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India Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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518 Ratings
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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 35
Gots: 10 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2005)
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Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours the expected amber mahogany color with fair head retention and minimal lacing. The beer smells fairly attractive, although it doesn't have the sort of aroma I now typically expect in an IPA. I get apple cider, apple and cherry aromas, with just a hint of citrus. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though the beer is a bit maltier and sweeter then I had expected. The beer is not the least bit heavy on the palate, and I was surprised to learn of the 7.5% abv. This beer is pretty easy to drink, but I really could wish for a bit more hoppy citrus to counter the sweet malt. Yes, I know this is an English style IPA, but I still think a bit more hoppy bitterness would improve it.

A solid beer, but just not what I'm looking for in an IPA any more.

John_M, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +2.3%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Papillon, NYC.

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light burnt caramel with a slight grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a sweet toasted grainy malt with a lingering honey element. There was a mild grassy hop cutting the malt ever so slightly.

The mouthfeel was a bit full for the style with a coating sweetness.

Overall a good EIPA. Advertised on the tap handle as an IPA in big block letters. It was a fine a fine beer, but American drinkers should take heed of the fact that this is an authentic English design and not a hop bomb.

plaid75, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice burnt orange color with lots of floaties.

S: A little spicy hoppiness for aroma with some faint hints of fruitiness.

T: Big and malty palate that is very dry and bitter. Some woody and smoked malt tones along with burnt caramel. Earthy hops provide a big bitter ending to a sweet malt beginning. Some floral taste as well from hops as along with some sour orange flavor. Big and dry and very bitter for a finish.

M: medium fullness with a great hop bittering finishing dry and floral

D: Good drinkability. nice malt tones add complexity to a good english ipa and is enjoyable.

beerthulhu, May 03, 2008
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.09/5  rDev -21%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured nearly clear, with a deep orange colour and an inch of beige foam. After it settled a bit, the cap formed a thick, clumpy collar and some chunky lacing. Nice aroma, fruity esters, caramel malts, and floral/grassy hops with notes of citrus. Good flavour too, with oranges and biscuity malts up front, grassy and herbal hops, balanced bitterness, and a bit of alcohol in the finish. More caramel appeared in the malt profile as it warmed, along with orange peel and cake. Medium bodied, seemed like the attenuation was on the low side due to a bit of a sugary mouthfeel, well integrated carbonation, light alcohol warmth and spiciness. This stuff is quite tasty and very easy to drink, plus the balance is great. Definitely something I'd grab again.

DrJay, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle picked up at Erickson's Fine Wine in Eagle for about $9.50... pricey but I had to try it when I saw it. Shared with Brenda; my half poured into a red wine balloon.

Very orange... a little hop haze... nice 3/4 head that didn't leave that much lacing.

Smell is hop dominated, but only slightly.. nice toasted malts and a touch of caramel.... very smooth English hop aroma grassy and spicey... great balance.

Toasted and sweet grains are replaced by English dominant pale malts in the palate... again the English hops are flavor dominant, but still perfectly in balance. A minerally finish just to remind me this is brewed properly and in England. Palate is lite medium with just enough bubbles to keep in interesting through the entire bottle. Be careful with the final pour from the bottle, or gobs of yeast come out... no big deal really, I already saw what this gem looked like on the first pour. No doubt, I could drink this one all day and long into the night.

This brew is probably the best English IPA I've had to date ... just tastes like I always hoped my EIPA's did... there is something to do with the hardness of the water. I told Brenda that I would probably never buy this one again, just based on the price... I "think" I may have lied a bit.

JohnGalt1, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

harpus, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Gusler
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The after it's de-corking for the 750ml brown bottle resides in the glass a beclouded amber with a prestigious creamy light tan head, the lace forms a tight skirt around the glass. Nose is rich in hops, sweet malt, and a citrus-like crispness that makes the mouth water, start is sweet with a pleasing grain profile, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is nicely hopped, mildly acidic and the aftertaste desert bone dry, a nice IPA, that hits the "B" spot after a long day of toil and trouble, worth a sample.

Gusler, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At $10 a bottle, I expect a quality product. I liked one other offering from Meantime so I was willing to take that risk.

Pours a light copper-amber color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. There's some lacing that lingers on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is full of grassy hops and bready malt underneath. Very standard for the style but aromatic.

Taste is full of grassy hops followed by bready malt. Somewhat "fruity" in nature and a bit interesting overall.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy hops and bready malt. Carbonation seems rather high but doesn't really hurt the beer. The bitterness is well done but as it should, the malt character shines.

One needs to remember that not all IPAs must be overloaded with hops. The English cousin to the American IPA is all about showcasing the malt as they originally added tons of hops to the beer as a preservative across long ocean journeys.

It's not to say that they can't make a hoppy IPA. This is a decent version of the style that originated there and it's actually better than a few other examples that I've had.

Brad007, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

THECPJ, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

wordemupg, May 10, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm gonna break down most of this review into two pours since the first pour from my 750ml bottle into a my American pint glass yielded noticeable differences in appearance, flavor, and taste than the second pour.

Appearance- First pour yielded a a sparse one finger that dissipated in about a minute. The color was an exquisite golden amber color with a little lacing. Second pour yielded the same one finger head but the color was a more cluody copper color. Darker than the first pour from gthe bottle.

Smell- First pour was a dry 70% malt, 30% hops with a anise thrown in their. Second pour was a more complex smelling malt with a bit of hops and sugar and cinnamon.

Taste- First pour was closer to a regular IPA. A dry hop and malt mix of about 60% and 40%. The secodn pour was a much more complex and dynamic flavor. The hops and malts were dancing around in my mouth beautifully. With hints of candy and toffee. Toffee, can you believe it.

Moouthfeel- First pour was in the traditional IPA vein of dry and hoppy as far as the palate was concerned. The second pour was a rich hop and malt palate that this beer went great with my corned beef hash and pickles lunch swimmingly.

scruffwhor, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of bark
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another “historical brew” from Meantime: According to the label, this ale is supposed to taste like the IPAs of the early 19th century.

The beer is bottle conditioned. The liquid is clear; the colour is medium dark brass. The finger thick head is off white. Almost no lacing.

The smell is loaded with hops (Goldings and Fuggles according to the label). Some sour-bitter flavours, mixed dried fruits and a hint of toffee.

The taste starts off with some wooden matured notes. Fruit candy. Bananas. Apricot brandy. Not as (alpha) bitter as I had expected. Lots and lots of fruits, some sweetness. Marzipan. But where’s the alcohol? The aftertaste is bitter with notes of fruit salad and sour-bitter candy. Figs. Raisins.

The carbonation is strong; the liquid as smooth as one could expect. The beer gives an peculiar fat mouthfeel.

A highly interesting and different IPA. I suspect that it might be even better off after a few years in the cellar.

bark, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from corked and caged 750ml bottle a hazy reddish gold with light carbonation and a medium sized head of foam that sticks around forever and has nice lacing.

The smell has a nice grassy hoppy nose to it but I also get a good wiff of caramel malt.

The taste is big and bold! Huge sweet caramel malt up front with a bit of grassy and citrusy hops(love them Fuggles and Goldings) right behind it and man, after a few sips, you get the feeling that this is gonna balance out but...it doesn't. Make no mistake aboot it, this is a malt dominated IPA and it works so darn well! My hat's off to Meantime!

Bottom line: Best example of an English IPA I've ever tasted and I hope to buy more on my next visit to Colorado. Folks, this is a winner!!

Bitterbill, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of ccrida
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For such an elegant presentation with the 750ml champagne bottle, I choose my old John Smith's flared flute glass from the Brussels Exhibition.
The meantime IPA, an 1820s style recipe, is a pale burnt orange with slight chill haze and a large, fluffy white head, in spite of the pathetic lack of pop when I removed the cork. The head is fairly slow to recede, and leaves heavy lace and chunks of foam. Perfect!

The aroma is very enjoyable, medium strength. Sweet malt and a dry mineral essence not unlike a saison, with nice floral, citrus hop punch. Saison is my favorite style of beer, and I also love the floral hop aromas, so this really speaks to me. A bit more umph, and I'd give it a 5.

The taste also very enjoyable. Living in the NW, I haven't had an English IPA in quite some time (London 7 years ago??), and I'm really appreciating the subtly. The malt, while still fairly sweet, is not as dominant as in the nose, and is balanced by a firm bitter backbone, with more citrus and floral hops as well. The finish is very clean and dry.

The mouthfeel is moderately creamy, with a light body that still has a satisfying fullness, without the oiliness that most IPAs possess.

This is a fantastic IPA, incredibly well made. Truly world class, it's super tasty and easy drinking, and goes down with zero indication of it's ABV, which is formidable, especially for an English Ale. Luckily, it's elegance encourages one to savor the nuances and really enjoy the brew. As they say on the bottle tag, "Drink the beer and savor the good things in life!"

ccrida, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy, grassy, and some pine hops. In the taste, gingerbread malt with earthy and grassy hops, with just a touch of lemon citrus. A mellow hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry and mellow hop in the aftertaste. A nice English IPA, quite enjoyable.

OWSLEY069, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nicely hazed dark golden hay color with a hugely gaining cap of perfect white foam. It softens and smooths out to a creamy sustained skim and lots of lacing patched about the glass. Lots of activity streaming up within its body of gold.

Aroma is dry and husky of pale and cereal malts, dried floral hops add a bit of wood and leafyness and a nudge of grasses. Very light sweetness of dulled fruityness and butter underneath.

Taste is a well balanced treat of sweet bready and buttered malts touched with a light fruityness and a grand display of well handled dry hoppyness thats slightly woodyish, leafy, herbal, and grassy. Has lots of low key subtlity to it that really stands out as what a solid English style IPA should be. Its bitterness is puffy and starkly set, but in a subdued grassy herbal chalkyness mixing with dry woodishness. The malts underneath have a well distributed portion of dull fruity sweetness of orange, peach, pear, and apple tenderized in with some nice cereal and bread grain length. Very slight hints to medicial, mineral-like notes flash about.

Body is nearly perfect. Very rounded and fairly full for an English IPA. Great balance of sweet and dry with a subtlity in the flavors thats incredibly intiguing and really stands out as the body and carbonation never gets in the way like other over yeasty English styled IPA's that don;t sit well with me.

This is quite possibly one the better, if not the best English IPA's I've encountered in quite sometime. Super sessionable and a well balanced subtle tasty treat! Damn yummy stuff!

tavernjef, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of dgilks
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy palish gold. Nice 2 finger head. Okay head retention.

Intense aroma. Honey sweet and floral. Some nice mandarin notes too.

The flavour disappoints a little. It is good but I expected a slightly less malt focused IPA. Generally good citrus flavours from American hops. It's tasty enough but the heavy malt focus detracts a bit for me.

Medium body and moderate carbonation lend a really good, creamy mouthfeel to this IPA.

On the whole this is a good, drinkable IPA. Unfortunately, it lacks the X-factor that makes an IPA great.

dgilks, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  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.

RoyalT, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of champ103
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

champ103, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this on tap at M'Coul's in Greensboro, NC sporting a dark hazy amber color with a whispy white cap and very little lace. The aroma offers firmly malty pine hops, with the accent on caramel malt. Nice. The taste brings much of the same with sweet malt and tangy pine hops. There's a malt liquor subtlety and root beer touch with a hint of dry clove. It's medium bodied with a bright clean somewhat aqueous feel with minimal carbonation. Toffee and nut noted in a very drinkable Enlish IPA. Not bad.

Durge, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber with a large fluffy white head that hangs around for a while and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is definitely on the sweeter side of things with a generous caramel malt backbone. There are also some interesting lighter fruit aroma, like apples and pears. There were hints of earthy hops, but certainly not dominant.

The taste is much like the aroma and very sweet for an IPA with only hints of the citrus hops up front. Again, I got what tasted like apples and a caramel sweetness throughout. There was a slightly roasted character to the malts as well.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and with very little bitterness.

This is certainly no hop bomb and heavy on the malty and fruity sweetness. Still a very drinkable brew.

gford217, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very attractive looking corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours a very attractive golden orange color with a nice creamy off-white head. The aroma is sweet malt and citrusy hops, a lot fainter than what I expected from an IPA. The taste has to be one of the sweetest IPAs I have tasted, almost a honey like sweetness with some hops in the finish. I am not a huge fan of this beer because of the high amount of sweetness. If it was a little less sweet, I think it would be a great brew, I think the hop profile is pretty solid.

cjgator3, Jul 19, 2008
India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
88 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.