Fiddler's Elbow
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Pale Ale - English
3.62 | pDev: 14.36%
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into an English nonick.

a: Cloudy copper with a half finger thick offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and virtually no lacing.

s: Light fruit and caramel malt.

t: Same as the nose with the fruit notes coming to dominate the malt. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Light to medium, ok body and carbonation tingle.

o: A decent English pale ale, although the light fruit notes tend to defeat the malt presence. Perhaps an old bottle since there was considerable sediment and although purchased at a local store within the past month, the bottle label suggested it was originally intended for the Canadian market.

Oct 20, 2015
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BierJager89 from California

4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange with a foamy white head.

S: Big orange presence in the nose, with citric hoppiness, strawberry, grass, and lemon.

T: A slight pleasant bitterness, with citrus nose dominating taste, along with fruity esters, berries and a touch of grass upon a malty backbone.

M: Medium-light bodied, pretty smooth.

O: Delicious. I would definitely recommend picking this up if you can find it.

Note: Recommended with other Wychwood beers (especially hobgoblin and king goblin) whilst watching Tolkien adaptations (my friends and I put on the hobbit cartoon, this was a few years ago).

Feb 04, 2014
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jsisko01 from Michigan

4.64/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a very dark amber/copper color with almost no head. Leaves a nice, creamy lacing behind.

Smell - Sweet, earthy, and bitter.

Taste - Has a subtle sweetness, with citrus and orange zest. It's very earthy, with bready malts, and has a nice, light bitterness in the finish. Has somewhat of a floral flavor too.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with low carbonation.

Overall - This is one of the best pale ales I've ever tried. Simple and delicious.

Jul 29, 2012
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Rifugium from North Dakota

2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: bottle from Total Wine, Cherry Hill, NJ

Not bad, not great. Poured a clear copper color, not much of a head other than a few stray bubbles. Thin biscuity aroma, toffee and sweet malts. Mostly malty taste, caramel, some light fruits, toasted bread, and a bit of a hoppy aftertaste. A bit lacking overall in the flavor department. Quite light and a bit watery; moderately drinkable if your taste buds are meek, but probably nothing I'd want to have again.

Sep 17, 2011
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JayS2629 from Alabama

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper with amber tones. Has a nice two finger rocky head that fades slowy into a creamy film that leaves thick walls of creamy lace.

The aroma is of bready malts, a touch of caramel, and a zesty orange peel presense from hops.

The taste is bready with caramel and spice. The backend has a nice citrus touch of sweet orange. Some earthy and herbal notes with a touch of spice.

Very interesting blend of flavors with a creamy body that finishes with a smooth slickness.

Overall, nice EPA. Easy to drink, smooth, and tasty.

Jun 18, 2011
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JoEBoBpr from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper color with some slight amber hints. There is a nice off white head that builds up to about .5 inches with some dense bubbles and then some bigger ones at the top.

S - Great English malt aroma with fresh biscuit and bread characters. There is also the traditional EPA hop character of orange peel and slight clean citrus.

T & M - Taste is a bit on the mild side but still quite good. There are nice hints of bread as the nose implies. The hops are a bit more subdued than the nose would suggest. Tons of grainy malt notes with some slight sweetness are present. The flavor is of an above average EPA. Mouthfeel is quite good though with good crispness and nice balance of flavors.

D - Quite drinkable because of the 5.2% and also a beer with flavor.

Jan 27, 2011
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a mug. The beer pours with little to no head, and presents as a muddled copper-gold color. The beer has aromas of malt and the lightest hints of hops. The tastes are muddled, but there is a spicy undertone to it that is very intruiging. Unfortunately, there aren't the main flavors to back it up. Mostly a bland bit of malt again. The beer is light in mouth, leaving a bit of an unpleasant film behind. Not the easiest beer to drink, that is for sure.

Dec 12, 2010
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Lemke10 from Wisconsin

3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a single 22oz bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in the fall of 2010 for about $4.

This english pale ale is different than American pale ales. It poured a medium brown color with a slight what I would call toffee scent. Upon tasting it had a bold toffee flavor. No bad aftertaste, definetly well made but not an everyday type of beer. Something nice to try.

Nov 13, 2010
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours toffee-amber with an off-white small creamy head.
Nose shows resinous, earthy English hops and a load of toffee and caramel malt. Some doughy notes in the background. Pretty nice, if somewhat faint.
Flavours follow along these lines with toffee and caramel followed by some resinous hops and accompanying light bitterness. Unfortunately it ends with a somewhat cidery metallic finish.
Good moderate carbonation and med-light body.

Sep 14, 2010
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JaSkoll from Canada (ON)

3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

half litre bottle served in a chalice

Appearance- a dark auburn glow deep with little light passing through, appearing slightly cloudy, head is thin, a little less than a finger width in height, comprised of tiny bubbles and of pure white, whisking off to form a thick rim around the glass a few minutes after the pour, carbonation is notable in the body as the bubbles dance to the top

Nose- the nose presents slightly mild but caries a rich aroma reminiscent of grapes, citrus, and grain, and presents a bittersweet aroma with a slight smokiness

Taste- the taste is bitter upfront but as it settles on the tongue the sweetness pulls through as the fruity flavours present, with smoky flavours appearing on the aftertaste

Mouth- soft and slightly thick, feeling like milk, the carbonation is felt on the tongue but is not as fizzy as its appearance would suggest

Drinkability- on the first drink the drinkability seems poor as the bitterness overpowers the rest of the flavours, but as one continues to drink they slowly come out and reveal their intricacies, all in all quite well suited to sessions

Aug 11, 2010
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Jiggamyte from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Poured with a creamy, foamy head. It was a golden straw color, slightly reddish with strong lacing around the glass as I drank the beer.

S: Scent of sweet malt and slight lemony citrus hops.

T: Crisp, slight bitterness. Again the lemon citrus hop flavor. A sweetly malted backbone, nicely balanced.

M: Lightly carbonated. Light to medium bodied, maltiness providing most of the feel. Not very much warming due to alcohol imbalance.

Overall, I truly enjoyed this beer. My second of the Wychwood lineup, this beer certainly satisfied and left me wishing I had more. A very drinkable beer.

Aug 10, 2010
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've let my 500 ml bottle stand at room temperature for 15 minutes, so now it's time to open. On to the beer:

Into my imperial pint glass it goes, this beer has a pale orange olor to it with faded yellow hues. The head on top forms an inch thick, then settles to a thin, creamy lace. I'm liking the aroma. Fruity yeast esters, buttery toffee, and butterscotch. Classic.

Soft ale yeast does its work to provide much of the flavor. Butterscotch comes to mind, a little husky grain, a light touch of fruity esters. It's not a huge flavor, but a relaxed one. I have a feeling like there's more flavor hiding underneath, though I'm not getting it all. There's a dry toffee flavor and husk that sits around in the aftertaste. As for the mouthfeel, it's light, maybe a littel gritty on the palate. Light carbonation helps though.

Fiddler's Elbow is a solid example of the style. Like many English ales, let this one warm up to get the most....okay, maybe a fresh cask would get you the most out of this beer.

Jul 31, 2010
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darkmartin from Virginia

4.73/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours to a caramel-brown with a frothy white head that doesnt last long. Slight, sticky lacing.

Smell: Fairly grainy with faint citrus hops.

Taste: Begins with a buttery-caramel flavor that finishes with a slight citrus bite. Alcohol is hidden completely.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and full-bodied. Little carbonation.

Drinkability: Outstanding pale ale. The initial smooth, buttery taste develops into a full caramel finish that simply is excellent.

Jul 23, 2010
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thierrynantes from France

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : floral hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : fruity and caramel flavours, with no strong bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer is the style English Extra Strong Bitter (with unusual mixture of barley and wheat).

Jul 02, 2010
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wahhmaster from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color with a foamy, white head that has decent retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Malty with buttery notes. Also has grassy and citrusy hints from the hops.

Taste: Starts fairly bitter with grassy and floral flavors. Develops a buttery, malty character as it progresses. Leaves a crisp, hoppy aftertaste. Quite nice...

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a crisp, clean finish.

Drinkability: A great pale ale. Flavorful, yet easy to drink, I would certainly have this one again, if the opportunity presented itself.

Jun 24, 2010
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JohnnyP3 from Alaska

3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml bottle with a best before date of 12 Sep 10 into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow with a thin white head that gradually dissolves. Smell contains an inviting hop aroma--hints of bitterness and butterscotch (diacetyl).

Tasting this English Pale Ale reveals flavors similar to the smell--hop bitterness, a light butterscotch taste and a slight orange-citrus note from the hops. A little candied fruit there as well. Definitely has that unique bitterness quality of many English beers. The wheat used to brew this beer almost reminds me of a distant relative of a hefeweizen. Finishes somewhat dry. A very pleasant, refreshing and overall mellow, smooth and subdued ale. Left me reaching for something a little more.

Mouthfell is average for the most part. This ale imparts a somewhat thin quality, somewhat watery.

Drinkability is fine. This is a very easy drinking ale, one that is arguably suitable for a session with friends. Again, the somewhat subdued character is a double edged sword. Very refreshing, but the overall character was a bit lacking at the finish.

Jun 20, 2010
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lamergod from Singapore

4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Nice copperish orange coloru with light carbonation and a 1 finger head. Has a head of a typical southern english pint that does not stick very long and ends up being a strand of foam at the top.

Smell: Nice malty goodness upfront with some notes oft toffees and caramel. Finishes with a note of hops

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Very well balanced between the sweetness and biterness. Best EPA I have drank thus far.

Mouthfeel: Very light carbonation, hence a very light body. Smooth down the throat, just like every pint should be during the world cup.

Drinkability: Very very drinkable. Definetly can see myself downing a few pints with some mates at a pub. A great session beer.

Jun 14, 2010
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TheSarge from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely for a small but sustaining head presentation, which is a bit off white in color. The body is clear and copper in color.

The aroma is piny and lemony. There is a slight hint of caramel too.

The taste is tea in character with a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, as well as lively.

May 05, 2010
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prosper from Canada (AB)

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale amber with a small-ish off-white head. Slight haze.

Smells of yeasty esters and fruity caramel malts. Maybe a trace of diacetyl.

Tastes slightly tart, with some thin caramel flavours and some bready malts. Plenty of yeast esters. No toastiness. Hop presence is light. Finishes towards the bitter, but doesn't linger.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Drinkability - it's OK, but not something I'd seek out.

Overall: it's 'average' right down the line. A bit boring, lacking in any real defining character.

May 03, 2010
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color with an one-finger head into my pint glass. Looks about right color-wise.

Aroma is full of sweet, buttery malt upfront with just a hint of hops. Subtle but obviously in the right place.

Taste is full of buttery malt, which obvious dominates over any trace of hops. Seems a bit faded as well.

Mouthfeel is mild with sweet malt the most dominant of flavors. Not much else to be seen. Kind of "salty" at the back of the throat.

It's an average example of the style but regardless, would probably taste better from a tap. Worth a try only if you like Wychwood's output.

Mar 14, 2010
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climax from Missouri

3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer oozed out behind my back after I cracked the top. Lots of rocky foamy head sat atop a cloudy amber hue.

The nose was relatively clean, yet uninspiring. For the most part it smelled like a fizzy euro lager, some cider sour apple notes. More toffee and caramel flavors helped boost things as the beer warmed a bit.

The flavor had somewhat of a metallic ting and sourness to it, but didn't distract. Toffe and caramel flavors dominated while a subtle bitterness and some skunk helped balance things out. Relatively bland.

The feel was on the light side of medium and a tab bit watery. The carbonation was pretty sharp and left a nice tingle in the aftertaste which was quite clean and a bit dry. Pretty easy to drink, but relatively normal otherwise.

Mar 11, 2010
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alkchrios from New Hampshire

2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- amber... slightly copper.. kinda boring.
S- very earthy.. hops/malt.. rather non-existent
T- rather earthy.. laugh all you want but i tasted raw mushrooms.
M- pretty good.. probably the only selling point on this beer.. nice carbonation... clean finish.
D- id rate this the same way id rate a miller high life for drinkability... very easy to drink.

Im not a giant fan.

Mar 04, 2010
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basica from California

3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into my Sam Adams Globe pint glass.

A - Bright hazy brown with a small forming head that quickly reduces to a less than one finger thick frothy, milky head which stays on

S - Lightly floral, citrusy bouquet. Not too much of a scent.

T - Strong on the malts with a light floral backing, slight sweetness with an aromatic floral, hoppy and slightly fruity finish which leads on to a apple of pear like after taste

M - Largely watery, average carbonation, nothing too spectacular

D - Goes down easy and leaves nice hoppy, fruity after taste. Refreshing for a hot day definitely.

Mar 03, 2010
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seand from California

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear light read amber, with a nice fluffy, bubbly off white head. Retention is above average, leading to decent lacing.

S: Largely a thick floral sweetness, with some earthiness.

T: Medium sweetness up front, again with a touch of the earthiness, leading into a lightly bitter finish. The light hop aftertaste lingers, and is slightly dry.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, some mild chewiness.

D: Drinks quite easily, with it's more subdued flavors and pleasant dry finish.

It's a pretty nice example of an English pale, pleasant and drinkable.

Jan 29, 2010
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wangbruins from Florida

2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pretty decent burnt orange with lots of malted barley "floaties" but not much of a head

S- A little orange, a little lemon, and some flowers, but no scent is really overpowering

T- Very malty with a prevelant barley taste but not much else. The bottle said it has a hoppy finish but I must have missed it

M- Thin and watery without much substance

D- It's like a good flavored water so have a bunch

Jan 17, 2010
Fiddler's Elbow from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 261 ratings