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: 380
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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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear deep golden, tall soapy white head retained well with random gobs of lacing
S - strong hop aromas of leafs and dry herbs, light metallic, raw honey, with a mustiness lingering
T - bready malt with gentle herbal hops, mild honey bready malt, and a light earthy hop linger
M - very light and smooth body with a nice mix of bready and hop dry
O - all of the flavours and gentle but distinct and the combination adds up to a unique EPA that is very drinkable

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -6.1%
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 +11.1%
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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