Dr. Thirsty's No. 4 Blonde
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Style:
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #442
ABV:
4.1%
Score:
80
Ranked #44,123
Avg:
3.54 | pDev: 12.15%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
78
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Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
80
Good
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L- Mid gold, clear, pours with 3mm white head, clears pretty swiftly.
S- Light (I've congestion), reminds me of a pale ale.
T- Dry! Well hopped, so it's quite crisp.
F- Well it's 4.1% and it does come over as pretty thin on Feel, but I appreciate it's not aiming for a meaty feel.
O- This might suit me far better in summer than winter, I'm not finding it very rewarding this cold/mid November. The lable talks of 'fruits [and] an insanely fragrant aroma', sadly I can register neither.
Bought directly from the brewery. 500ml bottle BB: 30-Sep-20

Nov 18, 2019
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BEER88 from Washington

3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ok, not bad for the style. Poured out of a 500ml bottle with a date to drink by 25jun2019. Wish it had more complexity and intricate flavors but it doesn’t

Sep 27, 2018
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eddingsaur from Singapore

3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served by the bottle and poured out into a tumbler for the price of an import beer here in Singapore. Served and consumed at the Cider Pit at Joo Chiat Road by the gorgeously (in)hospitable staff here. Makes me wonder why this place is my local. At least the music is pretty decent...

Look: Poured straight into the tumbler. Nice thick, white, two-finger-wide foamy head builds up. I'm pouring this pretty vigorously, mind you. Head mostly fizzles out by the time Everlast's What It's Like finishes, so I'm guessing that's a good minute or so. Somewhat good lacing for a light blonde; there're some dregs here and there. As hay-colored a beer as you can possibly get. Any more blonde and it'd have a chihuaha in a bag. It's pretty cloudy, though. So it's more a 40-something year old Beverly Hill-er than anything else.

Smell: Truffles. Fresh truff... oh wait, that's the fries the dude next to me ordered. I need to reset my nostrils. It's fruity there somewhere. Mango, maybe? It's a creamy sort of sweet. The menu here says citrusy, but i'm distinctly not getting that. Maybe there's dried red dates in there, it's pretty subtle.

Taste: I tip the glass back to my lips. The beer hits my tongue with a distinct hop bitterness. I'm really starting to doubt the menu now. Citrusy? Really? This is anything but that. English-y bitter right up front and right up to the end. But it's not all that. The sweet maltiness does crop in and it lingers. This IS an English ale. Wychwood - you have yet to disappoint.

Feel: One word: creamy. I don't know if that's just the alcohol talking right now. It could be. I've had a few. No, it's definitely creamy. And it's more than that. It's not fizzy. It's lightly dancy-upon-the-tongue-y. Would it be idiosyncratic if I called this crisp and creamy? I doubt. I mean imagine a watered down beer yogurt and you're right around the ballpark.

Overall: Wychwood, you have yet to disappoint. I mean this beer probably won't change your life. It'll probably not change your evening. But it's a good beer that I'd probably not get when Hobgoblin is in the same fridge. But it IS a good beer, and I can't fault it for that. Just don't expect a sessionable ale, a daily local beer, or a life-changing sipper and you'll be fine. Make with that information what you want - I've got another half pint to drink and nothing's gonna sto... oh wow they're playing Genesis here now!

Apr 27, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the Hobgoblin from Wychwood but everything else seems a bit secondary somehow - and this Dr. Thirsty is no example, though the imagery is always nice.
This could be nice - nomen est omen - on a hot summer night when you're thirsty, served ice cold, but otherwise it feels a bit watery and mediocre, an English Blond Ale. Not THAT bad but feels a little sick, so I rate it a cat B beer, something that feel best in certain circumstances.

Mar 31, 2018
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TheHammer from Canada (ON)

2.15/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Produced two fingers of head that didn't lace nor retain, the slightly cloudy yellow body barely shows even a hint of carbonation.

Smell: Has a bit of a flowery hop smell with some fruit notes with a mix of grain and brine. Warming doesn't really help it's case either way.

Taste: Starts with some mild lightly roasted grain with a hint of honey and maybe a slight touch of berries, and then abruptly turns to a bitter earthy hop kick, that just annihilates the experience. Starts out decent but quickly turns terrible, fitting giving the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde impression the bottle gives.

Mouthfeel: The doesn't have a lot of carbonation to start with and it quickly turns flat. The transitioning is also pretty horrible on this one, making for a rough drinking experience, additionally a muddy hop aftertaste that lingers and builds is the legacy of the aftertaste. The only things stopping this from being a 1 was at least it did produce head and doesn't come across as hazardous.

Drinkability: This offering comes across as far heavier then it should for the style, which would be fine if this beer had more agreeable aspects and character, but it doesn't. Frankly, it tastes just plain over-hopped. At least it's not gassy in the slightest I suppose. It's not especially refreshing either. Just an all around weak offering, but not outright offensive enough for the drain.

Final Thoughts: I want to make it clear, I did not buy this of my own volition. Wychwood continues it's poor track record with me, and frankly they seem to have the uncanny ability to ruin the new year. It seems like every year, some relative, seeing the art on the bottle buys a bottle or mix pack of their stuff and wraps it under the tree, every year (perhaps out of a sense of obligation to steer people away from these guys, or the dim hope they might produce another gem) I review at least one beer, and every year I continue to be flabbergasted at how the same brewery that produces Hobgoblin, consistently produces these disappointments. A testament to their marketing I suppose. This brewery is the one hit wonder of breweries, and that one hit wonder is Hobgoblin. Anything else, including and especially this, you will want to pass.

Jan 20, 2018
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StJamesGate from New York

3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fizzy gold with loose head. 3.75
Vague grain… and that’s it. 3.5
Straw, slight honey, vague grass and lemon peel. 3.5
Light, crisp, smooth. 3.75

Slight and dull. No hops to mention; that sour Brit leafy thing again. Manages to be worse than Hobgoblin Gold, which takes some doing. 3.75

Apr 03, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From Festival de las Naciones. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Broken Sword 5. Watery, with vegetal notes. Very drinkable but below other Wychwood offerings, too much plain

Oct 30, 2016
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ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- This one pours a clear-ish golden color....possibly chill haze happening, and is a golden color with tinges of orange in the background. The head starts out about a half finger in thickness and slowly dissipates into a nice looking ring around the brewtop....carbonation appears to be modest and the lacing is nice, with many wee tiny bubble patches sticking to the side of the glass!!

S- The aromas lean towards the fruity end of the spectrum, with floral notes hiding in the background....lemon rind, yeast, barley malt, candied zest, slight tones of light caramel....and the finish is of a muted hop bitterness.

T- Oh, this has citrus, hop bitterness and very well balanced malt sweetness.....caramel/toffee helps balance out oily hops and floral notes. Background tangy spice that is of sour orange marmalade and the bittering finish cleanses the palate nicely and has just a short lingering character.

M/O- Light bodied, refreshing and has a sparkling carbonation that helps scrub the palate and also allows flavors to burst in short sporadic fashion.....this is highly drinkable, especially with the lower alcohol and pairs well with spicy foods! I would look for this one again and recommend! Cheers again to Wychwood!

Aug 07, 2016
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kitschiguy from Hong Kong

4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into 350ml beer glass.

Poured a clear, bright yellow lager colour. Rocky head was ok died quickly to leave a loose film. Lots of lacing

Nice spicy hop aroma on the nose followed by some

Palate is light and refreshing with a strong bitterness in the finish. Plenty of maltiness in there too. Good.

Mouth is very good. Creamy

Was a bit dubious about this beer but I was very pleasantly surprised. Well-balanced and refreshing.

Highly recommended.

Jun 11, 2016
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Lewnanny from Canada (NB)

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The first impression is the smell out of the bottle, the IBU came out directly at mynose. Not too bad as other beers I had.

The taste have just the good amount of bitterness. The color is a nice gold yellow with a 4.1% ABV out of realy nice designed bottle with small witches carved on the bottle.

Congratulation to Wychwood Brewery for this delicious no.4 blonde.

May 09, 2016
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johnny2hats from Singapore

3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a Saison Dupont tumbler.

A – Golden straw, lager-ish appearance. Slightly hazy. Thick but insubstantial head that dissipates quickly. Leaves some lacing.
S – Some people are getting a citrusy nose, but not me. More like gentle grassy hops and biscuit.
M – Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Very much appropriate for the style.
T - Grassy hoppy bitterness. Crackers. Clean flavours, but they don’t linger. Refreshing and drinkable.

Definitely a good summer beer, not the kind of thing I would expect from Wychwood. Was pleasantly surprised, and would buy again.

May 05, 2016
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale, copper with a mild white foam head. Aroma is fruity and citrusy, all american hops but very mild too. Taste is refreshing and light, very easy to drink and enjoy. Low body with low carbonation. Overall a nice beer for craft beer newbies.

Nov 11, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, another part of the mixed 4 pack of Wychwood brews that is currently available in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and well bubbly off-white head, which leaves some layered craggy cloud lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of biscuity and crackery pale malt, dried lemon peel, a bit of white pepper, and decent leafy, spicy, and grassy noble hops. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, more zingy lemon fruitiness, a small hard water chalkiness, some further pome pith, and a plain earthy, leafy, and grassy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is quite low-reading on the ol' froth-o-meter, the body a solid enough medium weight, and generally smooth, the hops doing well to keep their hands to themselves here. It finishes off-dry, just, as the crackery malt holds 'er steady, while the crisp hops carry on carrying on.

As usual, I must presage this by saying that most examples of this style are bland, useless instances of the craft, and yes, this one somehow skirts that problem. How, one might ask? Just read what I wrote, about the robust maltiness, supportive fruitiness, and surprisingly Saaz-like hoppiness - yup, this Dr. Thirsty is a paragon of 'inesses'.

Oct 28, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden and cloudy with large and small bubbles in the mix of carbonation. Topped with 3 fingers of off white head.

Smells like a German pilsener, with Saaz hops, dry hay, a good amount of malt, and light fruitiness.

Fruity in comparison to the nose, like pear juice and slightly like Belgian in its yeast profile. The Saaz and dry hay, light malts all come through as well.

Light body, dry finish, made even more dry by a punch of strong tannic hops on the end. Moderate soda like carbonation.

Found and drank in Chiang Mai, Thailand on May 7, 2015. Our first day of actually moving to Thailand. Light and sessionable, but the hops put me to sleep in the early afternoon.

May 07, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 l bottle with a BB date stamp of Feb. 2016.
Bright copper-gold body with an off-white head that has good retention and leaves patterned sticky lacing.
Looks and smells like a malty pilsner but the flavor is more malty than expected. Well matched hop load presents a grassy aroma. Very nice bitter/sweet balance.

O: aromatic and flavorful for style with good balance.

Apr 17, 2015
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'd be curious to try Dr. Thirsty's Number 1, 2, and 3 Blonde - Number 4 could be much better. Even the appearance is just average; it's glaringly sunny golden colour is muted by a dismally cloudy complexion, and the beer is almost entirely flat to boot. Not off-putting, but not alluring either.

Those familiar with Wychwood's portfolio should be able to instantly recognize this aroma: grainy, hearty cereal malt gently perfumed with floral, grassy hops. In fact, this bouquet is pretty commonplace with UK brews in general. Indeed, it smells nice but there's nothing to set it apart.

I'd expect something called "Dr. Thirsty's" to be exceptionally thirst quenching. Unfortunately the name is a little misleading. It's not that it lacks the right parts - the splash of lemony citrus and gentle, rose-accented bitterness are great attributes - but they don't amount to enough to actually get the job done. Is this guy really a doctor? Where did he get his degree? I'd like to check his credentials!

No beer with this kind of wholesomely grainy, lightly honeyed mouthfeel is poorly made. My complaint with Wychwood has never been the use of adjuncts or inferior ingredients - it's been a lack of distinctiveness. The brewery's slogan "Beers of Character" really could not be more misleading...

Dr. Thirsty's No. 4 Blonde follows in the same 'pleasant but plain' footsteps as Goliath, WychCraft, Scarecrow, and Duchy English Ale. I don't know how many middling, mild pales ales/bitters this brewery can release! These ales don't really bother me but I really don't care to bother with them.

Mar 31, 2015
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Beer-to-Beard from England

3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Breakdown

Appearance – clear, golden/ amber (SRM: 9 – 10), good head white in colour, which doesn’t dissipate too quickly.

Aroma – Fresh, mild floral aroma, zesty with a hint of lemon

Mouthfeel – Very light, with a light – medium carbonation

Taste – A refreshing, crisp, clean tasting beer. Floral and subtle fruity notes come through from the yeast, whilst the hops bring bitterness and pine qualities. This bitterness lingers in the aftertaste and is accompanied by some very mild woody and malt flavours.

Drink again? – Yes

Final Verdict

This offering from Wychwood is a good addition to their range of quality faire. It’s name “Dr Thirsty’s” is apt, it’s light bodied composition make it a real thirst quencher and would sit well paired with heavy or spicy food to add that much needed lift and refreshment. As blondes go however it’s not overly complex, which depending on your point of view can be a good or bad thing. For those looking to be challenged then this may not be for you, but I don’t think many could say that it wasn’t a pleasant beer to drink. For me at least, it’s a keeper and a beer that I’d be happy to drink again and again.

Mar 10, 2015
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fallenshadow from Ireland

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks a bit like a lager with some extra lacing on top.

Smells of citrus and hops. Kinda off putting smell if im honest.

Taste of citrus fruits and hops. Kinda refreshing taste.

Strong carbonation on the mouthfeel. A bit much perhaps.

Overall a bit better than an average beer but wouldn't be going out to buy this again.

Mar 08, 2015
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The_Mad_Capper from Japan

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

The aroma gives off pine, lemon, orange, light graham cracker sweetness. Pours a one-finger, off-white head which reduces to a lasting crown; the body is a light golden amber and slightly hazy. Flavor immediately gives off piney hops, some coppery bitterness; balance is towards the hops and bitterness rather than the malt, which is quite subdued. Light bodied with moderate carbonation and a good bite; a bit watery in the finish.

The flavor is rather simple but pleasant. Very light, crisp, and refreshing, with a taste characterized largely by the piney hops and an agreeable level of bitterness. Not extraordinary, but not at all bad.

Sep 04, 2014
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.56/5  rDev +0.6%

500 ml bottle purchased from Burlington LCBO for $3.50 CDN and served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - clear coppery golden color, with plenty of effervescent bubbles. Average one finger of head with unspectacular retention.

Smell - fairly bland, but just a hint of some juicy orchard fruits, mixed with a bit of lemon and a slightly peppery aroma.

Taste - nice balance of of some sweet but subtle malts and just a bit of hop bitterness with a slight citrus taste. Lemon and pepper are detectable but pretty quiet but the overall taste is very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - light body, fairly crisp, moderate carbonation.

Overall - a fine blonde ale, that has almost enough hop bite to be more similar to an APA than anything else. To me this is reminiscent of harviestoun's bitter and twisted, but toned down just a touch. A pretty solid beer.

Aug 26, 2014
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Mar 27 2015. Served slightly chilled.

Pours an attractive clear golden-blonde colour, topped at first with two fingers of fluffy, eggshell white head that rapidly melts away. A wide, messy collar remains, as well as some soapy lacing. Looks good for a blonde. The label goes on about the 'insanely fragrant' aroma, but frankly that's one of the last adjectives I'd use to describe this one. There's some lemony citrus, pale, doughy malts and a light, floral nectar/honey note, as well as a whiff of Wychwood's familiar yeast strain. Not bad, I guess.

In fact, this one is pleasantly surprising, if very straightforward. Pale, grainy barley malts, some doughy sweetness, and a touch of apricot lead into the leafy, floral hops which characterize the finish. There is a mildly fruity aftertaste that quickly fades. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation that gives this brew a somewhat crisp, smooth feel on the palate. Quite sessionable and inoffensive.

Final Grade: 3.67, a B grade. Dr. Thirsty's No. 4 Blonde is not a remarkable beer, but there's not really anything wrong with it, either. It's a clean-tasting, light session ale that reminds me of the other Wychwood brews along those lines (e.g. Scarecrow, Wychcraft, etc.). Decent domestic craft blondes are not that hard to find, and although this is probably a little tastier than most of them, it also costs significantly more. I'd drink this again, but I probably won't do so frequently.

Jul 24, 2014
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dcmchew from Romania

3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear golden, half finger white head that subsides fast to some thin splooges and a sticky lace.
Smell of grains, lemon, faint hops, a bit of biscuit, some faint flower petals, nice.
Taste of pale malts with a bit of grain, followed by some mild fruitiness, mostly sweet lemon, apricot, red apple and some very faint tropical notes way in the back. Taste gets a bit more bitter, some grassy hops show up, getting drier and ending in an English hoppy note (some faint chewing tobacco in there). Mild floral notes throughout, fresh and sweet rose petals at first, a bit too perfumey in the finish.
Light bodied, medium carbonation, refreshing.
Lives up to its name, a real thirst-quencher, but without being too daring or fancy. Almost a bit bland, but Wychwood brews tend to be a bit... standard.

Jun 16, 2014
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2014. Acquired recently from a supermarket. According to the label, Dr. Thirsty is the fictional 'purveyor' of this brew - though why Wychwood have chosen this meaningless marketing method is anyone's guess. The beer is stated to be unpasteurised.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A crystal-clear golden colour with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a minute or so before disappearing without a trace. Aroma of pale malt, fruity ale yeast, mild grass/hay and stewed hops. The yeast character is somewhat overbearing. Unimpressive.

Tastes of faint malt and yeast, with a mild finish. Notes of fruity ale yeast, light malt, mild grass/hay and stewed hops. Well-attenuated and dominated by yeast esters. A subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with light carbonation and decent body. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of earthy, fruity yeast, cardboard and faint stewed hops.

Meh - can't say I'm loving it. Looks OKish, but the aroma and flavour are quite bland and dominated by fruity yeast notes. Perhaps the fermentation was too warm? Or perhaps it has something to do with the lack of pasteurisation (not that you'd know from looking at it). The body is alright. Just another run-of-the-mill blonde ale. Not horrible but no need to seek it out.

Jan 14, 2014
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BlackHaddock from England

3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle: BBD 31 Oct 14, poured into a Duvel glass on 13 Dec 13 @ home while cooking a Veggie Chilli and Jacket Spuds.

Pours a good looking golden amber, bright and clear: on top a thin white head.

Semi-sweet aroma, fruity and Pale malts with a floral twist.

The taste is also semi-sweet with a fruity front and centre, fades a little in the finish.

Medium bodied and a lot better than I thought it would be.

Dec 13, 2013
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vinicole from England

3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not blonde - more like gold/amber. Small head which quickly disappears.
Hardly any aroma to speak of - slight hop and possibly red currant. Light floral notes.
Taste follows the aroma. No depth at all. Very little bitter.
Quite thin. Moderate carbonation.
Easy to drink but not much there really.

Dec 07, 2013
Dr. Thirsty's No. 4 Blonde from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 78 ratings