Badger’s Original Ale is the last bottle from the Dorset brewer that I have to review for the time being (unless they’d like to send me some that I haven’t reviewed!). It’s a 3.8% ABV dark amber colour with a good head that lasts well. The aroma is sweet toffee, bananas and nuts (or is that just me?!), and there’s a taste of toasted malt bread with a mild bitter after-taste. This would be a good beer for an evening out, or to accompany pies, roasts, sausages, and so on. The bottle says that the beer has been ‘over 200 years in the making’, but if that’s true, it’s a little disappointing! A very pleasant beer nonetheless.
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As noted previously, Badger England’s Own seems to be a differently branded version of England’s Gold. The ale has a colour that is on the slightly amber side of golden, with a head the lasts well. There’s a pleasant yeastiness to the smell – a little like a bread dough – but beyond that there are definite floral overtones. It is a light flavoured beer, with a hint of a sweet apple, and maybe a faint suggestion of lemon too. With a 4.6% ABV, it’s perfectly drinkable if you can find any, but I wouldn’t lose any sleep if you can’t.
The bottle of this Badger Poacher’s Choice claims to have notes of damson and liquorice. It’s a 5.7% light coloured ruby ale that has a complex sweet and bitter flavour that comes from the roasted malt. Whether it actually contains those ingredients is another matter, and if it does, they’re there in sufficiently modest quantities to avoid over-powering what is otherwise a very rewarding bottle of beer.
I’ve reviewed Badger’s Hopping Hare once before. This is a light amber-coloured ale with an advertised ABV of 4.4%. The malt is the first thing that I notice, but this quickly gives way to a bitter-sweet, apple-sharp flavour that remains on the palate. Would be great on its own on a hot day, or with roast lamb or pork.
This is England’s Gold, yet another ale from Badger. To be honest, I was rather taken in by the merchanising, and bought a bottle of this and a bottle of Badger England’s Own. As far as I can see, they are exactly the same thing, bar the label! At 4.6% ABV, this is an acceptable bitter: light, golden and fragrant.
This is Blandford Flyer, one of a boxed set I received from Matt on my birthday, and I’ve been wanting to try it for ages! It’s another of Badger’s wonderfully refreshing flavoured ales, and on this occasion, there’s a hint of ginger. This sweet(ish), spicy ale weighs in at 5.2% ABV and worked incredibly well with the roast leg of lamb that we had for dinner this evening. Thankfully, there’s another three bottles of this glorious ale left!
I’ve posted about this beer before, but it’s good enough for a second mention. It’s light, fragrant, very peachy and just 4.5%. The bottle recommends drinking on a crisp winter evening with a barbecue, which sounds a little odd to me – it’s perfect for a warm summer evening.