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Tanglefoot (86 of 1001)

Rating: 3.7

Despite the fact Tanglefoot  is a name that appealed to me, the fact it came in a clear bottle and always seemed to be a straggler on the Tesco shelves with never more than a bottle or two of it left put me off somewhat. After a recent visit with bottles I hadn’t tried running thin on the ground I decided to give this one a go. Apparently it gets its name from the fact that John Woodhouse, the head brewer at Hall & Woodhouse trigged over his own feet upon leaving the sampling room after a few glasses of the stuff, and so the legend was born. This will be my 86th beer from the 1001 list, one step closer to the seemingly elusive 100 mark; hopefully this will be one to remember.

Appearance (4/5): Dark amber in colour with a beautiful looking, creamy white head that is a thumbs width in size and is perfectly straight. Retention is pretty good too with very little in the way of reduction in size over the course of a few minutes.
Aroma (7/10): There is a very muted fruity aroma to begin with and a hint of subdued hops although the fruity notes really start to open up once the drink has time to settle in the glass. There is a sugary sweetness to this one, perhaps aided slightly by the fruit and I can also detect some vanilla in places. Very appealing once it has opened up more.
Taste (7/10): Fruity and very sweet to begin with along with a hint of vanilla that the smell indicates would be present. I can also taste some faint toffee and a sugary, malty flavour; all of which is well balanced and highly drinkable.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and with a creamy feel to it. This is quickly followed by a clean finish that is a little bitter and quite dry.

Overall (14/20): A solid beer that  scored slightly higher than I was expecting from it without it being truly memorable. It’s not a beer that I come across all that often but I would have no trouble drinking it again or perhaps giving it a bash on cask.The smell was particularly appealing once it had time to settle and open up in the glass and the mouthfeel was a nice one too. Give this one a bash if you can, I found it to be a good example of the style.

Brewed In: Blandford Forum, England
Brewery: Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
First Brewed: circa. 1985
Type: English Pale Ale/ESB
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Tesco
Price: £1.99

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