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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
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 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 champ103
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
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 goblue3509
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a thick frothy head that gives way to moderate lacing. The aroma is of piney hops and citrus hops. The smell isn't as strong as some pale ale's but it is good. The taste is of citrus hops with a hint of earthy tones to it. The taste is well rounded and not overly bitter. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall it is a very drinkable beer, there is a nice smooth flavor and nothing that would make you dislike the beer.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice copper colored beer with good clarity and a dense, thick inch-head on top. Pleasantly hoppy aroma, with lots of citrusy hop notes. The taste is mostly hops, grapefruity, with some light, sweet malt, but it is definitely forced into the background by the bitterness. The finish is bracingly dry. Moderate bodied, with a good creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of JamesS
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed Halloween evening, 2009. Poured a very nice deep copper color with fantastic head and lacing. Great scent, very deep bitter aromas, a lot of citrus tones and a slight pine tinge. Great taste, a nice deep maltiness with a fantastic bitter ending; very nice American hops (citrus) with a nice earthy undertone to it. Goes down very nice, with just the slightest hop roughness. Great beer.

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Photo of Skoodog
1.69/5  rDev -54.2%
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 rub...er, 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 penny...no, 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 weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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 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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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 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 scruffwhor
3.21/5  rDev -13%
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 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 dsa7783
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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 +5.1%
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 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 pinotboy007
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +10.3%
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 -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 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 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 plaid75
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -1.1%
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 +11.7%
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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Deathly Pale Ale from ReaperAle
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 102 ratings
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