Blandford Flyer | 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): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-02-2004

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. Picked up from a supermarket ages ago. Described on the label as an ale with added ginger, and named after a type of biting fly found in Dorset.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A rich amber colour with faint floating sediment and good carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before collapsing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of ginger, fruitiness, mild caramel malt, ale yeast and stewed herbs. Faint cardboard in the background. Balanced, but the fruity hints are quite strange and hard to place.

Tastes of light caramel with a subtle ginger kick and a mild finish. Notes of ginger, caramel malt, fruity ale yeast, stewed herbs/spice and faint sugar. Quite sweet, with a prolonged leafiness and a spicy heat upon swallowing. Little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and spicy, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Ginger hints tantalise the tongue. An aftertaste of restrained, peppery heat, subtle caramel and faint stewed herbs/spice.

Rather odd, this one. Not quite sure what to make of it. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are sweet and gingery with a touch of fruitiness. Body is OK. To be fair, the addition of ginger is well done - resulting in a balanced, spicy kick that doesn't overwhelm the beer. However, the sweetness isn't brilliant and in other respects it lack character. Some more robust malt would be nice. Drinkable, and probably pretty good on a hot day, but certainly not world class. Grab one and make your own mind up.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
2.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look: dark amber in colour. Crystal clear. One-finger white head lots of carbonation. Smell : immediately a great strong smell of ginger. Smells like ginger beer! . Taste: rather sweet ginger flavour with some gingery spice. Reminds me of shandy but with ginger beer rather than lemonade . Feel: little thin slightly crisp not too great... Overall: Not bad, but a little sweet for my taste, nice to try though, won't buy again but would have again, if you know what I mean...

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml clear bottle, the Flyer in question being some sort of fishermen, or even maybe the fly lures that they employ - this seems to be a common theme amongst rural English breweries.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and fairly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some roiling boiling water lace around the glass as it steadily sinks away.

It smells of spicy, earthy ginger root, bready, biscuity caramel malt, dry toffee snaps, a bit of white pepper, and quite tame leafy, weedy hops. The taste is a more cohesive gingerbread cookie experience, as the ginger gains a modicum of sweetness and the bready malt edges into sugary cracker territory, with some middling noble hops, and a touch of booze warming.

The carbonation is rather soft, with a small, supple frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, the spiciness of the ginger not really factoring in here. It finishes off-dry, the breadiness of the pale malt starting to tilt the balance in its favour.

A decent enough ginger beer, with equal emphasis on the 'beer' part, which most people have trouble coming to terms with. If I hear another request for Crabbies, and when denied and subsequently offered something like this in lieu, and hear 'But I don't like beer!', Imma gonna scream.

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Photo of mick_cooper
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warm, shandy-like taste from the ginger, sweet, distinctive. Maybe too sweet.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.04/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small fading head.
Nose shows boring plain grainy malt at first but is quickly replaced by spicy ginger.
Flavours show even more ginger, reminding me of gingerbread with the sweet plain malt that follows. Finishes weakly with no bitterness.
Moderate carbonation, should be higher.
Overall, too much ginger, not enough backing malt or bitterness.

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Photo of TheBaffler24
2.66/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Skin7777
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Olegophren
4.41/5  rDev +40%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

good for morning hangovers) if robert hooke knew about this little fellow, he wouldnt use ginger root, putted to his nose after hard nights)

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Photo of pknyc
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of vinicole
3.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Amber in colour with a quickly dissipating head. Ends up looking very flat.
Sweet spicy aroma. Some earthiness. A little unpleasant.
The ginger now comes through but it tastes rather stale.
Like a flat version of ginger beer shandy.
Mmmm.......I guess it is drinkable with apple pie or some such pudding.

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Photo of Foley67
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pin
1/5  rDev -68.3%

Photo of BogBoyJD
1.72/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From a 500 ml bottle. BBE July 12

Poured into Heineken pint glass. Beautiful orange color. Two finger head quickly disappears to nothing. Small bubbles, Looks flat. Sh#t!!!!

Smells vaguely of ginger and cider that's say too long on a warm day. Skunk. Not really looking forward to drinking this.

Tastes like it smells. Not " beer like" at all. No depth of flavour, no malty sweetness. I can actually taste the alcohol if that makes any sense, as this "beer" is only 5.2 %
Truly sickening!

Body of this "beer" is extremely thin. That s all that can be said

Would not drink this again if I was paid to. Big mistake in buying this one, but I suppose it happens every now and again. But having said that, it s not very often that I would consider dumping a beer after the first sip.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.69/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: copper colored with a short tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: malt, mineral water, slight ginger, earthy hops, sweet smell

T: sweet and malty up front, only a slight hop bitterness, finish is a bit hot with ginger, ginger flavor lasts

M: medium with lower carbonation

O: unique flavor with agressive ginger

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Photo of DjShards
3.72/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of EmperorBevis
2.43/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love ginger and was so disappointed with this
aroma is like a cheap ginger ale
taste isnt much better with watery soda like ginger flavour and insipid barely there bitter finish
very thin too

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Photo of fallenshadow
3.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Looks more interesting than a lager, nice amber colour with some light lacing on top.

S - Slight ginger smell and some sweet notes.

T - Strong spicy ginger flavour upfront and finishes with some typical ale-like hop flavour. The ginger is a bit too strong of a kick perhaps and maybe wouldn't be so bad to taste more of the ale.

M - A kick to the throat from the ginger and pretty strong carbonation too.

O - An interesting one, not the best executed but at least its a bit different. I like it but I feel its a bit too harsh for me to enjoy anything more than one glass of it.

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Photo of 123321123321
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of phaedrusovchaos
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of endless1408
2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Jon4than
3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dandy14
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MEP
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

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