Brewed by Badger (Hall & Woodhouse)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Blandford Forum, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.
Name change in August 2011 from Blandford Fly
With the hot summer sun beating down, the patient fly-fishermen of the Dorset Stour await their catch. These ’Flyers’ are celebrated in this warming ale with ginger overtones, rumoured to be originally included to remedy the bites of the infamous Blandford Fly. The rounded sweetness of this medium-bodied brew makes it an ideal and refreshing accompaniment to a hot lamb biryani or spicy crispy chilli beef.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GoufCustom (931) - HONG KONG - MAR 3, 2015

500 ml bottle bought at foodGARDEN in D2 Place, Lai Chi Kok.

Clear honey amber colour; Three-quarter finger head and white foam which faded in 30 seconds; Good sticky lacing and fizzy carbonation; Fragrant and sweet aroma of ale malt, with strong ginger candy, Ginger Ale, caramel, light toffee, sugar, light lemon and very light grass; Medium sweet taste of malt, with strong toffee, ginger candy, light prunes, sugar, spices, dry biscuits, yeast, light lemon, light bitter hops and thin grass; Close to light body, Slick palate; Mouth feel is good strong malty body with very strong sticky toffee, topped with sweet Asian-style sugary ginger candy, soda-ish prunes and strong spices. Wasn’t quite the sweet taste I hoped for an ESB, but the toffee sweetness seems to work fairly well. Quite okay… Hoppiness is light lemon and thin grass in nose and taste. Bitterness is low for an mostly sweet malty light astringent finish; Quite dry after taste. Easy and sweet to mouth.

Comments: Being not much of an ESB fan due to the style’s low sweetness, I kinda like this one in a strange sort of way - very sticky toffee (I like it) but with the ginger candy sweetness with is kinda awkward to the mix, like an outsider. Overall though it still works, if you don’t mind the low hoppiness. Quite likeable really.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DraftDodger (247) - - FEB 15, 2015
Copenhagen 5/1 2015. 50 cl bottle from Netto. Pours clear gold with Small White head. Dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweetish and a bit metallic and with hints of garlic. Low carbonation. Rather weird taste of slightly artificial ginger. They recommend it for Indian food. If so it should be so strong that you do not notice the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Milter (198) - Nyborg, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2015
ginger prevails in the aroma, also the shades of fruits and spices... the taste is spicy, with notes of malt and ginger and hints of garden fruits... sweet and, a little bit, bitter aftertaste...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
stouby (3860) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle at home. Clear pale yellow with a white head. Aroma light to medium malty (caramel, ginger). Flavor light sweet and ginger spicy. Light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sharkydodson (408) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - JAN 21, 2015
ginger prevails in the aroma, also the shades of fruits and spices... the taste is spicy, with notes of malt and ginger and hints of garden fruits... sweet and, a little bit, bitter aftertaste...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
flemmingwillum (1057) - Nysted, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2015
Rating #1048, flaske fra SuperBest i Nakskov.

Gylden øl uden skum. Duft af peber, ingefær, kanel og karamelmalt i en ucharmerende blanding. Smag af ingefær og karamelmalt med en lidt for skarp humleafslutning, der så går hen og stopper helt abrupt. Ingen betydelig bitterhed derefter, hvilket virker underligt da det er en ESB. Til gengæld en del sødme. Øllen er forholdvis blød og ikke for tynd. Mundfølelsen er vel det eneste som er rimeligt vellykket i denne øl, hvilket er en skam da jeg længe har ledt efter en god ingefærøl.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brnandersen (2239) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
50 cl. bottle. Clear, deep golden colour with an amber tint. Thin, creamy white head. Sweet, spiced aroma with ginger, caramel malts, fruits and floral notes. Taste is light sweet. Medium body with a creamy texture and an average carbonation. Finishes rather spicy with ginger, fruits and light caramel malts. To hot on the ginger, a bit unbalanced beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LasseVPedersen (281) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle, 50cl. Pours golden with an amber hue and off-white head. Aroma is fruity, ginger, lemon and some malt well hidden underneath. Oddly flavour. Ginger and bitter lemon at first. A tasty sweet acacia honey follows as it ends with golden hops. Gets better towards the middle and ends, but the sour and acidly ginger and lemon aroma and initial taste ruins it for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Idiosynkrasie (4369) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear golden colour with small to average, frothy, diminishing, off-white head. Spicy ginger aroma with a peppery touch, cautious caramel malty basis. Taste is slightly sweet caramel malty, ginger notes. Simple, monotonous, narrow - after all not too soapy.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
GeoffClaridge (8) - Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014 does not count
Well all I can is , I now know that I don’t like ginger with ne beer. Smells bad and doesn’t taster much better

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