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Hedgerow Bitter - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
85
very good

161 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 18
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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5/5  rDev +34%

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5/5  rDev +34%

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5/5  rDev +34%

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5/5  rDev +34%

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5/5  rDev +34%

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4.7/5  rDev +26%
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.

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4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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4.55/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of BogleHill
4.55/5  rDev +22%
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!

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of Kranders
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Satchboogie
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Hedgerow Bitter from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
85 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.