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Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,896 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1896
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%


Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002)
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BeerAngel

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3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a dark tea-like color with hints of amber and wearing a nice frothy cream-colored hat. The smell is slightly twangy malt and grain with mild hops in the background. The taste is a malty smoothness with earthy grains and light hops that make this beer go down relatively easy. This is a medium bodied beer that finishes a tad sweet. Fairly solid brew! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 04:30:08 | More by BeerAngel
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I'm terribly sorry, as I know I'm treating this beer rather callously, but 2.63 is probably the only mark I can give to this ale.

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
84 out of 100 based on 1,896 ratings.