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Tanglefoot Premium Ale - Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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79
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-11-2002)
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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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'.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted this beer by half-pint at my Wetherspoon local in East End London, where it's one of the regular guest beers. The cask-version is slightly weaker (4.9%abv) than the bottled one.

Appearance: it pours a not very clear, straw or light amber colour; a sparse white head is noticed--doesn't look extremely fresh in my opinion.
Smell: lively malty nose comes with some floral hops; I suspect it's not very fresh, as the overall aroma is a bit off and too implicit, in contrast with my previous experience of trying this beer.
Taste & Aftertaste: fruity, malty palate combined with light, hayish hoppyness; left with a tinge of floral bitterness and medium-dry hoppy finish which somehow lingers quite well.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability: the overall mouthfeel is quite smooth, but a bit flat in the aftertaste in particular, and the body is light-medium and the flavour too moderate as opposed to the bottled version. A thirst-quenching beer alright. But can be much better when tasted fresher. I will re-review it again.

Photo of atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of stcules
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light color, lightly oranged. Half inch of decent head, white, quite beautiful. Clean.
At the nose: uva americana (I don't know how it is named in english. It means american grapes, and i think its scientific name is Vitis labrusca). A lot. Ripe. Flavour of dry white wine, too, and herbal notes. Strange smell.
The taste is quite light, with herbal notes and fruity notes, quite smooth.
It is less interesting than the smell, that is very strange and intriguing. Again vinous notes, of white wine, dry.
Light in body. The american grapes comes back in the aftertaste. It left a feeling like prosecco wine.
Hint of hop and bitterness in the finish.
Very particular. Not exceptional, but interesting.

Photo of dgilks
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of rastaman
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hoppy, burnt malt nose. Fairly light for a"strong ale", soft edy flavour, rough hoppy bite at the very end, which is the most interesting thing about it, otherwise, give this a miss.

Photo of BigBry
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of buzzy
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of samEBC
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.83/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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 CwrwAmByth
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml can into a pint glass. 8 for £9!!

Appears a golden colour with a decent head - fades quickly.

Smells hoppy and strongly of alcohol.

Taste is also very alcohol-like so not sure where they got the name tanglefoot from but still, pretty much a decent bitter taste.

Overall a decent drink, far from a session ale with a strength of 5.1% but not as nice to taste as many higher abv ales.

Photo of heygeebee
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Tanglefoot Premium Ale from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
79 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.