Decompression Ale | Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Decompression AleDecompression Ale

Brewed by:
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed for Seattle BeerWeek, this beer uses Falconer's Flight hop pellets; named after the Glen Hay Falconer scholarship awarded to Maritime Head brewer Corey Blodgett. Falconers Flight was created by HopUnion to honor Glen Falconer's favorite hop varieties and is a combination of 14 hops in pellet form.

Added by youradhere on 05-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by henrysunset:
Photo of henrysunset
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking our is well filtered with modest head. Smell is very pleasing, hoppy maybe CSS ade hops..

Taste is remarkably balanced for its 10% ABC. Very enjoyable with a modest lasting body and good mouthfeel. I compared it to boundary IPA which is well respected if a little malty, and I was impressed by the fact that this beer feels co.parable in perceived ABv.

Overall, very satisfied. Glad the serving was modest.

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Photo of NWer
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nicely into my Chimay chalice. Ruby-red. Clear. Head dissipates quickly leaving a nice layer of thin foam clinging to the edges.
Sweet up front. Sweet on the tongue. Sweet aftertaste with slight sour notes. Hop flavors develop well eventually providing balance.
Pulled from my beer fridge and allowed to warm to room temperature for about four hours. I'm glad I went to the trouble. Not to be served cold. It was great this way.
Follow-up. As I'm finishing this beer, I don't understand why anyone would have a problem with it.
But that's just me. If I see any still on the rack anywhere, I will be snatching them up for the cellar.

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4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber infused copper. Thick cap of tanned offwhite head. Rapidly dissipated, leaving a hefty collar and a large fluffy island. Tight sheet of frosty sticky lace.

Very herbal with a bit of pine and grapefruit rind. Sweet caramel toastiness. Slight fruitiness and nuttiness as it warms a bit.

Juicy hops up front, then a big herbal blast. Big toastiness and sweet caramel. Big dry herbal bitterness. 8% is well integrated.

Medium body. Sticky and coating. Vigorous big bubbles of carbonation, that eventually settles a bit, helps cut through the stickiness. Slight astringency. Finishes semi-dry.

Very tasty and hoppy brew. Hoppy American Strong Ale? Sweet Malty IIPA? Either way, its very enjoyable and drinkable at $5 a bomber.

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Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a nice clear, deep amber-orange with a finger of off-white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Lemons, oranges and grapefruit. Some caramel and pine and a little toasty grains.

Taste. Caramel, citrus rinds, sweet roasty light grains. Bitter citrus finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with light, smooth carbonation. Oily finish.

Overall. Nice beer. Good balance and full flavours.

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Photo of TonyElOso
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's borderline IPA in my opinion, but a standard one. Its semi sweet but mostly bitter with a slightly tangy aftertaste. Its easy to drink and feels rather light all around with a small thin head. Its 8% in a 22 bomber for 5 bucks too. Not too bad a deal.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear, dark orange amber, half finger white head and nice lacing. Aroma of aromatic hops, mild citrus and malt. Peppery malt and hop flavor, with a semi-dry, spicy hop finish. The peppery malt, similar to Jolly Roger, dominates the taste and is quite unusual. Medium bodied. Seems to lean towards an IPA, but the flavor is unique. Interesting ale.

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Photo of bespin15
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ChumleyX
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Chuck's 85th Street Market in Seattle, WA.

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine hues and a one finger yellowish beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Complex hop aroma with resinous, piney hops countered by sweet and tropical fruit notes. Floral, spicy and earthy hops countered by sweet caramel malts. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, grass, pine needle, caramel and toffee.

Medium body that's bursting with resinous, earthy hops. Very earthy and floral with lots of grassy pine needle flavor.  Slightly herbal with a nice amount of dry, sticky bitterness.  Mid-palate there is a decent amount of citrus fruit notes but not as much as the nose suggests.  Decent caramel malt backbone with toffee and hazelnut notes that don't get in the way of the hops.  Nicely bitter with strong hop flavors lingering into a bone dry finish with slight heat.  Slightly one dimensional but pretty tasty especially if you like bitter dry hop bombs.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, clear ruby-orange into a tulip with two fingers of fluffy off-white head -- very nice looking. Mild aroma of caramel and grapefruit.

Moderate carbonation and an extremely smooth, full, slightly resinous mouthfeel. Flavors of juicy grapefruit up front with solid caramel malt and honey-tangerine to balance. Some lingering pine astringency on the finish, but nothing too overpowering.

Just a hint of boozy warmth and very balanced and easy-drinking. Quite pleasantly surprised by this one -- seems much more like a double IPA than a strong ale, though.

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Photo of Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy rust colored orange. Forms a fluffy white head. Good retention. Leaves some streaky bits of lacing.

S: Rather distinctive aroma - like a blend of grassy and citrus. Strongly herbal, almost medicinal.

T: Slightly sweet malts. Medicinal herbiness. Pithy bitterness. Long grassy herbal finish.

M: Medium with appropriate carbonation with a feel that sticks to the tongue. Moderate bitterness. A bit alcoholic.

O: Interestingly different, but I'm not so sure about this particular hop. If you like strong herbal qualities in your beer, this one is for you.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark orangish, sordobe rustic looking with some copper highlights leaving lots of bubbles and a nixe white cap.

S: Alcohol, citrus and some pine, hints of caramel and toffee

T: Caramel, citrus, some pine to it, sordove warm for an 8% beer. The beer had a sharp booze sting to it.

M: Medium to heavy body beer, sordove a bigger bodied IIPA with all of the IIPA characteristics.

O: Good

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Photo of Stumpy29er
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of youradhere
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special brewing for Seattle Beerweek, this beer was brewed with Falconer's Flight hops.

Pours a bright amber with oragnge hues, billowing white head that rises from the deep after a seemingly flat pour, man I hope these suds don't get the bends from the rapid ascent. Thin cap of lacing with islands of large bubbles. Smell is citrus and pine, malty backbone, I'm picking up pineapple, tangerine and tea. First sip gives me tangerine, followed by pine and a bit of chocolate; odd to find chocolate to say the least. More orange rind, honey malt, and slight bready character. Mouthfeel is creamy, cut by medium prickly carbonation. The hops threaten to linger like a garlic-y IPA, yet they don't. Quite the dichotomy of sensations going on here. Almost like a double IPA, but missing on the IBUs. Interesting fresh, I'd like to see what this tastes like with 6mo-1yr on it.

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Photo of julian
2.67/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: crystal clear amber orange color with a thick almond colored bubbly head and some really nice lacing.

S: Hrm, kind of an earthy, grassy, piney aroma. Not my favorite. Mostly just earthy bitterness...doesn't do much for my thirst.

T&M: Taste pretty much follows the aroma. Medium bodied, but finishes really dry and bitter. Can taste some caramel malt in the background, but outweighed by the harsh bitterness and piney resin of the hops. This beer is all about the earthy bitter piney aromas and flavors. Not for me. It's just not very tasty or quenching.

O: Meh.

Need to drink some delicious home brew to get the taste of this one out of my mouth...

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Decompression Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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