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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

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
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 garthwaite
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

garthwaite, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 OldFrothingSlosh
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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

OldFrothingSlosh, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

RoyalT, May 18, 2004
Photo of brakspear
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

brakspear, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of drewbage
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a pint at the Jolly Roger Tap Room (next to the Brewery)

Didn't I just have this beer at the Summer Brewfest? yup.. But I tell you this beer is even better on the cask than it was on CO2

Aroma is graddy and buttery on top of a beer that is dark golden with a light haze. Loose fluffly and soap bubble like head.

Flavor is of soft spciy hops with a touch of lemony citrus mixed with a floral finish to the hops. Malt was soft and round and just turning to a slight corny grain character.

A fine example of how improved the experience of an intensely hoppy beer can be on Cask. While on CO2 the beer is massively bitter and acidic (which can be a good thing) on the cask the flavor becomes more expressive and a fuller experience.

drewbage, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 28, 2002
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Imperial Pale Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.