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

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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
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 Pencible
2.43/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This poured a hazy dark amber with almost no head. It smelled like earthy caramel and honey malts and orange hops, with a bit of creamy yeast. It tasted like earthy barley with dirty tea leaves, and a bit of lemon hops. It was watery with some carbonation, and had an earthy bitter aftertaste. Overall this was similar to the Scarecrow, but not quite as citrus, and was even dirtier tasting. It just wasn't a good flavor, and only an OK body. This was seriously only barely worth finishing.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.44/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Eggshell white head is loose and fizzes out after a minute or so. Orange body.

Like so many other wychwood brews this has a soft pale malt feel to it. An ongoing wet cardboard background. Apple juice and an earthy and slightly toasted bread meet halfway through.

Notes: Not much to say. Have just about anything from this brewers main lineup and it has alot of similarities to this. Sort of a blah, effortless tasting brew.

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Photo of alkchrios
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.

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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 wangbruins
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

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Hazy brown brew with a large head and a thin ring of lacing.

S - Caramel malt with some heather and herbal hops.

T - Malty foretaste with a touch of herbal hops - again very faint heather (good thing it is faint, I like heather aromas - as long as it isn't so intense so that it smells like carpet shampoo - but hate heather flavors). The aftertaste is a mild burnt malt and a bit of lingering herbal hops which are just noticably bitter.

M - A little harsh, thin and pretty refreshing.

D - Not bad. I won't have this again I think (a statement true for all Wychwood brews I have had to date). It is very English and very mild. Not worth seekign out and not even really worth it if there is another cracft brew to try available.

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Photo of Higravity
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Probably the best pale ale by the Wychwood brewery, but that is not saying much. Clear amber color with a ok head. Presents a smell of light caramel malt laced with delicate hops. The taste is much the same and again everything is covered in salt. It has a decent body to it and I wasn't wishing for death as I finished it.

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

Pours out a slightly hazed light copper hue, frothy, bubbley off-white head.

Earthy, musty aroma at first, mild toffee malts and leafy herbal hops.

Flavour has that typical Wychwood character to it, regardless of style. Overall musty profile, tart grains and leafy astringent notes, it actually sweetens up with worty caramels in the aftertaste, yet the long-distance winner is herbal leafy hops.

Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, although creamy on the finish, overall it's a bit thin.

This one's a pass for me, just doesn't pull it all together in the end, and even then I'm not sure that would be enough to make it palatable enough.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

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

A - Liquid honey. Aggressive pour only produces a 1/4" head that quickly disappears. Could be my pint glass.

Sl - Fruity, apples, grassy, not much malt presence and I have a hard time detecting the hops.

T - Earthy, fruitiness with an alcohol bite. Moderately bitter. Caramel, cereal, maltiness comes barely comes through.

M - Thin leaning towards medium bodied. Carbonation is high but is nice.

D - I didn't care for this one too much. I probably won't be buying it again. For the price it's not really worth it to me.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the last of the English beers my Dad left at my house after his last visit. And I wasn't tremendously impressed with it...thought it roughly comparable or slightly better than the Batemans XXXB. I am pretty unmoved by the ESB style, and this one struck me in aroma as mercaptan-y at first, but that seemed to fade as I reached the bottom of the glass. Still, there is definitely something compost-y in the aroma and something pretty grainy or unpleasantly cereal-y in the flavor. Color is dark/murky and cloudy and head is tiny bubbles but pretty fragile. Aroma is vaguely earthy and has a vegetation/mercaptan element also. Flavor is distinctly malty with a vegetable note, some earthiness, and a very faint hoppiness. OK, but not something I'd seek out. Can't say I'd recommend it, but I've had worse.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty standard looking pale ale. Amber. Good head. Okay lacing. You know the drill.

There's really not much to the aroma, just some mild toasted/caramel malt and yeast and grassy hops. It's nothing special and almost nothing at all.

The taste follows with more of a biscuity nutty malt with some dry hay-like wheat and a mild degree of leafy bitterness. It's well balanced. It's not bad. But it's mostly underwhelming.

Mouthfeeel is nice and crisp if watery.

As for drinkability, it's not a wow beer and I could see myself getting bored of it real quick. Yeah. You know. I enjoy reviewing bad beers and good beers and unusual beers and interesting beers, but mediocre beers...why do I even bother?

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Photo of ClavisAurea
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle in a small rocks glass (I don't know why he gave me that glass but I went with it.)

Appearance: light copper with absolutely no head and very slight carbonation

Nose: slight wheat and yeast, wine

Taste: red wine, dry and metallic

I really didn't enjoy this one and it didn't stand out at all.

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Photo of Rifugium
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.

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Photo of counselor
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ruddy brown with a wee little head. There are some spice and apple cider aromas. Murky mouthfeel, neither crisp, nor smooth. The flavors are muddled malt, whaet, apple, pear and other summer fruit flavors. Not a beer I'd buy again, unimpressive and a mixed bag of no real outstanding or even stand up, flavors.

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Photo of Mryup
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: A brown/amber/earthy look that is semi-transparent. Average white head that doesn't retain long.

S: Overwhelmingly fruity and aleish.

T: After the smell, the taste is surprisingly mild. Strong malt with hops poking through evenly throughout. Nut and alcohol too.

M: Very light and airy with the signature Wychwood thinning at the end. CO2 is spot on.

D: Below average.

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Photo of stouty1
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a golden yellow with a white creamy four finger head. Bubbles seem never ending. But they did end! CReamy froth envelopes the glass as it empties.

S: Nothing. I tried many times but could get nothing out of it. Almost a skunkiness. Uh oh!

T: Pilsner like. After reading some other posts I did notice the grassy hops. I wouldn't have made the distinction without the help though.

M: Light and mellow, yet some bitterness. Not much taste at all. Sure does seem like any other English ale I have had. Not much to them but head.

D: Not so much.. I could if I had nothing else.

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Photo of ohoove
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a tight , frothy head shrank to about an 1/8 of an inch which lasted throughout the sitting Nice lacing which clung to the glass in patches to the finish. Smell reminded me of a dank, dingy basement which you would assume would carry over to the taste. Not. This , to me , reminded me of an American Lager with some muscle. Medium body and a nice amber color. First nose hit reminded me of a bag of Lay's potato chips. Bitter and slighty , slightly, hoppy. A nice blend with nothing overpowering another. Would not turn this down. Plain and simple- liked it.

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Photo of putnam
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too many breweries left and right of the Atlantic are relying on formulaic , cheap hop extractions to season their malty waters. This specimen reeks of grapefruit and cat piss while redeeming itself on the palate with a decent body. Still, it has an obnoxious flavor.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like the label on the beer. Perhaps it's only good attribute. Fiddler's Elbow poured a pale yellow colour with a 1/8 head. I could smell the skunkiness from the moment I removed the cap. Even my sister, who was in the other room, could smell it. But, I could still detect the malt and hops. Just, not very well. Tasted sour. Sort of a cany apple, starburst flavour. It's okay, but not a beer worth buying again.

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Photo of TerryW
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks interesting in the glass. Pours up clear and orange. Only a moderate head of small, fine bubbles that quickly settled, but still left a respectable lace right to the bitter end.

It smells hoppy with an earthy barnyard quality that is not entirely pleasant. Interesting in it's own way, but could turn some folks off.

Hits the mouth bitter. The first flavours I got were of peaches and grain. Gives way to lingering, bitter hops. The fruit seems to disappear as the beer warms.

Fun bottle, like all of the other stuff from these folks. Enjoyed it for all it's different characteristics, but don't think I would make it a regular purchase.

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Photo of Minotaur
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very typical of English Pale Ales that pours from bottle to pint glass a deep red-amber. Very clear with finger and a half pale ale which leaves a little lacing.

There is a bitter hops, floral bready aroma.

The taste is very pilsner, bitter on the tongue, but beneath it is a light and hoppy taste, with the flower notes predominating. It is only vaguely sweet and biscuit like and has some sweet caramel in the deep notes.

It is very smooth and the very thin mouthfeel continues to hold the floral and bitter-bready notes through the aftertaste. The aftertaste is slightly more astringent and not as clean as is common in this style.

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Photo of greebz
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I bought this, it was a nice looking golden-orange color, but upon refrigeration it turned slightly hazy/cloudy. Poured with very little head or lace. Not much aroma nor hop flavor when cold, however as it warmed, some hop bite did come through. Not very long lasting however. It has a clean finish and went down fairly easy. Not much to get excited about, though nothing offensive either. I agree with Thrasher that the label was probably the best thing about this beer!

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Photo of cypressbob
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle, poured into a nonic pint

Pours with an amber body. Patchy slightly off white head with pretty poor retention, fizzles out to form a slightly disappointing scum. Some lacing but pretty minimal

Smell, very little pungent aromas. Some maris otter and a little bit of crisp biscuit character. Little bit of fresh mash and a tiny touch of slightly sour english hops

Taste, biscuity malt and a fairly thin profile. Some very slight almost sweet hop character but its miniscule and is disjointed, very little actual bitterness.

I've come to expect little from this brewery and this has only fueled the fire..., bland and uninspiring. Nothing particularly redeeming to be honest, a pretty poor ale

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Fiddler's Elbow from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 260 ratings