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Meadowlark IPA | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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792 Ratings
Meadowlark IPAMeadowlark IPA
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
792
pDev:
9.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Andrewgjohnson
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 Trish
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattycasey
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jaydee01
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 GoGators
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattymystique
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jcorn
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid IPA all around. Smells great, tastes great.

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Photo of lillitnn92
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Geobus
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Jaywalsh20
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shy5
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 stephensinner
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tvghost
3.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This rating is based on an old bottle. most of the hop profile was gone.

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Photo of tdm168
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Nucleosynthesis
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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