Hedgerow | Burlington Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Burlington Beer Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 15
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a light bronzed to burnt red almost brown color. A thin finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing was messy and somewhat stringy. The smell started off with toast, sweet apples, figs, light vanilla, sweet sticky pear, light toffee, light cocoa. The taste was moderately sticky sweet with a subtle gracing of the bitterness invading and sliding into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a dare-I-say sessionable aspect to it. Uh...yeah for an English Barleywine, I’m not getting enough body on this one. Overall, well, the taste and the aroma is there, but the mouthfeel/palate/body needs more beef to it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Burlington Beer Co. "Hedgerow"
750 ml brown glass bottle, "September, 2015"
$12.99 @ Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT

Initial pours from the bottle deliver a slightly hazy deep-amber/copper colored body beneath a pillowy head of slightly yellowed off-white foam that steadily recedes. As such, the lacing is minimal with only tiny spots and streaks of lace left behind.

In the nose a delicate medium-dark caramel maltiness combines with a mild yeasty fruitiness (mainly apple, something else, perhaps berry). The malt is clearly notable, but not bold, and it doesn't appear to be an overly malty barleywine...

... and the flavor reflects that, although it's more malty than the aroma suggests. The fruitiness found in the nose is present, the malt is just as clear, and there are also some soft hops notes that are floral and mildly leafy and grassy (I'm guessing East Kent Goldings, although there may also be some Fuggles involved). The alcohol, if it is indeed 11% ABV, never shows, even in the dry, short-lingering finish although behind the scenes it probably helps to balance it as it doesn't seem to have that much bitterness to it. Malty, fruity, very subtly tart, and dry with an earthy and hoppy edge it could almost pass as just a strong English ale.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style, and remarkably soft and smooth due to a restrained, seemingly natural carbonation. It's reminiscent of cask ale, and as such reminds me very much of some of the 'lighter' English barleywines.

Without being powerful across the palate, it still packs a punch (it's definitely 11% ABV!), and that could be dangerous as it drink as easily as an "ESB". For those familiar with fresh English ales it's a must-try. Probably best enjoyed at cellar temperature as it opens up quite a bit as it warms.

Afternote: upon learning that this beer is brewed using red grapes from Vermont, that totally makes sense to me, and explains the missing fruitiness I could not put my finger on (even the subtle tartness). I tasted it again and I can see the grape, but I still wouldn't directly point it out in a review as I don't think it comes through clearly as such; but the grape addition also explains why it's a little lighter in body and malt character. Perhaps I should have read the label more carefully, or perhaps they should have labeled it as an "English Inspired Barleywine with Local Grapes" - that really makes a difference in how it's perceived (and scored). Still, quite nice, and as such I've actually upped my scores a bit as it really shouldn't be reviewed straight-forward as an English-style Barleywine.

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Photo of smanson56
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pour a dark orange to brown color. A nice pleasant nose with hints of caramel and fruit with some smooth bread like aroma. the taste follows the nose to a point a sweet caramel taste with the hint of grapes in the back ground. The carbonation is smooth and it drinks a lot smoother than the 11% ABV listed on the bottle. I'll be interested to see how this ages.

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Photo of Tmsmaloy
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wet hay and wild flower honey aroma. Lemongrass tea and a slightly wild yeast flavor. Not what I was expecting from a barley wine style, but awesome. I love this beer.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An English barley wine with Frantenac grapes.

L-Pours a clear amber with a 3/4 inch white fluffy head. Lacing is spotty and the head recedes to a half centimeter ring.
S- smell is strongly of toffee and alcohol.
T- Caramel and warming alcohol are the first thing to hit the palate. There is a subtle fruity component that is mostly obscured by the alcohol at the finish.
F- The beer coats the tongue and has low carbonation. This gives the brew a fuller mouthfeel.
O- This is a pretty good example of a english barleywine with the sweet malty finish and strong alcohol presence. I would have liked the grapes a little more forward in the taste profile. This is my favorite bottled brew by BBC.

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Hedgerow from Burlington Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 15 ratings