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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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Photo of Mitchster
1.39/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Popping the cap suprises me with a gunshot and blue smoke drift. Pouring it creates one giant glass of foam. Intense carbonation. As it settles, I begin to discern a hazy ripe peach with reddish accents, forming a very soapy white head with amazing clumpy meringue retention and lacing owing to the mega-carbonation. Bits of what appear to be hop leaves are floating around lazily. Aroma?...that Reaper Ale contaminated yeast strain...sour green apples, kiwi fruit, pear juice concentrate, dry husky discernable hop aroma for this "Deathly Pale Ale" (my ass). Taste begins with a very sharp acidic sourness (besting many lambics in intensity), followed immediately by caustic metal cleaner, over-brewed green tea astringency and bitterness, and hop bitterness with no hop flavor or aroma. Finish is very tart and dry. As tasty as the ovaries of a Puffer fish.

I wish I could send every previous reviewer of this brew a couple ounces of the crap that I'm drinking right now. These guys have HUGE contamination issues...that or they're trying to poison me. My guts are churning....Aaaagh, my face is getting flashes....gah. 3 strikes you're out, Bayhawk Ales. You now formally suck. Down the toilet you're not even deserving of a sink.

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Photo of Skoodog
1.69/5  rDev -54%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I just finished dumping this awful brew down the sink - but in formality, here's the, the pour:

Appearance: Poured like a dream - was really excited to drink this after the healthy pour that came out. Huge frothy head, beautiful reddish gold hue.

Smell: Meh, okay. Not super noticeable. Obviously a beer.

Taste/mouthfeel/drinkability: This is where it all went to hell. Horrible contamination issues like the other poster to give this turd an F. Tastes like sucking on a, a roll full of pennies.

I never toss beer I don't like, but this one was bad - as in spoiled bad. They need to get their act together if they want to be a successful brewery.

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Photo of PicoPapa
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thin head. Aroma is sour. Very little lacing. Picking up on some yeast as well but basically it just smells tart as hell. Taste is tart and metallic with some breadiness. This does not taste like a Pale Ale at all. This does not taste very good. It kind of tastes like drinking a glass of sour pennies. Drinking the whole bomber by myself seems like a daunting task at this point. Overall, do not get this beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.57/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber popped huge when opening and was an instant gusher, infection or just over-carbonated? Obviously has a massive white head and is slower than hell to recede.

Nose only smells slightly infected...very bright, very citric hop aroma with just a pale biscuit malt background.

Yup, its infected. Still drinkable though, has a woody, somewhat earthy sourness to go along with some bright hoppy flavors. Too bad, I kinda liked the nose and where this was going. 5 bucks down the drain...oh well. If I do give it another go, it would have to be a tap pint. I am a proponent of reviewing infected beers so that if others encounter the same issues, at least there is some frame of reference. I doubt the brewery folk read these, but if they do then they will know there is a problem as well.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a golden color with a large laceing head. The smell is weak an unnoticalable. The taste is odd for an apa. Its not as dry as other apas but has a sweet then sour grapefruit like flavor, but finishs with a dry like flavor. Not much carbonation with this one even though there was a large head. Overall iam not sure about this one, not bad not good.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -18.3%
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 WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
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 Hunter
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my second review of this beer, after I received a courteous email from the company to give them another try. A company that goes out of its way to contact customers deserves a second chance.

Beer pours a copper-red with a seriously thick head of white foam. Heavy lacing effects and carbonation. I had clumps of it clinging to the glass long after I was finished. Nice presentation.

Aroma is clean, with a considerable note of fresh hops and something sweet underneath. Not quite malt, more like candi apples.

They've made strides in the taste. It is mild, still a little too light for my tastes. Hops is the predominant characteristic, and yet they don't come through strongly until the end of the swallow.

Sharp mouthfeel and dry finish complete the profile.

Reaper has made strides with this one. It's coming along, and it's sufficient enticement to give their others brews another chance.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Huge pillowy, foamy, marshmallowy head with a lot of lace. Orange colored brew.

Aroma full of malt sweetness, floral/citrus hops. Taste follows suit, very sweet beer almost tart with a soft hoppyness. Orange marmalade, apple cider, and just a hint of bitterness. Overly sweet for a pale ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinkable beer but not enough hops and a weird cider like character.

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Photo of champ103
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange/copper color. A Large white head rises to two fingers. Plenty of sticky lace left behind.
S: Citrus and pinny hops. Oily and soapy. Light malty sweetness lingers.
T: Citrus hops again. Light sweetness. Not much here really.
M/D: A medium body with to much carbonation for me. Thin and watery. Not hard to drink, but I am not really interested enough to have another one.

It is not bad, just a little on the bland side. There are much better APA's out there.

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Photo of Jredner
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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 mynie
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bland APA orange is saved by a huge and retentive head that sticks around for ages.

Smells lightly of funky hops. Dry. Nowhere near as complex as the bottle's "do you dare?" taunt led me to hope.

Hops are much more present in the taste. They're big and they're dry. They're not *that* big, though. And there's no real complexity. There's almost no malt balance, too: the flavor almost completley drops off at the end.

Man, I coulda gotten a bomber of Gumballhead for what I paid for this...

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Photo of dsa7783
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville...
Copper hue... Minimal head, minor lacing...
Hints of malts, amber grains, slight cloves, and mints...
Taste: Extremely medicinal... Herbal and floral, seemingly unbalanced between malts and hops... piney, minty, with nuances of menthol and gasoline...
Was expecting more from this one in terms of overall flavor... Average at best...
Nothing special...

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale amber wih a thick foam that lasts throughout all 22 ounces and leaves a little lacing too. Only a thin column of tiny, fast moving bubbles. Theres a some citrus marmalade mixed with toasted malts in the nose. The start of the taste has some vinegar and toast. The finish mixes some bitter hop lime juice. he palate is creamy, tangy, and vinegary.

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Photo of mbunje
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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 WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a pale golden amber with an ever so slight haze and a tall off-white head which laced the glass.

The aroma was...MIA...for the most part. A slight citrus fruitiness was the best you could get from the aroma.

The flavor was citrusy, grapefruit and lemon, with a slight malt flavor in the background but mostly bittering and flavor hops.

The finish was dry with citrus lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

The beer would benefit from more aromatics and a maltiness boost. It was like drinking a glass of grapefruit beer till about half way through the pint (remember I still had another dash to pour in the glass), and then the tastebuds were used to all the citrus. On the bright side the beer was not overly bitter. I'd like to try this on tap and see what it is like.

22 ounce bottle purchased at Lee and Edwards in Roanoke, VA.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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 donnebaby
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color body and white thin haze. Robust, malty nose -- plums and figs. Taste, too, is full and malty -- juicy ripe red apple edged with lightly spicy hops and bitter after. Fairly big in body and flavor for a pale ale but mostly one-dimensional and heavy. Alcohol shows through at times. Slight aseptic characteristic. Feels like a low-alcohol barley-wine.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed the Mortality Stout on tap so I Grabbed a 22 oz.bomber of the deathly pale.

It poured a nice amber with a nice head of off-white foam.

Strong smell of fresh hops and tea.

A light tealike sweetness. Nice citrus flavor finish is a dry bitterness that sticks to the tongue. That bitterness seems to build with every swig.

Pretty good!

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer upon its release from the 22-ounce brown bottle settles in the glass a slightly bemused golden amber color with the head portly in size, frothy in texture and the color a light tan as it erodes the lace forms a sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, citrus crisp and fresh, also detect a slight hint of hops; start is sweet with a light malt presence and the top somewhat thin. Finish is prickly in its acidity and the hops fair to middling in their spicy presence, dry after taste and a much better beer on tap than in the bottle, this beer has thinned out over the last couple of years since I tried it.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy orange toned ambe with a small white cap that slowly faces into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of herbal, citrus grapefruit, pine, and rich caramel.
Taste is of the herbal & caramel flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, with a sugary blast flowing into a bitey floral note.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really looking forward to this brew after a long day of frickin' shopping for wedding stuff. I managed to stop off at beverages and more in west hollywood and picked up this among others. Nice label of the grim reaper on horseback with a full moon in the background, some skulls on the corners = .5 bump. Poured in a gobblet on a hot ass 91 degree day. Huge tan head that dissapates at an even pace and leaves some decent lacing. Copper with reddish hue's. level carbonation.

Comes across like an IPA as it has a large fresh hop aroma with little malt balance. Tasted a little fruitiness up front but the end was a big young hop blast. Creamy mouthfeel that bends towards puckering acidic.

This is the best offering in my opinion from reaper. Although it borders on an IPA it is an ultra hoppy version of a pale.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It poured with a nice thick off white head. Was a orangey copper/red color. Had a nice lacing that stuck to side of glass. It smelled of citrus hops. Maybe some orange and grapefruit also. Had a malt backbone to help balance it a little. It was a pretty big bitterness from start till the aftertaste. It was weird though. The bitterness almost got sickly and I love my bitter beers. I found this strange. It was just something in it that made me glad when I was finished. It tasted more of a IPA than a Pale Ale. It did have a bigger malt backbone as it warmed. It was a medium/full body. It was a good beer but I would way prefer it as just a half pint and move on to another beer. Wasn't to easy to drink a whole 22oz.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a gorgeous beer to be sure. To my mind there is little that sets this brew apart from Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which is more conveniently packaged and tastes very similar. Kudos for creative labelng and adverts but the product is what it is....

Pours a clear copper with a decent white head that leaves sheets of long lasting foamy lace on the glass as this brew is consumed. As I said "a Gorgeous brew"

Aroma is floral and citrus with a faint malty sweet backbone.

Taste is viny citrus hops with a bready crystal malt body and a sharp bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly heavy for the style. This puppy sticks to the tongue and palate. Rates light to medium.

Exceedingly drinkable. A qulaity brew for sure but it needs to distinguish itself from the pack. Still a decent brew, but I will only buy if SNPA is not available.

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