India Pale Ale | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
591 Ratings
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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Photo of THORN
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Served 40-45 F.
A: Golden brown, slight haze, and faint orange around rims. Barely retains head.
S: Sweet citrus, orange, and bitter. Sweet with caramel.
T: Malts are sweet and a little spicy. Citrusy hops, moderate to high bitterness that lingers.
M: Moderate to high carbonation. Slight alcohol apparent on back of tongue.
D: A little too light on tongue, but tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At $10 a bottle, I expect a quality product. I liked one other offering from Meantime so I was willing to take that risk.

Pours a light copper-amber color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. There's some lacing that lingers on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is full of grassy hops and bready malt underneath. Very standard for the style but aromatic.

Taste is full of grassy hops followed by bready malt. Somewhat "fruity" in nature and a bit interesting overall.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy hops and bready malt. Carbonation seems rather high but doesn't really hurt the beer. The bitterness is well done but as it should, the malt character shines.

One needs to remember that not all IPAs must be overloaded with hops. The English cousin to the American IPA is all about showcasing the malt as they originally added tons of hops to the beer as a preservative across long ocean journeys.

It's not to say that they can't make a hoppy IPA. This is a decent version of the style that originated there and it's actually better than a few other examples that I've had.

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Photo of cudmud
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer has a hazy orange color with a medium head. The head is thin and dissipates rather quickly without producing much lace.

Smell: A woderful hop aroma jumped out the bottle when opened. This beer has a curiuos citris-like smell. There is also an apple-like smell.

Taste: This brew has a strong hop flavor and alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is on the verge of being over carbonated; thus, the brew almost stings the tongue. I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these a night.

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Photo of bcole002
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, I'm a huge IPA fan and, therefore, I am somewhat critical of IPAs, in general. Once de-corked and the beer poured, the beer smells great. Mid-way through your beer, I found myself saying aloud, "I can't believe this came from a bottle." The beer actually tastes like it just came out of a tap. Excellent beer to enjoy.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up a amber gold with a dense long lasting white head

S - Notes of biscuity malt with herby hops

T - caramel malt with a brown sugar finish, hop bitterness all around the tongue. Very smooth an well balanced.

M - Good medium body with a medium high carbonation

D - Very smooth beer that belies the alcohol content. A bit pricey, so I won't be buying a sixer of this, but very tasty

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Photo of gratefulstu
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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 cpone
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Foamed over when opened. Three finger foamy head - some lacing. Orange/copper body with minimal hazing for bottle conditioning. Good looking beer.

S: Mild hops. Bready yeast. Get orange, mild spice, hint of cloves.

T: Very mild hop, not really there. Maltly, bready yeast. Slightly sour with a bitter finish. Hint of alcohol.

M: Good mouthfeel - medium to full.

D: It's a drinkable beer. But not what I expected from an IPA. Slightly Belgian IPA? Interesting take.

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Photo of kylesobrien
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to try the Meantime beers for a while, and this is the first one I've had. It's supposedly an "authentic" IPA, brewed the way they were in the 19th century. I'm not sure if I agree with the authentic label (except in the historical sense, perhaps), but it's definitely one of the most unique IPAs I've tried.

Pours a nice golden brown, with shades of what I'd call orange marmalade. Really nice head, about one or two fingers worth, which subsides into a cap of thinner bubbly froth. Aroma is faintly citrusy, with a bit of earthiness to go with it. The aroma is not very notable or impressive. Carbonation is much, much higher than that of the vast majority of British ales I've tried. Plenty of fine little bubbles.

Flavor is much more complex than I expected. Tastes a bit fruity, then mildly of toffee, before turning rich and malty. Overtones of caramel and sweet malt finally yield to a smooth, crisp bitterness. The hop flavor is very pleasant and not overwhelming at all. Mouthfeel is relatively full-bodied, not thin at all, and I don't find it to be excessive.

I like IPAs, but probably not quite as much as many of my friends. In spite of the 7.5 ABV, I'd gladly have two or three of these in an evening. I'd give it full marks for drinkability, but it's a bit strong for an IPA.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer. If only it were cheaper, and came in imperial pint-sized bottles. Just the same, I'm glad I took the chance on this one -- its accolades are well deserved.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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 IHasaFlavaFlav
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy orange colour. Slightly hazy.

S - Strong smells of citrus and resin. Potent but enjoyable.

T - Starts off with a malt flavour that rolls of your tongue, changing in a big hop kick of tart citrusy flavours.

M - Good carb, not sticky or syrupy.

D - Too resiny to drink loads of it and the alcohol will knock you about abit.

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Photo of Jayli
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy copper-orange color with a one finger of thick creamy white head. Head recedes rapidly but leaves ample lacing on the glass. Nose is of some floral hops, caramel malts and a touch of fruitiness like apply. Taste fell somewhat flat for me. Floral hops dominate at first and then malt takes over, some grainy and pale malts in here, a touch of apple, and the finish is of caramel malts. The balance of the flavors seemed off. Medium body, moderate carbonation, goes down smooth and crisp. This beer went down quite smoothly but not one that I would sit with for an evening.

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Photo of albern
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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 rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of tronester
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium off-white head. Smells of fresh peaches. Taste is bready, sugary sweet, with an earthy, fruity bitterness. The English yeast strain and earthy hops differentiate this from American IPA's. Nice clean, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth carbonation. Drinkability is great, tastes like the alcohol is much less than 7.5 percent.

This is by far the best English IPA I have had, I would consider it the benchmark for the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Baileyuk
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Great head, decent lacing. Cloudy orange color.

S - Fairly dissapointing. For having lots of fuggles and goldings I was expecting a good hop smell. Funnily it was more yeasty bready along with some more plain malt notes.

T - Better in the taste, especially as it warms. Definite alcohol presence. Decent hop presence for an English beer although in no way overpowering. Smell improves after drinking and warming also

M - A little zippy with the carbonation but still well bodied.

D - Drinking a whole bottle on my own and although I would love to sgare I am liking the fact I have more.

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Photo of thrak
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, obviously unfiltered golden-orange color with a nice, fairly dense head that dissipated in 5-10 minutes. Head was surprising given that this is supposed to be a "true" IPA (bottle conditioned, unfilitered and un-re-yeasted).

S- First impression is a dry, yeasty hoppiness. Felt like a hoppy belgian rather than the expected flat flowery aroma typical of English IPAs. As it warmed the aroma became sweeter and the malt started to come through.

T- Again, yeast up front a bit dressed up by a nice, not too overpowering hop bitterness. Malty sweetness in the middle and the hop flavour really comes through in the finish which is fairly long.

M- Medium to heavy bodied. A surprising amount of carbonation relative to the style. However, mostly tiny bubbles and very pleasant.

D- Loved it! I was particularly taken by the typical English IPA character tweaked with a very present yeast aroma and flavor. I will definitely be drinking this again.

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Photo of cvaypai
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 bottle to pint glass.

Appearance- Golden-orange translucent with white foamy head. 2 finger head that diminishes and laces the sides.

Smell - Nothing much in the nose, almost smells like an adjunct lager to me. Maybe a tiny bit of malt and a bit of citrus.

Taste - Malt and boozy, a tiny bit of bitter which comes as grapefruit. Almost tastes bready, too much alcohol taste, I wonder how old this bottle is.

Mouthfeel - Too carbonated, not enough bite for a IPA, this beer just feels different.

Drinkability - Only a few of these, not a session beer for me.

My first time trying an English IPA was not a good one, please someone assure me that this is just my bottle, but this wasn't that great, I was looking forward to this alot more.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL champagne bottle; poured into an imperial pint glass

Pours a super hazy orange amber with a fluffy, off-white cap that rose two+ fingers to fill this glass. Not a lot of carbonation is visible, makes me worried.

Aroma is subdued and mundane. Light citrus of orange peel with a sweet malt backbone. Rather underwhelming and made me check the best by date, which is still a good number of months away.

Very undercarbonated; really took me by surprise. If the carbonation was turned up a bit, the orange peel and sweet cookie like malt would really be accentuated. The hops come through a bit more in the flavor than in the aroma, and while it isn't as hoppy as its US brethren, it still satisfies the hop receptors.

Mouthfeel was down due to the general lack of carbonation. I wonder if this may have been a bad bottle after all. If not for the carbonation issue, this one would have been nice and chewy, with a hearty bitter finish.

Rather drinkable, alcohol is barely noticed. The flavor profile is rather enjoyable and rounds out as it reaches room temperature. Will have to revisit.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nicely hazed dark golden hay color with a hugely gaining cap of perfect white foam. It softens and smooths out to a creamy sustained skim and lots of lacing patched about the glass. Lots of activity streaming up within its body of gold.

Aroma is dry and husky of pale and cereal malts, dried floral hops add a bit of wood and leafyness and a nudge of grasses. Very light sweetness of dulled fruityness and butter underneath.

Taste is a well balanced treat of sweet bready and buttered malts touched with a light fruityness and a grand display of well handled dry hoppyness thats slightly woodyish, leafy, herbal, and grassy. Has lots of low key subtlity to it that really stands out as what a solid English style IPA should be. Its bitterness is puffy and starkly set, but in a subdued grassy herbal chalkyness mixing with dry woodishness. The malts underneath have a well distributed portion of dull fruity sweetness of orange, peach, pear, and apple tenderized in with some nice cereal and bread grain length. Very slight hints to medicial, mineral-like notes flash about.

Body is nearly perfect. Very rounded and fairly full for an English IPA. Great balance of sweet and dry with a subtlity in the flavors thats incredibly intiguing and really stands out as the body and carbonation never gets in the way like other over yeasty English styled IPA's that don;t sit well with me.

This is quite possibly one the better, if not the best English IPA's I've encountered in quite sometime. Super sessionable and a well balanced subtle tasty treat! Damn yummy stuff!

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Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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 anchordrinker
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a beautiful hazy, light-amber with a brilliant orange glow that intensifies when it's held to the light.

S- The aroma is mostly very sweet caramel, with some earthy and citric tones coming through as well.

T- I get some herbal and earthy hop flavors, some sweet sugary caramel, and a mild bitterness on the finish.

M- Medium to heavy bodied, with abundant, very fine carbonation.

D- I found this to be a sipper and while I really enjoyed my 11.2 oz single, I wouldn't really want another right away.

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Photo of gory4d
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very interesting take on an English IPA. It pours a sandy bronze color, with a billowy white head that doesn't last but leaves lacing down the glass. The smell is very floral, sort of buttery. The taste is more savory than you usually get from an IPA, with some meaty, fatty notes, but also some nice herbal, floral, and citrus tones and a sharp, bitter finish. It's moderately carbonated, rather full-bodied, pleasant on the tongue. Not the easiest to down, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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 TommyW
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy light orange/gold with a creamy, white head.

S- Citrus and floral aromas with some slight hop notes.

T- Mix of grassy and citrus flavors; reminds me of grapefruit.

M- Medium body with a good carbonation level.

D- Very drinkable and a good representation of the style.

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Photo of jackorain
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an extremely enticing 750 ml bottle, with possible one of the most attractive labels out there, into my Duvel tulip glass.

Murky copper with a golden glow when held up to the light. The head was a big and loose, wispy heap on top of the liquid.

The aroma is of caramel and raisin. Lemon and lemon peel hops.

Really nice lemony and citrus hops with a big caramel malt backbone in the middle. As it warms up, I get some piney hops, spicy hops and some herbal hop notes. The finish brings back the sweetness from the middle along a bit of sourness from the lemoniness, along with a nice bitterness.

Carbonation is vibrant if not downright fizzy. A surprise for an English IPA but not unwelcome. It breaks up the medium to full body.

Quite drinkable, I could easily have several glasses of this. The sweet and sour effect would eventually get to me though with a bit of the back of the throat lemonade effect.

Thanks for Reading

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India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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