Tanglefoot Premium Ale | Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
78
okay
46 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Tanglefoot Premium AleTanglefoot Premium Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 06-11-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
102
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
21.3%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 102
Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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 and 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 middleweight, 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 a pub, where I could reenact the titular, um, 'move'.

 1,109 characters

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

 650 characters

Photo of stevoj
2.89/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Middle of the pack for this brew. Decent flavor, but nothing exceptional. Aroma, appearance and palate all average. Drinkable, but not worth remembering.

 153 characters

Photo of wl0307
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

 1,023 characters

Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

 808 characters

Photo of dgilks
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

 572 characters

Photo of stcules
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

 706 characters

Photo of StJamesGate
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

 457 characters

Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

 504 characters

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

 380 characters

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

 776 characters

Photo of CRJMellor
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

 649 characters

Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

1001 Beers Blog:
http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com

 1,038 characters

Photo of rastaman
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

 182 characters

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

 407 characters

Photo of heygeebee
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

 469 characters

Photo of BDTyre
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

 401 characters

Photo of leaddog
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a pale caramel colour with a finger width of frothy white head.

Smell- grains, bready malts, slight leafy hops, light butteriness.

Taste- Similar as to the ingredients in the aroma: grains, bready malts, leafy hops, slight buttery flavour. There seems to be a tinge of metallic taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - An easy drinking EPA by Badger Brewery. Nothing really noteworthy with this one.

 475 characters

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.09/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear dark golden with medium white head. Aroma is pale malt, sweet citrus, flowers, grass, leather and hints of vanilla. Taste is medium bitter, light to medium acidic and light sweet. Finish is long and mostly bitter with notes of malt, caramel, roasted nuts, bread and sweet citrus.

 291 characters

Photo of GreenCard
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden-brown, great clarity, thinnish layer of off-white foamy suds that fairly quickly fade to a thin cap, a few rising bubbles

Aroma: fruity bubblegum scent, malty sweetness, hint of herbally hops

Flavor: slightly sweet malt base with hints of roast or dark malts, vegetal hop flavor, hint of iron, finishes dry with a lingering crisp bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, fine carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: Nice aroma, hit me as soon as the first drops went into the glass. OK beer overall, but nothing too exciting.

 553 characters

Photo of doktorhops
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With a town name like "Blandford Saint Mary" it's amazing that anything exciting comes out of it, what could be more boring than 'Bland'? Church of course, and 'Saint Mary' is no doubt a boring Catholic who went to church. So it comes as no surprise that Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse ales are not exciting either... well at least the Fursty Ferret wasn't and I'm working my way slowly through the others with today's drop being Tanglefoot.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Slightly cloudy amber body with a half centimetre bonemeal head that retains well.

S: Sweet biscuit malts with a hint of bread yeast, honey and floral hops. Bit of an earthy smell in there as well, like dug up dirt, I noticed this in the Fursty Ferret and pinned it down to a hops characteristic however I may have been wrong - it could be due to cask-conditioning or something similar.

T: Really malt driven ale, and the big flavour upfront is sweet biscuit malts (almost a vanilla cookie flavour coming through), bread yeast is a hint in the middle and it finishes with some light floral hops and the accompanied bitterness. It's quite sweet for an English Pale Ale, almost as sugary as a Belgian Dubbel, whether this is a good or bad thing is really up to the drinker.

M: Mid to light body with minimal carbonation - total EPA style here.

D: Well first up its better than the Fursty Ferret (which it seems is a watered down version of Tanglefoot). Quite drinkable, though sweet for an EPA, but a tad on the expensive side compared to other ales from "Old Blighty", of which I think the Hook Norton brews really shine price/quality-wise. Caveat emptor.

Food match: For an ale as sweet as this I would recommend either a likewise sweet main; like duck l'orange, Chinese honey chicken or lemon chicken. Dessert could work as well; lemon or sticky date pudding, all good choices.

 1,880 characters

Photo of Sigmund
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is really just a decent English bitter with a bit more alcohol. Other raters claim that the bottle is more heavily hopped than the draught version - that might be true, at least the golden beer in front of me has a lovely hoppy aroma and a nice bitterness. Good head. Rather light bodied (too light?), which makes the brewery advertize it as "deceptively drinkable". Very refreshing it is, would like to sample the draught version too.

 440 characters

Photo of John
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper with a thin but steady layer of foam. Fresh, doughy, slightly fruity aroma. Well balanced, light sweetness and gentle hop flavor combine with a light-medium but satisfying mouthfeel. A flavorful and skillfully drawn pint on a rainy London afternoon. A tasty pint from a well tended cask and cellar. Swiped some cool beer mats too!

 343 characters

Photo of sleazo
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A_Burnt copper with a minimal off white head

S_A bit of toasted bread. Slightly metallic

T_Mild bread sweetness up front followed by some grassy bitterness. Aftertaste has a grain like quality.

M_Slightly creamy with a low mild carbonation.

O_My third try from this brewery. Overall I have to say that the beers are pretty much bland without much character. Not bad in any way but not something I would seek out in the future.

 434 characters

Photo of Shiloh
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Love the name of this ale, feel as though it was brewed just for me. The colour is a dark gold almost red. Full bodied offering with a lingering almost bitter after taste. Taste was disappointing to me, but am sure it will have some appeal to others that appreciate this style.

 278 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Tanglefoot Premium Ale from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
78 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe