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WychCraft | 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): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-03-2005

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Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle, best before August 31 2012. I was expecting a blonde ale when I purchased it, but an EPA will do just fine.

Pours a bright (and appropriate) golden-blonde colour, with a soapy white, one-finger head at the top of the glass. It dies down shortly, leaving a filmy cap on the surface and webs of lacing on the sides. Subdued, but generally pleasant aroma, with bready, doughy malt character, some leafy hops, and a touch of honey, caramel, and orange peel. Pretty solid aroma for a style that I usually find lacking in this category.

Classic mild, balanced EPA flavour, but with a few twists. Sweet malt flavours are in the driver's seat - bready with some honey/caramel notes, alongside some faint lemony citrus. Earthy, leafy hop presence that finishes slightly herbal; gotta be some Fuggles in here. Slight dryness in the finish that lingers briefly. Light-bodied, maybe leaning toward medium, with a bit too much carbonation for my liking. Just the slightest bit of butteriness on the tongue.

A solid English pale... you're not likely to be disappointed, but on the flip side of that coin, I doubt you will be enthralled with it either. The 'thrice-hopped' bit probably hurts this brew's score more than it helps - I don't doubt its veracity because there's plenty of hop character, but a line like that engenders certain expectations that just aren't easy to satisfy in a mild, sessionable style like this. Glad I tried this stuff, definitely a satisfying ale I'd certainly drink again, but it's not something to seek out.

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Photo of
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Straw-blonde in colour with a perfect cap of froth that leaves beautiful lacing.

Smell - Hops aromas are front and centre, but not dominant, with citron, leaves, wet cellar, and grain.

Flavour - Clean and smooth malt profile with a solid streak of bitter, earthy hops. Flavours of buttered bread and herbs.

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Photo of heebes
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden with three fingers of white foamy head. Nose is lemon grass, light fruit, floral, dry hops, candy, grainy malt. Taste is bitter amber hops, lots of grain and bready malt, pinesol. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Dry in the finish.
Overall, a decent smelling English pale but the flavour is unbalanced. Unimpressive.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Stocean1
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a one finger head into a pint glass with fine white bubbles perched upon a light straw body with an orange hue. Little retention or lacing as it deflated to a thin collar of foam.

Sweet malt with plenty of hops coming through. Grassy with some citrus.

The taste is sweet malt with plenty of earthy and grassy hops. Orange peel and grapefruit notes. Some medincial hops on the back end.

Plenty of carbonation and a medium body. Dry and slightly bitter.

A decent brew that was more complex than its first impression. Nevertheless, I have yet to fall in love with anything from this brewery.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, clear, light golden amber with loads of visible carbonation and a modest head of creamy, white foam. Retention was mediocre, dissipating to a filmy cap of fizz and bubbles though leaving lots of lacing.

S: Toffee and sweet, bready malts with buttery overtones, a fresh fruity character, and a solid backing of floral, citric, earthy, and slightly spicy hops. Hints of honey, fresh grain, and yeast round out the nose.

T: Bready and buttery caramel malts, lightly sweet, are almost immediately joined by fruity, citric hops (orange zest and a bit of grapefruit) and then segue into floral, earthy, and herbal hops, a bit pine-like, and some slightly biscuity, slightly toasty malt flavours with just a hint of nuttiness.

M: Light-bodied with creamy, pin-prick carbonation. The hops bitterness is varied enough to be interesting and makes for a very dry, refreshing ale, but it feels too strong for the style and disrupts the balance of flavours.

D: An interesting interpretation of the English pale ale that’ll no doubt please drinkers who like a big hop presence, but it felt excessive for the style. Otherwise, it’s an easy-drinking and exceptionally refreshing ale that’ll be best enjoyed while autumn’s warm.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 500ml bottle into imperial pint glass

A-nice amber/ochre color with about a 2 finger head that left quite a bit of lacing as it faded

S-lots of bready type malt smell, I had some banana smell when I was pouring it but didn't notice it in the glass

T-some light toast and sweet malt with just a little spicy hops on the finish

M-a little thinner than I was expecting but not bad

O-not bad, but I don't think that I will try another one

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Photo of bryehn
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden-honey colour with a frothy white head that leaves some lacing and settles as a collared film. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smells sweet with a strong ripened fruit note. Honey, fresh grains, floral notes and a slight soapy tone.

Tastes of earthy grains with a strong bread-like tone. The finish is very dry. Simple, but crisp and fresh-tasting.

Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Relatively low carbonation feeling. Slightly floral aftertaste.

I don't think I've had a bad beer from Wychwood yet. This one doesn't have any real standout qualities, but makes for an easy drinking, bright and refreshing ale that works great as a meal accompaniment or session beer.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eventhough it is Fall and and I am trying to move away from summer ales etc I had not seen this beer in BC before so I grabbed a bottle. The colour is pure summer gold and I expected a lighter drinking experience. The nose is very complex with a brewery smell combined with light floral hops. The taste was surprisingly deep with lots of body and a strong malt backbone. It is a EPA that is light in colour only rather than the golden ale style which often suits patio fare. I will buy some more of these even as the nights get longer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. Comes in a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed pale golden hue, with a big-bubbled white frothy head that holds good retention.

Rich bready malt on the nose, accompanied by grassy, herbal hops.

Decent balance in the flavour. That big bready malt skips merrily hand in hand with the English hops right from the start, however things finish with a spicy, herbal hop character.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, slick at first but gets creamy smooth towards the swallow, moderate carbonation.

A rather enjoyable Blonde Ale, and probably one of the better offerings I've sampled from Wychwood.

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Photo of Hajile
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A full finger of snow white foam that dissipated quickly. A gold body with light carb. Color like a Irish Whiskey (Wolfhound).

Very strong fruity smell at first then the malts and earth tones overpower it (in a good way).

Light (expected from a blond ale) but refreshing.

Great beer in the fall to wash down after a couple Oktoberfest!!

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty blonde, had this on cask. Little to no head, gone by the time I traveled from the bar to my table.

Smell of citrus and hops, with the citrus being the stronger of the two.

First taste was bitter, strong of citrus, but the rest of the pint was milder. Hint of hops, but stronger on the citrus side.

Felt OK in the mouth, a little weak, but not so much so that it spoiled the experience. Good with dinner on a warm summer day.

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Photo of Eramen
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A light red, blonde colour , two centimetre head with retains fairly well. It has noticeable carbonation bubbles creeping to the top of the beer.

S - Honey, orange, sweet grains and malt.

T - A pleasantly light taste, we have the malts, orange, woody notes, and a finely crafted triple hop bitterness.

MF - Light body coupled with significant carbonation only aids the taste and mouth-feel, bring ing out all the flavours and subtleness.

O - A fine beer indeed from the Wychwood brewery, I will grab this one again.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

548th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
500 Ml

Thanks to my buddy Ryan for bday present

App-  a darker orange with a two finger head.  Slides down vs cling.  

Smell-  Very adjunct in aroma.  A bit of corn, malt.  No real hop aroma.

Taste-  A bigger AAl but brewed for Euro tastes.  Not a skunky taste, more smooth but malty, adjunct

Mouth-  Medium bodied and medium carbonation.  A little bit of malty creamy flavors

Drink-  This was a tad too English AAl for me, couldve been a bit more tasty less malty.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. 500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass yields 1 and 1/2 fingers of head. Head is foamy looking and unremarkable. Recedes within a few minutes to a light dusting, with lacing that dies quickly. Body is a translucent dark straw color, with a few bubbles seen rising to the top when held up to light.

S. I get an earthy/gardeny hop smell. Also a good breadiness and hint of citrus zest.

T. The taste is certainly that of a gardeny/floral hops with light citrus. The grain flavor is the finisher, just a tinge of bitter on the end.

M. Light bodied. Smooth, refreshing and light enough that one can drink several if one so desires. The bitterness at the end becomes slightly more apparent as the beer warms, but this adds, it doesn't detract.

O. A nice light beer, nothing special but a good show.

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Photo of JMad
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bomber into a glass mug...

The pours a hazy, brownish-golden color with a white two finger head that dissipated into a thin filmy layer, leaving behind web-like lacing. The smell is mostly sweet, nutty malt with fig and a hint of lemon. The taste consists of bitter lemon that is smoothed over by some floral and biscuit flavors. The aftertaste is citrusy and slightly bitter. The beer is medium bodied with low carbonation and a moderately dry finish. I thought this would be better, especially at $4.69 a bottle, but it's still a solid session beer with delicate flavor.

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Photo of NATOuk
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A straw liquid, not quite clear but with a touch of translucency. thin white head which forms a white ring around the glass as well as a very thin layer across the surface of the liquid.

Light malts, some grassy, earthy notes as well as a touch of citrus fruits on the nose.

Very subtle sweetness to start with but in the middle there's a strong bitterness which comes through and holds on until the finish where there's a light bitterness on the back of the mouth.

Medium body and medium to medium-light carbonation. Feels slightly denser in the mouth.

Not a bad beer overall, the smell is lovely but I feel the taste is missing something at the start. Decent session beer.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No best before date.

A - light amber, clear with a super-fluffy and lumpy head that just coats the whole glass

S - sour mash smell that really reminds me of the supermarket lemon juice extract with with some grassy hops

T - very light hop profile that resolves into a subtle and slightly bitter profile with just a hint of toasty malt

M - almost no carbonation, very light

D - very drinkable, but lacks a bit of character beyond the enduring sour malt

Decent beer; a little subtle for my tastes, but a reasonable blonde.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
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 jazzyjeff13
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A slightly hazy golden hue with visible particles. Good carbonation. Yields a decent head of white foam that lasts for several minutes. Smells of light malt with a hint of hops. Notes of grain, alcohol and a whiff of citrus.

Tastes of light malt with an attenuated dry bitter finish. Mild sweetness accompanied by floral and citrus notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly astringent. A dry hoppy aftertaste lingers on the palate.

A decent blonde ale; would be refreshing on a hot day. The aromatic hop flavours are nice but could be a bit more prominent. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy cloudy golden body that doesn't seem too bubbly. Nice frothy head that doesn't go anywhere. Lacing up and down the glass from the head.

I smell grape, some citrus and maltiness. Nothing extraordinary.

Citrus and malt. Like a lemon mixing with a biscuit. Weird taste but it's alright. There is no noticeable bitterness until the very end and even then its barely noticeable.

Not much carbonation at all. The body is light to almost approaching medium. Feels okay.

Drink ability is quite easy drinking like water. I could have another one. Not a lot of alcohol in this one, maybe of that like in a light beer.

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Photo of Ochsenblut
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The orange-hued golden ale sits underneath a lumpy white one finger head that dissipates to sticky lacing.

The potent smell of fresh bread and grassy hops is very inviting. Citrus fruits come in slightly.

Subtle biscuit sweetness turns to a rough graininess. Citrusy hops cut through the doughy sweetness and transition to a mellow grassy bitterness. The malt profile is substantial and makes for a full mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and a gentle slickness to the beer are all par for the course. The grassy hops aftertaste lingers pleasantly.

Wychcraft is a study in balance. Hence I would study it all night.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a nice bottle.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy orange copper with a nice white head that is about 1.5 inches tall.

S - Nice English style bready biscuit malt comes up in front and quick. This is then followed by some nice orange and lemon peel hop aroma. Quite grassy notes.

T & M - Flavor starts off nice and biscuity with some great fresh baked bread notes. The grain profile is awesome in this beer. Then there is a nice English hop kick with some citrus and some dry bitter notes. The balance in the beer is impeccable. Very good English Pale Ale. Body is nice and light with great carbonation and a nice balance of grain malt and grassy hop.

D - Beer is delicious and has some lower ABV to boast. Very good brew.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Pours a centimetre of moussy white head that steadily reduced to a thin layer over a hazy gold to light orange body.

Smell - 4.0
Pleasant aroma of sweet biscuits, oranges, lemons and honey. Despite how this sounds, this is not a sweet beer.

Taste - 4.0
Biscuity English malt up front, moving onto lemony hops, a little fruity yeast character and a dry finish that reminds of water crackers. More bitter than most English blondes, yet it also has a definite, refreshing tartness and bone dry finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated, just about right for style.

Drinkability - 4.0
Definitely a good beer for summer sessions, though there are better blond ales out there.

A very good blonde ale and somewhat underrated on this site, in my opinion.

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WychCraft from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 380 ratings
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