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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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 122
Photo of dirtylou
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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 snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had it last night at Danny's in Kirkland. Not too shabby. Slap-in-the-face hoppiness for both the nose and the tongue. Crisp but clingy mouthfeel with marginal carbonation.

It's definitely an imperial IPA, so non-hopheads may proceed at their own risk.

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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 deepsouth
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with little carbonation visible but a nice bit of creamy straw head with some rocky bubbles.

the smell is great, although i'm having a hard time putting my fingers on specifics. bready, hoppy, fruity, but not citrus fruits.

the taste is out of this world. consistent with smell. crisp and refreshing.

the mouthfeel is medium and very carbonated, which was not noticeable in the pour.

overall, this is a fantastic beer that i would seek out and drink regularly if i had access to it.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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 PlaywrightSam
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle picked up at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane, WA. Pours an vaugely cloudy orange-amber, moderate amount of head with pretty nice lacing. Smell is dominated by malts, some floral hops in there, maybe a little citrus. Taste is much the same, big malt up front followed by some pretty subdued hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, moderate carbonation, very easy to drink. Not sure what the ABV is but goes down very easily. This really isn't an IPA, it really is exactly what it claims to be: a double pale ale. There's a hop presence there to balance out the malt, but nothing huge. Very drinkable, refreshing, pretty nice balance. Probably won't seek it out again but it's totally worth a try.

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Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade with the too generous RoryGilmore, cheers Rick!!

Pours an effervescent honey with one finger of eggshell white head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Grapefruit hops (muted) & not much else. I do get biscuitty malt the bottom 1/3rd of the glass

T: Biscuitty malt, grapefruit, honey, & some flinty dryness up front. Biscuitty malt, some lemon & grapefruit hops, plus a touch of apricot & a bit of booze in the finish, plus cisp hoppyness as this warms. Almost pulled a 4.5, but needed a little more malt balance or different hops

MF: Medium bodied with slight stickyness, moderate carbonation & great balance with nice smoothness

Drank pretty easy, I believe this one would sneak up on you if tried to session on it

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

Thanks to Rorygilmore for this as an extra!

My bottle says limited release on it. hmm curious.

The pour. It poured with a nice 2 finger head. Really frothy head.
It pours a hazy golden coler and the nose is that of WTF Crayons?? Interesting. I also get citrus, a little malt, and maybe a bit of honey on the nose.

The mouthfeel on this is creamy. Its definitely an imperial pale ale. Pretty well blended. The hops on the back end really sock it to you and leaves a lasting bitterness.

I would definitely drink this if I lived in the northwest. Very drinkable.

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

Pours a fully fogged in amber. Nose is pretty subdued with a metallic edge and slight hops. There is a pretty distinct alcohol edge that peeked out when things got warmer. Flavor is a bit meaty with a fairly prominent alcohol on the tongue. Slight hop character and a bitter tang is there. I would be interested to know the precise ABV on this puppy. Feel is good with the bubble and kind of thick on the liquid. Overall drinkable. Though the hit of alcohol on the tongue doesn't really add. Is kind of a mild DIPA and doesn't really carry any punch in the mouth as far as that goes. Smooth, but doesn't really carry a mass of character. Do away with that alcohol showing up and you'd make things even more interesting I think.

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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 franksnbeans
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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 ccrida
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at the Engine House No. 9 in Tacoma, the Imperial is a murky dark yellow with large foamy bubbles that really make this look a lot like a glass of piss...consequently, I'm not impressed!

Aroma is pleasant and fairly strong, butterscotch diactyl, with tangerine/apricot esters.

Taste is sweet butterscotch malt with a nice citrus punch of hop flavor thats neither too bitter or overbearing, and is in fact overall rather smooth. I really like the hops here, vibrant without being too astringent, quite nice.

The cask conditioning really mellows the mouthfeel and works well here.

This is one damn drinkable cask IPA. I wonder what the ABV is, doesn't drink that big, although I appreciate the hops and english ale esters that keep it full of flavor, without being to heavy on the stomach.

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Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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 ChrisCastillo
5/5  rDev +31.2%
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 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 IntriqKen
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
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 GimmeAles
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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 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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