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Fursty Ferret - Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

Fursty FerretFursty Ferret

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BA SCORE
74
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87 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 14.51%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 11-27-2003)
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 04:47:09 | More by biboergosum
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 23:03:28 | More by BlackHaddock
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kojevergas

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 13:39:47 | More by kojevergas
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden bronze colour, slightly burnished with a filmy bust lightly sticky head of white foam. Lacing is pretty good, but not exceptional. Head being so filmy as it is is a bit of a let down. Otherwise a decent looking brew.

Pleasant light swetness and English hops on the nose. Some dried fig character, cut grass and a pleasant organic skunkiness. It's reasonably thin, overall, but it's not a bad nose all up.

Some caramel and a light straight hop bitterness, weak, but not offensive. Some phenolic characters coming through at the back, which mingle with the caramel sweetness still welling around from the front, leaving a slightly nasty conglomerate at the end of the palate. Mouthfeel is particularly thin, which is a shame, and overall the sweetness comes across as weak and sickly. I'm probably sounding too harsh. It's not actively offensive, but I can't say I'm a huge fan.

It's not incredibly offensive, but the more I drink the more bland it seems to be. The sweetness becomes more cloying, and the hop character, which seemed quite noticeable at the start, has a harder and harder time breaking through. Not particularly enjoyable by the end.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 02:51:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled-version. BB date: Aug. 06.
A: like the cask-conditioned version, the colour is orangey-amber
S: pale-malt sweetish aroma dominates the nose, with wild flower's sweetish yet a bit stinky scent, like elderflower-blossom+rhubarb, underneath is a tinge of white-sugary note and some orangey hops; overall very light-weight but refreshing.
T: deeply flowery sweetish flavour pours into the mouth, leading to a faintly citrus hop and a mildly dryish palate at the back of the tongue and introduces some bitterness. Surrounding the mouth is a residual taste of weird, warmish, powdery grains and rhubarb flavouring, like that of some flower-infused teas... come to think of it, the same thing happens to some other Badger's beers, e.g. Golden Glory and Badger's Original--might be the work of their unique treatment of hops?
M: overall the mouthfeel is too light and the texture too thin, with that slightly artificial fizziness not common to a real ale. The ending touch is watery, all the more so if one catches the lack of aftertaste. Thin-bodied and lacking flavour and depth; this beer fails in its bottled-version even harder than on cask. I think the brewery should improve the recipe or leave the resources for other better beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 18:22:48 | More by wl0307
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +26.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 02:03:34 | More by Derek
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 06:13:12 | More by wordemupg
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dgilks

Australia

3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear amber colour with a thick, fluffy off-white head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

Thick, caramel aroma with mild fruit. Definitely a malty EPA but still decent.

Rich, malty caramel flavour with rounded soft fruit esters. Moderate bitterness. Quite easy drinking.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

A soft, simple English ale with a lot of caramel malt. Not bad.

Serving type: can

02-26-2011 05:05:42 | More by dgilks
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.1/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500ml clear bottle into a wine glass.

A: Clear copper body under a thin, fleeting off-white head. Less than great.

S: Skunk and caramel malt. It can't have been too hoppy to begin with, as the skunk is reasonable tolerable. Still, I hate skunk.

T: Musty caramel, skunk, and some residual hops bitterness. A least the sweetness outdoes the skunk, but it's still quite bad.

M: Fizzy medium body. Meh.

O: Why oh why do so many British brewers package their beers in clear bottles? Is the skunk a desired aroma and flavor? In the case of this beer, I almost think that was the plan: who wouldn't want a skunky Ferret from Badger? It sounds like something out of Wind in the Willows, but as much as I like that book, this beer lacks all charm.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 16:30:23 | More by woosterbill
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Vinnie, an Englishman who brought it into Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse, WI for me. Thanks Vinnie! Poured with a fine off-white head and some lace. Has a deep amber color. Nose is malty and British hoppy. Flavor is the same but much richer, with a flash of cabbage. Maybe from the clear bottle. Finish is decent, leaving me the wish for another swallow. Typical English Ale with a little extra carbonation. Session beer; I like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 20:40:27 | More by drpimento
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laituegonflable

Australia

2.3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly apricot-tinged golden colour, minimal beige head, virtually none left though. Still, slow carbonation. Leaves a touch of lace but not much. Very lacklustre appearance.

Slight sticky honey-style malt, maybe German influence, with slight notes of bread yeast, but not overpowering. Light bitterness but doesn't seem natural, and dominant character is that slightly corn-fed malt. Pretty meh, again.

Taste is a lot more organic than I gave it credit for. Flavour is quite malty and slightly earthy, genuine grain character underlying it. Bit of a carbolic soda bitterness creeps through on the mid palate and turns it slightly tart, then a hint of some sort of bitter pang on the back, but not very full of character, more of an afterthought, with a very small amount of bitter hang just lingering at the coda. Not impressed, but it's not as offensive as it might have been.

Mouthfeel is still and lifeless. Maybe a little bit of buoyancy in it but it's dull and uninspired. Overall, a lacklustre and very ordinary brew. Not harsh or unpleasant to drink, but definitely lacking something: like flavour, or ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 00:31:12 | More by laituegonflable
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 09:16:11 | More by CrazyDavros
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StJamesGate

New York

3.49/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: can

04-19-2013 21:00:21 | More by StJamesGate
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bditty187

Nebraska

2.55/5  rDev -19.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 14:14:06 | More by bditty187
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bashiba

Iowa

3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 00:12:58 | More by bashiba
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 23:47:44 | More by jazzyjeff13
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soju6

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 04:19:27 | More by soju6
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
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....

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 10:42:27 | More by mdagnew
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

07-29-2004 01:49:57 | More by CRJMellor
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy red-copper with chunks of floating sediment. Head is initially slight, then dissipates to a slight sheen.

Aroma is toasted caramel malt and light citrus fruit; along with a bit of earthy bitterness that brings balance.

Taste is toasted malt from the nose. The light citrus makes an appearance as well - melon and orange. Finishes with an earthy bitterness that offers a lingering dry cedar quality.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

Overall, not bad. There are no off flavors. The flavor holds interesting fruit and English hop subtlety. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 00:22:53 | More by Blakaeris
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 04:20:40 | More by morebeergood
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FreshHawk

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 01:01:14 | More by FreshHawk
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GreenCard

Oregon

2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 09:50:59 | More by GreenCard
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heygeebee

Australia

3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark gold one finger head.

Aromas of English style hops, some orange.

Taste is a somewhat hollow experince. Initial English stlye Pale ale sweetness followed by a disjointed bitter hop back palate.

Mouthfeel a bit thin, but that's OK as per style.

Overall, OK. Ish.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 00:51:49 | More by heygeebee
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Sigmund

Norway

3.33/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 23:12:24 | More by Sigmund
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Fursty Ferret from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
74 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.