LONDON PALE ALE
Review by Rob
One hundred and fifty years ago the new bitter beer style, Pale Ale, was so popular that brewers had to import Californian hops to meet demand. Meantime London Pale Ale continues that tradition by combining lots of American Cascade and Centennial hops to give it a complex citrus aroma and buckets full of local Kentish Goldings to provide the bitterness that makes the style so refreshing. Together they conspire to assail the nose with a complex, heady mix of spearmint, grass and ‘hop sack’ aromas, fruity citrus flavours and a bitter finish that makes pale ale drinking a truly rewarding experience.
Brewed with cascade, centennial and Kentish Golding… that’s hops to you and me!
Here is a brewery that has been getting a lot of deserved attention lately, based in Greenwich Meantime they have been going about their business brewing reportedly decent beers, and here I am sampling my first beer found in a supermarket.
They’ve clearly made the big time now they’ve cracked the supermarkets. Guaranteed large volume orders for as long as the sales continue, and if you brew a decent pint of beer, that’ll be a mighty long time.
This particular Pale ale is brewed with London Thames water. Not a bad drink at all, although the bottle is too small, this is a very good session beer, inoffensive and very easy to drink, in fact I necked it and it was finished.
It could do with a little more strength and depth, perhaps a reserve version and we’d be talking. Certainly looking forward to sampling more of Meantime’s offerings, despite those couple of niggles, this is good and comes recommended from me.