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WychCraft - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-03-2005

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Photo of beerking1
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber, small but dense white head, hazy. Aroma is a nice malty, toasty, bready character, with hints of earthy hops in the background. Flavor follows through nicely with the rich malty character, with toasty and malty notes. There is a slight sharpness , but not bad. Thanks goodness they switched away from the clear bottles. This beer has no skunked character at all. Mouthfeel is a little thin, with some astringence.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Medium amber color, with a fair amount of suspended very small particulate matter, one finger white head quickly dissipated with medium lacing, small steady carbonation bubbles.

S = Well balanced smells of hops and malt, first are Spring flowers and freshly rained upon meadow smells, then slightly sour smells of fresh bread show through, all rounded out by light scents of toasted grains. The only real criticism I have is the scents could be more forthright, they are a little too subdued.

T = Tastes are well blended between a light bitterness from hops and a sweet bready taste of malt, the main objection is that the tastes seem watered down. They are good tastes and well balanced, but as a whole this is a little thin.

M = Light bodied, good level of carbonation, mouth coating is a little too light to allow the flavors to really shine.

D = Tastewise this is not among my favorite English pale ales. It is good but not great. However, it is quaffable and at this low an ABV could be a great session beer.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a light copper color, slightly hazy. Off-white head is quite thin, leaving a film/ring.

Smell: Has a nice aroma of florals and hops, as well as some other spices.

Taste: Enjoyable malty flavor with light spices and florals. Interplays nicely with the lovely hops for a bit of complexity. Aftertaste is similar, with the hops standing out more, but not too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Generally smooth (with an ever so slight but enjoyable bit of grainyness towards the end). Light-bodied with light carbonation.

Drinkability: The flavors are very easy and enjoyable, and the alcohol content is proper to make it a nice session beer.

A very nice English Pale Ale with the hops a bit more noticable. It's quite refreshing and enjoyable. I'll probably pick this up again -- definitely worth a try.

Photo of Stoneman78
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a lightly cloudy straw-to-orange hue, modest layer of white bubbly foam dissipates down to a ring, good lacing
S- Pale bread malts dominate, scent is crisp and fresh, touches of floral hops and light fruits and spices
T- Initial taste is pale biscuit malts, modest hops, and some light fruit and spices, finishes dry and bitter
M- Light-medium body, thin watery texture, ample carbonation
D- A solid all-around pale ale that borders on ESB territory, I can find no major faults here, but at the same time nothing too exemplary, well-balanced and easy to drink (definitely sessionable), overall I'm pleasantly surprised

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden/orange color with a quickly disappearing thick, rocky head. The aroma is hoppy and floral with a hint of spice. The taste is also a slightly floral and sweet. The hops are noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and works quite well for this brew. Although this isn’t an intensely flavorful brew, it’s balance and ease of drinking make this a good choice.

Photo of stcules
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange hue. One finger of white head.
Very english in the smell, with a good maltiness, tea leaves, peppery notes, herbal, flowers.
At the taste, after a first impression of watery, it comes back with a good herbal and hoppy taste, again tea leaves, orange marmelade, heather. Definitely very drinkable, pleasant, fresh.
Light to average in body. Malty aftertaste, with camomile, herbal. Quite dry.

Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16.09 oz bottle, poured an amber / copper color without a head... Nice darkish appearance that was appealing... Smell is very hoppy... not overpowering, but certainly enticing... Tastes really good, with a nice citrus flavor that is hoppy but not bitter... This has a nice, crisp, refreshing taste that was easily drinkable with a good mouthfeel... I could definitely down a few of these, and like most Wychwood brews here in America, it's too bad I can't find this one in a six-pack, because I would certainly buy it again... It sucks having to pay almost four bucks for a bottle, but all in all, it's definitely worth a try... another good sample from the Wychwood brewery that is certainly recommended...

Photo of Mandrake
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium copper-yellow, with a good sized off-white head which lasts quite well, though it leaves little lacing. Smell is alright, some hops apparent, though a great deal of caramel and diacetyl shows as well. Some dry breadiness as well. Taste is along the same lines, quite malty and with the "thrice hopped" tagline not particularly evident. Still, a bit of the Goldings do come through alongside the crackers and caramel. Butter in the finish. Mouthfeel is substantial and well carbonated, and drinkability is very good. Not a bad beer at all, and the brewery's best offering as far as I've seen. Still, nothing overly special.

Photo of Brad007
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale color with a one finger head. Aroma is biscuity and malty upfront with a faint hint of fruitiness. Taste is biscuity upfront and then fades into a slightly sour aftertaste with malt on it. It has most of the characteristics of an English Pale Ale but feels somewhat unrefined and rough. Still very drinkable and I have to give it props for that. Smooth as well and the aftertaste is biscuity/bready.

Photo of TechMyst
2.08/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very thin, not really hoppy. this is expected from Britan. Much like St. Peter's. it's like a light ipa. 4.5 almost makes it sessionable. Not a gateway brew either. It has good quality, just not my cup of tea. I suppose as an american I prefer something much more hoppy. I'll taka a Burning River PA, or FFF's.

Photo of Drew966
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wychcraft pours an orange color with hints of red with an off white head that laces nicely from a brown custom half liter bottle. There is a light malty aroma. The taste is mostly on the malt side, but very nice, biscuit, maybe a hint at caramel. There is a touch of hops, but it seems pretty subdued to me. A bit of butterscotch that is appropriate and pleasant. A pretty enjoyable English Pale Ale. I'd have another.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Erdinger weizen glass.

A: Pours a golden, amber-yellow with a reddish hue and a nice fluffy two-finger head of white foam which settles to some rocky foam and nice lacing.

S: Smells sweet and a little fruity. There are some spicy notes from the hops, but nothing too overbearing.

T: Interesting concoction of fruity, bitter hops and sweet tasting grainy malts. An interesting infused berry tone comes through in the finish, perhaps cran- or straw-, but the varying types and degrees of hops are thrice-noted.

M: Mouthfeel is is light bodied and a little creamy. Slight sting from the hops, but mellowed nicely by malts.

D: Since the ABV is honest and low enough, and since this brew really does quite good, I could see drinking this English Ale on a regular basis.

I was impressed by this English brewery's Hobgoblin brown ale, and their Wychcraft pale ale is a very nice follow up. I'd liek to try and find more styles from this great International brewery.

Photo of Opethsprite
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Neat bottle! It is a burnt orange color in the glass with a thin, off-white head which lingers despite its lack of volume, and leaves nice lacing. Its nose is subtle, mostly consisting of hops, raisins, and metal. The flavor is exceedingly complex with many different phases...this could be difficult to describe... The hops and raisins really come through brilliantly, and the metal element backs it nicely. It is a hearty beer, and an excellent choice for the present season (fall). This is really worth trying, my friends.

Photo of chilidog
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got ahold of thisone as it was the last Wychcraft on the shelf, last one for sure? Could be as some of the winter stuff is hot on its heals for shelf space.

It pours a good looking hazy gold with a tint towards the red side. Good white head with retention and ring like lace. Good carbonation aids the softened mouthfeel.

The aroma is nice with a good floral hop and orange cirtic.

The taste is alittle complex, a quality complex. Good malty base. A nice hop bite with a citric hint of orange peel.

The mouth is left with a coat of mild hop oil and peel.

Drinkability is very nice. Good craft quality thats not the norm while the abv is low to go with anything. The medium bodied brew that won't get in the way.

Photo of bort11
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle poured into my Hobgoblin tall pint glass. Tall pillowy head that leave a trace of spotty lacing. Color is a slightly hazy golden yellow with some orange highlights.
Smell initially had a sulfuric quality, which was a little off putting for me. As my nose adjusted, I was able to pick out more of the toasty malts and bitter hops. Taste is biscuity, slightly buttery, and a hops that is almost more sour than bitter.
Mouthfeel is smooth, mildly creamy carbonation.
I feel very "meh" about this beer, and will probably not try it again.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Cleb
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Eye: Good rich two finger head. Deep straw color. Head Dissipated within a few minuets.

Nose: smelled of light hops. Not a very strong smell at all.

Mouth: Light metallic taste. Good balance of flavor.

Mouth feel: Good mouth feel, nothing standing out, well blended and the carbonation was average.

Drinkability: Would be very easy to throw a pint or two back with problem. Would buy this beer again.

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Poured a clear dark gold, light amber color with a thin white head which disappeares quickly.

Smell- Slight smell of hops.

Taste- Right of the bat I tasted a metallic or mineral taste with nice hint of hops. Has a nice finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Nice beer with a lot of good flavor.

Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear light amber to dark gold colored ale. Good tall white head forms and then falls some but doesn't disappear.

The smell is sweet with a little musty and earth scent like mushrooms. Little bit of butter mixes in with the malt aroma, which is mostly biscuit. Little bit of wood and leather is also present in the scent. Slight tea, tobacco and wood aroma from the English hops used.

The taste begins sweet and malty with a stouter than anticipated bitterness. This has a strong pipe tobacco flavor to it that is different and rather nice. This is a nice ale but it could be a little stronger it just seems to mellow out a little too much after a while.

The mouthfeel is good.

A pricey yet good ale without too much of the butter flavor that you come to expect from a Wychwood beer and Ringwood yeast strains. Worth a try for sure but I can't really see reaching for this beer again because of the cost. For less money I will be reaching for the Lagunitas and Firestone beers for normal consumption.

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold. Light head, even with a vigorous pour, but it lasts as a single bubble layer. Very good lace considering.

Balanced hop/malt offering. A little bit of "fridge" aromas as well.

The "round" mouthfeel of a well-made ale. Malt is the initial flavor and lasts through swallow. The hop is the major flavor after the swallow, leaving an aftertaste that is bitter but not overpowering.

This is a good neutral English ale that should offend no one. I wouldn't necessarily place it in a flight, but I wouldn't be disappointed with it as an option at the local pub.

Photo of templar316
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice pour, with a fading head leaving plenty of lacing on the glass. A much more noticable hop flavor then other beers from the brewery. Drinking back to back w/ scarecrow gives a nice lesson of the flavor of Styrian vs. Target hops both are noticable in the smell and flavor. While both allow the hop to be the centerpiece without being overpowering, the Wychcraft has a much stronger hop character. But with an easy finish and a pleasant rocky after taste. A much more easy drinking alternative to "tons-o-hop" beers popular in america.

Photo of BeefyMee
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden straw colored with a nice head. Oily hops are very noticeable in the taste and smell but never really assert themselves. There's an initial bready characteristic followed by a sweetness as it warms. This is a very pleasant beer that I could certainly drink in large quantities. Though it's not all that exciting, it is the kind of beer you wouldn't mind drinking all night.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Two fingers of head showing good retention sit atop a slightly hazy golden-orange/amber hue. Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S: An almost piney or detergent-like clean smell to this beer, with the hops being the focal point.

T: A rather bready malt presence with a relaxed English hop side that provides excellent balance. Finish is refreshing with a shred of hop flavor left behind in the aftertaste.

M: Carbonation is on point, giving it a silky texture that complements the taste quite well. Medium body.

D: Expected more of a hop bomb, but this is actually quite balanced and enjoyable. Granted, there's room for some improvement, but for the most part, this ale satisfies and does the job.

Photo of clvand0
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber color with a medium head, nice retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma has quite a bit of sweet caramel along with a nice dose of English hops and some fruitiness. The flavor has plenty of hop and fruit flavors with a fairly solid caramel malt backbone. The fruity, hoppy flavors linger on the palate long after drinking. The body is moderate and the drinkability is good. Fairly smooth drinking here.

Photo of botham
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. pours a clear amber, with a generous amount of white, frothy head. head dissipates rather quickly leaving no lacings on the glass.

smells fruity, with notes of hops, alcohol, and a bit of sweet barley malt. rather sharp in the nostrils, lending to a good hop character.

tastes of a mix between a fruity yeast falvor and a couple different hop notes. rather sweet in the mouth, with an overall bready character. well balanced and quite pleasant for the style.

aftertaste sees the fruityness dissolve into light hops. semi-dry finish.

mouthfeel is silky and smooth. very smooth. the bite in the nostrils does not show through in the mouth at all.

drinkability is good. not strong, not rich, not heavy. for the style, this one is enjoyable by all.

afterthought: the head on this one is probably the best i've seen for a beer this light. good amount, no lacing, dense, creamy, frothy, and pure white. great!

WychCraft from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.