Devil's Reach | Cape May Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
112 Ratings
Devil's ReachDevil's Reach
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cape May Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
capemaybrewery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
When most folks thing of Cape May they imagine Victorian Inns and parasols. Forget all that. Devil's Reach is a narrow passageway in Cape May Harbor and is a fitting name for this beer. Why you ask? The Devil's Reach is smooth and complex. It glides like a shark through the water and will swallow you whole. At 8.4% ABV, this Belgian is a beast.

27 IBU

Added by Oakenator on 07-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
112
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
14.8%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
46
For Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Albertdidz
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance had a decent hazy yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing sticking around the glass. The smell had some sweet Belgian candy notes with a light apple and orange fruitiness and then a light Belgian spice to complement. The taste followed the nose. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. There’s a light creamy harsh yet smooth appeal on my tongue. Overall, it's a pretty decent Belgian strong ale.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange gold color. Aroma of yeast with subtle orange peel and maybe a bit if spice. Medium carbonation and the alcohol was really well hidden. Taste was sweet and yeasty but not sickly sweet and some of the peel and spice came through slightly. Overall an impressive beer that I would definitely get again

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Photo of StevenH
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jsalz21
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pubscout
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

It's not hard to understand why the makers warn you to be careful, lest this beast "swallow you up." The thin head fades pretty quickly, but a pleasant malty/sweet beginning makes you not care about the head whatsoever. A sweet nose that hints at the alcohol is there as well. The mouthfeel is as thin as the flavor is full, and this beer goes down VERY smoothly. At 8.4%, this beer is dangerously good, though hopheads might not like it, but keep in mind that it's a Belgian style ale, and a strong one at that...not sessionable, unless it's your birthday. Which it is. I'll have another, please.

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Photo of tzinto
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of al2913
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timtac
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CreekyJarls
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a rich head that quickly reduced to about half an inch but stays like that for a long time. The nose is a lot like your typical belgian wit (albeit a bit sweeter-smelling). The taste is also very wit-like but sweeter and boozier, with some vanilla and candi sugar notes. It tastes a lot like a wit/tripel hybrid. Very smooth mouthfeel with a creamy feel to it.

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Photo of captainkrad
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shank_guru
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My backup beer at CMBCo when Apple Bomb isn't available. Delicious taste, gets on top of you if you aren't paying attention!
Certainly a standard for anyone visiting the brewery for the first time, especially in a flight.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light peach/pastel honey body with a shock of white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving very little but a thin film.

Nose is sweet and maybe a touch tart to begin with bright fruits of crisp green apple and pear followed by some yeasty and spicy notes.

Flavour offers a burst of classic belgian flavours: sweet pear and tart apple and yeasty pastries. Ends up with a light bitterness.

Refreshing body and dense light carbonation make this one easy to drink. I'll be the first to admit that belgian pales are not my first choice, but this one is well done and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes the style. Thanks @TongoRad for sending it along in your bottomless NBS BIF#4 MWK box!

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Photo of Gavage
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart immediately.

Smell: fruit sweetness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: light grainy malt profile. Ripe fruit sweetness, belgian yeast, mild bitterness, and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start less crips and a touch dry at the finish,

Overall: a so-so belgian ale that leans towards the fruity side.

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Photo of burnstar
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wafers
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Space_Flight_Navigator
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of enorc14
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rickzim1
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Devil's Reach from Cape May Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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