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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 scottoale
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -1.9%
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 -13.8%
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 +0.3%
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 -1.6%
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 -4.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +8.4%
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 +11.9%
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 +0.5%
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 +8.4%
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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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +5.7%
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 +13.8%
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 -13.8%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +11.9%
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 +5.1%
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 +5.1%
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%
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 -3.5%
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 +1.9%
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 +11.1%
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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