Imperial Pale Ale | Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Imperial Pale AleImperial Pale Ale

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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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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 122
Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

For me, this is a pretty typical Imperial IPA even though it seems to not have as much of a wallop as other exponents of the style.

Pours an orangey color & smells candy-sweet. Flavor is a big hit of grapefruit up-front and a malty sweetness giving way to a big boozy mouthful.

Not my usual style but nothing terribly special about it in a city/region where a ton of these are brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

An appearance darker than your average ipa, almost light brown and auburn. 1/2" white head. Aroma wasn't really hoppy.

A sweet ipa, caramel sweetness. Grapefruit with sugar added to cut the bitterness. Bomber format sucks, would not repeat buy, nothing unique or awesome here. Comes off like a brown lactose ale.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is clear dark amber with a yellowish white head. Nose is bready and doughy, piney hops and resin. Taste is doughy, some bread crust, pine and faint citrus with gentle bitterness. Body is rather full and creamy, moderate carbonation and a semi dry finish. Some malt sugars of caramel linger through a shorter finish.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at a Thai place in Seattle. Copper pour with small white head. A very nice floral aroma with a hint of citrus to go along. Decent bite, floral flavors, with some nice malt backbone to give it a solid body for a pale ale. Middle of the road, but always excited to try the west coast brews I have never heard of. I would drink it again if available, but would not go out of my way here.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured copper orange with a finger of bright white head. Aroma of caramel and some mild pine.

Moderate carbonation and a full, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Quite sweet with lots of caramel, honey, and bread. Just a bit of pine and citrus on the finish.

Interesting to have an imperial pale ale; definitely more malt-forward. Just a hint of booziness and not overly sweet, but one was plenty.

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Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with a one finger white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Streaks of lacing left behind.

Complex hop aroma with lots of tropical and citrus fruit notes countering the earthy, grassy character.  Hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange pell followed by earthy pine needle and biscuity malt.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of bitter, earthy hops and sweet fruit notes. Hints of grassy pine needle giving off dry bitterness that lingers throughout.  This is countered by hints of citrus rind, grapefruit and pineapple.   Some biscuity pale malt and sweet booze toward the finish.  Well balanced and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From cask at the brewery in Seattle.

Pours a straw yellow hue with solid hazing. Body is firm, supporting a rocky, sticky, honeycombed white head. Surprisingly, it doesn't leave much lace as it disintegrates, which is a bit of a disappointment. Otherwise, it's a solid looking cask pour.

Nose is surprisingly weak, with very little aroma noticeable at all. There's a whiff of tropical fruits to it, but I feel as though I smell it only because I expect it. Some mild malt perhaps? No, there's not much to it: it's inoffensive, but bland.

Light smoothness comes through on the front of the palate, before some faintly fruity, faintly acrid characters meld with a more pronounced grain note mid-palate. Back is smooth, with a hint of banana skin, but there's a build up of resin, which is the first truly noticeable hop character.

Feel is undeniable smooth and good from the cask.

Overall though, this really should be better. I had a couple of really good beers here, and many that showed very unrealised potential. This is one of the latter.

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

On tap into an American pint glass @ Lockspot, Ballard, Seattle, Washington.

Copper color w/ a soft creamy white head, solid lacing all the way down as I drain the pint.

Aroma is piney and floral hops.

Taste follows nose - piney & grassy, a little floral. Hops are the star of the show here but there's a clean malty presence as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, carbonation just right.

Overall a solid, enjoyable IPA that made my fish & chips and steamed clams taste even better.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear orange with a medium head and nice lacing

Smell - balanced mix of sweet malt, floral and pine notes

Taste - balanced until it warms to room temp then floral hops and slight alcohol come forth

Mouthfeel - medium body and carbonation

Overall - liked this once it warmed up a bit, unique

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at the Sunset Tavern on 11/12/11 while waiting for the John Wesley Harding / Minus 5 show

Hazy burnt amber. Didn't pour much head, just a wispy layer. A few strands of lace.

Juicy tropical hop notes - grapefruit, tangerine, peach and pineapple. Oily. I'm not picking out any specific malt tones. Oily, resinous hop flavor; piney with dank, tropical backing. Nicely restrained bitterness. Malts are grainy and a tad toasty on the finish. Tastes herbal as it warms; lingers on. Not hot at all. Finishes a mite tingly. Fairly full body; slick with hop oils. Carbonation is well proportioned and matches the feel.

Overall impression - pretty nicely done. Easily drinkable.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little darker than average, gets into dark orange almost light brown territory, eggshell white head to it. Decent aroma, more dry hopping please, this leaned sugar and bitter instead of vegetal hoppy.

More sugar, boy this was kind of a sweet ipa. Like, the sweetest that I can recall. Eh, better than just another bitter bomb. Would say its dominant grapefruit hop taste wise.

A decent ipa for the price, if you like 'em sweet, this is up your alley.

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Photo of Sky2625
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a straight side pint glass (this review from notes taken 7/27/11).

A - Poured golden amber with a 1/2-finger of off-white small to large bubble head. Some retention with spotty lace. Carbonation cascade maintains an island of head.

S - Initial subtle caramel notes, followed by a stronger floral and pine hoppiness, with spicy peppery hints, and a slight boozy finish.

T - Sharp piney hop start flows into steady sharp bitterness. Hints of apple and caramel under the bitterness, finishes with a splash of black pepper and a bit of heat.

M - Medium body with creamy texture. Carbonation sizzles over the center of the tongue. Bit of mild heat down the back of the throat.

D - Most of the flavor in this bottle is extreme hop bitterness and black pepper, which is interesting but not what I'd prefer. Bought a six-pack, but didn't want them all.

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Photo of BuckeyeOne
2.51/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy, dark straw color with a bubbly, pillowy white head that hung around for just a bit. Left some lacing.

I picked up very little aroma at all in this beer. Definitely no citrus or pine or tropical fruit or even malt. Smelled like a weak pale ale.

Unfortunately, the flavor left as much to be desired as the nose. The ABV must be the only thing that makes this a DIPA because nothing in the flavor would indicate such. I must say I'm disappointed in this PNW brewery putting out such a lame DIPA.

Good carbonation. Medium bodied.

This was by no stretch of the imagination an offensive beer, but really there's nothing to it. If someone else was buying, I'd drink these but I'd never again order on my own.

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Photo of olmatty
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Cascading bubbles rise up through a crystal amber orange beer. A high, creamy head with excellent retention and huge lacing.

Smell-Toasty biscuit malts, caramel and citrus

Taste-Piney, citrusy, hop bitterness and caramel malts up front. Hops linger. Not overly complex, but simple great pale ale flavors packed intensely into this glass.

Mouthfeel-Pretty trhick and palate filling

Drinkability- Very drnkable for a relatively high ABV.

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

A:Poured a cloudy bright orange in color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S:Malts, grass and some grapefruit

T: Taste is not overwhelmed with hops but has a good malt backbone, grass, citrus

M: Nice and balanced

D: Pretty good across the board

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden/orange slightly hazed hue with a nice 2 fingers of head that dissipates after about 2 minutes. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is fairly mild for an imperial, but hops are noticeable. Grassy, slight citrus and some floral. Smells like Cascade a bit to me. The malt is fairly reserved at the moment (beer is cold) but present. There is a bit of bready malt and some caramel present.

Taste is fairly sweet, especially up front, and there is an almost creamy element to it. Rolls onto the tongue with lots of light crystal malt and maybe honey and/or Munich malt sweetness. There is also a bit of bright hop fruit and citrus mixed in, this transitions into a fairly bitter exit. As the beer exits the sweet malt base is still there but the hops are suddenly much more noticeable. The finish is a moderate hop bitterness with some tartness and grassy hop flavors, then a mild malt flavor lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy, smooth element to it. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty well rounded and drinkable IPA, not amazing but I would drink it again.

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Photo of wcuberos
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler and first had a good finger of head then it trailed off and left a thin finish on top. The nose wasn't strong, didn't get much aroma at all but picked up a little citrus with my nose in the glass.

It has a mild citrus flavor that comes across nicely, doesn't leave a big mouth feel though and I was expecting it from a Double IPA. It does leave a great lacing down the glass as it's emptied.

There's a slight bitterness that hits you in the back of the mouth as an aftertaste that I really liked.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass. This bottle was a nice extra from northwestmark, thanks. The beer pours a nice bright orange with amber edges. There is a thin white head that leaves some oily lacing.

The smell is grapefruit and pine cone hops, but there is too much bready malt presence.

The taste is crisp grapefruit and very bitter pine hops, but the biscuit malts are a bit too strong. The piney hops come back for the finish, which is nice and bitter.

The beer is light bodied and well carbonated. The 7.5% abv is well hidden by the bitter hops, but the amount of bready malt present in the nose and flavor make the drinkability suffer. I don't mind a balanced IIPA, but I prefer a nice caramel backbone to a biscuity one.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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 hopenator
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy this beer because of it's bitter citrusy flavor and high alcohol content, which is . Some batches seem to have more of a metallic flavor than I care for. It is not my favorite IPA, but it is often the best beer served at some of the local establishments. I also like it because it is from a local brewery.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is going to be a short review because I lost my notes from last night.

This Imperial IPA was typical in all aspects. The color was perhaps a bit lighter than usual for the style. The aroma was a little softer than expected, as was the flavor. Body and drinkability were as expected for the style. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Rchap1
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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 John_M
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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 AltBock
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with an old map as the label. I not sure what it's a map of, but there's a sea dragon in the middle, a tall ship at the bottom, and two skull and crossbones flags. On top of this map in bright big red letters is the name of the beer and their symbol at the bottom of the map. To the right is the Government warning and to the left is the ingredients, refund values, and two lines of numbers. The first one was 1-6 and the second one was 1-12. I guess that this was suppose to be the best before date, but nothing was notched.

Appearance: I decided to pour this Seattle born beer into a Stoudt's pint glass. This IPA poured a bright and hazy golden lemon yellow. The reason why it was so hazy was because of all the hop particles floating around in this beer. Sitting on top of the golden brew was a small less than a 1/4 of an inch head of pure white foam. Even though the head was small, it never really receded away. It stayed the same size the entire time this beer was in my glass. Whenever the beer went down, the head of foam left behind small streaks and spots of lace. If you couldn't have guessed already. I loved the appearance of this IPA. It was very well done!

Smell: You would think that a beer with the word "Imperial" in the title would have a nice strong aroma. This one had to be different. The aroma to this IPA was far too mild. I swirled it around and around to wake up the aroma, but it was no avail. All I got coming off of this beer was a splash of lemon peel, a hint of grapefruit, a few blades of grass, and a spatter of citrus hops. Yeah, it had a few of the type of aromas that you would find in a Pale Ale, but they were lacking the kick that they needed.

Taste: Now this is more like it! Now the beer comes out to play after the weak aroma. The tastes kicks off with a subtle taste of caramel malts and then it goes directly into the hops. The hops strength wasn't quite as high as a Double IPA, but they were getting there. So, after the caramel malts leave, the taste then goes hoppy with bitter citrus hops, a splash of lemon zest, a touch of tart grapefruit, and a subtle hint of pine needles at the end. The malts probably could have helped to balance out this beer a little more, but I know that you can't have everything.

Mouthfeel: I thought that this "Imperial" Ale was more medium bodied than full bodied. I also noticed that this beer had plenty of carbonation and featured a slightly hoppy aftertaste of bitter citrus hops, a splash of lemon peel, and a hint of grapefruit. Even though the aftertaste was hoppy, it didn't bother to stick around like some hoppy aftertastes do. It lasted for about 10 seconds and then it was gone forever.

Drinkability: If you like you IPAs with just a tab bit lower hop content than one of your hardcore Double IPAs, then this beer is up your alley. Foe me, I enjoyed it. Well, everything except for the weak and mild aroma. Everything else was great. In the end, I would like to thank Donny2120 for giving me the chance to try this Seattle born beer. Thanks again man!

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Photo of t0rin0
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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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