Imperial Pale Ale - Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Imperial Pale AleImperial Pale Ale

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very good

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Maritime Pacific Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2002

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Photo of RoyalT
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This poured a hazy, light yellow with an orangish tinge. The head came up nicely.

Smell – The aroma here was light and woody with strong cask notes. The hops were very mild at the nose.

Taste – Boy, was this cask-conditioned. The woody notes took over this IPA. The dry, resiny hops were nice, and the malt backbone was in full effect, but the woody character of this offering shined through loud and clear.

Mouthfeel – This was creamy smooth and medium-bodied with a very dry finish.

Drinkability – This went down alright, but I don’t know that this was the best ale to serve on-cask. The competing flavors left something to be desired. I liked the straight on-tap version much better. Two very different IPAs.

Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info to be seen, the web site says this one is 7.5% by the way..anyway this offering pours dark straw, under a wonderful, light tan very retentive head. Almost a maringue formed in the head upon a nose enhancing swirl. Leaves thick sheeting, nice looking beer. Nose is full cone hop baby, lots of resins, and minty freshness. Simply a yummy, nicely crafted hop bomb, greatly smoothed out by generous waves of malt. I like! Hops stick on the teeth and make me want to pop another one. Well worth seeking out this very worthy DIPA. Nice to find sixers of this stuff @ Shoreline beverage on L.I., N.Y.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to skyhand for sending this unknown my way...it is great to have someone looking out for something you might enjoy.
The style is right up my alley too.
Honey amber in color with a full finger and a half of bright white head after an agressive pour...nice sticky, sporadic lacing remains.
A touch buttery in the nose, with floral hops mostly, followed by some malty sweetness.
Taste is decent...a bit unbalanced for my taste buds. It has plenty of hops and although the malt is sweetening it up, it lacks substance somehow and does little to counteract the hops.
Finishes quite bitter, but the sweetness lingers a bit too long too.
Mouthfeel is average and the carbonation is good and the alcohol is well hidden.
Not chomping at the bit to finish this one...a decent beer for the style, but better out there.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. amber bottle with a best before date of 1/05.

Poured a cloudy bright orange in color. Lots of chunky yeasties suspended in this one. Thick, long-lasting white lace dies to a thin head yet it still manages to lace the glass nicely. Surprisingly balanced nose of malty sweetness offset by a hefty dose of grassy/floral hops. Like the smell, the flavor is not overwhelmed with hops. Sweet on the front end, almost a honey-like sweetness. Middle is acidic, grapefruit-juicey. Finishes with a splash of alcohol and a drawn-out bitterness. Super smooth and thick on the palate. Extremely drinkable. Incredibly well-balanced. A sure keeper that I'd love to have again and again.

Raise a pint with me in thanks to RoyalT!h

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little darker than average, gets into dark orange almost light brown territory, eggshell white head to it. Decent aroma, more dry hopping please, this leaned sugar and bitter instead of vegetal hoppy.

More sugar, boy this was kind of a sweet ipa. Like, the sweetest that I can recall. Eh, better than just another bitter bomb. Would say its dominant grapefruit hop taste wise.

A decent ipa for the price, if you like 'em sweet, this is up your alley.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow with a half finger of white bubbles that melts quickly to a ring of sticky lacing.
Aroma is sort of floral hops in nature with just a bit o orange and pineapple.
Creamy clean malt on the tongue followed with assertive citrus hops...orange peel to grapefruit peel....leaving your mouth clean, crisp and dry as you swallow.
No idea of the ABV since it isn't listed an is surprisingly absent in the taste or aroma.
Aftertaste is a clean grapefruit hop. I have to admit there is an amazing hop finish to this brew that does NOT get blended or overpowered with a sweetness of the double malts. Makes for a wonderful clean aftertaste.
Clean and dry.
Ready for the next sip.
(remember...this is an IMPERIAL IPA....caution...respect...surprise)
Really good clean fresh drinker for a DIPA. Could probably session until I hit the floor.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, deep gold and brass in color with a full head of large bubbled off-white froth. The head has brilliant staying power and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is of malty sweetness backed by bright grassy & floral hops. A full body combines with a limited carbonation to give a pillow-soft mouthfeel. The flavor is richly malty and full of hop flavor, well balanced with solid bitterness. There's some fruitiness and a gentle caramel edge to the maltiness. Is that a light diacetyl I'm picking up? At points the hops can take on a minty character. Although the carbonation can at times give a little tingle to the tongue, it's softness helps to bring out the sweetness of the malt and keep the bitterness in check. The finish is slightly sticky and quite bitter, increasing a little bit with each taste. Quite a big beer; and a real balancing act to keep so much sweet malt from becoming cloying, and so much bitterness from becoming overwhelming. Definitely a treat, but not for everynight.

Photo of dirtylou
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery on a rainy friday afternoon

appearance: poured into a pint glass, straw-orange in color, egg-white head with foamy lace

smell: zesty potent hops, citrus and pine, pacific northwest hops loaded with pine resin...1 dimensional but who cares

taste: pacific northwest hops...pine resin, bitter grapefruit balanced by a moderate malt backbone...just another solid installment in a hophead's tour of seattle

mouthfeel: oily and medium bodied

drinkability: quaffable

Photo of BuckeyeOne
2.51/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy, dark straw color with a bubbly, pillowy white head that hung around for just a bit. Left some lacing.

I picked up very little aroma at all in this beer. Definitely no citrus or pine or tropical fruit or even malt. Smelled like a weak pale ale.

Unfortunately, the flavor left as much to be desired as the nose. The ABV must be the only thing that makes this a DIPA because nothing in the flavor would indicate such. I must say I'm disappointed in this PNW brewery putting out such a lame DIPA.

Good carbonation. Medium bodied.

This was by no stretch of the imagination an offensive beer, but really there's nothing to it. If someone else was buying, I'd drink these but I'd never again order on my own.

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade with the too generous RoryGilmore, cheers Rick!!

Pours an effervescent honey with one finger of eggshell white head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Grapefruit hops (muted) & not much else. I do get biscuitty malt the bottom 1/3rd of the glass

T: Biscuitty malt, grapefruit, honey, & some flinty dryness up front. Biscuitty malt, some lemon & grapefruit hops, plus a touch of apricot & a bit of booze in the finish, plus cisp hoppyness as this warms. Almost pulled a 4.5, but needed a little more malt balance or different hops

MF: Medium bodied with slight stickyness, moderate carbonation & great balance with nice smoothness

Drank pretty easy, I believe this one would sneak up on you if tried to session on it

Photo of GimmeAles
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Needed to try this one from the source after a very sad recent experience at a pub not a mile away. Enjoyed in the Jolly Roger Taproom on premises of the brewery.

On-cask, served in a 16oz pint glass, with an airy head of soapy-looking bubbles a good 1.5 inches thick. This left gorgeous, glutinous globs of lace sticking the whole way down the glass. A shimmering and slightly hazy golden body.

Floral Pineapple and orange candy are first on the nose providing a nice aromatic stage for a slight vanillin sweetness making a cameo appearance.

Taste is a mirror of the nose, though richer. More soft, floral hesperidial qualities emerge and pine-resiny hops are all over. A more pronounced vanilla sweetens and balances the bitterness, though the bitterness wins as it should! A winsome doughy, yeast character is in there as well. Quite nice.

Cask mouthfeel is sublime – smooth and well-mannered, showing off the best of hops, malt and yeast. This is a beer I could drink all night and much more on target with what I remember from times past. Redemption achieved!

Photo of Rchap1
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Elephant and Castle, Seattle WA. Had to drink it relatively quickly as well due to last call, but I still got all the info I needed.

A: Deep golden color, not dark enough to qualify as coppery, but a nice gold hue.

S: Very light, almost deceptively light. I expect a bit more of a strong flowery hop smell, but this was actually quite gentle. I really really enjoyed this aspect of the beer.

T: A lot more aggressive than I was expecting from the smell. There was definitely a strong floral hop taste, and a very very strong aftertaste. Not over-the-top bitter, but still pretty strong.

M: I enjoyed the mouthfeel on this, the hop flavor lingered for quite a bit and made sure you didn't forget what you were drinking!

D: I'm not sure I could put down more than a couple of these in a row, but for a strong IPA with a kind of low ABV, I think this is a decent choice if you just have to have an IPA. All in all, I'd call this one a winner, and one I'd love to have again!

Photo of franksnbeans
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden apricot with two fingers of white head that clings to the glass as it slowly fades to a ring. Smells of sweet caramel malt and piney grassy hops. Pretty subtle for IIPA. Taste shows you why its in this catagory. Starts of sweet malt then smacks you with some hops and a bitter grapefruit rind finish. Smooth and full in the mouth with limited carbonation. Very drinkable and well worth a try.

Photo of bignick
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Skyhand. Poured into a pint glass.

I don't know what the hell an "imperial pale ale" is, but it tastes pretty good. BA classifies it as a DIPA, but it tastes more like a pale ale on steroids, and I compare it to SNPA, Anhcor Liberty, Smutty Shoal's, or any other very good pale ale.

The taste is of pretty stingent west-coast hops. It is very floral in the nose, but very puckering as it goes down. It is slightly sweet, but not at all syrupy. On the whole, I like the beer, even though I question the legitimateness of the name and the style designation. It has a deceptive drinkablilty for the abv.

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy deep straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a subtle grapefruit hop.

The taste consisted of a well balanced citrus hop and grainy malt. There were some apricot and sweet orange detected toward the finish. Rather shallow flavorwise for a DIPA.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall an easy drinking DIPA. However, there was a serious lack of flavor.

Photo of Sky2625
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a straight side pint glass (this review from notes taken 7/27/11).

A - Poured golden amber with a 1/2-finger of off-white small to large bubble head. Some retention with spotty lace. Carbonation cascade maintains an island of head.

S - Initial subtle caramel notes, followed by a stronger floral and pine hoppiness, with spicy peppery hints, and a slight boozy finish.

T - Sharp piney hop start flows into steady sharp bitterness. Hints of apple and caramel under the bitterness, finishes with a splash of black pepper and a bit of heat.

M - Medium body with creamy texture. Carbonation sizzles over the center of the tongue. Bit of mild heat down the back of the throat.

D - Most of the flavor in this bottle is extreme hop bitterness and black pepper, which is interesting but not what I'd prefer. Bought a six-pack, but didn't want them all.

Photo of rpstevens
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass. This bottle was a nice extra from northwestmark, thanks. The beer pours a nice bright orange with amber edges. There is a thin white head that leaves some oily lacing.

The smell is grapefruit and pine cone hops, but there is too much bready malt presence.

The taste is crisp grapefruit and very bitter pine hops, but the biscuit malts are a bit too strong. The piney hops come back for the finish, which is nice and bitter.

The beer is light bodied and well carbonated. The 7.5% abv is well hidden by the bitter hops, but the amount of bready malt present in the nose and flavor make the drinkability suffer. I don't mind a balanced IIPA, but I prefer a nice caramel backbone to a biscuity one.

Photo of xoqx
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhere between a yellow and orange and amber is the color of this beer from this craft brewer in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. There is an off-white head that exhibits light retention and light lacing. The smell of this beer is nice and complex with orange-citrus and grapefruity esters as well as a floral and grassy. The taste is totally hop-ended with very bitter citric hops. There is just no way to discern much detail about the malts supporting this bitter high end. There is a medium-long finish and a sharp mouthfeel. Drinkable.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at the Sunset Tavern on 11/12/11 while waiting for the John Wesley Harding / Minus 5 show

Hazy burnt amber. Didn't pour much head, just a wispy layer. A few strands of lace.

Juicy tropical hop notes - grapefruit, tangerine, peach and pineapple. Oily. I'm not picking out any specific malt tones. Oily, resinous hop flavor; piney with dank, tropical backing. Nicely restrained bitterness. Malts are grainy and a tad toasty on the finish. Tastes herbal as it warms; lingers on. Not hot at all. Finishes a mite tingly. Fairly full body; slick with hop oils. Carbonation is well proportioned and matches the feel.

Overall impression - pretty nicely done. Easily drinkable.

Photo of Gavage
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange in color with a short 1" head that falls quickly. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: grapefruit and pine are easily picked up by the nose well outside the glass.

Taste: nicely balanced as malt, grapefruits, pears, and pinecone bitterness are all singularly distinguishable but make a nice overall flavor. Alocohol was barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp at the start while the finish is crisp and long on the pine bitterness and grapefruit tones.

Drinkability: this is a solid Imperial IPA that several can be consumed, but it will sneak up on you. A pleasant find.

Photo of garthwaite
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 2L growler sent across the country by skyhand. Pours a hazy deep gold with moderate sized head & excellent lacing. Mild floral hop aroma with notes of pine & citrus & some fruity sweetness. Mild initial wave of flavors highlighted by sweet oranges & rock candy sweetness are overcome quickly by a welcome long lasting bitterness. Pine & citrus hop taste fill the back of the mouth with that sugary sweetness still lingering upfront. Seems a bit thin in the mouth for an imperial, but finishes very clean & a little spice. Pleasant & bright with really high drinkability levels, a somewhat tame version of the style. Thanks again, Kim!

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jake's in Steilacoom the other day.

The beer pours the protypical DIPA orange peach color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is all DIPA (West Coast style). There is quite a bit of underlying citrus from the huge amount of hops, but I also get something of an earthy, tobacco and slight brown sugar component as well. The beer really smells terrific. On the palate the beer is dominated by the hops, but there's enough malt so you're not overwhelmed by it. Still, the finish is pretty dry, as one would expect from a NW DIPA/IPA. Again, there is also a bit of earthiness and brown sugar on the palate, which I'm enjoying as well. The beer is not heavy or tiring, and drinkability is pretty good for a DIPA.

I've had better, but this is a solid DIPA from Maritime. Had this after a glass of Pliny and it still held its own pretty well. Nice beer.

Photo of brakspear
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big beer that does not get too out of control. It has a deep orange body and sticky white head indicating the generous malt used for this beer. The aroma is aromatic northwest hops over a sweet malty nose...very nice. The taste is a striking balance of the malty sweetness, slight caramel notes, and a big hop finish. The generous body does not become cloying, so this Imperial IPA is easy to drink.

Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into an American pint glass @ Lockspot, Ballard, Seattle, Washington.

Copper color w/ a soft creamy white head, solid lacing all the way down as I drain the pint.

Aroma is piney and floral hops.

Taste follows nose - piney & grassy, a little floral. Hops are the star of the show here but there's a clean malty presence as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, carbonation just right.

Overall a solid, enjoyable IPA that made my fish & chips and steamed clams taste even better.

Photo of wcuberos
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler and first had a good finger of head then it trailed off and left a thin finish on top. The nose wasn't strong, didn't get much aroma at all but picked up a little citrus with my nose in the glass.

It has a mild citrus flavor that comes across nicely, doesn't leave a big mouth feel though and I was expecting it from a Double IPA. It does leave a great lacing down the glass as it's emptied.

There's a slight bitterness that hits you in the back of the mouth as an aftertaste that I really liked.

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Imperial Pale Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.