Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Firecatcher from Wychwood Brewery beer review. I picked this beer up for the princely sum of £1 from the local Morrison's and am drinking it on a cold April evening just before beer gardens start opening again across the country. Thanks to their cool looking bottles and the success of Hobgoblin in particular Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire are one of the best known breweries in the UK, and they do brew some excellent stuff. Despite this like nearly every major old brewer in the country they are owned by Marston's.
Firecatcher comes in the usual fun Wychwood 500ml bottle with a picture of an odd looking lady, on an odd looking bike catching some fire, as you do. I really do love the ghoulish Wychwood artwork. The 3.5% alcohol content on the other hand is rather less scary. The brewery describes Firecatcher as 'Pale, crisp and lightly aromatic... Warming hints of honeyed nectar spark the intense and sharp gooseberry flames, for a light and pleasingly quenching beer.' This all sounds pleasant enough, I'm not sure if I've ever had a beer describing gooseberry flames before.
The beer pours a very straw coloured pale amber with a reasonably stable but small head. It's not the worst looking beer you'll ever see. There's a strong, but pleasant floral aroma with maybe a little bit of citrus floating around in there too. In many ways Firecatcher looks and feels more like an IPA than a golden beer, which isn't a complaint, just an observation. The texture is extremely light as you'd expect from looking at the beer, and it's certainly quite refreshing. It really feels like between the light texture and low alcohol content you've got more chance of putting a fire out with this than catching fire.
Firecatcher or Fire Catcher, I'm still not quite sure, has very little taste in all honesty. It's very light, a bit floral, and there's some citrus, but not a lot. I wouldn't go as far as to say the beer is tasteless, but it's certainly not flavoursome. I'd probably best describe Firecatcher as an inoffensive light beer to have on a session in the sun, I wouldn't really recommend it on a cold April evening in lockdown. I'm going to give Firecatcher from Wychwood Brewery 5 out of 10. It doesn't do anything offensive, and is quite refreshing, but the same could be said about a glass of water.