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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Reviews: 225 | Ratings: 379
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 wordemupg
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +1.1%
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 -1.9%
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 -2.5%
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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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen this so much on the shelves that I eventually given way to drinking it.

Pours a golden coloured body with decent enough 5mm thick white bubbled head.

Big aromas, plenty of hops and a bit of a hint of horse manure(in a good way, honest)

Huge hops taste that fire up from the malty start like a drag racer hitting a slightly sour full on bitter finish within, say 2 seconds.

Nice drinking in MF and carbonation.

A good solid flavoursome easily available beer, what's not to like.

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Photo of mick303
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Leaves about one finger of foam that disappears slowly, with good lacing. Beer is a nice medium gold, with quite mild carbonation. 4

The aroma is of heavy on malt. Some freshness too. A bit of a grainy sweetness. Fairly one-dimensional. 3

Taste is initially sweet, a sort of almond cookie flavour. Hops bring a slight bitterness on the tongue. A lot of breadiness and some soft spice flavour. Finish is dry with a bit of nougut. 3.5

Mouthfeel is very malty, liquified biscuit almost. Very smooth and slightly creamy. 4

This is not a bad medium ale. It is easy drinking and refreshing. Flavour intensity could be stronger but otherwise its not a bad brew. 3.5

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Photo of decimator
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV marked as 4.5%.

A - Poured a golden yellow with a thin head. Minimal lacing.

S - Grains, citrus, grass.

T - Some sweetness, plenty of citrus, hint of banana, bitter finish has some slight metallic notes.

M - Medium body, average carbonation, tangy, sharp finish.

O - Doesn't come across as a Pale Ale. There's Lager vibe to this one. Pretty average beer overall.

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Photo of Suds
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I always enjoy the Wychwood labels....lots of detail. The beer, however, is a bit too one-dimensional. Hazy and golden in color, the beer has a slim white head. The aroma is grainy and grassy. Some subtle fruit notes are also present in the taste...a little apple and pear. The beer is balanced, with a sharp hop taste. The body is refreshingly light, with a moderate carbonation. It's a good beer, but it is also a very average light pale ale.

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Photo of SebD
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a clear golden/yellow color to it. It has an off-white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grainy and bready malts with some grassy hops and light lemon.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a dominant grainy taste with some bready notes, grassy hops and light lemon spiciness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a somewhat light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lager-y dark gold with fast-fleeing white head. Sour pissy grain and skunky hops. Sharp cracker and melon hops with a burst of lemon rind hops at the end.
Lemon balm end and bitter linger. Light, crisp, a bit oily.

In spite of appearances, this actually ends well. Musty citrus hops put me in the mind of Citra. (Lager malt and Styrian, it turns out.) Aggressively refreshing, if there is such a thing.

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Photo of beergod1
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not the usual high quality that I have come to expect from Wychwood brews, not bad none the less. Pours a peach color with a white medium fluffy head and citrus and grapefruit aromas, a little mild on the nose. A hint of sweetness in the flavor with some malt flavors coming through. Nice taste with a strong finish. Drinkable, with the signature English hops.

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Photo of NForr
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a foggy yellow blond. Looks a bit like a wheat beer. Sweet smells - banana, English malt. Some hops. Great aromas.

Light banana flavor, bit fruity. Bitter aftertaste that leaves a sourness at the back of my tongue. Not as much flavor as the aromas would lead you to think. Kind of bland. Bottle says thrice hopped for flavor, but I'm not feeling that.

That being said, this would be great on a hot summer day, and I'm quite enjoying it with my sweet potato curry

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy hay colour with about a finger and a half worth of foam, that slowly works its way down to a half finger. Smells of grains, citrus and a bit of grassy hops. Taste is primarily bready, with a bit of acid coming in with the lemon. Finishes dry and hoppy. Very light bodied, medium carbonated, smooth drinking ale.

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

Appearance - Pours a somewhat hazy straw colour with about 1/2 finger width of bubbly head that quickly fades. Tiny bubbles are present.

Smell - Grains, slightly bready, sweetness like orange juice, hint of lemon.

Taste - Slightly lemony and sweet from the malts, otherwise not much else happening on the palate. Leaves some hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Pleasant smoothness.

Overall - An easy drinking English pale ale. I was expecting a little more flavour when the bottle said "thrice hopped". Not much to it, but I see this as a summer refresher.

Overall -

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Photo of mercyfulfate
2.43/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 550ML bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale straw color. Lot of what I like to call 'floaties'. Almost looks like I had steeped a teabag in with it. Little head with hardly any lacing. After time seemed to get cloudy.

S: Very faint smell of lemon, malts, and barley.

T: Couldn't quite pin down the taste. It was a bit harsh to drink down.

M: Well carbonated, after a while, sort of got a bitter taste to it.

O: This beer was all over the place for me. Seemed like a weird mix of a Witbier/Hefeweizen/IPA. Won't be seeking this one out in the future.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A dirty blonde body with steady carbonation that produced two fingers of head, although I did pour it fairly aggressively. Not a lot of lace to speak of. I detect a slight haze in the body.

Smell: Hoppy as citrus hops give it a bit of an orange peel sort of smell. There is some fairly raw malt in the background that doesn't strike me as very well roasted as it comes across as bready. I think I'm even catching a whiff of corn.

Taste: Starts with some weak generic malt with a touch of honey but then quickly turns to the hops to give it direction. As they start out earthy and turn to citrus and finishes off earthy with a bit of harsh grain and mineral taste. I'd give it a 2.75 if I could but it does enough.

Mouthfeel: Well the carbonation helps out the entire beer but the hop oil and mineral twang is lingering on this one as it nears the end. It transitions well enough, but the beer is what I would call a rough drinker.

Drinkability: Yeah, this beer seems to get worse and worse as it goes on. The hops need to be reigned in to win me over here as they are really turning me off. It's light enough I suppose, but a guzzler it certainly is not.

Final Thoughts: Wychwood prides themselves as brewer's of character. However if you took the hops out of this one, all character on this beer would be absent. It tastes like someone was trying to find a way to brew bulk pale ale, but instead of cheaping out on the hops, they cheaped out on the malt. All in all, better then average but I wouldn't seek it out again.

Edit: Was looking over my reviews and it seems I now can give this beer a 2.75.

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

From notes:

Appearance: pale straw; very clear and clean; heads clears out fast

Aroma: lightly grassy, and the sweetness of stone fruint

Taste & Mouthfeel: hops hit first, and at just the right level; oranges come to mind; good carbonation, not too much; flavour is lasting and has great balance

Overall: could drink a lot of these! Is a great summer beer, refreshing and interesting

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

500 ml bottle that pours a very clear yellow body with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smells a bit like a macro lager (unfortunately) but there is a slight note of german-like hops.

Strong malt flavor and a minor note of fruity hops, more like pear and apple, with a touch of lemon. The sweet malt is still dominant.

Goes down easy, very light in texture. I would have rated this a notch lower overall, but I've got to give credit to the great bottle and label presentation.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden honey amber with a bubbly white head that clings to the glass leaving heavy lacing. Good head retention.

S: Sweet notes (grain), some apple juice sweetness, malt, hops.

T: Good clean taste with some citrus, caramel sweetness, hops, and grain.

M: Very smooth all the way through, leaves excellent mouth-coating, light bodied.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.22/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml bottle 4,5% abv.
Served chilled in a pint glass.
Best Before 30 Sept 2012

The bottle says "thrice hopped" and since I really enjoy English hops that can only be a good thing!

Appearance: Great looking English pale ale, clear deep golden body topped by a large white head that lasts acceptable well and leaves patchy lace. It looks refreshing and crisp - just what I want on a hot summers day.

Smell: Oh shit, the first sniff yields stale malt and a touch skunk - this doesn't seem promising. A few more sniffs and I am convinced that this is not going to be an enjoyable beer. The majority of the nose is stale malt, honey and light floral hops are also noted.

Taste: The flavour follows on from the nose and is equally disappointing. Stale malt dominates and there is a lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Average for the style, light body with pleasant carbonation.

Overall: A HUGE disappointment! I struggled to finish the bottle.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes...

A - Pours a dark golden colour, finger of head with some retention and spotty lacing.

S - Sweet corn, leafy hops, grassy notes, herbal earthy citrus and a hint of cedar.

T - Leafy herbal hops dominate, citrus bitterness also comes through alongside a tart caramel malt. Some sweet corn and sour lemon lingers on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied ale, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty English Pale Ale, the earthy hops are nice, but it's still a tad on the mild side. By no means offensive, an easy drinking session ale.

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

Expectations were low as I'm not a fan of "blonde", but the "thrice hopped" caught my eye and I'm glad it did. This is a decent beer and should appeal to a wide variety of drinkers.

A dark golden colour, similar to apple juice, with minimal white head and no lacing. Aroma is very bready. Taste is less single dimensional, with malt / grain sweetness ending with a pleasantly dry finish. Bittering hop presence is what I would deem "typically British", but overall a pleasant surprise. At 4.5% ABV, perfect for a Sunday afternoon!

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Photo of NightINgale
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer looks more like your typical (but not bad) lager. Clear golden body, with a nice white head that turns into a thin yet lasting foam ring. Some nice lacing add to the overall positive impression.

S - The aroma is definitely not the strongest quality of this beer. Very grainy, not very intense, with a faint hint of citrus and some earthy undertones.

T - Starts out more like a lager or an American cream ale, I guess. Lots of grain, bread and a bit of caramel. However the finish adds an interesting touch to the taste, with fairly apparent citrus flavours (grapefruit, for the most part) and floral notes. As I was drinking it, I started getting more and more hops. Pretty interesting!

M - Fairly light-bodied. Average carbonation. Very clean and crisp. Quite dry.

O - I started drinking this beer when it was still a bit too cold, so I was not very impressed at first. Once it warmed up a little, I grew to appreciate it a little more. It's a nice refreshing and seemingly straightforward beer with an interesting hoppy twist to it. I have no regrets I bought it; after all, this is a Wychwood beer, and those guys don't know how to brew bad beer!

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), purchased from Le souffleur de bières, and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : amber golden color with off-white head (too big bubbles).
Smell : fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malty flavors with notes of caramel.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style English Pale Ale.

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WychCraft from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.6 out of 5 based on 379 ratings.
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