Meadowlark IPA - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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4.26/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Thanks, angrybabboon. Poured out a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on August 2013.
Pours an amber orange color, with a clear thickened color complete with 2 fingers of a frothy creamy off-white head. Leaves around some lacing at the sides of the glass, as well a thick half-inch of froth that remains well in its retention. Looks pretty bready and inviting overall, and oily as any great IPA does.
Great aroma up front - notes of stone fruit, herbs, and citrus right away. Notes of peaches (my favorite flavor in an IPA), apricot, nectarines, oranges, melon, and lemon peel right away, with slight notes of pine and cumin. There's an excellent caramel and toffee backbone that immediately follows, and sweetens out the rest of the citrus and stone fruit notes right at the front. A little bit of a lactic (?) sweetness comes around as well, but no matter what the case may be, it's still quite balanced as far as an East Coast IPA goes. Even though it's a few months old, it's held up pretty well at this point.
Bitterness reaches the front of the tongue, with some of the previous fruity esters and hoppy tinged bitterness soon following afterwards. Over ripe peaches, apricots, oranges, grapefruit, pine, and a little bit of anise, believe it or not. (Mangoes as it warms up!) Some sage and fennel seeps through the end, with a little bit of astringency and tea-like tannic flavors that coat it out nicely. Dry, however, with a dried citrus rind flavor that seems to last for a good long while at the finish. Toffee and caramel are at the end, and rounds out the bitterness with a little bit of sweetness and a bready, creamy feel. Well carbonated, with a slightly syrupy yet well atoned texture that I've only found similarly with FFF beers. Quite a straightforward, well made IPA overall.
A great IPA, especially for its widespread availability that's made itself around here as of late. I could definitely pick up more of these in the future with its low cost and widespread availability in my distro. It's quite dry, and would definitely be a food friendly beer due to its astringency. I hope to have this fresh or on-tap sometime eventually!
Serving type: bottle
11-24-2013 04:41:11 | More by magictacosinus
4.01/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bomber > Sensory Pils glass
A - Pours out nice clear yellow, with a finger of soapy white head medium lacing.
S - Some slight tropical notes, big herbal hop scents, light pine, lemongrass, caramel malt.
T - Slightly complex up front, lots of variety in hop flavors, pineapple, then some lemon, then it gets herbal, then you get the caramel malt in the end.
M - Not overbearing, but still a little cloying sweetness.
O - Pretty good IPA, lots of different hop profiles that im still discerning while finishing.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2013 03:17:52 | More by Omnium
Meadowlark IPA from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
92 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.