Imperial Pale Ale - Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
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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
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.
08-06-2012 21:24:54 | More by corby112
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
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
03-05-2012 01:32:27 | More by draheim
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
Appearance - clear orange with a medium head and nice lacing
Smell - balanced mix of sweet malt, floral and pine notes
Taste - balanced until it warms to room temp then floral hops and slight alcohol come forth
Mouthfeel - medium body and carbonation
Overall - liked this once it warmed up a bit, unique
01-12-2012 04:05:18 | More by djbreezy
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
11-13-2011 17:35:49 | More by Ryan011235
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
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
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
Imperial Pale Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.