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Devil's Reach | Cape May Brewing Company

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Belgian beast, fruity and light, the complexity and character of Devil’s Reach comes from a robust Belgian yeast. Deceptively simple, caution is demanded because, before you know it, Devil’s Reach has swallowed you whole.

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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of BeenTired
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vylo
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.09/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not as Belgian fan at all but this one drew me in. Enjoyed 1.5 and then moved on but not bad for style....which I don't like.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, best before 6/9/2019.

Pale gold in color with a slight haze. A small, rocky, white head quickly settles to a thin layer on top. The description on the front of the can mentions fruity esters and you get slapped in the face (or nose) with them right away. Apple/pear and lemon mixed with spicy black pepper phenols. Aroma gives off the impression of sweetness but it actually finishes very dry. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Slightly warming. Great balance all around.

Belgian Strong Pale Ale, Strong Golden Ale, Blond Ale, Tripel... whatever you want to call it, it's delicious and really well made. This can have a place in my fridge anytime.

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Photo of KMcGrath
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chiefz1
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srw
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikeg67
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of yeast, wheat malt, spices, ripe fruit and some hops. Body is full and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and spicy. Nice brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives slightly hazy with a pale goldenstraw color; not much of a head but a few shards develop

Smell: Fruity with pear and orange tones and a peppery, phenolic character that blends with the shortbread malt aromatics

Taste: Fruit forward, with pear and a hint of orange; shortbread malt flavors add sweetness; through the middle, however, the hops bring an earthy bitterness to offset the sweeter tones; peppery phenols on the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty good stab at the BSPA style by a domestic brewer; lacks the refinement and mouthfeel of Belgium's best but can stand tall regardless

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Photo of Brushkanna
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated BB 03/16/19 into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy light amber, with a huge off-white head that dissipates quickly. Initial impression is spicy orange and soft, nutty malts. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Alcohol is noticeable but not obtrusive. Finish is smooth, sweet, and fruity, with little to no bitterness.
I'm not a fan of Belgian ales, but I like this one. Maybe that means it's not a good example of the style, but I rate to my personal tastes and not to the book, so there ya have it.

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Photo of Shade1951
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent attempt at creating a Belgian. Not entirely successful, but not a failure either.

Upon pouring into a glass from the can, the high carbonation is evident. The head doesn't last very long, but a good amount of lacing remains, for those who think that's important.

The smell succeeds in imparting a fair amount of that sweet Belgian yeast character.

The flavor is... good. Pleasant. There is something in the aftertaste that I would describe as bitter. That detracts from the overall taste for me.

Overall, not bad. Not the best example of a Belgian. Not the worst.

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Photo of dextermcgurk
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Furley80
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brendanjames
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of drtth
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The slightly hazy light yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” white head that recedes slowly but visibly to soon leave a short sheet of foam on the sides that becomes a pattern of leggy lacing. Sipping creates scattered patches and small slender legs of lacing. By mid-way through the beer there’s still an irregular island of foam on the liquid.

The aromas are fruity with green orchard fruits, a bit of citrus (orange?) and some yeast.

Pretty much as expected from the nose, the flavors are fruity green orchard fruits along with some orange and pineapple. The flavors also include some malt and hops in the complex interplay of flavors that includes both some sweetness and some earthy bitterness backed up by bit of spicy white pepper and what seems like a bit of nuttiness. The alcohol is well concealed and only really noticeable as some warmth begins to spread.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly crisp with the persistent finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the fading of the sweetness and fruits starts to recede to a lightly earthy and bitter dry ending that is also a just bit spicy and peppery.

On the whole a tasty beer and I expect I’ll be having more. This is a beer well worth trying and I’d say it holds it’s own as an example of the style. I’d definitely like to do a side by side between this beer and a Duvel, which is my gold standard for this particular beer style.

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Photo of Act25
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beast of belgian, great beer, at brewer.
A) Persisting head over golden hazed body.
S) Large Flavors in the Aroma.
T) Ample fruit sweetness, Belgian yeast, pils, grass, orchard, mild bitterness, and alcohol.
F) Mid, creamy, and smooth tickley finish.
o) Available and just as good in cans. Love this brewer.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is straw, a bit hazy from the chill, head is off white with fine bubbles, head presents 1/2 inch thick and then dissipates to solid top with some good lacing on the glass.

Smell is quite pleasant - light pear, apple, spice, good phenols with some light sweetness - quite enticing.

Taste is a bit dryer than the aroma hints at (maybe white some lean saison like in reviews) - flavor has the pear, apple, spice, phenol, hint of light malt sweetness, some light tartness but not sour.

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderate carbonation and pleasant lingering flavor.

Overall a great belgian golden ale take - pleasant enticing aromas, nice mix of dry and fruity flavor with excellent drinkability and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Teku glass.

Look ok is a slightly cloudy yellow with little to no head.

Aroma is fruity Belgian little candi sugar at the end.

Taste is almost astrigently fruity. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gr0g
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap from a fresh crowler. Hazy and straw-colored, about one finger of foam in the head. Some very spotty lacing. Typical Belgian style aromas are present: phenolic character, clove, and a little bit of ripe banana. Some honey and floral peppercorn. Flavor is on the dry and hoppy end of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale spectrum. A fairly pronounced bitterness (for the style) lingers through the finish. Faint tartness and medicinal character. Some white peppercorn notes in there, too. Mouthfeel is slick and pretty smooth, avoiding falling into prickly territory as some Belgian style ales do. This is a very nice take on the style, though not as good as the benchmarks for the style.

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Photo of Curt3
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Devil's Reach from Cape May Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 144 ratings