Meadowlark IPA | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Meadowlark IPAMeadowlark IPA
Meadowlark IPAMeadowlark IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Meadowlark IPA is a new juicy and floral hoppy, hoppy ale we brewed to celebrate the flavor and spirit of American craft brewing. This 7% alcohol beer has a sunny orange-yellow colour, 85 International Bittering Units, a smooth mouthfeel and layer upon layer of soft flowery hops. We wove earthy Citra and bitter Bravo hops from the Pacific Northwest with intensely fruity and aromatic Galaxy hops from Australia. The malts are pale malt & mild ale malt, pale crystal (1.3% of the grist), flaked barley with malty highlights from Munich malt and a bijoux of Roasted Barley. The resulting patchwork is as “American” tasting as short ribs and slaw, and provides an excellent accompaniment to that kind of food too! Very hoppy and bitter. Yum.

In the Spring of 2012 Martha became a US citizen and shortly after we embarked on a cross country trek by car, from our headquarters in Somerville, Massachusetts to San Diego with stops at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Kansas City, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Denver. There was a lot of barbecue and craft beer along the way and it was a sprint rather than a crawl, but the trip provided more than enough inspiration for our first ever American-style beer. From clambering over the red rocks of Utah to buying cowboy boots in a chicken-and-feed store in Arizona, we had an American adventure, ending up at the Craft Brewers’ Conference in San Diego. On the way, we also brewed our first ever collaboration beer with Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, a Yorkshire Stingo.

We’re flattered that some people are surprised to hear that Pretty Things is making an American IPA. Martha and I spent almost three years in England, a vast beer paradise mind you, often craving hoppy American beers. These beers are very much part of the great fabric of the beer world just as bitter or bock or lambic, saison or stout. It would be a true omission if we left this one out. Also, I (Dann) spent two decades working in breweries here in the U.S. making and perfecting IPA’s. Perhaps you’ve never heard of any of these but I formulated and brewed hoppy beers like North East Brewing Company’s “Lobsterback IPA” (1996-2001), Concord IPA (2002-2004), Rapscallion Blessing (2002-2004), Haverhill’s “Leatherlips IPA” and “Supershow 69″(2005?). It’s part of my heritage as a first-generation craft brewer and I very much feel a need to express and enjoy this.

Also, this beer was a chance to reunite with an old friend and former Head Brewer of Boston’s Tremont Brewery: Jeff Biegert. Jeff and I would occasionally secretly brew together back in the mid-1990’s before brewer “collaborations” were a thing. Fifteen years or so later here we were again, and Martha and I brought in Jeff to help brainstorm the perfect American IPA. We really think Jeff’s work on creating the perfect water profile was the start of a great beer. So cheers for indulging us and we truly hope you enjoy this one – we sure worked hard on making it a great IPA for you!

85 IBU

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 792
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This nice IPA pours a hazy yellow tinged amber with a very nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and nice sudsy lacing. Nose of citrus fruits of pineapple and grapefruit mixed with a healthy dose of bittering hops and sweet honey touched malts. Flavors follow the nose with Sweet honey malts followed by a rich pineapple and grapefruit flavor on the front fades to a peach note on the sides blasted with a healthy dose of citrus and piney resinous hop flavors that continue to the back of the taste. Great mouth feel, lightly creamy, with medium carbonation that makes for a great session ale. I am by no means a hop head, but this one was exceptional. Unfortunately I will have no other chance to imbibe in such libations form this now closed brewery. A real shame.


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Photo of DovGibor
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Oct. 2015 bottle poured into a tall tulip glass. Dark gold color with slight haze to it. Solid inch of head that lingers for quite a while. Strong legs and the carbonation keeps a light touch of foam stays with the beer while you drink it.

Aroma is great balance of piney resin and sweet malt. There is a touch of bread, maybe a hint of stone fruit. Rich mouthfeel with light but enjoyable carbonation. The taste is dominated by a rich, flavorful, bitterness that delights without overpowering.

Overall it's rich and very flavorful. Great bitterness and malt for an "American IPA", almost the profile I'd expect in a double/imperial IPA, though not quite as alcoholic.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is peach, tangerine, mango, and grape, with a hint of earthy hops and light caramel sweetness.

Flavor is earthy throughout, with biscuity malt and a moderately bitter finish that lingers. Fruity notes of muddled citrus and peach emerge as it warms. Tends slightly more earthy and bitter than fruity, but still enough to keep me interested. Likely more prevalent when fresh, as this is 4 months old.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served in a tulip. Pours a hazy gold color with a short white head that leaves some residual lacing. Taste is lemon peel and light pine. Mouthfeel is medium light.

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Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into highball glass.

Gentle pour yields 1/2 foam, fading to dregs, leaving little lacing. Faintly cloudy golden amber.

Smells citrussy, slight dankness. Not much to the aroma, but glass is likely to blame.

Bright citrus flavour, with slight green apple, balanced hoppy finish. Lingering bitterness.

Perfect carbonation, slight creaminess coating the tongue. Viscous feel accentuates bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled Aug 2015. Pours a nice cloudy straw color with a slight amber tint. Light head that lingers. Great citrus and hoppy notes on the nose. Fruity with a nice light bitterness and pine notes. Nice smooth feel with a bit of sharp carbonation. Overall a great American IPA. Will not hesitate to buy this one again.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz from bottle dated 4/15, definitely not optimum as freshness goes.
Great orange copper color with thick head and nice lacing.
Smell of fruit and malt with a bit of happiness, might be due to late age of bottle though. Nice orange and lemon notes and some tropical fruit as well.
Taste was great, a bit fruity and very easy to drink. Some nice bread notes on the finish. No alcohol what so ever.
Overall, a very easily drinkable beer, well done.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 8/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fair amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent east coast IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, label indicates this was bottled in April 2015, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear yellow-orange in color with a dense off white head that quickly fades to a thin film and leaves significant lacing on the glass. Aroma is floral hops with biscuit malt in the background. The hops lead the way on the taste, mostly floral with a bit of grass. A slight biscuit malt with a touch of sweetness follows. Good mouthfeel, medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall this was a solid beer, enjoyable but nothing spectacular. I'm certain I'll have it again but likely won't go too far out of ,my way to do so.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.81/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up at ABC the other day. I was surprised to see it here in Florida. It had a bottled on date of 9-2014. Not good but I got it anyway. Pours an ok looking head with good retention. Slightly cloudy honey color. The smell is noticed as soon as the cap is opened. Smells very floral with typical hop aroma. There is something about the nose that I just think is perfect. The taste is out of this world! How is this possible with an almost year old IPA? This beer is perfectly balanced with not to much bitterness and not too malty like you would have expected from a older beer. I think this has aged perfectly. I can only wonder what this tastes like fresh. If I ever get up to Massachusetts I will definitely be seeking this out, meanwhile I'm going back to ABC to get the rest of there inventory of this incredible flavorful beer. Update, apparently Pretty Things is now available in Florida, ya. Picked up another bomber. This one dated 6-2015. As expected its much more hop forward than the year old one a had the other day. This IPA is still just about perfect. Very creamy, sweet and hoppy all perfectly balanced into a world class IPA. 1-2016 update, picked up my final Meadowlark last week, sad to see that they are retiring the brewery. This bottle dates to 8-2015 so not that fresh but not like my first bottle. Like always this beer is amazing! Great head with thick Foamy bottle lacing. Smell is a little weak this time around but the taste is perfect as always. Not a hop bomb, not to malty, just right. I'm somewhat sad drinking this since it's the one I will ever have

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Photo of stephens101
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours reddish-orange brew and finishes with a mountain of tan foam. The simple and subdued aroma consists of light fruits, very little if any hop aroma and slight notes of caramel. Grainy up front with a bit of caramel coming in later. Dank bitterness at the end. No spark or liveliness. Next.

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Photo of MatthewGrapeHead
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a classic,text book IPA, crystal clear orange hue - pretty impressive in that respect. Smell was less citrusy than I expected more of a grainy/biscuit aroma. Taste was good but not really outstanding almost tasted woody or barrel aged due to the malty sweetness - again good but not what I expected. A little lingering bitterness that coats the mouth. Price point was a little high for the quality. I don't think I would buy this one again due to the amount of other outstanding IPAs on the market.

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Photo of BigGold
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at Yard House, Boston-Fenway, on draft into pint tumbler. A bit of a departure from the main stream of American IPAs, this beer is notable for its well-crafted balance.

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Photo of Phillip13
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer on draft in Nantucket. Was a nice orange color with a very fruity aroma to it. The taste was hoppy with slight citrus overtones and a smooth bitter aftertaste. A little pricey but would buy it again.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not what I expect from an IPA. More sweet and buiscuit malt character than fruity citrus or bitter hop flavor. Maybe it's just my preference in IPAs, but the balance is not quite right. Don't get me wrong, i enjoyed the beer but it didn't leave me wanting another and I wouldn't consider picking another bottle up at the price of $8.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle with an April expiration date. It does not say April 2016. Sampled on July 6,2015.

Orange amber pour with modest head. Good clarity.

The aroma is of toasted biscuit, pale malts and perfume. A vague fruitiness but not in my face.

Medium body.

The taste also has a biscuit character with a nice hop presence. Lingering bitterness.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer at Table in Vine in West Springfield. Served in a pint glass. The beer has a long lasting, thin head with thick , bubbly lacing on the side. In the light, the drink is a cloudy yellow-orange. Aromas were a good mix and balance of hops with citrus flavors and with, what felt like, a little burnt malty flavor. In terms of taste, it feels like a lot is going on here. I can taste the citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit), but there is also some other sugary flavors, like caramel and malts. The flavors all tend to balance with each other with ever sip. Great mouthfeel; there is some carbonation and crispness to the drink. Overall, a fantastic American IPA.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Real creamy looking head with very fine bubbles and retention out of the bottle. Creamed up off white, four fingers tall, and very uniform bubble size throughout. Island pucked cap retention. Body color is shimering, bright, clear with a dark bronze orange and very interesting rising carbonation. A very strong middle column which seems very surprising, but also with others that cascade on the sides.

Fun aroma. Soft subtle hop mixing in with caramel and treacle syrup sweetness. Slightly fruity and juicy as well, lots of dry flour biscuit like aromas as well coming off. Real interesting mix on an IPA.

Palate is a big surprise. What a unique flavor. Juiced up hop fruit front that comes out with a cherry and tropical fruit note, unlike anything I've ever had before. Tangy slight fruit sweetness, with a great dry combination of soft caramel and woody to earth hop finish. Excellent balance between malt and hop, great mouthfeel with a hint of juice and rich malt thickness but not too much.

Overall, fantastic brew. Love to have this again someday.

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Photo of crag
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very bright lovely notes that one would expect with a dbl IPA. Needs more malt although there is a nice caramel start but vanishes quickly. Very dry finish

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a nonic, the beer is a crystal clear, copper coloring with a ton of carbonation throughout the body and a tall, fluffy, chunky, off-white head. Looks amazing. Aromas of lemongrass, bright caramel sweetness, floral hops, cut grass, subtle bitterness and resinous notes, and subtle tropical fruit notes. Flavors are tropical fruit sweet forward, with pineapple, mango, and melon blending nicely. Subtle roasted and bitter notes in the backbone, with herbal highlights throughout. Very well balanced, on a smooth, light body. The aftertaste is more tropical fruit, with a hint of tangy caramel sweetness. Dry finish, with a lingering roast and bitterness. Very solid brew.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smells of peach and passionfruit are plainly evident in the aroma due to the addition of galaxy hops. Taste is ever so slightly creamy with the following feel/taste on the back of the palate giving the only semblance that what you are drinking is in fact an IPA.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate medium yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange, citrus/grapefruit pith, and citrus/orange zest hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts with just a hint of biscuit malts. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/orange, citrus/grapefruit pith, and citrus/orange zest hops which impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink with very nice citrus hops flavors + aromas. Alcohol is well hidden and there is a very nice crisp mouthfeel. Definitely worth grabbing.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's great to see Pretty Things here in NC now.Pours ointo an impy nonic a dull orange infused medium golden with a large sticky white crown atop.Zesty herbal and citruc hops in the nose with a touch of nutty malt.Not bitter but fruity hops on the palate with a light herbal quality,slightly sweet buscuit malts underneath.A solid good drinking IPA here.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good beer - pours a light gold with a frothy head that lasts. Aroma of bread and light pine. Nice malt/hop balanced flavor that finishes light like a pilsner. Definitely not something heavy on hops but provides a clean, easily quaffed brew closer in taste to an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass. The lacing is outstanding, especially considering the relatively light body. The color was a bit light for an IPA, not that awesome. Flavor and nose are an even mix of citrus and pine, both somewhat weak. Mouthfeel is light and gentle for an IPA - one of the better aspects of the beer. Overall a bit overrated in my judgment.

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Meadowlark IPA from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 792 ratings