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Meadowlark IPA - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Meadowlark IPAMeadowlark IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

667 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 85
Gots: 84 | 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:
Beer added by: silentjay on 06-29-2012

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop qualities all around.

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a collar around the edge and a thin film of bubbles in between on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of tropical fruits.
T: The flavors in the taste are similar to the aromas in the smell and the hops contribute a moderate to strong amount of bitterness that lingers into the finish. Only the slightest hints of alcohol are detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a rather bold IPA that has pleasant hoppy aromas and flavors of citrus and tropical fruits.

Note: Bottled in July 2013

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/4/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is on the thin side but it works nicely for this particular beer and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA to pound down for a long time.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big fluffy head almost 2 fingers fades at a med pace with lots of sticky lacing, mostly clear slight haze slight tan golden color.

Nose had lots of fresh hops, tropical fruit with a hint of musty resin, light guava, grapefruit, hint of pine, juicy citrus like tangerine and orange zest. All that and a light sweet toasty like malt.

Taste starts with fresh hops again, with more tropical juicy fruit. Some musty light resinous hops kick in at first, then grapefruit, pineapple, light guava and passion fruit, juicy fruit, light citrus tangerine, hint of pine. Then a light sweety candy malt with touch of sweetness to balance. Bitterness gets fairly strong but not nearly overpowering, with a light fluffy malt feel. finish is fairly bitter, fairly dry, long lingering hop finish with more light resin, citrus, and hint of pine with even a slight spicy taste.

Mouth is med bodied but fluffy feeling, pretty good carb.

Overall really nice, not overpowering with bitterness or resin, with nice light malty balance that lets you taste the beer and doesn't get too sweet. Fairly drinkable and well done beer from pretty things.

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at our first Baltimore BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring on top of the pour.

Smell: Citrus hops up front with just enough malt sweetness and grain to balance it.

Taste: The malt it really nice and crisp. Citrus peel hops build throughout each sip. The finish is crisp and quite bitter. This is a nice one.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice easy drinking IPA. I really enjoyed the light malt with the hop bitterness. I'd have it again.

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3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts with a large, rocky head. Leaves chunks of lace on the glass as the liquid recedes. Mild haze on the otherwise dirty gold color.

Solid grapefruit, floral hop aroma. Good pale malt base. Attractive.

A true IPA with a solid malt start that gets completely dominated by a hop wallop that leaves one's mouth puckering. The swallow is like sucking a hop pellet and the aftertaste is bitter and long. The body is typical for the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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Meadowlark IPA from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.