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 Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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 -10.3%
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 -11.6%
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 -5.5%
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 far333
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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 +7.1%
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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Photo of BeerTruth
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +14.5%
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 +13.9%
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 -11.8%
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 -15%
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 -8.2%
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 -2.6%
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 -21.1%
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 +4.5%
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 +9.2%
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 -8.7%
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 +6.1%
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 +1.3%
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 -26.3%
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 soultrain
2.72/5  rDev -28.4%
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 +16.3%
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 +23.2%
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 +0.5%
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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ImPaled Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 386 ratings