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
Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjdrewry
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rudgers73
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from my growler into a pint glass.

A- Nice fluffy white head. Golden pale-orange color. Small bubbles rising slowly throughout the glass. Just a touch cloudy.

S- Sweet, floral, fruity.

T- Starts with a sweet citrus taste. As it hits the back of your tongue the hops really jump out. Ends with a bitter-sweet orange taste.

M- Not really as active as I like to see beer in my mouth. Very 1-dimensional in feel. Smooth but boring.

D- Nice session beer, but getting towards the strong side to be ripping a bunch down and driving around. I fill my growler, drive home, then drink it.

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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

massive body, full hop flavor. pours a darker golden color with a sturdy white head. smells like more of a pale ale, with a balanced malty presence. taste is quite hoppy, but again balanced. really big body makes this one a bit filling for a session beer, and it is definitely a cold weather ipa, not magining this to be a summer drink. enjoyed this syracuse staple

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Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel-amber color. Moderate head that quickly dissolved into patchwork lace. Smooth and very much English-influenced in the good balance of malt and solid hopping, with just a touch of floral in the hops to lend some American innovation (or maybe I'm getting a hint in the Ringwood yeast?). Malt is very fresh tasting. Not a stand-out IPA, but quite pleasant.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber/orange colour with a very large rocky/frothy beige head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there is some really nice lacing. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - hops, grapefruit, breads/grains, a grassiness, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a nice creamy feel with an average amount of carbonation. The beer isn't overly sweet and the hop taste really doesn't come in until the end. There is a lot of malt flavour and slight metallic taste and also some grapefruit. The beer finishes with a bitter sweet hop and pine aftertaste.

Drink - I've been drinking a lot of IPA's lately and this one doesn't really stand out - but it's still highly drinkable and would be a good session beer. It's a great beer for fans of malty IPAs rather than hoppy ones.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden/amber colored beer with a big foamy head that had moderate retention and left some stick on the sides.

S - Pale malts, bit of sugar sweetness, some butterscotch, little bit of resin oil, some floral notes.

T - Taste is a bit of caramel and some sweetness. Malt backbone is strong, slightly toasted, with some earthy and floral hopping. Not bad really for an English IPA.

M - Smooth, light, crisp, active carbonation.

O - Fairly enjoyable beer. I liked it more when I realized it was an English IPA and not the American one I was expecting. Solid stuff.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the cask at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a nondescript pint glass glowing a deep copper coloring. It held a one finger head of big white bubbles, showing great retention. This left sticky, wet lacing dripping down the sides of the glass. There was a mild haze, while carbonation appeared decent. No sediment was noted. The aroma was big with plastic phenols, honey sweetness, pale toasty malts, light burnt caramel, pineapple and pear sugars, and warm apple pie sweetness with warmth. Our first impression was that the flavoring showed big plastics, as in the nose, which added a strong bitterness alongside the hops. The taste opened with sweeter pale malts, bitter woodiness, sweeter citric hops, and washed pale and caramel malts. The middle peaked with a continuation of bittering wood, the start of a more fruity hop, smooth passion fruit and strawberry sweetness, as in the nose. The finish was with more of that fruity, citric hop, more tropical fruit, bitter oaky essence, sweeter caramel malts, pale toast, mineral, and stone. The aftertaste breathed of strong bitters of resiny hops, plastics, clovey bite, and more pale, toasty grain. The body was lighter, and the carbonation was lighter. There was limited slurp and smack, but the retaining head afforded nice slurp, and gave a happy mini mustache. There was mild astringent dryness left all around the mouth, with a boozy coolness to boot. The abv was appropriate, but this guy was a slow drinker, on account of the bitterness, but smooth drinking nonetheless.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the depth of flavoring. It really followed the nose nicely, and was equally as soft and sweet, but once the liquid dropped off, you got a more intense rumble of bittering phenols, wood, and piney bite. This is surprising when it happens, but it strikes a pleasant balance to the front of the flavoring, which is relatively sweet. The feel was a bit light, but not so noticeable as to wreck your experience.

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Photo of jmhart
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shrek806 for the trade.

A-Pours creamy out of the bottle, an amber-orange color with a slight haze....kind of an in-between haze. One finger thick head, leaves a lace on the glass that persists throughout the entire glass. Pretty decent looking Eng IPA. Haven't seen one this color before.

S- Obvious hops on the nose. Very floral with hints of tropical fruits. Underneath the hops is a very impressive mix of yeast and sugar. The smell also has a bite on it, either from carbonation or alcohol. Kind of reminds me of smelling the corn fermentation tanks at Jack Daniels. Mmmm.

T- Again, the hops, floral first (rose/gardenia) with a hint of apricots/peaches. A smooth maltiness finishes this off. Pretty standard. Good, but not best in show.

M- Big fan of the mouthfeel on this one. It's medium to full bodied. Very creamy. I'd kind to like to see what this is like with nitrogen. There's a little bite on this which is very pleasing.

D- This is a very drinkable brew. I was very tempted to crack into a second one, but decided to let it hang out for a few more days.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It was tasty and in it's own way unique. I'm glad to have tried it, but I won't deliberately trade for it again, but would pick some up if it made its way to store down here.

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Photo of beertunes
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another from orcasteve after our recent trade. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a coppery amber color, with about 1/4 inch of slightly off-white head with low retention and lacing.

The aroma was a very nice blend of malts and hops, a little sweet and a little sharp. The taste was similar with everything blending together nicely.

The body was nice, not overly light or heavy. Drinkability was good, before my move to the Northwest this was a regular for me. Overall, a decent example of the style, worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Naes
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden/Amber colored with a 2 inch frothy white head that provides some laceing.
The aroma is hopy and has a bit of citrus and malt presence as well.
Its flavor is fruity (mild grapefruit) and finishes with hop bitterness.
Medium bodied and lightly carbonated with a bit of oiliness.

Not an over the top IPA, but good none the less.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I could have sworn MA used to bottle-condition their beers. I tend to hate ringwood beers that are filtered and not bottle-conditioned.

Beautiful frothy rocky dense head above a copper body. Metallic and buttery aroma with a rich earthy hoppage that makes my mouth water. A harsh dirty bitterness quickly dominates a brew that starts with nice toasty sweetness. Medium body, low carbonation, leafy hop flavor keeps slick feel from being bad. Finish is harsh and annoying, which is a damn shame considering how great this is otherwise.

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Photo of JGebers
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MMAJYK
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep honey color with a touch of copper. Head is minimal but lingering and sticky. The beer is a little hazy from dry hopping, I suppose.

S- Light aromas of grassy hops, evidently European, a light caramel malt with some honey thrown in, and a touch of biscuit.

T- Grainy and malty sweet up front. The bittering hop does not present it's self to offer a better balance. I know English Styles are typically not as hoppy as American IPA's, but I still think this one is out of balance a little. After further drinking, I can definitely pick up the earthiness of these hops; however, they dont offer up a very sharp 'bite'. Not bad, though.

M- A little bit light in the mouth with just right carbonation.

D- I could definitely session this beer. A good representation of style for sure, I just think a little more bitterness would go a long way with this one.

Special thanks to littlebreeze for this one!

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Photo of dfolmste
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Head is about an inch high that stays level as it diminishes. Carbonation is medium. Color is a hazy tan leaning towards amber. Head is gone by now but lacing is still strong. Good looking beer.

Smell: Smells of hops right off the bat; good start. A little sweetness so hopefuly there will be some other flavors hiding in the taste.

Taste: Great taste. Hop flavor is strong but the sweetness noted in the smell does not come into play. I wish there was more complexity here, but good enough. I feel like 3.5 may be a little low, but there are a lot of good IPA's. A little creamy towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little biting, but feels refreshing. Medium body. As with the flavor, nothing much outside the hops. Aftertaste is pretty good though.

Drinkability: Would definatly have a few more of these. Taste is good, looks great and even though the flavor doesn't go above and beyond, I would definately seek this out again.

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Photo of ikats
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color. A bit hazy. White head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves nice white cover behind. Aroma and taste are buttery with pronounced, but not strong floral hops. Medium body, quite sweet and smooth. Slightly bitter aftertaste. From what I am reading, it is a good representation of English style IPAs. Quite different from American IPAs. I would prefer less sweetness, more hops. I probably won't seek out this beer in a store, but if I ever see it on tap I'll be sure to try it.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Cloudy light amber color, minimal head
Smell: floral and citrus hops, sweet bready pale malt.
Taste: Follows nose, sweet caramel and malts counter the predominant hop bitterness. Floral and slightly grassy bitter finish.
Feel: Quite carbonated. Light and crisp.

Overall: a pretty solid IPA. Nothing particularly extraordinary but well executed.

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Photo of DavidGross
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed the ImPaled Ale. Nice hoppy nose and flavor. Body was good as well as overall appearance in the glass.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this 12oz single in a mix pack from Wegmans in Cicero NY. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Moderate pour gives a sticky cake of off-white head, a modest 1/2" thick but with great retention that eventually settles into craters, looks like a big golf ball. Brew itself is a thin clear copper color. Smell is a blend of mildly sweet light malt, diacetyl, then mixed hop coming in third. Taste is much hoppier than the nose implied, a bitter inky generic hop takes control. Malt backbone gives it a moderate body, provides good support, but as far as taste it takes a back seat to the hop. A little candi sugar and even less diacetyl are present. The carbonation is a little heavy/ harsh, but not quite offensive, it keeps the finish clean.

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Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, clear copper body is topped off by an ample, but not too big, head. Very floral hops in the nose, a bit of citrus, but really more like a rose garden. There’s also a bit of butter mixed in with that. The malt profile has a nice bit of caramel. Actually with the malt profile and the butter, this really comes across as a very British IPA, except for the fact it’s a good bit hoppier than the typical modern Brit IPA.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours lighter than I expected, a medium golden amber, with a light mist of head.
Aroma is malty and only mildly hoppy, with a bit of floral citrus. A strange maple-like esteriness, very mild. I had to think about what the smell was. Not bad, just strange.
Flavor is initially malty, with the hops exploding a second after you sip. Very well balanced, with a slight leaning towards the hops. Smooth drinking, with mild carbonation. Definitely in the english style. i was expecting a much more citric, acidic hoppiness, but this is definitely more up my alley.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a decent, off-white head with good retention. The color was a hazy medium-amber. It had a good floral, hoppy nose. The mouthfeel was medium with a good hoppy presence on the palate. The finish was also hoppy, but offset by a mild malt presence.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A really nice golden body with a pillowly white head that doesnt seem to want to fall at all.Nice streams of carbonation.

You can smell the hops in here.

The taste is resiny hops up front.Sorta fruity hops there also.Malt at the end of the taste.

Very easy on the carbonation and palate.

Not a bad beer but I like my IPA's with some more kick as in hops to them.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Loving the name of this beer.This is the second offering from Middle Ages I have tried and is a decent and quite tasty offering. It poured a light orange/ochre color with a decent off-white head that slipped away rather quickly leaving some bubbles and a decent ring of lace around the rim of my glass. The smell was not satisfactory. It contained no real aromas save a kinda bland beery malt smell and a little alcohol coupled with a antiseptic, soap like aroma.. The taste was far better than the smell led on with some zesty hop bitterness couched nicely by coppery malts. Not overly bitter, but definitely reminded me a little of bitter cold coffee. Still a little pine like medicianl notes emerging. The mouthfeel was thin and crisp, but nothing extraordinary. Overall this is a decent IPA, but it needs to shape up and become a fuller, richer beer for me to try it again.

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