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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Photo of RedDiamond
2.43/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I don't know what went wrong here. Much of my pint of Maritime's only regular big beer was fine. But the smell was indescribably foul. It's not that I couldn't figure out what the beer smelled like. I had no difficulty discerning exactly what this beer smelled like. I just can't bring myself to talk about it. Let's just say that a beer should never, ever smell like this.

Of course, I can't be certain it was the beer itself that smelled as it did. It could have been the pint glass. The fact that the beer's taste didn't suffer from a parallel corruption could implicate the glass. Either way, Maritime crashed hard on this one and I will ding them for it.

At 7.5% ABV, this Imperial isn't very imperial. It shows a bone-white head with heavy lace, and a sassy, vivid yellow color with low CO2. Bittering is firm and drinkability (absent the smell) is casual. A brisk dryness suggested wheat to me. Later I learned the beer is indeed brewed with wheat.

I'll make a point of giving Maritime's Imperial Pale another chance. But with this effort so thoroughly squandered by sanitation issues, I don't know why I should.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 warriorsoul
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to skyhand for sending this unknown my is great to have someone looking out for something you might enjoy.
The style is right up my alley too.
Honey amber in color with a full finger and a half of bright white head after an agressive pour...nice sticky, sporadic lacing remains.
A touch buttery in the nose, with floral hops mostly, followed by some malty sweetness.
Taste is decent...a bit unbalanced for my taste buds. It has plenty of hops and although the malt is sweetening it up, it lacks substance somehow and does little to counteract the hops.
Finishes quite bitter, but the sweetness lingers a bit too long too.
Mouthfeel is average and the carbonation is good and the alcohol is well hidden.
Not chomping at the bit to finish this one...a decent beer for the style, but better out there.

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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 bbothen
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoryGilmore for the extra!

Pours a golden straw color with a small 1 finger bubbly head.

Smells of earthy, grassy, flowery hop flowers.

Has a big caramel malt sweetness with a crisp dry earthy hoppy finish. Nicely balanced & even.

Medium bodied with a smooth creaminess. Dry llingering hop finish.

Highly drinkable.

My first brew from Maritime Pacific. Nice job. Stopping in next time I'm in the PNW.

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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 ccs
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't even know this existed until I saw it on the shelf. It's a beautiful gold with a white 1/4 inch head. The aroma is hops and malt, such a great balance--grassy, herbal hops with the sweet grainy malt. It was great. The taste, after the appearance and smell, is a little disappointing. It's just a little flat when you compare it to other aspects. The mouthfeel is what I anticipated, maybe a little better than expected--full compared to a regular pale ale but very appropriate to style.

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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 RoyalT
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This poured a hazy, light yellow with an orangish tinge. The head came up nicely.

Smell – The aroma here was light and woody with strong cask notes. The hops were very mild at the nose.

Taste – Boy, was this cask-conditioned. The woody notes took over this IPA. The dry, resiny hops were nice, and the malt backbone was in full effect, but the woody character of this offering shined through loud and clear.

Mouthfeel – This was creamy smooth and medium-bodied with a very dry finish.

Drinkability – This went down alright, but I don’t know that this was the best ale to serve on-cask. The competing flavors left something to be desired. I liked the straight on-tap version much better. Two very different IPAs.

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Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy deep straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a subtle grapefruit hop.

The taste consisted of a well balanced citrus hop and grainy malt. There were some apricot and sweet orange detected toward the finish. Rather shallow flavorwise for a DIPA.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall an easy drinking DIPA. However, there was a serious lack of flavor.

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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 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 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 xoqx
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhere between a yellow and orange and amber is the color of this beer from this craft brewer in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. There is an off-white head that exhibits light retention and light lacing. The smell of this beer is nice and complex with orange-citrus and grapefruity esters as well as a floral and grassy. The taste is totally hop-ended with very bitter citric hops. There is just no way to discern much detail about the malts supporting this bitter high end. There is a medium-long finish and a sharp mouthfeel. Drinkable.

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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 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 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 benito
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap about six weeks ago at Barking Dog in Seattle and was happy to get a hold of a bottled version. It pours a hazy orange/peach with a sudsy white head that lingers well. It has the strong citrus bouquet that one would hope for in a double IPA, and it's got a wonderful balance in between the piney flavors of the hops and a sweet malt body. The hop flavors--pine along with grass, lime, and alcohol--dominate the end of the palate and leave a long, bitter aftertaste in the back of the mouth.

The full-bodied length that I expect in a DIPA is present from start to finish and is a good reminder of just how hefty a beer this is (though the ABV isn't listed anywhere on the label). Overall, this is a tasty, well-balanced IPA that makes for a great brew with which to end a summer's day.

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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.25.

Poured a hazy orange-amber color. Moderate sized withe head that dropped after a couple of minutes. Modest lace left behind on my Mirror Pond glass.

Aroma of sharp, grapefruity hops along with some freshly cut grass tones. Not getting a lot of malt out of this one.

Apparently the malt was frightened by the sight of my nose snifing from the top of the glass, because it's definitely here. While the hops are large and in charge, there is a distinct malt backdrop here that keeps the hops from spinning out of control. The initial taste is dominated by citrusy hops, with more bitter bretheren in the background, it is then succeeded by a mild, malty sweetness. At the finish, the hops strike back, with a pleasing, sharply dry taste. Nothing about the taste of this says "Imperial IPA", by the way. If the abv is high, it is discretely hidden.

This has just the right level of carbonation - just enough to keep things interesting. The mouthfeel is a little more creamy than most IPAs but not at all to an unpleasant degree.

This makes for a pretty tasty IPA. I'm curious what the abv is, since it didn' seem strong at all. Guess I'll have to save it for the day I can actually drink at the JR.

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