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India Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

500 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

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RoyalT

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a beautiful hazy moderate brown in color with a modest caramel-colored head. You can check out the little floaties in this EIPA. Cool.

Smell – There’s a small yeast aroma here to go with the English hopping, but otherwise a constrained bouquet.

Taste – Oh, yes, the lovely yeast comes out well. This ale is fuggelicious indeed! The sugaring is candied and brown.

Mouthfeel – This is shy of medium-bodied. It has a wonderful mouthfeel which starts off with some light carbonation then brings up the perfect sweet, yeast, and hop combo. It’s incredibly well-balanced.

Drinkability – This one hit the mark for me. The careful balance and session-style flavors make this a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 02:09:32 | More by RoyalT
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delicious

Vermont

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The straw colored hazy body turns to amber with the inclusion of suspended sediment. This sits under a large, fluffy white head.
It's a leafy hop aroma - like smelling the flower on the vine. The taste is milder and more gentile than the nose. It's bitter and dry at the end with just a bit of citrus, and the light carbonation and smooth mouthfeel make this a very drinkable IPA.
It was expensive and that's too bad because I really like this beer but probably won't repeat the purchase because of the price.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 05:58:05 | More by delicious
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sinistrsam

Maryland

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

Poured a copper/amber with moderate cloudiness and a small off-white head; rather foamy and left a good retention on the glass. When held up to the light ans swirled, a decent ammount of small bubbles could be seen.
Wonderfully hoppy aroma, with a LOT of vanilla, mild citrus and spice.
I couldn't really get into the flavor, I have to admit. It did have a hoppy punch but it wasn't really dominant, and nothing seemed ot take its place. Sour fruits, some vanilla, but nothing much besides that. Perhaps this is more of the English style I'm not used to?
Mouthfeel was more of the same. Came off watery with little bite from carbonation and a bitterness that rose slightly above the wateryness. I think I dislike the feel/taste mainly becasuse it reminds me of a pale ale I homebrewed last year, that went a little sour and watery after it was aged too long.
I do have a slight suspicion that maybe the bottle was bad? When I popped the cork, there was no 'pop'. I basically pulled the sucker out, no fanfare at all...might be the reason for little to no carbonation feeling.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 15:00:55 | More by sinistrsam
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange 2" head that lasts a while. Some light lacing develops.

Aroma: mild bitterness and citrus tones are detectable.

Taste: caramel / toffee, pears, hints of tart citrus, and a decent bitterness. Definitely an English IPA as the bitterness is more of a compliment of the maltiness - not focused on the hops to stick above the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Medium bodied. Short aftertaste.

Drinkability: this is an easy to drink, definite session beer. Worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 12:05:42 | More by Gavage
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TheBungyo

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll be honest ... I don't care for this at all. I am rating it not as an American IPA but as an English. Were it an American IPA the scores would be far lower.


Poured with a decent half inch head. Body is the color of warm honey. Minimal Lacing.

As for the nose, I just can't smell anything. There's a slight aroma but I don't have enough to work with.

Wow, this is a nice unobscured taste of fuggles ... I don't really care that much for it but this IS an English IPA so one should expect to be treated to generous amounts of them.

Mouth is creamy and nice.

If I wanted a true English IPA I would reach for this everytime. My personal feeling is that this is not the beer to quench an IPA craving, unless that craving is for an English IPA. Tastes good but not good enough for me to buy again. Those are my personal feelings and did not impact the overall rating.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 00:19:25 | More by TheBungyo
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Dukeofearl

California

4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Update: a few months after original review (see below). I was going to be happy to just have a couple of bottles of this, and leave it at that, but my local kept putting bottles out, and the more I tried it, the more I liked it. The drinkability of this is just totally nailed. Not a wild west IPA hop monster, it's subtle, and works on those levels. I've talked with some who didn't care for this much, but IMHO, they are missing out on the subtle nature of this and all I can say is, more for me! Scores modified accordingly.

Original Review: A new find in the Inland Empire of southern California (certainly not to be confused with the Empire from which this beer travelled). Maybe it's no longer an India Pale Ale from Britain- it's an Inland Empire Pale Ale (IEPA).

750 ml bottle purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. in early August 2006, for $8.99 and popped a few days later on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

A beautiful bottle and label reminiscent of an expensive champagne- looks very high class. Cage comes off easily to show a Meantime-impressed cork, but a sticky substance covers the bottle rim and part of the cork- rather unsettling. But past that, onto the pour: I chose a proper British Imperial Pint glass nonic from Carlsbad's Pizza Port festival for a bit of authenticity.

Pours a cloudy orange golden amber- no head to speak of at first when poured colder, a hard pour was required to get a rise from the brew. It settled quickly back to a thin cover. A subsequent top-up when warmer provides a much more satisfatory head.

Aroma is perhaps the best part of this beer. I almost gave it a 5. Sour orange, scented pine, and a hint of black pepper sit atop a slightly sweet malt. Very nice.

Flavor is pretty good as well- the aromas are all there, as well as a much more solid hop punch towards the end of the swallow. Lots of grapefruit dancing with sweetness that keeps the tartness down. Reminds me more of the American IPA hop predominance, but using a lovely British palette for the base.

Mouth is rich and full, solid, although the hop astringency at the end keep the drinkability down.

Overall a solid beer, very nice. Glad I have another put aside. They claim this is bottle conditioned and suitable for aging, but for a hoppy beer, is that doing a good thing? I don't know. Probably won't have the patience for it anyway.

Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 01:34:57 | More by Dukeofearl
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jettjon

Florida

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

Presented in a dark, attractively labeled 750 ml caged cork bottle, decants without a carbonated “pop.” Pours a dusky orange color with no bubbles. Some sediment in the pour due to turning the bottle on its side; sediment is undetectable on the palate. Head is initially small, fading rapidly to a thin cap that sticks around for quite some time. No lacing. Nose is not as hoppy as I expected in an IPA, but upon tasting I quickly understood why. There’s also some sweet malt on the nose. Taste is of mild hops quickly balanced with sweet malt. The balance on this beer is near-perfect, but hop-heads will be disappointed no doubt. I was reminded fondly of the DFH 90 Minute IPA which is similarly balanced. Flavors are delicately subdued; finish is on a lightly bitter note. Mouthfeel again reminded me of the 90 Minute IPA: it’s an excellent creamy, semi-syrupy feel that is incredibly smooth. This is one of the best-feeling beers I’ve ever tried. Drinkability is logically very high due to the well balanced flavor and incredible mouthfeel.

Overall: This is an outstanding IPA, but scoring it is a bit of a problem, as the lackluster head, off color, and very subdued nose detract. Further, IPA lovers expecting a bold hops presence aren’t going to find it here. Still and all, it’s an outstanding beer in its own right, and I heartily recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 23:00:52 | More by jettjon
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml brown glass flask shaped bottle with a dimpled base. Sealed with a cork, cage and steel cap. The cork is branded with the Greenwich Brewery logo on the top and bottom and the sides are branded ‘Meantime share to be different’. The steel cap is equally ornate, silvered background has a white letter ‘G’ set against a dark blue background into the design of a Pocket Watch, signifying the historic importance and contribution of Greenwich to World time. Listed at 7.5% ABV. No freshness date but a ‘51647’ code is inkjet printed on the bottles neck.

The uniquely shaped black, green and silver front label has the words:
“The long sea journey to India transformed pale ale, brewed big and hoppy, into the mighty IPA that slaked the thirst of an empire. Just downriver from IPA's original London home, Meantime is once more shipping beer overseas to undergo the ageing process that makes Meantime Britain's only brewers of authentic India Pale Ale.”

The reverse label continues….
“Small batch production allows us to apply the attention to detail and care we require to produce an authentic IPA especially for you. Pound upon pound of Fuggles & Goldings hops are needed to enable us to achieve the dry hopping rates necessary to recreate this great beer style. Enjoy with hot foods and spicy friends, or vice versa.”

Appearance: Ruddy amber body with a light marmalade hue. Off-white head rest to a thin covering, but never breaks, starts at a few inches deep on the pour but the overall appearance is of an unfiltered offering.

Nose: Caramel, toffee and a light bitterness with a dry aspect. Earthy aromas are generic and have a soft lemon character to them.

Taste: Malty start with a noticeable contribution from the Fuggles and Goldings, but the overall hop bitterness levels seem a little lacking and the toffee malts are dominant. Sweetness is prevalent and tones down the hops I find. As I worked through this I craved the explosion of hops, but it never delivered. Now this is strange because when I sampled this at the Greenwich Union in London only two months ago it was much hoppier as I recall. Bitterness is dry, the hops push through slowly and do contribute to the finish, lingering as it does, but it’s not enough.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is fine tuned, super small and the tiny bubbles lend a velvet texture. Feel is substantial and the body is viscous.

Drinkability: Whilst I was a little underwhelmed by the lack of hops in the taste, the soft malty tones and fine conditioning certainly make for a tasty brew that is a great afternoon partner.

Overall: Cost $9.07 at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, a little on the high side price-wise but damned good and I truly enjoyed supping this one. It is certainly an authentic IPA, but it is my no means the only one produced in the UK for my money (despite Meantimes label claims), nor the best, and it is rather expensive I feel. At times I think that Meantime play a little too heavy on the “high end” marketing and authenticity card, this is certainly the case with the IPA, and it could be better and falls short in a few areas for me. Still, this is well worth trying and seeking out nonetheless. I hear that Meantime export most of their production to the States and indeed California too - knowing that, would I swap this for the keener priced and better West Coast IPA’s out here that it will surely compete with? Erm, nope!

A nice enough English IPA, that pulls on authentic DNA, but I honestly feel that the bottled version has too much toffee malt and sweetness though. Given the price I will not be picking this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 00:21:06 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a thick off-white head that retains impressively. The aroma has some serious english hop character, with lemon, berry, floral and herbal notes, along with some cane sugar, orange marmalade and alcohol...incredibly complex. The flavor also has some serious english hop character, with notes of lemon, berry, herbs, flora and minerals, along with some cane sugar sweetness, toasted bread, fruity esters and an alcohol wallop. The mouthfeel is medium with good drinkability. An excellent english IPA, complex and authentic.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 06:52:04 | More by silver0rlead
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wavz

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From first pop of the cork, all the things that are IPA are in this bottle. Great rich amber honey copper color with traces of cloudy sediment. The pour of the beer gives a great head that sticks to the side of the glass, and hangs around for quite a while. Nicely balanced with a citrus fruit and hoppy flower aroma. And the drinkibility is easy like sunday morning due to that flowery citrus smell. I would like to say a toast to this one.

Life, alas.
Is very dear.
Up with the glass.
Down with the beer!

Wavz

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 02:44:02 | More by wavz
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ccs

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure if this is the same ber that other reviewers have--it came in the same bottle, but it' odd that I had no head on this beer at all. I actually commented to my husband that it had no carbonation. It's a nice lemony-amber color, slightly cloudy in appearance. There's an herbal/citrus hop bitterness and flavor. It's malty enough that it's definitely an english ipa but has a great hop flavor that balances out the maltiness. Is it drinkable? I'm sure that if it was a little more carbonated it would have a lot more pleasant mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 02:33:38 | More by ccs
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My third time to try this bottled version of Meantime IPA, but I still fail to find any bottling date or expiry date on the bottle... Served cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: translucent pale-copper-ish colour with a very thick (4cm!!) and tight frothy head, sustaining extremely well for over 6 minutes and is fed by lively carbonation underneath.
S: refreshing as well as enticing aroma of juicy citrus-fruits, laced with bits of pears and ripe pineapple's slightly sharp edge, a deeply fragrant longan-flowery scent, juicy and candy-ish malts, and a light touch of sour-sweet yeasty hints (as common to quite a few British bottle-conditioned beers). Surprisingly, the fragrant edge is much much more pronounced than my last bottle as well as the filtered tap version, underlined by a good body of pale malts and syrupy malts. Intense and pleasant hops everywhere.
T: upfront is a very intense, semi-sweet flavour of caramely+biscuity maltiness plus marmalade, lychee-juice that settles from a 3D-mouthfeel fast to a lubricating undercurrent of bitter-sweet malty juice caressing the tongue... ensued by piney yeasts, lightly spicy and fullsome feel of whole hops, while an intensifying flow of bitter-hoppyness expands quietly towards the back of the throat but always in balance with the malty undertone... The rounded aftertaste sees tannic and zesty texture deeply attached to both sides of the rear of the tongue, with unlimited herbal bitterness of Fuggles hops lingering hand in hand with a slightly warming, syrupy malty undertone... the superb aftertaste just goes on and on and on...
M&D: softly-carbonated and very creamy on the mouthfeel, allowing the complex flavour profile evolve in its own time without fizzy interruption. The full-body is a natural result of 7.5% alc. strength, but never heavy. Compared with my last note 10 months ago, this bottle seems to feature more maltiness on the palate and more profound fragrance on the nose, yet the aftertaste of bitter and tannic hops remains very impressive indeed. Fantastic to drink~~

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 01:13:11 | More by wl0307
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all this is a great bottle, classy yet not pretentious and full of info and eye candy.

The beer pours a bright orange color with lots of floaties. The head is pure white with excellent retention. Copious dense lace formations stick to the glass. The aroma was somewhat of a surprise to me, not nearly as brash and raw as American IPAs (more like a typical English IPA which I thought this wasnt). Its pretty sweet with sherbert, orange and pear notes and some gentle herbal hops. The taste is more hop forward but still subdued by American standards. Marmalade tones and a sweet doughy malt base hit first. As the beer warms, citrusy, woody flavors intensify and the malt profile become more evident. Alcohol is expertly concealed throughout and only adds a complimentary warming. The mouthfeel is full and very luscious with tiny BC carbonation. The finish is fruity and bitter, though not as bitter as I thought it would be.

This is a great English IPA, its just not as bitter as I was expecting, rather its more herbal and floral with a strong malt base. I thought it would be a British version of an American IPA (read: over the top hops), still good though.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 01:12:14 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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hero27

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, corked & caged.
7.5% abv.

Hazy orange. Frothy head of soapsud-like consistency. Aroma is some lackluster toffee malt and a good dose of herbal hops.
Heavy herbal hop flavor..plenty of Fuggles & Goldings used here for sure. Some orange peel and a bit of spice in the mix as well.
Sticky mouthfeel, fairly dry finish.
It was alright for an English IPA, just not worth the nearly $10 price tag in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 18:44:54 | More by hero27
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mcallister

Ohio

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

Cork comes out of the bottle with the slightest hint of pressure. I thought this was going to be flat. Upon pour a nicely carbonated white head appeared but did not hold well, however some good lace retains on the glass. The liquid is very hazey copper colored with a dull orange showing when held to light.

Rich hints of malty goodness. Chewy caramel covered apple, very floral citrusy hops, and also some alcohol is present.

Sweet resiny hop flavor. The hops are somewhat subdued and chewy. A rich creamy mouthfeel leaves a candied apple flavor on the 25 second finish. Other citrus fruits show inside. This is nearly perfectly balanced by the toffee/caramel malt.

Could honestly drink this all day. Smooth as a IPA can be. Very good

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 22:59:14 | More by mcallister
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GreenCard

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: coppery brownish orange, quite hazy, voluminous layer of sudsy off-white foam, great head retention, lace

Aroma: rich appley-piney hops, guava fruitiness, underpinned with caramelly malt

Flavor: malty sweetness together with a lemony zing at first sip, then a bready fullness followed by a peppery-piny hop flavor and a rough peach-pit bitterness, finishes dryish with a lingering bitterness and hint of dulce de leche

Mouthfeel: full body, zippy carbonation (almost Belgian in character), slight astringency

Other comments: This is a great beer. Probably the best American-esque IPA brewed in England. It's not as piny or citrusy as the usual American IPA, but there's a kinship there. Scrumptious!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 07:51:01 | More by GreenCard
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haz77

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy dark amber with an inch of off-white head. The head falls to half an inch and retention is helped by loads of carbonation.

S - Floral hops, cut grass, grapefruit, apple, a little caramel, toasted bread, lemon.

T - Initial tart citrus turns creamy and toasty in the middle. Finishes with caramel and a floral hop bitterness into a lingering aftertaste.

M - Starts light an refreshing before becoming creamy from the middle on.

D - Lovely stuff. 750ml was quickly gone.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 07:55:38 | More by haz77
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carln26

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper in cooler, and very hazy, there is a ton of sediment in this beer. It’s topped by a fluffy egg-white head that leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass as it settles. The head shows nice retention in the process. The nose is all noble hops. Very floral, a little grassy with a nice citrus back., There is a touch of light caramel on the finish. The flavor is a wonderful balance of hop and malt. More of herbal quality, like fresh cut hay, with a nice citrus lemon bitterness midway through the drink. The malt does show with a nice balancing sweetness. A little caramel and green apple. The mouth feel is slick, and smooth. Really nice drinkability. I think this is a marvelous beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 22:34:58 | More by carln26
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maxpower

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a clear light amber color with a creamy white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Citrus, grapefruit and lemon aromas, grapefruit, caramel and lemon flavors. Medium bodied with a full and creamy mouthfeel, an all around great English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 19:14:33 | More by maxpower
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from corked and caged 750ml bottle a hazy reddish gold with light carbonation and a medium sized head of foam that sticks around forever and has nice lacing.

The smell has a nice grassy hoppy nose to it but I also get a good wiff of caramel malt.

The taste is big and bold! Huge sweet caramel malt up front with a bit of grassy and citrusy hops(love them Fuggles and Goldings) right behind it and man, after a few sips, you get the feeling that this is gonna balance out but...it doesn't. Make no mistake aboot it, this is a malt dominated IPA and it works so darn well! My hat's off to Meantime!

Bottom line: Best example of an English IPA I've ever tasted and I hope to buy more on my next visit to Colorado. Folks, this is a winner!!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 17:27:25 | More by Bitterbill
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a golden orange / amber colour... Slightly off white head pours quite thick and foamy then fades to thin layer... Some yeast floaties... Some patchy lacing...

Aroma - Spicy / floral hops, grassy, very light honey sweetness, nice fresh fruitiness (oranges, grapefruits, pears), slight nuttiness, perfumey, very light biscuity malts...

Taste – Strong juicy hop bitterness, nice biscuity malts, spicy fruits (oranges, grapefruits), peppery, basil hints, grassy, maybe some slight medicinal notes, very light nutty sweetness just about coming through...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light body... Very refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - An excellent IPA.... Glad i can now get my hands on this... Highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 13:34:44 | More by mdagnew
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good english IPA. Pours to a nice hazy peachy color with a thick creamy foam. Carbonation is quite active. Lacing could be better considering the awesome qualities of the head.

The smell is quite hoppy. Very spicy, grassy, and piny. Fuggles and Goldings. Nice pale malt aroma, not too buttery. The taste is just as good, though it has a hint of alcohol that doesn't show up in the smell.

Body is nice and full with a very good carbonation and bitterness. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 03:06:49 | More by neonbrown82
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 with BB 03 11 08 jetted on the neck. Purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into an imperial pint.

Clear brass under two fingers of ivory that shows very good retention and leaves lots of webby rings as it slides down the glass.

Floral hop nose with some apples and a hint of caramel malts. Nice balance and I like the suggestion of apple.

The taste follows the nose step for step. A bit of lightly toasted malt, fruit like flavors that again suggest apples and a growing hop flavor that has earth and leaf. Very well rounded and flavorful.

Medium in body with a good amount of carbonation.

An exceptional beer, quite possibly the best English IPA I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 05:38:20 | More by ypsifly
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

But friends, this beer changed my life.

Appearance: Pours out a blurred coppery orange with a very fluffy, very inviting white head.

Smell: Exhilarating aroma of fresh bread, butter, and toffee tied to the spicy, herbal scent of English hops.

Taste: Yum! This brew was a perfect blend of caramel sweetness, rich grains, and a citrus hop flavor reminiscent of orange marmalade. Nice spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Carbonation is soft and fine.

Drinkability: Very much so. I can't help but lavish this beer with uplifting compliments, positive energy, good-cheer thoughts and sugarplums.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 04:31:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

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

Big 750 mL olive-green champagne bottle with a buncha info about the beer on the label. As I removed the cork, there wasn't much of a "POP!" so I was a bit worried it could be flat, but it pours a sediment-laden orange/apricot color with a half inch head that reassures me it isn't flat. It smells citric and soapy with sweet, vinous malts and hints of melon rind that are sharp/tart. It is medium and smooth on the palate with flavors of perfumy/citric hops, soap, the same tart melon rind character, yeast, and a good bitterness that is there to let you know it's an IPA without ruining your palate. Interesting to see an amped-up English IPA designed for the US "bigger-is-better" market, and I'd say they hit their mark, I just wish it weren't 10 bucks a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 20:40:33 | More by mmmbeer
India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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