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


on tap

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RATINGS: 959   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, - AUG 3, 2008
It is sometimes hard to be objective about a beer that costs nothing, when in fact it was clearly one of the more expensive beers in the bar. After our first beer at Transport in Melbourne on the deneoument of SBIX, Shag and I were about to wander off to Mrs Parmas and have a last beer before going to the airport to wait for our invariably late running Qantas flight to Sydney. We looked outside and the rain was quite enough to keep us there for another. So, after a review of the extensive but not necessarily exciting beer list I was asked by our lovely barkeep Roxy, who later introduced herself as the bar manager, what I fancied. My reply took her aback as I indicated I had tried all of the numbered beers and wanted something new. Her look of disbeleif changed as soon as I indicated I was a ratebeer member. "OK, sure. Of course you have, these are all pretty mainstream beers even though 90% of the punters have not even tried a tenth of them". Of the new and unnumbered beers was a good selection of the Meantime beers. I had heard good reports about the IPA and so asked for a bottle of it. Shag was going to shout and pulled out his $50 until Roxy said she wanted us to enjoy it with her compliments. So, given that she has no vested interest in my rating what do I think? Fantastic! A rich warm coppery hue with a large fluffy head that adheres to glass all the way down. A tribute of course to the delightful viscosity provided by the ample hop contribution. The nose is sweet and bitter all at the same time. Caramel and malt dominating. For me, what sets this apart is the departure from the usual hop profile of cascade and amarillo that most of the recent American style IPAs have presented. The traditional English hops are a fine addition to this beer and if we are to believe the blurb, the beer is a real throwback to the old days. The complexity of this is noted in the rich mouthfeel, delicate ABV presence and the citrus aftertaste with toffee and caramel in the blend. A really fine beer and a great way to round out another great Stinky Boys.

p0urmeac0ld0ne (312) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - DEC 8, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2017 Review from memory. Many bottles drank in Wetherspoon over the years they carried it. Will hopefully return to this one day and give it a proper review.

deepdrinker (323) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2017 Pale golden colour , decent head that laces well, grass earthy aroma , medium body with a medium bitter taste

ZodiacM (1310) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2017
LCI. Van de tap @Robuust IJsselstein. Aardige IPA, niets bijzonders: bitter, hoppig, niet zo fruitig als de Amerikaanse IPA's

Hopverdju (1589) - BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2017
Helder amberkleurig bier met ecru kleurige schuimkraag. Geur: wat brood, hoppig, fruitig, sinaasappel, licht alcoholisch. Smaak: licht bitter, hoppig, fruitig. Fris mondgevoel. Dunne body. Matige koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: licht bitter, licht alcoholische gloed, ietwat kruidig.

stijnemans90 (240) - - OCT 29, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2017 Londen IPA. behoorlijk 13 in een dozijn. Relatief bitter zonder wrang te zijn. prima, niets mis mee, maar ook weinig goeds eigenlijk.

SimonBlok (814) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2017
33cl bottle at home. Appearance: hazy light amber with medium, white head. Aroma: candied sugar, resin, plant material and some zest. Taste: fairly high sweetness and pretty high bitterness. Notes of earthy yeast, candied sugar, some citrus. Palate: medium bodied, sticky texture and lively carbonation. A bit harsh in the finish. Don’t like it ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Bill Becker (1916) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Jun 2006

Poured from corked and caged 750ml bottle a hazy reddish gold with light carbonation and a medium sized head of foam that sticks around forever and has nice lacing.

The smell has a nice grassy hoppy nose to it but I also get a good wiff of caramel malt.

The taste is big and bold! Huge sweet caramel malt up front with a bit of grassy and citrusy hops(love them Fuggles and Goldings) right behind it and man, after a few sips, you get the feeling that this is gonna balance out but...it doesn't. Make no mistake aboot it, this is a malt dominated IPA and it works so darn well! My hat's off to Meantime!

Bottom line: Best example of an English IPA I've ever tasted and I hope to buy more on my next visit to Colorado. Folks, this is a winner!!

Keukeman (171) - BEST, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2017
.3l glass in eindhoven at the irish pub Sour beer, bitter aftertaste. High carbonation. Not really my thing

sebsky (341) - ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2017
330 ml bottle,bb 29/12/2018.
Amber,clear,medium off white head,medium lacing.
Nose - caramel,some pine.
Taste - bittersweet,that's all.

Theydon_Bois (20929) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2017
Bottle at home, 20/08/17.
Clear rich golden with a well appointed off white head that retains well.
Nose carries an Old Skool edge with caramel malts, biscuit, orange peel, grass, light spice.
Taste comprises toasted grains, straw, light mineral notes, caramel, biscuit, orange pith, lemon rind.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying close with moderate hop bitterness.
Run of the mill Old Skool IPA but sippable I guess.
Earlier Rating: 8/28/2013 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle split at JF’s, thanks to Tony, 23/08/13.
Very lightly hazed golden amber with a good sized light beige head.
Nose is caramel malt forward, citrus, hops, grass, bitter hop notes.
Taste comprises caramel malts, sugar, light pine, hop notes, bitter orange.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light hop bitterness in the finish.
Pleasant enough affair, no hop bomb but drinkable stuff.

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