A light but fairly complex taste that's reasonably bitter and hoppy, with a slightly burnt/roasted edge which I'd only usually expect to fine in dark beers and stouts. The bitterness and 4.3% ABV make it highly quaffable, but maybe it's a shade too bitter not to get wearing after a while.

Apparently "the International Beer Challenge 2007 awarded Meantime Pale Ale 'World's Top 50 Beers' Status." I can't say that I agree with them on this occasion. It's a quality beer for sure, but not one that will stick in the mind. I can name quite a lot of beers that have blown me away and I remember fondly. This isn't one of those, though it might be more impressive outdoors on a hot summery day.


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