Meadowlark IPA - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Meadowlark IPAMeadowlark IPA

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633 Ratings
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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 83
Gots: 67 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: silentjay on 06-29-2012)
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Reviews by Maxwell:
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4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a darker, golden orange, almost candied brown in color. As the beer pours it forms a nice head of small, off-white bubbles that stick to the sides of the glass and create a blanket of lacing as the head mellows down to a half-a-finger’s-width in height. In body, the beer is clear of particles, with just a light haze and a darkness that slightly obscures the other side of the glass, while still remaining transparent. On the nose, the beer is hugely dank with light fruity and resinous notes touching the sides of the smell. The Citra hops come through loud and clear on my nose, with an earthy dankness, while the Galaxy hops give some stone and tropical fruit notes. When agitated, distinct mango scents burst on the nose alongside light pineapple and nectarine notes. Malt is mellow beneath the beautiful hop smell, providing a nice caramel scent and some slight saltiness. On the tongue, the beer tastes nicely bitter and fruity, yet dry with a light, herbal saltiness on the back of the taste. In flavor, the beer begins as light tropical fruits with a touch of caramel malts, this moves into medicinal bitters, which are quickly buried beneath dank, resinous hops with a touch of mango and salt biscuit. The beer’s finish is properly bitter and piney, with citric grapefruit and touches of stone fruit coming through. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body, with a little bit of jelling on the tongue. Carbonation is lightly prickly at first, but soft and smooth overall. The mouth is left nicely dry and arid, with a little bit of saliva on the edges and a good bitter resin coating the tongue. Overall, this is a nice sipping, heavy/almost imperial/double IPA. The dankness on the front of the taste is a little too strong for me, but it mellows into some nice complexity that make it interesting to drink. The herbal saltiness from the dank flavors is also a little off-putting, but again, the finish is smooth and interesting and has me coming back for more. Another fine beer from Pretty Things!

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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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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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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4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
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Meadowlark IPA is a very tasty brew...probably one of my favorites from Pretty Things. It's a shame it may only be available as a seasonal since I can see myself craving this year around. Guess I'll have to try to clone it if it isn't available ;). Anyway, taste reminds me a little of Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA or Ithaca's Flower Power, but Meadowlark definitely has it's own thing going. Wonderful aroma and mouthfeel... Nice hop flavor on the back end, similar it seems to some of their other offerings. Up front there is some slight sweetness, but quickly subdued by layers of hop intricacy. Definitely a lot of tropical flavors meshed together...very nice, indeed. Another great one from PT!

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Meadowlark IPA from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.