India Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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very good

535 Ratings
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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 36
Gots: 16 | 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

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2005)
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BostonHops
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy medium amber tone while yielding a short-lived 1" off-white head; decent amount of lacing. the nose here is a little underwhelming. some herbal / floral hops and a presence of bready malt.

flavors delivers more of the herbal / floral hoppiness, along with a stronger citric element than i picked up in the aroma. strong malt presence as well. medium bodied on the palate with adequate carbonation.

overall, not especially impressed here. it's a decent enough, slightly above average beer that i will not be tripping over myself to revisit.

(originally reviewed: 09-16-2011)

Photo of champ103
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep golden/orange color. A huge white rocky head forms and rises to over two fingers. Chunks of lace are left down the pint glass.
S: Grassy, floral, and herbal tea like hop aromas. A light malt sweetness in the nose.
T: This is much sweeter that the nose. Pretty much cloying in that manner. A light floral hop bitterness.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A good creaminess. The heavy sweetness takes a toll on the drinkability. Though the high ABV is well hidden, but a 750 ml bottle is a bit much in one sitting.

An interesting counterpart to the overly bitter American hop bombs. This takes the style in the other direction. A bit to sweet IMO. I expect English IPA's to have a great balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. This does not. Though, as the history goes this is probably closer to the original IPA's made in England during the 1700's than anything else I have had.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy medium amber tone while yielding a short-lived 1" off-white head; decent amount of lacing.

the nose here is a little underwhelming. some herbal / floral hops and a presence of bready malt.

flavors delivers more of the herbal / floral hoppiness, along with a stronger citric element than i picked up in the aroma. strong malt presence as well. medium bodied on the palate with adequate carbonation.

overall, not especially impressed here. it's a decent enough, slightly above average beer that i will not be tripping over myself to revisit.

Photo of JRed
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep orange with bubbly white head that fades. Interesting but pleasant aroma of toasted grain, mild hop spice, slight toffee. Tastes of toasted breadiness, light toffee, citrus, slight tang, and then dry and bitter with some alcohol burn. Medium bodied with light carbonation. The high alcohol hinders the beer in this instance. It bites, slicks, and annoys.

Photo of Koufax21
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of Mark
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of hero27
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of Jayli
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of Stigs
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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 dogfooddog
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
88 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.