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Meadowlark IPA - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Meadowlark IPAMeadowlark IPA

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BA SCORE
91
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710 Ratings
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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 86
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: silentjay on 06-29-2012

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Ratings: 710 | Reviews: 117
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a nonic, the beer is a crystal clear, copper coloring with a ton of carbonation throughout the body and a tall, fluffy, chunky, off-white head. Looks amazing. Aromas of lemongrass, bright caramel sweetness, floral hops, cut grass, subtle bitterness and resinous notes, and subtle tropical fruit notes. Flavors are tropical fruit sweet forward, with pineapple, mango, and melon blending nicely. Subtle roasted and bitter notes in the backbone, with herbal highlights throughout. Very well balanced, on a smooth, light body. The aftertaste is more tropical fruit, with a hint of tangy caramel sweetness. Dry finish, with a lingering roast and bitterness. Very solid brew.

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smells of peach and passionfruit are plainly evident in the aroma due to the addition of galaxy hops. Taste is ever so slightly creamy with the following feel/taste on the back of the palate giving the only semblance that what you are drinking is in fact an IPA.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate medium yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange, citrus/grapefruit pith, and citrus/orange zest hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts with just a hint of biscuit malts. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/orange, citrus/grapefruit pith, and citrus/orange zest hops which impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink with very nice citrus hops flavors + aromas. Alcohol is well hidden and there is a very nice crisp mouthfeel. Definitely worth grabbing.

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's great to see Pretty Things here in NC now.Pours ointo an impy nonic a dull orange infused medium golden with a large sticky white crown atop.Zesty herbal and citruc hops in the nose with a touch of nutty malt.Not bitter but fruity hops on the palate with a light herbal quality,slightly sweet buscuit malts underneath.A solid good drinking IPA here.

Photo of Chris_Carraher
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer! This is a delicious IPA. Little thin in the mouth but full of flavor. Great orange color and nose is full of citrus.

Photo of MarkQ617
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass. The lacing is outstanding, especially considering the relatively light body. The color was a bit light for an IPA, not that awesome. Flavor and nose are an even mix of citrus and pine, both somewhat weak. Mouthfeel is light and gentle for an IPA - one of the better aspects of the beer. Overall a bit overrated in my judgment.

Photo of mttaylor
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly orange color, with a slightly foamy head. That head disappears rapidly. There isn't a lot of hop aroma, but what there is has a little bit of grapefruit rind.

The body is pure American IPA. Very pleasing on the tongue and palate. The body is very gentle and pleasing it would be a great IPA on a hot day. The hops give a very cleansing effect on the tongue.

You can feel the alcohol. It's letting you know you have a substantial beer here. The hoppiness is perfect for American IPA.

Photo of mverity
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice and light. Grassy hops, with a light malt base with a touch of wheat.

Photo of BradMatton13
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is the first Pretty things i have loved, a lot of good beers from them but this is a stand out

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange body with fizzy head and some lace. Aroma is more sweet and grapefruit than just citric hops but they're in there as well. I found this IPA to be well-balanced and just an overall great sipping beer as the dry, citric hops are in there, especially finish, but mostly beer has more of a grapefruit sweetness and is not just a hop bomb. Passes over tongue real easy and is a must try.

Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 16 oz tulip glass at Sunset Grill and Tap (Boston, MA).

A: Slightly amber-gold with 1-finger of light beige tightly bubbled head with good retention and a nice shade of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Big citrus and herbal honeysuckle aromas with a bit of tropical fruit thrown in for good measure to cap a nice hop nose. Malts are backgroun with most pale maltiness without a lot of character.

T: Solid IPA flavor, a little unspectacular but solid with bright orange and grapefruit citrus, some pineapple and finished with a clean light malt planet. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Slick and smooth with lowish carbonation and medium body.

O: A very good beer but it doesn't bring a whole lot of originality to the table.

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

A: poured into an IPA glass to a nice shade of deep yellow with a two finger rocky white head that retains well and leaves good lacing
S: smells of bright grapefruit and pine with a little sweetness
T: taste is grapefruit and citrus with some pine oil and light caramel sweetness. swallow is oily and grapefruity with lingering hop bitterness
M: lighter side of medium on the palate with soft and slightly prickly carb. finish on this one is big and oily.
O: This is a fantastic IPA. Great hop flavors and a solid malt backbone to provide balance and keep it in check. Grab it if you find it.

Photo of Kreit215
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Loved this! Slight hint of fruit with a wonderful scent of hops!

Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

A: copper and cloudy with a thick white head and big lacing

S: pine, lemon, citrus

T: soft hippiness without a lot of bitterness, orange with a little lemon

M: very smooth and clean, soft bite with no pungent aftertaste

O: awesome easy drinking IPA, love this beer because of the taste and drink ability. Not a huge flavor profile which works to it's advantage and allows this beer to pair well with food

Photo of gonzo000
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer that dances that fine line and is almost outstanding. The finish is a bit too bitter for my taste and end up being dry on the back end. Almost too much going on: florals, grasses, carmel, grape fruit and bitter grapefruit rind. Beer poured a nice copper color with a one finger head. A thin head with some distinctive larger bubbles remained throughout the beer.

Photo of Rideguy64
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Not what I was expecting. More of an English style IPA. It has a great nose coming out of the bottle. I was thinking more citrus flavors, but instead I got a lot of bitterness. The taste lingered in my mouth a lot longer then I feel it should. Disappointed. I would probably not have this beer again.

Photo of DIM
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in August.

This was a clear coppery golden color, it poured with a small fizzy head.

The malt base was very much caramel forward with a little sugar cookie sweetness as well. There was a nice grassy lemon hop bite that tasted very fresh. Top notch IPA, thanks to my brother-in-law for sharing.

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev -2.2%

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits/Sturbridge.

Poured into Pioneer Stein #42, formed a 1" light beige head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Frothy head sticks like glue, with sporadic lacing. Aroma is spicy hops.

Taste is sweet pale malt to start, citrus in the middle, and spicy bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Maybe leaning more English style IPA than American, but an enjoyable brew that I'd drink again.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

A: clear; honey colored; 1 finger white head that receded slowly to a thin film; nice lacing;

S: really nice; floral with a little cat pee in the background;

T: earthy up front; floral comes in mid-palate; grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: hops are dominant; would have liked more floral hoppiness in the flavor than the earthy notes I got;

Photo of far333
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Nearly clear honey apricot colored with a half inch high head of frothy foam that lingers long. Citrusy aroma, tangerine and grapefruit, some orange rind.

Hoppy flavors upfront, lots of pine, grapefruit and orange rind. Subtle malt rides beneath, but hops keep it on the DL. Pine lingers. Full mouthfeeel, semi slick, finishes tingly.

Photo of Cubatobaco
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - beautiful golden color with a 1-2 inch snow white head. Settles To a 1/4" With sticky lacing hanging onto the side of the glass. Very well carbonated.

S - Slightly muted, possibly by the coldness. Getting a nice hoppiness and grapefruit. There is and little bit of lemon and pine in the background.

T - The main flavors I get are citrus driven; grapefruit rind and lemon peel, followed by the above descriptions.

M - Acidic and bitter. Medium bodied with a nice carb bite.

O - Solid IPA and refreshing. I'd drink this on a regular basis if it was local. Nothing to write home about, but a good beer nonetheless. I'm glad I got a chance to try it.

Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at State Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A- Hazy golden yellow body. One finger white head, fair retention, thin lacing.

S- Pale malt, citrus, grapefruit, bread. Simple but at the same time, well-constructed and balanced nose.

F- Grapefruit, oranges, a touch of pineapple. Balanced nicely with biscuits and honey. Tasty without any offensive flavours. Not terribly bitter at all.

M- On the thinner side though not watery. Plenty of bubbles, easy enough to drink. Finish is a citrus bitterness that isn't particularly bitter in the grand scheme of things.

O- Very tasty local IPA that hit the spot that particular day. Well-constructed, balanced with just enough citrus punch to satisfy the vast majority of craft beer drinkers out there.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop qualities all around.

Photo of alphagnome
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Incredibly clear, medium gold color body. Thick, off-white head has nice retention and lacing.

Aroma:
Bright pine and sweet pineapple notes hit right away. Light lemon and rye. Random pepper and honey notes.

Taste:
Holy potency, this one is plenty bitter... BUT I think even the most inexperienced of IPA drinkers could find themselves enjoying this. The initial bitter bite fades quite nicely with each new sip. Plenty of pine and citrus. Simple malt and a bit of lemongrass... not much else though. No noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel:
Light body for the style. Light carbonation. Very dry, piney finish but is far from the worst offender.

Overall:
A solid IPA, if not a bit generic. My only real criticisms are the fact that it lacks originality and the dry finish. Regardless, this is still a must have for any IPA fan or anyone looking for a tasty IPA to work their way towards the bitter end of the beer spectrum!

Photo of alexbutler
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Meadowlark IPA from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.