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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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of troutmask96
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +8.9%
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 RJLarse
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I revisited this one at the Elk Public House.

This time it was a cask conditioned offering. Here is the original review from 3/25/06:

All my earlier scores and impressions hold, except it wasn't as bitter as I said it was originally. Could be due to the cask conditioning. This added to its drinkability, and it was very good. I'd have Maritime Imperial IPA again from a cask for sure.

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Photo of sockeye101
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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 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 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 Gavage
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange in color with a short 1" head that falls quickly. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: grapefruit and pine are easily picked up by the nose well outside the glass.

Taste: nicely balanced as malt, grapefruits, pears, and pinecone bitterness are all singularly distinguishable but make a nice overall flavor. Alocohol was barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp at the start while the finish is crisp and long on the pine bitterness and grapefruit tones.

Drinkability: this is a solid Imperial IPA that several can be consumed, but it will sneak up on you. A pleasant find.

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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 bignick
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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 GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/30/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a notched date strip on the side of the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange-golden pour. Very solid and white inch plus head with better than average chunks of lace.

Smell- Floral, citrus and sugary hops. Also a wee bit of midrange dark malt.

Taste- Sugary sweet, but not too sweet, hops combine with a spicy (odd) and mild grapefruit and lemon hop flavor. The malt mingles well with the hops as well.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and a bit lower than average carb level.

Drinkability- Definitely worth a look see. I'd pick one up again if I could find it around here.

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Photo of freed
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Bottleworks, partly due to it's interesting label. It pours a nice golden hue with just a mild haze. Medium white head with lacing.

Aroma is a mix of pale malts and background bittering hop - strong and green.

Taste is a simple malt body which is dominated by a nugget-like, mouth-drying-then-watering bitterness. There's a lighter pitch-pine taste too, but it's a salivating ride. Strong bitterness, but a nice summer evening drink.

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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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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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 beertaster13
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid IPA. Pours a nice amber yellow/orange, with a beautiful off white head, lacing will coat the glass. The smell is very hoppy, meaning lots of citrus and pine smell, the taste a little to hoppy with not enough sweet blended malts. The sugared caramel seemed light and un attractive, the hops while nice didn't seem to fit as well as I expected for an Imperial, still solid.

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Photo of garthwaite
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 2L growler sent across the country by skyhand. Pours a hazy deep gold with moderate sized head & excellent lacing. Mild floral hop aroma with notes of pine & citrus & some fruity sweetness. Mild initial wave of flavors highlighted by sweet oranges & rock candy sweetness are overcome quickly by a welcome long lasting bitterness. Pine & citrus hop taste fill the back of the mouth with that sugary sweetness still lingering upfront. Seems a bit thin in the mouth for an imperial, but finishes very clean & a little spice. Pleasant & bright with really high drinkability levels, a somewhat tame version of the style. Thanks again, Kim!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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 feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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 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 brakspear
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
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 drewbage
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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 NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Imperial Pale Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
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