Imperial Pale Ale | Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
Washington, United States
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Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
122
Reviews:
65
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.12%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 65
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 jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jsboates
4/5  rDev +5%

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 justiceavocado
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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 ChumleyX
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of SargeC
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 jpbebeau
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of leedorham
4/5  rDev +5%

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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Imperial Pale Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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