India Pale Ale | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lovely apple juice-colored amber, hazy but bright. Head is a thin wisp of tan.

Smell: A smokey, wood-like malt presence, perhaps from the cork, dominates the front end of the nose. Truly does smell like it came from the hold of a great, trans-Atlantic ship. Molasses, fig, date, orange marmalade. A citrusey, bittering hop presence on the back end.

Taste: Mmm English malts. Woody and smokey, with a bitter slap coming from the Fuggles and Goldings. Slightly champagne-like notes. Bitter orange zest. White grape, fig, slight hint of molasses. Not as sweet as some British brew, but then again it shouldn't be, should it? It's an IPA. The malts are, again, far more earthy than sweet, in my opinion. Really, I very, very much enjoyed the taste. Just shy of perfect. Certainly the best EIPA I've tried.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, slick, carbonated lightly. Very pleasant.

Drinkability: Could drink these all day, if not for the rather high ABV. Speaking of the ABV, it is exceptionally well hidden. A very balanced and lip-smacking beer. Would love to try again, but 10 dollars is a bit steep. Still, one can tell Greenwich/Meantime puts a lot of care into crafting this beer, and it shows in the quality of the brew as well as the beautiful presentation.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Caged/Corked

I've been sitting on this one for awhile. I got a nice loud pop when I removed the cork. Pours a cloudy orange color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet/tangy malts/hops, citrus, apricots, and caramel. The taste is sweet/tangy, slightly malty, slightly hoppy, a nice touch of citrus/apriocots, and some caramel thrown in. The finish is quite dry for an IPA though. Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one. A very nice English IPA, highly recommend.

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Photo of dnichols
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer at a local beer tasting event where it placed first among a fine selection of brews.

A: It poured a hazy, creamy dirty blond body with a caramel colored head. The head was robust reaching nearly two fingers and it lasted deep into the drink.

S: It had a floral hoppy presence complemented by yeasty aromas that made it smell more like a pale ale than an American IPA.

T: It had a sweet malty base complemented by flavors of sweet yeast and creamy malts. It was very flavorful and entertaining on the tongue.

M: It was a medium-bodied brew with a smooth, creamy and sweet mouthfeel. It had modest carbonation and finished clean.

D: It was a great session IPA. It was well balanced and entertaining.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a hazy yellow-orange body with a good inch of rocky off-white head that leaves some lacing and clings to the side of the glass. Smells citrusy, grassy, and herbal (if I had to guess, Fuggles?) Tastes citrusy (grapefruit, orange), grassy, sweet, with some caramel. Full, rich body, though not viscous by any means. Moderate carbonation, enough to leave a semi-clean finish. Wow, very tasty and dangerously drinkable. Far and away the very best example of the style (English IPA) that I have ever encountered. One of the best IPAs of any kind I've had. A bit pricey (9$/bottle), but well-worth the treat.

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Photo of bosco7
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a classy looking 750mL cork finished bottle (with a price to match at $10). Cork was jammed into the bottle and was quite difficult to remove. I was expecting a satisfying pop that would fling the cork across the room. Nothing. The cork just dropped and hit the floor. Sucks.

Reddish copper, notable head with elegant lacing. Slight haze. Still very attractive.

Huge caramel / toffee notes with some vanilla and rose petal aromas.

Very complex flavor profile with flavors including tobacco, oak, earth, orange rind, vanilla, red apple, and rose petals.

Smooth mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Deceptively alcoholic. Had this one to myself and it went down easy (too easy)

Most flavorful English IPA that has ever graced my palate! Felt like taking a break from the typical hop bomb IPAs I consume (Stone IPA / Pliny the Elder / Hopsickle) for this and was greatly rewarded with complexity not found in most IPAs.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, beautiful 750ml bottle with tasteful text and subtle artwork

Smell, thick sweet english hops, reminds me of an english celebration ale (only with goldings and fuggles hops). Very aromatic. Little bit of lemon and other citrus coming through

Taste, thick dry biscuity flavour, some lasting dry hops with a very english character. Some degree of the usual pine found in US ipa's, but a degree none the less. Slightly spicy, peppery mouthfeel also

A fantastic english big bad ipa, lots of flavour and worth the cash. I'm happy and proud that an english brewery is making such a big bold beer, great drinking such a big beer that isn't a US import

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Photo of ypsifly
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 with BB 03 11 08 jetted on the neck. Purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into an imperial pint.

Clear brass under two fingers of ivory that shows very good retention and leaves lots of webby rings as it slides down the glass.

Floral hop nose with some apples and a hint of caramel malts. Nice balance and I like the suggestion of apple.

The taste follows the nose step for step. A bit of lightly toasted malt, fruit like flavors that again suggest apples and a growing hop flavor that has earth and leaf. Very well rounded and flavorful.

Medium in body with a good amount of carbonation.

An exceptional beer, quite possibly the best English IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy medium amber with a beautiful offfwhite head. A cllassic IPA in appearance.

The aroma has nice round fruity hops and a grainy finish.

The taste is of beautifully rounded hops wwith a long fruity (cherry?) finish. Very balanced.

Perfect mouthfeel at 1st, with just the right body and fullness, but tapers off fairly dramatically.

A very nice IPA, very drinkable, and one I'll go back for.

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Photo of blakesell
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle into a Belgian style glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy clouded orange with yeasties running rampant all through the beer. A large two finger head of foam dissipates to a froth that lingers and clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- A malty biscuit upfront with a nice big floral and earthy hop background. Hints of pine and freshly mowed grass give this English IPA a bit of an Americanized feel. Citrus and freshly baked bread also linger on the nose of this IPA.

Taste- Breadlike with rich malts and grapefruit, earthy hops. A touch musty but it doesn't seem out of place if that makes any sense. A bit herbal and clovelike. Very soft on the tongue with it's ample use of malt to balance. This could be the most balanced English IPA I have ever had.

Mouthfeel- Rich and full bodied mouthfeel with ample effervescent carbonation. Even at 7.5% there are no hints of warming alcohol.

Drinkability- This is a damn drinkable and creamy beverage. Every sip gives another taste of hops and malt. This is just what a beer of this style should be. Very nice work from a brewery that I can find no more beers from.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer real amber hues and thick big white head.

Mouth watering aromas, candied peel, hops citrus and ethanol.

Slightly sweet on taste, big fruity hits, sweet but not sickly, hops warming and citrus bitterness

Good wholesome mouthfeel perfect carbonation.

Gorgeous, pure and simple.


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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy orange colour. Slightly hazy.

S - Strong smells of citrus and resin. Potent but enjoyable.

T - Starts off with a malt flavour that rolls of your tongue, changing in a big hop kick of tart citrusy flavours.

M - Good carb, not sticky or syrupy.

D - Too resiny to drink loads of it and the alcohol will knock you about abit.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head. Left lacing.

S - It smelled of raisin and mild grassiness.

T - It tasted of honey, sweet maltiness and some spicy hops.

M - It was fairly fizzy and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an excellent English IPA. I really enjoyed trying this one.

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Photo of bark
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another “historical brew” from Meantime: According to the label, this ale is supposed to taste like the IPAs of the early 19th century.

The beer is bottle conditioned. The liquid is clear; the colour is medium dark brass. The finger thick head is off white. Almost no lacing.

The smell is loaded with hops (Goldings and Fuggles according to the label). Some sour-bitter flavours, mixed dried fruits and a hint of toffee.

The taste starts off with some wooden matured notes. Fruit candy. Bananas. Apricot brandy. Not as (alpha) bitter as I had expected. Lots and lots of fruits, some sweetness. Marzipan. But where’s the alcohol? The aftertaste is bitter with notes of fruit salad and sour-bitter candy. Figs. Raisins.

The carbonation is strong; the liquid as smooth as one could expect. The beer gives an peculiar fat mouthfeel.

A highly interesting and different IPA. I suspect that it might be even better off after a few years in the cellar.

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

750ml bottle poured into pint glasses.

A = Orange gold, with a hops chill haze, four finger white head, good retention, small bubbles in medium amount of carbonation.

S = Light floral scent, wet fresh-cut grains, some spices, has an almost Belgian yeast smell. Well balanced.

T = Yeasty, spicy hops bite, medium bitterness, slight metallic taste in back of mouth. This is an excellent English IPA. Great balance. This is a very complex beer with lots of tastes intermingling well together/

M = Medium bodied, great mouthcoating, foaming carbonation with perfect fill of mouth on swishing.

D = This is a great English IPA. One of the most drinkable of the style. If you haven't had it, go for it.

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

Cork comes out of the bottle with the slightest hint of pressure. I thought this was going to be flat. Upon pour a nicely carbonated white head appeared but did not hold well, however some good lace retains on the glass. The liquid is very hazey copper colored with a dull orange showing when held to light.

Rich hints of malty goodness. Chewy caramel covered apple, very floral citrusy hops, and also some alcohol is present.

Sweet resiny hop flavor. The hops are somewhat subdued and chewy. A rich creamy mouthfeel leaves a candied apple flavor on the 25 second finish. Other citrus fruits show inside. This is nearly perfectly balanced by the toffee/caramel malt.

Could honestly drink this all day. Smooth as a IPA can be. Very good

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Photo of vancurly
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BB 24 4 11

a) Pours very nicely from the 750mL bottle. Heavy rocky white head, sticks to glass. Hazy dark golden/amber

s) Fruity hop notes hit first...quickly supported by toasty malt caramel notes. I get a flashback to Thomas Hardy.... Warms to faint citrus, maybe some peach..

f) Lovely flavour, bread crusts & caramel...malty sweet, some hop citrus spiciness, but not overtly bitter. Dried fruits / marmalade.... Quite sweet. For an IPA, would expect some more hop character..partic full boil bitterness, and flavour hops.

m) Coating and syrupy, cloying. Mouthfeel alone suggests a slow drink, not suitable for quaffing.

d) All up, it's very tasty...but somewhat sweet. I think it's on the same vector as English Barley Wine, only lighter.

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

This one poured nearly clear, with a deep orange colour and an inch of beige foam. After it settled a bit, the cap formed a thick, clumpy collar and some chunky lacing. Nice aroma, fruity esters, caramel malts, and floral/grassy hops with notes of citrus. Good flavour too, with oranges and biscuity malts up front, grassy and herbal hops, balanced bitterness, and a bit of alcohol in the finish. More caramel appeared in the malt profile as it warmed, along with orange peel and cake. Medium bodied, seemed like the attenuation was on the low side due to a bit of a sugary mouthfeel, well integrated carbonation, light alcohol warmth and spiciness. This stuff is quite tasty and very easy to drink, plus the balance is great. Definitely something I'd grab again.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle
Pours a hazy coppery orange with a fine lacing of pure white atop the beer. While the head is not large, lacing and retention as to what's there is quite nice.
Smell is sweet toffee, caramel, biscuity malts, and hops. The hop notes are not as strong or overwhelming as american IPAs but its a well balanced aroma and quite enjoyable. Loads of citrus and fruity flavors as well.
Taste is very similar to smell. Loads more hops in the flavor than the aroma, but all of the flavors are punched up pretty well. Loads more biscuit, loads more sweet toffee and caramel and quite a bit more fruit.
Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is very nice and makes this one go down quite easy.
Overall, very very drinkable, and very enjoyable. Certainly one of the best English IPAs I've ever had.

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

Wow, was I thoroughly surprised by this beer! After being in the PacNW all summer and having had plenty of hoppy beers, I figured this thing wouldn't stand a chance...especially since it had been sitting in my Parisian apartment all summer!

Pours a deep amber color with a fluffy off white head.

Aroma is pretty strong; citrus and tropical fruit.

Thoroughly impressed by the tropical fruit flavors upfront...this came from English hops?!?! Nice caramel back with solid candied orange and a light, grassy hop bitterness finishes it out.

Overall, impressed and am hopeful this shows up at our shop in Paris asap...definitely would be a go to if I am in need of some hops!

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Photo of phantomwyse
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very light, unfiltered honey wheat tone. Soapy off white head rises to about a finger and then condenses.

S: The scale initially seems balanced - sweet and bready malts with hot sugar blending with subdued pine and understated citrus. There's a bit of alcohol coming through.

T: Starts off with woody pine and light citrus, moving on to warm breads, toast, simple syrup that's heated up.

M: Medium bodied, silky in the middle, dry on the leave.

D: Overall, this is a finely balanced IPA. The flavors are developed without any one being domineering. Very reserved, yet satisfying.

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Photo of bobsy
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange with a massively active carbonation that rapidly throws up a massive crown of bubbles in the fashion of a Icelandic volcano spewing clouds of volcanic ash. The creamy head is the texture of stiffly beaten egg whites, and is tinged with a hint of yellow. The retention is amongst the best I've ever seen, and even as I get to the bottom of my pint glass there's still a finger of foam remaining. Lacing is prodigious.

The aroma contains elements of pineapple, orange, pepper and lemon, with a sweet malt backing. At first it's a little muted, but really comes into its own as the beer gets closer to room temperature.

My first and only gripe with this beer is its carbonation, which is far too effervescent and completely distracts from the flavour. Its interesting, because after a vigorous agitation of the glass to tone it down, you actually get one of the most pleasing mouthfeels I've come across in a long time. The body is medium, smooth, with a billowing and creamy carbonation. Its too bad the brewers overshot this sweet spot when they bottled the beer, but I'll know for next time to give her a good swirl before taking the first sip.

Once the carbonation is remedied the flavour impresses, and does so with increasing intensity as the beer reaches room temperature. This is definitely one to serve just slightly chilled so you can appreciate the growing fullness of its flavour profile. Marmalade dominates, with big orange and candied peel notes, but its more than capably backed up by cookie dough. It certainly has a nice dose of sweetness for an IPA, but this is perfectly balanced by a moderate bitterness. Speaking of which, the bitterness is certainly not at the same level as an American IPA, but is par for the English style, and helps to contribute to an enormous drinkability. I'd actually go so far as to say I would session this beer, but the completely hidden alcohol would make a fool of me after a few glasses.

At a little over $10 a bottle, a strong argument could be made that better value can be found elsewhere, though I'm not sure that many better examples of this style can be found at any price. Every aspect of the flavour is expertly balanced, its one of the prettiest beers I've seen in a long time, and the flaws of its carbonation are easily fixed to reveal a decadent body. Serve slightly below room temperature and enjoy. There's no doubting this is a benchmark for the style.

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Photo of JohnW
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured very lively into tall glass, with a thick dense white head that stuck to the glass for the duration. Medium bronze colour. Aroma not as strong as I expected, fairly laid back, more malty with hints of pine and spices, touch of sweetness - not the sharp citrus you get with some IPAs.

Very smooth texture, medium heavy, slightly sweet to start but the hoppy bitterness comes through with the swallow, making a very satisfying combination. The sweetish start reminded me of the character of some Belgium pale ales. Great balance between the smooth spicy slightly sweet start and bitter finish, not extreme in either area making it easy to drink.

The alc content makes this a very satisfying beer, but one to be savoured over time, not guzzled - so I could not ever class it as a session beer - but one to be enjoyed at a relaxed pace. Really enjoyed this, and would make it a regular addition to my bottled beers list.

B'ham UK January 2009

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Photo of MisterClean
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On a bus to Napa with several others.

A - Orangish blonde pour with 2 fingered head. It dissipates fast and leaves little lacing.

S - Flowers, caramel, slight creaminess too.

T - Honey caramels, flowers, and a nice lingering creaminess.

M - Creamy definitely good. Well-balanced. Super sweet for an IPA.

D - Good, very different from the standard American IPA. Very creamy and drinkable. No alcohol feel either.

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Photo of haz77
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy dark amber with an inch of off-white head. The head falls to half an inch and retention is helped by loads of carbonation.

S - Floral hops, cut grass, grapefruit, apple, a little caramel, toasted bread, lemon.

T - Initial tart citrus turns creamy and toasty in the middle. Finishes with caramel and a floral hop bitterness into a lingering aftertaste.

M - Starts light an refreshing before becoming creamy from the middle on.

D - Lovely stuff. 750ml was quickly gone.

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India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
3.92 out of 5 based on 588 ratings.
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