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BEER INFO

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

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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pDev:
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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 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 metter98
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a collar around the edge and a thin film of bubbles in between on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of tropical fruits.
T: The flavors in the taste are similar to the aromas in the smell and the hops contribute a moderate to strong amount of bitterness that lingers into the finish. Only the slightest hints of alcohol are detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a rather bold IPA that has pleasant hoppy aromas and flavors of citrus and tropical fruits.

Note: Bottled in July 2013

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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 oline73
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at our first Baltimore BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring on top of the pour.

Smell: Citrus hops up front with just enough malt sweetness and grain to balance it.

Taste: The malt it really nice and crisp. Citrus peel hops build throughout each sip. The finish is crisp and quite bitter. This is a nice one.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice easy drinking IPA. I really enjoyed the light malt with the hop bitterness. I'd have it again.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -2%
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 jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big fluffy head almost 2 fingers fades at a med pace with lots of sticky lacing, mostly clear slight haze slight tan golden color.

Nose had lots of fresh hops, tropical fruit with a hint of musty resin, light guava, grapefruit, hint of pine, juicy citrus like tangerine and orange zest. All that and a light sweet toasty like malt.

Taste starts with fresh hops again, with more tropical juicy fruit. Some musty light resinous hops kick in at first, then grapefruit, pineapple, light guava and passion fruit, juicy fruit, light citrus tangerine, hint of pine. Then a light sweety candy malt with touch of sweetness to balance. Bitterness gets fairly strong but not nearly overpowering, with a light fluffy malt feel. finish is fairly bitter, fairly dry, long lingering hop finish with more light resin, citrus, and hint of pine with even a slight spicy taste.

Mouth is med bodied but fluffy feeling, pretty good carb.

Overall really nice, not overpowering with bitterness or resin, with nice light malty balance that lets you taste the beer and doesn't get too sweet. Fairly drinkable and well done beer from pretty things.

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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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/4/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is on the thin side but it works nicely for this particular beer and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA to pound down for a long time.

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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 dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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 smcolw
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts with a large, rocky head. Leaves chunks of lace on the glass as the liquid recedes. Mild haze on the otherwise dirty gold color.

Solid grapefruit, floral hop aroma. Good pale malt base. Attractive.

A true IPA with a solid malt start that gets completely dominated by a hop wallop that leaves one's mouth puckering. The swallow is like sucking a hop pellet and the aftertaste is bitter and long. The body is typical for the style.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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 GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Duff27
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A two inch whIte fluffy head on a light amber colored body. Sticky lacing and well above average head retention.

Aroma is very fresh smelling. Reminiscent of Zombie Dust, floral.

Taste is more piney/"lemony" than expected from the nose. Id like to say well hidden alcohol prescence. Clean finishing.

Medium mouthfeel, biting carbonation...fits.

Above average IPA here. Very drinkable, mix of citrus and pine. Thanks Brian (4DAloveofSTOUT)!

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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 aasher
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This just arrived in Indianapolis within the last week.

This beer pours a light bodied amd very clear bright copper in color with a one finger, creamy off white head. The nose is very vibrant, clean, and fresh. It's lightly floral, has a subtly sweet malt backbone, some light grassiness, and light pine. The flavors too are both fresh and very clean. The body on this is perfect for drinkability. The flavors are clean citrus, slightly piney, grassy hops, a touch of sweet caramel malt, and a slightly dry finish. All in all, a nice array of flavors and very well balanced. The mouthfeel and aftertaste (a nice mix of citrusy and piny hops) are spot on. It makes you come back for more. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I didn't quite know what to expect but this was another very nice offering by Pretty Things. I highly recommend it. I wish it came in six packs!

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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 rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julios. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear light honey hue with a big, fluffy two finger head that fades to leave a nice, thick foamy creamy blanket. Very nice.

S - Nice firm tropical hop qualities here, light mango and pineapple with good fresh hops. Quite juicy here, very nice and inviting. Some light malt sweetness on the back end.

T - Taste is solid, good piney, tropical notes here. The pineapple isnt quite as prominant, slightly dank hops here. There is some nice malty sweetness but it does not detract from the good bitter pine finish.

M - Mouthfeel is great for an IPA, nice and crisp and clean, good bitter hop finish with solid juicy hops to start. Very nice.

O - Overall I felt this was a great offering from Pretty Things. This is a solid, fresh IPA with really good juicy tropical notes with a nice malty pine backing. Very tasty. Plus, hell of an appearance.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange body with fizzy head and some lace. Aroma is more sweet and grapefruit than just citric hops but they're in there as well. I found this IPA to be well-balanced and just an overall great sipping beer as the dry, citric hops are in there, especially finish, but mostly beer has more of a grapefruit sweetness and is not just a hop bomb. Passes over tongue real easy and is a must try.

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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 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 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 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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Meadowlark IPA from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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