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 shirfan
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very solid IPA.

Pours a firey orange, with a white head that simmers down to a good layer of lace. A rich floral hop aroma with a hint of alcohol and fruit tones.

Perfect ale mouthfeel; starts with a hearty dose of hops, a crisp and earthy, just malty enough middle, and a big floral/citrus hops finish. A nice bitter aftertaste.

This is very well balanced, it's easy to drink but at the same time has a bold although not over-the-top hops bite.

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Photo of inebrius
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vlad would have likely thrown back a few of these tasty copper-hued brews amidst the wails of his ill-fated victims. Big aroma of toast triangles beneath a bouquet of daisies and lemon pith. Layers of bitterness sit on top a smooth malt floor. Quite poundable, no doubt, just don't get lost in the moment and sit on the empty bottles for authenticity.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the name, with the tie-in to "Middle Ages", as well as the label! Points for that? This IPA has a robust orange-golden color, with an ever-so-slight haze to it. A hard-pour produced a frothy, white head which, though thinned-down, is still sticking around 15 minutes after pouring. Lots of lovely Belgian lace, too! Nose has a bit of a bready character underlying a strong, citrusy hop presence. Though fairly smooth on my tongue, I thought the body was lacking a bit; just a tad thin. The bready/crackery malt is present in the flavor at the start, then the hops jump right in. They are fairly grapefruity, and that essence sticks in the throat for an extended stay. And there is a bit of a Ringwood character making a cameo as well. Though not a stellar IPA, it is a decent, drinkable offering. Cheers!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7% ABV. Pours a hazy, orange-tinted copper body that's topped by a frothy bone-white cap. The head holds well and leaves some fairly nice lace throughout the glass. The nose expresses a distinct note of buttery diacetyl that blends nicely with some apricot-like fruitiness and a soft & sweet floral hoppiness. It's very nice, and in fact, I think all of the Middle Ages beers prove that the Ringwood yeast strain can produce some excellent character. The body is medium, but its very fine carbonation is creamy in the mouth and gives the impression of a bigger body. The flavor starts hoppy and finishes hoppy! There's a nice jolt of fruitiness up-front, followed by some soft malt before finishing with a flourish of hop bitterness that leads into a long dry finish accented by lightly earthy and floral hops. Eventually a mild touch of buttery diacetyl also reappears. It's well balanced with a solid bitterness, but it never overwhelms the palate. It expresses much more character as it warms and that's attested to by the fact that it took a Silver medal at the 1998 Real Ale Festival in Chicago! Very nicely done, and well worth trying.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice clear light copper color with a massive off-white head. The aroma is dominated by citrusy hops and has a light caramel that is barely noticeable in the background. Again repeated in the taste are the pungent citrus flavored hops, with a light sweet fruit, caramel, and roasted malts all lingering in the background. The creamy mouthfeel is something I haven’t experienced in most IPA’s, but is quite welcomed! Perhaps just slightly underhopped for an IPA, but it doesn't hurt this brew IMHO. This is a very impressive and fairly complex brew! Sent to me by a mystery BA (I will edit this when I find out who)…thanks! Cheers!

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Photo of Bighuge
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy fiery orange color. A small amount of yeast sediment is noted and a large amount of gas bubbles are also noted. The ivory white head is pillowy. It forms many craters as it dwindles gradually. Aroma is sweet, perfumey, citric, piney and oily. The carbonation in the mouth does not match the carbonation viewed. It's not overboard with gas. Rather, the mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy. The bitter bite that I like in IPAs is lacking in this one, but it does taste decent. There are some nice citric and herbal tones here and there. The malt backing is sufficient. A slight lingering bitterness. If I lived in New York, this would be one of my session IPAs.

Thank you Davo for this IPA.

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

This beer poured a copper gold color and formed a nice bubbly white head that left some circular lace. There was a medium amount of carbonation present. The aroma was heavily hoppy, with traces of citrus. The flavor also was very hoppy with some grain elements present. The finish was a bit bitter, but not bad. A nice stab by an American company at an English style IPA.

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Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Copper in colour with orange hues. The head is huge and dissipates slowly ... yeah it is quite a stick mass also.

Smell: Delicate hop aroma ... sweet and floral. Some fruitiness comes through along with a bit of malt.

Taste: Thick medium body with a chewy malt mouthfeel. A big dose of hops hit the palate though it is rounded off by malt sweetness, big fruit and a touch of grain. The hop bitterness and flavour lingers for a bit while a shadow of diacetyl show in the taste.

Notes: Well crafted and well balanced ... maybe a little too fruity but what do you expect for the Ringwood yeast strain. One of the top IPAs in the US ... this is the real stuff.

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Photo of ADR
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice on tap, review based on the bottle...very agressively hopped but more under control than some North American IPAs, this may be one of the most drinkable I've had...outstanding grapefruit (sort of a mild "pink"?) without being unidimensional...smell is nice as well...

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Photo of bcm119
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice frothy white head that sticks around for a while. Pretty malty all around, with tasty bread and husky grain flavors following a fruity nose. Hops are big and give a very firm bitterness throughout; hop flavors are slightly vegetal and citric in the finish. Very well balanced- its a middle of the road style IPA that works pretty well.

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Photo of John
4.9/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another excellent IPA. So fresh tasting on cask. Obviously dry hopped directly in the cask.

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