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American Darling - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
88
very good

246 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%


Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jamie2dope on 07-17-2009)
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-15-2013 22:30:45 | More by Schmuckles
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Jonny41

Maine

3/5  rDev -24.1%

02-16-2014 01:27:33 | More by Jonny41
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California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

02-03-2014 19:28:12 | More by GraduatedCashew
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JLT

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-20-2014 18:22:42 | More by JLT
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TheHudgeSF

California

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer from Pretty Things, has a faint aroma of grass and earth with some bread aftertones. Really nice flavor profile for an ale, has a bit of a heavy aftertaste/hoppy feeling that's carried by the relatively high ABV for an ale. Drinks really easily though and overall is a great beer I would have again. Love the marketing as a "lawnmower beer" - the beer you should enjoy while mowing the lawn. Well said, and encapsulates a lot of what this beer is.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 01:28:08 | More by TheHudgeSF
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with active carbonation that keeps a one finger creamy white head growing slightly in the glass. Aroma of sweet pale and biscuit malt with light grassy hops. Flavor is biscuit and crystal malt with grassy hops, finishing with a mild cream corn and lingering pilsner style hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a nice mouth feel. A well made light lager that has a nice hop bill that is complemented by the full biscuit malt body. Not an exciting style, but as usual for Pretty Things, nicely made and great to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 04:04:17 | More by LiquidAmber
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to drlovemd87 for hooking me up with YET ANOTHER wonderful beer, this guy deserves a medal. better than your average summer type lawnmower beer, this is sweeter, richer, and far more malty. its nose and smell match its color wheel pinpoint, where yellow just begins to melt into brown, dim but lively. heady and lacy and fit for some white summer wedding. the smell and taste are decadently malted and only bittered on the hop front. its definitely a lager too, with a bready and dry quick finishing yeast that hints at old school european stuff. grassy hops round it out, but yeast and sweet malt are whats memorable for me here. my critique of this beer, and it is indeed substantial, is the 7% alcohol by volume. such strength is not useful in this style, makes it heavier, and honestly sacrifices some of the better properties of a good lager to pursue such strength. the beer works in flavor, but bomber is a tough dose when you are flying solo, and when you want to jump around beers and styles, this gets a little chewy, but its a cool brew, i just wish for reduced residual sweetness and booze, not that i can taste the alcohol, but i can feel it, and with all the sugar thats still in this beer, it gets a bit terminal. that said, these guys are clearly brewing some of the best beer in mass, and i am grateful for the opportunity to drink this one. not really late december beer, but nevermind that.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 06:43:31 | More by StonedTrippin
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RaulMondesi

California

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this sucker is 6 months old, so we could start there...but why stoke a set of coals that will no longer burn? (You know who I'm talkin' about, girl.) Now let's move on...

Woo, grassy. But this ain't no Bakersfield crab grass, this is the kind of stuff they grow at Augusta - I mean, pure! Supple and clean flavors like the laundry mat after a Victoria's Secret fashion show...Raul's like, yeah.

This right here is "The Great American Lager," my children.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 02:59:01 | More by RaulMondesi
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AgentMunky

California

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a New Belgium balloon glass. Bottled in June 2013.

A: Incredibly pale, milky gold. Lightly hazy with fluffy white head and effervescence.

S: Not bad! Clean, deep, tasty yeast smacks me upfront. Light lemon. Hint of metal.

T: Pleasantly spicy, with a bold, bready undercurrent buttressing the flavor. Earthy and sulfuric, with noticeable noble hops adding topnotes to the beer.

M: Carbonated and enjoyable. Significant body. Creamy smoothness.

O: If this is a "true lager" as the label claims, I want more! This is a delicious, drinkable, interesting, impressive beer. Highly recommended to all.

Serving type: bottle

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Massachusetts

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JGLittle

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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SoCalBeerIdiot

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GonzoHomebrewer

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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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MattyIce21

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-17-2013 16:09:43 | More by kjkinsey
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -24.1%

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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a quite complete repertoire of Belgian-themed beers that sit very well with the palate and the tummy, out comes this Bohemian-type of lager that celebrates the early years of Pilsners with rustic charm and challenges.

With a mild haze, America's Darling kicks off with the stalwart straw-gold coloration. It builds an expansive head of off-white foam that casually recedes to a sheet across the surface. It trails with spotty and broken rings of lace as the beer fades from the glass.

The blend of earthy and refined aromas really battle out its balance until the earthen notes take hold. Its initial aroma is of floral noble hops, but the comes a grain scent that introduces a rounded corn scent. As the aromas develop, the "cream corn" notes introduce apple esters and a sulfury tone to seem like burnt match sticks. Even an elevates level of tomato juice really takes hold as the beer turns to taste.

Grainy-sweet in its flavor, the beer kicks off with fresh-baked bread and a mild husky grain taste. All that quickly balances out the with the floral quality of lemon blossoms and honey. After that, the beer turns spicy and dry, and unfortunately exposes the corn, sulfur and acidity that gives levity to the tomato and corn that rose in the beer's aroma. Those echoes are only suggested in taste but lessen its desirability to the taste buds, but only slightly.

Crisp and dry on the palate, the Lager's rustic roots leads it past a short-lived crackcer-like breadiness and a grainy middle and ushers in a finish that's a bit rough around the edges with all the sulfur wafting about. But still, the Lager remains drinkable and refreshing even if the old-aged taste of lager still impede its flavor spread.

American Darling is almost a mockery of what the industrial macro-brewing culture has done to beers. Even as it displays a few warts in ts portrayal, it also highlights how these flavors would have beer prevailed in beers from even a hundred years ago.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 07:07:42 | More by BEERchitect
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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American Darling from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.