1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

India Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

Not Rated.
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

503 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 503
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 33
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2005)
View: Beers (47) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 503 | Reviews: 339 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Koufax21

New Mexico

3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had from cask in Lititz, PA.

A - a light, pale orange hue with no head. It's from cask.

S - mild hop aroma. Leans more toward American rather than English.

T - very smooth and carries a fruit taste similar to cantaloupe. Sweet with a mild caramel touch.

M - smooth as can be. Medium bodied with little carbonation.

O - not a beer I would have ever tried, but definitely glad I tried it. Decent beer.

Serving type: cask

11-04-2011 23:14:20 | More by Koufax21


3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 FL oz. bottle

A: Pours a pale hazy orange-yellow. Fizzy, tight white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: A piney grassy smell with a slight bready malt undertone.

T: Sour citrus and grassy pine hops. Light bready malts. Neither hops nor malts are overpowering, both are on the weak side for an IPA. There is a tangy bite on the sides of the tongue and is only slightly bitter in its aftertaste.

MF: Light bodied for an IPA, but rather refreshing with a tingly mouth feel and very slight aftertaste.

D: Refreshing drink, but not impressive. Hops are nice, but delicate. Malts are small and smooth. Doesn't quite spark my interest enough to try again, but was decent. I prefer the hoppier, maltier, stronger American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 00:05:23 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of Mark


3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Only my love of all things British allowed me to fork out the ridiculously expensive amount of green it took to buy just one bottle. Orangey amber color had good head retention and decent lacing. Aroma was inviting, a bit of citrus and other fruity notes were evident. This is supposed to be made true tot he original style which was loaded with hops but I didn't think it was that hoppy. Some orangey hoppiness seemed to be the main flavor, a flavor I have detected in some other IPA's but I expected a bit more sharp hops here. All in all not a bad beer by any means and it tasted good in it's way. Just a bit of a letdown and way to expensive.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 03:14:17 | More by Mark
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tria. Pours a yellow-orange with a thick white head. Aroma of mild citrus and grassy hops. Flavor of sweet malt, not really hoppy at all. Chill, ok, with a smooth palate. Decent, but it was not what I was expecting for an IPA.
7/4/6/4/14 (3.5/5)

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 02:25:16 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Intense carbonation, lots of floating yeast sediment, decent sized head with long retention. There are thick rings of lacing all down the glass. The color is golden, clear save the frequent pieces of brown yeast.

S - Grapefruit pith hops and a bit musty, earthy yeast.

T - A faint light maltiness is meshed with a mild pine and a stronger pine hops, but both are weak compared to the slightly sour mix of lemon pith and grapefruit flesh. Grapefruit pith hops dominate the aftertaste. Only a little bitter. Not as full a flavor as I had hoped.

M - Carbonation is high, but not as much as the visuals would let on. Pretty refreshing.

D - Okay. I might have this again, but I certainly wouldn't pay for it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 04:34:09 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of hero27


3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, corked & caged.
7.5% abv.

Hazy orange. Frothy head of soapsud-like consistency. Aroma is some lackluster toffee malt and a good dose of herbal hops.
Heavy herbal hop flavor..plenty of Fuggles & Goldings used here for sure. Some orange peel and a bit of spice in the mix as well.
Sticky mouthfeel, fairly dry finish.
It was alright for an English IPA, just not worth the nearly $10 price tag in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 18:44:54 | More by hero27
Photo of jacobseyb


3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Poured a slight brown with some cloudiness and a light tan head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aromas revolved more around the malty sweetness than the hoppy bitterness. Some alcohol also in the aroma. Taste was sweet as well, almost a hint of brown sugar detected. Light to medium bodied, with appropriate carbonation and some slight oiliness on the finish. Good beer though the sweetness could limit drinkablility some

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 02:52:05 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a hazed lemony amber. An inch of eggshell foam fills the top of the glass and slides down without much of a fight or much lace for that matter. The long-lived cover does manage some decent 'progress lines'.

Aroma - an initial hint of citrus, but this sets up rather grainy and uninspiring.

Taste - a good caramel malt presence on the opening sip. The sweet malts give way to piny, grapefruity hops and even some light toastiness. Far better hop presence than the nose lets on, and an impressive balance as it warms up. Spicy hop flavor without the medicinals, always a plus in my book.

Mouthfeel - plenty crisp, with a sturdy but not overweight body. A light hop oiliness complements well.

Drinkability - not the best value at $9 for a 750ml, but certainly glad to see Meantime locally. I'd have it again but no as an everyday IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 03:59:44 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Jayli


3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy copper-orange color with a one finger of thick creamy white head. Head recedes rapidly but leaves ample lacing on the glass. Nose is of some floral hops, caramel malts and a touch of fruitiness like apply. Taste fell somewhat flat for me. Floral hops dominate at first and then malt takes over, some grainy and pale malts in here, a touch of apple, and the finish is of caramel malts. The balance of the flavors seemed off. Medium body, moderate carbonation, goes down smooth and crisp. This beer went down quite smoothly but not one that I would sit with for an evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 20:22:06 | More by Jayli
Photo of Stigs


3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 03:49:57 | More by Stigs
Photo of dogfooddog


3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, this one did come from a store with fluorescent lighting, and had been there who knows how long. Served at 50F in a pint glass. Lot number on bottle 51647. Opens with very light pop (cork) but is very carbonated.

This beer is very heavily hopped, i don't taste any malt at all. Smell is not great, a little sour. Not too appealing.

Taste somewhat sour hoppy overwhelming mouthfeel, reminds me of some cask ales where they were not on quite right.

The aftertaste is bitter, with some floral notes. I am not enamoured of this beer, but given the storage situation where i bought it that may be part of the issue.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 23:25:11 | More by dogfooddog
Photo of fionn13


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-31-2013 00:50:50 | More by fionn13
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-12-2012 17:13:24 | More by bonbini26
Photo of BellsFan


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-09-2012 21:48:33 | More by BellsFan
Photo of danjohn1234


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-18-2012 22:17:13 | More by danjohn1234
Photo of OttoBomb


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged & corked 750ml bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass (April 20, 2010). No "bottled on" or "best by" date that I can find.

One of my biggest frustrations is an IPA that has no indication of age on the bottle. The host at the store says this is fairly fresh, so hopefully he's correct.

Eyes: Pours a slightly hazy light orange/copper. Two and a half fingers of thick, fluffy off-white head erupts and leaves some very thick lacing throughout.

Nose: A bit lighter on the nose than expected. A classic English IPA aroma, light citrus, sweet malts. Interesting but a bit weak.

Tongue: A bit more going on than the nose, but still not really impressive. Hop bitterness, a bit of citrus, yeast and malt.

Mouth: Smooth, but a bit too carbonated for me. The 7.5% ABV is not evident at all.

Libation: I really like IPAs and I go for English versions when I can, but I must say I'm a bit disappointed with the Meantime offering. It's tasty and well balanced, but doesn't really lure me back for more, especially at the going price.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 10:25:04 | More by OttoBomb
Photo of threedaggers


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-07-2014 02:50:55 | More by threedaggers
Photo of Basshooker

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-30-2013 12:08:26 | More by Basshooker
Photo of bcuz7


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-05-2014 21:27:37 | More by bcuz7
Photo of jaxon53


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-17-2013 15:05:44 | More by jaxon53
Photo of brandoman63


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-22-2011 03:19:16 | More by brandoman63
Photo of BrewClint


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-04-2014 14:29:20 | More by BrewClint
Photo of ralphw56


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-25-2013 22:41:57 | More by ralphw56
Photo of SexxxPanther

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-20-2013 00:54:02 | More by SexxxPanther
Photo of glitchedmind


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-04-2012 04:57:05 | More by glitchedmind
India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
88 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.