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India Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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527 Ratings
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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 35
Gots: 15 | 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 Bisho
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep golden colour with at least two fingers of head which retains a little lacing.

S: Lots of Summer fruits - Pineapple, Mandarin and Grapefruit come to mind. Also a little floral and hoppy but with lots of malt. Unusual for an IPA (which is a good thing to my nose!)

T: Citrus to the fore with Grapefruit being the dominant flavour. Lots of malt. Also lighter and less aggressive than your typical IPA. I like it as IPA's tend to be too hoppy and bitter for mine on occasion.

M: Slight bitterness in the mouth like most beers of this style, but with a nice creaminess and lingering maltiness on the palate to balance it out.

D: Could I drink this all day? Probably not, but I enjoyed it so much that I think I could give it a crack. After all, I downed a 750ml bottle in no time!

Bisho, Jan 19, 2010
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 jacobseyb
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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

jacobseyb, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of unclemeat9
1.55/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I was recommended this beer by a Cost Plus stock clerk in Palm Springs, CA. He claimed "this is the best IPA I've ever had." "Better than Stone's Ruination IPA?," I asked. "Better."

He lied. Either that or this beer has gone bad. The color was promising. The smell was acceptable, although awfully malty for an IPA. But the taste...I don't even know where to begin. It tasted like a chemical spilled into it. Was that clerk being a dick? I'm ready to pour this out.

I hope this is just a terrible mistake and the beer has simply turned, but the store I got it from rotates their stock often enough to make me believe this is just what this beer is. Sad.

unclemeat9, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.38/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 11/10/2009 (bottle):

Pours a golden brown color body, with an average tan color head. Diminishing. Malty aroma, bitter dusty, musty. A little funky. Light taste, some maltiness. More dustiness in the taste. English tasting. Probably the yeast or the hops. Eh, not so tasty. Might be something off with this bottle.

jujubeast6000, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer and had no idea it came from England. It said Greenwich and I thought they were talking about Connecticut. As soon as I drank it I sensed English IPA, i looked at the bottle again and realized i was right. This is a very good example of the style and reminded me that I should drink this more often. Not nearly as hoppy or aggressive as a standard IPA, this is still a great beer and very refreshing while being interesting.

david18, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of ryanonline
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a clear amber/gold with a thin white head little lacing.

smells fruity (grapefruit and pineapple with some berry) with a light floral scent.

tastes sort of light, a little citrusy with a bitter finish.

the mouthfeel has medium/high carbonation. sort of dry finish.

drinkable, but not exceptional.

good beer, but i was kind of expecting more. life lesson if you want to be happy, lower your expectations.

ryanonline, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carefully decanted from a 11.2 Oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a large cream colored head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a thick cap with heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is not what I want it to be. Weak hop elements of citrus and bready malt. Smells like a weak APA. But this beer redeems itself in flavor. Nicely balanced between citrus, floral, and herbal hop elements and soothing bready malt. Bitterness is appropriate for the style. Finishes with a little herbal aftertaste. Nice body but I would like to see a little more substance especially when the ABV is at 7.5%. Nicely carbonated. Too expensive to be a regular in my lineup. Also has more alcohol than most other English IPAs.

morimech, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quite a nicely hopped engislh ipa. a bit murky orange with an off yellow white head. nice lemon zest with a light dry peppery but bready quality. nice mild sweet maltose and a wood earthy finish bitterness. quite a nice bright beer with an elegant wide malt character.

rtepiak, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of danielharper
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Hazy yellow-orange-brown body with a thick slightly-off-white head that sticks around. Beer leaves significant lacing.

S: Very grapefruity, with a nice crisp hop backbone. Some caramel malty characteristics buried deep. Very nice.

T: Again with the grapefruit and the crisp hoppiness. Incredibly well-balanced, but with that nice bitterness that even pleases a veteran of hoppy American IPAs like me. On the backend I get a slight barrel-aged quality -- it's far from aggressive, but it's definitely there. Sweeter than expected.

M: Moderate-to-heavy thickness, low carbonation, decently high on hops.

D: That 7.5% ABV is very well-hidden. This beer is smooth and clean but has a nice wallop of hops hidden inside, and a malty sweetness that somehow manages not to cloy. Is this the greatest EIPA ever?

danielharper, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of jbowers56
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

jbowers56, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of THORN
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Served 40-45 F.
A: Golden brown, slight haze, and faint orange around rims. Barely retains head.
S: Sweet citrus, orange, and bitter. Sweet with caramel.
T: Malts are sweet and a little spicy. Citrusy hops, moderate to high bitterness that lingers.
M: Moderate to high carbonation. Slight alcohol apparent on back of tongue.
D: A little too light on tongue, but tasty and refreshing.

THORN, Nov 24, 2009
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 cudmud
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer has a hazy orange color with a medium head. The head is thin and dissipates rather quickly without producing much lace.

Smell: A woderful hop aroma jumped out the bottle when opened. This beer has a curiuos citris-like smell. There is also an apple-like smell.

Taste: This brew has a strong hop flavor and alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is on the verge of being over carbonated; thus, the brew almost stings the tongue. I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these a night.

cudmud, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of bcole002
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, I'm a huge IPA fan and, therefore, I am somewhat critical of IPAs, in general. Once de-corked and the beer poured, the beer smells great. Mid-way through your beer, I found myself saying aloud, "I can't believe this came from a bottle." The beer actually tastes like it just came out of a tap. Excellent beer to enjoy.

bcole002, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of hiikeeba
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up a amber gold with a dense long lasting white head

S - Notes of biscuity malt with herby hops

T - caramel malt with a brown sugar finish, hop bitterness all around the tongue. Very smooth an well balanced.

M - Good medium body with a medium high carbonation

D - Very smooth beer that belies the alcohol content. A bit pricey, so I won't be buying a sixer of this, but very tasty

hiikeeba, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of gratefulstu
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice clear light amber or light caramel color. Small carbonation bubbles. White head.

S: Aroma of citrus & hops with lighter notes of yeast.

T: Right up front, a taste of very grapefruit hoppiness . Bitter almost sour, but not in a negative way. Follows up with hints of citrus and a light candy sugar sweetness but finishes up dry from the hops.

M: Smooth. Coats the mouth nicely. Finishes slightly dry.

D: Overall, seems a bit overly bitter. I'm a hop head but found the bitterness from the hops to be a bit unbalanced. Definitely not your typical English IPA. Enjoyable beer but probably wouldn't purchase it often.

gratefulstu, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of cpone
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Foamed over when opened. Three finger foamy head - some lacing. Orange/copper body with minimal hazing for bottle conditioning. Good looking beer.

S: Mild hops. Bready yeast. Get orange, mild spice, hint of cloves.

T: Very mild hop, not really there. Maltly, bready yeast. Slightly sour with a bitter finish. Hint of alcohol.

M: Good mouthfeel - medium to full.

D: It's a drinkable beer. But not what I expected from an IPA. Slightly Belgian IPA? Interesting take.

cpone, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of kylesobrien
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to try the Meantime beers for a while, and this is the first one I've had. It's supposedly an "authentic" IPA, brewed the way they were in the 19th century. I'm not sure if I agree with the authentic label (except in the historical sense, perhaps), but it's definitely one of the most unique IPAs I've tried.

Pours a nice golden brown, with shades of what I'd call orange marmalade. Really nice head, about one or two fingers worth, which subsides into a cap of thinner bubbly froth. Aroma is faintly citrusy, with a bit of earthiness to go with it. The aroma is not very notable or impressive. Carbonation is much, much higher than that of the vast majority of British ales I've tried. Plenty of fine little bubbles.

Flavor is much more complex than I expected. Tastes a bit fruity, then mildly of toffee, before turning rich and malty. Overtones of caramel and sweet malt finally yield to a smooth, crisp bitterness. The hop flavor is very pleasant and not overwhelming at all. Mouthfeel is relatively full-bodied, not thin at all, and I don't find it to be excessive.

I like IPAs, but probably not quite as much as many of my friends. In spite of the 7.5 ABV, I'd gladly have two or three of these in an evening. I'd give it full marks for drinkability, but it's a bit strong for an IPA.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer. If only it were cheaper, and came in imperial pint-sized bottles. Just the same, I'm glad I took the chance on this one -- its accolades are well deserved.

kylesobrien, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy orange-copper color with a large white head.

S: Smell is mild citrus, but mostly bready, malty, and sweet.

T: Not quite as tame as the nose, but still not what I'm used to from our west coast IPAs. Hoppy bitterness, but not too much citrus. Yeasty and malty.

M: More carbonated than I'm used to, but still good body.

D: It's not bad by any means, but I think I'll stick to the American IPAs.

womencantsail, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy orange colour. Slightly hazy.

S - Strong smells of citrus and resin. Potent but enjoyable.

T - Starts off with a malt flavour that rolls of your tongue, changing in a big hop kick of tart citrusy flavours.

M - Good carb, not sticky or syrupy.

D - Too resiny to drink loads of it and the alcohol will knock you about abit.

IHasaFlavaFlav, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Jayli, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of albern
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting looking 11.2 oz. bottle for sure. The beer is too sweet for my liking to be a genuine English IPA. It pours a nice orange golden color with a nice creamy white head, good retention and lacing. The nose has some grassy overtones, lots of sweetish malts, and zero hop flavors. This is a pretty good indication that this IPA is going to be rather atypical.

The taste is quite candied sugar sweet, almost Belgianesque underneath, but there is some unusual hoppy acerbicness, a thick syrupy consistency, and a fairly boozy presence. This beer is just odd. There is all the makings of a sweetish Belgian beer, with its sweet florals and syrupy texture, then you get some hop acerbicness and some drying notes, maybe some hop leaf notes, and then you get the syrupy ABV presence in the mouth and throat. This beer is just plain unusual for the style and not a typical English IPA that I've ever had. Worth a try, but it is unusual.

albern, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of tronester
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium off-white head. Smells of fresh peaches. Taste is bready, sugary sweet, with an earthy, fruity bitterness. The English yeast strain and earthy hops differentiate this from American IPA's. Nice clean, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth carbonation. Drinkability is great, tastes like the alcohol is much less than 7.5 percent.

This is by far the best English IPA I have had, I would consider it the benchmark for the style. Highly recommended.

tronester, Jul 11, 2009
India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
88 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.