Badlands Extra Pale Ale | Meadowlark Brewing

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Badlands Extra Pale AleBadlands Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Meadowlark Brewing
Montana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A tangerine-gold ale, crisp with moderate bitterness and floral notes reminiscent of tropical fruit, lemons, and grapefruit. It’s not typically a pale ale, and not quite an IPA, but will surely leave your hop-bone happy.

Sidney, Montana…where the badlands meet the plains. It’s the perfect dichotomy of Mother Nature’s picturesque beauty. It’s also a subtle reminder of the duality of the human spirit. Like the land itself, any one of us can be kind and gentle or rough, tough and unforgiving. Regardless, there’s beauty present in all things. We’ve incorporated the best of both worlds in this beer: the malt profile of an easy-drinking pale ale and the aroma and flavors of an IPA, without its bitterness. It’s kind of like the badlands themselves: rugged terrain that’s still easy on the eyes. We encourage you to embrace both sides…of this region, this beer, and of yourself.

Added by Vaultdweller on 10-17-2014

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into glass. No dating information found.
Slightly cloudy, pale gold colored body. 1-1/2 finger white head settles to thick cap. Sheets and walls of lacing left behind.
Tropical hops in the aroma, with some light malts.
Taste is more expressive, with some bitter citrus pith hops combining with the slightly sweet malts.
Medium mouth feel, with good carbonation.
Quite strong flavors for an EPA. Decent balance between the sweet and the bitter. Easy to drink and refreshing overall.

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Photo of elglueckert
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap at montana ale works in bozeman, surprised folks havent liked this dry hopped pale ale a little more than the reviews show here. i thought it was tidy beer, clean and bright and easy drinking, low bitterness, even for a pale ale, but plenty of hop character and flavor, the sturdy dry hop is apparent, and the beer was quite good through a clean line and obviously very fresh there at the ale works. maybe a touch of haze to it, and a little bit of color, but this is a light and bright beer, easy drinking as can be, with a somewhat piney and a little lemony hop flavor, zesty and sturdy, more hearty than the beer itself ever gets, fresh and nicely planned out. this is my first beer from these guys, and its really nice on its own, but an expert companion to the fantastic chicken wings here, both hot and buffalo, it seems built for food like this, even casting an autumnal culinary vibe. i have not heard much about these guys so far, are they all this good? i found it distinct and delicious, much better than its ratings, and with a little more carbonation would really be great.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Impetuous
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Art should be judged not on how perfectly it falls into a particular genre but what the artist's goals were and how closely his art came to realizing those goals.

Brewing is art and I am sick of puerile reviewers reductive and formulaic b.s.

This brew tastes pert near how the description puts it. Respect.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Todd
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Zesty, Fruity, Bready, Bitter

Pours cloudy with a thin foamy white lace. Floral nose. Smooth and medium bodied. A healthy dose of lemon zest, grapefruit pith and a mild stone and tropical fruitiness melds with the slightly sweet and bready malt base. Raw, bitter, leafy hop finish. Bone-dry and chalky, with an aspirin edge. Badlands is good, but not an Extra Pale Ale, which despite its name should be lighter in color and often lighter in flavor, too.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #113 (June 2016).

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Photo of jera1350
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Emilyloewen
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pungent and aromatic, this xpa packs a lof of punch. The bitterness is nicely balanced with malt.

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Semi-hazy honey shade of amber, with medium-retaining off-white head. Looks nearly identical to the last beer I had, which was Terminal Gravity's Extra Special Golden. A little more clear and maybe a shade darker is the only difference this one has in appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, black pepper (amazing...I can usually only detect this on the palate!) and crackers at first, moving on to caramel, dried fruit, raisins, and mango as I get used to it. Taste threw me for a loop, was expecting it to be similar to smell, that is, more fruity. But it is very rindy and vegetal throughout, with a strong black pepper note. Very little malt or ester or hop fruitiness to speak of. If anything, mango. In other words, not enough balance. Light in body and in carbonation, though prickling. Surprisingly wet finish.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Badlands Extra Pale Ale from Meadowlark Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 12 ratings