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


on tap

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RATINGS: 874   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 3, 2006
Beautifully marketed, cork and caged, bottle conditioned British IPA. Retailing for $10-$11 a 750ml bottle, a bit pricey, but I say worth it for a British IPA with this much character. Its clear that Meantime put a lots of time, effort, and hops in recreating an authentic IPA, and they have succeded in my opinion. While not as agressive as American IPA, this beer has tremendous hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness. Meantime IPA pours to a slightly opaque, burnt orange color, with a thick and creamy white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is loaded with fragrant hop aromas of orange peel and tangerine, paired with some biscuit and sweet malt aroma. The palate is firm with good pale, sweet, and biscuity malt flavor, along with estery fruit, and flavors of orange and tangerine. Meantime IPA finishes with more good pale and sweet malt up front, then ends with a very pleasing fruity and orange peel bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Excellent example of IPA, very similar to Burton Bridge Empire Ale, a very hoppy, very authentic example of IPA. Well worth seeking out. Would make an excellent match to Indian, Thai, or any other spicy fare, as well as traditional British fare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2006
705 ml bottle. Lovely pour, forthy white head sits atop a glowing lighlty hazed amber body. The aroma is peaches, light sweet malts, citrus and some evident wet-cardboard-oxidation (bummer). The flavor is quite fruity, with overripe peaches, citurs and some sweet maltiness. Hops are the story here as expected. Meidum0light quaffable body. Other than the slighlty odd overripe peach/lychee flavor this one is rather enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6136) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2006
Whole Foods, Sarasota, Fl. 750 ml handsome corked bottle. Murky, lightl orange colored pour with a fluffy, creamy white head with excellent lacing. Ripening fruit aroma, very pleasant. Clean, sprucey flavor, some grapefruity citrus notes - not tonge-numbing though. Some maple syrup sweetness provides some good balance. Overall, very clean, crisp and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1905) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2006
I don’t think many English brewers actually brew IPA’s as much as ESB’s & Bitters these days. Even though IPA’s have been embraced by USA brewers its refreshing to see a UK brewer producing one. Meantime IPA was a mellower IPA than its US cousins, with cutrus aroma and mild bittering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Bottle: Deep orange, dull and cloudy, moderate foamy off-white head, fairly nice lacing.   Nose of candied citrus peel, subtle hops (sweetened), and bready malts.   Rich malt base, hops are semi-sweet and not overly bitter... much like an American Pale perhaps.   Body and mouthfeel are superb, very full bodied and smooth.   Clean too!   Lighter example, finishing with a sweet hop elixir that is neither bitter nor biting.   Smooth throughout, with a good malt base.   Lingering citrus rind flavors.   I really enjoyed this one, more than I thought I would.   Expensive, but very quaffable and just too easy to finish a 750ml by myself.    Recommended, and certainly underappreciated.   Many thanks to goldtwins for this one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2006
I took a bit of a gamble on this one, as it was quite expensive. Anyway, this honestly seems like the opposite of an IPA. The main flavor is a somewhat syrupy malty sweetness while the hop flavor hangs in the background. So, in terms of an ipa, it really isnt what i am looking for. In terms of a regular beer, its not too shabby. Very drinkable.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (9220) - 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).

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