redbarista (40) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2006 This is my favorite beer. Ever. I’ve told a number of people: if there were only one thing I could ever drink, it would be this beer. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
This beer is an India Pale Ale or IPA by style, and it is an excellent one. Impaled Ale seems to take the best of both British and American examples of the style, as it is brewed with British malts, a British yeast strain, and American hops. It isn’t a throat peeling, hop monster of an IPA, but one that has great hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness. It is one of the most drinkable and enjoyable IPA’s you will find on the US market, a pint after pinter. As stated in earlier reviews of Middle Ages, they use a British strain called ringwood that gives their beers distinct earthy and buttery aromas and flavors. You will find that signature yeast character in Impaled Ale, and it makes a great beer even better in my opinion.
Middle Ages Impaled Ale pours to a beautiful, light amber color with a thick and creamy white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent with fragrant aromas of piney/citrus hops paired with yeasty/earthy aromas, and light aromas of biscuit malt. The palate is firm with lots of good pale and biscuit malt flavor paired with light buttery flavor and estery fruit. Impaled Ale finishes with more malty, buttery, and estery flavors up front, then ends with a very pleasing, spicy, piney hop bitterness that lingers.
I really enjoy this beer, and it is one of my all time favorite IPA’s. This is a very quaffable IPA, one that has plenty of hops, but is not so over loaded with hops that you could not have a session with this one. Impaled Ale is a very food friendly beer and would match well with classic pub grub. I was able to enjoy this one fresh on draught at the Blue Tusk, a legendary Syracuse beer bar, and you will find free samples of this one pouring at the brewery. Retailing for about $6-$7 a six pack in bottles, or $3-$4 a pint glass, Impaled Ale is well worth seeking out. Funky91Monk (1) - - OCT 10, 2014 does not count
My favorite all time beer. The best part of going to upstate ny. Wish I could get it outside of that! JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2002
This is an impressive IPA. Very hoppy with a subtle, malt character. Not the spicy zing, but excellent flavor with a nice finish. Highly recommended. grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2004
I had this on cask at the Old Toad (methinks that’s what it is called)in Rochester, NY over Christmas. This was my first "Real Ale", so it was, for me, a religious experience. When poured it has that lovely lightly carbonated frothy head that real ales have. It stuck around for a good long while, which I enjoy. Looks to be of a dirty golden color. More mirky than pale (due to the sediments...mmmmm...
Lovely bouquet. Smelled of pine more than anything else. Taste was well balanced. Certainly one of the maltiest IPA’s I’ve ever had. Slightly sweet as I remember and pinyier as it flattened and rolled out on my tongue. Mouthfeel is excellent, very rich. Many people have commented on how this beer could have used some clarity or seperation in the balance of its flavors. I don’t feel this way at all. This beer I think shuold be enjoyed for how it isn’t clear but presents your palate with something new and undistinguished. Like if you lived somewhere were there weren’t people of another race, and then you moved somewhere full of latinos and african americans. You wouldn’t know what to do but you would learn to enjoy the obscurity and confusion. Right....hmmm. go drink one its good.
BREWMUSKCLES (2685) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2007
ILL TELL YOU WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS IPA.... NOTHING. THIS IS A COMPLEX AND TRUE IPA IN IT’S QUALITY MALT CHARACTER AND FLAVOR DOWN TO THE ESSENCE OF PURE HOP GOODNESS. IT IS COMPLEX WITH ALL THE USUAL HOP AND MALT PROFILES OF THE TRULY GREAT BEERS. I AM A HOPHEAD, AND THIS IS AN EXCEPTIONAL BEER FAR BETTER THAN ANY ORDINARY MASS PRODUCED MICRO. THESE PEOPLE MAKE GREAT BEER AND THIS NORTHEASTERNER IS TRULY PROUD. IT IS QUALITY AND INDICATIVE OF IT’S OWN PERSONALITY REMINICENT OF OREGON SOME 20+ YEARS AGO. SO WELL LAYERED, JUST MARVELOUS! RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Pours a very slightly hazed amber with a light tan gead that really sticks around. I cannot remember the last time I saw this much retension of head, so I am going to give this one a 5 on appearance. Nose is very hoppy with those pine and citrus tones. The flavor is subdued and doesn’t present itself as a hop bomb or that style. It is more of a gentle hopped ale. Feel is thick with bubbles and slightly meaty on the liquid. Definitely drinkable. It is a smooth and even IPA that doesn’t have any overly showy attributres. I would be interested to see what this one is like on tap...or better yet on cask. rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label offers no other information.
Appearance: It’s on the darker side of the IPA style with a deep orange amber colored body. It has good clarity and a creamy off white head sitting on top. This head is thick and hangs on to the glass leaving thick lace rings at each sip.
Smell: Overall the nose is fairly light but offers a mild bready and lightly fruity base with a nice balance of citrus and herbal hops. Under that is just a slight hint of mineral.
Taste/Palate: There is a solid bready maltiness with a light fruity sweetness upfront balanced by light hop bitterness. Citrus, herbal, and mild pine like hop notes slowly take over and finish off the flavor profile firmly on the herbal/piney bitter side. This bitterness ligers and sticks for some time on the tongue.
Notes: This beer teeter totters from sweet malt to full on hop bitterness. Well done! generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2014
It’s on the darker side of the IPA style with a deep orange amber colored body. It has good clarity and a creamy off white head sitting on top. This head is thick and hangs on to the glass leaving thick lace rings at each sip. Overall the nose is fairly light but offers a mild bready and lightly fruity base with a nice balance of citrus and herbal hops. Under that is just a slight hint of mineral. There is a solid bready maltiness with a light fruity sweetness upfront balanced by light hop bitterness. Citrus, herbal, and mild pine like hop notes slowly take over and finish off the flavor profile firmly on the herbal/piney bitter side. This bitterness ligers and sticks for some time on the tongue. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2002
wow! huge hoppy finish - but that’s not all - nice malt presence, good aroma. body seemed thin (not watery though), so I was surprised by the more than sufficient malt/hops. very drinkable and above average, maybe in my top 5 IPA’s, will have to sample this some more....