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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2005

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Ratings: 591 |  Reviews: 352
Photo of tobeerornottobe
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Head is nearly white. Body has golden-bronzy colour that is fairly light for an IPA.

Can't detect too much on the nose, it's like Meantime have gone the CAMRA path and produced a lightly hopped English IPA. I'm really struggling to get much off this, there is a kind of fruity floralness there, which is more noticebale on the palate but this beer really falls flat compared to US West Coast IPAs. There is some heavy sweetness, which suggests good malt content. Halfway through drinking I had to regenerate the head but even that dissipated pretty quickly, which wasn't that impressive.

This beer has a good base and I think the malt content is just about spot on but the hops really need work. But, then again, English beers traditionally focus on malt so that's not too surprising. If this beer had NZ hops added to it at the start of the boil and also in dry hopping I think it would be pretty fantastic.

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Photo of danmcg62
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy orangey, yellow with a white fluffy head that sticks around for a while. Looks like your typical IPA.

S-Very sweet. It's a very dry smell, sort of wet. Nothing else really jumps out at me.

T-Very mild hop taste, some citrus fruit, some apples and white grapes, hard to discern what else is there.

M-A bit liquidy, a tad chewy, decent mouthfeel.

O-Overall this beer is just OK. Pretty drinkable, decent flavor, but nothing too outstanding, that's about it.

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Photo of feylure
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this at one of my liquor hot spots and decided to try it out! 11.2 oz bottle

Pour is clear and slightly cloudy light gold.

Smell is quite hoppy with an interesting aroma of fruit and sweetness.

Taste is sweet up front, then bitingly bitter like a West coast style IPA. If it weren't for the fruit flavors, I would compare this to Racer 5. The mouthfeel is light with an ensuing dryness at the end. That dryness is accompanied with quite a spicy, lingering hop tail.

I may get this one again because it is a well crafted IPA, but I am definitely going to add Meantime to my list of breweries and keep an eye out for their other beers to try!

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Photo of rarbring
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Derranged
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce/330ml bottle into a mug.

A- Cloudy amber in color with a thick white head. A little retention on the glass.

S- Nice.. Mostly was very fruity, I guess I'd say it smelled like mangoes and hops.

T- Earthy flavor along with some tropical fruits. Malty. Mild hop flavor. Slight metallic twang to it but it isn't bad. It tasted similar to Punk IPA but not nearly as hoppy.

M- Very smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

O- This is not your typical English IPA. Solid beer overall, worth a try. I would buy this again.

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Photo of LukeD23
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

coolest bottle I have seen

pours a nice tangerine/apricot color with minimal head

The aroma is killer big spicy hop notes of ginger and apricots with a touch of rosemary.

Solid bitterness with punchy hop flavors and a slight grainy backround, bone dry finish.

Overall I like it. Worth trying but there are better IPAs out there

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Photo of
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - bright burnished gold with lots of fine carbonation bubbles and a fluffy white, long-lasting head.

Smell - Rich caramel malt, bread pudding, sponge toffee, candied nuts, pineapple, musty floral hops, and a light citrus presence.

Taste - Toffee and caramel malt upfront, followed by bitterness from the hops to balance the sweetness perfectly. Notes of orange peel, grapefruit and earthy pepper lead in to the lingering bitter finish.

This is my favourite of all the English IPAs I have tried so far.

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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 eduardolinhalis
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a dark orange color with a medium aired bubbled white to beige head. A but cloudy. Small retention and some lacings left

S: The flowery and aromatic hops are a must. Also sweet caramel malts. Some bready yeasts too

T: Follows the nose. Grassy and bit citrus hops followed by sweet and caramel malts. Very nice bitter end

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. A little bit molasses. Nice bitter aftertaste. High drinkability

O: Traditional English IPA. Not aggressive as an American IPA however very tasty and drinkable

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. The label describes it as an IPA brewed in keeping with an original UK recipe and style.

Poured (repeatedly) into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy golden hue with visible sediment and low carbonation; the yeast is especially visible at the end of the bottle. Produces a large head of white foam that subsides after a few minutes. Aromatic hops dominate the aroma, with notes of citrus and pine accompanied by sweet malt. Also hints of yeast and a fair whiff of alcohol, especially as it warms.

Tastes of sweet malt with aromatic hoppy notes, especially citrus and pine. Yeasty notes are also present, and the alcohol lurks in the background and adds a warmth to the flavour. Little bitterness; the hops are very much aromatic rather than bittering. Mouthfeel is smooth and quite astringent. Aftertaste of malt with the faintest hint of hoppy aroma.

Nice. Plenty of hoppy aroma but little bitterness; different from an American IPA that has both considerable aroma and overwhelming bitterness. Perhaps a little sweet, but the malt and hops balance well and the presence of yeast adds depth. A pleasantly crafted English IPA that is worth sampling.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle.

Pours a nice golden color with a minimal head...Hence the low score.

SMell: Subtle, not as much hops as you'd expect from a IPA. SLight sweet with some alcohol, almost like a vodka.

Taste: Sweeter than expected. very very mild, "essence" of pepper, lemon and pine. Less hoppy bitterness than expected.

Overall: a bit weak in terms of an IPA. you expect that nice brittish hoppy bite, but you dont get it..The sweetness would be much more balanced if there was a bit more hop in there.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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 BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy glowing amber color. Very nice just off white head. Looks nice.

S: Fruity with berry tones. Some nice caramel notes, and some very faint earthy hop aromas.

T: Bready with a lot of caramel and raison notes. Very tasty with a nice bitterness in the finish. Not especially hoppy, but nice. Almost a touch of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied and semi slick. Lots of carbonation.

O: I think I would like a touch more of the english hop flavors, and a touch less of alcohol. Seems just a touch solventy for me. I like the malt flavor, but the hops loose if for me. Solid bitterness, just wish there was a touch more hop character.

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Photo of afksports
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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 London1985
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I absolutely LOVE this IPA. Meantime is my local brewery and im lucky to have them on my doorstep after reading the price some of our cousins across the pond are paying for their products.

However ive found some Meantimes brews to be hit or miss. I wasnt particularly impressed with their London Porter, but they more than made up for it with this example of English IPA.

It looks how an IPA should look, an almost gold haze to the liquid with tinges of copper. It smells fantastic with notes of cinnamon, honey and citrus hitting the back of my throat as
well as the bitter sweet scent of the hops.

Taste is very subtle and refined compared to the wallop of hops you get when tasting an American IPA. It fills your pallate with citrus and spice and then flows smoothly down the throat leaving an undertone of bitter hops. I drink this very often and each time i drink it i fall even more in love with it.

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Photo of MowryJC
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into some tasters to share at my birthday party.

A - Pours a clear golden caramel color capped by a huge thick head that settles into a foamy thickness, leaving moderate lace behind as you drink.

S - Bready malt with a great whiff of English hops, you can really make the distinction. The fruity English yeast comes next to me, as well as a light soapy smell.

T - Caramel malt flavor balanced perfectly with soapy, spicy hops from the Fuggles and Goldings.

M - Moderate body with a little soapiness that lingers.

D - Definitely drinkable, but the soapiness would wear me down a bit. It isn't unpleasant for a glass, but I would want to move on.

This is a great example of a classic English IPA. I would definitely pull this bad boy out to show someone not familiar with the style what it is like.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy copper, with a decent creamy head.

S- Malty, with a hint of spice, and some minute hop presence.

T- Caramel Malt flavors, accentuate by sweet notes, as with the nose, hops are just there to balance and aren't very pronounced.

M- Medium, good carbonation.

D- It's a good drink. True to an English IPA in all regards. Very well balanced and quite satisfying.

O- A good drink. Definitely worth a try... sweet bottle btw.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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 allforbetterbeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Picked this 11.2 oz bottle up at Chambers Wine and Liquor in Denver.

Pours a slightly rusty orange under a finger light off-white head. Bottle states that this is bottle conditioned, and from the slightly cloudy body I believe it. Maybe a few more days standing the bottle upright would clear it.

Smells healthily infused with English-style hops, Goldings and Fuggles come to mind. There is a bit of something citrusy underneath that is tart and pleasing, and makes me think that the flavor might have wonders in store. Sappy piny notes overlay the sweet toasty malts.

This flavor experience is singular. What you get initially lasts throughout and even forms the aftertaste. Most beers take you through a progression, but this doesn't. I don't count this as a negative point in any way, just an observation. On to the flavors. The hops flavors are less sweet and sappy but not necessarily less bitter than their American counterparts, so the tastes seems to hit in the back of the mouth, making my Americanized palate wonder for a second before the beer reaches there. I trust Meantime as a brewing company that holds to traditional recipes, and I wonder if the original IPAs tasted as this does. If so, I can see why they became popular. The malts in this beer feel and taste of higher quality and they take a supporting role to showcase the hops, which as I said are English and they are good and bitter. Not palate scorching bitter, but not sweet. A little age (in the hold of a merchant ship?) would probably sweeten this beer up a bit. As it is now it is dry and nearly tart.

The mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation, but this helps keep everything for getting bogged down. Medium bodied, not thin as I thought it might be.

Drinkability is quite good, and gets better as it warms. This whole beer gets more inviting as it warms up, and thus this score is good as well.

Conclusion: In my opinion this is a very good example of this style. Hopped up with English style hops and malty enough to keep things from going off the hop deep end. Complex for this style.

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Photo of scorched
1.52/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'm not sure if I got a bad batch or what, but my first indication of a bad beer was on the POP. There was none. Popped the cork, and nothing. There was no head or carbonation when poured into a tulip glass. The smell was foul. Like malted mold. The taste was absolutely awful. Slick and musty. I had to pour it out. I'm assuming, since everyone else rated it so well, I got a bad one. Won't try it again.

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Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick slightly off-white head rises to two fingers and quickly settles again. Color is light copper / deep gold. Very clear. Good looking beer.

S- Slightly sweet, with a subtle earth hint. A little floral. Not all that impressive honestly.

T- Initially bitter. Tastes of piney hops. Slowly gives way to solid malt flavor and some alcohol with a bit of a soapy hop aftertaste.

M- Light and smooth.

D- Solid choice for extended drinking. I had a 750ml bottle, and could have easily had another if I had it on hand.

Although this beer is not as aggressive with its hops flavor as an American IPA, it is a very solid offering. The taste is balanced with a decent malt profile to work with the hops.

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Photo of phantomwyse
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very light, unfiltered honey wheat tone. Soapy off white head rises to about a finger and then condenses.

S: The scale initially seems balanced - sweet and bready malts with hot sugar blending with subdued pine and understated citrus. There's a bit of alcohol coming through.

T: Starts off with woody pine and light citrus, moving on to warm breads, toast, simple syrup that's heated up.

M: Medium bodied, silky in the middle, dry on the leave.

D: Overall, this is a finely balanced IPA. The flavors are developed without any one being domineering. Very reserved, yet satisfying.

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Photo of tewaris
2.44/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a Maredsous glass on December 08, 2010.

Appearance 3.5/5
Amber to light orange hued, with poor clarity, medium off white head, and medium head retention and lacing.

Aroma 2/5
Most faint spicy-earthy hop aroma riding on an equally faint malty sweetness and that's about it. Thoroughly unimpressive.

Taste 2.5/5
Medium malty sweetness, some spicy hop flavor, very low bitterness, and some alcohol. Could've been called average had it not been for the horrible aftertaste.

Mouthfeel 3.5/5
Not too terrible on the body with low carbonation that seems fitting.

Drinkability 2/5
I don't see the appeal of this beer except for its fancy bottle and cool label. I've never had a true English IPA (except this one!) but I am sure there exist much better representations of the style. This one was a complete waste of liver and dollar alike. One of my friends that I shared the bottle with went as far as calling it a vile beverage. While I might not have such an extreme sentiment, I am not buying this again, and perhaps avoiding it for free too, unless it smells of something remotely hoppy, in which case I would chalk my experience up to a bad/old bottle.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a wine glass. Best before 08 July 2013.

A: A medium pour nets a huge head, pick, frothy, and moiling. The beer itself is fraught with carbonation, but surprisingly light and clear. Golden, with a light haze. Sketches of lacing.

S: Hops -- slightly astringent with a touch of pine -- and sweeter malts. Citrus?

T: Oh, yes, that's nice. Quite tart. Lots of citrus dominates upfront along with strong hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and round, but malts are all drowned out. The aftertaste is bitter, drying and lightly sour. Too lopsided to be great, but fun enough to be good.

M: Mediocre.

D: A good beer, but one of the best. I am a bit full -- perhaps I'd enjoy this beer more on a emptier stomach? No, probably not. If you want an English IPA, Meanwhile's a solid pick, but I wouldn't go out of my way to pick one up.

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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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