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Hopping Hare - Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GreenCard on 05-01-2007

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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by JTuomi:
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3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale poured a clear, deep gold colour and smelled hoppy, fruity and malty on the nose. It tasted exactly how it smelled; bitter hops with an underlying maltiness throughout. Expected more hops than given by the the name.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

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2.46/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of March 2012. The label mentions that it is 'thrice hopped'. With the hare theme I'm guessing this ale is designed for spring.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear light golden colour with good carbonation. Small white head of foam that lasts for a minute or so before reducing to a surface layer. Distinct and overwhelming buttery aroma with hints of caramel. All other notes are lost/overpowered. Not sure if this is how it's supposed to be, but it isn't good.

Taste of light malt with a strong buttery note. Despite the description on the label, I'm not detecting any aromatic hops whatsoever. Notes of stewed leaves, followed by a rather dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is slick and leaves the palate dry. Faint buttery aftertaste.

Not good at all. Lots of buttery flavour, which I presume to be due to the presence of diacetyl. This is the latest of a number of Badger brews I've tried that are afflicted by this characteristic - I'm beginning to wonder if it's deliberate or if I'm just particularly sensitive? Or maybe it was a bad batch, but that doesn't explain the other brews they make. At any rate, I didn't enjoy this much and cannot recommend that you spend your money on it. Try something else.

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3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz tulip at Beer Revolution Edmonton.

This beer appears a clear pale golden amber hue, with one finger of wanly puffy, loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a single broad patch of snow rime lace on the glass as things slip away.

It smells of lightly biscuity, bready caramel malt, ripe apple and pear, and bucolic earthy, leafy hops. The taste is sweet, somewhat pastry-like biscuits coated in a thin film of caramel candy, a more subdued drupe fruitiness, a wee hard water minerality, and earthy, floral, and weedy old-school hops.

The carbonation is quite light and innocuous, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a mild pithiness. It finishes well off-dry, the fruitiness kind of overshadowing any lingering hop bitterness or malt crispness.

A serviceable bitter, however, the sweetness is dialed up a bit too much, the drying bitterness of the name sort of hard to appreciate. I don't think that I could session this, in the manner of John Smith's, et al, as I did in the increasingly distant past. Tasty enough for the one, though, as my attention now turns to those loverly pizza aromas wafting all about me.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml clear bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Amber/light copper coloured beer topped by a white, bubbly, foamy head. Lots of bubbles rising up the glass.

S. Floral nuances with citrus fruit mixed in. Some toffee/caramel in the nose too. Perhaps a trace of butterscotch?

T. Strong citrusy notes, most notably grapefruit, toffee and a tangy taste lurking about followed by a good hop bitterness.

M. Medium.

D. A lovely, refreshing quaffing session ale. Yet another good performer from Hall & Woodhouse.

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3.92/5  rDev +12%

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4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

my girl doesnt love his bitterness, so I LOVE IT!

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3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 500ml bottle, best before Feb 09, drank May 08.

Poured into a pint sleeve glass it was a clear, bright pale golden colour with a good white head that stayed for the whole drink.

The aroma was of hops (the label claimed it was thrice hopped), floral with a citrus fruits tang.

The taste was fairly hoppy, not by US standards, but heavy for the UK. Dry and a little bitter overal.

The dryness gave way to a metallic feel in the mouth and aftertaste, this didn't help the tasting at all.

Bit to harsh for me, the and hops and bitterness didn't seem to blend together enough and the aforementioned metallic aftertaste seemed to highlight that fact. I can understand a hop fan going for it, but not me again.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Prince Edward pub, London:

Pours light golden amber with a swirly patch. Traces of lacing stick.

The smell is herbal and citrusy, slightly musty.

The taste is herbal, aspiriny, slightly metallic. Bitter with citric notes. It also has woody, bready notes. Finishes very dry.

It has a crisp light body.

Very hoppy for English standards. Herbal and very dry. Hoppy without being harsh. Enjoyable.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 550 ml bottle into a glass, golden colored with a short white head that dissipates Leaving little lacing, clear

S: light hops with bready grain

T: bitter hops up front, finish is dry, middle is slight malt

M: thin with medium carbonation

O: mildly flavored bitter, less than exciting

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Appearance: deep gold, lots of bubbles sticking to the glass, medium layer of frothy white foam, OK head retention

Aroma: just-ripe honeydew melon, sweet-roll dough, grassy hops

Flavor: mild maltiness with an enveloping vegetal hop flavor; slight acidity; mellow bitterness before a semi-dry finish with an aftertaste or green twigs and hints of caramel

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, crisp, pert carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: Having just gotten back from the Pacific Northwest, it tickles me to read the label on this beer which alludes to hops and bitterness, etc. Compared to some of the NW craftbrew I tried, that's a f*cking joke! Funny how people's perceptions are so different. Having said that, this beer may not be hoppy or bitter by American craftbrew standards, but it is a very well balanced brew and is SOOO drinkable!

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3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear goldenrod with a crated, clingy snow white head. Toasted grain and a touch of lemon oil cleanser on the nose.
Toasted crispbread with hints of mango then EKG spice with pine notes and a bit of sourness.
Apricot finish, musty overripe lemon linger. Medium, some chew and oil, round enough.

First Gold bittering, and Goldings and Cascade for aroma, says the label.

I'm thinking I don't like First Gold much - wasn't crazy about the single hop Badger either. I'm not afraid of IBUs, but there's a harsh sourness to the hopping here. Too many sharp edges.

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Hopping Hare from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
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