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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
83
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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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 -34.1%
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of fullsweep
2.9/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of PartyBear
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of heygeebee
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
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

Photo of kaneel
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Dylonious
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of bvlaminck
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of BeerTruck
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of wewantbeer
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of Tucquan
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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London Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
83 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.