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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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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 102
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 cbl2
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$4.85 22 oz. 6.20% No best by date.


Pours a bright crystal clear medium brown with over an inch of creamy white head.


Fresh, tangy ruby red grapefruit. So potent, its as if the fruit was crushed right before you.


Grapefruit flavor leads the pack, followed by some vinous pine presence which masks a very mild malt sweetness. This one is bold, in your face, hop bitterness, and is rather refreshing.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just found this beer hidden away at the Coralville Liquor store. They had a lot of stuff I hadn't seen anywhere else in the state, surprisingly enough. Good stuff. I'll have to check back often to see how the other stuff is.

The beer is a light golden color, clear and quite well carbonated. Has a nice white foam that retains very well and leaves a great lacing. Looks good.

Smells quite good as well. Nice hops aroma with a light sweet caramel malt. Spicy with a bit of fruity hops. Well balanced. The taste is nice and caramel grainy with a very well balanced hops flavor. I have enjoyed it. I just finished brewing an IPA, so I have a lot of the same flavor coming through, and it is a very pleasant cap to the brew night.

Very easy to drink. I will probably try it again in the future. Honestly, I had low hopes for this beer, but it's good.

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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 hero27
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.
6.2% abv. 45 IBU's.

Just got this in at a local store. Kinda surprised a small micro from California made it all the way out to Iowa, but it intrigued me enough to try it.
Pale ale, eh? Looks dark for a supposed "pale ale", but I'll go with it... it looks damn good. Pours a dark orange with a head of foam that just doesn't know when to die..and leaves a thick coating of lace down the glass..
More hoppy than malty, but still seems quite well balanced, as both sides are showcased very well. Up-front bready malts with a caramel backing...then the Cascade & Chinook hops are unleashed and take over from there..should definitely be considered quite bold for the style, and would certainly satisfy most hop fiends. Fairly high abv for a pale ale, and a definite winner in my book..I hope to try more from this new brewery.

"Do You Dare?" Absolutely.

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Photo of briman
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours medium amber, slightly hazy, with a nice half inch off white head. Excellent retention, eventually settling into a decent amount of lace.

Pretty fruity nose. Touch of piney hops, but mostly orange citrus aromas.

Taste is hoppy as well. Upfront, I'm getting a touch of a bready/biscuity malt flavor sneaking through, coupled with orange citrus hop notes. Hops turn towards nice lingering grapefruit bitterness in the finish.

Medium body, moderately carbonated. Very drinkable, pretty crisp....excellent example of the style. Could see drinking a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of futureman69
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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 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 oggg
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stuffed Sandwich, the odd pale ale among 7 barleywines. I tasted this one when I was intensely hungry, so I was bound to love it.

Deep golden hue with cakey white head. Piney hop aroma was on the mild side. Great fresh juicy hop bitterness and citrus/pine flavors are strong but still allow some malt to poke through. Nice smooth finish. Medium bodied.

Overall: I'd guess the IBUs aren't quite as high as Stone Pale ale, but this one is pretty hoppy.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 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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Photo of Chadbrew
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mostly clear, very light orange-red beer. Not alot of initial head but a steady flow of tiny bubbles in terms of carbonation and stellar lacing. There is some oxidation in the nose, I was unable to find any type of freshness dating. Sweet citrusy and light earthy hops. Good bitterness, a bit more than I'm used to for this style. Light and hoppy palate but not to light on the body.
Very drinkable, thanks brewbacca.

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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 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 Ego
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$4.99 @ buy rite edison nj (the place to be...)

excellent froth on this bitch, coppertone all the way, large bubbles in the whire head (2 full fingers), 3-4 streams of bubbles working their way up from the bottom of the glass... nice, a little more bubbly than most pales in my experience.

pine but more towards citrus, less grapefruit, more bergamot, goddamn, I would like it as an air freshner... amarillo hops ? not complex but damn, I love that pine/citrus thing, there is a slight mustiness underneath... I have to be fair and rate it just above average but I personally am a sucker for this smell... there isnt much else to it though..

taste etc...
excellent mouthfeel, carbonation, slickness, body, really great feel.
the taste lacks a little bite but has a definite amarillo hit like Alpha King or Gumballhead (three floyds)... but beyond that.. not much else. I prefer the lemony finish of the gumballhead to this but the body works better here than the alpha king... the amarillo is the star here obviously. Complex? not really. deathly pale? eh... hype. Tasty? hop burp yourself all night long.

the mouthfeel is great, so it makes this easy drinking, it is very reminiscent of the 3F Alpha King but isnt as crazy hopped.. CLOSE.. but it isnt. it is rather enjoyable though and very drinkable for hop heads. 6.2% is heavier than most pales so it hides that well.. tasty stuff.

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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 blitheringidiot
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cracking open the matching green cap was like a ruining a work of art. Oh well, ya can't make an omlette without breaking eggs.

Even before I can describe the appearance, the wafts of cascade hit me.

Pours an attractive cloudy peach hue topped with a massive inch khaki head cap that settles instantly leaving a bowl of frothy collar.

Quite balanced scents of malt meets orange and lemon citrus hop. Some wood pine resin aromas compliment the olfactory.

First swigs: Hmmm... a bold (a-hem) "pale?" with a dry and hoppy finish. A front of lemon peel citrus hop burst gives way to a quick light malt finish. Plenty of juicy citus Starburst candy hops but too focused around a lemony flavor. Maybe some East Kent and Cascade?

Feel is crisp and medium bodied with a sticky healthy tongue coating dry acidic finish and a lingering aftertaste of bone dry dusty resin.

Last swigs: A pale that thinks it wants to be an IPA. As a pale, it's too hoppy and as an IPA it's too balanced. This is stuck in beer purgatory. I'd try this again but not in a hurry. Too many other beers are as good or better.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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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 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 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 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 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 TinusTime
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy amber orange with a medium lasting sticky white head. The beer seems to be full of floaties. Almost as cloudy as a hefe. Could be that it didnt settle, but I didnt think it was bottle conditioned. Aroma is a bit of pine, but not much else. Aroma is not the strong suit. Taste is however a stonger suit. Nice bit of malt up front followed by a well balanced hop attack. Hops are nice and piney and floral with out going all West Coast over the top. Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated and smooth. Drinkability is high. Drinkability is good and it would make a nice session brew even at 6.2. As BOC says Dont Fear the Reaper. Despite its ugly looks it drinks well.

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

It poured a medium amber brown with very little tan foam and no lace. The smell of hops and malts filled the nose. But the taste was of malts, hops and a hint of citrus. Not overly hoppy, but well balanced for a pale ale of this type. Seems to taste better, as it warmed up a little.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.54/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber.

Pours a reddish orange with a thin head. The aroma on this beer is fabulous. Very potent and complex. It smells of sweet fruit and even lychee. The flavor opens very malty with diacetyl fruitiness and floral hops. There is a touch of dark malt in the ending and some grassy and sandy flavored bitterness. Overall the beer has a complex fruit, malt, and floral balance. It is a unique and crisp beer.

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