Golden Champion | Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-13-2002

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Reviews by mdavidson:
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single picked up at the LCBO. Though it looks like your standard English pale ale, there's a badger on the front, so its okay in my book.

Poured into a nonic. Nice amber-copper colour, thin white head, decent retention. As far as English pales go, this one looks pretty good.

Nose is caramel, sweet malt, bread, a bit of hops.

Creamy, sweet, malty, nice hop finish. Flavorful pale, enjoyable on a summer's evening. Nothing strange or out of place.

Higher carbonation than I'm used to for English pales, thin bodied, but a good quaffer.

Solid English pale, above average for the style. Well worth a pick up. Badger badger badger badger.

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Photo of stephenlee
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. The bottle is unusual - this ale normally comes in brown glass. The rear label mentions that it contains elderflower, and describes it as the perfect light ale for summer.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden hue with decent carbonation. Yields a large head of frothy, off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Sweet aroma with hints of elderflower, malt and a distinctive whiff of butter.

The taste is fairly sweet, with no bitterness. A strong buttery note dominates, accompanied by notes of light malt, elderflower, caramel and hints of stewed leaves and solvent. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly oily, with an astringency that leaves the palate dry. Faintly sweet aftertaste.

As with every other Badger ale I've reviewed, this one is affected by a strong buttery character that is presumably due to diacetyl. The flavour is quite light with an interesting hint of elderflower, but I thought it was too sweet. The butteriness mixed more effectively with the blend of flavours in this ale than in other beers from this brewery, but it still comes across as an overpowering flaw. Overall - drinkable, but not brilliant. There are better beers out there.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: nice golden (duh) colour, with a slight rosiness; good, surprisingly thick head

Aroma: lightly fruity, and you really do get a hint of tangerine as suggested on the bottle; a hint of hops turns up after a few sniffs

Taste & Mouthfeel: first thing that sticks out is a sort of creaminess in texture; not as sweet as expected (which is good) and not too hoppy either; the fruitiness becomes more apparent with time

Overall: would say it is well balanced, but there isn't that back and forth between malty and hoppy, it just hovers in the middle. An excellent beer with great mouthfeel

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rastaman
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lagerish sort of appearance, floral nose, soft and floral, light fruity palate (tropical fruit/melon), bit of a honeyed flavour,, sweetish, not that complex, but enjoyable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml clear bottle (sigh) - when are the people gonna learn?

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy and honeycombed white head, which leaves a nicely rounded and webbed pattern of lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells fairly fruity, with some orange rind, slight generic tropical notes, soft under-ripe melon, a bit of oily, bready malt, and a distracting skunky and weedy hoppiness. The taste is bready, softly biscuity, and buttery pale malt, a mild orchard fruitiness, some ethereal spice notes, and a nice even leafy and woody hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite tame, the body medium-light in weight, and decidedly smooth. It finishes rather off-dry, the bready malt facing the culmination of a slowly evolving pepper spiciness, together with the faithful earthy and leafy hops.

Wow, another clear-bottle Jekyll and Hyde deal - skanky Heineken on the nose, and then, presto - a surprisingly tasty ale, once duly through the rabbit hole. I quite like the peppery spice notes of this offering, which would indeed complement the label's gustatory suggestions. A very drinkable pale ale, nicely sweet and balanced; just have a look-see at the opening act - it could use some work.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden colour with a somewhat retentive off-white head that laces spottily. It's aroma shows pungently floral and peppery top notes with an underlying bready base note. Upfront baked biscuit flavour, followed by fruity pear, spice, and floral notes midpalate. Finishes with hay, honey, and mild lingering bitterness. Light-bodied with low carbonation, it goes down quite smoothly. A tasty golden ale that strikes a good balance between sweetness, spice, and delicate bitterness. A fine summer ale with an aroma reminiscent of the season itself.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another off-the-beaten track at Smokeless Joe's.A crowning retained head of 3/8" Wheaty creamy and fruity,berry. Wonder aroma synthesising all of the above. Understated hops, really slightly sweet apple. I could easily have this again. Most pleasant drinking.

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Photo of maxist
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mick_cooper
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly unique, fruity taste - light and golden. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Stocean1
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - semi-clear amber colour with a white one finger head with sticky lacing

S - pale malt ith some grassy hops

T - pale malt with some decent bitterness but not much else

M - medium body with little carbonation - dry and bitter on the back end

O - an ok offering however with so many other superior pale ales around one I will not be picking up again. Not much interesting about this beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a lasting creamy head.
Nose shows some light summer fruits, I would have guessed gooseberry and elderflower if I hadn't read the label. Quite tangy. Unfortunately there's also some grainy malt.
Some of the elderflower transfers through as a flavour late in the piece, but before that there's more weak, slightly grainy malt. Absolutely no bitterness.
Good moderately high carbonation suits the flavours well and dries out the finish a little.

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Photo of paxkey
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle describes this as summer in a glass..

lots of carbonation. pale yellow with offwhite head. looks pretty average in the glass

interesting floral sweetness in the nose.

starts off nice and bitter with moderate carbonation and finishes medium dry with a crackery finish. lots going on in the aftertaste with the hops mingling with the malt to give an interesting vanilla flavor.

takes an overplayed style and makes it quite drinkable. nice beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of light zesty fruit with a semi-sweet malt base. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some zesty fruit ester with semi-sweet malt backbone and subtle floral undertones. Body is about average as well as carbonation. Not bad though not something I am likely to buy again.

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Photo of georgeanthorpe
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tall 500ml brown bottle, best before May 09, drank Aug 08.

Poured into one of my Veltins Pilsner glasses (three times). Amber, a light amber really, with a good head of foam. The body was clear and a few bubbles could be seen rising up to the head which stayed for the whole drink.

Sweet aroma, an English Country Garden Smell, but without the Rose's. Apples and Pears mixed with a floral hint is the best I can come up with.

No where near as hoppy as an American Pale Ale, this has a pleasnt understanded hoppiness and a sweetness that is always hanging around (a little too sweet for me).

No depth to the body, but it is supposed to be light bodied, so no real complaints.

This is the 10th beer from this brewery I've reviewed on this site and most have been bordering on poor. This is better, but isn't a world beater by any standard.

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3.6/5  rDev 0%

Photo of foles
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in supermarket in London - poured a nice copper typical ale colour. Head was good and settled into a fine little whisk to allow easy drinking. Mild carbonation was present - probably different to the cask version. Smell was hoppy & bitter with floral notes. Mouthfeel was fresh, if not a little bready and malty - and the aftertaste also gave off medium hop bitterness. For me it is not really a summery beer, but ok nonetheless. It is well rounded in the sense that the smell, mouthfeel and taste are all very similar.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass.

A - Pours a Golden colour with a white head that reduces very quickly.

S - Very nice orange aromas and a little hop

T - Fruity up front with a sticky bitterness at the finish, but very refreshing.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Quite a sweet beer but very sessionable on a hot day.

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