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Hedgerow Bitter - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
84
good

160 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 19
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

kkipple, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

clegolfski, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Kinsman, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Brown colored beer, no haze, small white head. Faded to a tight ring.

S - Some herbal and grassy hops, some toffee, lightly toasted malts, a smell of something a bit rotten that is slightly discouraging.

T - Boring. Has some herbal notes, bit of toasted grain and some yeast.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Not a ton to say about this beer, I didn't like it a ton but it was only mildly offensive at worst. Basically just a boring beer I won't have again.

AgentZero, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Neffbeer, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

AntiHeroV, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34%

beerman999999, Nov 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

PEIhop, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34%

BrittEBurke, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

KGarrett, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

rob133, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a huge pillowy white head that left a nice ring of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is bready with hints of honey and rust. There is definitely an all around tin scent to the beer. All malt not much, if any, hops.

The flavor is more edgy. The malt is not as soft in the flavor. Light bready with a sharp metallic note, some toasted malt. The hops provide a stale grassy note, with some tones of apricot. Pretty good sample of an EPA.

Solid moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Sweet and twangy on the palate.

A well made EPA. Quite earthy with strong metallic notes and a hop profile that supports this english style.

Gmann, Nov 13, 2011
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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
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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.

Kranders, Nov 03, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful ringing gold with a sticky lasting head.

Aroma is bright prickling hops and not much else. Is that fresh-cut grass or am I contemplating the label too much?

After the alpha acids had fully coated the inside of my mouth, this beer really shined. This is one of the most interesting (hop-wise), quasi-sessionable beers I've tried.

The mouthfeel is really what won me over--just amazing body and a bracing finish that's just dry enough.

I can imagine this being a very interesting beer to pair, and just for that I'll probably go back. Recommended if you're into the style.

applestash, Oct 17, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

BrewerB, Oct 10, 2011
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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
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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.

RonfromJersey, Oct 03, 2011
Hedgerow Bitter from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
84 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.