Goliath - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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4.1/5 rDev +19.9%
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!
12-18-2003 23:24:48 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +17%
Drank from my Bombardier pint glass.
A - Pours a copper colour with an Ivory coloured head that reduces to a film and laces.
S - Plenty of caramel and some citrus fruit on the nose.
T - Slight metallic notes with nice flavours of fuggles and goldings hops, nice a bitter on the finish.
D - Very good sessionable ale this one.
02-18-2011 15:30:05 | More by eric5bellies
3.98/5 rDev +16.4%
A: Pours a bright coppery orange with lots of visible carbonation and a sizeable white head of foam and fizz; remarkably cloudy, nearly opaque on the pour from the chill haze. The retention is okay, soon dissipating to a patchy cap of froth and leaving no real lacing to speak of.
S: Sweet, somewhat bready caramel malts with musty yeast, floral, faintly spicy hops, and a variety of fruity notes - namely pear, orange, and a hint of lemon - all with a definite buttery character. Intriguing.
T: Musty yeast and robust caramel malts start off slightly sweet but eases off to show bready, grainy notes. Peppery and earthy (a bit herbal and a bit woodsy) hops with clean, lingering bitterness towards the swallow, joined by smooth, buttery overtones. Fruit notes are weak compared to the nose, but the hops bring out hints of orange zest on the swallow.
M: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation, crisp and prickly in the mouth but never gassy. The hop bitterness balances the flavour profile well and lingers long enough to encourage a follow-up sip, without becoming an aftertaste. Refreshing and satisfying.
D: Fragrant, flavourful, and sessionable, the Goliath strikes me as an unorthodox English pale ale in a good way. I didn't find the offensive metallic or medicinal notes that other reviewers mentioned, so I'll chalk it up to taste and just say that I personally found Goliath well worthwhile.
09-18-2011 20:58:59 | More by Kartoffeln
3.93/5 rDev +14.9%
Pours deep amber in color with a foamy light tan head that slowly fades into a fluffy lace. Nose is buttery toffee and caramelvery nice but a bit subdued. Moderate in body with a rather creamy texture. Taste begins with the sweetness of English malts followed by notes of bread dough and a bit of roasted nuttiness. Bitter Nobel hops leave a slight twang in the mouth at the finish. A pretty nice brew thats British through and through.
07-24-2004 01:53:41 | More by Morris729
3.88/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
08-04-2002 11:04:45 | More by Jason
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.85/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
07-12-2010 21:52:27 | More by AEK
United Kingdom (England)
3.83/5 rDev +12%
So far, Wychwood is three for three with me.
660 mL poured into a glass.
Nice, thick head sits atop a golden-amber brew with a slight orange tone.
Mild but sweet aromas coming up from the bottle, slight citrus with malt and some florals as well.
Taste is very nice, has a great bittersweet mixture that is both typical of English pales and yet distinct from the pack. More sweet than bitter.
A mild stickiness on the mouthfeel that complements the sweetness, but goes down light and easy.
Moderately low ABV add to the great flavor of this very drinkable brew!
02-01-2009 23:21:58 | More by fullsweep
3.78/5 rDev +10.5%
ABV reads 4.2.
A - Pours a darkish copper colour with mild carbonation. One finger of fluffy off white head. Bright. Good lace and a half finger of retention.
S - Citrus, earth, grass, toffee maltiness. A little smoke. Very inviting combo for an EPA.
T - Earthy hops and some toffee/bready malts. Typical of the English style. Not as good as the aroma but still nice for the style.
M - Gentle, tingly carbonation, medium body. Slightly bitter finish.
O/D - Not a bad EPA. Could use some work to accentuate that citrus and make it better but very drinkable and not bad. It still seems pretty basic and slightly mild, but for its ABV I can enjoy it.
09-22-2011 00:02:01 | More by tbeckett
3.75/5 rDev +9.6%
The beer evacuates the 660ml clear bottle a luminous copper with the head smallish and frothy in texture, the color off-white after its rather quick demise the lace forms a thin and concealing sheet. Nose is malt with butter like aroma, caramel, crisp and clean with the start lightly sweet and the malt adequate, the top is thin. Finish is delightfully carbonated and the hops delectable in their spiciness very dry almost vinous aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, ah the delightfulness of an English Pale Ale.
03-10-2005 21:35:48 | More by Gusler
3.75/5 rDev +9.6%
Appearance: Muddy golden brown color, with a small white head, with thick, glass-coating lace, and moderate carbonation. There is a considerable amount of suspended sediment, although when held to the light, appears copper-colored.
Aroma: Pronounced aroma of yeast and bread, with caramel and earth notes, and a honey-like sweetness.
Taste: Opens with a sweet, slightly fruity note, with buttery diacetyl notes, a mild earthy and chalky tone, finishes with a lingering, mild citrus bitterness.
Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full.
Drinkability/notes: A quite pleasing example of the style, well made and very drinkable.
Presentation: Packaged in a 660 ml clear glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.
09-29-2006 02:57:50 | More by Pegasus
Goliath from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.