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Tanglefoot is an ale from the "Badger Brewery" stable, Hall & Woodhouse, I tasted it for the first time over the weekend. It is sold in a clear glass bottle (not as illustrated here), which reveals its lovely amber colour and looks very inviting.
Pouring the ale from the bottle, it frothed up satisfyingly and gave a thick head on top, although that soon dissipated when I started drinking. There were lots of tiny bubbles in the glass darting to the top, looking really refreshing.
The tasting notes for the ale suggest that in smell, we should detect spicy overtones and in taste, fruit, scented hop and cereal. I'm notoriously bad at being able to match up to these stated aromas or tastes, and once again, I can't really say I smelt any spicy overtones. To me, the ale smelt slightly hoppy, that's all, but it did smell like a "proper" beer.
In taste, I can't claim to have tasted any fruit or cereal... (didn't stop me putting it down as one of my five a day though). What I did get was a delicious, tasty ale with a definite emphasis on the hops, although with a fairly bitter finish to the drink. I tend to prefer lighter ales, and this one I would class as much more "medium", it has real body without being heavy. I didn't find it at all gassy either in drinking or afterwards.
At 5% alcohol, this isn't a beer I could drink in any huge quantity. I drink these bottled ales in half pint glasses, so I get two drinks from each bottle, and that was just about right for this Tanglefoot. I would definitely drink it again, but in a pub I'd only go for half, being a bit of a lightweight ale drinker.
In summary I'd say this ale is a great drink for any ale drinker to enjoy - people who prefer lighter ales, one would be enough, but even ale lovers who prefer darker, heavier ales I think would also enjoy a pint of this. Even though it wouldn't be top of my list of favourite ales to my personal taste, I have to give Tanglefoot 5 stars because it's a well brewed tasty drink with something for everyone!
I love trying the different ales available in the supermarkets and have been through many different ales from all different breweries. My favourite of all is Tanglefoot due to it's delicious flavour!
It is brewed by Badger Ales in Dorset, the bottle states, since 1777!
Badger have several different ales in their range including Golden Champion, Golden Glory (quickly becoming my favourite ale - could possibly overtake Tanglefoot at some point - it has a peachy flavour and is delicious), Hopping Hare (never tried, but there's one in the fridge) and Fursty Ferret (tried; nothing to report)
According to the back of the bottle the name Tanglefoot was decided when:
"Many years ago the Head Brewer, John Woodhouse - invited his team to sample his latest creation. On rising to go, his mischievous companion, believing a walk was imminent, tangled his owner up with the lead and Woodhouse fell upon the perfect name for his new beer."
Price and packaging
Tanglefoot is offered in a 500ml glass bottle - fairly large for a bottle of beer. The label design has changed in the past year from the one pictured above to a similar more modern design. The price is around £1.77 per bottle and up until the past month or 2 it was available in Tesco and Asda in a 3 bottles for £4 deal.
The deal has now changed to 4 for £5.50 in Tesco and Asda has also changed their deal, but I'm unable to remember what to.
It is also available in 4 packs of cans, which I only discovered recently, but I have not tried these yet.
The beer is amber in colour and is 5% alcohol. Each bottle contains 2.5 units. I sometimes feel tipsy after just one bottle. Haha
The first mouthful of beer is always the best of the whole night! Don't you agree?
To me Tanglefoot tastes light for an ale. It is crisp, smooth and fruity with hints of melon and pear, which make this beer so delicious. It has a hoppy aftertaste. I always say "it tastes like carbohydrates".
The label describes the taste as crisp/sweet with spicy overtones.
I like this drink both chilled and at room temperature. I tend to keep it at room temperature because sometimes if it is too cold it masks the flavour!
If anyone knows of any similar flavoured ales they could recommend I'd love to know about them as I've almost stopped buying different ales because whenever I do I find them disappointing in comparison to Tanglefoot and it's new competitor as fridge favourite, Golden Glory!
Here we have a beer that ticks all the boxes that a good ale should. A fresh, fruity aroma and a flavour that dances on the tongue, delighting taste buds with it's multi-dimensions. Please beware howver as behind this delicate and unexpected flavour there is the kick of an angry mule. The name itself comes from the fact that, after a lengthy tasting session the clever chaps at the Badger Brewery found themselves struggling to get messages from brains to feet and anyone who has enjoyed a good evening 'on the tangle' will soon find themselves experiencing similar difficulties. Overall this beer will satisfy anyone with a preference for a slightly left of centre flavour who can get home with their eyes closed. Our freinds at the Bagder Brewery have also created a whole host of other bottled magic, including Golden Champion and Fursty Ferret, both of which carry the same ooooopmh.
The fellows of Badger Brewery do come up with some interesting names. Tanglefoot is probably my favourite next to fursty ferret for amusing ale names from these people. You know a beer is going to be good when it is named from someone stumbling helplessly from a good session on the said beer.
But what is it like?
Lightly golden, with a dry hoppy aroma, Tanglefoot has been one of my favourites since trying it a couple of years ago. Filled with a medium bitter taste accompanied by fruity and somewhat biscuity overtones, Tanglefoot is one of those ales I could drink over and over again. Drawn from keg it is simply devine. The bottle version still holds the brilliantly biscuity undertones, but suffers from carbonated beer syndrome.
At a premium 5% this beer really does hold up as one of the prized possessions of Badger Brewery - I would recommend it to anyone who loves their real ale. A true find.
I love a beer with a good story behind it, so when I read the back label of this bottle, the little story there tempted me into buying it .
'Many years ago, the Head Brewer, John Woodhouse, invited his staff to sample his latest creation. On rising to go, he experienced a sudden loss of steering, and so unwettingly fell upon a name for this legendary ale.'
I took this to mean that the beer was so good that he got wrecked at the sampling session and fell over - anf if a beers that tasty, it's got to be tried!
Tanglefoot Ale is brewed at the Badger Brewery in Blandford St Mary, Dorset by Hall & Woodhouse Limited. Apparently, there are lots of badgers about locally, which is where the brewery gets its name . The brewery has been around since 1777 , when it was founded by Charles Hall.
They produce a wide range of ales, although I haven't tried all of them. However, Fursty Ferret and Badger Best I've tried before, and they were pretty good, which was an extra reassurance when buying this bottle .
Tanglefoot Ale weighs in at 5 percent, and because it's a hot day, I whacked mine in the fridge for a few minutes to cool down, as it had been sat absorbing the heat on my kitchen windowsill for a while .On pouring, I got a decent, if slightly lumpish head. The beer itself is a pale golden colour, and has a deliciously fruity smell, like melon mixed with orange.
Tasting it - its wonderfully dry and crisp, and letting it sit on my tongue for a while, I get a tiny hint of pear coming through, followed by a big hit of malt . It almost has a mild horlicks taste to it - not at all unpleasant . The aftertaste is only very slight , hoppy with a little bit of a spicy tang to it . In fact, 'tangy' is probably how I would describe this.
I tried mine in a bottle, I've never tried it on draught or in cans. The bottle is clear glass with red labeling . Plenty of info on the labels, none of it bar the story quoted at the top anything unusual .
A bottle costs a little over £1.40 . If you happen to shop at Asda, they have an offer on of 3 real ales for 4 quid, which is why I'm drinking loads at the moment - I want to try them all .
I definately recommend this - it slips down smoothly and is a yummy drink.
Tanglefoot has to be my favourite ale. I think the story of how it got its name really made me warm to it. For ale drinkers, this is not that bitter but it does seem to appeal to the female palate. A few of my female friends have tried it and like it. My advice is to buy the bottled version as the cans dont seem to hold the flavour quite as well. Tanglefoot is quite nice as a summer drink but even nicer in the winter snuggled up by the fire.
It's name is quite and interesting story. The head brewer had made this wonderful new ale but had no name. He took a couple of barrels to his staf and they sat down drinking, trying to think of a name. When he rose to leave he suffered a 'steering problem', hence the name Tanglefoot.
I can identify with the person who named this beer! The story goes that the Head Brewer (John Woodhouse), of the Badger Brewery, invited his staff to try his new beer. He also asked them to come up with a name for it. After the tasting session the Head Brewer got up and, illustrating how much they had consumed, he couldn't control his legs. Consequently, his feet got all tangled up in each other, rather like he was wearing big clown's shoes (hence the title of this opinion). He fell over, and a legend was born! Tanglefoot Ale is produced at the Badger Brewery in Blandford St Mary, Dorset by Hall & Woodhouse Limited. It is so called, because the badger is a very prominent local animal. The brewery was founded in 1777 by Charles Hall in the village of Ansty, Dorset. The present Badger Brewery moved to Blandford at the end of the 1890s. For many years they have produced a number of good bottled and cask beers; including Badger Best (4% ABV), I.P.A (3% ABV), Champion (4.6% ABV) and Tanglefoot. They also brew some excellent Seasonal beers, such as Old Ale (4.5% ABV) and New Timer (4.6% ABV). Even the Post Office produced a Badger Stamp to celebrate their bi-centenary! In 1987, it was voted Best Cask Ale and Best Overall Beer at the Brewing Industry International Awards. This is a big honour for the brewing industry. It is available in 500ml bottles and cans, as well as on draught, so there really is no excuse for not trying it, one way or another! You can get hold of it from selected pubs, often as a guest beer, from most supermarkets and some off-licenses nationwide. You can also get it on the web, from the Badger Brewery on-line store (www.badgerdirect.com). Tanglefoot Ale is brewed from Challenger and Styrian Goldings hops. The bottles and cans weigh in at 5% ABV, and the draught version at a slightly stronger 5.1% ABV. It's quite strong and lives up to its name; it's very easy to drink, but a little strong for a "sessio
n" ale! I prefer it slightly chilled. It is a perfect drink on a warm summer's night, but it's also strong enough to be warming in the winter! Looks wise, it is quite pale, almost golden, in colour, with a thin head. It is very different from the dark, thicker, strong ales. Its paleness belies its strength and it is quite easy to forget how powerful it is (ask that legendary Head Brewer!). Taste wise, it is a fruity brew with a slight apple flavour. It also has citrus elements, with a syrupy, biscuity undertone. The aftertaste is slightly spicy, with a refreshing bitterness. The hops come through nicely too, balancing out the flavour well. So, there are a lot of complex flavours coming through in this beer; quite difficult to describe, but very easy to drink and enjoy! I have tried Tanglefoot both on draught and in a bottle, but I have never tried it in a can. From what friends have told me, the canned version is not as good as the other formats. I still think that the draught option is far superior; if I was given the choice I would choose the pint over the bottle without question. It's nice in a bottle, but nothing compares to a nice pint in your local, served by a smiling Landlord (smile is optional, but it does make for a more pleasant night out!). Price wise, 24 cans are currently selling for £23.99, and 12 bottles for £19.99, the Badger on-line website. A pint of Tanglefoot cost me £2.00 a pint at the Rutland Arms in Chesterfield the other week. Prices vary considerably, as with other beers, so I can only offer that as a rough estimate. It also appears as a Weatherspoon?s Guest Ale at the customary £1.49 a pint. So, I am definitely recommending this beer. If you see it for sale down at your local, or on your Supermarket shelves, give it a try. Badger (get it?!?) your Landlord and make yours a pint of Tanglefoot! Brewery Details: The Badger Brewery Blandford St Mary Dorset <
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Brand: Badger Brewery / A deceptively strong ale but light in colour. Fruity notes are balanced with a smooth hoppiness and biscuity flavour. Full bodied with a slightly spicy finish.