Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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Reviews by NedShakeshaft:
3.24/5 rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
Poured into an imperial pint glass. Golden brown with a touch of red in the body. The quarter-inch foamy, white head dissipated quickly leaving an intricate lacing on the glass.
Subtle, yet complex nose. Sweet and fruity aroma with a floral touch over top of malty caramel.
Unexpected earthy taste that I'm guessing is a product of the hops. Caramel malts, toffee and roasted chestnuts underneath. Fruity esters, banana in the middle. A lot going on here, but understated.
Thicker body that could use more carbonation. BeerDocT said in his review that it could use another layer of conditioning and I think that's a great analysis.
Overall, a good beer that just misses being a great one. Would have it again in a second, but wouldn't seek out.
As a side note, let's not forget that this is the flagship beer of an older craft brewery, established in the mid-80's. As such, it was brewed for a much different market than the bottle-conditioned, hop-forward crowd of today. In that light, I'll call it an enduring classic.
Serving type: bottle
09-15-2012 07:35:33 | More by NedShakeshaft
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United Kingdom (England)
4.25/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Hobgoblin in a can; comes a little smaller than the bottles, but the better flavour from the totally airtight seal of a can preventing any oxidization makes up for it I feel.
Hobgoblin has always been a favourite of mine. Was only the 3rd ale I ever tried in my life after a brief flirt with the commercial lagers and it's definitely the beer which steered me onto real ale and craft beer.
A nice strong red ale, bittersweet and uncomplicated, and very sessionable despite the ABV being a percent or two above the point most people go for in a session beer. Very good colour and feel to the beer too; always keeps the head and throws an inviting glow around the room
Serving type: can
07-07-2014 16:33:29 | More by Leeham991
Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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