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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

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Reviews: 217 | Ratings: 260
Photo of Natural510
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, no discernible dating.

Lovely color which falls somewhere between bright amber orange and burnt sienna copper. Nice fluff of cloudy head and solid ring of lace.
Nose rather light with caramel malt and apples.
Earthy flavor with leafy and floral notes. Mild residual hoppiness with a kick at the back of the mouth and a sweet fruity malt. Astringent, herbal finish.
Nice body for the style. Smooth, refreshing, easy-drinker.
Solid English Pale; not the best of the lot but provides a healthy pint of the good stuff when the mood strikes.

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Photo of dschwarz
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from brown 16 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A -- Poured a burnt orange/very light brown color with a half-inch of attractive white head, which dissipated after about a minute and left some lacing on the glass.

S -- Not getting a whole lot here. Some of the malt comes through along with what smells like lemon.

T -- Pretty citrusy, somewhat like Sierra Nevada. The hops come in on the back end.

M -- Lost noticeable carbonation as I drank it, but there is some good carbonation overall nevertheless. It is pretty light/watery, but not in a bad way.

D -- Very drinkable beer - goes down real easy. I could drink probably 2 of these 16 oz. bottles with no difficulty. A very good example of the style and something I would like to drink with dinner.

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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 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 bob3701
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wheat type glass. Cloudy yellow/gold with a big head to start that slowly goes into a ring with not much lacing. Odd aroma, can't quite describe it. Taste of biscuts and very sour in the finish. Can't say I would seek this one out again. Was not awful but just not for me.

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Photo of corby112
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a .5 finger fizzy yellowish head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Not much lacing.

Earthy hop aroma with some caramel and biscuit malt balance. Bland and pretty weak smelling.

Delicately hopped up front with a nice biscuit malt balance followed again by a stronger hop presence and a dry slightly bitter. Very slightly tartness with some slight crisp fruit. Okay session beer but nothing worth seeking out again.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After an excellent experience with Hobgoblin, I decided to give this stuff a shot. I should note that this review is a repost, as the previous one got lost in a BA server crash, so if you see it twice, that's why.

Appearance: Wow, after a modest pour I'm getting a thumb and a half of head that is lacing and retaining like crazy. The body itself varies depending on how the light hits it as a spectrum from bright red to a tan yellow. The only thing stopping it from a perfect score is a slight cloudiness in the beer. Well done.

Smell: Took a bit of warming to come out, but a nice mixture only slightly dominated by dry yeast and floral hops. Sweet caramel malts with very light chocolate and butterscotch notes. A little more strength is needed in this department, and the yeast could be reigned in, but it's still very good.

Taste: Starts with a fairly light malt of which the butterscotch makes a bit more of a presence, which turns to a fruitier taste of apples, grapes and something I can't quite place. It then turns a little bit too flowery as the hops take over but are reigned in by the sweetness of the beer.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is solid for this beer, and the transitions are done well, but it does leave a slight dry sensation and the while the aftertaste fairly pleasant, it does overstay it's welcome.

Drinkability: The dry end, makes the beer not as refreshing as it could be but points do get scored for not causing any bloating or belching issues. No problems getting it down that is for sure, but I wouldn't say it's liquid candy.

Final Thoughts: Another all around solid offering by Wychwood. Not exactly my favorite style, as I enjoyed Hobgoblin a bit more, but for the style it is quite good. This beer I can see going great with seafood, that's for sure. Certainly worth buying, even if pale ale's aren't your favorite style and a must if you do enjoy them.

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Photo of Thur123
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok so, the color of this brew is an almost opaque deer black, with just a tinge of red on the edges. The head was slight and a brownish red color that look nice. The smell is deep and sweet roasted malts. The smell isn't huge but it's rich. There is chocolate and liquorish, with a whiff of caramel as well.

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Slight hop bitterness in front fades into a roasted coffee rich flavor with anise showing up to on the back end. The mouth feel of this is great, really full and creamy without being to cloying. The aftertaste shows mostly the roast flavor and just a bit of the hops as well, giving this beer a spicy kind of aspect to it. Overall this is a really solid stout, and at 10.99 a sixer and only 6%, I'm only a little bummed.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass
Light copper/amber in color, with a two-inch head of foam
Aroma-Clean malt with some subtle hop undertones
Taste-Subtle malts, some hop notes, and a lingering citrus-rind flavor in the finish
Overall, easy to drink, certainly sessionable-A fine typical English ale-Nothing fancy, just pleasant, understated and 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 colts9016
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 43 degrees.

Appearance: A medium orange color with some reddish hues for the body. There is a nice one in a half finger head that has some retention. The head is white in color, that leaves some lacing. There is some effervescence. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy.

Nose: A nice maltiness, with some orange citrus floral aroma, and some phenols.

Taste: A nice maltiness with a light orange citrus and a floral bouquet.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is slight carbonated and astringent. The Body of the beer is medium light and the finish is light. The beer has a nice complex flavor with an easiness to drink. I really enjoyed the beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at my local LCBO.

Form a bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium off-white head. Rust brown colour, perfectly clear and zero carbonation. Head fades to a healthy film cap. Only minimal ring remains and only a tad of lacing. Normal for the style.

SMELL: Toasted and caramel malt some wheat malt in there with some floral hops as well. Decent strength. A touch of butterscotch in the background as well.

TASTE: Follows the nose. Toasted and caramel malt with some wheat in the there as well as some butterscotch notes. Floral hoppy touches and wood hints there as well. Flowery and woody aftertaste has enough sweetness to balance it out. Aftertaste is strong but quick to the point and gone. Nicely balanced and enjoyable. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium smooth carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes on the good side of dry on the palate. Decent.

OVERALL: Quite enjoyed this one. A very tasty and enjoyable English Ale. Wychwood is a little underrated, but they certainly make some good stuff. Recommend picking this one up if you haven't already.

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Photo of Kendo
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass, the body is a chill-hazed amber with a small head that settles quickly and leaves behind no lace. Kinda reminds me of apple cider in appearance.

S: Yeasty and fruity over a touch of caramel malt.

T: It could be the apple cider appearance, but I'm thinking overripe apples, maybe some apricot, with a hint of caramel malt and toffee. Finishes slightly dry, however, with a decently clean palate on the aftertaste.

M: Decent carbonation, light-to-medium in heft.

D: OK.

Notes: My 2-yr old son was throwing a tennis ball to the dog while I was sipping this one outside. The ball bounced off my shoulder and landed in the pint glass. I shrugged it off -- I'd drank about 2/3 of the bottle already and didn't consider it to be all that much of a loss. I went inside and poured a Nugget Nectar for my next beer, and despite the NN being about 7 mos old, I liked it better.

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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 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 philipquarles
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Pours clear amber with a decent eggshell head that settles quickly. Smells of typical English caramel malts and faint grassy hop; somewhat fruity. The taste is even weaker--rather nondescript malt with biscuity notes alongside a hint of bitterness. Both tastes and feels watery. Characterless.

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

A - Clear orange golden body with a finger-thick beige creamy head. Some lively bubbles come out at first, then become virtually non-existent. Decent head retention and some lacing.

S - Floral and grassy hops, loads of citrus notes, wheat, some caramel and biscuit-like malts in the nose. All in all, a very appetising aroma.

T - The hop/malt balance is amazing. It's hard to tell which ingredient dominates, since there is enough of both. You get a nice moderate hop bite, followed by some caramel sweetness, then slightly tart and pithy fruitiness. The finish is a bit bready, with some biscuit-like qualities and some nice bitterness. This ale has a very hearty feel to it.

M - Light-to-medium bodied. Crisp, yet smooth and quite thirst-quenching. Goes down like a charm.

D - This is a very drinkable and nice session ale. Easy drinking, not too bready, and yet complex enough to satisfy a beer connosseur. A truly proper English ale.

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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 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 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 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 tj4288
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

very average epa,
poured from 500ml brown bottle into large mug

a- golden brown/orange, murky. nice airy white head receded leaving one half finger head, great lacing.

s- sweet caramelly, flowery, very citrusy .

t- not much on the tongue for flavor, very light, very citrus, some hoppyness.

m- slightly watery feel, light, med low carbonation. goes down very easy with little to say about it

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Photo of almychristopher
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice golden color with a nearly white head that recedes to a ring of lace. the aroma is really pretty decent, lots of noble hops very aromatic for an english ale. the taste is sufficient for an english ale but nothing to write home about the not a lot of malt character, but still not a bad flavor with the bright hop finish. the light body and low carbonation are good for the style, and i wouldn't mind finding it on cask.

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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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Fiddler's Elbow from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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