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First Gold - Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2006)
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Reviews by cypressbob:
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, Bought in Sainsburys

Pours with an amber body, fizzy body with a white head, good retention but a little foamy

Smell, fresh hops, little bit of dms in there, slightly light chalky aroma, little bit of biscuity malt in the background

Taste, crisp hops, a weird odd chalky mouthfeel and flavour, not at all pleasant. Some lasting hops on the finish and a crisp biscuit malt mouthfeel

A fairly average ale, Badger do nothing but disappoint or at best produce average, satisfactory ales...

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 21:32:21 | More by cypressbob
More User Reviews:
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -3%

04-27-2014 21:32:24 | More by pknyc
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

03-18-2014 21:45:24 | More by SiW
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

11-01-2013 20:16:18 | More by dcmchew
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

09-10-2013 17:10:56 | More by harpus
Photo of FLima


3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber reddish color. Poured a two finger thick head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Good malty aroma with hints of caramel and floral hops.
Similarly toasted malt is the flavor backbone, with English hops clearly noticeable. Notes of minerals and oranges with a mild spicy sensation.
Light body with good carbonation (bottle version). It would be even better with a bit more alcohol.
Good English bitter.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 20:39:31 | More by FLima
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

05-20-2012 18:46:22 | More by MEP
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

05-16-2012 03:11:19 | More by chel29
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4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes it can be fun to fool around with some English styles.

This one is only 4% so even Ding would allow that it is a "session beer".

Pours a nice gold marmalade colour. Good head and lacing.

Nose provides an English hop character, then marmalade malt, finally falling away to a pleasant toasty sweet floral character.

Taste is a pleasantly subtle floral marmalade.

Mouthfeel is well-handled with a refreshing bitterness.

Overall a highly enjoyable session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:51:47 | More by danieelol
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

03-04-2012 19:55:23 | More by BrazilianAussie
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United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

02-18-2012 23:44:26 | More by Mikeebabee
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -10.4%

12-16-2011 21:31:05 | More by Jasba
Photo of EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A huge foamy white head sits a proud of a light red brown body with slight hazing and tempting look.

The aroma is the ticket petrol, fresh cut grass and lemon zest

the taste lacks any real punch though hints of malt and barley very understated.

watery and subtle I guess worthy for the experience
glad I drank it but won't buy again

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 20:51:58 | More by EmperorBevis
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New York

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an unexpectedly dark clear amber with a chunky snow white head that rings. Nose is buttery sourdough and a hint of tropical fruit. Toast and toffee, metallic in the middle, and a tame spicy dried orange rind hops and tobacco leaf hit at the end. Light, crisp, dry, no real chew.

There's that sour nose-tobacco end combo that I used to think was Northdown hops but, this being a single hop, evidentally I'm wrong about that. Certain malting? Either way, it's a signature of what I don't like in a pint of bitter.

There's some good things going on, but the hops don't come through enough, which they should if it's single. Also a mismatch between a dark for a bitter color and thin body.

Doesn't really know what it's about.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 17:08:38 | More by StJamesGate
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2.42/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into Tom Collins glass.

A: Pleasant light-brown colour, light head, lots of bubbles.

S: The smell mellows over time from a harsh bitterness into a more round maltiness.

T: Spicy hops, a vaguely copperish backtaste, and thin sour malt. The aftertaste is watery, but somewhat hopped. I don't really enjoy this beer.

M: The carbonated spiciness is nice; nothing else is.

D: As beers go, this is not one of the best. I'm unsure why so many English beers tend to have a mild metallic flavour -- maybe they're being stored on their side? Badger First Gold isn't entirely unpalatable, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 23:14:45 | More by AgentMunky
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3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single pint served from a cask at the New Inn in Salisbury.

Appearance: Coppery-brown, but with definite shades of yellow in it. The large white foam that was there at first died down pretty quickly to leave nothing behind.

Smell: At first, a tad smoky with mild sulfur notes, but as it warmed up, it was more of a roasted malt with some hints of sulfate. Okay.

Taste: Predominantly bitter through and through, but once the beer was well warmed up, a sweeter malt with some smokey hints shows up in the middle between the bitter start and finish. I should point out that the bitterness is not bad - it's not an American hop slap - it's more of a nice bitterness which goes really well with a meal. I didn't get it at first, but it grew on me as I finished the glass.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation at all, but that's okay. Just thick enough to be noted as not water, but goes down smoothly. Does leave a little bit on the teeth.

Drinkability: Went very well with a meal (grilled porkchop) and if I had more time that evening, I may have had another and let it grow on me. However, I did find it was an acquired taste and it took me some time to get used to it.

Serving type: cask

07-02-2010 19:42:46 | More by damndirtyape
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says dark amber/ruby brown, but I'd say this is a bit more on the golden side. Foamy white head.

Pleasant malt scent, with light grassy and citrus hop notes. Pretty much inline with a standard bitter.

Taste-wise, this is pleasant but not outstanding. Balanced malt and hops with a good dry bitterness, but nothing out of the ordinary.

A good session beer; I'd love to have this from the cask.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 18:30:34 | More by BDTyre
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United Kingdom (England)

4.63/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Copper/amber beer with great clarity sits underneath a foamy beige head, thick and frothy!

S: Some slight fruits (apple?), with an earthy dose of hops and malts with malts dominant, also some graininess.

T: Great taste! Somehow accomplishes being both bitter upfront and refreshing light. Very nice!

M: Light-bodied yet without losing any of the earthiness an English bitter is known for!

D: Very drinkable at 4.0, and it seems it would do well as a winter (when I drank it) OR summer beer (as it is incredibly refreshing!)

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 21:36:36 | More by fullsweep
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United Kingdom (England)

2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It settles as a coppery amber colour with a big foamy white head and medium carbonation. The aroma is quite sour, with lots of apples, there is also a bitter hoppiness and slightly metallic scent. It tastes quite light and bitter up front, there are some grass hops knocking about but soon they just get envelope by a bland maltiness. Just very average, not really worth finding, there are much better examples of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2009 18:18:52 | More by PartyBear
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very clear copper, thin ring of head, very little retention.

S: Caramel, floral & a little buttery.

T: Caramel, floral, herbal & grainy with a good bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body seems a little thin, with an off-dry finish.

D: An average British brew.

Thanks Jer & Karen.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 01:57:08 | More by Derek
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3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a burnt amber hue with average carbonation that leaves a one finger head that dissapates quickly,it has a real spicy,citrus aroma about it very nice,it has a real clean crisp fresh taste about it and the aroma comes thru on the taste a real nice spicy citrus flavour with no bitterness at all and an average mouthfeel this beer is really nice just wish it had a higher ABV but most definately a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 07:51:29 | More by ADZA
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3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is in my view a very decent bitter.

A - a nice gold - ruby colour, clear, thin fizzy head though - nothing special but not bad

S - not bad but hard too faint to be particularly recognisable, below average

T - smooth and fruity taste, hoppy with just a hint of spice

M - smooth but not crisp and definitely not striking

D - This is where thi brew scores highly in my view - very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 19:09:51 | More by DerBayer
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light copper coloured beer with a small, standard head. The mixture of creaminess and a hint of hops prodcues a rather metallic smell.

My first impression of the taste, after i cut through the pin prick carbonation, is that this is much earthier and grainier, and not as clean as I had anticipated. The hops are still pretty apparent for a Badger brew though. Nothing special, but it scores well on drinkability because I could knock a few back without being repelled in any way. A decent beer, but nothing stands out to recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 21:34:52 | More by charlatan
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3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A copper colored beer with a thin, creamy head.

Smell is malty with typical pale malt characteristics, a flowery smell and a light caramel smell. The hops are light aromatic and slightly resinous.

Taste is malty, some dextrines and light sweet. Bitterness is medium and the beer is light hoppy. There is a funny taste there that I can't seem to put my finger on. It is probably the palemalt that gives some straw-like, flowery and 'green' flavors. It would have been OK, if the maltiness or hoppiness was bigger, but now it draws the attention away from what should be a subtle balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 15:03:02 | More by Absumaster
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2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Small, non descript head. Mahogoney, slightly red, very rich and appealing colour.

Smell: Caramel, malt. Very dull. Not lively.

Taste: Lemon, caramel, bit tangy. Some grassy tastes. Quite dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, good well balanced lingering body.

Drinkability: Well balanced, but flavours a little lacking. Nothing much stands out. I would much prefer the Champion Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 15:48:20 | More by Lukie
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First Gold from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
78 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.