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Fiddler's Elbow - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
82
good

257 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002)
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Photo of scottum
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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."

Photo of pootz
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of moulefrite
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of baiser
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Doiv
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an amber colour with and off-white head of moderate lifespan. Beady lacing.

Aroma is citrussy, like grapefruits and lemons, with a distinct floral character. Slightly bready hint.

Taste is bitter and crisp. Very earthy and slightly minty. A little citrus and coriander bite to it. Bready and doughy as well as red berries that gives a jam tart taste overall.

Mouthfeel is not great, a little bland and watery to be honest. Moderately easy to drink at start but gets sickly quite promptly.

Aftertaste is bitter and slightly fruity.

Photo of ark57
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is an orange color with an average head. The aroma has some cirtus and mint notes as well as some grass. It is substantially hoppier than I would have expected and the maltiness stands up nicley to it. It finishes with a refreshing dryness. I could sit around and drink quite of few of these. A good session beer.

Photo of genaro
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fiddler's elbow came in a clear bottle. The color was cloudy gold/orange with a wispy head. There was just a little lace. The aroma was strong and earthy with a little citrus. The taste was sweet and malty with elements of citrus and caramel. The finish was a little dry and citrusy. It was a mellow beer with a decent hop bite and good carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I think the label and the color were the best things about it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle - Light brown ale with a medium brew that didn't last long on top of my glass. Usual pale ale flavor of yeast and light bitterness. Body is a bit thin. Also, I don't approve of the use of a clear bottle which doesn't help a beer when it needs to travel thousand of miles to get to my place.

Photo of beergeek279
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 16.9 oz. bottle. The color is golden, with a nice foamy white head. The smell is very wheatish. The taste is slightly hoppish, and has a very strong wheat taste, and has very little off-taste to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have a few of these!

After the Scarecrow, I'm glad to see a beer of this quality from Wychwood. On 2nd thought, thank you to RobBeer for leading me to a quality brewery. Quite good, and one that I'll look forward to in the future!

Photo of Hefe
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale/golden colour with 1/4" rocky head. Nice floral lightly hoppy aroma reminiscent of grapefruit and orange blossoms. There is a slightly barnyardy overtone as some have mentioned, I don't find it offputting at all, It adds a touch of complexity to the aroma.

The taste is nice, again citrusy, with a refreshing acidic bite. There is a prominence of hops on the midpalate and finish. The body has a pleasing fullness and a creamy quality.

Altogether drinkable although perhaps too much for serious session drinking.

Photo of TerryW
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks interesting in the glass. Pours up clear and orange. Only a moderate head of small, fine bubbles that quickly settled, but still left a respectable lace right to the bitter end.

It smells hoppy with an earthy barnyard quality that is not entirely pleasant. Interesting in it's own way, but could turn some folks off.

Hits the mouth bitter. The first flavours I got were of peaches and grain. Gives way to lingering, bitter hops. The fruit seems to disappear as the beer warms.

Fun bottle, like all of the other stuff from these folks. Enjoyed it for all it's different characteristics, but don't think I would make it a regular purchase.

Photo of hotstuff
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The head poured small, white and it had fine-small sized bubbles.The body was carbonated and clear.The hue was orange and the nose was fruity and hoppy.This beer left only a sparse lacing.The flavor was both very bitter and hoppy with an aftertaste to it.The mouthfeel was thin and it was tingly on my tongue.

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a lacey head. The nose is faint. There is a small amount of malt and hop aroma mixed with a fruity yeast smell. The taste is quite dull. There is a low bitterness and bland malt flavor. It really isn't that bad of a beer. The mouthfeel is good. It's a low bodied beer and is very drinkable.

Photo of slitherySOB
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like the label on the beer. Perhaps it's only good attribute. Fiddler's Elbow poured a pale yellow colour with a 1/8 head. I could smell the skunkiness from the moment I removed the cap. Even my sister, who was in the other room, could smell it. But, I could still detect the malt and hops. Just, not very well. Tasted sour. Sort of a cany apple, starburst flavour. It's okay, but not a beer worth buying again.

Photo of putnam
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too many breweries left and right of the Atlantic are relying on formulaic , cheap hop extractions to season their malty waters. This specimen reeks of grapefruit and cat piss while redeeming itself on the palate with a decent body. Still, it has an obnoxious flavor.

Photo of Darkale
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is sharp and sour -- I agree with those reviewers who do not think that it is pleasant, but it is interesting, and fortunately does not carry over into the taste of the beer.

Very clear body, clear dark gold, with a moderate head that seems to come from nowhere, because I can hardly detect any carbonation trails in the beer. Moderate lacing.

Very clean taste. Mouthfeel is crisp and brisk, raspy, but just creamy enough for balance. Hints of citrus and fruit, just like a good little pale ale should have, combined with a nice hops burn.

I could drink more than one of these. For those accustomed to the American Pale Ale, this is an intriguing counterpoint.

Photo of granger10
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It had a kind of skunky scent to it that I didn't care for. And the appearance was lighter than I would have liked. But there was a nice head to it. I noticed a definite bready maltiness to it. A big hop bite came through towards the end and in the aftertaste. A pretty aggressive beer. I could drink this one again!

Photo of Indybeer
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. When I picked up this bottle it was a golden orange almost an ice tea color. When I pulled it out of the frige it was a cloudy orange, looking almost like a weizen. Pours with very little head and leaves no real lace on the glass. The aroma of citrus with a hint of malt and hops. The flavor is slightly malty with a citrus tang and a slightly bitter finish from the hops. Goes done easily and is quite refreshing. A thoroughly pleasant experiance. Another English ale reminding me of the time I spent in the UK

Photo of jdhilt
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a moderate head and leaving some lace. Sweet nose from the malts. Good mix of malts and hops but not overpowering in either. Nearly clear just a slight haze - no noticeable yeast - nothing settling out. Fairly smooth and light carbonation.

Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very detailed and artistic illustration of a fiddler on the label of a 500 ml bottle with raised flying witch logo and raised lettering at bottom front saying "Fiercely Independent." Beer is deep amber with a small bit of haze, perhaps from sediment. Head is a nice beige and lingers. Aroma is of flowers and citrus, but not strong. Medium carbonation hits the tongue, and a full creamy mouthfeel fills the mouth. The flavor is much bigger and rounder than the aroma suggests. There is a rich roasted malt flavor, balanced with mild hoppiness, plus slight hints of honey. There is a mild hop aftertaste, but it's very understated. This beer is VERY drinkable.

Photo of greebz
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I bought this, it was a nice looking golden-orange color, but upon refrigeration it turned slightly hazy/cloudy. Poured with very little head or lace. Not much aroma nor hop flavor when cold, however as it warmed, some hop bite did come through. Not very long lasting however. It has a clean finish and went down fairly easy. Not much to get excited about, though nothing offensive either. I agree with Thrasher that the label was probably the best thing about this beer!

Photo of Thrasher
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny orange with medium head. Aroma of delicate malts, light hops, slightly musty. Some skunkiness which faded away as the beer sat in the glass. Flavors of tart apple, bread crusts, light herbs and spices, with a strong orange undertone. Very successful spiciness to this beer, which belies its sweet, subtle malt base. Smooth mouthfeel. Lingering citric finish that grows a little tiresome. Certainly enjoyable, but the wonderful name and psychedelic picture on the bottle were the high points of this beer.

Photo of John
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color. Head is whipped creamy. Skunk smells are getting in the way of what might be pleasant yeasty doughyness, light notes of roasted malt. Flavors that make it beyond the skunkiness; some fruitiness...apple, pear, white grape and leafy hops, all are pleasant. Good, but could've been much better.

Fiddler's Elbow from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
82 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.