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Site: http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/beers/badgerales/blandfordfly.asp

Summer Ale with Ginger, 5.2%

Comments: A sweet beer, with the ginger flavour coming out early in the taste and aroma. Amber coloured, with fine head and little retention. Initially very sweet, with only the ginger to compensate for this. Bittering hops do appear, and help to compensate in the aftertaste, but there’s just too much sweetness to really balance out. I couldn’t see this being something for me on a warm day, but if you like sweeter beers, you might like this.

Overall score: 5.5/10

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Site: http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/beers/badgerales/tanglefoot.asp

Strong Ale, 5%

Comments: A reasonably strong ale, with definite malt character, some hop, and a finish that isn’t as crisp as it says on the bottle. A golden amber colour, my bottle was somewhat lightstruck, which spoiled it. (Again, and again, why would you put this in a clear bottle?) Aromas would have been malty, but this was lost under the catty aromas (from being lightstruck). Hop was subdued, with a little bitterness coming in late, just enough to clear the palate. Perhaps the finish would have been crisp if the beer wasn’t damaged, but mine was unremarkable. Perhaps this would be better on tap, but as it is, I won’t be looking out for it again.

Overall score: 4.5/10

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Site: http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/beers/badgerales/hoppinghare.asp

Summer ale, 4.4%

Comments: A summery ale, light in flavour with a refreshing finish. The beer advertises itself as being ‘thrice hopped’. Together with the name, this might suggest a bitter or very aromatic beer, however this is not the case. Aroma is limited, with a little hop noticeable. Colour is a light amber, which is reflected in the mouth feel – slightly sweet but no clear malty characters. Some citrus flavours, which blend into the hop in the aftertaste. A clean finish, with some aroma but little residual bitterness. Overall this is a very pleasant beer, but not as hoppy as I expected from the branding.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/beers/badgerales/englandsgold.asp

Golden Ale, 4.6%

Comments: Another elderflower flavoured beer from Badger Ales, but significantly more subtle than the Golden Champion. Straw colour with a fine white head and moderate retention. Quite sweet but not overwhelming, and very little sour or malty flavour. Hop is present but not immediately noticeable, just enough bitterness to balance out the beer. On a warm day, this would be a very pleasant beer.

Overall score: 7/10

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Site: http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/beers/badgerales/goldenchampion.asp

Summer Ale, 5%

Comments: This is a copper coloured, floral beer, another in Badger Ale’s range of “beer with a strange adjunct”. The use of elderflower gives a quite distinctive aroma and taste, but without the overpowering flavour common to other elderflower drinks. A very light and sweet beer, with little malt character and extremely mild use of bittering hop. Aroma hop is present though, and blends nicely with the elderflower. I found quite a lot of metallic flavours, especially in the aftertaste, which adds a counterpoint to the floral characters, but doesn’t really improve the overall effect. Personally, I would have preferred a hoppier beer, as I think that would balance out the sweetness better, and give a slightly crisper flavour overall. A pleasant enough beer, and I could see myself enjoying it on a warm afternoon, but a bit too sweet and floral to have regularly.

Overall score: 6/10

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Site: http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/beers/badgerales/stinger.asp

Organic Ale (Summer Ale?), 4.5%

Comments: Another of the Hall & Woodhouse/Badger Ales ‘flavoured beers’, this one being with nettles added to the boil. Golden tan colour, with very little head. This beer’s flavour is mainly driven by the malt, which is used quite heavily, and by the mouth feel from the nettles. Very little hop is present, which I feel detracts significantly from the beer, as it leaves a sweet, malty brew with a slightly tingly mouth feel, but little else. For my palate, I would have preferred the nettles to accompanied by a drier flavour (less malt), with moderate aroma hopping.  I suppose that, served cold (Australian style, not as a British Ale) on a hot day this could be quite pleasant, but I’d probably prefer a good pilsner in such a situation.

Overall score: 6/10

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Site: http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/beers/badgerales/poacherschoice.asp

Dark Ale, 5.7%

Comments: This is certainly not what I expected. A dark tan ale with fine cream coloured head, this beer certainly would not pass the Deutches Reinheitsgebot. While there is certainly some hop used for bittering, most of the flavour and aroma comes from the added liquorice and damson (a type of sour plum). This gives a very fruity, spicy flavour, with plum and blackcurrant flavours remaining throughout. This beer is accordingly sweet, but with sufficient malt character to add weight and body to the fruit flavours. As with all sweet fruit beers, there are some hints of ‘cordial flavours’, but the body of the beer is enough to keep it from becoming too strong. That being said, I probably couldn’t handle more than a pint. An interesting, very different beer, which would probably work well as a dessert drink.

Overall score: 7/10

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