ImPaled Ale - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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86
very good

342 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001)
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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this IPA pours a rich coppery color, with a swiftly laced white head, light carbonation

S - typical hoppy IPA aromas, in the background is a sweet appley aroma gehind the hops

T - mmm... sweet, a nice honey taste behind the hoppiness, smooth and sweet and bitter, paradox in a bottle, very well balanced

M - as i said, very smooth, a great IPA, easy on the palate

D - as a result the drinkability is high, an easy IPA to pound

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Photo of soultrain
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
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.
M-Fine.
D-I'm not into this beer.

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

Photo of orfeu
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Pizza Plant Walker Center in Williamsville. Golden amber with slow and slight but steady rising carbonation and a slightly grey dirty-dishwater head. Very English floral hop aroma, Fuggles probably, and a quite expected buttery scent, too. Mild soapy scent at the end. Reminds me of their 10th Anniversary Ale, except tamed down (duh). Bitter soapy floral hop flavors predominate the first sip with a distinctly mineral finish. Subsequently, a toasted biscuit malt shows, but the flowery English hops are all over this one. A peachy fruitiness emerges, along with a subtle butterscotch flavor, around mid-glass. Medium body and smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Despite slightly high abv, this strikes me as eminently sessionable, so long as one is in the mood for a bit of diacetyl -- and I think that Middle Ages uses that characteristic quite to their advantage, despite the dislike some may have for a "buttery" flavor in their beer. I'm far from an expert, but from what I know, ImPaled Ale seems pretty on-point for this style. Nice EIPA.

Photo of Citadel82
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another Middle Ages buck a bottle special from New World Beverage...

Balanced, tasty and refreshing. This is a very drinkable IPA... I thought the bloody spear thing on the lable was a tad wierd however...

I am truly saddened that I only snagged one bottle of this as it is truly a treat.

Poured a hazy copper with a generous long lasting, lacy tan head. Left lots of lace and never reallty went away.

Aroma was floral/citric hops with hints of biscuity malt and pine.

Taste was all malt and hops in a delightful balance. The sweet malt with its cracker and fresh yeasty bread notes were offset with pine and citrus from the hops...

Creamy and thick on the palate. Long loiter time allowed the rich balanced flavors to linger a long time...

Very drinkable, must get more.

Photo of greggdogg
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: On cask at Clark's Ale House, labeled as Clark's Armory Ale. It's the same stuff as ImPaled Ale, just cask-conditioned.

A - Orange, with a fluffy white head, large bubbles.

S - Hints of diacetyl and fuggles. Pleasant.

T - Love the ringwood yeast, it really defines Middle Ages. Nice and bitter, warm on the finish.

M - Flat, of course! Love having this on a cask, really lets the beer shine through. Dries out the tongue, but not tannic.

D - A bit high to session (6.5% ABV), I can never drink as many as I want. Damn.

Photo of bbutler527
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The distinctive flavor imparted by the Ringwood yeast makes this one of my favorite brews of all time. (Some love it, some hate it, but it works for me.) Many varieties of IPA were tried before we chose this one as our house beer, and among the 18 taps at our bar, it remains one of our biggest movers. Great aroma, some citrus, some floral, full mouthfeel and good duration on the aftertaste, but not adhesive. This is a beer that is perfectly suited for quaffing or sipping, and after skiing or after golf.

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely orange-amber with white head. Very good lacing and head retention. A very nicely balanced EIPA. Fruity aroma with citrus and a touch of hops. Taste has a bit much diacetyl, a smaller amount would be ideal. Ringwood does a nice job with this beer though, esters and hops compliment the malts. Very drinkable and feels nice. A very unique IPA, everyone should try this once!

Photo of tastybeer
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber colored with nice off white head. Webby lacing up to the top of the glass. Aroma is a very pleasant tangy butterscotch. Pear aroma and a nice malt sweetness. Taste has the same qualities with a nice bittering. Good textured mouthfeel, nice and subtantial. Goes down ultra easy.

An IPA that's loaded with taste yet mellow at the same time. British.

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a tannish-yellow with a small head that seems to last. A bit cloudy with few bubbles making their way to the top. Smell is more mellow like a Pale Ale than an IPA. Citrus and hops come through mostly. Smell seems well balanced.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick and seems to coat my mouth. Well balanced with the hops taking over at the end. Sweet citrus, malt and grassy hops. I believe they are a Ringwood brewery and they do a good job with this one. Very smooth yet full of flavor. Whatever hop varietal this is, it is one of my favorites. Grassy and citrusy.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy with a huge and everlasting off white head which rose tall and frothy and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong toffee aroma while the head was still perched high. As the head fell the aroma became more ridden with diacetyl and with a bit of grassy resinous aroma.

The flavor was caramel with toffee and quite a bit of diacetyl. The bittering was lightly grassy and lasting as more resinous in character with a bit of citrus punch. Toffee was also present in the flavor.

The finish was dry with a bit of diacetyl and hop bittering lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the diacetyl level made the beer slick on the palate. I remember when the diacetyl level in this one was under control. Try another yeast boyz...

12 ounce bottle. Thanks dmeadows and OneBoxBIF!

Photo of CastAStone
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle to glass at Alternative Brews, Buffalo, NY. I asked the barkeep for a strong, hoppy pale ale, and he brought me this and Phin and Matt's Extrordanary Ale. It wasn't what I asked for per say, but I must say I was pleased.

Appearance: slightly cloudy, beautiful color, the bartender poured a great head that did not dissapate quickly.

Smell: nice, but weak. Fruity, which I did not expect.

Taste: Mid-level hoppiness, fruity, almost tangy. Very good.

Mouthfeel: It felt like any old ale, until you swallowed it, a great aftereffect feel - it lingers without leaving a film.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. you could easily chug this, although yould be missing out.

Photo of wedge
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tarnished golden hue. Tall white head with excellent retention leaving nice patterns of lacing. The aroma is buttery thanks to the Ringwood yeast the Middle Ages brewers clearly love. Buttery / floral hops. Taste is fresh piney and grassy hops with an orange rind finish. Malts are solid yet muted and there is a soft diacetyl presence. Medium, bitter mouthfeel with a dry, slightly metaliic finish.

Not as malty as I would expect from an English IPA.

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange-amber color with a thin off white head. Nice lace, considering the thinness.

Interestingly high caramel malt aroma with very slight (for the style) hop bouquet.

Excellent balanced flavor without being gyped on the hops. The aftertaste is largely hop, but not in a lip-smacking way. I think the malt flavorings are superior--creamy with a good mouthfeel that is a little thin for my tastes. There's also a high level of carbonation for an English style IPA.

I think this is an easily quaffable beer. Worthy of regular drinking. This would likely make my top ten if they generously dry-hopped the batch for a better bouquet.

Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a medium copper color with magnificient puffy white head that fell to a nice coating that responded to slight swirling. Noce coating on the side of the glass. Smell is slightly hoppy with delicate sweet aromas of fruit coming. Excellent balance of malt and hops. Taste is initially strong on hops, then some of the sweet caramel maltiness begins to present itself, and finally hops seem to again predominate. A deliciously complex ale. Finish is bitter, yet a bit of malt sweetness also comes through. This was absolutely superb beer from start to finish. Ver easy to drink at 6.5% alcohol. This is my second beer from Middle Ages and I'm really impressed by their products.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish tinged full copper color, with a frothy cream colored head. The aroma is a clashing mix of buttery diacetyl and citrusy hops. The diacetyl seems to dominate, especially up front, but the citrusy notes of grapefruit and orange are definitely here in the last part of the aroma. The taste is lightly sweet up front with a grapefruit note that quickly leads to a lingering bitter finish that has been flavored with buttery diacetyl. Amazingly enough the diacetyl and hops are mixing to form something that is actual drinkable, usually I am so turned off by diacetyl that I end up dumping beers with it. The diacetyl definitely plays a heavy hand here, but the hop character (both flavor and bitterness) hold it in check.

The hop character also manifests itself in a dry pine-like character that has hints of menthol around the edges. The bitterness is nice and solid, it in fact grabs hold of my taste buds and shakes them furiously until they tingle. Now I could certainly do without the diacetyl in this beer, but it is not so overpowering that I am not enjoying this beer.

Photo of Naes
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden/Amber colored with a 2 inch frothy white head that provides some laceing.
The aroma is hopy and has a bit of citrus and malt presence as well.
Its flavor is fruity (mild grapefruit) and finishes with hop bitterness.
Medium bodied and lightly carbonated with a bit of oiliness.

Not an over the top IPA, but good none the less.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a light brown color with a large white head. The aroma is caramel, fruit, and hops. Nice malty caramel flavor with lots of fruitiness, like tangerines and grapefruit. A little buttery. Hops come in almost immediately, and are very flavorfull, though not very bitter. Mouthfeel is medium. This beer has an addictive flavor that makes it very drinkable. This is a very good change of pace IPA.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orangey body. Lots of carbonation streams. Healthy three finger head of well frothed just-off-white foam.

Inviting, pleasing, soft fruity nose, apricots perhaps.

Smooth malty backbone, a good strong semi-sweet base. Hops come forward and conquer the malt with a steady rise, not a blistering sandblast. As the malty start clears the tongue, the earthy hops flow to fill the hole. The hops win the battle, and the taste shifts to a more lightly fruity mix, and gently move on, leaving a soft tickle in the midst of a lightly lingering aftertaste, including a subtle citric tone.

Good medium mouthfeel, enough to assert itself. Easily drinkable.

A very enjoyable English IPA which I'd be quite willing to have again.

Photo of ikats
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color. A bit hazy. White head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves nice white cover behind. Aroma and taste are buttery with pronounced, but not strong floral hops. Medium body, quite sweet and smooth. Slightly bitter aftertaste. From what I am reading, it is a good representation of English style IPAs. Quite different from American IPAs. I would prefer less sweetness, more hops. I probably won't seek out this beer in a store, but if I ever see it on tap I'll be sure to try it.

Photo of bultrey
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a murkey orange/brown with a 1 finger fluffy white head that lasts. Some streaky lacing forms but dies out after about 10 minutes.
Smell...ringwood anyone? Diacetyl butter, citrus, and spicy hops.
Taste is sugary but not really of malt. Tastes almost like a candied version of pine sol would taste. Can't really say that's good.
Mouthfeel is tingly and a bit overly carbonated with a mild sweetness and a settling of bubbles in the middle of the tongue.
Drinkability is ok but I'm not a huge fan of this. I can definitley pick this out as being a Middle Ages brew. I'm not sure if that's a good thing though as I haven't been won over by any of their beers yet.

Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light amber colour topped by a fluffy, eggshell-coloured head. Nice lacing and great retention. Clean hoppy aroma, citrus, floral and a little grassy. Moderate bitterness, malt is much more forward and contributes some bready sweetness. Light fruity esters and medium hop character. The short finish is balanced and slightly drying. Medium body, medium/low carbonation, smooth and not quite slick texture. Easy drinking, tasty, and well balanced.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerguy (Frank @ Diversified Imports) for this one of many Middle Ages brews now available in RI...great job!
Pours a golden copper color w/ a full two fingers of off-white head...a sudsy lacing holds tight to the side of my snifter.
Aroma is citrus hops and slightly sweet malt...nice balance in the nose.
Taste is nice...nothing over the top as far as IPA's go, but a well constructed brews. Malt has a solid backbone and the bitter hops hit the pallet quite quickly...a touch dry in its finish, but very refreshing. No alcohol detected whatsoever.
Mouthfeel is thicker than average and the carbonation is close to perfect...making this one from MA very drinkable.
These guys make some solid brews...a visit is in order.

Photo of waughbrew
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I could have sworn MA used to bottle-condition their beers. I tend to hate ringwood beers that are filtered and not bottle-conditioned.

Beautiful frothy rocky dense head above a copper body. Metallic and buttery aroma with a rich earthy hoppage that makes my mouth water. A harsh dirty bitterness quickly dominates a brew that starts with nice toasty sweetness. Medium body, low carbonation, leafy hop flavor keeps slick feel from being bad. Finish is harsh and annoying, which is a damn shame considering how great this is otherwise.

ImPaled Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.