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

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RATINGS: 878   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5572) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2006
Bottle - corked and caged. Pours a clouded orange-amber with a small whitish head. Nose is sort of faint. Light flowery hops, slight citrusy notes, light caramel, and light spice. Taste is a bit better. Slightly spicy hoppiness, touch of caramel, citrus fruits, and flowery notes. Body is creamy and a touch undercarbonated. Light-medium overall feel. Finishes with more citrus notes, light spicy hops, flowers, sweet malts, and caramel. It ends a bit on the thinned side, flavor-wise. Not bad, but nothing extraordinary.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2006
750ml Bottle from Real Ale, Twickenham.. Pours a deep amber with large head and lots of chunks of sediment (arenít Meantime beers supposed to be filtered? chunks of broken down protein maybe?). Aroma is dominated by flowery hops and is slightly peppery. To taste this is a muddled mess of rotten fruit and unfermented wort with a lot of foul Goldings hop bitterness. Something is clearly very wrong here, and two thirds of the bottle ended up down the sink. Possibly infected, possibly just bad - with Meantime it could be either. Default score awarded.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 9, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 Poured from the (corked) bottle at the Taste of London, a light amber with a large pillowy head. A clean hoppy aroma, with hints of oranges. A sharp mouthfeel - bitter and hoppy - with citrus flavours that lead to a more sweetish fruity flavour in the finish. Very well made.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (23579) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 7, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with a solid white head. Aroma of malts, citrus and hops with notes of alcohol. Flavour of malts, caramel, hops and grape fruit.

4.6
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6221) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1912) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2006
I donít think many English brewers actually brew IPAís as much as ESBís & Bitters these days. Even though IPAís 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.

4
   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!


3.4
   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.


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