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 ajbick
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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 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 reiger
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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 pinotboy007
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very nice golden-amber with a great rocky cap and modest (but thick) lacing. Steams of carbonation rising.

S - Hops and marmalade.

T - Hops are large and in-charge! Has a nice grapefruit and very mild sour tang to it; maybe even some leather that reminds me a tiny bit of a single malt.

M - Nice balance of creaminess and carbonation.

D - Very drinkable indeed and food friendly, too. Perfect year 'round stuff that would be nice with cigars. Also - check out their Web site - it's great!

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange sort of color, lots of bubbling and fizzing going on. Good looking white head with nice stick.

Citric hopping on the nose, not much else, but very pleasant. The flavor is nice and hoppy - very little on the malt front. Actually, it's not much of a front. The grapefruit is present, orange peel present; plenty of resin and pine sap.

This is a hell of an APA. A little overly bitter, but I like it. If I'm rocking a pale ale, this is the kind of pale ale I'd like to rock.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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 NJpadreFan
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
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 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 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 gmcfarre
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into imperial pint glass @ 45 degrees
This bottle has been sitting in my fridge for probably 6 months, so let's see how it has held up...

A - Pours a clear yellowish orange shade with frothy 2 inch head that stays fairly rocky for a while. Obviously time has not taken the CO2 out of this brew. Head rests at about 1/4 inch and lacing is moderate.

S - Pale, breaded malt and a good west-coast hop kick that is nice and floral. The two opposing flavors blend nicely.

T - Slight sweetness off the bat with moderate carbonation. Malt flavor is pleasant and grainy. Hops kick in later with a touch of grapefruit and a bit of an over-drying effect in the aftertaste (a touch too bitter in the wrong way perhaps).

M - Dry with a light carbonation and medium body.

D - Easy drinking but the aftertaste is a bit too harsh for a pale ale in my opinion. Still its fairly enjoyable overall. Time probably didn't affect this beer too much in my opinion.

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Photo of rallison
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head that never really goes away.

S: Mmmm, smells great! Lots of nice fresh grapefruity hops, with just a hint of caramel.

T: One good, bitter pale ale. Healthy dose of grapefruit and citrus hops at the forefront. This leads into a nice caramel sweetness. However, bitterness does dominate all the way through - and I like that. This is what some brewpubs would call an IPA. Personally, this is just the right bitterness for a West Coast Pale. There's also just a very slight touch of sourness at the end (seems almost a touch off maybe? Ehh, it's not enough that I have a problem with it).

M: Good relatively full mouthfeel for a pale, but finishes relatively crisply too. Medium to high carbonation - it's at a nice level.

D: Very drinkable. Nice and tasty!

Just glad I got the chance to try one of the ReaperAles before they completely disappeared off shelves. I've heard some rumours they may be coming back at some point - I hope so, as this beer at least was quite good.

If you see a bottle of this, grab it while you can.

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Large off-white, frothy head with good lacing throughout the drink; very clear, sparkling body of medium gold/orange hue.

S- Nose is mostly of bread and caramel malts, tones of citrus, and a hint of corn.

T- Initial taste of bitter hops quickly dissipates into the bread malt body; short finish dominated by grapefruit hops; overall well-balanced.

M- Light body; dry/watery texture; lively carbonation

D- Very smooth APA with full malty flavor; very minimal alcohol feel makes this an easy to drink ale that is light and refreshing.

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

From a 22oz. brown bomber with one large green front label with the Grim Reaper mounted horseback and a planet in the background. No freshness date or blurb about the ale inside, this pours into a 13.5oz. snifter a bright copper-orange with a thick, frothy off-white head that lasts forever. Excellent carbonation keeps the head at a finger throughout the entire bomber. Tons of thick lace coating the inside of the glass. Really looks impressive.

Crack open the bottle to reveal a rather hop heavy aroma, mostly of citrus with a bit of pine in the distance. After a few minutes in the glass, the hops tone way down to a much maltier aspect that is sweet and fruity with navel oranges and tangerine nectar shining through.

The flavor on the other hand is just semi-sweet and extremely well balanced with a nice maltiness that turns tobacco like, then winds down to a smooth (yet brisk), clean finish. The flavor is very close to SN Pale Ale...nothing wrong with that!

Medium body, moderate ABV and very easy to drink...a super session ale if there ever was one, cheers!

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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 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 Morris729
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a slight orange tint along with a creamy white head that fades into a sticky lace. Nose is citrusy lemon and orange along with some fresh pine. Taste is lightly toasted biscuity malt and bitter grapefruity hops. Finish has a bit of pine resin. An enjoyable APA.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Packaging: 22 oz bomber, no apparent date code
Serving temperature: 40F
Aroma at bottleneck: moderate hop aroma,earthy, no yeast or malt aroma.
Pour: Poured into a standard pint, good viscosity. 3/4" solid white head, good retention, nice lacing.
Appearance in glass: Attractive orange, slight chill haze.
Aroma in glass: Weak to moderate hop aroma, earthy and citrusy. No malt aroma.
Taste: Bitter up front, slightly sweet, a bit of hop flavor, with lingering bitterness at the end.
Upon warming: Hop flavor more pronounced, a bit of piney and orangish aroma.
Drinkability: Excellent example of XPA style, excess bitterness, with flavor and aroma of an ordinary APA. Very drinkable with no defects.

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Photo of
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Papago, 11/1/06.

Slightly hazy straw yellow liquid. Medium size, off white head.

Aroma was hard to pick up as bar was quite smoky. Citrus seemed to be primary scent, with a low key malt aroma in the background.

Taste was very nicely hopped, and lingered a bit into the finish. Malt character was bread-like. Well balanced and straightforward.

Light in body, with medium carbonation. Finish was more dry than not, so it was very easy to keep sipping.

A very nice APA, sessionable, and great flavor. Easy to drink several of these I would guess.

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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 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 dauss
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Standard 22oz. bomber. Green label with a which I presume to be "Death" holding a sickel, on a horse, and standing in front of a full moon. It asks, "Do You Dare?". I do.

Aroma: Definitely loaded with hops. Grapefruity citrus, with light hints of pine. Slight wiff of alcohol, caramel malt, a touch of toffee.

Appearance: Clear deep golden color with highlights of copper. A nice large tan head with great retention and good lacing rests on top.

Taste: Sweet malt starts off with a lot of piney hop flavor. A mild bitterness lasts through out the taste and lingers on the tongue after the drink. It is medium bodied with a dry finish.

Notes: Definitely more hop flavor than bitterness. Aroma is great, and there are no technical flaws. It is a tasty pale ale.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't know if this bottle is a little old or what, but it halfway exploded out of the bottle, tons of head without even trying, staying there in a fluffy, cloudy swirl, off white and leaving nice lacing. Oh, and lots of rising bubbles through a amber to copper color. Nose is a lovely bunch of hops, a cornucopia if you will. Well ripened grapefruit is strong, slightly grassy and piney.

Taste is what I'll call a classic west coast APA; a IIPA anywhere else. The malts are coming through, but playing third fiddle to a heavy hop presence. In fact, the one this keeping it an APA is the malts, though subtle, keeping an obviously massive hopping from becoming too bittering. The hops are full of pine and that dark grapefruit goodness, a floral boquet of happiness. The malts keep things real, sweet but slightly burnt caramel, and slightly bready.

The mouth I found to be, combined with that shitton of flavors, just too much at first. After about a half hour the carbonation settled down, and it turned much nicer, smoother, but still assertive. Overall, I really like this one. Its a lot much for being called an APA, but I can live with that. Lets just call it a damn fine beer.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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 EStreet20
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a 20 ounce nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy caramel color with a nice two finger off white head.

S - Pure hop smell with some citrus and piny notes.

T - A hoppy flavor overall with some fruity notes (citrus mainly) kicking through. The finish sports some serious pine flavor and a bunch of bitterness. Nice overall.

M - Medium to light in body with some prickly carbonation.

D - A nice hoppy pale that feels smooth and drinks easy.

Notes: A nice American pale in the SNPA mold.

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Deathly Pale Ale from ReaperAle
3.67 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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