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

Added by ccrida on 05-04-2013

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by kevanb:
Photo of kevanb
2.92/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chossboss
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of tomb_ride
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kevlee722
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boozecamel
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rutager
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Commodore69
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
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.


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Photo of tjcamm
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of DarrenStory
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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Photo of sukwonee
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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>

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Photo of PabloSanDiego
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of D_Min
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pale Death from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 70 ratings