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Brewed by Meantime
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Greenwich, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 863   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned. Also available on keg (filtered but not pasteurised).
Meantime are Britainís only brewers of authentic India Pale Ale. Small batch production allows us to apply the attention to detail and care we require to produce an authentic IPA especially for you. Pound upon pound of Fuggles & Goldings hops are needed to enable us to achieve the dry hopping rates necessary to recreate this great beer style. Enjoy with hot foods and spicy friends, or vice versa.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2006
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy, particulate orange body with a thick, long-lasting creamy off-white head. Aroma of florals, caramel, and light citrus. Flavor of malt, orange, and pine.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2854) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Bottle, from Raleigh Wholefoods. Good aroma. Bittersweet. Orange, grapefruit, grass, grainy. A little peach. Cloudy brownish orange that cleared as it settled. Small head that faded to a little cover top. Nice lace. Bitter flavor, loses all the subtlies of the aroma, grassy grapefruity takes over. Medium body, smooth creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter finish. Nice beer overall, but thought the flavor was a let down after the aroma.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Shared by nolankowal at the last Columbus tasting. Aroma was woody and slightly vinuous--not a lot of hops though. Golden brown pour with a slight white head. The palate was medium to full with low carbonation. Taste was very earthy with a dirty bitter flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle at CTV3. Pours orange with an off white head. The aroma had a lot of malt with some light grassy hops. The flavor was some tropical fruit, booze, sweet malt, and some light citrus hops. More malty than anything else with a somewhat dry finish. Not bad, but I wouldnít spend the money on this one again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2006
750ml bottle shared at Columbus Tasting 3.0 by Nolankowal! - Thanks! - Poured cloudy amber with a short offwhite head. Aromas of light grass and grapefruit. Flavor is more malty than bitter.. Caramel and biscuit flavor dominates with a slightly bitter finish. Much more like a bitter than and IPA as far as I was concerned. Not much carbonation . Drinkable...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Bottle shared by nolankowal: Clear peach color with a thin white head. Aroma, grapefruit and pale malts. Flavor, grapefruit and other citrus notes, malty, and not very bitter at all. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Bottle. Murky, reddish copper color with an ivory head. Sweet, fruity and malty aroma with some caramel and hoppy notes. Big caramel and malt flavors with a bit of bitterness. Does not drink at all like the west coast IPAís Iím used to here in California but itís still a really nice beer. Really tastes like a very light Barley Wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Hazy orange color with a small beige head. The aroma is pretty sweet, with citrus hops and fruit, and sugary malt. Flavor of citrus, hops and sugary malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Pours out a nice deep amber color with a nice beige head. Aroma is very hoppy and floral. Flavor hits you with a nice citrus punch and a hoppy finish. This a a very nice brew.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5360) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2006
Iím not a fan of Hookís brewing style. He likes clean beers, while I like beers with a bit of rough character. He likes to imitate and follow, while I like brewers who produce interesting beers. He produces a lot of lagers, while I like ale. And when he does venture into ales, itís to copy the clean style of American brewers rather than the fruity, yeasty style of the British. Itís typical of Hook that when he makes an "authentic" British IPA, having "carefully researched the history of the style" and wanting to make it as "true to the London origin as possible" that he simply copies the American IPA, and then advises people to "pay attention to the serving procedure" by serving at "refridgerator temperature" and to pour carefully "so retaining any sediment in the bottle". God forbid that you should actually want to taste any fucking character in this beer! Sure enough itís a clean tasting American IPA. Perhaps softer than most IPAs - hovering around in the area between an APA and an IPA - but certainly All American. There is mention of "pound upon pound of Fuggles & Goldings", though the hops taste more American cascade than earthy British. The malt is juicy, well behaved and quite sticky sweet like American malt. I like it. And I like the hops. I may moan and bitch about Meantime, and the brewing attitude, but I have to hold my hanbds up and admit that this is a nice beer. Yep, it is clearly aimed at the American market. Yep, it ignores (as do all of Hookís beers) the British beer culture in which he is based. Yep it is clean and predictable. Yep, he has simply copied other people. But, itís a damn tasty beer. Itís fresh, juicy, sweet, well balanced - not aggressive as some IPAs can be, and well made. Iím enjoying this. Itís a spanking good ale. It might even make my beer of the month.


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