Saturday, December 20, 2014

Wychwood Bah Humbug!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1245) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2014
I should disclaim this review by saying I’m not sure how old this bottle was. It could be anywhere from a year to nearly two years old. Then again, it might be this year’s batch for all I know. Whatever the case may be, Wychwood Bah Humbug! is not that impressive of a beer. It’s fairly generic as far as English brews go, which is fine. But it markets itself as a Christmas beer and has no discernible spices or other seasonal character to it. Plus there’s a tanginess that doesn’t seem to be intentional

I poured a 500ml bottle into an English pint glass. I couldn’t make heads or tails of the bottling code. It cost $4.69 ($0.28 per ounce).

Appearance: Rusty orange/burnished copper hue. Mostly clear body with consistent carbonation visible. Pours to a large, off-white, foamy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Mild nose with the typical English pub-style ale aromatics of light malt and some fruity notes.

Taste: At first sip, this would seem to be a familiar ESB or other niche British style brew. There’s a mild maltiness with notes of toast and marmalade, and that’s pretty much it. Through the middle I detect a strong tangy character. It’s possibly oxidation (which would be understandable if this is an old bottle). Not much in the way of true hop bitterness other than a slight drying sensation. I found absolute no spices in the palette, either. While not horrible, there’s little here to truly enjoy and latch onto.

Drinkability: The first thing I noticed about Wychwood Bah Humbug! was how thin and watery the mouthfeel was. It wasn’t especially crisp, though, despite the visible carbonation. It went down smoothly and left a mostly clean aftertaste. It’s not surprising the palette is so mild since the beer only weighs in at 5% ABV. Still, there’s nothing about this beer that would make me want to session it. 
Grade: 4/10

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