With the brewer of Meantime ales coming to a meet the brewer night at Belmont Station, I thought it would be a prime opportunity to try another one of their tasty beers. With a choice between the IPA and the porter, I went with the IPA, due to the heat Portland was about to endure; three days of temps in the hundreds, and suddenly IPAs seem like a very good idea.
This is a real change from the US IPAs; the golding hops mellow this beer out, giving it a raisin-y flavor, and the fuggles hops don’t even come close to giving this the bitterness of the IPAs in America. Personally, I love that it can be so different, and yet still be considered in style.
There’s also a drying element, almost as powerful as white wine which makes me think that it could be paired with foods that have strong flavors because this beer hits the reset button on my taste buds. It does it differently though, choosing mouthfeel (dryness) instead of taste (bitterness). I say it’s worth a pint or three.