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Fursty Ferret - Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 118
Avg: 3.16
pDev: 22.15%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | 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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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 118
Photo of Eramen
2.91/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Tawny, dark golden in colour, a generous volume of carbonation is evident. It comes out of the bottle with a one finger head but this bubbles away after a couple of sips.

S - A rich and very fine woody scent, malts there too, and a sort of cheap candied fruit aroma as well. Pretty strong on the nose.

T - Quite poor actually considering its pleasing aromatic character. There is the malts, sweet fruity elements, sugar, and a adequate bitterness for balance.

MF - Light-medium mouthfeel, a little on the watery side, medium-high carbonation.

O - Started off well enough but sadly it doesn't do it for me. Also the clear bottle is also a bit of a let down, I've had bad experiences with them. My first beer fro this brewer and I'm a bit underwhelmed.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.11/5  rDev -33.2%
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.


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Photo of kojevergas
2.44/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.71/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.47/5  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.

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Photo of bashiba
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. I've tried this on 3 different formats now--cask, can and bottle. All are interesting, not sure which is my favorite.

A: light brown ale with great clarity and a 2-finger off-white foamy head.

S: lots of mash and malts, less sweet than some

T: mostly bitter and earthy with some light hints of sweetness

M: moderate carbonation and body

D: definitely would drink again

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Photo of atis
3.42/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of EarlNuce
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +26.6%
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!

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Photo of Fizzlybear
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

L - Pours a dark copper colour, with a frothy off white head.

S - There was a strong malt smell, with aromas of spiced orange. An average smell.

T - The taste was quite sweet, I picked up on honey and malt with a slight bitter fruitiness (orange and citrus).

M&D - The drinkability of it was not great, it settled slightly heavy on me, but the feel it has was good.

Overall there are better beers in this category to go for.

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Photo of DerBayer
2.18/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

And now for something distinctly average or just below. The colour is a rich amber to ruby but head is very frothy and bubbly not what i would expect of the style.

The smell is weak and faint and doesnt really tell much and the taste is also somewhat non-descript but some hop aromas are present.

Mouthfeel is OK and so is drinkability but nothing great

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.27/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

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Photo of charlatan
3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A light chestnut coloured beer with a decent head. It has a clean, grassy nose with a hint of orange peel. The carbonation is a little offputting, giving it rather a flavoured mineral water feel. Beyond that it has a rather light version of the stock Badger taste with a fairly pleasant and not at all fruity hoppy edge. Passable but unspectacular.

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Photo of drpimento
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of vancurly
3.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very handsome light copper/amber, thick, full off-white head.

Fleeting nose of rubber/sulfur, which is pushed aside by malt & floral notes.

Malt & green apple skins, light poppy seed note, floral & herbal hoppiness. Mild bitterness

Smooth, fairly light, yet drinkable. Wouldn't mind a session with the draught version.

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Photo of kmacphail
3.31/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer, a pale brown/amber colour, poured nicely into a pint mug, giving a good head for a bottled beer, this stuck to the side of the glass as it was drunk, a very nice sign on a bottled beer.

The nose was too sweet, a toffee and caramel mixed in with the already sweet nose of the malts, it would have been nicer if these were hints instead of a strong sweet smell, too much like a soft drink.

The taste was not too sweet, although definately dominated by maltiness and not a lot of hops. It was rather pleasant and a very nice thirst quencher, as the sweet taste gave a hint of fruit in the after taste. however the mouthfeel was a bit too lager-like for me, too watery.

Although I must admit, although this beer is nothing more than average in my opinion, I did go back for another and did enjoy it once again. I'm not sure why but I can't critisice this beer too much. It's not the best on the market, or the worst; it is just very average.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
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....

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Photo of wl0307
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
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!

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Fursty Ferret from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
75 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.