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Tanglefoot Premium Ale - Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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 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 Captainren
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of samEBC
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Jasba
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +17%

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 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.

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 Wattsox
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE Dec 2011.

A - Light copper colour with a nice thick head which dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing

S - Faint aroma, sweet and malty.

T - Sweet and malty, a little hoppy, fairly balanced.

M - Moderate carbonation, quite smooth.

D - Nice easy drink, would work as a session beer.

Photo of Harrister101
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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 fullsweep
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imperial pint on cask at a local Hall and Woodhouse pub (most pubs around here are H&W).

A: Deep copper-amber brew with minimal head, although slightly more than some traditional bitters.

S: Sweet and malty with some graininess thrown in.

T: Much sweeter and fruitier than the canned and bottled versions. Cask version of this is much nicer. In fact, I wasn't a huge Tanglefoot fan, but on cask it's really nice. Picking up some mellow citrus and even some ripe banana.

M: Very mild carbonation, and a smooth drink overall.

D: Would definitely try again--on cask. Would avoid buying it bottled or canned (unless offered it).

Photo of benclimbs
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of DerBayer
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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 vancurly
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a: Pours a clear pale amber/ dark honey. White rocky froth, and a lingering lace
s: Fairly funky/S smell.... some herbaciousness, slight dirtiness / staleness
f: Flavours of fruit & peel, and some toffee sweetness. Some floral notes.
m: Fairly light-weight. Som fizz & tingle at the start, but hollow through to not much of back palate. There is a slight bitterness there.
d: Not a very appealing drink. Perhaps it doesn't travel well, but as this cost me in Sydney $6 US for 500mL, I'll call it straight. Not worth it.

Photo of BitterLover
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I carried this bottle home with me from a trip to the UK back in January. I poured it into an English pub glass.

Appearance: Poured a light golden color, with about one finger of a bubbly, white head, which quickly disappeared and left no lacing. Very little carbonation.

Smell: Once the ale had warmed a bit, mostly sweet, with candied fruit being foremost in the signature, followed by a slight hoppiness.

Taste: Mild, very little malt, with a wave of bitterness and citrus in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin -- this is not a chewy beer.

Drinkability: Being such a mild ale, with only a little bitterness, you could drink this one all night (I'm speaking for those in the UK, since I've not found this one in the US yet).

Photo of Stephen63
3.83/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of helloloser12345
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type: Bottle.

Appearance: Medium amber with orange hues. Sticky off white head. Good retention and a slight amount of lacing.

Smell: Slight warm malt aroma and not much else.

Flavour: Nice sweet malt flavour which gives way to a subdued but lingering hop bitterness. Slightly floral with a metallic twang on the finish.

Overall: A fairly drinkable ale, slightly over carbonated which leads to quite a 'rough' mouthfeel.

Photo of jarmby1711
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
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

Photo of charlatan
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle claims 5.0% abv rather than 5.1%, and claims the beer is sweeter and fruitier than it is hoppy or bitter and even less malty than hoppy.

Pours a light amber colour with a moderate head. It does smell fruity - a sort of peach and wheat combo is what springs to mind here. It has a nice crisp feel and the taste is inoffensive but rather blander than I was hoping. Fresh and pleasant, like a slightly peachy pilsner with a hint of alcohol, but not enough of anything in particular to enliven it for me.

Photo of Daredevil
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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 ....

Photo of Dithyramb
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased from a UK store. Part of a 5# four pack. Best by date of "Aug 06" clearly ink jet labeled on the bottle itself.

Golden copper colored brew with interesting wisp of large sized white bubbles. The head still had some staying power and had excellent lacing.

Herbal almost sulfuric hops and a candy, bubblegummy malt aroma.

Sorry, but couldn't get past the vegetal hops and irony cut of the brew. Even my wife said that it reminded her of "bad Singha." Very light malt base.

Though it had just a light tinge of carbonation, this one was pretty watery on the mouthfeel. It finished amazingly clean though, so none of the metallic stuff seemed to stick around.

Not my cup of tea...

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.

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