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:
#42,970
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
60
Liked:
6
Avg:
2.85/5
pDev:
25.61%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 26
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2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +14%

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4.25/5  rDev +49.1%

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3/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +49.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +14%

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3.25/5  rDev +14%

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2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

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2/5  rDev -29.8%

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1/5  rDev -64.9%

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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 Nerudamann
3.45/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - hazy light brown color, almost amber. Has about half a finger's worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - interesting earthy quality to it, almost a ginger-like aroma.

Taste - similar taste as to the smell, it has an earthy, ginger-like taste, fairly subtle, which gets a little bitter in the middle but mellows out in the end.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but leans a little on the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew. Somewhat interesting to think about.

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Photo of Offa
3.67/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden amber, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is full fruity/flowery grain, bread, apple, grass, a bit like a nice, full-bodied pale lager.

Taste is spicy-peppery & grassy hop bitterness with honeyish apple and toasty bread sweetness, some mineral. Bitterness just dominates the finish but in aftertaste is joined by the bready sweetness. It is a good, solid light, golden ale.

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

Indian Wells Death Valley Pale Ale is an American pale ale with some good and not so good qualities. The beer pours from the bottle to a hazy golden color with a nose that is one of citrus, pine, and paper. There is little foam and it falls apart quickly, leaving a hazy glass of beer behind.

The taste of this beer could be described as earthy, citrus- like, and somewhat bready. There are some Cascade hop notes, but the balance seems a bit off in the overall taste. It seems like they wanted this pale ale to be different in a good way by brewing it a little more toward the sweet end of the spectrum, but they didn’t quite get the balance right. You take a few sips and you are uncertain what direction this beer is going. The flavors almost seem to contradict rather than complement each other.

American pale ale products are varied in their approach and Indian Wells Death Valley Pale Ale is certainly different from the typical APA. But different isn’t always better and this is a product that should really be scrapped and started over with a completely new recipe to get the balance just right.

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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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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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2/5  rDev -29.8%

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3/5  rDev +5.3%

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

A: completely clear amber in color, some carb present and its average consistent, the head is small off white in color, but dissappears so fast

S: some honey, no hops, a little caramel malt, there are cooked vegetable aroma

T: some sweetness but not so pleasent, some bitterness, the body is medium light,

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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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1.81/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours an amber color with a thin white head. Sweet malty aromas along with another smell that is hard to identify, like cooked or canned something (not corn). Mouthfeel is thin and flavor is more akin to a brown ale as Beerandraiderfan said. first beer I have had in a long time that is a drain pour for me.

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2.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: First brew I've had from Indian Wells. If this is the best they've got, coming out of California, they have stiff competition. Label always catches my eye. Poured easy from bottle to pint glass. Dark yellow, hints of amber in red, white head, maybe 1/8 inch. Watery pour.

S: Nothing to write home about. The malted barley wins out over the hops the entire sip (maybe a hint of hop domination towards the end)

MF: meh. Don't swish at all or the carbonation will set in.

O: Definitely not worth the purchase. The kitsch label is probably the best and only thing worth mentioning. Always a skeptic with the American Pale Ales because it's almost a dumpster term for beer types. Which is probably why it takes a really good APA to catch my taste buds.

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