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India Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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529 Ratings
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Ratings: 529
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 Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I promise to review this as an English IPA vs. an American IPA. I have to keep telling myself that.

When poured from the bottle this beer appeared a slightly cloudy orange amber color that really looked like honey. There was a fairly thin finger/finger & ½ head that formed and did show nice retention. Fairly good looking beer.

The aroma was the first place where it was clear we were dealing with an English IPA. The aroma did have a subdued hop profile but really screamed of a ripe fruit basket. Very nice aroma and fairly complex.

The flavor matched the aroma and was equally as complex and pleasing. I was reminded of ripe peaches, pineapple and cherries in the fruity flavor and this was balanced by a nice hop bitterness. Not really the same hop bitterness as American IPA's with their grapefruit/pine notes, but it evident, none the less. The malt backbone was also there and you got a sense of biscuit/cracker in the flavor as well.

I liked the mouth feel and felt it was rather silky smooth and almost creamy. Carbonation was there but very subtle.

I actually liked this quite a bit. I'd come back here for sure.

Reagan1984, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, this is as handsome-looking a bottle of beer as I've ever seen. Love the bottle tag about them trying to recreate an IPA from 1820...very cool.

Pours a hazy, honeyed orange color, fluffy off-white head, not a lot of lacing...tons of floaties in the glass. Rich malty smell, soft grassy hop aroma, very sweet and bready. Sweet caramel taste, some tangerine, a hint of pine, a hint of the alcohol creeps in, but it's nice. Creamy, active little bubbles, very slight lingering hoppy bitterness...it's there, and you know you've been drinking an IPA, but definitely this is a nice change of pace from the hoppier beers I'm so fond of. This is excellent, and I look forward to trying more from this brewery.

corey0212, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of scooter231
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with a huge white head, disappears after a while. Leaves a fair amount of lacing, and a thin sudsy layer on top. Very very cloudy with some floaters.

Nose is kind of sweet, honey, citrus, cork/oaky smell, similar to a chardonnay. It's pretty complex, very interesting. Taste is... crazy weird. Honey comes across VERY strong, and there are lemon and orange notes in there as well. It's oddly not as sweet as I'd expected, the honey flavor is just quite strong. The alcohol comes through quite a bit, but the bready malts help balance it out. Lots of roasted, toasted flavors near the end adding a bitter flavor that dries out the palate.

Mouthfeel is thick, sudsy chewy. Oily and slick. Overall this is a very complex, interesting beer. After a while the alcohol content is overwhelming, not sure I'd want a bomber of this again all by myself. But it's one to try.

It took a while for me to get through half of this- by the time I got to the second half, it was muuuuch warmer. And it really started growing on me. It became more floral and grassy, the flavor really improved. I'd for sure get this again, and let it warm up more before I drank it. TRY this.

scooter231, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle corked and caged. Best before 05/11. 7.50% abv.

Rocky, 1cm offwhite head capping a rich amber-brown body. Good retention.

Yeast, metal, bread. Hmmm. Perhaps this is too cold?

Feel is quite syrupy and thick. Lots of maltiness, sweetish. Finishes on metal, residual sugar, grainy sweet malt. Almost hard to drink - really boozy and one dimensional. A bit of fruitiness but it is cloaked in these harsh flavours.

However, I believe this an authentic EIPA, and for that I think I'm generous with the score.

Antilochus, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into nonic.

Cloudy golden hue with a two finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thick pillowy cap. Thick solid lacing along the glass.

Light grainy malts with some aromatic hops with just the right amount of bitterness. A touch of diacetyl is in there as well.

Light grains with some grassy hop flavor. A little bit of honey is in there as well. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is lingering grassy hops.

Pretty good EIPA. This beer has great balance, something you don't find in most AIPAs. This is one decent beer. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of meatyard
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a very pretty, clear orange with a large white head that leaves light lacing.

Smells of nice, pleasant, citrusy hops.

Taste is balanced between the hops and malt, nothing overpowering the other. Some bitterness and malt sweetness. Alcohol is hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium and dry.

I think the drinkability is very good.

This is a very nice beer. It's not extreme nor is it bland. It's well balanced and easy to drink. I like American IIPAs a lot but this would be nice to have on a regular basis too.

meatyard, Jul 19, 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
Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a slightly hazy, dark gold color with good white head. It smelled much sweeter than expected, like lots of caramel malt with some prunes and citrus hops. It tasted very mellow and balanced, like roasted malt and caramel with some sweet citrus hops. It was thick with no carbonation, and had a lasting sugary aftertaste. Overall this was a very sweet and malty beer - hardly what I consider an IPA. But it still had very clean flavor and great body.

Pencible, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Poured a hazy orange color, with a light white head that dissolved quickly, except for a thin film that lasted throughout the drink.

S: Aroma was all hops with just a hint of sweetness.

T: The taste was excellent. One of the best IPA's I have had. Deep, full hop flavor. Consistent throughout the drink.

M/D: The beer was full bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Nice bitter aftertaste, but highly drinkable. I will be going back to buy more in the near future and plan to keep it in stock all summer. Exceptional beer. Highly recommend to any lover of the IPA.

PhillyStyle, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml fron Pioneer Supermarket on 74th and Amersterdam in Manhattan NY.

A: Poured cloudy shiney red and straw with rising 2 finger head with lacing till the last quaff.

A: Nose candy and citrius going back and forth.

T: Overly bitter with the citrus taking over the sweeter hops and yeast.

M: Medium and well rounded with plenty of carbonation.

D: I was not impressed with the taste, was expecting more hop flavor and complexity.

Brianmerrilyn, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of Lukie
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Musky Orange, which is very vibrant when held up to the light. The head was minimal, with some thin lacing on the edges of the liquid. There was no stickiness, and it didn't ring on the way down.

Really funky smell, almost Belgian Ale like. Lot's of citrus qualities, and some sweet green apple, and marmalade. Interesting.

Lot's of sweet apple again, with slight grapefruit and lot's of zesty lemon from the hops. There is lots of mandarin and orange citrus flavours, sweet citrus. Not what I was expecting at all.

Nice medium bodied mouthfeel, and the carbonation is quite minimal, as if it had been poured from a tap. So there was no extra carbonation like in most bottled beer. Very easy to drink, but the sweetness is a bit over-whelming.

Lukie, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head. Left lacing.

S - It smelled of raisin and mild grassiness.

T - It tasted of honey, sweet maltiness and some spicy hops.

M - It was fairly fizzy and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an excellent English IPA. I really enjoyed trying this one.

zeff80, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of kraven
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once again I got this beer along with some great food at Taj Mahal restaurant in Boise Idaho.

Gotta love a beer thats corked :)

I poured it into a classic dimpled English style pint pot. Poured nice and cloudy I really like that in a beer, don't know why but I do. Left a nice head that stuck around from quite a while.

Taste was great from the first to the last mouthful, lots of hoppy goodness. Smell was very enjoyable to.

Would very much like to sample this brew again, wish i could find some smaller bottles of the stuff (750ml was size of the bottle) would love to have a six pack sitting in my fridge.

kraven, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of Walken
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Meantime: India Pale Ale (06/06/08)
750 ml. bottle: poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Cage needed to be removed with a wire cutter. About ten seconds after removing the cage, the cork flew up towards the ceiling, without any prodding. Beer pours out a hazed orange color with some yeast in suspension and a big, puffy off-white head. Head fades over the course of a minute into a one inch cap, leaving patches of lace.
Odor: Fruity ester & rich caramel up front with earthy, floral and citric hop undertones.
Consistency: Soft, creamy and firm medium body with a bit of fruity acidity.
Taste: Mirroring the aroma, the fruit and caramel are in it to win it. Fruit is complimented by burnt currant and toasted bread flavors from the malt. Hop flavor comes on mid palate, herbal, grassy and mild. Finish is bready with some lingering earthy flavor from the hops as the malt drops away.

Walken, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of mynie
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, excellently packaged champagne bottle replete with one of those little wire cage things around the cork.

I've only had a handful of British IPA's (which I guess are the proper IPA's, right, since they invented them? At the very least they're the traditional ones). So, although I might not know to what standards, exactly, I should review this beer, I will nonetheless try not to judge it against its American cousins.

Really pretty pour. Notching on the bottle says it's best before January 1st 2010, and whenever you get a boast like that it's always hard to tell how old a beer really is. Still, it's by no means overcarbonated, and it sits in my chalice like a very finely crafted belgian--amber IPA coloring with a thick, rocky white head that will not die.

Smells of pungent citrus hops, downright Americanish, along with lighter nodes of spicy European hops and a very distinct, very syrupy malt that is more like one you'd find in an American double IPA than an American single.

Tastes--ahh, I'm going to have to punish this beer a bit for the hubris of its Best Before date, because it tastes a little aged (and not in a good way). The hops are an interesting blend of citrus and spice, but they're far more subdued in the flavor than they are in the smell. A fruity, lightly stale malt (not fresh but not unpleasant by any means) backs them up pretty well, but the effect is far from the brilliance that the aroma suggested this beer had to offer at one point.

Good. If I ever get to sample a fresher batch I will re-review.

mynie, May 26, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.
Beautiful white head and hazy light orange body.
Clean citrusy smell with malt behind it.
Orangey taste with slight hop tart.
Very carbonated, can see it and feel it. Not sure about this- very pricey, but also very different in a good way.

aubuc1, May 21, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with an orange glow. One finger of slightly yellowed head sits on top with great retention that lasts the whole way through, and a bit of lacing.

The aroma is simple, but powerful. A citrusy and floral hop profile presents itself. Also a bit of tangy yeast.

the taste is quite nice. Mild citrus notes that bring a slight bitterness. More moteable may be a more organic floral like taste. A bit of caramel sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a subtle carbonation pop.

Drinkability is fairly high as the alcohol is relatively moderate and the flavors are great. Alcohol is also well hidden. Add it all together and we have a very drinkable English IPA. Quite a nice brew.

Goliath, May 17, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into two pint glasses. Pours a deep gold color with a strong head. The carbonation rose in a cyclone fashion which was preety enjoyable to watch. A lot of hops in the nose. Taste is even hoppier with a dry and bitter finish that takes some getting used to. Pretty different from American IPA's, but still tasty. Overall, a very good IPA. While I prefer American IPA's, this is still a damn good brew.

jdubjacket, May 05, 2008
Photo of ABCJiugui
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

ABCJiugui, May 04, 2008
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 cmmprez
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

cmmprez, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

illidurit, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of grees20
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

grees20, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of Mark
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Mark, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Vansmack
2.25/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.


Vansmack, Apr 02, 2008
India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
88 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.