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Fiddler's Elbow - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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251 Ratings

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This pale ale's wheat flavours are quite subdued, which I found disappointing on a personal level, but I can't mark it down for that as the bottle promises earthy hops and juicy malts. In this respect, it doesn't disappoint; but a couple of other factors need mentioning before the flavour.

Firstly, the smell. The spicy aroma is overpowering and does not give a good initial impression. The wafting hit of the hops instantly marked this beer down as a "challenging" brew. Not a session beer by any means, at least not from this initial impression. Holding the glass back a bit redeemed it slightly, as the ale (darker than I would have anticipated) settled into a nicely mottled head, almost like a Scottish heavy.

On to the flavour. After the shock of the initial smell, the beer won back some respect with the initial taste. It was not as strong as the aroma suggested, but with an excellent crisp finish. As such, the drinkability level goes up, but only slightly. The crispness of the finish is really the selling point of this beer, at least in my opinion; the wheat and hops really come through at the end with some lingering fruit notes (starfruit, surprisingly, was what I picked up from this.)

The mouthfeel is a real winner. It's a tickly, very lightly bubbled brew that compliments the tanginess nicely, but is substantial enough to provide a "filling" sensation in the mouth. This helps it go down a bit more easily than it otherwise might.

In short, then, this beer starts off quite badly but soon redeems itself. Not my personal favourite, but I may give it a second chance in future.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 20:59:11 | More by nach0king
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a compact head and some lace streaks. The aroma is of dry fruity english ale yeast, wheat malt and spicy hop flowers. The taste is spicy with a very English hop profile. Theres quite a bit of sweetness (maybe from the wheat malt?) that shows up in the middle. A somewhat cidery and misplaced yeast flavor becomes apparent towards the finish.

The finish is moderately bitter with plenty of grain husk. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and slightly coating. I sense a glutonous character to this beer thats hard to describe. It might have something to do with the wheat, though Im sure only a small amount was used.

Overall this is a decent beer, Though its not fantastic. A good fallback choice in a sparsely stocked LCBO.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 02:27:23 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml clear glass bottle.

Appearance: Clear amber with a big solid head that falls quickly.

Smell: Subdued hop aroma. Very faint notes of fruit. A little lackluster.

Taste: Not much of anything to start with. A little bit of malt kicks in soon, but is quickly obliterated by the hops. Bitterness lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, good balance of carbonation and smoothness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but nothing spectacular. Nothing to write home about, but I wouldn't spit it out either.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2005 23:46:21 | More by allergictomacros
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all, this brew didn’t seem light-struck, like I’d half expected. So, I was off to a good start. The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a thin, unremarkable white head. Little lace. The aroma is a nice mix of malt and fruit. The fruit really comes out in this one…pear, apple, ripe peaches…very nice. There’s caramel and a little (restrained) floral hoppiness in the smell as well. This brew is quite well balanced, with a mild, satisfying flavor. The front has a very slight sweetness, coupled with just a little butterscotch. The brew, however, is a little more slick and oily than necessary, and I found that quality a little distracting. Still, this is a decent, smooth, easy to drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 17:47:30 | More by Suds
Photo of shark262


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slight head upon pouring that quickly dissapates. Orange-copper in color with slight carbonation.

Malty, nutty aroma with slight peach-like overtones. Mouthfeel is pleasant, lightly carbonated.

Citric, slightly astringent taste with a medium body and clean finish.

This is a good example of an English ale which is moderately hopped. Although nothing extraordinary stands out in this ale, it is still a pleasing session brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 01:39:43 | More by shark262
Photo of Higravity


2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Probably the best pale ale by the Wychwood brewery, but that is not saying much. Clear amber color with a ok head. Presents a smell of light caramel malt laced with delicate hops. The taste is much the same and again everything is covered in salt. It has a decent body to it and I wasn't wishing for death as I finished it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 13:14:12 | More by Higravity
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting choice tonight, paid $4.50 for a 16.9 oz. bottle at a local Pizza place. Best part about this one was the bottle itself. Very cool engravings of the witch logo around the top with an interesting drawing of, what else, but a fiddler. Nothing exciting about this pale ale, especially in comparison to so many other great ones out there. Not too hoppy, average lacing, and carbonation. Pretty easy to finish, but nothing that got me excited to try another.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 03:08:15 | More by Backer2004
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber orange, small head and no lace. Smell is pretty malty, some spicy hops are present. Taste begins sweet, moves to a rich malty middle then finishes with some pleasant hoppy bitterness. Mouth is smooth, medium bodied, refreshing and a good session ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 15:55:44 | More by Viggo
Photo of Ahhdball


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a whim and a "prayer". I rarely buy a new brew without consulting BA first so I hoped my gut wouldn't fool me.
A nice clear amythest color with a large head crowning the top leaving sudsy (almost soapy like) residue.
Floral and huge bitter hops exploded into the air - consistent with most EPA's I've tried.
Taste was very bitter. Some fruit (citrus) and wheat. Left a bitter sting in the mouth but I really liked it.
Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. No residue completely left my mouth with no memories.
Very good, I'd like to have this again. $3.49 can convince me. My gut was right...nice call.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 01:26:20 | More by Ahhdball
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer, but not a good one either. Somewhat attractive, with a bit of a head atop an amber body. Grassy hop smell, with a hint of sweetness behind it. The taste is pleasant, with a buttery sweetness to it and some grassy hop notes that were present in the smell. A bit of a chewy mouthfeel, but overall this is a drinkable brew. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 22:28:24 | More by Litterbean
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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5/13/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Redwood City, CA

Presentation- 500ml bottle with a code stamped on the top of the clear glass bottle. Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance- A darker golden pour, slightly cloudy. A very creamy white head forms for about an inch. Lacing is above average.

Smell- Grassy, hoppy and fruity. Don't notice any skunkyness.

Taste- A tad metallic in the beginning. Definite wheat background with a decent amount of bitter hop action. Maybe a bit of fruit tastes as well.

Mouthfeel- A tad below average carbonation, pretty velvety smooth.

Drinkability- Seeing how this was a clear bottle and the fact that I got it in a close out basket for $1.99, I was preparing for a skunkfest. But, it turned out to be OK and to be a pretty decent beer. The bitter english hops work good with the malt. Plus it's a pretty easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 19:06:27 | More by GClarkage
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I opened the bottle I really noticed a big fruity,juicy aroma it was very nice and upfront to say the least,poured perfectly into my imperial pint glass a light golden with a thin wispy head,after pouring a bit I also picked up some iron in the aroma wch I didnt pick up when opening.Flavors are not as up front as the aromas for sure but there is a nice fruitiness and quite buttery with a faint grassiness from Stryian hops that dryes this ale a bit in the finish.A pretty quaffable ale not great but drinkable,probably the best offering from this English brewery I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 20:28:53 | More by oberon
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy iced-tea brown with a decent off-white head from a moderate pour. The head gently settles to a thin cover of the beer.

Aroma- while the head is still losing its size, the beer gives off a very strong, almost sour aroma- hoppy and grassy that is almost over the top. Whew. Scary.

Once the head settles, the aroma is much more mellow and gentle- hops are still there, but a much better balance with graininess.

First flavor is of a malty, wheaty presence, so I guess I mean grainy. But then, as is slides down the throat, the hops first noticed in the aroma come around to say hello. Hello back. Sharper, bitter, not balanced and not the most pleasant hoppy flavors. However, I was surprised to note that it works actually ok with the beer as a whole. The whole is more than the sum of its parts, in this case.

Mouthfeel started a bit thin and watery at first, but on to second and third sip, it filled out more.

Overall, I could have this now and again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 02:53:54 | More by Dukeofearl
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. The head fades and leaves a stubborn lace till the bottom of the glass

Aroma is hops, grass and yeast. Reminds me of my Dads Ballentine back in the day.

Taste is smooth for so many hops on the nose. Clean and crisp, a bit refreshing, makes me want to sit and enjoy this beer more. A slight sweet malt flavor near the end is quickly taken out buy the hops.

Overall this is a decent brew. There is nothing that stands out and says “Drink me” but it is enjoyable. Pick it up if you see it, it is worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2005 23:56:25 | More by Stubbie1
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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle hand carried from England as a gift. Bottle now brown, not the clear one pictured at time of this review. Pours crystal-clear dark amber, with an ecru fluffy head that is generous but begins to fade too soon... does leave some lacing. Nose is what I expect in an English ale. Taste surprised me. Nice sweet malt, but hoppier than I expected. Are these fuggle hops? A bit of citrus, a bit of grapefruit offsetting the malts. Had only one to sample, but I'd say this is drinkable all night.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 05:09:34 | More by babydoc
Photo of DESTRO


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice somewhat light amber. smells a touch skunky with a nice mellow fruity hop/malt sweetness being the overall picture. very english PA like. pretty flavorfull, doughy and a bit buttery with a mild caramel sweetness. balanced with a decent hop nod. medium bodied but leaning more towards the full spectrum. a most satisfying english ale, tastey and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 02:02:28 | More by DESTRO
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3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a dark golden brown colour with a short lived white / brown head. Strong scent of hops and mild fruit. A slight bite upon initial mouthfeel, but nonetheless, smooth and easy. Flavors of hops and grain, with a very prominent bitter aftertaste. Slightly dry. Worth a try, but I prefer Hobgoblin.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2005 00:50:29 | More by Frozensoul327
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New York

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

creamy white fluffy head on a light amber colored body.
creamy smooth and balanced aroma, subtle aroma of malt and hops.
creamy texture folowwed by a well carbonated mouthfee and some subtle malt character, very mild in taste and nicely balanced very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 15:56:39 | More by shippos
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3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: light brown/amber, great clarity, medium layer of tan foam on a hard pour, head dissipates to a thin creamy layer

Aroma: malty, hint of marcipan, angle foodcake, slight butterscotch, wisp of hops and wheat

Flavor: very subdued malt sweetness, slight tanginess, hint of wheat, edge of roasted grain, mild hop flavor, finishes dry with an aftertaste of vegetal hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, light carbonation, slightly astringent feeling on the teeth

Other comments: The label carries the somewhat cryptic phrase "Wheat Brewed". Of course, you can assume that this means there is wheat included in the malt bill, but "Wheat Brewed" seems to suggest the wheat is taking some kind of active role in the brewing process (stirring the mash? firing up the kettle? weighing out the hops? designing the recipe?).

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2004 17:29:07 | More by GreenCard
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3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out amber with a full bright white head on top. Kind of a chewey malt billing but quite light. Sweetness is well blended with some citrus hop balance. Mouthfeel works and the brew goes down all right. I'm not sure why we get this beer in Vermont as one of the only imports from a country known for good english ales, but alas. I'd drink it over not drinking it, but I'd choose something else if given a choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 22:54:50 | More by scottum
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Such an up and down brewery, this, the only beer that really exceeded my espectations was Hobgoblin. This one, at least came in a brown bottle, nicely shaped vessel, too, classy label, nice artwork...but, who cares, it's what's inside that matters, so crack, and pour and away we go!
Clear, deep amber hue, looking every bit the part for an English pale ale, slim, swiftly disappearing head...aroma is sweet and hoppy, plenty of juicy fruit in the nose, peach and apricot, the like, plus a good deal of malt in their too...I like it just fine...
Taste, though, is underwhelming, though that could be part of the plan...does nothing on the palate, just slides in and swims around, darts about and departs without leaving much of a trace in the mouth. Tasty to a point, eventually kind of dull...clean and crisp, but not memorable at all in the flavor...kind of a dud, but drinkable, despite.
Once more, I have to repeat a phrase i hate to use, but there's too many apt occasions: "Not bad, just not much."

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 09:14:25 | More by feloniousmonk
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear bottle from LCBO...poured a red-orange hue...nice color. Aromas of pine/citrus hops very pungent over the less stated sweet caramel malts....1 finger rocky white head that stays a while then laces nicely (this is the best smelling/looking wychwood ale I’ve sampled yet...perhaps I got a fresh one unskunked from clear bottles and poor handling). Mild start where the caramel malt kind of prevails then the tongue goes creamy and dry with wheat malts as a long finishing starts where the drying is replaced by bittering...which is is gradual and prolonged...several hop tastes are departed...bitter spruce, to lime peel to grassy to resin to metallic...this is actually not a bad bitter....expensive but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2004 21:17:58 | More by pootz
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3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour is deep orange, almost brown. The head is simple yet creamy and moderately sticky. Aromas are of citrusy hop, herb and some bisquit. In the mouth the beer is crisp with a satiny texture. Flavors are very herbal, with tarragon at the forefront. Malt and hop play equal roles with the hop balancing out the malt, though the hop is a tad bitter, in a bad bitter sort of way. The beer is a touch cloying on the finish. This beer followed a lackluster Scarecrow Ale from the same brewery. It is better, yet not something I'd pick up a second time.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2004 01:36:14 | More by moulefrite
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3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 500 ml bottle it poured a milky golden yellow with a 2" head that dropped slowly to a film with good lacing.
Smell was minimal, just some light hops.
Taste was significantly better with hops, malt, a light fruit taste as well as a light but noticeable alcohol presence. A good UK pale ale with decent complexity.
Medium bodied and fairly smooth, well balanced and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 02:33:02 | More by PorterLambic
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a clear, 500 mL bottle. Neat label, as with all wychwood brews. I liked the hobgoblin and blackwych stout, so I decided to give this a try.

Poured a clear amber colour, with a fizzy off white head that disappears pretty fast. Left nice rings of lacing.

Taste was much more hopped than expected. The bitterness is present with each sip and lingers around. Maltiness is subtle. Kinda wheaty, sorta floral. Nice blend of alot of flavours.

Light bodied and quite refreshing, great for a summer day.
Would rather have a hobgoblin if I could choose between the two.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2004 23:14:52 | More by baiser
Fiddler's Elbow from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
82 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.