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 Westsidethreat
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The cork made absolutely no sound when it came out of the bottle, but I could see the foam moving up the neck almost immediately. Pours a peachy almost tomato juice like brew with a medium sized off white creamy head.

S: Cheap bubblegum, light caramel and some pinecone.

T: Begins with a solid blend of apples, under ripe peach and doughy caramel. Nice flavors at work here, nothing profound going on…nor anything entirely complex. Really basic pine flavors come next allowing a submissive bitterness to sneak in and round out the experience. Finishes with toasted biscuits and cider qualities.

M: Medium body, a little thin at times but over all fairly soft.

D: Good beer but pretty boring if you are used to West Coast IPA’s. But this beer has its own thing going on and its quite quaffable. The 750ml slid down the gullet with ease.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, good retention, very light lace.

S: Toffee and English malt, British hop character has some hay like character with a hint of pine.

T: Malt has a good bready character which is nice. Hops are prevalent but there in balance, they never take over the beer like an American IPA. Sweet malt, but a good grassy hoppy backing.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, a tad awkward in the end, but pretty well done.

O: This is a nice beer, Sam Smith's when it's fresh is better, but this gives a pretty clear view of the EIPA, worth a pickup.

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Despite my fears when I removed the cork without a sound, the beer displayed a nice head that retained well and dotted the glass on top of the cloudy peach colored liquid

Smell: Although there are nice peach and apricot elements in the aroma, there is also an unpleasant solvent aspect going on

Taste: Starts with the fruity apricot and peach flavors up front, joined by caramel undertones mid-palate; after the swallow, some harsh flavors arrive, with a grassy, grapefruit bitterness and a touch of that solvent from the aroma on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and surprisingly carbonated, given the lack of noise when uncorked

Drinkability: While I prefer AIPA's this is a good example of the English style, but it was not altogether without some aspects that reduced its drinkability for me

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, <1 finger light khaki head that receded to a splotchy cap; OK lacing;

S: floral and toffee;

T: earthy for a moment, then a tangy floral; from the middle on, it tobacco; finish is mildly bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: a nice English IPA;

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Photo of ABCJiugui
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle into shaped pint, no date, but quite sure it's fresh

A- hazy at first, clears up a little bit as it warmed, golden light orange, rocky head at first, 3 fingers, recedes very quickly into very wispy cap to non-existent. No lacing, but the head reminded me of nice cask conditioned ales I've had, so that's a plus.

S- Fruity, some very light caramel/butterscotch/toffee, floral honey

T- lightly sweet at first, finishes dry, english malts are present and very different than US IPAs, as is the hopping- very present and up front, but definitely subdued english flavor. Some grassiness/earthy tones to it, reminded me of really over steeped teas, which isn't actually a knock on it, just a particular flavor profile I picked up and found interesting. Hops definitely linger, earthy in nature, afterwards but nowhere near intrusive/abrasive.

M- fine carbonation that dissipates softly on the tongue. Medium-light body, soft.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer. As an english IPA, this is a nice take as I understand it, and definitely sets it apart from other IPA renditions. As such, it's worth coming back to, provided one knows what it is. Time to try the london porter!

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Photo of gratefulstu
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice clear light amber or light caramel color. Small carbonation bubbles. White head.

S: Aroma of citrus & hops with lighter notes of yeast.

T: Right up front, a taste of very grapefruit hoppiness . Bitter almost sour, but not in a negative way. Follows up with hints of citrus and a light candy sugar sweetness but finishes up dry from the hops.

M: Smooth. Coats the mouth nicely. Finishes slightly dry.

D: Overall, seems a bit overly bitter. I'm a hop head but found the bitterness from the hops to be a bit unbalanced. Definitely not your typical English IPA. Enjoyable beer but probably wouldn't purchase it often.

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Photo of rayjay
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one up at BevMo; honestly I was a sucker for the speil on the bottle- I've always felt most British IPAs had malts that were much too sweet, and skimped on the hops. Swales Indian Summer Ale was my favorite so far, and its now out of production.

51647 was the only marking on the corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Not even a poof when I uncorked it; luckily an aggressive pour conjured up a decent head. Aromas of hoppy fresh baked bread, and an overall sophistication that reminds me of a worldly old man telling stories in his library. The nose strongly implies British yeast and a bit of carmel malt.

First impression: I was right with the carmel malt; it's the predominant flavor, yet it's not overused. Lots of hops, but not of the high-alpha northwest variety; these are full-blown British hops- Fuggles for sure, and I see Goldings are used as well according to the bottle.

Although it's not exceptionally strong, it is a rich full-bodied ale that is an obvious step up from a normal session ale. Creamy texture. The alcohol is not exactly hidden, playing a role in the mouthfeel by adding weight, and a tiny bit of heat, but never overstaying it's welcome.

I dig this beer; it has a smooth personality. It would be easily overshadowed by a west coast hop bomb, so try to ignore that when you drink it. It definately doesn't have the punch I was built up to from the label. Its got a high level of sophistication that makes it very fun to drink. I think this would rock from a cask. I'm inspired to try their porter now. Cheers!

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Photo of cbl2
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/22/2007 $8.99 750 mL 7.50% Best by 11/13/08.


Brilliant light orange with champagne fine carbonation that leads to half an inch of tightly packed white head that is slow to settle.


Some roasted nuttyness and toffee notes, but mainly dominated by fresh cut grass.


Herbal hop bitterness leads things off, and transitions into a mildly sweet and slightly acidic state. Finish is astringent, with the hops reasserting themselves. Notes of tea appear towards the end as well. Decent slick mouthfeel at first, though the bone dryness of the finish is offputting. Overall a good beer, though I prefer an American IPA.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After everything I read about this beer, I thought it would be the holy grail of IPA's. Well lets not get carried away.

This beer pours with a gorgeous bone white head that lathers the glass.

The bouquet is floral and abundant ... so far so good.

However upon first taste one is let down. There is a frothy citrus note leftover in the mouth as sort of an afterthought to lots of carbonation. Not very bitter overall, and somewhat devoid of depth of flavor. Perhaps just overly subtle. I don't know why this beer gets the applause that it does, and it is MOST certainly not worth the coin.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml long neck bottle with a beautifully decorated cap.

It opens and quickly becomes a gusher. Silly me without a glass ready at hand, the first few gulps are foam straight from the bottle. So, not a great start.

Pours into a pint glass with a very hazy orange color. The head is creamy and tight but unfortunately short-lived. No lacing is left behind.

Aroma is sweet with apples, caramel, and figs. There is some hoppiness but you could never call it an American IPA. Surprisingly different to someone who is not familiar with the English version.

Flavor is much the same. Surprisingly sweet but with a definate hop presence. It reminds me more of a lighter barleywine beer with all that caramel sweetness, orchard fruits, and a complete lack of citrus usually found in American IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

Overall it's a good example of the style but not a style I'm crazy about. It has some redeeming qualities but not what I look for in a hoppy beer.

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Photo of peacebone116
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into over-sized wine glass. Cloudy gold 1.5-cm head that recedes quickly to nothing but delicate and fine lacing around the rim of the glass.

N: Light nose. Hop forward--slight pine spice, with malt secondary; reminiscent of ripe plum--but all this is extremely subtle. The scent is somewhat disappointing for an IPA, even a British-style IPA.

T/M: Very dry, mustard-like taste from the pleasant balance of the hop notes and the medium malt backbone. Alcohol burn quickly pushes forward. Hopping is more evident in the taste (light, initial pine notes) than in the nose. Overall, I would describe the beer as dry and bitter-sweet.

This beer is a great example of the traditional English IPA. If you are looking for a West-Coast American-style IPA, you may be disappointed with this brew. However, this does allow the drinker to experience where the Western IPA brewers derive inspiration.

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Photo of rarbring
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy light amber/orange brew, an off-white head, little lacing and curtains.

The smell is much dry grass and hay, some nuts and forest fruits.

Initially some toffee and butter scotch, then citric and tropical fruits - rather modest, a distinct peel and grass bitterness.

Medium carbonation, a good body, somewhat coarse dryness.

A clean British IPA, solid and not exciting.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes.

A careful pour so as not to stir up the lees resulted in a finger of off-tan head with low retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was faint and light with a malty/sugary presence. Mouthfeel was medium with a very malty-sweet taste on the tongue. Finish had a mostly sweet taste with a slight tang of hops on the extreme finish. It was a really mellow experience, like drinking hops tea. This would make a great entree into IPAs for those who may not yet be committed hopheads.

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Photo of bifrostguard
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deep amber color with lighter tones around the edges

S - Malty with some floral hop undertones.

T - A little on the sweet malt side with some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall, very well balanced for an English IPA.

M - Thick and smooth.

D - Easy to drink. Sweetness is somewhat limiting if you are drinking it without spicy food.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange color with high levels of carbonation resulting in a huge head of dense foam. Left loads of lacing inside the glass.

S: Light aromas of citrusy pine notes, hop oils, sweet floral notes, and a minimal malt presence.

T: Very hoppy, but not over the top. One can see that numerous types of hops were thrown in this one, resulting in an exceptionally dry hop flavor, with minimal pine and citrus flavors. Light maltiness lingers in the background. If lots of different hops is what you're looking for this is likely the one. I must keep thinking that this is an ENGLISH IPA, not an American IPA, to which I am so used to and have grown to love. For the style, it's darn good.

M: Smooth, dry. That high level of carbonation took a shit in the mouthfeel dept, leaving little bubbliness on the palate. Easy to drink, and slightly crisp going down.

D: For the style, it's right on. Just don't have any pre-conceived notions of what you're getting. Worth trying.

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Photo of albern
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting looking 11.2 oz. bottle for sure. The beer is too sweet for my liking to be a genuine English IPA. It pours a nice orange golden color with a nice creamy white head, good retention and lacing. The nose has some grassy overtones, lots of sweetish malts, and zero hop flavors. This is a pretty good indication that this IPA is going to be rather atypical.

The taste is quite candied sugar sweet, almost Belgianesque underneath, but there is some unusual hoppy acerbicness, a thick syrupy consistency, and a fairly boozy presence. This beer is just odd. There is all the makings of a sweetish Belgian beer, with its sweet florals and syrupy texture, then you get some hop acerbicness and some drying notes, maybe some hop leaf notes, and then you get the syrupy ABV presence in the mouth and throat. This beer is just plain unusual for the style and not a typical English IPA that I've ever had. Worth a try, but it is unusual.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.
Beautiful white head and hazy light orange body.
Clean citrusy smell with malt behind it.
Orangey taste with slight hop tart.
Very carbonated, can see it and feel it. Not sure about this- very pricey, but also very different in a good way.

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Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. Hazy gamboge color with a beige head of just over an inch. No lacing but above-average retention.

Nose isn't very strong but I get an odd note that strikes me as very similar to bay laurel. Obviously a hop-induced aroma but not one I've ever inhaled before.

Flavor starts out with the same note, but it's easier to taste the nuances than to smell them. It's quite lemony with some pepperiness that lingers as the hops fade to toffee malt. The balance here is typically British. Low bitterness, lots of earthiness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soft, booze is unapparent, body is a shade under medium thickness.

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Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber with a large fluffy white head that hangs around for a while and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is definitely on the sweeter side of things with a generous caramel malt backbone. There are also some interesting lighter fruit aroma, like apples and pears. There were hints of earthy hops, but certainly not dominant.

The taste is much like the aroma and very sweet for an IPA with only hints of the citrus hops up front. Again, I got what tasted like apples and a caramel sweetness throughout. There was a slightly roasted character to the malts as well.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and with very little bitterness.

This is certainly no hop bomb and heavy on the malty and fruity sweetness. Still a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been meaning to try this one for a long time and finally got the urge to plunk down ten bones for it the other day at Whole Foods in Cary. I've always been partial to English IPAs, finding them tasty and often more drinkable than their sometimes withering American counterparts. For the style, this is supposed to be the best of the best.

The pour into my Scooby Doo mug is a translucent orange color, reminiscent of cider and sporting a wet white head that retreats slowly, like the British empire itself. The nose is balanced nutty malts and citrus hops ringed with herbal and grassy notes. Not at all overpowering, but certainly decent.

The malt is definitely stronger off the bat, with a nut and biscuit structure that keeps the hops mostly ineffectual and finishes mostly clean with a touch of sweetness. The Fuggles and Goldings are present, but they never really do more than accent the malt, similar to an ESB in my mind. Even for an EIPA, I would like a bit more hop. Still, it is refreshing and very authentic tasting. The texture is nicely thick yet smooth and low on the carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden but does show its head briefly in the middle of the sip.

I like this brew but am somewhat disappointed and frustrated by it. I would have to say Brooklyn's East India and Twisted Thistle, and probably a few others would be ahead of this in my book. Still, worth trying, and I'll probably give it another shot at some point.

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Photo of jujigatame
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meantime IPA

From notes.

11.2 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Orange gold with a head that settles at about half a finger.

Smells a bit boozy. Floral hops and strong malt aroma.

Tastes quite malty for an IPA off the bat but I have to remind myself it’s not one of the American iterations I usually drink that are much more hop forward. There’s a bit caramel sweetness in here. Floral hops, a little grassy flavor and some mild fruit. Not much bitterness. Maybe a touch of some nutty flavor on the aftertaste? The alcohol I smelled at first is hardly there in the taste, though this is listed at 7.5%.

Nice smooth mouthfeel. Not very busy in terms of carbonation but it never feels flat. A little sense of drying at the end of the aftertaste.

This was a change of pace from my usual IPA haunts and I liked it. Nothing over the top or knocking your socks off but I felt completely satisfied with it at the end of the glass. One other thing to note was the bottle design with narrow neck and much wider base. It certainly is visually attractive compared to the usual beer bottle (a few non-beer drinkers told me as much when they saw it) but more than two of them would start taking up a fair bit more floor space in your fridge than standard bottles or cans.

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Photo of afksports
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another IPA review! Hooray!

Meantime IPA has one of the best bottlecaps I've seen in a while. Just FYI. I had this from a 375ml bottle acquired in a recent trade with my boy Mike. Post football beer. Yum.

The head on the pour to my glass is awesome. Above the cloudy hazy gold body there is a lot of malt aroma, a touch of hops, and yeast in the nose. Taste is a bit off, and I attribute it to the yeast and the types of hops used. Definitely an English IPA, because it's nowhere near the big bitterness of an American IPA, and although the malt character is complex (nutty almost with toffee and other good stuff), the finish is just weird. There's a bit of booze, a touch of a not ao great hop, and lingering yeast.

The mouthfeel is nice and it's easy to tell thus is a well crafted brew. It's mostly drinkable, save the weird notes.

And again, awesome bottle/bottlecap. Counts for extra points with collectors I bet.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber with a quarter inch white head that remains. Good lacing.
Smell is sweet, spicey malts with the hops far off in the background. Hints of ginger and raisins. Some mushy citrus notes as well. Euro yeast aroma pervades.
Taste is more spicey malts with some very subdued, piney hops coming out from beneath. Slight hints of cinnamon and clove, as well as some raisins and brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, with a slightly sticky finish. Medium light body.
Good drinkability. Alcohol is well-concealed. Pre

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Photo of mortarit
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I read alot of the reviews before I par tay in the cold stuff. It is interesting how some of the postings relate to your own experience. I am really glad because it brings out features I would otherwise miss.

It does have that English style tone to the sip. And yes it is my first English style IPA. At first I thought I wouldn't like it from past occassions. The English style is to mellow for me. But this has a great texture may I say to it.

Lacing is more noticeable.

Head retention is better than most beers.

The bottle is a spin off from what is really in it so it throws you off at first.

Good call!

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Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Keith for sharing a bottle. This appears a classic hazy light orange with a tight white head. The hops and malt are a little too well blended and neither really stand out. I can tell there's a grassy/citrus mix and dry bready malts, but they're hard to pick apart. This sort of flavor reminds me more of a under-hopped pale ale. Otherwise this beer is very drinkable and overall tasty. I'd just want a little more from it.

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India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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