Pale Death
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #36
Ranked #12,436
3.99 | pDev: 12.53%
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Open the Fourth Seal and partake in the luminous pungency of dank tropical forest. Aromas of ripe kiwi, mango, and pineapple consort with the coriander and orange peel of the Ardennes yeast. A noticeable bitterness hangs in balance with a hint of malt sweetness hiding in the vast, pale orange foundation. And yet, it finishes dry for a beer of this formidable stature. “And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts, and I looked to behold a Pale horse, and the name that set on him was Death, and Hell followed him.” (Revelations, Ch. 6)

7.5% ABV, 88 BU
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 74 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Spikester from Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with lots of floaties. Three fingers of white fifteen minute head. Massive lacing.
Smell is Belgian yeast some burnt rubber.
Taste is Belgian yeast some grassy hop bitterness and some biscuit malts.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with proper carbonation. The finish is lightly dry and mildly bitter.
Overall an interesting and tasty beer. My bottle says 8.5% abv and 88 IBUs.

Sep 02, 2018
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FFreak from Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed at the brewery. Nice golden color, clear, with a small soapy head that coats the glass. Aromas of bread, yeast and slight hops. Very nice Belgian taste with a fairly bitter finish. Near perfect mouth. Overall, a very impressive Belgian IPA.

Mar 10, 2017
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Double Mtn. Brewery 'Pale Death' @ 8.5% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $6.20
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a cloudy orange/amber in the glass with a medium size white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint , every pour has lot of floaters ( possible shelf turd)
S-Belgian yeast , mosaic hops
T-strong & big tasting Belgian IPA , hence the Imperial
MF-mild carbonation , full body
Ov-not a good/great beer , butt above ok
prost LampertLand

Sep 29, 2016
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Visited the brewpub today in Hood River after a nice hike. Had a snifter for $5.50.

Beer was served golden orange with a nice white head.

Nose was tropical fruits and Belgian esters.

Taste was crazy like a Belgian Double IPA typically is. This one has a nice tropical hop profile that dominated up front with the fruity esters melding nicely with the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel was surprisingly light for how big this beer is and very smooth.

Overall I enjoyed this brew, definitely not for everyone but if you enjoy GF Le Freak definitely try this!

Aug 23, 2016
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MAB from Canada (AB)

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had this twice now-- once in the bottle and once on tap.
It is deep yellow in color but quite cloudy, with floaty bits swirling around under a thick white head.
It smells hoppy, and it tastes even hoppier. There's a wee bit of alcohol burn as well.
NIce body, great aftertaste. This is a winner.

Jul 22, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

2.96/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear orangey amber with plenty of white foam in the Wander Brewing tulip. Strong aromatics of orange marmalade and the medicine cabinet and a whiff of the paper mill by the stagnant river. Flavor is candy-like with the surprising bitterness and something herbal that I don't want to know about.

I'm not sure this is a style that was meant to be. If it were just stronger and maltier and hoppier, but this is at least triple yeastier along with more bitterness. Then followed by the tongue-numbing bitterness, it seems like a tough sell. The ABV, by the way, is down to 8.5% with IBUs rated at a conservative 88. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Jul 15, 2016
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle

Pours about a finger of head into my pint glass. The head is white, and looks pretty standard, not really creamy or pillowy. The body is orange with hints of yellow, clarity is very high, especially considering it's a Belgian style. Chunks of sediment are here, as well as a whole lot more at the bottom of the bottle. Not the tradition sediment in the form of yeast sticking to the bottom of the bottle, which you would swirl to get out, but literal floating chunks. Aside from the sediment, this beer looks nice. Looks like I’ll get some nice lacing, but we'll see.

For being such a flavorful style, the aroma is not huge. I get mostly this candy banana sweetness. Very faint clove, and what I would consider a traditional Belgian yeast aroma. Initially when I popped the bottle, I got a few little bready notes, but I don't really smell that in the glass. Very clean smelling. Not a lot in the way of hops going on. Even though it's a Belgian style, it's still an imperial IPA, with 88 IBU's, you'd think that'd come across in the aroma. Anyways, nice aroma, but nothing amazing. Needs more complexity.

The flavor is much the same. Almost mineral tasting and watery to start off, with a small banana/yeast flavor. Finishes with a small sweet/booze flavor, kicking briefly with a little lingering banana. The booze flavor is minimal, but unwanted. Again, not really getting anything in the way of a hop profile, or even bitterness for that matter. It's simply not complex enough; the desired flavor is too light, and doesn't hit for long enough; and it's slightly off style considering the lack of hops. Overall not bad, and I won't mind drinking it, but I've had much better.

The mouthfeel is ok. As stated before, it has a bit of a mineral feel to it, whatever I guess. The carbonation is medium-low, but it lively enough. Body is fine. It works for the style.

The drinkability is pretty good. That booze flavor is getting more subdued. It's 8.5% and you don't get any heat. A little booze flavor, but no heat.

Overall this beer is fine, it's kinda "smoothing" out as it warms, but it still doesn't have the flavor profile to be a super killer Belgian imperial IPA.

The appearance turned out really nice, awesome lacing from top to bottom. The head was completely gone though. The sediment is a little perplexing, considering how clear the rest of the beer was, and the lack of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. I’ll let the sediment slide, this is a very nice looking beer. The head was a little generic looking, but it's been a while since I've had a beer that's given super awesome lacing, so I'm feeling generous, 4.5

Jun 02, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - a little overwrought with the death and doom imagery here, I put forth.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, very loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent Middle Eastern script lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of yup, dank pine resin, muddled domestic citrus rind, estery yeast, understated grainy pale malt, some lesser tropical fruit notes, and further leafy, weedy, and gently perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, some sweeter grainy caramel, mixed and matched orange, grapefruit, starfruit, and kiwi fast fruit friends, yeast-infected pink bubblegum, and more isolated leafy, floral, and piney green hoppiness - the booze doing us all a solid by essentially keeping to itself.

The bubbles are actually fairly weak in their barely-there frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, just yer typical yeast interference pattern being run by rote here. It finishes off-dry, the base malt maintaining steam, while the yeast and varied fruity essences mill about, almost aimlessly.

Overall, not a bad version of the style, with the Belgian yeast very involved, yeah, but never overbearing. To top that, it lets the Yankee hops (Mosaic - solely?) have more or less free reign, which renders this offering a whole lot more drinkable than the norm.

May 16, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at PreFunk. Soft, dull pour, musty, funky aroma. Taste comes in with lots of grapefruit, but still allows the Belgian yeast to poke through the tartness. Lingering tangy feel.

Apr 01, 2016
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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>

Apr 19, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Mar 04, 2015
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woemad from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Jan 31, 2015
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John_M from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Jan 31, 2015
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.71/5  rDev -7%
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.


Jan 20, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Jan 16, 2015
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kevanb from Illinois

2.92/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Jul 16, 2013
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ccrida from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

May 04, 2013
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