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Tanglefoot Premium Ale - Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 96
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 06-11-2002

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is from a handpulled cask pint at a local pubs beer festival, drank on 14th sept 2007.

Light amber body with a well formed white foaming head, the pint sleeve glass shows the beer off well.

The aroma is slight, floral, hoppy and hay smells.

The sweetness can catch you out, if you are not aware it is coming, it isn't sickly or overstated, but that is its main feature. Hops and an English country garden feel to this beer make it a very pleasant ber to drink.

The flavours do stay for a while and the sweetness fades to leave a more bitter taste in the mouth.

A good solid bitter, if a little paler in colour than I normally prefer. (650 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is really just a decent English bitter with a bit more alcohol. Other raters claim that the bottle is more heavily hopped than the draught version - that might be true, at least the golden beer in front of me has a lovely hoppy aroma and a nice bitterness. Good head. Rather light bodied (too light?), which makes the brewery advertize it as "deceptively drinkable". Very refreshing it is, would like to sample the draught version too. (440 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It seems to me that the style English Pale Ale covers a broad spectrum of taste in beer.
This is certainly at the enjoyably acceptable end of that spectrum.
It pours a little flat , or else I was too cowardly in trying to develop a head on it.
Lack of head aside the beer is pale orange to brown incolour. It smell and taste are fruity hops all over. It is not particularly bitter which blends well with the overall feel of softness and potent drinkability.
I suspect that a non nitro can would see this ale at its worst and would be very very nice from a cask.
Yet again and English beer to sadden the heart ,knowing the unavailability of such pleasurable beers (667 characters)

Photo of John
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper with a thin but steady layer of foam. Fresh, doughy, slightly fruity aroma. Well balanced, light sweetness and gentle hop flavor combine with a light-medium but satisfying mouthfeel. A flavorful and skillfully drawn pint on a rainy London afternoon. A tasty pint from a well tended cask and cellar. Swiped some cool beer mats too! (343 characters)

Photo of cervezango
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is the best of the badger brewery ive tasted, ive had 4 or 5 of there beers and there all nice but this ones the best.

nice dirty blond color almost brown, with 1.5 finger of head, leaves nice lace marks as you drink it.

smells yeasty as soon as you open it, i could smell it from my waist hight like more than two feet from my nose. lost of bready wheat smell.

nice weighty mouthfeel with lots fruity complexity, some apple some citrus, some sour green grapes, lots of fruityness, my favotie part of this beer is the malty yeasty taste, tastes like a pastry.

best beer ive had form this popular ale brewery, buy tangle foot before the other ones. (658 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a hand pump at The Prince Edward, Notting Hall/Bayswater.

Dark amber with a thin head. Good malty scent, with light fruity hops. Nicely balanced malt and hop taste; biscuits, light fruits. Nice English ale/bitter taste. Mild carbonation, a bit thick. ABV is a bit higher than expected, but certainly doesn't impact the drinkability (4.9% ABV on cask). Good beer, nice example of a bitter. (401 characters)

Photo of Stephen63
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly dark with weak head in the canned version.

S - Fruity and quite sweet.

T - Very pleasant almost flowery flavour. Slight hoppiness in the aftertaste. Quite impressed.

M - Decent enough carbonation and light.

D - As it says on the can deceptively drinkable. Can't disagree with that.

Definitely will be looking for the cask version of this. Pretty decent for a canned version though. (409 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with one-finger head that kicks off decent lace on the side of my Fuller's pint glass.
Aromas noted include plae malt, bitter hops, minor spice, some grain and a hint of butter. Slightly metallic, possibly oxidation of maybe hard water.
Flavor was nicely spiced with modest malt and a nice warming alcoholic kick on the back end. Metallic aftertaste was noted but very light, again can't figure if oxidation or minerals in the water,.
Mouthfeel was smooth and silky and alcohol was nice and warming.
Drinkability is relatively high, love to find a cask of this in my favorite pub in Britain and hunker down by the fire. (649 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml clear glass bottle, small head, golden colour.

Delicate, moderate, malt aromas, reminds me of an English beer garden, followed by an equally moderate taste. Hops are there, but don't dominate. Nicely balanced overall. This is good old fashioned beer, not extreme.

Given that, I'd give this 5 for drinkabilty but it's so delicate it seems not quite right to award that high.

A great session ale, but sadly not gonna do that given the price in Aus. (469 characters)

Photo of oqnid
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Guinness a meal??? Excuse me...THIS is a meal! You almost need two hands to manage it.
Seriously, this fine ale first caught my attention with it's name and the shape of it's bottle (from a collector's point of view).
At first glance, and smell, a beautiful golden, sweet somewhat "perfumee" hop fragrance with a hint of bitterness (?!?). I just thought it felt bitter by the look of it but...(tasting)...well, yes it is in a way but in a well balanced way but...whoa...is this beer heavy in an appreciable kind of way! Full-bodied all the way down. The after-taste is smooth, nothing harsh about it. The hops are more than present in the taste, you almost want to chew them. I'd be intrigued to taste this one at cellar temperature. (742 characters)

Photo of DerBayer
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I ve just had one - pretty good:

A - you hold it up in the light and it s a beautiful light ruby colour - very pleasing but no head

S - A bit faint but hoppy with slight floral notes

T - Quite appealing really - hoppy, a hint of honey and spice

M - Crisp and quite smooth not bad at all

D - Very drinkable just like most Badger brews

I do quite like Badger brews - they re in my view underrated and this is a good one. (424 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a really clear amber colour with a moderate sized, foamy off-white head. Head retention is poor.

The aroma is fruity with a nutty malty note as it warms. Fine but nothing special.

The flavour is smooth and malty with a moderate English ester profile with light melon fruits coming through. There is a touch of toffee which I don't really like but it's not bad by any means. Moderate bitterness.

There's a medium-full body with moderate carbonation. It's not as silky as I'd like.

Overall, an easy drinking beer with good flavour but a couple of rough notes. (572 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden body with a thick lovely white head.

Strong aroma can't pin them all down but there is brewers mash, burn't toast, melons and pear drops.

Pear drops appear in the taste then malts and peppery snarls lead into hoppy aftertaste but all fairly top flavours not much depth

rescued by a nice firm mouthfeel and good low carbonation.

Alright but nowt special I guess. (380 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bright gold with lumpy white head.
Big MO butterscotch with some musty grain and overripe yellow apple.
Peardrop, shortbread and peach with mild spice and lemon peel hops.
Marmalade finish and cedar linger.
Light to medium, round, slight cling.

Fruit over butter, doesn't cloy and has a spicy baseline. It's a bit watery, though, and there's some depth missing in the middle. Not my kind of thing, but balanced and well done.

Better than expected. (457 characters)

Photo of psm90
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown, quite clear.

S: Lots of biscuit, butter and bread, some light lemon.

T: Fruity, honey malt, green apple, green melon, hay, butter, caramel, some dried fruit. Tiny amount of chocolate. The hops are subdued until the aftertaste, which is quite unusual. The hops are of pine and lemon. These become more pronounced the more I drink.

M: Thicker than usual for the style. Good amount of carbonation without being overbearing.

O: A well balanced beer. Nothing special but decent for the style and price. (517 characters)

Photo of Harrister101
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Light amber, I've had it in a range of carbonations, sometimes very low carbonation, sometimes, excessive carbonation for the style of beer.

S- Very Fruity, with a nice subtle hoppy and honey mixture.

T- Rather like a toned down version of the smell, Fruity and hoppy, but the honey taste is a bit burnt, or metallic... This might be due to it being from a Can.

M/D - Easy to drink, but sometimes if the carbonation is a bit high i would look elsewhere. (460 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml can, 5% ABV. Nice little story on the label about the origins of the name, particularly the unfamiliar to me usage of the word 'steering'.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with three near-teeming fingers of silken creviced marshmallow head, which settles at an agreeable pace, leaving some chunky webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet biscuity malt, a pleasant generic fruitiness, a suggestion of natural vanilla, a bit of fresh yeast, and soft leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bready, doughy malt, some soft nutty caramel, a middling drupe fruity character, and fading earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite mild and ineffectual, the body a sturdy medium weight, and accordingly smooth in its bearing. It finishes still rather sweet, the malt and ride-along fruit continuing to hold all the cards.

Not too shabby an EPA, a fair bit going on with the morphing malt and shadowy fruit, not to mention the underappreciated workaday noble hops, and nose-to-the-window alcohol. I'd throw this back again, preferably at pub, where I could reenact the titular, um, 'move'. (1,105 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With a town name like "Blandford Saint Mary" it's amazing that anything exciting comes out of it, what could be more boring than 'Bland'? Church of course, and 'Saint Mary' is no doubt a boring Catholic who went to church. So it comes as no surprise that Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse ales are not exciting either... well at least the Fursty Ferret wasn't and I'm working my way slowly through the others with today's drop being Tanglefoot.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Slightly cloudy amber body with a half centimetre bonemeal head that retains well.

S: Sweet biscuit malts with a hint of bread yeast, honey and floral hops. Bit of an earthy smell in there as well, like dug up dirt, I noticed this in the Fursty Ferret and pinned it down to a hops characteristic however I may have been wrong - it could be due to cask-conditioning or something similar.

T: Really malt driven ale, and the big flavour upfront is sweet biscuit malts (almost a vanilla cookie flavour coming through), bread yeast is a hint in the middle and it finishes with some light floral hops and the accompanied bitterness. It's quite sweet for an English Pale Ale, almost as sugary as a Belgian Dubbel, whether this is a good or bad thing is really up to the drinker.

M: Mid to light body with minimal carbonation - total EPA style here.

D: Well first up its better than the Fursty Ferret (which it seems is a watered down version of Tanglefoot). Quite drinkable, though sweet for an EPA, but a tad on the expensive side compared to other ales from "Old Blighty", of which I think the Hook Norton brews really shine price/quality-wise. Caveat emptor.

Food match: For an ale as sweet as this I would recommend either a likewise sweet main; like duck l'orange, Chinese honey chicken or lemon chicken. Dessert could work as well; lemon or sticky date pudding, all good choices. (1,880 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into pint glass 16/1/13

A clear golden yellow with tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere, nice tight two finger bone white foam has great retention ending up as a pencil eraser top island and leaves lots of lace deep down the glass

S honey, sweet malts, slight herbal notes, fruit I can't pinpoint and some faint metallic notes in the background , not a whole lot going on but respectable

T butterscotch and its even sweeter then the nose, earthy yeast and again its rather simple but decent

M thin but it creams up from the bubbles, bread and caramel linger on the finish

O nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to write home about, another basic English Pale

I just don't get all that excited for most English styles, there's nothing wrong with it but its just a little boring. (808 characters)

Photo of Mark
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of it not the only cask ale ever to disappoint this advocate. Aroma was weak, mouthfeel watery, and lacing was thinnish or non-existent. Color was light amber and clear. Taste was smooth and considering all the other points, not too bad. mostly fruity with malty undertones. Nothing to write home about but the next cask ale won't disappoint. (346 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light amber copper color with a fluffy head with low retention and very apparent carbonation.
Citrusy aroma with notes of bready malt and vanilla. Distant pine notes after warming up.
Fruity flavor with predominant notes of melon, slightly toasted malts, caramels, apples, melon, spicy sensation and English earthy hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to watery body with good carbonation. Slightly acid.
Refreshing and very sessionable. Its light body frees up all its fruitiness and multiple flavors. (504 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber in colour with a creamy thumb sized white head.Very little in the way of reduction in size over the course of a few minutes.

Muted fruity aroma to begin with and a hint of subdued hops although the fruity notes really start to open up once the drink has time to settle in the glass. There is a sugary sweetness to this one, perhaps aided slightly by the fruit and I can also detect some vanilla in places.

Fruity & very sweet to begin with along with a hint of vanilla that the smell indicates would be present. I can also taste some faint toffee and a sugary, malty flavour; all of which is well balanced.

Medium bodied and with a creamy feel to it. This is quickly followed by a clean finish that is a little bitter and quite dry.

A solid beer that scored slightly higher than I was expecting from it without it being truly memorable. It's not a beer that I come across all that often but I would have no trouble drinking it again or perhaps giving it a bash on cask.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours light copper with minimal head and a bit of lacing...nothing exciting.

smell is a bit of nuts and vanilla with that typical skunky smell from the clear bottle.

taste is more nuts...maltiness and vanila.

an ok ale but nothing special...pretty drinkable though. (271 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Dec 2011.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A golden colour with good carbonation. White head that subsides quickly. Interesting aroma of malt and some hops, as well as a distinctive sort of burnt caramel-like smell. Unusual but not bad.

Initial flavour of golden malt followed bitter hoppy notes and a dominant burnt caramel taste (although no sweetness). Also notes of alcohol and other fermentation products (diacetyl?). Mouthfeel is initially tingly from the carbonation and slightly astringent. Also quite oily towards the end. Bitter aftertaste.

Not a bad ale, although it seemed to lack in body. Lots of upfront flavour and bitterness, but no strong maltiness to balance it. Might be better on a hot summer day. Worth trying. (776 characters)

Photo of Daredevil
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

'premium ale' seems a bit exaggerated for this 'deceptively drinkable' however rather simple brew ... it is a light version of an english bitter basically an everyday's drink ... the taste profile on the back of the bottle says
Bitter 3
Sweet 4
Hoppy 3
Malty 2
Fruity 4
(all on a 1 - 5 scale)
not sure about the Sweetness or the Fruityness to be honest but leave that to everyone's own opinion ...

no flaws just nothing really special .... (449 characters)

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Tanglefoot Premium Ale from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
79 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.