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 jvodom
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a little disappinted with this offering. So many Middle Ages beers are fantastic, sometimes makes me wonder how the beer gets past the sensors and put on the street.

A. Nice frothy head, not much character in its hues, bland kahki colored body.

S. Not much going on here. A little blast of hops immersion, but nothing outstanding.

T. This is the real fall down of this beer. And why I am so surprised that such a great brewery can put out a product like this. Stale, band-aid flavor, polished off by sour, almost rotting fruit.

MD. I was pretty harsh on this beer. I am stuggling to make it through the sixer, maybe I'll hand it off as a gift. Clever name, the brewery should do this to this beer.

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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 iceball585
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber copper color, semi-transparent, thin white lacy head that lasted throughout, a few rising carbonation bubbles

S- Bready, citrus, nuts, toasted malts

T- Toasted malts, fruity (lemons and grapefruit), toasted nuts, sweet, hops, slightly bready

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, slight bitter bite of hops at the end

D- Great session beer

Good well balanced IPA. No one flavor is too overpowering. Definatly near the top of my list of IPAs.

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Photo of Gawz
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopGrazer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of drumrboy22
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Had a large, off-white, rocky head. Beer was an amber color and left moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma was hops and sweet malt. Some light fruit present.

Taste was pretty hoppy, but not overpowering. Offset by a sweetness from the malt.

Long, bitter finish.

Pretty solid English-style IPA. I really enjoyed this beer. Drinkability is high because it goes down so smooth.

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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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Photo of CBFanWish
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is so much going on here.
Pours a beautiful hazy orange colour with a thick everlasting head. It just won't die down!.
The aroma is just full of everything. There are hints of citrus, apples, pine, a bit of floral. There is just so much, yet it blends together so wonderfully. The taste is fruity with citric grapefruit notes and also slightly piney. It lacks a strong bitter bite, but there is a nice tinge of bitterness.
A great beer by Middle Ages.

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Photo of bbothen
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter style glass. Ric Flair defending the NWA title against Terry Gordy from 1985 in Dallas, Tx in the background. Beer and the Nature Boy. Whooo.

Pours a nice light orange/amber color with a big, fluffy, and bubbly white head. Head has nice retention and leaves plenty of sticky webbing and lacing on glass as it goes down.

Smells of subdued piney/tropical hoppiness and even fainter maltiness.. Not much to be had here.

Firm bready maltiness followed by a piney, grassy, flowery hoppiness. Much better than the nose indicated.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry, moderate carbonation, lingering bitterness.

Fairly drinkable. Would look for other options before coming back to this. But an enjoyable brew.

Flair gets a rare pinfall win in Dallas.

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Photo of Milkysunshine
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SSS
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear orange with an off white head that lingers
S-I get a boozy aroma of malty goodness, Crystal 60-70 is my guess
T-Clean smooth malt with a soft bitterness that gets stronger with each sip and lingers on the tongue afterwards
M-Just the right amount of carbonation
O-Very drinkable craft brew, reminds me of my early days home brewing.

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Photo of CaverDave
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of goz
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear medium amber, medium creamy tan head that somewhat lasts and laces in sheets. Aroma is loaded with butterscotch, backed with quite a bit of hops. Flavor is dominated by an overpowering amount of butterscotch, with a slight fruitiness and a decent amount of hops to finish. Medium in body. The over the top butterscotch kinda kills this one for me.

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Photo of neorunner
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #1 -

The GF is off shopping and doing whatever, just had a big slab of ribs, watching Commando and ready to dive into my first blind review. Thanks to Kevin (shrek806) for sending me this in round #4 of the blind beer BIF.

Having a hard time picking up the aroma, but my house reeks of coffee beans that I'm drying so that doesn't help matters. I am getting some malt, possibly rye and mellow hops. Color is a very crystal clear amber and the head is a frothy steamed milk white with broken lattice lacing and a nice thick coating on the top of the beer.

Very dry in the mouth, mineral in taste. Hops are present but only as a late bittering agent. The beer is slightly creamy at the beginning, but very mild at the same time. The components of this beer meld well and are fresh but not overly aggressive by any means. I could see this beer being sessionable and fairly low ABV.

My guess is an American Pale Ale.

The reveal: Middle Ages Im Paled Ale an India Pale Ale. Maybe its all the massive hop bombs I've been drinking lately, but I wouldn't put this in the IPA park. That being said it tastes like a really hoppy English bitter which I'm digging on. So, beer wise I like it, I'd just pigeon hole it in a different category.

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Photo of Loki
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a golden honey with a big, off-white, foamy head. The head receeds a little to a bubbly finger head covering. Great lacing, spiderwebs abound.

Aromas of hops, hops, and some light malt.

Tastes of bitter hops and malt. Finishes dry and bitter. Goes down smooth and easy. Very drinkable. A good hoppy IPA, but not over the top.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange brown with a good sized head.

Aroma of flowery and some sweetness is most apparent. Obviously an English IPA.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Some bitter hops blend with flowery hops and some caramel. A light grain and fruit flavor come out as well. A different taste comes out, I guess that "Ringwood" I hear about.

Very easy drinking English IPA, nothing especially exciting, but still good.

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Photo of Bitburger
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wiseguy142
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

English IPA... always looking for good/affordable examples of these. Hope this one's good.

Pours a light tea color.. surprisingly light actually. Tons of carbonation during the pour even though it was fairly gentle. Outstanding foamy head. Even though the color is a bit of a turn off.. sort of an excessively light brown if that makes sense.. the head looks amazing.

Aroma is a little homebrewy... a little chlorine (even though they're not using that) light pine and grassy hops. Pretty light on the nose and very airy.

Taste also comes off as sort of average homebrew... anyone who's tried to brew a hoppy beer where the hops just don't come out right knows what I mean. Light pine balanced by a nice heaping of thick crystal malt. Either a little more straightforward bitterness or some amped up hop flavor would do this beer. As it stands now, it lies sort of awkwardly in between. Slight watery aftertaste too.

Edit: After I drank this beer at room temperature I fell in love with the taste. So much character. Not sure what I was thinking before.

Mouthfeel is very rich and is very pleasing with the foamy head. A lot like something you'd find on cask or really fresh.

I enjoy drinking this since the mouthfeel makes it feel like a fresh, authentic brew. But it's not without its flaws.

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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 ABokononist
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Pours coppery in color with a cloudy haze and no real head to speak of. Just a "cling-ring".
Aroma is citrusy, sweet, and slightly soapy, (No, it's not the glassware!) but not offensive at all, more floral. A grainy malt odor is noted too.
The first sip is bitingly bitter. There are buttery notes too. Grapefruit and malt come forward as the beer warms a little. Pretty well balanced.
The body is fair, as is the carbonation. Overall a decent IPA. Thanks again to stegmakk for the mixed sampler of Middle Ages.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA, has the real hop opening you would expect with a good IPA. Floral and twangy to start but a big malt kicks in to really balance this beer. It has a real full mouthfeel and a nice aftertase of hops and a buttery finish. I like this beer and will get more of this one.

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Photo of electtodefer
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of SaucyA
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Darker orangey/light amber, clear, filtered. Lots of carbonation. 1 finger head that didn't stick around too long. Lacing.

S - Slightly fruity, yeast undertones. English hop aromas, light malt peeking through. Nothing outrageous, nothing offensive.

T - Reasonably bitter, but not over the top. On point for the style. Fruitiness from the yeast, malt pokes around in some sips, others are hop-dominated. Well balanced.

M - Slightly thin, sparkly, oily finish.

D - Yeast strain may limit drinkability, but the ABV is reasonable, and it's nearly sessionable. It gets a lot better the more it warms.

Notes: I would love this on tap I think. EIPA's aren't my usual go to, but this isn't bad at all.

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