Brewed by Wychwood (Marstons plc)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Witney, England


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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.

A pale golden potion with delicate red hues, WychCraft has a heady burst of fresh citrus aroma derived from three infusions of Styrian golding hops. A sprig of gentle warming malty flavour finishes with a dry biscuit note and a counterpoise of bitterness.
WychCraft’s innovative new recipe includes adding three infusions of Styrian Goldings hops to the copper, to create a highly aromatic brew, bursting with succulent citrus and lime hop character. A light base of delicately flavoured English Fuggles hops, and the use of a lager malt, help retain the signature hop character and create a wonderfully aromatic and fragrant summertime beer. Beguiling to the end.

Hops: Fuggles and Styrians
Malts: Lager and Caramalt.

Only ratings for the bottled version to go here. There is a separate entry for the cask version

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Pours a frost-hazed golden/copper with a decent-sized, off white head that loves me long time. Biscuity, lemony aroma profile with hints of diacetyl, vinegar and some aromatic grasses, mild florals (lilies) and sweaty yeast. Creamy & dry with a fluffiness that fills the mouth. Balanced flavor with pastry-like malts in elegant chiaroscuro against dank English hops. Flashes of tea, honey and lemon.

<font size=-4>Pint bottle purchased several months ago from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Oak Lawn, IL 60453</font>

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lunkie (1401) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2007
Sweet malt hop aroma. Clear red amber colour with poor head and lacing. Bitter malt hop flavour. Flat palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours a nice gold; clear, yet thick. Smells of hops and grass. Has a Pilsner-like hoppiness with a malty finish. Average mouthfeel. Classic bitter; pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Bottle. Small white head that mostly diminished with poor lacing, transparent, visible carbonation, and an orange hue with a little bit of gold peeking through. Earthy, hoppy, bitter, citrus,and some hints of herbal in the nose. Flavor was mildly hoppy, lightly bitter, citrus, and earthy. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth. Light-medium body. Quaffable, but needs some more body.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Huge foamy white head atop this crystal clear yellow brew. Aroma is fresh citrus and pear. Humm, surprisingly smooth, malty sweet but really doesn’t seem very bitter, almost no bitterness at all. Very grassy, more like a pale ale. The bottle says Thrice hopped...maybe with water hops. Definitely was expecting more from the $4.50 a bottle price tag.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2007
500ml brown bottle from Ron’s in Farmington. Translucent amber body with almost no head to speak of. Smells very hoppy - bitter and citrusy - with hints of malt. Tastes hoppy - somewhat citrusy and bitter - with some malt backbone. Flavor is a little more watery than one might expect. Still, what flavor there is a rather good. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, somewhat watery. Very drinkable. What flavor there is is impressive, but not as strong flavored as it could be. I could see myself having this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Bottle and served in a English no-nik pint glass: Clean golden hue topped by a small but lasting frothy head and left impressive rings of lace. The aroma has notes of herbal, earthy, and juicy hops along with a base of grainy malts and a hint of dusty cellar. Well it is still an English Pale Ale at heart, this one seems to be a bit more hopped and it shows towards the finish. The base is a biscuity and earthy which I felt works well with the profile. The aftertaste show a note of mild acidic tea like offering. Overall if you add some body and mellow out the carbonation a tad, this would be very good. I would to see what this would be like on cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Pours a fairly clear golden body with a good head. The aroma is grassy, herbal hops over a bit of straw. The flavor is light, with a slight hop tingle. The body is fairly bubbly, almost soda like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Finally Wychwood is using all brown bottles! Pretty gold pour with a smallish white head. Nose is grainy and floral with some citrus notes (mainly lemon and light grapefruit) and some buttery malts. Taste is citrus (lemon), flowery hops, light spicy hops, touch of earth, grains, and buttery malts. Body is light-medium but creamy. Dry towards the end. Finish is lemon tea, buttered biscuit, light grains, spicy hops, flowers and light earthiness. Not bad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
CraftAlelvr (9) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2006 does not count
Amber color with a taller ecru head. Quite floral in hops aromas with sweet corn meal buiscuits with grapefruit zest. Quite zippy in feel. Too much so for a smooth bitter. Sweet woody malt mix with hints of lemon and rust. Very simple to little malt definition. LIght herbal bitterness late in the flavor that carries through to the finish. Lacks balance and finess.

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