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Goliath - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
79
okay

125 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

660ml clear bottle with a BB (Best Before) freshness date on the neck, a small blurb about the beer is on the back label.

Musty, buttery and citric in the aroma. Very much like want a raw ale should smell like from the hops, malt and yeast.

Creamy pancake like lace that clings to the glass very well, mild chill haze goes a way but not totally after the sunset orange amber hued brew warms up.

Smooth with a flowing crispness, moderate body and a full rush of carbonation. Citric and almost cidery on top with a growing under belly of musty buttery diacetyl. Maltiness is sweet but there is enough hop bitterness to counter act and balance. Fruity with odd pear and apple flavours. Bit of earthy character from the yeast and hops with a fairly clean and dry grainy finish.

An easy drinking ale to say the least, quick jabs of malt, hops and yeast by-products keep the palate in check. I’d definitely gauge this as a lunch time brew or something to have over a long session. Needless to say it is worth a try.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle from the LCBO. I never turn down anything from Wychwood, as they were one of the first breweries to turn me on to the world of craft ales.

Poured into a nonic. This is a fine-looking brew, one of the better looking imported English pales. I've tended to have particularly good luck with Wychwood on this front. Light amber-copper, leaves behind an inch of foam that survives as a thick half-moon for the entirety of the pint. Lots of sticky lacing as well.

Nose is sweet malt, Fuggles/Goldings, caramel and orange. Not bad.

Not a bad brew by any stretch, but the medicinal mineral finish to certain English pales is starting to try my patience. I can quaff it just fine, but I feel its missing a more robust malt character, and the hops aren't doing much to salvage things.
The aftertaste is medicinal and herbal - not terribly pleasant.

Medium-light bodied, average carbonation. Long bitter/herbal finish.

A miss for me. A brew named "Goliath" deserves better than the standard EPA treatment. Goliath is a name that fits other brews in the Wychwood lineup, but certainly not this one. Stick with Hobgoblin or Fiddlers.

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of October 2011. I miss the days when this was sold in 660ml bottles, as befits the name.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A nice reddish-amber colour with good carbonation. 2 fingers of thick, creamy head with good retention; this subsides after a few minutes. Smells of malt and a hint of sweetness - some notes of honey. Not much in the way of hops.

The taste is a let down; weak flavour of malt and relatively little bitterness. No obvious hoppy notes despite the description. Slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is rather thin and watery; a feeling of residue coating the mouth. Aftertaste is faintly unpleasant.

Not the best ale in the world. Drinkable, but I've had better and other offerings from this brewery are tastier.

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2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From notes:

Appearance: more of an amber colour than the claimed ruby; good lasting head; very slight haze

Aroma: malty and sweet, caramel

Taste & Mouthfeel: very smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel; on the sweet side with minimal bitterness or hops despite the "hefty wack" of hops advertised; lacking depth, and flavour dissipates quickly

Overall: a lackluster beer that definitely doesn't live up to it's name

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2/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not as sticky and syruppy as the Circle Master, which i just recently had. Bittersweet, resiny hops, slightly bready and oily. Gimmicky bottle (a large 660ml bottle), pretty broing, and hard to finish (due to boredom). Tastes like any other mass prodeced English Bitter.

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3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, 4.2% ABV.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden orange hue, with two fingers of foamy ecru head, which falls away at a brisk pace, leaving a thin blotted representation of lace around the glass. It smells of mild bready, doughy malt, a bit of medicinal alcohol, and subtle floral, earthy hops. The taste is sour bready malt, more than a bit of menthol, and hard to discern grassy, earthy hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body an easygoing medium weight, and commensurately smooth. It finishes fairly dry, that weird edgy medicine essence rearing back up.

It's got everything going for it, except for the obvious flaw mentioned a few times already. Too bad - the booze and structure are quite appealing.

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2.48/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber/orange body. Off-white head retains poorly but leaves a few rings of lace. Light toasted bread and floral aromas. Flavour shows notes of lightly toasted bread, faint whispers of sour apple, and a lingering earthy bitterness. This is pretty meek stuff. Slight metallic quality. Feels thin and watery, with low carbonation. Bland and boring.

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3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper, quite clear. Surprisingly lively carbonation with an almost spritzy thin head. Settles quickly. Slippery lacings.

Slightly metallic nose, large dose of butter, hint of English hops.

Again, slightly metallic up front. Nice light malt with a hint of caramel. Slippery through the middle. A nice kick of Fuggles and Goldings in the finish make for a very happy ending.

Very drinkable. Great session ale. Quite thirst quenching.

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4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A crystal-clear copper body with brass highlights rests gently beneath a creamy half-inch of white foam that holds fairly well and leaves some thin lace. The nose delivers a nutty and delicately buttery malt with a delicate touch of yeasty sulphur and some mild, grassy and citrusy hops. It's medium-light body and fine, restrained carbonation leaves it lightly crisp on the tongue at first before warming to become softer and smooth in the swallow. Yeasty fruitiness (apple, pear, berries) appears clearly in the flavor, and combines with its buttery diacetyl and some citrusy/grassy/floral/earthy hops to lend a great deal of character to it's nutty, caramel kissed malt. A firm bitterness balances and lends an edge to the finish once the sweetness of the malt has had its time to shine. It finishes with some residual malt and a bit of earthy & leafy hops (or is coming from a combination with the slight residual sulphur?) that step aside to let the bitterness dry things out. An enjoyable session beer!

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of 2ndstage
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Found in 660ml clear glass bottle. Was a bit wary because of the clear glass and was assaulted as expected once opened. Very strong skunking in this one. Luckily though after about 5 minutes or so it dissapated enough for me to pick up a few other notes from the brew.

Colorwise a nice clear copper-gold hue. Moderate to no head what was dropped to a slight lace ring about 1 minute later.
Decent maltiness with appropriate bitterness for the style. All in all would be a good brew if found on tap or anything but these vile clear glass bottles thay Wychwood always seems to use in those version found here in the states.

Photo of heebes
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

4.2 abv.

Pours an orange amber with a finger of fluffy white head. Nose is pale crystal malts, amber like spiciness, cherries, sweet caramel. Taste is full of ruby malts, spicy on the tounge, but no real sense of hops except for a bitterness in the finish. It does have a rich robust full body.
Overall, more to style as the bottle would suggest as an amber ale than BAs English Pale classification. Much nicer bottle label and brown glass bottle as well perhaps hinting at a recipie change for this beer has since happened. Regardless, can't see any frequent purchases of this one aside from the DnD guys who want a change from their HobGoblins for the campaign.

Photo of Cybr
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Excellent beer on a hot summer's day. Very thirst quenching.

Photo of Stocean1
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured a pillowy two fingers which quickly disappated - a little patchy lacing - light amber copper colour

S - light malt, bread, metal, floral

T - follows nose with some pear and lemon - the mineral after taste is not particularly great

M - light body with moderate carbonation - slightly bitter

O - a forgettable brew from Wychwood - a really average brew at best - would maker a laker before I pay for this one again

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, approaching copper. Persistent small head.
Aroma shows floral and spicy hop notes, sweet caramel malt as well as some toffee. Diacetyl in the background. Good, but I would have liked a little more hops.
Equally malty flavours, lots of sweet caramel. Unfortunately the finish is really weak, with an off-putting timid bitterness.
Good medium body, but a little too much carbonation.

Photo of paxkey
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4.2 abv
love the bottle art.
pours out with no head. looks like grain alcohol in the glass. wood colored.
the aromas are rich. inviting warm fresh baked bread malt. sweetness. honey marmalade fruitiness. warming awaits.
cold drinks bitter and fizzy.
chalky.
the beer comes across the middle as being alot bigger then its abv. it is interesting to see what they are trying for.
it ends with alot of flavor. a little watery on the end despite big chewiness in the middle. a big beer without the big booze. not a letdown. and the booze and that little. rambling now.

Photo of AEK
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Orange-red in colour with a loose bubbly off-white head.

S. Fruity malt on the nose.

T. Fruity malt, citrusy and a good initial hop bite.

M. Medium bodied.

D. A nice clean drinking ale that slides down a real treat on a hot summer's day but is good all year round.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light dry caramel malt is somewhat bland. Taste is also dominated by light dry caramel notes without many other characteristics. Body is about average with good carbonation. Bland offering with very little floral notes or hops that are noticeable.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 500 ml brown bottle. Abv listed on label at 4.2%. Pours out a bright, clear coppery hue, tall chunky off-white head that slowly settles.

Bready, buttery, caramel malt with some grassy and mild herbal hops.

The malt comes across much drier in the flavour, has a more grainy character to it, some mild bready sweetness, with spicy, herbal hops being far more prominant. Herbal hops linger on into the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, slick texture with medium carbonation.

I'd peg this more as an English Bitter, yet even still it tends to be on the underwhelming end of things. It's a fairly easy drinker but lacks balance.

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Goliath from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.