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

bottled
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RATINGS: 830   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2006 Slightly hazed orange body with a head that goes from big & bubbly to thick and creamy. Nice lacing. The aroma is a heady floral & pine hoppiness atop a sweet caramel base. The hop bitterness takes over in the flavor, with a touch of tart orange added to the light malts. Nice prolonged bitter finish. Fairly aggressive for an English IPA, and quite satisfying to this hophead.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle poured a hazy orange caramel with big carbonation and a nice creamy head. Aroma is yeasty, citrus, ripe fruits. Flavor is a mellow yeaty citrus, oranges and hops. Smooth light hops finish. Easy drinking and smooth but not what I would think of when reaching ro an IPA. Not bad though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Had a floral aroma along with some pine aroma as well. Copper colored body with an off white head that lasted thoughout beer. Good Lacing on glass. Flavor was a medium bodied citrus hop that left a dry palate. Decent brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Corked bottle and served in my trusty no-nik pint glass: Poured a hazed sunset hue with a small but mostly lasting fizzy head and produce okay lace. The aroma has notes of both piney, citric and peppery bitters as well as very aromatic floral bitters with additional pale malt and dusty yeast esters. The taste is a nicely balanced sweet bread malt base with a equal hop twang of citris. The finish has a smooth bitterness, enough to know you have a classic styles IPA but not so much you have massive astrengent qualities. The flavors come off earthy and the bitterness level changes drink to drink. I enjoyed this and would drink it again, worth the money but then again, not something I would drink as a session brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Near cloudy amber liquid with a moderate off white head. A thick looking pour. Mild citrus and floral hops combine in the aromas with mild floor malt and dough. Sweeter malt coupled with a balancing citric hops. Flavors a full, matched and appropriate. No, this is not a match for the modernized Americanized IPA. But Iím sure it is better than the stuff that was shipped to India in years gone by. Pleasant and drinkable. You donít have be made aware of the hops at all time, just when things may seem to get to thick or sweet. Does it lack complexity, perhaps. does it have IBU aromas chart busting stats, no. Does it have tons of alcohol, not really. What we have here is another well brewed beer, thats made to style and is quite drinkable. Iíd sail with this anytime.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Clear, amber body with a midsized off-white head. Subtle, slightly hoppy aroma with loads of malt balance. Earthy, citric hoppy character of orange zest, light resin, fresh-baked cookie, earthy flowers/heather, caramel, light esters, apricot and even a bit of sugar. The body is pretty full and robust with soft carbonation, especially for the style. The flavor is interesting, especially since itís sometimes good and sometimes not. When the balance of sweet and bitter is there, itís great. However, at times the residual malt sweetness dominates then completely drops off the map. Then, the bitterness is strong and powerful and surprises the tongue. Itís not a bad beer, but itís weird the way it goes back and forth between balance and lack thereof. Too expensive and lacks excitement necessary for repeat drinking.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2005
A Mes rate: A bit pissy in the aroma, but that has never put me off. Strange pinkish hue to the semi cloudy appearance. Hoppy all round and good for it. Some caramel or toffee in there too. It has that welcoming dusty hint to it that some others of this style have. Not bad at all.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Not big and bold like the newer American interpretations of the style. Radiant yellow-orange body with a bold white head. Very smooth with a fruity front and earthy back. The one thing this did not come with was a lot of kicked up hoppiness but rather a subtle interplay. This one is remarkably smooth and drinkable. I happened to split this bottle because I was expecting it to be maybe a bit too much. Not so; I could have easily quaffed this on my own.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2005
As per IPAs go, I donít know...but as per good ber goes this is great. Deep orange brew. White foamy head glued to my glass. Nose is cozy and sweet...very sweet with a slight grass and spice, nutmeg? Strange. Flavors are fruity and grassy bitter, very round ale yeast. The fuggles and the yeast really go weel together making a very earthy brew. This reminds me more of a really hoppy belgian than an IPA not dry enough. Like Bitter de Ranke with some more fruit in it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Pours a hazy, orange-copper color. It is not nearly as carbonates as I would expect from a corked and caged champagne bottle, but the head when roused forms a decent sized, rocky, frothy, tan colored head. The aroma is nicely hoppy, though it is not in your face like many American IPAís; it is a mix of fresh cut grass, currants, a bit of lemon, and a light hoppy spiciness. The beer is somewhat full in the palate, almost sticks to the mouth. The beer finishes with a solid, sharp bitterness, which is balanced by sweet malt and fruity hop notes. The hops in this have contributed a definite orange character, which I was not expecting from a mix of Goldings and Fuggles hops. The citrus note really picks up in the middle and lingers on long after the beer has been swallowed. There is an herbal, grassy note here as well. The sweet malt is here, but really only accentuates the citrus character in this beer; there is some subtle dry malt character here that makes me think of biscuits, toasted malt and whole grain crackers.

This is certainly not anything like your standard, subtle English IPA; this is full flavored, including a bracing bitterness that is not typically associated with an English beer. I definitely like this beer, better than I allowed myself to hope for. This is certainly balanced, but I do like the differing hop notes that play against each other.

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