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
3.75/5 rDev 0%
My first in this beer style, I am amazed at how much I have been missing.
Whoever came up with "Extra Special or Extra Strong Bitter" as a name for a beer style, has done much to promote the prejudice against enjoying English beers and ales.
For years, I heard my dad contribute to this BS, (he like millions of others, had never even been to the UK, much less had any beer there), and it definitely influenced my thought.
Odd. The guy ate Limburger Cheese for God's sake! You'd have thought he could muster up the courage for an ale or two.
08-10-2014 20:28:42 | More by JLSIV
Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 2,051 ratings.