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Meadowlark IPA - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Meadowlark IPAMeadowlark IPA

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130 Reviews
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Reviews: 130
Hads: 774
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 23.9%
Wants: 86
Gots: 123 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: silentjay on 06-29-2012

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3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Bottled in July 2012 indicated on the back label. Pours a translucent golden-orange with a half inch, fluffy, bright white head. A cascade of tiny bubbles effervesces from the nucleation point to the underside of the cap. Head eventually settles into a creamy and consistent 1/8th inch skim with delicate webs of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus, a kiss of rind and an earthy, slightly oniony character. Taste consistent with nose - less oniony in the flavor profile than in the nose; however, there's a slightly medicinal character towards the middle and an earthy bitterness that lingers between quaffs. I also get a suggestion of caramel malt, but it is not overly pronounced. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive carbonation, a slightly oily texture and an acidity that stimulates the sides of the cheeks and leaves a residual burn on the tongue. Overall, a very good IPA, but I'm not sure it merits the hype (then again, I prefer the more tropical fruited side of the style). Nonetheless another very solid offering from Pretty Things. These guys don't make a bad beer and it's well worth your time if the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up at ABC the other day. I was surprised to see it here in Florida. It had a bottled on date of 9-2014. Not good but I got it anyway. Pours an ok looking head with good retention. Slightly cloudy honey color. The smell is noticed as soon as the cap is opened. Smells very floral with typical hop aroma. There is something about the nose that I just think is perfect. The taste is out of this world! How is this possible with an almost year old IPA? This beer is perfectly balanced with not to much bitterness and not too malty like you would have expected from a older beer. I think this has aged perfectly. I can only wonder what this tastes like fresh. If I ever get up to Massachusetts I will definitely be seeking this out, meanwhile I'm going back to ABC to get the rest of there inventory of this incredible flavorful beer. 4.80 Update, apparently Pretty Things is now available in Florida, ya. Picked up another bomber. This one dated 6-2015. As expected its much more hop forward than the year old one a had the other day. This IPA is still just about perfect. Very creamy, sweat and hoppy all perfectly balanced into a world class IPA. 4.85

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -2%
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.

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4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid IPA all around. Smells great, tastes great.

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Photo of mverity
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served in a tulip. Pours a hazy gold color with a short white head that leaves some residual lacing. Taste is lemon peel and light pine. Mouthfeel is medium light.

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Photo of PackieMcHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of doremite
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hagbergl
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At long last, Pretty Things, my favorite local brewery brews up a beer in my favorite style. Thank you, Dann. I enjoyed a pint of PT's latest offering at the Salty Pig, a new restaurant in Boston's Back Bay that is just awesome for bacon-heads and beer nerds.

A (3.5/5): Honestly, nothing that special going on with how this beer looks. Pours a clear, light copper color and is topped with a two-finger head of white foam that retains well and leaves a bit of lacing as it settles.

S (4.5/5): This beer has a particularly good nose for an IPA, and it's not the usual grapefruit and pine going on here either. Certainly pine, citrus and tropical fruit notes are evident–grapefruit, apricot, a touch of mango–but this beer also has an unusual, though pleasant, gym sock dankness that reminds me a bit of Stone 14th Anniversary "Emperial IPA". It's just a little...stinky. Points for pungency when it comes to IPAs.

T (4.5/5): Pink grapefruit, orange, lemon, apricot, pine, and very bitter. Juicy and creamy in the foretaste before settling in for a long, bitter finish. The bitterness is of the clean and dry type, and is not overshadowed by any syrupy sweet qualities–which I consider the downfall of many IPAs–so good on ya, Pretty Things. There is a malt presence that pushes back a little bit and the beer does have a fruity side to it, but hop bitterness dominates throughout, front to back, and with a dry edge. At 60 IBUs, Meadowlark is a prime example of how it's all about the balance of hops versus malt, rather than about the quantity of hops used. Excellent taste.

M (4.5/5): Nice creaminess in the foretaste. Body is spot-on for the style, and so is its medium carbonation. A little prickly and puckering–did I mention this is a dry beer? Finish is long and leaves a hoppy aftertaste in its wake.

Overall (4.5/5): Pretty Things strikes again, this time with an India Pale Ale with stellar taste and aroma (honestly, appearance is NOT as important as those two by any stretch). It is jam-packed with hop flavor and will satisfy any hop head, so long as it's fresh–I was lucky to have a super fresh glass on draft. Dear hoppy beer fans and fiends, seek this beer out. Awesomeness.

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Meadowlark IPA from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.