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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
84
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
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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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.7%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded gold with very little head. Nose is light fruits with a very faint touch of piney hops. Almost an effervescent orange on there as well. Very light. Flavor has a hoppy tone to it. Full, but not overpowering. Strong, but not shoving it down your throat. I guess I will describe it as full. Feel is a bit thicker on the liquid and high on carbonation. Very drinkable. A well crafted and calmer APA. Worth a shot.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gavage, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from cask at the brewery in Seattle.

Pours a fresh, clear golden colour, very light weight, with a frothy, cracky and undeniably "casky" head of white. This leaves some patchy suds as it crackles and casks its way out of existence.

Bright mild fruit on the palate, giving perhaps a touch of mango, and stonefruit, with some peppery notes cutting through. Overall, it's pretty mild, but it's not unpleasant.

Light entry before more of that slightly sweet, slightly tropical fruit flavour mid-palate. Some mild, neutral grain comes through as well. On the finish we get a hint of metallic bite to add some sharpness, but everything has been smoothed and blunted.

Feel is great from the cask. Adds another layer of smoothness that it wouldn't have otherwise had.

Overall, a very decent drop. Smooth and light and very easy to drink. I probably like it more than these scores would indicate—it's a super drinkable beer that I'd love to have more regularly.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A barren, flat surface exists in part to the lack of head. A murky peach nectar looking beer that glows pumpkin orange to the light. Its colour and pulpy appearance has this looking like a fruit puree.

The smell gives you a clear message that this will be an American West Coast rendition of the traditionally mild English style. The oven-fresh bread and biscuit malt is coated in acidic hop resin. The combination makes for a toasty and plant like bouquet.

There is a balance struck between malt and hop, bitterness and sweetness but the body is a little too flat to lift the citrus and fruit out of the hops. As result, they impart more bitterness than flavour and hamper on a lot of the taste.

The taste is enjoyable: oven-fresh biscuits, grassy, grainy wheat and the light zest of flowery Saaz hops. Its makeup is just like that of classic English pale ales, only with some light citrus and the extra punch of hops!

I have no complaints with what I'm drinking, although it might need a little tweaking to become a really great beer. An ounce more carbonation might be welcome support to the cast of hop resins, that make the beginning of what could be an incredibly quenching pint.

biegaman, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

flagmantho, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

RoyalT, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of RedDiamond
4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Somehow I wasn't expecting to be blown away by a pale ale. It's an ordinary style in the sense that its core merits are simplicity and companionability, and I'm generally not impressed when brewers attempt to transform a pale into something it shouldn't be. It's not a hop monster and it need not dazzle or impress.

But that doesn't mean the humble pale ale can't be a brilliant beer such as this one is. Islander has a thick, bleached white head and a slightly hazed yellow-blonde body. The airy fragrance speaks of Saaz spiciness and the taste delivers a zesty dry wheatiness onto a full malty body. It's rare to find a mouthfeel this plump and developed on a pale ale. Yet the wheat adjunct contributes high quaffability and leaves a lacy curtain of mad abstractions on the glass. And the use of Czech hops yields crisp bittering and lager-hybrid appeal.

Islander is an excellent example of crossbred ale with high drinkability and no excess drama. It demonstrates the premise that a simple beer brewed to near perfection can inspire as much or more awe than many more flamboyant recipes. Outstanding.

RedDiamond, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

hopdog, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +6.7%

twelveinches, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev 0%

strongaf, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of beerguy101
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

beerguy101, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Redrover, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

BigBry, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

ElGordo, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of grittybrews
3.75/5  rDev 0%

grittybrews, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of MTNboy
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

MTNboy, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev 0%

jmccraney, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of kbub6f
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This hazy, goldy-amber beer sports a small, cream-colored, active, noisy head. It smells of sweet caramel and toasty biscuits. There's a little citrus in there too. The start is nicely hoppy bitter. The middle is foamy, milky caramel. It's a little watery and has a light body. Finish is very bitter grapefruit. It's not bad. A little one-dimensional (on the bitter side). Could use a little more malt for my tastes.

kbub6f, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of scottwurst
3.75/5  rDev 0%

scottwurst, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of sukwonee
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

sukwonee, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of loren01
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden color, good sized frothy white head, good lace down the glass
S: Slight malt sweetness mixed with the smell of fresh cut grass/alfalfa.
T: Slight metallic taste that was a turn off. Decent hoppy flavor
M: Smooth good amount of carbonation, went down easily
D: Decent pale ale, though nothing too spectacular.

loren01, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of beertaster13
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

beertaster13, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of hreb
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

hreb, May 29, 2011
Photo of Zach122
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Zach122, Oct 31, 2013
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Islander Pale Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.