Not bad, could have done better without the corn.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Since I was drinking lighter-type brews last night on 1/10/15 while watching football. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a thumb-print goblet glass.

Pours a reddish-amber in color with a good 5mm/+ creamy off-white head. The aroma is pretty much like other APA's which is mostly of just malts. Now the aroma is not as strong as most other APA's though. Pretty much the same for the taste BUT finishes bitter and hoppy. Too much for my liking. Lighter to medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, not a fan of this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%

With the fall season in full bloom, the notions of the dead revisiting the living in spirit, or otherwise, form stirs the curiosity in all of us. The Mexican culture celebrates this emotion like no other. So how do those brewers attach a taste to it? In beer of course!

The deeply colored and bittered beer pours dark amber with garnet hues. Its strong and succulent aroma is nutty, caramelized, and slightly buttery. Red apple fuses with sweetness in taste to suggest peanut brittle, cashew and toffee-coated apple.

Its gently burnt sweetness is of seared caramel, soft nuts, slightly of butterscotch and hints of cocoa and coffee- hedging some brown ale attributes. But garnering a bitter tone late, notes of bitter orange peel, pine and bark all round out the sweetness to finish.

Slight vegetation peaks through the starchy body and offers a sweet grilled corn character while the light alcohol spice builds in and assists the hops in drying. Playful astringency links up with resiny hops for a bitter aftertaste that outlasts the burnt caramel sweetness.

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Photo of Tone
3.31/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of adjunct. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of slight adjunct, strong pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance and feel, but weak aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of barczar
3.42/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of caramel malt character in both aroma and flavor, with little hops aside from light bittering. It's a touch metallic, which I've found to be characteristic of their beers.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. As per usual, the beers of 'Worldwide Beverage Imports' have some confusion as to their points of origin.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, frothy, and generally evocative of melted marshmallow tan head, which leaves some decent sticky webbed lacing around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of bready, sort of doughy caramel malt, stale and overripe apples, floral, leafy hops, and a touch of plastic astringency. The taste is more wan drupe fruit-influenced caramel malt, a bit of watery toffee, hints of darker fruit leanings, and leafy, weedy, and floral hops (a certain confusing perfumed character building as it warms).

The carbonation is quite understated in its near invisibility at times, the body medium-light in weight, rather thin, but ultimately smooth, I guess. It finishes off-dry, the waning bready caramel malt starting to develop a sense of isolation and loneliness.

Not the awful, skanky mess that I was anticipating, is about the best thing I can say about this - my suspicions are steeped in disappointment, I can assure you - still, this is but a plain and ineffective version of the style. Neutered hops and sluggish malt just don't cut it north (and north once again) of the border.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.2/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had picked up four of the six beers in this series during a Veterans Day beer run to State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD and during my trip to Norfolk, VA last weekend, I stopped in at Total Wine & More and scored to other two. I LOVE the label art, I gotta say!

I used an aggro pour to get a pseudo-cascade going, which formed two fingers of fluffy, rocky, tawny head with nice retention.Color was a slightly hazy Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose seemed awfully malty for an APA, kind of a nutty, caramel scent. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste had a metallic tang and a malty sweetness that were just no bueno for the style. Finish was light, semi-sweet and a real swing and a miss overall. I did get some nice sticky lacing, however, and since I really bought it for the label art and it was inexpensive, I guess that I got my money's worth. YMMV.

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Photo of jbraico
2.71/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very rich red amber color and slightly cloudy. Very little head after the pour. Nothing special to note regarding the smell or the taste. Very bland almost Busch light like. The after taste did have some kick, some bite.

this would be a beer again that I wouldn't go out of my way to find or buy. Still one of the coolest labels out there.

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Photo of leantom
3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was told that this beer was solid and decided to give it a try. Here goes:

A: Best thing about the beer. The color is a dark reddish-brown. The head is quite good, too. I got a massive head straight from the bottle with plenty of lacing. Good protein content.

S: OK, not too special though. Can smell a little bit of American cascade and chinook hops (this is to be expected given the style, APA). However, to my surprise, the beer's smell indicates the presence of caramel and amber malts - i.e., of the lightly-kilned variety.

T: Not bad. Presence of NW hops balanced by a very strong malt backbone. In fact, the malt actually predominates in this beer; it's more like an ESB with American hops. When you drink the beer, you're introduced to a ton of caramel, toffee and brown sugar. The hops coat the back of the palate and linger on after consumption.

M: Not bad, but not good either. Somewhat watery, but the flavor makes up for this deficiency. Lots of carbonation, which is good.

O: Good beer, but nothing to brag about. Would have it again.

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Photo of jman42
2.76/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Has a nice clear copper color. Good lacing, but head retention was lacking.

S: Wife said "sweet and flowery". I didn't notice that as much.

T: Doesn't do it for me. Just didn't stand out. Kind of a bitter aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel was fine.

O: The majority of beers I sample are fine. The reason I use beer advocate is so that I know which ones I really want to buy again and which ones I can forget about. This is one I hope I never bother to buy again.

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Photo of delta490
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out a deep copper with a big creamy almost-white head. Head retention is great aided by steady carbonation. The aroma is very mild, almost not there. It has very light pine hops notes with light bready malt. The taste is just OK, it's got a weird adjunct corn flavor (a recurring theme) and slight metallic tang on the finish. It has a fizzy body that's a little light on the palate. Hoped for more based on the appearance but it's not to be.

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Photo of Emnmarko
2.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The bottle says enjoy before 5/8/14. I did, its 3/28/14.

A- Rich copper color, clear, loads of active carbonation. Creamy, fluffy off white head lingers on and on leaving considerable amounts of lacing.

S- Damn. Some nasty yeast experiment gone wrong. Sweet fruity aromas.

T- Sour, sweet, tangy. Sourdough bread. Like no pale ale I've ever had. Not in a good way either. Not very enjoyable. Glad this beer is only 11.2 oz. and not 12. Next.

M- Fizzy, weird. Sorry this is gross. This rarely happens.

O- I just dumped this swill out. Too bad after high hopes from the appearance. False advertisement. This is not a pale ale. But on the bright side I have a new bottle cap for the collection.

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Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This "Queen" is a bright amber-copper brew, pretty clear, with a reasonably well developed near-white head that manages some decent structure as well as stick.
In both flavor and aroma, there's a fair depth and reasonable complexity under a pretty even balance of malt and hops. Appropriately, hops do come out just ahead, though it's certainly not as hop-heavy as many out there. In this one, A mix of citrus, leaf and grass is set in contrast to toast, caramel and a hint of toffee.
The carbonation is firm, crispness as well but a little on the spritzy side with only a little structure to add smoothness, though it does.

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