Wychwood: Rascal


We had to travel back to my wife’s parents in Suffolk on Friday, it was good to see them…and it was also good to be able to get a pint or two in.  When I travel I like to try the local beers, and couldn’t resist this beer which was advertised on the pump as “Deviously Hoppy” so on that basis, I said I’d like one of those please, thanks very much.

Like i said it was a family do, so there wasn’t time for much note-taking, pump-clip studying, etc.  But here’s the skinny on “Rascal” (if you’ll excuse the Americanism…and why wouldn’t you?  a good chunk of  my readers are from the US.)

Enticing hops ‘n’ malt nose.  Marvellous polished brass colour, like the colour of those brass ornaments that old folks clutter their houses up with…no?  No good for you?  OK, imagine it’s the colour of the vicar’s panama hat.

A really smashing sticky lacy head on the top that hung about for ages and actually tasted quite good.

Sweetish malt taste with a solid mouthfeel and a really fantastic quenching bitter trailing edge.  A smooth bitter after-taste that just went on and on…

All in all an excellent summer supper.  If you see it you have to try it.

Oh yes.  And guess who it’s made by?  Wychwood.  A brewery that’s about ten miles away from me at home in Oxfordshire.  Typical.  I wouldn’t have missed this pint for the world, but strictly speaking I should have been drinking local!


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