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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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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.

Photo of Orbfan
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Photo of hagbergl
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

Photo of disemgrowler
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting and unusual. Nominally, this is an English pub bitters, and it does pay homage to its origin, but it has behind it a sneaky phenolic edge that suggests a Belgian brewer has sneaked into the English brewer to work his mischief.

Pours a hazy golden with a medium white head, slightly sticky. The aroma is sprightly and phenolic, with apricot and a whiff of clove. The flavor is toasty and lightly caramel, but with that fruity, apricoty edge of a light Belgian ale, with a healthy dose of what tastes like Wheat. There is a satisfying bitterness on the end.

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.

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of mbs11
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ne0m00re
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.

Photo of timbre
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Faina
2.5/5  rDev -33%

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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of greybeardloon
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottled July 2011

A: Light hazy brown. Decent retention.

S: Spicy, herbal hops and not much else.

T: Fairly slightly sweet biscuity malt, then more herbal, grassy, spicy hops with substantial bitterness on the finish. Very hop focused, but the malt is there and quite enjoyable.

M: Mouthfeel is fine.

O: Interesting beer, and a good combination of tasty malt and unusual hops, but the bitterness gets to me after a while.

Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Pamola
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of FrankLloydMike
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of gory4d
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

Photo of TIJAE
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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