Death Valley Pale Ale | Indian Wells Brewing Company

Death Valley Pale AleDeath Valley Pale Ale
BA SCORE
10%
Liked This Beer
2.85 w/ 60 ratings
Death Valley Pale AleDeath Valley Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company
California, United States
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Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Death Valley Desert Pale Is a classic pale ale made with lots 2-row malt and hopped with clean Cascade hops from Yakima Valley. If you're a fan of California Pale Ales; you going to love this beer!

Added by charlzm on 06-12-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
60
Liked:
6
Avg:
2.85/5
pDev:
25.61%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.24/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle pour at Field Of Drafts held at The Hanger in Lancaster, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and subdued hop aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that has a more fruity than hoppy aspect.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.27/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LXIXME
2.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big white head settles into a thin lacing above a clear copper colored beer.

An almost soapy lemony citrus aroma with a little bit of some caramel malts coming through.

Light caramel malts taste with a little bit of some citrus hops sneaking in there.

A light dry aftertaste on this medium bodied pale ale.

Not enough hops for me to consider this a good quality pale ale, This would be more of what I would expect from a amber or red.

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Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of nickfl
2.73/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with an anemic, half finger head of off-white foam on top of a hazy, amber-brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Light malt with just a hint of toffee and little else.

T - Moderately sweet malt up front with a little bit of caramel. Dry toast and a slightly sour grainy flavor crop up in the middle. These flavors fade out toward the finish leaving mild bitterness and some very weak toffee and toast character behind.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Weak malt and virtually undetectable hops leave this beer feeling very light and watery. There is a fairly high level of carbonation which, combined with the weak flavor, creates an odd, club soda like twang in the finish. Not much going on here and what little flavor is present isn't particularly good. Not worth drinking.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My thanks to optimator13 for his inclusion of bottles in a recent CANTrade! I am not averse to bottles, but I won't personally ship them. This beer caused me to look at a map and sure enough, it comes from the shadow of China Lake, a naval base that I visited a couple of times while stationed in Alameda.

My aggro pour netted me a finger-and-a-half of tawny head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was caramel-malt forward with some pine hops underlying. Mouthfeel was leaning towards the thin side and the taste was really muted, more caramel than hops and pretty weak at that. Finish was really bland for the style. There just was not a whole lot happening with this beer.

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Photo of imperialking
3.25/5  rDev +14%

Photo of GarthDanielson
1.82/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served from the tap in a pilsner glass at the Brewery. The beer had a cloudy and dull coloring from the glass, with a miniscule head. The aroma of the beer smelled of a little bit of nothing. I was truly hoping for some hops in the nose, but there truly wasn't anything remarkable. The beer itself was very light in the mouth, with hints of malt. Other than that, the flavor was overall nondescript. Smooth as it was, the beer would be easy to drink if the flavor were more inviting.

Pale ales tend to be balanced with malt and hops flavors, but the key part of that is the flavor aspect, which this beer could use a boost of.

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Photo of Tone
3.26/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pine, hops, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, hint of wheat, and slight metallic aroma. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pine, sweet malt, hops, hint of alcohol, and slight metallic flavors. Overall, decent beer with simple characteristics, but the metallic aroma and flavor diminishes the quality.

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Photo of Mora2000
1.94/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the skunk spray with a little bit of grain mixed in. The flavor is not as skunked as the aroma, but the grain notes are still there. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing good about this beer. Avoid at all costs.

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4/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/2 inch head, orange/brown in color, hazy

Smell: toasted English pale malt, grass, earth, and pumpernickel

Taste: follows the smell

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, medium-high carbonation, medium body

Overall: A decent slightly above average APA. I would get a single of this if I saw it again, but would not invest in a six pack. It tastes different from other APAs.

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Photo of WDJersey
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.03/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A dark copper and brown appearance, looks a little dark for a 'pale' ale. No head. Aroma is nothing approaching hoppy, or nice smelling for that matter.

Tastes like a brown ale. Nutty, no hops, weird aftertaste. A little bready. Slight bitterness accompanying the aftertaste. Just seems weak in about every flavor component.

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3.25/5  rDev +14%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to lighter copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, grapefruit and orange citrus hops. In the taste, dry grain like malt and a small hop presence. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel,, with a small dry citrus hop in the aftertaste. More citrus in nose and in aftertaste, it is ok.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.84/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Two finger of white head on top of transparent golden ale. The head was solid. Great lacing.

Faint smell of lemon.

Mild taste of bitterness, faint malt sweetness.

Soft texture, moderate carbonation, light to medium body.

It looked really great. For a pale ale it's just too mild all around. It's a step about the standard BMC lagers but as an ale it should have a bit more to it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.4/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Death Valley Pale Ale has a thin, off-white to beige head and a cloudy amber appearance. Carbonation is low. The aroma is of some sort of citrus (apricot?), and the taste is mostly of hops (good) and water (not good), although just a shade of barley can be picked up. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Death Valley Pale Ale finishes fairly refreshing. I guess this is okay, but it's too watery for a California pale ale.

RJT

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3.25/5  rDev +14%

Photo of jheezee
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of EgadBananas
2.99/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nine orange/amber color, solid finger of off-white head.

Aroma has a touch of grassy, citrus hops, but mainly there's a lot of bready malts.

Taste is pretty similar, but a bit more balanced with the light hops and sweet, bready malts.

The feel is light, nicely carbonated. Sort of slick and dry.

Average drinkabilty. Not the worst IW brew I've had by far, but still not great.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.15/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apparently this is a limited release… once it’s gone, it’s gone for the year.

This pours a golden straw color with no foam. I don’t find much more than a lightly honeyed aroma to this. There’s a slight bittering to the flavor followed by some honeyed sweetness and a dry finish.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.96/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbone1384
3.42/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank on the sand dunes in Death Valley national park. Served in a rinsed out Gatorade bottle because that's all I had. Looks as orange as the orange g2 that originally came in the bottle. Smells like apple juice caramel malt. Tastes like apple juice caramel malt. No hops at all. Great sunset in the desert, terrible beer.

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Death Valley Pale Ale from Indian Wells Brewing Company
Beer rating: 10% out of 100 with 60 ratings
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