Goliath from the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire, UK pours a clear golden-amber colour with a large frothy white head that gets retained as a thick film and leaves a fair amount of lace behind. This mild English pale ale has a mild, yet malty aroma with a ripened fruit tone that reminds me of white grapes and a definite toasted character.
Goliath has a malt forward taste with a strong grape or cherry-like fruit tone. A somewhat surprising alcohol taste comes through in the bitter finish, along with a subtle metallic or mineral quality. The ale has a rather thin body with a moderate carbonation level. A nice creamy sensation with a slightly yeasty character can be felt on the tongue. The aftertaste is dry with a fresh, grainy quality to it.
Like all the products from the Wychwood Brewery, The bottle embossed Goliath comes in has a fantasy-inspired hand drawn label, this time featuring the image of a hooded character presumed to be a giant killer. The back label has a brief description of the beer, a clearly marked best before date and a suggestion to serve the beer chilled.
Goliath is a great light and bitter session ale in my books, though perhaps a bit lacklustre compared to other Wychwood Brewery offerings: more a testament to the brewery’s quality rather than a fault. If it were regularly available in my area I’d drink it often in place of other mild ales like Fuller’s London Pride or Tetley’s Smooth Flow. The beer pairs well with kettle chips and pub fare like shepherd’s pie or sausages.
Goliath can be found as a fall seasonal at select LCBO locations and Wychwood Brewery products are distributed worldwide.
Type: English Pale Ale
Country: UK, England
Region: Oxfordshire, Witney
Brewery: Wychwood Brewery
Format Purchased: 500 mL
Alcohol Content: 4.2%