Cape May Brewing Company’s Devil’s Reach pours with a hazy, goldenrod to yellow color and a small amount of wispy head that dissipates quickly. There is a small amount of carbonation and a tart nose that issues forth from the beer. A good amount of grain and a sharp alcohol note make for a complex array of flavors; the crispness of the resulting brew is one that will keep individuals interested as they make it further into the brew. The bitter elements do well in providing a refresher for the palette; I feel that the Devil’s Reach offering avoids the issues typically present in Belgian Strong Ales by having this hoppier side present. The sweetness of this Cape May offering is held in perfect balance against a hop-led bitterness and the aforementioned sharper, alcohol-led bite.
Fruit elements are what set Devil’s Reach on a high plateau, with hints of green apple, pineapple, and orange poking through at points. Peppercorns and a smaller hint of cayenne are evident at points, providing further depth to the beer. As the beer continues to warm, there are slight shifts in the overall flavor profile. The wheatier elements fade into the periphery, while the fruit and nuttier sides become much more dominant as the beer is allowed to open up. Devil’s Reach is a unique beer that has something for fans of a wide variety of beer styles, whether it be Belgian strongs, pale ales, sours, or saisons. It is this ability to flow flawlessly through flavors, tastes, and overall experience that makes Devil’s Reach into something that one should actively seek out.
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Devil’s Reach (Belgian Strong Pale Ale) / Cape May Brewing Company / 8.40% ABV / http://capemaybrewery.com/ / https://www.facebook.com/CapeMayBrewCo?rf=172880216156715