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London Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London Pale AleLondon Pale Ale

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdagnew on 08-04-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

06-27-2014 19:37:48 | More by hoppecatania
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Crawford St Beehive into a half pint.

A: Pale, clear amber body with plenty of super-fine bubbles rising to replenish a creamy of-white head. Good retention and lacing. Quite nice.

S: Floral, herbal, slightly piney hops are foremost, backed up by just a touch of bready malt. Very clean and inviting. Lovely.

T: Dry, nutty malt and solidly leafy, herbal hops mesh perfectly on the way to a clean, bitter finish. Great balance, very refreshing.

M: Medium body, slightly prickly carbonation. Not as soft as it could be.

O: Terrific little EPA. I could be very happy drinking multiple pints of such a flavorful, balanced, and refreshing pale ale. Good stuff.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 01:09:50 | More by woosterbill
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harripat

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

06-28-2014 05:21:50 | More by harripat
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BrazilianAussie

Brazil

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

02-25-2012 01:58:24 | More by BrazilianAussie
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askeladden


4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

07-13-2012 11:09:47 | More by askeladden
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bark

Sweden

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The colour is medium amber - the liquid is clear although some small dark crumbs pours out of the bottle in the end. The high compact head is warm off-white.

The smell is medium strong; flowery somewhat bitter notes dominates. Butter, apricot jam and a fine bitterness.

The taste is bitter and flowery with lots of hoppy flavours: Fresh fruits, butter, cloudberries and raspberry jam. The malt is more distinct in the aftertaste with a very carefully roasted semis-sweet flavour, dark rye bread and walnuts. But there are also some hoppy/bitter flavours. Fuggles? Most probably Fuggles.

The carbonation is surprisingly strong for the style. The liquid is mid-smooth.

Meantime says something like "London - the home of the English Pale Ale" and this one pretty much sums up the style in a discreet way, at least the bottled substyle.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 10:07:06 | More by bark
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a golden orange / amber colour... Slightly off white head poured fairly foamy then faded quite quickly to thin layer... Some patchy lacing...

Aroma - Juicy fruits (oranges, grapefruits, pears) mixed with good caramel maltiness, some pine and grassy hops, biscuity notes, some floral honey...

Taste - Good juicy hop bitterness, nice biscuit and sweetish caramel malts, spicy fruits (oranges, grapefruits, some peach), peppery, honey, maybe some slight metallic notes, very light nutty sweetness just about coming through...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Light body... Supremely quaffable and refreshing - i could happily drink this all evening...

Overall - An excellent pale ale that reminded me of Sierra Nevada PA.... Another excellent brew from Meantime... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 09:05:45 | More by mdagnew
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GBalbin

Brazil

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very tasty beer, however, reminded me a lot IPA due to large amount of hops used in the recipe. Aroma: hop (intense), malt, orange, and maybe a bit of roasted malt. Flavor is also very hopped, bitter, malty and floral. Light carbonation. Beautiful bottle and label.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 17:57:28 | More by GBalbin
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Gregaroo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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weaselchew

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Nodeps

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-15-2011 17:12:23 | More by Nodeps
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MEP


4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-26-2012 21:30:37 | More by MEP
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MrCritic

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

06-24-2014 21:19:01 | More by MrCritic
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Beerstorian

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

02-17-2013 13:35:16 | More by Beerstorian
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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cornchz

Korea (South)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-27-2011 15:38:32 | More by Rochefort10nh
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sleazo

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

02-27-2012 14:51:12 | More by dalecooper
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber with strings of bubbles. Small off-white head.

S: Floral hops. Citrus. Caramel.

T: Dry, woody and earthy, which I like, but it's quite acidic. Has some of that prickly ginger quality. Fudge and toffee as it warms. Quite strong lemonade in the immediate aftertaste. Admittedly I cracked it open when it was too chilled. As it's warmed it's become a lot more personable. It gets earthier, and nothing turns me on more than earthy beer.

M: Almost creamy. Kind of weird but maybe I'm just being nitpicky.

O: Not bad, just make sure it's closer to room temperature than chilled.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 10:07:54 | More by Hoppsbabo
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant, slighlty cloudy gold with a thin white head.

Light bready malts, pleasant citrus fruit hops. Good malt body, light hops. Nice biscuity, yeasty taste. Smooth natural carbonation, light body. I think the carbonation could be a bit more powerful, but overall not too bad. Great session beer.

Serving type: cask

11-25-2011 14:48:27 | More by BDTyre
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle review: 14/03/12 (A:3.5 S:4 T: 4.5 M: 4 O:4)
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep golden colour with a nice lively head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smells quite malty with a hint of fruity hops.

Tastes more towards the malty end of pale ales, with slight hops too giving it a refreshing element.

Overall a delightful beer, well balanced and quaffable.

Tap review: 28/02/13
Served on-tap in a half pint tulip at the Beer House - Paddington station

Pours a clear dark golden colour with a small white head.

Smells sweet and malty, with grassy hops and a hint of lemon.

Tastes of sweet, caramel like malts with balancing fruity, bitter and grassy hops, with a peppery aftertaste. Mid-light bodied.

Overall an average but decently made pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 00:21:21 | More by CwrwAmByth
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB 21/04/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: pours a dark reddish amber hue with moderate carbonation, topped with a fluffy off-white froth that gradually retreats to a thin blanket lasting throughout the drink.
S: astringent orangey citrusness, salty-sweet prunes, and an aromatic touch of Fuggles marry beautifully with a bit of hop resins at the fringe, against a rather intense sweet pale malty backdrop. Pleasantly hoppy, but the sweet edge of malts smells a bit strong for me. Slightly reminiscent of Young's Special London Ale for the hop mixture.
T: the pronounced grapefruity & sweet-flowery taste (Cascade?) is blended well with the more orangey fruitiness like Goldings, then the maltiness chimes in, delivering a moderate flow of biscuity & lightly-caramely flavour; by stealth, the semi-dry hop bitterness and sweet black-tea creep down the palate, rendering a semi-chewy and bitter-sweet finish with a light tannic edge as in grapefruit peels.
M&D: quite refreshing, softly carbonated, although the texture is somehow "loose" or "not focused" vis-à-vis the juicy flavour (can't describe it in normal English...). Overall, this is a very decent "London" Pale Ale with a decent contribution of American hops as well as an enjoyable salty edge throughout. As delicious as quaffable overall.
Note: The label says the International Beer Challenge 2007 voted this ale "World's Top 50 Beers"; well, I can imagine that the cask-version based on the same recipe (if it exists) would probably have deserved the status, but not this filtered-bottle version.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 18:11:15 | More by wl0307
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rarbring

Sweden

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is clear light amber, has an off-white head with good lacing and small curtains.

Smelling of honey. grass and pears.

The taste starts with bread and honey, toffee, then some pears and also peaches.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, a fresh texture, medium body and a light dry finish.

A good fruity pale ale, sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2012 16:31:51 | More by rarbring
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Koufax21

New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on cask at Bull's Head Cask Fest in Letitz, PA.

A - bright amber color with a thin white head that disappears quickly.

S - this brew smells very good. Lots of floral and citrus aroma.

T - yummy... I was getting a fruity characteristic liking to cantaloupe. Some good balance to this one.

M - medium bodied and little to no carbonation.

O - this was my favorite beer they brought in for this Fest.

Serving type: cask

11-05-2011 21:00:10 | More by Koufax21
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London Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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