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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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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a yellowish orange color with a thick billowing white head on it. The head leaves a nice looking lacing on the glass too. The smell of the beer has a good amount of hops on the nose and some pale malts. The nose is a little floral. The taste is crisp and had a solid bitterness to it. The mouthfeel was good also, it had plenty of carbonation to it and it was dry too. Overall it was an enjoyable pale ale.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber body with a frothy head that leaves good lacing behind

Smell: Caramel malt and floral hops

Taste: Biscuity malt backbone that provides a nice neutral start to some floral and citrus flavors that emerge, mid-palate; the finish is peppery

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; creamy body with a touch of slickness on the tongue

Drinkability: A decent and flavorful brew with a lot of complexity

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +18%
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 russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Then the door was open and the wind appeared,
The candles blew and then disappeared,
The curtains flew and then he appeared, saying don't be afraid,
Come on baby... don't fear the Reaper"

--Blue Oyster Cult

Burnished, shimmering orange-bronze with a tremendously active interior. Swirling plumes of fine yeast eventually settle down into a stationary 'frozen blizzard' and multiple streams of vigorously rising bubbles eventually slow to a more sedate rate of rise. This looks for all the world like a hop-riddled IPA. The head completes the wonderful appearance with its heavy, creamy, cropped mesa of light caramel colored foam that is depositing thick blankets of lace on the upper reaches of the glass.

Excellent IPA (er... APA) nose of Left Coast hopitude. Several of the 4-Cs are undoubtedly present, and, if I'm not mistaken, Amarillo may be in there as well. Deathly Pale has a classic brown sugar-crusted grapefruit and orange peel aroma that never fails to make me salivate. Although it could be stronger, effort is rewarded by olfactory excellence.

I know that the boundary between APAs and IPAs is anything but clear-cut, but this beer strikes me as being definitively on the IPA side of the divide. The malt is hanging on by two fingernails and a toenail and *just* does manage to support the hops. The snappy, moderately resiny, white grapefruit zesty, pine sap sappy hop profile is busting out of its APA britches with zealous abandon.

As I reach the midway point of the bomber, it appears that the malt has thrown up the white flag of surrender. The hops now have free reign and I find that I'm beginning to trip on (alpha) acid. This is far from the most bitter beer I've ever poured down my gullet. Having said that, bitterness outpaces hop flavor, keeping it from being as vibrant as it could be.

Lace update: almost no glass is visible due to the still thick layer of hop crust. The finish is medium to medium-full with a tacky mouthcoating that belongs on a bigger beer. Although it may not be big for an IPA, this is the biggest APA mouthfeel that I've ever run across. The bubbles, which were somewhat jumpy initially, are now well-behaved and are just about perfect in the bottom half of the bottle.

This is the biggest and most bitter APA that I've ever had, but not the best. Deathly Pale Ale is my first ReaperAle beer. I've wondered on more than one occasion if they used up all of their creative energy in naming the brewery, naming the beer and coming up with the cool labels. I needn't have worried. Any brewery that is capable of creating an IBU-intensive APA the likes of this one is okay by me. I do not fear the Reaper. And neither should you.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.82/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will be the first to admit that I knew better and yet I still allowed circumstances to dictate to me. I bought a bomber of this long enough ago that I cannot remember when or where. I was really just beginning to seriously immerse myself in craft beer and I was thinking that I needed to share bombers with others. It got shuttled into my basement and soon forgotten until it made the crosstown shift to Chez Woody where it went into the basement. Doh! You are not supposed to age PAs or IPAs and this was approaching voting age. I lovingly brought it upstairs, chilled it, rinsed the dust off of it and set it in the sink, anticipating a gusher and subsequent drainpour.

Imagine my surprise and elation when nothing happened! I got a sampler glass out and poured some into that and braced myself for the worst. Still nothing untoward. I then used a goblet and utilized the most gentle pour ever. I got only wisps of head as a result, but carbonation was quite evident. Color was a coppery-orange with NE-quality clarity. Nose reminded me of Orange Pekoe tea and I was again nostalgic, remembering my late Pops, the cook in our family when I was growing up and my inspiration in high school. I know how to cook, I just do not like to do so for only myself. He always made tea on Chun King nights and this was it. Mouthfeel was actually prickly, bespeaking how well the CO2 had held up. The taste was very orange citrus and while whatever hops had once existed were long gone, but the alchemy that had transpired was phenomenal and totally unexpected. The finish was caramel, orange (BIG orange) and a slight mustiness. Wow! Not recommended for others, but this worked out in my favor.

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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 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 jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 6 oz. bottle with the grim reaper on horseback in front of a full moon. Skulls on decorate label. Red lettering..."Do you dare?" Sure, I do...

Pours hazy, almost murky, orange/amber with a thin well-retained head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of citrus with a caramel breadness in the background.

The taste is of orange rind with a breadiness as support. It certainly favors the hops. Some apple is mixed in. Caramel breadiness is in the background. A touch of pepper, as well.

It has a thickness about it, but also a certain smoothness. Not what I would expect from a pale ale, but it almost works.

It seems that they tried to pump up a pale ale, and it almost works, but doesn't quite make it. Too boozy, thick and imbalanced for style. I want to say have as a hoppier interpretation of a pale ale - but, even then - nice enough, but nothing great.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice sligthly cloudy golden color, nice carbonation, nice head, lots of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet hops, spices, and a touch of caramel.

T - The taste is slightly sweet, and a nice touch of hops.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. The is a underated brewery in my opinion. The APA is very tasty and is highly recommend.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a thick 2" head. Thick lacing develops through the drink. Plenty of carbonation bubbles streaming to the top.

Smell: the nose picks up plenty of citrus and pinecones.

Taste: the flavor is dominated by strong bitterness, but the caramel along with the orange / lemon zest provide a nice balance. Slight dryness too. Typical west coast style I enjoy.

Mouthfeel: very crisp at the start, less so at the finish.

Drinkability: I rank this pretty high on the drinkability scale as this is a decent session beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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 WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy burnt orange color with lots of floaties and a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malt scent that boasts of pale, carapils, and roasted malts along with a substantial bitter hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth and creamy flavor that's dry and toastey. It goes down smooth and finishes with a very bitter hop bite. It has a nice piney hop flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good American pale. It has a solid malt base with excellent hop qualities; a good drinker.

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Photo of plaid75
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium hazy copper hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light resiny hop with a touch of soft malts.

The taste was balanced and consisted of a light grainy sweet malt and subtle citric hop. There was a good residual peppery hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a nice and easy drinking APA.

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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 Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange brew.

Smell is fairly malty with a small scent of cascade hops to it.

Taste is malty with a stronger than expected bitterness. A strong flavor of caramel comes through the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty drinkable brew that is neither too sweet nor too bitter, it is just right.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +9%
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 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 harpus
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Rick's Wine & Gourmet, Alexandria, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1" off-white head above the amber brew. Head holds on well, yet lacing somewhat minimally. Still, the pillowy head impresses me. Aroma is lightly of piney hops, with no obvious malt component. Taste starts with a light biscuity malt flavor, which is quickly overpowered by bitter hops character, with some citrus notes. Bitter aftertaste, but not harsh enough to be off-putting. Mouthfeel is nice for the style, albeit a bit on the hoppy side of a pale ale, and drinkability is great. This one was a nice surprise.

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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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