Badger Original Ale
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #407
Ranked #43,914
3.13 | pDev: 11.5%
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews by sleazo:
Photo of sleazo
3.37/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On cask at The Ship and Grovel

A_Pours a medium bronze with a nice long lasting cream colored head

S_Bready aroma with a bit of non descript spice.

T_Fairly bready with a bit of vegetal bitterness. Aftertaste remains nicely bitter

M_Slightly thick with a pleasant mild carbonation. Nice for cask.

O_Perfectly drinkable though there really isn't too much going on. Good but not great.

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Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Burnt malt character on both the nose and palate, also has a bit of a raisiny fruity character, Sweetish start, malty middle (burnt), mild dry-ish hop finish, quite a thin texture. Pretty good.

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Photo of jahsausage
3.46/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was offloaded a bottle by a flatmate who wasn't too for myself...weeeeeelllll its a bit too expensive ($NZD 5.75 per 500ml bottle) to buy large amounts of it ... as for the taste, well its pretty good i'm a bit too drunk already to make qualified comments on the relative taste of the malt and hops in it. Its supposed to be how ales tasted circa 1770s but I'm left suspiscous because after tasting a few of my own homebrews it tastes a little TOO good. If ales really did taste this good in 1777 then it explains why my ancestors had trouble not drinking it as do I.

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Photo of stcules
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper red-cheerywood color. Beige head, quite beautiful, and persistent. Carbonated appearance.
Fruity and hop, carbonated again. Smell of raisins, and ginger. Quite inviting smell. In background there is some maltiness, and some hop (fuggle?).
Fruity taste, with malt, and a good hop bitterness.
Hop in the aftertaste, and even some bitterness root-like. And fruity, again.
Medium-low body.
In the end, the excess of fruitiness can be a little boring, and this makes it not very long drinkable.

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Photo of bark
3.31/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

According to the label, the ABV of this beer is 3.8%.

The colour is deep amber-brown. The firm two fingers head is airy and beige; it sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is mild. Some sweet notes of malt and caramel and a weak bitter hint.

The taste is at first dry-bitter. Then, a malty flavour of dark rye bread emerges. The aftertaste is bitter with some dry notes of bread and a hint of caramel.

The carbonation is pretty strong (maybe too strong), the liquid is smooth.

A decent bottled aleĀ… Maybe a little too much carbonation.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.26/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brownish body with a big thick off-white head. Minimal carbonation, but the head stays sticky and leaves some lace.

Slightly fetid nose, rather unpleasant. It smells like 3-week old roadkill that has been cleaned with bleach; and unpleasant organic aroma, mixed with an unpleasant chemical undertone. Not very good at all.

Taste is slightly better. A little astringent and roasted, but there's still the lingering stench of the nose permeating the palate. Drinking it is better than smelling it, but not by much. Poor mouthfeel as well.

Not a good offering.

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Photo of charlatan
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

Beer pours a copper colour with minimal head. Stock Badger nose. Not exactly sure how to describe it. I smell it and think of Badger beer. Reminds me a bit of the pong of cider but with a hoppy twang instead of the chemical sweetness.

Has a rather grainy, biscuity taste to go with its fizzy feel and almost white winey hoppiness.

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Photo of wl0307
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

99p a bottle obtained from the Somerfield supermarket. The BB date is July 06 and the alcohol strength is 3.8%abv.

A: light copperish-amber hue, with a off-white beer head gradually settling to a white rim around the glass; very low carbonation.
S: upfront there's a smooth rasiny and toffeeish malty aroma, on top of a lightly fruity, orange/citric-candyish note. Overall the nose shows a soft, malty theme, quite enjoyable.
T: the first thing arriving at the palate is a flow of thin, mild-malty juice, gradually a floral hop flavour with a little spicy touch comes through and leaves a dryish bitter savour at the back, with mild, roasted nutty flavour sustaining towards the finish.
M&D: the mouthfeel, although being quite refreshing, is a little too flat and at times watery for its flavour, and the body is too thin as well, making this beer a little overly light-weight. Very easy-drinking beer but lacks a desirable depth and balance for a good session beer.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear orange, golden beer with a little, but firm head.

Smell is malty with some hoppy notes and English fruitiness. I smell something like cane sugar or something else earthy.

Taste is malty, slightly bitter and a little flowery and soapy. I mean like somebody has thrown a big chinck of lavander soap into the beer. The hop is probably causing this and it also gives a citrus, lemon or ginger taste. Body is pretty thin and suits the beer style.

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Photo of Daredevil
3.17/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Badger brews are slight above average in general, and this one, their standard brew needs no exception in such judgement ... the taste is dominated by a malty bitterness, with little fruity sweetness (altough I wouldn't call this brew very 'dry') .... as such it is a good appetizer and might give good results as a thirst quencher on a hot summer afternoon ....

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 500ml bottle, well in date and showing 3.8% ABV.

Poured into a 0.2 litre Frankenheimer Alt tumbler (3 times).

Good light amber colour with a huge off white head, clear and bright body, looks fine.

A woody, oaky aroma mixed with a malt finish.

I've had issues with some beers from this brewery, but this is fine. Good wholesome flavours of English malts and hops, a very pleasant blend which went well with the strong cheddar and pickle I had towards the end of the review.

Remembering this is only 3.8, the mouthfeel is fine, plenty of flavours to savour.

A good session beer and one of this breweries better beers.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle, 4.0% ABV. Pours a crystal-clear amber body with a good inch of off-white head that leaves some lacing. Butter and grassy herbal hops comprise the aroma. Butter dominates the flavor with some caramel, biscuit, and herbal grassy hop flavor. Light-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Not a bad session beer, I could drink a few of these and not get tired of it. But otherwise I was fairly underwhelmed...

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of CheckMate
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

550ml brown bottle split with BA member MrHurmateeowish. pours a clear amber color with about a half inch or so of off white head. an earthy herbal scent immediately comes to mind with a tinge of butter. earthy hop flavor with quite a bit of butter mixed in, with a background of caramel and biscuits with a woodiness aftertaste. light bodied not thin but on the cusp with an aftertaste. easy drinking.


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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.56/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2011. Label describes this as inspired by the brewery's first ales from the 1700's.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A coppery-amber hue with plentiful carbonation. One finger of foamy white head that settles within a few minutes to leave a thin surface cover. My initial impression of the aroma was of malt with faint floral and fruit notes and a distinct waft of butteriness (presumably diacetyl). Very minor hints of sweetness and biscuits. However the subtleties seemed to disappear as the liquid warmed, leaving only a buttery and slight solvent odour that was not particularly agreeable.

A malty flavour with the same buttery note that is so prevalent in the aroma. Faint notes of caramel, toffee and some grassiness. Some bitterness, particularly upon swallowing. No obvious hoppy characteristics. Mouthfeel is rather thin and watery; leaves the palate feeling dry.

In a word, disappointing. In the first few seconds after tasting I thought it might be rather good, but I quickly revised that impression. It has an odd and slightly chemical taste combined with a weak mouthfeel. Give it a miss....

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Photo of Robert-Simmonds
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Badger Original Ale from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
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