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ImPaled Ale - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

ImPaled AleImPaled Ale

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very good

305 Ratings

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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001)
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Photo of jmdrpi


2.2/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours a cloudy orange-golden color, with white head.

smell is of piney hops, but also a strong soapy aroma.

the beer tastes pretty stale. but no bottled date or batch number, so no way to tell. it's got higher carbonation, medium body.

maybe this is an older bottle (based on the consensus reviews), but I can only go on what I've got here.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 03:32:51 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of brew3crew


2.28/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

had during a middle ages tasting.

A-slightly oranish gold. You try to figure out what that means. I think I just made up a color. But that is what it looks like
S-little bit of hop aroma
T-Not quite there for an ipa. Faint hops and I would not have guessed an ipa for this brew
M-light bodied and smooth
D-no alcohol burn but not that good tasting

Maybe its a bad bottle...

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 23:36:38 | More by brew3crew
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two-fingered cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Hoppy nose with hints of apricot. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts hoppy with some sweetness; finish does not have the intense hoppiness of some IPA's like Dogfish's 60 minute. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 00:29:10 | More by jdhilt
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to charlesw for this extra.

A - Yellow at the bottom makes its way to amber at the top, clear, white head on top that has pretty big bubbles

S - Big pale malt aroma with some fruity/grassy hop notes mixed in. Pretty malty for the style though.

T - Light citrus in finish but a ton of pale malts. Really doesn't have the flavor of an IPA. Not much bitterness present.

M - on the lighter side of medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Meh. Not a drain pour but nothing special. I don't mind drinking this one but couldn't see myself spending money for this. I am very glad to have the opportunity to try it though.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 22:40:09 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of armock

New York

2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head

S - Is mostly hops with some malt scent

T - The standard hop taste that finishes a little bitter but not anywhere as good as other English IPAs that I've had

M - This is a medium bodied beer

D - I was very disappointed with this brew it goes with the saying just because its a micro doesn't make it automatically good it looks and smells ok but the taste was off

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2008 22:57:08 | More by armock
Photo of soultrain

New York

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A-Amber with a beige head. Appealing.
S-Ringwood yeast is not my favorite yeast, and when this company uses it in their fabulous "Druid Fluid" it doesn't bother me, but here, the aroma of it is strong and funky. First thought is "uh-oh..."
T-Tasted better than I thought it would, flavors are subtle all the way around, and the malts are toasty, the yeast is buttered bread funky dough, the hops are a bit scant, imho.
D-I'm not into this beer.

CRUX: NOT THE BEST BEER FROM A GREAT BREWERY. I'll keep drinking their "Druid Fluid," though.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 14:50:29 | More by soultrain
Photo of younger35


2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received this brew from BeerTruth in the Fight Club BIF. This will be my first brew from Middle Ages. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a light orange yellowish with a decent one finger creamy head that never really recedes. A nice cap and collar remains leaving a fair amount of lacing.
Smell- A bit of citrus upfront with some grapefruit and strong candied orange peel. A bit buttery for my liking along with a lot of caramel and toffee. A slight bit of alcohol is present and more diacetyl.
Taste- Kind of sneakily bitter toward the start once the fruity sweetness wears off. Lots of toffee and more of that butter that was in the nose. A bit of grapefruit and cherry finish with bit more sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin and watery with a light silkiness and almost no carbonation.
Drinkability- Not the greatest beer I've ever had. Too much diacetyl makes for not such a good brew. You suck Adam.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 00:00:34 | More by younger35
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a little disappinted with this offering. So many Middle Ages beers are fantastic, sometimes makes me wonder how the beer gets past the sensors and put on the street.

A. Nice frothy head, not much character in its hues, bland kahki colored body.

S. Not much going on here. A little blast of hops immersion, but nothing outstanding.

T. This is the real fall down of this beer. And why I am so surprised that such a great brewery can put out a product like this. Stale, band-aid flavor, polished off by sour, almost rotting fruit.

MD. I was pretty harsh on this beer. I am stuggling to make it through the sixer, maybe I'll hand it off as a gift. Clever name, the brewery should do this to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 16:37:54 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this bottle up randomly at Premier Gourmet. Pours an amber-orange colour with thick white head. Lots of lacing on the glass and nice head retention. Smells of earthy hops with minerals and metal. Not too bitter in the flavour, some mild sweetness. The metallic flavour seems to linger in the aftertaste. I'm not a fan of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 04:04:04 | More by kwjd
Photo of HURTemHIZZY


2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. Just Meh. Nice pour. Two finger dense sticky head. Solid retention. OK lacing. Smell is of faint hops, bready malts, and a bit of yeast that is a bit fruity, reminds me a bit of champagne.

Taste is just meh. Not off putting at all, but not all that great either. Hoppy bitterness, bit of apple (maybe from the yeast,) bready malts, and a champagne like slight fruitiness. The balance is there, but the hops lack any sort of depth that is crucial in any IPA. Carbonation is a bit high, but overall mouthfeel is decent. Nothing about the actual flavors hurt the drinkability, I would just prefer to reach for a tastier offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 17:58:47 | More by HURTemHIZZY
Photo of Urbancaver


2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty orange with a good amount of head. Good lacing. Looks pretty solid. Smells... Wrong. Not much hops on the nose. Tastes old stale and not very hoppy. Directly from the brewery a few weeks ago so if it's just that its old that is 100% the breweries fault. Very disappointed in this one

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 21:45:36 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of BARFLYB


2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Impaled looks like an IPA, the liquid casts a golden shade of faded orange and the foam on top is tight, off white and leaves some nice clingies. Great lace.

S- I know it's an English IPA so it's not a true hop bomb, but please, can I get some aroma hops, this thing is a pale malt monster with hints of sugar and some butterscotch, no fooling.

T- Taste comes around, I guess? It's malt forward and I understand that. Any hops are purely in the way back and don't register on the tounge until the aftertaste which is short lived. A very light bitter hop taste that is all earth.

M- Feel is pretty much medium, this comes across as a cask ale poured off the cask at Memphis Taproom. Needs a bit more ummpphh and a tom more bitterness to be called an IPA. This feels like an English Bitter.

DO- Overall, I drank this because I like beer and I don't waste. If I had a choice this would be at the bottom of the list.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 02:56:10 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz single bottle, purchased unrefrigerated from Charles Street Liquors in Boston. No production/freshness date evident - so I'm a bit concerned it's not at peak condition. Pours a copper, with lots of head - but perhaps not the best pour on my part. Somewhat of a malty aroma. The taste hits me at the back of my mouth, but doesn't seem to fill the rest of the mouth enough. Some hops, but not enough interesting about this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 03:11:17 | More by sstackho
Photo of PatandDavid


3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmm, the ringwood yeast is very apparent. When I popped the cap and poured, I immediately thought: this is like a Maine beer. Anyway, the pour is a dark hazy golden, the generous head has faded, but there's still a bit floating on the 1/3 left in my glass. Faint piney smell with a dollop of syrup when taking a whiff. While tasting, I note that there's decent carbonation, a sturdy medium malt body followed by a pine hop finish. Aftertaste is a bit buttery. Not bad by any means, but I think I like the style better with out the Ringwood and butter. Thanks to Sponberg for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2004 00:53:25 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Clear medium orange color. One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and a decent sized ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Floral and grassy hops with a touch of citrus thrown in. Clean with a light neutral maltiness. Not bad, but nothing stands out.

3.0 T: Floral, grassy, and earthy hop flavor. Bready maltiness, but overall clean. Moderate to heavy moderate bitterness. Again, it's just average.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess, but okay.

3.0 D: About as average as it can get. Not bad with nothing standing out or disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 05:21:48 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of goz


3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear medium amber, medium creamy tan head that somewhat lasts and laces in sheets. Aroma is loaded with butterscotch, backed with quite a bit of hops. Flavor is dominated by an overpowering amount of butterscotch, with a slight fruitiness and a decent amount of hops to finish. Medium in body. The over the top butterscotch kinda kills this one for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 20:00:10 | More by goz
Photo of HopDerek


3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber color with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head and good retention and lacing. Smells of floral hops, a touch of pine and citrus, honey, bread, and butter. Tastes of lemon, apricot, and tangerine up front are quickly overpowered by a caramel and bread backbone. The backbone lasts a good while before any signs of IPA resurface with a hint of peppery and floral hops and notes of butter to finish out the flavors. Medium in body with great carbonation. Some hop presence but mainly malty with most of the bitterness seeming to not come from the hops. Not really my kind of IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 22:03:41 | More by HopDerek
Photo of Donnie2112


3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

looks like a typical pale ale, golden amber in color slightly cloudy thin layer of head

smells like piney hops, lots of grainey but dry malt

very dry across the board, rather sweet malts that end just sort of full and grainy but the real shocker is the extremely dry hop finish.

Very astringent, medium full body and light carbonation

I could take this or leave it, it's just so dry and so bitter on the finish. The hop flavor isn't all that interesting

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 23:19:35 | More by Donnie2112
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bright orange light amber colored ale with a big foamy of white head that leaves some lace. Good floral hop boquet with a hint of butterscotch in the background. There is a bitter hop sharpness a the start that just kind of fades away. There is no real character to the hops in this IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 18:26:57 | More by ybnorml
Photo of bultrey

New York

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whoa... this has got to be Ringwood.
Golden haziness, just short of copper-colored. Thin but persistent head. Aroma smacks of butterscoth and lavender. Buttery diacetyl up front is quelled by a significant hop addition that lends a quite spicy (think white pepper) and floral (rose, lavender, and clover honey) characteristic. Any less hopping and this becomes a buttery mess. As it is, a bit too diacetyl-tinged for my taste, but a good job using this yeast. This is also much better on draft, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 20:34:19 | More by bultrey
Photo of nomad


3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a lightly brightened orange, almost glowing. Had a feathery type of foam head that was fair sized. Also, some tiny bits and tendrils of stain, constant and many miniscule rows of carbonation, and some chunky and spotty lace.

Smelled of lemon, some florals, a little pine. Taste was hops with a slap, a bright bitter, then a strong and sharp earthy bitter, not too much malt behind it, or at least can’t be readily detected, fruit is slow to appear, it starts out lemony, becomes a little buttery and apple. Impossibly long finish and paper dry mouthfeel is all I can feel.

It's okay. Personally, when an IPA ain't stellar, it AIN'T stellar. Naw mean?

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 09:00:28 | More by nomad
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Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong pour from a 12oz. btl into 20oz. Guinness glass leaves a nice 2 inch fluffy white head that really hangs out for quite some time.

A-Burnt orange color with nice lacing on the glass.

S-Smell is somewhat strange. No citrus or floral notes. Little bit of sweet maltiness. Pretty much strong smell of barnyard. zero piney hop smell.

T-Taste is much better than the nose. Good malty sweetness combined with a slight bitterness that is just under the amount of hoppiness that I generally enjoy. Pretty well balanced even though.

M-Carbonation is pretty good. But I would enjoy it a little more if wasn't as sweet and a little more Hoppier.

D-Good, I could definitly have a few of these.

Overall I think this worth a shot. I have been drinking a lot of real hoppy west coast beers lately and I think this was a decent change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 01:44:24 | More by ABHatter
Photo of zdk9


3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This IPA, with a brownish, orange color, was on the sweeter side of life for my taste buds. The hops were quite herbal and piney and this combined with the sweetness came out in a kind of pine fresh theme. There wasn't much depth to the the mouthfeel as I found the beer to be somewhat watery, but still a decent brew worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2007 07:44:48 | More by zdk9
Photo of Quaffer


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer poured a slightly hazey, amber-orange color. The almost white head easily rose up to two fingers and settled down slowly. It developed a great, craggy surface as it did so, and left a lot of itself behind, sticking to the side of the glass. The mixture of bubble sizes was really cool. There was everything from huge, fats suckers down to tiny littles ones that made up areas of rich, dense foam. As I downed the pint, there was a respectable web of lace left behind.

Smell: For quite some time after the pour, this beer was all raw dough. It reminded me a lot of unbaked sourdough. This, some thick caramel malt, and a light spiciness (cinnamon and ginger) were all that were present. As the beer sat for awhile, a little bit of hops started to come through. However, it barely had enough strength to break through the thick layer of spicy dough and malt. Also, a buttery aroma emerged about that time and became a large contributer to the nose from that point forward.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and buttery up in the front of the mouth. It coated the sides of the tongue as it progressed back into the mouth, and stayed relatively smooth, leaving just a hint of carbonation tingle in its wake.

Taste: From start to finish, there was a solid foundation of roasted malt and buttery sweetness underlying the flavor of this beer. The butter component wasn't overbearing, but it was a little much for me. On top of the aforementioned flavors were dry, spicy hops that added enough bitterness to help combat the sweet butter. There was also quite a bit of yeast present, much more than I am used to in this style of beer.

Not a bad beer, but after awhile, I felt like I had been sucking on a stick of butter. None of the flavors or aromas were offensive, but they were kinda strange. That made this one tough to rate.

Thanks WesWes!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 22:57:56 | More by Quaffer
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle.

Hazy orange gold in color. Huge head, ivory in color.

Grapefruit (faint), lemons, bubblegum??, and something else sweet which I can't pick out.

Decent hop bittering, mainly citrus. Again, hint of bubblegum/candi sugar in the middle. Overall more hoppy/bitter than sweet, but well balanced. Huskiness at finish, and hop bitterness, lingers.

Light bodied, but texture is rough/grainy. Carbonation seemed medium+. Finish was dry.

OK, pretty good IPA and quite sessionable. Not sure if individual scents/flavors are too mild to pick out, or if it is just very well integrated. Despite lowish score, I would drink it again, just don't think it matches up well against some of the other IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 19:24:44 | More by
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ImPaled Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.