Fringe | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
FRINGE AMERICAN PALE ALE is a dry, pale golden, 5.3%, hoppy pale ale using Ella hops. The dryness and soft body are driven home by an almost dank melon-like character. If you just read the last sentence and thought “my goodness that doesn’t sound like a Pretty Things beer”, then this one truly is our “fringe” beer. Fringe is the sort of beer you crack a bit cool on a hot day in the yard. Don’t save it for a rainy day though – drink it now. We’re brewing another batch in a week (after we’re back from serving our beers at Boulevardia in Kansas City).

Added by dwagner003 on 05-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

June 2014 bottling.

A: Slightly hazy gold pour. Very tall and very effervescent off-white head. Nice head retention and heavy, fluffy walls of lacing.

S: Lightly grassy and piney. A little bit of citrus too. Some grainy malt. Fairly subtle aroma, not exactly in-your-face hoppyness, in case you were expecting it.

T: Hops definitely more prominent here. I'm not sure what's in this, but I swear it's mosaic. It's got that kinda spicy, kinda citrusy, kinda I'm-not-sure hoppiness to it. Lots of herbal spiciness everywhere up front regardless. Mild, grainy, crackery malt in the finish leads into a brief hit of bitterness. More grainy, spicy black pepper and herbal qualities lingering between sips.

M: Medium bodied, fairly dry.

O: Interesting APA. Very spicy hops, bordering on the "dank" but not quite. Dry and bitter in general. Not huge and in your face like an IPA but bordering on the same. Nice dry sessionable beer but spiciness does hurt drinkability a little. It's good but not quite as amazing as most Pretty Things beers.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ccurrid
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of far333
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pale straw yellow and crystal clear with a bright white head of irregular bubbles that lingers long. Low aroma of corn and floral hops. Subtle flavors of corn and grainy malt, tastes like a pilsner. Hard-edged finish perhaps from the hop bitters, but not much hop flavor. I guess you could say it's well balanced because no specific flavors rise up. Dry mouthfeel, very tingly. This selection from Pretty Things could be considered Pretty Average.

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Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of KrissyKat6
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm Bumbed to hear of Pretty Things retiring, so I went out and got all I can find from them. I found this bomber dated June 2015. Looks good, slightly cloudy light honey color with average head leaving lacing on sides. Smells a little off, somewhat sour and citrusy smelling. Tastes very good. Lots of hop bitterness. Well balanced malt and hop with a nice citrus backbone. Light and dry. Very good take on an American Pale Ale. Well done. Hope the recipe gets past on.

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Photo of alexbutler
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very bubbly, white sea foam head, with a light amber tinted body. The creamy head didn't leave much lacing for me, but then again, the beer was tasty and none of it lasted very long.

S - A nice nose of hops, though nothing overwhelming... I have been on a IPA kick for awhile, and the balance of malt/hops is very welcome. Not a lot of fruit... very simple and clean.

T - Very crisp taste, and as the smell implies there is a nice balanced of malt/hops. Very refreshing and very simple. Great summertime beer. Full flavor but not too heavy.

M - There's a sharpness to the first sips that this isn't any ordinary APA. I'm a huge fan of Pretty Things, as they have a knack to bring something new to each of their beers. Crisp and clean.

O - Highly recommend it! It's simple but with just a little bit of a sting - perfect for a summer afternoon

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a relatively clear medium gold with a nice thick and fluffy, long lasting white head.

Nose is white pepper, hints of green herbs and seemingly (for me) true to style. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation with nice balance.

Flavor profile is quite bitter but in a pleasant "drinkable" way. Nice balance and quite inviting.

Finish is a green herb bitter that is appealing. Good one for most food profiles.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of fitzy84
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours with a hazy orange appearance and it settles with a thin but foamy head. Had some grapefruit aromas with a mix of spicy hops, some light malts, and and some grain. Definitely bittersweet with that grapefruit flavor but it has a bit of sugary flavors, like honey and various spices, added to it. Clean and crisp mouthfeel thanks to its great carbonation. Overall, I enjoyed the body to this drink and it's spicy grapefruit aromas.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Fringe from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
3.68 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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