Fursty Ferret | Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 11-27-2003

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Ratings:
132
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
15.77%
 
 
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Photo of BlackAura
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of woosterbill
2.11/5  rDev -33.4%
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!

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Photo of DerBayer
2.18/5  rDev -31.2%
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 pipinmalikonj
2.25/5  rDev -29%

Photo of laituegonflable
2.27/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

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Photo of tonton
2.43/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.44/5  rDev -23%
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 Heminoolo
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of xhuang61
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of bditty187
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
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!

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
2.59/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GreenCard
2.71/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
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 Toddv29424
2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a dark caramel color with a little head, which leaves a nice lace on the glass then it finally dissipates. The initial taste is much like an English bitter served at room temperature: pretty bland and wheat heavy. The second taste is much more pungent, and tastes like an cider-and-alcohol mixture. This lingers for a few seconds, then the apple and fruits start to emerge more and it warrants another sip. I don't think this beer would complement any food, it is best drunk on its own.

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Photo of kofukasho
2.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ArtZan
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Mr_Pink_152
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
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 psm90
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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...

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Photo of wl0307
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.

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Fursty Ferret from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
3.17 out of 5 based on 132 ratings.
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