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Meadowlark IPA - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

Meadowlark IPAMeadowlark IPA

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BA SCORE
92
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435 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%


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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mactrail

California

3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Attractive amber gold color in the Crooked Line narrow tulip. It has a perky head and sudsy appeal in the glass. The Citra and Galaxy hops jump right on with the first sip. Flowery hops in the nose with a little butter.

Pronounced orange peel flavor that changes into grapefruit for the aftertaste. Bright and sharp and seriously hoppy. Pretty well blasted with bitterness and saturated in hop oils. A little sweetness emerges now and then. Not much flavor between the extremes of sweet and bitter. Make that candied grapefruit peel.

Of all the interesting brews that these guys make, why do they have to prove they can concoct yet another over-hopped IPA just like the big boys? Tiresome after some sipping, but quite well made for the hop fiend. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 06:02:59 | More by mactrail
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vitALEity

California

3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Somewhat hazy, pale/orange color with a good 2 finger head and great retention

S- Grassy, slight sweet caramel malt. Not very fruity, floral or piney

T- Nice blend of caramel malt and light hop bitterness. Nothing amazing but its good.

M- Medium body/medium carbonation.

O- Decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 00:06:30 | More by vitALEity
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Horbar

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Doherty's in RI.

A- Golden with a splash of copper. Just a slight haze. No imperfections.

S- Very pungent. Citrus comes through with a touch of malts. Smells like socks a bit until it warms. Lol. Then orange, grapefruit, and caramel come through.

T- nice hoppiness upfront, and then splashes the back of your palate with citrus juiciness. Just enough sweetness to bring perfect balance.

M- slightly carbonated, very chewy from the hops. Very drinkable.

O- This is my new favorite IPA. I did side by side tastings with Sculpin and Flower Power at a separate time.. (My former favorites) Meadowlark took them down easily. This is a special IPA. I just hope it becomes year round.

UPDATE!! Not so good in 2013, need to change review.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 01:23:56 | More by Horbar
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 23:12:08 | More by Jwale73
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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..

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 02:46:04 | More by CrazyDavros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: bottle from Pin's, Media, PA

Served in a PT wine glass, of course, a clearish golden-yellow color with a foamy white head that retained as a wispy layer, and streaked the glass with lacing. In the nose, citrusy hops and toasty malts, a bit on the grainy side. More of the same in the taste, crisp citrus and herbal hops, fairly bitter, pale malts and toasted grains. Nothing new here, but overall it's a solid IPA. Medium body and easily drinkable for the style, if a little more on the bitter side.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 01:37:38 | More by Rifugium
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dull golden color. Body is transparent. Head is stellar. Head is bleach white and about two fingers high. Head retains very well and is frothy. Great lacing rings.

S-Just smelling it from the bottle, this brew is all hops. However after the pour I am getting a big caramel and sweet bread malt presence. Candied apricot hops. Perhaps maltier than hoppy in the nose. I trust Pretty Things and am not worried by its excessive balance (oxymoron?).

T-An interesting IPA. The malt is quite complex. Caramel drizzled pound cake. Hops are spicy. Hops are also candied oranges and apricots with a medicinal/herbal twinge. A bit too perfumey for my taste. The finish is noticeably piney and grassy. This is very well balanced and complex but not overly hop-stressed.

M-Creamy and sticky/resiny. Body is pretty round and full. Finishes with lasting pine bitterness. A bit chewy.

O/D-Unfortunately this let me down a bit. It stresses balance, and I should have expected that but it does not have that all-too-familiar likeability I found with most Pretty Things brews. It is still very tasty but I would say this leans more toward the English take on the IPA than the American. I was expecting 'great' but wound up with 'pretty good' and thats oaky, given this breweries stellar record.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 21:23:38 | More by VelvetExtract
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AgentMunky

California

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled July 2012.

A: Two fingers of white head with fantastic retention. Great lacing. Hazy gold is barely translucent.

S: Straightforward hops. Nice bitterness and light citrus. Quintessential IPA.

TM/O: Meh, underwhelming. Balanced, lightly malty, lightly hopped. Hops are vegetal, but not spicy. Robust and thick, it's easy drinking and very enjoyable. Recommended, I guess, but generally not impressive. Would have another, but not for $7.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 04:47:37 | More by AgentMunky
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I didn't find this to be as compelling as its ratings indicate. golden mostly clear liquid, pale for the style, real light looking, with a puffy white head that slowly goes away. its got a pretty generic hop nose, I mean, fresh and delicious, but nothing really stands out from the crowd to me. lighter grain bill, maybe some pilsner malts in here too. hops remain floral to citric in the flavor, and have s definite bitterness on the back end, but this is not hopped uniquely from other india pales out there. balance is good, and alcohol is well hidden. there is a peculiar spice complex towards the finish as well, which I can only attribute to the yeast, whatever it may be. carbonation is average, and the light body makes this a little easier to drink than it should be at 7% abv. a beer I enjoyed very much, but not distinct enough to be remarkable beyond that.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2013 14:11:55 | More by StonedTrippin
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted at the launch party at Atwoods. Brewed with Citra, Galaxy, and Bravo hops.

Orange-y gold body with a pillowy head.

Ripe mix of Mango, citrus, pineapple, and passionfruit in the nose.

Bitter at first. Combines well with the tropical fruit, apricot, and flora hop flavors. Dry bitter grapefruit rind on the finish. Caramel/toffee malt sweetness. Very drinkable.

One of the better IPAs I've had brewed in MA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 15:23:14 | More by BearsOnAcid
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wedge

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 21:37:23 | More by wedge
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although Pretty Things continues to bore me with their labels, I admit that it's what's on the inside that counts. And what's on the inside with the drippy goodness of citra hops!

Goldenrod in color, the beer pours with a moderate haze and burnish undertones. Capped by a creamy off-white head, the foam speckles the glass with residual froth and lace.

Striking aromas of citra hops leap to the foreground with the omnipresent notes of tangerine, mango, apricot (fruit rollups), butterscotch, chive, and strangely- catty. Backed by the caramel sweetness from malt, the beer has an elegant simplicity but complex aromatic spread.

Similarly, the flavors start balanced as well- citrus meets caramel, butterscotch meets herbs, and dry starch meets tropical fruits head on. There's really no chance that the malts give first impressions against the hop onslaught. Both weigh in with an even-keel start, but the hops pull ahead at mid palate and favor the earthy, grassy, musty, and ultimately citrusy and tropical fruit flavors thereafter. Citrus oils frame the bitterness that finishes the beer but never really sheds its mild buttery flavor entirely.

Medium-dry early and off-dry late, the beer's embedded carbonation gives creamy textures to accompany citrusy taste early on. But as the carbonation subsides, the dry malt textures allow for complete hop dominance to finish. Warm, resinous, and a semi-arid mouthfeel gives final impressions as the palate forwards to the next sip. Interestingly, the butterscotch taste only translates to a thin buttery coat to the mouth that's easily overlooked.

The influence of citra hops is unmistakable in this beer. As the creamy-citrus start turns resiny bitter to finish, the beer confusses the palate with a rich tropical character woven into slight buttery tones. Oddly enough, the majority of butter notes show up in aroma and not in taste nor texture.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 04:58:42 | More by BEERchitect
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DovaliHops

California

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a medium white head that disappears rather quickly. Scent is packed with a ton of lemon and some bitter grapefruit aromas. Fresh, piney hop aromas with some more lemon and other citrus aromas. Smells like this one is gonna be bitter. Taste is just what I was expecting...it is more bitter than your average IPA, but has some balance to it. Bitter grapefruit up front with a ton of lemon and some grassy flavors. Then I get some orange and more lemon with a hint of peppery spice. Just a hint of alcohol flavor with some extreme bittering hops going on in the finish. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and medium bodied...tingly carbonation. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is one bitter IPA, but the fruit profile and light maltiness help balance it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 07:04:54 | More by DovaliHops
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 23:21:01 | More by SpeedwayJim
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BKBassist

New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - A hazy golden with some light amber in the center. Small bubbled white head.

S - Orange zest and some almond nuttiness.

T - Initial hit is a perfume, floral quality, fading into hints of a light grainy malt and bright lemon. Finish is a big burst of pine with some faint tropical notes on the end.

M - Fairly carbonated, with lots of tiny bubbles.

O - A very solid addition to the East Coast IPA stable. For fans of more delicate IPAs that lean floral and bright, it's not hammering you on the head with bitterness or loads of wild tropical flavors. Very drinkable, with an almost Belgian crispness to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 04:03:35 | More by BKBassist
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 21:37:55 | More by tastybeer
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rawfish

California

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear tawny amber with a dense cap of tight white foam, two fingers high. Excellent retention and lacing on the glass.

Floral and uplifting mix of bright citrus, white grapes, and tropical dried mango and papaya notes. Underlying caramel malt with honey and simple syrup add complementing sweetness.

Taste falls off greatly from the nose, solid caramel malt and bready with some competing citrus, herbal and pineapple tropical notes. Surprising bitterness rears its head early in the drink.

Medium body, feel is slick with a mouthcoating. Alcohol is subdued as is the carbonation.

Great nose with a steady bitterness, flavor doesn't pack the same punch. Solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 03:50:44 | More by rawfish
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, like chains. Head is pillowy, white, and sticky as can be. Retention is decent. Sheets of lacing stick to the glass. Lively carbonation keeps the head for the duration.

Smell: Oh Citra. Loaded with a nice balance of ripe mango, pineapple, and pine resin. Mildly earthy with a big herbal and floral component. Tangerines. Biscuity malts and a touch of caramel sweetness. Very herbal. Some dank notes. Resin. Slightly salty and citrusy back.

Taste: Earthy with the expected herbal backing. Citra takes a backseat and adds a touch of tropical goodness on the back. Grapefruit rind and some pithy bitterness. Resinous. Pine, touches of mint. Malts add a little sweetness with a bready backbone. Smells more aggressive. Rose water. Lingering bitterness builds with each sip, but never gets overwhelming. Dank finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a slightly higher than average carbonation. Dry. Smooth. Medium body. Easy drinking.

Overall: For some reason this reminds me of fresh Two-Hearted if you hit it with a big Citra dry-hop. Intensely herbal. A delightful take on the American IPA. It's nice to see Pretty Things throw their hat in the American-style IPA ring and succeed.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 20:12:21 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Lothore

California

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep orangey hue with 2 fingers of head that fades quickly.

S- Hints of citrus, faint wheat notes.

T- Bitter grapefruit hard up front and through the middle. Finish carries a wave of malt rounded out by a sharp bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- Decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 04:10:10 | More by Lothore
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 21:48:40 | More by jmarsh123
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CheezyBlaster

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We have a new IPA contender in the Northeast. Pour is medium dark gold with some attractive residual lacing after the fluffy head dies down.

Nose is a bit nutty, dry roasted peanuts actually, with gouda-like notes and a quiet citrus underbelly. Very surprised by the nose. I've had these flavors in IPA, but not often in the nose.

The taste is big bitter grapefruit pith and piney. Crisp and tongue tingling. Similar hop profile to a Flower Power or even Lunch. When they're this fresh and this hopped it's hard to get distinct malt, but there is a bit of a honey-kissed presence.

I'd love to age this out about 2 months, maybe 3, and see what kind of nutty/cheese like flavors emerge. Good job, Pretty Things.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 22:21:19 | More by CheezyBlaster
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Crystal clear golden color. Two-inch eggshell head never goes away. Thin slip of lacing coats the whole glass.

S: Pineapple, mango, tangerine, sweet grapefruit. Mild weed aroma. Floral scents too- rose petals specifically. Malt base smells slightly doughy. The nose is nice; playful and vibrant, but not very complicated.

T: Grapefruit rind, pine resin, and hemp seed on the attack. The bitterness is quite a bit more than I expected. Blood orange, tangerine, and pineapple are perceptible underneath the biting bitterness. Herbal tastes and tobacco. Bitter ruby red grapefruit owns the mid-palate and continues its dominance long into the finish. Green and oily tastes near the end. Malt tastes are largely hidden, but a bit of dough and almond are perceptible. Long, very bitter finish of grapefruit and hop oils.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth and somewhat creamy. Scrubbing carbonation lifts the body. Good.

O: This is not at all the beer I was expecting to come from Pretty Things, but it's still very good. Definitely a West Coast influence on this one, very high perceived bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 03:46:22 | More by ryan1788a5
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

The body is an orange color with an unfiltered look. The cap rises a good two fingers and settles slowly, leaving some spider web lacing in it's wake. Some small bubbles of carbonation find their way through the liquid to the top. The nose is of semi-sweet toasted malt, flowers, apricot, mango, earthy breadiness, and pine cones. A bit all over the place, but focusing on the citrus hops primarily. Lightly sweet bready malt hits me first, before a rush of earthy, piney hops. The finish is mainly tropical fruit. Mangoes and white grapefruit with a bit of apricot give this a mildly bitter finish. Pretty solid balance; good hop profile with clean, bready malt underneath. Medium body, mildly bitter finish with some fruit sweetness to help balance. I really wish I could have tried this fresher, because I think I really would have liked it. As it was, the hops were slightly faded, but this was still a pretty tasty beer. I will seek this out next time it comes around.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 18:13:16 | More by ColForbinBC
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I liked this, it made less of an impression on me than it has on others. Deep caramel pour with a firm head. A bit of toastyness in the malt with a consistent hops current, a touch fruity with some herbal leanings. ABV was well integrated in the flavor profile, with no heat or pepper. Finish was clean with the fruity nature echoing.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 20:56:16 | More by Brent
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 21:15:30 | More by EgadBananas
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Meadowlark IPA from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
92 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.