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

bottled
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RATINGS: 868   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 Britain’s 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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2007 Pours a beautiful slightly hazed honey color with a full, creamy, spattered froth. It looks like a pancake that just sits there, superb hangtime. It finally reduces to an island pattered, silky canopy and a fluffy ring. The aroma of sweet cream and aged citrus rind sends me sailing. Mmmm nice! Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers creating a creamy texture. A big fat malted soupy specimen w/ malted rustic caramel balanced by an aged British citrus rind agent. Highly hopped and only midly sweet w/ nuances of candy necklace, aged citrus pulp, some pine, and a bit of driftwood. Irish Cream Ale meets the Queen. Give the bottle a shake and it pours like a cream ale with the widget. Alcohol is well hidden. The finish is bittered mildly despite the high hop rate (indicitive of a massive malt influx). Overall: this brew is fantastic. The mouthfeel is totally creamy. A decadent IPA w/ rustic British intervention. I highly recommend this brew with flying colors.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2006
A lovely IPA that melds traditional British subtlety with the distinctly American penchant for overt hopping. The 750ml bottle delivers one of the freshest beers to arrive in the U.S. from the U.K. with an incredibly floral/citrus aroma and a lovely pink grapefruit motif that runs from the color to the finish. The head is rather persistant despite a not so dramatic, even lackluster, pop as the cork is initially removed. Again, citrus is the name of the game here though there is certainly a richness of malt to balance the flavour and provide a bit of depth to the nose. This is clearly a fine effort for the Brit Beer Front.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dinobrown (46) - Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2006
750ml pours an awesome orange to pink colored beer with little head. Aromas of grapefruit and citrus hops rise from the glass. The flavor is quite bitter and carries the grapefruit flavor throughout. I really enjoyed the classic style of this beer and its delicate nature.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (9055) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2006
750ml bottle brought home to Norway from the St. Albans beer festival, Sept.05. Bright golden. Medium foam with nice dimples. Grassy and hoppy nose. Flavours of citrus. Hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. A powerful beer (sampled together with Finn, 27.01.2006).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2006
I have to admit, I bought this one for the bottle (just thought it “looked good”). 750ml. Deep orange color and minimal head on the pour. Light-med citrus and light –med malt. Very standard IPA but in a good way. While many brewers are going for novelty, this was just classic. Caramel sweet malt greats the first sip and are predominant but are followed quickly with well balanced blast of grapefruit and orange flavored hop bitterness. Lightly bitter finish that rides out on a nice malt body. Creamy mouth feel. This is simple and unpretentious. I think this is what I think of when I think about a generally good IPA. These guys nailed it and did not try to flower it up. Nice job.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 On tap at the White Horse, Parsons Green. Clean, coppery colour with a scant off-white head. Dry and fairly hoppy. There’s lots of lemony citrus here but it also heads in the earthy, dusty UK hop direction (as one might expect from the ingredients), not the resinous US style. So I guess it must be an authentic British IPA. Rather smooth and not as assertive as a modern US IPA. Which is not a criticism, just an observation. But I think I would have preferred something a bit more aromatic. Still a classy beer and full marks to Meantime for accepting the challenge.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Thanks to 1FastSti for sharing this bottle. Very light aroma with a stale, grassy note. Very balanced, caramel, hint of charcoal, nice pine hop flavor with little to no bitterness. Very cloudy yellow in color and light body. I’m so used to American IPA’s...this is different.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Slight, but weak cherry aroma with some honey presence in the body. Not very bitter or hoppy for an IPA, but it’s English.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Pours hazy orange with a thin head. Aroma is fruit hoppy with a grassy note and so is the flavor. Dry bitter mouthfeel, very English in style and compared to the American IPAs I usually drink it is very easy and quite harmless. Still not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Courtesy of Pailhead. Golden copper with no head, quite oily. Musty stale hop arome hints of roasted grain in the bakground. Flavor is very grainy-malty with almost no hop character whatsoever. Very sticky mouthfeel. Don’t know if this has been aged too long or what, but definately needs a bigger hop profile.


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