Meadowlark IPA - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Meadowlark IPAMeadowlark IPA

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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 87
Gots: 105 | FT: 1
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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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 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 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 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 hagbergl
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of timster01801
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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 hreb
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Bottling date of July 2012.

Heavy pour yields a 2 finger frothy, foamy white head with great retention. Beer is clear goldenrod. Lacing is thick and patchy with excellent stick. An all-around great looking beer.

Nose is citrus, papaya, cane sugar, and a dank hoppiness. Decent.

Citrus hop bitterness. Piny in parts. Some cane sugar hidden in the background. Tree sap. Finishes sap hoppiness with some tropical fruit mixed in. Bitter aftertaste. Very solid.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Refreshing, crisp, and abrasive in the mouth and sticky going down. Accented finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. Drinkable.

This is one of the better east coast IPAs I've come across and one that I'm glad is available locally. A very solid offering from a still rather under-the-radar brewery.

Photo of WSB
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Meadowlark pours a beautiful clear golden with a huge head of tight white foam. It collapses just a bit, but retains a several inches.

You can identify this as an American IPA immediately by the wonderful smell- citrus bright and hoppy, with subtle notes of biscuits and fresh bread.

Mouthfeel is moderate and wet. Absolutely perfect body and weight.

Taste is....WOW....how to put this into words? Citrusy hops up front, but not overwhelming like many American IPAs. The Galaxy and Citra hops greet the nose and the taste buds very politely but assertively, but with minimal bitterness. Notes of orange and grapefruit peel are complimented and balanced very nicely by a healthy malt profile.

Finish is wet and refreshing, with just a touch of bitter to remind you that this is an American IPA.

A superb beer. This is what an IPA should be- tasty, hoppy, with some bitter, but not an absurd amount. Incredibly tasty and thirst quenching. Whats more, this beer is absolutely sessionable, something I would not normally say about a 7% ABV brew. Highly recommended. An awesome beer.

I am beginning to form the opinion that Dann and Martha Paquette, the brewers behind Pretty Things, are to beer what Bill Belichick is to football. Seriously, neither can do any wrong in their field.

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.

Photo of Enriquehopnog
5/5  rDev +22.2%
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

Photo of sita3081
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Gmann
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw color with a honey hue. The pure white head is thick and slowly settles into a chunk ring with some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is all hops and of good strength. Grapefruit rind and pine gets things going followed by some tropical fruit notes and resin. Nice juicy hop oil aroma.

The hops are not as strong in the flavor and more of the malt comes through. The malt base is bready and sweet with some honey notes. The hops are flavorful and bitter. Some grapefruit and a good amount of pine. Subtle tropical fruit mid way through and finishes with a strong grassy hop presence.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Starts sweet and is balanced with some hop bitterness. Then comes the finish in which the bitterness really comes through. A bit dry and chalky and lingers a tad too long but it helps from the malt from being too sweet.

A very nice AIPA which borders on a DIPA. Nice hop profile though the tropical fruit notes come through more as it warms.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
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..

Photo of fitzy84
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer at Table in Vine in West Springfield. Served in a pint glass. The beer has a long lasting, thin head with thick , bubbly lacing on the side. In the light, the drink is a cloudy yellow-orange. Aromas were a good mix and balance of hops with citrus flavors and with, what felt like, a little burnt malty flavor. In terms of taste, it feels like a lot is going on here. I can taste the citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit), but there is also some other sugary flavors, like caramel and malts. The flavors all tend to balance with each other with ever sip. Great mouthfeel; there is some carbonation and crispness to the drink. Overall, a fantastic American IPA.

Photo of wingman14
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish orange that is kind of hazy, and a small head that doesn't stay very long. The smell is nice, big and inviting hops with big citrus smells. A very nice start. The taste follows closely starting with a subtle sweetness into the big hop and citrus flavors with a slight bitter aftertaste following. This one has a medium mouthfeel, and a nice balance between the hop and citrus notes. A great session beer, couldn't tell it was higher ABV, very enjoyable IPA with great flavor.

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light orange, translucent, slight haze, bright white head. Nice lace.

Aroma: citrus and grapefruit, soft floral and spicy notes. Not pungent, but pleasant.

Taste: good bitterness, citrus and tropical notes, flowery hops, herbs. Light cracker malt base.

Mouthfeel: light to medium body, crisp. Refreshing, and easy drinking.

Overall: a super solid and tasty ipa. It was several weeks on it, so with not being ridiculously fresh, I'm impressed.

Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Real creamy looking head with very fine bubbles and retention out of the bottle. Creamed up off white, four fingers tall, and very uniform bubble size throughout. Island pucked cap retention. Body color is shimering, bright, clear with a dark bronze orange and very interesting rising carbonation. A very strong middle column which seems very surprising, but also with others that cascade on the sides.

Fun aroma. Soft subtle hop mixing in with caramel and treacle syrup sweetness. Slightly fruity and juicy as well, lots of dry flour biscuit like aromas as well coming off. Real interesting mix on an IPA.

Palate is a big surprise. What a unique flavor. Juiced up hop fruit front that comes out with a cherry and tropical fruit note, unlike anything I've ever had before. Tangy slight fruit sweetness, with a great dry combination of soft caramel and woody to earth hop finish. Excellent balance between malt and hop, great mouthfeel with a hint of juice and rich malt thickness but not too much.

Overall, fantastic brew. Love to have this again someday.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jaasen64 for the bottle

Pours cloudy orange with a sticky 2 finger white head. Excellent retention and spotty lacing down the glass.

Lots of dank tropical fruits in the aroma. Definitely some malt presence, but passion fruit and mango stand out among the hop aromas.

Much more pine bite in the flavor. Lots of tropical fruits are still present at the beginning along with a heavy citrus juicy flavor. Not quite as much malt as the nose would indicate, but it does peak in. Finishes with a combo of juicy citrus and pine. Semi-dry on the finish with just a little bitterness.

Good mouthfeel and carb although at times, the alcohol is slightly present.

Solid beer from a brewery that I tend to like more than not. Nothing earth shattering about it, but a good easy drinking IPA.

Photo of wedge
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of jwchestnut
4.46/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Meadowlark IPA from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.