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India Pale Ale | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2005

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Reviews: 349 | Ratings: 580
Reviews by gfreed:
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4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A seriously excellent UK IPA: fruity and dry, zesty and sharp but without all the skin-flaying harshness found in so many American models. Even my wife, ever-hesitant toward IPAs as a class, enjoyed it. And you won't need to drink a bottle of water afterward.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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1/5  rDev -74.5%

Photo of weatherdog
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JMD71
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Torey
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of sm0key
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Marius
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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