Fiddler's Elbow | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Fiddler's ElbowFiddler's Elbow

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 260 |  Reviews: 217
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml / 16.9oz clear bowling pin style bottle with raised logos and the brewery name. No freshness date to be found.

Creamy off white lace sits on top of a clear amber brew. Sticky with shimmering rings of lace left on the glass.

Mild citric and grassy twang from the hops with a faint buttery yeasty nose. Smells of fresh hop with each whiff.

Smooth with a pleasing malt crispness slick oily hop flavour that leaves a lingering and tingling bitterness. The hop flavour is big with coarse leaf and pungent floral flavours. Malt is clearly shows the crispness from the wheat and a bready flavour from the barley. In the end is a buttery yeasty mix with a bit of residual sweetness and leafy hop flavour to boot.

Flavourful to say the least ... the wheat adds to the drinkability and the hops are done just right and pack with flavour. Another import I wish would come in six-packs.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I opened the bottle I really noticed a big fruity,juicy aroma it was very nice and upfront to say the least,poured perfectly into my imperial pint glass a light golden with a thin wispy head,after pouring a bit I also picked up some iron in the aroma wch I didnt pick up when opening.Flavors are not as up front as the aromas for sure but there is a nice fruitiness and quite buttery with a faint grassiness from Stryian hops that dryes this ale a bit in the finish.A pretty quaffable ale not great but drinkable,probably the best offering from this English brewery I have had to date.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice brownish-orange in color and bright if a tad murky with a beautiful pure white head that came up nicely and showed awesome retention in classic English fashion.

Smell – The grassy hops and damp yeast give this one the typical Wychwood signature.

Taste – The hops are big at the taste and may even bowl over the uninitiated. The English yeast flavor and light malts are stiff as well. The sweets are mild and really more of an afterthought, like maybe licking an apricot pit.

Mouthfeel – This is in between light and medium-bodied and surprisingly bitter.

Drinkability – It’s not the smoothest flowing ale on the planet but it gets the job done.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an amber-colored beer with a medium head. It had a sweet, grassy aroma, along with some malt. Interesting taste, a little citrus, a little malt, a little hops. I thought they worked quite well. Very good mouthfeel, and quite drinkable. Try this beer.

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Photo of WuAnquo1
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of R_Kole
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of shark262
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slight head upon pouring that quickly dissapates. Orange-copper in color with slight carbonation.

Malty, nutty aroma with slight peach-like overtones. Mouthfeel is pleasant, lightly carbonated.

Citric, slightly astringent taste with a medium body and clean finish.

This is a good example of an English ale which is moderately hopped. Although nothing extraordinary stands out in this ale, it is still a pleasing session brew.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Yuck. Its like and ESB-Lite. Light amber pour. Forced a short-lived head out of it. Dank aroma of malt and sawdust. Metallic bitter taste with malt and bark-like flavor. It does have a pleasant caramel finish, but it does little to save this beer. Avoid

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Photo of Thrasher
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny orange with medium head. Aroma of delicate malts, light hops, slightly musty. Some skunkiness which faded away as the beer sat in the glass. Flavors of tart apple, bread crusts, light herbs and spices, with a strong orange undertone. Very successful spiciness to this beer, which belies its sweet, subtle malt base. Smooth mouthfeel. Lingering citric finish that grows a little tiresome. Certainly enjoyable, but the wonderful name and psychedelic picture on the bottle were the high points of this beer.

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Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very detailed and artistic illustration of a fiddler on the label of a 500 ml bottle with raised flying witch logo and raised lettering at bottom front saying "Fiercely Independent." Beer is deep amber with a small bit of haze, perhaps from sediment. Head is a nice beige and lingers. Aroma is of flowers and citrus, but not strong. Medium carbonation hits the tongue, and a full creamy mouthfeel fills the mouth. The flavor is much bigger and rounder than the aroma suggests. There is a rich roasted malt flavor, balanced with mild hoppiness, plus slight hints of honey. There is a mild hop aftertaste, but it's very understated. This beer is VERY drinkable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed caramel amber hue with a big off white khaki head forms thick with a nice evenly strung layer of lacing around my imperial pint willi style glass. Aroma has a nice caramel malt presence with earthy and citric coated hops. A very funky English yeast edge brings a pleasing nut quality to the table as well within this mildly fruity and floral English style pale ale. Dry but sharply fruity in flavor, not overly sweet but nice prickly sweet red apple notes. Hops bring out a citrus finish with an earthy muddled bitterness blended with characteristic yeast that this brewer uses. Not much poetry or cohesion going on but a flavorful English style pale, that's been on most of us craft beer drinkers early inspiration lists. Mouthfeel is pretty light to medium light in the spectrum of beer carbonation is soft and some what creamy a nice sessionability comes my way with this brew. Easy going with some very English appeal if that's your thing, I'm down to try other brews from Wychwood, it's been awhile. I also picked up a 12 oz Hobgoblin...this one happened to a 16 ouncer.

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Photo of rastaman
1.83/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Quite thin, sweet, and even a bit cloying, once again, lose the clear bottles. I'm not really a fan of this, a bit of a strange taste, like there others.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a golden dark honey colored body that is clear. There is an off-white head that is a thick film but fades to patches after a bit. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- This beer has a pine hop hint with a light honey malt almost perfume hint in the background. Nice smell but very faint.

T- This beer ahs a light banana note with several fruity notes in the malt but they disappear pretty quickly. There is a light caramel malt note in the soft but slightly sweet biscuit malt note. There is a finish of very light butter with a spicy green hop note and a faint sweetness that hangs on the tongue for a second.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight fizzy tang of carbonic acid in the finish.

D- This beer has some nice but muted flavors and some slight off flavors that might be yeast qualities that I'm just not used to. There are some fruity notes that come through as it warms that leads me to believe this would be a great beer on cask but in bottles it just doesn't travel well.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery yellow with a smallish white head that slowly melts to a ring of nice lacing.
Aromas are sharply citrus and fresh cut grass.
Flavor is brightly sweet malt and citrus hops that fades to sort of a stale styrofoam in the mouth. That sounds worse than it is, actually the drying is very pleasant leaving your mouth very clean and refreshed but there is a hint of styrofoam there that I could do without.
Overall, not a bad english pale ale.
I've waited a long time to try this because it had always been in clear glass bottles and I've had no luck with those.
Finally, Wychwood is using brown bottles and I look forward to sampling their line.

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Photo of Sammy
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lagerish Syrian hopped ale. Light colour with some creaminess in the pour. A tad cheesy aroma. Some bitterness and middling mouthfeel, and a half pint is all I could drink, not the entire pint. Yes citrus and caramel, just minimally satisfying to me.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think there may have been a little something in the glass, dish soap residuals or something, that gave me a nasty taste once in awhile, but I think the taste of the beer came through.

Slightly cloudy amber with a thinger width of head that dissipates quickly. No lacings to be seen in my glass.

Sweet aroma with caramel and alcohol evident. Caramel taste of the malt is there bu hops are in charge here. Styrians give some nice bitterness and citrus zest. Bitterness lingers for a little bit, but, like many Wychwood brews, the finish is abrupt and slightly watery. Unexpected, but makes for a much more drinkable beer. Wheat offers some great crispness to the drink.

Little on the watery side but low carbonation, just how I like it. A drinkable pale ale with a good balance.

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Photo of Reverand
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great English ale. Great amber color and taste. Love the bottle and label. Check out the Wychwood website for their upcoming beers. If they are anything like this brew I will be eagerly waiting to try each one. Hobgoblin will have to wait until my BEER FEST this summer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown bottle - thank goodness! Beautiful packaging! Great artwork.

It pours a lightly hazy copper body with hushed amber-orange highlights throughout the glass. The frothy ivory head slowly settles to a wide creamy collar. Some thin but very nice lacing is left in its wake.

The nose offers yeasty fruit, gently caramelish and wheat-like malt, and mild citrusy hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and delicately crisp with a very fine-bubbled, restrained carbonation.

Notes of fruit appear upfront (apricot, marmalade), followed by full-flavored wheaty and caramelish malt. Some leafy and mildy citrusy (kind of like lime leaf) hops appear at the swallow. The firm bitterness that's there provides balance, and it finishes dry with a thin thread of citrusy acidity and some mild residual mineralish malt.

Quite rounded and balanced - a nicely done and satisfying pale ale.

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Photo of RickS95
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, the name and the bottle alone score points with me. Not exactly what I think of when I think of beer from the UK, it seemed a bit of a hybrid between what I'm used to in the States and what I get from overseas.

What I liked about this beer was the taste and the finish. Mouthfeel was fresh and crisp. Sip after sip, I expected a bitter finish, but it never came. You know the bitter was there, but it was subtle, giving it a nice drinkability.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After enjoying their Hobgoblin I decided to pick this one up.

The beer pours a straw color, like any average ale. Not clody. The head went MIA pretty qickly. No lacing. The smell is great. It has a nice light hoppy and fruity nose.

Taste is fairly well-balanced. I'm not a hophead, but I enjoyed the initial hop bite that was balanced by a sweet, almost fruity finish. I've always been a fan of the English-style ale and they did a great job with this one.

It feels crisp in the mouth with the bubbles accenting the hops and fading away at the same time.

As far as drinkability I could see myself having a few of these in one sitting. It is a nice, refreshing, beer with a refrishing fruity quality that reminds me of Hazed & Infused for some reason.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice somewhat light amber. smells a touch skunky with a nice mellow fruity hop/malt sweetness being the overall picture. very english PA like. pretty flavorfull, doughy and a bit buttery with a mild caramel sweetness. balanced with a decent hop nod. medium bodied but leaning more towards the full spectrum. a most satisfying english ale, tastey and balanced.

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Photo of Farrell
4.68/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this brew up from my local liquor store, and boy was i glad. I poured this bad boy into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very nice golden/copper brown, with a light yellow haziness at the bottom. A thin, but very long lasting head developed as I poured. Already, it looked delicious.

Smell: Flowery notes as well as some malt sweetness was present. As the beer warmed, the scent becomes a little more prevalent. Not exceptional, but pretty damn good.

Taste: This is one awesome tasting beer. The hop bitterness is nicely balanced with the malt sweetness. I experienced a nice crisp citrus tart infused with the flowery hop bitterness. A fruitiness was also there, but I just couldn't put my finger on it (I guess I need more experience!). As soon as the beer touched my mouth I got taste of the hops with the bitterness lingering until I swallowed. The after taste was the crispness of the malts and the citrus. As I got down to the last few sips, the beer took on a stronger hop flavor and finished with a nice balanced bitterness.

Mouth feel: nice and medium bodied on the palate. A very slight over carbonation keeps it from being perfect.

Drinkability: Excellent. This beer goes down easy and tastes great.

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light copper with a 2" white head. Slight haze from the bottom of the bottle is this bottled conditioned? Don't think so. Good lacing & below par head retention

Smell: Honey, fruitty, & slight critic hop twang

Taste: Crisp hops, slight grain bitterness. Fruitness and some butterscotch notes on the finish as it warms up.

MF: Stange combination of effeversence and slight chewyness

Pretty quaffable but tastes a little off style to me, was almost thinking there was a good amount wheat in this??? Try it and decide for yourself,

Postscript, just read Jason's notes & it looks like wheat was in
this in 03 when he reviewed, so I guess I'll pat my self on the back....

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Photo of trackstar1043
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours golden with a slight copper hue, perfectly unclouded with half an inch on off white head that left a fine sticky lace.

S - Mild aromas of carmels, nuts, wheat, brown sugars, toasty malts, but all very suttle in smell, good balance.

T - A pleasant balanced mix of wheats and sharp hops, has a nice sweet mix of the carmel, and malt flavors.

M - Light bodied, higher carbonation gave it a lively character, clean and crips with little to no aftertaste.

D - Easy to drink and a good exapmle of a English Pale.

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