ImPaled Ale | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

BA SCORE
85
very good
380 Ratings
ImPaled AleImPaled Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
380
Reviews:
219
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.61%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Bounty628
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One might find it a tad odd to think to themselves, "I want to be impaled." However, should we be talking about not the driving of a stake into oneself and instead be speaking of drinking ImPaled Ale, then certainly curious glances might be decreased dramatically.

Brewed by Middle Ages Brewing Company out of Syracuse, New York, ImPaled Ale is an excellent India Pale Ale offering. The Middle Ages Brewing Company centers their line on names of beers right out of a history textbook, however, their brewing art is certainly not antiquated and there beers will never remain on the shelf for too long to gather dust.

The ImPaled Ale has a 6.50% ABV and was sampled by this reviewer out of a twelve ounce brown bottle.

The beer poured a bright amber color with noted orange undertones that gave way to a nice off-white head. The head was rather thin upon the pour from the bottle, but there was certainly very prominent evidence of lacing from pour to completion of the beer from the pint glass. There was a medium carbonation aspect to the beer that seemed to fit the beer well.

Certainly, the smell of this beer held together nicely and welcomed the taster into what was next to come. A nice hop presentation mixed with hints of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Thanks to the welcome mat provided by the smell of the beer, the taster could already tell that the hops to come were going to be well worth the wait.

What will ensure that drinkers will come back to the ImPaled Ale time and time again is certainly the taste. With a smooth and flowing hop texture throughout the beer, one need not worry that they will be hit over the head with a trebuchet launched rock each time they sip the beer. Rather, this beer is so well crafted that the hops tasted in the beer truly seem as though they fit this offering and simply are not thrown in just to increase the overall hops count.

Because this IPA is not overly hopped in a ridiculous manner, the beer is a great sipping beer and would be a very nice session beer. There is, furthermore, an excellent malt taste that helps in reigning in the hops that are well evidenced in the beer to provide a truly remarkable taste.

The ImPaled Ale would go well with a nice spicy dish, as I had my ImPaled Ale while eating Thai food. The beer would also lend nicely to a dish that would be predominantly seafood in nature.

ImPaled Ale is one of the best IPA's that I have tasted in quite some time. Middle Ages Brewing Company certainly have crafted a winner with this offering and beer drinkers can rest assured that this drinking this beer will be far more enjoyable than actually being impaled.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper color with a thin head. The smell is is very sweet malt with some honey and floral accents. The taste starts off right away with some hops bite that continues all the way through and give away to some sweetness at the end. The mouthfeel is a bit thick in a pleasant way and for a vigorously hopped beer it is very palatable.

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Photo of tpd975
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big shout out to BeerTruth for another brew!

A: Poured a golden honey with a big, off-white, foamy head. The head receeds a little to a bubbly finger head covering. Very little lacing noted.

S: Mild hops with some light malt.

T: Bitter hops and malt. This is an English IPA, not your big american IPA. It finishes dry and bitter yet very smooth and easy. Nice drinkabe IPA that is not over the top.

Overall: I am a hop lover this one does not fit that bill. It is a nice smooth easy drinking IPA, that can be enjoyed by the gateway drinkers.

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Photo of armock
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head

S - Is mostly hops with some malt scent

T - The standard hop taste that finishes a little bitter but not anywhere as good as other English IPAs that I've had

M - This is a medium bodied beer

D - I was very disappointed with this brew it goes with the saying just because its a micro doesn't make it automatically good it looks and smells ok but the taste was off

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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 aerozeppl
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes

A: Nice head. Amber color with nice lacing

S: Predictably hops. Some malt at the end.

T: Hops us front almost salty. Finishes with even more hops. This is a hopheads beer.

M Med body made thicker by hops. Carbonation is good.

D: Good for the style. Refreshing. Not for sessioning as the hop taste is overpowering.

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Photo of ohoove
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seems to me that American brewers do a better job at the English IPA than the English do.
This brew is true to the style in all the same aspects- pine , citrusy grapefruit, candy like malt presence with a sweet drinkability.
This is an all day IPA which is very friendly to the palate. Worth the drive ( an hour and 1/2 ) to Halftime Beverage in Poughkeepsie.

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Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear amber colored brew with a solid, clumpy white head and good lacing. The aroma has a healthy grapefruit mixed with some unique bubblegum/candy quality, interesting and enticing. The taste brings out more toffee and some licorice along with the clean citrus presence, all in a very creamy delectable package. Nice combination of sweet and bitter, with a malty background. I pick up some bread and perhaps currant in the aftertaste. Very nice stuff, recommended to most anyone. Pretty drinkable for this kind of brew, as well. It's good to be back in the Middle Ages for once!

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Photo of GFSchwab
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was such an incredibly good beer.

It was poured on tap and had a light copper tone, with little head retentsion.

The aromas I got at the time were hints of citrus, pine, citrus, and an army of HOPS.

The taste was a textbook IPA with the warming ethanol, tofee after tate and avalanche of hops commanding control of my pallete.

The taste lingered long and confortably in my mouth with little carbonation making the drinking just a little more easier. Despite being reasonably complex and high in alcohol, it was very drinkable and did not make me feel weighed down after it.

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Photo of iceball585
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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 number1bum
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers that I've had countless times but never reviewed. So, the time has come.

Pours a slightly orange colored amber with excellent clarity and 2+ fingers of off-white head. Head is pillowy and creamy and retention is quite good, leaving a nice lace and lots of stick.

Hop aromas here are primarily grapefruit, along with a bit of pine, and some caramel malt characteristics, as well. I can definitely smell the ringwood yeast too, which lend some buttery aromas.

Taste has nice hop flavor but they're not overpowering. Grapefruit and pine again, with medium bitterness. Enough malt there to balance. Again there is a characteristic ringwood buttery flavor. Grapefruit hpps are the dominant flavor, though, which I love. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and very creamy, with somewhat aggressive carbonation.

This is no knock your socks off IPA, but then again it's an English style and not an American. It's an excellent IPA, though, and a very drinkable one.

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Photo of atomic40
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just finished a couple of these while watching some baseball. Pours a nice copper color with some orange hues and a thick white head. Smell is hoppy with some fruit notes. Excellent mouthfeel. Taste is sweet at first then the hops kick in. Also some fruitiness. I would def take a few more of these down if not for work tomorrow. A pretty damn solid IPA.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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 zdk9
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This IPA, with a brownish, orange color, was on the sweeter side of life for my taste buds. The hops were quite herbal and piney and this combined with the sweetness came out in a kind of pine fresh theme. There wasn't much depth to the the mouthfeel as I found the beer to be somewhat watery, but still a decent brew worth trying.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid, clear amber color with a nice head that resists fading. Not a heck of a lot of lacing. The smell is nice but you've really got to let it warm up quite a bit to get its best. The aroma is fruity and grassy pine. Medium bodied and adequately carbonated, the mouth feel and flavor compliment each other well. The light fruity hop is balanced with a sweet malt flavor that that lets you know it's there. The hop bitterness lingers appropriately. The 6.5% ABV is well hidden; a good drinker and a local favorite.

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Photo of Phatz
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was extremely and pleasantly surprised by this beer. IPA are easy to come by so an impressive stand out one is harder to find. The easy balance the fruity freshness... it is so easy to drink. I shared several of these with BAs carlos, gottajiboo2 & phnphilly, last night. I like it so much we finished all but one to review tonight.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous orange light copper with a massive four finger head that fades to two fingers and retains for a while even moon like craters form in the rocky thick head. The lacing is thick and heavy and sticky and very impressive.

Smell: fruity orange citrus. Fresh oranges, orange peel, grapefruit almost pine like acidity with a sweet caramel, crystal malts and touch of sweet browned butter.

Taste: This beer is not extreme. it is not over the top it *is* the epitome of sessionable in my mind. It has a great perfumey balance of sweet and citric. The fruit flavor melds seamlessly into the citric grassy hop flavor. The base is a sweet grain flavors malt this is light and crisp and overall easy to drink and quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel has a good combination of bitter and dry elements / to carbonation giving it a smooth feel across the tongue to the back of the throat. the finish is not perfectly smooth there is a spot of dry bite where the beer sticks for a second at the top of the esophagus before sliding down the throat. Bizarre, but it happened that way for me. The burps taste quite good though so it makes up for it =)

Drinkability: This is a very approachable easy balanced beer that is built to drink; and drink I did.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of bozebus17
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beer Truth for the sample.

Pours a crystal clear deep amber with a nice white head. The head subsides after a few minutes but there is lacing evident.

Smells strongly of hops and fruit, no doubt this is an English-style ale.

Flavor is much the same as the smell. A fair amount of bitterness pairs nicely with a strong fruity flavor. Pretty nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is not quite medium. It's light enough to be refreshing yet substantial enough to let you know you're drinking a somewhat potent brew.

This beer goes down smoothly and I could definitely have more than one. This is a nice reminder that I need to drink more English-style beers. It should also be noted that this beer seems to get more pleasant as it warms. Definitely a tasty treat and I would drink it more often were it available in this area.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy orange/amber color with a tan/white head that settles, but leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

S - slight aroma of alcohol hit me first, hop/malt balanced aroma on my second wiff.

T - ahhh, very nice tasting beer, balanced brew. The hops aren't overpowering, but shine through very well on the finish. The upfront alcohol aroma I mentioned in the smell is very well hidden in the taste.

M - medium bodied, mild carbonation, dry hoppy finish leaves you wanting more.

D - 6.5% abv brew, has good drinkability, 3 or 4 of these over a few hours is just fine by me.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Photo of Hautacam
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber ..fluffy off white head that craters, sheets and laces down the pint glass.
The smell is not intense...piney and a bit wheaty.
Immediately bitter and astringent. Malt background is subdued. The hops are rindy citrus. The malt is doughy , a little metallic and a bit buttery.Lasting bitter aftertaste.
Medium body...kind of dry and puckering... carbonation is medium.
Pretty good all around.

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Photo of jackorain
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-only a slight chill haze in the orange-amber-copper color. Two-fingered off-white head good lacing good retention

S-Carmel malts dominate, only slight earthy and floral hops

T-Carmel malts right up front, then early almost peat like hops with some floral component. Hop bitterness does not hit unitl middle and follows with a short linger in the back of the pallete

M-a litle creamy, light to medium body with a nice carbonation

D-overall, i didn't love this one so the D is down for me.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
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 far333
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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 williamherbert
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful, dark copper-orange color, like a brand new penny. Hazy but with plenty of light to pass through. A surprisingly decent amount of head considering it's a couple weeks old, though it does disappear fast. Just an ever-so-slight hint of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is the scent of hops, glorious hops! Huzzah! Seriously, though, the hops are magnificent. Has the sweetness of citrus (orange, I think?) and the bitterness of grapefruit. Perfect balance. Maybe the finest-smelling IPA in all the land. The ringwood yeast also creates a delicious base to ground the flowery elements.

It's pure, delicious hops. The flowery, fruity elements (like the hint of apricot) come out stronger than the bitter elements. But the bitter grapefruit lingers after the fact. The malt and the yeast work in conjunction to keep the hops' egos in check, but they stand aside as bit players. (Note: I remember it being bitter a few weeks ago, and now that it has mellowed out a bit, the fruits come out a lot more prominently. The bitter still gets you at the end, though.) The malt shows up a bit more as it warms up.

The feel is smooth, although maybe a little ashy at the tail end. Considering how bitter this baby can get, it's actually remarkably smooth. It's one of my favorite IPA's, delicious and smooth. An outstanding, full brew.

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ImPaled Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
3.79 out of 5 based on 380 ratings.
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