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WychCraft - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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345 Ratings
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of corby112


3/5  rDev -16.4%

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with thin white foam head. Earthy hops dominate aroma. Not that bitter for a thrice-hopped IPA. Kind of bland and boring. Watered down with very little malt balance. I don't expect this to be as hoppy as an American IPA but since it is "thrice hopped" I thought that it would have a little more bitterness and character.

11-27-2008 08:47:45 | More by corby112
Photo of chrisafari


3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

Aroma: bitter, semi-sweet hops. Slightly sour in the nose.

Pours: cloudy light amber/orange with nice full fluffy off-white head. Looks really nice!

Flavor: begins bitter and bites the tip of your tongue. But, there is also a subtle hint of honey sweetness at the beginning. Middle is mildly bitter and somewhat salty with a hint of orange citrus (really subtle). The finish is more bitterness, but more sharp as it hits the back of the throat. Nice dry finish. There is an unwelcome "metallic" flavor throughout, yuck!

Mouthfeel: medium to medium/light body.

Drinkability: medium/low to low. This beer would be much more drinkable, and thus enjoyable, without the metallic flavor. Even with it, the dry salty finish begs you to take another sip.

Overall: just ok. Not something I would buy again. There are much better english pale's out there, don't waste your time or money on this one.

11-18-2008 05:43:11 | More by chrisafari
Photo of TheMistler

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

A "thrice hopped" English Pale, huh? I'm intrigued.

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle. The label's brewer's note describes WychCraft as "red-hued." I don't really see that. I'd go with pale-yellow to gold. Couple of fingers of white, bubbly head that displayed decent lacing.

A fruity aroma. Slightly citrus, from the hops, I would imagine. Fruity malt as well. I think my bottle might have become a tad oxidized in its journey from the UK.

Following a low-level hoppy pine taste with hints of grapefruit and citrus, the underlying malt flavors start to stand out more on their own. They don't really match up to what I got in the nose, consisting of grains and biscuit as opposed to fruits. A light dusting of hop resins seems to cover the mouth as the beer goes down, giving it a nicely dry but quenching finish that is marked with very slight bittering.

Fairly light in body, well carbonated. Drinkable.

A solid brew and a nice English Pale, though I probably won't be seeking it out in the future. I expected the hops to have slightly more presence. The citrus characteristics mentioned in the brewer's note are certainly there, but "a counterpoise of bitterness" seems - to me - to be something of an overstatement.

11-14-2008 14:19:34 | More by TheMistler
Photo of Offa


4.35/5  rDev +21.2%

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.

11-12-2008 23:31:39 | More by Offa
Photo of popery


2.48/5  rDev -30.9%

I really didn't enjoy this one. Diverging this much from the average review, I'll allow that my bottle could have just been bad somehow. These beers certainly don't seem to move very well, but I bought it at a busy Whole Foods, so you'd think it wouldn't just be too old. The beer looks fine. It's golden and clear with a light, fizzy head. It's not going to win any beauty contests, but it doesn't look bad either. The smell is where things began to go wrong. It's relatively weak with a small amount of hops. A faint medicinal note is threatening in the background. This medicinal note hit even harder in the flavor. It's like someone dropped a shot of Robitussin in a weak pale ale. There is a small amount of good hop flavor, mostly citric and floral. Otherwise, I'm just getting a lot of cough medicine, which I really don't like here. I think that you need a higher abv to pull off medicinal in any halfway decent manner, so I'm not a fan. The feel and drinkability are good besides some light dry heaving from having to deal with sparkling cough medicine.

Now on to my useless design review portion. Frankly, the bottle design and name are a good effort but ultimately silly. The medicinal flavor almost fits with the theme. I guess witches might make a cough medicine potion on less dramatic days. I imagine Wychcraft more as a spiced beer, but I digress. Anyway, the design seems targeted to women, which, of course, isn't a flaw in and of itself but comes off a little cheesy here. I would place it on the Wiccan end of witchiness (probably why I think it's somehow effeminate, so maybe it's more just an feminine aesthetic rather than really marketed to women), which isn't an aesthetic that I particularly like. Also, it's an expensive beer and I wonder how much more it costs them to use custom bottles. I feel like I'm paying for the packaging, rather than the beer.

11-07-2008 03:06:48 | More by popery
Photo of whynot44


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

Sligthtly hazy light copper color with a generous foamy head that retains well and leaves lots of nice lace.

The aroma is sweet mild malt, citrus, and herbal/floral hops.

The taste is mildly sweet, bread, malt, lemon, honey, a hint of nuts and a nice floral hops bite to balnce the sweetness. Finishes just a bit dry with a lingering citrus and herb aftertaste.

Light/medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable. A bit more hops than typical English Pale Ale but that's not a problem. Well worth a try anytime.

10-29-2008 03:32:59 | More by whynot44
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

Comes out of the bottle a slightly hazy golden amber with a white and frothy but not too persistent head. Aroma is crisp and malty and has a little bit of a nip to it. Flavor is rich and malty with hints of fruit and just a teeny bit of hoppy bitterness. Texture is very smooth so it goes down the pipes like a happy kid on a water slide. Not spectacular, but a good fall brew.

10-28-2008 01:10:44 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Blakaeris


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours clear, carbonated golden-amber with a thick soapy head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma pale malty sweetness. Bready and lightly nutty.

Taste is similar to the nose. Bready pale malt with hints of lemon and honey. Citrusy and nutty. Earthy hops bring balancing bitterness. Finish is clean with a slight metallic sting.

Mouthfeel is light-medium in body.

A pretty decent English Pale Ale. A nice change of pace. Worth a try.

10-16-2008 21:26:17 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured a superb golden orange color, crystal clear with a huge sticky head.

Has a light buttery smell with just a touch of floral hops and minerals.

The flavor is very mild and subdued with a light grainy body with a bit of diacytl butteryness and minerals. Finishes with just a touch of light floral hops. Very even all the way through.

The mouthfeel is light and slick with a very oily finish.

Good English Pale, but nothing special.

10-16-2008 21:17:08 | More by bashiba
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, light malts, a little citrus, some honey and a touch of spices.

T: The taste is nicely balanced and contains sweet flavors of honey, caramel and citrus. It's a faint sweetness but it does poke its way through in certain sips. There's a stronger than usual hops presence for the style, which works well for this particular beer.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a long time if you want a lighter session beer with a lot of flavor.

10-04-2008 23:51:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Reanimator


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a pale golden orange with a nice big frothy head. I was actually expecting a bit of a darker color, but oh well. Smells quite hoppy!

The flavor is pretty complex, beginning with a hoppy fruitiness, into bready malts, with bitter fuels on the finish that linger for quite a while. There just has to be some wheat in here as well.

The mouthfeel is probably standard for an English ale, but it's still a bit light for my liking.

Overall this is unlike any other English ale I've tried previously, but characteristic of the style it is very, very drinkable. An interesting brew that I might just try again if it weren't for the nearly 5 dollar price tag per half liter bottle.

09-22-2008 15:04:35 | More by Reanimator
Photo of velkyal


4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

09-11-2008 07:46:04 | More by velkyal
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a rocky head that retains reasonably well and leaves some lace behind

Smell: Fruity, with pear and apricot tones joining with a biscuity presence

Taste: At the outset, the beer tastes much like its aroma, with a growing biscuity element as we build to mid-palate, a sour apricot flavor develops right before the swallow and continues to the finish; I guess it is the hops, but that was a suprise; its almost herbacious and tea like

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is an OK EPA; there are better ones out there, but with the exchange rate these days, I always worry about getting an old beer

09-08-2008 20:43:47 | More by brentk56
Photo of froghop


3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

pours a clear golden yellow with a large white head, and good lacing.

smell is sour, malt, grain, corn, and some citrus.

taste is grainy in both texture and taste, some wood, corn, citrus, with some hops in the back, finishes somewhat bitter.

overall an average beer that is drinkable.

08-29-2008 02:36:23 | More by froghop
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -16.4%

Orange to gold coloured beer with very little head. The nose reminds me of white grape juice with a hint of honey suggesting it should be fairly sweet.

Hops dominate this rather dry brew which reminds me of white wine without its pear juice quality, albeit much better because this is beer after all! Whatever malt is present here is very much in the background, creating a very slight biscuity flavour, but the dominating yet not hugely bold hops render this beer rather herbal with a slight citric hint. I quite like this as a one off but the hops aren't big enough to wow me (as in say a top quality pilsner) and there isn't a lot else going on: not bad but definitely not a session beer for me.

07-26-2008 22:10:04 | More by charlatan
Photo of SeanRedd

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Dorothy, Cindarella, and Snowhite, crouching on all 4's...expecting delivery. They all ask for it light and safe. I comply and get it overwith. So its a great tasting PG-13 night, complete with corn and hop fizz. A perfect subsitute for water. Wychwood after running a race, Wychwood for taking a bath. I think she's lying...she's a Pilsner fresh outta church. Unfortunately I'm on the move; I'll be slopgoblin her older sister the Hogoblin; hopefully she doesn't tell her parents.

07-21-2008 01:14:08 | More by SeanRedd
Photo of ectomorph


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark copper color with some red tones. Small head and minimal lacing. Cloudy to point that little carbonation is visible.

S - Smells of citrusy hops and a little biscuit goodness.

T - Staying true to its' smell, citrus up front and bread on the back. Much cleaner tasting than it appears however.

M - A little under carbonated, but not too watery.

D - Great for a session. Middle of the road alcohol lends itself to this.

07-17-2008 21:11:28 | More by ectomorph
Photo of AltBock


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%

500ml bottle with a weird label that has a whole bunch of ghouls and goblins having a fun time. One is smoking something and another one is providing the music by playing their harp. The back label has all the mandatory US information and a paragraph about the beer from the Wychwood brewmaster. No date anywhere on the bottle or label.

When poured into a Sly Fox imperial pint glass, this Wychwood beer is a lighly hazy golden tangerine orange with a 1 1/2 inch fluffy head of white foam. It had OK retention that manage to leave behind a small bubbly film, foamy white rings, and a fair amount of white spots of lace. The aroma started off fruity, but as it progressed, it gets toasty and lightly hopped with toasted biscuit malts, a hint of barley, and a touch of grapefruit and citrus hops. The taste starts off lighlty malted with toasted biscuit malts, but then finished up dry and slightly bitter with subtle grapefruit and citrus hops. The mouthfeel was light bodied with a dry and lightly hopped aftertaste of toasted biscuit malts and citrus hops. Don't be fooled by the label. It says that it's triple hopped. If it is then it sure doesn't taste like it. I guess it was triple hopped for an English Pale Ale. In the end, it's not a overly malty beer or an overly hoppy beer. It's just a nice session English ale.

07-06-2008 19:27:44 | More by AltBock
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

Pour from a 1 hour cooller chilled bomber into pint glass,

A: Amber and orange with red tints without much head but laced regardless.

S: Peppery hops and grains with dashes of berry.

T subdued hops, biscuit bits, citrus flavor

M: crisp, refreshing and not overpowering.

D: A good starter and I'm glad to be adding more to my english beer pedigree.

07-05-2008 03:00:05 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of paulthebeerguru


3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

500mL brown bottle

A: snifter. nice light copper color with tons of small sediment floating all around. nice white head with a rather nice retention level and good splotchy lacing.

S: aroma of apples and citrus hops. A hint of metal in the back of the nose.

T: nice biscuit and crystal malts along with some really nice Styrian hop flavors, providing some great bitters.

M: medium to thick body. good carbonation level and very smooth for a beer that was hopped three times.

D: I'm not a huge fan of English Pale Ales, but this one was very nice.

06-17-2008 17:16:24 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

I decided to see what all four elements taste like. Not too shabby.

It poured with about two fingers of white foamy head that settled to a thin film. The color was a cloudy dark orange with some mystery bits floating around. Hopefully those won't kill me like a bad Sam Adams would. (sorry I just had to say it)

For aroma I can't really say. I have a mild sinus infection and my sniffer doesn't realy work right now. Will update upon future tasting.

The taste has some zest. A bit of citrus that hangs around with a slight sour sting, but not in a bad way. The body is on the high-medium side, just where I want it.

I probably won't go out of my way to try one again, but I wouldn't turn it down.

05-16-2008 23:49:41 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of hunteraw


3.95/5  rDev +10%

Purchased at Cambridge Wine Merchants.

Appearance: honey in color, big head which fades, leaving some lacing.

Smell: vaguely bitter-like aroma, styrian goldings hops (according to the label), some biscuity malt

Taste: generally light on malt, light fruitiness. slight citrus

Mouthfeel: light, well-carbonated, nice

Drinkability: easy-drinking, good

05-15-2008 17:43:30 | More by hunteraw
Photo of scottg


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy almost orange color with a small white head that dissipates quickly with little to no lacing. Malty citrus aromas. Sweet honeylike up front which becomes smooth and hoppy with a lemony, tealike finish. Medium carbonation leaves the mouth feeling cleansed. Interesting aftertaste makes this a nice, drinkable beer.

05-03-2008 02:48:43 | More by scottg
Photo of Gehrig


4/5  rDev +11.4%

I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer. Fine medium orange color on this pale ale, but a bit too thin a head for my liking, with little durability or lacing. Nice and malty on the nose, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how this is "thrice-hopped" as the label indicates. I would sooner believe thrice the malt (though it doesn't appear so).

Plenty of malt in the taste, really making the beer go. It's very crisp and clean but not flavorless by any stretch. Occasional bursts of hop bitterness emerge now and then, particularly near the finish, but this to me is a malt-driven brew, and a good one. The crisp, smooth taste makes the mouthfeel quite nice and the drinkability very high. Easy on the palate, this is easily one of the best from Wychwood.

04-29-2008 03:36:06 | More by Gehrig
Photo of albern


3.95/5  rDev +10%

This is a fine English Pale. The beer pours a nice coppery golden color with a nice slightly foamy off white head with a nice lace and retention. The smell is a bit musty hop very typical of the style and a bit bready malts. The beer is moderately carbonated and tilts towards a lighter body. The taste is nice bready malts, some citrus notes, and a bit of a pepperishness in the finish. This is a refreshing beer that does have a bit of citrus spritz to it in the backbone. As mentioned by other reviewers, there "ain't much hop in this beer" assuming that it has indeed been thrice hopped. Overall, this is very drinkable, relatively low ABV beer. The only down side is the aftertaste which lingers a bit long, and is where some unpleasant hoppiness does emerge. The mouthfeel is little watery in the finish as well. This is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

04-25-2008 20:15:24 | More by albern
WychCraft from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.