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Islander Pale Ale - Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Islander Pale AleIslander Pale Ale

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2003)
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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 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 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 Rennpferd
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know what happened here. I had it on tap and it was brought to me like a dead man on a slab. I thought it was too clear, flat and life-less to be what I ordered. Maybe the bar had crapped up lines.

It had a great aromatic hop smell. I didn't think it was anything greater than usual for an pale ale but it was good.

It had a well balanced hop and malt flavor. I felt that it was very smooth and light up front and bitter and strong in the finish.

It is a very drinkable beer. Except for it's appearance it has good qualities. In Maritimes defense I am blaming the line this beer was drawn from.

Rennpferd, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of ChrisCastillo
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow in color, pours with a huge, fluffy, creamy white head of foam. Slight chill haze. The head on this laces immediately from the get go. aside from the lacing, this beer looks yellow and boring.

Aroma: an initial whiff of hops, followed by some grainy/bready pale malt. The hops are floral and resinous, but not citric like many pale ales brewed in WA. This beer just smells fresh and delicious, no doubt about it.

Taste: quite bitter for a pale ale, but balanced rather nicely with a solid malt body that lingers well into the finish. Initial flavors are spicy/earthy/bitter hops, then the malt takes over. Im getting some toasted pale malts, and hints of grainy/wheaty bread. Slightly dry nuttiness as well. Finishes dry and clean.

mouthfeel/body: medium, slightly oily

overall: a delicious and flawless pale ale.

ChrisCastillo, May 14, 2008
Photo of biking4beer
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

biking4beer, Apr 30, 2008
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 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 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 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 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 masikon
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

masikon, Dec 27, 2005
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 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 henrysunset
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

henrysunset, May 22, 2004
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 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 49degrees
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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 ]

49degrees, Mar 15, 2003
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Islander Pale Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.