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Islander Pale Ale - Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Islander Pale AleIslander Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2003)
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Reviews by 49degrees:
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49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

I almost lived on the Islander Pale Ale for roughly three years as one of the restaurants I regularly visited always had this one on tap. As a frequent customer, I walked in the door and a pint of this brew would be sitting on the table before I even sat down.

Martime Pacific's Islander Pale Ale is a superb example of the Pale Ale style. It is extremely well balanced the style presenting both a pleasing aroma and a very appetizing taste. On draught, it pours a nice medium-toned bronze color with a reasonable size head. The collar stands up reasonably well over time, but little to no lacing is left on the glass.

The brew has a very well rounded bouquet that presents a nice blend of both malts and hops. The hops (English and Czech styles) really come through well on the nose but don't overtake the other pleasing malt aromas. For a Pale Ale, Maritime is one of the few breweries in my books to effectively blend hops and malts to produce a superb offering.

The taste follows right where the aroma leaves off. Nice citus (orange & grapefruit) fruit combinations coat the palette and blend well with the hops and malts. Extremely pleasing to drink and quite dry for the style. This is very refreshing and makes for a very good session beer.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 16oz draught / ABV: 5% / PRICE: $4.50 USD ]

03-15-2003 19:54:36 | More by 49degrees
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9%

Appearance – Nice, deep, cloudy orange in color with a decent head that left a little lacing. This one looks terrific.

Smell – The sharp, floral and piney hops are well balanced with a big malt aroma. The malt is very buttery and spiced.

Taste – This tastes exactly as it smells. The floral hops introduce the ale, but the big, sharp malt steals the show. I’m initially picking up a lightly-toasted caramel-filled flavor, much like an Oktoberfest, followed by a dry bitterness and sweet apricots and honey. The honey especially is big at the finish.

Mouthfeel – Really big for a Pale Ale, this one is on the heavier side of medium bodied and is very smooth and chewy.

Drinkability – This was not your standard fare. I enjoyed it, but it won’t be to everyone’s liking I’m sure.

Update – I’ve had this at the JR so many times on-tap that I haven’t really bought a bottle of it in two years. I figured it was high time that I updated the review.

The beer today (10/20/05) is much as it was back in 2003. The head was much bigger and cascading though. It really left a nice film all up and down the inside of my pint glass, so I’m raising the Appearance rating by half a point.

12-13-2003 03:20:13 | More by RoyalT
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Lazaro

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-31-2013 01:43:10 | More by Lazaro
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masikon

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Got this in sampler six pack for x-mas. Pours a dark straw and gold with white broken head and active carbonation. smell is bready at first but there are plenty of citric notes to be found as well. Taste was quite malty for what I am used too from a Pacific Northwest Pale, usually the emphasis is on the hops but here it is much more in the English tradition. Hops do balance things out in the finish but not as juicy or citric as many versions of the style. A very solid if not amazing offering, I suspect this to be a more traditional take on the style than most we find here in WA state.

12-27-2005 02:04:51 | More by masikon
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hreb

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Cold 12oz bottled served in tapered pint glass. Beer pours cloudy orange amber with a medium thick white head. Subtle dry-hop aroma: citrusy, even piney.

Flavor profile is long and involved: first sharp and fizzy, then grapefruity hops, followed by a faintly toasty malt flavor (not sweet at all), and finally another layer of bitterness, and nothing but a dry aftertaste.

Not thick, not heavy, nothing more than a respectable West coast pale ale.

05-29-2011 06:56:15 | More by hreb
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ElGordo

Oregon

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a golden-amber color topped by a good finger of creamy, thick white head. Nice aroma of floral, bitter hops and mild pale malt, with notes of light fruit. Palate is well-balanced between mellow pale malt and sharply bitter floral hops. A lingering floral bitterness sticks around after the swallow. Body is moderately creamy, a good fit for a pale ale. A good, easy-drinking yet assertively hoppy pale ale. Thanks to Angelo for hooking me up with a bottle.

07-25-2007 06:00:47 | More by ElGordo
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scootpolute

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%

12 FL OZ. bottle into cone pint glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden, with a nice white head...- some good lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick at the top, followed by some citrus, then ending with a bit of pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Great carbonation! There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully!

O - This one is great!! I think what make this beer so good is the fine line of not over-doing 'it' in any particular area (hops, fruity-flavor, pine/spice, carbonation, and last but not least, alcohol level). VERY refreshing and will get again and...…Goin’ to look for a tap ASAP!!!

09-10-2011 00:06:04 | More by scootpolute
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jmccraney

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-29-2013 08:55:46 | More by jmccraney
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Sailracer


2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

03-24-2012 13:06:42 | More by Sailracer
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evilkorova

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-23-2012 18:38:32 | More by evilkorova
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hannaho

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-30-2012 13:41:37 | More by hannaho
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-14-2013 05:19:57 | More by jaydoc
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biking4beer

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

Bottle purchased in Seattle about a month ago. Poured into my Maritime nonic tumbler purchased on the same trip.

A nice slightly hazy, light golden to amber color. Small while head the settles to a whisp. A little lacing.

Floral and citrusy notes in the nose. Grainy and earthy spiciness there too.

Big citrus in the flavor. A touch of orange and a good bit of grapefruit. Nice sweetness to back up the moderate bitterness. Not too bitter like many PAs.

Nice in crisp feel. Moderate to high carbonation which seems appropriate.

A good drinking beer and a fine example of a pale ale. If I could get this here in Denver, it would be a standard for me.

04-30-2008 01:16:21 | More by biking4beer
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MTNboy

Germany

2.93/5  rDev -22.1%

Appearance- An orange copper like color with so-so head and lace.

Smell- A floral bouquet with citrus tones were strong as soon as the beer was poured.

Taste- A little more bitter than any other flavors but the were some good fruity tones of citrus and other flavors.

Mouthfeel- Thin.

Drinkability- It is a nice refreshing beer.

08-10-2008 14:09:04 | More by MTNboy
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veganbiker


5/5  rDev +33%

Poured from my kegerator this beer is bliss! Slight creamy head, slight sweet taste, the right amount of hop taste. It is so good I could drink it all day. Very dangerous.
It is the only beer I put in my kegerator anymore. I clean the pipes after every 1/2 barrel and it makes all the difference. There is no comparison between this and the bottle version. On tap is the best.

06-23-2012 00:20:57 | More by veganbiker
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Had a pint while at the Two - Seven Public House & Restaurant in Spokane.
Clear orangish color, golden hilights, bright white head. Long lasting and good looking foam. Nice smell of malt sweetness and citrus hops. Taste had a great mix between caramel malt, and grapefruit/orange citrus fruit. Medium body and mouthfeel, crisp an dry finish. Easy to drink, smooth and flavorful, great with a meal or on its own. Everything you want from an APA.

06-29-2010 18:17:20 | More by BigBry
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sukwonee

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

07-05-2014 23:26:03 | More by sukwonee
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SeattleBeerBlog

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Great color and perfect for an APA, would have liked some more head on the beer though.

Not quite as hoppy as I would have liked, a hint of some citrus hops but not quite enough.

wow, a lot hoppier than the smell, Pretty bitter and probably to much bittering hops compared to the rest of the beer. Still tastes great though.

Good mouth feel with a great body to it, could have been a tad bit lighter in body to be perfect.

Overall a good APA but not the best, would definitely give it a try if you were in the mood for a bitter pale.

02-22-2009 02:46:17 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

12oz bottle acquired in trade with riversdeAK (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hps, grassy, toasty, and some citrus. Tastes of toasted caramel, lighter floral hops, and citrus.

Notes from and tasted on: 3/9/09

03-10-2009 00:57:20 | More by hopdog
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color with a long lasting 1" head.

Smell: malt sweetness and citrus tones are mild but detectable.

Taste: caramel, oranges, grapefruits, and tart green grapes provide the nice balance of malt sweetness and the biting bitterness I tasted. This beer was fresh.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Brief aftertaste dominated by citrus tones. Medium bodied beers.

Drinkability: easy to drink this one as a flavorful session ale.

09-08-2008 11:34:45 | More by Gavage
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Zach122

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

10-31-2013 19:22:33 | More by Zach122
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Redrover

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

I sampled this one at Matt’s in the Market a great little restaurant located near the Pike Market. It was a 12 oz brown longneck. I forgot to check for freshness dating.

Poured into a glass, the beer is a copper with a small head and a chill haze.

It has a nice nose of pine & caramel malts.

The taste tracks close to the smell. It has nice mid range bitterness with some fresh pine and grapefruit notes. Malts are clearly evident but in the background.

I like the sturdy and slick mouth. This is an easy drinking session beer. I liked the beer better in the bottle than on tap. That rarely happens!

08-30-2007 17:42:17 | More by Redrover
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flagmantho

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale orange with a touch of haze and very little effervescence. Head is one finger of frothy ivory foam with moderate retention. It's pretty bog-standard, but decent.

Smell: citrusy, very slightly funky hop aroma; it's got a good bite to it. Pale malt backbone provides a little sweetness to support the hops. Again, pretty normal for a pale ale, but well executed.

Taste: bitter hops right up front followed quickly by the bready, biscuity pale malt flavor. This fades into a longer-lasting bitterness which takes the edge right off the sweetness. A tasty, middle-of-the-road pale ale that is pretty fulfilling, flavor-wise.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a moderate level of carbonation. I can coax a little creaminess out of this, but it's not creamy by nature. Not bad, though.

Drinkability: there's enough bite in this beer to keep me coming back; it's refreshing and, while not anything special, is a beer I'm really enjoying.

11-21-2010 15:46:06 | More by flagmantho
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beertaster13

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a nice golden orange/amber with a decent sized head. The smell is strongly spiced and sweet, apple cider tones and thick buttery pancake syrup, hints of citrus. The taste is rich and creamy, tastes alot like apple and peaches, the caramelized/honey malts melt the mouth and blend well with the not to overwhelming citrus hops. Medium bodied and will call you back for more.

08-08-2004 10:55:42 | More by beertaster13
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beerguy101

California

3.05/5  rDev -18.9%

Golden Brown color, large white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A mediu, bodied Pale Ale, sort of hoppy for a Pale Ale. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are bitter and spciy. Full mouthfeel. Finish is crisp, nearly sharp. Aftertaste is bitter, some maltyness

09-01-2003 01:52:04 | More by beerguy101
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Islander Pale Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
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