ImPaled Ale | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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219 Reviews
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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Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 378
Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with about one finger worth of frothy head.

Aroma: Sweet fruitiness, grapefruit. Citrusy hopiness with a little sweetness from the malt possibly a touch of honey.

Taste: Quite citrusy medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Grapefruit and citrusy hops with a light maltiness. Certainly on the fruity side. It does mellow out a little bit as the beer warms.

Notes: Well this one is certainly not too shaby. A very tasty English I.P.A. Cheers.

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Photo of jameswaldo
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lotsa winter sun shining through this bottle, seems a clear brew, but poured into a pint glass, just a slight haze shows in copper, SRM 14 on my Beer Color Chart here. Very teeny tiny bubbles rise all the time, more discrete than good champagne. Excellent head shrinks slowly, leaving sticky lace on glass and persistent foam on surface. Smells yeasty to me, slightly greenish hop blossomy, don't smell malt. Tastes just great, excellent simple solid-block bitter with hints of yeast and caramel, only a beer pretzel and goat cheese nearby could possibly improve this delish mouth-watering happy/hoppiness. I also enjoy IPAs with more various multi-noted hop flavor, but this huge juicy simple unified hop taste is great, too. Mouthfeel could be too carbonated if you don't pour big head, so let it splash high from your bottle pour. Long lingering oily hop aftertaste just what hopheads live for. I'll admit I'm biased toward local beers, grew up in Syracuse, live in Ithaca now so this counts as locavore politically correct ale for me and I try to keep ImPaled Ale in fridge at all times. Only 2 left? Time for another fresh 6-pack!

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Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a murky burnt orange with a solid 1 finger of creamy off white head. Head recedes slowly and a good 1/4 inch of creamy head retains the whole way down. Wispy sticky lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is of extreme floral hops - so pungent with floral notes that it's almost soapy. Some hints of piney hops are also present, and some pale malts.

T: Taste starts off with a big burst of piney, herbal hops. Some grassiness mingles in here. Middle calms a bit with pale malt flavoring and a bit of bread. Finish is floral, floral and more floral hops. Can't quite place the flower it reminds me of, but the taste lingers with you well after you finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, somewhat light on the tongue with an extremely oily feel that coats your tongue.

D: Somewhat tasty, goes down alright, floral notes are bit too pungent in my opinion. I could have one or two of these, but more than that would be too much.

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Photo of deapokid
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange with a one finger head that sticks and a deep woody character. It sort of resembles boot leather, not in texture, but in the mahogany look and haziness.

Hops and malt are the bouquet here. A little hint of whiskey on the finish to let you know it means business and to distance itself from American IPAs.

Taste is a nice combination of hop character and English ale body. Light fruit sweetness juxtaposed over a modest hopping and faint alcoholic warmth.

Liquid is rich and subtle. I love that it never relies on hop bitterness, but focuses on displaying a malty sweetness as well.

This tasty and insanely drinkable IPA perfectly captures the English spirit. Of the 7 or 8 Middle Ages brews I've tried, this is definitely the crown jewel.

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

Pale gold, just like it should be with a very gentle haze. White foam at just the right levels.

Yep, it's a big hop aroma with pine tree sap bitterness tingle and pineapple fruitiness for sweetness and very herbal after that. The malt is very thin, but it's there.

a crispy hop bite hits first, pine business all over, bitter and slightly sweet. Nice depth in the hop flavor with a big bitter finish. Pineapples and herbs but with a nice, round herbal edge that dominates a bit more. The feel is crispy but substantial.

The bitterness factor is pretty high here and the malt delivers balance but not enough to cut through the green stuff which is pretty right-on.

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Photo of truknon
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my Growler into a Pint glass.

The pour delivers a nice foamy, 2 finger head, with a beautiful coppery color. It has a sweet smell, almost fruity, but you definitely smell the hops. From the first sip there is a hint of citrus, but finishes with hops. Not an overbearing hoppy taste, but just enough. I will say it is smooth on the tongue and in the mouth. Definitely a medium bodied, Well Balanced IPA. I would classify this as a middle of the road IPA, which is good and enables you to drink several in a night....glasses that is, not growlers!!

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Photo of craftaholic
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a nice traditional slightly hazy brown ale like brew with a heavy head

Smell: Holy hop oil, there is a caramelized barley but it takes a backseat to the hops and there is even a hint of toffee.

Taste: Herbaceous hops at the forefront, with a nice slightly bitter piney bite that turns into a minimally sweet well rounded pale which is welcomed.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated and the bitter after taste may linger just a tad too long.

Drinkability: Very nice IPA, nothing overtly bitter and combines into something thats surely sessionable.

Overall: Bitter goodness that dares you to stop drinking it.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Middle Ages ImPaled Ale is a slightly cloudy light amber ale with a dense, lumpy, splotchy off-white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a juicy, spicy, slightly sweet aroma. It almost smells like honey. It's medium bodied and maybe a touch watery, but it's smooth and the finish is dry. The flavor is well balanced between sweet and dry. It's grainy and bready, fruity and citrusy, with a sweet, spicy aftertaste. It's easy drinking.

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

had this one a long time ago....

poured a nice deep gold color with a pretty thick haze and decent head

smelled of strong hop oils, with hints of subtle maltiness. the hops smelled pretty bitter

taste is similar to the aroma. nice and hoppy, with enough malts to keep it from killing your tastebuds. a solid IPA that's true to the style. very similar to a west coast IPA, except better balanced

drinkability is good. i could have a few of these

overall- definitely an IPA to be excited about. if you see it, be sure to try it.

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

This one is thatngs to fellow BA aherberger.
Cracked this one on my boat as a first beer of the day, so it would have to be good. LOL
Nice, clear bronze with a bomming head leaving scant lacing as it wanders away.
Caramal malts, bready and floral in the nose.
Taste was a nice mix of hops and malts. Well balanced with an alost fruitiness from the hops.
Nice beer and wishing I had another.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep clear amber-honey color, light tan head is big and rocky, leaving tons of sticky lacing as it fades. Nice.

Some nice sweet and doughy malt in the aroma, complimented by some spicy, flowery hops. Taste is really spicy hops that go bitter fast. A touch of alcohol as the sweet malt is ultimately overwhelmed. I do not taste the purported late cascade addition. I guess I would not expect to in an EIPA anyway, but research at eh brewer's website tells me otherwise. Is this beer old? No date to be found on the bottle.

Medium bodied, carbonated nicely. A fair drinker.

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

Pours an almost glowing orange color! Wow. Nice color with a very well defined, fluffy white head. Great looking stuff.

Initial aroma is a lot of citrus followed by a buttery sort of smell that usually means the yeast strain used is Ringwood. Its got a nice sweetness to it as well, sort of like honey or caramel.

Taste is a nice combination of malt sweetness, the buttery yeastines and citrus. Definitely more of the English-style than the West Coast style IPA. Its nicely balanced and slightly astringent from the hops. The finish is crisp and dry with a good amount of hop flavor coming out.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brothercannon for tossing me a bottle of this from his variety pack. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. The ale appears a clear pale straw color with about an inch of bone white foam. Nose and flavor are of citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, fruity, grassy hops, lightly toasted grains, and sweet malt. Medium in both body and carbonation. Worth a try if you see it around.

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

Thanks goes out to orcasteve for this brew.

Pours a very nice golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop note, slight citrus, fruity. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, some hop notes, but not much, slight citrus, with some fruit notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew.

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Photo of wiseguy142
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

English IPA... always looking for good/affordable examples of these. Hope this one's good.

Pours a light tea color.. surprisingly light actually. Tons of carbonation during the pour even though it was fairly gentle. Outstanding foamy head. Even though the color is a bit of a turn off.. sort of an excessively light brown if that makes sense.. the head looks amazing.

Aroma is a little homebrewy... a little chlorine (even though they're not using that) light pine and grassy hops. Pretty light on the nose and very airy.

Taste also comes off as sort of average homebrew... anyone who's tried to brew a hoppy beer where the hops just don't come out right knows what I mean. Light pine balanced by a nice heaping of thick crystal malt. Either a little more straightforward bitterness or some amped up hop flavor would do this beer. As it stands now, it lies sort of awkwardly in between. Slight watery aftertaste too.

Edit: After I drank this beer at room temperature I fell in love with the taste. So much character. Not sure what I was thinking before.

Mouthfeel is very rich and is very pleasing with the foamy head. A lot like something you'd find on cask or really fresh.

I enjoy drinking this since the mouthfeel makes it feel like a fresh, authentic brew. But it's not without its flaws.

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Photo of pandashaver
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour from the cask, nice foamy head with some fine lacing that lasts. Aroma was the best quality, perfect for an IPA - floral, spice, fruit, hoppy. I could just stand there and smell this all day. Taste was just like the nose, with plenty of hop bitterness coming through in the finish. Lingers on the palate, very good med-thick body. Most notable of this IPA (other than the pleasant flowery aroma) is the smoothness, meaning it doesn't overwhelm the palate with hops and is very drinkable.

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Photo of bbothen
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter style glass. Ric Flair defending the NWA title against Terry Gordy from 1985 in Dallas, Tx in the background. Beer and the Nature Boy. Whooo.

Pours a nice light orange/amber color with a big, fluffy, and bubbly white head. Head has nice retention and leaves plenty of sticky webbing and lacing on glass as it goes down.

Smells of subdued piney/tropical hoppiness and even fainter maltiness.. Not much to be had here.

Firm bready maltiness followed by a piney, grassy, flowery hoppiness. Much better than the nose indicated.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry, moderate carbonation, lingering bitterness.

Fairly drinkable. Would look for other options before coming back to this. But an enjoyable brew.

Flair gets a rare pinfall win in Dallas.

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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to armock for this one!

Pours hazed golden with a foamy, slightly off-white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is citric and herbal with an orange marmalade-ish malty tone in the back.

The taste is of herbal, citric and floral with an orange marmalade backing. Ringwood yeast character is there, but not dominant. Sweetness turns to a bitter, citric finish.

The carbonation could be a bit softer, but fine as it is. It has a slightly buttery, smooth medium body.

Well-balanced but style hoppy enough to fit an English-style IPA. Nice English character with an American (Cascade) hop touch in the finish. Very easy to drink!

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Photo of thain709
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A light copper body...a one finger, white head that slowly fades into a cap...great lacing

S - Hops...sweet, piney, fruity hops

T - Hops are present right off the bat...the bitterness is offset by sweet (caramel) malts...perfectly balanced

M - Pretty good carbonation...crisp

D - This is a great IPA...I was hooked after the first sip...that's all I can say

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Photo of younger35
2.79/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received this brew from BeerTruth in the Fight Club BIF. This will be my first brew from Middle Ages. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a light orange yellowish with a decent one finger creamy head that never really recedes. A nice cap and collar remains leaving a fair amount of lacing.
Smell- A bit of citrus upfront with some grapefruit and strong candied orange peel. A bit buttery for my liking along with a lot of caramel and toffee. A slight bit of alcohol is present and more diacetyl.
Taste- Kind of sneakily bitter toward the start once the fruity sweetness wears off. Lots of toffee and more of that butter that was in the nose. A bit of grapefruit and cherry finish with bit more sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin and watery with a light silkiness and almost no carbonation.
Drinkability- Not the greatest beer I've ever had. Too much diacetyl makes for not such a good brew. You suck Adam.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep honey color with a touch of copper. Head is minimal but lingering and sticky. The beer is a little hazy from dry hopping, I suppose.

S- Light aromas of grassy hops, evidently European, a light caramel malt with some honey thrown in, and a touch of biscuit.

T- Grainy and malty sweet up front. The bittering hop does not present it's self to offer a better balance. I know English Styles are typically not as hoppy as American IPA's, but I still think this one is out of balance a little. After further drinking, I can definitely pick up the earthiness of these hops; however, they dont offer up a very sharp 'bite'. Not bad, though.

M- A little bit light in the mouth with just right carbonation.

D- I could definitely session this beer. A good representation of style for sure, I just think a little more bitterness would go a long way with this one.

Special thanks to littlebreeze for this one!

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

This is a nice IPA, but slightly less traditional in approach than I would have expected from an EIPA. The beer pours a nice clear orangey amber color with a creamy white head that laces very well and retains a nice creamy and foamy head. The nose on the beer gets more pronounced as the beer settles. There are definite sweet malts, and lots of them, a huge floral bouquet, and sweet oily and grapefruit like hop aromas. There is a definite citrusy hop nose on the beer, but not much of the bready malts underneath.

The beer is quite medium bodied, decently carbonated, with a grapefruit like tangy hop presence and some tart and acerbic tastes lingering throughout. The beer is quite sweet, with florals, oily and estery hops quite noticeable, and a slightly bittering hop presence in the finish. This is a good EIPA, but it is missing the bisquity malts, the more traditional leafy and bittering hops. The citrus and grapefruity tartness just predominates too much for this to be a traditional interpretation of the style. This is more of a nouvelle IPA in all of its citrusy hop zest. The 6.5 ABV is somewhat noticeable with a slightly syrupy and oily mouthfeel and a touch of a throaty burn in the aftertaste. This is an enjoyable beer worth seeking out.

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

I had this one on tap at the Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester. Served in a standard pint glass, the beer is a dark bronze with a thick head and awesome lacing.

This one has a nice nose of pine and caramel with grains.

Bracing with nice bitterness. There are pine & grapefruit tastes with grains in the background. It turns slightly sour late.

The mouth is smooth with pleasant oiliness but thins in the end. Easy enough drinker but the sourness limits me to 2 or 3.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, slightly murky, with a great head of frothy cream... sticks all over the place like mad.

S: Herbal and fruity... nice, soft, sweet hops and a great malty backbone for balance. A very nice American take on the English style.

T: Citrus, fruit peel, spiciness, some toasted maltiness.

M: A little thickness, kinda foamy, carbonation is a bit low, otherwise fabulous

D: A nicely balanced IPA, and one that I will certainly look forward to picking up again when in the area. Not out the roof with alcohol, and nice and smooth drinking.

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Photo of dfolmste
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Head is about an inch high that stays level as it diminishes. Carbonation is medium. Color is a hazy tan leaning towards amber. Head is gone by now but lacing is still strong. Good looking beer.

Smell: Smells of hops right off the bat; good start. A little sweetness so hopefuly there will be some other flavors hiding in the taste.

Taste: Great taste. Hop flavor is strong but the sweetness noted in the smell does not come into play. I wish there was more complexity here, but good enough. I feel like 3.5 may be a little low, but there are a lot of good IPA's. A little creamy towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little biting, but feels refreshing. Medium body. As with the flavor, nothing much outside the hops. Aftertaste is pretty good though.

Drinkability: Would definatly have a few more of these. Taste is good, looks great and even though the flavor doesn't go above and beyond, I would definately seek this out again.

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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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