First Call
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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Style:
English Bitter
Ranked #219
ABV:
4%
Score:
79
Ranked #38,773
Avg:
3.43 | pDev: 13.41%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
13
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Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
 
England, United Kingdom
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 13
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2019. Purchased a little while back from B&M. Described on the label as a single-hop ale brewed with the dwarf variety First Gold.

A: Poured into a straight pint glass. A deep coppery-amber colour with excellent clarity and plentiful carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of leafy hops with hints of grass/hay, subtle herbs, faint spice, ale yeast, mild caramel malt and a touch of barley sugar. Conventional but nicely balanced.

T: Tastes of leafy hops with notes of stewed leaves, hay, mild herbs, vague caramel malt, a hint of grain and ale yeast. A cardboard twang lurks in the background. Dry, followed by a restrained bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. A bit watery and fizzy. Aftertaste of bitter leafy hops, hay, ale yeast and mild grainy malt.

O: So-so; balanced but nothing special. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are leafy with hints of grain and ale yeast. Body is OK but a touch thin. Drinkable but forgettable - no need to seek it out.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color, with soft, white foam.

Smell is malty and bready, with a dose of floral hops.

Taste is sweet and malty upfront. Hints of citrus and a nice, soft bitterness, finished with some black pepper.

Mouthfeel is medium, with soft carbonation. Good body for only 4% ABV.

Overall, a refreshing Bitter, easy to drink, with nice level of flavor.

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Photo of Spike
2.79/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Dark amber with no carbonation and a one-finger white head that recedes quickly but leaves a couple of rings of lacing. Nose is woodsy, as is the flavour. I don't get any of the citrus or orange zest touted on the label. Mouthfeel is thin with some dryness. Pretty much a bog-standard English bitter. Nothing special at all.

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Photo of mak83
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle bought from ASDS as part of 4 for 5 pounds. Didnt expect alot from this to be honest but thought I would have a try and am very impressed. Really good head and lots of lacing. Biscuity malty taste strong enough to enjoy but mild enough to drink a good few. Would happily enjoy a few of these especially during the summer. Try it!

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served at room temperature from 500ml bottle into pint mug.

This is a single-hopped beer, so looking forward to it to try out the First Gold hops.

A) Clear medium-copper with 1cm white fluffy head and a few big bubbles. Looks quite nice.

S) Slightly papery hops. This hasn't been in the fridge, so the smell is light.

T) Slightly peppery hop taste balanced out by a chewy caramelesque malt flavour. Quite a lot of acidity from the carbonation also feeds into the balance. No nasty aftertastes to speak of.

M) Fairly fizzy with a slightly cloying back-of-mouth feel.

O) Respectable English bitter, the single hop use is a distinguishing feature, so give it a go if you can pick it up at a reasonable price. I bet it would taste good on cask.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.76/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It looks okay like tea (obviously without milk) with a foamy white head that, though drastically reduces does quite stick

It promises to be a rich hoppy beer,
(Which reminds me of a snivelling former housemate from back when's
promises to pay back the money he lent of me)
which the aroma would deny as is scant, bit of pear drops and when rotted wood
is split.

There is some taste there, not much
sugar barleys vague notes of pear the tinniest bit of bitterness

There is a present mouthfeel

I expected very little and was still disappointed

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Photo of vinicole
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber. Cream coloured head. Frothy.
Malt and hop (First Gold) to the nose but not much of either.
Quite well balanced.
Moderate mouthful.
Standard English Bitter.

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First Call from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 13 ratings