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Imperial Pale Ale - Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Imperial Pale AleImperial Pale Ale

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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 plaid75
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 franksnbeans
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

franksnbeans, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of ccrida
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 ChrisCastillo
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very clear, pale straw colored pour that leaves a fluffly white creamy dense head that wont let go of the glass. excellent lacing. Taste is hops upfront, malt quickly following. Hops are citric, and grassy, malt is bready, nutty, and grainy. Excellent malty aftertaste that coats the tounge in between sips. I def smell some cascade hops in there, maybe some wheat malt as well. Alcohol becomes more present as the brew warms, but its not too overpowering as with some imperial IPA's ive had. Overall a well balanced high malt high hops imperial IPA from Maritime Pacific Brewing. Grab one and see for yourself-


ChrisCastillo, May 26, 2007
Photo of xoqx
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhere between a yellow and orange and amber is the color of this beer from this craft brewer in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. There is an off-white head that exhibits light retention and light lacing. The smell of this beer is nice and complex with orange-citrus and grapefruity esters as well as a floral and grassy. The taste is totally hop-ended with very bitter citric hops. There is just no way to discern much detail about the malts supporting this bitter high end. There is a medium-long finish and a sharp mouthfeel. Drinkable.

xoqx, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

IntriqKen, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of GimmeAles
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

GimmeAles, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of troutmask96
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Maritime Brewing's line of beers, and this may be my favorite offering of theirs. Though I prefer to drink it at their fantastic Jolly Roger pub, this is a good one poured out of the bottle, too. It's light orange color does not represent the richness of the brew itself. Smell is excellent - very biscuity and hoppy. Taste is of hops and butterscotch - sweet, but not disarmingly so. Finishes with a gentle bitterness that lends a great drinkability. A sensational session IPA...

troutmask96, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellowy gold and hazy with an off white head. Sweet orange citrusy aroma, also a sugary candy malt sweetness. Taste is creamy sweetness up front, a little nuttiness, and then a pretty big grassy drying bitterness. Some citrus hop afttertaste lingers on the tongue. Easy to drink, very nice big bitterness is not overpowerful but very satisfying.

hoppymeal, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I revisited this one at the Elk Public House.


This time it was a cask conditioned offering. Here is the original review from 3/25/06:


All my earlier scores and impressions hold, except it wasn't as bitter as I said it was originally. Could be due to the cask conditioning. This added to its drinkability, and it was very good. I'd have Maritime Imperial IPA again from a cask for sure.

RJLarse, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of sockeye101
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Engine House #9 and it is one of the best beers that I've ever had. The pint came with a gorgeous offwhite head and a cloudy orange color. I didn't pick up any strong powerful aromas, slightly floral, sweet and a touch of wood tones, but nothing overpowering to the nose. Wonderful hop flavors with a lingering bitterness at the end but exceptionally smooth and mellow. Creamy mouthfeel and smooth, smooth, smooth. Did I mention it was smooth? The cask conditioning really added a character to this beer that is hard to describe but the results are perfect. If I run into Imperial Pale Ale again on cask it will be hard to pass it up.

sockeye101, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of ccs
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't even know this existed until I saw it on the shelf. It's a beautiful gold with a white 1/4 inch head. The aroma is hops and malt, such a great balance--grassy, herbal hops with the sweet grainy malt. It was great. The taste, after the appearance and smell, is a little disappointing. It's just a little flat when you compare it to other aspects. The mouthfeel is what I anticipated, maybe a little better than expected--full compared to a regular pale ale but very appropriate to style.

ccs, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of benito
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap about six weeks ago at Barking Dog in Seattle and was happy to get a hold of a bottled version. It pours a hazy orange/peach with a sudsy white head that lingers well. It has the strong citrus bouquet that one would hope for in a double IPA, and it's got a wonderful balance in between the piney flavors of the hops and a sweet malt body. The hop flavors--pine along with grass, lime, and alcohol--dominate the end of the palate and leave a long, bitter aftertaste in the back of the mouth.

The full-bodied length that I expect in a DIPA is present from start to finish and is a good reminder of just how hefty a beer this is (though the ABV isn't listed anywhere on the label). Overall, this is a tasty, well-balanced IPA that makes for a great brew with which to end a summer's day.

benito, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 25, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

warriorsoul, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of bignick
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Skyhand. Poured into a pint glass.

I don't know what the hell an "imperial pale ale" is, but it tastes pretty good. BA classifies it as a DIPA, but it tastes more like a pale ale on steroids, and I compare it to SNPA, Anhcor Liberty, Smutty Shoal's, or any other very good pale ale.

The taste is of pretty stingent west-coast hops. It is very floral in the nose, but very puckering as it goes down. It is slightly sweet, but not at all syrupy. On the whole, I like the beer, even though I question the legitimateness of the name and the style designation. It has a deceptive drinkablilty for the abv.

bignick, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 freed
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Bottleworks, partly due to it's interesting label. It pours a nice golden hue with just a mild haze. Medium white head with lacing.

Aroma is a mix of pale malts and background bittering hop - strong and green.

Taste is a simple malt body which is dominated by a nugget-like, mouth-drying-then-watering bitterness. There's a lighter pitch-pine taste too, but it's a salivating ride. Strong bitterness, but a nice summer evening drink.

freed, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of woemad
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.25.

Poured a hazy orange-amber color. Moderate sized withe head that dropped after a couple of minutes. Modest lace left behind on my Mirror Pond glass.

Aroma of sharp, grapefruity hops along with some freshly cut grass tones. Not getting a lot of malt out of this one.

Apparently the malt was frightened by the sight of my nose snifing from the top of the glass, because it's definitely here. While the hops are large and in charge, there is a distinct malt backdrop here that keeps the hops from spinning out of control. The initial taste is dominated by citrusy hops, with more bitter bretheren in the background, it is then succeeded by a mild, malty sweetness. At the finish, the hops strike back, with a pleasing, sharply dry taste. Nothing about the taste of this says "Imperial IPA", by the way. If the abv is high, it is discretely hidden.

This has just the right level of carbonation - just enough to keep things interesting. The mouthfeel is a little more creamy than most IPAs but not at all to an unpleasant degree.

This makes for a pretty tasty IPA. I'm curious what the abv is, since it didn' seem strong at all. Guess I'll have to save it for the day I can actually drink at the JR.

woemad, May 07, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at Redbones.

This Imperial IPA poured a cloudy, peach color with very white foam that coated the glass very thoroughly. The smell was lightly sweet, dominated by fruity hops. The taste was lightly sweet (malty) with strong, fruity hops (reminiscent of pineapple). Nicely hoppy, but not overly bitter. The mouthfeel was crisp and hoppy with medium-full body and moderate carbonation. This was a very good and enjoyable I2PA.

UncleJimbo, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of beertaster13
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid IPA. Pours a nice amber yellow/orange, with a beautiful off white head, lacing will coat the glass. The smell is very hoppy, meaning lots of citrus and pine smell, the taste a little to hoppy with not enough sweet blended malts. The sugared caramel seemed light and un attractive, the hops while nice didn't seem to fit as well as I expected for an Imperial, still solid.

beertaster13, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of garthwaite
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +18.7%
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%
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
Imperial Pale Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.