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Imperial Pale Ale - Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Imperial Pale AleImperial Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2002)
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Reviews by grittybrews:
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grittybrews

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured copper orange with a finger of bright white head. Aroma of caramel and some mild pine.

Moderate carbonation and a full, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Quite sweet with lots of caramel, honey, and bread. Just a bit of pine and citrus on the finish.

Interesting to have an imperial pale ale; definitely more malt-forward. Just a hint of booziness and not overly sweet, but one was plenty.

08-27-2012 00:59:31 | More by grittybrews
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

05-18-2004 01:07:47 | More by RoyalT
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Billolick

New York

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

08-25-2007 12:47:00 | More by Billolick
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

07-06-2006 00:28:18 | More by warriorsoul
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%

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

06-05-2004 01:50:40 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

11-02-2011 23:40:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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jpbebeau

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-02-2012 16:37:14 | More by jpbebeau
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ste5venla

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-30-2012 05:58:34 | More by ste5venla
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IntriqKen

California

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

11-04-2006 22:57:25 | More by IntriqKen
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-02-2013 19:02:36 | More by mdaschaf
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

08-28-2002 19:17:05 | More by NeroFiddled
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dirtylou

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

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

10-08-2008 01:40:44 | More by dirtylou
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jmccraney

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-26-2012 08:46:16 | More by jmccraney
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BuckeyeOne

Washington

2.48/5  rDev -34.6%

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.

02-18-2011 04:46:41 | More by BuckeyeOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

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

06-21-2008 23:49:49 | More by russpowell
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justiceavocado

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-05-2012 17:09:05 | More by justiceavocado
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Kevlee722

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-27-2012 05:37:19 | More by Kevlee722
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GimmeAles

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%

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!

10-21-2006 05:41:22 | More by GimmeAles
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bonez05404

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-10-2014 21:01:19 | More by bonez05404
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Rchap1

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

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!

02-18-2009 16:34:16 | More by Rchap1
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Hendrick24

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-21-2014 20:49:07 | More by Hendrick24
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n2185

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

05-04-2013 00:16:02 | More by n2185
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-14-2013 05:19:41 | More by jaydoc
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Hopmodium

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-13-2013 23:36:39 | More by Hopmodium
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franksnbeans

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

10-04-2007 23:19:31 | More by franksnbeans
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Imperial Pale Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.