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WychCraft - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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349 Ratings
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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-03-2005)
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Reviews by Ciocanelu:
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Ciocanelu, Sep 22, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Thrice hopped" per label,poured a nice medium clear golden with a well formed but quick to vanish bone white head.Muted aromas toasty malt and a little caramel biscuit with a hint of "green" hop,more subtle but very pleasant flavors lightly sweet and biscuity up front with a nice drying herbal lingering finish and I mean it lingers I noticed a little medicinal quality as well.I lighter EPA with good flavor packed into it its a quaffer no doubt,I recommend it.

oberon, Nov 18, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Shakerman, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of FadetoBock
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

FadetoBock, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excited for a new Wychwood release to the LCBO.

Poured into a nonic glass. Honey-golden, solid foamy head, flecks of lacing. Looks pretty good.

Nose is honey, pale malt, grassy hops. A bit of corn mash to it as well.

Not a bad beer, nothing special, but certainly enjoyable to drink. Pale malts, leafy and floral hops, apple, dry white wine, and a that same corn flavor. Hard to nail this down - it's certainly on the fringe of the pale ale category. Finishes dry.

Good, smooth carbonation, decent body.

Worth a pickup for the bottle design alone (as most Wychwood brews are). A little off in a few places, but certainly drinkable - smooth, decent taste, low ABV. Probably will pick up a few for Hallowe'en partying later next month!

JohnnyBarman, Sep 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

innominat, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Osiris9588
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with an orange hue. Two-finger white head is kinda fluffy, recedes into a pillowy cap, then into a one inch disc, leaving some decent lacing.

The aroma is dominated by orange and berry accompanied by bready yeast and malt. The flavor is big on biscuit, along with orange, some phenolic cherry cough syrup, lemon peel, slight berry notes, slighy spice, and hops on the end.

The mouth is light, but shows pretty good complexity, though the grainy, metallic finish is a bit much. Rather drinkable--solid, but nothing spectacular.

Osiris9588, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of fionn13
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

fionn13, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

DannyBaldoni, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A slightly hazy golden hue with visible particles. Good carbonation. Yields a decent head of white foam that lasts for several minutes. Smells of light malt with a hint of hops. Notes of grain, alcohol and a whiff of citrus.

Tastes of light malt with an attenuated dry bitter finish. Mild sweetness accompanied by floral and citrus notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly astringent. A dry hoppy aftertaste lingers on the palate.

A decent blonde ale; would be refreshing on a hot day. The aromatic hop flavours are nice but could be a bit more prominent. Worth trying if you see it.

jazzyjeff13, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of BGDrock
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: pale straw; very clear and clean; heads clears out fast

Aroma: lightly grassy, and the sweetness of stone fruint

Taste & Mouthfeel: hops hit first, and at just the right level; oranges come to mind; good carbonation, not too much; flavour is lasting and has great balance

Overall: could drink a lot of these! Is a great summer beer, refreshing and interesting

BGDrock, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Keegan
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Keegan, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of djcreepshow
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

djcreepshow, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

( Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear orangish-brown body whit a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. On top is a mousy off-white head that last and last.

S- This beer has a light citrus hops note but it is pretty clean with a faint pale malt only coming though after it warms quite a bit.

T- The light green hop bite has an orange rind flavor to it followed by a light honey malt and biscuit malt flavor. The taste of pale malt has some nice depth to it and comes through after the hops. The malt flavor has a light sulfur note to it. There is a smooth hop green flavor that finishes the beer.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel

D- Although this beer has some dry crisp lager qualities there are some nice malt flavors with some depth and a good hop profile.

rhoadsrage, Oct 14, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500m bottle. Not once, not twice, but Thrice Hopped (for flavour). Sure sounds better than "Triple Hopped"...

This beer pours a faintly cloudy, glassy, pale golden amber (blonde, perhaps?) hue, with one finger of thick foamy off-white head, which leaves some rain forest canopy lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of sweet, honeyed pastry malt, a bit of citrus, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bready malt, with a soft oleo spread, understated citrus rind, a nice mild floral honey character, and more earthy, somewhat piney hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body just a tad on the light side of medium weight, and agreeably smooth. It finishes with a falteringly sweet graininess, some edgy hops filling the savoury breach.

Blonde, EPA, who really knows. At any rate this ale is quite enjoyable, and equally drinkable. A (baby) step up for hoppiness cause - 'cause it's Wyyyychcraft, wicked Wyyychcraft'...

biboergosum, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Cookeeman
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Cookeeman, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle.

you gotta love the embossed Witches on broomsticks all around the bottle!

a hazed-out amber with light blonde hues. clumpy and rocky formed head, creamy color, slow dissipation and mildly sticky lace. a very nice look.

Herbal and earthy hops, wheat and white pepper upfront. A faint but sweet light malt. The Styrian golding hops are very aromatic and inviting. I love the simple, hearty and grainy aroma.

A light golden malt is crisp with wheat and dried herbs, along with an earthy and simple hop flavor that really shines through. Crisp and clean, mildly sweet malt makes for great balance and has very good complexity from the hearty, earthy, herbal and dry Golding hops. Tons of complexity from very simple ingredients gets bonus points from me.

I must be under a spell, 'cause i love this brew.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml, lcbo. Pours yellow with lots of white foam, leaving some lace dots down the glass. Creamy mouthfeel, smooth drinking, middling body. Understated bitterness, nicely malted and balanced. A fine session ale.Average blond overall. Very drinkable, hopped by Fuggles and Styrians.
Had again a year later and felt the same about it.

Sammy, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of CanuckRover
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a straw lager. Very pale gold. Loads of visible carbonation. Medium white head settles quickly to a thin film. Spotty lacings.

I'm getting a helping of diacetyl on the nose. That said, there is also some vague citrus aroma, sweet orange, with just a bit of fruity malt in there.

Carbonation seems to get in the way a bit. It's almost club soda like up front, hard to get much taste off it. Once you get past that there's a noticeable lager character to the flavour, sort of grainy as opposed to the usual fruit and caramel. Hopping leaves a bit to be desired. Bittering, but I'm getting almost no citrus flavours off it. Moderate sulfur throughout. Aftertaste leaves a nice hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel threw things off for me. Carbonation seems out of whack.

Not my favourite from them.

CanuckRover, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of dertyd
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

dertyd, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of traumaqueen
3/5  rDev -16.4%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

cliff1066, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of barleypopmaker
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is not overpowering as some American Pale Ales are, the aroma is more even. In this beer you get some of the citrus aroma as well as a floral hop aroma. It is almost like orange blossoms. There is a very unique malt aroma in that it is like a sweet toffee and bready combination, sort of like the crust of the bread. There is also a masked fruitiness that lies under the main aromas, most commonly this is from an English variety of ale yeast. In this case the level is low.
The beer pours a nice orange and goldish color with just a little bit of haze. There was a rocky head that dissipated fairly fast as well as some particulates floating in the beer. I was not aware that this was a bottle conditioned beer, but it may also be some hop sediment if the beer was dry hopped.
The flavor of this beer is quite nice. There is a soft caramel malt flavor as well as some malty sweetness and crusty break like notes, but overall fairly balanced. The hop flavor is like bitter orange, and has a moderate amount of bite to it. The bitterness is not bracing or overpowering, but it is noticeable. There is also a generic fruity quality to it as well (By generic I mean it tastes like a combination of fruits and not one specific fruit in general). This particular bottle of beer seems to be a bit oxidized, and this is common with imported beers (oxidized is not skunky, skunkiness is caused by the beer coming in excessive contact with light which causes a chemical reaction with the hops in the beer). The oxidation in this beer is a paper-like feeling and flavor on the tongue. This beer is not excessively oxidized, but just slightly and I thought it was worth mentioning.
Mouthfeel is in the lower end of the medium range and has no noticeable astringency. It has a nice feel to it.
Overall, I really like this beer and could drink it all night long. The bitterness and sweetness balance out very nice and the flavors work well together. The use of the citrusy hops is uncommon in an English style Pale Ale, but the meld between the malt and hops are very much signature English Pale Ale.

barleypopmaker, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of Debrojo
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Debrojo, Oct 09, 2012
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WychCraft from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.