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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Reviews: 351 | Ratings: 590
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More hoppy than the regular British IPA, with Fuggles and Gouldings, a very drinkable pleasant IPA. Right there in balance. Good aroma, foamy head and lots of creamy lace. Orange, vanilla, pear flavours. Satisfying aftertaste which is not too dry, perhaps due to appropriate carbonation.
Still good on tap at Town Hall, 10 months later though liked it better in the bottle.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger head on a murky crimson with copper and golden hued body. decent lacing.

S: very sweet with pineapple, candied oranges, and slightly herbal/floral notes.

T: malt forward but not overdone. citrus sweetness from candied oranges, light pear and grapefruit. mild earthy hops and honey.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not a bad IPA. Fairly simple and not too memorable but very drinkable with a well hidden alcohol level considering the ABV.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the odd examples of an English ipa that tastes more like an American ipa, usually its the other way around, but this one is hop heavy without all the caramel malt sweetness. the pour has a nice reddish color to it, fairly hazy, with a few fingers of lasting khaki foam. the nose is big bold woody oily American hops, centennial maybe, maybe something else high alpha, but this has a real hop forwardness to it. the malts aren't really sweet at all, just biscuity in a supporting role. the flavor agrees with the smell, hops all the way. there is a nice citrus element to it, orange peel and a lot of bitterness in the finish. the alcohol is well hidden in taste, but you can certainly feel a big bottle of this. the yeast imparts an almost Belgian brightness to the mouthfeel. its effervescently carbonated, which is nice in a big ipa for once, and the body is fuller than medium but not filling or weighty. overall this is an exemplary beer, a whole lot better than meantimes coffee porter, and one that's actually pretty fairly priced at under 13 bucks for a 750ml. its worth all of that, a real treat where I honestly least expected it.

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of rings of lacing around the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of earthy and spicy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops. There are some hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is well balanced and goes down rather easily since the hops are not overpowering. I had no problem knocking off a 750 mL bottle of this by myself.

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

With great authenticity and balance, Meantime hits a homerun with this old world IPA with a modern attitude.

The beer pours with a deep golden to medium amber color and carries the classic dry hopped haze. A dense and airy off-white head builds upon the beer and sits prominantly while leaving a plethora of lace behind. Though the haze may be extensive, this is one sharp looking beer.

Balanced aromas of caramel and shortbread anchor the nose while whiffs of pine, resin, fresh cut grass, and sharp grapefruit rinds bounce above the rim of the glass. Light fruitiness helps to bridge the gap of freshly kilned barley and zesty hops. With no phenolic or diacetyl notes anywhere, these aromas balance exquisitly with a flaw to be found nowhere.

Sweeter and breadier early to taste than the nose suggests, but with a lightness on the palate that quickly ushers in the calvary of hop flavor. A mid palate of shortbread (sweet breads) laced pine, citrus, and grassy (mildly pungent) bitterness turns crisp and bitter going into the finish; and with a long and smooth hop bitterness to carry over to the next sip. Again, delicious and balanced throughout.

A creamy and bready feel to start shrugs off the sweetness quickly and allows the hop bitterness and dryness to carry the beer through to the finish. With a minty alcohol sensation, only mild hop astringency, and dry finish, the beer is highly drinkable and enjoyable.

Unfortunately, English IPA's don't get the credit they deserve. This is a world class example that should not be ignored!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml wire cage and corked bottle. All I can think of right now is Spacehog's 'In the Meantime', so that is what Youtube will be doing for the next five or so minutes, on repeat, maybe. Oh, and a rather weak lack of brewer's spiel on the back label - thank you no [sic] much, Mr. Importer.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and foamy dirty white head, which leaves some decent bathtub ring lace around the glass as it steadily and readily recedes.

It smells of rather prominent and heady biscuity, grainy crystal malt, strong lemon zest, a bit of orange rind, and dry floral, leafy, earthy hops - English beyond a doubt, in a very good way. The taste is semi-sweet grainy, biscuity pale malt, a touch of caramel, soft citrus rind, and slightly zingy floral, grassy, earthy hops, the noble sort at their near best. The 15-proof booze does well to remain totally inconspicuous.

The bubbles are fairly innocuous, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and more than adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, the crackery, biscuity malt still large and in charge, with the caramel, fruit, and hops (stiff in upper lip only) more or less giving up the ghost.

A quite tasty English ale, one which I would have much more ease believing if you told me it was a hepped-up ESB, rather than another rendition of 'we're not an American band' IPA. Give it a rest. Anyways, a rather sexy bitter ale, with a grand ol' bit of warming sass, sans the typical flavour consequences.

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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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light amber color ale with a super huge foamy head with nice foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of grassy hops is really nice with a subtle caramel malt balance. Taste is also dominated by loads of grassy hoppy notes with lightly sweet caramel malt which is well balanced by floral notes. Body is quite full for style with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not as bitter as the American IPA nor as dry as the English IPA but very nice with loads of floral notes.

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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 Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at West Lakeview in Chicago. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

A hard pour really doesn't yield much at all in the way of appearance. There are a few bubbles that eventually accumulate atop the beer, but that's about it. Very light collar for just a bit and then even that fades away. The nose is pretty fruity and full of English yeast. Along with that are some mild hops and a bit of caramel.

The taste is pretty sweet and fruity, all things considered. Some caramel in the background as well as a bit of yeasty fruit. Other than that, also some floral and herbal hops. Mouthfeel is slightly bitter and a bit cloying with all the sweetness. Medium body. Drinks pretty well and the alcohol certainly isn't all that noticeable at all.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/1/2013. Pours very hazy orange copper color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, grape, pear, caramel, biscuit, herbal, floral, honey, toast, and earth. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, pear, caramel, grape, herbal, floral, biscuit, toast, honey, and light earthiness. Light amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, caramel, herbal, floral, biscuit, toast, and light earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance as well. No cloying sweetness at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, lightly slick, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent English IPA! Extremely well balanced with good complexity; very smooth to drink. Highly enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A big, rocky head of off-white foam on a hazy, copper colored body. The head has good retention and leaves a nice ring of lace.

S - Lots of musty, spicy English hops and yeast. Background aromas of red apples and licorice.

T - Surprisingly bright and intense hop flavor up front with some citrus and pine notes. Fades to a more musty, English character in the middle. The finish is a combination of lingering British hops, light caramel malt, and substantial hop bitterness that more than balances any malt. Some tobacco like hop notes linger of the palate.

M - High carbonation, medium body, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is an interesting English IPA with a lot of hop character. The Belgian level of bottle conditioned carbonation is an unusual twist for the style, but it helps lift the somewhat sweet finish. Not a bad example of the style, but I still greatly prefer American hop character in my IPAs.

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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 jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The thin neck forces some chugging from the bottle, also forcing a light fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, like it shouldn't have been there in the first place, with a touch of soapy lacing, over quite hazy amber honey orange beer.

Nose is fairly light, a little bit of a grassy earthy hop, some light citrus tangerine like, a light malty pale malt aroma, and some booze hidden in there.

Taste starts with some light hops again, this time bringing more of the herbal almost vegetative like U.K. style hops, a bit grassy and earthy, with just a hint of pine and juicy fruit. A touch of fruity flavors in there as well. Then some light malts, mostly just pale malts but a touch of a redder toasty like malt, with a touch of booze and sweetness. The bitterness is fairly mild but increases slightly as it moves towards the finish, which dries slightly but not much as its still a bit sweet, light malts and some grassy earthy hops linger, with a long bitterness on the back end.

Mouth is med bodied, just a hint of booze, and decent carb.

Overall not too bad, definitely not near American style IPAs with hops and bitterness, some interesting U.K. like earthy hops that don't get overly bitter or icky tasting, and fairly well balanced between the hops and malts, but not a quick drinker.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml caged & corked bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey and citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is a bit subdued for the style but it’s complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time if you want an IPA with less of an edge than most.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

But friends, this beer changed my life.

Appearance: Pours out a blurred coppery orange with a very fluffy, very inviting white head.

Smell: Exhilarating aroma of fresh bread, butter, and toffee tied to the spicy, herbal scent of English hops.

Taste: Yum! This brew was a perfect blend of caramel sweetness, rich grains, and a citrus hop flavor reminiscent of orange marmalade. Nice spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Carbonation is soft and fine.

Drinkability: Very much so. I can't help but lavish this beer with uplifting compliments, positive energy, good-cheer thoughts and sugarplums.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ripe kumquat with a flurry of yeast in suspended animation. I like perfect clarity on occasion, but give me a beer that looks like it's from the wrong side of tracks any day of the week. The crown is tremendous too. It resembles orange juice mixed with clotted cream, both in terms of color and texture. With more lace, I'd be tempted to give the appearance a perfect score. Even so, this is the best looking English IPA that I've ever laid eyes on.

The aroma is strangely underpowered. I smelled more on the pour that I'm getting now with my nose over the glass. With all the hubbub about how many hops are in here, I would have thought they'd be jumping out the glass and smacking me around a little. What I do appreciate is the classic quasi-citric fruitiness of Fuggles. Golding are a less obvious contributor.

I have no idea how old this bottle is, but with a 'best by' date of sometime in '08 (the rest is smudged), it has to be pretty fresh. All the more reason to be disappointed at the relative lack of hoppiness (at least compared to most hoppy American IPAs). As long as I keep reminding myself that it's English, I'll be fine.

That's a pretty easy thing to do when the flavor profile is dominated by the classic hops of the style, Fuggles and Goldings. As far as I'm concerned, Meantime had no other choice if they wanted the beer to be both authentic and good. Thankfully, it's both.

Sugar cookie-like pale malt provides the solid structure on which the fruitiness of the hops can shine. At least there's no caramel malt or toasted flavors to screw things up. Generally speaking, I don't like the peach and apricot flavor of English hops as much as the grapefruit and orange flavor of the U.S. varieties. This one, though, is impressively orange marmalade-like. It combines the bitterness of the peel with the sweetness of the jelly.

I'm having a hard time believing the ABV. Not that I think the brewery is lying, but there's no hint of alcohol on the palate. Zilch. While nothing much changes with warming, I'm beginning to appreciate the flavor profile more and more as I enter the bottom half of the '750'. It may not be a gobsmacker, but it's clearly a well-crafted beer and is as drinkable as the day is long.

The mouthfeel is a shade lighter than I would like. Having said that, it's a near perfect match for the flavor and easily deserves the score that I've granted. More resinousness and more chewiness would give what is a good mouthfeel a chance to be a great mouthfeel.

I love the Meantime India Pale Ale bottle and label. The brewery has done a fantastic job with packaging and has come close to putting a beer into that package that measures up to the best of the style. After Ridgeway's version, this is my next most favorite English IPA. If you're looking for a delicious beer than won't wreck your palate for the rest of the day, this one fills the bill quite nicely. Good stuff.

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle opended with a very timid pop. Pours a semi-hazy peach tea color with one finger of offwhite head. A whisper of lacing & head retention.

T: Herbal piney hops with hint of fruittyness upfront. Apricots dance with pine as this warms. Finishes bready,a little dry, warming & piney

S: Fruityness (dates & apricots)

MF: Medium bodied, very low carbonation & very good balance

Drinks easy enough for the abv, I suspect I'd like this fresher. I believe more lively carbonation would bring put the hop profile better. Not a bad EPA though, just believe this bottle-conditioned beer has to be at its peak to bring out the best in it. I will continue to seek out other offerings from this brewery as both this & the porter were pretty tasty IMO

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Photo of womencantsail
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy orange-copper color with a large white head.

S: Smell is mild citrus, but mostly bready, malty, and sweet.

T: Not quite as tame as the nose, but still not what I'm used to from our west coast IPAs. Hoppy bitterness, but not too much citrus. Yeasty and malty.

M: More carbonated than I'm used to, but still good body.

D: It's not bad by any means, but I think I'll stick to the American IPAs.

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Photo of orangesol
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one at the 4th annual Lititz cask beer festival. This one is dry hopped with Golding and Fuggles.

A - Pours pale orange with a small film of white head leaving little to no lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dulled hops, light citric rind, and some very light sweetness. This one is pretty dull if I am being honest but it did get a little better as it sat in my glass...

T - Starts off with a moderate hop bite quickly giving way to a mix of light fruit and dulled sweetness. Around the middle of the glass I began to pick up quite a bit of vegetal flavors that really threw me off and I had a hard time finishing my glass.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. Pretty nice feel throughout, a bit thin toward the end, with little to no of the 7.5% detectable.

O - I am not sure what happened with this one. I think I may have gotten a pour from the bottom of the cask. Oh well, I enjoyed it for what it was but I doubt I would seek it out again.

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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 WVbeergeek
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Meantime IPA 7.4% abv 
Appears bright flowing tangerine with a chunky textured off white head, fine bands of even lacing grace my chalice. Aroma has bright orange citrus notes with mango tropical fruit based hops. Earthy yeast notes with pure liquid bread malt layers. Flavor is well meshed subdued hop bitterness with complex malt base orange fruit acidity from the alpha acids complement each other so well. Perfect hybrid aggressive hop flavors with complex malts still quite English in nature this is a must try IPA from across the pond. Mouthfeel is delicate resinous and naturally carbonated great stuff cheers for sure I appreciate the smaller bottles beautiful tear drop design, great stuff! Overall I've spoke my peace best English IPA I've come across now go find some.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fully clouded orange with a very minimal head. Nose is perfumed and also with hop character. Flavor is very smooth and consistent with hops. There is a definite salty tone. Feel has a lot of bubble and a good liquid feel. Overall this is a good smooth IPA. Nothing showy at all, but more along a traditional line I would say. Nice to try.

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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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India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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