Imperial Pale Ale | Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Imperial Pale AleImperial Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2002

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of ChrisCastillo
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very clear, pale straw colored pour that leaves a fluffly white creamy dense head that wont let go of the glass. excellent lacing. Taste is hops upfront, malt quickly following. Hops are citric, and grassy, malt is bready, nutty, and grainy. Excellent malty aftertaste that coats the tounge in between sips. I def smell some cascade hops in there, maybe some wheat malt as well. Alcohol becomes more present as the brew warms, but its not too overpowering as with some imperial IPA's ive had. Overall a well balanced high malt high hops imperial IPA from Maritime Pacific Brewing. Grab one and see for yourself-


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Photo of IntriqKen
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow with a half finger of white bubbles that melts quickly to a ring of sticky lacing.
Aroma is sort of floral hops in nature with just a bit o orange and pineapple.
Creamy clean malt on the tongue followed with assertive citrus peel to grapefruit peel....leaving your mouth clean, crisp and dry as you swallow.
No idea of the ABV since it isn't listed an is surprisingly absent in the taste or aroma.
Aftertaste is a clean grapefruit hop. I have to admit there is an amazing hop finish to this brew that does NOT get blended or overpowered with a sweetness of the double malts. Makes for a wonderful clean aftertaste.
Clean and dry.
Ready for the next sip.
(remember...this is an IMPERIAL IPA....caution...respect...surprise)
Really good clean fresh drinker for a DIPA. Could probably session until I hit the floor.

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Photo of ltwaters
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to RoyalT for the growler of this local treat! This was a clear orange colour with a big white head. The aromas were all fresh hops, heavy-handed caramel malts, and a bit of the booze. The taste is very piney and earthy up front, but soon the huge malt backbone of this brew begins to peak its head over the fence of fresh citrusy hops. So strong, and yet so balanced! The mouthfeel is creamy, yet sharp and the drinkability is out of this world. Another excellent PacNW brew! How many are there!?

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Photo of Wjmckeown
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info to be seen, the web site says this one is 7.5% by the way..anyway this offering pours dark straw, under a wonderful, light tan very retentive head. Almost a maringue formed in the head upon a nose enhancing swirl. Leaves thick sheeting, nice looking beer. Nose is full cone hop baby, lots of resins, and minty freshness. Simply a yummy, nicely crafted hop bomb, greatly smoothed out by generous waves of malt. I like! Hops stick on the teeth and make me want to pop another one. Well worth seeking out this very worthy DIPA. Nice to find sixers of this stuff @ Shoreline beverage on L.I., N.Y.

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Photo of GimmeAles
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Needed to try this one from the source after a very sad recent experience at a pub not a mile away. Enjoyed in the Jolly Roger Taproom on premises of the brewery.

On-cask, served in a 16oz pint glass, with an airy head of soapy-looking bubbles a good 1.5 inches thick. This left gorgeous, glutinous globs of lace sticking the whole way down the glass. A shimmering and slightly hazy golden body.

Floral Pineapple and orange candy are first on the nose providing a nice aromatic stage for a slight vanillin sweetness making a cameo appearance.

Taste is a mirror of the nose, though richer. More soft, floral hesperidial qualities emerge and pine-resiny hops are all over. A more pronounced vanilla sweetens and balances the bitterness, though the bitterness wins as it should! A winsome doughy, yeast character is in there as well. Quite nice.

Cask mouthfeel is sublime – smooth and well-mannered, showing off the best of hops, malt and yeast. This is a beer I could drink all night and much more on target with what I remember from times past. Redemption achieved!

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Photo of brakspear
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big beer that does not get too out of control. It has a deep orange body and sticky white head indicating the generous malt used for this beer. The aroma is aromatic northwest hops over a sweet malty nose...very nice. The taste is a striking balance of the malty sweetness, slight caramel notes, and a big hop finish. The generous body does not become cloying, so this Imperial IPA is easy to drink.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. amber bottle with a best before date of 1/05.

Poured a cloudy bright orange in color. Lots of chunky yeasties suspended in this one. Thick, long-lasting white lace dies to a thin head yet it still manages to lace the glass nicely. Surprisingly balanced nose of malty sweetness offset by a hefty dose of grassy/floral hops. Like the smell, the flavor is not overwhelmed with hops. Sweet on the front end, almost a honey-like sweetness. Middle is acidic, grapefruit-juicey. Finishes with a splash of alcohol and a drawn-out bitterness. Super smooth and thick on the palate. Extremely drinkable. Incredibly well-balanced. A sure keeper that I'd love to have again and again.

Raise a pint with me in thanks to RoyalT!h

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of the finer double ipas from washington. i know the crown resides elsewhere but it's nice to see a washington brewery bringing some A game. it's a bit on the lighter side, plenty of grapefruit hops in the aroma and flavor, i'm gonna say ctz for sure, maybe a little chinook. a pleasurable beer to drink, for sure, especially after a visit to hale's. quite easy to drink, the flavors are bold and the malt hidden behind a wall of hope. these hops are nice.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, deep gold and brass in color with a full head of large bubbled off-white froth. The head has brilliant staying power and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is of malty sweetness backed by bright grassy & floral hops. A full body combines with a limited carbonation to give a pillow-soft mouthfeel. The flavor is richly malty and full of hop flavor, well balanced with solid bitterness. There's some fruitiness and a gentle caramel edge to the maltiness. Is that a light diacetyl I'm picking up? At points the hops can take on a minty character. Although the carbonation can at times give a little tingle to the tongue, it's softness helps to bring out the sweetness of the malt and keep the bitterness in check. The finish is slightly sticky and quite bitter, increasing a little bit with each taste. Quite a big beer; and a real balancing act to keep so much sweet malt from becoming cloying, and so much bitterness from becoming overwhelming. Definitely a treat, but not for everynight.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden apricot with two fingers of white head that clings to the glass as it slowly fades to a ring. Smells of sweet caramel malt and piney grassy hops. Pretty subtle for IIPA. Taste shows you why its in this catagory. Starts of sweet malt then smacks you with some hops and a bitter grapefruit rind finish. Smooth and full in the mouth with limited carbonation. Very drinkable and well worth a try.

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Photo of sockeye101
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Engine House #9 and it is one of the best beers that I've ever had. The pint came with a gorgeous offwhite head and a cloudy orange color. I didn't pick up any strong powerful aromas, slightly floral, sweet and a touch of wood tones, but nothing overpowering to the nose. Wonderful hop flavors with a lingering bitterness at the end but exceptionally smooth and mellow. Creamy mouthfeel and smooth, smooth, smooth. Did I mention it was smooth? The cask conditioning really added a character to this beer that is hard to describe but the results are perfect. If I run into Imperial Pale Ale again on cask it will be hard to pass it up.

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Photo of bignick
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Skyhand. Poured into a pint glass.

I don't know what the hell an "imperial pale ale" is, but it tastes pretty good. BA classifies it as a DIPA, but it tastes more like a pale ale on steroids, and I compare it to SNPA, Anhcor Liberty, Smutty Shoal's, or any other very good pale ale.

The taste is of pretty stingent west-coast hops. It is very floral in the nose, but very puckering as it goes down. It is slightly sweet, but not at all syrupy. On the whole, I like the beer, even though I question the legitimateness of the name and the style designation. It has a deceptive drinkablilty for the abv.

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Photo of MA08
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Rchap1
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Elephant and Castle, Seattle WA. Had to drink it relatively quickly as well due to last call, but I still got all the info I needed.

A: Deep golden color, not dark enough to qualify as coppery, but a nice gold hue.

S: Very light, almost deceptively light. I expect a bit more of a strong flowery hop smell, but this was actually quite gentle. I really really enjoyed this aspect of the beer.

T: A lot more aggressive than I was expecting from the smell. There was definitely a strong floral hop taste, and a very very strong aftertaste. Not over-the-top bitter, but still pretty strong.

M: I enjoyed the mouthfeel on this, the hop flavor lingered for quite a bit and made sure you didn't forget what you were drinking!

D: I'm not sure I could put down more than a couple of these in a row, but for a strong IPA with a kind of low ABV, I think this is a decent choice if you just have to have an IPA. All in all, I'd call this one a winner, and one I'd love to have again!

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a pint at the Jolly Roger Tap Room (next to the Brewery)

Didn't I just have this beer at the Summer Brewfest? yup.. But I tell you this beer is even better on the cask than it was on CO2

Aroma is graddy and buttery on top of a beer that is dark golden with a light haze. Loose fluffly and soap bubble like head.

Flavor is of soft spciy hops with a touch of lemony citrus mixed with a floral finish to the hops. Malt was soft and round and just turning to a slight corny grain character.

A fine example of how improved the experience of an intensely hoppy beer can be on Cask. While on CO2 the beer is massively bitter and acidic (which can be a good thing) on the cask the flavor becomes more expressive and a fuller experience.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at Redbones.

This Imperial IPA poured a cloudy, peach color with very white foam that coated the glass very thoroughly. The smell was lightly sweet, dominated by fruity hops. The taste was lightly sweet (malty) with strong, fruity hops (reminiscent of pineapple). Nicely hoppy, but not overly bitter. The mouthfeel was crisp and hoppy with medium-full body and moderate carbonation. This was a very good and enjoyable I2PA.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery on a rainy friday afternoon

appearance: poured into a pint glass, straw-orange in color, egg-white head with foamy lace

smell: zesty potent hops, citrus and pine, pacific northwest hops loaded with pine resin...1 dimensional but who cares

taste: pacific northwest hops...pine resin, bitter grapefruit balanced by a moderate malt backbone...just another solid installment in a hophead's tour of seattle

mouthfeel: oily and medium bodied

drinkability: quaffable

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very pale especially for an Imperial IPA. lots of head ribbons of nice lace

hop forward aroma, grassy, somewhat peppery, there is something funky that I can't really place but not in a bad way at all

herbally, fresh cut grass kind of hop flavor the hops make me think of fruit but only the rinds not the body of the citrus fruits themselves, so much biscuity malts in there as well, the flavors from the malt are not overtly sweet, it's more of a savory like say whole grain bread, kind of nutty in a way

the mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, moderate carbonation and healthy alpha acids hanging out on the palate after the fact

this is a good beer. I like it overall, real smooth and refreshing. I just can't figure out what it's trying to be. I understand that the site says that this is an Imperial IPA. However I think it might be what it says it is an Imperial Pale Ale. But who knows, as such I just rated it by what I like.

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Photo of troutmask96
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Maritime Brewing's line of beers, and this may be my favorite offering of theirs. Though I prefer to drink it at their fantastic Jolly Roger pub, this is a good one poured out of the bottle, too. It's light orange color does not represent the richness of the brew itself. Smell is excellent - very biscuity and hoppy. Taste is of hops and butterscotch - sweet, but not disarmingly so. Finishes with a gentle bitterness that lends a great drinkability. A sensational session IPA...

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellowy gold and hazy with an off white head. Sweet orange citrusy aroma, also a sugary candy malt sweetness. Taste is creamy sweetness up front, a little nuttiness, and then a pretty big grassy drying bitterness. Some citrus hop afttertaste lingers on the tongue. Easy to drink, very nice big bitterness is not overpowerful but very satisfying.

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Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jake's in Steilacoom the other day.

The beer pours the protypical DIPA orange peach color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is all DIPA (West Coast style). There is quite a bit of underlying citrus from the huge amount of hops, but I also get something of an earthy, tobacco and slight brown sugar component as well. The beer really smells terrific. On the palate the beer is dominated by the hops, but there's enough malt so you're not overwhelmed by it. Still, the finish is pretty dry, as one would expect from a NW DIPA/IPA. Again, there is also a bit of earthiness and brown sugar on the palate, which I'm enjoying as well. The beer is not heavy or tiring, and drinkability is pretty good for a DIPA.

I've had better, but this is a solid DIPA from Maritime. Had this after a glass of Pliny and it still held its own pretty well. Nice beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was sent to me by a friend that moved to Seattle recently. I do not agree with the DIPA classification on this one and am reviewing it as a Pale Ale.

Pours a dark yellow, borderline orange color. Very clear, good amount of white foam but not much retention or lacing.

Smell is moderately heavy on the hops for a pale ale. Still the balance was right on for a hoppy pale ale. Malt sweetness mixed with a touch of citrus aroma hops. The only reason this didn't score higher in smell is because of the alcohol showing through.

Flavor is crisp and refreshing to say the least. It has adequate citrus and pine flavor but its not quite as potent as the aroma would suggest.

Medium carbonation and medium/light body make this quite drinkable. Definitely a warm weather beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale amber color, nice, fresh white head atop, settling into a narrow ring.
Aroma, citrus, grapefruit, peachy, banana, a bit of pine, pineapple, even, but none too pronounced. A little slick, and oily.
Mmm, big impact on arrival! Huge entry on the palate, brimming with hoppitude, bristling with piney resins, juicy, tarry associations, just a hop-tastic blaze set loose on the tastebuds. Mellows out right quick, and there's just enough malty feel in the body to provide appropriate balance. Just enough, though, not a plentitude or anything, the hop phalanx at the for is still in firm command.
Taste like a pale ale, but with this blaring, blazing, utterly reckless cadre of hop devastation setting fire to any semblance of balance...not that that's a bad fact, I like it!
Quite an interesting bottle of brew they got going on! Cheers to that!

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