Deathly Pale Ale | ReaperAle

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Deathly Pale AleDeathly Pale Ale

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California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 90
Reviews by TedVes1:
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a very nice rich golden amber color with a small light brown head with some nice lacing. Nose is awesome, very hoppy and sweet.

Taste is bitter and sharp with a very crisp bite. Has a light maltiness and a light twang that's I can't identify. Pretty solid beer worth trying.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 Ounce portion sold at Giant Eagle Market District...Pale copper amber hue with a big off white head forming thick and chunky like bread rising from a biscuit pan. Aroma has citrus/grassy/herbal notes with a tart finish there's no bottling date. I have a guess that this stuff is aged a bit, I'm just glad it's sold in PA. The tart finish doesn't distract me at all, it's actually an interesting flavor profile. Tart stale hop profile, citrus floral presence, mouthfeel is medium bodied oily mouthfeel easy going carbonation. Drinkability is solid even for a dated pale ale, I would like to try it fresh.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rust orange beer, mostly clear with just a slight haze to it. The head is khaki and thick for a pale ale. It's sticky, creamy and sticks to the edge of the glass. A hearty looking APA.

The nose is sweet from a strong malt base. Then there is a juicy fruit, citrus punch that again is bold for the style but not unwelcome. This smells better then some ipa's out there so I expect that I'm in for a treat.

The taste strays from that winning formula found in the nose. It leans more towards a fruity flavor and a musty sweet malt. Not the hop bomb I was expecting from the nose. Those little green cones are there but are muted compared to the meaty grain flavor.

Mouthfeel takes a step in the right direction with a creamy body but ripe with a sharp bitterness. Clean and smooth feeling that is quite delightful but is somewhat ruined by the taste in the finish. The brew ends up in a kind of baked apple area that really isn't appealing. A shame because this one looks, smells and feels great but loses it's luster in the taste.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with a slightly off white craggy 2 finger head that melts slowly to sticky lacing.
Aroma is cookie dough like biscuit yeast with just a little citrus hops at the end.
Taste is Lightly biscuit malt with a little sweetness that evolves to lemon then grapefruit peel hops.
Mouthfeel is suffiencently thick for style with great carbonation to keep it from becoming either thin or cloying.
Aftertaste is of citrus peel hops and a slight dry biscuit.
Satisfying quencher and a good APA but possibly too expensive for what it is.
Others are just as good...many are better.
i don't think this one will be remembered much by me.
I know my rating numbers look high on this, but that is because it does what it is supposed to do...everything is good.
But only good.

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Photo of mbunje
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into my high tech Sam Adams glass.

A - impressive bright copper color. Lots of carbonation is evident. Cloudy appearance. Head is a good 3/4" Promising

S - Remembering this is a pale not an IPA, the smell is mild fruit and bread. I'm thinking green apple, apricot. A little grassy

T - Balance is good, but not a lot of character either way. not to Sweet, which some PA can be. Not overly hoppy. Not enough character to make this remarkable

MF - Carbonation is apparent and lends to crisp/light feel. Dry finish. Not bad

D - relatively low abv and price make the offering drinkable. But overall, it is not a remarkable product. I'd prefer a Sierra Nevada over this.

Reaper Ale is new to me despite the fact I live not 10 minutes from the Brewery. I really like their IIPA and recommend that over this beer. I must confess, while I'll drink a pale ale, I don't seek them out.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ReaperAle- Deathly Pale Ale

A- Clear golden copper with a huge thick foamy head. Good lacing.
S- Nice sweet grainy malt, caramel, butter, and oily green hops.
T- Nice buttery caramel malt with good cracked grain. Sweet oily fresh picked green hops.
M- Thick and malty with a nice sweet oily hop touch. Big sweet fresh hops leave a slight dry and bitter finish on the tongue.

Overall- Great smell and taste. An easy session beer and a solid Pale Ale. Worth seeking out!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although it's best enjoyed slightly warmed (around cellar temperature), it needs to be poured cold and allowed to calm for a few minutes. It pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with golden highlights beneath an inch of creamy off-white foam that resembles the rocky and dimpled lunar surface. Tiny bubbles that grow larger as they near the surface teem below it's creamy head, no doubt adding to its excellent head retention. It holds a half inch or more of densely creamy head throughout the first half of the glass and leaving solid walls of lace throughout the first quarter. Even towards the end of the glass, it maintains a thin, creamy lid and leaves wide splashes of lace. The nose offers sweet, cookie dough and toasty, bread-like malt over lightly floral and sweetly citrusy hops. The body is medium-full and it's fine and natural carbonation leaves it lightly tingly and then velvety smooth across the palate. The flavor follows the lead of the aroma with a honeyish, caramel-tinged, and bready malt combined with floral, grassy and citrusy hops. It's bitterness is decidedly solid, yet it never overwhelms as it's balanced by rich maltiness. Still, it finishes long and drying with its doughy malts and splashes of citrusy hops steadily fading. An impressive, satisfying and easy to drink pale ale.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a chance to suck down a reaper deathly pale ale. It was OK. The color was darker clear orange with slight haziness. The head was white and laced. The smell was dominated by fresh hops...not alot of pine or citrus however....but definietly fresh hops. The taste was very tart and/or sour. Hops dominate the taste and there was not much malt to balance the hops. Mouthfeel was downgraded due to the tartness of this beer. One 22oz bottle was enough. Massive make sure you pour to a point then cut it off. Overall it was ok.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern in Allentown. Thanks to Keith for getting this. It poured a light copper with white head. The hops dominate this beer, but not beer a quick shot of bready malt pops in the. The hops are almost sweet with smooth, sappy pine followed by apricot and grapefruit. Very drinkable and very tasty.

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Photo of futureman69
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Alas, pale ales are the red-headed stepchildren of the beer world. Battered, bruised, and generally under-appreciated, they dwell in those out-of-the-way corners and safely dark places behind the IPA's, the Imperial whatchamacallit's, and all those other hopped-up, smoke 'em if ya got 'em brews that call attention to themselves by their sheer ability to torch your esophogeal tissue.

Still, pale ales deserve a second look. Not Bass, though that occasionally has it's place. No, I'm talking about brew just like this DEATHLY PALE ALE...I was impressed right from the moment I thought I glimpsed it's wonderfully balanced pale-amber color through the impressively labeled bottle...only to realize I couldn't make out any kind of color through the brown glass of the bottle itself. Still, when it poured into the glass I was truly smitten. This beer invited itself into my mouth on looks alone, and that is no small task (just ask my wife!).

More to the point: what an amazingly subtle and balanced flavor! Hops on the one side of my tongue - malt on the other! Confusion! Flavor! Ecstacy! Wow! Hey, I could get used to this...(as the French say) in a "big, mofo way!". This is a pale ale to hold on to, to grapple with, figure out, then buy a few cases to round out your cellar for the next few years.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours caramel with a 3 fingers+ tan fluffy head. Super lacing & head retention

S: Huge biscuitty malt nose quickly gives way to piney/citrus hops. Finishes fruitty & dry with huge citrus hop notes.

T: Nice rich malt sweetness gives way to citrus then piney hops. Biscuitty & caramel notes catch up quick. Grapefruitty hops then attack with a vengance.

MF: Medium bodied with a big-time skew towards hoppyness, would work better on the DIPA side, but still works damn good.

Drinks a little ponderous, a bit OTT hops & abv-wise for the style IMO. My 1st beer from these guys, I think they live up to their hype. Pretty good stap on the west coast side of the style.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Zatec fluted glass. 2 fingers of head with decent lacing and retention. Very aromatic. Citrus, floral, sweet malt notes. Very well balanced, citrus flavors, and a bit of malt balance. Great straight up American Pale. Very drinkable with a nice lingering bitterness.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A nice clear dark amber color with pillow white thick head that's long lasting; assertive pineapple/lemon nose with hints of grapefruit. Thin/weak mouth feel with thin simple fruity lemon/hop flavors, sweet undertones in the back palate; short hop finish. Acceptable but unremarkable. The appearance and nose on this beer are it's high points. Thin mouth feel and lack of any real complexity leaves one wanting.

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Photo of ajbick
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured golden brown. Decent head.

Very nice floral hoppy aroma with a hint of citrus.

Taste is very smooth. Hoppy and malty flavors come through nicely for a good balance.

Good mouthfeel, very nice body.

Drinkability is great. Hoppy, but not too bitter. Could easily drink a few.

Overall I found this to be a great beer. I really liked the flavor and aroma.

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Photo of reiger
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Serving size: 22 ounce bottle

A - Very cloudy amber, extremely carbonated, nice thick head that settles quick.

S - Very light floral, with a hint of citrus.

T - Smooth hops, slight citrus on front end, followed by dry pine.

M - Aftertaste is accompanied by a slight filminess that lingers.

D - Goes down easy and smooth, I could drink this all night.

I really like this pale ale. It goes down extremely smooth with very subtle flavors and a distinct hop flavor with little bitterness. I would prefer a good IPA but I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a pale ale.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dirty gold with orange hues with a slightly cloudiness and a foamy 1 finger white head.

S: very hoppy with sticky pine and grapefruit backed by fresh baked bread and a biscuity aroma.

T: The flavor was hoppy and very grassy. The palate was bready with some fresh citrus hopping and a lingering grapefruit fade after the swallow. If you like hop wallop you are sure to love this. Huge dry hopping flavor of cascade adds to the grassiness of this beer.

M: medium bodied, sticky, dry, with a nice feel on the tongue from the carbonation.

D: Good drinkability and much better then the average west coasted hopped pale.

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Photo of avylover
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy copper color with lots of floaties. This just kind of "appeared" at my local beer store I had to check it out ( Thanks TinusTime??) Peppery hop aroma and some malt presence as well. Taste is much fuller than your average pale ale, with a tasty malt backbone and some earthy hop flavors. Good full mouthfeel with a decent bitter aftertaste. Not as quaffable as some pale ales, but worth a try for sure.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Jredner
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle from

The body is a lightly hazy gold color and supports a two finger thick white head that is fluffy and craggy atopa nd comprised of fairly large bubbles when viewed from the side.

Aroma is hop first with grapefruit, orange and then some lightly sweat bread-like malt comes through.

Fore is actually a bit thin for all the intimidating name. Hops are again a big player, but they aren’t crazy and are mostly lightly citric rather than piney. Light bready malts through the middle. Finish is bitter. Pretty narrow flavor range really. Sweet bread and citric hops are all I really get.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into nonic.

Deep honey color with some golden highlights near the base of the glass. A massive three finger frothy head slowly settles to a one finger pillowy cap (by the time I started drinking it).

Light grassy hops sit on top of a sweet and grainy malt base. A touch of honey is mixed in with the hops.

Plenty of heavily toasted grains set up the flavor. The hops are on the lighter side and add a bit of an herbal tea flavor. Full bodied with good carbonation. The grains linger for a while after each sip.

Lots of good flavors in this one, but there is an off flavor that I can't put my finger on. It's a light bitterness that doesn't seem to be coming from the hops, which lowers the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My brother-in-law and I split a bomber of this brew while I was in Phoenix. Once emptied into my waiting pint glass, Deathly Pale Ale showed its colors; a nice orangy copper hue upon which perched a foamy off-white head that left streaky lace behind.
The nose had a nice toasty malt aroma and a surprisingly potent citric hoppiness. Little hints of oranges and hops juice floated out of the glass to mingle with the malt. The taste mirrored the nose quite well. Nice earthy malts up front, not overly sweet. Crisp. Biting pine-laden hops flavor surged to the fore mid-palate and continued through the finish, leaving a good resinous hoppy coating in the mouth. This is one well-hopped pale ale! The feel was light-to-medium bodied and a tad slick.
Overall, no complaints about this offering from Reaper Ales. A nicely crafted pale ale that I'd be happy to have again.

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Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Do you dare?" 22 oz. bottle with a picture of the reaper on horseback in front of a full moon. Pretty cool. Pours a cloudy copper color, with a few bubbles and black flakes floating about. Thick, pillowy off-white head. Great looking beer. The head retention was outstanding. Thick sticky patches of lace left on the sides of the glass. Big citrusy and pine hop aroma. Citrusy hop flavor really dominates the malt.Could benefit from more malt character, as this seems to be more of an IPA because of the strong bitterness. Medium body. Very drinkable, and a pretty tasty brew. This seems to be all about west coast hops here.

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Photo of mikedashg
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured most of my 22 oz bottle into a Reaper Ale pint glass (glass was free at my local store when you bought two Reaper bottles, got the stout too) a nice golden yellow straw slightly hazy and a .5" of foamy white head

S - Citrus, Hops, Floral

T - A little spice, a little pine, very good hop presence for a pale ale, they almost dominate a little, but it's backed by a very nice creamy malt balance.

M - Very crisp, clean and refreshing. Moderately high carbonation.

D - Lots of drinkability in this one, good balance all around. Nice one guys!

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