American Darling | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

American DarlingAmerican Darling
BA SCORE
3.92/5
303 Ratings
American DarlingAmerican Darling
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States
prettythingsbeertoday.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our 2015 American Darling is decoction brewed, unfiltered German style lager.

If you’re looking for a reason to try Pretty Things this summer, we hope a well-stated 5.5% pale lager might be a good bet. This beer bears our usual stamp of authenticity-at-the-expense-of-convenience, so here is a decoction lager brewed with German malt and hops, and fermented at cool temperatures with German lager yeast for over 6 weeks.

This time we were looking to make the un-lawnmower beer (with an emphasis on the “UN”). Just how do we go about doing that? Well, we start with some of the world’s greatest pilsner malt from Weyermann in Bamberg, Germany. There’s no rice and corn in our darling either – just the best barley malted for this purpose in the world. What else? We use a decoction brewing method: this comes from old German brewhouses, where temperature control was not possible, so a portion of the mash is removed, brought to boiling temperature and then re-mixed with the rest of the mash. This is a whole lot of work, but we think it’s worth it because it gives a whole lot of authentic Germanic flavour! All of the hops used in American Darling come from the Hallertau hop region of Germany. Finally, fermentation uses a blend of two of Europe’s great lager yeasts, with low temperature fermentation and lagering, over six weeks.

Put it in your coolers, your picnic baskets… your saddlebags. Take it to family reunions and pie-eating contests, parades, beaches, fancy mustache conventions, hot dog factory tours, monorail excursions, secret basement lairs… wherever good summertime fun happens!

Then fire up the grill, not just once – how about every day?! Get out the horse shoes, kick up your feet and forget that oily red jalopy out back even has a purpose. Stop mowing, start having fun times! Cheers to summer!

45 IBU

Added by jamie2dope on 07-17-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
303
pDev:
10.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
31
Trade:
0
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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bomber in a snifter. This casual "lager" pours a lightly hazy yellowish amber with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thin layer, thin ring, and nice lacing. Nose of light breaded malts, subtle hops, sweet honey, and standard lager yeast funk. Flavors follow the nose with sweet honey touched malts awash in breaded malts that fade in the back to a heavy grain note with moderately bittering hops. A solid sipper from a good brewery. Bitter finish, good carbonated mouth feel.
Shame they are now closed. Wish the owners the best on the next endeavors.

Cheers

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Photo of utopiajane
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is an unfiltered beer that came to my shop now after the brewery is closed? It's also a summer seasonal and has no date on the bottle. ||Pours a healthy amber color with a too rich head of foam that lasted too long and fell to a big clump. The scent is good and the beer does not smell like hops. It smells breaddy and a bit rich. taste is terrible like nuts that have gone bad or grain that has spoiled. It's sour and sharp. It is breaddy and because the malt is decocted it is thick and drinks a lot like peanut butter.. It has good flavor though. bread and a bit of spice form hops. hops are clean and give a perfect bitterness The My first glimpse of this brewery showed me a horrendous beer that could have tasted a lot better if it were fresh.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DovGibor
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

June 2015 bottled poured into a tulip glass. Dark straw in color with mild cloudiness. Minimal head, but lingering ring of bubbles.

Aroma is strong malt. Very sweet, lightly biscuity malt. Taste is clear malt. Literally like chewing on malted barley; similar to unfermented wort even in flavor. Mild hop bitterness in the background to balance the malt. The bitterness is clear, though not overwhelming by any means. Clean finish. Not as crisp as pilsners I've had from Germany, but better than other equally rich American versions.

Much maltier than I expected. Not my favorite, but an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mattycasey
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rorjets
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of LaneMeyer
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NorseKaiser
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Bottle shared by Michael T. Thanks man!

Light golden, clear body with small white collar. Lager yeast, malt. Medium high bitterness. Hops, a touch of honey sweetness, finishing dry. Good stuff.

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Photo of tempest
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared a fresh bomber with myself. I was expecting a clean, balanced well-made lager, but this was way beyond that. Blew my mind a little. The decoction mash creates a big caramel malt flavor over milder toasty, bready malt. Meanwhile, big spicy hops roll through for a dry, bitter finish. Much hoppier than most pilsners. Clearly no lawnmower beer. Damn, what a lager.

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Photo of Prost76
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waiting4lunch
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of greenspointexas
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeD77
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of freshcarl
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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American Darling from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 303 ratings
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