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Fursty Ferret | Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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Fursty FerretFursty Ferret

Brewed by:
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pezoids on 11-27-2003

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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 130
Photo of Derek
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!

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Photo of cervezango
3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.71/5  rDev +17%
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 EmperorBevis
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
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

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Photo of Doiv
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Photo of fullsweep
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
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 leaddog
3.61/5  rDev +13.9%
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".

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
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

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Photo of StJamesGate
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Boto
3.47/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.47/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Jetulio
3.44/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
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.

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Photo of atis
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
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....

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Photo of dave2k5
3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
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

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.39/5  rDev +6.9%
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 often objectively cheaper. Kind of reminds me of Pedigree. Fine for a tick, but not something to go out of your way for.

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Photo of vancurly
3.39/5  rDev +6.9%
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 soju6
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.32/5  rDev +4.7%
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 jonb5
3.32/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of kmacphail
3.31/5  rDev +4.4%
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 thepeter
3.19/5  rDev +0.6%
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!

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