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India Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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very good

500 Ratings
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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 338
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:
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Photo of cvaypai


2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 bottle to pint glass.

Appearance- Golden-orange translucent with white foamy head. 2 finger head that diminishes and laces the sides.

Smell - Nothing much in the nose, almost smells like an adjunct lager to me. Maybe a tiny bit of malt and a bit of citrus.

Taste - Malt and boozy, a tiny bit of bitter which comes as grapefruit. Almost tastes bready, too much alcohol taste, I wonder how old this bottle is.

Mouthfeel - Too carbonated, not enough bite for a IPA, this beer just feels different.

Drinkability - Only a few of these, not a session beer for me.

My first time trying an English IPA was not a good one, please someone assure me that this is just my bottle, but this wasn't that great, I was looking forward to this alot more.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 20:36:21 | More by cvaypai
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL champagne bottle; poured into an imperial pint glass

Pours a super hazy orange amber with a fluffy, off-white cap that rose two+ fingers to fill this glass. Not a lot of carbonation is visible, makes me worried.

Aroma is subdued and mundane. Light citrus of orange peel with a sweet malt backbone. Rather underwhelming and made me check the best by date, which is still a good number of months away.

Very undercarbonated; really took me by surprise. If the carbonation was turned up a bit, the orange peel and sweet cookie like malt would really be accentuated. The hops come through a bit more in the flavor than in the aroma, and while it isn't as hoppy as its US brethren, it still satisfies the hop receptors.

Mouthfeel was down due to the general lack of carbonation. I wonder if this may have been a bad bottle after all. If not for the carbonation issue, this one would have been nice and chewy, with a hearty bitter finish.

Rather drinkable, alcohol is barely noticed. The flavor profile is rather enjoyable and rounds out as it reaches room temperature. Will have to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 20:53:26 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of tavernjef


4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 22:57:08 | More by tavernjef
Photo of nickfl


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A big, rocky head of off-white foam on a hazy, copper colored body. The head has good retention and leaves a nice ring of lace.

S - Lots of musty, spicy English hops and yeast. Background aromas of red apples and licorice.

T - Surprisingly bright and intense hop flavor up front with some citrus and pine notes. Fades to a more musty, English character in the middle. The finish is a combination of lingering British hops, light caramel malt, and substantial hop bitterness that more than balances any malt. Some tobacco like hop notes linger of the palate.

M - High carbonation, medium body, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is an interesting English IPA with a lot of hop character. The Belgian level of bottle conditioned carbonation is an unusual twist for the style, but it helps lift the somewhat sweet finish. Not a bad example of the style, but I still greatly prefer American hop character in my IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 03:30:15 | More by nickfl
Photo of anchordrinker


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a beautiful hazy, light-amber with a brilliant orange glow that intensifies when it's held to the light.

S- The aroma is mostly very sweet caramel, with some earthy and citric tones coming through as well.

T- I get some herbal and earthy hop flavors, some sweet sugary caramel, and a mild bitterness on the finish.

M- Medium to heavy bodied, with abundant, very fine carbonation.

D- I found this to be a sipper and while I really enjoyed my 11.2 oz single, I wouldn't really want another right away.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 01:30:34 | More by anchordrinker
Photo of gory4d

New York

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very interesting take on an English IPA. It pours a sandy bronze color, with a billowy white head that doesn't last but leaves lacing down the glass. The smell is very floral, sort of buttery. The taste is more savory than you usually get from an IPA, with some meaty, fatty notes, but also some nice herbal, floral, and citrus tones and a sharp, bitter finish. It's moderately carbonated, rather full-bodied, pleasant on the tongue. Not the easiest to down, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 01:33:34 | More by gory4d
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been meaning to try this one for a long time and finally got the urge to plunk down ten bones for it the other day at Whole Foods in Cary. I've always been partial to English IPAs, finding them tasty and often more drinkable than their sometimes withering American counterparts. For the style, this is supposed to be the best of the best.

The pour into my Scooby Doo mug is a translucent orange color, reminiscent of cider and sporting a wet white head that retreats slowly, like the British empire itself. The nose is balanced nutty malts and citrus hops ringed with herbal and grassy notes. Not at all overpowering, but certainly decent.

The malt is definitely stronger off the bat, with a nut and biscuit structure that keeps the hops mostly ineffectual and finishes mostly clean with a touch of sweetness. The Fuggles and Goldings are present, but they never really do more than accent the malt, similar to an ESB in my mind. Even for an EIPA, I would like a bit more hop. Still, it is refreshing and very authentic tasting. The texture is nicely thick yet smooth and low on the carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden but does show its head briefly in the middle of the sip.

I like this brew but am somewhat disappointed and frustrated by it. I would have to say Brooklyn's East India and Twisted Thistle, and probably a few others would be ahead of this in my book. Still, worth trying, and I'll probably give it another shot at some point.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 02:41:53 | More by daliandragon
Photo of TommyW


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy light orange/gold with a creamy, white head.

S- Citrus and floral aromas with some slight hop notes.

T- Mix of grassy and citrus flavors; reminds me of grapefruit.

M- Medium body with a good carbonation level.

D- Very drinkable and a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 03:18:53 | More by TommyW
Photo of jackorain


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an extremely enticing 750 ml bottle, with possible one of the most attractive labels out there, into my Duvel tulip glass.

Murky copper with a golden glow when held up to the light. The head was a big and loose, wispy heap on top of the liquid.

The aroma is of caramel and raisin. Lemon and lemon peel hops.

Really nice lemony and citrus hops with a big caramel malt backbone in the middle. As it warms up, I get some piney hops, spicy hops and some herbal hop notes. The finish brings back the sweetness from the middle along a bit of sourness from the lemoniness, along with a nice bitterness.

Carbonation is vibrant if not downright fizzy. A surprise for an English IPA but not unwelcome. It breaks up the medium to full body.

Quite drinkable, I could easily have several glasses of this. The sweet and sour effect would eventually get to me though with a bit of the back of the throat lemonade effect.

Thanks for Reading

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 01:11:23 | More by jackorain
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


11.2oz brown glass bottle. L81972

light amber. thin swirls of yeast towards the end of the bottle. sudsy head recedes to wispy suds. nice lacing, especially later down the glass.

light, fruity citrus aroma, with gentle sweet caramel and apple.

flavorwise, the citrus zest is fruity. some resinous pine. nice caramelization, but ever so slightly watery. moderate, crisp bitterness is met by slightly phenols in the finish, which is slightly distracting.

smooth, sliightly thin or watery, with light resinous finish accentuating the phenols again. lively carbonation has moments of fluffiness.

eh... the phenols are distracting. it's still also just a tad too sweet for my tastes.

appearance score is raised 3.0 -> 4.5, but the taste and mouthfeel are each cut down by half points.

OLD REVIEW 07/14/08

750ml dark green bottle w/cork; batch # 80434 1014

poured into shaped pint glass.

very light pale amber, relatively clear. good head, but soon fades to wisps, then mostly just ring. lacing doesn't stick.

grassy english hop aroma, approaching pine and citrus fruitiness. toasted malts are faint. whiff of bready yeast and peach or apple.

taste is very malty sweet with fruit character, somewhat like apple. hops are flavorful, herbal and grassy, melding with fruitiness from yeast and caramel sweetness from malt. bitterness is moderate, a bit weak even, but manages to help with a balanced finish that also gives a trace of phenols.

not too watery, relatively smooth. moderate carbonation.

perhaps a bit too sweet, and frankly i still want more hops, "english" or not.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 01:52:24 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of soupermirl


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a grapefruity colored decent head with a larger than usual bubble ring. Nice color. Smells floral and hoppy, of course that is the hops... Very complex smell. Slighty grapefruity as well. Taste is crisp and refreshing with a great forward, hoppy center and malty aftertaste with still a hops at the very end. Yum... Mouthfeel is good, complex with hops and malty equal. Malty and hoppy, very good. Easy to drink this above average gravity beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 00:21:18 | More by soupermirl
Photo of RunDWP


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great counterpoint to all the West Coast IPA's I'm used to. Out here, you're likely to get punched in the mouth with a bunch of hops. This one has plenty of hops, but the sort of curl up to you.

This one poured a big, think, foamy head in my tulip glass, with the classic amber orange color. Slightly floral and citrus aroma. Very malty for an IPA, but plenty of orange peel and floral hop goodness. A little resin note in there, too. Really liked the harmonious flavor blend. Slightly creamy mouth feel, and very smooth, mellow drinking experience.

750 ml corked bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 15:56:46 | More by RunDWP
Photo of champ103


3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 01:29:49 | More by champ103
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a dense cream white head, mainly tiny, sticky bubbles with a few larger ones interspersed, carpets the glass sides with lacing. Warm glow to the fat sunset orange color, as much light brown mixed in as yellow, moderate transparency. Excellent clarity to the nose with spacing among the pine oil, grapefruit and orange citrus, daisies and other wildflowers, green apple and pear fruit, golden honey and sweet tea scents. Close to full-bodied, here it is more compact and woven into a unified whole. The carbonation level is excellent and carries the flavors while allowing the palate to enjoy the array of textures. On the sweet side of the spectrum, emphasizing pink grapefruit, tangerine, lime citrus, honey and flaky pastry dough. The malt flavor is there, smoothing influence too, but it does not reach the level of chocolate or caramel found in other beers. Light clove and cinnamon spice break through near the end as well as dried oat cereal. Very clean finish with tempting aftertaste and weight echoes across the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 02:44:05 | More by farrago


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 MEsquandoles


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd prolly guess this was bottled over 6 months ago. Neck shows "80434 0946" but I haven't yet found out what that indicates.

Great head retention. Hazy golden orange with some different sized chunks. Gorgeous.

Flavor - In short: honey and orange marmalade. Also some white grape juice. Most of the English hops have faded here.

Thick and creamy.

Most hop presence in the beginning of the middle. This bottle is way sweet.

I'm usually not too fond of English beers, but this is definitely my favourite English beer I've had. This is definitely not an American IPA. Past samples I reveled at it's smoothness, complexity, and craftsmanship. Any IPA that hides 7.5% abv extemely well. No alcohol bite.
The numbers rated here reflect past tastings that were certainly more favored than this.

Although their website brags in different wordings about it's cellarability and that it improves with age; I'd love to try it fresh. This was too sweet for me.

Worth trying once, albeit very expensive.
After emailing the brewery I found it almost a year old:

The code reads as follows. The beer went through the filler at 0946 AM on the 43rd day of 2008 and came out of FV4. The beer has a three years shelf life and as it is a beer that is intended to be aged, most people want the chance to drink it older, not younger.
Happy sampling.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 05:45:08 | More by MEsquandoles
Photo of tmoneyba


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle from Whole Fodds, Sarasota, FL.
Poured cloudy amber color with an average frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing.

Moderate tart citrus aroma.

Medium body and a dry slick texture.

Medium bitter flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Solid drinkable beer and one of my top rated beers for style.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 17:20:36 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of MisterClean


4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On a bus to Napa with several others.

A - Orangish blonde pour with 2 fingered head. It dissipates fast and leaves little lacing.

S - Flowers, caramel, slight creaminess too.

T - Honey caramels, flowers, and a nice lingering creaminess.

M - Creamy definitely good. Well-balanced. Super sweet for an IPA.

D - Good, very different from the standard American IPA. Very creamy and drinkable. No alcohol feel either.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 19:47:05 | More by MisterClean
Photo of cvfish


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy orange color that boosts a decent white foamy head, and retains around the glass well

S - Lots of hops! Slight citrus and light fruits

T - Moderate presense of hops with some light fruity taste, grapefruit

M - Slight carbonation, moderate body

D - Good beer, but still waiting for my IPA wow moment

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 03:32:15 | More by cvfish
Photo of tempest


3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Keith for sharing a bottle. This appears a classic hazy light orange with a tight white head. The hops and malt are a little too well blended and neither really stand out. I can tell there's a grassy/citrus mix and dry bready malts, but they're hard to pick apart. This sort of flavor reminds me more of a under-hopped pale ale. Otherwise this beer is very drinkable and overall tasty. I'd just want a little more from it.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 03:32:44 | More by tempest
Photo of vancurly


4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BB 24 4 11

a) Pours very nicely from the 750mL bottle. Heavy rocky white head, sticks to glass. Hazy dark golden/amber

s) Fruity hop notes hit first...quickly supported by toasty malt caramel notes. I get a flashback to Thomas Hardy.... Warms to faint citrus, maybe some peach..

f) Lovely flavour, bread crusts & caramel...malty sweet, some hop citrus spiciness, but not overtly bitter. Dried fruits / marmalade.... Quite sweet. For an IPA, would expect some more hop character..partic full boil bitterness, and flavour hops.

m) Coating and syrupy, cloying. Mouthfeel alone suggests a slow drink, not suitable for quaffing.

d) All up, it's very tasty...but somewhat sweet. I think it's on the same vector as English Barley Wine, only lighter.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 02:27:22 | More by vancurly
Photo of Nipitato


4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at Marty's in Newton MA.

A: Pours with a gorgeous moussy thick off white head. A very light gold hue - surprising color for an IPA from either side of the pond. good head stand.

S: A nice mineral sulfur character melds with grassy and fruity hoppiness. Obviously mellow compared to American IPAs. Caramel like malt aroma lingers in the background.

T: A very smooth taste. Piquant bitterness is mellow but clearly noticeable. Orange/marmalade like hop flavor. Sulfur and metallic notes show up as well. A sweet malt base balances out the bitterness.

MF: Smooth. Medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D, notes: The bitterness in this beer is very well done - smooth. My sense is that this is a perfect example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 17:27:16 | More by Nipitato
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle.

Pours with a large creamy white head. Somewhat cloudy, lots of particulates. Deep amber color. Sweet resiny, yeasty, alcohol aroma. Definitely restrained in the use of hops, no in your face pine or citrus here. Medium chewy body. Honeyish malt throughout, bit of a marmalade flavor along with caramel and dried friut. Crisp bitterness in the finish, very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 04:55:53 | More by htomsirveaux
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 barleywinefiend


3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured nice deep orange with a small white head, Smelled and tasted less than great. Smelled of malt and some hops, rather let down. Tasted some hops, plenty of malt and if you let it go for a minute the bitterness will hit you at the very end but not much. It was an average IPA but not worth what I paid for it, however always worth a try and not to bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 04:15:50 | More by barleywinefiend
India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
88 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.