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Badger – Fursty Ferret – Hall and Woodhouse VIII

Hello beer people!

 

Moving right along in the Badger series, today I bring you:

Beer: Fursty Ferret

Brewery: Badger, Hall and Woodhouse, Dorset, England

Badger - Fursty Ferret - smooth and creamy bitter low hops bitterness light caramel and malt sweet mild flavour hint of bitter after taste - 7o25 () 10
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Impressions: A smooth and creamy tasting ale.  A very light hops bitterness is complemented by light caramel and sweet malt notes. Very mild and light body, with a light bitter after taste. Low carbonation.

ABV: 4.4%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: This was a nice beer that brought some nice flavours together. Nice. Slightly sweet and very easy drinking, this is definitely a lighter ale. A higher ABV would have been welcome, however, as is, an enjoyable ale that I’ll probably pick up again when I’m in the mood for something lighter.

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Badger – Hopping Hare – Hall and Woodhouse IV

Hey all,

Continuing on with my series from Hall and Woodhouse http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/the-range, today I bring you:

Beer: Hopping Hare

Brewery: Badger, Hall and Woodhouse, Dorset, England

Badger Hopping Hare - Dorset, England - very smooth ale creamy sweet hoppiness with notes of vanilla and citrus medium bitter medium low carbonation - 4o4 abv - 7o25 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth ale, with a creamy bitter-sweet hops. Strong notes of hops citrus followed by subtle notes of vanilla. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV4.4%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: Quite a nice, hoppy ale. This one was stuck in the middle ground of too drinkable or too potent. Ie. It’s very drinkable but lacking a bit of punch (perhaps a higher ABV would have made up for the tail end of the hops flavours). Overall a good beer though, and I would recommend it to those that enjoy lighter, hoppier ales. Enjoy!

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Read my other reviews of Badger Beers here:

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/hall-and-woodhouse-brewery-badger-ales-part-i/

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/badger-golden-glory-hall-and-woodhouse-ii/

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/badger-tanglefoot-hall-and-woodhouse-iii/

Wood’s Brewery

Today I bring you three beers from the relatively young brewery (circa 1980) Wood’s. Found amongst the hills of Shropshire (England), this brewery believes in producing traditional ales to be served in real pubs. They were inspired by the lull in ales available at the time, as gas powered mass produced lagers became more abundant.

Today I bring you three of their creations: Parish BitterPot O’ Gold, and Shropshire Lass.

Beer #1: Parish Bitter

Woods parish bitter england 4 abv low carbonation smooth average alr medium bitterness weak body bitter sweet average 6() 10.jpg

Impressions: This smooth ale presents a fairly mild tone, with a light-medium bitterness throughout the almost watery body. Subtle sweet malt notes hit your tongue toward the end as the lowly carbonated beverage slides down your throat.

ABV: 4%

Score: 6 / 10 (Low Average)

Verdict: An average bitter that presents nothing exciting. It’s smooth and has a respectable taste.

Beer #2: Pot O’ Gold

Wood's pot o gold england smooth ale 4o4 abv creamy bitterness malty citrus average 6 o75 () 10.jpg.jpg

Impressions: Another smooth ale with a creamier body. A much nicer citrus bitterness hits the tongue immediately followed by malted notes. However, it is still a very light bodied ale with low carbonation.

ABV: 4.4%

Score: 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Verdict: A nicer ale that the Parish, it has much more distinct notes. The slightly higher ABV brings a bit more punch to the beer, however, it is still nothing remarkable. Definitely not Britain’s best bitter.

Beer #3: Shropshire Lass

Wood's Shropshire Lass England smooth ale mild slightly sour citrus orange 4o1 abv 6 () 10.jpg

Impressions:  Another light, smooth ale. Very mild with a slightly sour orange / citrus bitterness. Low carbonation and light bodied.

ABV: 4.1%

Score: 6 / 10 ( Low Average)

Verdict: Another, not-so-special ale, that while enjoyable, probably isn’t a repeat buy.

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Final thoughts on the Wood’s Brewery:

With a claimed 20~ different ale output every year, I can hardly judge the brewery by these 3 bottled ales. That said, nothing here blew me away. Pot O’ Gold was definitely nicest with it’s slightly more depth of flavour. Nothing here would put me off from drinking from this brewery as they are all perfectly adequate (re: average), but I am not going to be immediately drawn to them if say Doom bar is on tap.

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