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India Pale Ale | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom
meantimebrewing.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
351
Ratings:
588
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
17.35%
 
 
Wants:
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Reviews by MEsquandoles:
Photo of MEsquandoles
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd prolly guess this was bottled over 6 months ago. Neck shows "80434 0946" but I haven't yet found out what that indicates.

Great head retention. Hazy golden orange with some different sized chunks. Gorgeous.

Flavor - In short: honey and orange marmalade. Also some white grape juice. Most of the English hops have faded here.

Thick and creamy.

Most hop presence in the beginning of the middle. This bottle is way sweet.

I'm usually not too fond of English beers, but this is definitely my favourite English beer I've had. This is definitely not an American IPA. Past samples I reveled at it's smoothness, complexity, and craftsmanship. Any IPA that hides 7.5% abv extemely well. No alcohol bite.
The numbers rated here reflect past tastings that were certainly more favored than this.

Although their website brags in different wordings about it's cellarability and that it improves with age; I'd love to try it fresh. This was too sweet for me.

Worth trying once, albeit very expensive.
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After emailing the brewery I found it almost a year old:

The code reads as follows. The beer went through the filler at 0946 AM on the 43rd day of 2008 and came out of FV4. The beer has a three years shelf life and as it is a beer that is intended to be aged, most people want the chance to drink it older, not younger.
Happy sampling.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer that I have noticed a few times in the area and never picked up now I have and looking forward to it,poured a slightly hazy golden with a a real orange hue with a frothy two finger head on top leaving a sheet of lace behind as it settles.Very herbal,minty aromas due to the large dose of fuggles thrown in with a nice caramel undertone.Well balanced but with a real nice big hop profile,herbal "green" flavors hit ya but the big caramel sweet malt backbone holds up well even showing thru at times.Wow this is a nice big English IPA more subtle than some American counterparts but thats fine,well made and a treat to drink.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a beautiful hazy moderate brown in color with a modest caramel-colored head. You can check out the little floaties in this EIPA. Cool.

Smell – There’s a small yeast aroma here to go with the English hopping, but otherwise a constrained bouquet.

Taste – Oh, yes, the lovely yeast comes out well. This ale is fuggelicious indeed! The sugaring is candied and brown.

Mouthfeel – This is shy of medium-bodied. It has a wonderful mouthfeel which starts off with some light carbonation then brings up the perfect sweet, yeast, and hop combo. It’s incredibly well-balanced.

Drinkability – This one hit the mark for me. The careful balance and session-style flavors make this a real treat.

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1/5  rDev -74.5%

Photo of weatherdog
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into a tulip glass

It pours a brilliant transparent orange copper with an ivory head that keeps a nice cap on top. As a side note the bottle cap is a great design and now one of my favorites.

The nose is of heavy crystal malts sweetness with just a little bit of floral herbal hop aroma in the background. This is obviously more muted than American versions and I can appreciate that in terms to style but the nose was just too sweet for me.

The beer has a nice firm bitterness with a balanced bready sweet malt taste. There is also a healthy dose of floral hope taste. Some fruity esters are present at the end.

The body is medium to full and the carbonation is on the high side.

This is my first English IPA since becoming serious about evaluating and rating beers and I enjoyed this side of the style. The flavor profile seems to be like a little brother to a barley wine. I think I'll have to search for more examples.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JMD71
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled & reviewed on 3/3/07:

Ap: Medium pour = 1 1/2 fingers of thick, rocky, persistent head. Opaque, apricot color. Nice lacing throughout. Color almost seems lighter towards the bottom of the glass...

Ar: Solid malt notes with spicy hop aroma & some hot alcohol notes. Sureprised by the alcohol notes as ABV not overly high. Some flowery hops noted but definitely on the mild side as with other British IPA's.

Ta: Very flavorful! Nice solid malt entry & middle leads to a good hop bite towards the finish. Just a bit of heat going down with nice dry finish. Very well balanced. Not overly hoppy - again to style for British IPA's.

Mo: Medium body. Very crisp palette. Mouth left very clean in the finish. Although the middle to finish was slightly bitter, not overly cloying at all.

Dr: Very drinkable. Nice to enjoy a 750ml. of without issue. Enjoyed from 1st sip onwards....

Comments: Very enjoyable IPA. Not over-the-top bitter, but excellently balanced with solid malt bill. Good entry into the US market for Greenwich, but a bit pricey at approx. $10.50 for a 750ml.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed all the beers I'v tried from this brewery (this, the porter, and the Scottish ale). Poured into a pint glass, the beer was an orange color with a thick, white, sticky head. Aroma of malt and hops, fruity and floral. Sweet malt taste up front, with an intensifying hops presence. Still, the beer was subtle and not at all a hop bomb. Very nice, would be a good session beer.

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Photo of Homer_Holland
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meantime Brewing Company, Londen, India Pale Ale, IPA
7,4 % Abv
barley and wheat
75 cl
tht op glas onleesbaar !

2016-11-09

wat licht in alle opzichten en met een frisdrankachtig licht zuur prikkeltje (wel vrij kleine bubbels) ipv. echte, mooie, lekkere, fijne mousse
verder niet onaardig of fouten
voor een IPA redelijk, bijna pilsachtig, mild in de bitters (hops)
niet slecht, maar ook niet opwindend
goede dorstlesser, is ook geen compliment

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Beerswag
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very attractive, corked and caged, 750 ml bottle. Thanks to mntlover for bringing this one to our tasting on 11-05-2005.
Pours a mostly clear, orange marmalade body with a billowing, three finger offwhite head. The head becomes pitted and rocky, and immense lacing is spongy and clinging. Very impressive to behold.

Aroma features English hops that are really kicked up a few notches. Earthy and herbal, with some citrusy orange notes. Toffee and fresh baked bread lend a pleasant balance.

Mouthfeel is smooth and satiny, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Taste is a definite departure from most English IPAs, with plenty of toffee tasting maltiness, some citrusy lime and orange, and signature earthy and herbal Fuggles and Goldings hops. Bready and doughy most of the way through with a body full of toffee and molasses notes. Hop bitterness adds a crisp and bitter balance. No hint of the 7.5% abv.

Very likeable IPA that seems to be brewed for the hopped up American market. I will be looking for this one again.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle caged and corked, with "BB" dating etched onto bottle. Pours cloudy peanut butter amber with a decent amount of sediment especially on the bottom of the bottle. Tan head, cramy and long lasting, leaves respectable splotchy lacing. Nose I get is a touch of lime and some grainy hops. Resiny hops, more lime notes highlight this very charasmatic and worthy full throttle Brit style IPA. Nice to actually try an IPA created in England that has some character and complexity to it. Well worh a try.

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Photo of KolbMarley
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Torey
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of sm0key
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Marius
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy orange-gold pour with a thick squatty head. Aroma is mostly orange-citrus hops and sugary sweetness. Extremely smooth taste of the same citrusy hops, with some Granny Smith apple-like aftertaste mixed with a solid malt back. Some soapiness as others have pointed out, but overall, a really good beer. Stays kind of in the middle of an English IPA and a West Coast.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours dark gold to amber with a slight chill haze under a fluffy 2”off white head that produces extensive lace.
S: Fresh grain, pear, biscuit with moderate hops.
T: Malts range from caramel to toast, fruit – pear, melon, plum, some biscuit. Medium hop, moderate bitter. Malt is also moderate. Finishes medium to dry.
F: Creamy and smooth, medium body, medium to low carbonation.
O: A very well balanced and flavorful India Pale Ale.

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Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks sean!

750ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

pours out a cloudy deep golden color with a really nice looking 2-3 fingers worth of head, nearly pure white in color, billowy with good retention. nice lacing left on the glass.

citric, leafy, grassy, hay like hops, maybe a touch herbal. the slightest bit of buttery biscuit malt.

kind of a sharp citric grassy hop, maybe a little grapefruit. a bit of buttered biscuit malt tries to balance. a touch of a yeasty flavor. decent amount of lingering bitterness. definatly hoppier than most english IPA's ive had, but not quite up to standards with your good american examples.

medium to light in body, somewhat refreshing. easy drinking. a slightly stranger than average carbonation.

a pretty decent english IPA, but not something that i would ever really buy again. it does however leave me interested to try some of their other beers.

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India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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