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ImPaled Ale - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

315 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 14
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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.

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mentor

Colorado

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

Thanks to francisweizen for this one. Poured a 1/2 finger light cream-colored head over a cloudy straw-golden liquid. Smelled of citrus pine-solishness (with tangerine and nectarine qualities). Way beneath are apricots and pear esters. Tasted flat hop flavor with a late malt accompanied by hop bitter. Not much at the start of the sip, but then a hop bitter and grapefruit slowly arose. Gosh, I'm so used to hop bomb explosions that this is a nice change of pace. This is, in some hoppy flavors, similar to Philadelphia IPA, but toned down a bit. Apricot and other light fruits appear once the beer is fully in the mouth. And then thehops come in, but never reach an overbearing stage. They eventually fade to leave a ptihy grapefruit in the back of the mouth that slowly rolls forward. It's a bitter unpleasant taste, but following its progress is interesting. Also at the end of the swallow, from the malt, is a pear character that helps to keep the pith flavor from killing the beer. Md-liht body that dissapates quickly once down the throat. Acceptable, but not one I will purposefully seek out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 02:17:39 | More by mentor
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kbnooshay

New York

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Donnely's Public house in fairport. When I got it the head was gone and it was a nice golden-orange color. The floral hop aroma kinda lightly hits ya in the face, but more so in the taste department. I love how the hops smack ya at first sip. The experience is overall well balanced though, with the nice malt flavor. The mouthfeel is medium and tingly from the carbonation. Not as fruity as i would have expected (everything i have had by middle ages has been fruity) but still a pretty cool brew. I would probably only drink 1 though, not the most drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2005 19:13:21 | More by kbnooshay
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Stimack

New York

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you look at my other reviews for this brew, bottle and on-tap, I really wanted to try it on cask. Well I got my wish and was able to try it the other night. It poured to a orange color with a thick off white head that had nice retention while leaving thick chunks of froth at the top of the brew and rings through out the rest. Very nice looking brew! The aroma from this brew is excellent, dominated by a citrus like hop aroma while still having solid malt characteristics. The taste is really good, great malt like characteristics that quickly break to a dominant hop taste that highlights a grapefruit like essence. I must really say that I am not sure what the reason is but my ratings for this brew just seem to be going up and up. Not sure if it is a change with my tastes or the serving type but this was the best experience I have had with this IPA. If you can try it on cask, really good IMO!

Serving type: cask

03-07-2005 17:09:21 | More by Stimack
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smoky amber with a minor contribution from orange juice. The head is rich cream in color, good sized, firm enough to maintain a cratered mesa as it falls and sticky enough to leave thick hunks of lace on the glass. It's a 'by the numbers' look, but is a good one all the same.

Impaled Ale is well-hopped, although it isn't an id-seeking missile for the hopheads among us. It smells of buttery, somewhat citrusy hops; a mixture of English and American varieties if I had to guess. Even though it doesn't have that pungent, citrus zesty snap that is found on this side of the Atlantic, at least one of the 4-Cs is in there somewhere, playing nice.

If you like butterscotch and caramel-drizzled citrus fruit (figuratively speaking) as I do, then you'll like this nose and this flavor profile. Some may feel that there's too much diacetyl, but I think that it adds something positive to this beer and makes it different and interesting. Pink grapefruit and lemon are the focal points, with their more fruity aspects accented early in the mouthful and their more biting, bitter character accented on the finish.

The body is smack dab medium and is just substantial enough and just slick enough to keep the flavor in contact with the taste buds long enough for maximum enjoyment. The amount of carbonation is just a tad high for me, but not so much so that it's bothersome.

ImPaled Ale is a wonderful IPA and is one of Middle Ages's best brews. I could just as easily have granted the next highest score for taste, it's that good. I'd drink a lot of this if I had ready access. Thanks to HappyHourHero for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 14:09:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shippos for sending this one along to me. Pours a light amber color with a small head that dies off quickly, but leaves a little lacing around on the glass. The aroma is very buttery, but I like it a lot. Some caramel malts and nice aroma from the yeast. Not much hops in the nose. The flavor is enjoyable as well. The yeast gives it a slightly spicy character that blends smoothly with the malt character. Drinkability is good and the mouthfeel is right where it should be.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 19:45:41 | More by clvand0
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes to me from shippos and clvand0. Thanks guys. It pours a coppered gold color with a small head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is really heavy in caramel and buttery diacetyl, with a background spicey hop as well. The flavor is nice, with the spicey hop upfront, moving to a buttery caramel with a residual bitter. Good show. The feel is moderate with a good carb. Middle Ages has done well with this English pale ale. I really like the residual bitter after the swallow.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2005 00:29:09 | More by kmpitz2
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review is from notes on 1/21/05. Pours out a hazy orange with about a half inch of white fluffy head. Head stays a bit leaving scant lacing. Light citric scents mingle with an off funkiness, ringwood I am thinking. Besides that the malts don’t seem up to much more than a light sweetness. Flavor starts off with a bitter citric hop bite over a malty caramel backbone. A bit of odd flavors are present but don’t detract too much from the brew. Finishes with a bitter citric hoppiness. Mouthfeel was about medium with a light crispness to it. Ok drinkability here but overall this was not really my cup of tea. Thanks for the bottles Slander.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2005 13:42:02 | More by meathookjones
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a wonderful malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It has a nice fruity Ringwood yeast aroma, but not much in the hops department. The taste is good. It has a smooth and balanced flavor that boasts of pale and light crystal malts as well as Ringwood yeast and a bitter hop aftertaste. It isn't as heavy in hops as some IPA's , but it drinks great. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent IPA. It should have a little more hop aroma and taste, but it drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 00:40:01 | More by WesWes
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light golen with a caramel undeone. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Thin bit fluffy white head leaves trails of lace.
Aroma is distinct ringwood yeast fruitiness with some resins and brief toffee notes.
Flavor of light toffee, very fruity and yeasty with those resiny hops.
Mouthfeel is sweet and creamy with some darker citrus and that ringwood yeast profile.
Drinkability is OK. Ringwood is not my favorite yeast t all. Too much fruitiness tends to shine through if the right malts are not used. This one is a bit unbalanced to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2005 21:25:20 | More by CRJMellor
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canoehornpoint

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep golden with a nice white lacy head. This stuff was a winnner when I sniffed the empty bottle after pouring. This has a nice fruity citrus nose. The taste confirms the aroma. This starts light and wham, you're hit with a barrage of well blended citrus and mild fruit, evenly checked by bitterness which eventually takes over the experience in the finish. THe finish is long and pleasantly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2004 01:20:31 | More by canoehornpoint
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francisweizen

Alaska

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

Dark tangerine amber, with a modest quarter-inch head of white foam that lasts and leaves spotty lacing on my Sam Smiths glass. Carbonation is lively and moderate, the head is rocky, and interesting. Aromas are very fruity with a nod toward citrus fruits, tangerines, and the like. The ringwood yeast fruitiness is in full effect in this one, yet the hops (citrusy) are also in the aroma as well. This one seems much better in the bottle so far than the Syracuse Pale Ale. The flavor of this beer is good, but it is not as hoppy, notr as fruity and buttery as it is on cask, man Middle ages brews are really much better on cask, aren't they!? Mouthfeel is medium bodied and right for the style. Drinkability is good. This is a damn fine IPA, but it really shines on cask (and to a lesser extent, tap)

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 02:13:26 | More by francisweizen
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was much better on cask at the Cask House in Syracuse than on-tap at the brewery. Good IPA, dry and bitter. Grapefruit aroma and taste. Lots and lots of Cascade and centenial hops. An IPA with attitude. Also was soapy at Pizza Plant on cask two years later, fruity but astringent bitter.

Serving type: cask

11-17-2004 15:54:09 | More by Sammy
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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
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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
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Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled a 12 ouncer, without any freshness dating to be found. Pours basic almond,lifting an off white head with good retention that clings to the glass and leaves nicely developed lacing. Grainy hop nose. This is an aggressively hopped ale. Boldy crafted of a nice bready malt base and a nice blast of citric, grainy and pine sap hops. Pleasant and satisfying IPA. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2004 01:16:24 | More by Billolick
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aracauna

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, clear copper body is topped off by an ample, but not too big, head. Very floral hops in the nose, a bit of citrus, but really more like a rose garden. There’s also a bit of butter mixed in with that. The malt profile has a nice bit of caramel. Actually with the malt profile and the butter, this really comes across as a very British IPA, except for the fact it’s a good bit hoppier than the typical modern Brit IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2004 18:55:59 | More by aracauna
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1" off-white head, which laces well. An amber hued brew with a tinge of orange, with a slightly buttery yeast aroma, with minimal hops apparent, as is often to be expected for the EIPA. Taste is hoppier than the nose indicated, and the malt and slight buttery flavors round out the sharp hops edges. Mouthfeel and drinkability both good, although the butteriness could get old after a few. I think it's worth the risk.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2004 21:48:30 | More by ppoitras
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Southernbrew

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange brown with a good sized head.

Aroma of flowery and some sweetness is most apparent. Obviously an English IPA.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Some bitter hops blend with flowery hops and some caramel. A light grain and fruit flavor come out as well. A different taste comes out, I guess that "Ringwood" I hear about.

Very easy drinking English IPA, nothing especially exciting, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 03:55:46 | More by Southernbrew
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sideshowrob

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz serving of beer poured into a standard pint glass. Color was a little more pale yellow than the average IPA. Head was thick and dense enough for small mamals to borrow in - and some of it remained until the last sip of beer! Smell was well balanced, no overpowering hop or malt notes.

Taste was pretty good. Very clean with a nice citrus back-note. The hop palate was very well blended, but not omni-present, as I tend to like in my beers. Definately not an American-style IPA.

Beer was easy to drink, aided by prodigous carbonation. Decent mouth-feel as well, overall a good, if not memorable, beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 10:05:02 | More by sideshowrob
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hustlemuscle

Ohio

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

Very carbonated, golden, with a thick creamy looking head. Looks a bit like apple juice.

A hint of vanilla in the scent, but also smells a bit alcholy.

Interesting fruity taste, no 'traditional' hop flavor. Apples, a hint of vanilla, a tinge of nuttiness, maybe a little woody.

Smooth, creamy and full bodied. Very nice, easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 13:29:45 | More by hustlemuscle
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BadBadger

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The fine beer was definitely NOT what I was looking for when I picked-up a six pack of this India Pale Ale. This is a really good Ale, but is it an India Pale Ale? I'll leave the answer to that question for others. The beer pours a rather dark amber/copper color. A monster head forms and stays for the duration. Smell is a mixture of malt and hints of hops. Taste is some what thick: strong malty caramel with only a faint hint of hops. I was reminded of dead Guy Ale by rogue or even Arrogant Bastrard. No bittering from the hops. Perhaps my beer was old? But how is one to know with no freshness date on the bottle. This is a really fine tasting "ALE" but not what you are looking for if you want something in the realm of HopDevil, SNPA, or Stone IPA. This said...this is a damn fine tasting beer!!! Try some with out preconceived expectations. Enjoy>

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2004 23:07:32 | More by BadBadger
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy apricot color with a big airy pale white head. The nose has some sweetness with hints of orange rind and hop flowers. The taste starts with flat sweetish malt and a slight metalic taste on the tongue. Then the brew bitters with orange rind and dry juniper berries. Quite light and thin on the mouth. It is ok... but not a thriller in a very competitive USA IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 01:49:25 | More by frank4sail
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Voluminous off-white head that laced. Clear, pale copper colored beer.
Aroma of pale malt, fruity hops, and slight vinegar.

Taste shows a pale, biscuity, caramel malt backbone. Hint of butterscotch. Good dose of fruity hop flavor. Bit of vinegar, especially at the finish.

Good body and mouthfeel.
Decent drinkability.

Overall, a decent IPA. Thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 02:52:24 | More by PhantomVodoo
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CBFanWish

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is so much going on here.
Pours a beautiful hazy orange colour with a thick everlasting head. It just won't die down!.
The aroma is just full of everything. There are hints of citrus, apples, pine, a bit of floral. There is just so much, yet it blends together so wonderfully. The taste is fruity with citric grapefruit notes and also slightly piney. It lacks a strong bitter bite, but there is a nice tinge of bitterness.
A great beer by Middle Ages.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 16:58:52 | More by CBFanWish
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The orange body was a tad hazy, but the head is what caught my eye. It came up beautifully, went down slowly, and left some wonderful pits.

Smell – Wow, this one is sharp. There’s a very sharp citrus hop aroma that cuts like a knife and forebodes big acidity. There’s also a significant malt base that seems a bit yeasty. Everything is very sharp.

Taste – Yes, that overwhelming citrus hop character is the real deal. It mixes with the yeast to form almost a sour profile (although not like an Oud Bruin or anything like that). It’s all just so sharp. The fuggle hops especially come on strong in this IPA.
Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and smooth. I wouldn’t go so far as to say “well-balanced,” but the exciting flavors felt terrific in the mouth.

Drinkability – Definitely a unique IPA. This was a fun bottle to drain and will have me thinking for days.

Comments – This ale makes you want to visit Syracuse. Thanks to OFS for putting the “slosh” in my Old Frothingslosh.

Update – I originally reviewed this in 2004, and BeerGuy was nice enough to bring a bottle out on a recent business trip in Apr 2006.

This really is a unique IPA. The yeasty flavors of this ale are overpowering. You’ll either love it or hate it, but I enjoyed drinking it. This vintage tasted exactly the same as the one I had two years ago.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 04:21:55 | More by RoyalT
ImPaled Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.