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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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Ratings: 591 |  Reviews: 352
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the color of light orange peel with a small head of slightly off white foma. Aromas are citrus and hop with some nice fresh baked bread malts as well. This one is not that hoppy for an IPA but for a British IPA it is quite hoppy. Very refreshing, zesty, and drinkable due to the smooth mouthfeel and snappy hop spice flavor. A goodie.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly hazy orange copper with a foamy slightly tan head.

Smell. Has a very nice crispness to it with a citrus and piney hoppiness. Small caramel sweetness, and i also get a touch of a nuttiness.

Taste. The dominant flavors that i am getting is a lemon citrus and a bit of a yeast in it thats similar to a belgian. Hops do have a very nice character without being very bitter. I barely get any sweetness in the beer, until it warms a little when it turns a little like apricot fruitiness. Aftetaste gets a touch sweet and is pleasant.

Mouthfeel. Body is at a medium level. Carbonation is pretty high. Nice balance.

Overall, a very nice english ipa. A bit pricey, but worth checking out as it has a good complexity and nice flavors that work well together.

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for sharing this 750 ml bottle:

Pours hazed golden with a large foamy head that slowly descends to half-size and stays around. Foamy lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is lemony, earthy, floral, leafy, citric. A caramelish/grainy background lends a balance to a nice, hoppy aroma.

The taste is hoppy - nice blend of Fugggles and East Kent Golding - The hops show their potential, matching the aroma well. Tied together with a caramelish/grainy maltiness the hops show well while being balanced. The hoppiness is more subtle than American IPA's - but stand out more than typical for English IPA.

Medium-bodied - bitterness remains into the aftertaste without being puckering.

A pleasant, well-crafted English IPA - great example of the style.

Thanks again, John!

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

L: Thin white head that disapears quickly. The color is a very light orange and the beer is very cloudy.
S: I struggled picking up anything huge on the nose. Just a very light citrus grapefruit smell.
T:Sharp citrus piney hops up front. Very faint grapefruit through out.
M:Light fizz
D:Very good. Nothing real intense so very approachable. You could even say light enough to drink all day long.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A neo-British IPA in a corked bottle, nice. Pours a very hazy grapefruit color, lots of sediment floating around in this bottle-conditioned ale. Half fizzy/creamy white head diminishes, but never quite goes away. Aroma is ripe with candied sugar and tropical fruit with oranges with a spicy bite to them. Taste has a sweet malty character with a restrained citrusy hop flavor. Nice bitter kick at the end from the cascade hops.

Near-perfect balance in this brew. I'm going to save a bottle and see how it ages. A buy well worth it.

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Photo of SwordandSorcery
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange with a thin foamy head
Aroma is feint and citrusy
lightly carbonated and refreshing with a very orange citrus flavor
some floral undertones that linger. not very bitter on the palate but leaves a bitter hop aftertaste

Amazing and very different from the traditional piney grapefruit IPAs I am used to. A must try for any IPA fan.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: The kids tell me the bottle lists 7.5% abv, the print is so fine my eyes weren’t up to the task. Big green champagne looking bottle brags of Fuggles and Golding hops.

Aroma: Perfumed, floral and earthy with a bit of coriander.

Appearance: Dark gold glass holds a fluffy white sticky head that leaves heavy lace.

Flavor: Mild, earthy English hops, but the Fuggles aren’t very strongly noted (thankfully, as I don’t care for the Fuggles). While hoppy, it’s not really bitter, just flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Low carb, not really as oily as other IPA’s.

Overall Impression: Mellow English IPA, easy drinking.

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

More hoppy than the regular British IPA, with Fuggles and Gouldings, a very drinkable pleasant IPA. Right there in balance. Good aroma, foamy head and lots of creamy lace. Orange, vanilla, pear flavours. Satisfying aftertaste which is not too dry, perhaps due to appropriate carbonation.
Still good on tap at Town Hall, 10 months later though liked it better in the bottle.

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Photo of stephendr
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. glass bottle- color of hazy orange, with a thick light cream colored head - nose of dried apricots, yeast, and stale ginger – taste of some hops, citrus (mostly grape fruit, and lemon/lime), and slight malt- body is medium , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of resin, and some sweet malt

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

Pours a fully clouded orange with a very minimal head. Nose is perfumed and also with hop character. Flavor is very smooth and consistent with hops. There is a definite salty tone. Feel has a lot of bubble and a good liquid feel. Overall this is a good smooth IPA. Nothing showy at all, but more along a traditional line I would say. Nice to try.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a very interesting IPA
Pours a cloudy orange/peach haze. Nice fluffy head with good lace. The nose is of hops, but not the piney grapefruit hop smell of NW IPAs. the british brew has a subtle nose. The taste is incredibly smooth. Spicy at first, then picks up speed with hops flavors. Very unique hop taste, but still has a nice bitter bite. yet uniquely smooth. Kind of strange, and reminds me more of a cross between a belgian and an american style IPA. Very interesting beer and very very refreshing. good beer from meantime. Recommended. i will say that this beer was in the cellar for a while, so some of the hop flavors may have diminished, and i may have underrated the nose.

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Photo of bark
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another “historical brew” from Meantime: According to the label, this ale is supposed to taste like the IPAs of the early 19th century.

The beer is bottle conditioned. The liquid is clear; the colour is medium dark brass. The finger thick head is off white. Almost no lacing.

The smell is loaded with hops (Goldings and Fuggles according to the label). Some sour-bitter flavours, mixed dried fruits and a hint of toffee.

The taste starts off with some wooden matured notes. Fruit candy. Bananas. Apricot brandy. Not as (alpha) bitter as I had expected. Lots and lots of fruits, some sweetness. Marzipan. But where’s the alcohol? The aftertaste is bitter with notes of fruit salad and sour-bitter candy. Figs. Raisins.

The carbonation is strong; the liquid as smooth as one could expect. The beer gives an peculiar fat mouthfeel.

A highly interesting and different IPA. I suspect that it might be even better off after a few years in the cellar.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the big 750 into a fairly large goblet. Body is fizzy, slightly hazy, perfectly neutral amber-orange. Head is as near as makes no difference to white and merengue stiff and fine. Simply incredible presentation, head-wise. Falls to rings and islands, leaving very open lace.

Smell is, surprisingly, somewhat lager-like at first. Yeast is forward, along with all the hops you'd expect. Smells dry - brut dry, even. Acrid hops, if not piney, somewhat leafy; no fruit. Maybe some green peppercorns. A good deal of booze for a medium avb. Ale-like nature of yeast comes out a little more when warm.

Taste is smooth to the point of being a little empty up front. Middle has some nice lightly toasty malts and tiny hints of honey. More vegetable-like than the nose. Some hints of fruit peel, more apple than orange. More than a little bit like a highly-hopped lager, again.

Mouthfeel is out of this world. Reminds me of something that's been nitro-gassed, but without the overbearing reminder that it's fleeting. So finely carbonated and so smooth, this could taste half as good and be a joy to swill.

Fortunately, this beer does actually taste quite good, so it's as drinkable as the sum of it's parts - quite a bit.

I've had a lot of beers that are 5's in smell or in taste, but this is by far the best feeling, best drinking brew I've ever had. The fact that it's still quite hoppy is a bonus you don't even appriciate until the thought hits you.

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Photo of bassmantin
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very bright thick gold with nice bright white head.

Smells very fruity and tart, not like an IPA at all. It's almost like a lambic. I'm intrigued.

The taste is very enjoyable. I would call it a three-way hybrid among a lambic, and barleywine, and an IPA. The mild hops are a nice touch on the finish. Perhaps a little too much malty sweetness for me, but that's what makes it unique.

Overall: Good for kicks. Give it a try.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle picked up at Erickson's Fine Wine in Eagle for about $9.50... pricey but I had to try it when I saw it. Shared with Brenda; my half poured into a red wine balloon.

Very orange... a little hop haze... nice 3/4 head that didn't leave that much lacing.

Smell is hop dominated, but only slightly.. nice toasted malts and a touch of caramel.... very smooth English hop aroma grassy and spicey... great balance.

Toasted and sweet grains are replaced by English dominant pale malts in the palate... again the English hops are flavor dominant, but still perfectly in balance. A minerally finish just to remind me this is brewed properly and in England. Palate is lite medium with just enough bubbles to keep in interesting through the entire bottle. Be careful with the final pour from the bottle, or gobs of yeast come out... no big deal really, I already saw what this gem looked like on the first pour. No doubt, I could drink this one all day and long into the night.

This brew is probably the best English IPA I've had to date ... just tastes like I always hoped my EIPA's did... there is something to do with the hardness of the water. I told Brenda that I would probably never buy this one again, just based on the price... I "think" I may have lied a bit.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml green bottle caged and corked. Wonderful looking artwork.
Poured into a pint glass.

Note: This is a recreating of an IPA from 1820. The info tab on the neck of the bottle indicated that they researched the style then aged the beer for 2 months to simulate the journey to India. On to the beer.

A: Super hazy orange color. Almost three fingers of white head.

S: Weird hop smell. Can't quite put my finger on it. Tons of citrus notes. piny after that. Orange/lemon/grapefruit. Really complicated nose.

T: Totally different. This is an 1820 IPA. Tastes like a dry hoped pale ale. The hop and malt are in perfect balance and this is one enjoyable beer.

M: Light to medium body. Medium level of carbonation. Dry finish because of the hops.

D: Really drinkable. Totally unique beer. Definitely worth the $9. Everyone is noting that this is a UK IPA but it would be better described as a historical IPA along the lines of that 4 pack Sam Adams puts out. Well done.

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

When I saw this, I didn't even bother looking at the price tag...it's a classy label; green bottle and cage/cork lending further airs of sophistication. I don't think beer labels necessarily need to be classy, and I've seen plenty of ultra-tacky wine labels, but this seems like the sort of thing that could make the snobbiest wine snob re-consider the world of beer. Onward...

There's nothing utterly spectacular about how this looks, but nothing at all wrong either. Just something really nice about it. It sits there looking seductive, with its slightly hazed, dark burnt-yellow body and rocky cap making wild lace patterns as it drops. If judging on looks alone, it's hard to find much fault. Just shy of perfect.

Aroma is sweet doughy malt with a crisp apple zing and a gentle fruity caress from the hops (Fuggles and Goldings, says the brewery). A musty element enters as it warms, seemingly the yeast looking for a little attention.

Taste-wise, the hops are a little rough, not in a Triple Gonzo IPA way, but in their very earthy bitterness. I think of the smell of fresh topsoil as I drink this. Hard to absolutely love, but very easy to appreciate. Toasted malt comes into play, as does a variety of zingy, tangy fruits. Belgian pale ale elements arrive in the more unrefined aspects of the flavor--probably the yeast talking. Finishes with a green-apple pucker, pleasantly dry and a little on the crisp side.

This has a frustratingly elusive quality, but it's also clearly damn good. Maybe it's one of those beers that tastes wildly different went stored and drank at different temperatures. Maybe it has the kind of complexity that takes awhile to unravel. There's just one bottle here (granted, a nice big bottle), so I can't claim any kind of trusted experience on it. I do know it's an easy-to-enjoy IPA...one that hides it's 7.5% very well...one that clearly differs from its American counterparts. Would love to try their Porter.

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Photo of Rainintheface
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into SA glass

A: Beautiful looking. cloudy, golden orange with two finger white head that lingers abit. sheets cling to glass. medium carbonation

S: Mild on the nose. floral, earthy and a tad spicy as well as mild caramel. all in moderation

T: chewy oranges, fairly malty and some caramel

M: medium body with some hop bitterness. dry on the finish

D: nice size bottle to quench my beer wants. no problem having a few of these.

A great beer. Has some more all around heft than I'm used to with an English ale. I'd like to see others follow Meantime's lead.

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

looks really nice... hazy light orange. nice frothy white head that diminishes slightly, but pretty much sticks around the whole quaff. nice lace as well. i expected the smell to be a little more pungent, but it is pleasing none the less. nice brit hop profile. citrusy, but not grapefruity. sweet malt and some biscuit. taste was better than the nose suggested. i experienced a well balanced beer that had a generous hopping (dry hopped too), but a hopping that didn't strictly run the show. i enjoyed the sweet malty backbone and long smooth finish with a bite. i just really enjoyed the taste, and the bitter thing i experience in most of the english ipa's i've tried wasn't there. i appreciate the taste of the hop more that way. almost what i would call full bodied, and very soft and silky. i'll have another please.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/02/07- Purchased at Draeger's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle both caged and corked. Didn't recall seeing any fresness codes. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Light orange, off amber coloring. Fluffy and frothy sparkling white 3/4 inch head. Settles at a decent ring of froth. Leaves nice trails and patches of lacing.

Smell- Lots of hoppy goodness with more citrus notes than of pine and/or grapefruit. Seems like and orange-lemon combination. Sweet caramel malts as well in the nose.

Taste- Mmmm, very very well balanced. Nice orange hoppy flavor added with a nice sweet roasted malt makes for a terrific taste. A bit of biscuit, might even be just a touch more malty than hoppy. Tastes very fresh, especially in the hop dept.

Mouthfeel- Very brisk and biting carbonation level. A bit too much for me. Duvel-like in texture. Only drawback for me at least. Good bitter fruity aftertaste.

Drinkability- Seems more like a well balanced American made IPA than one of English style. Either way it's a great beer that is tops for me in English and one of the better ones under American. I've past this beer by several times because of the $10 price tag, but I will be returning again to try. Excellent job.

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

Poured a slightly hazy golden-orange. One finger head that hung around a while. The aroma was lemony and tea-like. The flavor threw me for a loop at first - it was well-hopped, but with English hops, so the profile was different. I tasted crushed children's chewable aspirin at first that soon expanded into an earthy hoppiness that became pleasantly balanced between hop flavor and bitterness. Grainy malt lent sufficient backbone to carry the hop flavors and ale fruitiness.

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Photo of ericj551
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I spotted this one at the local grocery store and had to give it a try. I had never heard of Meantime Brewing Company but I was intrigued. The beer pours a golden copper, very hazy with a thick foamy head that lingers. The label warms of a slight haze, and I am certainly not disappointed. The aroma is sharp resiny, piney and herbal hops with a light background of pale malts. Malt sweetness and hop flavor, mostly citrus and pine, appear in the flavor up front. This is followed by a strong, assertive bitterness. I think the beer could use just a bit more malt sweetness to balance the bitterness. I'm curious how true this beer is to 1820's IPA's. I like the idea, I'll have to look for their other beers.

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Photo of cbrakel
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After recently sampling a wide variety of IPA's, I stumbled upon this gem at Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA.

My expectations were quite high for this beer, having it recommended from a trusted source.

My first tasting blew me away....a fantastic beer....well-balanced, hoppy, but rich, complex and smooth.

Now, on the second tasting, I can say that this is one of the best IPA's I've had to date. It does not disappoint. However, this is a beer that should be savored...

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

Nicely packaged 750ml bottle, cork and caged with eye catching labels.

The beer poured a hazy dark amber with a firm white head.

The aroma is all about hops, a lot more hoppy than the usual English IPA style of today.

The taste is also very hoppy, again more prominent than the normal IPA's in the UK.

The mouthfeel is fine, the hoppiness does become drier though, as the taste goes.

An interesting beer from an interesting brewery, well worth trying.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty beverage but a mild IPA. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer but its a simple and subtle IPA. Definitely a british IPA it has slight sweet fruity/citrus start and a subtle hop finish and low carbination. At 7.5% the flavor grows on you and is delicious especially at the bottom of the 750ml bottle. Very worth a try.

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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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