Named after a local landmark in the Cape May Canal, Devil’s Reach by Cape May Brewing Co. is a South Jersey nod to Belgium’s “devil” beer history. This is a true Belgian, a strong ale living up to the name.
Don’t just take my word for it, here is Cape May Brewing Company founder Ryan Krill to talk more about his beer:
You can learn more about Cape May Brewing Company in our interview with Ryan Krill.
I first tried Devil’s Reach as a part of my tasting flight at the Brewery. Here you can see it in the third glass from the left. Pouring with a hazy, yellow color, there is a small amount of head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation seems light, and it’s hard to ignore the tart nose.
A hearty helping of grain, hops, and sharp alcohol come together in an interesting way. This beer has a complex web of flavors, at times both sweet and bitter, with an alcoholic kick that never feels overpowering.
Here is a photo provided by Cape May Brewing Company that shows Devil’s Reach in it’s full glory. I ended up going back to the brewery a second time just to get that glass too.
The fruitiness is off the charts, and definitely sets this beer apart from others of the style. I can easily pick out the green apple, oranges and pineapple notes. Spicy peppercorn and cayenne pepper make their presence known throughout. As it warms, the flavor continues to mature, with fruitiness and nuttiness increasing as the beer opens up.
Devil’s Reach is a very unique beer with something for fans of all beer styles. We brought home two growlers of this to share with friends, and everyone was impressed. Highly recommend this offering from Cape May Brewing Company.
- ABV: 8.6%
- IBU: 25
- Style: Strong Belgian Ale
- Food Pairing: Chocolate, Chicken, Cheese, Spicy
- Rating: 4.3/5
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