Wild Swan | Thornbridge Brewery

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Wild SwanWild Swan

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Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 06-30-2007

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Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dcmchew
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spike
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Very pale yellow. Crystal clear. Small head recedes quickly. No lacing. Some carbonation visible. Looks like a light beer.

S: Faint nose. Citrus hops. Some grassy tones when swirled rigorously.

T: Some bitterness. Some citrus. But also something metallic. Has the same aftertaste as a Heineken Light.

F: Thin mouthfeel. Watery. There is some bite up front but it doesn't last. Would benefit from more carbonation, except that would move this beer ever closer to being a lager.

O: This is supposed to evoke summer. It's a very, very pale ale is what it is. Bit of a lager/pale ale mash-up. Generally, I like a sessionable summer/golden ale, but this example is too limp for me.

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Photo of steverx8
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Champagne coloured. Lots of bubbles. Foamy white head.
S: Rindy tropical fruit. Gooseberries, grapes and lychees.
T: Dry with a pungent, tropical, earthy, rindyness. No malt character but not the most Alka-Seltzer like pale ale. Has a cooling mentholated/eucalyptus type property on the tongue. Not bitter.
O: Not my cup of tea but probably someone else's.

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Photo of Tdenham
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of interzen
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a nonic pint glass

Look: Summed up nicely by a friend of mine: "It looks like you're drinking pee!" - very, very pale, almost watery, yellow. Slightly off-white head with good retention and some nice lacing left behind. Extremely pale for a bitter, but not far off the mark for a summer ale, which this claims to be.

Smell: Not much going on here - hoppy with herb and floral notes, with the occasional hint of lemon peeking through.

Taste: There's a bit more going on here - there's a nice, resinous flavour from the hops and a none-too-aggressive underlying bitterness. Some small-scale fruitiness but malt flavours were notable by their almost complete absence. Hoppy, but not aggressively so.

Feel: Light, not too fizzy and very refreshing - the bottle describes it as "the pure essence of summer". Can't argue with that - I could easily imagine knocking a few of these back on a hot summer's day. Not that we get many of those in the UK ...

Overall: OK, so it's only 3.5% ABV which would mark it out as a session beer, but even so it's a mighty fine pint - light, refreshing and not too demanding on the palate. Definitely a keeper.

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Photo of safaricook
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautifully golden light english ale with a good hoppy nose of floral and herbal hops. Taste and body are a bit thin but regarding the low abv this ia neither a surprise nor a real flaw. A fantastic, tasty and refreshing session beer

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Photo of stephenlee
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mick_cooper
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mizx
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BigBry
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. I believe we saw this for a sample at Beer Fest, now to try a full bottle.
This beer pours out hazy, straw yellow, maybe some shimmery highlights. Short, foamy white head, with lots of loose bubbles, filmy lace left around the glass. It smells of mild grain, and some light fruit along with floral, earthy hops. The taste is a mix of pale malt, and grassy, earthy hops, slight citrus finish. As expected for an English Pale Ale.
The carbonation maintains a decent head, medium body, smooth.
Low alcohol keeps it easy to drink, but I'm not sure I would search it out again.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from Waitrose:
Very light, pale golden colour with an appearance that borders on straw coloured. It is topped with bubbly and patchy looking lacing on top.

Very hoppy smelling and with a lot of pine coming through alongside some nice topical fruits notes and a helping of bitterness, probably from the pine hops. There is also some lemony citrus notes and a tiny amount of grapefruit in the mix too.

Fruity and citrus infused taste with some spice and a little bit of grapefruit. I could also detect some bitterness and a few fresh malts as well.

Light with pretty strong carbonation that makes it seems a little gassy. The beer was pretty smooth and tangy with some spice and a dry, fruity finish.

A nice, light and refreshing offering that turned out to be a pretty nice tasting beer. Quite a hoppy beer with plenty more smell and taste than the alcohol content would suggest although it did seem slightly over carbonated.

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Photo of owend
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of petluo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerTruck
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.59/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy blonde color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrus and sweet malt with light floral notes is a bit off as too much citrus is apparent. Taste is also dominated by underlying citrus notes which are bit too powerful and don’t necessarily seems to originated form the latest fresh West Coast hops. Malt base is solid with light floral notes and limited sweetness. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Not bad but way too much citrus notes with light sour notes.

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Wild Swan from Thornbridge Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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