harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of the coolest places in Seattle. A nice golden hue in appearance with an aroma that is like fresh picked flowers, and get ready to be overpowered by hops. A must try for everyone that visits Seattle.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Also a vivid yellow color like the pils. The aroma was disappointing, kind of stale IMO. The head was fabulous...never quit throughout the duration of this beers poured life. The taste kicked the aromas ass! Crisp cascades led the way to a slughtly nutty finish.
rich42 (128) - USA - JAN 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 very solid beer all around. solid bitterness, nice solid malt body. definitely an Imperial Pale Ale as opposed to India Pale Ale in that it's stronger and thicker. well balanced - the hops have kick - but they won't make you pucker-up all that much. nice spiciness with a little bit of citrusiness. should be enjoyed by strong ale fans and hopheads a like.
UPDATE: this review was from a sampling on tap, tried in the bottle - not nearly as good - was strictly decent. similar experience with hale's ales (they're about 3 blocks away from maritime)
Crit (3209) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 Cask at brewery
Cloudy amber,lasting beige head.Light citrus hop/sweet malt nose.Big tart grapefruit profile,soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Good balancing malt in back
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2003 My first impression of this was in the unusually dark character of the hops. The bitter sits on the back and sides of your tongue kind of like malt. Rather robust and there even seems to a bit of smoke under the grassiness - kind of peaty. Rather tasty actually - although the Diamond Knot I had right before kind of blew this out of the proverbial water. There is something strange I must address concerning all of the Maritime beers: they all have a sub-par atery finish that constantly leaves the drinker with an empty expression. Headline for the Weekly World News? Perhaps not, but odd nonetheless.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8/17/02: Had this as ’Imperial IPA’...Pretty hazy bronze color, moderate head and fine sheet lace. Aroma floral/fruity/hoppy...too bad it isn’t stronger! What it lacks in aromatic power it makes up for in the mouth: slight sweet fruitiness anchors assertive hop bitterness...the finish tapers only moderately from the flavorful bloom of the main body. Hop vapors hover like swamp fog in the back reaches while light sweetness remains on tip of tongue and lips...great combination of sensations! Body is light but acceptable--appropriate for a brew with such a bright character. Maritime Pacific creates yet another unusual and original taste experience...this one lurks just a step behind the frontrunners in the rich IPA field. 10/31/02: Aroma a bit more prominent this time, and the body seemed a bit fuller, perhaps due to the slightly lower carbonation level with this sampling...very pleasant orange-rind taste comes through in finish...a very good product...
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - SEP 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very bitter start and finish without a strong aroma to back it up (I wish there was more). The bitterness lingers at the back of the tongue, grapefruitlike. Malt flavors are mostly sweet, which engage somewhere in the middle of the taste. Nice orange/amber (bronze) color and lacy head add the experience when drinking this Imperial Pale Ale.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy gold-orange appearance with a subtle, but fresh dose of cascade hops in aroma. The flavor profile of this beer includes a washing presence of tangy hopping with some citrusy notes.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
one of the best IPA’s around, deep golden color, thick body, for an IPA, excellent mouthfeel, bitter with malty sweetness, slight floral nose and citrusy flavor, a big IPA that deserves more attention!
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This may be the finest IPA I’ve had since the Bridgeport. The hoppiness is such that you get the impression your chewing on the hop itself! A wonderful flavor that has quite a bit of body, but not to the point where it overwhelms afterwards.