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Pale Death | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Pale DeathPale Death

Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spikester
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of estajoe
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
1.5/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of FFreak
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tomb_ride
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of arizcards
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

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Photo of MAB
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of shelby415
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnyminor
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of NWHopinator
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of dshansen1184
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khmel
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RenzoD
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice aroma. Pretty tasty, but overall just a bit too harsh for me-strong booziness, heavy oily body.

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Pale Death from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 73 ratings