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London Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London Pale AleLondon Pale Ale

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35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 114
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 19.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: mdagnew on 08-04-2008

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of bark
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
2.43/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft, poured into imperial pint glass.

Light amber in color, foamy white head. Mild hops in the aroma. Slightly sweet. Thinner body. definitely an English, not American style

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Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
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.


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Photo of Tucquan
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
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...

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Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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 flyingpig
3.52/5  rDev -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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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
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

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Photo of BDTyre
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of atis
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of fostachild
3.74/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of PartyBear
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of fullsweep
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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London Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.