Pretty Things Hedgerow Bitter

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Pretty Things make beer with some interest, as opposed to just brewing standard styles to fill their portfolio. This time out they have used three Dwarf Hop varietals from England, Sovereign, Pioneer and First Gold, and made a well hopped British Best Bitter.  The hoppy flavours may not be familiar to those used to drinking North American IPAs, but these fairly new varieties give it a distinctly wild herbaceous twang.

This is certainly reminiscent of Bitters I’ve drunk in the UK but with an extra helping of hops. The Dwarf hops taste fresh and vibrant and leave a lingering dry aftertaste on the palate. This is an interesting, refreshing and drinkable beer if a bit one dimensional. This is great on its own or perhaps with a traditional fish and chips; the hops will cut through the grease and revitalise the palate.

ABV: 5.4%

Best Served: 8-10°C

2 comments to Pretty Things Hedgerow Bitter

  • I just had this beer too, and was initially put off by the harsh bitterness, zero sweetness and none of the floral or citrus flavors I love so much in the northwest IPAs. Once I broke into the salt and vinegar chips and the beers fridge chill subsided I really started to like it. Good review. I’d buy again but would have some food ready to go next time!

  • Thanks Mike! As a Brit I’m a bit more used to the English hop flavours, so have developed a taste for them! I absolutely agree about having food with it though, Salt and Vinegar Chips (or crisps as we call them!) a classic snack to have with a pint!

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