Hedgerow Bitter - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 160
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%
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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Photo of dippy
4.72/5  rDev +29.7%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
4.56/5  rDev +25.3%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was down in Boston last weekend and was able to both try this on tap and pick up a couple bottles. I loved it right away on draught. When I got back to check the reviews I was shocked to see the somewhat mediocre ratings... This beer, as usual, is a little outside the style guidelines of a bitter or pale ale, and maybe that's what's throwing people off, but I think it's a great hybrid of styles and flavors that works. Anyway... my two cents:

Pours a nice bright orange amber, slightly cloudy, with a perfect white head and clumps of lace all down the glass as I drink. Nose is pale biscuity malt and a lingering hint of hops, almost soapy. Flavor profile is that of a nice English bitter, but not. First of all, it's definitely bumped up a bit in intensity. The hops are intense - not in an obvious west coast approach, up front in your face - but a nice, herbal, minty spruce flavor profile, slightly soapy, and a perfect bone dry finish. Awesome, long aftertaste. It's like the bitterness comes in several waves, finishing maybe a few seconds after the gulp with a bitter pucker. Cool. Perfect beer to drink all day. Mayhaps this beer is just misunderstood. Personally I love it. (1,186 characters)

Photo of BogleHill
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A light clear amber brew with good head and carbonation. I served this one only slightly chilled, like a good hoppy ale should be. The aroma is sprite and spicy. One sip and this one really shows a lot of promise. The mouthfeel is on the light side, and very quaffable. Flavors are well spiced hops but with a good light sweet malty backbone to balance it out. Spicy-spruce bittering finish. Another superbe brew from Pretty Things! (432 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1 Bottle in Aug 2010

Poured from a 1pt. 6oz. bottle into a pint glass

The color is a very cloudy orange/bronze with two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing.

The smell is bitter at first. Some wet hop aroma teases the nose a bit. Smell leafy but not like grass, makes me think of potting soil. Also has a bit of a tart lemony flavor in the nose as well.

The taste is a bit earthy with some mellow sting of hops. A spicy malt flavor evens things out a bit. This is really bitter on the back end with a nice malt punch that hits and then slide off. A great taste experience.

This beer has a nice balance in flavor and in feel. The malt and hops seem to coexist quite well in this beer and really never keep complete control. There is a smoothness that is welcoming and is quite pleasing. A great beer. (824 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$6.35 bomber from Abe's.

Hazy, slightly dark orange body, topped by a fluffly, rocky white four finger head. Good lacing.

Aroma features fresh bread, with a yeast accent.

Soft semi-sweet caramel malt beginning, followed by heaping balance of earthy English hops.Taste really is well balanced, as hoppy at the end as it was malty to start, each getting equal time on stage.

Firm light-medium mouthfeel.

Overall, a very enjoyable English Pale Ale. Pretty Things delivers again. (480 characters)

Photo of Kranders
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was stuck drinking this straight out of the bottle, but stuck might not be the correct word as it was great from start to finish. Malt is totally to the backseat of the hops, with amazing results. Bitter and dry and a great brew overall, one of my favorites from Pretty Things. (279 characters)

Photo of celticfutblclub
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz beer poured into a pint glass..

a copper colored body sits below big foamy white head that recedes to a thin layer pretty quickly but laces quite well. bread crackers lemon zest and pepper make up the nose. lemon zest and pepper most apparent in the taste crackers bread in the back with a good lingering hop presence thats not overbearing. carbonation is on the high end but it works. overall this is one damn fine offering from pretty things and the more i think about it maybe one of their best. (505 characters)

Photo of hopheadjuice
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, !sr batch! Aug 2010.

Cloudy rustic orange, 2 finger fluffy off white head laces after every sip.

Hoppy scents one would not get from american hops. Very earthy with a weedy musty woodsy aroma. Some bready malts attempt a balance and pulls through slightly.

Bitter as shit! Wet grass, leafy citrus with some pipe tobacco. very astringent with a doughy malt presence, dry finish. For a beer of this strength it is LOADED with flavour.

Medium/full bodied with prickly carbonation, very bitter and lingers around on the tongue long after the finish.

You dont see very many beers with this much flavour unless the ABV is 10%. Imperial taste without the Imperial consequence. (688 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hedgerow Bitter pours a cloudy, dark golden. It's topped by an off-white, stiff, meringue-like head that fades leaving good lace. The aroma is mildly malty with sweet fruity esters, and grassy hops.

This beer has mildly bready and toasty malts. The finish has nice grassy, and leafy hop flavors that leave a lingering bitterness. This beer is medium-bodied, and has prickly carbonation and a nice dryness.

A very nice rendition of an English Bitter. (451 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a wine glass (from notes):

A: Pours pale yellow (straw), completely clear. A finger or so of white head that fairly quickly dissipates, leaving a bit of lacing.

S: English hops (earthy and floral with just a hint of citrus) and toasted pale malt (perhaps some biscuit too). A little hoppier than I'd expect from an EPA, but no complaint's from a hop-head like me!

T: Well crafted balance of the English hops and pale malt. Hop character is straight on with the nose, some earthy and floral notes with a little orange. Past the light hop surge to open up is a good depth of pale malts, there are several layers of grain that add a welcomed complexity. Finish is slightly bitter and mostly floral.

M: Light body, moderate and creamy carbonation. Clean and crisp finish.

O: A very easy drinker with a ton of good balanced flavor. Definitely walks the line between an EPA and ESB. I'd love to be able to get this local in NH. (951 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Batch bottled August 2010

Really a nice looking beer. The head has a great deal of structure and is quite creamy. Eventually falls upon itself but thick clingy lacing is left everywhere. Slightly hazy amber color with no visible carbonation.

Toasted malt, some bread and slight citrus in the aroma.

I actually enjoy this. Excellent balance. Toasty malt profile with bread notes along with a green hop flavor. Almost tea like. The bitterness lingers and you continue with a light but pleasant vegetal flavor. Again some slight citrus bordering on almost a lime flavor. NOT LIKE BUD LIGHT LIME!! All kidding aside the citrus quality reminded me of lime at moments. Some nice bread flavor continues to shine through as it warms in your glass.

Smooth oily mouth feel, very slight carbonation.

Nice beer, and I enjoyed it more than I expected. Well done. (860 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (1,916 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky dense apricot/copper. Stark white head, slow to leave. Some big bubbled cling.

S - Bready. Malty. Like it.

T - Stable, comforting malt, not cloying at all, with bitter finish.

M - Fairly dry, good carb and nice balance.

D - Easy to drink and tasty. All night long , baby! (285 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some thick lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet bready and caramel malts, some apricot and grapefruit hops, and a hint of pine hop.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel and brady malts with some fruity esters and a bit of tropical fruit hops. Through the middle, a touch of bitterness comes through alongside some pine hop flavor with a bit more fruity English yeast esters. The finish is a mix of sweet malts, fruity esters, and a bit of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced English Pale Ale. Good mix of hops, malt, and yeast character. (779 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Healthy Spirits. Always a great store to visit.

Pours a slightly hazy orange/light copper with a thin off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

Jasmine, dried apricot, floral hop aromas make their way up front. Traces of biscuity malt. Slightly sweet.

Piney/herbal hop flavor jumps out on the palette. Moderately bitter with a dry finish that leaves a lingering grassy hop reminder. Malt flavor is restrained, mostly clean though a slight cracker is noticeable.

Medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation, smooth.

Overall this is a well-balanced pale ale with plenty of herbal/green hop flavor off-set by firm albeit mostly clean malt character. (680 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge billowy beige head atop a clear and golden amber beer. Slathers of lather's thickly on the glass, and the head relaxes some, but stays the whole ride down.

Smell of English Ale yeast, slightly tart and a bit of mineral, grassy and floral herb, some toffee sweet and grainy, nice reminiscence of an authentic EPA bouquet.

Taste is the real deal as weal. Starts with a hint of bitter, some sourdough, grassy and light bitter hop, floral, and the sweet kicks in as the bitter also increases for a semi-juicy and tasty finish.

Nice mouth, less carb. than it looks, nicely viscous with good cling and good cleanout, and a very good finish. Refreshingly light drinking.

This is an excellent English Pale Ale, the second wonderful American attempt I have tasted in the last week, and I can picture a London Pub serving this to grateful ale lovers, it is that good. (866 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of sitarist
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with an amber hue...lots of bubbles racing up to 2 inches of dense, frothy, off white head...the head last a long time and leaves sheets of lacing.

I smell candied apples, toasted bread and jelly, spice, there is something a bit funky hiding in here too...sulfur, lake Erie? Cant explain.

I taste candied apples, red and green peppercorns, buttered bread, sour-dough pretzels, and sweet tarts? Nice balance.

Light to medium body...creamy at first, with a bitter dry finish...it numbs my tongue.

Weird but good! Nothing great but something I could consume copious amounts of! (591 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant fresh, vegetal aroma, like fresh pea pods. Dark orangey amber in the chalice. Herbal and tea taste along with the usual piney woods hop flavors. Others have analyzed the hop notes, but it's a complexity of flavors that are hard to sort out. Some fruitiness, like pears. Some mineral taste, but clean. A rich mouthfeel, considering the light octane. While it does get down to bitterness and the damp basement after some sipping, it's quite an intriguing beer.

Thoroughly drinkable and hugely flavorful. This is one of the most bitter beers that I have found to be so pleasing that I look forward to the next sip. 22 oz bottle from Best Damn beer shop in San Diego. (674 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (563 characters)

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