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Fiddler's Elbow - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
82
good

254 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 10
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 thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : floral hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : fruity and caramel flavours, with no strong bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer is the style English Extra Strong Bitter (with unusual mixture of barley and wheat).

thierrynantes, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color with a foamy, white head that has decent retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Malty with buttery notes. Also has grassy and citrusy hints from the hops.

Taste: Starts fairly bitter with grassy and floral flavors. Develops a buttery, malty character as it progresses. Leaves a crisp, hoppy aftertaste. Quite nice...

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a crisp, clean finish.

Drinkability: A great pale ale. Flavorful, yet easy to drink, I would certainly have this one again, if the opportunity presented itself.

wahhmaster, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of JohnnyP3
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml bottle with a best before date of 12 Sep 10 into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow with a thin white head that gradually dissolves. Smell contains an inviting hop aroma--hints of bitterness and butterscotch (diacetyl).

Tasting this English Pale Ale reveals flavors similar to the smell--hop bitterness, a light butterscotch taste and a slight orange-citrus note from the hops. A little candied fruit there as well. Definitely has that unique bitterness quality of many English beers. The wheat used to brew this beer almost reminds me of a distant relative of a hefeweizen. Finishes somewhat dry. A very pleasant, refreshing and overall mellow, smooth and subdued ale. Left me reaching for something a little more.

Mouthfell is average for the most part. This ale imparts a somewhat thin quality, somewhat watery.

Drinkability is fine. This is a very easy drinking ale, one that is arguably suitable for a session with friends. Again, the somewhat subdued character is a double edged sword. Very refreshing, but the overall character was a bit lacking at the finish.

JohnnyP3, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of lamergod
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Nice copperish orange coloru with light carbonation and a 1 finger head. Has a head of a typical southern english pint that does not stick very long and ends up being a strand of foam at the top.

Smell: Nice malty goodness upfront with some notes oft toffees and caramel. Finishes with a note of hops

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Very well balanced between the sweetness and biterness. Best EPA I have drank thus far.

Mouthfeel: Very light carbonation, hence a very light body. Smooth down the throat, just like every pint should be during the world cup.

Drinkability: Very very drinkable. Definetly can see myself downing a few pints with some mates at a pub. A great session beer.

lamergod, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely for a small but sustaining head presentation, which is a bit off white in color. The body is clear and copper in color.

The aroma is piny and lemony. There is a slight hint of caramel too.

The taste is tea in character with a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, as well as lively.

TheSarge, May 05, 2010
Photo of prosper
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale amber with a small-ish off-white head. Slight haze.

Smells of yeasty esters and fruity caramel malts. Maybe a trace of diacetyl.

Tastes slightly tart, with some thin caramel flavours and some bready malts. Plenty of yeast esters. No toastiness. Hop presence is light. Finishes towards the bitter, but doesn't linger.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Drinkability - it's OK, but not something I'd seek out.

Overall: it's 'average' right down the line. A bit boring, lacking in any real defining character.

prosper, May 03, 2010
Photo of Brad007
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color with an one-finger head into my pint glass. Looks about right color-wise.

Aroma is full of sweet, buttery malt upfront with just a hint of hops. Subtle but obviously in the right place.

Taste is full of buttery malt, which obvious dominates over any trace of hops. Seems a bit faded as well.

Mouthfeel is mild with sweet malt the most dominant of flavors. Not much else to be seen. Kind of "salty" at the back of the throat.

It's an average example of the style but regardless, would probably taste better from a tap. Worth a try only if you like Wychwood's output.

Brad007, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of climax
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer oozed out behind my back after I cracked the top. Lots of rocky foamy head sat atop a cloudy amber hue.

The nose was relatively clean, yet uninspiring. For the most part it smelled like a fizzy euro lager, some cider sour apple notes. More toffee and caramel flavors helped boost things as the beer warmed a bit.

The flavor had somewhat of a metallic ting and sourness to it, but didn't distract. Toffe and caramel flavors dominated while a subtle bitterness and some skunk helped balance things out. Relatively bland.

The feel was on the light side of medium and a tab bit watery. The carbonation was pretty sharp and left a nice tingle in the aftertaste which was quite clean and a bit dry. Pretty easy to drink, but relatively normal otherwise.

climax, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of alkchrios
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- amber... slightly copper.. kinda boring.
S- very earthy.. hops/malt.. rather non-existent
T- rather earthy.. laugh all you want but i tasted raw mushrooms.
M- pretty good.. probably the only selling point on this beer.. nice carbonation... clean finish.
D- id rate this the same way id rate a miller high life for drinkability... very easy to drink.

Im not a giant fan.

alkchrios, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of basica
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into my Sam Adams Globe pint glass.

A - Bright hazy brown with a small forming head that quickly reduces to a less than one finger thick frothy, milky head which stays on

S - Lightly floral, citrusy bouquet. Not too much of a scent.

T - Strong on the malts with a light floral backing, slight sweetness with an aromatic floral, hoppy and slightly fruity finish which leads on to a apple of pear like after taste

M - Largely watery, average carbonation, nothing too spectacular

D - Goes down easy and leaves nice hoppy, fruity after taste. Refreshing for a hot day definitely.

basica, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of seand
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear light read amber, with a nice fluffy, bubbly off white head. Retention is above average, leading to decent lacing.

S: Largely a thick floral sweetness, with some earthiness.

T: Medium sweetness up front, again with a touch of the earthiness, leading into a lightly bitter finish. The light hop aftertaste lingers, and is slightly dry.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, some mild chewiness.

D: Drinks quite easily, with it's more subdued flavors and pleasant dry finish.

It's a pretty nice example of an English pale, pleasant and drinkable.

seand, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of wangbruins
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pretty decent burnt orange with lots of malted barley "floaties" but not much of a head

S- A little orange, a little lemon, and some flowers, but no scent is really overpowering

T- Very malty with a prevelant barley taste but not much else. The bottle said it has a hoppy finish but I must have missed it

M- Thin and watery without much substance

D- It's like a good flavored water so have a bunch

wangbruins, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Natural510
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, no discernible dating.

Lovely color which falls somewhere between bright amber orange and burnt sienna copper. Nice fluff of cloudy head and solid ring of lace.
Nose rather light with caramel malt and apples.
Earthy flavor with leafy and floral notes. Mild residual hoppiness with a kick at the back of the mouth and a sweet fruity malt. Astringent, herbal finish.
Nice body for the style. Smooth, refreshing, easy-drinker.
Solid English Pale; not the best of the lot but provides a healthy pint of the good stuff when the mood strikes.

Natural510, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of dschwarz
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from brown 16 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A -- Poured a burnt orange/very light brown color with a half-inch of attractive white head, which dissipated after about a minute and left some lacing on the glass.

S -- Not getting a whole lot here. Some of the malt comes through along with what smells like lemon.

T -- Pretty citrusy, somewhat like Sierra Nevada. The hops come in on the back end.

M -- Lost noticeable carbonation as I drank it, but there is some good carbonation overall nevertheless. It is pretty light/watery, but not in a bad way.

D -- Very drinkable beer - goes down real easy. I could drink probably 2 of these 16 oz. bottles with no difficulty. A very good example of the style and something I would like to drink with dinner.

dschwarz, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Minotaur
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very typical of English Pale Ales that pours from bottle to pint glass a deep red-amber. Very clear with finger and a half pale ale which leaves a little lacing.

There is a bitter hops, floral bready aroma.

The taste is very pilsner, bitter on the tongue, but beneath it is a light and hoppy taste, with the flower notes predominating. It is only vaguely sweet and biscuit like and has some sweet caramel in the deep notes.

It is very smooth and the very thin mouthfeel continues to hold the floral and bitter-bready notes through the aftertaste. The aftertaste is slightly more astringent and not as clean as is common in this style.

Minotaur, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of ClavisAurea
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle in a small rocks glass (I don't know why he gave me that glass but I went with it.)

Appearance: light copper with absolutely no head and very slight carbonation

Nose: slight wheat and yeast, wine

Taste: red wine, dry and metallic

I really didn't enjoy this one and it didn't stand out at all.

ClavisAurea, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of bob3701
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wheat type glass. Cloudy yellow/gold with a big head to start that slowly goes into a ring with not much lacing. Odd aroma, can't quite describe it. Taste of biscuts and very sour in the finish. Can't say I would seek this one out again. Was not awful but just not for me.

bob3701, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a .5 finger fizzy yellowish head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Not much lacing.

Earthy hop aroma with some caramel and biscuit malt balance. Bland and pretty weak smelling.

Delicately hopped up front with a nice biscuit malt balance followed again by a stronger hop presence and a dry slightly bitter. Very slightly tartness with some slight crisp fruit. Okay session beer but nothing worth seeking out again.

corby112, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After an excellent experience with Hobgoblin, I decided to give this stuff a shot. I should note that this review is a repost, as the previous one got lost in a BA server crash, so if you see it twice, that's why.

Appearance: Wow, after a modest pour I'm getting a thumb and a half of head that is lacing and retaining like crazy. The body itself varies depending on how the light hits it as a spectrum from bright red to a tan yellow. The only thing stopping it from a perfect score is a slight cloudiness in the beer. Well done.

Smell: Took a bit of warming to come out, but a nice mixture only slightly dominated by dry yeast and floral hops. Sweet caramel malts with very light chocolate and butterscotch notes. A little more strength is needed in this department, and the yeast could be reigned in, but it's still very good.

Taste: Starts with a fairly light malt of which the butterscotch makes a bit more of a presence, which turns to a fruitier taste of apples, grapes and something I can't quite place. It then turns a little bit too flowery as the hops take over but are reigned in by the sweetness of the beer.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is solid for this beer, and the transitions are done well, but it does leave a slight dry sensation and the while the aftertaste fairly pleasant, it does overstay it's welcome.

Drinkability: The dry end, makes the beer not as refreshing as it could be but points do get scored for not causing any bloating or belching issues. No problems getting it down that is for sure, but I wouldn't say it's liquid candy.

Final Thoughts: Another all around solid offering by Wychwood. Not exactly my favorite style, as I enjoyed Hobgoblin a bit more, but for the style it is quite good. This beer I can see going great with seafood, that's for sure. Certainly worth buying, even if pale ale's aren't your favorite style and a must if you do enjoy them.

TheHammer, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Thur123
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok so, the color of this brew is an almost opaque deer black, with just a tinge of red on the edges. The head was slight and a brownish red color that look nice. The smell is deep and sweet roasted malts. The smell isn't huge but it's rich. There is chocolate and liquorish, with a whiff of caramel as well.

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Slight hop bitterness in front fades into a roasted coffee rich flavor with anise showing up to on the back end. The mouth feel of this is great, really full and creamy without being to cloying. The aftertaste shows mostly the roast flavor and just a bit of the hops as well, giving this beer a spicy kind of aspect to it. Overall this is a really solid stout, and at 10.99 a sixer and only 6%, I'm only a little bummed.

Thur123, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass
Light copper/amber in color, with a two-inch head of foam
Aroma-Clean malt with some subtle hop undertones
Taste-Subtle malts, some hop notes, and a lingering citrus-rind flavor in the finish
Overall, easy to drink, certainly sessionable-A fine typical English ale-Nothing fancy, just pleasant, understated and drinkable

hosehead83, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed caramel amber hue with a big off white khaki head forms thick with a nice evenly strung layer of lacing around my imperial pint willi style glass. Aroma has a nice caramel malt presence with earthy and citric coated hops. A very funky English yeast edge brings a pleasing nut quality to the table as well within this mildly fruity and floral English style pale ale. Dry but sharply fruity in flavor, not overly sweet but nice prickly sweet red apple notes. Hops bring out a citrus finish with an earthy muddled bitterness blended with characteristic yeast that this brewer uses. Not much poetry or cohesion going on but a flavorful English style pale, that's been on most of us craft beer drinkers early inspiration lists. Mouthfeel is pretty light to medium light in the spectrum of beer carbonation is soft and some what creamy a nice sessionability comes my way with this brew. Easy going with some very English appeal if that's your thing, I'm down to try other brews from Wychwood, it's been awhile. I also picked up a 12 oz Hobgoblin...this one happened to a 16 ouncer.

WVbeergeek, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 43 degrees.

Appearance: A medium orange color with some reddish hues for the body. There is a nice one in a half finger head that has some retention. The head is white in color, that leaves some lacing. There is some effervescence. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy.

Nose: A nice maltiness, with some orange citrus floral aroma, and some phenols.

Taste: A nice maltiness with a light orange citrus and a floral bouquet.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is slight carbonated and astringent. The Body of the beer is medium light and the finish is light. The beer has a nice complex flavor with an easiness to drink. I really enjoyed the beer.

colts9016, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at my local LCBO.

Form a bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium off-white head. Rust brown colour, perfectly clear and zero carbonation. Head fades to a healthy film cap. Only minimal ring remains and only a tad of lacing. Normal for the style.

SMELL: Toasted and caramel malt some wheat malt in there with some floral hops as well. Decent strength. A touch of butterscotch in the background as well.

TASTE: Follows the nose. Toasted and caramel malt with some wheat in the there as well as some butterscotch notes. Floral hoppy touches and wood hints there as well. Flowery and woody aftertaste has enough sweetness to balance it out. Aftertaste is strong but quick to the point and gone. Nicely balanced and enjoyable. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium smooth carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes on the good side of dry on the palate. Decent.

OVERALL: Quite enjoyed this one. A very tasty and enjoyable English Ale. Wychwood is a little underrated, but they certainly make some good stuff. Recommend picking this one up if you haven't already.

Jeffo, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of Kendo
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass, the body is a chill-hazed amber with a small head that settles quickly and leaves behind no lace. Kinda reminds me of apple cider in appearance.

S: Yeasty and fruity over a touch of caramel malt.

T: It could be the apple cider appearance, but I'm thinking overripe apples, maybe some apricot, with a hint of caramel malt and toffee. Finishes slightly dry, however, with a decently clean palate on the aftertaste.

M: Decent carbonation, light-to-medium in heft.

D: OK.

Notes: My 2-yr old son was throwing a tennis ball to the dog while I was sipping this one outside. The ball bounced off my shoulder and landed in the pint glass. I shrugged it off -- I'd drank about 2/3 of the bottle already and didn't consider it to be all that much of a loss. I went inside and poured a Nugget Nectar for my next beer, and despite the NN being about 7 mos old, I liked it better.

Kendo, Sep 04, 2009
Fiddler's Elbow from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
82 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.