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 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 Thrasher
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny orange with medium head. Aroma of delicate malts, light hops, slightly musty. Some skunkiness which faded away as the beer sat in the glass. Flavors of tart apple, bread crusts, light herbs and spices, with a strong orange undertone. Very successful spiciness to this beer, which belies its sweet, subtle malt base. Smooth mouthfeel. Lingering citric finish that grows a little tiresome. Certainly enjoyable, but the wonderful name and psychedelic picture on the bottle were the high points of this beer.

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Photo of John
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color. Head is whipped creamy. Skunk smells are getting in the way of what might be pleasant yeasty doughyness, light notes of roasted malt. Flavors that make it beyond the skunkiness; some, pear, white grape and leafy hops, all are pleasant. Good, but could've been much better.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My compliments to the brewers...they have given us a smooth full bodied English ale that has no lingering after taste. Sweeter than I had anticipated but certainly not over the edge. I will keep this ale in mind.

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

The color looks a bit like a slightly cloudy apple juice, with a decent sticky, creamy off-white colored head. On the nose there is a nice fruity citrus smell. It’s pretty much the same story on the palate, nice citric / fruity bitterness and a light bready flavor, and a nice sweetness. Nice smooth and somewhat tingly mouth feel. Overall I enjoyed it, very good pale ale… another good brew from Wychwood.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's amber with a pretty thin white head. I've been wanting to try this one for a while and was very disappointed to be hit with a nose full of skunkiness, despite the fact that my shop takes good care of its beer. The bottle looks nice, but if this is the price to pay, it's definitely not worth it. The taste is a bit underwhelming: hops and malt flavor both are on the low end of the scale. Maybe I just got a bad bottle, but at $4.00 for a 500 ml bottle, I won't be running back to the store give it another chance.

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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 inebrius
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper with a pleasant lace. Bready malty mildly floral nose. Well balanced. Somewhat fruity malty start ends oily hop flavor with a clinging bitterness. This beer grew on me as I drank. It's hop bitterness, flavor and aroma are nicely crafted, with enough malt spine to make it legitimate.

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