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India Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 38
Gots: 18 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2005

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty beverage but a mild IPA. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer but its a simple and subtle IPA. Definitely a british IPA it has slight sweet fruity/citrus start and a subtle hop finish and low carbination. At 7.5% the flavor grows on you and is delicious especially at the bottom of the 750ml bottle. Very worth a try.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first English style IPA, and I really enjoyed it. Far more subtle than an American IPA - it is definitely not the hop slap in the face that I was expecting. Everything about this brew was good.

Poured a 750ml into two pint glasses.

Appearance - It has a golden orange color. It produced a 2 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly, but left a little bit of lace on the way down. It is transparent, and has a little bit of yeast floating around in it - not huge chunks, but little tiny bits of sediment.

Smell - Very floral. There are fruit notes likes grapefruity citrus and pineapple. There is also sweet notes more along the lines of honey as well. There is also a yeasty smell in the background, along with caramel-like malts. And for some reason, the scent also reminds me of "Reisin", the candy.

Taste - Starts with the slightly sweet notes of fruit, something like apricot and pears mixed with citrus hops, and bleeds into notes of bread and yeast intermingled with caramel and toffee. The hops finish out the flavor. The hops are very subtle, not at all like American IPAs that I am used to - a welcome change.

Mouthfeel - There isn't much carbonation visually, but there is a significant prickly sensation on the tongue. It is medium bodied, and goes down very smooth. Fairly dry finish. The mouthfeel makes me want to take another sip.

Drinkability - Incredibly drinkable. I will surely be buying more.

This was a very tasty beer. I hope the rest of Meantime's brews are this good. I plan on trying the Porter next.

Photo of Backer2004
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the best beers I tried at the Charlotte Oktoberfest. Meantime had some very nice selections, but I only went with the IPA and believe I made the right choice. Can tell the alochol is in there, but the hops mask some of it. Nice orange hues with a good head. A bit hard to drink a pint, but I will do my best given the chance next time.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a big foamy off white head that resists fading. Visible effervescence and a few ultra tiny suspended particles. Considerably more sediment on the bottom. A good amount of lacing. The smell is sweet, floral and perfumy. Light bodied, the mouth feel is lightly carbonated, yet slightly sour and smooth. The flavor is lightly lemon and tropical fruits. A nice drinker. Really glad that i had the opportunity to try this one.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours up a lightly hazed peach color with a volumnous light beige head that stays pillowy atop the ale for a good while. Lacing all the way down. Zesty aromas of Fuggles and Golding hops with a bit of honeyed biscuit in the malt department. Malty and sweet upfront moving towards a grassy, herbal hop bite mid-palate and finishing lightly bitter with some lingering fruitiness akin to fuzzy-skinned fruits like apricot and peach. Carbonation is pretty subtle, but ample. Mouthfeel is about average with a good amount of malt to give it a good body. Very drinkable and fresh tasting. One of the better English IPAs to come from across the pond. Rather expensive due to its corked and caged presentation, but I'd have it again.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy red color with bright orange hues. The head is mammoth, billowy, and white. The aroma is floral with a hint of citrus, and a slight, pleasant metalic notes at the end. The taste is like the aroma with a moderate bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than medium bodied. Carbonation is adequate. Overall, this is a very refreshing IPA with a subtle and complex flavor profile. I will certainly drink this again.

Photo of dfillius
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bottle opened with little gusto; a weak 'pfff'. Cloudy due to improper time allowance for settling after transport. Golden color like the exterior of a peach, little head.
S: Pear cider and white grape juice
T: Tangy, very harshly bitter on the middle-back tongue. Fruity like a belgian yeast was used in fermentation.
M: Rough on middle-back of my tongue, Harsh first two sips. Smooth as silk afterwards!

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped this baby at kickoff of the NFL season.

A: Pours a nice golden color with a big bubbly head that dies down nicely. There is some lacing left behind as the contents disappear.

S: Very nice floral hop aroma with an underlying malty biscuity sweetness.

T: Nice IPA, different than our versions here in the US, but good nonetheless. Citrus hops with a hint of jasmine dominate. There is a nice sweet malty back bone in the background that pulls this one all together. Nice brew man.

M: Full bodied yet creamy.

D: I shared this one but could have consumed the whole thing myself.

Overall: First time I have ever seen this beer and let me tell you the bottle is beautiful. It pops open with a bang and pours with charm. The taste is nice. Much different than the US versions of this brew, but very nice in its own right. It's very balanced, hopheads may be disappointed, but you have to give credit to how they really brought out the malts to compliment this one. I really like it and will buy it again.

Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pulled the cork out of the bottle with no pop or fizz... dreading it would be flat, but it pours with a nice 3/4ths of an inch of fluffy, frothy head into a pint-sized nonik glass. The color is orange, and the beer is hazy with several yeast chunks floating around. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, mostly grassy with some citrus notes, and a touch of sweet malt. Taste starts out with some sweetness accompanying the crackery, biscuit-like malt. Bitterness is high for an English IPA, with a hop flavor more earthy than the aroma suggested. Yeast character seems mostly neutral, and it finishes dryly. Well-carbonated with a neutral texture.

Decent beer, with the bitterness levels of a good American IPA, but the hop flavor is somewhat disappointing. I don't find goldings make a great hop flavor when used to excess. Not nearly as complex as many American IPA's in the hop department.

Photo of hunteraw
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely presented, bottle and label both. Poured into my BA Founding Subscriber SA Boston Lager pint glass - first beer to Christen the glass.

Appearance: Amber color, good sized head with good retention. Clear. Good lacing.

Smell: earthy hops, sour-dough bread. Not overwhelmingly hoppy in aroma, but clearly dry hopped

Taste: nowhere near approaching AIPA levels of hoppiness, but perhaps better balanced for it. Complex flavor profile: fresh, herbal and slightly citrusy hops, full bready malt profile, reminiscent in some ways of a Belgian in its complexity - if they had used a Belgian yeast, this could be one of the new Belgian IPAs. Malts are sweet and full, but bitterness slid enough to balance it out. Finishes dry, pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: body not quite medium, carbonation right on.

Drinkability: high, I enjoyed this one and was sad to finish the bottle.

Photo of ccrida
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
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!"

Photo of Patrick999
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Beautiful bottle that absolutely reeks of class. Pours a cloudy golden with lots of visible sediment. Active head hangs around really well and leaves plenty of soapy lacing – has a cask-ish look to it. This is a sexy-looking beer.

S – Tinge of sour mash, but dominated by fragrant British hops.

T, M – Awesome, a British hop bomb! So this is a stab at the authentic IPA – plenty of hop bitterness, but not searingly bitter. Malt bill is just strong enough to provide a counterpoint to the Fuggles and Goldings, but still, there is a good bit of lingering bitterness over a pleasant dry finish. Carbonation is active, but not so harsh. Some roasted flavor, grassy, even a little bakers’ chocolate. Very well done, complex IPA we have here.

D – Very easy to drink, even at 7.5% ABV - but take your time with this fine example of British craft beer. It’s expensive, but I dare say it’s worth it.

Photo of BrewMonkey
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green? caged champange bottle. I reviewed the label thoroughly in search of a sense of humor, and only found "Serve with spicy guests and hot food, or the other way around" or something to that effect. Basically, the underside of the cork cage read:

"An eye for detal" and I can't tell if they work joking, or if this was the most ironic typo ever.

At any rate, the beer pours a cloudy orange color, which the label claims is the result of pounds of hops shoved into each bottle, or something. Light white irregular head dissapates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma is heavy with grapefruit notes and some floral notes. Taste of grapefruit follows suit and is very strong. Decent mouthfeel that finishes very dry. 7.5% ABV is hardly noticable, really tastes like you are drinking a glass of grapefruit juice, and I mean that in a good way. The dryness in the finish seems to keep the grapefruit bitterness from being to much to bear.

Pretty great beer. I was afraid of skunking considering it was an import for me with a green bottle, but no such problem.

Photo of Cascadia
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the bottle, very classy look.
I thought this IPA was good, not great, but easy to drink and well balenced. English IPAs aren't my favs, so I'm biased, but I thought their Porter was better. Smells like citrus and fresh hops, tastes of grapefruit and floral hops, with a nicely balenced finish. Very easy to drink, the ABV is extremely hidden. I guess overall I'm more used to American IPAs, so this one didn't wow me, but like I said, I think their Porter is fantastic. Both are worth the purchase.


Photo of BDTyre
4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best IPAs I've ever had. Despite the ABV, this is by no means an in-your-face, extreme IPA. Instead, this is a well-crafted, traditional English IPA with an ABV that could be expected from a beer intended for a lengthy export journey.

Slightly cloudy amber colour with a respectable foamy white head. Grassy citrus scent with a bready malt character. Definite hop presence.

Slightly sweet taste. The hops lend a citrus sour flavour, but the malt is well matched and brings an almost sourdough character to the taste. Very tasty, and well balanced.

This is a smooth drinking, almost sessionable IPA. If it weren't for the bottle size (750ml), I would easily be able to put away 3 or 4 of these.

Photo of baggio
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Orange / Copper color with a 1cm lace that looks very appealing.

Smells of citrus, yeast and hops. Faint hint of malt too.

Taste is very smooth. There's a distinct taste of hops and malt and again
the citrus, vanilla and flowers. Very complex and very good.

Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation along with some dryness and bitterness which lingers there for quite a bit.

Wow! A very interesting IPA with silkysmooth taste and perfect amount
of hops. Dangerously easy to drink, beware.

Photo of ragekage23
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- rich hazy copper, nice frothy head, good lace down the side, i expected a nice pop from the cork but i got nothing

s- yeast, hops, citrus, with light malts

t/m- hoppy, but not as much as i had hoped for, flowery in the end with maybe some other fruit (peach?), light lemon zest, with yeast and malts coming through in the middle.

d- thank you, may i have another?

Photo of Bobikel
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A hazy copper with a small chunky head. Good rentetion.

Smell - Pale malts and citrusy hops. A little yeasty.

Taste - Bready and yeasty, with a nice even soft hopping. Bitterness lingers for a little bit.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and a little oily. Low Carb

Drinkability - Very easy drinking...

Photo of bosco7
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a classy looking 750mL cork finished bottle (with a price to match at $10). Cork was jammed into the bottle and was quite difficult to remove. I was expecting a satisfying pop that would fling the cork across the room. Nothing. The cork just dropped and hit the floor. Sucks.

Reddish copper, notable head with elegant lacing. Slight haze. Still very attractive.

Huge caramel / toffee notes with some vanilla and rose petal aromas.

Very complex flavor profile with flavors including tobacco, oak, earth, orange rind, vanilla, red apple, and rose petals.

Smooth mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Deceptively alcoholic. Had this one to myself and it went down easy (too easy)

Most flavorful English IPA that has ever graced my palate! Felt like taking a break from the typical hop bomb IPAs I consume (Stone IPA / Pliny the Elder / Hopsickle) for this and was greatly rewarded with complexity not found in most IPAs.

Photo of theWrkncacnter
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had my eye on this one for a while, finally decided to try it. I have a habit of trying every IPA I can get my hands on, plus I collect beer bottles and with the very neat bottle this come in, it was only a matter of time before I picked it up.

Smells yeasty with maybe a hint of skunkiness at first, that gives way to a very earthy, hop scent as the beer warms, with some citrus in the background. This is one of the best looking beers I've seen in a while. I can't exactly describe the color, it's lighter than copper, but darker than orange, and cloudy. Pours with a nice sized head that fades with lots of lacing. My first thought on the taste is that it's like a hybrid of a good IPA and a good belgian double. Strong hops at first with a small amount of sweetness and some decent malt character, maybe toasted. Aftertaste hints at a bit of citrus and maybe a little bit of pine flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth and dry. Drinkability is very good, even at 7.5 percent I could sip on this all day.

Overall I'm very impressed. Not just your average hop-bomb IPA, but something with lots of character and complexity.

Photo of Braudog
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uncaged and uncorked, this poured with a nice sexy yellow-orange and a poofy, survivable foamy head. The aroma is kinda yeasty, reminiscent of a Belgian golden more than an IPA; the flavor on the other hand is heartily fruity, although there’s a big warm undertow, too. This is an interesting interpretation of style, fitting neither the American nor British stereotypes. Again, I’d almost guess this as a Belgian ale in a blind taste, except for the sturdy furity (orange blossom, mostly) body. Quite enjoyable, quite different. (#2800, 4/17/2007)

Photo of JMD71
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled & reviewed on 3/3/07:

Ap: Medium pour = 1 1/2 fingers of thick, rocky, persistent head. Opaque, apricot color. Nice lacing throughout. Color almost seems lighter towards the bottom of the glass...

Ar: Solid malt notes with spicy hop aroma & some hot alcohol notes. Sureprised by the alcohol notes as ABV not overly high. Some flowery hops noted but definitely on the mild side as with other British IPA's.

Ta: Very flavorful! Nice solid malt entry & middle leads to a good hop bite towards the finish. Just a bit of heat going down with nice dry finish. Very well balanced. Not overly hoppy - again to style for British IPA's.

Mo: Medium body. Very crisp palette. Mouth left very clean in the finish. Although the middle to finish was slightly bitter, not overly cloying at all.

Dr: Very drinkable. Nice to enjoy a 750ml. of without issue. Enjoyed from 1st sip onwards....

Comments: Very enjoyable IPA. Not over-the-top bitter, but excellently balanced with solid malt bill. Good entry into the US market for Greenwich, but a bit pricey at approx. $10.50 for a 750ml.

Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Despite my fears when I removed the cork without a sound, the beer displayed a nice head that retained well and dotted the glass on top of the cloudy peach colored liquid

Smell: Although there are nice peach and apricot elements in the aroma, there is also an unpleasant solvent aspect going on

Taste: Starts with the fruity apricot and peach flavors up front, joined by caramel undertones mid-palate; after the swallow, some harsh flavors arrive, with a grassy, grapefruit bitterness and a touch of that solvent from the aroma on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and surprisingly carbonated, given the lack of noise when uncorked

Drinkability: While I prefer AIPA's this is a good example of the English style, but it was not altogether without some aspects that reduced its drinkability for me

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange color with high levels of carbonation resulting in a huge head of dense foam. Left loads of lacing inside the glass.

S: Light aromas of citrusy pine notes, hop oils, sweet floral notes, and a minimal malt presence.

T: Very hoppy, but not over the top. One can see that numerous types of hops were thrown in this one, resulting in an exceptionally dry hop flavor, with minimal pine and citrus flavors. Light maltiness lingers in the background. If lots of different hops is what you're looking for this is likely the one. I must keep thinking that this is an ENGLISH IPA, not an American IPA, to which I am so used to and have grown to love. For the style, it's darn good.

M: Smooth, dry. That high level of carbonation took a shit in the mouthfeel dept, leaving little bubbliness on the palate. Easy to drink, and slightly crisp going down.

D: For the style, it's right on. Just don't have any pre-conceived notions of what you're getting. Worth trying.

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Caged/Corked

I've been sitting on this one for awhile. I got a nice loud pop when I removed the cork. Pours a cloudy orange color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet/tangy malts/hops, citrus, apricots, and caramel. The taste is sweet/tangy, slightly malty, slightly hoppy, a nice touch of citrus/apriocots, and some caramel thrown in. The finish is quite dry for an IPA though. Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one. A very nice English IPA, highly recommend.

India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
87 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.