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ImPaled Ale - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

ImPaled AleImPaled Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

305 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001)
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paulytasker

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Pint Glass.

A- Bold Copper brew topped with about an inch or so of white, dense, foamy head that hangs around for a little while. There's an abundant amount of lacing that clings to the side of the glass as I sip away at this one.

S- Quite a bunch of sweetness at the forefront with a touch of breadiness and caramel swirling around. The sweetness really dominates here but is not overwhelming by any means. A decent malt background with a slight amount of bitter hops too. Smells delicious.

T- The bitter hops are a much more obvious to the palate than in the nose. The big sweetness I detected soon takes over and is a sweet, malty, masterpiece. There is just enough hops left over to round this off very nicely.

M- A medium to nearly big bodied, chewy brew. Carbonation is middle of the road, and this one finishes fairly well. The Orange, citrusy, fruitiness, and dose of hops linger a good bit and are pleasing to the palate.

O- This brew is brewed just over a half an hour away from my house and am glad it is. This is a very solid example of an English IPA and has found its way to being one of the regulars in my fridge. Pairs really good with some Cajun shrimp too!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 15:09:21 | More by paulytasker
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the Sunoco in Canton, NY.

A - Nice cloudy orangey colour. Two fingers of really soapy and creamy white head. Good carbonation coming up. Good lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Floral, orange, citrus, chamomile.

T - Some tea, floral, citrus, some decent malt. Citrus and crispness. Buttery, but in a very subtle way.

M - Good feel with good carbonation, decent bitterness and a medium body.

O/D - A fairly drinkable IPA. The English element is hard to discern though. A solid hop flavour that wasn't overpowering but held its own.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 03:26:08 | More by tbeckett
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atr2605

New York

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a golden orange color with a fluffy white head with excellent retention
S-slightly floral with citrus and sweet malt
T-citrus and sweet malt up front that transitions into an earthy floral bitterness and leaves the palate dry with some biscuit
M-medium bodied
O-very solid beer, have only have had it a few times and seem to forget how great it is

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 21:52:00 | More by atr2605
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Bottle was super carbonated, resulting in quite a wait for the head to die down. Very thick, fluffy, off-white head. The beverage itself is thick and pulpy in appearance, a glowing amber or light orange, and is nearly opaque. Huge lacing. I'm not going to downgrade much on appearance for the unnecessarily huge head; I assume not every bottle will have this extreme of a reaction.

S - Fruity: tropical and citrus, very alive. Sharp, slightly sour, definitely sweet, with a strong malt backbone - possibly caramel, light bread. There's a definite yeasty aroma coming out, too, like a Belgian ale.

T - Superbly complex! That Belgian aroma was not misleading: there is a significantly sweet yeast and malt flavor, reminiscent of Belgian candi sugar. The hops are extremely well balanced, leaving some astringency, but mostly giving off tropical fruit flavors - no citrus (to me). The fruit rind flavor of so many dry, single IPAs is present only in a tiny amount, and it adds to the overall profile.

M - Very smooth, medium-light to medium body. There is some brief carbonation sting on the tip of the tongue if you let it linger, but it's not unpleasant. Very nice hop oil coating of the mouth, drinks very light, and the mild aftertaste is very pleasant.

O - I know this rating is going to be well above average, but I was super impressed. This could easily be an every-day IPA, on par with Jai Alai. Despite being labeled an English IPA, this is a very sweet, only slightly dry ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 00:33:36 | More by Roguer
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Just a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to a pretty lace ring, totally sticky. Beer is a hazy amber brown.
S - Biscuit malts, tea leaves, citrus and herbal hops.
T - Very clean and citrus tasting, with mild biscuit malts and drying herbal tea's. It's actually one of the better English IPA's due to it balance.
M - Light to medium, very clean and tasty IPA.

Overall a perfect balance of hops to English malts. Worthy of the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 04:08:02 | More by DrDemento456
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - cloudy orangish amber, nice sticky head that is a little watery but laying down some good lace tracks around the glass.

Aroma - nice hit of piny hops on opening the bottle. Fades to a very mild hoppiness and some light caramelly grain. The citrus and butteriness of the English yeast show up in a few minutes, the yeast leading the way. Good resilience too once it arrives.

Taste - decent buttery grains up front, the hop hit is very well balanced. Some citrus but not too punchy. Really spreads around the flavor in the mouth well. The bitterness pushes the grain off after the swallow and goes dry, a little warm, and pretty darn pleasant. Finishes with a hint of malty twang, orange peel, and balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel - crisp, medium to medium-light. Refreshing, clean.

Overall - excellent session brew given to me by a local homebrew buddy Steve. Thanks, man!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 03:30:16 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Brad007

Vermont

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice shade of gold with a huge head into my glass. Good colors for an EIPA, a style that I feel is dying out slowly.

Aroma is more "fruity" than I expected with peach and just a touch of aroma hops. This style isn't know for hard-hitting bitterness.

Taste reflects that. Balanced, "fruity" with a touch of toffee.The label doesn't list it but I'm going to take a stab in the dark and guess that the hops are Fuggles. Feel free to correct me.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering toffee and just a touch of bitterness. Carbonation is excellent.

Definitely worth a try if you want a break from the standard American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 02:12:45 | More by Brad007
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, some carbonation, two finger head with lacing.

S-Bread, malt, not best by so maybe it has turned, no hops either.

T-Starts malty with bread. Slight bitterness and slight grass.

M-Light to medium bodied, lots of carbonation.

O-Maybe this bottle was just old, but serves them right for not putting a date on the bottle. If I could get a fresh bottle I'd try it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 20:31:02 | More by rlee1390
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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
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aranheaney

New York

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stone nonic pint glass

A-Copper with great head that sticks and leaves nice lacing

S-Grass, citrus, pine and resin

T-Really strong, nose represented up front and classic IPA on the back

M-Just about perfect for this style

O-Very sold effort from one of my favorite NY breweries

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 21:48:26 | More by aranheaney
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Kendo

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is slightly hazy orangey-honey-amber in color. Small whitish head on top, leaves behind good lacing.

S: Fruity-sweet and grapefruity citrus. A touch floral. Not too strong in the nose, however.

T: I understand why this is classified as an English - and not American - IPA. There's a good amount of malty sweetness in the foundation of this beer. Think bread dough and caramel malt/light toffee, along with a generic fruitiness. Hops come through more toward the finish, where there's a nice, slightly lemony, dry bitterness. Good balance between sweet and bitter.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is fine and prickly, but not assertive.

O: Good stuff. Somewhere between an English IPA and an American Pale Ale, I'd say.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 02:27:01 | More by Kendo
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Lawl3ss

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one a number of times on tap and via growler, though I have to say I prefer it out of a bottle with a few months on it. Think what you may. (Somewhere, the hop gods are crying.)

Hence, this is a review of such a bottle. Lightly chilled and poured aggressively into a tulip pint.

Look-This one pours more head than beer- about a 10-to-1 ratio for the first second or so, but it falls to a clingy film rather rapidly, showing a moderate amount of ropy lacing. The foam from the second pour stuck around quite a bit longer, however. The beer itself is a nice tawny pale amber with a touch of grapefruit blush. A decent number of bubbles rising rapidly indicates a well carbonated brew.

Smell- The aroma is fruity, sweet fresh cherries with a backdrop of bitter citrus. After swirling it a bit, I get a touch of pepper and toasted malt. Appetizing.

Taste- Sweetness and a big hop bite right off the bat, with a breadlike undercurrent that starts to take over as it rolls on the tongue. Right in the middle, there's an unexpected bitter splash as acidic lemon makes a resurgence. Aftertaste is fairly mild, light toasted malt, diacetyl, and orange zest.

Mouthfeel- Mid-to-heavy body with mid-to-heavy carbonation. Slightly oily, crisp throughout, and not unpleasant cottony finish. A bit heavy on the aftertaste for me, I prefer my IPAs to finish clean, and this one can be cloying after a while, even fresh. Still a lip-smacker, though.

Overall- This is Middle Ages' signature brew, and showcases a lot of what makes them unique. A very solid beer, but it just doesn't tickle my palate the way some of their bolder offerings do. It’s still a great fallback when a well-rounded E-IPA is what I'm in the mood for.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 03:53:00 | More by Lawl3ss
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

massive body, full hop flavor. pours a darker golden color with a sturdy white head. smells like more of a pale ale, with a balanced malty presence. taste is quite hoppy, but again balanced. really big body makes this one a bit filling for a session beer, and it is definitely a cold weather ipa, not magining this to be a summer drink. enjoyed this syracuse staple

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 14:40:27 | More by StonedTrippin
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braski

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance- in between straw and amber with a nice white foamy head.

smeell- mostly just pale malts no hops at all.

taste- starts sweet and end bitter but nothing realy pops out of the beer.

mouthfeel- really nice do to the light to medium body with lots of carbonation.

overall- overall a good beer but i think it's more of a pale ale than a ipa, however this was the first english ipa i had so maybe thats just the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 00:50:55 | More by braski
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden/amber colored beer with a big foamy head that had moderate retention and left some stick on the sides.

S - Pale malts, bit of sugar sweetness, some butterscotch, little bit of resin oil, some floral notes.

T - Taste is a bit of caramel and some sweetness. Malt backbone is strong, slightly toasted, with some earthy and floral hopping. Not bad really for an English IPA.

M - Smooth, light, crisp, active carbonation.

O - Fairly enjoyable beer. I liked it more when I realized it was an English IPA and not the American one I was expecting. Solid stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 04:33:36 | More by AgentZero
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soju6

Missouri

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy deep copper color with a good head that fades slowly tolots of lacing.

S: Fairly mild aroma of citrus with a bit of sweet fruit and hint of spice.

T: Taste is a nice tangy bite upfront with citrus, some caramenl sweetness with a nice bitterness through to a dry finish.

F: Medium body, crisp and refreshing. Very good balance.

O: Good IPA, not overly hopped, really hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 21:49:49 | More by soju6
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Hoagie1973

New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy orange/gold with a fluffy white head. Good retention and stick.
Fruity hop bouquet with an underlying buttery malt aroma.
Good amount of flavorful maltiness. A bit fruity with hints of butterscotch. Pronounced hop presence. Mostly bittering hops that linger well into the finish.
Decent medium bodied feel.
Decent drinkability, but the hops are a bit one-dimensional; would like a little more complexity rather than just bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 19:49:56 | More by Hoagie1973
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Airyk12

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade from shrek806. Thanks!

Pours a hazy amber color, with a foamy white head. Leaves a web of lacing down the glass.

Smells like caramel malts with some hops and a bit diacetyl.

A little bit of bitterness, plenty of clean malts. The diacetyl adds a little flavor, but doesn't overwhelm at all. This is definitely a malt forward IPA, nothing too bitter or strong.

Smooth, crisp, and clean. Light body and almost no aftertaste.

A good IPA, if not an interesting one. Closer to a pilsner in feel and taste. Still, the little diacetyl adds something, if not a little strange...

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 08:10:23 | More by Airyk12
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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
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generallee

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label offers no other information.

Appearance: It's on the darker side of the IPA style with a deep orange amber colored body. It has good clarity and a creamy off white head sitting on top. This head is thick and hangs on to the glass leaving thick lace rings at each sip.

Smell: Overall the nose is fairly light but offers a mild bready and lightly fruity base with a nice balance of citrus and herbal hops. Under that is just a slight hint of mineral.

Taste/Palate: There is a solid bready maltiness with a light fruity sweetness upfront balanced by light hop bitterness. Citrus, herbal, and mild pine like hop notes slowly take over and finish off the flavor profile firmly on the herbal/piney bitter side. This bitterness ligers and sticks for some time on the tongue.

Notes: This beer teeter totters from sweet malt to full on hop bitterness. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 17:45:27 | More by generallee
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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
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neorunner

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #1 - http://flic.kr/p/9miG21

The GF is off shopping and doing whatever, just had a big slab of ribs, watching Commando and ready to dive into my first blind review. Thanks to Kevin (shrek806) for sending me this in round #4 of the blind beer BIF.

Having a hard time picking up the aroma, but my house reeks of coffee beans that I'm drying so that doesn't help matters. I am getting some malt, possibly rye and mellow hops. Color is a very crystal clear amber and the head is a frothy steamed milk white with broken lattice lacing and a nice thick coating on the top of the beer.

Very dry in the mouth, mineral in taste. Hops are present but only as a late bittering agent. The beer is slightly creamy at the beginning, but very mild at the same time. The components of this beer meld well and are fresh but not overly aggressive by any means. I could see this beer being sessionable and fairly low ABV.

My guess is an American Pale Ale.

The reveal: Middle Ages Im Paled Ale an India Pale Ale. Maybe its all the massive hop bombs I've been drinking lately, but I wouldn't put this in the IPA park. That being said it tastes like a really hoppy English bitter which I'm digging on. So, beer wise I like it, I'd just pigeon hole it in a different category.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 01:50:58 | More by neorunner
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an orange-infused amber color with two fingers of head; plenty of lace and good retention

Smell: Bread and butter, with a bit of fruit and earthy hop character

Taste: A medicinal, pithy bitterness intrudes on the bready opening and won't let go, though fruity elements (Delicious apples) and buttery diacetyl are present, underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very different take on an IPA, with what tastes like a bit of an American hop bill added to what is otherwise an all English brew; despite the interesting elements, I cannot say that I am a big fan of it

Thanks, sliverx, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 20:51:44 | More by brentk56
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brew3crew

Ohio

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
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Urbancaver

Ohio

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
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ImPaled Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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