London Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London Pale AleLondon Pale Ale

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | 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

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Beer added by: mdagnew on 08-04-2008

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Photo of woosterbill
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
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!

Photo of Scottiezee
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Light and hoppy. Served a bit too cold on draught though which kills some of the flavour

Photo of interzen
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Vedett tulip glass - bottle trade with a co-worker.

Look: Pours a dark amber with a fingers-width of white head. The head disappears pretty quickly to leave a diffuse froth cap and some lacing around the sides of the glass. Stand the beer long enough and this will disappear almost completely.

Smell: Earth and hops - it's a pale ale so that's not entirely unexpected. Not much in the way of fruitiness but it's there once the beer has warmed up a bit.

Taste: Again, it's a pale ale so it's very much hop-forward but not excessively so.

Taste: Very hop-forward but not as insanely bitter as some of the American IPAs. No malt or yeast was discernable but again, not entirely unexpected.

Feel: The word 'crisp' would probably sum it up quite nicely - a fair bit of a hop punch up front diminishing to some lingering astringence. Quite light, all other things considered, and eminently 'sessionable'.

Overall: My first encounter with the Meantime Brewery's output and unlikely to be my last - compared to other English pale ales it's not anything particularly special but taken on its own merits it's not bad at all. Interesting to note that Meantime do a lot of the 'own brand' beers for Marks & Spencer and the like. On the right side of good and worth trying if not particularly worthy of special attention.

Photo of GBalbin
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
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...

Photo of bark
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of GreenCard
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orangey copper, good clarity, VOLUMINOUS head (a bit hard to pour, actually), great head retention, lacey

Aroma: whiskey malt, piney hops, berries, caramel, orange blossom honey, chalk, soap

Flavor: the dry malt backbone carries a pithy, piney hop flavor onto your palate; hints of iron, grapefruit juice, and bitter orange marmalade; finishes dry with a lingering hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, lively carbonation, minerally, gassy

Other comments: A very lively beer, both in taste and in look. Nice level of hoppiness, not overpowering, makes it quite more-ish.

Photo of Koufax21
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Old Brewery restaurant in Greenwich.
It was bright golden in the glass with a nice frothy head.
The aroma is bright and hoppy with citrus-apple notes.
Flavour is predominantly citrusy, almost lemon-lime, with moderate malty sweetness and a nice bracing bitter spine holding it together.

Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a decent head and good retention. It was very fresh, well I tasted it at the brewery spot.
Aroma of herbal and floral hops. Sweet malt taste balanced with an herbal and fruity hop flavor, plum and peach more easiest identifiable.
Bitterness that continues in the aftertaste along with a dry finish.
Light Body with a medium carbonation with small bubbles.
Very refreshing beer, holds a long session.

Photo of kevinglin
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a half-liter bottle at a supermarket while on vacation in London.

For starters, this is an English Pale Ale, not an American Pale Ale as classified on this Web site. Both styles showcase hops, but APAs tend to have more aroma than EPAs, which tend to focus more of a hop flavor/bitterness profile without as much hops up front in the nose.

Having said that, I poured the brew into a tumbler-type pint glass; very clear, straw to golden in color with no head to speak of due to low levels of carbonation, which is expected for the style. Slight citrus nose - not 'in your face' like APAs, again, to be expected in an EPA. Aroma also balanced with a malty sweetness with a hint of toffee.

Taste is hops up front - floral and earthy - bitterness definitely dominates, but then is casually subdued with a malty sweetness. Well-balanced - shows the hops in the flavor/bitterness that you don't get in the nose. Medium body, bitterness makes it feel more carbonated than it is and leads to a slightly dry finish.

Overall, I enjoyed it. Easy drinking and definitely a beer I'd have again. Nice showcase of hop flavor.

Photo of Bworfus
3.75/5  rDev +3%

On tap, Terminal 5 - LHR; english bitter.. Mmmmmh. Love that style. Very underhandedly earthy with teasing tea leafy hops and cute bisquit. Love much as it warms.

Photo of atis
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with fluffy slightly off-white head that slowly fades to a thin and long lasting layer and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma is mostly malt with orange and some weak caramel. Taste is quite fruity - mostly grapefruit with sweetish nutty finish. Aftertaste is rather dry and bittery with slight metallic notes.

Mouthfeel is about medium with rather light carbonation.

Overall, this pale ale is quite ok - very refreshing and quite drinkable.

Photo of Baileyuk
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very slightly cloudy orange with a fair head that faded very quickly. Lacing was also fairly weak.

S - Not a ton going on, has a yeasty smell. Faintly similar to a womens private area (sorry closest comparison)

T - Good, Grapefruit taste which i dislike but for scoring is ignored as it is my problem. Other than that malts dominate and hops take a back seat.

M - Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation that went nicely with the beer.

D - It was easy to drink (minus the grapefruit) and at 4.3% is easy on the brain. That said I would not call it a session beer.

Photo of fostachild
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBE 29 11 11

golden/pale orange color. poured decent head.

smell was really, really nice. very hoppy, sweet, malty, citrus/floral/piney - everything mixed extremely well.

taste actually had a bit of bitterness to it despite the low alcohol content, especially towards the end. well carbonated, easy drinking, and overall decent beer.

Photo of smanders
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the bar in the St. Ermin's hotel, Westminster London, UK.

Appearance: a clear amber with a solid head.

Aroma: slight notes of spicy hops followed closely by the sweetness of sugar/malt/fruit.

Taste: excellent balance of fruit, spice, and herbs. Very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light

Drinkability: you could drink a dozen of these without thinking. A great session beer that would satisfy.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : amber color with white foam head.
Smell : malty and fruity aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty and hoppy flavors with citrus notes, a dry finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Pale Ale.
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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tasted this 500 ml bottle on 01.02.2009 (best by date: 02.12.09). I poured in into a leffe glass an amber coloured clear brew with a thin off-white head. Some bubbles rising.
The smell was (for me) a combination of bitter hops and floral hops. Taste was bitter hops; grapefruit, maltiness kept well in the background. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. I enjoyed this beer more as I drank it; overall a refreshingly bitter well-hopped pale ale.

Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass a fairly clear bright orange colour with a fluffy inch of white head that slowly falls away.
S - Grapefruit and orange citrus fruity notes. A slight touch of caramel maltiness.
T - The fruity hop notes carry over to the taste.
A slightly sweet nutty and malty taste.
M - Medium bodied, fairly light carbonation. A lingering dry finish.
D - Enough flavour to keep things interesting but not too full on. I'd buy this again.

Photo of flyingpig
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml Bottle from Utobeer, Borough Market (£2.50):
Light & clear range tinged amber with a thumb sized, bubbly white head that stays quite well over the opening couple of minutes, only reducing slightly in size.

Light with some grassy hops and a subdued malt base to begin with. There was some light fruity notes in the background but to be honest it smelt a bit basic although still pleasant and most definitely an English pale ale in smell; if only it was stronger in smell.

A balanced beer with some light malts and a grassy hop taste initially along with some background fruits and a nice bitter finish. This one was a nice and very easy to drink beer but I felt it could have been more in your face and less subdued. There was floral notes and caramel.

Carbonation is about medium to lively with this one and the beer is probably light bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel and only the slightest of citrus tangs to go with a somewhat dry finish. Livelier than usual for the style but much as you would expect.

A nice and well made beer I felt it was a little weak in both taste and smell although things became more pronounced and noticeable the further down the glass. There was a nice floral hop and malt base but to be honest nothing in this beer was strong enough for me and it's not a classic.

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London Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
83 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.