Hedgerow Bitter | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Hedgerow BitterHedgerow Bitter

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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
“Hops are bitter weeds of spite, That blunt the sugars, try to bite…”

We wanted a beer that was dry and bitter, and that’s what we got. 5.4% abv with all UK grown hedgerow variety hops: Pioneer, Boadicea and Sovereign. No American hops are used in the making of this beer.

You know what? If you think you like hoppy beers, this might surprise you. It’s a different kind of bitterness to US hops. These hops are leafy weeds, very bitter and less aromatic. The overall impression left is a slightly-roasty, special bitter with an aggressive and quite “wild” bitterness with a substantial dryness that lends to its drinkability. A pint glass beer, good for dry throats after long days of work.

58 IBU

Added by jamie2dope on 09-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Bottled Aug 2010 1st Batch indicated on a paper swatch covering the cap. Pours a hazy honey-gold/copper with a frothy, one inch, cream-colored head embedded with tiny pockmarks and craters. Some swaths and spots of lacing present during the session. Light fruity esters in the nose (perhaps apricots?), citrus and a slightly grassy quality. Taste reveals citric acid, followed by the fruity character in the nose interwoven with a grassy hops presence, culminating in a light, lingering earthy bitterness between quaffs. Mouthfeel us light-medium with a palate cleansing carbonation and a slight acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Maybe a little hoppy for an English Pale Ale, but quite drinkable. Not my favorite from this brewer, but would be great for washing down a pizza.

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Photo of Walken
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty Things: Hedgerow Bitter (Bottled: August 2010) (Tasted 09/15/10)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Ruddy amber colored beer with a big off-white head of sea foam (dead on for sea foam, no lie) that doesn't die.
Odor: Aroma reminds me of many of the iconic British bitters that I have had, especially Coniston. Whole-grain bread crust and toasted white bread base with a subtle, leafy herbal and slightly citric (lemony) hop aroma. Subtle, pleasant.
Consistency: Light body, not quite thin, but not quite hefty either. Mellow, low, crisp carbonation.
Flavor: Toasted bread, citric twang (wheat, maybe?) and a hint of Ringwood-esque butterscotch character. Hop flavor comes on tame, showing some a lightly bitter citric flavor, then transforms into a raging, biting, bitter herbal assault on the tongue that lingers on and on. Flavor is very leafy vegetal and earthy. Some might find it unpleasant, but I enjoy it quite a bit.

This is an interesting beer, could very well be one of the most aggressively bitter beers I have ever tasted, though I feel that the imbalance is appropriate for THIS beer, but not for style at all. The malt flavors, subdued as they are, do still shine through from sip to sip.

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Photo of silentjay
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a hazy amber/copper/brown color gives life to a two-fingered head that retains ok and laces very well.

some soft caramel and bready malts are hidden behind a floral and tropical fruity hoppiness. a touch of pine, but an onslaught of juicy citrus, tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, passion fruit, and some residual sugars.

taste is bitter at first with some peppery spice mixed in. a lot of herbs and cooked veggies, as well as a touch of pine/grass. the bittering hops are the most dominant, and the only semblance of sweetness comes from the citrus hops. the aftertaste is a bit harsh as well.

a bit of a grainy feel (like there is sand in the glass) but on a decently carbonated beer that lands almost medium bodied. finishes with very little resin and a long-lasting bitterness.

drinks about average. very heavy on the herbal/floral/spicy hops with a touch of citrus leads to a bitter beer that isn't overly pleasant.

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Photo of muttyd
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep murky orange with a thin white head. Earthy grainy aroma. The taste pretty much follows the aroma. Earthy mellow spicy hop bitterness, but still very bitter overall. Different than the bitter I'm used to (IPAs, American Pale ales, etc.).

Different flavor than most other beers I've been hooked on lately. Very enjoyable and "sessionable."

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Photo of jlindros
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, batch #1

A: Murky copper/brown body under a huge white head. Good lace and retention, which makes up for the body.

S: Herbal, medicinal, sometimes vegetable like hops, some kind of spice note in the aroma as well. After sitting a minute, the hops subside and give way to some caramel malty notes.

T: Sweet up front, then the muddled hops. Herbal, then pine, some mild bitterness in the finish and maybe some toasted malt in there too. A little all over the place.

M/D: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Drinkability is so-so and the mouthfeel helps. Overall, just a muddled beer, not balanced and not very good.

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Photo of smcolw
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of jongullotti
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber, bottled August 2010 First Batch.
Poured into pint glass:

Orangy/gold color, not much head which fades quickly, some remains at edge of glass throughout.

Raw toasty malt aroma. Slight fruit hops as well but not much.

All malt up front, then fades to all hops. Malt disappears and fresh herbal hops remains in back of mouth and throat for a while. Hops is definitely fresh, herbal, and slightly fruity. Long hop finish dominates. I don't taste any alcohol, must be a relatively low ABV (not listed.)

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth, with appropriate carbonation.

To me, the malt disappeared too quickly to complement the hops. Definitely fresh but it could use some balance.

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Photo of TommyW
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy gold with a medium, white head that clings fairly well.

S- Faint aroma overall, but some noticeable malt aromas with a touch of fruit.

T- Nice malt presence with hops coming in towards the middle; the hops have a clean, herbal and grassy taste and leave a clean, lingering bitterness.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Really sessionable beer in my opinion; has a nice clean bitterness from hops without an overwhelming hop flavor.

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Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
2.76/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber labeled August 2010 (batch 1) poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Pours a deep, nearly opaque amber. Head is light, 2-3 fingers, and fades very quickly leaving a small amount of lacing. The nose is predominantly roasted malt with a bit of hops underneath. I've never had a beer made with entirely dwarf hop varieties before, and there is a noticeable difference in the smell between this and more standard hops.

The first few sips tasted of almost nothing but caramel malt, but as the beer warms a bit a strong hop bitterness comes through when I swallow. There is almost no hop taste besides the bitterness, which is unpleasant and lingering. The malt flavor does little to offset this, and overall the beer seems unbalanced and not particularly enjoyable. The mouthfeel is better - medium-full bodied and slightly effervescent - this much I like.

I don't know what direction Dann Paquette is going with this beer, but personally I don't really care for it. Drinkable but not impressive, it's my least favorite Pretty Things release to date. Thankfully there's still plenty of Jack D'Or to be had.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hedgerow Bitter pours out a nice looking hazed orange color, with two fingers of white heading. Green apple and melon come through in the nose, along with some fresh grains. The Dwarf hops being used here definitely seem to give it an English type of ale nose. Incredibly fresh tasting this brew is. The hops are very noticeable, and earthy, leaving a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and somewhat prickly on the palate. Although the ABV is not listed, I would imagine that it is not very high. It seems like a hoppy session beer to me. Another well made and unique brew from Pretty Things. Cheers

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Hedgerow Bitter from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 161 ratings