First Gold | Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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Brewed by:
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2006

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single pint served from a cask at the New Inn in Salisbury.

Appearance: Coppery-brown, but with definite shades of yellow in it. The large white foam that was there at first died down pretty quickly to leave nothing behind.

Smell: At first, a tad smoky with mild sulfur notes, but as it warmed up, it was more of a roasted malt with some hints of sulfate. Okay.

Taste: Predominantly bitter through and through, but once the beer was well warmed up, a sweeter malt with some smokey hints shows up in the middle between the bitter start and finish. I should point out that the bitterness is not bad - it's not an American hop slap - it's more of a nice bitterness which goes really well with a meal. I didn't get it at first, but it grew on me as I finished the glass.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation at all, but that's okay. Just thick enough to be noted as not water, but goes down smoothly. Does leave a little bit on the teeth.

Drinkability: Went very well with a meal (grilled porkchop) and if I had more time that evening, I may have had another and let it grow on me. However, I did find it was an acquired taste and it took me some time to get used to it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of stephenlee
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.44/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before Oct 2007, drank March 2007.

Poured into a pint sleeve. Reddy brown, fairly light, but not golden as the name suggests, the name comes from the First Gold hops used to make the beer.

Smelt of washing up liquid, but not the lemon flavoured variety.

Dry and not overly clean or pleasant taste, metalic flavour, a strange beer.

Aftertaste is dry and watery, with a hop feel, nothing much else.

Not for me, to dry and uninteresting, there are a lot of better English Bitters out there.

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Photo of pknyc
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Absumaster
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A copper colored beer with a thin, creamy head.

Smell is malty with typical pale malt characteristics, a flowery smell and a light caramel smell. The hops are light aromatic and slightly resinous.

Taste is malty, some dextrines and light sweet. Bitterness is medium and the beer is light hoppy. There is a funny taste there that I can't seem to put my finger on. It is probably the palemalt that gives some straw-like, flowery and 'green' flavors. It would have been OK, if the maltiness or hoppiness was bigger, but now it draws the attention away from what should be a subtle balance.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A huge foamy white head sits a proud of a light red brown body with slight hazing and tempting look.

The aroma is the ticket petrol, fresh cut grass and lemon zest

the taste lacks any real punch though hints of malt and barley very understated.

watery and subtle I guess worthy for the experience
glad I drank it but won't buy again

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Photo of GreenCard
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: coppery brown, good clarity, frothy layer of white foam, good head retention, specs of lace

Aroma: green leaves, passion fruit, herbally hops, unripe green apples, caramel malt, hint of coffee

Flavor: smooth malt backbone laced through with a gentle bitterness; hints of orange peel, grass, caramel, and plums; finishes semi-dry with a greenish aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, zesty carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: One of the better Badger ales I've tried. Definitely would like to try it on cask in a cozy pub with some traditional English pub grub.

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Photo of Derek
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very clear copper, thin ring of head, very little retention.

S: Caramel, floral & a little buttery.

T: Caramel, floral, herbal & grainy with a good bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body seems a little thin, with an off-dry finish.

D: An average British brew.

Thanks Jer & Karen.

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Photo of MEP
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of cypressbob
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, Bought in Sainsburys

Pours with an amber body, fizzy body with a white head, good retention but a little foamy

Smell, fresh hops, little bit of dms in there, slightly light chalky aroma, little bit of biscuity malt in the background

Taste, crisp hops, a weird odd chalky mouthfeel and flavour, not at all pleasant. Some lasting hops on the finish and a crisp biscuit malt mouthfeel

A fairly average ale, Badger do nothing but disappoint or at best produce average, satisfactory ales...

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an unexpectedly dark clear amber with a chunky snow white head that rings. Nose is buttery sourdough and a hint of tropical fruit. Toast and toffee, metallic in the middle, and a tame spicy dried orange rind hops and tobacco leaf hit at the end. Light, crisp, dry, no real chew.

There's that sour nose-tobacco end combo that I used to think was Northdown hops but, this being a single hop, evidentally I'm wrong about that. Certain malting? Either way, it's a signature of what I don't like in a pint of bitter.

There's some good things going on, but the hops don't come through enough, which they should if it's single. Also a mismatch between a dark for a bitter color and thin body.

Doesn't really know what it's about.

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Photo of Lukie
2.62/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Small, non descript head. Mahogoney, slightly red, very rich and appealing colour.

Smell: Caramel, malt. Very dull. Not lively.

Taste: Lemon, caramel, bit tangy. Some grassy tastes. Quite dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, good well balanced lingering body.

Drinkability: Well balanced, but flavours a little lacking. Nothing much stands out. I would much prefer the Champion Ale.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of AgentMunky
2.46/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into Tom Collins glass.

A: Pleasant light-brown colour, light head, lots of bubbles.

S: The smell mellows over time from a harsh bitterness into a more round maltiness.

T: Spicy hops, a vaguely copperish backtaste, and thin sour malt. The aftertaste is watery, but somewhat hopped. I don't really enjoy this beer.

M: The carbonated spiciness is nice; nothing else is.

D: As beers go, this is not one of the best. I'm unsure why so many English beers tend to have a mild metallic flavour -- maybe they're being stored on their side? Badger First Gold isn't entirely unpalatable, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of chel29
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of DerBayer
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is in my view a very decent bitter.

A - a nice gold - ruby colour, clear, thin fizzy head though - nothing special but not bad

S - not bad but hard too faint to be particularly recognisable, below average

T - smooth and fruity taste, hoppy with just a hint of spice

M - smooth but not crisp and definitely not striking

D - This is where thi brew scores highly in my view - very drinkable

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Photo of BDTyre
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says dark amber/ruby brown, but I'd say this is a bit more on the golden side. Foamy white head.

Pleasant malt scent, with light grassy and citrus hop notes. Pretty much inline with a standard bitter.

Taste-wise, this is pleasant but not outstanding. Balanced malt and hops with a good dry bitterness, but nothing out of the ordinary.

A good session beer; I'd love to have this from the cask.

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Photo of Jasba
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of rapayn01
3/5  rDev -10.2%

It was called "First Call" in Brighton Pub (Park Crescent).

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Photo of FLima
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber reddish color. Poured a two finger thick head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Good malty aroma with hints of caramel and floral hops.
Similarly toasted malt is the flavor backbone, with English hops clearly noticeable. Notes of minerals and oranges with a mild spicy sensation.
Light body with good carbonation (bottle version). It would be even better with a bit more alcohol.
Good English bitter.

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Photo of ADZA
3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a burnt amber hue with average carbonation that leaves a one finger head that dissapates quickly,it has a real spicy,citrus aroma about it very nice,it has a real clean crisp fresh taste about it and the aroma comes thru on the taste a real nice spicy citrus flavour with no bitterness at all and an average mouthfeel this beer is really nice just wish it had a higher ABV but most definately a session beer.

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Photo of PartyBear
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It settles as a coppery amber colour with a big foamy white head and medium carbonation. The aroma is quite sour, with lots of apples, there is also a bitter hoppiness and slightly metallic scent. It tastes quite light and bitter up front, there are some grass hops knocking about but soon they just get envelope by a bland maltiness. Just very average, not really worth finding, there are much better examples of the style.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like a fantastic beer.Dark teak faintly hazy with plenty of lace , a quiet bubble topped by a finely frothed off white head.
I couldnt get very much smell at all, just vaguely malty.
The balance of this ale is perfect Malts and bitterness blend into each other without conflict so that it goes down easily and enjoyably
What it lacks is fruity character .There is a hint of it there but just a bit more would make this a far more enjoyable brew

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First Gold from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 33 ratings