London Pale Ale | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom
meantimebrewing.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mdagnew on 08-04-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in London. White head. Golden orange color.

Very macro like. Grassy hop profile. Bready and biscuity.

I had a hard time with this one. It kind of reminded me of a steam ale.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of tobelerone
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half pint in the Greenwich Union, Meantime Breweries tap house: I gave a bottle of this beer an overall score of 3.98 back in Feb 2010; the on-tap version didn’t do so well.

Bright and clear, the amber body looked clean and inviting; the off-white head didn’t hang around or give off much lacing. The aromas rising from the glass were of floral, fruity hops (is this dry hopped after brewing I wonder?).

Hops dominate the flavour, bitter and fairly sharp tasting, almost leaning towards an over hopped pilsner in its feel and body depth. It didn’t really do it for me, well carbonated, in fact too well, hence my pilsner comment: not the best Meantime beer by a long way.

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Photo of wl0307
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB 21/04/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: pours a dark reddish amber hue with moderate carbonation, topped with a fluffy off-white froth that gradually retreats to a thin blanket lasting throughout the drink.
S: astringent orangey citrusness, salty-sweet prunes, and an aromatic touch of Fuggles marry beautifully with a bit of hop resins at the fringe, against a rather intense sweet pale malty backdrop. Pleasantly hoppy, but the sweet edge of malts smells a bit strong for me. Slightly reminiscent of Young's Special London Ale for the hop mixture.
T: the pronounced grapefruity & sweet-flowery taste (Cascade?) is blended well with the more orangey fruitiness like Goldings, then the maltiness chimes in, delivering a moderate flow of biscuity & lightly-caramely flavour; by stealth, the semi-dry hop bitterness and sweet black-tea creep down the palate, rendering a semi-chewy and bitter-sweet finish with a light tannic edge as in grapefruit peels.
M&D: quite refreshing, softly carbonated, although the texture is somehow "loose" or "not focused" vis-à-vis the juicy flavour (can't describe it in normal English...). Overall, this is a very decent "London" Pale Ale with a decent contribution of American hops as well as an enjoyable salty edge throughout. As delicious as quaffable overall.
Note: The label says the International Beer Challenge 2007 voted this ale "World's Top 50 Beers"; well, I can imagine that the cask-version based on the same recipe (if it exists) would probably have deserved the status, but not this filtered-bottle version.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.43/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at The Market Porter in London. From notes.

A - Poured with lot's of carbonation and a quarter finger eggshell head. The colour was medium to dark gold and bright. Good retention as the head didn't change, but no lacing.

S - Sweet grainy malt and a gentle kiss of English hops. Very mild, very plain.

T - Apple is there with sweet grassy hop. More lager-like than anything. Some pear maybe or lighter sweeter fruit, tastes like a very gently hopped lager more than anything else. Everything was very tame and weak.

M - Very carbonated for the style. Light body with a sweet lingering finish.

O/D - In Canada we have a beer called Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale. The name is a marketing ploy as it is nothing like an IPA. I would say this is the English version of Keith's. There is very little flavour and almost no element of that malty and fairly well hopped character of a typical English Pale Ale.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft, poured into imperial pint glass.

Light amber in color, foamy white head. Mild hops in the aroma. Slightly sweet. Thinner body. definitely an English, not American style

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Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of bark
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The colour is medium amber - the liquid is clear although some small dark crumbs pours out of the bottle in the end. The high compact head is warm off-white.

The smell is medium strong; flowery somewhat bitter notes dominates. Butter, apricot jam and a fine bitterness.

The taste is bitter and flowery with lots of hoppy flavours: Fresh fruits, butter, cloudberries and raspberry jam. The malt is more distinct in the aftertaste with a very carefully roasted semis-sweet flavour, dark rye bread and walnuts. But there are also some hoppy/bitter flavours. Fuggles? Most probably Fuggles.

The carbonation is surprisingly strong for the style. The liquid is mid-smooth.

Meantime says something like "London - the home of the English Pale Ale" and this one pretty much sums up the style in a discreet way, at least the bottled substyle.

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Photo of Suds
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This London Pale Ale pours a completely clear copper color. The head is dense and white, but not very stable. Pretty average in appearance. The aroma is quite good. Very notable hops. Not quite English in the smell, however. Lots of citrus (grapefruit) and pine hop aromas....lend a decidedly American bend to the beer. There's a little biscuity malt underneath the hops. The taste is also hoppy, quite bitter and floral in taste. The bitterness lasts long after the first impression, contributing to a lingering hop finish. Very fresh-tasting, and quite nice.

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Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a decent head and good retention. It was very fresh, well I tasted it at the brewery spot.
Aroma of herbal and floral hops. Sweet malt taste balanced with an herbal and fruity hop flavor, plum and peach more easiest identifiable.
Bitterness that continues in the aftertaste along with a dry finish.
Light Body with a medium carbonation with small bubbles.
Very refreshing beer, holds a long session.

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Photo of Hellpop65
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Was works Christmas party
they actually had 'Craft' hardly the best tho, Meantime Pale
tho to me, it seemed like their IPA watered down
vast improvement however on last year, Black Sheep Ale
& the year before FuthaMucking Peroni (funnily enough in the same place as this year)
I would say competent
nicer aroma than flavour

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Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Tucquan
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-11-04 at the Bull's Head Cask Festival in Lititz, PA

A - Mildly hazy gold with no head.

S - Best part of this brew. It smelled really good with lots of citrus and Simcoe hop floral.

T - Grassy, citrus, white-flour biscuit, spearmint. Not very bitter. Aftertaste didn't linger.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Reasonably creamy.

O - After the great smell, I was hoping for more but the taste didn't follow through. Enjoyed it but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of BdM
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woosterbill
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Crawford St Beehive into a half pint.

A: Pale, clear amber body with plenty of super-fine bubbles rising to replenish a creamy of-white head. Good retention and lacing. Quite nice.

S: Floral, herbal, slightly piney hops are foremost, backed up by just a touch of bready malt. Very clean and inviting. Lovely.

T: Dry, nutty malt and solidly leafy, herbal hops mesh perfectly on the way to a clean, bitter finish. Great balance, very refreshing.

M: Medium body, slightly prickly carbonation. Not as soft as it could be.

O: Terrific little EPA. I could be very happy drinking multiple pints of such a flavorful, balanced, and refreshing pale ale. Good stuff.

Cheers!

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Photo of mdagnew
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a golden orange / amber colour... Slightly off white head poured fairly foamy then faded quite quickly to thin layer... Some patchy lacing...

Aroma - Juicy fruits (oranges, grapefruits, pears) mixed with good caramel maltiness, some pine and grassy hops, biscuity notes, some floral honey...

Taste - Good juicy hop bitterness, nice biscuit and sweetish caramel malts, spicy fruits (oranges, grapefruits, some peach), peppery, honey, maybe some slight metallic notes, very light nutty sweetness just about coming through...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Light body... Supremely quaffable and refreshing - i could happily drink this all evening...

Overall - An excellent pale ale that reminded me of Sierra Nevada PA.... Another excellent brew from Meantime... recommended...

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Photo of mikepcarney
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", my review and possible re-rating comes after I Have this again.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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London Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
3.59 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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