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India Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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87
very good

545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 38
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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 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.

Photo of mortarit
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OK
I read alot of the reviews before I par tay in the cold stuff. It is interesting how some of the postings relate to your own experience. I am really glad because it brings out features I would otherwise miss.

It does have that English style tone to the sip. And yes it is my first English style IPA. At first I thought I wouldn't like it from past occassions. The English style is to mellow for me. But this has a great texture may I say to it.

Lacing is more noticeable.

Head retention is better than most beers.

The bottle is a spin off from what is really in it so it throws you off at first.

Good call!

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle caged and corked, with "BB" dating etched onto bottle. Pours cloudy peanut butter amber with a decent amount of sediment especially on the bottom of the bottle. Tan head, cramy and long lasting, leaves respectable splotchy lacing. Nose I get is a touch of lime and some grainy hops. Resiny hops, more lime notes highlight this very charasmatic and worthy full throttle Brit style IPA. Nice to actually try an IPA created in England that has some character and complexity to it. Well worh a try.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The cork made absolutely no sound when it came out of the bottle, but I could see the foam moving up the neck almost immediately. Pours a peachy almost tomato juice like brew with a medium sized off white creamy head.

S: Cheap bubblegum, light caramel and some pinecone.

T: Begins with a solid blend of apples, under ripe peach and doughy caramel. Nice flavors at work here, nothing profound going on…nor anything entirely complex. Really basic pine flavors come next allowing a submissive bitterness to sneak in and round out the experience. Finishes with toasted biscuits and cider qualities.

M: Medium body, a little thin at times but over all fairly soft.

D: Good beer but pretty boring if you are used to West Coast IPA’s. But this beer has its own thing going on and its quite quaffable. The 750ml slid down the gullet with ease.

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

Ripe kumquat with a flurry of yeast in suspended animation. I like perfect clarity on occasion, but give me a beer that looks like it's from the wrong side of tracks any day of the week. The crown is tremendous too. It resembles orange juice mixed with clotted cream, both in terms of color and texture. With more lace, I'd be tempted to give the appearance a perfect score. Even so, this is the best looking English IPA that I've ever laid eyes on.

The aroma is strangely underpowered. I smelled more on the pour that I'm getting now with my nose over the glass. With all the hubbub about how many hops are in here, I would have thought they'd be jumping out the glass and smacking me around a little. What I do appreciate is the classic quasi-citric fruitiness of Fuggles. Golding are a less obvious contributor.

I have no idea how old this bottle is, but with a 'best by' date of sometime in '08 (the rest is smudged), it has to be pretty fresh. All the more reason to be disappointed at the relative lack of hoppiness (at least compared to most hoppy American IPAs). As long as I keep reminding myself that it's English, I'll be fine.

That's a pretty easy thing to do when the flavor profile is dominated by the classic hops of the style, Fuggles and Goldings. As far as I'm concerned, Meantime had no other choice if they wanted the beer to be both authentic and good. Thankfully, it's both.

Sugar cookie-like pale malt provides the solid structure on which the fruitiness of the hops can shine. At least there's no caramel malt or toasted flavors to screw things up. Generally speaking, I don't like the peach and apricot flavor of English hops as much as the grapefruit and orange flavor of the U.S. varieties. This one, though, is impressively orange marmalade-like. It combines the bitterness of the peel with the sweetness of the jelly.

I'm having a hard time believing the ABV. Not that I think the brewery is lying, but there's no hint of alcohol on the palate. Zilch. While nothing much changes with warming, I'm beginning to appreciate the flavor profile more and more as I enter the bottom half of the '750'. It may not be a gobsmacker, but it's clearly a well-crafted beer and is as drinkable as the day is long.

The mouthfeel is a shade lighter than I would like. Having said that, it's a near perfect match for the flavor and easily deserves the score that I've granted. More resinousness and more chewiness would give what is a good mouthfeel a chance to be a great mouthfeel.

I love the Meantime India Pale Ale bottle and label. The brewery has done a fantastic job with packaging and has come close to putting a beer into that package that measures up to the best of the style. After Ridgeway's version, this is my next most favorite English IPA. If you're looking for a delicious beer than won't wreck your palate for the rest of the day, this one fills the bill quite nicely. Good stuff.

Photo of DogFood11
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 champagne style bottle. Poured into a pounder glass it needs a highly aggressive pour to get the desired results. Loose white head falls to rings. Orange body is chill hazed. Carbonation is super fine and cascades in the lace after each pull.

A fairly dry example of the style. Starts off with a slightly woody/fresh kendling starter. It then gets completely dry with grass and nuts. Hops are resin filled and snap it all together. Really the hops were the highlight of this offering as the malt bill was lackluster. Lighter citrusy fruits enter the picture namely oranges, lemon zest and rinds.

Notes: Another brew that grew on me in the span of 30 minutes. At first I thought it was average but as time went on the subtleties showed their face. I cant remember every having an IPA as dry as this and I liked that factor. Odd malt bill is the only detractor although I can see alot of folks digging it, I couldn't get into that part of the beer. Everything else was excellent.

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle opended with a very timid pop. Pours a semi-hazy peach tea color with one finger of offwhite head. A whisper of lacing & head retention.

T: Herbal piney hops with hint of fruittyness upfront. Apricots dance with pine as this warms. Finishes bready,a little dry, warming & piney

S: Fruityness (dates & apricots)

MF: Medium bodied, very low carbonation & very good balance

Drinks easy enough for the abv, I suspect I'd like this fresher. I believe more lively carbonation would bring put the hop profile better. Not a bad EPA though, just believe this bottle-conditioned beer has to be at its peak to bring out the best in it. I will continue to seek out other offerings from this brewery as both this & the porter were pretty tasty IMO

Photo of cbl2
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/22/2007 $8.99 750 mL 7.50% Best by 11/13/08.

Appearance:

Brilliant light orange with champagne fine carbonation that leads to half an inch of tightly packed white head that is slow to settle.

Aroma:

Some roasted nuttyness and toffee notes, but mainly dominated by fresh cut grass.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Herbal hop bitterness leads things off, and transitions into a mildly sweet and slightly acidic state. Finish is astringent, with the hops reasserting themselves. Notes of tea appear towards the end as well. Decent slick mouthfeel at first, though the bone dryness of the finish is offputting. Overall a good beer, though I prefer an American IPA.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was one of the strangest beers I have ever sampled. I poured it from a corked 750ml bottle. There was no "pop" as the cork released from the bottle. The color was a hazy amber, and there was a lot of sediment thrown. I have suspiscion that this beer was sitting on the shelf at the store for quite some time. The head on the beer was thick and creamy at first, but disappeared within minutes.
Aromas of malt and yeast overwhelmed the nose at first, but eventually the hops shined through. Notes of fig, spices, and iris began to come through.
The beer expreses flavors of almond and honey to begin with, but moves on to a dry hop finish.
This full-bodied IPA is thick and very flavorful. Definitely one of the better English IPAs I have tasted. At a modest price of around seven dollars for a 25oz. bottle, It is definitely worth a try. As odd of a brew this is, it definitely has it's perks...

Photo of rayjay
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one up at BevMo; honestly I was a sucker for the speil on the bottle- I've always felt most British IPAs had malts that were much too sweet, and skimped on the hops. Swales Indian Summer Ale was my favorite so far, and its now out of production.

51647 was the only marking on the corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Not even a poof when I uncorked it; luckily an aggressive pour conjured up a decent head. Aromas of hoppy fresh baked bread, and an overall sophistication that reminds me of a worldly old man telling stories in his library. The nose strongly implies British yeast and a bit of carmel malt.

First impression: I was right with the carmel malt; it's the predominant flavor, yet it's not overused. Lots of hops, but not of the high-alpha northwest variety; these are full-blown British hops- Fuggles for sure, and I see Goldings are used as well according to the bottle.

Although it's not exceptionally strong, it is a rich full-bodied ale that is an obvious step up from a normal session ale. Creamy texture. The alcohol is not exactly hidden, playing a role in the mouthfeel by adding weight, and a tiny bit of heat, but never overstaying it's welcome.

I dig this beer; it has a smooth personality. It would be easily overshadowed by a west coast hop bomb, so try to ignore that when you drink it. It definately doesn't have the punch I was built up to from the label. Its got a high level of sophistication that makes it very fun to drink. I think this would rock from a cask. I'm inspired to try their porter now. Cheers!

Photo of gmcfarre
4.64/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy orange with touch of yellow and a bigg fluffy head. Leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

S - Lovely bouquet with floral and citrus notes. Malt sweetness is powerful, and hops are downplayed in the classic british style.

T - Unlike most US IPAs, the malt more than balances the hops in this brew. Floral and fruity accents abound with a slight bitterness. Delicious.

M - Smooth yet drying with only a hint of a bitter aftertaste.

D - Wish I could have this beer every day, but the price and availability limit that option. If you see it, buy one (or several).

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

A copper color, slightly cloudy in the glass, with a inch and half off white colored head forming on top. A surprising malt aroma hits the nose at the start, then after each following scent a hop aroma gains strength, with citrus and earthy aromas. A twinge of alchol is present in the scent as well at the end. The taste starts with that malt flavor, that gradually gives to grapefruit bitterness of the hops that lingers on the palate. a heavier fell than what one would expect, the feel of skim milk, maybe a bad example, but it does have some weight. A strong IPA, particularly for and english style one. This beer brings more hop flavor to the table, and it is most appreciated.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Intense carbonation, lots of floating yeast sediment, decent sized head with long retention. There are thick rings of lacing all down the glass. The color is golden, clear save the frequent pieces of brown yeast.

S - Grapefruit pith hops and a bit musty, earthy yeast.

T - A faint light maltiness is meshed with a mild pine and a stronger pine hops, but both are weak compared to the slightly sour mix of lemon pith and grapefruit flesh. Grapefruit pith hops dominate the aftertaste. Only a little bitter. Not as full a flavor as I had hoped.

M - Carbonation is high, but not as much as the visuals would let on. Pretty refreshing.

D - Okay. I might have this again, but I certainly wouldn't pay for it.

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

Pours a hazy medium amber with a beautiful offfwhite head. A cllassic IPA in appearance.

The aroma has nice round fruity hops and a grainy finish.

The taste is of beautifully rounded hops wwith a long fruity (cherry?) finish. Very balanced.

Perfect mouthfeel at 1st, with just the right body and fullness, but tapers off fairly dramatically.

A very nice IPA, very drinkable, and one I'll go back for.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy off orange, amber body with a good fluffy head. This thing kept growing. Became chunky in the middle and laced around the edge.
Smell of dry malt, some sugary biscuit and stale apples. the yeast seems to be more present than usual.
Taste: Nice bitter nose with some orange peel, raisin and light glazed donut. The hops are the nice English bitter types, not much citrus. Some hints of nut.
The bite I like in IPAs isn't there as much as I'd like. Almost a bit too creamy, and too sweet.
As it warmed it became harder to drink. Maybe I should have drank faster.

Photo of Zorro
2.89/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

In the glass this is a clear orange colored ale with a thin white head formation.

Smell is mostly sweet syrup to my nose. Little bit of butter and wood and that is about all that I can smell.

Taste is buttery and woody with fair amount of bitterness at the start. The taste stays buttery with just a bit of bitterness to it. Seems to lack dry hops. Doesn't taste like an IPA to me.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable? Well I finished the glass. Not that great to my sense of taste.

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

Appearance: Pours a lovely apple juice-colored amber, hazy but bright. Head is a thin wisp of tan.

Smell: A smokey, wood-like malt presence, perhaps from the cork, dominates the front end of the nose. Truly does smell like it came from the hold of a great, trans-Atlantic ship. Molasses, fig, date, orange marmalade. A citrusey, bittering hop presence on the back end.

Taste: Mmm English malts. Woody and smokey, with a bitter slap coming from the Fuggles and Goldings. Slightly champagne-like notes. Bitter orange zest. White grape, fig, slight hint of molasses. Not as sweet as some British brew, but then again it shouldn't be, should it? It's an IPA. The malts are, again, far more earthy than sweet, in my opinion. Really, I very, very much enjoyed the taste. Just shy of perfect. Certainly the best EIPA I've tried.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, slick, carbonated lightly. Very pleasant.

Drinkability: Could drink these all day, if not for the rather high ABV. Speaking of the ABV, it is exceptionally well hidden. A very balanced and lip-smacking beer. Would love to try again, but 10 dollars is a bit steep. Still, one can tell Greenwich/Meantime puts a lot of care into crafting this beer, and it shows in the quality of the brew as well as the beautiful presentation.

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

Hazed, dusky orange appearance, big and boisterous, creamy white foam.

Out-loud nose: wild, funky, sour, citric, big orange with a twist of lemon...zesty!

Huge hops load the palate, band on board, and slideaway with a satisfying tingle. Same flavors as found in the nose, primarily the big, slick, raw, naked lemon zing...some spicy extra kick, as well. Drink again and a new tingle ensues, then fades again. Nice, tasty, delicious, and easy drinking.
Medium bodied, long, lightly citric/spicy finish...moderate enough to ease in the drinking, quite mellow. And I've got me a whole 750 ml bottle to myself, glad it's not too strong, this one.

I can feel the nicely turned effect of the dry-hopping in this, but these particular hops don't really flip my wig anymore. Fuggles and Goldings don't really turn my tastebuds, but that's nothing against them, that's just my preference.

A nice ale, like I said...but I could have spent the $7.99 on much more beer per volume. Oh, well, ya lives, ya learns...

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of delicious
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of sinistrsam
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
87 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.