Meadowlark IPA | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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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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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 792
Photo of mttaylor
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly orange color, with a slightly foamy head. That head disappears rapidly. There isn't a lot of hop aroma, but what there is has a little bit of grapefruit rind.

The body is pure American IPA. Very pleasing on the tongue and palate. The body is very gentle and pleasing it would be a great IPA on a hot day. The hops give a very cleansing effect on the tongue.

You can feel the alcohol. It's letting you know you have a substantial beer here. The hoppiness is perfect for American IPA.

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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 argock
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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Photo of gonzo000
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer that dances that fine line and is almost outstanding. The finish is a bit too bitter for my taste and end up being dry on the back end. Almost too much going on: florals, grasses, carmel, grape fruit and bitter grapefruit rind. Beer poured a nice copper color with a one finger head. A thin head with some distinctive larger bubbles remained throughout the beer.

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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 DIM
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in August.

This was a clear coppery golden color, it poured with a small fizzy head.

The malt base was very much caramel forward with a little sugar cookie sweetness as well. There was a nice grassy lemon hop bite that tasted very fresh. Top notch IPA, thanks to my brother-in-law for sharing.

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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 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 far333
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Nearly clear honey apricot colored with a half inch high head of frothy foam that lingers long. Citrusy aroma, tangerine and grapefruit, some orange rind.

Hoppy flavors upfront, lots of pine, grapefruit and orange rind. Subtle malt rides beneath, but hops keep it on the DL. Pine lingers. Full mouthfeeel, semi slick, finishes tingly.

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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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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at State Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A- Hazy golden yellow body. One finger white head, fair retention, thin lacing.

S- Pale malt, citrus, grapefruit, bread. Simple but at the same time, well-constructed and balanced nose.

F- Grapefruit, oranges, a touch of pineapple. Balanced nicely with biscuits and honey. Tasty without any offensive flavours. Not terribly bitter at all.

M- On the thinner side though not watery. Plenty of bubbles, easy enough to drink. Finish is a citrus bitterness that isn't particularly bitter in the grand scheme of things.

O- Very tasty local IPA that hit the spot that particular day. Well-constructed, balanced with just enough citrus punch to satisfy the vast majority of craft beer drinkers out there.

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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 alphagnome
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Incredibly clear, medium gold color body. Thick, off-white head has nice retention and lacing.

Bright pine and sweet pineapple notes hit right away. Light lemon and rye. Random pepper and honey notes.

Holy potency, this one is plenty bitter... BUT I think even the most inexperienced of IPA drinkers could find themselves enjoying this. The initial bitter bite fades quite nicely with each new sip. Plenty of pine and citrus. Simple malt and a bit of lemongrass... not much else though. No noticeable alcohol.

Light body for the style. Light carbonation. Very dry, piney finish but is far from the worst offender.

A solid IPA, if not a bit generic. My only real criticisms are the fact that it lacks originality and the dry finish. Regardless, this is still a must have for any IPA fan or anyone looking for a tasty IPA to work their way towards the bitter end of the beer spectrum!

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Photo of alexbutler
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pale orange color, with a thick white foam that dissipates quickly after pouring. Light lacing.

S - Powerful scents of fresh fruit surround the beer after the pour, it's almost overwhelming. Very hoppy.

T - Very full mix of fruitiness and hoppiness... there's a certain crispness that's very refreshing.

M - The taste hangs there after every sip, it pulls on the tastebuds and doesn't let up. A very long lasting taste.

O - Pretty things pulls off another great beer here. It may sound ridiculous, but based on the smell, you want this IPA to be more than it is.

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Photo of jwchestnut
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured orange-ish, goldeny color with lots of nice fluffy head. the nose is incredible - lots of over-ripe fruits: mango, orange, pineapple, tangerine, etc. very citrusy though. also a little fresh floral aroma that i can't totally place. a little grassy note as well that is accompanying the sweet malty background. the taste follows the nose closely - super juicy, citrusy, i'm getting alot of pineapple and a little lime. it starts fresh and fruity but ends more bitter and dry. a sharp piney, bitterness at the end. the mouthfeel is medium and is super fresh and crisp. a favorite from a favorite (and underrated) brewery.

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Photo of patpbr
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured deep orange to copper with a one finger head.
S - Citrus and floral with some earthy notes.
T - Lots of different hops nothing jumps out but everything is very pleasant. light malt backbone.
M - Medium body and carbonation with a smooth finish
O - A nice mix of hops and bitterness, enjoyed drinking and would like another.

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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 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 sita3081
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Golden orange
s: Citrus with hint of flowery fragrance
t: Crisp and refreshing with very hoppy start. Smooth with the perfect bitter finish.
m: Smooth with very nice carbonation

o: The finish is what makes this one of my favorite beers. incredibly smooth and refreshing. Pairs well with a variety of foods and is great in any season. Definitely recommend picking some up if you spot it.

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Photo of Lothore
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep orangey hue with 2 fingers of head that fades quickly.

S- Hints of citrus, faint wheat notes.

T- Bitter grapefruit hard up front and through the middle. Finish carries a wave of malt rounded out by a sharp bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- Decent IPA.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent golden with a white head.

S: Nose is quite citric. All mango and orange.

T: Taste is more floral but still dominated by citrus, particularly orange, but some mango is still there.

M: Medium bodied, smooth for an IPA.

O: Not the tastiest example of the style, but a damn good one. Definitely recommended, especially if you like the style.

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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 rawfish
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear tawny amber with a dense cap of tight white foam, two fingers high. Excellent retention and lacing on the glass.

Floral and uplifting mix of bright citrus, white grapes, and tropical dried mango and papaya notes. Underlying caramel malt with honey and simple syrup add complementing sweetness.

Taste falls off greatly from the nose, solid caramel malt and bready with some competing citrus, herbal and pineapple tropical notes. Surprising bitterness rears its head early in the drink.

Medium body, feel is slick with a mouthcoating. Alcohol is subdued as is the carbonation.

Great nose with a steady bitterness, flavor doesn't pack the same punch. Solid IPA.

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Meadowlark IPA from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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