Hopping Hare | Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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Hopping HareHopping Hare

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Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by GreenCard on 05-01-2007

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 53
Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep golden colour, 2 finger head, which sticks around, looks great. Smell is nice and hoppy with floral and fruity hints. The taste is hoppy, light bitterness with an underlying malt taste to it. Very pleasent, the Feel is fresh and crisp. Overall a really nice beer. It's recommended with spicy dishes and lamb.

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Photo of Spike
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a little carbonation. Clear. White head recedes to a ring.

Grassy, floral nose.

Tastes of citrus with a light, bitter finish.

Smooth, velvety mouthfeel with subtle carbonation.

Smooth, easy drinker. Very pleasant.

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Photo of stevoj
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful lemony citrus aroma. Slightly hazy darker golden in color with soapy skin of a head.. Taste is hops and malt. Finish is dry and slightly chalky. Wonderful aroma on a very drinkable bitter.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

golden colour with decent white head. Light aroma of citrus, biscuity, maybe some butterscotch, and the taste is pretty much the same. Pretty easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A) Clear Pilsner-gold with 1cm fluffy white head and a few big bubbles. Looks good if it was a lager, for an ale....?

S) Not a lot to say it hasn't been in the fridge. Some fudgy English hops if you take a very deep sniff.

T) Quite subtle but warm English hops with a pleasant tinge of the Cascade hops. Quite a clever beer, because the Cascade taste which is the main appeal of this one fades quickly leaving a flat after taste, giving you only one sensible option - have another drink.

M) Light and refreshing, as a golden ale should be. Nicely carbonated.

O) I am drinking this at the wrong time of the year (Boxing Day, part of a gift set of Badger beers). However, I quite like it. Would be a good one in a beer garden in Dorset on a warm June day.

Worth a shout if you see it.

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Photo of vinicole
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very light amber. Decent frothy head.
Plenty of floral English hop.
Reasonably balanced flavour.
Light to moderate feel.
An unassuming and somewhat refreshing English summer ale.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale poured a clear, deep gold colour and smelled hoppy, fruity and malty on the nose. It tasted exactly how it smelled; bitter hops with an underlying maltiness throughout. Expected more hops than given by the the name.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz tulip at Beer Revolution Edmonton.

This beer appears a clear pale golden amber hue, with one finger of wanly puffy, loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a single broad patch of snow rime lace on the glass as things slip away.

It smells of lightly biscuity, bready caramel malt, ripe apple and pear, and bucolic earthy, leafy hops. The taste is sweet, somewhat pastry-like biscuits coated in a thin film of caramel candy, a more subdued drupe fruitiness, a wee hard water minerality, and earthy, floral, and weedy old-school hops.

The carbonation is quite light and innocuous, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a mild pithiness. It finishes well off-dry, the fruitiness kind of overshadowing any lingering hop bitterness or malt crispness.

A serviceable bitter, however, the sweetness is dialed up a bit too much, the drying bitterness of the name sort of hard to appreciate. I don't think that I could session this, in the manner of John Smith's, et al, as I did in the increasingly distant past. Tasty enough for the one, though, as my attention now turns to those loverly pizza aromas wafting all about me.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 550 ml bottle into a glass, golden colored with a short white head that dissipates Leaving little lacing, clear

S: light hops with bready grain

T: bitter hops up front, finish is dry, middle is slight malt

M: thin with medium carbonation

O: mildly flavored bitter, less than exciting

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Photo of sleazo
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask at Ship and Shovel

A_Pours a golden yellow. A shade or two darker than a typical Euro lager.

S_Very bready aroma, very mild grassy hop aroma.

T_Cereal grains up front followed by a light sweetness. Not much in the way of hops.

M_Very thin, not much carbonation.

O_Not really too much going on here. For a beer called hopping hare it's not very hoppy at all. Still it's inoffensive which is the best I can say.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml clear bottle purchased from Stanmore Cellars in Sydney. Very clear and certainly not bottle conditioned.

Pours a very clear golden colour, slightly darker in the deeper placed. Head is relatively full and white, persisting as a very fine, almost creamy film that leaves some patterned lacing. Carbonation is very fine. Looks pretty decent.

Skunky, light-struck aroma at the start, brisk and green and pungent—I'm actually not averse to that smell, although it does tend to dominate everything else. Once the volatiles are gone, and I've swirled it a few times, some other characters come through: mild earthy hops and a deep caramel and reduced condensed milk character. Some plasticky remainders of the light struck character continue to the end however.

Taste is a little weak, but not unpleasantly so. Mild sweaty hops are noticeable from start to finish, although they're something of a constant—they don't swell and ebb or express themselves very dynamically. Underneath is a reasonably constant malt character, with a slightly aromatic edge that gives a faint lemon and carob tone when set against the hop presence.

Feel is cool and smooth with just a slight prickle from the carbonation.

Overall, it's decent stuff. I'll try it again sometime from a bottle that's not clear and not so clearly light-struck, but given that's how it comes there's not much I can do about it. But I'm reasonably happy to take it as it is.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear goldenrod with a crated, clingy snow white head. Toasted grain and a touch of lemon oil cleanser on the nose.
Toasted crispbread with hints of mango then EKG spice with pine notes and a bit of sourness.
Apricot finish, musty overripe lemon linger. Medium, some chew and oil, round enough.

First Gold bittering, and Goldings and Cascade for aroma, says the label.

I'm thinking I don't like First Gold much - wasn't crazy about the single hop Badger either. I'm not afraid of IBUs, but there's a harsh sourness to the hopping here. Too many sharp edges.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.46/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of March 2012. The label mentions that it is 'thrice hopped'. With the hare theme I'm guessing this ale is designed for spring.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear light golden colour with good carbonation. Small white head of foam that lasts for a minute or so before reducing to a surface layer. Distinct and overwhelming buttery aroma with hints of caramel. All other notes are lost/overpowered. Not sure if this is how it's supposed to be, but it isn't good.

Taste of light malt with a strong buttery note. Despite the description on the label, I'm not detecting any aromatic hops whatsoever. Notes of stewed leaves, followed by a rather dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is slick and leaves the palate dry. Faint buttery aftertaste.

Not good at all. Lots of buttery flavour, which I presume to be due to the presence of diacetyl. This is the latest of a number of Badger brews I've tried that are afflicted by this characteristic - I'm beginning to wonder if it's deliberate or if I'm just particularly sensitive? Or maybe it was a bad batch, but that doesn't explain the other brews they make. At any rate, I didn't enjoy this much and cannot recommend that you spend your money on it. Try something else.

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Photo of AEK
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml clear bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Amber/light copper coloured beer topped by a white, bubbly, foamy head. Lots of bubbles rising up the glass.

S. Floral nuances with citrus fruit mixed in. Some toffee/caramel in the nose too. Perhaps a trace of butterscotch?

T. Strong citrusy notes, most notably grapefruit, toffee and a tangy taste lurking about followed by a good hop bitterness.

M. Medium.

D. A lovely, refreshing quaffing session ale. Yet another good performer from Hall & Woodhouse.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

I've already reviewed the cask version below, so I won't add much here, except a few observations. The cask version has a more distinctive flavor than does the bottled version. The bottled version is a bit more fizzy/carbonated than the cask, which was a bit flat and smooth in regard to mouthfeel.

Nonetheless, and interesting and sligthly unusual take on the English bitter.

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Photo of wl0307
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 03/2010 served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark golden hue with tiny bubbles ascending from the bottom, gently, in support of a white puffy head to last.
S: semi-sharp hop resins, a clean, spicy-citric hop aroma (with a light hint of white grapes and fruit gum) and lightly salty-sweet maltiness dominate the theme - pretty attractive actually, albeit not complex.
T: the sprizty foretaste features salty-sweet malts and pronounced tangerine-ish and floral-bitter hoppiness, then a light but hard-to-miss "table cloth"-like biscuity malts (a typical feature of all Badger's ales I've had) provides a lingering aftertaste to complement the hoppy theme; finishing with a yet another sting of late hopping, slightly chewy and dry in the end.
M&D: the palate is a sharper than necessary due to the high carbonation level, otherwise the body and overall texture could've been ideal for the moderate flavour profile and the hoppiness could've been appreciated fully. Still, this is at the better end of Badger's bottled ales. I've tried this hoppy ale on cask (at the St. Stephen's Tavern in Westminster, London) and it was even more delicious without the fizzy intervention.

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Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Prince Edward pub, London:

Pours light golden amber with a swirly patch. Traces of lacing stick.

The smell is herbal and citrusy, slightly musty.

The taste is herbal, aspiriny, slightly metallic. Bitter with citric notes. It also has woody, bready notes. Finishes very dry.

It has a crisp light body.

Very hoppy for English standards. Herbal and very dry. Hoppy without being harsh. Enjoyable.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 500ml bottle, best before Feb 09, drank May 08.

Poured into a pint sleeve glass it was a clear, bright pale golden colour with a good white head that stayed for the whole drink.

The aroma was of hops (the label claimed it was thrice hopped), floral with a citrus fruits tang.

The taste was fairly hoppy, not by US standards, but heavy for the UK. Dry and a little bitter overal.

The dryness gave way to a metallic feel in the mouth and aftertaste, this didn't help the tasting at all.

Bit to harsh for me, the and hops and bitterness didn't seem to blend together enough and the aforementioned metallic aftertaste seemed to highlight that fact. I can understand a hop fan going for it, but not me again.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: deep gold, lots of bubbles sticking to the glass, medium layer of frothy white foam, OK head retention

Aroma: just-ripe honeydew melon, sweet-roll dough, grassy hops

Flavor: mild maltiness with an enveloping vegetal hop flavor; slight acidity; mellow bitterness before a semi-dry finish with an aftertaste or green twigs and hints of caramel

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, crisp, pert carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: Having just gotten back from the Pacific Northwest, it tickles me to read the label on this beer which alludes to hops and bitterness, etc. Compared to some of the NW craftbrew I tried, that's a f*cking joke! Funny how people's perceptions are so different. Having said that, this beer may not be hoppy or bitter by American craftbrew standards, but it is a very well balanced brew and is SOOO drinkable!

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Hopping Hare from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
3.47 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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