American Darling - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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American DarlingAmerican Darling

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 39
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: jamie2dope on 07-17-2009

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Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch One! Poured from a "pretty" bomber.

A. Clear light gold, fine looking, minor-lace head. Decent retention. Looks pretty classic.

S. Easy, lightly sweet honey malt, clean, nothing strange, but nothing big either. Just a hint of alcohol, hop bitters. Just good beerish nose.

T. Clean, tastes like an American blonde plus, mildly boozy, but just barely. Light sweetness, grain, a touch of American hop bitterness, does NOT taste like 7%. At all. Hmm....

M / D. Light bodied, but bouyed by a good amount of effervescent carbonation that is rather Belgian like. Interesting and good. Rather drinkable, to be sure.

American Darling isn't a great beer, but it is easy, and drinkable, and clean and good. I'd buy it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 2010
Batch 2
In a pilsener glass the beer was gold colored with a thick, white, whipped cream head. Beautifully carbonated.
Sweet malt aroma backed up by floral hops.
Upfront big malt taste, piney hops at the end.
A nice, crisp, refreshing beer.
Good summer quaff.

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, clear, gold in color, low carbonation

Smell and Taste: grass, honey, small citrus hops

Mouthfeel: very light bodied and moderate carbonation, sweetish start with a bitter middle and end

Drinkability: An excellent summer sipper. Tastes very pilsner like. I could have several of these.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of leafy and light citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as crisp. Smooth pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mildly leafy and earthy hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors brighten up a bit with the addition of light citrus. The light citrus hops fade out into a crisp and moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was very surprised by the 7% ABV as it drinks much easier than that. Well worth a shot.

Photo of degerbah
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and golden with very little head. Little smell at all. The taste is awesome. All the crispness and drinkability of a light lager with some extra hop taste and a lot of punch. The hop taste sticks in the mouth a little longer than I'd like given the style, but it's one of th emore drinkable beers I've ever had.

Photo of lnashsig
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Nuggethops for the chance to taste this. A very generous extra included in our recent trade. Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a gorgeous bright yellow color, visible bubbles from the bottom. awesome fluffy cloudlike white head fills the glass and then recedes, nice retention. Smell- fresh cut grass, lemon peel, cracked pepper. Why does this remind me of a Saison? Taste- just a really crisp, smooth, yet hoppy lager. wonderful. Mouthfeel- tight carbonation makes for a really nice dry finish. Drinkability. 6.5% wow- could have fooled me. This is just a solid, well made brew.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear yellow with a chunky 1-2 finger head. Decent lacing left behind while drinking.

S: Definitley some grain and pale malts. Also some lemon and citrus/fruit notes.

T: Up front got some nice fruit, mostly lemon and some apple action, then it is followed up with some malt and a little doughiness at the end. Very nice.

M/D: Well carbonated, nice bubbles on the tongue. Probably inbetween light and medium bodied. A very nice lager. I didn't know til I came to review it that it was 7%. Very good beer.

Photo of schinebd
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light yellow and clear. A nice white head. Could be a glass of Bud Light...could be glass of Welch's White Grape Juice...could be craft beer?

Smell - Weak smell of some European hops and that's about it. Very one dimensional aroma.

Taste - Absolutely phenomenal for the style. A nice crisp taste that balances the European hop presence with bready malts. A great dry finish. The flavors bounce off of each other quick well.

Mouthfeel - Very light, dry and crisp.

Drinkability - Excellent. The flavors that linger on the tongue after each sip beckon for the next drink. Can not believe this beer is 7%. Wish it came in a sixer, but the $5 bomber is hardly a bank breaker.

Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShogoKawada for this one. Bottled June, 2010 - Batch 2. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Moonlight shaped pint glass.

Brilliantly clear amber liquid with a delicate ivory head that recedes to a skin and collar. Decent lacing despite the somewhat poor retention.

Aromas suggest corn silk, cedar, and very lightly toasted malt with a whisper of caramel and freshly cut grass (or freshly mown hay?). Vague spice cake notes emerge as the beer warms.

Malt is quite flavorful, reminding me something of a Vienna Lager with mild but salient melanoidins. There is also a surprising fresh noble-hop-like bitterness on the palate to offset the sweetness derived from (I assume) adjuncts. Grassy, toasty finish.

Light bodied, but with a sense of heft I can't quite figure out (perhaps from the ABV - though that is unobtrusive). Moderate carbonation.

Maybe not quite as drinkable as something like Session Lager, but this may have more going on in the flavor profile. Considering how many crap versions of this style exist, it must take true craft to get it right - and Pretty Things certainly did.

A great beer to introduce macro lovers to craft I think...

Photo of ralflord
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of these up in the 1000 Islands in Ontario. Pours a golden color with a decent head. Smell is very pleasing with a fruity, malty twang. The flavor is excellent. I normally do not like lagers, but this has expectional taste. Perfect for a humid evening. Drinkability is excellent, but beware abv is 7% so you could be out of control quickly (Might be a good thing). Pretty Things is producing some great beer. Highly recommended!

Photo of hooliganlife
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to xnicknj !

pours a bright orangish straw yellow with an inch high or so pillow like head. excellent retention and light lacing.

lots of sweet candy like malts. nice light floral and crisp hops

a quite complex lager. very crisp and floral and a moderate malt backbone. malts are a bit sweet like. a slight funkiness in the middle. the finish is a pine like bitterness.

fairly heavy body, almost chewy like for a lager. mild to moderate carbonation. nice bite in the finish.

this is a great lager, nice and complex. i wish these were 12oz bottles and not a 22 though.

Photo of alexbutler
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light foam, which levels to a thin veil. Slight hue of amber, not a particularly thick pour. Not much lacing.

S - Gentle musk of earthy tones here. Much like the label advertises, reminiscent of rain on a freshly cut lawn. Nothing overpowering.

T - Very tasty. Unobtrusive, yet fresh flavor that invokes simplicity. A somewhat heavy mouthfeel that doesn't linger and stays light.

M - Nothing too wild on the tastebuds, remains pretty humble.

O - An unpronounced lager here, I enjoyed it very much. Doesn't go overboard with the flavorings, this is a beer when you are looking for something fresh on a summer night. Won't weigh you down.

Photo of nickd717
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared by bring BA, who "bringed" a few Pretty Things bottles to a tasting last night. Thanks, Barry!

Pours slightly hazy yellow small white head.

Aroma is light and smooth with pale malt, corn, and mild grains. Some floral notes.

Flavor is pale malt and grain. Maybe a little spice to it. Not incredibly complex, but very pleasant and tasty for the style. Some mild floral hops in there.

Fairly smooth on the palate with medium body for the style and soft carbonation.

Very drinkable and excellent for the style overall. This is more or less what BMC beers should aspire to in my opinion. Can't believe this is 7% ABV. I would have guessed 5%.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pilsener- pours a clear golden straw color with 2.5 fingers of creamy white head, a few splashes of lacing, visibly effervescent.

Smells pretty enticing- pale malt sweetness balanced pretty equally with earthy yeast tones and a little dry hops.

Taste is not quite as well balanced- pretty heavy on the malt sweetness, much less of the yeast, and only a trace of the noble hops.

Mouthfeel is a little too sticky for me- medium light body with light carbonation; a little chewy. Not quite my idea of a summer refresher but decent. I won't get it again.

Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Riggsy, the last of my fantasy football winnngs, sigh...Bottled June ll

Pours a hazed & effervescent straw/apricot color with a pinky of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & grainy notes

T: Crackery notes, white grape juice & a touch of lemongrass & orange peel up front. I get a bit of juicy fruit fruit up front & sweet cereal as this warms with slight astrgent grain bitterness lurking in the background, but mostly juicy-fruit & a whisper of coriander & white pepper. Finshes with peppery spiceyness, grainyness & sweet cereal

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation, decent balance, a touch too sweet to sesion on

This is drinkable enough, but not anything I am really that excited about. This definetly a proper lawn mower brew

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed straw gold, topped with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin layer of froth that skims the surface that leaves back a slowly receding cascade of foamy lace. The aroma gives off a deep twang in the nose of citrus, bread, and earth. The hops really add some extra edge here to the nose.

Hops have even more strength in the taste, with a leafy and citric bitterness that is sharp across the tongue. Some sweet fruit flavors and slightly stiff feeling toasted grains mostly balance things out on the edges of the profile. Dry citrus peel sticks in the mouth on the finish. Maybe a bit too much so. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp feel that blows up in the mouth. This is coming off a bit over carbonated actually but does seem to softer up some the longer it sits in the mouth.

No bad. The only things holding this back were the slightly harsh finish and the overly prickly feel, which does get a bit distracting at times. Overall though, I found this to be mostly flavorful and enjoyable. You just have to let that carbonation settle down a bit in the mouth.

Photo of Gmann
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a big pillowy pure white head that slowly settles into a solid cap. The aroma is sweet from the pale malt, some honey notes and a bit of grain husk. Light hop detected. Very one dimensional. The taste has some honey notes as well. The sweetness is slightly balanced by a grassy hop bitterness. There seems to be an odd spice or herbal characteristic to this brew which doesn't really work well with the malt. Kind of has a funk flavor to it. The hop profile is not bad but the malt just doesn't work for me. The feel is of a moderate body with fizzy carbonation; starts sweet but finishes with a grassy hop bitterness. Really not a fan of this beer. The malt seems too doughy and sweet and the grassy hops don't help enough. Perhaps if more of a citrus hop was used it would be better.

Photo of drcarver
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured from a magnum bottle into a Sam Adams glass. light golden color and excessively bubbly, almost champagne like. Fluffy head fades quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

S - Grains, hint of citrus, grassy, with a hint of pine in the background

T/M - full bodied feel in the mouth with lots of bubbles. Definite lager with a long metallic after taste. Citrus up front, grains follow, with a finish of bitter hops

D - not as drinkable as i would like this beer to be (seeing as there is a lawn mower on the label it should go down real smooth). The metallic aftertaste really slows it down.

Photo of bum732
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Grassy, big herbal hoppiness, some citrus.

L: Clear golden yellow, decent lacing.

T: Hoppy fruity malt, nice grassy sweetness. Spicy bitterness leads to big herbal notes. Very dry finish with lots of hop resin. Touch of fruitiness.

M: Nice crisp mouthfeel.

A really nice beer, very hoppy with big herbal notes and enough spiciness to make it pop in your mouth. Not something i could drink a lot of, but enjoyable.

Photo of Goldorak
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very pale blonde with a thin veil of head. Crystal clear.

Smell: Very nice grassy and flowery aroma. I love it when the smell of something takes me to another place in my mind, and in this case it brings me the Beer garden in the back of Hotel Centrum in Beersel. This Beer smells like the mix of herbs and flowers that grow wild there. I've smelled this a few other times in europe, but never on this side of the pond, and I'm no botanist so I can't tell you what it is exactly or if it's a mix of different plants. Nonetheless, great aroma.

Taste: Light and refreshing, as you would expect for this style, but it certainly has more bite than your usual pale lager. There is definately a crispness in there that make it a dangerously easy to drink brew. I would have never guessed this Beer clocks in at 7%ABV.

A difficult style of Beer to brew well, great stuff.

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, some malts. Taste is alcohol up front, some grains, a touch of malts, makes me wonder if something is wrong with my bottle as more alcohol flavors are coming through. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Photo of naproxen
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First Batch! I like their enthusiasm on the label, also I have loved everything from Pretty Things I have had so far and this, not an exception. Really, really happy to have them in my backyard (almost). This is the second bottle of AD I have had so far, I really had an intense craving the other night and drove the 30 mins to Springfield to get one...or 3.

This pours a very light straw/golden hue, and extremely clear once it sits a hot second. The head on this is great, two fingers of creamy whiteness that reduces to about 1 finger after a few minutes, then to general lacing around the glass. If I were to have this put infront of me, no indication what it is, I'd scream lawnmower beer just by color.

The nose on this is great as well. Not a usual light lager fan (but love me a doppelbock) this one impresses me. Slightly sweet and spicy malty aroma, aaalmost a little lemon peel.

Possibly the best lager I have had to date, fact. Extremely easy drinking, I would happily finish two bombers selfishly and not be bored. The 7% is hidden, I really find no trace in the taste. The carbonation is spot on for a lager of this style as well, after 10 minutes there are still bubbles coming to the top that tickle the tongue. The bittering hops are happily doing their bitter job after the bready malts and yeast have their fun.

Get yourself some while it's still hot out.

Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - About a fingers worth of ultra fizzy pure white head that quickly fades... A slightly hazed bright gold color with a faint orange hue... Trace amounts of carbonation, but not too much...

S - A very subdued aroma... Equal parts grainy and earthy... Slightly musky... Perhaps a slight hint of spice... A mild sweet citrus scent can be detected as this one warms closer to room temperature... Not too much happening here...

T - Wow, we've got a great full flavored lager here... Wonderfully hopped in a pilsneresque fashion... Fresh cut grass... Sturdy malty bread base... A slight spiciness on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Quite sturdy... A slightly intense carbonated bite on the tongue... Slightly creamy... A lingering bitterness... Clean and crisp...

D - Another unique and enjoyable offering from Pretty Things... Teetering in Pilsner territory... No trouble finishing here, but falls a bit short of recommending or seeking out again in the future...

Photo of scottg
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2009/ 1st batch
22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a crystal clear light gold color with a two finger cloudy white head with great retention leaving rings of lace down the glass. Little bubbles rise from the bottom throughout, a perfect looking beer. Earthy grass aromas blend with noble hops. Clean grain flavor, pale malt, mild lemon hop bitterness with virtually no aftertaste. This is a clean, crisp well balanced lager with good carbonation. Easy drinking, this would be a great selection for summer BBQs.

Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled June 2011.

Out of the bottle American Darling very much looks like an adjunct lager. A white very foamy and not much retention head but falls slowly, however a pleasant clear light gold and slow rising carbonation creeps and crawls up the glass. No lacing it seems.

The nose is pretty solid. Light malts, some floral sense and spices. Sort of crisp with hints of lemon and zest.

Taste is a great spice and sweet malt blast, mixing in some light hop like phenol sense. Crispness sense is replaced by a full body texture and a lemon zest spritz. Alcohol sugars become more obvious while drinking, but add to the dense malt feeling nicely, that shows up in the palate. What is left is a big juicy gushing lemon feeling and deliciousness!

Overall a very impressive full tasting bodied beer.

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American Darling from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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