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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

Added by silentjay on 06-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Rideguy64
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

Not what I was expecting. More of an English style IPA. It has a great nose coming out of the bottle. I was thinking more citrus flavors, but instead I got a lot of bitterness. The taste lingered in my mouth a lot longer then I feel it should. Disappointed. I would probably not have this beer again.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
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 mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Attractive amber gold color in the Crooked Line narrow tulip. It has a perky head and sudsy appeal in the glass. The Citra and Galaxy hops jump right on with the first sip. Flowery hops in the nose with a little butter.

Pronounced orange peel flavor that changes into grapefruit for the aftertaste. Bright and sharp and seriously hoppy. Pretty well blasted with bitterness and saturated in hop oils. A little sweetness emerges now and then. Not much flavor between the extremes of sweet and bitter. Make that candied grapefruit peel.

Of all the interesting brews that these guys make, why do they have to prove they can concoct yet another over-hopped IPA just like the big boys? Tiresome after some sipping, but quite well made for the hop fiend. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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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 stephens101
3.61/5  rDev -12%
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 Horbar
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Doherty's in RI.

A- Golden with a splash of copper. Just a slight haze. No imperfections.

S- Very pungent. Citrus comes through with a touch of malts. Smells like socks a bit until it warms. Lol. Then orange, grapefruit, and caramel come through.

T- nice hoppiness upfront, and then splashes the back of your palate with citrus juiciness. Just enough sweetness to bring perfect balance.

M- slightly carbonated, very chewy from the hops. Very drinkable.

O- Changed a lot since the first run.
UPDATE!! Not so good in 2013, need to change review.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: bottle from Pin's, Media, PA

Served in a PT wine glass, of course, a clearish golden-yellow color with a foamy white head that retained as a wispy layer, and streaked the glass with lacing. In the nose, citrusy hops and toasty malts, a bit on the grainy side. More of the same in the taste, crisp citrus and herbal hops, fairly bitter, pale malts and toasted grains. Nothing new here, but overall it's a solid IPA. Medium body and easily drinkable for the style, if a little more on the bitter side.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Bottled in July 2012 indicated on the back label. Pours a translucent golden-orange with a half inch, fluffy, bright white head. A cascade of tiny bubbles effervesces from the nucleation point to the underside of the cap. Head eventually settles into a creamy and consistent 1/8th inch skim with delicate webs of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus, a kiss of rind and an earthy, slightly oniony character. Taste consistent with nose - less oniony in the flavor profile than in the nose; however, there's a slightly medicinal character towards the middle and an earthy bitterness that lingers between quaffs. I also get a suggestion of caramel malt, but it is not overly pronounced. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive carbonation, a slightly oily texture and an acidity that stimulates the sides of the cheeks and leaves a residual burn on the tongue. Overall, a very good IPA, but I'm not sure it merits the hype (then again, I prefer the more tropical fruited side of the style). Nonetheless another very solid offering from Pretty Things. These guys don't make a bad beer and it's well worth your time if the opportunity presents itself.

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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 VelvetExtract
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a dull golden color. Body is transparent. Head is stellar. Head is bleach white and about two fingers high. Head retains very well and is frothy. Great lacing rings.

S-Just smelling it from the bottle, this brew is all hops. However after the pour I am getting a big caramel and sweet bread malt presence. Candied apricot hops. Perhaps maltier than hoppy in the nose. I trust Pretty Things and am not worried by its excessive balance (oxymoron?).

T-An interesting IPA. The malt is quite complex. Caramel drizzled pound cake. Hops are spicy. Hops are also candied oranges and apricots with a medicinal/herbal twinge. A bit too perfumey for my taste. The finish is noticeably piney and grassy. This is very well balanced and complex but not overly hop-stressed.

M-Creamy and sticky/resiny. Body is pretty round and full. Finishes with lasting pine bitterness. A bit chewy.

O/D-Unfortunately this let me down a bit.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
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 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 BigGold
3.77/5  rDev -8%
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 aquazr1
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
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 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 AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled July 2012.

A: Two fingers of white head with fantastic retention. Great lacing. Hazy gold is barely translucent.

S: Straightforward hops. Nice bitterness and light citrus. Quintessential IPA.

TM/O: Meh, underwhelming. Balanced, lightly malty, lightly hopped. Hops are vegetal, but not spicy. Robust and thick, it's easy drinking and very enjoyable. Recommended, I guess, but generally not impressive. Would have another, but not for $7.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted at the launch party at Atwoods. Brewed with Citra, Galaxy, and Bravo hops.

Orange-y gold body with a pillowy head.

Ripe mix of Mango, citrus, pineapple, and passionfruit in the nose.

Bitter at first. Combines well with the tropical fruit, apricot, and flora hop flavors. Dry bitter grapefruit rind on the finish. Caramel/toffee malt sweetness. Very drinkable.

One of the better IPAs I've had brewed in MA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I didn't find this to be as compelling as its ratings indicate. golden mostly clear liquid, pale for the style, real light looking, with a puffy white head that slowly goes away. its got a pretty generic hop nose, I mean, fresh and delicious, but nothing really stands out from the crowd to me. lighter grain bill, maybe some pilsner malts in here too. hops remain floral to citric in the flavor, and have s definite bitterness on the back end, but this is not hopped uniquely from other india pales out there. balance is good, and alcohol is well hidden. there is a peculiar spice complex towards the finish as well, which I can only attribute to the yeast, whatever it may be. carbonation is average, and the light body makes this a little easier to drink than it should be at 7% abv. a beer I enjoyed very much, but not distinct enough to be remarkable beyond that.

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
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 wedge
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with a fat, lumpy off-white head that retains well. Juicy, fruity hop aromas over pretty significant sugar cookie and butterscotch malt base. Not exactly bright in the nose, more of a darker, fleshy fruit presence...passion fruit and melon. Surprisingly more floral and resinous flavor given the hop profile. Oranges, apricots, and a substantial green, piney bitterness. This one is growing on me, but the malt is a little too prominent for my personal tastes. Rock solid, firm mouthfeel. Much different from what I would expect from Citra and Galaxy.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although Pretty Things continues to bore me with their labels, I admit that it's what's on the inside that counts. And what's on the inside with the drippy goodness of citra hops!

Goldenrod in color, the beer pours with a moderate haze and burnish undertones. Capped by a creamy off-white head, the foam speckles the glass with residual froth and lace.

Striking aromas of citra hops leap to the foreground with the omnipresent notes of tangerine, mango, apricot (fruit rollups), butterscotch, chive, and strangely- catty. Backed by the caramel sweetness from malt, the beer has an elegant simplicity but complex aromatic spread.

Similarly, the flavors start balanced as well- citrus meets caramel, butterscotch meets herbs, and dry starch meets tropical fruits head on. There's really no chance that the malts give first impressions against the hop onslaught. Both weigh in with an even-keel start, but the hops pull ahead at mid palate and favor the earthy, grassy, musty, and ultimately citrusy and tropical fruit flavors thereafter. Citrus oils frame the bitterness that finishes the beer but never really sheds its mild buttery flavor entirely.

Medium-dry early and off-dry late, the beer's embedded carbonation gives creamy textures to accompany citrusy taste early on. But as the carbonation subsides, the dry malt textures allow for complete hop dominance to finish. Warm, resinous, and a semi-arid mouthfeel gives final impressions as the palate forwards to the next sip. Interestingly, the butterscotch taste only translates to a thin buttery coat to the mouth that's easily overlooked.

The influence of citra hops is unmistakable in this beer. As the creamy-citrus start turns resiny bitter to finish, the beer confusses the palate with a rich tropical character woven into slight buttery tones. Oddly enough, the majority of butter notes show up in aroma and not in taste nor texture.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a medium white head that disappears rather quickly. Scent is packed with a ton of lemon and some bitter grapefruit aromas. Fresh, piney hop aromas with some more lemon and other citrus aromas. Smells like this one is gonna be bitter. Taste is just what I was expecting...it is more bitter than your average IPA, but has some balance to it. Bitter grapefruit up front with a ton of lemon and some grassy flavors. Then I get some orange and more lemon with a hint of peppery spice. Just a hint of alcohol flavor with some extreme bittering hops going on in the finish. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and medium bodied...tingly carbonation. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is one bitter IPA, but the fruit profile and light maltiness help balance it out.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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 SpeedwayJim
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Bottling date of July 2012.

Heavy pour yields a 2 finger frothy, foamy white head with great retention. Beer is clear goldenrod. Lacing is thick and patchy with excellent stick. An all-around great looking beer.

Nose is citrus, papaya, cane sugar, and a dank hoppiness. Decent.

Citrus hop bitterness. Piny in parts. Some cane sugar hidden in the background. Tree sap. Finishes sap hoppiness with some tropical fruit mixed in. Bitter aftertaste. Very solid.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Refreshing, crisp, and abrasive in the mouth and sticky going down. Accented finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. Drinkable.

This is one of the better east coast IPAs I've come across and one that I'm glad is available locally. A very solid offering from a still rather under-the-radar brewery.

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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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