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WychCraft - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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350 Ratings
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Ratings: 350
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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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Lobstertainment, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of hustlesworth
4.65/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- always a good look from these guys. i mean the packaging AND the beer. dense and very creamy off white head with a hint of yellow to it. body is a lovely murky unfiltered dirty peach flesh color with golden highlights along the bottom and side of my imperial pint glass. foam settles down to a dense disk, eventually breaking up into patterns like lichens on a tree or tasty looking pond scum floating on the surface. very nice drippy lace as well and some well defined sippin' rings.

S- very english and fruity, smells like the beach to me which means it smells like st peter's english ale or ruddles county. big caramel and toffee creamy buttery sweetness balanced with just the right amount of lemony orange apricot fruity tartness.some grassy, vanilla, and richly earthy notes weave their way around a very fresh grainy cereal base. granola. meuslix. wonderful.

T- less sweet and much drier in the flavor than aroma. full grainy flavors are typed here in capital letters, underlined by a delicate caligraphic swirl of citrus, grassy, earthy, and politely bitter hops. mild toffee flavors linger in the back with some notes of roasted grain or coffee. hop flavor becomes prominent in the finish as the grains begin to fade, leaving minute traces of sweetness on my drying cheeks. somewhat tart, yeasty aftertaste with a hint of grain.

MF- even with the pretty face, sweety fruity aroma, and complex flavor, the feel might be the gem of this brew. soft almost nitro carbonation lies within this ultra plush memory foam of a beer.

D- low alcohol and great all around. i love this brewery. wychcraft is a great session ale perfect for the end of summer.

hustlesworth, Sep 21, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Shakerman, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of mwalters
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle with great image and packaging. I like the shape and feel of the bottle in my hand. The label says that this is a thrice hopped golden ale. I was different than most of the other Wychwood ales, except Scarecrow, being that it was lighter and easier to drink. I like the ligh mouthfeel, but you still feel and taste that typical English maltiness. This beer will be easier for most people to drink due to it's lighness. It was not overly hoppy, but pleasent. I likes the light malt flavor. The smell was clean and balanced, plus I did like to golden color of tye beer in my Hobgoblin glass.It was not my favorite Wychwood beer, but I would definately buy it again.

mwalters, Nov 04, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

tanyalouise, Mar 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

TaylorK, Oct 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BA yelterdow for the hookup. Served from a unqiue Wychwood 500ml bottle in my SABL glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Golden yellow in color with orange highlights. Creamy, frothy 1-inch head with decent retention and modest lacing.

S - Lovely, honey-buttered biscuity English malts under a blanket of crispy Styrian Goldings hops. I wish I knew that from the smell alone, but I had to read the label for the exact hop variety. Inviting.

T - Lightly sweet with honeyed tones and a bright citrusy-floral hop bouquet. Refreshing middle as the malts yield to the fothcoming hops. Dries out only slightly just before the swallow. Aftertaste is bitter, but certainly not offputting. Excellent balance.

M - The perfect puff of volume in the mouth turns this modestly viscous beer into a velvet throw for the tongue. Swallow is slick and satisfying. Fantastic.

D - Low ABV and high taste. This is one seriously excellent and supremely drinkable beer. I could easily put away 2L of this beer without blinking. Its great balance has officially turned me way on to English Pale Ales.

EPseja, Sep 19, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Ceriii, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

slowandlazy, Mar 17, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
A full finger of snow white foam that dissipated quickly. A gold body with light carb. Color like a Irish Whiskey (Wolfhound).

SMELL
Very strong fruity smell at first then the malts and earth tones overpower it (in a good way).

MOUTHFEEL
Light (expected from a blond ale) but refreshing.

OVERALL
Great beer in the fall to wash down after a couple Oktoberfest!!

Hajile, Sep 16, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A very healthy 1 finger white head that is foamy and frothy with great retention. The color of the beer is amber with orange hues. There is effervescence in the beer and the clarity of the beer is hazy. The head is leaving lacing on the glass.

Nose: A moderate yeasty malt caramel aroma. There is a mild to moderate fruity esters some floral and a little wood.

Taste: Fruity ester, pine, and floral are on the medium side. The malt is slightly caramel, and yeasty.

Overall: The mouth feel is a low carbonation, smooth, and creamy. The body of the beer medium and the finish is medium. This is a wonderful example of an English Pale Ale. Wychcraft has very nice flavors and is easy to drink. I really like this beer.

colts9016, Dec 01, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good, clean, tasty, lightly bitter English ale. The first time I had it, some time ago, I was not that impressed, but when I tried it again much later, I discovered that it actually has a lot of flavour, nice levels of sweetness and bitterness, and light but interesting complexity.

Faintly hazy orange, it has a big off-white head slowly shrinking to a thin lasting had and leaves some pretty good lace.

The aroma is bready malty with lemon, sweet grapes, grass, and some other fruitiness, hard to define.

The taste is light, zesty, very fruity with apricots, lemon, bready-grapey sweetnessn and a dry, leafy finish with some citrus. It is lightly sweet, with the light tartness and slightly stronger bitterness balancing, the bitterness slightly taking over in the finish. It's highly refreshing and very tasty, a good alternative to something like a kolsch.

Offa, Nov 12, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by a Marrika's bartender. It took one sip to agree that this guy knew what he was talking about. This is one terrific beer. A solid English Pale malt brew with emphasis on orange and appricot flavors and aromas. A series of healty hoppings of English hops lends a supurb balance, juicy fruit flavors, and appealing earthy aromas. Ripe and fresh flavors and aroma abound. Medium feel and remains firm throughout. Finishes with a nice blend of fruity sweetness and hop flavor / bittering. A true English IPA and the best beer that Wychwood makes.

BEERchitect, Nov 04, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, Wychwood's other offerings had given me low expectations. This is one solid pale ale. Translucent golden orangey color, peppery Fuggles hop aroma. Not much head, but the lace tracks thick and long.

Burst of English hop flavor, not too bitter but an involved hop interaction: Styrian and Fuggles blend, never competing, no bitterness left. Easy drinking pale ale finishes dry, a little bready finish with the yeast and pale malts cleansing the palate. Very delicate, nicely done, will stand up to flavorful dishes without overpowering simpler ones. Terrific for the style.

BretSikkink, Apr 02, 2007
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4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard English pale ale. Amber colour with a white head. Nothing out of the ordinary. Malt nose with a bit of hop bitterness. Hops are a bit more pronounced in the flavour, but the malts still demand some attention. Carbonation is decent, and this is a good session ale. By no means is this the best EPA I've had, but I've had worse.

BDTyre, Jun 18, 2007
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4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

App: half finger fizzy white head with a nice bright yellow carbonated body.

Smell: A strong floral hops smell up front, some nice toast malts, a little bread aroma with some orange smell. A very well balanced smell.

Taste: Same as the smell. Bitter aftertaste is present.

Mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is good, light bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Definetly a session beer. Sure can down a few pint.

Highly recommended! Nice complexity and lots of flavour and character to the brew.

lamergod, Jun 24, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

RichH55, Dec 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Vyronian, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Subliminal64
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was a little nervous about trying this beer. I figured this company was more devoted to weird names and fancy bottles then making a quality beer. I was wrong.

Pours a very dark colour for a blond beer. Very cloudy (similar to a wheat beer).

Smell is very faint.

Goes down smooth with a little bit of aftertaste.

I was glad to try this beer, and will be having again in the near future.

Well worth a try.

MB

Subliminal64, Sep 15, 2013
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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 velkyal
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The label describes Wychcraft as a blonde beer combining the four elements to "create a truly magical brew". Wychcraft pours a fantastic amber colour, with a nice head that doesn't fade too quickly and leaves some slight lacing down the glass. The first thing which hit me was a very citrusy smell, probably from the fact that this is "thrice hopped" - eventually that citrus would define itself more clearly as a combination of grapefruit, lime and marmalade, getting sweeter as time went on. There is a nice refreshing tartness to the beer, and having been hopped three times, hops are clearly at the forefront of both nose and taste. With such a citrus element to the beer it is unsurprisingly zingy on the tongue, although I found it left a slight catch in the back of my throat. In general though it is a nice refreshing beer I could happily imagine drinking in a beer garden over a Ploughman's lunch.

velkyal, Sep 11, 2008
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WychCraft from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.