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Devil's Reach | Cape May Brewing Company

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Devil's ReachDevil's Reach

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

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

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 96
Photo of shank_guru
5/5  rDev +28.9%
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 +0.3%
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 -6.7%
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 StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

something a little different in the style here, unexpected and delicious. a strong belgian pale with a crazy fruity yeast strain, a ton of body, and a sneaky abv, i like it a lot. a little bit of chill haze going on, but a pretty and fancy looking beer in my globe, the head is several inches tall and really bubbly and expansive. the aroma here is white grape, white wine, something lightly vegetal like celery juice (as weird as that sounds), and some mild white pepper. the first sip is almost sharp, like the yeast has taken off beyond even normal belgian proportions, but the flavors it brings are great, apple and white wine for sure, even tart wild strawberry coming out of this pale brew. the grain is a little stale (not sure the date of this), but the yeast seems to almost prefer that, a cool kind of balance there. no way to ever tell its this strong either, it drinks like about half of this abv, super dry and well carbonated, very active on the palate. a very unique take on the style, refreshing for what it is, and quite well done. never heard of these guys before this one, but i am a fan now...

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New to me beer and brewery from dberger624... Thanks Dan! Pours lightly hazed pale orange.. foamy white head.. pear and apricot on the nose and palate.. hints of sweet spices make me think clovey yeasty notes.. a little sweet for my liking, but still a nice brew.
3.5's across the board.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass. It pours a cloudy, golden-tangerine color with a very thin, milk-white head and minimal lacing. It smells of yeast, lemon, pineapple, and fragrant spices. It's quite fragrant. This is one fruity ale: apple, pineapple, and orange, along with malt and some zesty cloves and, I think, coriander. This ale is highly carbonated and rather fizzy. With an ABV of 8.4%, it is substantial but no overpowering. Overall, I was very impressed. This is a tasty and fun ale to drink. I've been pleased with all the Cape May Brewing Company offerings I've tried.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Spicy, Warming, Fruity

From the southern tip of New Jersey comes a beast of a Belgian inspired Strong Ale. Thoughts of ripe pears and green peppercorns come to mind. Very Belgian-esque from spice and alcohol to fruit and rustic, it could be seen as a Saison though we’d be splitting hairs and it stands tall enough within its style.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Pale Ale | ABV: 8.4% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of OGShotzy
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at the Continental in Atlantic City, NJ. Wow. Can't believe they're making this in Rio Grande! Great opaque look and a pure Belgian taste. Would absolutely seek this out again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- On tap. shaker pint.

A: Golden orange coloring, thin covering, no carbonation with a quickly retreating head.

T: Tropical fruitiness on the nose, fresh pineapple, candy sugar, and a bit of orange-apple.

T: Flavor was fruity, tropical, pineapple-orange, sweet malt based. Yeasty applesauce, sweet candi sugar and spicy belgian hops.

M: Softly carbonated, good body per style.

O: Overall good drinkability, sweet and fruity. A beast that drinks like a lamb, sharp clarity of flavor and very smooth.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Bottle from MrBarleywine
Pours a slightly hazy deep straw color with a decent sized quickly depleting bubbly white head. Aromas of lemon a sweet bread with a bit of yeasty funk. The flavor follows the aroma, sweet bready malt a bit of lemon and apple with a touch of alcohol and yeasty funk. Medium body light to moderate carbonation. Feels like a bit wit with maybe a bit of extra sweetness. I could drink this but nothing about it really wows me.

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Photo of DIM
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

a: Clear, sort of coppery golden; pours with a medium sized fizzy head.

s: Sugary for sure, some yeasty fruit and a touch of pepper. Very well disguised abv.

t: Pretty sweet up front, in a sugary way. Some fruity phenols and clove before a sugary finish.

m: Kinda thin for the abv.

o: A bit sweet but not bad overall. Reasonably priced I believe

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Photo of JCarey
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up at Circle Liquor in Somers Point.

Poured in to a Belgian glass, this brew is reminiscent of an American Pilsner. Pale Yellow, but with some orange tones. Minimal one finger head, no cap, slight lacing.

The smell is distinctly Belgian. Big, strong yeast punch, bready, nutty, huge spices. Slightly fruity.

I feel the big beer is the first sip, taste the Belgian in the backend, and come back for more to be greeted with a crisp and clean Ardennes Belgian. Pepper, fruit, orange, grapefruit, and apricot, spices that remind me of warm apple cider, this is a beast of a beer. Really good job by CMB.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a cloudy orange-yellow with a finger of bright white head. smells of belgian yeast strain, slightly hoppy, sweet pilsner malt, mustard seed. the flavor is much like the aroma.. mustard seed, lots of bready sweetness pilsner style malt, grassy hops, belgian saison style yeast, peppery. lightly carbonated, medium body - served cold is one of the most refreshing beers i've ever had .. and you can in no way tell this is a strong booze heavy beer.. drinks like a 5-6% not 8%+

truly a great take on this (to me) bland style of beer. somehow a heavy beer doesn't fit the summer profile, but this beer has summer written all over it, and again - does not in any way feel like a heavy beer.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale unflitered yellow color with minimal head. Head retention is minimal and there is minimal lacing.

S: Citrus and spicy aroma.

T: Grapefruit and orange up front with farm spices on the back. Tastes like a strong Saison - really good.

M: Somewhat lacking carbonation but still good.

O: Great brew - and a good balance for flavor on a hot day.

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Devil's Reach from Cape May Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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