Meadowlark IPA | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

Meadowlark IPAMeadowlark IPA
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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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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 16 oz tulip glass at Sunset Grill and Tap (Boston, MA).

A: Slightly amber-gold with 1-finger of light beige tightly bubbled head with good retention and a nice shade of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Big citrus and herbal honeysuckle aromas with a bit of tropical fruit thrown in for good measure to cap a nice hop nose. Malts are backgroun with most pale maltiness without a lot of character.

T: Solid IPA flavor, a little unspectacular but solid with bright orange and grapefruit citrus, some pineapple and finished with a clean light malt planet. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Slick and smooth with lowish carbonation and medium body.

O: A very good beer but it doesn't bring a whole lot of originality to the table.

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A: poured into an IPA glass to a nice shade of deep yellow with a two finger rocky white head that retains well and leaves good lacing
S: smells of bright grapefruit and pine with a little sweetness
T: taste is grapefruit and citrus with some pine oil and light caramel sweetness. swallow is oily and grapefruity with lingering hop bitterness
M: lighter side of medium on the palate with soft and slightly prickly carb. finish on this one is big and oily.
O: This is a fantastic IPA. Great hop flavors and a solid malt backbone to provide balance and keep it in check. Grab it if you find it.

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Loved this! Slight hint of fruit with a wonderful scent of hops!

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A: copper and cloudy with a thick white head and big lacing

S: pine, lemon, citrus

T: soft hippiness without a lot of bitterness, orange with a little lemon

M: very smooth and clean, soft bite with no pungent aftertaste

O: awesome easy drinking IPA, love this beer because of the taste and drink ability. Not a huge flavor profile which works to it's advantage and allows this beer to pair well with food

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Meadowlark IPA from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 90.5% out of 100 with 792 ratings
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