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Fursty Ferret | Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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BEER INFO

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

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Added by stirgy on 11-27-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,099
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
135
pDev:
15.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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9
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Photo of jeschaefer
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jacobus79
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of eddingsaur
3.04/5  rDev -6.7%
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).

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Photo of pcbnumber1
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of andyjeigh
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Macamah
2.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of RedAleMan
3.27/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kofukasho
2.74/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.39/5  rDev +4%
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 Jerseyislandbeer
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Daniel_k_morgan
4.89/5  rDev +50%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Stevethebeerman
4.33/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Martine
3.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alkerby123
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
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...

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Photo of American_Hawk
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of manfromanotherplace
2.59/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DrunkenDwarf
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcubz
3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrewharemza
2.92/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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3.01/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Hyperionecta
3.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Fursty Ferret from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 135 ratings
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