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London Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London Pale AleLondon Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of tbeckett
2.42/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at The Market Porter in London. From notes.

A - Poured with lot's of carbonation and a quarter finger eggshell head. The colour was medium to dark gold and bright. Good retention as the head didn't change, but no lacing.

S - Sweet grainy malt and a gentle kiss of English hops. Very mild, very plain.

T - Apple is there with sweet grassy hop. More lager-like than anything. Some pear maybe or lighter sweeter fruit, tastes like a very gently hopped lager more than anything else. Everything was very tame and weak.

M - Very carbonated for the style. Light body with a sweet lingering finish.

O/D - In Canada we have a beer called Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale. The name is a marketing ploy as it is nothing like an IPA. I would say this is the English version of Keith's. There is very little flavour and almost no element of that malty and fairly well hopped character of a typical English Pale Ale.

tbeckett, May 06, 2011
Photo of fullsweep
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Ultra-cool packaging and logos made it an easy sell for me (I'm a sucker for presentation). While the beer was interesting, it was way too bitter and sharp for my tastes. I would definitely try it again just to give it another chance and/or to get my palette accustomed to it, but I must admit I didn't really enjoy this.

fullsweep, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale amber in colour, with a creamy white head. Light carbonation.

Aroma: Strong grassy hops, and mild fruitiness.

Taste: Intense bitter hops from the outset. Metallic hints.

Mouthfeel: Very lively, yet slightly thin.

Drinkability: The bitterness is slightly too strong, reminds me of the American IPAs that are being made with copious amounts of hops at the moment. Probably won't be having this again, as there are better example of this style out there.

PartyBear, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of heygeebee
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper, many little bubbles, one finger head.

Aromas of pineapple, moderate.

Taste is quite dry and bitter. Not archetypal English at all. Too dry and hoppy for that. Almost metallic in taste as the bottle progresses.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, however, we are in 4.3 ABV territory here.

Not the best example of English brewing

heygeebee, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of kaneel
3/5  rDev -18.9%

kaneel, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Dylonious
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Dylonious, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of bvlaminck
3/5  rDev -18.9%

bvlaminck, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Mr_Pink_152, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of wewantbeer
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

wewantbeer, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

endless1408, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Mattias, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of rmargeson
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

rmargeson, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half pint in the Greenwich Union, Meantime Breweries tap house: I gave a bottle of this beer an overall score of 3.98 back in Feb 2010; the on-tap version didn’t do so well.

Bright and clear, the amber body looked clean and inviting; the off-white head didn’t hang around or give off much lacing. The aromas rising from the glass were of floral, fruity hops (is this dry hopped after brewing I wonder?).

Hops dominate the flavour, bitter and fairly sharp tasting, almost leaning towards an over hopped pilsner in its feel and body depth. It didn’t really do it for me, well carbonated, in fact too well, hence my pilsner comment: not the best Meantime beer by a long way.

BlackHaddock, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-11-04 at the Bull's Head Cask Festival in Lititz, PA

A - Mildly hazy gold with no head.

S - Best part of this brew. It smelled really good with lots of citrus and Simcoe hop floral.

T - Grassy, citrus, white-flour biscuit, spearmint. Not very bitter. Aftertaste didn't linger.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Reasonably creamy.

O - After the great smell, I was hoping for more but the taste didn't follow through. Enjoyed it but wouldn't seek it out.

Tucquan, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This London Pale Ale pours a completely clear copper color. The head is dense and white, but not very stable. Pretty average in appearance. The aroma is quite good. Very notable hops. Not quite English in the smell, however. Lots of citrus (grapefruit) and pine hop aromas....lend a decidedly American bend to the beer. There's a little biscuity malt underneath the hops. The taste is also hoppy, quite bitter and floral in taste. The bitterness lasts long after the first impression, contributing to a lingering hop finish. Very fresh-tasting, and quite nice.

Suds, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

innominat, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Griffith, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Pelicanrocks, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

JohnQVD, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Amalak
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Amalak, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of CommonRider
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

CommonRider, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of JSOBB
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

JSOBB, May 14, 2014
Photo of TGS
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

TGS, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

flyingpig, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

brendan13, Oct 31, 2008
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London Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
84 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.