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London Pale Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London Pale AleLondon Pale Ale

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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 Nodeps
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Nodeps, Nov 15, 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 Koufax21
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Koufax21, Nov 05, 2011
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 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 fostachild
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

fostachild, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

woosterbill, Jun 14, 2011
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
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3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of GBalbin
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

GBalbin, Aug 20, 2010
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 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 kevinglin
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

kevinglin, Aug 03, 2009
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 JohnfromDublin
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

JohnfromDublin, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of bark
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

bark, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of atis
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

atis, Nov 10, 2008
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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3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

wl0307, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of Baileyuk
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Baileyuk, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of GreenCard
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

GreenCard, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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...

mdagnew, Aug 04, 2008
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London Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
84 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.