Beer Review: Badger Golden Glory Ale

Part two of my three part taste of Badger ales brings me to Golden Glory.
Bottle of Badger Golden Glory

Whilst keeping to same dark bottle as the Original, the labels go for something more festive. The ‘Absolutely Glorious’ slogan and flowers give that much away. The Taste Profile box (visible in the blurry photo below) reappears.
Badger Golden Glory taste profile box

The Taste Profile has the sweetness and fruitiness going almost off the scale. The description sheds some light on this. The ‘delicate floral peach and melon aroma’ should explain why the fruitiness is rated so high. The ‘distinctive bitterness’ however seems at odds with the high sweetness and low bitterness on the profile. This is a mystery.

Also getting a mention is reference to an award won. What award it was, we are not told. A welcome sight is that of a higher 4.5% volume. A bigg-ish jump from the Original’s 3.8%. I’m also glad to see that we get a whole 500ml – that’s nearly a whole pint.

Poured into a glass, we get a lighter colour than the Original. And a less frothy head.
Badger Golden Glory poured into a glass

Now… we have a mystery to unravel. What is this drink all about?

The first thing that hits you is the smell. Just as full-on as Original, but so different. It’s like smelling a bunch of flowers that happens to be surrounded by lots of peaches and other fruits. Spray an aerosol of fruit scented air-freshener for a similar experience. Alternatively, a cocktail or alco-pop will provide a similar experience.

After you’ve gotten over the shock of an ale that smells of flowers and peach, you can take a tentative sip. Half expecting another blitz on the senses, Golden Glory ale delivers something more palatable. It’s got that bitterness as a base, but on top of that is an aftertaste of flowers and peach.

Taking that much risk with such an unusual flavour, Golden Glory could easily have turned out revolting. Thankfully, it hasn’t. At no point did I find myself think “not another gulp”. Instead, I looked forward to each glug to take in the bizarre combination of tastes and smells.

I have never seen an ale take floweriness to such heights. It would be easy here to write it off as ‘odd’ or ‘eccentric’. Which it probably is. But that could be missing the point. I think those brewers at Hall & Woodhouse are making baby steps towards something that could be much bigger… an ale; for women. Think about it. The peachy and flowery smell and taste. Badger Golden Glory could be the first ale, to make it big with the female drinker.

What do you think? What would you change to make it the women’s ale of choice? Or do you know one that is even better at this task? Leave a comment!

Rating: 3.5 (more if you like flowers)

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7 Responses to “Beer Review: Badger Golden Glory Ale”

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  2. Faye Says:

    I love this beer, but I’m a beer drinker already. Fruit beers however do seem to hold some extra appeal. I also love St Peters Grapefruit ale, St Peters’ Apple & Cinnamon and I don’t object to Kronenbourg Blanc.

    Do none of these really appeal to the male palette?

  3. Andy Says:

    This is a bizarre ale, way too much peach for my liking, it really does taste like air freshener. After I had half of the bottle I decided to throw the rest away due to the artificial taste that got worse the more I drank. If there was a minute trace of peach I would probably like it….. No, probably not, it tastes too fake.

  4. steve Says:

    i think this ale is amazin
    made in my home town
    its great in the summer outside with a bit of golden glory in your hand
    every sip i take u just understande what hall and woodhouse were thinkin

  5. andythebrave Says:

    This is a great summer ale. Serve cold and you get all the refreshment and satisfaction that a lager gives but from a drink that actually tastes nice; something pretty important that seems to get forgotten by a fair few.

    The unlikely combination of flowers, peach and ale has been pulled off with what seems like consummate ease.

    My wife loves it too which is nice. Except that I never get to finish a bottle…

  6. jonno Says:

    my missus loves this ale, being a Daarsut lad its nice to sit on the banks of the stour, fly rod in hand, blandford fly nipping the ankles, sipping a good quality refreshing ale that can actually help bridge the male – female gap and gives us another thing to chat about on an equal level (always a good thing) before I drag her out on a 20 mile xc mountain bike ride and then being forced to watch the crap factor : )

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Far too Peachy, a hint of peachiness would suffice for this fruity bottle of bloomage. Smells very strong, quite off putting, I’m halfway down my glass now, and it’s not hitting the spot. Again, maybe marketed towards the woman. Cool it with the fruitiness Badger, don’t get carried away or you’ll end up losing drinkers.

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