England's Ale | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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England's AleEngland's Ale

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-21-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of wl0307
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale is available again this year, as England is playing in the Football World Cup. Tasted by half-pint at my local JDW pub, the Half Moon, East End London. The pump-clip shows that the abv. is attenuated to 4.0%abv., lower than the reported 4.5% on this page.

A: pours a clear, dark brownish-amber hue, an off-white foamy beer head never disappears, leaving tight lacing along the way.
S: Goldings(?) lightly fruity/citric touch with a floral scent as the second fiddle, backed by a faintly caramely-malty base underneath. Very simple, not unpleasant.
T: a mildly spicy palate rests on mildly sour fruitiness (berry-fruits and a touch of citrus) of hops; the toffee-ish and black-tea-ish bitter-sweet aftertaste, presumably coming from lightly-kilned malts and plenty of hops, leads towards a limited amount of licorice and dryish-roasty edge in the end.
M&D: very low carbonated, med-bodied, fruity bitter with a welcomed dryish finish. Alas, the texture becomes quite thin in the end, maybe a sign of lack of freshness at this point. Quite quaffable though.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a commerative beer for England's 2004 World Cup team.

Comes in a clear glass bottle like all of wychwoods beers (which is annoying because Ive had a lot of lightstruck Hobgoblins). The label has a cool St Georges cross with three gold lions in the middle.

The aroma is mostly biscuity doughy malts with some hints of hops and that funky Wychwood yeast. The taste is very well balanced with more hops then the nose lets on. A nice citrusy hops complexity mingles with herbal notes and a solid malt background. There are some nice fruity esters too. The yeast makes for a very crisp aftertaste. A very good offering, hoppier than other Wychwood brews Ive tried.

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Photo of Doiv
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper to amber colour with a small off-white head. Could do with a little more head, it might have been a slightly wet glass or something, but it never seemed to develop at all.

Aroma is biscuity malts, slightly floral, citrussy and appley, with a small bitter end.

Taste is of biscuity malts, citrus tones, cherry tomatoes, sultanas, red grapes, and apples. Ends with a slightly spicy and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, drinkability is also pretty good.

Quite a delicate beer, pretty crisp and clear, and probably worth a shot. However, for some reason, it didn't really do anything for me. There was no unique twist about it, nothing to separate it from the crowd.

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England's Ale from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.61 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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