Hello all! Today I bring you my first bottled ale from the well established Hall and Woodhouse Brewery. With origins dating back to 1760, this brew house has a lot to live up to. Fortunately for them, they have brought out a large range of attractive, reasonably priced ales that both captured my visual and oral interest!
The bottles are visually appealing with clear, vivid art, highlighting the unusual names they pick for their ales. On the back of each bottle is a small snippet about each beer, with tasting notes, nose, sweetness/bitterness factors and enough information to fill your boots. I like this idea and makes ales more accessible to the casual or new-to-ale drinker.
These beers all hail from the aforementioned brewery in Blandford forum, in Dorset, England. http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/the-range
Beer #1: Blandford Flyer
Impressions: This is an intriguing beer that, as the bottle would suggest, has a very smooth sweet ginger flavour throughout. The ginger is slightly fiery with a very light hops bitterness in the background. Medium to low carbonation makes this ale resemble the more mass produced ginger beers.
Score: 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)
Verdict: An interesting ale with a twist. Normal ginger beers tend to feel like ginger with lager, however, this marries ginger and ale quite nicely. The beer is let down by being almost too mild. It’s stuck between being a good ale and a good ginger beer, and unfortunately doesn’t quite live up to either. A nice unique ale that is worth a try if you want something different.
Initial impressions on the Badger line of ales:
From the above you can see that they have done fairly well. This ginger beer gives us something fairly unique from the crowd, which gives me hope that their more regular line of ales with not fall on this middle ground.
Looking forward to more from the Badger den…