Hobgoblin 4.5%
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

Hobgoblin 4.5%Hobgoblin 4.5%
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Style:
English Bitter
Ranked #169
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #36,444
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 9.19%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
20
From:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
81
Good
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Reviews by Decko:
Photo of Decko
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't sure which category to put this under as it was a Hobgoblin Red Ale but couldn't find that exact category. Nice deep reddy brown in nonic pint glass. Mild earthy hoppyness in the scent which I really like. The taste is a bit thinner than the nose which was disappointing. Mouthfeel fine with decent carbonation. Main issue with this is that first sip and aroma promised much more than the overall pint experience delivered. I would have it again but only if it was up against the usual lager suspects.

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3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ruby ale

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Photo of Godfather50
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is a pale ale of sound quality but no great distinction. The aroma and mouthfeel are less than noteworthy although the taste is what you'd expect from a pale ale. Billed as a "ruby beer" it does have a sweet finnish which Comes through the mild hopping. No grassy Fuggles coming through for me. Pleasant.

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Photo of Denbeh
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PatricLind
4.46/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me, it would be ok to make this THE "official Halloween beer". Not just a very good autumn beer, also got a delicate toffee touch.

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Photo of Albertahab31
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Over carbonated but nice creamy hops

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Photo of Oleg85
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good session... and suitable to wash down a sandwich.
Poured into my Samuel Smith pint nonic, there is a nice reddish tinge to this light brown.
Smells are mostly malt with the yeast working up a fruity aroma. Tastes are the same in this well-integrated brew in which the hops come through to prevent sweetness. Even for its style, I found it a bit thin... but nice bubbles to clear the palate.

I went on Wynchwood's website and it is different... or has character as they like to say about themselves. The graphics make me feel like I am in the gnome's home. But, it is very creative; lots of games to play and the English sense of humor is in full flow. They seem to do a good business, although are open only 4 days a week... so I suspect it is mostly weekenders. But I do wonder how a small brewer in a small town in the Cotswolds makes it to the Midwest and frequently is on the shelves. They seem to carved out their quirky niche in the English tradition; making mostly pales and bitters.

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Photo of eberesford
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Malty sweet, toffee, rather than bitter but very quaffable.

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3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hobgoblin 4.5% from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 20 ratings