Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #97
Ranked #40,989
3.62 | pDev: 13.81%
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews: 225 | Ratings: 379
Photo of ChrisCage
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A- This Blonde pours a yeasty, hazy golden color with tinges of orange, copper and rusty tones around the edges....the head isn't very impressive, being only about a half inch in thickness and fizzling out very quickly into wisps swirling around the top of the liquid. Carbonation looks to be modest and lacing is also rather dumbed down...with a mainly oily looking film sticking to the side of the glass....underwhelming at best.

S- Huge bread and yeast dominate the nostrils, with sweet caramel malts following suit, providing a buttery sweetbread aroma. Less prominent smells include some mild citrus, toffee, and the finish is of a very mild hop bitterness that retains some cleanliness and freshness.

T- Slightly citrusy, loads of yeast and bread and overall clean....not much else to say here! It is pleasant on the palate and the finish is clean with some mild hop cone bitterness....a nicely flavored Blonde Ale!

M/O- Medium bodied and super smooth carbonation make this an easy going, enjoyable beer to consume anytime.....the creamy nature of the yeast reminds me of freshly baked buns/dessert bread with a drizzle of melted butter! I would buy this one again! Cheers!

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Photo of ordybill
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a clear, pale golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is hops, some grass or grain and honey. The taste is mild and very pleasant.

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Photo of stevoj
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice blond ale with mildly dry finish. Golden color with fine carbonation, and a skin of a head. Aroma is malt and light citrus, taste is malt, saltines, with a nice touch of hops. A good British beer....

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Photo of Alejandro1983
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice easy-drinking beer, very mild in all the attributes that I care for like hop-malt-yeast balance. More bitter than aromatic, but still very mild by my palate. Aroma was more bold than flavor, reminded me of a Belgian blonde in maltiness and yeastiness, but didn't deliver those notes on the flavor. Mouthfeel was pleasantly light, and carbonation was medium-low. Fans of bold ales may find this a bit boring, but it would be a good summer beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from 500mL bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with a little bit of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head pours a finger of frothy white foam and has middling retention. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly sweet aroma with a light grainy element and a rather fruity character. Definitely a blonde ale -- not too hoppy at all.

Taste: there's a little more hop character in the flavor, although bitterness remains quite low. Hops are noble and perhaps earthy in character, all mixed with that same sweet, fruity malt. It's not too bad if you're looking for a blonde.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very well-integrated carbonation and a very nice creaminess indeed. Well worth it.

Overall: I like this beer. Sure, as a blonde, it's not especially rich in character; however, it's eminently drinkable and low-enough ABV to provide a nice little session.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a one-finger head which quickly diminishes to a ring; body is light copper and somewhat cloudy; some fine lacing. Aroma includes caramel initially, butterscotch after a minute or two; fruity aroma is mild with some apple, peach. Flavor is also quite fruity—apple, muscat grape; bitterness is quite subdued; mild hop flavor is earthy, spicy; a touch of vanilla sweetness. Medium-light body and soft carbonation with a slight bite.

An unassuming but satisfying beer—smooth and refreshing with considerable fruitiness and just a little sweetness and bitterness to keep things balanced.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 7/30/14. Comes in a neat 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass stein.

Pours a hazy golden yellow in color with about 1/2+ finger of a white fizzy head that settles down to just the top of the glass and sides. Some spotty lacing is seen. Perfect carbonation for this style of brew. The aroma is of hops right up front with some citrus and spice. More going on with the taste that what the aroma suggests with some caramel malts, hint of toffee and sugar as well. Slight bitter finish that doesn't last too long though. Lighter to medium bodied, Overall, it was decent.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 3, 2014.

A beer I have had several times but somehow failed to review. The pour is a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a modest white fizzy head that fades a bit but never disappears entirely.

The aroma is incredibly sweet and malty. It has that rather unique British sweetness to it that reminds me of sweet sugar, scones (biscuit), caramel, toffee, and a vague hop note.

Light to medium body. Easy drinking.

The taste is also jolly sweet (I say) with an overwhelming caramel and toffee note. Mild to low bitterness. Smooth to the end. Bangers and mash please.

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

Bottle: the standard 500mL embossed dark brown Wychwood bottle with a decent label.

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy light yellow colour with champagne-esque fine carbonation. A small white head pops up and fizzles to a thin ring with reasonable lacing.

Aroma: a fairly light aroma of sweet malt, white sugar and a touch of caramels and citrus.

Taste: as usual for an English ale this is too demure - a very light flavour dominated mostly by the sweet malt and white sugar in this instance, without much bitterness to back it up. If anything, a bit boring.

Aftertaste: a touch of bitterness does come through in the finish with some tartness.

Mouth feel: a fairly light body with moderate carbonation. Nothing special, but then again no complaints.

Overall: another fairly average beer from Wychwood. Not offensive, but very average for the price. It's over $100 a case of an equivalent case of 24 x 330mL, for what is effectively quite a boring beer.

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Photo of hop_honest_abe
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall a good beer with a bitter after taste. Amazing smell that was not entirely matched by the taste. A slightly refreshing beer that would pare well with a burger or steak. This beer is pretty much a solid 3/5 its not fanatastic but definitely not bad. Fairly recommended

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose along with notes of lemon citrus and hints of bready malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there are notes of diacetyl and slightly less lemony flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and goes down easily. It is rather flavorful for the style.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 500ml custom bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Pours a slightly darker than straw yellow, crystal clear. good deal of carbonation is visible. On top sits 2 fingers of bright white head which gradually dissipates into a soapy foam.

Smell - Slightly skunky. Not a good sign. Otherwise some light grains.

Taste - Thanfully the skunk smell was contained. Getting some solid malts and grains, very light spice and citrus.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body, high carbonation, crisp finish.

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Photo of nukem5
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a great straw color golden with an off white creamy head of foam which leaves a trail of foam just clinging to the sides of glass.

S: Aroma is very faint with just a trace of hops and malt , really smells almost like nothing really had to concentrate to get anything at all.

T: the styrian goldings are about all I can taste aside from a mild biscuity flavor.

M: Light and crisp with an almost watered down feel to it.

O: Overall a drinkable beer but lighter than I anticipated.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $3.50 CDN

Appearance - Pale golden color. 1.5 fingers of fluffy head. Cap looks sparkling. Significant bubbles rising to top of beer after pour. Transparent.

Smell – Light malts, grainy smell to it. Hint of spiciness and citrus.

Taste- Nice mild flavor slightly heavier on malts but as hops presence is nearly non-existent that’s no surprise. Dry, sweet hints at end of taste.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and crisp, light on the palate, but wet and not too thin. Refreshing. Definitely a beer of some but not heavy substance.

Overall – A good, mild thirst quencher, however I would considered one of their other offerings if you’re looking for something with even more substance.

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Photo of Subliminal64
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was a little nervous about trying this beer. I figured this company was more devoted to weird names and fancy bottles then making a quality beer. I was wrong.

Pours a very dark colour for a blond beer. Very cloudy (similar to a wheat beer).

Smell is very faint.

Goes down smooth with a little bit of aftertaste.

I was glad to try this beer, and will be having again in the near future.

Well worth a try.


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Photo of Graphirus
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a light yellow beer with a foamy head that doesn't last very long. Some lacing is present.

S - Very nice smell with some citrus and hops

T - Taste pretty much matches the smell. There is come citrus and hops. Very light aftertaste bitterness.

M - In the mouth feels light. Texture is watery-creamy, low carbonation.

O - A nice rendition of the style although to my taste it needs more carbonation and more flavour touches...

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Photo of Jdbateman83
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very light hops, citrus, almost no after taste. Put this one in the freezing for 20 minutes, just started to ice up, took it out, poured and drank. Excellent super cold, very easy drinking. I would compare it to an ale version of a flavorful cold lager.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light golden color. Smell consists of bread, mild hop, and a touch of citrus. Taste is more of the same, with the bread flavor quite pronounced and the hops adding a bit of citrus flavor, namely lemon. Mouthfeel is fairly thin but this is to be expected for the style, while the carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum. The beer finishes dry and somewhat sticky. Overall, this is pretty standard. While the low ABV and simple flavors, it could make for a good session beer for someone looking for a dry and bready light brew.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy; golden; medium frothy head; very long lasting with good lacing

Aroma: Quick hit of earthy hops; malty undertones; light apple

Taste: Crisp; juicy malt on start with good hop and citrus bite; smooth in the mid; finishes with semi-sweet nutty bitterness; extremely well balanced

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of scratch69
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Slightly hazy golden color with a finger and a half worth of head. Light amounts of lacing.

Smell- Pale malt aroma with some floral hops.

Taste- Sweet biscuity malt at the start that turns into a herbal hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and creamy. An average amount of carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

Overall- A good, easy drinking beer. However, there is nothing that makes it stand out either.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and slight citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a subdued but fairly tasty citrus hop presence.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 1/4/13

A slightly hazy darker shade of yellow with plenty of tiny bubbles throughout that feed a tight thick film not quite a pinky deep, retains well and leaves a couple partial rings

S lots of soft caramels, herbal and slightly floral hops, some cereal and cream corn perhaps

T hops have a little spice to them and some fruity notes with some sweet malt, mimics the nose fairly well other then that

M a little slick after the fact with more body then one would expect from a small beer, good carbonation with the pin-prick bubbles creaming it up nicely, spicy finish lingers

O I didn't mind this one and its making me think of Spring, not a bad version of the style

I'm trying to rate to style and if I was leaning more towards personal preference today it would score lower because I'd get board. That being said they made what they were attempting to make fairly well.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours c,ear and golden with a small creamy white head, reduces quickly leaving a small layer with some lace.

S- clean and grainy, with just a hint if herbal hop

T- grainy malt withi some herbal hop, similar to the smell. Earthy notes, finishes clean and dry with a herbal hop linger

M- light body, medium carbonation, smooth finish

O- easy drinking English ale, more flavor than some others that ice tried if the same style.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle to half-pint

A- Somewhere in te middle of golden and orange. Couple of fingers of white, foamy head, not very persistent but for a thin layer, nice lacing. Some carbonation bubbles are visible

S- Sweet biscuity and caramel malts, a slight hint of mustyness. A refreshing background with an herbal and maybe some slight fruity hints

T- Sweet upfront with that biscuity feel (sweet and slightly grainy) as the smell suggested, some notes of caramel and honey on the back of things. Finish is decently refreshing with a delicate grassy feel, a touch of gentle bitterness, maybe a bit of lemon on the tongue

M- Thin mouthfeel, fine carbonation as typical with english beer. Very easy and smooth

O- A beer that is meant to be highly drinkable and refreshing, and it succeeds at that. But it has no character, nothing really interesting. Still a pleasant drink though

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Photo of jjanega08
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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A= Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a thin finger of head that falls fast to a layer on top of the glass and leaving some spotty lacing behind.

S= Smells a little skunky to be honest with a little grassy hops still left. Some biscuity malt and a little bit of a cat litter smell.

T= The taste is better than the smell. The skunkiness isn't in the flavor as much and the grassy hops come through more. Again there is a buiscuity maltyness and a kitty litter finish.

M= Nicly carbonated.

O= This isn't a bad beer and actually is quite nice for an everyday drinker. The skunk is a little troublesome as well as a touch of the kitty litter that I have no explaination for. Anyways it tastes pretty good and while I prolly won't but it again I didn't think it was a bad beer.

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