ImPaled Ale | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

very good
380 Ratings
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

By far one of my favorite local IPA's, but once again, I'm biased. This is another beer that I've always seen on tap in the front room at the brewery and for good reason. Everytime I visit I make sure to get a sample of this delicious brew. Pours a light orange color with a nice foamy head. Smell is quite citrusy with some piney scent. Hops are obviously present with a pleasant malt background. Good work Middle Ages, keep it up.

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Photo of lpayette
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Light orange color. Average head size. Some brussels lace.

Smell- Nice citrusy hops. Sweet unfermented malt sugars. Pleasing overall.

Taste- Citrusy, orange grapefruit, and even hints of apple. Fruitness is balanced with a hop bitterness that is not distracting. Some near nutty flavor as well. Quite good.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation level, bitter finish that is suiting to the style.

Drinkability- Overall a very good beer in a category with lots of other good or better beers. Definitely a respectable offering for the style.

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

Great looking IPA with a monstrous head and lacing lasts till the end. Citrusy hop aromas dominate along with a bready malt. Taste in no different; clean crisp hops smack the palate with a nice heavy malt backbone, while the beer stays on the light mouthfeel-wise. Hop profile makes this one a contender for champion of IPA trophy in my opinion.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice big, slightly off-white, rocky head. Hazy amber body.
S - Massive floral grapefruit flavor.
T - Starts with a very bold bitterness that mellows out into a very nice broad maltyness.
M - Realitively light bodied beer for this much flavor. A little much with the carbonation tho.
D - This is by no means an English IPA. Far too much grapefruit, but it does have a lot of nice malt.

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Photo of bruachan
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

wait...english IPA? it's quite hoppy. and hopped with cascades, at that

it's quite pale, with a decent enough head (it's a little sudsy)

the aroma is largely of cascade hops and a touch of malt. i think the flavor hops may be just cascade as well, with some malt to play with. it's fairly one-demensional (not that complexity is a requisite for success); it reminds me of an experimental PA i did with just a base pale malt and one hop (cascade)

pretty average

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Photo of
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle.

Hazy orange gold in color. Huge head, ivory in color.

Grapefruit (faint), lemons, bubblegum??, and something else sweet which I can't pick out.

Decent hop bittering, mainly citrus. Again, hint of bubblegum/candi sugar in the middle. Overall more hoppy/bitter than sweet, but well balanced. Huskiness at finish, and hop bitterness, lingers.

Light bodied, but texture is rough/grainy. Carbonation seemed medium+. Finish was dry.

OK, pretty good IPA and quite sessionable. Not sure if individual scents/flavors are too mild to pick out, or if it is just very well integrated. Despite lowish score, I would drink it again, just don't think it matches up well against some of the other IPAs out there.

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Photo of pavandal
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a nice deep orange color with a 1" head. Beer looks awesome. A nice lacing formed as the beer went on.

Smell - floral, with a bit of a caramel hint. Not the beers strongest quality.

Taste - starts with a small hint of malt, but that is over-powered by the hops. The hop flavor isn't too unbearable, though, and it all comes together into a pretty good package.

Mouthfeel - pretty light in the mouth.

Drinkability - easy to drink. If you like hops, go for it.

Overall, I dig it. Not my favorite beer, but a good introduction to IPA's for me. I wanna try more after this.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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 sstackho
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz single bottle, purchased unrefrigerated from Charles Street Liquors in Boston. No production/freshness date evident - so I'm a bit concerned it's not at peak condition. Pours a copper, with lots of head - but perhaps not the best pour on my part. Somewhat of a malty aroma. The taste hits me at the back of my mouth, but doesn't seem to fill the rest of the mouth enough. Some hops, but not enough interesting about this one.

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Photo of Estarrio
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange with a big, frothy, white head. Nice retention and impressive lacings.

Very aromatic, with a massive grapefruit smell. Orange rind and sweet pine notes are also abundantly present.

Bittersweet grapefruit blends with a nice mixture of hops. The aftertaste is dry and bitter. Not as much bitterness as I would have liked and somewhat one dimensional with the citrus taste. After such a formidable aroma, I was a little disappointed. The flavor is not very different from Middle Age's Wailing Wench.

Nicely carbonated with an excellent mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable IPA.

I love Middle Age’s marketing scheme but I'm disappointed with the mediocre tastes in so many of their offerings. This is another underachieving beer. It has a great deal of potential but the taste is forgettable.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a cask at Mahar's in Albany. The beer was clear golden orange color with thick and sticky head. The smell was dominated by fruity aromas with some strong hops presence. Same with the taste, both aroma and flavor were solidly above average. The mouthfeel and drinkability were much higher than average, mostly due to the creamy and thick mouthfeel from the cask. A nice solid English style IPA.

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Photo of guzzle211
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz served very cold, let to warm slightly in pub glass
A- orangish dark yellow with slow bubbles, slow reacting but vibrant head.
S- strong hops with underlying sweetness, reminds me of butterscotch
T+M= the taste is more of a generic overhop with a dash of butterscotch. foamy feel due to the slow bubbles that take their time to do their thing. typical heartburn-inducing hops 'just for the sake of it,' no real balance.
D- middle ages makes some incredible brews, i feel this one is too mainstream for them. i guess if you like average / mainstream versions of a style this is an ok beer.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue, with a two finger creamy white head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell was nicely balanced. A citrusy grapefruit op aroma cut with a solid buttery doughy aroma.

The flavor was balanced as well. Suprisingly an upfront biscuity flavor which finished up with a nice hop character. Finishd nice and dry.

The mouthfeel was average. Very good carbonation.

Overall a nice ale. A hoppy, but good example of the English IPA style.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this IPA pours a rich coppery color, with a swiftly laced white head, light carbonation

S - typical hoppy IPA aromas, in the background is a sweet appley aroma gehind the hops

T - mmm... sweet, a nice honey taste behind the hoppiness, smooth and sweet and bitter, paradox in a bottle, very well balanced

M - as i said, very smooth, a great IPA, easy on the palate

D - as a result the drinkability is high, an easy IPA to pound

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
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 soultrain
2.72/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A-Amber with a beige head. Appealing.
S-Ringwood yeast is not my favorite yeast, and when this company uses it in their fabulous "Druid Fluid" it doesn't bother me, but here, the aroma of it is strong and funky. First thought is "uh-oh..."
T-Tasted better than I thought it would, flavors are subtle all the way around, and the malts are toasty, the yeast is buttered bread funky dough, the hops are a bit scant, imho.
D-I'm not into this beer.

CRUX: NOT THE BEST BEER FROM A GREAT BREWERY. I'll keep drinking their "Druid Fluid," though.

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

On cask at Pizza Plant Walker Center in Williamsville. Golden amber with slow and slight but steady rising carbonation and a slightly grey dirty-dishwater head. Very English floral hop aroma, Fuggles probably, and a quite expected buttery scent, too. Mild soapy scent at the end. Reminds me of their 10th Anniversary Ale, except tamed down (duh). Bitter soapy floral hop flavors predominate the first sip with a distinctly mineral finish. Subsequently, a toasted biscuit malt shows, but the flowery English hops are all over this one. A peachy fruitiness emerges, along with a subtle butterscotch flavor, around mid-glass. Medium body and smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Despite slightly high abv, this strikes me as eminently sessionable, so long as one is in the mood for a bit of diacetyl -- and I think that Middle Ages uses that characteristic quite to their advantage, despite the dislike some may have for a "buttery" flavor in their beer. I'm far from an expert, but from what I know, ImPaled Ale seems pretty on-point for this style. Nice EIPA.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another Middle Ages buck a bottle special from New World Beverage...

Balanced, tasty and refreshing. This is a very drinkable IPA... I thought the bloody spear thing on the lable was a tad wierd however...

I am truly saddened that I only snagged one bottle of this as it is truly a treat.

Poured a hazy copper with a generous long lasting, lacy tan head. Left lots of lace and never reallty went away.

Aroma was floral/citric hops with hints of biscuity malt and pine.

Taste was all malt and hops in a delightful balance. The sweet malt with its cracker and fresh yeasty bread notes were offset with pine and citrus from the hops...

Creamy and thick on the palate. Long loiter time allowed the rich balanced flavors to linger a long time...

Very drinkable, must get more.

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Photo of greggdogg
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: On cask at Clark's Ale House, labeled as Clark's Armory Ale. It's the same stuff as ImPaled Ale, just cask-conditioned.

A - Orange, with a fluffy white head, large bubbles.

S - Hints of diacetyl and fuggles. Pleasant.

T - Love the ringwood yeast, it really defines Middle Ages. Nice and bitter, warm on the finish.

M - Flat, of course! Love having this on a cask, really lets the beer shine through. Dries out the tongue, but not tannic.

D - A bit high to session (6.5% ABV), I can never drink as many as I want. Damn.

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Photo of bbutler527
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The distinctive flavor imparted by the Ringwood yeast makes this one of my favorite brews of all time. (Some love it, some hate it, but it works for me.) Many varieties of IPA were tried before we chose this one as our house beer, and among the 18 taps at our bar, it remains one of our biggest movers. Great aroma, some citrus, some floral, full mouthfeel and good duration on the aftertaste, but not adhesive. This is a beer that is perfectly suited for quaffing or sipping, and after skiing or after golf.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely orange-amber with white head. Very good lacing and head retention. A very nicely balanced EIPA. Fruity aroma with citrus and a touch of hops. Taste has a bit much diacetyl, a smaller amount would be ideal. Ringwood does a nice job with this beer though, esters and hops compliment the malts. Very drinkable and feels nice. A very unique IPA, everyone should try this once!

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Photo of tastybeer
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber colored with nice off white head. Webby lacing up to the top of the glass. Aroma is a very pleasant tangy butterscotch. Pear aroma and a nice malt sweetness. Taste has the same qualities with a nice bittering. Good textured mouthfeel, nice and subtantial. Goes down ultra easy.

An IPA that's loaded with taste yet mellow at the same time. British.

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

Pours out a tannish-yellow with a small head that seems to last. A bit cloudy with few bubbles making their way to the top. Smell is more mellow like a Pale Ale than an IPA. Citrus and hops come through mostly. Smell seems well balanced.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick and seems to coat my mouth. Well balanced with the hops taking over at the end. Sweet citrus, malt and grassy hops. I believe they are a Ringwood brewery and they do a good job with this one. Very smooth yet full of flavor. Whatever hop varietal this is, it is one of my favorites. Grassy and citrusy.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy with a huge and everlasting off white head which rose tall and frothy and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong toffee aroma while the head was still perched high. As the head fell the aroma became more ridden with diacetyl and with a bit of grassy resinous aroma.

The flavor was caramel with toffee and quite a bit of diacetyl. The bittering was lightly grassy and lasting as more resinous in character with a bit of citrus punch. Toffee was also present in the flavor.

The finish was dry with a bit of diacetyl and hop bittering lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the diacetyl level made the beer slick on the palate. I remember when the diacetyl level in this one was under control. Try another yeast boyz...

12 ounce bottle. Thanks dmeadows and OneBoxBIF!

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Photo of CastAStone
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle to glass at Alternative Brews, Buffalo, NY. I asked the barkeep for a strong, hoppy pale ale, and he brought me this and Phin and Matt's Extrordanary Ale. It wasn't what I asked for per say, but I must say I was pleased.

Appearance: slightly cloudy, beautiful color, the bartender poured a great head that did not dissapate quickly.

Smell: nice, but weak. Fruity, which I did not expect.

Taste: Mid-level hoppiness, fruity, almost tangy. Very good.

Mouthfeel: It felt like any old ale, until you swallowed it, a great aftereffect feel - it lingers without leaving a film.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. you could easily chug this, although yould be missing out.

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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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