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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2005

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


11.2oz brown glass bottle. L81972

light amber. thin swirls of yeast towards the end of the bottle. sudsy head recedes to wispy suds. nice lacing, especially later down the glass.

light, fruity citrus aroma, with gentle sweet caramel and apple.

flavorwise, the citrus zest is fruity. some resinous pine. nice caramelization, but ever so slightly watery. moderate, crisp bitterness is met by slightly phenols in the finish, which is slightly distracting.

smooth, sliightly thin or watery, with light resinous finish accentuating the phenols again. lively carbonation has moments of fluffiness.

eh... the phenols are distracting. it's still also just a tad too sweet for my tastes.

appearance score is raised 3.0 -> 4.5, but the taste and mouthfeel are each cut down by half points.

OLD REVIEW 07/14/08

750ml dark green bottle w/cork; batch # 80434 1014

poured into shaped pint glass.

very light pale amber, relatively clear. good head, but soon fades to wisps, then mostly just ring. lacing doesn't stick.

grassy english hop aroma, approaching pine and citrus fruitiness. toasted malts are faint. whiff of bready yeast and peach or apple.

taste is very malty sweet with fruit character, somewhat like apple. hops are flavorful, herbal and grassy, melding with fruitiness from yeast and caramel sweetness from malt. bitterness is moderate, a bit weak even, but manages to help with a balanced finish that also gives a trace of phenols.

not too watery, relatively smooth. moderate carbonation.

perhaps a bit too sweet, and frankly i still want more hops, "english" or not.

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Photo of soupermirl
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a grapefruity colored decent head with a larger than usual bubble ring. Nice color. Smells floral and hoppy, of course that is the hops... Very complex smell. Slighty grapefruity as well. Taste is crisp and refreshing with a great forward, hoppy center and malty aftertaste with still a hops at the very end. Yum... Mouthfeel is good, complex with hops and malty equal. Malty and hoppy, very good. Easy to drink this above average gravity beer.

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Photo of RunDWP
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great counterpoint to all the West Coast IPA's I'm used to. Out here, you're likely to get punched in the mouth with a bunch of hops. This one has plenty of hops, but the sort of curl up to you.

This one poured a big, think, foamy head in my tulip glass, with the classic amber orange color. Slightly floral and citrus aroma. Very malty for an IPA, but plenty of orange peel and floral hop goodness. A little resin note in there, too. Really liked the harmonious flavor blend. Slightly creamy mouth feel, and very smooth, mellow drinking experience.

750 ml corked bottle

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Photo of champ103
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep golden/orange color. A huge white rocky head forms and rises to over two fingers. Chunks of lace are left down the pint glass.
S: Grassy, floral, and herbal tea like hop aromas. A light malt sweetness in the nose.
T: This is much sweeter that the nose. Pretty much cloying in that manner. A light floral hop bitterness.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A good creaminess. The heavy sweetness takes a toll on the drinkability. Though the high ABV is well hidden, but a 750 ml bottle is a bit much in one sitting.

An interesting counterpart to the overly bitter American hop bombs. This takes the style in the other direction. A bit to sweet IMO. I expect English IPA's to have a great balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. This does not. Though, as the history goes this is probably closer to the original IPA's made in England during the 1700's than anything else I have had.

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Photo of farrago
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a dense cream white head, mainly tiny, sticky bubbles with a few larger ones interspersed, carpets the glass sides with lacing. Warm glow to the fat sunset orange color, as much light brown mixed in as yellow, moderate transparency. Excellent clarity to the nose with spacing among the pine oil, grapefruit and orange citrus, daisies and other wildflowers, green apple and pear fruit, golden honey and sweet tea scents. Close to full-bodied, here it is more compact and woven into a unified whole. The carbonation level is excellent and carries the flavors while allowing the palate to enjoy the array of textures. On the sweet side of the spectrum, emphasizing pink grapefruit, tangerine, lime citrus, honey and flaky pastry dough. The malt flavor is there, smoothing influence too, but it does not reach the level of chocolate or caramel found in other beers. Light clove and cinnamon spice break through near the end as well as dried oat cereal. Very clean finish with tempting aftertaste and weight echoes across the tongue.

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3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 FL oz. bottle

A: Pours a pale hazy orange-yellow. Fizzy, tight white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: A piney grassy smell with a slight bready malt undertone.

T: Sour citrus and grassy pine hops. Light bready malts. Neither hops nor malts are overpowering, both are on the weak side for an IPA. There is a tangy bite on the sides of the tongue and is only slightly bitter in its aftertaste.

MF: Light bodied for an IPA, but rather refreshing with a tingly mouth feel and very slight aftertaste.

D: Refreshing drink, but not impressive. Hops are nice, but delicate. Malts are small and smooth. Doesn't quite spark my interest enough to try again, but was decent. I prefer the hoppier, maltier, stronger American IPA.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd prolly guess this was bottled over 6 months ago. Neck shows "80434 0946" but I haven't yet found out what that indicates.

Great head retention. Hazy golden orange with some different sized chunks. Gorgeous.

Flavor - In short: honey and orange marmalade. Also some white grape juice. Most of the English hops have faded here.

Thick and creamy.

Most hop presence in the beginning of the middle. This bottle is way sweet.

I'm usually not too fond of English beers, but this is definitely my favourite English beer I've had. This is definitely not an American IPA. Past samples I reveled at it's smoothness, complexity, and craftsmanship. Any IPA that hides 7.5% abv extemely well. No alcohol bite.
The numbers rated here reflect past tastings that were certainly more favored than this.

Although their website brags in different wordings about it's cellarability and that it improves with age; I'd love to try it fresh. This was too sweet for me.

Worth trying once, albeit very expensive.
After emailing the brewery I found it almost a year old:

The code reads as follows. The beer went through the filler at 0946 AM on the 43rd day of 2008 and came out of FV4. The beer has a three years shelf life and as it is a beer that is intended to be aged, most people want the chance to drink it older, not younger.
Happy sampling.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle from Whole Fodds, Sarasota, FL.
Poured cloudy amber color with an average frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing.

Moderate tart citrus aroma.

Medium body and a dry slick texture.

Medium bitter flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Solid drinkable beer and one of my top rated beers for style.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On a bus to Napa with several others.

A - Orangish blonde pour with 2 fingered head. It dissipates fast and leaves little lacing.

S - Flowers, caramel, slight creaminess too.

T - Honey caramels, flowers, and a nice lingering creaminess.

M - Creamy definitely good. Well-balanced. Super sweet for an IPA.

D - Good, very different from the standard American IPA. Very creamy and drinkable. No alcohol feel either.

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Photo of cvfish
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy orange color that boosts a decent white foamy head, and retains around the glass well

S - Lots of hops! Slight citrus and light fruits

T - Moderate presense of hops with some light fruity taste, grapefruit

M - Slight carbonation, moderate body

D - Good beer, but still waiting for my IPA wow moment

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Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of vancurly
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BB 24 4 11

a) Pours very nicely from the 750mL bottle. Heavy rocky white head, sticks to glass. Hazy dark golden/amber

s) Fruity hop notes hit first...quickly supported by toasty malt caramel notes. I get a flashback to Thomas Hardy.... Warms to faint citrus, maybe some peach..

f) Lovely flavour, bread crusts & caramel...malty sweet, some hop citrus spiciness, but not overtly bitter. Dried fruits / marmalade.... Quite sweet. For an IPA, would expect some more hop character..partic full boil bitterness, and flavour hops.

m) Coating and syrupy, cloying. Mouthfeel alone suggests a slow drink, not suitable for quaffing.

d) All up, it's very tasty...but somewhat sweet. I think it's on the same vector as English Barley Wine, only lighter.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at Marty's in Newton MA.

A: Pours with a gorgeous moussy thick off white head. A very light gold hue - surprising color for an IPA from either side of the pond. good head stand.

S: A nice mineral sulfur character melds with grassy and fruity hoppiness. Obviously mellow compared to American IPAs. Caramel like malt aroma lingers in the background.

T: A very smooth taste. Piquant bitterness is mellow but clearly noticeable. Orange/marmalade like hop flavor. Sulfur and metallic notes show up as well. A sweet malt base balances out the bitterness.

MF: Smooth. Medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D, notes: The bitterness in this beer is very well done - smooth. My sense is that this is a perfect example of the style.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle.

Pours with a large creamy white head. Somewhat cloudy, lots of particulates. Deep amber color. Sweet resiny, yeasty, alcohol aroma. Definitely restrained in the use of hops, no in your face pine or citrus here. Medium chewy body. Honeyish malt throughout, bit of a marmalade flavor along with caramel and dried friut. Crisp bitterness in the finish, very well balanced.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tria. Pours a yellow-orange with a thick white head. Aroma of mild citrus and grassy hops. Flavor of sweet malt, not really hoppy at all. Chill, ok, with a smooth palate. Decent, but it was not what I was expecting for an IPA.
7/4/6/4/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured nice deep orange with a small white head, Smelled and tasted less than great. Smelled of malt and some hops, rather let down. Tasted some hops, plenty of malt and if you let it go for a minute the bitterness will hit you at the very end but not much. It was an average IPA but not worth what I paid for it, however always worth a try and not to bad.

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Photo of tadowdaddy
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very clear orange color with 2/3 of an inch of tan head that retained very well. Lacing was mediocre.

S- Very fruity/citrusy.

T- Very different than an American IPA. Hop taste in this one was a bit different than expected. Lots of fruity/citrusy hops and a tad bit of a caramel malt background. Not overly bitter, a tad bit sweet.

M- Not too thin, not too thick. Perfect in terms of carbonation. No bitter aftertaste at all.

D- Very Smooth, EASY to drink. Very good alternative to an american IPA.

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Photo of JohnW
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured very lively into tall glass, with a thick dense white head that stuck to the glass for the duration. Medium bronze colour. Aroma not as strong as I expected, fairly laid back, more malty with hints of pine and spices, touch of sweetness - not the sharp citrus you get with some IPAs.

Very smooth texture, medium heavy, slightly sweet to start but the hoppy bitterness comes through with the swallow, making a very satisfying combination. The sweetish start reminded me of the character of some Belgium pale ales. Great balance between the smooth spicy slightly sweet start and bitter finish, not extreme in either area making it easy to drink.

The alc content makes this a very satisfying beer, but one to be savoured over time, not guzzled - so I could not ever class it as a session beer - but one to be enjoyed at a relaxed pace. Really enjoyed this, and would make it a regular addition to my bottled beers list.

B'ham UK January 2009

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

Nice hazy orange-gold pour with a thick squatty head. Aroma is mostly orange-citrus hops and sugary sweetness. Extremely smooth taste of the same citrusy hops, with some Granny Smith apple-like aftertaste mixed with a solid malt back. Some soapiness as others have pointed out, but overall, a really good beer. Stays kind of in the middle of an English IPA and a West Coast.

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Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! Great beer! Got this 750 ml cork finished bottle in Miami Beach a couple months ago. Poured with a big foamy frothy head and some lace. Hazy medium amber color. Nose was grassy, citrusy, a bit hoppy and malty. Nice and bitter on the tongue in the mouth that perfectly goes with the champagne carbonation. Great mouthfeel. Excellent beer. Nice change of pace from the amped American IPAs. A bit boozy warmth there. Good burps too. Finish leaves me smiling. Wot a beer. Wish I had more.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting this claims to be an authentic IPA. After so many over the top West Coast IPAs this one made a believer out of me that this was the way is was supposed to be done. From a 750 ml C&C bottle, this poured a slightly cloudy amber color with a nice fat off-white head that left glue-like lacing rings. Very attractive. Nose of caramel malts and some grassy hops. Very smooth and rich mouthfeel. Flavor is of citrus and pine hops, and the finish is nice and bitter. One of the easiest drinking IPAs I have seen.

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Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

750ml bottle purchased at Sainsbury's - Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire) U.K.

Appearance - cloudy orange with a thick, off-white head. Good lacing.

Smell - lots of hops (floral and herbal notes).

Mouthfeel - good carbonation with an almost crisp feel.

Taste - This is what I expected from a British IPA. Lots of hops, nicely balanced with subtle malt (sweetness like honey).

Drinkability - High. If it weren't a challenge to remove the cage and cork from the bottle I would've enjoyed more. Recommend enjoying this IPA across the pond as it happens to lose something in shipment (i.e., not as bold/spicy).

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Photo of BeerDetective
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this in September at the tied pub in Greenwich, and I was interested to see what others had rated it. The color is a nice amber, and lots of good hops aroma, but the bitter flavor is not as strong as an IPA here in the states, but stronger than most British IPA's I have had there. I would compare it most to a slightly hoppier Sierra Nevada, or possibly a Stone Pale Ale, nice to drink and pleasant enough for me to hunt it out this side of the pond.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 Pt, 9.4 oz. bottle with no dating that I could find. Given the champagne cork and the relatively high ABV (7.5%) I poured this one into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a almost-clear-but-not-quite pale orange color, lots of carbonation rising inside. The head formed a pilowy soft white 2-3 fingers thick, and retained nicely. Note: as I poured more into the glass the beer became more and more cloudy as the sediment got stirred up.

Aroma: Floral hops dominate with some pale malts in the background.

Taste: Floral hops up front along with some sweet malts. A lot of fruit flavors come through in the beginning and middle, especially green apples. I also got some grapefruit in the middle. Very complex. The hops take over from there, and dominate through the finish, lingering nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, fairly thick but very smooth. the carbonation was lively, and balanced well.

Overall: Excellent. Keep in mind, though, that this is an English IPA and not an American IPA. So if you're looking for a hop explosion, you might be disappointed. Either way, I highly recommend this one to all who enjoy a nice IPA.

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India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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