ImPaled Ale | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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ImPaled AleImPaled Ale

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

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Ratings: 386 |  Reviews: 219
Reviews by barleywinebrewer:
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to BeerTruth for this via trade!
A - Solid amber hue, big off white head that dissipates slowly.
S - Big hoppy aroma, citrus, floral and pine backed by a light bready malt.
T - Sharper in the hops than the aroma indicates, about what I expected in the malts for the aroma. Oddly or interestingly enough there was a hint of a hard liquor I've had in the past. I hate to call it dialectyl but it was oddly familiar and distinctive all at the same time.
D - It was a bit hoppy for me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this while in Buffalo,liked the label.Unfiltered orange color with pretty good frothy head.Typical citruis hop aroma maybe a little grass,pretty sweet and balanced for a IPA.Very drinkable,I have gotten a few MA beers and liked them all will get more next month when Iam in Buffalo again.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The orange body was a tad hazy, but the head is what caught my eye. It came up beautifully, went down slowly, and left some wonderful pits.

Smell – Wow, this one is sharp. There’s a very sharp citrus hop aroma that cuts like a knife and forebodes big acidity. There’s also a significant malt base that seems a bit yeasty. Everything is very sharp.

Taste – Yes, that overwhelming citrus hop character is the real deal. It mixes with the yeast to form almost a sour profile (although not like an Oud Bruin or anything like that). It’s all just so sharp. The fuggle hops especially come on strong in this IPA.
Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and smooth. I wouldn’t go so far as to say “well-balanced,” but the exciting flavors felt terrific in the mouth.

Drinkability – Definitely a unique IPA. This was a fun bottle to drain and will have me thinking for days.

Comments – This ale makes you want to visit Syracuse. Thanks to OFS for putting the “slosh” in my Old Frothingslosh.

Update – I originally reviewed this in 2004, and BeerGuy was nice enough to bring a bottle out on a recent business trip in Apr 2006.

This really is a unique IPA. The yeasty flavors of this ale are overpowering. You’ll either love it or hate it, but I enjoyed drinking it. This vintage tasted exactly the same as the one I had two years ago.

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Photo of xgoodyx
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of csmartin6
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of generallee
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label offers no other information.

Appearance: It's on the darker side of the IPA style with a deep orange amber colored body. It has good clarity and a creamy off white head sitting on top. This head is thick and hangs on to the glass leaving thick lace rings at each sip.

Smell: Overall the nose is fairly light but offers a mild bready and lightly fruity base with a nice balance of citrus and herbal hops. Under that is just a slight hint of mineral.

Taste/Palate: There is a solid bready maltiness with a light fruity sweetness upfront balanced by light hop bitterness. Citrus, herbal, and mild pine like hop notes slowly take over and finish off the flavor profile firmly on the herbal/piney bitter side. This bitterness ligers and sticks for some time on the tongue.

Notes: This beer teeter totters from sweet malt to full on hop bitterness. Well done!

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Photo of JonBrand
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Copper in colour with orange hues. The head is huge and dissipates slowly ... yeah it is quite a stick mass also.

Smell: Delicate hop aroma ... sweet and floral. Some fruitiness comes through along with a bit of malt.

Taste: Thick medium body with a chewy malt mouthfeel. A big dose of hops hit the palate though it is rounded off by malt sweetness, big fruit and a touch of grain. The hop bitterness and flavour lingers for a bit while a shadow of diacetyl show in the taste.

Notes: Well crafted and well balanced ... maybe a little too fruity but what do you expect for the Ringwood yeast strain. One of the top IPAs in the US ... this is the real stuff.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled a 12 ouncer, without any freshness dating to be found. Pours basic almond,lifting an off white head with good retention that clings to the glass and leaves nicely developed lacing. Grainy hop nose. This is an aggressively hopped ale. Boldy crafted of a nice bready malt base and a nice blast of citric, grainy and pine sap hops. Pleasant and satisfying IPA. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerguy (Frank @ Diversified Imports) for this one of many Middle Ages brews now available in RI...great job!
Pours a golden copper color w/ a full two fingers of off-white head...a sudsy lacing holds tight to the side of my snifter.
Aroma is citrus hops and slightly sweet malt...nice balance in the nose.
Taste is nice...nothing over the top as far as IPA's go, but a well constructed brews. Malt has a solid backbone and the bitter hops hit the pallet quite quickly...a touch dry in its finish, but very refreshing. No alcohol detected whatsoever.
Mouthfeel is thicker than average and the carbonation is close to perfect...making this one from MA very drinkable.
These guys make some solid brews...a visit is in order.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a burned copper color witha thick, thick layer of white head that leaves distinct rings on the glass. Aromas are nice: zesty, fruity, spicy notes. Nothing too over-the-top, but it's there. Flavor reminds me initially of an ESB, quite bitter. But it smooths out nicely. A nice dash of honey flavor also noted, which was unexpected and appreciated. Finishes dry and bitter. Thick mouthfeel, medium-bodied. Crisp and bitter aftertaste. Nothing too lingering on the palate. Very drinkable. Quite glad I was able to sneak up to Binghamton while visiting the in-laws in NEPA to get some Middle Ages beers.

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Photo of Milkysunshine
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass. pours a clear golden copper color with a big 2 fingers of white fluffy foam. decent retention, some nice lace.

not a huge aroma. buttery biscuity malts with a little grassy hop.

not huge on hop flavors or bitterness, but its true to style. biscuit, toasted grain, buttery malts balanced nicely by earthy, grassy, and a touch of citrus hops.

light to medium body. very crisp. a tad too much carbonation. the hops are noticeable on the palate, but nothing that really wrecks your mouth.

drinks good, not too bad to session. i could drink these all night. i would drink again if offered to me, but i wouldnt really seek this out at a store.

good beer, true to the english style. if your looking for tons of hops, this is not your beer.

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Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear apricot-ochre colored with nearly two inches of orangey meringue that leaves lumpy craters of foam.

Light aroma of grainy malt and cinnamon, some grapefruit and pineapple, a bit of citrus.

Sweet malt upfront, some sweet citrus hops, and light brown sugar. Lemon and pine emerge in the finish and a piney bitter lingers long in the cheeks. There's a fair amount of complexity in the flavor without being over-the-top in any respect. Well balanced.

Smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry. Good sipper, pretty sessionable.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The fine beer was definitely NOT what I was looking for when I picked-up a six pack of this India Pale Ale. This is a really good Ale, but is it an India Pale Ale? I'll leave the answer to that question for others. The beer pours a rather dark amber/copper color. A monster head forms and stays for the duration. Smell is a mixture of malt and hints of hops. Taste is some what thick: strong malty caramel with only a faint hint of hops. I was reminded of dead Guy Ale by rogue or even Arrogant Bastrard. No bittering from the hops. Perhaps my beer was old? But how is one to know with no freshness date on the bottle. This is a really fine tasting "ALE" but not what you are looking for if you want something in the realm of HopDevil, SNPA, or Stone IPA. This said...this is a damn fine tasting beer!!! Try some with out preconceived expectations. Enjoy>

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Photo of nnthom266
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of ADR
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice on tap, review based on the bottle...very agressively hopped but more under control than some North American IPAs, this may be one of the most drinkable I've had...outstanding grapefruit (sort of a mild "pink"?) without being unidimensional...smell is nice as well...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden orange amber hue with a decent sized white head dwindles rather quick leaves specks of lacing. Aroma: Has a funky vanilla tone, some diacetyl funk showing signs of age and floral hops English style malts gone bad. Taste: Unbalanced mix of wrotten malts and bitter blast of hops equals, blah. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied not good can't really enjoy this one. Drinkability: Not into English style IPAs, plus I think this one is past it's best by date.

*Update* much fresher sample.

Appearance: Light caramel amber orange tone with a creamy textured caramel hued head nice. Aroma: Citrus hop profile with slight woody tones some caramel malt patches nice English style IPA. Taste: Great mix of citrus hops with butterscotch and caramel highlights from the malt profile finishes with a touch alcohol in the flavor. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied slight even carbonation smooth as all hell, nice brew. Drinkability: The balance makes this a perfect candidate for a session brew, the citrus hop profile is a awesome match with the butterscotch and caramel malts. Last time I had this one it was definitely past it's best by date, a different beer this time no diacetyl.

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Photo of Andragos
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of tastybeer
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber colored with nice off white head. Webby lacing up to the top of the glass. Aroma is a very pleasant tangy butterscotch. Pear aroma and a nice malt sweetness. Taste has the same qualities with a nice bittering. Good textured mouthfeel, nice and subtantial. Goes down ultra easy.

An IPA that's loaded with taste yet mellow at the same time. British.

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Photo of ABokononist
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold, just like it should be with a very gentle haze. White foam at just the right levels.

Yep, it's a big hop aroma with pine tree sap bitterness tingle and pineapple fruitiness for sweetness and very herbal after that. The malt is very thin, but it's there.

a crispy hop bite hits first, pine business all over, bitter and slightly sweet. Nice depth in the hop flavor with a big bitter finish. Pineapples and herbs but with a nice, round herbal edge that dominates a bit more. The feel is crispy but substantial.

The bitterness factor is pretty high here and the malt delivers balance but not enough to cut through the green stuff which is pretty right-on.

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Photo of Dukakis1988
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big, fluffy, off-white head, and bubbles are plentiful. Burnt orange/amber color. Great head retention and a good bit of lace.

Aroma recalls Juicy Fruit gum, citrus rind and cookie dough.

Flavor brings up big juicy hops first and foremost, but is well balanced by doughy maltiness, Juicy Fruit gum and powdery spices. Puckering finish brings citrus rind to mind again.

Light, springy mouthfeel is gentle and smooth without attaining any kind of watery thinness.

The IPA market is flooded,but Impaled Ale keeps its head way above water and satisfies in every way. Great beer from a great brewery.

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ImPaled Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 386 ratings