It’s no secret that we Aleheads love the tremendous Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project, so it’s always a real treat when we see that the roving Cambridge, MA outfit has released a new brew. “Hops are bitter weeds of spite, That blunt the sugars, try to bite…” Dann and Martha promise. Mission accomplished. Bitter to the last drop, spicy, salty, glorious. A perfect example of the style with a bit of challenging je ne sais quoi thrown in for good measure.
Notes: 22 oz. bomber from Charles Street Liquors.
Hops: All UK-grown hedgerow or dwarf-variety hops: Pioneer, First Gold, and Sovereign.
Style: “EXTREMELY bitter” English Pale Ale.
ABV: 5.4% ABV.
Appearance: The State House dome without my glasses: golden copper hues; perfectly hazy.
Head: Fluffy with outstanding retention.
Lacing: Thick, unyielding; etched in glass.
Nose: Beautiful balance of spicy, malty cereals, citrus, and caramel with an enduring, nutty finish.
Taste: Very dry and very bitter; yeast wedding pepper, then cheating on it with the lawn across the street.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and satisfying.
Drinkability: Very high. The brew mellowed and expanded as it warmed; best enjoyed with food to cut the astringency.
Rating: 3 hops. A wonderful offering from a great brewery.