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India Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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511 Ratings
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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 33
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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Photo of ABCJiugui


3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

bottle into shaped pint, no date, but quite sure it's fresh

A- hazy at first, clears up a little bit as it warmed, golden light orange, rocky head at first, 3 fingers, recedes very quickly into very wispy cap to non-existent. No lacing, but the head reminded me of nice cask conditioned ales I've had, so that's a plus.

S- Fruity, some very light caramel/butterscotch/toffee, floral honey

T- lightly sweet at first, finishes dry, english malts are present and very different than US IPAs, as is the hopping- very present and up front, but definitely subdued english flavor. Some grassiness/earthy tones to it, reminded me of really over steeped teas, which isn't actually a knock on it, just a particular flavor profile I picked up and found interesting. Hops definitely linger, earthy in nature, afterwards but nowhere near intrusive/abrasive.

M- fine carbonation that dissipates softly on the tongue. Medium-light body, soft.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer. As an english IPA, this is a nice take as I understand it, and definitely sets it apart from other IPA renditions. As such, it's worth coming back to, provided one knows what it is. Time to try the london porter!

05-04-2008 20:09:19 | More by ABCJiugui
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

05-03-2008 18:46:00 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of cmmprez


4.53/5  rDev +15.9%

After drinking many sub-par IPAs, this was a refreshing change. This London IPA was extremely well-balanced and mellowing. It had a great hop flavor profile (fuggles) without the astringent bitterness that is characteristic of so many American IPAs. This is a beer that I could have a few rounds of without having my mouth become completely dried out. It drinks more like a Pale Ale than a IPA.

It looks like a Hefewiesen in its cloudy yellow appearance. The aroma was mostly clean with subtle hops. Hopheads will not be overly excited about this brew. I thought it was well crafted and would strongly recommend this beer.

04-10-2008 04:30:12 | More by cmmprez
Photo of illidurit


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured into a nonic. Hazy gamboge color with a beige head of just over an inch. No lacing but above-average retention.

Nose isn't very strong but I get an odd note that strikes me as very similar to bay laurel. Obviously a hop-induced aroma but not one I've ever inhaled before.

Flavor starts out with the same note, but it's easier to taste the nuances than to smell them. It's quite lemony with some pepperiness that lingers as the hops fade to toffee malt. The balance here is typically British. Low bitterness, lots of earthiness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soft, booze is unapparent, body is a shade under medium thickness.

04-08-2008 06:10:08 | More by illidurit
Photo of grees20


2.7/5  rDev -30.9%

A friend picked up a bottle of this for a recent tasting. Pours a quite cloudy straw shade with a thick head. Aroma is weak for an IPA. Lots of carbonation, almost tingles like champagne on the tounge. Where's the hops? The hop kick is essential in an IPA and this just doesn't have it. No bitterness. Really disappointed with this English IPA.

04-07-2008 21:06:50 | More by grees20
Photo of Mark


3.35/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

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


2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

I have to say that I was really excited about drinking this beer after seeing the A- rating. Even at Bevmo, the guys were raving about it. So here goes the review.

Appearance: I have to say, when I first poured it, Meantime looked awesome! Poured a nice thick head. It had a cloudy hefeweizen color. I have to admit, it looked very refreshing.

Smell: The smell was pretty good as well. It was a sweet smell. I could smell a fruity almost papaya smell. Very aromatic. But no hoppy smell.

Taste: This is where the good turns into bad. For the amount of money I spent for an IPA made in England... I was not impressed at all. It really didn't taste much like an IPA. For some reason, it tasted like a Chimay white. A bad Chimay white at that. It was not hoppy at all. Did not have the bite and kick of a true IPA.

Mouthfeel: Gotta say that it was boring on my tongue and in my pallatte. I tried over and over to find the flavor and hops. None there.

Drinkability: I drank the entire bottle because of how much I paid for it. I almost poured it down the drain.

I truly do not recommend this IPA. I did not understand why it was priced so high and why it got such high ratings. I'll stick to my Green Flash IPA.


04-02-2008 06:46:51 | More by Vansmack
Photo of flannelman808


3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

After everything I read about this beer, I thought it would be the holy grail of IPA's. Well lets not get carried away.

This beer pours with a gorgeous bone white head that lathers the glass.

The bouquet is floral and abundant ... so far so good.

However upon first taste one is let down. There is a frothy citrus note leftover in the mouth as sort of an afterthought to lots of carbonation. Not very bitter overall, and somewhat devoid of depth of flavor. Perhaps just overly subtle. I don't know why this beer gets the applause that it does, and it is MOST certainly not worth the coin.

03-19-2008 21:11:41 | More by flannelman808
Photo of brendan13


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Meantime snifter a very hazy orange golden colour with 2 centimetres of white fluffy head that falls away rather quickly.
S - Freah floral and fruity hop notes. Some fruity yeast esters.
T - The fresh hops are also quiet evident in the taste, as well as a nice dry biscuit malt character.
M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation for the style.
D - If only it came in smaller bottles...it would be great. Complex without being overpowering. A beer well worth trying.

03-19-2008 12:53:14 | More by brendan13
Photo of blakesell


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle into a Belgian style glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy clouded orange with yeasties running rampant all through the beer. A large two finger head of foam dissipates to a froth that lingers and clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- A malty biscuit upfront with a nice big floral and earthy hop background. Hints of pine and freshly mowed grass give this English IPA a bit of an Americanized feel. Citrus and freshly baked bread also linger on the nose of this IPA.

Taste- Breadlike with rich malts and grapefruit, earthy hops. A touch musty but it doesn't seem out of place if that makes any sense. A bit herbal and clovelike. Very soft on the tongue with it's ample use of malt to balance. This could be the most balanced English IPA I have ever had.

Mouthfeel- Rich and full bodied mouthfeel with ample effervescent carbonation. Even at 7.5% there are no hints of warming alcohol.

Drinkability- This is a damn drinkable and creamy beverage. Every sip gives another taste of hops and malt. This is just what a beer of this style should be. Very nice work from a brewery that I can find no more beers from.

03-16-2008 20:27:24 | More by blakesell
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Super Saver in Somerville...
Recently sampled Meantime's Coffee Porter, which was really good, so I was eager to see what their IPA would be all about...
A very impressive appearance to start off with - Pours a hazy and cloudy, bright-amber, straw-colord appearance with rising carbonation visible and a giant foamy head that left a copious amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Smell was very sweet and piney for an IPA... a lot of sugar evident, along with citrus and lemon nuances...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a nice suggestion of bittersweet grapefruit, slight, sweet hops, canteloupe, fresh florals, sugars, and yeast...
A nice, well-rounded, slightly carbonated mouthfeel led to a good level of drinkablity... No alcohol detected here at all...
Good stuff...

03-16-2008 19:50:48 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured from a 750ml bottle a slightly hazy gold with a healthy two-finger white head.

Aroma of apples, lemon, yeast, spices, and floral hops.

The taste is spicy and citrus hops, malts, and fresh bread. Finish is warming and slightly bitter.

Medium mouthfeel, warming, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This is easily my favorite English IPA. Well balanced and quite tasty.

03-16-2008 19:18:52 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Traquairlover


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

750ml bottle poured into pint glasses.

A = Orange gold, with a hops chill haze, four finger white head, good retention, small bubbles in medium amount of carbonation.

S = Light floral scent, wet fresh-cut grains, some spices, has an almost Belgian yeast smell. Well balanced.

T = Yeasty, spicy hops bite, medium bitterness, slight metallic taste in back of mouth. This is an excellent English IPA. Great balance. This is a very complex beer with lots of tastes intermingling well together/

M = Medium bodied, great mouthcoating, foaming carbonation with perfect fill of mouth on swishing.

D = This is a great English IPA. One of the most drinkable of the style. If you haven't had it, go for it.

03-15-2008 22:19:27 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of swizzlenuts


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

A: A copper colour with about a inch of head that leaves fairly quickly. It looks rather carbonated.

S: It has the smell of English hops mixed with a load of different fruits. Quite pleasing.
T:Very fruity with the English hops at the beginning but the fruits hanging around for a while. However, the taste of alcohol is there at the end, but as usual it leaves the more you drink

M: It's what you'd expect from an IPA.

D: Incredibly drinkable. The fruits and the hops really keep you addicted

03-15-2008 02:18:46 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

750 ml caged and corked bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a hazy yellow-orange body with a good inch of rocky off-white head that leaves some lacing and clings to the side of the glass. Smells citrusy, grassy, and herbal (if I had to guess, Fuggles?) Tastes citrusy (grapefruit, orange), grassy, sweet, with some caramel. Full, rich body, though not viscous by any means. Moderate carbonation, enough to leave a semi-clean finish. Wow, very tasty and dangerously drinkable. Far and away the very best example of the style (English IPA) that I have ever encountered. One of the best IPAs of any kind I've had. A bit pricey (9$/bottle), but well-worth the treat.

03-02-2008 01:56:09 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of Atlas1


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

I was excited to see this on tap at Rustico a few weeks ago. I'd only tried it in the bottle so far. This review is based on the notes I took that day.

Brought in standard pint glass, the beer looked awesome. A cloudy golden/apricot color with a big creamy head on top. Lots and lots and lots of lace. The nose was hoppy, with the faint scent of cat pee, but not too strong. Dense, with a funky citrus aroma. I was expecting something different for some reason. The taste was delicious. Lightly fruity but also dense and hoppy. Very well balance (do the Brits do it any other way?). Tangy, but smooth and malty too. Mouthfeel was chewy and thick.

At 7.5% ABV, it's a big, but not too big, beer. In moderation it makes a fine session beer. As with most beers, it seemed fresher and better on tap. A tasty treat for anyone looking for a solid IPA.

02-26-2008 01:30:05 | More by Atlas1
Photo of Lothore


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

A- Pours a clear, golden yellow with a massive, fizzy head which leaves tons of lacing as it slowly fades.

S- Smell is very grapefruity, yeasty with some barnyard funk, almost saisonesque.

T- Tastes is soft and citrusey up front which leads to a bitterness which creeps into the mouth more and more until its majestic peak.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable/sessionable. This one definitely hit me by suprise. I might have to seek it out again.

02-24-2008 19:28:42 | More by Lothore
Photo of GimpyCane


2.58/5  rDev -34%

Poured hazy orange w/ a four finger off white seafoam head that left a good amount of sticky lace from top to bottom. The aroma was subtle, however I got hints of sweet pear, white grapes and straw upfront. Somewhere in the middle he scent of fresh cut grass and flowers with a doughy finish. I was not so impress with the taste or mouthfeel. Medium body with a toffee sweet beginning that faded out quicky, leaving a light alcoholic and soft carbonation feel. A long lasting bitter ended the drink. Overall, I felt this IPA was on the weak side. Then again I prefer American IPA over English IPA, I feel American IPA has more depth in all catagories.

02-17-2008 04:00:39 | More by GimpyCane
Photo of cswhitehorse


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

The Meantime IPA was a hazy orange with a finger sea foam head with some good lacing with a mild case of the lacing.

The aroma was a hoppy smell. The taste was hop, hop, hop aroo. It brought lemon and grapefruit to the nose. In the mouth it was dry which left its mark on the tongue. It was chewy with hoppiness in back of the throat & top of the mouth.

Overall well worth the $8.99 I paid for it at the Whole Foods Market in Tualatin.

02-15-2008 05:20:16 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of revolution


3.1/5  rDev -20.7%

A - pour reveals an orange-colored, somewhat cloudy brew. Streams of tiny bubbles flow. A small head tops it off.

S - citrus fruit smell

T - the hops are obviously there, with a mild kick. So different from all the strong American IPAs I've had (and really enjoyed) lately. There's a mild malt, citrus taste as well

M - overriding carbonation, all the bubbles fill the mouth, with lots of air on the swallow, then the hoppy bitterness presents itself.

02-10-2008 00:28:36 | More by revolution
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev +2.3%

the color of light orange peel with a small head of slightly off white foma. Aromas are citrus and hop with some nice fresh baked bread malts as well. This one is not that hoppy for an IPA but for a British IPA it is quite hoppy. Very refreshing, zesty, and drinkable due to the smooth mouthfeel and snappy hop spice flavor. A goodie.

02-09-2008 03:56:28 | More by francisweizen
Photo of acrawf6


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours out a slightly hazy orange copper with a foamy slightly tan head.

Smell. Has a very nice crispness to it with a citrus and piney hoppiness. Small caramel sweetness, and i also get a touch of a nuttiness.

Taste. The dominant flavors that i am getting is a lemon citrus and a bit of a yeast in it thats similar to a belgian. Hops do have a very nice character without being very bitter. I barely get any sweetness in the beer, until it warms a little when it turns a little like apricot fruitiness. Aftetaste gets a touch sweet and is pleasant.

Mouthfeel. Body is at a medium level. Carbonation is pretty high. Nice balance.

Overall, a very nice english ipa. A bit pricey, but worth checking out as it has a good complexity and nice flavors that work well together.

02-07-2008 01:33:56 | More by acrawf6
Photo of jwc215


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for sharing this 750 ml bottle:

Pours hazed golden with a large foamy head that slowly descends to half-size and stays around. Foamy lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is lemony, earthy, floral, leafy, citric. A caramelish/grainy background lends a balance to a nice, hoppy aroma.

The taste is hoppy - nice blend of Fugggles and East Kent Golding - The hops show their potential, matching the aroma well. Tied together with a caramelish/grainy maltiness the hops show well while being balanced. The hoppiness is more subtle than American IPA's - but stand out more than typical for English IPA.

Medium-bodied - bitterness remains into the aftertaste without being puckering.

A pleasant, well-crafted English IPA - great example of the style.

Thanks again, John!

02-03-2008 15:37:55 | More by jwc215
Photo of Scoobydank


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

L: Thin white head that disapears quickly. The color is a very light orange and the beer is very cloudy.
S: I struggled picking up anything huge on the nose. Just a very light citrus grapefruit smell.
T:Sharp citrus piney hops up front. Very faint grapefruit through out.
M:Light fizz
D:Very good. Nothing real intense so very approachable. You could even say light enough to drink all day long.

01-24-2008 19:38:19 | More by Scoobydank
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

A neo-British IPA in a corked bottle, nice. Pours a very hazy grapefruit color, lots of sediment floating around in this bottle-conditioned ale. Half fizzy/creamy white head diminishes, but never quite goes away. Aroma is ripe with candied sugar and tropical fruit with oranges with a spicy bite to them. Taste has a sweet malty character with a restrained citrusy hop flavor. Nice bitter kick at the end from the cascade hops.

Near-perfect balance in this brew. I'm going to save a bottle and see how it ages. A buy well worth it.

01-17-2008 05:30:42 | More by saintwarrick
India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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