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 mntlover
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn this beer looks good, a cloudy amber brew with green leaf (hops?) suspended in beer. A nice off-white head that falls to a ring with clumps of foam floating in the middle. Aroma is a little to subdued citrusy hops grapefruit mainly with nice sweet caramel malt. Taste is not bad sweet caramel malt light hop flavors threw out nice lightly bitter finish. Not a bad little pale ale but does not taste near as good as the bottle looks. Mouthfeel is good feels good in your mouth. Drinkability is ok not bad would give it a try if you got the chance.

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Photo of avylover
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy copper color with lots of floaties. This just kind of "appeared" at my local beer store I had to check it out ( Thanks TinusTime??) Peppery hop aroma and some malt presence as well. Taste is much fuller than your average pale ale, with a tasty malt backbone and some earthy hop flavors. Good full mouthfeel with a decent bitter aftertaste. Not as quaffable as some pale ales, but worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer upon its release from the 22-ounce brown bottle settles in the glass a slightly bemused golden amber color with the head portly in size, frothy in texture and the color a light tan as it erodes the lace forms a sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, citrus crisp and fresh, also detect a slight hint of hops; start is sweet with a light malt presence and the top somewhat thin. Finish is prickly in its acidity and the hops fair to middling in their spicy presence, dry after taste and a much better beer on tap than in the bottle, this beer has thinned out over the last couple of years since I tried it.

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Photo of arizcards
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this at the Peoria Hops Festival in April. Liked the sample enough to pick up a bomber at AJ's back in May. Finally getting around to sampling this as my enthusiasm for Reaper Ale has been dimmed by my samplings of the Red and the Stout.

This is a orange colored APA, decently carbonated, but not leaving a distinguishable lacing because of an average head. The smell is notable, floral hops and citrus. The taste is a little light on malts and it has a heavy citrusy hop finish. This is not quite as acitic/astringent as the other two Reaper offerings. Mouthfeel is fairly lively because of the carbonation but is a bit thin. Overall drinkability is pretty good. I would not turn this down if offered but this is one I do not need to have.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a pale golden amber with an ever so slight haze and a tall off-white head which laced the glass.

The aroma was...MIA...for the most part. A slight citrus fruitiness was the best you could get from the aroma.

The flavor was citrusy, grapefruit and lemon, with a slight malt flavor in the background but mostly bittering and flavor hops.

The finish was dry with citrus lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

The beer would benefit from more aromatics and a maltiness boost. It was like drinking a glass of grapefruit beer till about half way through the pint (remember I still had another dash to pour in the glass), and then the tastebuds were used to all the citrus. On the bright side the beer was not overly bitter. I'd like to try this on tap and see what it is like.

22 ounce bottle purchased at Lee and Edwards in Roanoke, VA.

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Photo of Mitchster
1.39/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Popping the cap suprises me with a gunshot and blue smoke drift. Pouring it creates one giant glass of foam. Intense carbonation. As it settles, I begin to discern a hazy ripe peach with reddish accents, forming a very soapy white head with amazing clumpy meringue retention and lacing owing to the mega-carbonation. Bits of what appear to be hop leaves are floating around lazily. Aroma?...that Reaper Ale contaminated yeast strain...sour green apples, kiwi fruit, pear juice concentrate, dry husky discernable hop aroma for this "Deathly Pale Ale" (my ass). Taste begins with a very sharp acidic sourness (besting many lambics in intensity), followed immediately by caustic metal cleaner, over-brewed green tea astringency and bitterness, and hop bitterness with no hop flavor or aroma. Finish is very tart and dry. As tasty as the ovaries of a Puffer fish.

I wish I could send every previous reviewer of this brew a couple ounces of the crap that I'm drinking right now. These guys have HUGE contamination issues...that or they're trying to poison me. My guts are churning....Aaaagh, my face is getting flashes....gah. 3 strikes you're out, Bayhawk Ales. You now formally suck. Down the toilet you're not even deserving of a sink.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this in a 22oz bomber with a picture of the Grim Reaper on the label. This pours a hazy orange color with a large dirty white foam head that has excellent retention. Leaves a decent streaky lacing about the glass as well. The aroma is of a slight malt and a fairly dominate citrus hop, the smell got stronger as this warmed. This is definitely a hopped up PA as the citrus piney hops dominate most of the flavor with a very slight malt sweetness of balance this one out. A biting bitter after taste is present as well that is pleasant and leaves a hoppy flavor lingering about for a while. Mouthfeel is light to medium with decent carbonation. A pretty darn good Pale Ale overall that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My brother-in-law and I split a bomber of this brew while I was in Phoenix. Once emptied into my waiting pint glass, Deathly Pale Ale showed its colors; a nice orangy copper hue upon which perched a foamy off-white head that left streaky lace behind.
The nose had a nice toasty malt aroma and a surprisingly potent citric hoppiness. Little hints of oranges and hops juice floated out of the glass to mingle with the malt. The taste mirrored the nose quite well. Nice earthy malts up front, not overly sweet. Crisp. Biting pine-laden hops flavor surged to the fore mid-palate and continued through the finish, leaving a good resinous hoppy coating in the mouth. This is one well-hopped pale ale! The feel was light-to-medium bodied and a tad slick.
Overall, no complaints about this offering from Reaper Ales. A nicely crafted pale ale that I'd be happy to have again.

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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 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 beerguy101
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange color. Large head. Aroma is hoppy. A medium bodied hoppy pale ale. Malts are slightly sweet and nutty. Hops are citrusy, grapefruity and fairly upfront. Slightly bitter. Well balanced. There is a nice hop bite throughout this beer. Nice Pale Ale. Very drinkable.Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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

Presentation: Bomber with a dark green label, which has a skull in each corner, and a silhouette picture of a horse-mounted Grim Reaper in front of a full moon with the words “Do You Dare?” in blood red. Brewed by Bayhawk Ales, and listed as “ReaperAle – Deathly Pale Ale”. No freshness, but the strength is stated as 5.4% in the bottom left hand corner.

Appearance: Amber-copper with some deep-orange hints when back lit. Poured into my 24 ounce Mug, it took only half of the Bombers contents to fill it, because the expansive head rapidly forms a huge, off-white frothy mass. High levels of small bubble carbonation.

Nose: Surprisingly hoppy, way more than what I expected from a Pale Ale. Some citric, orange and lemon zesty hints, and some oily pine needles. I like this one.

Taste: An astringent fruity hoppiness that mixes well with the balanced malts. The finish has lemony hoppiness entwined in pine needles that lends an oily, slightly sticky finish on the tongue. Chuffin’ good!!

Mouthfeel: Solid and strong, hop dominant with a smooth body. Oily slick feeling in the mouth that seems to last forever after the beer is swallowed.

Drinkability: A superb American Pale Ale that drinks well, the hops and malts balance with the fruitiness of the beer. The lingering tastes often delay the next mouthfeel whilst you appreciate the flavors in the attenuation, but I still realized that the Bomber was empty was before I expected it to be.

Overall: Bloody hell, this is a *very* nice, “hoppy” offering, from Bayhawk Ales, and a great session beer. A very accomplished, rather endearing APA.

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Photo of aaronh
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deathly Pale? I think not. This beer pours a deep amber-orange with a creamy white head. Good head retention, and even more can be recalled by swirling the glass. The aroma is sharply hoppy, but a bit of malt sweetness still slips thorugh. The taste is again very hoppy, but supported by a good malt backbone. The hop profile is very even as well, standing out from the first sip well into the aftertaste. The lingering soapiness is wonderful. Mouthfeel is very solid, and although the carbonation looks strong, it is not excessively obtrusive on the palate. And although I shared this bottle with three others, I could have quaffed the whole thing myself. This is a very good APA.

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Photo of Brent
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good thing I happened to pour this into an oversize glass - wow - at least three inches of head - and talk about staying power - frothy clumps stuck together to the very end like marshallow cream.

Hopasauraus Rex in a bottle - cascades dance about the tastebuds but the malt balances quite well. Finishes with a soft sweetness. A very well done pale ale, with APA tendencies.

Extra style points for the bottle artwork - the grim reaper on horseback silhouetted against a full moon. Reminds me of a Molly Hatchet album cover (yes, you might be a redneck if.....).

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

Another great brewery from California. Lately it seems everything coming from that direction is good stuff. Anyway, pours like a classic pale, golden with medium head. Aroma is nice , a little spicier than say a Sierra Nevada. Smooth and not too effervescent. Hops are nice, not overpowering and letting malt flavors to be recognized.

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