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India Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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very good

514 Ratings
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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 34
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2005)
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Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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~~

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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


3.4/5  rDev -13%

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.

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


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

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

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


4/5  rDev +2.3%

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!

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


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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


4.7/5  rDev +20.2%

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!!

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

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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...

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


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

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


4.55/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

05-21-2006 20:40:33 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

750ml bottle, beautiful 750ml bottle with tasteful text and subtle artwork

Smell, thick sweet english hops, reminds me of an english celebration ale (only with goldings and fuggles hops). Very aromatic. Little bit of lemon and other citrus coming through

Taste, thick dry biscuity flavour, some lasting dry hops with a very english character. Some degree of the usual pine found in US ipa's, but a degree none the less. Slightly spicy, peppery mouthfeel also

A fantastic english big bad ipa, lots of flavour and worth the cash. I'm happy and proud that an english brewery is making such a big bold beer, great drinking such a big beer that isn't a US import

05-19-2006 19:03:49 | More by cypressbob
Photo of rajendra82


4.63/5  rDev +18.4%

The beer came in an elegant looking Champagne style brown-green bomber with the information about the beer printed on contoured labels. Having a wire cage and cork added to the overall refinement of the packaging. As the beer relinquished the confinement to the appointed Imperial Pint glass, the color looked golden amber, the body slightly hazy, carbonation ample, and head well proportioned at two-finger thick. The appearance was pretty spot on for an IPA from either side of the Atlantic, while the smell was that of signature English hops. The restrained spiciness, and full on earthiness of the hops could not be mistaken for anything but Fuggles & Golding. The taste indicated that the hops had been added in amounts typically absent from the beers brewed over there. It wasn’t overly bitter, but it was certainly spicy and snappy. There was also a good deal of citric acidity that makes the American versions of the style so quaffable. The very cohesive flavor profile set off fireworks in my mouth with each sip. The body was medium thick and carbonation soft and creamy, i.e., the typical IPA mouthfeel that makes me long for the next sip. Aftertaste was long drawn out and citric. Kudos to Meantime for incorporating the American influences so well, while keeping the beer an English IPA at its heart. Will have to pick up more next time I’m at Green’s.

05-08-2006 03:31:12 | More by rajendra82
Photo of AaronHomoya


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

750 mL corked bottle poured into a couple of pint glasses.

Shared this with a friend the other night. As some have mentioned, this is not a high-powered hop beer but is very good for what it is.

Pours an amber color, a bit cloudy at the end, decent head.

The aroma is not very strong, no crazy hop assualt, but does have nice malt character with some subtle, more earthy hops.

Flavor is big, strong with alcohol warming and a bit of roasty, biscuit flavor. Has a nice, clean hop finish that is more restrained and earthy compared to American IPA's. Almost tastes a bit like a dopplebock with more hops to me.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, smooth and fairly full-feeling. Rather little carbonation.

This beer is pleasing to drink, but seemed strong as I had it. I probably wouldn't have wanted to drink the whole bottle, but I'd get it again to share.

05-01-2006 19:25:26 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of Imstillthegman


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

This Meantime poured a slightly dark golden color with about an inch and a half of off white head that leaves light lacing. You can smell the fruity hops and the malty sweetness almost evenly. The taste starts with the sweet malt but citrus hops take over in the end with a little caramel flavor as well . Medium bodied with only slight bitterness from the hops. Shouldn't have any trouble finishing off this big bottle my self. My new favorite English IPA.

04-07-2006 17:22:20 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of Crosling


3.95/5  rDev +1%

Burning forest in color, with a full lofty foam. Fruit cocktail hop aroma (peaches, apricot, pear), with a touch of floral aromas, along with a mildly vibrant sweet malt, caramel thing going on in the nose as well. Well balanced malt and hop flavor, though it is hop accented. The hops are still fruity, just like the aroma, but they also seem piney and resinous as well. Definately not your typical "English" medicinal, antibiotic hop flavor, which some American brewers seem to seize, but rather a fresh, very lively and fitting hoppiness. The malt was very sweet and lingering. Overall, I found it very tasty.

03-22-2006 06:14:41 | More by Crosling
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Meantime IPA has a hazy orange topped with a large, white head. The aroma is mainly hops, with citrus and herbal qualities. Bready malt flavor with lots of fruit, including orange and pineapple. Sweet in the middle, but the finish is fairly bitter. There is a herbal hop flavor that I didn't like at first, but it grew on me as the beer warmed. Creamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability. It was by no means a difficult task to finish the 750 ml bottle on my own. It's a bit expensive, but worth it.

03-08-2006 00:14:13 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of lou91


4.38/5  rDev +12%

Wow what a nice bottle presentation. Poured golden and hazy. Great smell of hops – definitely not an American IPA but the british IPA with use of fuggles and goldings. There are some great flavors of fresh baked bread, pear jam and pineapples. Crisp, clean with enough body and alcohol to tell you this is a serious pale ale. I wish I had seen this in England.$11.99 @ Chevy Chase Wine in DC.

03-03-2006 05:35:07 | More by lou91
Photo of dogfooddog


3.48/5  rDev -11%

750ml bottle, this one did come from a store with fluorescent lighting, and had been there who knows how long. Served at 50F in a pint glass. Lot number on bottle 51647. Opens with very light pop (cork) but is very carbonated.

This beer is very heavily hopped, i don't taste any malt at all. Smell is not great, a little sour. Not too appealing.

Taste somewhat sour hoppy overwhelming mouthfeel, reminds me of some cask ales where they were not on quite right.

The aftertaste is bitter, with some floral notes. I am not enamoured of this beer, but given the storage situation where i bought it that may be part of the issue.

02-25-2006 23:25:11 | More by dogfooddog
Photo of ppoitras


4.55/5  rDev +16.4%

750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged. Nice that the caged top has drinking directions: "Remove cork, hold glass open end up, pour, taste, swallow." I think they left off "repeat as necessary", but maybe they ran out of room.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a frothy 1 1/4" off-white head above the clear golden amber brew. Head fades quite slowly, and light, delicate lacing is prevalent, not unlike a cask ale would produce. Aroma is balanced, yet that does not indicate boring, as hops and malt sweetness are present. Taste is also cask-like to my tastebuds, with sedate grains giving way to ample lightly fruity hoppiness, more than what the style classification would lead you to expect. Mouthfeel and drinkability are superb, would love to find this one locally, perhaps for a bit cheaper, and revisit over and over.

01-23-2006 22:46:56 | More by ppoitras
Photo of scruffwhor


4.72/5  rDev +20.7%

I'm gonna break down most of this review into two pours since the first pour from my 750ml bottle into a my American pint glass yielded noticeable differences in appearance, flavor, and taste than the second pour.

Appearance- First pour yielded a a sparse one finger that dissipated in about a minute. The color was an exquisite golden amber color with a little lacing. Second pour yielded the same one finger head but the color was a more cluody copper color. Darker than the first pour from gthe bottle.

Smell- First pour was a dry 70% malt, 30% hops with a anise thrown in their. Second pour was a more complex smelling malt with a bit of hops and sugar and cinnamon.

Taste- First pour was closer to a regular IPA. A dry hop and malt mix of about 60% and 40%. The secodn pour was a much more complex and dynamic flavor. The hops and malts were dancing around in my mouth beautifully. With hints of candy and toffee. Toffee, can you believe it.

Moouthfeel- First pour was in the traditional IPA vein of dry and hoppy as far as the palate was concerned. The second pour was a rich hop and malt palate that this beer went great with my corned beef hash and pickles lunch swimmingly.

01-13-2006 19:34:05 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Gusler


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

The after it's de-corking for the 750ml brown bottle resides in the glass a beclouded amber with a prestigious creamy light tan head, the lace forms a tight skirt around the glass. Nose is rich in hops, sweet malt, and a citrus-like crispness that makes the mouth water, start is sweet with a pleasing grain profile, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is nicely hopped, mildly acidic and the aftertaste desert bone dry, a nice IPA, that hits the "B" spot after a long day of toil and trouble, worth a sample.

12-29-2005 01:42:01 | More by Gusler
India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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