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Meadowlark IPA - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

Meadowlark IPAMeadowlark IPA

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432 Ratings

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%

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

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: silentjay on 06-29-2012)
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Photo of alexbutler


4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pale orange color, with a thick white foam that dissipates quickly after pouring. Light lacing.

S - Powerful scents of fresh fruit surround the beer after the pour, it's almost overwhelming. Very hoppy.

T - Very full mix of fruitiness and hoppiness... there's a certain crispness that's very refreshing.

M - The taste hangs there after every sip, it pulls on the tastebuds and doesn't let up. A very long lasting taste.

O - Pretty things pulls off another great beer here. It may sound ridiculous, but based on the smell, you want this IPA to be more than it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:20:16 | More by alexbutler
Photo of jwchestnut


4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured orange-ish, goldeny color with lots of nice fluffy head. the nose is incredible - lots of over-ripe fruits: mango, orange, pineapple, tangerine, etc. very citrusy though. also a little fresh floral aroma that i can't totally place. a little grassy note as well that is accompanying the sweet malty background. the taste follows the nose closely - super juicy, citrusy, i'm getting alot of pineapple and a little lime. it starts fresh and fruity but ends more bitter and dry. a sharp piney, bitterness at the end. the mouthfeel is medium and is super fresh and crisp. a favorite from a favorite (and underrated) brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 01:05:56 | More by jwchestnut
Photo of patpbr


4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured deep orange to copper with a one finger head.
S - Citrus and floral with some earthy notes.
T - Lots of different hops nothing jumps out but everything is very pleasant. light malt backbone.
M - Medium body and carbonation with a smooth finish
O - A nice mix of hops and bitterness, enjoyed drinking and would like another.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 03:24:11 | More by patpbr
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a small, fading head.
Nose shows honey, sweet malt, grassy hops and some floral notes.
More grassy and piny hops as flavours along with some soft clean malt leading to a dry, sharp finish.
Carbonation seems a little extreme..

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 02:46:04 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of vitALEity


3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Somewhat hazy, pale/orange color with a good 2 finger head and great retention

S- Grassy, slight sweet caramel malt. Not very fruity, floral or piney

T- Nice blend of caramel malt and light hop bitterness. Nothing amazing but its good.

M- Medium body/medium carbonation.

O- Decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 00:06:30 | More by vitALEity
Photo of ChrisChagnon


4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber split with friend and poured into a tulip. Bottled Jan 2014

A- deep orange color with about a 2 finger head

S- citrus and grassy, slight sweet caramel malt

T- First the bitterness of the galaxy hops hit you, but then its the nice citrus fruity notes from the citra that come in, with a sweet enough caramel malt so its not too overbearing on the hop front

M- medium to high carb, but does not completely take away from everything else

O- very good beer for the style. Had wanted to try it for awhile, and glad I finally found it. Not something I will go out of my way again to track down, but its a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 19:37:17 | More by ChrisChagnon
Photo of sita3081


4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Golden orange
s: Citrus with hint of flowery fragrance
t: Crisp and refreshing with very hoppy start. Smooth with the perfect bitter finish.
m: Smooth with very nice carbonation

o: The finish is what makes this one of my favorite beers. incredibly smooth and refreshing. Pairs well with a variety of foods and is great in any season. Definitely recommend picking some up if you spot it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 22:03:40 | More by sita3081
Photo of Lothore


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep orangey hue with 2 fingers of head that fades quickly.

S- Hints of citrus, faint wheat notes.

T- Bitter grapefruit hard up front and through the middle. Finish carries a wave of malt rounded out by a sharp bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- Decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 04:10:10 | More by Lothore
Photo of BierJager89


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent golden with a white head.

S: Nose is quite citric. All mango and orange.

T: Taste is more floral but still dominated by citrus, particularly orange, but some mango is still there.

M: Medium bodied, smooth for an IPA.

O: Not the tastiest example of the style, but a damn good one. Definitely recommended, especially if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 06:47:39 | More by BierJager89
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head that continues to build for quite a while after pouring, leaving massive lacing. Nice citrus and pineapple aroma with citrus and lightly piney hops and bit of bready malt. Flavor follows aroma, lead by a good citrus and tropical fruit body with nice citrusy, tropical and floral hops, light sweet bready malt. Medium body with creaminess in the body and thick head. A very nicely balanced IPA that exhibits the pleasant hop flavors without being a hop bomb. The malt and hops remain balanced and tasty from the beginning to end of the taste. Enjoyable. I have really liked the beer from this brewer and wish that I didn't have to ship/carry the bottles from a thousand miles away to enjoy them.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 04:44:05 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of rawfish


3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear tawny amber with a dense cap of tight white foam, two fingers high. Excellent retention and lacing on the glass.

Floral and uplifting mix of bright citrus, white grapes, and tropical dried mango and papaya notes. Underlying caramel malt with honey and simple syrup add complementing sweetness.

Taste falls off greatly from the nose, solid caramel malt and bready with some competing citrus, herbal and pineapple tropical notes. Surprising bitterness rears its head early in the drink.

Medium body, feel is slick with a mouthcoating. Alcohol is subdued as is the carbonation.

Great nose with a steady bitterness, flavor doesn't pack the same punch. Solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 03:50:44 | More by rawfish
Photo of BKBassist

New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - A hazy golden with some light amber in the center. Small bubbled white head.

S - Orange zest and some almond nuttiness.

T - Initial hit is a perfume, floral quality, fading into hints of a light grainy malt and bright lemon. Finish is a big burst of pine with some faint tropical notes on the end.

M - Fairly carbonated, with lots of tiny bubbles.

O - A very solid addition to the East Coast IPA stable. For fans of more delicate IPAs that lean floral and bright, it's not hammering you on the head with bitterness or loads of wild tropical flavors. Very drinkable, with an almost Belgian crispness to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 04:03:35 | More by BKBassist
Photo of dar482

New York

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a super clear golden orange color with a white head.

The aroma is aggressive of overly ripe/rotten fruits. Orange, peach, notes of floral and pine. Not a extremely hop forward aroma.

The flavor follows with just a punch of hops. A light biscuit malt in the background, but dominated by some citrus, floral notes, and then tons of longing finish of pine. It's clean pine and green and aggressive.

This reminds me a good amount of Pliny because of its sweetness, but also that light body and easy drinkability. A very clean drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 02:58:34 | More by dar482
Photo of HattedClassic


4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a creamy and frothy white head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a perfectly clear deep amber that has slight hints of gold and copper. The beer smell has strong citrus and grassy notes with bits of pine that are balanced by sweet bready malt and honey smells. Overall, the smell is surprisingly balanced the different smells complement each other very well. The beer taste is similar to the smell in that the the grassy hops dominate the tongue with the citrus hops still making a strong showing but not as strong as the grassy taste. The malts and honey also balance out the the taste but not as much as they do in the smell. The feel is very clean and crisp. The carbonation is biting and the beer is medium bodied but does not feel very heavy or thick. Rather, the beer feels very smooth with a dry afterfeel. Overall, a pretty good beer and worth getting when it comes out.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 01:31:45 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of Ri0


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 22oz bottle into Teku.

A - It is hazy and darker orange with a 2 finger white head. Leaves a white collar around the glass and large areas of lacing.

S - The hop profile (Galaxy and Citra) is complex with notes of grassy, earthy, and citrus notes. Sweet malt of light caramel and honey compliment all the hops.

T - The bitter Galaxy hops stand out the most and also add an earthy taste. The Citra hops come in after and give a nice grapefruit and orange flavor. The malt is subtle with just enough caramel and honey to keep the hops from overwhelming the palate.

M - Light body and excellent carbonation. Lingering bitter grapefruit on my tongue. Very dry.

O - I always wondered what a Galaxy/Citra IPA would taste like...It tastes wonderful. Pretty Things delivers yet another outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 17:04:05 | More by Ri0
Photo of RaulMondesi


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"I feel pretty, Oh, so pretty, I feel pretty, and witty and gay" ... Yeah, this beer is done well it make Raul quote West Side Story. I mean, just feelin' this one, my peeps, ya feel me? Smooth like 90 grit sandpaper; creamy like your grandmama's summer custard; and tropical fruits bursting on every level like Christmas at the equator.

Can Meadowlark kick it? "Ca-caaaa! Ca-caaaa!" Yes he can!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 04:24:00 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of magictacosinus


4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, angrybabboon. Poured out a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on August 2013.

Pours an amber orange color, with a clear thickened color complete with 2 fingers of a frothy creamy off-white head. Leaves around some lacing at the sides of the glass, as well a thick half-inch of froth that remains well in its retention. Looks pretty bready and inviting overall, and oily as any great IPA does.

Great aroma up front - notes of stone fruit, herbs, and citrus right away. Notes of peaches (my favorite flavor in an IPA), apricot, nectarines, oranges, melon, and lemon peel right away, with slight notes of pine and cumin. There's an excellent caramel and toffee backbone that immediately follows, and sweetens out the rest of the citrus and stone fruit notes right at the front. A little bit of a lactic (?) sweetness comes around as well, but no matter what the case may be, it's still quite balanced as far as an East Coast IPA goes. Even though it's a few months old, it's held up pretty well at this point.

Bitterness reaches the front of the tongue, with some of the previous fruity esters and hoppy tinged bitterness soon following afterwards. Over ripe peaches, apricots, oranges, grapefruit, pine, and a little bit of anise, believe it or not. (Mangoes as it warms up!) Some sage and fennel seeps through the end, with a little bit of astringency and tea-like tannic flavors that coat it out nicely. Dry, however, with a dried citrus rind flavor that seems to last for a good long while at the finish. Toffee and caramel are at the end, and rounds out the bitterness with a little bit of sweetness and a bready, creamy feel. Well carbonated, with a slightly syrupy yet well atoned texture that I've only found similarly with FFF beers. Quite a straightforward, well made IPA overall.

A great IPA, especially for its widespread availability that's made itself around here as of late. I could definitely pick up more of these in the future with its low cost and widespread availability in my distro. It's quite dry, and would definitely be a food friendly beer due to its astringency. I hope to have this fresh or on-tap sometime eventually!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 04:41:11 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of Omnium


4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Sensory Pils glass

A - Pours out nice clear yellow, with a finger of soapy white head medium lacing.
S - Some slight tropical notes, big herbal hop scents, light pine, lemongrass, caramel malt.
T - Slightly complex up front, lots of variety in hop flavors, pineapple, then some lemon, then it gets herbal, then you get the caramel malt in the end.
M - Not overbearing, but still a little cloying sweetness.
O - Pretty good IPA, lots of different hop profiles that im still discerning while finishing.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 03:17:52 | More by Omnium
Photo of Enriquehopnog


5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I feel like if I could marry a beer that so far this one is on the list. I love this beer. Some of the long time established breweries dont even have an IPA as tasty as this one. This came out of no where for me and I can't stop buying it. I havent been to the brewery and I havent had this one on tap yet but I welcome it and cant wait

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 21:03:49 | More by Enriquehopnog
Photo of hreb


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As soon as I pop the top on this 22oz bomber I am overwhelmed with big, fresh, green hop aroma. Citrusy and floral and just beautiful. It pours into my pint glass surprisingly pale -- straw yellow in color, with a moderate white head. Not quite clear. Flavor-wise this is a grapefruit/citrus IPA first, with all sorts of resiny goodness. The malt side of the bill doesn't so much balance out the alpha acid bitterness so much as get the fuck out of the way of the epic hop bill.

Have I mentioned recently how much I love Citra hops? I hope this Citra IPA craze never ends. Pretty Things' label also claims Galaxy. As expected, my glass is now covered with delicious hop resin.

Bottled Sep 2013.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 01:59:38 | More by hreb
Photo of MCain04


4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of BostonRyan, about 2 months fresh, poured into Spiegelau glass

Nice clear golden amber body with a solid head, eggshell white, great retention and decent lacing.

Nose smells appealing with citrus notes, specifically some orange, lemon, papaya, with some piney notes, but not overly aromatic.

Taste is much more flavorful with surprising complexity. Definitely a bitter beer but a great taste profile of aforementioned citrus notes and a much stronger piney resin. Bitter aftertaste lingers.

Body is medium with high level of carbonation, dry but not as dry as you might think, a bit overcarbonated and this takes away from the overall experience.

Overall, definitely an enjoyable IPA which I'm pleased to have had the opportunity to try. Not sure on the price point here - I rarely buy single IPAs in single-bottle format just because there are equal or better options available in 6-packs for better price points, so I probably wouldn't make this one a habit, but worth trying once or twice for sure as it is pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 03:19:06 | More by MCain04
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Color is a kind of olive amber gold and head is poofy and white, with that nice hop oily look. Great 1/4" retention. Aroma is earthy dank and floral with perhaps passionfruit. Malts are sweet and caramelly. Butterscotch too. Flavor is sweet, zesty, and dry. Again floral and earthy with a nice pile of malt. A little grassy with a sweet caramel punch. Texture is slick and a liiiitle resiny. Overall very good. Not mind blowingly addictive but I would like to get this on tap sometime.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 21:37:55 | More by tastybeer
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with a fat, lumpy off-white head that retains well. Juicy, fruity hop aromas over pretty significant sugar cookie and butterscotch malt base. Not exactly bright in the nose, more of a darker, fleshy fruit presence...passion fruit and melon. Surprisingly more floral and resinous flavor given the hop profile. Oranges, apricots, and a substantial green, piney bitterness. This one is growing on me, but the malt is a little too prominent for my personal tastes. Rock solid, firm mouthfeel. Much different from what I would expect from Citra and Galaxy.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 21:37:23 | More by wedge
Photo of mrz200


4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty Things has been a highly respected producer of ales in MA, but this is the first dip in the AIPA pool. They nail it, with this tasty (if not particularly unique) IPA. Probably my current favorite IPA from MA. Not quite the variety of flavor like HT, and not the unique flavor of a Lunch, but that's pretty good company.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 14:21:42 | More by mrz200
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Notches on label indicate it was bottled in July of 2013.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large cluster of bubbly surface foam on the side. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Bright citrusy hop nose that's also a bit piney and musty. Traces of sweet malt but the hops stand out too much to derive much complexity therein.

T- Solid bitterness sinks in and lingers. The hops kind of walk a line in between fruity and earthy without leaning too hard on either one side. Once again, the malt is detected but is merely a backing force for the hops to thrive.

M- Heavy hop bite brings a sharpness and doesn't let up. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- You want aggressive hops? It's right here in this bottle. Not a lot of complexity but certainly plenty of bitterness. All in all, quite good though.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 05:56:22 | More by Immortale25
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Meadowlark IPA from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
92 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.