Tag Archives: Fruity

Badger – Poacher’s Choice

This is quite a strong flavoured ale (they call it a ruby beer).  It’s also quite strong at 5.7%.   The neck label says Fruity Plumage and it says it all.  I found this too sweet and too fruity, in fact I really didn’t like it and it’s the first beer in a long time that I haven’t been able to finish.  Maybe it suits you, but too far away from my taste for me to buy again.

Adnams Jack Brand Mosaic Pale Ale

We had a party just before Christmas and many people brought a bottle of wine, but increasingly I see people bring beer or more specifically selection boxes of special beers.  Very welcome because I get to try something new.  First up an Adnams Mosaic Pale Ale which is a single hop beer based on the Mosaic hop which is a new variety; it is marketed under their Jack Brand label.   This is a rather golden version of a pale ale at 4.1% ABV but in my view not really a pale ale but suffering from too much fruit flavour similar in taste to Badger Golden Glory which is cheaper for 1½ times as much beer.   BTW don’t drink peachy beer other than at BBQ’s in the height of summer.

I was rather disappointed with this as I am normally a bit of an Adnams fan.  Glad to have tried it though so well done to all those who put together these selection packs.

Badger Golden Glory

Badger GloryWell it’s been very hot and so refreshing fruity drinks are the order of the day.  What is the beer drinkers alternative to joining in with the Pimms (actually Pimms is pretty good and you get your five a day at the same time)?  Well Badger Golden Glory is a great alternative and best drunk very cold.  I can’t say I’m a big fan of fruity beers normally – I think of those strawberry beers from Belgium or the mix of Weisbeer with fruit cordials which used to be in favour with the older generation in Berlin.  But that said I really like the peachy flavour and hints of other fruits in the Badger Golden Glory; it’s also sensibly not too strong at 4.5%.

The label suggests that this is a winter beer but also drink with BBQ ribs or interestingly with vanilla cheesecake.  Is this the “desert” beer alternative to sticky white wine?   Experiments need to be made, and there’s another bottle in the fridge.  All in all you need to try this at least once.

Test out the beer/food pairings at http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/can-i-get-you-a-drink