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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-03-2005

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dorothy, Cindarella, and Snowhite, crouching on all 4's...expecting delivery. They all ask for it light and safe. I comply and get it overwith. So its a great tasting PG-13 night, complete with corn and hop fizz. A perfect subsitute for water. Wychwood after running a race, Wychwood for taking a bath. I think she's lying...she's a Pilsner fresh outta church. Unfortunately I'm on the move; I'll be slopgoblin her older sister the Hogoblin; hopefully she doesn't tell her parents.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark copper color with some red tones. Small head and minimal lacing. Cloudy to point that little carbonation is visible.

S - Smells of citrusy hops and a little biscuit goodness.

T - Staying true to its' smell, citrus up front and bread on the back. Much cleaner tasting than it appears however.

M - A little under carbonated, but not too watery.

D - Great for a session. Middle of the road alcohol lends itself to this.

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

500ml bottle with a weird label that has a whole bunch of ghouls and goblins having a fun time. One is smoking something and another one is providing the music by playing their harp. The back label has all the mandatory US information and a paragraph about the beer from the Wychwood brewmaster. No date anywhere on the bottle or label.

When poured into a Sly Fox imperial pint glass, this Wychwood beer is a lighly hazy golden tangerine orange with a 1 1/2 inch fluffy head of white foam. It had OK retention that manage to leave behind a small bubbly film, foamy white rings, and a fair amount of white spots of lace. The aroma started off fruity, but as it progressed, it gets toasty and lightly hopped with toasted biscuit malts, a hint of barley, and a touch of grapefruit and citrus hops. The taste starts off lighlty malted with toasted biscuit malts, but then finished up dry and slightly bitter with subtle grapefruit and citrus hops. The mouthfeel was light bodied with a dry and lightly hopped aftertaste of toasted biscuit malts and citrus hops. Don't be fooled by the label. It says that it's triple hopped. If it is then it sure doesn't taste like it. I guess it was triple hopped for an English Pale Ale. In the end, it's not a overly malty beer or an overly hoppy beer. It's just a nice session English ale.

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

Pour from a 1 hour cooller chilled bomber into pint glass,

A: Amber and orange with red tints without much head but laced regardless.

S: Peppery hops and grains with dashes of berry.

T subdued hops, biscuit bits, citrus flavor

M: crisp, refreshing and not overpowering.

D: A good starter and I'm glad to be adding more to my english beer pedigree.

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

500mL brown bottle

A: snifter. nice light copper color with tons of small sediment floating all around. nice white head with a rather nice retention level and good splotchy lacing.

S: aroma of apples and citrus hops. A hint of metal in the back of the nose.

T: nice biscuit and crystal malts along with some really nice Styrian hop flavors, providing some great bitters.

M: medium to thick body. good carbonation level and very smooth for a beer that was hopped three times.

D: I'm not a huge fan of English Pale Ales, but this one was very nice.

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

I decided to see what all four elements taste like. Not too shabby.

It poured with about two fingers of white foamy head that settled to a thin film. The color was a cloudy dark orange with some mystery bits floating around. Hopefully those won't kill me like a bad Sam Adams would. (sorry I just had to say it)

For aroma I can't really say. I have a mild sinus infection and my sniffer doesn't realy work right now. Will update upon future tasting.

The taste has some zest. A bit of citrus that hangs around with a slight sour sting, but not in a bad way. The body is on the high-medium side, just where I want it.

I probably won't go out of my way to try one again, but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Cambridge Wine Merchants.

Appearance: honey in color, big head which fades, leaving some lacing.

Smell: vaguely bitter-like aroma, styrian goldings hops (according to the label), some biscuity malt

Taste: generally light on malt, light fruitiness. slight citrus

Mouthfeel: light, well-carbonated, nice

Drinkability: easy-drinking, good

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Photo of scottg
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy almost orange color with a small white head that dissipates quickly with little to no lacing. Malty citrus aromas. Sweet honeylike up front which becomes smooth and hoppy with a lemony, tealike finish. Medium carbonation leaves the mouth feeling cleansed. Interesting aftertaste makes this a nice, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer. Fine medium orange color on this pale ale, but a bit too thin a head for my liking, with little durability or lacing. Nice and malty on the nose, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how this is "thrice-hopped" as the label indicates. I would sooner believe thrice the malt (though it doesn't appear so).

Plenty of malt in the taste, really making the beer go. It's very crisp and clean but not flavorless by any stretch. Occasional bursts of hop bitterness emerge now and then, particularly near the finish, but this to me is a malt-driven brew, and a good one. The crisp, smooth taste makes the mouthfeel quite nice and the drinkability very high. Easy on the palate, this is easily one of the best from Wychwood.

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Photo of albern
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine English Pale. The beer pours a nice coppery golden color with a nice slightly foamy off white head with a nice lace and retention. The smell is a bit musty hop very typical of the style and a bit bready malts. The beer is moderately carbonated and tilts towards a lighter body. The taste is nice bready malts, some citrus notes, and a bit of a pepperishness in the finish. This is a refreshing beer that does have a bit of citrus spritz to it in the backbone. As mentioned by other reviewers, there "ain't much hop in this beer" assuming that it has indeed been thrice hopped. Overall, this is very drinkable, relatively low ABV beer. The only down side is the aftertaste which lingers a bit long, and is where some unpleasant hoppiness does emerge. The mouthfeel is little watery in the finish as well. This is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Cresant
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 500 mL brown bottle into a British pint glass. Best by date of 21 Jan 09. My sister brought this from the UK. The body was dark golden and clear of sediment. almost two inches of lumpy off-white head persisted. Soapy-like lacing was minimal.

Smell was lemony. Mild detergent aroma too. Sweet grains as it warmed. Bready. Earthy.

Taste was of biscuity malts and lingering Styrian hops. A nondescript citrus flavor was apparent. Fresh.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a raspy finish. Medium to lighter bodied. Overall very drinkable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear yellow gold with a huge head of foam. I notice some floaties in the glass so this probably isn't the freshest of samples. :^(
Very good head retention and lots of lacing but the floaties put me off.

The smell is of sweet and earthy malt and there's some fruitiness, mainly citrus, there as well.

The taste has notes of biscuit and citrus and they compliment each other nicely. Smoooth drinking, the mouthfeel is medium until the finish where it becomes a bit watery. The finish itself has a slight lemony flavour that's nice.

Dammit. I was hoping that this would be fresh but I know that when you buy bottles of pretty much anything from the UK, you're taking chances. There's a code imprint on the bottle that says 7 CHI 10:32 but what is *that* supposed to mean??? Why can't brewers come up with a universal, easy to read code so that their customers know what they are getting by simply glancing at the label?? Is that too much to ask??? OK, rant over.

Overall, it's still a nice tasty drop that warrants a revisit. I hope I get luckier the next time...

Cost: US$3.99

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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 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 BeerSox
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

400ml bottle into pint glass.

Slightly hazy golden color with a thick and dense pearly white head that leaves a thick solid wall of lacing down the glass.

The aroma is some light bready malt with some grassy hops. Nothing too overpowering. A slight scent of diacetyl.

The taste is light and grainy malts with a bit of hoppiness. A slight creaminess shows up in the middle. Medium bodied with low carbonation. The finish is light and grainy.

This is a really drinkable ale, just about what you would want from an English Pale Ale. A great session ale too. Unfortuneately, even though this one is pretty good, it's probably past its prime after coming overseas. I would love to try this on cask in England. Recommended.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy pale yellow/orange colored beer. Has a very small white head that vanishes quickly. Even though the head appears to dissappear it still leaves a little lace. There is a light sweet aroma of herbs and lemon with a background perfume like note. The taste has that herbal/lemon character all over it. Reminded me ever so slightly of a Ricola cough drop. Some more of that perfume like note just before a nice little bitter bite at the back of your tongue.

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Photo of beerking1
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber, small but dense white head, hazy. Aroma is a nice malty, toasty, bready character, with hints of earthy hops in the background. Flavor follows through nicely with the rich malty character, with toasty and malty notes. There is a slight sharpness , but not bad. Thanks goodness they switched away from the clear bottles. This beer has no skunked character at all. Mouthfeel is a little thin, with some astringence.

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

1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Medium amber color, with a fair amount of suspended very small particulate matter, one finger white head quickly dissipated with medium lacing, small steady carbonation bubbles.

S = Well balanced smells of hops and malt, first are Spring flowers and freshly rained upon meadow smells, then slightly sour smells of fresh bread show through, all rounded out by light scents of toasted grains. The only real criticism I have is the scents could be more forthright, they are a little too subdued.

T = Tastes are well blended between a light bitterness from hops and a sweet bready taste of malt, the main objection is that the tastes seem watered down. They are good tastes and well balanced, but as a whole this is a little thin.

M = Light bodied, good level of carbonation, mouth coating is a little too light to allow the flavors to really shine.

D = Tastewise this is not among my favorite English pale ales. It is good but not great. However, it is quaffable and at this low an ABV could be a great session beer.

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

500 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a light copper color, slightly hazy. Off-white head is quite thin, leaving a film/ring.

Smell: Has a nice aroma of florals and hops, as well as some other spices.

Taste: Enjoyable malty flavor with light spices and florals. Interplays nicely with the lovely hops for a bit of complexity. Aftertaste is similar, with the hops standing out more, but not too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Generally smooth (with an ever so slight but enjoyable bit of grainyness towards the end). Light-bodied with light carbonation.

Drinkability: The flavors are very easy and enjoyable, and the alcohol content is proper to make it a nice session beer.

A very nice English Pale Ale with the hops a bit more noticable. It's quite refreshing and enjoyable. I'll probably pick this up again -- definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a lightly cloudy straw-to-orange hue, modest layer of white bubbly foam dissipates down to a ring, good lacing
S- Pale bread malts dominate, scent is crisp and fresh, touches of floral hops and light fruits and spices
T- Initial taste is pale biscuit malts, modest hops, and some light fruit and spices, finishes dry and bitter
M- Light-medium body, thin watery texture, ample carbonation
D- A solid all-around pale ale that borders on ESB territory, I can find no major faults here, but at the same time nothing too exemplary, well-balanced and easy to drink (definitely sessionable), overall I'm pleasantly surprised

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden/orange color with a quickly disappearing thick, rocky head. The aroma is hoppy and floral with a hint of spice. The taste is also a slightly floral and sweet. The hops are noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and works quite well for this brew. Although this isn’t an intensely flavorful brew, it’s balance and ease of drinking make this a good choice.

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Photo of stcules
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange hue. One finger of white head.
Very english in the smell, with a good maltiness, tea leaves, peppery notes, herbal, flowers.
At the taste, after a first impression of watery, it comes back with a good herbal and hoppy taste, again tea leaves, orange marmelade, heather. Definitely very drinkable, pleasant, fresh.
Light to average in body. Malty aftertaste, with camomile, herbal. Quite dry.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16.09 oz bottle, poured an amber / copper color without a head... Nice darkish appearance that was appealing... Smell is very hoppy... not overpowering, but certainly enticing... Tastes really good, with a nice citrus flavor that is hoppy but not bitter... This has a nice, crisp, refreshing taste that was easily drinkable with a good mouthfeel... I could definitely down a few of these, and like most Wychwood brews here in America, it's too bad I can't find this one in a six-pack, because I would certainly buy it again... It sucks having to pay almost four bucks for a bottle, but all in all, it's definitely worth a try... another good sample from the Wychwood brewery that is certainly recommended...

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Photo of Mandrake
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium copper-yellow, with a good sized off-white head which lasts quite well, though it leaves little lacing. Smell is alright, some hops apparent, though a great deal of caramel and diacetyl shows as well. Some dry breadiness as well. Taste is along the same lines, quite malty and with the "thrice hopped" tagline not particularly evident. Still, a bit of the Goldings do come through alongside the crackers and caramel. Butter in the finish. Mouthfeel is substantial and well carbonated, and drinkability is very good. Not a bad beer at all, and the brewery's best offering as far as I've seen. Still, nothing overly special.

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Photo of Brad007
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale color with a one finger head. Aroma is biscuity and malty upfront with a faint hint of fruitiness. Taste is biscuity upfront and then fades into a slightly sour aftertaste with malt on it. It has most of the characteristics of an English Pale Ale but feels somewhat unrefined and rough. Still very drinkable and I have to give it props for that. Smooth as well and the aftertaste is biscuity/bready.

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WychCraft from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.6 out of 5 based on 380 ratings.
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