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Meadowlark IPA - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Meadowlark IPAMeadowlark IPA

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 757
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 24.39%
Wants: 87
Gots: 117 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 125 | Hads: 757
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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;

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Photo of far333
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at State Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A- Hazy golden yellow body. One finger white head, fair retention, thin lacing.

S- Pale malt, citrus, grapefruit, bread. Simple but at the same time, well-constructed and balanced nose.

F- Grapefruit, oranges, a touch of pineapple. Balanced nicely with biscuits and honey. Tasty without any offensive flavours. Not terribly bitter at all.

M- On the thinner side though not watery. Plenty of bubbles, easy enough to drink. Finish is a citrus bitterness that isn't particularly bitter in the grand scheme of things.

O- Very tasty local IPA that hit the spot that particular day. Well-constructed, balanced with just enough citrus punch to satisfy the vast majority of craft beer drinkers out there.

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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.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Incredibly clear, medium gold color body. Thick, off-white head has nice retention and lacing.

Bright pine and sweet pineapple notes hit right away. Light lemon and rye. Random pepper and honey notes.

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.

Light body for the style. Light carbonation. Very dry, piney finish but is far from the worst offender.

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!

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Photo of alexbutler
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of jwchestnut
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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

A - Poured deep orange to copper with a one finger head.
S - Citrus and floral with some earthy notes.
T - Lots of different hops nothing jumps out but everything is very pleasant. light malt backbone.
M - Medium body and carbonation with a smooth finish
O - A nice mix of hops and bitterness, enjoyed drinking and would like another.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.69/5  rDev -10%
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..

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Photo of vitALEity
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of sita3081
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Lothore
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent golden with a white head.

S: Nose is quite citric. All mango and orange.

T: Taste is more floral but still dominated by citrus, particularly orange, but some mango is still there.

M: Medium bodied, smooth for an IPA.

O: Not the tastiest example of the style, but a damn good one. Definitely recommended, especially if you like the style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of BKBassist
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a super clear golden orange color with a white head.

The aroma is aggressive of overly ripe/rotten fruits. Orange, peach, notes of floral and pine. Not a extremely hop forward aroma.

The flavor follows with just a punch of hops. A light biscuit malt in the background, but dominated by some citrus, floral notes, and then tons of longing finish of pine. It's clean pine and green and aggressive.

This reminds me a good amount of Pliny because of its sweetness, but also that light body and easy drinkability. A very clean drinking beer.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a creamy and frothy white head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a perfectly clear deep amber that has slight hints of gold and copper. The beer smell has strong citrus and grassy notes with bits of pine that are balanced by sweet bready malt and honey smells. Overall, the smell is surprisingly balanced the different smells complement each other very well. The beer taste is similar to the smell in that the the grassy hops dominate the tongue with the citrus hops still making a strong showing but not as strong as the grassy taste. The malts and honey also balance out the the taste but not as much as they do in the smell. The feel is very clean and crisp. The carbonation is biting and the beer is medium bodied but does not feel very heavy or thick. Rather, the beer feels very smooth with a dry afterfeel. Overall, a pretty good beer and worth getting when it comes out.

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Photo of Ri0
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 22oz bottle into Teku.

A - It is hazy and darker orange with a 2 finger white head. Leaves a white collar around the glass and large areas of lacing.

S - The hop profile (Galaxy and Citra) is complex with notes of grassy, earthy, and citrus notes. Sweet malt of light caramel and honey compliment all the hops.

T - The bitter Galaxy hops stand out the most and also add an earthy taste. The Citra hops come in after and give a nice grapefruit and orange flavor. The malt is subtle with just enough caramel and honey to keep the hops from overwhelming the palate.

M - Light body and excellent carbonation. Lingering bitter grapefruit on my tongue. Very dry.

O - I always wondered what a Galaxy/Citra IPA would taste like...It tastes wonderful. Pretty Things delivers yet another outstanding beer.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of magictacosinus
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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Photo of Omnium
4.02/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Enriquehopnog
5/5  rDev +22%
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

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Meadowlark IPA from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.