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Meantime London Pale Ale (177 of 1001)

Rating: 3.45

This is a beer that I’ve had on a few occasions now (mainly whilst in London) and as recent as last weekend whilst in London at the excellent Pitt Cue restaurant near Soho (a must visit on it’s own). Although it isn’t a truly outstanding beer it is a nice one and well worth trying, particularly because it features in the 1001 beers list, technically the beer in the list is Meantime Pale Ale but this is an evolution of that beer which has since been retired. I picked up this bottle in Utobeer after visiting London with the intention of finding it somewhere and Utobeer at Borough Market proved to be an excellent craft beer stop that was well worth the visit.
Meantime London Pale Ale

Appearance (4/5): A light and very clear looking, orange tinged amber colour with a thumb sized, bubbly white head that stays quite well over the opening couple of minutes, only reducing slightly in size.
Aroma (6/10): Quite a light one this, with some grassy hops and a subdued malt base to begin with. There was some light fruity notes in the background but to be honest it smelt a bit basic although still pleasant and most definitely an English pale ale in smell; if only it was stronger in smell.
Taste (7/10): A nicely balanced beer with some light malts and a grassy hop taste initially along with some background fruits and a nice bitter finish. This one was a nice and very easy to drink beer but I felt it could have been more in your face and less subdued. There was floral notes and caramel but neither of these were particularly easy to detect.
Palate (3/5): Carbonation is about medium to lively with this one and the beer is probably light bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel and only the slightest of citrus tangs to go with a somewhat dry finish. Livelier than usual for the style but much as you would expect.

Overall (15/20): This was an odd one from Meantime, whilst there is no doubt it is a nice and well made beer I felt it was a little weak in both taste and smell although things became more pronounced and noticeable the further down the glass I worked. There was a nice floral hop and malt base but to be honest nothing in this beer was strong enough for me really. It’s a beer I will no doubt have again, especially if I’m in London again and it is a nice one but it’s certainly not a classic, nor is it the best Meantime have to offer; I’m still looking forward to cracking open a bottle of their IPA sometime soon though.

Brewed In: Greenwich, London, England
Brewery: Meantime Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2007
Type: English Pale Ale
Abv: 4.3%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Uto Beer (Borough Market, London)
Price: £2.50

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