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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Ratings: 592 |  Reviews: 353
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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Photo of John_M
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours the expected amber mahogany color with fair head retention and minimal lacing. The beer smells fairly attractive, although it doesn't have the sort of aroma I now typically expect in an IPA. I get apple cider, apple and cherry aromas, with just a hint of citrus. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though the beer is a bit maltier and sweeter then I had expected. The beer is not the least bit heavy on the palate, and I was surprised to learn of the 7.5% abv. This beer is pretty easy to drink, but I really could wish for a bit more hoppy citrus to counter the sweet malt. Yes, I know this is an English style IPA, but I still think a bit more hoppy bitterness would improve it.

A solid beer, but just not what I'm looking for in an IPA any more.

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Photo of Nowhereman529
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice clear amber/bronze color from the bottle leaving about a 1-2 fluffy head that took about 5 minutes to dissipate.

Aroma is somewhat underwhelming with only vague smells of hops and malt.

Taste, like other reviewers have stated, is very smooth, with sort of a floral hoppy flavor and a maltiness that is just right. Not an overly powerful beer and not sharp in flavor like a lot of other IPAs. There's a reasonable amount of sweetness and caramel behind this beer as well which gives it a very well rounded flavor, starting out a little bitter and ending on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel is just right for an IPA, a good amount of carbonation and texture is just right.

Overall a very good beer. I would recommend to anyone looking for a top-shelf IPA. Could drink this one again and again.

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

A - A deep amber color with lighter tones around the edges

S - Malty with some floral hop undertones.

T - A little on the sweet malt side with some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall, very well balanced for an English IPA.

M - Thick and smooth.

D - Easy to drink. Sweetness is somewhat limiting if you are drinking it without spicy food.

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Photo of joekfsu
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.6 oz bottle. Pours a dense pale orange with 3 cm white head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma of fruit and hops, a hint of something malty. Initial flavor of sour apple and citrus. Ends hoppy and with some fruit flavors. Light to medium body, limited lacing, moderate carbonation, and some alcohol noted, especially with warming. Overall, a very different IPA than I was expecting, very good, kind of champagne like.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice colour with a slight haze, nice frothy head that laces nicely down the glass.

Have been drinking lots of the American IPAs so to taste this one was certainly a throw back to my UK roots. A lot deeper in it's smell with a leathery note and a lot less fruit than the AIPA counterparts.

Mouthfeel is slightly bubbly, with a light lingering feel

Just bought one large bottle of this (1 pint 9.4oz) and it went down smoothly

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

pours a copper color with a nice frothy white head with great lacing. the nose is yeasty, alcohol, floral hops, leather, old oranges. the taste is mellow hops up front. floral and citrus hops but definately English style because if it was American, the hops would be trying to take over my brain with all of their immense power. also tastes of orange citrus, sweet malts, subtle earthy tone. medium to full body, very sweet finish. I even split the bottle with my girl and we both couldn't finish it because of how sweet it is. although it is probably my favorite English IPA

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color, clouded with sediment even on a gentle pour. Head is white, 1 finger, and leaves good lacing.

Aroma is inviting and complex, with fruity and floral notes and a hint of sweetness.

Taste is amazingly complex and enjoyable. The hops yield apple and pear, pine and pleasant herbal notes. The malt is a caramel-toffee sweetness that is subtly laced through the symphony of hop flavors. Substantial mouthfeel with a peppery, smooth finish.

This ale was a real treat, and one that I will be returning to often.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed all the beers I'v tried from this brewery (this, the porter, and the Scottish ale). Poured into a pint glass, the beer was an orange color with a thick, white, sticky head. Aroma of malt and hops, fruity and floral. Sweet malt taste up front, with an intensifying hops presence. Still, the beer was subtle and not at all a hop bomb. Very nice, would be a good session beer.

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Photo of dnichols
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer at a local beer tasting event where it placed first among a fine selection of brews.

A: It poured a hazy, creamy dirty blond body with a caramel colored head. The head was robust reaching nearly two fingers and it lasted deep into the drink.

S: It had a floral hoppy presence complemented by yeasty aromas that made it smell more like a pale ale than an American IPA.

T: It had a sweet malty base complemented by flavors of sweet yeast and creamy malts. It was very flavorful and entertaining on the tongue.

M: It was a medium-bodied brew with a smooth, creamy and sweet mouthfeel. It had modest carbonation and finished clean.

D: It was a great session IPA. It was well balanced and entertaining.

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Photo of Offa
4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding IPA.

Golden, a tad hazy, bubbly, it has a huge off-white head that's creamy and long-lasting, slowly shrinking to a smaller top and leaving good lace.

The aroms is very nice, fresh & ripe green apples, grapefruit, pine, honey, a little herbal quality.

The taste is sweet and bitter, full of flavour and complexity, applie, pine, honey, citrus, a clear grassy quality, fruit, stewed fruit, and orange marmalade sweetness with alcoholic warmth coming through. It has a dryish, hoppp, spicey finish and is great alone or with food.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Meantime IPA opens with one-inch of bubbly head that quickly dissipates to leave minimal lacing.

It is a dark amber color having minimal clarity.

There is a subtle nose of clove and orange; the taste; initially, there is a mild hoppiness supported by a well balanced hit of malt. One thing of interest is the smoothness in a beer this potent. I guess there is also strength in smoothness.

This is a nicely balanced quaff to please the palate - and not the least bit complicated. Really, a pleasant session beer that is nowhere next to being a "hop bomb."

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Photo of DrJay
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured nearly clear, with a deep orange colour and an inch of beige foam. After it settled a bit, the cap formed a thick, clumpy collar and some chunky lacing. Nice aroma, fruity esters, caramel malts, and floral/grassy hops with notes of citrus. Good flavour too, with oranges and biscuity malts up front, grassy and herbal hops, balanced bitterness, and a bit of alcohol in the finish. More caramel appeared in the malt profile as it warmed, along with orange peel and cake. Medium bodied, seemed like the attenuation was on the low side due to a bit of a sugary mouthfeel, well integrated carbonation, light alcohol warmth and spiciness. This stuff is quite tasty and very easy to drink, plus the balance is great. Definitely something I'd grab again.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I promise to review this as an English IPA vs. an American IPA. I have to keep telling myself that.

When poured from the bottle this beer appeared a slightly cloudy orange amber color that really looked like honey. There was a fairly thin finger/finger & ½ head that formed and did show nice retention. Fairly good looking beer.

The aroma was the first place where it was clear we were dealing with an English IPA. The aroma did have a subdued hop profile but really screamed of a ripe fruit basket. Very nice aroma and fairly complex.

The flavor matched the aroma and was equally as complex and pleasing. I was reminded of ripe peaches, pineapple and cherries in the fruity flavor and this was balanced by a nice hop bitterness. Not really the same hop bitterness as American IPA's with their grapefruit/pine notes, but it evident, none the less. The malt backbone was also there and you got a sense of biscuit/cracker in the flavor as well.

I liked the mouth feel and felt it was rather silky smooth and almost creamy. Carbonation was there but very subtle.

I actually liked this quite a bit. I'd come back here for sure.

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Photo of corey0212
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, this is as handsome-looking a bottle of beer as I've ever seen. Love the bottle tag about them trying to recreate an IPA from 1820...very cool.

Pours a hazy, honeyed orange color, fluffy off-white head, not a lot of lacing...tons of floaties in the glass. Rich malty smell, soft grassy hop aroma, very sweet and bready. Sweet caramel taste, some tangerine, a hint of pine, a hint of the alcohol creeps in, but it's nice. Creamy, active little bubbles, very slight lingering hoppy's there, and you know you've been drinking an IPA, but definitely this is a nice change of pace from the hoppier beers I'm so fond of. This is excellent, and I look forward to trying more from this brewery.

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Photo of scooter231
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with a huge white head, disappears after a while. Leaves a fair amount of lacing, and a thin sudsy layer on top. Very very cloudy with some floaters.

Nose is kind of sweet, honey, citrus, cork/oaky smell, similar to a chardonnay. It's pretty complex, very interesting. Taste is... crazy weird. Honey comes across VERY strong, and there are lemon and orange notes in there as well. It's oddly not as sweet as I'd expected, the honey flavor is just quite strong. The alcohol comes through quite a bit, but the bready malts help balance it out. Lots of roasted, toasted flavors near the end adding a bitter flavor that dries out the palate.

Mouthfeel is thick, sudsy chewy. Oily and slick. Overall this is a very complex, interesting beer. After a while the alcohol content is overwhelming, not sure I'd want a bomber of this again all by myself. But it's one to try.

It took a while for me to get through half of this- by the time I got to the second half, it was muuuuch warmer. And it really started growing on me. It became more floral and grassy, the flavor really improved. I'd for sure get this again, and let it warm up more before I drank it. TRY this.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle corked and caged. Best before 05/11. 7.50% abv.

Rocky, 1cm offwhite head capping a rich amber-brown body. Good retention.

Yeast, metal, bread. Hmmm. Perhaps this is too cold?

Feel is quite syrupy and thick. Lots of maltiness, sweetish. Finishes on metal, residual sugar, grainy sweet malt. Almost hard to drink - really boozy and one dimensional. A bit of fruitiness but it is cloaked in these harsh flavours.

However, I believe this an authentic EIPA, and for that I think I'm generous with the score.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into nonic.

Cloudy golden hue with a two finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thick pillowy cap. Thick solid lacing along the glass.

Light grainy malts with some aromatic hops with just the right amount of bitterness. A touch of diacetyl is in there as well.

Light grains with some grassy hop flavor. A little bit of honey is in there as well. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is lingering grassy hops.

Pretty good EIPA. This beer has great balance, something you don't find in most AIPAs. This is one decent beer. Recommended.

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Photo of meatyard
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a very pretty, clear orange with a large white head that leaves light lacing.

Smells of nice, pleasant, citrusy hops.

Taste is balanced between the hops and malt, nothing overpowering the other. Some bitterness and malt sweetness. Alcohol is hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium and dry.

I think the drinkability is very good.

This is a very nice beer. It's not extreme nor is it bland. It's well balanced and easy to drink. I like American IIPAs a lot but this would be nice to have on a regular basis too.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very attractive looking corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours a very attractive golden orange color with a nice creamy off-white head. The aroma is sweet malt and citrusy hops, a lot fainter than what I expected from an IPA. The taste has to be one of the sweetest IPAs I have tasted, almost a honey like sweetness with some hops in the finish. I am not a huge fan of this beer because of the high amount of sweetness. If it was a little less sweet, I think it would be a great brew, I think the hop profile is pretty solid.

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

This poured a slightly hazy, dark gold color with good white head. It smelled much sweeter than expected, like lots of caramel malt with some prunes and citrus hops. It tasted very mellow and balanced, like roasted malt and caramel with some sweet citrus hops. It was thick with no carbonation, and had a lasting sugary aftertaste. Overall this was a very sweet and malty beer - hardly what I consider an IPA. But it still had very clean flavor and great body.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Poured a hazy orange color, with a light white head that dissolved quickly, except for a thin film that lasted throughout the drink.

S: Aroma was all hops with just a hint of sweetness.

T: The taste was excellent. One of the best IPA's I have had. Deep, full hop flavor. Consistent throughout the drink.

M/D: The beer was full bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Nice bitter aftertaste, but highly drinkable. I will be going back to buy more in the near future and plan to keep it in stock all summer. Exceptional beer. Highly recommend to any lover of the IPA.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml fron Pioneer Supermarket on 74th and Amersterdam in Manhattan NY.

A: Poured cloudy shiney red and straw with rising 2 finger head with lacing till the last quaff.

A: Nose candy and citrius going back and forth.

T: Overly bitter with the citrus taking over the sweeter hops and yeast.

M: Medium and well rounded with plenty of carbonation.

D: I was not impressed with the taste, was expecting more hop flavor and complexity.

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

Musky Orange, which is very vibrant when held up to the light. The head was minimal, with some thin lacing on the edges of the liquid. There was no stickiness, and it didn't ring on the way down.

Really funky smell, almost Belgian Ale like. Lot's of citrus qualities, and some sweet green apple, and marmalade. Interesting.

Lot's of sweet apple again, with slight grapefruit and lot's of zesty lemon from the hops. There is lots of mandarin and orange citrus flavours, sweet citrus. Not what I was expecting at all.

Nice medium bodied mouthfeel, and the carbonation is quite minimal, as if it had been poured from a tap. So there was no extra carbonation like in most bottled beer. Very easy to drink, but the sweetness is a bit over-whelming.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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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