Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States
Imperial IPA
3.9 | pDev: 8.46%
Jan 14, 2016
Jul 20, 2015
Welcome to another fun Double IPA. This one is called Hopfenpop and will be available through mid-September, 2015. We are calling this a “pre-prohibition double IPA”, part of a new series we’re calling “Never Upon a Time”.

“Why?”, you ask? Well, it’s because we did an old-school, big boy cereal mash to give it exceptionally light body (especially for an 8% abv beer). A cereal mash uses corn grits, which are not really a craft brewing thing. In fact, we couldn’t buy them from any of our regular suppliers, such is their “big beer” stigma. Well, they have their uses! (one of which in this case was clogging up our lauter tun big time… but we’ll come to that). The use of a cereal mash allows us to bring down the color and body of the beer, while keeping the ABV and allowing us to hop the beer “stupidly.” The simple sugars derived from corn are basically fully fermented out – not leaving behind any body or any corn-like flavors.

So, we present to you a pillowy yellow, 8% abv, relatively low bodied, refreshing, double IPA. The words refreshing and double IPA don’t ordinarily go together, but we think you will agree they do here.
The hops are Mosaic and Sorachi Ace. And there’s plenty of them. High fruit aroma, high lingering flavor, medium bitterness.


67 IBU
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Ratings by ScottP:
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Rated by ScottP from New Hampshire

3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sep 07, 2015
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Rated: 3.75 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

Jan 14, 2016
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Dec 11, 2015
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Reviewed by fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. The beer poured with a straw yellow, murky appearance, good retention and some patchy lacing on the sides. Excellent aromas of orange-lemon citrus mix and a hint of earthy honey. The flavors explode with some citrus sweet hops and a some spice in the aftertaste. Crisp body and mouthfeel makes the drink somewhat refreshing. Overall, really loved the citrus aromas and taste flavors with this one.
Dec 06, 2015
Rated: 3.95 by sdm from Massachusetts

Dec 04, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by Nucleosynthesis from Massachusetts

Dec 01, 2015
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Reviewed by Gavage from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1/2" head that falls to a foam that sticks to the glass.

Smell: lemon zest, earthy tones, and some tropical fruit sweetness create a pleasant aroma.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, orange, mango, and a nice sorachi hop bite.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Long lasting flavors stick to the tongue.

Overall: a DIPA where the alcohol is not noticeable at all. Very fruity but nicely refreshing.
Nov 26, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by Celtics76 from Rhode Island

Oct 26, 2015
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Reviewed by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Bottled in August 2015 notched on the label. Pours a beautiful golden-orange with a tight, half inch, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a solid, 1/8th inch cap. semi-concentric swaths of lacing are present during the tasting and exhibit excellent retention. Nose is somewhat subdued - a suggestion of tropical fruit (passion fruit), honeysuckle and a hint of spice. Taste is really interesting - consistent with nose; however, there's also some additional honey sweetness and a spicy/peppery quality to the flavor profile - one of the most complex I've experienced with this style in some time. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation just shy of assertive and a light oiliness to the texture. Overall, I really like this beer! One of my favorite PT offerings I have to say. Well worth your time if the opportunity presents.
Oct 04, 2015
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from bottle dated August 2015 into a modified tulip glass.
A - Fall yellow, honey colored. An aggressive pour yields a modest frothy cap. Steady carbonation works its way to the top through a thick body.
S - Surprisingly muted nose. honeysuckle, tangerine and white cedar lead the way. Botanical notes from the Sorachi , I suspect.
T - Wet hops? Some white pepper, a bit of old pineapple, and calla lily. An odd flavor runs through every sip.
F - Heavy bodied and would be expected, the feel is full, and a bit oily, the finish reminds of pine not citrus. Sharp bitterness in the very long linger.
O - I admire what Dan and Martha do, this is no exception, a big round IIPA, with a bit of getting used to I am enjoying this offering.
Sep 28, 2015
Rated: 3.73 by kmfoley1975 from Massachusetts

Sep 19, 2015
Rated: 3.44 by Justin82 from Massachusetts

Sep 16, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by Mattymystique from Massachusetts

Sep 14, 2015
Rated: 3.91 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Sep 14, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Sep 10, 2015
Rated: 3.99 by LoudRed from Massachusetts

Sep 06, 2015
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Yay love new beers from Pretty Things. Bottled August 2015.

An aggressive pour yields a decent fluffy bubbly 1 finger head that fades at a slower pace, decent soapy lacing, very clear golden tan pale color.

Nose brings lots of hops, fresh hops at least, grassy and herbal all over, with some pine sap and earthy forest notes, a touch of a fruity note, but mostly the earthy herbal grassy piney spicy, a little lemon peel, citrus, eventually bringing some mild citrus tropical like notes, and a touch of sweet candy malt profile. I believe Mosaic hops.... reading the description sure is, and that grassy lemony note from the Sorachi.

Taste brings juicy hop characters, fresh hop wet hop almost with the fresh pine sap notes, grassy again with big herbal spicy earthy forest floor notes again. then into lemon peel again, fresh grassy flavors, with lemon zest, into a generic citrus, a touch of a tropical note. Then candy malt flavors, not syrupy or caramel, just a fair sweet malty character, combining with hops to bring a candied sap character. A hint of booze warmth, a clean warming booze. Then a little buttery diacetyl... tsk tsk! Finish is sticky, very sticky and mildly sweet, but dries a bit and brings a bit more warming booze, quite bitter with pine sap lingering, a little earthy and quite spicy.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, nice carb, little warming booze, sticky finish.

Overall, what can I say. first of all, Mosaic hops mostly suck at life... they want to be tropical citrus awesomeness but bring that smash of earthy pine sap grassy character that sucks the life out of it. Very few brewers have been able to bring a nice character from the mosaic, and I think that depends on the batch too. Next, the Mosaic really overpowers the greatness of the sorachi, which I get a little of but wish it came out more, it can stand on its own mostly if not dominated by the likes of Mosaic. Finally, I feel this style is out of Dann's element, def not his style of beer, but I feel he's trying to keep up with the typical beer drinker palate, which seems to have a huge hard-on for mosaic and big hoppy piney beers now, or what they think is tropical but it's not really. Dann, please bring back the old styles that you were revamping and making fun again, that old world lost style series or comparing the same beer in different years, that was original and awesome. This style is a dime a dozen these days, the DIPAs with mosaic are like checkbooks, everyone has one but nobody really knows what to do with it.
Sep 06, 2015
Rated: 4 by hopley from Massachusetts

Sep 06, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by angelosk from Massachusetts

Aug 25, 2015
Rated: 3.65 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania

Aug 24, 2015