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India Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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87
very good

549 Ratings
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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 38
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2005

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Ratings: 549 | Reviews: 345
Photo of travolta
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A clean and clear golden strawberry color with a very nice cloudy head and great lacing.

Nose: Tropical fruit with some raisin and banana. A little citrus at the end.

Taste: Malt and hops play back and fourth. The hops comes in citrusy and zesty. It is quite sweet. Some grapefruit and orange in the end.

Notes: The brits may have done it first, but I don't think they do it best. This, however, is a very nice example of what an IPA can be.

Photo of duracell
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great looking beer, lots of lacing left on the glass. Very British in the style. Loads of earthy, grassy hops. Medium high bitterness with excellent drinkability. I prefer American hops, but it is certainly a great beer!

Photo of patre_tim
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Caramel with a nice consistent haze, almost no carbonation, 3 fingers of sea foam caramel tinged white head. Frost on a window for lacing.


S: Sweet malty cereal quality, banana candy, not a lot more than this so far. Perhaps a hint of orange candy or lollipop.


T: A mean sweet and bitter balance, first sweet, then bitter on the palate. The same cereal candy quality comes in, a hint of orange lollipop, then a grapefruit pith like finish.


M: Medium balanced body, little fine carbonation. Smooth, but resinous coating is left on the back of the tongue.


O: Really nice brew, found in Kunming and drank here January 20th, 2014. Will let it warm a little and see how it does with Burger King.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; almost no head; light lacing that dissipates quickly;

S: perfumy; a lit of toffee in the background;

T: mom-descript sweet malt up front; toffee and dark fruit build through mid-palate to the finish; a light bitterness at the end, but otherwise no hop character;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: date on bottle is 6/9/14 - not sure if that's the bottling date or best by date; either way it's old and may have lost its hop profile;

Photo of Brewndruid
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured a slightly cloudy, golden orange. Full head, fairly persistaent head, flass to a persistent collar.
Slightly tropical, spicey aroma, possible hints of toffee as it warms to temp.
Full, smooth, bitterness from start to finish. Slightly hop forward, but mostly well balanced. Med to Med Lt body. Good , clean finish.
Would recommend, and would buy again.

Photo of janubio
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Cloudy orange colour, big head that leaves a good lace. Smell of tropical fruits, citirus, spices and caramel. Good carbonation, medium to full body, Taste of tropical fruits, spices, pine, bitter finish.

Photo of Omnium
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy caramel amber with a finger of white thick frothy head, medium lacing.
S - Tart orange, sweet roasted caramel malt, a little honey, pear, pine, somewhat astringent.
T - Very very sweet caramel malt, bready, slightly tart, orange, a little nutty, very sweet and kinda singular in forms.
M - Clingy sweet chewy bleh.
O - Big disappointment for me, overly sweet, not enough balance with the hops.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml caged & corked bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey and citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is a bit subdued for the style but it’s complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time if you want an IPA with less of an edge than most.

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Some citrus fruitiness, pungent, floral, toasted, and caramel malts.

Taste: Herbal, citrus, chewy toasted malts, and sweet caramel to balance things out. Mild tingly bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, chewy, light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: For an EIPA, this is probably the best one that I have had so far. Hoppy, herbal, malty, and delicious.

Photo of patra7
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy, light orange color (darker oranger with the final pour), with a decent light beige head.
Smell: Something malty, oily and ...cheesy (in a positive way) complemented / balanced out by a certain kind of hoppy freshness.
Taste: Similar balanced taste; very pleasant.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth texture.
Drinkability/Overall: Very pleasant beer; complemented very well (after initial sips) with mature cheddar and blue cheese.

P.S. My bottle's label mentioned a 7.4% abv; not 7.5% as mentioned in the description above.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a small milkshake pilsner glass. Best before 24 01 15. Date stamp of L132053 13 56.

Appearance: Hazy golden-amber. Thin off-white head. Some small islands and strands of persistent lacing, especially towards the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Lemon, malt, some herbal hops.

Taste: Pleasantly hoppy and bitter. Solid malt backbone with some notes of honey in the sweetness. A floral finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, chewy, a bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: For the price of a small bottle, not something I would buy again. Good, but not amazing. However, if it were on cask in the UK at a lower price, I think I would definitely have another. A beer for savoring, and all the flavors come out at proper British beer temperatures. Let it warm up a bit to get the aromas and tastes. So a good beer overall, but rather expensive to have often or to drink a lot of.

Photo of rangerred
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottles into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium gold with a one finger white head. Head quickly fades into just a tiny cap with some small splotches of lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is unique from many IPA's I have had. There is some orange and pineapple along with a bit of spice. Some grass and tree bark lending a very Earthy character. Even a touch of roast and wood. Pretty nice.

The flavor continues the earth, woody themes. There is just a small amount of orange but the majority of the flavor is grass, hay, and woods. There is a slight dankness just complimenting the Earth. Bitterness is on the moderate side with a slightly sweet, sticky finish. The flavor, I feel, fades out a little too quickly and I would like it to be a little punchier.

Overall, a pretty decent English IPA from a good brewery in England. I would really like to try some more of this brewery's beers.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Slightly dulled amber. Great big foamy slightly off-white head.

S: Soapy bathwatery hops.

T: A harsh backbone of bitterness and burned toast. Not a lot of fruit character. Soapy/bathwatery hops in the mouth after swallowing.

O: I'm sure it's well made but I'm really not keen on it. There's no way I could finish a bottle to myself.

Photo of brewski09
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the special Meantime bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

A - The beer pours an amber/orange with a light, fluffy head that quickly dissipates and disappears. Brilliantly clear with a beautiful color.

S - Pine, toffee, caramel sweetness, a hint of honey maybe. Not a ton of depth to the hop character, but I think this is appropriate for an English IPA. Also not a lot of malts. Very restrained.

T - bitterness, floral hops, not piney like an American hop would be, but it does have a curious pine character to it. Less resiny and more like the pine needles.

M - The mouthfeel is sharp. Partially from the bitterness, and partially from what appears to be a high carbonation volume.

O - I think this is a good beer to the style, but it isn't really for me. I'll have to try their other beers available in my area.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Meantime IPA 7.4% abv 
Appears bright flowing tangerine with a chunky textured off white head, fine bands of even lacing grace my chalice. Aroma has bright orange citrus notes with mango tropical fruit based hops. Earthy yeast notes with pure liquid bread malt layers. Flavor is well meshed subdued hop bitterness with complex malt base orange fruit acidity from the alpha acids complement each other so well. Perfect hybrid aggressive hop flavors with complex malts still quite English in nature this is a must try IPA from across the pond. Mouthfeel is delicate resinous and naturally carbonated great stuff cheers for sure I appreciate the smaller bottles beautiful tear drop design, great stuff! Overall I've spoke my peace best English IPA I've come across now go find some.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky, hazy amber with a creamy, pillowy off-white head. Head retention is good and lacing is moderate.

S: Aromas of black tea, leather, white pepper, caramel, biscuits, toffee, tobacco, orange marmalade, lemon, honey, herbs, and cream fill the nose.

T: Notes of black tea, leather, caramel, biscuits, toffee, crackers, white pepper, tobacco, oak, cedar, orange, lemon, lime, honey, grass, herbs, and heavy cream wash across the palate. The finish is intense and punchy with notes of herbs, caramel, toffee, tea, pepper, biscuits, honey, and mild citrus undercut by a sharp alcohol burn.

M: Medium-in-body and dryish, but notably stickier and heavier than most English IPAs. Carbonation is delicate. Alcohol presence is detectable from the start, but intensifies immediately after the entry, lasting through the finish. This is definitely a sipping beer best suited for warm evenings.

O: I have long admired Meantime's desire to both innovate and faithfully recreate the styles of the past, but that being said, their actual beers are normally hit or miss for me. This IPA is not bad, but it is somewhat harsh, overly brash, and aggressive. It is definitely not the most drinkable example of the style. It does, however, display a commendable complexity and is solidly crafted. I would recommend this ale to fans of stronger British ales, especially those who fancy themselves EIPA connoisseurs.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a small head.
Sweet aroma of heavy malt with bold bready notes. Also resinous and earthy hops alongside some orange marmalade.
Extremely malty flavours too, a bit like malt extract. Some earthy and resinous hops and more orange marmalade. A bit too sweet.
Could use more carbonation.

Photo of flyingpig
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Utobeer, Borough Market, London (£6.50):
Orange amber, a thumb sized, bubbly white head that holds pretty well. The beer is a clear too.

Hoppy to begin with some sweetness following this and a touch of caramel and sweet malts. There is some floral touches and a few background fruits along with some plum and citrus. Towards the end I could detect some lighter fruits, herbal notes and a hint of biscuit malts.

Fruit and light hops with some floral notes, lots of caramel and some sweet malts. There is some light earthy hops too and a touch of grapefruit plus some bitter pine.

Smooth, a medium body and a sweet, malty mouthfeel that goes down well. There is moderate carbonation and a nice, crisp and refreshing finish.

Quite hoppy but not overly bitter and with a solid caramel and sweet malt base that was very enjoyable.

Photo of wordemupg
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 9/5/13

A looks a little murky in a "burnt orange" (wife's description) body, seems that the color darkens towards the center of the glass, the slow gushing bottle only puts out a short lived finger of foam that leaves zero lace

S apple juice, lemon, biscuit, bleached white paper, and a heap of caramel apple and musty basement

T more lemon and musty basement, less caramel apple and more apple juice and its almost sour, thistle perhaps? has a green leafy aspect that almost reminds me of grass

M medium-full, low carbonation, no booze, but has a strange sour apple mixed with wet bread thing going on for the aftertaste

O even for an English style IPA I'm a little board, the apple popping up everywhere seems out of place and It's decent for what it is but I wouldn't go out of your way to drink it

I find it hard to rate styles I find boring and this ones a boring example of a boring stye. I'm board now for sure, time to go fire off bottle rockets towards the seniors home across the street.

Photo of hosehead83
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an eleagant looking 11.2 oz. "bowling pin" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep apricot in color, with a moderate-to -short head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Sweet toasted malt, hop note, new leather basketball
Taste-Toasted malt,toffee, caramel, mineral note; all just barely balanced by a good dose of noble hops and white-grapefruit -rind bitterness. A classic English IPA, that begs for a spicy food pairing. Indian, Thai, or maybe just a hunk of aged white cheddar.

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml wire cage and corked bottle. All I can think of right now is Spacehog's 'In the Meantime', so that is what Youtube will be doing for the next five or so minutes, on repeat, maybe. Oh, and a rather weak lack of brewer's spiel on the back label - thank you no [sic] much, Mr. Importer.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and foamy dirty white head, which leaves some decent bathtub ring lace around the glass as it steadily and readily recedes.

It smells of rather prominent and heady biscuity, grainy crystal malt, strong lemon zest, a bit of orange rind, and dry floral, leafy, earthy hops - English beyond a doubt, in a very good way. The taste is semi-sweet grainy, biscuity pale malt, a touch of caramel, soft citrus rind, and slightly zingy floral, grassy, earthy hops, the noble sort at their near best. The 15-proof booze does well to remain totally inconspicuous.

The bubbles are fairly innocuous, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and more than adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, the crackery, biscuity malt still large and in charge, with the caramel, fruit, and hops (stiff in upper lip only) more or less giving up the ghost.

A quite tasty English ale, one which I would have much more ease believing if you told me it was a hepped-up ESB, rather than another rendition of 'we're not an American band' IPA. Give it a rest. Anyways, a rather sexy bitter ale, with a grand ol' bit of warming sass, sans the typical flavour consequences.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the odd examples of an English ipa that tastes more like an American ipa, usually its the other way around, but this one is hop heavy without all the caramel malt sweetness. the pour has a nice reddish color to it, fairly hazy, with a few fingers of lasting khaki foam. the nose is big bold woody oily American hops, centennial maybe, maybe something else high alpha, but this has a real hop forwardness to it. the malts aren't really sweet at all, just biscuity in a supporting role. the flavor agrees with the smell, hops all the way. there is a nice citrus element to it, orange peel and a lot of bitterness in the finish. the alcohol is well hidden in taste, but you can certainly feel a big bottle of this. the yeast imparts an almost Belgian brightness to the mouthfeel. its effervescently carbonated, which is nice in a big ipa for once, and the body is fuller than medium but not filling or weighty. overall this is an exemplary beer, a whole lot better than meantimes coffee porter, and one that's actually pretty fairly priced at under 13 bucks for a 750ml. its worth all of that, a real treat where I honestly least expected it.

Photo of Grizzly_Dom
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Crystal clear copper colour with a rocky white head and loads of thick lace on the glass.

Nose:
Rich sweet maltiness and fresh, almost minty hops. There's citrussy fruitiness in there. Christ knows what fruit with my palate.

Taste:
Pretty fizzy and light in the mouth with deep dark depths of the rich toffee maltiness and that expected sharp bitter hop burst. It's a different more subtle kind of fruity hopppiness than you get in the beautiful yank ipa's I've had lately. Nowt wrong with that though.

Finish:
Dry bitter finish with rich biscuity malt and a bit of creamy caramel.

Overall:
One of the best IPA's I can remember tasting. Richness and depth of malty flavour with the bundles of happy hoppiness you'd expect. Feels like a real treat! Pretty strong but the alcohol is beautifully disguised.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: quite cloudy/hazy, orange in color...sudsy foam, laces in webs, leaves a medium-thick collar - unkempt, slovenly, unfiltered

S: orange-zest hop aromas...crystal malt in support, some lightly husky toasted pale malt in the background...moderate amount of vibrant, flowery esters filling in the dead space like a fog - hardly bold overall, more rustic, certainly English

T: candied blood or navel orange with accompanying, lingering citrus-juice sugars...more crystal malt than pale malt flavors, yet muddled against the yeasty-fruity overtones....fair-to-moderate hop bitterness, soft and fuzzy, floral and grassy

M: bitter don't bite, though there is some tingle on the tongue....quite smooth, not so thick in body - more like just touching medium - though it feels full-er, foamy

O: purdy good, purdy unrefined (in a positive manner) - malty like a Helles and quite orange-flavored - the bitterness is soft, but on the high side for a UK version - would be interested in having again, hopefully more fresh...

Photo of FLima
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, a bit cloudy. Poured 3 fingers of consistent head with an extended retention.
Aroma slightly roasted malts with a hint of fruity hops, maybe plums. I could feel its freshness, I had it directly in the brewery. Medium body and carbonation with small bubbles (no CO2 addition).
Sweet malt taste combined with a resin hop flavor. Dryness and bitterness continues in the aftertaste but also with a fruity finish. Although it is a 7.4% ABV (ps. Meantime brought down from the original 7.5% given the tax brackets in UK), alcohol was well hidden.
Well balanced beer considering the style and it has a very good drinkability. Traditional English IPA, with less character in comparison to the US counterparties, though still above average.

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India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
87 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.