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Osprey Ale | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-16-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tasted this 500ml bottle on 29.04.2008 (Best by 06 Jan 09).
It poured a very nice chestnut brown clear ale with a cream coloured head that lasted throughout the experience.
The smell was fairly non-existant, but was more than made up for with the taste which was a very pleasent maltiness with a nice subdued sweetness. The hops took a back seat in the overall flavour stakes.
Mouthfeel was very pleasent; nice to roll around the mouth. Alcohol not in your face; overall a very nice ale with good "drinkability".
Note: the bottle was a brown glass bottle, not clear glass as shown.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light goldy-brown, great clarity, huge dollop of light tan fine-beaded foam

Aroma: malt loaf with raisins, dried cherries, and tangerine rind

Flavor: medium malt sweetness with an herbal hop flavor and subtle bitterness swinging through towards the finish; hints of orange marmalade and drunken marschino cherries; finishes semi-dry with a lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, crisp texture

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before Feb 2008 drank July 2007, brewed for the Sainsbury supermarket chain.

Whenever I buy a supermarket only beer I worry, will this one be better than the norm? Read on and find out.

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip glass, which it didn't fit into, so i had two glasses.

Terracotta in colour, with a tight off-white head, bubbles rising through the bright clear liquid. The head did shrink away as i drank, but not overly fast.

Rich biscuits and malty sweetness hit your nose, toffees as well, it smells good. It reminded me of an old traditional sweet shop smell, all goodness and big jars of little things that rotted my teeth.

The malt is in the taste too, but the sweetness has gone from the aroma leaving a dryer beer than I expected from the smell; bet it would rot my teeth though, if I left them in the beer overnight!

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a 6.5% beer, but apart from that it is one of the best supermarket only beers I have ever had.

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Photo of wl0307
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket. Filtered, 500ml clear bottle. Served chilled in a stright imperial pint glass.

A: pours a light copperish hue with an effervescent, creamy and frothy head, tight and nice-looking... gentle carbonation full of tiny bubbles.
S: lightly apple-ish, tangerine-citric fruits, and cherry-flavoured candy upfront, with semi-thick candyish amber malts at the back. Somehow the thick foam prevents deeper aroma to assert itself and thus remains rather simple, but still nicely hoppy.
T: mildly sour-sweet fruitiness, like cherry-flavoured candy, with resinous, toasted grassy and spicy hops on top of a dryish, bitter-sweet, toasted malts in the overtone. A touch of bitter nuttiness and a touch of leafy and slightly earthy hops in the medium-length lingering finish.
M&D: quite thin-bodied for the rich-flavour, and slightly off-balance b/w malts and hops. But with the healthily bubbly body it's quite refreshing and easy to drink for a malty brew, and definitely much better than Wychwood's other products brewed for the Sainsbury's. Worth a try.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.54/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is contract brewed for Sainsburys supermarkets in the UK.

Pours a clear amber color, with a shortlived head and no lace at all. The smell is of pungent sweetish malts and strong alcohol solvency with a little bit of hop bitterness in there. The taste is mostly cloying sweetness, with some strong alcohol notes and a bit of flacid boring hops. Theres no aroma hops or subleties of any kind in this beer. The mouthfeel is ok and the finish is thankfully rather dry and shortlived. Not a very good beer, I guess you can expect that from a beer brewed specially for a giant supermarket chain.

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Photo of Doiv
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour a deep amber colour with a small short-lived tan head.

Aroma is full of summer fruits, a little citrussy, and a shortcakey sort of doughy hint. Definitely like the label says :"Packed full of rich, tart fruit flavours"

Taste continues on this trend: Much rich and malty fruit flavour - particularly raspberries, strawberries and blackcurrants. Finishes quite biter with a slight citrussy tang.

Mouthfeel is nice, drinkability is pretty good.

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Osprey Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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