Devil's Reach
Cape May Brewing Company

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #80
Ranked #12,824
3.92 | pDev: 13.78%
Cape May Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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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4/5  rDev +2%

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

Cape May Brewing Co. "Devil's Reach"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "FRESHNESS DATE 0986 BB05/(illegible)/18" and sampled on 03/13/18
$1.83 @ Cherry Hill Liquor, Wine & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's got a really nice label, super professional and polished looking. I was expecting something darker, based on the colors of the label, but that was my bad, it's actually a hazy straw gold in color. It's unfiltered, which explains the clarity, and that doesn't seem to be an issue for most people these days. A short but creamy head caps it. The aroma suggests lemon and plum, apple, citrus rind, some other tart fruit perhaps, and a light touch of plastic-like phenols. The flavor delivers a bit more spice than the aroma suggests and a good bit of lemon, as well as some grainy malt and a bit of candy sugar. I can't decide if there's some clove there as well, but there's a t least a suggestion of it or I wouldn't be thinking that. There's a light acidity to it, and thus a moderate bitterness of around 25 IBUs coupled with its light spiciness and mineral quality is all that's needed for it to finish dry. Looking back, the head has dropped but it's maintained a creamy surface covering and left some pretty nice lacing behind. It's medium-light in body and gently crisp. Overall it's really quite charming, and massively drinkable. What's the alcohol content on this? 8.6%, geez you'd never know it. Well worth trying. One of the best American made Belgian golden ales I've had in a long while. Two thumbs up for this one!

4/4/4.5/4.25/4.25 = 4.28

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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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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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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4/5  rDev +2%

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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 Jacobier10
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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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3.96/5  rDev +1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wise456
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DIM
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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 drtth
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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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3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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 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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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Devil's Reach from Cape May Brewing Company
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