Meadowlark IPA - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Meadowlark IPAMeadowlark IPA

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 737
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 7.04%
Wants: 88
Gots: 111 | FT: 1
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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 MatthewHopHead
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a classic,text book IPA, crystal clear orange hue - pretty impressive in that respect. Smell was less citrusy than I expected more of a grainy/biscuit aroma. Taste was good but not really outstanding almost tasted woody or barrel aged due to the malty sweetness - again good but not what I expected. A little lingering bitterness that coats the mouth. Price point was a little high for the quality. I don't think I would buy this one again due to the amount of other outstanding IPAs on the market. (509 characters)

Photo of BigGold
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at Yard House, Boston-Fenway, on draft into pint tumbler. A bit of a departure from the main stream of American IPAs, this beer is notable for its well-crafted balance. (173 characters)

Photo of Phillip13
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer on draft in Nantucket. Was a nice orange color with a very fruity aroma to it. The taste was hoppy with slight citrus overtones and a smooth bitter aftertaste. A little pricey but would buy it again. (213 characters)

Photo of Hyptochrons
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not what I expect from an IPA. More sweet and buiscuit malt character than fruity citrus or bitter hop flavor. Maybe it's just my preference in IPAs, but the balance is not quite right. Don't get me wrong, i enjoyed the beer but it didn't leave me wanting another and I wouldn't consider picking another bottle up at the price of $8. (333 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle with an April expiration date. It does not say April 2016. Sampled on July 6,2015.

Orange amber pour with modest head. Good clarity.

The aroma is of toasted biscuit, pale malts and perfume. A vague fruitiness but not in my face.

Medium body.

The taste also has a biscuit character with a nice hop presence. Lingering bitterness. (360 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,122 characters)

Photo of crag
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very bright lovely notes that one would expect with a dbl IPA. Needs more malt although there is a nice caramel start but vanishes quickly. Very dry finish (155 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.82/5  rDev +17%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,121 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of mttaylor
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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. (602 characters)

Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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 (410 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of Rideguy64
2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

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. (300 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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. (477 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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; (395 characters)

Photo of far333
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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. (339 characters)

Photo of Cubatobaco
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (659 characters)

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Meadowlark IPA from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.