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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

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

This was sent to me by a friend that moved to Seattle recently. I do not agree with the DIPA classification on this one and am reviewing it as a Pale Ale.

Pours a dark yellow, borderline orange color. Very clear, good amount of white foam but not much retention or lacing.

Smell is moderately heavy on the hops for a pale ale. Still the balance was right on for a hoppy pale ale. Malt sweetness mixed with a touch of citrus aroma hops. The only reason this didn't score higher in smell is because of the alcohol showing through.

Flavor is crisp and refreshing to say the least. It has adequate citrus and pine flavor but its not quite as potent as the aroma would suggest.

Medium carbonation and medium/light body make this quite drinkable. Definitely a warm weather beer.

t0rin0, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 28, 2002
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a fully fogged in amber. Nose is pretty subdued with a metallic edge and slight hops. There is a pretty distinct alcohol edge that peeked out when things got warmer. Flavor is a bit meaty with a fairly prominent alcohol on the tongue. Slight hop character and a bitter tang is there. I would be interested to know the precise ABV on this puppy. Feel is good with the bubble and kind of thick on the liquid. Overall drinkable. Though the hit of alcohol on the tongue doesn't really add. Is kind of a mild DIPA and doesn't really carry any punch in the mouth as far as that goes. Smooth, but doesn't really carry a mass of character. Do away with that alcohol showing up and you'd make things even more interesting I think.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of russpowell
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

russpowell, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +9%

Clear, pale amber color, nice, fresh white head atop, settling into a narrow ring.
Aroma, citrus, grapefruit, peachy, banana, a bit of pine, pineapple, even, but none too pronounced. A little slick, and oily.
Mmm, big impact on arrival! Huge entry on the palate, brimming with hoppitude, bristling with piney resins, juicy, tarry associations, just a hop-tastic blaze set loose on the tastebuds. Mellows out right quick, and there's just enough malty feel in the body to provide appropriate balance. Just enough, though, not a plentitude or anything, the hop phalanx at the for is still in firm command.
Taste like a pale ale, but with this blaring, blazing, utterly reckless cadre of hop devastation setting fire to any semblance of balance...not that that's a bad thing...in fact, I like it!
Quite an interesting bottle of brew they got going on! Cheers to that!

feloniousmonk, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

Gavage, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

11/30/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a notched date strip on the side of the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange-golden pour. Very solid and white inch plus head with better than average chunks of lace.

Smell- Floral, citrus and sugary hops. Also a wee bit of midrange dark malt.

Taste- Sugary sweet, but not too sweet, hops combine with a spicy (odd) and mild grapefruit and lemon hop flavor. The malt mingles well with the hops as well.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and a bit lower than average carb level.

Drinkability- Definitely worth a look see. I'd pick one up again if I could find it around here.

GClarkage, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a clear golden orange color with a one finger white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Streaks of lacing left behind.

Complex hop aroma with lots of tropical and citrus fruit notes countering the earthy, grassy character.  Hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange pell followed by earthy pine needle and biscuity malt.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of bitter, earthy hops and sweet fruit notes. Hints of grassy pine needle giving off dry bitterness that lingers throughout.  This is countered by hints of citrus rind, grapefruit and pineapple.   Some biscuity pale malt and sweet booze toward the finish.  Well balanced and dangerously drinkable.

corby112, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +5.5%

A:Poured a cloudy bright orange in color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S:Malts, grass and some grapefruit

T: Taste is not overwhelmed with hops but has a good malt backbone, grass, citrus

M: Nice and balanced

D: Pretty good across the board

barleywinefiend, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Billolick
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.

Billolick, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

mdaschaf, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

John_M, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -20.8%

rab53, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

plaid75, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of beertunes
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.

beertunes, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
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

dirtylou, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Served on cask at the Engine House No. 9 in Tacoma, the Imperial is a murky dark yellow with large foamy bubbles that really make this look a lot like a glass of piss...consequently, I'm not impressed!

Aroma is pleasant and fairly strong, butterscotch diactyl, with tangerine/apricot esters.

Taste is sweet butterscotch malt with a nice citrus punch of hop flavor thats neither too bitter or overbearing, and is in fact overall rather smooth. I really like the hops here, vibrant without being too astringent, quite nice.

The cask conditioning really mellows the mouthfeel and works well here.

This is one damn drinkable cask IPA. I wonder what the ABV is, doesn't drink that big, although I appreciate the hops and english ale esters that keep it full of flavor, without being to heavy on the stomach.

ccrida, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of chippo33
1.25/5  rDev -67%

chippo33, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
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.

RoyalT, May 18, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Thanks again to RoyalT for the growler of this local treat! This was a clear orange colour with a big white head. The aromas were all fresh hops, heavy-handed caramel malts, and a bit of the booze. The taste is very piney and earthy up front, but soon the huge malt backbone of this brew begins to peak its head over the fence of fresh citrusy hops. So strong, and yet so balanced! The mouthfeel is creamy, yet sharp and the drinkability is out of this world. Another excellent PacNW brew! How many are there!?

francisweizen, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of cpetrone84
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.

cpetrone84, Mar 25, 2014
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Imperial Pale Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.