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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Photo of Walken
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Meantime: India Pale Ale (06/06/08)
750 ml. bottle: poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Cage needed to be removed with a wire cutter. About ten seconds after removing the cage, the cork flew up towards the ceiling, without any prodding. Beer pours out a hazed orange color with some yeast in suspension and a big, puffy off-white head. Head fades over the course of a minute into a one inch cap, leaving patches of lace.
Odor: Fruity ester & rich caramel up front with earthy, floral and citric hop undertones.
Consistency: Soft, creamy and firm medium body with a bit of fruity acidity.
Taste: Mirroring the aroma, the fruit and caramel are in it to win it. Fruit is complimented by burnt currant and toasted bread flavors from the malt. Hop flavor comes on mid palate, herbal, grassy and mild. Finish is bready with some lingering earthy flavor from the hops as the malt drops away.

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Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, excellently packaged champagne bottle replete with one of those little wire cage things around the cork.

I've only had a handful of British IPA's (which I guess are the proper IPA's, right, since they invented them? At the very least they're the traditional ones). So, although I might not know to what standards, exactly, I should review this beer, I will nonetheless try not to judge it against its American cousins.

Really pretty pour. Notching on the bottle says it's best before January 1st 2010, and whenever you get a boast like that it's always hard to tell how old a beer really is. Still, it's by no means overcarbonated, and it sits in my chalice like a very finely crafted belgian--amber IPA coloring with a thick, rocky white head that will not die.

Smells of pungent citrus hops, downright Americanish, along with lighter nodes of spicy European hops and a very distinct, very syrupy malt that is more like one you'd find in an American double IPA than an American single.

Tastes--ahh, I'm going to have to punish this beer a bit for the hubris of its Best Before date, because it tastes a little aged (and not in a good way). The hops are an interesting blend of citrus and spice, but they're far more subdued in the flavor than they are in the smell. A fruity, lightly stale malt (not fresh but not unpleasant by any means) backs them up pretty well, but the effect is far from the brilliance that the aroma suggested this beer had to offer at one point.

Good. If I ever get to sample a fresher batch I will re-review.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.
Beautiful white head and hazy light orange body.
Clean citrusy smell with malt behind it.
Orangey taste with slight hop tart.
Very carbonated, can see it and feel it. Not sure about this- very pricey, but also very different in a good way.

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

Pours an amber color with an orange glow. One finger of slightly yellowed head sits on top with great retention that lasts the whole way through, and a bit of lacing.

The aroma is simple, but powerful. A citrusy and floral hop profile presents itself. Also a bit of tangy yeast.

the taste is quite nice. Mild citrus notes that bring a slight bitterness. More moteable may be a more organic floral like taste. A bit of caramel sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a subtle carbonation pop.

Drinkability is fairly high as the alcohol is relatively moderate and the flavors are great. Alcohol is also well hidden. Add it all together and we have a very drinkable English IPA. Quite a nice brew.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into two pint glasses. Pours a deep gold color with a strong head. The carbonation rose in a cyclone fashion which was preety enjoyable to watch. A lot of hops in the nose. Taste is even hoppier with a dry and bitter finish that takes some getting used to. Pretty different from American IPA's, but still tasty. Overall, a very good IPA. While I prefer American IPA's, this is still a damn good brew.

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Photo of ABCJiugui
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle into shaped pint, no date, but quite sure it's fresh

A- hazy at first, clears up a little bit as it warmed, golden light orange, rocky head at first, 3 fingers, recedes very quickly into very wispy cap to non-existent. No lacing, but the head reminded me of nice cask conditioned ales I've had, so that's a plus.

S- Fruity, some very light caramel/butterscotch/toffee, floral honey

T- lightly sweet at first, finishes dry, english malts are present and very different than US IPAs, as is the hopping- very present and up front, but definitely subdued english flavor. Some grassiness/earthy tones to it, reminded me of really over steeped teas, which isn't actually a knock on it, just a particular flavor profile I picked up and found interesting. Hops definitely linger, earthy in nature, afterwards but nowhere near intrusive/abrasive.

M- fine carbonation that dissipates softly on the tongue. Medium-light body, soft.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer. As an english IPA, this is a nice take as I understand it, and definitely sets it apart from other IPA renditions. As such, it's worth coming back to, provided one knows what it is. Time to try the london porter!

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

A: Nice burnt orange color with lots of floaties.

S: A little spicy hoppiness for aroma with some faint hints of fruitiness.

T: Big and malty palate that is very dry and bitter. Some woody and smoked malt tones along with burnt caramel. Earthy hops provide a big bitter ending to a sweet malt beginning. Some floral taste as well from hops as along with some sour orange flavor. Big and dry and very bitter for a finish.

M: medium fullness with a great hop bittering finishing dry and floral

D: Good drinkability. nice malt tones add complexity to a good english ipa and is enjoyable.

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Photo of cmmprez
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After drinking many sub-par IPAs, this was a refreshing change. This London IPA was extremely well-balanced and mellowing. It had a great hop flavor profile (fuggles) without the astringent bitterness that is characteristic of so many American IPAs. This is a beer that I could have a few rounds of without having my mouth become completely dried out. It drinks more like a Pale Ale than a IPA.

It looks like a Hefewiesen in its cloudy yellow appearance. The aroma was mostly clean with subtle hops. Hopheads will not be overly excited about this brew. I thought it was well crafted and would strongly recommend this beer.

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Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. Hazy gamboge color with a beige head of just over an inch. No lacing but above-average retention.

Nose isn't very strong but I get an odd note that strikes me as very similar to bay laurel. Obviously a hop-induced aroma but not one I've ever inhaled before.

Flavor starts out with the same note, but it's easier to taste the nuances than to smell them. It's quite lemony with some pepperiness that lingers as the hops fade to toffee malt. The balance here is typically British. Low bitterness, lots of earthiness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soft, booze is unapparent, body is a shade under medium thickness.

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Photo of grees20
2.71/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend picked up a bottle of this for a recent tasting. Pours a quite cloudy straw shade with a thick head. Aroma is weak for an IPA. Lots of carbonation, almost tingles like champagne on the tounge. Where's the hops? The hop kick is essential in an IPA and this just doesn't have it. No bitterness. Really disappointed with this English IPA.

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Photo of Mark
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Only my love of all things British allowed me to fork out the ridiculously expensive amount of green it took to buy just one bottle. Orangey amber color had good head retention and decent lacing. Aroma was inviting, a bit of citrus and other fruity notes were evident. This is supposed to be made true tot he original style which was loaded with hops but I didn't think it was that hoppy. Some orangey hoppiness seemed to be the main flavor, a flavor I have detected in some other IPA's but I expected a bit more sharp hops here. All in all not a bad beer by any means and it tasted good in it's way. Just a bit of a letdown and way to expensive.

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Photo of Vansmack
2.33/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I have to say that I was really excited about drinking this beer after seeing the A- rating. Even at Bevmo, the guys were raving about it. So here goes the review.

Appearance: I have to say, when I first poured it, Meantime looked awesome! Poured a nice thick head. It had a cloudy hefeweizen color. I have to admit, it looked very refreshing.

Smell: The smell was pretty good as well. It was a sweet smell. I could smell a fruity almost papaya smell. Very aromatic. But no hoppy smell.

Taste: This is where the good turns into bad. For the amount of money I spent for an IPA made in England... I was not impressed at all. It really didn't taste much like an IPA. For some reason, it tasted like a Chimay white. A bad Chimay white at that. It was not hoppy at all. Did not have the bite and kick of a true IPA.

Mouthfeel: Gotta say that it was boring on my tongue and in my pallatte. I tried over and over to find the flavor and hops. None there.

Drinkability: I drank the entire bottle because of how much I paid for it. I almost poured it down the drain.

I truly do not recommend this IPA. I did not understand why it was priced so high and why it got such high ratings. I'll stick to my Green Flash IPA.


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Photo of flannelman808
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After everything I read about this beer, I thought it would be the holy grail of IPA's. Well lets not get carried away.

This beer pours with a gorgeous bone white head that lathers the glass.

The bouquet is floral and abundant ... so far so good.

However upon first taste one is let down. There is a frothy citrus note leftover in the mouth as sort of an afterthought to lots of carbonation. Not very bitter overall, and somewhat devoid of depth of flavor. Perhaps just overly subtle. I don't know why this beer gets the applause that it does, and it is MOST certainly not worth the coin.

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Photo of brendan13
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Meantime snifter a very hazy orange golden colour with 2 centimetres of white fluffy head that falls away rather quickly.
S - Freah floral and fruity hop notes. Some fruity yeast esters.
T - The fresh hops are also quiet evident in the taste, as well as a nice dry biscuit malt character.
M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation for the style.
D - If only it came in smaller would be great. Complex without being overpowering. A beer well worth trying.

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Photo of blakesell
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle into a Belgian style glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy clouded orange with yeasties running rampant all through the beer. A large two finger head of foam dissipates to a froth that lingers and clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- A malty biscuit upfront with a nice big floral and earthy hop background. Hints of pine and freshly mowed grass give this English IPA a bit of an Americanized feel. Citrus and freshly baked bread also linger on the nose of this IPA.

Taste- Breadlike with rich malts and grapefruit, earthy hops. A touch musty but it doesn't seem out of place if that makes any sense. A bit herbal and clovelike. Very soft on the tongue with it's ample use of malt to balance. This could be the most balanced English IPA I have ever had.

Mouthfeel- Rich and full bodied mouthfeel with ample effervescent carbonation. Even at 7.5% there are no hints of warming alcohol.

Drinkability- This is a damn drinkable and creamy beverage. Every sip gives another taste of hops and malt. This is just what a beer of this style should be. Very nice work from a brewery that I can find no more beers from.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Super Saver in Somerville...
Recently sampled Meantime's Coffee Porter, which was really good, so I was eager to see what their IPA would be all about...
A very impressive appearance to start off with - Pours a hazy and cloudy, bright-amber, straw-colord appearance with rising carbonation visible and a giant foamy head that left a copious amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Smell was very sweet and piney for an IPA... a lot of sugar evident, along with citrus and lemon nuances...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a nice suggestion of bittersweet grapefruit, slight, sweet hops, canteloupe, fresh florals, sugars, and yeast...
A nice, well-rounded, slightly carbonated mouthfeel led to a good level of drinkablity... No alcohol detected here at all...
Good stuff...

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle a slightly hazy gold with a healthy two-finger white head.

Aroma of apples, lemon, yeast, spices, and floral hops.

The taste is spicy and citrus hops, malts, and fresh bread. Finish is warming and slightly bitter.

Medium mouthfeel, warming, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This is easily my favorite English IPA. Well balanced and quite tasty.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into pint glasses.

A = Orange gold, with a hops chill haze, four finger white head, good retention, small bubbles in medium amount of carbonation.

S = Light floral scent, wet fresh-cut grains, some spices, has an almost Belgian yeast smell. Well balanced.

T = Yeasty, spicy hops bite, medium bitterness, slight metallic taste in back of mouth. This is an excellent English IPA. Great balance. This is a very complex beer with lots of tastes intermingling well together/

M = Medium bodied, great mouthcoating, foaming carbonation with perfect fill of mouth on swishing.

D = This is a great English IPA. One of the most drinkable of the style. If you haven't had it, go for it.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A copper colour with about a inch of head that leaves fairly quickly. It looks rather carbonated.

S: It has the smell of English hops mixed with a load of different fruits. Quite pleasing.
T:Very fruity with the English hops at the beginning but the fruits hanging around for a while. However, the taste of alcohol is there at the end, but as usual it leaves the more you drink

M: It's what you'd expect from an IPA.

D: Incredibly drinkable. The fruits and the hops really keep you addicted

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a hazy yellow-orange body with a good inch of rocky off-white head that leaves some lacing and clings to the side of the glass. Smells citrusy, grassy, and herbal (if I had to guess, Fuggles?) Tastes citrusy (grapefruit, orange), grassy, sweet, with some caramel. Full, rich body, though not viscous by any means. Moderate carbonation, enough to leave a semi-clean finish. Wow, very tasty and dangerously drinkable. Far and away the very best example of the style (English IPA) that I have ever encountered. One of the best IPAs of any kind I've had. A bit pricey (9$/bottle), but well-worth the treat.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to see this on tap at Rustico a few weeks ago. I'd only tried it in the bottle so far. This review is based on the notes I took that day.

Brought in standard pint glass, the beer looked awesome. A cloudy golden/apricot color with a big creamy head on top. Lots and lots and lots of lace. The nose was hoppy, with the faint scent of cat pee, but not too strong. Dense, with a funky citrus aroma. I was expecting something different for some reason. The taste was delicious. Lightly fruity but also dense and hoppy. Very well balance (do the Brits do it any other way?). Tangy, but smooth and malty too. Mouthfeel was chewy and thick.

At 7.5% ABV, it's a big, but not too big, beer. In moderation it makes a fine session beer. As with most beers, it seemed fresher and better on tap. A tasty treat for anyone looking for a solid IPA.

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Photo of Lothore
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear, golden yellow with a massive, fizzy head which leaves tons of lacing as it slowly fades.

S- Smell is very grapefruity, yeasty with some barnyard funk, almost saisonesque.

T- Tastes is soft and citrusey up front which leads to a bitterness which creeps into the mouth more and more until its majestic peak.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable/sessionable. This one definitely hit me by suprise. I might have to seek it out again.

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Photo of GimpyCane
2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured hazy orange w/ a four finger off white seafoam head that left a good amount of sticky lace from top to bottom. The aroma was subtle, however I got hints of sweet pear, white grapes and straw upfront. Somewhere in the middle he scent of fresh cut grass and flowers with a doughy finish. I was not so impress with the taste or mouthfeel. Medium body with a toffee sweet beginning that faded out quicky, leaving a light alcoholic and soft carbonation feel. A long lasting bitter ended the drink. Overall, I felt this IPA was on the weak side. Then again I prefer American IPA over English IPA, I feel American IPA has more depth in all catagories.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Meantime IPA was a hazy orange with a finger sea foam head with some good lacing with a mild case of the lacing.

The aroma was a hoppy smell. The taste was hop, hop, hop aroo. It brought lemon and grapefruit to the nose. In the mouth it was dry which left its mark on the tongue. It was chewy with hoppiness in back of the throat & top of the mouth.

Overall well worth the $8.99 I paid for it at the Whole Foods Market in Tualatin.

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Photo of revolution
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pour reveals an orange-colored, somewhat cloudy brew. Streams of tiny bubbles flow. A small head tops it off.

S - citrus fruit smell

T - the hops are obviously there, with a mild kick. So different from all the strong American IPAs I've had (and really enjoyed) lately. There's a mild malt, citrus taste as well

M - overriding carbonation, all the bubbles fill the mouth, with lots of air on the swallow, then the hoppy bitterness presents itself.

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India Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
3.92 out of 5 based on 591 ratings.
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