Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 Another good beer from Wychwood, but not nearly their best, this one is good, drinkable, but not exciting or unusually satisfying. It is golden/light amber with a small but dense off-white head that steadily dissipates to a lasting but very thin head and weak lacing. The aroma is mild, malty, yeasty bread with hints of apple and pine. The taste is similar, with a definite hoppy bitterness that mellows and blends nicely with the rest over time, a definite bread flavour, mild sweetness. It has a pretty strong hop character for an English bitter. It’s light, crisp, easy to drink and quite nice, but not outstanding.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle, best before 21Aug08. Golden amber colour with a mostly lasting fizzy and creamy off-white head. Grassy, orange, floral, and pithy aroma. Toasty malts with a citrus pithy, perfumy, and lightly metallic bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, juicy but bordering on watery. Pretty good for Wychwood but nothing mindblowing.
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an easy to drink ale with a healthy bite of hops and an underlying base of malt.
The slight watery taste at first left me wondering what it was going to finish like, but then waiting for it to warm up let the floral elements out.
MagnusVMagnum (48) - USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark bitter flavors. Very similar to Wychwood’s Hobgoblin beer, IMO, which I also like. Nice contrast to the sweeter more complex beers I’ve been drinking lately. Very drinkable.
Buddahchild (28) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Straw-yellow in color. Aromas of citrus, light floral hops, and hay. Med-light bodied with dry bitter hop flavors, little yeasty with slight lemon zest.
BeerandBlues2 (12056) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle purchased at the Wet Grocer in Gunnison, CO. Pours hazy dark yellow with a large, creamy, off-white head, lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, hay, straw), average hops (flowers), average yeast (dough) with notes of apple and pear. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
Englander (21) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2007
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Minimal head, with light hop aroma. Has a hint of citrus and is quite bitter. Too many bubbles which make it hard to drink.
Ernest (7286) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with light notes of diacetyl and soap. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Just another very characterless ale from Wychwood.
bhensonb (13995) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml brown bottle from Bottle Barn. Floral aroma. Takes awhile to find out it’s citrus. Hazy orange amber color with a white head that left lace tatters. Medium body with moderate carbonation. The flavor starts with citrus peel and bready notes. It finishes fairly dry, with a bit of malt and a good dose of bitter in a floral, arguably citrus, way. Just another very excellent ale from Wychwood. Perhaps a bit more complex than most of theirs, but aren’t they all just great?
TaxiDriver (1732) - Stadland, GERMANY - OCT 18, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Flowers, light yeasty. Small creamy off-white head, cloudy orange body. Moderate bitter, short duration. Light to medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation, chalky finish.