Pale Death
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #40
Ranked #11,172
3.99 | pDev: 12.53%
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Pale DeathPale Death
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
Reviews by LiquidAmber:
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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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Howlader from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 20, 2016
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kscaldef from Oregon

2/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Really had a hard time drinking this. One of those brett strains I just don't care for.

Mar 01, 2015
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 01, 2015
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Rutager from Canada

3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 13, 2015
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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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UltimateLivewire from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 03, 2015
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LoveStout from New York

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 01, 2015
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tjcamm from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 16, 2015
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RenzoD from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Jul 01, 2015
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Boozecamel from Canada

3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 28, 2015
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tomb_ride from California

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 03, 2016
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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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Kevlee722 from Washington

4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 25, 2015
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leftoverburrito from Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.3%

May 08, 2013
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shelby415 from Oregon

3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 08, 2016
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LampertLand from Canada

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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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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schopenhauerale from Arizona

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 25, 2015
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sukwonee from Washington

4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 21, 2015
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strongaf from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

May 11, 2013
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DerwinWentworth from Utah

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 03, 2018
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Deltoro from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 28, 2015
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510a from Washington

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 08, 2015
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DarrenStory from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Jun 18, 2013
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 74 ratings