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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jnjander from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Jan 28, 2012
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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

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

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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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

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Jun 28, 2012
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KStark from Canada

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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tanyalouise from Vermont

5/5  rDev +38.1%

Mar 05, 2013
Fiddler's Elbow from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 260 ratings