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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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3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottled July 2011, so I'm rather late to the game on this one...

A: Almost two fingers of fluffy white head. The beer is honey-clear. Clinging lace.

S: Hugely malty-sweet, with a touch of port (sticky, purple grapes). Some bitterness straddling the fence between hoppy and metallic.

T: It's...good. Tastes like an English bitter. Malty backbone, some earthy English hops, and a lingering, bitter endtaste. I never knew until now (reading the BA description) that EPAs were characterized by hard water, but that fits with the metallic nature of some beers (like this one). A bit of sweet fig in the maintaste. Not bad.

M: Meh. A carbonated session ale that reminds me too much of mediocre British ales.

O: Style points, but not really my thing. Won't have again. Pretty Things is still an excellent brewery in my mind.

AgentMunky, Sep 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh. I think this one is too earthy bitter with a tangy thing going on. Unusual muddled hop spices with a lot of malts on there. This is just meerely "okay'. I mean, sure, it works. But there is nothing to it that's blowing me away or impressing me.

RblWthACoz, Jul 30, 2012
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Stockfan42, Jun 12, 2012
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3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - this pale ale pours a dark tan or light brown, the pour wells up a half finger of pure white head kept aloft by plenty of carbonation

S - a crisp aroma that hearkens to tea or tea solids, this sits above a rather decent hop/malt profile

T - malts up front, then the bitter hops kick in big time, musty tea like bitterness adds to the hops, but no typical citine/pine/floral hop profile, almost a medicinal aspirin like bitter

M&D - a strange bitterness, a complex flavor that wasnt perfectly blended.

sinstaineddemon, Jun 01, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

ngeunit1, May 30, 2012
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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in oversized wineglass. bottled aug 2010 (1st batch).

pours a murky copper/amber tone with a finger of white head. moderate retention, lacing.

nose is predominantly earthy/herbal/citrus hoppy with notes of caramel malt. pretty nice aroma, and is substantiated by the flavor profile which packs a wealth of character and more subdued malt... definitely bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. bitterness persists through the finish. tasty and pleasant, something i might be inclined to session, but it doesn't knock my socks off; i've had better from pretty things. medium-bodied on the palate with medium carbonation.

original review on: 09-22-2010

BostonHops, May 14, 2012
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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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Hedgerow Bitter from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
85 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.