Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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4.25/5 rDev +13.3%
16,9 oz bottle with best before date 21 July 2015
Deep mahogany with a nice chunky tan head which reduced to a sticky film with great lacing.
Aroma of grass and herb on top of a rich malty slightly biscuit and bread undertone.
Flavor is likewise initially dominated by a grassy and herbal hop presence which moves to a plum/ dried apricot and malt sweetness and finishes on a slightly bitter hop note. The beer is thinner than I'd expected it to be but was never water, it has a nice smooth mouth feel and a slight sour tang on the finish.
This is a very nice beer. Wychwood call it a "ruby ale", but I'd call it an ESB even though it is so dark. The hop, malt balance is very well down and the two characteristics vie with each other to produce an interesting and complex ale. Likewise the English yeast strain produces just enough esters to give the beer a unique profile. Very nice ESB!
08-17-2014 20:39:55 | More by Michaelcbyrnes
Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 2,068 ratings.