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 hosehead83
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an eleagant looking 11.2 oz. "bowling pin" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep apricot in color, with a moderate-to -short head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Sweet toasted malt, hop note, new leather basketball
Taste-Toasted malt,toffee, caramel, mineral note; all just barely balanced by a good dose of noble hops and white-grapefruit -rind bitterness. A classic English IPA, that begs for a spicy food pairing. Indian, Thai, or maybe just a hunk of aged white cheddar.

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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 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 Grizzly_Dom
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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 Bouleboubier
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: quite cloudy/hazy, orange in color...sudsy foam, laces in webs, leaves a medium-thick collar - unkempt, slovenly, unfiltered

S: orange-zest hop aromas...crystal malt in support, some lightly husky toasted pale malt in the background...moderate amount of vibrant, flowery esters filling in the dead space like a fog - hardly bold overall, more rustic, certainly English

T: candied blood or navel orange with accompanying, lingering citrus-juice sugars...more crystal malt than pale malt flavors, yet muddled against the yeasty-fruity overtones....fair-to-moderate hop bitterness, soft and fuzzy, floral and grassy

M: bitter don't bite, though there is some tingle on the tongue....quite smooth, not so thick in body - more like just touching medium - though it feels full-er, foamy

O: purdy good, purdy unrefined (in a positive manner) - malty like a Helles and quite orange-flavored - the bitterness is soft, but on the high side for a UK version - would be interested in having again, hopefully more fresh...

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

Dark amber color, a bit cloudy. Poured 3 fingers of consistent head with an extended retention.
Aroma slightly roasted malts with a hint of fruity hops, maybe plums. I could feel its freshness, I had it directly in the brewery. Medium body and carbonation with small bubbles (no CO2 addition).
Sweet malt taste combined with a resin hop flavor. Dryness and bitterness continues in the aftertaste but also with a fruity finish. Although it is a 7.4% ABV (ps. Meantime brought down from the original 7.5% given the tax brackets in UK), alcohol was well hidden.
Well balanced beer considering the style and it has a very good drinkability. Traditional English IPA, with less character in comparison to the US counterparties, though still above average.

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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 gfreed
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A seriously excellent UK IPA: fruity and dry, zesty and sharp but without all the skin-flaying harshness found in so many American models. Even my wife, ever-hesitant toward IPAs as a class, enjoyed it. And you won't need to drink a bottle of water afterward.

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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 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 rlshep
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Herbal flowery aroma from hops. There is a sweet bead honey-like aroma possibly from the malt. Has some pear and apple esters.

Apppearance: Orangish copper in color. Pours big frothy off-white head, stays around forever. Very hazy.

Flavor: A pronounced bitterness up front. Very bready deep toasty malts. Flowery, slightly earthy flavor from hops. More fruit esters mostly pear. Finishes with a dry chalky aftertaste. Sligtly sweet rich caramel malt flavor hidden in the background.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel, high carbonation, but finishes dry. Alcohol definitely present but not overpowering.

Overall: A really nice example of the style, it doesn’t look pretty but has a lot of bitterness but a nice malt backbone to balance it. Floral english hops can be a nice change of pace from the American IPA citrus bombs.

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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 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 BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange marmalade body, 2 finger pillow top,
beautiful lacing

S: grassy, pine, hint of lemon, metallic

T: lemon peel/grassy, earthy, firm bitter pine finish

M: med body, oily/sticky mouth

O: Well done, Meantime. Great to find a
nice English IPA. Would get again + recommend.


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

This IPA is a thick amber color, on top of which forms a pure white head one finger tall. Retention is good and there's a good amount of patchy lacing.
What this beer offers is an earthiness particular to English hops varietals. There's a bit of fruity sweetness underlying as well. A touch of something like candied rind, both bitter and sweet, comes out too. Malts add enough balance to let the hops take the show without being too malty. Just a hint of alcohol sneaks through without an overly fusel edge. This beer is a good example of the style; the give and take here is that this beer is subtler than American IPAs but more refined.
Crisp and smooth mingle well in this beer. It flows well and has a good carbonation to keep things moving. The body is medium.

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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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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. Pint glass. Enjoyed on nov´11. Golden color, chill haze. Off-white, creamy crown. Copious collars & spots. Good retention. Hints of orange & resiny hops to the nose. Sweet malty & hoppy upfront. Mildy malty in the middle followed by smooth astringency. Medium body, medium carbonation. Oily resiny finish. Fruity aftertaste. Refreshing. Nice drinkability.

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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 VelvetExtract
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Poured slightly cloudy orange. Light head left light lacing. Head was small but retained well.

S- Very balanced. Perhaps sweeter than hoppy. Sweetness derived from caramel and not hoppy fruity sweetness. Grassy hoppiness and a bit floral.

T-Downgrade from the nose. This was freshly tapped too. This is why English IPAs generally are outmatched by their American-styled counterparts. This tasted mostly like stale apple juice. Not hoppy enough and the malt bill left me unsatisfied. Hop profile was too subdued and also generally underwhelming.

M-I enjoyed the low carbonation and the medium body. It felt creamy and almost cask-like.

O/D-I did not enjoy this at all. After the first sip I was looking for the next beer to order. Hate to slam a beer, but I will not dabble with Meantime's brews unless I hear good words from someone else.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks sean!

750ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

pours out a cloudy deep golden color with a really nice looking 2-3 fingers worth of head, nearly pure white in color, billowy with good retention. nice lacing left on the glass.

citric, leafy, grassy, hay like hops, maybe a touch herbal. the slightest bit of buttery biscuit malt.

kind of a sharp citric grassy hop, maybe a little grapefruit. a bit of buttered biscuit malt tries to balance. a touch of a yeasty flavor. decent amount of lingering bitterness. definatly hoppier than most english IPA's ive had, but not quite up to standards with your good american examples.

medium to light in body, somewhat refreshing. easy drinking. a slightly stranger than average carbonation.

a pretty decent english IPA, but not something that i would ever really buy again. it does however leave me interested to try some of their other beers.

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass, coded date, very cool bottle. This pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a nice off white head. The smell is of light hops and caramel malts. The feel is medium to a little heavy. The taste is pretty good, caramel and other malts, a nice medium light hop bite, very nice.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
Very yeasty nose but not much beyond that apart from maybe a smidge of white pepper. Lighty orangy yellow sparkle. Thick ever so just off white two inch head with some decent beading. Light, clean and lightish yet persistent with an understated melon to martini like bitterness which makes for a very satisfying mouthfeel. Very classy. Doesn't drink anything like a 7.4% ABV beer. Probably the most sophisticated IPA I have ever had. Could imagine splitting a bottle of this poolside with Cary Grant. While chatting up Grace Kelly.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrect, The Netherlands. Slightly hazy amber-yellow pour with two finger head with nice retention and lacing. The nose is pretty much dominated with sweet caramel malt that plays well with the fruitiness. With that said, it's not your typical West Coast citrus bomb, but more mangoes, apricots, and tangerines with hints of bread and grass and just a touch of pine. The malt dominates the taste initially with tons of sweet caramel and toffee. But as it warms, the bitter hop bite comes into play to balance this one out to perfection. Hints of orange zest, biscuit, tea, and toast with just a touch of pine. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and sweet to start, but yields to a subtle tangy, bitter finish. At 7.5%, it's a little stronger than the typical English IPA, but you don't notice it and this is oh so drinkable. A really nice example of the style and my first, but not last, taste of Meantime!

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India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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