Imperial Pale Ale - Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
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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
2.5/5 rDev -34%
I don't know what went wrong here. Much of my pint of Maritime's only regular big beer was fine. But the smell was indescribably foul. It's not that I couldn't figure out what the beer smelled like. I had no difficulty discerning exactly what this beer smelled like. I just can't bring myself to talk about it. Let's just say that a beer should never, ever smell like this.
Of course, I can't be certain it was the beer itself that smelled as it did. It could have been the pint glass. The fact that the beer's taste didn't suffer from a parallel corruption could implicate the glass. Either way, Maritime crashed hard on this one and I will ding them for it.
At 7.5% ABV, this Imperial isn't very imperial. It shows a bone-white head with heavy lace, and a sassy, vivid yellow color with low CO2. Bittering is firm and drinkability (absent the smell) is casual. A brisk dryness suggested wheat to me. Later I learned the beer is indeed brewed with wheat.
I'll make a point of giving Maritime's Imperial Pale another chance. But with this effort so thoroughly squandered by sanitation issues, I don't know why I should.
03-14-2008 03:05:44 | More by RedDiamond
3/5 rDev -20.8%
This is going to be a short review because I lost my notes from last night.
This Imperial IPA was typical in all aspects. The color was perhaps a bit lighter than usual for the style. The aroma was a little softer than expected, as was the flavor. Body and drinkability were as expected for the style. Worth trying if you see it.
07-26-2009 19:44:41 | More by beertunes
3.1/5 rDev -18.2%
Pour is clear dark amber with a yellowish white head. Nose is bready and doughy, piney hops and resin. Taste is doughy, some bread crust, pine and faint citrus with gentle bitterness. Body is rather full and creamy, moderate carbonation and a semi dry finish. Some malt sugars of caramel linger through a shorter finish.
03-25-2014 20:26:21 | More by cpetrone84
3.2/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
08-07-2011 03:53:36 | More by Sky2625
3.25/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
04-21-2010 04:53:47 | More by rpstevens
3.25/5 rDev -14.2%
From cask at the brewery in Seattle.
Pours a straw yellow hue with solid hazing. Body is firm, supporting a rocky, sticky, honeycombed white head. Surprisingly, it doesn't leave much lace as it disintegrates, which is a bit of a disappointment. Otherwise, it's a solid looking cask pour.
Nose is surprisingly weak, with very little aroma noticeable at all. There's a whiff of tropical fruits to it, but I feel as though I smell it only because I expect it. Some mild malt perhaps? No, there's not much to it: it's inoffensive, but bland.
Light smoothness comes through on the front of the palate, before some faintly fruity, faintly acrid characters meld with a more pronounced grain note mid-palate. Back is smooth, with a hint of banana skin, but there's a build up of resin, which is the first truly noticeable hop character.
Feel is undeniable smooth and good from the cask.
Overall though, this really should be better. I had a couple of really good beers here, and many that showed very unrealised potential. This is one of the latter.
07-27-2012 05:09:14 | More by lacqueredmouse
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
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
Imperial Pale Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.