Devil's Reach | Cape May Brewing Company

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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.

Added by Oakenator on 07-13-2013

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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of pubscout
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Albertdidz
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Space_Flight_Navigator
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 fartcastle
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JT99125
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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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1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Rizzy17
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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 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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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Devil's Reach from Cape May Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 142 ratings