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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2005

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Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of saintwarrick
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A neo-British IPA in a corked bottle, nice. Pours a very hazy grapefruit color, lots of sediment floating around in this bottle-conditioned ale. Half fizzy/creamy white head diminishes, but never quite goes away. Aroma is ripe with candied sugar and tropical fruit with oranges with a spicy bite to them. Taste has a sweet malty character with a restrained citrusy hop flavor. Nice bitter kick at the end from the cascade hops.

Near-perfect balance in this brew. I'm going to save a bottle and see how it ages. A buy well worth it.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nicely hazed dark golden hay color with a hugely gaining cap of perfect white foam. It softens and smooths out to a creamy sustained skim and lots of lacing patched about the glass. Lots of activity streaming up within its body of gold.

Aroma is dry and husky of pale and cereal malts, dried floral hops add a bit of wood and leafyness and a nudge of grasses. Very light sweetness of dulled fruityness and butter underneath.

Taste is a well balanced treat of sweet bready and buttered malts touched with a light fruityness and a grand display of well handled dry hoppyness thats slightly woodyish, leafy, herbal, and grassy. Has lots of low key subtlity to it that really stands out as what a solid English style IPA should be. Its bitterness is puffy and starkly set, but in a subdued grassy herbal chalkyness mixing with dry woodishness. The malts underneath have a well distributed portion of dull fruity sweetness of orange, peach, pear, and apple tenderized in with some nice cereal and bread grain length. Very slight hints to medicial, mineral-like notes flash about.

Body is nearly perfect. Very rounded and fairly full for an English IPA. Great balance of sweet and dry with a subtlity in the flavors thats incredibly intiguing and really stands out as the body and carbonation never gets in the way like other over yeasty English styled IPA's that don;t sit well with me.

This is quite possibly one the better, if not the best English IPA's I've encountered in quite sometime. Super sessionable and a well balanced subtle tasty treat! Damn yummy stuff!

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Photo of Grizzly_Dom
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper colour with a rocky white head and loads of thick lace on the glass.

Rich sweet maltiness and fresh, almost minty hops. There's citrussy fruitiness in there. Christ knows what fruit with my palate.

Pretty fizzy and light in the mouth with deep dark depths of the rich toffee maltiness and that expected sharp bitter hop burst. It's a different more subtle kind of fruity hopppiness than you get in the beautiful yank ipa's I've had lately. Nowt wrong with that though.

Dry bitter finish with rich biscuity malt and a bit of creamy caramel.

One of the best IPA's I can remember tasting. Richness and depth of malty flavour with the bundles of happy hoppiness you'd expect. Feels like a real treat! Pretty strong but the alcohol is beautifully disguised.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked bottle. Cloudy amber colored body with a quick rising tall off white foamy head. Nice rings of lace as the head drops. Citric and floral hops come out quite nicely in the aroma with a solid malt backbone. A bit of hop juiciness with some caramel rounds it out. Flavor starts with some sweet caramel and bready malts before the hops come on again. Citric hoppiness adds a nice bitter edge along with some earthy notes. Nice strong flavor that is fairly balance while letting the hops take center stage. Finish is a nice lingering dry grapefruit bitterness. Plenty of body to carry the great flavor and quite smooth. Really easy drinking stuff to boot. If this was a little bit cheaper and more available locally I would definitely make it a regular.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color, good head and nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy, but not reconizable to me. A good mix of citrus, grassy hops, and a slight dash of spicy hops. Flavor is remarkably balanced. Slightly sweet up front, and then that's washed away by the hops. Mouthfeel is okay, a touch thin, but the carbonation is nice. This is a winner in my book.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly hazy (bottle conditioned) golden/orange color with a thick head that is very well retained

S - earthy and floral European hop aroma with sweet malt underneath

T - sweet caramel and pale malts initially, but very briefly followed by herbal and earthy European hop flavors, moderate bitterness on finish, some yeasty esters present but restrained to a point

M - medium body, moderately high carbonation

D - This is an excellent English IPA. It seems very true to what I would expect some of the orignial versions might have been like. It's very impressive and well done. I'll be looking for this one in the future.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at Marty's in Newton MA.

A: Pours with a gorgeous moussy thick off white head. A very light gold hue - surprising color for an IPA from either side of the pond. good head stand.

S: A nice mineral sulfur character melds with grassy and fruity hoppiness. Obviously mellow compared to American IPAs. Caramel like malt aroma lingers in the background.

T: A very smooth taste. Piquant bitterness is mellow but clearly noticeable. Orange/marmalade like hop flavor. Sulfur and metallic notes show up as well. A sweet malt base balances out the bitterness.

MF: Smooth. Medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D, notes: The bitterness in this beer is very well done - smooth. My sense is that this is a perfect example of the style.

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Photo of Walken
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Meantime: India Pale Ale (06/06/08)
750 ml. bottle: poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Cage needed to be removed with a wire cutter. About ten seconds after removing the cage, the cork flew up towards the ceiling, without any prodding. Beer pours out a hazed orange color with some yeast in suspension and a big, puffy off-white head. Head fades over the course of a minute into a one inch cap, leaving patches of lace.
Odor: Fruity ester & rich caramel up front with earthy, floral and citric hop undertones.
Consistency: Soft, creamy and firm medium body with a bit of fruity acidity.
Taste: Mirroring the aroma, the fruit and caramel are in it to win it. Fruit is complimented by burnt currant and toasted bread flavors from the malt. Hop flavor comes on mid palate, herbal, grassy and mild. Finish is bready with some lingering earthy flavor from the hops as the malt drops away.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 Pt, 9.4 oz. bottle with no dating that I could find. Given the champagne cork and the relatively high ABV (7.5%) I poured this one into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a almost-clear-but-not-quite pale orange color, lots of carbonation rising inside. The head formed a pilowy soft white 2-3 fingers thick, and retained nicely. Note: as I poured more into the glass the beer became more and more cloudy as the sediment got stirred up.

Aroma: Floral hops dominate with some pale malts in the background.

Taste: Floral hops up front along with some sweet malts. A lot of fruit flavors come through in the beginning and middle, especially green apples. I also got some grapefruit in the middle. Very complex. The hops take over from there, and dominate through the finish, lingering nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, fairly thick but very smooth. the carbonation was lively, and balanced well.

Overall: Excellent. Keep in mind, though, that this is an English IPA and not an American IPA. So if you're looking for a hop explosion, you might be disappointed. Either way, I highly recommend this one to all who enjoy a nice IPA.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a pint glass. Been wanting to try this one for a long time. Big thanks to TasteTester for the hookup. After removing the cage, I see that there's a printed message on the underside of the cap: "An I For Detal." How clever.

Pour is a blurry golden-orange. Lots of activity in the glass...tons of bubbles rise to a three-finger cap of dense foam. Head retention is excellent, and there's some really nice lacing stuck to the glass.

The aroma is very, well, English. It's musty, spicy, herbal, minty, and citric...orange and maybe lemon. There's a toffee-like sweetness lying underneath it all.

One thing I immediately enjoy about Meantime IPA is the amount of hop flavor without being a complete palate-wrecker. It's sweet, bready, fruity, and lightly musty. Love the half sweet, half bitter finish. Great citrus flavor.

Body is a little lighter than I would have liked, but the carbonation is absolutely perfect. 7.5% ABV is hard to believe. A supremely easy drinker. This is a beer I'd really like to be able to find locally.

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Photo of sephyrott
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KarlHungus
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy red color with bright orange hues. The head is mammoth, billowy, and white. The aroma is floral with a hint of citrus, and a slight, pleasant metalic notes at the end. The taste is like the aroma with a moderate bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than medium bodied. Carbonation is adequate. Overall, this is a very refreshing IPA with a subtle and complex flavor profile. I will certainly drink this again.

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Photo of corey0212
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, this is as handsome-looking a bottle of beer as I've ever seen. Love the bottle tag about them trying to recreate an IPA from 1820...very cool.

Pours a hazy, honeyed orange color, fluffy off-white head, not a lot of lacing...tons of floaties in the glass. Rich malty smell, soft grassy hop aroma, very sweet and bready. Sweet caramel taste, some tangerine, a hint of pine, a hint of the alcohol creeps in, but it's nice. Creamy, active little bubbles, very slight lingering hoppy bitterness...it's there, and you know you've been drinking an IPA, but definitely this is a nice change of pace from the hoppier beers I'm so fond of. This is excellent, and I look forward to trying more from this brewery.

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Photo of mntlover
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy amber burnt orange color with a creamy looking nice off white head that falls slowly and laces well.

Aroma is caramel malt mixed with bready toasted malt lots of citrus orange peel with some herbal and spicey notes mixed in as well. Some sugary notes of molasses noted as well.

Taste is malty big some metalic notes from somewhere. Caramel mingled with hints of sugary molasses appear briefly. Nice big hop profile for an English IPA citrus orange, grassey with some light herbal flavor that complements the metalic taste.

Mouthfeel is big almost full, nice almost like free floating sugars are in the beer.

Drinkability is good, very enjoyable big but not strong, 7.5% no noticed at all. One of the best English IPA's I have had. Pricey but worth it.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass clear pale golden amber with an off-white and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was lightly earthy with a nice caramel impression and a slight citrusy floral fruitiness. Also present was a mineral aromatic with the earthiness.

The flavor was surprisingly light for a 7.5%ABV beer. The bittering was restrained, earthy, grassy and citrusy. The malt contained a caramel aspect but was not overdone in terms of caramel malt. The malt and hop balance was well orchestrated, but on the lower end. The hops were certainly in charge but at no time took center stage. The flavor was lightly fruity and contained a nice mineral aspect.

The finish was dry with a lasting grassy and slightly citrusy bittering pleasantly into the afteraste. The body was just above medium and the carbonation gave a nice creaminess to the mouthfeel. This was a really good English IPA, probably the best example of it in years brewed in the UK. It was not earth shattering and the style is not earth shattering either. A very well crafted beer, but a bit overpriced.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. $12 at Sam's in Durham, NC. This beer has it's own website at http://www.india-pale-ale.com/

I liked the saying on top of the bail:
"Remove cork, hold glass open end up, pour, taste, swallow."

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying not to be a sucker consumer for a swanky label while beer shopping is not as easy as it may seem. We are all prey to the seductive label and clever color schemes that are lined up to do batle with fellow shelf competitiors. With that in mind, Greenwich Brewery makes a darn cool looking caged & corked bottle. The IPA is adorned with a lime green and silver ladel touting Fuggle and Goldings hops. to achieve the dry hopping rates...

Untwist the cap and remove the cork that reads "Share to be different." Then, I discover a clever inscription under the cork cap that reads "AN I FOR DETAL" and atop the cap it states "Remove cork, hold glass open end up, pour, taste, swallow." Sounds good to me. Cork pops out with a twist & "Twip!"

Pour is a peachy hazy cloudy hue containing a few scattered bubbles rising to meet a a spotty khaki head cap. Second pour is loaded with a respectable frothy spotty spumescent head cap that equates to quality lace left in the glass.

Aromas are of a woody musty hop reminding me that IPAs once were a traditional brew of rooted Earthy hop characteristics and a bit of funky foot. The Fuggles are soft in the nose with a malt backing.

First swigs: Soft citrus orange hop notes initially front this true trad IPA. Gentle brewed iced tea and sugary astingent flavors. Lemon citrus flavor and woody essence. Quite brisk and bright. Lemon cake easy.

Feel is gentle and restrained. A middle of the road feel that reveals flavor. The 7.5% ABV is completely hidden under a clean style with a snappy finish. I'd seek this out any day of the week. A bit overpriced at $12 but satisfied my curiosity.

Last swigs: What this lacks in the nose, it nakes up in the flavor department. As ironic-al as this is to say, this traditional IPA is like a cross between American and British IPA. More British. HA! This review does not do this beer justice. This is an easy must try for any beer geek. For once the gorgeous labels equate with a gorgeous beerThe perfection is in the subtlety rather than the overblown aspect. I have never tasted such a gentle giant of an IPA.

Beer is good. Happy English trad beering. Perhaps one could argue that this is too soft, but it adds charm to this creation.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml champagne style bottle with cork and cage makes for a very impressive presentation.

The ale pours a deep cloudy orange bordering on brown with a thick, sticky off-white head. Retention is good with a bit of crown lasting through the entire drink and plentiful lacing on the glass.

Plenty of hops in the nose - the Fuggles and Goldings are obvious and plentiful with lots of floral and herbal notes. Taste is bold, rich and very well balanced with a respectable malt body to keep the hops in perspective. Bread and caramel notes, some sweetness on first blush. Next comes the spicy, herbal and resinous flavors. Great presentation and a wonderful sequence of flavors.

Mouthfeel is very good. Medium bodied with very fine carbonation. If this isn't bottle conditioned it sure seems like it. Great finish, clean palate, only mild bitterness despite the bold hopping.

While it sounds stupid when you step back and look at it, my first impression was "wow, it's as if someone made a very nice IPA but used English hops instead!" (duh) Very drinkable, very enjoyable, it's a shame this isn't widely available on this side of the Atlantic.

[a big thanks to LuckySevens82 for this brew - what a find!]

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting this claims to be an authentic IPA. After so many over the top West Coast IPAs this one made a believer out of me that this was the way is was supposed to be done. From a 750 ml C&C bottle, this poured a slightly cloudy amber color with a nice fat off-white head that left glue-like lacing rings. Very attractive. Nose of caramel malts and some grassy hops. Very smooth and rich mouthfeel. Flavor is of citrus and pine hops, and the finish is nice and bitter. One of the easiest drinking IPAs I have seen.

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Photo of RichH55
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timtim
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks really nice... hazy light orange. nice frothy white head that diminishes slightly, but pretty much sticks around the whole quaff. nice lace as well. i expected the smell to be a little more pungent, but it is pleasing none the less. nice brit hop profile. citrusy, but not grapefruity. sweet malt and some biscuit. taste was better than the nose suggested. i experienced a well balanced beer that had a generous hopping (dry hopped too), but a hopping that didn't strictly run the show. i enjoyed the sweet malty backbone and long smooth finish with a bite. i just really enjoyed the taste, and the bitter thing i experience in most of the english ipa's i've tried wasn't there. i appreciate the taste of the hop more that way. almost what i would call full bodied, and very soft and silky. i'll have another please.

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Photo of otto251068
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 fl oz bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden yellow color with some hints of copper thrown in. Two fingers worth of fluffy, yet dense eggshell colored head jump out and then slowly fade. After a few minutes only a thin layer is left. This beer is surprisingly cloudy, and not as clean as I would have expected.

Smell: A little bit of musty funk hits at first, interesting. There is also quite a bit of tart citrus from some lime. Some over ripe pineapple. After the pour more of the mustiness come out along with some hay/grassy aromas.

Taste: A pleasant hoppy bitterness comes right out to the front, slightly on the piney side. There is also a bit of orange peel in there as well. A nice little kick of acidity on the finish, along with just a touch of sweetness. Very pleasant and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high carbonation level. The beer is a little more on the thin side, and finishes clean, not sticky. The bitterness lingers, but it is pleasant and not overpowering. Perfect carbonation level, as it really perks up the lively flavors.

Overall: The biggest thing I like about this beer is that it is balanced. The alcohol is completely hidden. It is not a hop bomb, and the flavors compliment each other extremely well. I could drink this all night long. Overall just an excellent beer.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Beautiful bottle that absolutely reeks of class. Pours a cloudy golden with lots of visible sediment. Active head hangs around really well and leaves plenty of soapy lacing – has a cask-ish look to it. This is a sexy-looking beer.

S – Tinge of sour mash, but dominated by fragrant British hops.

T, M – Awesome, a British hop bomb! So this is a stab at the authentic IPA – plenty of hop bitterness, but not searingly bitter. Malt bill is just strong enough to provide a counterpoint to the Fuggles and Goldings, but still, there is a good bit of lingering bitterness over a pleasant dry finish. Carbonation is active, but not so harsh. Some roasted flavor, grassy, even a little bakers’ chocolate. Very well done, complex IPA we have here.

D – Very easy to drink, even at 7.5% ABV - but take your time with this fine example of British craft beer. It’s expensive, but I dare say it’s worth it.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a thick off-white head that retains impressively. The aroma has some serious english hop character, with lemon, berry, floral and herbal notes, along with some cane sugar, orange marmalade and alcohol...incredibly complex. The flavor also has some serious english hop character, with notes of lemon, berry, herbs, flora and minerals, along with some cane sugar sweetness, toasted bread, fruity esters and an alcohol wallop. The mouthfeel is medium with good drinkability. An excellent english IPA, complex and authentic.

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Photo of lou91
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a nice bottle presentation. Poured golden and hazy. Great smell of hops – definitely not an American IPA but the british IPA with use of fuggles and goldings. There are some great flavors of fresh baked bread, pear jam and pineapples. Crisp, clean with enough body and alcohol to tell you this is a serious pale ale. I wish I had seen this in England.$11.99 @ Chevy Chase Wine in DC.

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India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 591 ratings
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