Meadowlark IPA | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Meadowlark IPAMeadowlark IPA

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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 Dope
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled July 2012. So only a few days old at most.

A: A slightly hazy light amber pour. Huge and effervescent white head. Fades slowly leaving pretty decent lacing behind.

S: Loaded with grapefruit and tropical fruit. Pineapple and a little tangerine stands out especially. Hint of resin and pine. Nice sweet caramel malt.

T: Nice super fresh and juicy hop flavors. Grapefruit is the main flavor but is again backed up by a little pineapple. Perhaps some mango? A bit of pine on the back end as well. A mild caramel malt is present throughout and balances nicely. Hop flavors, while bitter, are surprisingly smooth and well balanced with each other.

M: Medium bodied, just a touch drying in the aftertaste. Nice and smooth for such a hoppy IPA.

O: A really well crafted IPA. This is very close to Maine Beer Lunch. Tremendous first IPA for Pretty Things. They really hit it out of the park with this one. Flavors are balanced and complex. Drinkability is off the scale too. So smooth while still having the pleasant juicy hop bitterness. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Auror
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance- A light golden color. Poured with an easy head and evident carbonation. Head subsided to a nice persistent foam ring after a few minutes.

Smell- It's too hot so I've got a fan blasting on me, so smell is a little hampered. Pineapple and citrus fruits are definitely there. Slight bready malt.

Taste- Light citrus fruits up front, followed by a definite fresh hop bite in the middle and a slight dry bitter finish. Very juicy and no discernible alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel- Super creamy, but with enough carbonation to bring out the hop flavors and bitterness. Thought this was the best part of the beer.

Overall- Very drinkable. Good flavor profile and just bitter enough to make you want to drink more, but not overpowering in the least.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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

We have a new IPA contender in the Northeast. Pour is medium dark gold with some attractive residual lacing after the fluffy head dies down.

Nose is a bit nutty, dry roasted peanuts actually, with gouda-like notes and a quiet citrus underbelly. Very surprised by the nose. I've had these flavors in IPA, but not often in the nose.

The taste is big bitter grapefruit pith and piney. Crisp and tongue tingling. Similar hop profile to a Flower Power or even Lunch. When they're this fresh and this hopped it's hard to get distinct malt, but there is a bit of a honey-kissed presence.

I'd love to age this out about 2 months, maybe 3, and see what kind of nutty/cheese like flavors emerge. Good job, Pretty Things.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ComRock12
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of skullsplitter
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of calmstock
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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 BearsOnAcid
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of silentjay
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber bottled in July 2012.

wait a minute. It's still June 28th, 2012. Hmm freaky bottle from the future!!!!

slightly golden/amberish copper with a huge fluffy pure white head that billows above the glass, slowly recedes and leaves chunky lacing on the way down.

tons of citrus and tropical fruits. Sweetened Grapefruit juice, pineapple, mango, orange pith, very aromatic.

starts with bitter citrus, goes a slight bit malty before a rush of tropical fruits attack the palate. finishes slightly bitter and lingers pleasantly with bitter citrus flavors. some sweetened tropical fruit trail mix as the hops and slightly crackery malts blend.

lighter side of medium bodied with soft carbonation and a resiny and sticky feel left on the palate.

very delicious. I remember when Pretty Things first started brewing and they stuck to traditional styled beers with a slight American twist and they said they wouldn't brew an IPA since every other brewery was doing that. Well, I'm glad they did. This will be a go to.

However, I am drinking it fresher than I ever thought possible, -3 days old, so maybe after it's been bottled for a day or two the hops may have faded.

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Meadowlark IPA from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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