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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2002

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of olmatty
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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 +7%
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 +5.1%
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 +1.9%
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 -12.8%
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 +15%
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 -1.6%
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 -19.8%
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 +13.4%
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 +10.2%
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 0%
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 +10.2%
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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Photo of dirtylou
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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 +4.3%
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 -6.4%
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 +8.8%
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 +11.5%
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 +3.5%
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 +4.3%
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 +3.7%
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 -35%
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 +3.7%
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 -2.4%
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 +14.4%
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 +4.5%
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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Imperial Pale Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 127 ratings