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WychCraft - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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339 Ratings
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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | 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.

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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

grabbed this on a whim while getting the other recently reviewed hobgoblin brew. It was a brown bottle so I figured worst case on beer wouldn' be skunked. Good news, both were in good shape.

A - nice golden amber brew, solide white head that fades quickly
S - Piney hops, light biscuit malts and a lager yeast effect. Odd but intruiging.
T - Similar to the nose, a bit hoppier in the bitterness and a nice round about flavor.
M - light to medium bodied, crisp and smooth.
D - paired nicely with barbaque tips and balsamic salad.

A nice change of pace / conversation piece.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 19:39:48 | More by barleywinebrewer
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 06:02:57 | More by BDTyre
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 20:15:05 | More by Osiris9588
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- nice pale color, but no head except for a few bubbles here and there

S- Not much to it, I'm pretty sure i'm not sick but i can't smell anything

T/M- nice malts, your basic characteristics of a pale ale, pretty light on the tongue

D- definitely give it a try, good for sitting around watching tv, i could go for another one

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 06:20:57 | More by ragekage23
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Standard pale ale that light amber with very thin head.

S - Floral and citrus aromas came through.

T - Very pleasant with zesty cirtus but sweetness candy like background, refreshing.

M - Nice light carbonation.

D - Easily drinkable and could have a few of these without any bother.

Another decent ale from Wychwood.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 19:47:37 | More by Stephen63
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New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Piney nose. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Flavor is almost sweet, some hops at finish but nothing that will rip your face off - the "thrice hopped" must be a marketing label. $4.10 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 22:29:18 | More by jdhilt
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3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Flying Dog pint glass

Poured a nice golden color with hints of a red and orange. The head was decent sized and puffy, looked very nice. Good lacing on the head as well.

Smells quite floral with malty overtones, wasn't as aromatic as other brews.

I was expecting the taste to be hop filled since "thrice hopped" is printed right on the bottle. It has a very mild flavor overall. With a nice balance of hops & malts. Very gentle hop bite at the end, but still lackluster for this English Pale Ale.

It feels ok on the palate, light bodied with good carbonation.

It's good for a session brew, so it is pretty good in the drinkability department. But I was honestly disappointed with this Wychwood offering. The other brews for Wychwood are far better than this offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 21:49:48 | More by Brewlore
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3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with copper hues. A thin head soon becomes a thin, lasting patch. A bit of trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of orange and lemon peel. Buiscuity and floral

The taste is citric, floral and biscuity. Earthy and mildly spicy. English hops stand out with rounding caramelish malt in the dry finish.

The feel is smooth and creamy in a light to medium body. Nice grainy texture.

A nice "sessionable" ale with a good amount of hops for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 23:52:00 | More by jwc215
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3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being an admitted hophead I was excited to see on the label that it was thrice hopped and golden. Three times hopped or three varieties I don't know but hops on the lable are an easy sale for me. Wychwood brewing has me skeptical but even average breweries can have a saviour.

Poured into a tulip it formed a modest head and has some ring lacing. Light copper body that is fogged up. Herbal hops and a grassy addition comes late. Very similar to my most recent tasting of an English Pale Ale so I assume it hits the marks. The difference is this has less of a hop bite and really is overstated on the label. Thrice hops? hmmmm wheres the beef sir?. I found it to have a lemony essence with every pull. Malts were a bit doughy and breaded. Hops are evident but more of an afterthought.

Notes: It was enjoyable as are most every beer I've ever tried but it was forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 03:07:27 | More by DogFood11
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4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 01:41:40 | More by BretSikkink
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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wychwood Wychcraft
16 oz bottle
Unknown brewing (marked 6 CHO 23:12), bewitched 03/07
Moderate pour in a tulip glass

Poured a golden amber with an average white frothy somewhat lasting whitish head with fair lacing.

Smelt of moderate bittersweet oranges, sweet bread and light spruce.

Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet orange bread and light spruce followed by a moderate to strong bitter toasted grain and spruce and sweet biscuit on an average length finish.

Palate was fizzy, creamy, light to medium bodied and lightly astringent.

Overall, a mellow hop oriented British pale ale with some reasonable bite.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 04:55:01 | More by xav33
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3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice 18 karat gold color, with a twinge of orange, and a one and a half finger head. Decent retention leaves behind a good amount of lace.

Aroma is fruity, and slightly malty. Nice yeasty esters,with some raw grainy aromas.

Flavor is mild, and dominated by yeasty esters. Fruity from front to back. Hardly any malt character. Hops are present, but without flavor. Finish is a dry as a bad English joke. Mouthfeel is smooth and light, and drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, a decent beer, but nothing to write home about. I'd consider this a good session beer. It's good enough to sit and think about a little bit, but it's lackluster enough to just drink and enjoy with friends. Seeing as how it's a british beer, I guess that's most of the point. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't think I'll be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 03:09:15 | More by phisig137
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2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber orange, with a thin white head that disipates rather quickly. There's not much of an aroma at all. The taste is delicate (to be polite) or underwhelming, depending on your preferences. There's a slight presence of hops, but the taste has a slightly disconcerting "perfumey" quality that takes away from the ale flavor. Maybe I'm spoiled by IPAs, but this didn't seem to be that great. I won't remember it a week from now. It had a cool bottle, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 02:53:20 | More by WMBierguy
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint bottle into a Duvel Tulip:
A - Beautiful light amber with almost an orangish tint. Crystal clear. Nice, fluffy, white head that dies down to a covering after a few minutes and leaves some stick to the sides.
S - Toasty malt dominates with some fruity esters and slight earthy hops
T - Starts off a little fruity, blends in with a nice hop flavor (the bottle says syrian goldings). A nice, balancing bitterness toward the end and a toasty, biscuity, dry finish.
M - Somewhat lacking in mouthfeel. Thin and watery, but this is a small ale, so a thin mouthfeel is not really out of place. Moderate carbonation.
D - An easy drinking, flavorful ale. Easy to session, but it would be hard to do in the US, as I have never seen this on tap, and it would be a little steep to buy a few bottles of this import. Dryness is well-crafted - enough to keep you wanting more, but not so much to make it puckering and astringent. An interesting ale to sample - much different than the common American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 03:41:02 | More by kkosmoski
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a semi-hazy orange with a thick beautiful head that was slow to diminish and left great lacing. Aroma was of some pale malts and mild hops, not all that much to it. Taste was just slightly off-balance on the hoppy side, in a good way. It was not overpowering at all like an IPA, but very pleasant and mild, with just enough of a hop bite that people that don't like IPAs should enjoy this one. The mouthfeel was good and light, very easy drinking, not too carbonated. This is an enjoyable beer,just a little pricey as most Wychwood beers are here in America.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 07:22:16 | More by atsprings
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4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 1/2-litre, this poured with a shiny orange-copper color with a rocky head ... is this an Englishman impersonating an American? The aroma almost says yes ... sweetly hoppy and inviting. In the first swallow, the endeavor slows ... this is much maltier and biscuity than its American cousins. indeed this dry, subtly balanced is elegantly balanced ... the hops are penned in, but ready to rumble in the background of this excellent beer. (#2699, 2/13/2007)

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 01:08:07 | More by Braudog
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden orange with hints of red. Nice foamy ivory head. Nose is a nice amount of hops with traces of pine and sugar. Taste is gentle but good hops, with a bit of biscuit and malt at the front. Mouthfeel is good, Drinkability is high. Pretty good brew all around, but no particular feature stands out.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 04:49:59 | More by shivtim
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear medium-pale gold with a small but lasting head. Aroma consists of mostly hops--lightly earthy, with a faint fruitiness. Malt flavor is subdued, a little grainy, lightly toasted, but bitterness is on the high side compared to most Wychwood beers. Hop flavor is dusty. Fruity ale character is apparent. Body is a tad thin.

A nice uncomplicated English pale ale. I still prefer the Goliath, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 04:17:12 | More by allengarvin
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle from Ron's in Farmington. Translucent amber body with almost no head to speak of. Smells very hoppy - bitter and citrusy - with hints of malt. Tastes hoppy - somewhat citrusy and bitter - with some malt backbone. Flavor is a little more watery than one might expect. Still, what flavor there is a rather good. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, somewhat watery. Very drinkable. What flavor there is is impressive, but not as strong flavored as it could be. I could see myself having this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 05:47:41 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Vibrant yellow orange color with a lavish head of white foam. Lots of lace, medium level of carbonation. A touch of haze over an otherwise clear beer.

S: Dry hops and fresh husk. Hints of sweet fruits and earthy aromas. A touch of light woodiness. Nice

T: Malted barley, sweet hops and grain. Light straw, earthy wood and grass. Very nice, not too powerful, yet still flavorful.

M: A touch of density and carbonation keeps this in the zone of enjoyment. The ghost of hop oil is left behind after the beer is gone.

D: Yes, i'll have another. And another. Very well crafted, another winner from Wychwood.

Notes: I'd like to see this one hopped up and turned into an English IPA. That'd be interesting...

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 01:29:03 | More by Frozensoul327
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brew poured a nice copper gold color with a vanishing head and no lacing to speak of. There was a strong aroma of hops, some slight euro maltiness and esters. The taste was of flavorless and unidentifiable hops with a bready malt note and a bitter aftertaste, again with no flavor. Very watered down ale, with hardly any distinguishing flavors. Drinkable only because it is so inoffensive.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 20:16:30 | More by kernalklink
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4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"I've got no defense for it
The heat is too intense for it
What good would common sense for it do
'Cause it's witchcraft, wicked witchcraft"

--Frank Sinatra

Pale apricot with golden delicious apple trim. The finely bubbled cap is a regal shade of ivory and is the most attractive part of this most attractive pale ale. It's a wonderful lace maker due to its inherent stickiness and is hanging around for quite a while as well. Does anyone have better looking, more high quality bottles and labels than Wychwood? I don't believe so. Note: given the tremendous display of lace once the beer falls with drinking, I'm going to give the appearance the score that it so richly deserves.

The nose is muskily fruity to the exclusion of all else. That's okay, pale ales aren't usually known for their multi-faceted depth and complexity. I love Styrian Goldings hops and would have loved it if they were more prominent. Perhaps they will be on the palate.

Wychcraft is a light, well-brewed English pale ale and is easily my favorite Wychwood beer to date. The use of 'lager malt', pilsener malt presumably, was a great choice. It gives the beer a lightly sweet, untoasted biscuity flavor that works very well with the hops. And it does wonders for the mouthfeel (see below).

Given the hop flavor--Styrian Goldings and Fuggles--and the malt-hop balance, it's obvious that this is an English pale and not an American one. Good. It's about time that we received some good, fresh, English pale ales in this country. The flavor profile consist of ripe, musky apricots and pears with a hint of citrus zest. The bitter-sweet balance is just right, in that it clearly favors the former.

The mouthfeel may be the best part about this ale. It's light and airy, yet whipped creamy and expansive. Whether those qualities have to do with the use of pils malt or whether they're simply the result of quality brewing, I couldn't say. Certainly the latter is true even if the former isn't. This is one of the more delicate ales (in terms of mouthfeel) that I've ever had.

Did Wychwood use witchcraft to brew Wychcraft? Quite possibly. How else to explain how it stands head and shoulders above the rest of their offerings? Anyone looking for a classic English pale ale could do worse than to start right here.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 15:18:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange and surprisingly clear, the ale had a white finely bubbled head that struggled to last the glass.
The smell was all hoppy and fruit maybe a little of the citrus the label states is there.
The taste is a bit one dimensional All hoppy bitterness very little malty balance and no detectable hop fruit.
Overall a bit disappointing.
Clean and sharp but a little bit boring for me

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 21:36:22 | More by jarmby1711
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass clear pale golden with an off-white low and frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was mineral in character with a lightly floral and lightly spicy hop presence. Some caramel malt was notable in the aroma which has a pleasantly yet low ester profile.

The flavor was mineral with a strong presence of tin. The bittering was substantial and overshadowed anything the malt though about bringing to the table. The flavor began to show a smidge of caramel as the beer warmed and the fruity nature of an English Bitter slightly emerged with the temperature rise. Also as the beer warmed some grassy hop flavor became apparent.

The finish was dry with a lasting tinny bittering into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and a bit on the watery side with a moderate level of carbonation. This one might be a dream on cask, but was just kinda ho hum out of the bottle and very much a session beer. Love the name however!

500 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 23:10:23 | More by GCBrewingCo
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3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stylish 500ml curved brown bottle without obvious freshness dating.

Pours transparent gold with an inch of foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly to a film and very good lace. In the nose, the beer is dominated by herbal bitter hop notes and mild toasted malts. Strongly hopped flavor for an English pale ale. Light malts lead the way, and are quickly followed by bitter herbal hops. The finish is medium-dry with touches of toasted malt and vaguely unpleasant skunked notes. Body is very low in carbonation; creamy and easy-drinking but a bit thin and unsatisfying. Much fresher and better than the worst Wychwood beers (I'm looking at you Scarecrow). Not a standard-setter by any means, however.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 00:37:29 | More by dgallina
WychCraft from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
82 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.