WychCraft | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml, lcbo. Pours yellow with lots of white foam, leaving some lace dots down the glass. Creamy mouthfeel, smooth drinking, middling body. Understated bitterness, nicely malted and balanced. A fine session ale.Average blond overall. Very drinkable, hopped by Fuggles and Styrians.
Had again a year later and felt the same about it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Knapp85
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew is a lot like a traditional English ESB brew. The malts are there and are nicely balanced with the hops. Even thought this beer is triple hopped I wasn't able to taste it. The color was on the amber side which was nice. I would like to revisit this brew sometime.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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 BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by a Marrika's bartender. It took one sip to agree that this guy knew what he was talking about. This is one terrific beer. A solid English Pale malt brew with emphasis on orange and appricot flavors and aromas. A series of healty hoppings of English hops lends a supurb balance, juicy fruit flavors, and appealing earthy aromas. Ripe and fresh flavors and aroma abound. Medium feel and remains firm throughout. Finishes with a nice blend of fruity sweetness and hop flavor / bittering. A true English IPA and the best beer that Wychwood makes.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500m bottle. Not once, not twice, but Thrice Hopped (for flavour). Sure sounds better than "Triple Hopped"...

This beer pours a faintly cloudy, glassy, pale golden amber (blonde, perhaps?) hue, with one finger of thick foamy off-white head, which leaves some rain forest canopy lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of sweet, honeyed pastry malt, a bit of citrus, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bready malt, with a soft oleo spread, understated citrus rind, a nice mild floral honey character, and more earthy, somewhat piney hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body just a tad on the light side of medium weight, and agreeably smooth. It finishes with a falteringly sweet graininess, some edgy hops filling the savoury breach.

Blonde, EPA, who really knows. At any rate this ale is quite enjoyable, and equally drinkable. A (baby) step up for hoppiness cause - 'cause it's Wyyyychcraft, wicked Wyyychcraft'...

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a rocky head that retains reasonably well and leaves some lace behind

Smell: Fruity, with pear and apricot tones joining with a biscuity presence

Taste: At the outset, the beer tastes much like its aroma, with a growing biscuity element as we build to mid-palate, a sour apricot flavor develops right before the swallow and continues to the finish; I guess it is the hops, but that was a suprise; its almost herbacious and tea like

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is an OK EPA; there are better ones out there, but with the exchange rate these days, I always worry about getting an old beer

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a bigger then average foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt base with unrefined grain and some light dry hops is not that impressive. Taste is also dominated by light sweet malt with unrefined grain and overcooked vegetables and some dry hops notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. The malt bill wasn't the most interesting and the hops profile not as deep as advertised.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, orange golden hue with a one-finger, white head of soapy foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of bready malts and sweet caramel. There was an earthy, herbal hop presence.

T - It tasted of mild spicy hops with earthy tones. It had a sweet caramel malt backbone with a touch of vanilla.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied ale that is very easy drinking.

D - This is a pretty fine English ale. Very tasty and complex.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Thrice hopped" per label,poured a nice medium clear golden with a well formed but quick to vanish bone white head.Muted aromas toasty malt and a little caramel biscuit with a hint of "green" hop,more subtle but very pleasant flavors lightly sweet and biscuity up front with a nice drying herbal lingering finish and I mean it lingers I noticed a little medicinal quality as well.I lighter EPA with good flavor packed into it its a quaffer no doubt,I recommend it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, light malts, a little citrus, some honey and a touch of spices.

T: The taste is nicely balanced and contains sweet flavors of honey, caramel and citrus. It's a faint sweetness but it does poke its way through in certain sips. There's a stronger than usual hops presence for the style, which works well for this particular beer.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a long time if you want a lighter session beer with a lot of flavor.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper body with a full, white head.

Smell: Light, biscuity aroma with light notes of caramel, oranges, and white pepper.

Taste: Touch of biscuits, a touch a caramel, with just a mild sweetness. Hint of marmalade. Dash of still mineral water. Mild hop bitterness. Taste of white pepper emerging near the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Surprisingly nice. After careful consideration, I have decided this to be a fine, refreshing English ale.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"I've got no defense for it
The heat is too intense for it
What good would common sense for it do
'Cause it's witchcraft, wicked witchcraft"

--Frank Sinatra

Pale apricot with golden delicious apple trim. The finely bubbled cap is a regal shade of ivory and is the most attractive part of this most attractive pale ale. It's a wonderful lace maker due to its inherent stickiness and is hanging around for quite a while as well. Does anyone have better looking, more high quality bottles and labels than Wychwood? I don't believe so. Note: given the tremendous display of lace once the beer falls with drinking, I'm going to give the appearance the score that it so richly deserves.

The nose is muskily fruity to the exclusion of all else. That's okay, pale ales aren't usually known for their multi-faceted depth and complexity. I love Styrian Goldings hops and would have loved it if they were more prominent. Perhaps they will be on the palate.

Wychcraft is a light, well-brewed English pale ale and is easily my favorite Wychwood beer to date. The use of 'lager malt', pilsener malt presumably, was a great choice. It gives the beer a lightly sweet, untoasted biscuity flavor that works very well with the hops. And it does wonders for the mouthfeel (see below).

Given the hop flavor--Styrian Goldings and Fuggles--and the malt-hop balance, it's obvious that this is an English pale and not an American one. Good. It's about time that we received some good, fresh, English pale ales in this country. The flavor profile consist of ripe, musky apricots and pears with a hint of citrus zest. The bitter-sweet balance is just right, in that it clearly favors the former.

The mouthfeel may be the best part about this ale. It's light and airy, yet whipped creamy and expansive. Whether those qualities have to do with the use of pils malt or whether they're simply the result of quality brewing, I couldn't say. Certainly the latter is true even if the former isn't. This is one of the more delicate ales (in terms of mouthfeel) that I've ever had.

Did Wychwood use witchcraft to brew Wychcraft? Quite possibly. How else to explain how it stands head and shoulders above the rest of their offerings? Anyone looking for a classic English pale ale could do worse than to start right here.

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Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

" Thrice hopped & golden ", does miller lite know they're doing this???

Pours a very hazy amber with some dark floaties, plus a pinky of pearl colored head. This clears a bit over time. Some lacing & no head retention

S: Fruits of the orchard, plus some leafy hops

T: Orchard fruits to include persimmons, pears & peaches, plus some herbal hop bitterness. Woody & herbal hops intertwine with pears, figs & apples as this warms, Finishes a touch dry, fruitty with some oaky dryness

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, I will see if I can find some of this fresh next year (pre-Halloween) & see if the hops can fight their way into the flavor picture

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold. Light head, even with a vigorous pour, but it lasts as a single bubble layer. Very good lace considering.

Balanced hop/malt offering. A little bit of "fridge" aromas as well.

The "round" mouthfeel of a well-made ale. Malt is the initial flavor and lasts through swallow. The hop is the major flavor after the swallow, leaving an aftertaste that is bitter but not overpowering.

This is a good neutral English ale that should offend no one. I wouldn't necessarily place it in a flight, but I wouldn't be disappointed with it as an option at the local pub.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My pour produced two fingers' worth of a yellowish-white head that had good retention. Nose was mildly citrusy with an underlying yeasty pungency. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a combination with a mild hops bite combined with a mild banana-esterish flavor on the tongue. The finish was slightly biscuity, along with a hoppy bitterness. I would have to say that while this was an interesting beer, I just felt as though there were too many flavors involved with none getting to really shine. I have had better from Wychwood, so I am giving this a low drinkability rating.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with copper hues. A thin head soon becomes a thin, lasting patch. A bit of trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of orange and lemon peel. Buiscuity and floral

The taste is citric, floral and biscuity. Earthy and mildly spicy. English hops stand out with rounding caramelish malt in the dry finish.

The feel is smooth and creamy in a light to medium body. Nice grainy texture.

A nice "sessionable" ale with a good amount of hops for the style.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle, the beer presents with a standard yellow/gold color, with bits of amber in deep. The beer poured with a airy, thick, foamy head that disappeared within less than a minute of pouring. Very scant aromas of malt and citrus (?maybe). The beer tastes like a blend of a pale and a blonde. Heavy on the malt, with a stale tinge to the taste. The staleness persists in the finish, and the beer leaves a sour aftertaste. Easy to drink, but there are better things out there to enjoy.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of dry hop, slight spice, hint of citrus, hint of yeast, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of dry hop, slight citrus, slight sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, slight wheat, and slight yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

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Photo of stevoj
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
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 tone77
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is of malts, a touch of hops. Taste is crisp, malts, hops, a bit of caramel, slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to pint glass. Best before date of 6/30/11??? wow.

Slightly hazy medium yellow colour w ith a slight amber glow and one finger of thin white head that disappeared almost instantly.

The nose offered a light hop bitterness up front with a sl ight clove scent and some earthy notes in the background. A very light nose for a "thrice hopped" blonde beer. Then again, Miller Lite is "triple hops brewed."

The palate is very grainy w ith a slight hop bitterness and a grassy/earthy aftertaste. Nothing special in the palate but a decent enough session beer.

Light body, moderately carbonated.

A descent session beer but I couldn't see myself reaching for one of these over a pale ale on a hot summer day.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a weak pale malt scent along with an excellent noble hop aroma. It's light and refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a watery pale malt flavor that goes down likw water and finishes clean with a mild hop bitterness. It says it's thrice hopped. It can't be hopped with much at each interval. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This looked like an interesting beer, but it's a big let down. Don't get me wrong. It's a fine English pale, but it's not a hoppy beer at all.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

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 biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

There's nothing evil, gloomy or sorcerous looking about Wychcraft and, having already drank some, I can happily say it won't turn you into a frog or anything. Actually, the beer is a fairly bright coloured, albeit hazed, tone of orange and, while plain as dry bread, isn't the least bit hard on the eyes. With a little head, I might even had called it pretty.

The aroma has a fragrant and floral bouquet and with notes of roses, eucalyptus, hibiscus and all other kinds of garden delights, it can be said that this Wychwood offering smells most bewitching. Pardon the bad pun, but the engrossing floral qualities of this aroma are honestly so terribly pleasing; I feel I'm in one of England's great gardens.

I chuckled after first reading that this was 'thrice hopped for flavour'. My mind raced with ways I could articulate my disappointment at such an expectantly preposterous claim. But (unsurprisingly given the aroma) I was mistaken. The mouthfeel finishes with a sharp and clipping bitterness, one perfectly in harmony with the water's obtuse minerals.

And I must also admit to rather enjoying the taste. Flavours of honeyed oats, oven-fresh bread and field-fresh grain combine for a flavour that registers as being very organic and, given the cleanliness and confidence of it, undiluted. It certainly won't 'wow' anyone, but it's nothing I wouldn't mind sipping on over the course of a slow afternoon.

Wychwood's Wychcraft is neither trick nor treat: it is wholly consistent with this brewery's fair quality but underwhelming style. That being said, I reckon it's one of their stronger offerings and, while it's not the type of beer to cast spells over people, it is a solid, highly serviceable blond ale that fares better than most exported English milds.

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3.6 out of 5 based on 380 ratings.
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