India Pale Ale | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Meantime Brewing Company Limited
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2005

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lititz Cask Festival

Notes taken at Festival

Poured into a 10 oz British Pint style glass

Thin to no head but it is cask ale.
Enticing medium deep amber color.

Not much aroma at first but as this already room temperature ale warms, it releases some faintly hoppy, orange peel smells.

Full bodied and nicely crisp entry on the palate, followed by a pleasant and distinct bitterness. There is a good malt component and some complex flavors of citrus/orange.

Long bitter finish.

Overall a rather delicious quaff. Completely different than the American style of IPA. At 7.5% ABV, which was never noticeable, it was the strongest beer at the festival. I would drink this again.

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Photo of Koufax21
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had from cask in Lititz, PA.

A - a light, pale orange hue with no head. It's from cask.

S - mild hop aroma. Leans more toward American rather than English.

T - very smooth and carries a fruit taste similar to cantaloupe. Sweet with a mild caramel touch.

M - smooth as can be. Medium bodied with little carbonation.

O - not a beer I would have ever tried, but definitely glad I tried it. Decent beer.

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Photo of Hopilator
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 11.2 ounce bottle was poured into a pint glass. A low head built up on this cloudy (bottle-conditioned) IPA, with a pale orange hue. Mild hop aroma, moderate bitterness, with hints of light caramel, and a certain warmth. Very little lacing. It's overall hop bitterness and body lend itself closer to an American IPA then a English one, at least that is what my tongue is telling me. Refreshing.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy medium amber tone while yielding a short-lived 1" off-white head; decent amount of lacing.

the nose here is a little underwhelming. some herbal / floral hops and a presence of bready malt.

flavors delivers more of the herbal / floral hoppiness, along with a stronger citric element than i picked up in the aroma. strong malt presence as well. medium bodied on the palate with adequate carbonation.

overall, not especially impressed here. it's a decent enough, slightly above average beer that i will not be tripping over myself to revisit.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy, grassy, and some pine hops. In the taste, gingerbread malt with earthy and grassy hops, with just a touch of lemon citrus. A mellow hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry and mellow hop in the aftertaste. A nice English IPA, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, was I thoroughly surprised by this beer! After being in the PacNW all summer and having had plenty of hoppy beers, I figured this thing wouldn't stand a chance...especially since it had been sitting in my Parisian apartment all summer!

Pours a deep amber color with a fluffy off white head.

Aroma is pretty strong; citrus and tropical fruit.

Thoroughly impressed by the tropical fruit flavors upfront...this came from English hops?!?! Nice caramel back with solid candied orange and a light, grassy hop bitterness finishes it out.

Overall, impressed and am hopeful this shows up at our shop in Paris asap...definitely would be a go to if I am in need of some hops!

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Photo of heygeebee
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extra! Extra!

Reed all about it!!! A really really well made classic IPA without all the hop-bomb-ness that permeates all the US brews.

Easy drinking ale with some hops!! True to English style and incredibly drinakable as a result.

If only this was on-tap every night.

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Photo of tobeerornottobe
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Head is nearly white. Body has golden-bronzy colour that is fairly light for an IPA.

Can't detect too much on the nose, it's like Meantime have gone the CAMRA path and produced a lightly hopped English IPA. I'm really struggling to get much off this, there is a kind of fruity floralness there, which is more noticebale on the palate but this beer really falls flat compared to US West Coast IPAs. There is some heavy sweetness, which suggests good malt content. Halfway through drinking I had to regenerate the head but even that dissipated pretty quickly, which wasn't that impressive.

This beer has a good base and I think the malt content is just about spot on but the hops really need work. But, then again, English beers traditionally focus on malt so that's not too surprising. If this beer had NZ hops added to it at the start of the boil and also in dry hopping I think it would be pretty fantastic.

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Photo of danmcg62
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy orangey, yellow with a white fluffy head that sticks around for a while. Looks like your typical IPA.

S-Very sweet. It's a very dry smell, sort of wet. Nothing else really jumps out at me.

T-Very mild hop taste, some citrus fruit, some apples and white grapes, hard to discern what else is there.

M-A bit liquidy, a tad chewy, decent mouthfeel.

O-Overall this beer is just OK. Pretty drinkable, decent flavor, but nothing too outstanding, that's about it.

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Photo of feylure
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this at one of my liquor hot spots and decided to try it out! 11.2 oz bottle

Pour is clear and slightly cloudy light gold.

Smell is quite hoppy with an interesting aroma of fruit and sweetness.

Taste is sweet up front, then bitingly bitter like a West coast style IPA. If it weren't for the fruit flavors, I would compare this to Racer 5. The mouthfeel is light with an ensuing dryness at the end. That dryness is accompanied with quite a spicy, lingering hop tail.

I may get this one again because it is a well crafted IPA, but I am definitely going to add Meantime to my list of breweries and keep an eye out for their other beers to try!

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Photo of rarbring
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy light amber/orange brew, an off-white head, little lacing and curtains.

The smell is much dry grass and hay, some nuts and forest fruits.

Initially some toffee and butter scotch, then citric and tropical fruits - rather modest, a distinct peel and grass bitterness.

Medium carbonation, a good body, somewhat coarse dryness.

A clean British IPA, solid and not exciting.

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Photo of Derranged
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce/330ml bottle into a mug.

A- Cloudy amber in color with a thick white head. A little retention on the glass.

S- Nice.. Mostly was very fruity, I guess I'd say it smelled like mangoes and hops.

T- Earthy flavor along with some tropical fruits. Malty. Mild hop flavor. Slight metallic twang to it but it isn't bad. It tasted similar to Punk IPA but not nearly as hoppy.

M- Very smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

O- This is not your typical English IPA. Solid beer overall, worth a try. I would buy this again.

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Photo of LukeD23
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

coolest bottle I have seen

pours a nice tangerine/apricot color with minimal head

The aroma is killer big spicy hop notes of ginger and apricots with a touch of rosemary.

Solid bitterness with punchy hop flavors and a slight grainy backround, bone dry finish.

Overall I like it. Worth trying but there are better IPAs out there

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Photo of
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - bright burnished gold with lots of fine carbonation bubbles and a fluffy white, long-lasting head.

Smell - Rich caramel malt, bread pudding, sponge toffee, candied nuts, pineapple, musty floral hops, and a light citrus presence.

Taste - Toffee and caramel malt upfront, followed by bitterness from the hops to balance the sweetness perfectly. Notes of orange peel, grapefruit and earthy pepper lead in to the lingering bitter finish.

This is my favourite of all the English IPAs I have tried so far.

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Photo of otto251068
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 fl oz bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden yellow color with some hints of copper thrown in. Two fingers worth of fluffy, yet dense eggshell colored head jump out and then slowly fade. After a few minutes only a thin layer is left. This beer is surprisingly cloudy, and not as clean as I would have expected.

Smell: A little bit of musty funk hits at first, interesting. There is also quite a bit of tart citrus from some lime. Some over ripe pineapple. After the pour more of the mustiness come out along with some hay/grassy aromas.

Taste: A pleasant hoppy bitterness comes right out to the front, slightly on the piney side. There is also a bit of orange peel in there as well. A nice little kick of acidity on the finish, along with just a touch of sweetness. Very pleasant and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high carbonation level. The beer is a little more on the thin side, and finishes clean, not sticky. The bitterness lingers, but it is pleasant and not overpowering. Perfect carbonation level, as it really perks up the lively flavors.

Overall: The biggest thing I like about this beer is that it is balanced. The alcohol is completely hidden. It is not a hop bomb, and the flavors compliment each other extremely well. I could drink this all night long. Overall just an excellent beer.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a dark orange color with a medium aired bubbled white to beige head. A but cloudy. Small retention and some lacings left

S: The flowery and aromatic hops are a must. Also sweet caramel malts. Some bready yeasts too

T: Follows the nose. Grassy and bit citrus hops followed by sweet and caramel malts. Very nice bitter end

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. A little bit molasses. Nice bitter aftertaste. High drinkability

O: Traditional English IPA. Not aggressive as an American IPA however very tasty and drinkable

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. The label describes it as an IPA brewed in keeping with an original UK recipe and style.

Poured (repeatedly) into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy golden hue with visible sediment and low carbonation; the yeast is especially visible at the end of the bottle. Produces a large head of white foam that subsides after a few minutes. Aromatic hops dominate the aroma, with notes of citrus and pine accompanied by sweet malt. Also hints of yeast and a fair whiff of alcohol, especially as it warms.

Tastes of sweet malt with aromatic hoppy notes, especially citrus and pine. Yeasty notes are also present, and the alcohol lurks in the background and adds a warmth to the flavour. Little bitterness; the hops are very much aromatic rather than bittering. Mouthfeel is smooth and quite astringent. Aftertaste of malt with the faintest hint of hoppy aroma.

Nice. Plenty of hoppy aroma but little bitterness; different from an American IPA that has both considerable aroma and overwhelming bitterness. Perhaps a little sweet, but the malt and hops balance well and the presence of yeast adds depth. A pleasantly crafted English IPA that is worth sampling.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle.

Pours a nice golden color with a minimal head...Hence the low score.

SMell: Subtle, not as much hops as you'd expect from a IPA. SLight sweet with some alcohol, almost like a vodka.

Taste: Sweeter than expected. very very mild, "essence" of pepper, lemon and pine. Less hoppy bitterness than expected.

Overall: a bit weak in terms of an IPA. you expect that nice brittish hoppy bite, but you dont get it..The sweetness would be much more balanced if there was a bit more hop in there.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, good retention, very light lace.

S: Toffee and English malt, British hop character has some hay like character with a hint of pine.

T: Malt has a good bready character which is nice. Hops are prevalent but there in balance, they never take over the beer like an American IPA. Sweet malt, but a good grassy hoppy backing.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, a tad awkward in the end, but pretty well done.

O: This is a nice beer, Sam Smith's when it's fresh is better, but this gives a pretty clear view of the EIPA, worth a pickup.

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

With great authenticity and balance, Meantime hits a homerun with this old world IPA with a modern attitude.

The beer pours with a deep golden to medium amber color and carries the classic dry hopped haze. A dense and airy off-white head builds upon the beer and sits prominantly while leaving a plethora of lace behind. Though the haze may be extensive, this is one sharp looking beer.

Balanced aromas of caramel and shortbread anchor the nose while whiffs of pine, resin, fresh cut grass, and sharp grapefruit rinds bounce above the rim of the glass. Light fruitiness helps to bridge the gap of freshly kilned barley and zesty hops. With no phenolic or diacetyl notes anywhere, these aromas balance exquisitly with a flaw to be found nowhere.

Sweeter and breadier early to taste than the nose suggests, but with a lightness on the palate that quickly ushers in the calvary of hop flavor. A mid palate of shortbread (sweet breads) laced pine, citrus, and grassy (mildly pungent) bitterness turns crisp and bitter going into the finish; and with a long and smooth hop bitterness to carry over to the next sip. Again, delicious and balanced throughout.

A creamy and bready feel to start shrugs off the sweetness quickly and allows the hop bitterness and dryness to carry the beer through to the finish. With a minty alcohol sensation, only mild hop astringency, and dry finish, the beer is highly drinkable and enjoyable.

Unfortunately, English IPA's don't get the credit they deserve. This is a world class example that should not be ignored!

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Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy glowing amber color. Very nice just off white head. Looks nice.

S: Fruity with berry tones. Some nice caramel notes, and some very faint earthy hop aromas.

T: Bready with a lot of caramel and raison notes. Very tasty with a nice bitterness in the finish. Not especially hoppy, but nice. Almost a touch of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied and semi slick. Lots of carbonation.

O: I think I would like a touch more of the english hop flavors, and a touch less of alcohol. Seems just a touch solventy for me. I like the malt flavor, but the hops loose if for me. Solid bitterness, just wish there was a touch more hop character.

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Photo of afksports
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another IPA review! Hooray!

Meantime IPA has one of the best bottlecaps I've seen in a while. Just FYI. I had this from a 375ml bottle acquired in a recent trade with my boy Mike. Post football beer. Yum.

The head on the pour to my glass is awesome. Above the cloudy hazy gold body there is a lot of malt aroma, a touch of hops, and yeast in the nose. Taste is a bit off, and I attribute it to the yeast and the types of hops used. Definitely an English IPA, because it's nowhere near the big bitterness of an American IPA, and although the malt character is complex (nutty almost with toffee and other good stuff), the finish is just weird. There's a bit of booze, a touch of a not ao great hop, and lingering yeast.

The mouthfeel is nice and it's easy to tell thus is a well crafted brew. It's mostly drinkable, save the weird notes.

And again, awesome bottle/bottlecap. Counts for extra points with collectors I bet.

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Photo of London1985
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I absolutely LOVE this IPA. Meantime is my local brewery and im lucky to have them on my doorstep after reading the price some of our cousins across the pond are paying for their products.

However ive found some Meantimes brews to be hit or miss. I wasnt particularly impressed with their London Porter, but they more than made up for it with this example of English IPA.

It looks how an IPA should look, an almost gold haze to the liquid with tinges of copper. It smells fantastic with notes of cinnamon, honey and citrus hitting the back of my throat as
well as the bitter sweet scent of the hops.

Taste is very subtle and refined compared to the wallop of hops you get when tasting an American IPA. It fills your pallate with citrus and spice and then flows smoothly down the throat leaving an undertone of bitter hops. I drink this very often and each time i drink it i fall even more in love with it.

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Photo of MowryJC
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into some tasters to share at my birthday party.

A - Pours a clear golden caramel color capped by a huge thick head that settles into a foamy thickness, leaving moderate lace behind as you drink.

S - Bready malt with a great whiff of English hops, you can really make the distinction. The fruity English yeast comes next to me, as well as a light soapy smell.

T - Caramel malt flavor balanced perfectly with soapy, spicy hops from the Fuggles and Goldings.

M - Moderate body with a little soapiness that lingers.

D - Definitely drinkable, but the soapiness would wear me down a bit. It isn't unpleasant for a glass, but I would want to move on.

This is a great example of a classic English IPA. I would definitely pull this bad boy out to show someone not familiar with the style what it is like.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy copper, with a decent creamy head.

S- Malty, with a hint of spice, and some minute hop presence.

T- Caramel Malt flavors, accentuate by sweet notes, as with the nose, hops are just there to balance and aren't very pronounced.

M- Medium, good carbonation.

D- It's a good drink. True to an English IPA in all regards. Very well balanced and quite satisfying.

O- A good drink. Definitely worth a try... sweet bottle btw.

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India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
88 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.