Fursty Ferret - Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 11-27-2003

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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 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 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 gumbee86
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Toffee flavour. With a slightly charred after taste

Photo of Boto
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle: This one pours a clear, light amber color. There was almost no head on it and minimal lacing. the nose is OK. Malts, orange and spices. It has an interesting taste. Malts are well balanced with the hops, and just somewhat bitter. A slight orange flavor with some faint spices. Not bad.

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 jonb5
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Tawny, golden, clear, medium head, decent retention and lacing.

S: Faint citrus hop, becomes more pronounced.

T: Bittersweet malty, wheaty finish, slight yeast esters

M: Smooth, moderate carbonation, slightly thick body.

O: Decent enough, not mind blowing.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper; effervescent; medium head, long lasting

Aroma: Caramel malty; woody; nutty; slightly sweet and hoppy

Taste: Light citrus; creamy on start, with semi-sweet bitterness at the end and finish; a bit thin, but not bad

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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 StJamesGate
3.49/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tan with amber hints and a tall lumpy taupe can pour head that crusts nicely.
Lots of butterscotch with iced tea undertones on the nose.
Butter sliced toasted pan with some apple sauce and wood spice hops to end.
Cinammon end and Wuther's Original linger that turns to rancid butter as you go.
Smooth, round, some chew, light to medium.

No off flavors, and solid malt-heavy version of a best bitter. But thin, lacking EKG orange, and just bringing no surprises. I can get the same amount of flavor out of some 3.8% bitters, so I'm wondering how this ends up the middle (between session and premium bitters) of the range.

Doesn't quench my furst.

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 Jetulio
3.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... amber/copper beer with head colour white of 1 finger, not lasting
Aroma... grass, orange. Fresh and not strong smell with a little touch of malty aroma
Taste... citrus and bitterness appears soon but not with a classic English ale strengthens
Mouthfeel... medium body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a good ale, bitterness is present in a light style, refreshing beer too.

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

500ml bottle poured into tulip 28/12/12

A clear golden copper with a short lived finger of foam that leaves some soapy lace

S some hard toffee, slightly nutty with a little fruit and earthy hops, there's something there I can't quite place, metallic notes perhaps

T much like the nose but with a little spicy hops, not a whole lot going on really but decent

M a little thin but the bubbles give it some life, toffee on the finish

O OK beer but I wouldn't bother with a second, pretty basic beer but its easy enough to drink

another English ale that could use a little something, still better then the ratings would suggest but still pretty basic

Photo of leaddog
3.61/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a light copper brown with a half finger width of creamy white head. Leaves nice lacing around the glass.

Smell- Grass, citrus (orange/lemon), sweet malts, touch of leafy hops

Taste- Same as the aroma: Sweet malts, grass, and citrus and light leafy hops. Also, there is a slight nuttiness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel has a little creaminess to it.

Overall- A tasty and easy drinking EPA by Badger. There is a good balance between sweet and bitter flavours. I enjoyed the creamy body. Definitely a "furst quencher".

Photo of Daredevil
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance: tawny, light golden brown color, not very firm head ....

smell: orange zest paired with tar and charcoal ... rather weird I'd say ...

palate: toffee, toffee, bitter orange, gingerbread, whipped cream, did I mention toffee? ... quite carbonic

a very sweet brew, tastes like melted toffee .... the combination of toffee and carbonic acid is a rather perturbing combination, thus the brew lacks a bit of smartness

Photo of doktorhops
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse are new to me, and intending to review every beer in the world (not really as it is an insurmountable task) I have a bevy of Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse brews to review. First up is Fursty Ferret, a delightful looking English Pale Ale. As I am quite parched with anticipation let us begin.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear tangelo hue body with a thin white head that sits firm at about 0.5cm.

S: Aroma is an even mixture of dirty/earthy hops and caramel malt base. Hint of bitter orange thrown in as well.

T: The above flavours; dirty/earthy hops, caramel malts and that hint of bitter orange. The hops are a bit floral as well, and the base is sweet, though not over-the-top sweet, it strikes a good balance in flavour but doesn't really wow with anything in particular. Slight tobacco leaf aftertaste in the hops adds a little extra dimension.

M: A bit more carbonated than expected from a traditional EPA. Body is mid to light.

D: Bit average for what you pay/get. At this price range for an EPA I want it to be moreish and highly drinkable and this brew is not even in the same class as something like Hobgoblin, it's a bit "Meh!", disappointing overall.

Food match: Beeradvocate suggests spicy Eastern cuisine for EPA's but I don't think that would mix well with this drop, it's more suited to traditional English fare; roast lamb, pork or chicken with Yorkshire pudding, heavy gravy, mash potato, steamed peas and carrots.

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 SmashPants
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: clear 500mL bottle with okay label. The Badger is cute. Bit of a worry that the bottle is clear, coming from England to Aus.

Appearance: nice light orange pale ale. A good two fingers of head. Settles to a thin film, with reasonable lacing.

Aroma: sweetness from some biscuit malts, big floral / citric flavours - orange peel.

Taste: the sweetness continues in the mouth, but the major flavour is certainly the low-hop floral citrus.

Aftertaste: tiny bit of hops in the aftertaste, with a bit of caramel. Overall, far too soft flavours - not much to it.

Mouth feel: very low carbonation creastes a smooth feel. Medium body.

Overall: an expensive English ale. Faint flavours don't help too much - perhaps not my sort of thing. Certainly sessional, but at this price that is not necessarily a good thing. Don't get me wrong - it is not a terrible beer, but all told, not worth it.

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 cervezango
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice amber to light orange pale ale. two fingers of head. rings left on glass.

hops aroma and caramel.

sweet malt , and a little fryed onion rings, a nice portion of hops bite as well, this beer is primarily a sweet beer, but very refreshing,

water and sticky sweet after taste.

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 thepeter
3.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale golden pour with small head and little lacing
S - pale malt gives it some sweetness, orange blossoms give it a floural presence. Something that is slightly bitter is present but very mild and not a great addition
T - Mild Pale malt and decent floural character, not so much orange but decent. A low hop presence for the style was a dissapointment but still this goes very well with food and is so easy to drink. A great sessionable beer
M - Thin for the style but that makes it quaffable and very refreshing.
O- Better than the sum of its parts. Easy to find and unpretentious, great with any meal as well!

Photo of morebeergood
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle was one of two gifts given to me by a friend visiting from London. Poured into an imperial pint glass. The body was the color of a shiny new penny. Thin white head, and zero lacing whatsoever. Moderate carbonation at first, then it goes still. Smell had a slight twinge of the euro skunk aroma that accompanies some beers from the continent. Taste was slightly nutty, but I didn't get any of the orange that the label boasts about. Mouthfeel was thin, but expected for the style. Low abv made this a gulper kind of beer. A good session ale from England, but not one to really sip, savor, and enjoy.

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 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.

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Fursty Ferret from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
75 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.