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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Jason from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 30, 2002
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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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SFC21 from Florida

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Jan 26, 2013
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bigox420 from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Nov 28, 2011
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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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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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cdwil from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Dec 29, 2011
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Jun 28, 2013
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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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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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swgwilt from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

May 26, 2013
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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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TheBeeraholic from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Jun 15, 2013
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moneyfunnel from California

4/5  rDev +10.5%

May 03, 2012
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jnjander from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Jan 28, 2012
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sludgegnome from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Oct 26, 2013
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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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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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WuAnquo1 from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Jan 07, 2012
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LJWalker from Indiana

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Feb 01, 2012
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craftbeer31 from Kentucky

3/5  rDev -17.1%

Feb 25, 2012
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KrisDLSmith from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Jun 28, 2012
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KStark from Canada (BC)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Feb 09, 2013
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bzach from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Oct 16, 2012
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cliff1066 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Dec 28, 2012
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 261 ratings