London Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London Pale AleLondon Pale Ale

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 105
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 105
Photo of tbeckett
2.43/5  rDev -33.6%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of PartyBear
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of fullsweep
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
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 (347 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.32/5  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. (679 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330mL bottle, poured into a balloon snifter. The aroma is a dank pine with orange and grapefruit notes that turn towards caramel with a light floral touch, and a leathery note. It's a brilliant, clear bronze hue with a thin, white soap head that has only a light retention and no lace. The taste is a moderate, balanced bittersweet. The thin oily texture is supported by a fizzy carbonation. The medium light body contains notes of caramel and leather with secondary notes of herbs and citrus. It finishes crisp with citrus and pine and has an aftertaste of floral pine and leather that's mild and leaves and astringent and clean aftertaste. (641 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2015. Picked up a while back from a supermarket. The label mentions that this is hopped with Goldings and Cascade.

A: Poured into a cervoise. A deep orange-amber hue with some floating sediment and light carbonation. Yields a decent head of frothy white foam that lasts for a minute or so before collapsing to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of sweet caramel malt with hints of subtle pine, mild weed, grass/hay, barley sugar, ale yeast and stewed hops. Pretty good.

T: Tastes of caramel malt and leafy hops with a restrained bitter finish. Notes of mild pine, weed, grass/hay, faint citrus, barley sugar, a touch of grain, ale yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a subdued bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with prickly carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of stewed leaves/cardboard, caramel malt and faint ale yeast.

O: Not bad; won't blow you away though. Lacklustre looks - lack of carbonation and head. The aroma and flavour are alright, with a good caramel backbone and balanced hop bitterness. Body is OK. A satisfying pale ale that goes down easily enough. The only remark I have is that it isn't actually that pale. Worth trying. (1,269 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,308 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (451 characters)

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. (438 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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 smanders
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of fostachild
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of Bworfus
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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. (163 characters)

Photo of atis
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of Baileyuk
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of kevinglin
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,125 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of Koufax21
3.8/5  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. (405 characters)

Photo of
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (299 characters)

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London Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
83 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.