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Fiddler's Elbow | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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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

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Photo of Lemke10
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours toffee-amber with an off-white small creamy head.
Nose shows resinous, earthy English hops and a load of toffee and caramel malt. Some doughy notes in the background. Pretty nice, if somewhat faint.
Flavours follow along these lines with toffee and caramel followed by some resinous hops and accompanying light bitterness. Unfortunately it ends with a somewhat cidery metallic finish.
Good moderate carbonation and med-light body.

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Photo of JaSkoll
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

half litre bottle served in a chalice

Appearance- a dark auburn glow deep with little light passing through, appearing slightly cloudy, head is thin, a little less than a finger width in height, comprised of tiny bubbles and of pure white, whisking off to form a thick rim around the glass a few minutes after the pour, carbonation is notable in the body as the bubbles dance to the top

Nose- the nose presents slightly mild but caries a rich aroma reminiscent of grapes, citrus, and grain, and presents a bittersweet aroma with a slight smokiness

Taste- the taste is bitter upfront but as it settles on the tongue the sweetness pulls through as the fruity flavours present, with smoky flavours appearing on the aftertaste

Mouth- soft and slightly thick, feeling like milk, the carbonation is felt on the tongue but is not as fizzy as its appearance would suggest

Drinkability- on the first drink the drinkability seems poor as the bitterness overpowers the rest of the flavours, but as one continues to drink they slowly come out and reveal their intricacies, all in all quite well suited to sessions

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Photo of Jiggamyte
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've let my 500 ml bottle stand at room temperature for 15 minutes, so now it's time to open. On to the beer:

Into my imperial pint glass it goes, this beer has a pale orange olor to it with faded yellow hues. The head on top forms an inch thick, then settles to a thin, creamy lace. I'm liking the aroma. Fruity yeast esters, buttery toffee, and butterscotch. Classic.

Soft ale yeast does its work to provide much of the flavor. Butterscotch comes to mind, a little husky grain, a light touch of fruity esters. It's not a huge flavor, but a relaxed one. I have a feeling like there's more flavor hiding underneath, though I'm not getting it all. There's a dry toffee flavor and husk that sits around in the aftertaste. As for the mouthfeel, it's light, maybe a littel gritty on the palate. Light carbonation helps though.

Fiddler's Elbow is a solid example of the style. Like many English ales, let this one warm up to get the most....okay, maybe a fresh cask would get you the most out of this beer.

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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 thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : floral hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : fruity and caramel flavours, with no strong bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer is the style English Extra Strong Bitter (with unusual mixture of barley and wheat).

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

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color with a foamy, white head that has decent retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Malty with buttery notes. Also has grassy and citrusy hints from the hops.

Taste: Starts fairly bitter with grassy and floral flavors. Develops a buttery, malty character as it progresses. Leaves a crisp, hoppy aftertaste. Quite nice...

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a crisp, clean finish.

Drinkability: A great pale ale. Flavorful, yet easy to drink, I would certainly have this one again, if the opportunity presented itself.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
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.

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Photo of lamergod
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Nice copperish orange coloru with light carbonation and a 1 finger head. Has a head of a typical southern english pint that does not stick very long and ends up being a strand of foam at the top.

Smell: Nice malty goodness upfront with some notes oft toffees and caramel. Finishes with a note of hops

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Very well balanced between the sweetness and biterness. Best EPA I have drank thus far.

Mouthfeel: Very light carbonation, hence a very light body. Smooth down the throat, just like every pint should be during the world cup.

Drinkability: Very very drinkable. Definetly can see myself downing a few pints with some mates at a pub. A great session beer.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely for a small but sustaining head presentation, which is a bit off white in color. The body is clear and copper in color.

The aroma is piny and lemony. There is a slight hint of caramel too.

The taste is tea in character with a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, as well as lively.

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Photo of prosper
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale amber with a small-ish off-white head. Slight haze.

Smells of yeasty esters and fruity caramel malts. Maybe a trace of diacetyl.

Tastes slightly tart, with some thin caramel flavours and some bready malts. Plenty of yeast esters. No toastiness. Hop presence is light. Finishes towards the bitter, but doesn't linger.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Drinkability - it's OK, but not something I'd seek out.

Overall: it's 'average' right down the line. A bit boring, lacking in any real defining character.

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Photo of Brad007
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color with an one-finger head into my pint glass. Looks about right color-wise.

Aroma is full of sweet, buttery malt upfront with just a hint of hops. Subtle but obviously in the right place.

Taste is full of buttery malt, which obvious dominates over any trace of hops. Seems a bit faded as well.

Mouthfeel is mild with sweet malt the most dominant of flavors. Not much else to be seen. Kind of "salty" at the back of the throat.

It's an average example of the style but regardless, would probably taste better from a tap. Worth a try only if you like Wychwood's output.

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Photo of climax
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer oozed out behind my back after I cracked the top. Lots of rocky foamy head sat atop a cloudy amber hue.

The nose was relatively clean, yet uninspiring. For the most part it smelled like a fizzy euro lager, some cider sour apple notes. More toffee and caramel flavors helped boost things as the beer warmed a bit.

The flavor had somewhat of a metallic ting and sourness to it, but didn't distract. Toffe and caramel flavors dominated while a subtle bitterness and some skunk helped balance things out. Relatively bland.

The feel was on the light side of medium and a tab bit watery. The carbonation was pretty sharp and left a nice tingle in the aftertaste which was quite clean and a bit dry. Pretty easy to drink, but relatively normal otherwise.

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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 basica
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into my Sam Adams Globe pint glass.

A - Bright hazy brown with a small forming head that quickly reduces to a less than one finger thick frothy, milky head which stays on

S - Lightly floral, citrusy bouquet. Not too much of a scent.

T - Strong on the malts with a light floral backing, slight sweetness with an aromatic floral, hoppy and slightly fruity finish which leads on to a apple of pear like after taste

M - Largely watery, average carbonation, nothing too spectacular

D - Goes down easy and leaves nice hoppy, fruity after taste. Refreshing for a hot day definitely.

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Photo of seand
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear light read amber, with a nice fluffy, bubbly off white head. Retention is above average, leading to decent lacing.

S: Largely a thick floral sweetness, with some earthiness.

T: Medium sweetness up front, again with a touch of the earthiness, leading into a lightly bitter finish. The light hop aftertaste lingers, and is slightly dry.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, some mild chewiness.

D: Drinks quite easily, with it's more subdued flavors and pleasant dry finish.

It's a pretty nice example of an English pale, pleasant and drinkable.

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