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
Ratings:
591
Reviews:
352
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
13.27%
 
 
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44
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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a clear bright orange body with a yellowish cream thick head and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of raw field corn takes on more of a raw cream aroma and then gives way to a pungent green bitterness at the finish.

T- The soft taste of pale malt is dry with a plastic quality to it that lingers into the big bitterness of hops in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and no astringency.

D- This beer doesn't really have any hop aroma or flavor except for the bitterness that doesn't have much character in itself. No real off flavors except for the plastic and there were no real hop flavors except for the bitterness.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle corked and caged. Best before 05/11. 7.50% abv.

Rocky, 1cm offwhite head capping a rich amber-brown body. Good retention.

Yeast, metal, bread. Hmmm. Perhaps this is too cold?

Feel is quite syrupy and thick. Lots of maltiness, sweetish. Finishes on metal, residual sugar, grainy sweet malt. Almost hard to drink - really boozy and one dimensional. A bit of fruitiness but it is cloaked in these harsh flavours.

However, I believe this an authentic EIPA, and for that I think I'm generous with the score.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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 LakerLeith
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ms11781
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of WesM63
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of BeerTruck
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of station815
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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

2,89

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Photo of josanguapo
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From Club del Gourmet of Corte Ingles El Duque. In Teku glass. After dinner. Not bad, but traditional english hops arent as tasty nor aromatic as modern ones from usa, new zealand, etc.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy medium amber tone while yielding a short-lived 1" off-white head; decent amount of lacing. the nose here is a little underwhelming. some herbal / floral hops and a presence of bready malt.

flavors delivers more of the herbal / floral hoppiness, along with a stronger citric element than i picked up in the aroma. strong malt presence as well. medium bodied on the palate with adequate carbonation.

overall, not especially impressed here. it's a decent enough, slightly above average beer that i will not be tripping over myself to revisit.

(originally reviewed: 09-16-2011)

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy medium amber tone while yielding a short-lived 1" off-white head; decent amount of lacing.

the nose here is a little underwhelming. some herbal / floral hops and a presence of bready malt.

flavors delivers more of the herbal / floral hoppiness, along with a stronger citric element than i picked up in the aroma. strong malt presence as well. medium bodied on the palate with adequate carbonation.

overall, not especially impressed here. it's a decent enough, slightly above average beer that i will not be tripping over myself to revisit.

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Photo of champ103
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep golden/orange color. A huge white rocky head forms and rises to over two fingers. Chunks of lace are left down the pint glass.
S: Grassy, floral, and herbal tea like hop aromas. A light malt sweetness in the nose.
T: This is much sweeter that the nose. Pretty much cloying in that manner. A light floral hop bitterness.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A good creaminess. The heavy sweetness takes a toll on the drinkability. Though the high ABV is well hidden, but a 750 ml bottle is a bit much in one sitting.

An interesting counterpart to the overly bitter American hop bombs. This takes the style in the other direction. A bit to sweet IMO. I expect English IPA's to have a great balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. This does not. Though, as the history goes this is probably closer to the original IPA's made in England during the 1700's than anything else I have had.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Intense carbonation, lots of floating yeast sediment, decent sized head with long retention. There are thick rings of lacing all down the glass. The color is golden, clear save the frequent pieces of brown yeast.

S - Grapefruit pith hops and a bit musty, earthy yeast.

T - A faint light maltiness is meshed with a mild pine and a stronger pine hops, but both are weak compared to the slightly sour mix of lemon pith and grapefruit flesh. Grapefruit pith hops dominate the aftertaste. Only a little bitter. Not as full a flavor as I had hoped.

M - Carbonation is high, but not as much as the visuals would let on. Pretty refreshing.

D - Okay. I might have this again, but I certainly wouldn't pay for it.

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Photo of JRed
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep orange with bubbly white head that fades. Interesting but pleasant aroma of toasted grain, mild hop spice, slight toffee. Tastes of toasted breadiness, light toffee, citrus, slight tang, and then dry and bitter with some alcohol burn. Medium bodied with light carbonation. The high alcohol hinders the beer in this instance. It bites, slicks, and annoys.

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Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 FL oz. bottle

A: Pours a pale hazy orange-yellow. Fizzy, tight white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: A piney grassy smell with a slight bready malt undertone.

T: Sour citrus and grassy pine hops. Light bready malts. Neither hops nor malts are overpowering, both are on the weak side for an IPA. There is a tangy bite on the sides of the tongue and is only slightly bitter in its aftertaste.

MF: Light bodied for an IPA, but rather refreshing with a tingly mouth feel and very slight aftertaste.

D: Refreshing drink, but not impressive. Hops are nice, but delicate. Malts are small and smooth. Doesn't quite spark my interest enough to try again, but was decent. I prefer the hoppier, maltier, stronger American IPA.

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Photo of Koufax21
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had from cask in Lititz, PA.

A - a light, pale orange hue with no head. It's from cask.

S - mild hop aroma. Leans more toward American rather than English.

T - very smooth and carries a fruit taste similar to cantaloupe. Sweet with a mild caramel touch.

M - smooth as can be. Medium bodied with little carbonation.

O - not a beer I would have ever tried, but definitely glad I tried it. Decent beer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a hazed lemony amber. An inch of eggshell foam fills the top of the glass and slides down without much of a fight or much lace for that matter. The long-lived cover does manage some decent 'progress lines'.

Aroma - an initial hint of citrus, but this sets up rather grainy and uninspiring.

Taste - a good caramel malt presence on the opening sip. The sweet malts give way to piny, grapefruity hops and even some light toastiness. Far better hop presence than the nose lets on, and an impressive balance as it warms up. Spicy hop flavor without the medicinals, always a plus in my book.

Mouthfeel - plenty crisp, with a sturdy but not overweight body. A light hop oiliness complements well.

Drinkability - not the best value at $9 for a 750ml, but certainly glad to see Meantime locally. I'd have it again but no as an everyday IPA.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tria. Pours a yellow-orange with a thick white head. Aroma of mild citrus and grassy hops. Flavor of sweet malt, not really hoppy at all. Chill, ok, with a smooth palate. Decent, but it was not what I was expecting for an IPA.
7/4/6/4/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of hero27
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, corked & caged.
7.5% abv.

Hazy orange. Frothy head of soapsud-like consistency. Aroma is some lackluster toffee malt and a good dose of herbal hops.
Heavy herbal hop flavor..plenty of Fuggles & Goldings used here for sure. Some orange peel and a bit of spice in the mix as well.
Sticky mouthfeel, fairly dry finish.
It was alright for an English IPA, just not worth the nearly $10 price tag in my opinion.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks: clear, golden-amber color, with thin but lasting foam
Smell: caramel, mango, strawberry, tropical fruit
Taste: caramel malt, roasted malt (coffee), chocolate, hop bitterness, hop flavor is leaning towards piney
Feel: light on palate
Overall: very nice!

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Photo of Mark
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Only my love of all things British allowed me to fork out the ridiculously expensive amount of green it took to buy just one bottle. Orangey amber color had good head retention and decent lacing. Aroma was inviting, a bit of citrus and other fruity notes were evident. This is supposed to be made true tot he original style which was loaded with hops but I didn't think it was that hoppy. Some orangey hoppiness seemed to be the main flavor, a flavor I have detected in some other IPA's but I expected a bit more sharp hops here. All in all not a bad beer by any means and it tasted good in it's way. Just a bit of a letdown and way to expensive.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
3.92 out of 5 based on 591 ratings.
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