Death Becomes You | Los Muertos Brewing

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Los Muertos Brewing

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by metter98 on 09-05-2013

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 68
Photo of Beginner2
3.47/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Actually, a pleasant surprise.
I Had a few nicely crafted domestic brews in Mexico City in November, but Los Muertos is new to me. (I saw several of their offerings on the shelf in an independent grocery store in Chicago.... and the labels are unsettling.
Seems like their initial market was American beach tourists in PV... so getting a distributor in Illinois is good work (do they know what they've gotten into?)
Anyway... If this Amber were to have more aromatic hops, it might improve its ratings.
I happen to like its malty taste that becomes spritzy in the mouth... but then finishes softer.
Would I have this again ? Yes, but it would have to be from a limited menu. The label is macabre. And beer is life ! Correct?

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Photo of mntlover
3.79/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper like light brown one finger tan head falls to a ring with some good lace.

Aroma is malty, toffee, some light nutty combo fruit notes and earthy goodness.

Taste is nice and malty style amber instead of hops. Malty light toffee hints, some nutty hints maybe banana bread like hints. Semi sweet and easy drinking brew.

Mouthfeel is nice and mellow about medium.

Overall a good amber ale, enjoyable enough for me to have it again. As far as I know my first craft brew from Mexico.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken yesterday:

Pours a dark, clear, and somewhat dull copper. Foamy tan head of decent retention, film-forming after dissipation, some lacing. Strong olive-like smell before it’s had a chance to off-gas. Still there after that, but not distracting, and mainly just caramel and berry aromas. Concentrated berries. Mostly just toffee to the taste, fairly tart at first but only minimal fruitiness. Toward the finish there is some mild herbal bitterness and peppery retro-olfaction. This goes well with the toffee. Neither dry or cloying finish. Light- to medium-bodied, carbonation consists of first prickles and then watery, sloshy suds.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Deep reddish amber in color, with a bit of haze, surmounted by a large, dense, cream-colored head, which retains quite well. A somewhat thin, but unbroken tide mark adorns the glass wall. Occasional fat bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Caramel malts are bolstered by some earthy hop notes. The aroma is simple, but pleasant.

Taste: Toasted caramel malts and early hops dominate the taste from start to finish. As the taste progresses, the hops assume a tea-like character. This, combined with the earthy qualities, are dominant over the toasted malt. The taste finishes wit moderate bitter and astringent notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, with a little zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and drinkable example, its gratifying 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 mjurney
4.19/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber color, chill haze. Lots of small bubbles streaming. Thick creamy head.

Caramel, brown sugar, lighty-roasted malts, some earthy hops.

Caramel, bread crust, toasted, a bit sugary. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, herbal, leafy, a bit earthy. Finish is semi-dry. Body is medium, smooth, refreshing, highly drinkable.

It's a very good Amber Ale!

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, rich amber producing 2 fingers of frothy, beige, somewhat lasting head that leaves a nice wash of webby lace. Aroma is malty caramel, toast & toffee backed by cocoa & earthy floral hops. Taste is toasted, nutty & sweet caramel malt, hints of vanilla & toffee. Finishes malty with a pepper spice that gives in to the hops to produce a bitter finish & aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with medium carbonation, creamy with a little prickly bite.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +9%

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of caramel malt, and slight adjunct. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and slight adjunct. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, but adjunct detracts from the aroma and body.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev +8%

No label information. Death Becomes You is brewed in the style of an American Amber Ale. Available year round in 11.2 oz. 6 packs.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

The beer pours a tannish white head over a moderate copper body, very clear with fine sediment and high clarity. Retention is good, lacing is light and patchy. Aromas of caramel grain, biscuit malt and light toffee generate a moderate malt body with a reserved sweetness. The flavor generates slightly more toffee and biscuit with a light earthy graininess to offset the sweetness of the malt profile. The texture is slick, mildly grainy and moderately dry. Carbonation generates a soft crispness for a medium frothy mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light, off characters are minimal. Overall it's a fairly enjoyable Amber Ale that avoids coming off as overly sweet, generating a nice amount of balance from the specialty malt. One of this brewery's more enjoyable beers.

Los Muertos Brewing's
Death Becomes You Amber Ale

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Photo of u2carew
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz twist-off longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles quickly leaving a sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear, amber colored body.
S) Roasty, caramel aroma. Slight bready, yeasty notes.
T) Toasty malts. Mellow caramel. Nutty. Bready. Subtle hops in the finish linger a lingering malty sweetness.
M) Medium body. Slightly dry.
O) A decent amber / red. Dry sweetness is appropriate for the style.

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Photo of delta490
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep clear amber, capped with a thick pillowy ivory head. The aroma is lightly malty but it has certain rich malt characteristic I'd look for in an amber. The taste is okay, with a corn sweetness that also occurred in their blonde ale, although it's much less noticeable and off-putting. The body is a little thin (somewhat watery). All in all, it's not bad, but it's not spectacular, either.

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Photo of Billolick
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle

Pours clear, darker hued amber. Khaki head that stays. Leaves some larger bubble blobs as well.

Just a hint of some sweet malts on the nose.

Malty brew. Hoppy finish. With a few seemingly off notes. Bleh, not enjoying this one...looks like a drain pour about to happen.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

the worst of the three beers from los muertos i drank today. under the twist top with a really cool skull on it, pours a very clear copper color, and ironically taste like salty pennies, like pennies that have been held in sweaty hands for a long time in line for the gumball machine or something, just tangy and metallic. the smell is a little better, but weirdly grainy without the toasted elements or the richness. some sweetness though, mostly in the finish, but the mineral vibe of this is off putting. not quite a drain pour, but not real good. i would still take this over a corona or a tecate, but its a let down to say the least. this might be coming to the state more widely soon, and may get some draw at mexican places and stuff, which has a robust scene in denver, so im not writing it all the way off, but its sloppy. good feel though, they all are bigger and foamy and bubbly and nice, but the flavor just isnt there.

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Photo of kaufmaal
2.56/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very dark copper color with a head the color of grey oatmeal, about 1/4 of an inch, that fades to wisps. Sweet smelling: brown sugar, honey, malt, grass. Initial taste is dry hops, minerals, wood, wheat. The aftertaste is bitter, dry, more metallic, popsicle stick wood. Some nice lacing here and there. It feels like an amber ale - not too heavy, good carbonation. But for me the taste is just too off-putting.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.91/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Death Becomes You Amber Ale has a thick, creamy, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, red-brown appearance, and lot of solid lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread crust, some syrup, and standard beer, and the flavor is of sweet, sharp bread crust, standard beer, sweetness, whipped cream, and fairly strong hop bitterness, especially so in the after-taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit soft, and Death Becomes You finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and quaff-able. Overall, this is quite nice.


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Photo of Sludgeman
2.07/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Received as a present. Poured into a pint glass.

Overall, a pitiful beer that someone bought for me because it had a Halloween theme. 1.75

A – Pours a dark amber with minimal head and average carbonation. 3

S – Minor honey notes, malt, odd fruity taste (apple juice) (-).2.25

T – Slight metallic taste (-), malty with low bitterness, slight buttery (-) 1.75

MF – Medium light body, odd after taste, thin with a bit sharpness in the finish. 3

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Photo of daledeee
2.31/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried a mixed 6 pack. Felt adventurous

Poured into my usual glass. Got a fairly dark clean brown. White head with some lacing.

Nose is caramel, pond water and chemical.

Taste: Some malts and caramel with sweetness. Aftertaste is unbalanced and unappealing. Watery tasting. Really don't want to waste much time talking about this. Not good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.49/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

So it seems we've got a new Mexican line here in the Chicagoland area, so let's take it on piece by piece, starting here with the amber. It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises dry barley, light hard water, and that dark green vegetal smell you get when you whiff young poblanos. The taste holds notes of watery caramel, light biscuit, and dish soap. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an exceedingly fluid feel. Overall, this was just a sad, limp little beer that didn't even come off like it was even trying. Let's hope the pale ale, the next on the docket, fares better...

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Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a snifter. BB date stamped May 2014.

Moderate size tan head upon pouring. Body is clear and dark amber. Dark for style.

Aroma: caramel, bready and lightly toasted malt aromas. A light spiciness hints of hops.

Taste: follows smell. Slightly sweet. Darker roasted malts, overall, than usual.

Feel: medium-low carbonation. Medium body

O: OK, but plenty of better ambers widely available.

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Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear deep garnet red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of earthy yeast are present in the nose along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of caramel malts are a little stronger and there are also some hints of mineral water. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and doesn't really seem to be too malty despite the lack of bitterness from the hops.

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Death Becomes You from Los Muertos Brewing
3.24 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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