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Fursty Ferret - Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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BA SCORE
75
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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 11-27-2003

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Ratings: 111 | Reviews: 55
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Photo of NilocRellim
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The beer poured a typical clear amber. The aroma had a bit of citrus-orange, sweet malts, and hops. The beer had a citrus-orange taste to it with the malts and other spices in the background.

Would I buy it again? Probably not... nothing worth going back for.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB date of Dec 2011. The label has ferrets on it.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with good carbonation. Rather foamy off-white head that disappears after a minute to leave a surface film. Aroma of golden malt with some light hoppy notes, and some alcohol.

Tastes malty with a hint of caramel and mild bitterness; notes of alcohol are also present. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly astringent. A bitter aftertaste.

Easy enough to drink, but not particularly noteworthy. The flavour doesn't distinguish itself from the crowd. Will probably pass on this in the future.

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, a new arrival to Alberta's already British-heavy beer shelves. Definitely a talking point of a name on this one - cute ferret/beer theme, and a play on the North American perception of certain English enunciation, I fink.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium-light golden amber hue, with two fingers of bubbling foamy ecru head, which leaves a thoroughly consistent, and rather attractive, pattern of dense cobweb lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sweet biscuity malt, some middling drupe fruitiness, and somewhat bitter floral, leafy hops. The taste is sharp biscuit, somewhat husky and grainy malt, more fruitiness, but this time with a dull citrus twinge, and feebly bitter, kind of ashy, green leafy hops.

The bubbles are fairly sedate, but adequate to their task, the body medium light in weight, and a bit too raspy in its smoothness. It finishes on a nicely balanced note, low and safe, as the malt retains its biscuity graininess, and the hops are just the right frequency to keep things mellow.

A decent enough pale ale, English-style, which of course means reserved, drinkable, and well, more drinkable, without any further blathering about the damned beer. Maybe I get it, maybe I don't.

Photo of bditty187
2.58/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear, dark copper in hue with an amber-bronze highlight but I already knew this because the bottle was clear. No animation. The head was off-white in color, at the apex the foam was a little less than a half-finger in height. Head retention was fair; it subsided to a thin, soapy cap rather quickly. There was a few rings of subsequent lacing, just enough to be noteworthy. Overall, the appearance is satisfactory.

The nose has been slightly affected by the clear bottle. I can get past it. Weak caramel notes, grain, mineral water, and a hint of dull honey/apples. Light potency. The bouquet really doesn’t say much. It is too clean for an ale, especially a British interpretation. It is too neutral to be considered inviting.

The palate is a yawner. Grainy caramel, some mineral twangs, and a smattering of honey and fruit are about all the palate has too offer. There is nominal malty goodness and faint hop bitterness. It does turn juicy at the finish; this saves the beer from complete failure in one sense. I’m burping skunk… that all but kills this beer for me. Is this really an EPA? No way, okay maybe it is (is this really a piss-poor Mild Ale?) but Fursty Ferret is just not a good representation of anything.

Medium-light in body, the carbonation is low and this makes the mouthfeel very sluggish. This beer is not refreshing, which is a shame because a beer with such a modest abv should at least be refreshing!

Is it at least drinkable? No. Every swallow made my stomach fell funny (I wasn’t laughing). For novelty sake this beer was purchased (see: the name and label). Honestly, I didn’t care for this beer. It is sluggish and boring with little redeeming qualities. This bottle was purchased in England and brought back to me thanks to Howard and Lynne. Regardless of my review I need to issue a huge thanks for the effort!

Photo of Andrewziggy
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I give this a b+

Photo of bashiba
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a very dirty orange/brown with a light soap ring of a head and tons and tons of big sediment.

Has a very English Malty smell with some light English Hops and a bit of minerals.

The flavor is very mild and malty sweet with a big English mineral flavor and toasty bready malts, very mild English hops presence.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit thin.

Overall a pretty average English beer.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a small, fading white head.
Nose shows caramel, toffee, butterscotch and some skunky notes.
Similar flavours; butterscotch and toffee mainly. A fair bit of diacetyl too. Seems to fall short rather quickly.
Too much carbonation.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep caramel with a moderate head that leaves spotty lace.
Aroma of caramel, mineral water, hop, oil and resins.
Flavor of lightly sweetened caramel, lsightly burnt and roasted malts and some floral hops.
Mouthfel is light sweetness, gritty, slightly charred middle and a rather dry but very light bitter.
Drinkability was OK, pretty average beer to be fair.

Photo of ljbaker
2.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Reasonably good beer; okay for every day drinking.

Photo of Olegophren
4.07/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of the weakest ales in badger's line, but fine

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A fairly pale brown, pale ale, with no real head, just a thin wispy covering, mostly making a collar around the glass.

This clear 500ml bottle had a best before sometime in 2007, drank sometime in 2006 (December 27th actually).

No strong aroma at first, but as the beer warmed up a sweetness arrived, giving toffee notes.

Dryish taste, but nothing to get excited about, a bitter type taste really, no great hop flavours for me.

Fizzy beer, not a true Pale Ale in aroma or taste, mothfeel weak also.

Not a beer I will be rushing out for.

Photo of tonton
2.43/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lagery clear yellow with some white head.

Got this out of the selection of over 60 English Ales on the recommendation of the bar staff who claimed, "All gweilos like this one." Well, I guess all the gweilos she had served thus far have bad taste, or expect a lager.

Smell is very lagery/hoppy. No sweetness or fruitiness on the nose at all. No complex spiciness, woods, or breads. Just bitter hops.

Taste follows the nose. Bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is lagery.

Aftertaste is bitter hops.

I think this is the worst English Pale I've tried. Tastes like an American IPA, without the kick or complexity.

Photo of EarlNuce
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Light golden brown ale. Medium carbonation. Soapy head.

S: Slight orange and spicy hop.

T: Fruity. Orange marmalade. Sweet with hints of malts.

M: Carbonation tingle in the mouth. Not a heavy beer at all.

D: Couldn't drink too many in a night. Too sweet.

Photo of FreshHawk
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Rusted bronze/Amber color.

S - Has a sweet malt/caramel smell. Light fruitiness (especially apple).

T - Caramel and malts are pretty dominant for the flavors. There is a slight bitterness and floral finish. There is also a very slight fruitiness (similar to the scent). None of these flavors really jump out though.

M - On the light side of medium bodied, Somewhat sweet and dry finish.

D - Not overly drinkable, the finish (dry and sweet) reduce it a bit. But it isn't overly offensive so it is fairly easy to drink.

Notes: Average beer that I don't mind drink but I won't really look for it.

Photo of Raebies
2.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange brown with a thin head of foam. Delicious aromas of vanilla and caramel latte. Taste falls a bit flat on the palate, the soft caramel sweetness quickly fades. Not a lot of depth, scarce malt flavour and it's a very thin bodied beer. A pleasant light aftertaste of orange.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber body nice thick white head.

Very malty aroma, caramel and ginger cake.

Taste is sweet and well balanced hop notes combined with a crunchy maltiness.

Toffee start the flavours then the hops kick in bringing up floral notes and pepper hints.

Nice chewy mouthfeel and great carbonation.

decent enough EPA for when you feel like something slightly sweet

Photo of Sigmund
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, from the fridge (= too cold) at Arnie’s Coffee Bar / Bistro, Whitby. ABV was 4.4%. Brown colour, fizzy, minimal head. Reasonably hoppy aroma with some "boiled" malty notes. Brown ale flavour, some caramel and toffee. I am really not impressed. Have had better, have had worse.

Photo of mdagnew
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from Grape Expectations, Ballyclare...

Poured a nice orangey copper colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and foamy and faded to thin layer...

Aroma - Quite sweet caramel maltiness, some not very nice rubbery hints, fruity (orange ?), sea saltiness, spicy hops, some traces of toasted bread...

Taste – Nutty, spicy / peppery hop bitterness, some woody notes, very light malts, slight dustiness, some burnt orange...

Feel - Quite smooth and dry. Medium bodied. Quite drinkable...

Overall - An average beer... a few unpleasent skunky notes ruined it for me....

Photo of GreenCard
2.71/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best before Oct '05...

Appearance: light brown, good clarity, medium layer of tannish froth, OK head retention but flattens to a sudsy coating

Aroma: underneath the heavy skunkiness there's malt, marzipan, braeburn apples, hint of honey, strawberries

Flavor: bready malt sweetness with an edge of roast, slight tanginess, leafy hops, finishes dry with an aftertaste of chocolate and crackers

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, fine carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: Another clear-bottled British brew and wham!, you get a big whiff of skunk as soon as it's poured. Slowly, these brewers are starting to transition to brown bottles, but there are still plenty of stragglers holding on to that silly tradition. Not sure what this beer is like without the skunk.

Photo of soju6
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright copper color with a nice head that fades to traces of lacing.

S: Aroma of fruits, some roasted malt and spice.

T: Taste is a mixture of fruits, malts and spices. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a nice balance.

O: Nice beer for the style without being over the top.

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bronze with an off-white head, light retention, good lace.

S: Orange-rind, marmalade, toffee, light fruitiness (tropical & pear).

T: Toffee, orange rind, mineral, good/balanced bitterness. Reminds me of Old Speckled Hen.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth with an off-dry finish.

D: An all-around good brew.

Thanks Jer & Karen!

Photo of dave2k5
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Might of just been the glass and the way I poured it but it had about a finger and a half of head, poured golden with a fair bit of carbnation, but again this could of been the glass I used

S: Surprisingly bitter, citrus in there too, I wouldn't say oranges per sé. A hint of caramel in there too.

T: Definitely caramel, bitter hoppy aftertaste, gassy (again could be down to the glass) average.. I can't say much about it, and didn't really enjoy it.

M: Bubbly, but I personally like that, smooth, it went down well, again it wasn't anything special

Photo of atis
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with slightly off-white head and patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is malty with bits of spicy hops that remind of citrus fruit.

Taste is rather sweet malty with considerable presence of bittery hops, notes of citrus fruit that are also present in the aftertaste, some sugary residue remains in the mouth. Very light body.

Quite drinkable, but nothing too special.

Photo of kojevergas
2.44/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into Grolsch pint glass in low altitude Cork, Ireland. Bottle acquired at Abbott's Alehouse off-license in Cork, Ireland. Reviewed from notes.

As soon as I saw the clear bottle I suspected trouble. No self-respecting brewer would allow a clear (or even green) bottle production line for a beer they believed in.

A: Four finger head of nice cream and thickness. Brilliant retention. Dark copper colour. Pretty appealing.

Sm: Very very light malt. Maybe slight nuts. It's difficult to detect subtle notes with me broken nose.

T: Nice cream underscores malt and some nuts cut by bittering hops - nary but more than a sprinkling. Nicely complex and balanced, but not as bold as it ought to be. Built below average for the style. Where are the bittering hops?

Mf: Smooth and wet.

Dr: Expensive by Irish standards - and rather bland at that. At least the cream is refreshing.

Photo of Doiv
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with an off-white head that leaves beads of lacing down the glass.

Aroma is malty, with bitter hops, rhubarb, apples, and a biscuity finish.
Taste is malty, followed by a banana and apple sort of taste, then a little biscuity flick before a bitter hoppy finish kicks in.

Mouthfeel is good, goes down pretty well.

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Fursty Ferret from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
75 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.