Fursty Ferret
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #431
Ranked #49,090
3.3 | pDev: 14.85%
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
England, United Kingdom
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from a Beer Store I don't often frequent. Date says April 21, so I guess it's almost at its best before date. Served cool into a tulip/

Appearance - Clear amber colored brew with honey brown hues. Two fingers of dense white head are poured and rest on top; very good staying power. Not a lot of bubbles or any lacing but still an attractive brew.

Smell - plenty of malt subtle bits of bready and caramel mixed together with a slight fruitiness of apples, pears and a slight bit of grapes.

Taste - Light and thin, modest bitterness, with a lit bit of caramel sweetness and slight fruity exclamations. Better the more you sip of it.

Mouthfeel - Medium -light bodied, moderate carbonation and easy drinking. As with the style an easy beer to knock back a few of if you have nowhere to go or nothing to do.

Overall - A pretty decent English pale ale, I think the hops could shine through a bit more, although this may be a faded batch if it is elderly. Worth a try for sure and enjoyable enough quaff.

Apr 03, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

S- Evasive until I'm almost touching it. Gentle toastiness of malts is then all I get.
L- Light/mid chestnut. Pours with thin white head reducing to lacing. Small bubble rising CO2 continues.
T- Very gentle toasty malts, the hoppy bitterness is quite distinctive. I'm quite [pleasantly] surprised to note the clear presence of alcohol, as at 4.4% I was expecting that facet to be very low-key.
M- Bitter, crisp and fresh, but then this evolves into quite an rather acidic sharpness. I will read the lable after drawing my own conclusion, and await with interest their aim here. The CO2 on the tongue is also quite pronounced, and it's the first beer of the day, so perhaps I more acutely detecting the flavours than I would later on...
O- A lighter hops-forward ale, that if you are into more prominent bitter/hoppy edge in an ale could make it a lunch-time or session-beer candidate.

-- The lable refers to a 'nutty taste and hint of seville oranges' [I get the nuts now, but not the orange], and 'malty, sweet and bitter balance'. I smell malts, defintely got bitter [!], but don't see a balancing sweet in this at all.

Aug 27, 2018
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with almost no activity. Slightly foamy white, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent legs and swirl effect. Flavors of caramel, rye, barley, walnuts, light roast, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and berries. Slick and smooth full body with prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish, thick malty feel of cereal and bread with balanced leafy hops. Toffee and vegetal. Filling and decently pleasant, but lacks complexity. Good freshness and accessibility. Nothing amazing to note, pretty basic. Unfortunately probably light struck from the clear glass bottle. Overall good quality craft.

Jul 07, 2017
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eddingsaur from Singapore

3.04/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at the Cider Pit in Singapore for the price of an import beer here (bought on a 3-for-2 promotion).

L: Murky amber. There's a good one finger head of beer here that slowly dissipates to a centimeter of soapy foam, leaving a gorgeous soapy lace around the sides of my glass. The color of the beer is a bit needing - it's a dull, murky amber with moderate carbonation. If you're looking for a bright, crisp looking pale ale, you might need to move on.

S: This is a nicely scented beer. There're light banana overtones to this beer which compliments the sweetness of the malt smells. If anything, it definitely smells sweet. Barely any scent of hop bitterness, but maybe a hint of alcohol singe. This smells like a straightforward British pale ale. Picking up the glass for a pretty standard sip now and...

T: There's a sip - and it hits the tongue. Nothing for a split second - it's almost like water - and then a mild sweetness. Banana, maybe? Or maybe that's the vanilla of the alcohol? Either way, it's very VERY faint straight on the tongue. And then down it goes. The aftertaste of biscuit malt, maybe even faintly of barley water, hangs there on the top of my palate. Vapors of vanilla alcohol spews back from the back of my throat every time I breathe. It's clean, if anything else. There's that hint of banana again. Again, like it's smell this is a pretty straightforward British pale ale - easy, accessible, and pleasantly sweet.

F: Another mouthful and it hits the tongue like water. The moderate carbonation in the look isn't really there, but to it's credit, the beer definitely has snap. It's easy to drink -light, refreshing, not overly carbonated. It holds onto the middle of the fence - it's nowhere near a heavy malt-heavy ale, but it's nowhere near a light, fizzy adjunct lager. It's a very middle of the fence beer.

Final Thoughts: This is, if anything else, a very VERY inoffensive beer. It's probably not on anyone's craving list any time soon, but it's not on anyone's never-drink list either. It's straightforward, simple and clean. And I guess that's it's biggest failing - this isn't a first choice (or even second, third, or fourth, for that matter) beer. But it's not a beer you'd turn down for a 3-for-2 offer promotion, either (and I can think of a whole bunch of beers that I would turn down in a heartbeat).

May 30, 2017
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 mL bottle grabbed at The Beer Store; best before Apr 2017 and served barely chilled.

Pours a sparkling clear orange-amber colour, with two fingers of puffy white foam seated atop. The head wilts and weakens over the next five minutes or so, producing a thick coat of lacing while being reduced to a thin, dense cap of creamy foam. Typical English ale notes on the nose - caramel and toffee, with bready, doughy malts and fruity hints of plum, citrus fruit and leafy, spicy hops. Slightly buttery.

Passable stuff; the flavour profile follows after the aroma. Bready, doughy malts with toffee and butterscotch sweetness provide much of the initial flavour, with notes orange marmalade and plum mid-sip. More of those same leafy, spicy hops come through on the back end, though they only manage to impart a very subtle bitterness. Finishes fruity with a touch of citrus, followed by a mildly hoppy aftertaste with some metallicity. Light in body, with low-ish carbonation levels that result in a smooth, slick texture that feels just a little bit watery for my tastes. Very drinkable and mostly unobjectionable.

Final Grade: 3.39, an average B-. Badger's Fursty Ferret is a serviceable session ale, but fails to go above and beyond - there's just nothing about this beer that really stands out. While I could probably drink many of these bottles in a row, I can't think of any compelling reasons to bother doing so - not when there's already a handful of other imports in Ontario that are arguably better and frequently cheaper. Kind of reminds me of Pedigree. Fine for a tick, but not something to go out of your way for.

Aug 03, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from Ramstein BritShop. Not much edge to this bitter, kind of subdued. Very mild. Aroma is nice, but sort of bland. better bitters to be had...

Jan 14, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

2.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clerar golden with an off-white head. Taste is sweet hops, grain, bread, malt. A bit watery. Slight bittersweet finish. Not bad is drinkable not again though.

Jul 22, 2015
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Boto from Connecticut

3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Aug 14, 2014
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Jan 22, 2014
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vinicole from England

3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Amber. Clear. Dense frothy head.
Sweet caramel malt aroma.
Nutty flavour. Toffee. Brown bread and hops.
Medium body and carbonation.
Straightforward English Bitter.

Oct 20, 2013
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jonb5 from England

3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Oct 19, 2013
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psm90 from England

2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: Pale clear brown with some bubbles and a small head.

Smell: Toffee, bread, but mostly a slightly cloying sweetness. Very slight grassy and piney malts.

Taste: Sweet, caramel, toffee, earthy malts with a little amount of phenols and fruity yeast. There's also a tiny amount of dark fruit hidden in the malts and a slight butter, which becomes more pronounced as I drink more. There's more hop flavour than on the nose, it's mostly grassy and piney with a touch of lemon. General hoppy aftertaste which lingers for a little while. The sweetness becomes more prominent the more I drink.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than expected with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, it's a decent beer but it doesn't do anything particularly well and it's not memorable. Fine for the style; a reasonable session beer.

Oct 18, 2013
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3/5  rDev -9.1%
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

Jun 15, 2013
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soju6 from Missouri

3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

May 31, 2013
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StJamesGate from New York

3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Apr 19, 2013
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tonton from Hong Kong

2.43/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Apr 12, 2013
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Jetulio from Spain

3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Apr 03, 2013
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Dec 29, 2012
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.61/5  rDev +9.4%
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".

Nov 26, 2012
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Daredevil from Switzerland

3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Nov 21, 2012
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doktorhops from Australia

3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Nov 19, 2012
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Oct 30, 2012
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SmashPants from Australia

2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Jul 02, 2012
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
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 and 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 lazy drupe fruitiness, and somewhat bitter floral and leafy hops. The taste is sharp breakfast biscuits, somewhat husky and grainy malt, more banal fruitiness, but this time with a minor citrus twinge, and feebly bitter, kind of ashy, and green leafy hops.

The bubbles are fairly sedate, but adequate to their task, the body on the light side of middleweight, 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.

Overall, 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.

Jun 23, 2012
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cervezango from Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +13%
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.

May 20, 2012
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Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 150 ratings