ImPaled Ale | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was much better on cask at the Cask House in Syracuse than on-tap at the brewery. Good IPA, dry and bitter. Grapefruit aroma and taste. Lots and lots of Cascade and centenial hops. An IPA with attitude. Also was soapy at Pizza Plant on cask two years later, fruity but astringent bitter.

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

With the malty character and balance of Fuller's London Pride and the crisp citrusy hop flavor and bitterness of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, this hybrid beer does very well for itself.

Medium amber in color and with soft carbonation, the beer forms an eggshell white head that proves good staying power with lacing to match. A good look for any pale ale.

Biscuity, buttery malt character fills the nose along with caramel and estery fruits. American-style aromas come through with sharp and zesty grapefruit that rises as the beer warms and with a few good swirls.

Medium caramel sweetness is met with a hearty bready malt base accompanied by estery appricot fruitiness, mild butterscotch, and shortbread. Sweetness waivers as the hoppy flavor of ruby red grapefruit and orange zest finish the beer with a cleaner, crisper, and refined bitterness that's unexpected for English beers, and more characterized by American ales.

Early richness is attributed to slightly lower carbonation, medium malty richness, and slight oily feel. But all that subsides as the bright citrusy bitterness helps to dry the beer and the alcohol gives an evaporative ethanol dryness.

English maltiness and American hoppiness always work out well together. If for a slightly better attenuation and less buttery notes, this could be an absolutely irresistable beer.

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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 brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an orange-infused amber color with two fingers of head; plenty of lace and good retention

Smell: Bread and butter, with a bit of fruit and earthy hop character

Taste: A medicinal, pithy bitterness intrudes on the bready opening and won't let go, though fruity elements (Delicious apples) and buttery diacetyl are present, underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very different take on an IPA, with what tastes like a bit of an American hop bill added to what is otherwise an all English brew; despite the interesting elements, I cannot say that I am a big fan of it

Thanks, sliverx, for the opportunity

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7% ABV. Pours a hazy, orange-tinted copper body that's topped by a frothy bone-white cap. The head holds well and leaves some fairly nice lace throughout the glass. The nose expresses a distinct note of buttery diacetyl that blends nicely with some apricot-like fruitiness and a soft & sweet floral hoppiness. It's very nice, and in fact, I think all of the Middle Ages beers prove that the Ringwood yeast strain can produce some excellent character. The body is medium, but its very fine carbonation is creamy in the mouth and gives the impression of a bigger body. The flavor starts hoppy and finishes hoppy! There's a nice jolt of fruitiness up-front, followed by some soft malt before finishing with a flourish of hop bitterness that leads into a long dry finish accented by lightly earthy and floral hops. Eventually a mild touch of buttery diacetyl also reappears. It's well balanced with a solid bitterness, but it never overwhelms the palate. It expresses much more character as it warms and that's attested to by the fact that it took a Silver medal at the 1998 Real Ale Festival in Chicago! Very nicely done, and well worth trying.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains light caramelized malts, pale hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out hoppy with a burst of citrus & caramel sweetness up front. There's a hearty malt character that comes in quickly and balances things out a bit. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is the type of beer that blurs the boundary between the English and American IPA styles, it's a good flavorful beer with some substance that is worth drinking a few of.

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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 Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Chapter House in Ithaca last weekend. The menu just said "Middle Ages IPA," but I'm pretty sure this is what it was, given that it's the only English IPA listed for Middle Ages. Served in a pint glass.

The pour brings an orange-copper brew with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some slightly-earthy and floral hops along with a slight touch of diacetyl, though here it works well. Body has some semi-sweet bread and caramel plus light toffee. Some hop flavor, though that comes in more toward the finish, which has a pleasing dry bitterness. Good balance between sweet and bitter, and the yeast threw off a bit of diacetyl that was allowed to remain, but it fits well with the style. Another solid effort; I really enjoyed all of the beers I had from them.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange-amber color with a thin off white head. Nice lace, considering the thinness.

Interestingly high caramel malt aroma with very slight (for the style) hop bouquet.

Excellent balanced flavor without being gyped on the hops. The aftertaste is largely hop, but not in a lip-smacking way. I think the malt flavorings are superior--creamy with a good mouthfeel that is a little thin for my tastes. There's also a high level of carbonation for an English style IPA.

I think this is an easily quaffable beer. Worthy of regular drinking. This would likely make my top ten if they generously dry-hopped the batch for a better bouquet.

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

Smoky amber with a minor contribution from orange juice. The head is rich cream in color, good sized, firm enough to maintain a cratered mesa as it falls and sticky enough to leave thick hunks of lace on the glass. It's a 'by the numbers' look, but is a good one all the same.

Impaled Ale is well-hopped, although it isn't an id-seeking missile for the hopheads among us. It smells of buttery, somewhat citrusy hops; a mixture of English and American varieties if I had to guess. Even though it doesn't have that pungent, citrus zesty snap that is found on this side of the Atlantic, at least one of the 4-Cs is in there somewhere, playing nice.

If you like butterscotch and caramel-drizzled citrus fruit (figuratively speaking) as I do, then you'll like this nose and this flavor profile. Some may feel that there's too much diacetyl, but I think that it adds something positive to this beer and makes it different and interesting. Pink grapefruit and lemon are the focal points, with their more fruity aspects accented early in the mouthful and their more biting, bitter character accented on the finish.

The body is smack dab medium and is just substantial enough and just slick enough to keep the flavor in contact with the taste buds long enough for maximum enjoyment. The amount of carbonation is just a tad high for me, but not so much so that it's bothersome.

ImPaled Ale is a wonderful IPA and is one of Middle Ages's best brews. I could just as easily have granted the next highest score for taste, it's that good. I'd drink a lot of this if I had ready access. Thanks to HappyHourHero for the bottle.

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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 Slatetank
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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 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 RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazed amber with a light tan head that really sticks around. I cannot remember the last time I saw this much retention of head, so I am going to give this one a 5 on appearance. Nose is very hoppy with those pine and citrus tones. The flavor is subdued and doesn't present itself as a hop bomb or that style. It is more of a gentle hopped ale. Feel is thick with bubbles and slightly meaty on the liquid. Definitely drinkable. It is a smooth and even IPA that doesn't have any overly showy attributes. I would be interested to see what this one is like on tap...or better yet on cask.

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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to armock for this one!

Pours hazed golden with a foamy, slightly off-white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is citric and herbal with an orange marmalade-ish malty tone in the back.

The taste is of herbal, citric and floral with an orange marmalade backing. Ringwood yeast character is there, but not dominant. Sweetness turns to a bitter, citric finish.

The carbonation could be a bit softer, but fine as it is. It has a slightly buttery, smooth medium body.

Well-balanced but style hoppy enough to fit an English-style IPA. Nice English character with an American (Cascade) hop touch in the finish. Very easy to drink!

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to orcasteve for this brew.

Pours a very nice golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop note, slight citrus, fruity. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, some hop notes, but not much, slight citrus, with some fruit notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew.

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ImPaled Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 383 ratings