Hobgoblin - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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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
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
Clear, brown colour with a slight red hue. Low carbonation (fitting for the style). Little head and very low retention with no lacing (as the temperature increased these qualities improved).
Smokey malts with just a hint of roast. Hops had a grassy aroma with some spice. When i initially served this too cold, i got a subtle dank smell, not at all overpowering, but it disappeared with temperature increase, and a floral aroma began coming through. It was very clean with no discernible yeast aroma.
Again, smokey and roasted malts. Hops had a grassy taste, a little herbal and the spice all but disappeared. Again the yeast was clean.
Surprisingly light, while not thin or watery. Had a coarse bite that smoothed out towards the end. A touch under-carbed for my taste (improved with temperature) but certainly not flat.
Very clean cask-style english ale. When I opened this bottle, it had a satisfying hiss even though it proved to be a tiny bit under carbed compared to what I am used to. With a “Ruby Red” description, I had expected more of a rich colour, not that its a big deal. I also didn't pick up the “chocolate, toffee, or fruity” characteristics, claimed in the description.
While I was not over-whelmed, it was a very refreshing beer. I can certainly see me drinking one of these on these hot summer days. It was not overly bitter, but the label largely misses the mark, in my humble opinion.
08-08-2014 00:27:52 | More by djsnowman06
Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 2,063 ratings.