Death Rides A Pale Horse | Los Muertos Brewing

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Death Rides A Pale HorseDeath Rides A Pale Horse

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Los Muertos Brewing

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 96
Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled back on 10/18/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle with a cool name and label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in a handled-glass SKULL mug. :)

Brew pours a hazy orangish-brown in color with a good 1-finger+ creamy off-white head. Sheets of heavy lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of sweet malts and yeast for the most part. More going on with the taste as there is a hint of honey and burnt brown sugar. Goes down easy and with no harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Crisp and clean finish. Very pleasant tasting brew. Lighter-bodied with prefect carbonation. One of the better Mexican brews IMHO.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I forget where I first heard of this series, but as soon as I saw the label art, I was hooked! I spent over half of my naval career in California and one friend's wife had a collection of Dia de los Muertos figurines that was simply astounding. I amassed a small collection during many trips to TJ, but they have become lost. I would like a Dia de los Muertos tattoo to add to my collection.

From the bottle: "Day of the Dead Beer[/]Cerveza De Los Muertos".

Ah, the dead honey honey on the label with her braided blonde pigtails does something for me. Cowgirl and Reverse Cowgirl are my favorite positions as I am lazy and don't want to do all of the work. No complaints thus far. C'mon, baby, mount up and let's ride!

It's a twist-off cap!?! Aw, baby, I thought of you as more than just a twist! She seems to like it rough, so I grabbed her by the bottom and turned her upside down to see what would happen. I got a massive three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, eggshell-white head with great retention for my troubles, that's what. Wow, you talk about a Blonde, she was it! A gorgeous sunshine-yellow (SRM = 5) with button brightness. She was really cold and told me to enjoy her quickly as she does not like to get hot as the results are neither pleasant nor pretty. Aye aye, doll face. She had a grassy, Noble hops quality on the nose along with a biscuit maltiness and I was anticipating having some fun with her. The taste was more honey-like than I expected and I was really reminded more of a German Pils, which is not a bad thing, IMHO. Mouthfeel was silky smooth and I found myself really plowing into her. Her resultant grin was disconcerting, to say the least, but I chucked her under the chin and gazed into her deep-blue eyes. The finish left us both finished and she wandered off in search of a pale horse to ride as I contemplated the semi-sweet beauty of which I had just partaken. I found it quite pleasant and I would recommend putting it in a CAN, especially with the fantastic label art.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Death Rides a Pale Horse Blonde Ale has a thin, white head, a clear, deep golden, bubbly appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, candy-like malt, a slight caramel, and a background "beer" aroma. Taste is of sweet, candied malt, caramel, butter glaze, and a pleasant, low-profile bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Death Rides a Pale Horse Blonde Ale finishes dry, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a nice one.


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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass via a friend at work---Thanks Kevin!

Pours a lightly hazy blondish amber with a moderate head of white foam that settles to a thin ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of honey, subtle light grains, and subtle herbal hops. Flavors surpass the nose with sweet caramel and honey on the front to middle of the taste with a zest hop on the back melding nicely with mild grain notes and a touch of lemon. Crisp and crushable with a clean finish. Solid for the style and a good session brew.


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Photo of ralph-pine
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A refreshing beer, lots of flavor but little bouquet.It Is elegant, has category, perfect to impress your guests. Becareful, for his 5.6 degrees of alcohol are powerful and are noted in the day.

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Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light honey-colored body; thick, frothy white head; layers of foam ring on the glass from top to bottom. Mild malt grain and fruity, grassy hop aroma; honey dew melon. Light, delicate malt sweetness with a subtle berry flavor. Mostly light body; crisp and smooth; mostly dry finish.

A clean, smooth, easy-drinking beer. It does have a lager-like quality to it. It won't knock your socks off but does make for a fine session beer, delivering enough taste, aroma and body to make for a satisfying experience.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze, strong effervescence and two fingers of pillowy ivory foam. I really don't know what more you can ask of a blonde ale.

Smell: very light aroma with a little sweetness, a little grain, and no hops. No complexity here, but no big flaws either.

Taste: malt is quite sweet; there is corn flavor here, but it's not over the top. Again, hops and complexity are nonexistent. You could do a lot worse for a blonde ale, though.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and a pretty satisfying creaminess.

Overall: not much going on here, but it is highly drinkable. I can imagine quaffing 8 or 10 of these in the Mexican sun.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appeared golden, almost straw colored. There was one finger of a crisp, white head. Slightly cloudy, but pretty much clear. Smelled strongly of malts. Had hints of citrus and biscuit smells Tasted of citrus and malt. Very light and simple for a blonde ale. Had a good amount of carbonation and was relatively sharp to the palate. Overall an average blonde ale, bottle art and cap were keepers though.

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Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has some hints of amber hues along with faint bits of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that rapidly dissipated, leaving only a few bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of biscuit malts are present in the nose along with notes of grain and weak amounts of fruity yeast.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit and pale malts along with hints of fruity yeast. There are faint amounts of noticeable bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and seems to have just enough underlying hops to prevent this from being too malty.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

probably the best of the three los muertos beers ive had, still far from the best craft blondes out there, but a league better than the other mexican swill. fuller bodied looking bright yellow color to this, with a soap suds head an inch high. a very sweet nose, with some metallics as well, grainy and smooth, simple. the flavor is also a little metallic, but i like the full body on a blonde. it gives the beer a year round functionality that most dont have. the flavor though is quite sweet, like it needs more time to clean up, and the ale yeast gives a stale cracker flavor to the middle of this. not bad at all though, and the best ive had from these guys. their artwork is fabulous, but the beer inside their bottles still needs a little work if it wants to compete in the craft market here.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fairly murky golden amber. Very light tsn, foamy, chunky head of moderate retention. Smells biscuity with some dry white wine notes, hints of yeast character. Taste is similar, but notably grainy, even some orchard fruit sweetness. Some K├Âlsch influence here I am thinking. Herbal hops near the finish, very English. Body is light to medium, refreshingly watery, carbonation barely noticeable at first, but ends with decent fizz.

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Photo of chinchill
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from World Market, dated BB 7 May 2014, so presumably plenty fresh. Served in a lager glass.

Pours light golden-amber color with excellent clarity and a proportionate off-white head that leaves plenty of soapy lacing on the glass.
Aroma: light APA.
The flavor opens with caramel and light malts, with herbal hops coming out in the finish and aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied with medium, coarse carbonation.

Overall: a fine looking Mexican blonde with a slightly ramped up hop/malt ratio.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The head is abundant tan and creamy and sticks around for several minutes before becoming a thin layer of bubbles; it leaves a thin lacing around the glass. The body is a light burnt golden color and is mildly hazy and contains some trifling carbonation.
Light malts and fruity aromas fill your nose there is a slight metallic smell as well, but it does smell pretty good overall.
Malts and fruits start of the tasting process, hops and some mild earthy flavors finish off as you swallow. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and leaves you with a mild lemon taste.
Light bodied and smooth, but not crisp, you can feel the carbonation act up as it flows across your tongue.
Pretty smooth and it makes for a great beer during a hot day, not the most impressive but it is well worth a try.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy golden brown with a la rge, dense white head, with good retention. The lacing is thick and broken, reminiscent of Belgian-style lacing, The carbonation is moderate. Surprisingly, there is a bit of sediment.

Aroma: Toasted and biscuit malts dominate the aroma.

Taste: AS with the aroma, toasted and biscuit malts dominate throughout the taste. There is a bit of wet grain flavor midway through the taste. Towards the close, some earthy hop flavors present.

Mouth fee: Smooth, soft, full, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and drinkable example, it is well to see craft brewing take hold in Mexico.

Presentation: Packaged in a 330 ml (11.2 ounce) brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Part four of my initial encounter with this brewery. The first three have been pretty sad meetings, but hope, for whatever reason, remains. The blonde pours a clear straw-brass topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises cornmeal, light flowers, and a pinch of vague grain. The taste holds notes of dried honey, very light sweet biscuit, mild grass, and plenty of flowers. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, though nothing special, this isn't really a bad blonde ale. Sure, it's on the blander side, but that's kinda what the style is known for nowadays, for better or worse. I( could actually see drinking more of this, though it would be far from my first choice. Its only remaining cohort, the hefeweizen, comes next...

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Photo of delta490
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a deep clear gold. A big creamy white head tops it, aided by moderate carbonation. The head has great retention and elaves nice lacing. The aroma is pretty weak, with some nondescript sweetness and a faint bitter background note. The taste is sweet. Too sweet, actually. It tastes like corn syrup was added and it's not great. There's a little more bitterness on the finish. It has a decent weight to the body and a decent crisp finish. I wish this one were better.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - patchy lacing, one finger white foamy head, golden yellow, hints of orange, lots of carbonation bubbles

S - iced tea with lemons, some sweet malt, slight oranges, grainy

T - faint herbal hops, some strong corn syrup on the finish, too sweet, light malt. brief citrus fruits

M - crisp, bubbly, light bodied

O - this is an average Blonde Ale, I find the sweetness of the corn syrup almost overwhelming which makes everything else in the beer underwhelming

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best Before: 100414. Jiminy Cricket, what a shelf-life!A

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark golden body with fizzy carbonation that doesn't really scare up much of a head.

Smell: Morningtime cereal, unappealing grains, a bit of corn -- culminating in a scent reminiscent of Corn Pops.

Taste: Cereal notes, sweet and with a bit of graininess. Handful of dehydrated corn kernels. Thankfully, it's not quite sugary. Twangy papery vibe. A little pop of herbal hops. Drying, grainy, though with a last little drop of corn syrup on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus, soda-like carbonation.

Overall: The marketing and bottle cap were the only real highlights of this beer experience.

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Death Rides A Pale Horse from Los Muertos Brewing
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