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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

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Photo of soju6
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy deep copper color with a good head that fades slowly tolots of lacing.

S: Fairly mild aroma of citrus with a bit of sweet fruit and hint of spice.

T: Taste is a nice tangy bite upfront with citrus, some caramenl sweetness with a nice bitterness through to a dry finish.

F: Medium body, crisp and refreshing. Very good balance.

O: Good IPA, not overly hopped, really hits the spot.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy orange/gold with a fluffy white head. Good retention and stick.
Fruity hop bouquet with an underlying buttery malt aroma.
Good amount of flavorful maltiness. A bit fruity with hints of butterscotch. Pronounced hop presence. Mostly bittering hops that linger well into the finish.
Decent medium bodied feel.
Decent drinkability, but the hops are a bit one-dimensional; would like a little more complexity rather than just bitterness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Airyk12
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade from shrek806. Thanks!

Pours a hazy amber color, with a foamy white head. Leaves a web of lacing down the glass.

Smells like caramel malts with some hops and a bit diacetyl.

A little bit of bitterness, plenty of clean malts. The diacetyl adds a little flavor, but doesn't overwhelm at all. This is definitely a malt forward IPA, nothing too bitter or strong.

Smooth, crisp, and clean. Light body and almost no aftertaste.

A good IPA, if not an interesting one. Closer to a pilsner in feel and taste. Still, the little diacetyl adds something, if not a little strange...

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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 LittleDon
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pint at the Dinosaur in Rochester, NY on 5/26/11.

Clear and golden with low head retention. Aroma is caramel and earthy. Moderate carbonation and an earthy bitter middle and finish. Nice balance in the middle, not too dry, not too sweet. Medium to heavy body. A nice alternative to the West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Impaled looks like an IPA, the liquid casts a golden shade of faded orange and the foam on top is tight, off white and leaves some nice clingies. Great lace.

S- I know it's an English IPA so it's not a true hop bomb, but please, can I get some aroma hops, this thing is a pale malt monster with hints of sugar and some butterscotch, no fooling.

T- Taste comes around, I guess? It's malt forward and I understand that. Any hops are purely in the way back and don't register on the tounge until the aftertaste which is short lived. A very light bitter hop taste that is all earth.

M- Feel is pretty much medium, this comes across as a cask ale poured off the cask at Memphis Taproom. Needs a bit more ummpphh and a tom more bitterness to be called an IPA. This feels like an English Bitter.

DO- Overall, I drank this because I like beer and I don't waste. If I had a choice this would be at the bottom of the list.

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Photo of generallee
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
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 kwjd
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this bottle up randomly at Premier Gourmet. Pours an amber-orange colour with thick white head. Lots of lacing on the glass and nice head retention. Smells of earthy hops with minerals and metal. Not too bitter in the flavour, some mild sweetness. The metallic flavour seems to linger in the aftertaste. I'm not a fan of this.

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Photo of neorunner
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
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 brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
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 brew3crew
2.29/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

had during a middle ages tasting.

A-slightly oranish gold. You try to figure out what that means. I think I just made up a color. But that is what it looks like
S-little bit of hop aroma
T-Not quite there for an ipa. Faint hops and I would not have guessed an ipa for this brew
M-light bodied and smooth
D-no alcohol burn but not that good tasting

Maybe its a bad bottle...

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty orange with a good amount of head. Good lacing. Looks pretty solid. Smells... Wrong. Not much hops on the nose. Tastes old stale and not very hoppy. Directly from the brewery a few weeks ago so if it's just that its old that is 100% the breweries fault. Very disappointed in this one

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy mdium orange color with a good head and heavy lacing. Fine and pesistent carbonation with a good mouthfeel.

The most prominent note I can pick up in the nose is banana, possibly from the yeast, with some bready malt in the background. The flavor is malt forward - sweet with piney hops joining in the middle and bitterness arriving in time and at the right level to balance the hop sweetness.

Overall there is a slight sourness but mostly this is a well crafted and balanced traditional IPA.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like a middle ages brew after a long drive all over the fingerlakes and rochester. Impaled none the less. I have had this so many times, yet never reviewed... So here we go!

A- a golden copper body with a monstrous head that recides with lacing all over. It literally glows and has the perfect look for an ipa

S- again with the ringwood yeast strain! Fruit in the form of apple and bananas. Faint on malt but it's there. I just love the buttery scent. It's second to none

T-delicious fruit mingling with citruc flavors are at the forefront. There is some malt notes partially through, however the bitterness screams at the end. It's a great ipa

M- the flavor is even carbonated and good

D- impaled is a stellar ipa. The crafting of this brew makes it so more unique than many other ipas out there. Highly recommended

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Photo of jpmclaug
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to charlesw for this extra.

A - Yellow at the bottom makes its way to amber at the top, clear, white head on top that has pretty big bubbles

S - Big pale malt aroma with some fruity/grassy hop notes mixed in. Pretty malty for the style though.

T - Light citrus in finish but a ton of pale malts. Really doesn't have the flavor of an IPA. Not much bitterness present.

M - on the lighter side of medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Meh. Not a drain pour but nothing special. I don't mind drinking this one but couldn't see myself spending money for this. I am very glad to have the opportunity to try it though.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 HURTemHIZZY
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. Just Meh. Nice pour. Two finger dense sticky head. Solid retention. OK lacing. Smell is of faint hops, bready malts, and a bit of yeast that is a bit fruity, reminds me a bit of champagne.

Taste is just meh. Not off putting at all, but not all that great either. Hoppy bitterness, bit of apple (maybe from the yeast,) bready malts, and a champagne like slight fruitiness. The balance is there, but the hops lack any sort of depth that is crucial in any IPA. Carbonation is a bit high, but overall mouthfeel is decent. Nothing about the actual flavors hurt the drinkability, I would just prefer to reach for a tastier offering.

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Photo of donius
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a half pint glass, and got a two finger, frothy, off-white head. Typical IPA dark gold, very clear.

Not an overly exciting smell...citrus is there, but the pine really isn't.

Tastes great...once again very well-balanced, but a great mild bitter finish. Can't really get a sense of the alcohol.

Not as overly carbonated as the apricot or duke, with an interesting grainy character that might come from oat or possibly the result of bottle conditioning (I really have no idea if this is bottle or artificial condition, but I would guess it's natural).

I'm actually impressed by it; I could drink several for sure. It's an IPA that might entice even the non-IPA drinker. I prefer a really hoppy IPA, and this isn't it...but this is definitely a great beer worth checking out.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.22/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours a cloudy orange-golden color, with white head.

smell is of piney hops, but also a strong soapy aroma.

the beer tastes pretty stale. but no bottled date or batch number, so no way to tell. it's got higher carbonation, medium body.

maybe this is an older bottle (based on the consensus reviews), but I can only go on what I've got here.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
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 dogfishandi
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Buebie
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in a trade.

Poured from the brown 12 ounce bottle into a pub glass. A semi soft pour produces a solid one inch frothy dense off white head. Great staying power, this stuff looks like sea foam.
Color is a darker golden light amber, transparent.
Terrific lace, its thick and sticky.

Aroma is of sweet caramel, plenty of grain and unfermented honey. Not much in the way of hops here, but as an english ipa it follows the style very well. Providing a floral leafy hop aroma, very nice.

Taste is light up front with more carbonation then desired, kind of blocking taste sensors. Midway through a good cereal grain taste warms up. some mild roasty grain flavors, hops bittering at this point. Providing earthy spice and a touch of mint.

Good brew, follows the style nicely.

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Photo of jmhart
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -3.2%
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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ImPaled Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
3.79 out of 5 based on 378 ratings.
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