Saturday, November 1, 2008

Middle Ages ImPaled Ale


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (597) - Albany, USA - MAR 28, 2010
With each beer review I write I become a slightly wiser connoisseur. I’m finally beginning to notice the nuances of certain ingredients. With Middle Ages Impaled Ale, I’m realizing I like cascade hops and Ringwood yeast in my India Pale Ales.

POUR, COLOR AND AROMA

If nothing else, Impaled Ale warrants a recommendation from me based on its pour alone. Some beers require a certain finesse to get a proportional head, but this beer formed an absolutely perfect head without any effort whatsoever. It was one of the smoothest pours I’ve ever seen for an IPA.

The beer forms a fantastic head, which is thick, foamy, and off-white. It didn’t dissipate completely and it left significant lacing on the glass throughout the drink. The color was a pretty shade of bright orange, and its complexion was surprisingly cloudy and fairly carbonated.

The aroma was a strongly floral – a good indicator of a hoppy beer. It had a very sweet scent, reminiscent of the more syrup-like IPAs, which made me a bit anxious. But I’ll take a beer that’s a little too sweet-smelling to one that smells like regular beer any day.

TASTE

I like my IPAs to be sweet, tart and bitter without a sugary or salty taste and Impaled Ale definitely met my criteria. This is a very bitter beer with a strong hop bite and an overall citrusy palate that finishes tart but not too tart.

The beer is extremely tasty without being gimmicky. The only caveat might be that its taste is just a tad bit dry, but just barely. I actually hate to even point this out, but it’s the only thing keeping me from giving Impaled Ale a perfect 5-star rating.

FINISH

One of the things I like about IPAs across the board is even the least-best IPA still goes down fairly smooth. Impaled Ale finishes quite clean, which is even more commendable considering the strong hop bite. Anyone that likes a tasty beer, whether lightweight or connoisseur, will have no problem drinking this brew.

BODY

The word “impaled” is not too far removed from “imperial” so it came as no surprise to me that this beer is a quite strong and heavy in body. Weighing in at 6.5% ABV the two bottles I drank after dinner hit me with a surprisingly strong buzz, although they didn’t fill me up.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I will always appreciate a finely-crafted India Pale Ale so Middle Ages Impaled Ale gets special marks in my book (especially due to the fact they’re local). It’s always so nice to drink a tasty IPA that doesn’t apologize for being so strong all around.

Grade: 8/10