Hedgerow Bitter - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Hedgerow BitterHedgerow Bitter

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160 Ratings

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 18
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jamie2dope on 09-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Not an English Bitter, according to the brewer.

"Inspired by British raw materials and beers: a dry and bitter beer made with hedgerow variety hops."
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Reviews by dippy:
Photo of dippy
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I want to say that I am sorry that I have rated this beer so highly. But this pretty thing id pretty awesome.

It pours a cloudy orange/brown with an off-white head.

It has a great great malty smell. One that it not telling of the hops to come.

This beer, while hoppy has a nice malt background. The hops all there. Piney and citrusy. It had a perfect bitterness to it.

Good mouthfeel and excellent drinkability.

This is one of those beers. but don't take my opinion, I am already drunk.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

Hopped with UK-grown hedgerow variety hops: Pioneer, First Gold and Sovereign. Somewhat hazy, dirty peach with a healthy foam head and subsequent lacing. Nose is very clean, with subtle earth and greens. The taste is bone dry and complexly bitter. Puckering citrus, green, sharp grass, aspirin, spicy, prickly, green apple skins, bark and pith. It's like thousands of dwarf hop varieties are jovially stabbing at our palates with their astringent alpha acid daggers. Any malt character has taken a backseat. No, has been gagged, duck-taped and thrown into the trunk; you think you can hear muffled noises, but did you really? Finishes dry and bitter, too. A beer that proves extremes need not rely on ABV.

Photo of boatshoes
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a trade with Walken for a shirt. Thanks!

Appearance- Pours a medium opaque brown into my glass with a solid finger and a half of tannish head. Decent head retention though it settles down to a layer after awhile.

Smell- Wow, surprisingly fruity smelling for an English pale ale. A lot of notes that I usually expect from an IPA, including grapefuit and a little pineapple and mango. A bit of caramel sweetness shows through as well however.

Taste- Not as fruity on the palate but still quite hoppy with flavors of bitter pine resin and grapefruit rind coming through. Maltiness shows through a bit more as well, though the hops really dominate the profile overall.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is good, substantial but not overly so. Makes a nice drink as well and goes down very easily.

Overall, a solid offering from Pretty Things. Enjoyed this one but perhaps not as much as the Baby Tree or some other Pretty Things offerings of different styles.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

A: Pours a hazy orange with a chunky white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S: On the malty side, and sweet at that. Not very hoppy, which I was expecting. I get a little bit of citrus as well, mostly lemon.

T: Lots of caramel malts and a sweetness to it. Also has a doughy flavor as well. There are a little bit of hops on the back, but again, not as much as expected.

M/D: Has a dry/bitter finish, but easy drinking. Overall its not bad, thought I was expecting more hops and less malt.

Photo of hreb
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cold 22oz bottle, "bottled Aug 2010 1st batch" Served in pint glass. Beer pours a hazy orange amber with a fat white head. Faint tangy, yeasty aroma. The flavor is yeasty and bitter. Sharply carbonated. The main course of the beer is a healthy dose of hops. The label says "dwarf hop varieties", and I'm sure there are several, but the result is a muddled, mediocre flavor.

Maybe on draft or hand pump this would be a better example of the style. As it is it is overly gassed, over hopped, under clarified to be called an English Pale Ale. Sorry pretty things, this is not the most successful brew.

Photo of socon67
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours pale golden with a gurgling foam on top. Clouy, and with decent lacing.

S - Slight smell of fruit. Has a bit of a hoppy scent, but very mild.

T - Not impressed. Tastes like a dry white wine; fruit notes of apple are there. No hop or malty profile at all. It really comes off like cheap table wine. The bitterness at the end feels slightly off-putting. Perhaps a bit unbalanced?

M - Bland. Not that it is offensive at all, but I could get the same kick off a macro. What makes this better than Bass Ale? I say very little.

O - Was floored to see the Bros like this so much. But to each their own. I just didn't find it worthwhile and have now gone off the hype of Pretty Things.

Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber via trade.

The appearance on this one is very nice. It's not clear, but I'm not so sure this style is supposed to be. Hazy amber with a thick two-finger whitish head and excellent lacing.

The aroma is like freshly fallen leaves on a brisk November morning in the British countryside after a light rain. Corny enough for you? The hops are big and bold, citrusy - mainly lemon - and leafy, with a good yeast presence and slight maltiness in the background.

The flavor is well-done for the style. Very European-tasting. The malty base lends a muted sweetness and bready notes. Besides that, the hop bitterness is intense. It starts off light, lemony and floral, but finishes strong with mouth-puckering grapefruit and enamel-ripping resins. Some yeasty bite as well.

The mouthfeel is dry and somewhat resinous with medium-plus body and fairly lively carbonation.

Overall, a quality ESB with a great hoppy bite.

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of rich and slightly off-white looking head. This retains with a smooth creamy look, which leaves back a ton of thick sticky lacing behind. The aroma smells leafy and spicy, with a fresh green herbal character that mingles with the soft bready notes from the malt. This just has a lot of bitter spiciness to it in the nose and I’m pleasantly surprised to find that this still has some vibrancy to it considering it was bottled last July.

That same spicy citric bitterness controls the taste, spreading earthy fruit out across the palate. This is balanced by the sweet biscuit character from the malts but they mostly just act as a backbone for this, as the focus here is definitely on the hops, which finishes this strong with a dry spicy bite. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and firm feeling up front before getting much more smooth and creamy along that back, which is borderline aping a nitro feel at times and helps keep this nicely drinkable despite the assertiveness of the hops.

I thought this was pretty good. It’s more of a slightly extreme American take on an English bitter, as those hops do come on a tad strong but the it’s the smooth body here on this that I really took to. I wouldn’t mind giving this a try a little fresher on draft, as it definitely had my attention at times.

Photo of Gmann
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a huge pillowy white head that left a nice ring of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is bready with hints of honey and rust. There is definitely an all around tin scent to the beer. All malt not much, if any, hops.

The flavor is more edgy. The malt is not as soft in the flavor. Light bready with a sharp metallic note, some toasted malt. The hops provide a stale grassy note, with some tones of apricot. Pretty good sample of an EPA.

Solid moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Sweet and twangy on the palate.

A well made EPA. Quite earthy with strong metallic notes and a hop profile that supports this english style.

Photo of bum732
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

S: Very bold pear esters, some mint, apple blossoms, floral, mostly roses.

L: Cloudy burnt orange, nice off-white creamy head, great retention and lacing.

T: Bitter leafiness, slight fruity malt that is quickly consumed by an astringent herbal dryness. An earthy and bitter leafiness in the finish with lots of dryness. Very attenuated.

M: Medium bodied, medium high carbonation. Astringent quality, unbelievably dry.

Wow, talk about being overattenuated. The bitterness in this beer gave me cottonmouth. Not sure if this is what the brewers were going for, but i needed at least some maltiness or sweetness, especially if you're going to call this an English pale ale. Very disappointing, especially since i loved all of their other beers. Didn't even finish the bottle.

Photo of jegross2
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing the Hedgerow Bitter from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project out of Massachusetts. My girlfriend's uncle and aunt from the Northeast got me this one. Thanks guys!
Score: 73

No bottling date. This bottle was received in late December 2011. Served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 02/26/12. This is a backlogged review from a beer tasting I hosted on Oscar night.

Appearance: Pours a translucent yellow/orange color with an orange core that fades to yellow at the top and bottom of the glass when held up to light. One and a half to two fingers of foamy off-white head at pour quickly settles into a thin foggy cap and bubbly ring around the glass. Above average lacing, above average retention. 3.5/5

Smell: First pull is bitter Fiji apple and a "juicy citrus" smell. There's also creamy malt, a "breadiness" and a barley-like spice in the aroma as well. The aroma is very subdued and not very complex. 3.5/5

Taste: Malty Fiji apple, barley and subtle hops. Maybe some pear. There's some stale apple juice upfront too. Super bitter malt backbone. A light tart apple flavor towards the back half. Not much else going on. Aside from the bitterness, the flavors are pretty subdued. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, medium-light carbonation. Water mouthfeel. Savory, malty and bitter finish. 3/5

Overall: Reminds me (in a negative way) of Founders Pale Ale. Too juicy/malty, not enough hops, and an odd mix of bitter and sour flavor. The subtle flavors and bitter malt flavors scream "English style" here. I was glad to get the chance to try Hedgerow Bitter, but I would not approach this beer again in the future.

Recommendation: You can safely skip this beer unless you love Founders Pale Ale and bitter beers. Casual beer drinkers probably will not enjoy this one.

Pairings: Rum.

Cost: $7.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$6 half growler from Whole Foods.

A hazy pale, yellow & tarnished. Whitewash head.

A bit mossy & shrubby & quite potent. Potent bushels of bushes. Sweet smelling like pears & toasted cereal.

Lightly sweet, crusty bread & a bitterness that you kind of get when chewing on an inedible part of a vegetable. Bit of sharpness before that bitterness. Finish is bitter & briny like a mouth rinsed in seawater. Quite lingering.

Body is light & easy, with a fair amount of carbonation. Alcohol is moderate, maybe even a bit strong for whatever Pretty Things is attempting here.

Does anyone else think Beck's when drinking this? Or maybe when it seemed tolerable 10+ years ago? Just a little sweeter.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a light to medium orange amber, two finger off-white head with great retention and massive lacing. Active carbonation, looks great. Unusual aroma of light malt, stone fruits and tea. Flavor follows with bready and toasted malt, hay and a tea-like element. Finishes with dry grass, hint of stone fruits, non-herbal hops and maybe a hint of funk. Quite different and tasty. Medium bodied, but pleasant lively carbonation. This is unusual and a pleasure to drink. I wish this brewery was distributed in my state.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy, light amber color that came forward rather quickly. Some nice and light carbonation could be seen bubbling up from the bottom of the glass that came to the top as a two inch layer of white foam that quickly settled down, leaving little side lace in its wake. Nice layer of sediment on the bottom was noticed after it was all said and done.

The aroma was very nice, light grains and nice bready malts that combined with a light almost pear like aroma. Hints of some citric hops dancing around in there as well as it warmed up. Much more of this continued on as the flavor started to roll across the tongue. Nice hints of grass, fresh orange peel and a good touch of light grain all blended together quite nicely. For a pale ale, it was simply splendid. I could have drank this one all day to be honest.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for half of this bottle

Review adapted from notes taken 2/5/11

Appearance: Nice, foamy head, an orange-brown color - nice lacing, certainly looks like an English Pale

Smell: Extremely earthy, leafy, herbal - toasted caramel malts underneath - smells dry and mineral-like, doesn't really create an inviting aroma

Taste: A bit strange - dry, extremely earthy - hard water - hops are grassy, herbal - somewhat bitter, but mostly just tastes like dirt - the lightly toasted biscuity malts make more of a presence as it warms up

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth despite the dry character, well-carbonated

Overall: Good, but very blah

Maybe this is not what I was expecting out of an English Pale Ale, or maybe I just do not care for hedgerow hops. Regardless, I did not love this beer. It was not bad, but it was not remarkable.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark yellow and slightly hazy in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, consistently leaving lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bready malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready and grainy malts and has a light amount of bitterness, which persists through the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and is very sessionable.

Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured waves of herbal and grassy hops, apricot-like esters and a grainy doughiness.

The taste consisted of full on herbal hops with a taste of metal and a lingering ester. The malt was grainy and crisp.

The mouthfeel was crisp with a lingering bitterness and vigorous carbonation.

Overall a very quaffable hop forward refresher.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, Batch 1 Aug 2010 bottling. Brought by sstackho, thanks! Pours a caramel amber brown, nice soapy lacing.

Nose is quite dank, fresh and soapy, hints of lemon. Drinks similar with a real biting dank hop presence, soapy and lemon, bit of grapefruit rind, leafy hops. Caramel, bready malt which can't stand up to the hops, unbalanced, a little washed out in this department. Not bad but not very nuanced, sort of an American take on the style. Would drink again but wouldn't seek out.

Photo of claspada
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas begin with earthy, damp, leafy herbs and coupled with some citrus rind. Then you get the biscuity, bready, doughy, slightly sweet maltiness.
The tastes begin with semi-powerful bitterness, lingering citrus oils and lemons, a bit resinous surprisingly. There's a biscuity malt flavors, but the hops linger and dominate the aftertaste. As it warms you get more of the hops flavors including some leafy and earthy hops, a bit bready.
The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is fairly crisp and clean but drinks a little heavy for the style.
Overall this is pretty tasty, not really to style, but still good. A little too bitter for an English Pale Ale, would def classify it more as and English IPA or a super ESB. It's good but not amazing or worth the price in my opinion.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.56/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a 22 oz bottle dated July 2011.
A: Perfectly clear reddish golden, great frothy white head with superb lacing.
S: Earthy hops aroma, bread and biscuit malts, a sharp green character like fresh spinach. Great.
T: The taste mimics the aroma, but is entirely creamy and smooth and delightful. The clean biscuit malt fades evenly into a nice bitterness that oddly makes me feel like I'm drinking in an English garden with earthy, woody, and complex green flavors. This is great.
M: Creamy, moderately thick, clings to the teeth slightly but the carbonation and bitterness cuts it to a crisp finish.
O: Great beer. I was skeptical, but this is awesome.

Photo of mjrod2142
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1st batch bottled Aug 2010
Picked up at Brookline Fine Wine & Gourmet

22oz. bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass

It poured a thick, cloudy orange with very small, pinpoint bubbles that rose slowly. The head was thick and creamy and left nice lacings as it dissipated slowly.

Rather subtle nose...I was expecting a big citrus-hoppiness, but actually enjoyed the subtleness.

The taste was full of earthy bitterness. I didn't think it was very citrusy or malty. I couldn't help but think it was straight bitter for bitter's sake. The beer has good weight, giving it a nice mouthfeel. Very little carbonation.

I expected more from this beer. Ultimately, I thought the taste was just "blah" and was turned off by the bad aftertaste. If you're looking for a super hoppy brew, go with Victory's Hop Wallop.

Photo of GbVDave
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Special thanks to Duhast500 for this from our trade!

A: Pours a gorgeous looking dark amber with the perfect amount of haze. When held to the light the color looks like a glowing dark fleshed peach. Sealing the color in is a thick and clumpy, tan colored head that reaches about two fingers thick before slowly receding and leaving some nice rings of lace behind.

S: The nose is strong with raw, herbal hops toasty malt, and a definite British ale yeast-type aroma. Some hints of grapefruit pop out as it warms.

T: Just as above with a vaguely minty flavor.

M: Dry and quite bitter. Peppery throughout with a neat yet mild mint/menthol (like Vicks Vaporub but subdued) feeling that tickled my tongue and sinuses.

D: Drinks very nicely as it warms. I made the mistake of pulling this straight out of my big fridge and pouring it. This needs some time to come up to temp and breathe before sampling. I bet this would be killer on cask.

Photo of jneiswender
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cool in a pint glass.

A-dark yellow body (cloudy) and a thick off white head.

S-mineral, cereal, floral somewhat juicy scent

T-piney and cereal notes dominate.


D-nice and sessionable beer. Certainly better versions out there but I would drink this beer again.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.44/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

"If there's a bustle in your hedgerow don't be alarmed now." -Led Zeppelin

Dan is becoming like where's Waldo: from Buzzard's Bay to Holyoke and now brewing this at Mercury in Ipswich. Dark, opaque copper color with a white top hat. Good retention leaves whimsical, snowfall lacing. Bottled August - "1st Batch!"

Honestly, this beer smells like a mud puddle. As a trail runner and ultrarunner I know a mud puddle when I smell one. Faint aroma of damp soil and wet undergrowth. Some buttery caramel malt.

Despite an almost non-existent hop aroma this beer packs plenty of bitter. At least the name is appropriate. No real hop profile just plain, swampy bitter, and tobacco earthiness. Malt profile is a starfish despite a nice dry mouthfeel. I really had trouble finishing the bottle.

In summary: mud puddles and vines.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/31/11 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, some honey, some fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a good burst of hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to pound down for a long time.

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Hedgerow Bitter from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
84 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.