Fiddler's Elbow | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

Fiddler's ElbowFiddler's Elbow
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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

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of hippoballetdancer
5/5  rDev +38.1%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of Sehnsee
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of leokbelo
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of darkmartin
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.

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Photo of dionisio
4.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On first sip my reaction was oh man this is a good tasting beer. You can taste that this is made out of wheat, not in that it tastes like most wheat beers do, but in that its flavor is comparable to a strong wheat bread. I also love the head on this, it's very soft and fluffy and a great pleasure to drink through. This beer is very thirst-quenching with a long enjoyable aftertaste.

I bought this in England, and the label says 4.5% abv.

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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 jsisko01
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.

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Photo of Offa
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a solid, light but complex, well-rounded ale with subtle compelxity and greast balance of characteristics.

Redish-gold, it has a small off-white head that dissipates to leave a lasting foamy ring and has a weak hint of lace.

The aroma is hard to pin down but is a good, solid, English ale, very fresh, with fresh hops and yeasty bread, citrus, and a bit flowery and faintly fruity.

The taste is similar, lightly toasty yeasty bread, leafy-earthy-citrusy hops, all very fresh. The feel lis light and lively, yet still full-bodied. It is very smooth, crisp and refreshing, and easily drinkable, yet has solid, complex taste and body.

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Photo of bark
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, I noticed that this bottle is brown and not clear as the other I have seen from Wychwood. Good.

The colour is brass-amber; the liquid is a bit hazy. The pale beige finger thick foam slowly sinks down to a thin lid, leaving massive lacing. This is very much what a English Pale Ale should look like!

The smell is mild and malty with fruity notes and a hint of bitterness. I also found some butter, dried apricots, dough and gravy. The bitterness is mild and pretty straightforward; I found some light notes of bitter almonds and bitter oranges.

The taste is malty with buttery, semi-sweet notes and a lightly roasted flavour. The hops are gently bitter with fruity notes of apricots, tangerines and red currants. The aftertaste got some notes of dry yeast, bitter herbs, creamy hops and a delicate descending malt flavour. It is over all exceptionally well balanced.

The carbonation is a little strong for the style. On the other side, this is a beer from a bottle, not from a cask. The small bubbles and the smooth liquid create a proper, very drinkable mouthfeel.

One of the best bottled Pale Ales (or is it a Bitter?) I have had. Great stuff.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- clear orange amber with a uniform off white head, creamy and dense, with nice little specks and arcing waves of lace.

S- smells very british, something indescribable, toasty, woodsy, earthy, and somewhat floral. there's a bitter sweetness in the aroma, like hopped toffee, orange peel, old wood, sandalwood, almost christmas-like and very similar to sam smith winter welcome. ripe red fruits, melon, creamy.

T- slightly metallic, excellent flavor all around not overbearing on any facet, earthy and toasty with a crisp dried leaf and bark flavor. diacetyl, floral, fruity, and grassy flavors all come out nicely. the website says this is a wheat beer but i would never have guessed. now that i know however, i can taste a mild tart breadiness amid the caramel and toffee barley. some very soft lemon and grapefruit. finishes grainy and dry with a firm touch of hops that balance perfectly with sweet/tart citrus pith flavors.

MF- crisp, refreshing, effervescent, drying, mildly astringent, juicy with what could almost be a full wheat beer feeling, and though i can't quite put my finger on it, something about the assertive carbonation doesn't really allow the body of this one to be noticed. it's fleeting, and just as it seems to roll on my tongue, it disappears.

D- i always love a good british beer and wychwood doesn't disappoint. their whole image is kinda 'out there' and i dig that. this one is summery alright, despite the overall sense of autumn and harvest, and perhaps my favorite offering so far from the brewer. smooth and dry and flavorful and modest at the same time. something i might seek a case of...

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Photo of cyrenaica
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle
5.2% ABV

I first tried this beer on August 13, 2007 after puchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer piured a nice dark translucent coppery red in to a glass with a generous loose white head. The aroma was a combination of nuts and hops, a little spicy. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with some mild carbonation. The taste is very mild with some malty hints and a hint of bitterness of the tongue.

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

1 pint, 0.9 fl. oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Beautiful orange, dark honey, light amber color, nice frothy head that leaves good lacing as it dissipates, light carbonation bubbles.

S = Little too light in the nose, but the smells are good, some citrus, lemons mostly, light malt, very slight caramel.

T = Good hops, mostly lemon, orange and grapfruit citrus flavors but also very slight pine, balanced with good light malt flavors, nice long slightly bitter finish.

M = Luscious medium to heavy body, good carbonation, coating of mouth is pretty good.

D = The is an extremely drinkable beer. It is very refreshing, light, low enough alcohol to sit back and enjoy without worries.

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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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Photo of mavesba
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressed with the smooth, creamy head following the pour, that lasted well past the half way point while drinking it. The taste was well balanced, but a little more hoppy than expected. Based on the aroma and taste, I think I would enjoy this one even more served at a slightly warmer temperature; I pulled it straight from the fridge.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear amber-brown color with a thick off-white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Has a very nice hoppy smell, the bitterness of which is softened by some malts. A bit of grasses are also noticable.

Taste: The beer's flavor is full of nice hops, offset by a smooth malt taste. Some bread and nuts are present as well, along with a mild buttery sensation. Has a very crisp finish with a lightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very slick and somewhat warming, but with a good crisp-ness to it. Minimal carbonation yet a bit tingly.

Drinkability: Goes down well; the taste keeps me interested and doesn't get boring.

A very enjoyable English pale ale that is quite tasty and flavorful. Well-balanced and nice to drink, I'd definitely recommend this and have it again myself.

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Photo of BierJager89
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).

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found in a Moscow supermarket, this brown half liter bottle is widest at the shoulders, with a short neck and slightly tapered body. The multi-colored label features a fiddler doing his thing in some type of grain field. The Russian import label lists only purity law ingredients. Best before 1/7/07, I opened it on 4/29/06.

Pours a clear apricot-copper hue under a one finger light beige head with nice body and good retention, leaving a few lace spots as it recedes slowly. The nose is sweet and slightly fruity, with a good dose of crisp spice thrown in. The mouth is well-carbonated and fairly light. Nice sweet syrupy malt opening with a touch of raspberry, followed immediately by crisp floral and spice bitter. Touch of coriander, hint of carnation and a bit of espresso are all present. The sweet malt runs well with the assertive bitterness through the finish, with dryness emerging in the aftertaste. I like this a lot - very refreshing, well balanced, good stuff.

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Photo of Shadman
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one has been in my basement too long. A rainy evening seems like the perfect time to try it.

Clear, with a moderately steeped Orange Pekoe tea color to it. Whisps of spider-web lacing all down the glass sides.

Floral, yet a rouch grassy. Definitely butter caramel mixed in. A pleaser for the nasal senses.

Definitely hoppy with a certain crispness that settles down once the carbonation let's off a bit. Nice buttery bread malt backbone. Very nice balance. Tea-like dryness and a clinging bitterness that begs you to take another swig.

Maybe it's the wheat or perhaps the initial carbonation lavel, but I like my EPA's just a bit smoother. Body is medium.

Very nice, would be killer on tap.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of swgwilt
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Atron67
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a copper orangy color with some cloudiness throughout. a half inch of so of fluff on top that pretty quickly settled down to not much at all.

S- pretty malty scents, some underlying citrusy floral scents but more malt.

T- pretty solid a nice malt flavor that is clean with a nice complexity, ends with a nice light hoppiness that balances the malt very well.

M- medium body with a solid carbonation.

D- nice session, goes down smooth

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Fiddler's Elbow from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 40.4% out of 100 with 260 ratings
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