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Hedgerow Bitter - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
84
good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
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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clegolfski

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7%

11-25-2011 22:33:02 | More by clegolfski
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Kinsman

California

4/5  rDev +7%

11-24-2011 01:09:45 | More by Kinsman
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 22:53:47 | More by AgentZero
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

11-22-2011 05:08:24 | More by Neffbeer
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AntiHeroV

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

11-21-2011 16:20:39 | More by AntiHeroV
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beerman999999

New York

5/5  rDev +33.7%

11-20-2011 19:50:52 | More by beerman999999
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

11-20-2011 02:31:59 | More by chickenm
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

11-19-2011 19:10:31 | More by PEIhop
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BrittEBurke

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +33.7%

11-18-2011 23:13:34 | More by BrittEBurke
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virinow

New York

5/5  rDev +33.7%

11-17-2011 02:03:49 | More by virinow
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:56:39 | More by MasterSki
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KGarrett

New York

4/5  rDev +7%

11-16-2011 00:26:20 | More by KGarrett
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spycow

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.8%

11-15-2011 05:47:37 | More by spycow
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rob133

California

4/5  rDev +7%

11-14-2011 23:35:33 | More by rob133
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

11-14-2011 22:19:58 | More by Lawnboy33
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

11-14-2011 20:42:17 | More by thebouch01
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Gmann

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 01:38:16 | More by Gmann
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 20:49:24 | More by Gavage
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Kranders

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 02:40:07 | More by Kranders
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applestash

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 06:54:55 | More by applestash
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BrewerB

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 22:29:55 | More by BrewerB
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 13:58:40 | More by womencantsail
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 04:34:56 | More by RonfromJersey
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metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 18:56:24 | More by metter98
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a dimpled mug.

I'm watching some EPL football this dreary Saturday morning and wanted a beer that fit the occasion, so I grabbed the bottle of Hedgerow Bitter from the fridge.

Beer pours a light, golden color with rusty highlights around the edges. About two fingers of clean, white head were the by-product of the pour. Great head retention and some please wisps of lacing remain.

Smell hints at bitterness with notes of pale malt sweetness. Taste is creamy with aggressive upfront, herbal hops bitterness. The bitterness from the English hops varieties is more dry and earthy than the hops you usually encounter. There some malt backbone, but enough to completely balance out the marauding hops bitterness. Finish is exceedingly dry.

Mouthfeel is middling and quite creamy. Lots of carbonation which adds to the creaminess. A touch prickly, but very drinkable.

Overall, a lot of flavor and character packed into a 5.4% beer. Flavorful, but would be helped by toning back the dryness and bitterness a touch. Both hang around a little bit longer than optimal.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 14:36:24 | More by pburland23
Hedgerow Bitter from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
84 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.