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ImPaled Ale - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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ImPaled AleImPaled Ale

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328 Ratings

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001)
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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

tgbljb, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

Naes, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

beveragecaptain, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

RonfromJersey, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of ikats
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

ikats, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of bultrey
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

bultrey, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

weeare138, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

DrJay, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

warriorsoul, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

waughbrew, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of twilight
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a beautiful crystal clear light orange into the glass with the nicest fluffy white head. The smell is resinous, hops and a really nice pine forest citrus. Smells like eating grapefruits under evergreens. Taste is nice with some caramels up front and a mouth melting bitterness with some coated residue not unlike oil in the mouth. Not a bad thing, just trying to describe the sensation. Caramels. Like the thick dark ones you find in English Ales. Mouthfeel is light, but nice with the hoppiness not being detracted by bubbly carbonation.

Ah, this is supposed to be an English IPA. That means it utterly fails because the hops are deliciously American. A hybrid if you will. And a good example of one.

twilight, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of Celt44
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a bubbly light head that dissapates to a thin film halfway throught the pint. Aroma is sharp with hints of grapefruit and pine - hints of alcohol towards the end, also. Appearance is a light amber - lighter than what I'd expect of most IPAs. Mouthfeel is medium. Strong hop taste is unmistakable. Good to average IPA. Nothing spectacular - similar to Saranac IPA - but more expensive.

Celt44, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

mentor, May 02, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

kbnooshay, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of Stimack
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

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!

Stimack, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 25, 2005
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4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

clvand0, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

kmpitz2, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

meathookjones, Feb 10, 2005
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

WesWes, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of CRJMellor
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

CRJMellor, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of canoehornpoint
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

canoehornpoint, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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)

francisweizen, Nov 28, 2004
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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

Sammy, Nov 17, 2004
ImPaled Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.