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Hedgerow Bitter - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
84
good

160 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 19
Gots: 13 | 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:
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."

(Beer added by: jamie2dope on 09-01-2010)
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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 111 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kkipple:
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated July 2011. Poured in stages in my trusty Tripel Karmeliet goblet. Big thanks to Jlindros for hooking me up with Pretty Things on a regular basis.

A. Clear, filtered orange-rust with a small white, lacy head that has real staying power.

S. Very green and floral. There's a strong lemongrass note, as well as some youthful, mildly sticky hop resin. Extremely fresh and bright smelling, yet not sharp. Sweet and steady English malt with caramel hints hides behind. If you sniff hard, you may find a little bit of a musty, dried apple. Just fun stuff, simple, basic, fascinating.

T. As is now expected with Pretty Things, this goes in odd diversions from the start. Hedgerow bitter uses a bunch of "Dwarf" English hops both of us have never heard of: Pioneer, Sovereign, and Boadicea. That's nice, but the result is a fairly bitter, almost unripe hop flavor - extremely herbal in the finish, reminding me of cinnamon basil, lemongrass, hay and maybe, just possibly, Cascade hops. There is an element of pine here, but it's quite reserved. Mildly astringent, this has an oversteeped green tea element. Hedgerow ultimately works, albeit oddly, and is both more bitter and characterful than your usual ESB. There is a very "foreign" hop element here that reminds me of the wonderful Southern Hemisphere from SN.
I like it, but I can see why people may not.

M / O. Medium full carbonation, medium-thin body, everlasting herbal / hop / toasty malt finish that tends towards dryness. Exhaling produces more nuance - this is a lovely beer for fans of hop varietals. At 5.4%, a bomber was no problem alone.

Hedgerow Bitter is an oddity, but a lovable one at that.
I enjoyed this foray into new territory, and once again have to give a hearty cheer to Pretty Things who consistently makes unique, worth-trying beers that shine out like a beacon amid a sea of boring, by the numbers ales from the competition.

kkipple, Nov 26, 2011
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev +7.2%

rob133, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of virinow
5/5  rDev +34%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of boatshoes
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

boatshoes, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

hagbergl, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.43/5  rDev -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.

mdaschaf, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of hreb
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

hreb, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of socon67
2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

socon67, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +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.

nickd717, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Kegatron, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34%

beerman999999, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Gmann, Nov 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Kinsman, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of bum732
2.55/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

bum732, Sep 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

timbre, Jan 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

GRG1313, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

trevorpost, Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Neffbeer, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of jegross2
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

jegross2, Mar 08, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

PEBKAC, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

LiquidAmber, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

IdrinkGas, Jan 17, 2012
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Hedgerow Bitter from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
84 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.