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Hedgerow Bitter - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
85
very good

160 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 160
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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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 111 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -19.6%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

metter98, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

GRG1313, Jul 23, 2014
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
Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is amber in color with a finger or two of khaki colored foam.

S: Floral hops and a bit of grass to open things up. There is quite a bit of sweet malt aroma, especially toast and toffee. A light pine note toward the back end, maybe some lemon zest as well.

T: Relies fairly heavily on the sweet bread, toast, and toffee malt flavors. The hops are there, but in true "English" fashion, are more subtle/in the background. Some hints of citrus to go with the floral and earthy hops. Just a very light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not a bad bitter/English pale ale. I thought this was pretty well done.

womencantsail, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazed, burnished gold body with a sudsy, white head. Satisfactory lacing.

Smell: An earthy nose of dank, damp, leafy herbs and a small sprinkling of citrus pith atop some simple biscuit-scented malts underneath.

Taste: Brief biscuit-toned maltiness, relatively light, and with a restrained level of sweetness before you're off to puckering bitter lemons, white willow bark, oil of rue, and spicy, dried, resinous herbs squeezing and smothering the tongue like the gnarled, thorny vines featured on the label. Cutting bitterness lasts through to the dry finish and beyond.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Sorry, but I'm just not seeing or tasting much cohesion among the various elements. Very meager malts set against particularly weedy, earthy hops akin to make a tea brewed of random roots, herbs, grass clippings, and barks found in one's backyard. While I've been keen on their other brews, I did not care for this one. Ah well.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -19.6%

JAHMUR, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 04, 2011
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
Photo of RblWthACoz
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
Photo of jlindros
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm always excited for new Pretty Things.

A nice fluffy 1.5 finger head rises up in the pour and slowly fades with a slight lacing over the hazy dark orange-peach slight reddish hue color.

The nose comes with a weird bitterness. Lots of dark earthy hops, a little spicy and herbal, and a slight plasticy like hop character. There is also a slight lime and citrus, and a bit of that musty weird hop earthy bitterness that I don't like. This is another one I will have to find the hops used and see what is the hop addition I don't like.

Taste comes on bitter, as promised, pretty bitter. Lots of various hop flavors, a little juicy even, with a slight pine, lot more earthy and herbal, slightly chewy, a little citrus, some grassy hops, and more of that musty unfavorable hop characteristic I don't like, it's almost a medicinal flavor. There is almost no malt character.

The mouth comes on medium to lighter body with decent carbonation.

It finishes still very bitter, and starts to get astringent and comes on strong with the bitterness. A strong bitterness just lingers and lingers. More of the earthy herbal and grassy hops dominate. A slight pine and grainy feel too.

I remember Dann Paquette saying he wasn't much of an American IPA style hops fan, and wanted to shy away from the crazy hop craze (I think he said that) a while back at my homebrew club. He has done a great job of innovating and making amazing beers to this point without the hops, and I applauded him. The Fluffy White Rabbit added some hops, but they were light enough to pass for Dann. I'm a big hop fan, but there are so many hoppy beers out there, and the way Dann was doing things I was happy. IMHO, this one is a little too much on the bitter side and doesn't balance or bring the hop flavor/aroma as I'm used to. The more I think about it the more I think I'm jaded by the American IPA. I already have a plan to acclimate myself to more English style bitters and learn the style a bit more, then come back and review this beer again. I do have to give him credit for going where no American brewer tends to go, and that's a crazy bitter beer without the hop profile.

jlindros, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled July 2011. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

A - Thin white foam settles to a near-complete, thicker collar, and no lace. Transparent bronze body.

S - Fruity English ale yeast, some herbal hops with a faint vomit and garbage note, and sharp toffee. Not bad, but nothing special either.

T - Taste is a little worse. Neutral bread and yeast backdrop, with a hint of honey as well. Tangy herbal hops and moderate bitterness.

M - Slightly grainy medium body, moderate carbonation, no alcohol, and a oily and resinous finish.

D - Not horrendous, but pretty dull. Perhaps this was better fresh? I'd give it another chance if it were less than a month old, but otherwise I can't see myself taking the time to bother.

MasterSki, Nov 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

mendvicdog, May 19, 2012
Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

mactrail, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great start with a rocky head of three fingers. Ample, chunky ring lace. The broth is a copper color with a definitive haze.

Earthy, almost muddy aroma. No hop smells. This is not appealing.

The flavor is very bitter, especially considering the smell. The malt, while brief, is simply a delivery of the hop pop. The body is full with a lower level of carbonation. Other than the smell, it is close to a English styled ESB. It is missing the "roundness" and creamy quality of the Bitters I'm used to from the UK. Get by the smell and enjoy.

smcolw, Sep 06, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

drewone, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a two finger head that produces some nice lacing.

Smell: fruity, floral, and some citrus comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, ripe fruit, some breadiness, soft lemon zest, and a floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel : medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: very sessionable beer. Easy to drink and nicely flavorful. Nice English styled ale worthy of a try.

Gavage, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

yourefragile, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into NB globe glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a dark golden brown.

Aroma: Bready, pale malts, english hops, grassy/weedy.

Taste: Lots of bittering hops. Grassy, weeding. Bready, pale malts. Fairly one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Medium carbonation with a medium body. Ends bland and sticky.

Overall, for what it is, it is fine. Somewhat drinkable. Kind of boring. It is fairly straight forward. I doubt I would venture out to try this one again.

mothman, Oct 02, 2010
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Bottled: July 2011

Pours a very nice cloudy golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with lots of very nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, very slight citrus. The taste is very nice, mostly malty, but a nice touch of hops, slightly citrusy. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. A pretty tasty brew from PT.

Wasatch, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Cap tape says "Bottle August 2010 - 1st Batch!".

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" light beige head above the cloudy, almost opaque orangey amber brew. Pillowy head lasts and lasts, with chunky lacing. Aroma is sedate, lightly earthy with wisps of fruit.

Taste is mildly sweet to start, some citrus in the middle, and then is dominated by bitterness through the close and beyond. Mouthfeel is smooth, with pretty good drinkability. The bitterness is odd int hat it's not the overwhelming bitterness found in some puckering brews, but it's not soft and easy either. Interesting and enjoyable brew.

ppoitras, Oct 26, 2010
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Hedgerow Bitter from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
85 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.