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

29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 51
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2003

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Reviews: 29 | Hads: 51
Photo of henrysunset
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and clear with a small tan head. Smell was intense and desireable, resembling the caramel scent (or as a friend described it, a burnt cotton-candy scent)

Taste was incredibly nice. Very smooth and almost creamy, initial flavor is that of a nice light beer, but it goes away leaving a burnt, tasty caramel flavour. Altogether, excellent. I don't know if this comes from the conditioning, but I loved it. (410 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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. (1,204 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
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 (263 characters)

Photo of 49degrees
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 ] (1,329 characters)

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Islander Pale Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.