India Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 38
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Meantime Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2005

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer that I have noticed a few times in the area and never picked up now I have and looking forward to it,poured a slightly hazy golden with a a real orange hue with a frothy two finger head on top leaving a sheet of lace behind as it settles.Very herbal,minty aromas due to the large dose of fuggles thrown in with a nice caramel undertone.Well balanced but with a real nice big hop profile,herbal "green" flavors hit ya but the big caramel sweet malt backbone holds up well even showing thru at times.Wow this is a nice big English IPA more subtle than some American counterparts but thats fine,well made and a treat to drink.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a beautiful hazy moderate brown in color with a modest caramel-colored head. You can check out the little floaties in this EIPA. Cool.

Smell – There’s a small yeast aroma here to go with the English hopping, but otherwise a constrained bouquet.

Taste – Oh, yes, the lovely yeast comes out well. This ale is fuggelicious indeed! The sugaring is candied and brown.

Mouthfeel – This is shy of medium-bodied. It has a wonderful mouthfeel which starts off with some light carbonation then brings up the perfect sweet, yeast, and hop combo. It’s incredibly well-balanced.

Drinkability – This one hit the mark for me. The careful balance and session-style flavors make this a real treat.

Photo of weatherdog
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into a tulip glass

It pours a brilliant transparent orange copper with an ivory head that keeps a nice cap on top. As a side note the bottle cap is a great design and now one of my favorites.

The nose is of heavy crystal malts sweetness with just a little bit of floral herbal hop aroma in the background. This is obviously more muted than American versions and I can appreciate that in terms to style but the nose was just too sweet for me.

The beer has a nice firm bitterness with a balanced bready sweet malt taste. There is also a healthy dose of floral hope taste. Some fruity esters are present at the end.

The body is medium to full and the carbonation is on the high side.

This is my first English IPA since becoming serious about evaluating and rating beers and I enjoyed this side of the style. The flavor profile seems to be like a little brother to a barley wine. I think I'll have to search for more examples.

Photo of JMD71
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled & reviewed on 3/3/07:

Ap: Medium pour = 1 1/2 fingers of thick, rocky, persistent head. Opaque, apricot color. Nice lacing throughout. Color almost seems lighter towards the bottom of the glass...

Ar: Solid malt notes with spicy hop aroma & some hot alcohol notes. Sureprised by the alcohol notes as ABV not overly high. Some flowery hops noted but definitely on the mild side as with other British IPA's.

Ta: Very flavorful! Nice solid malt entry & middle leads to a good hop bite towards the finish. Just a bit of heat going down with nice dry finish. Very well balanced. Not overly hoppy - again to style for British IPA's.

Mo: Medium body. Very crisp palette. Mouth left very clean in the finish. Although the middle to finish was slightly bitter, not overly cloying at all.

Dr: Very drinkable. Nice to enjoy a 750ml. of without issue. Enjoyed from 1st sip onwards....

Comments: Very enjoyable IPA. Not over-the-top bitter, but excellently balanced with solid malt bill. Good entry into the US market for Greenwich, but a bit pricey at approx. $10.50 for a 750ml.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed all the beers I'v tried from this brewery (this, the porter, and the Scottish ale). Poured into a pint glass, the beer was an orange color with a thick, white, sticky head. Aroma of malt and hops, fruity and floral. Sweet malt taste up front, with an intensifying hops presence. Still, the beer was subtle and not at all a hop bomb. Very nice, would be a good session beer.

Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very attractive, corked and caged, 750 ml bottle. Thanks to mntlover for bringing this one to our tasting on 11-05-2005.
Pours a mostly clear, orange marmalade body with a billowing, three finger offwhite head. The head becomes pitted and rocky, and immense lacing is spongy and clinging. Very impressive to behold.

Aroma features English hops that are really kicked up a few notches. Earthy and herbal, with some citrusy orange notes. Toffee and fresh baked bread lend a pleasant balance.

Mouthfeel is smooth and satiny, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Taste is a definite departure from most English IPAs, with plenty of toffee tasting maltiness, some citrusy lime and orange, and signature earthy and herbal Fuggles and Goldings hops. Bready and doughy most of the way through with a body full of toffee and molasses notes. Hop bitterness adds a crisp and bitter balance. No hint of the 7.5% abv.

Very likeable IPA that seems to be brewed for the hopped up American market. I will be looking for this one again.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle caged and corked, with "BB" dating etched onto bottle. Pours cloudy peanut butter amber with a decent amount of sediment especially on the bottom of the bottle. Tan head, cramy and long lasting, leaves respectable splotchy lacing. Nose I get is a touch of lime and some grainy hops. Resiny hops, more lime notes highlight this very charasmatic and worthy full throttle Brit style IPA. Nice to actually try an IPA created in England that has some character and complexity to it. Well worh a try.

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy orange-gold pour with a thick squatty head. Aroma is mostly orange-citrus hops and sugary sweetness. Extremely smooth taste of the same citrusy hops, with some Granny Smith apple-like aftertaste mixed with a solid malt back. Some soapiness as others have pointed out, but overall, a really good beer. Stays kind of in the middle of an English IPA and a West Coast.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours dark gold to amber with a slight chill haze under a fluffy 2”off white head that produces extensive lace.
S: Fresh grain, pear, biscuit with moderate hops.
T: Malts range from caramel to toast, fruit – pear, melon, plum, some biscuit. Medium hop, moderate bitter. Malt is also moderate. Finishes medium to dry.
F: Creamy and smooth, medium body, medium to low carbonation.
O: A very well balanced and flavorful India Pale Ale.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks sean!

750ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

pours out a cloudy deep golden color with a really nice looking 2-3 fingers worth of head, nearly pure white in color, billowy with good retention. nice lacing left on the glass.

citric, leafy, grassy, hay like hops, maybe a touch herbal. the slightest bit of buttery biscuit malt.

kind of a sharp citric grassy hop, maybe a little grapefruit. a bit of buttered biscuit malt tries to balance. a touch of a yeasty flavor. decent amount of lingering bitterness. definatly hoppier than most english IPA's ive had, but not quite up to standards with your good american examples.

medium to light in body, somewhat refreshing. easy drinking. a slightly stranger than average carbonation.

a pretty decent english IPA, but not something that i would ever really buy again. it does however leave me interested to try some of their other beers.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. The label describes it as an IPA brewed in keeping with an original UK recipe and style.

Poured (repeatedly) into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy golden hue with visible sediment and low carbonation; the yeast is especially visible at the end of the bottle. Produces a large head of white foam that subsides after a few minutes. Aromatic hops dominate the aroma, with notes of citrus and pine accompanied by sweet malt. Also hints of yeast and a fair whiff of alcohol, especially as it warms.

Tastes of sweet malt with aromatic hoppy notes, especially citrus and pine. Yeasty notes are also present, and the alcohol lurks in the background and adds a warmth to the flavour. Little bitterness; the hops are very much aromatic rather than bittering. Mouthfeel is smooth and quite astringent. Aftertaste of malt with the faintest hint of hoppy aroma.

Nice. Plenty of hoppy aroma but little bitterness; different from an American IPA that has both considerable aroma and overwhelming bitterness. Perhaps a little sweet, but the malt and hops balance well and the presence of yeast adds depth. A pleasantly crafted English IPA that is worth sampling.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Almost picked a bottle of this up, held off, then lo and behold, there it was at the beer festival (SDIBF). Glad I waited to try this one.

Good appearance, had that darker twinge of a beer, a little amber over yellow. Leaves a very pronounced and gaseoous head (lots of bubbles/foam). Extremely disappointing in the alleged dry hopping, should probably be rated lower based on the claims.

Taste is a lot of lemon and caramel. Maybe that's toffee in there too. It just isn't hoppy despite all the potential claims related to that factor on the bottle. Signs of sweetness, bitterness is definitely a little amped up for style, that's a good thing.

If you're gonna deviate from the style, do it all the way like Stone's anniversary selection. This beer was ok, but at $10 a bottle, I'll stick to checking it out in sample size.

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 JohnW
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured very lively into tall glass, with a thick dense white head that stuck to the glass for the duration. Medium bronze colour. Aroma not as strong as I expected, fairly laid back, more malty with hints of pine and spices, touch of sweetness - not the sharp citrus you get with some IPAs.

Very smooth texture, medium heavy, slightly sweet to start but the hoppy bitterness comes through with the swallow, making a very satisfying combination. The sweetish start reminded me of the character of some Belgium pale ales. Great balance between the smooth spicy slightly sweet start and bitter finish, not extreme in either area making it easy to drink.

The alc content makes this a very satisfying beer, but one to be savoured over time, not guzzled - so I could not ever class it as a session beer - but one to be enjoyed at a relaxed pace. Really enjoyed this, and would make it a regular addition to my bottled beers list.

B'ham UK January 2009

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a clear bright orange body with a yellowish cream thick head and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of raw field corn takes on more of a raw cream aroma and then gives way to a pungent green bitterness at the finish.

T- The soft taste of pale malt is dry with a plastic quality to it that lingers into the big bitterness of hops in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and no astringency.

D- This beer doesn't really have any hop aroma or flavor except for the bitterness that doesn't have much character in itself. No real off flavors except for the plastic and there were no real hop flavors except for the bitterness.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty beverage but a mild IPA. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer but its a simple and subtle IPA. Definitely a british IPA it has slight sweet fruity/citrus start and a subtle hop finish and low carbination. At 7.5% the flavor grows on you and is delicious especially at the bottom of the 750ml bottle. Very worth a try.

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

This IPA is a thick amber color, on top of which forms a pure white head one finger tall. Retention is good and there's a good amount of patchy lacing.
What this beer offers is an earthiness particular to English hops varietals. There's a bit of fruity sweetness underlying as well. A touch of something like candied rind, both bitter and sweet, comes out too. Malts add enough balance to let the hops take the show without being too malty. Just a hint of alcohol sneaks through without an overly fusel edge. This beer is a good example of the style; the give and take here is that this beer is subtler than American IPAs but more refined.
Crisp and smooth mingle well in this beer. It flows well and has a good carbonation to keep things moving. The body is medium.

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 GilGarp
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml long neck bottle with a beautifully decorated cap.

It opens and quickly becomes a gusher. Silly me without a glass ready at hand, the first few gulps are foam straight from the bottle. So, not a great start.

Pours into a pint glass with a very hazy orange color. The head is creamy and tight but unfortunately short-lived. No lacing is left behind.

Aroma is sweet with apples, caramel, and figs. There is some hoppiness but you could never call it an American IPA. Surprisingly different to someone who is not familiar with the English version.

Flavor is much the same. Surprisingly sweet but with a definate hop presence. It reminds me more of a lighter barleywine beer with all that caramel sweetness, orchard fruits, and a complete lack of citrus usually found in American IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

Overall it's a good example of the style but not a style I'm crazy about. It has some redeeming qualities but not what I look for in a hoppy beer.

Photo of Stigs
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle shared, served in standard pint glasses

A - slightly hazy, dark gold colored beer...nice fluffy slightly off-white colored foam caps it off. sticky lacing covers the glass.

S - lightly sweet and floral Brit hops...dominating soap. had to check my glass to make sure it was clean, confirmed.

T - brief piney hops with a very sharp and lingering biscuity malt bed. again, a big soapiness kind of takes control and doesnt give up.

M - nice, medium bodied with tight playful carbonation...creamy but finishes very clean.

D - not feeling it...overwhelming soap and malts even for an Enligh IPA (a stlye I can appreciate). finding it hard to polish off the bottle and move on.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I saw this, I didn't even bother looking at the price's a classy label; green bottle and cage/cork lending further airs of sophistication. I don't think beer labels necessarily need to be classy, and I've seen plenty of ultra-tacky wine labels, but this seems like the sort of thing that could make the snobbiest wine snob re-consider the world of beer. Onward...

There's nothing utterly spectacular about how this looks, but nothing at all wrong either. Just something really nice about it. It sits there looking seductive, with its slightly hazed, dark burnt-yellow body and rocky cap making wild lace patterns as it drops. If judging on looks alone, it's hard to find much fault. Just shy of perfect.

Aroma is sweet doughy malt with a crisp apple zing and a gentle fruity caress from the hops (Fuggles and Goldings, says the brewery). A musty element enters as it warms, seemingly the yeast looking for a little attention.

Taste-wise, the hops are a little rough, not in a Triple Gonzo IPA way, but in their very earthy bitterness. I think of the smell of fresh topsoil as I drink this. Hard to absolutely love, but very easy to appreciate. Toasted malt comes into play, as does a variety of zingy, tangy fruits. Belgian pale ale elements arrive in the more unrefined aspects of the flavor--probably the yeast talking. Finishes with a green-apple pucker, pleasantly dry and a little on the crisp side.

This has a frustratingly elusive quality, but it's also clearly damn good. Maybe it's one of those beers that tastes wildly different went stored and drank at different temperatures. Maybe it has the kind of complexity that takes awhile to unravel. There's just one bottle here (granted, a nice big bottle), so I can't claim any kind of trusted experience on it. I do know it's an easy-to-enjoy that hides it's 7.5% very that clearly differs from its American counterparts. Would love to try their Porter.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a very interesting IPA
Pours a cloudy orange/peach haze. Nice fluffy head with good lace. The nose is of hops, but not the piney grapefruit hop smell of NW IPAs. the british brew has a subtle nose. The taste is incredibly smooth. Spicy at first, then picks up speed with hops flavors. Very unique hop taste, but still has a nice bitter bite. yet uniquely smooth. Kind of strange, and reminds me more of a cross between a belgian and an american style IPA. Very interesting beer and very very refreshing. good beer from meantime. Recommended. i will say that this beer was in the cellar for a while, so some of the hop flavors may have diminished, and i may have underrated the nose.

Photo of cokes
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It sits in the glass, dusty golden amber topped with fleeting ivory foam.
Inhale, and its dank prairies, spruce trees, cherry cordials, iron, pumpernickel, fig preserves and browned butter.
It tows toffee first, as it gallivants into the mouth, immediately ensued with apple butter, lime rinds,and biscuits. Raw sugar remains for a moment, and then is swept clean with the quartzite minerality. And here is shimmers for several euphoric seconds. Gritty sand and flint and pulpy orange juice and burned butter and even coriander, as it gradually transfers into a lime leaf and corn husk bitter greenness. At the close, it is all lime twisted gin and tonic, but in flavor only, never in burn or other alcohol-associated unpleasantries.
Medium built, with a firm body butting against a fine-grained, jagged carbonation. And it works perfectly here. This is sharp in almost all its facets and definitions. And it is downable in nothing less than gullet-stretching gulps.
This is a traditionally hewn English IPA juiced to American standards. Seek this one with haste, and don't allow the price tag to scare you off. It's something special, especially for those that might knee-jerkedly dispel Fuggles and Goldings. This shows those hops in unprecedented depth.
Absolutely required reading here.

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

More hoppy than the regular British IPA, with Fuggles and Gouldings, a very drinkable pleasant IPA. Right there in balance. Good aroma, foamy head and lots of creamy lace. Orange, vanilla, pear flavours. Satisfying aftertaste which is not too dry, perhaps due to appropriate carbonation.
Still good on tap at Town Hall, 10 months later though liked it better in the bottle.

Photo of jbowers56
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First thing to say, much better on tap than bottled:

Golden/amber/yellow colour. Not heaps of lacing but ok head retention for the style/abv. Kept a thinish layer throughout.

A lot going on. Heaps of grassy/piny/citrus hops with some malty depth to back it up.

Great flavour. Not so much to my personal taste but undeniably good. For an english IPA there is HEAPS of fruity hops. Mostly citrus flavours but some pine/grass sneaks in there and blends almost too well with the malty depth that comes. Not heaps of bitterness but enough to clean it up.

Mouthfeel is good, not a lot of carbonation. Good for an english ipa. Thought carbonation is not high, it is enough to keep it lightish on the palate.'

Drinkability is very good. Almost too good. Good thing I couldnt afford to have more.

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India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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