Hobgoblin Gold
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #46
Ranked #34,031
3.71 | pDev: 10.51%
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 127
Photo of drmeto
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

-pours a clear golden with a small to medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-Follows the nose
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light body
Heavier Aroma Hop influence than in most English Golden Ales.
Also a pretty substantial graininess, which i'm not a big Fan of.
Decent Summer option.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with white head, aroma of malts, grass, citrus and hopps, hoppy and herbal, medium bitter taste, dry, light to medium body, medium carbonation.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, light golden coloration with a small, creamy head and very slightly visible carbonation. Smell is quite subdued, with hints of doughy malt and grassy, citrus hops. Taste is a great Balance of doughy malt and grassy, citrus hops, with the citrus standing out particularly, reminiscent of lime. Finishes with a light bitterness and some tangy lime lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a light body and medium/strong carbonation. A rather hoppy Golden Ale with a tangy lime character that is rather easy-drinking and refreshing. Great summer beer, I would imagine.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L- Mid gold, 1cm white head holds well
S- A citrus waft, though quite subtle.
T- Oh yes citrus. Hmm, it kinds morphs from citrus into sour. I expect this is another one of 'those fashionable new beers' hinged off Citra +/or Mosaic hops.
M- Fresh dry and clean. Refreshing, though that sour tang^ doesn't add to it for me.
O- IDK quite how this came about, 'Hobgoblin for the hipster generation'? It's a bit sharp/dry for me to note this as a regular.
BB 31-7-19

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Photo of Skruffie
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light beer with overtones of grapefruit, lime and elderflower. Light hoppy taste with citrus and elderflower after. Pours with a large head and thin smooth white froth. Lightly gassed easily drinkable.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

can, 4.2%. I have a suspicion that the bottled version is different and better and brewed at Banks, but it's been a while since i had it.

overall looks clear golden, sweety shop nose a fairly rounded malt taste with enough hop character to balance. mild bitterness.

It's a palatable golden bitter in can

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Photo of emincems
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark golden color with average head. smell is slightly malty and moderately hoppy with citrusy and grassy tones. taste is more hoppy than malty, but toasted malts are supportive. Low bodied and crispy on mouth. Refreshing brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at the Le meridian hotel near Dubai airport. It poured a clear golden with white head that left a nice lacing down the glass. The scent had hints of bitter floralness. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of horshack7
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It pours a clear golden with a very slight haze. On top is only about an inch of off white head. A little bit of lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Grapefruit notes are front and center with wisps of piney. Some grassy and light grain. Malts let out an almond sweetness with traces of simple syrup.

Taste: A fairly crisp mouthfeel at the start but it smooths out. Good amounts of grapefruit all through it piney bits faint grain with bready, buttery texture.

Notes: Overall it's decent and certainly drinkable and a good one for a warm day. Cheers.

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Photo of gudthing
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A wonderfully balanced delicate ale.
Fairly carbonated, pours wonderfully with a long lasting creamy head. The smell is ever so slightly hoppy. but that's it, I couldn't get anything else. However, it tastes delicious. It's has a perfect balance between the hops, wheat and barley. It also feels quite thick and its extremely refreshing. The delicate after taste was great.
Really enjoyed this one!

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rather watery, unassuming and not at all memorable, this is something that you won't hate, but really ought not to like. It's not what good beer is about. Mass produced boredom.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright gold, white film with legs. 3.75
Cantaloupe and granola. 3.75
Bit o’ Honey, orange rind, some grass and a bit of husk. 4
Tightening IBU linger.
Light+, crisp, fizzy. 3.75

Jan 31 BBD, so 6 weeks old. Smell doesn’t carry through. A bit of grainy astringency. But refreshing enough and real scratch to end. For a bottle off the shelf from Aldi, passes muster. 4

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Photo of argock
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-cask in a narrow nonick with a tightly bubbled white 1-finger head and crystal clear golden hue. Aroma and flavor are both a pleasant mix of lemon and orange citrus, honeysuckle and floral hop notes, clearly dry-hopped, probably with EKGs. Pale maltiness provides a light caramel countering flavor and there is a bit of soft fruity yeast character back there too. Body is light-medium and the hopping lends some coating, tacky feel. Really enjoyable - liking these heavier dry-hopped English golden ales.

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Photo of Shanex
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a chalice. The head fades almost instantly leaving few laces, tea color and fruity aromas, very refreshing and drinkable for this early autumn afternoon. Worth buying and again.

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Photo of janubio
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden colour, with a head that vanishes soon, leaving some lace. Aroma of hops, tropicl fruits, some citrics. Medium to light body, crispy palate. Averga carbonation. Taste of citrics, light notes of tropical fruits, apricots. Easy driniking and refreshing.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle. Best before 30 June 2017. Served in a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Bright gold with a dense white head. Lots of lacing.

Smell: English style hops (herbal, leafy), but with some lemon peel notes as well.

Taste: Nicely bitter, with some cracker-like malt for balance, but heavy on the hops for an English APA.

Mouthfeel: A little thin as you would expect with a lower ABV beer, but a bit sticky from all the hops.

Overall / Drinkability: A surprisingly hoppy English APA and not as balanced as I was looking for in a APA. I think it would be best with food. By itself its good, but I found I wished that I had this with a meal. One is enough. Good looking beer though.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color: tea, amber, slightly turbid. The foam made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, is white.
Aroma: light and crisp, hoppy notes of citrus and floral.
The taste of beer is light, fruity floral with a hint of malt.
Gentian always appears at the finish, not intrusive, short. Saturation average.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Hipercor. In Ikea's pint glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 7x11. Refreshing and with a remarkable herbal bitterness. Reminds me an Alhambra Reserva with the advantage of having a lower ABV.

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Photo of mwrseeley
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The label states that four different hops were used in brewing Hobgoblin Gold and that the beer packs "a huge hop punch". Well,the hops do play a prominent role in Hobgoblin but not in an instrusive way. You know how some brewers have gone a bit overboard with the hops? That's not the case here. This is a nice, well-balanced beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- As usual, the presentation of the bottle and label is outstanding...very masculine and solid looking! As for the beer itself, it is a crystal clear golden color with a well retaining head that is super white and soapy in texture! Carbonation appears to be plentiful but not overly aggressive, but rather assertive in the columns rising....the lacing is nice as well, with a small patch work of foam that slowly slides back into the liquid....decent overall!

S- Deep malt sweetness, and a clean grainy aroma from the wheat used, blends very nicely with a citrus quality that reminds me of slight lemon, but more along the lines of grapefruit. The finish is somewhat dry in terms of bitter hop cones.....a well rounded blend from the different varieties used!

T- Very well balanced between sweet malts and bittering hops, the blend that is used is super smooth and citrus like refreshing! Dry unmalted grains from the wheat and barley show themselves and provide a dryness that is crisp at the same time. Pine needles, yeast and slightly toasty nuts right at the end of the swallow....very smoooooooth!

M/O- Creamy, yet crisp at the same time....refreshing! Wee tight bubbles explode on the palate and keeps the flavors compact upon burst! Ive been looking forward to trying this one and it doesn't disappoint....would go very well with a spicy Thai meal and is highly drinkable....could enjoy it all night! Another great job by a great brewery!

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Photo of Spike
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle.
L: Rich, dark gold with a creamy, two-finger, white head. A very attractive golden ale.
S: Even when served fridge cold, both tangerine and honeysuckle burst out.
T: Sweet pale malt balanced very nicely by fruity, citrus hops. Light bitterness. Nothing really unusual in the flavour profile but it's done very well and is tasty and inviting despite being light.
F: Light body but super smooth and a tingle of carbonation.
O: This is a great, summery, modern, English pale ale. Smooth, refreshing, easy-drinking, flavoursome and only 4.5%. Fantastic session ale for the beer garden.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, nice to see some new stuff from this English brewery hit town. Is this like Hobgoblin's little brother, or something?

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, frothy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves an array of broken tree trunk lace around the glass as it evenly blows off.

It smells of grainy, thinly bready pale malt, watered-down lemon juice, a twinge of earthy yeast, and plain weedy, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is bready, doughy graininess, a lemon and apple peel fruitiness, subtly estery yeast, steeped white tea, and more growing leafy, weedy, herbal, and floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty laid-back in their gentlemanly frothy nature, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, a few of those surprisingly versatile hops poking and prodding just a bit too much here. It finishes off-dry, the grainy and fruity measure having reclaimed what was only recently lost.

An enjoyable enough version of the style, easy to drink, well-rounded, and obviously not too boozy. The kind of thing that I would imagine runs like tap water in pubs all over the United Kingdom, is the proper, overly Americanized thing to say, right?

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Photo of charlatan
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold coloured beer with a pleasant lemon, white grape and slightly bready nose. Taste reflects the nose with some astringency as the hops kick in. Crisp feel. Good, and particularly so at the low price at which it is widely available in supermarkets.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look is a beautiful golden pale colour with plenty carbonation and a light head, which sticks around.
Smell is fresh sweet with fruity honey melon hints.
Taste is sweet and malty with a fruity fresh finish. Bitter crisp finish
Feel is smooth at first but too much of a crisp Bite at the end, still plesent.
Overall nice refreshing beer for a autumn afternoon, lovely!

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Apr 17 2016 and served barely chilled.

Pours an appropriate golden-blonde colour - it has a crystal-clear complexion, and is capped off with an inch of frothy white head. It lasts for three minutes or so, imprinting a lovely ring of lace before shrinking down to a foamy, bubbly collar and cap. It's a solid-looking blonde ale, anyway, with the nose mostly reminding me of other Wychwood ales of that bent (think Scarecrow or Wychcraft) - there's some leafy, floral hops on display, along with some grainy, doughy malt sweetness, lemon peel and orchard fruit. Mildly earthy, too.

This is a decent-enough English-style pale ale, with a flavour profile that is reminiscent of (although less robust than) that of regular Hobgoblin. Clean pale malt flavours get the ball rolling - doughy and grainy, with accompanying notes of lemony citrus, pear and white grape. The four types of hops mentioned on the back label begin to strut their stuff on the back end - includes a few "traditional" English notes, such as some tea-leafiness and floral astringency, as well as some less-orthodox hints of grassy hay and pine needles. The bitterness lingers into the aftertaste for a few moments; this is actually the point where it *most* reminds me of its elder brother beer. Light-bodied, with surprisingly low carbonation levels that weakly prickle the tongue - honestly, it feels a touch watery, but that is the biggest criticism I can bring to bear. It's still incredibly drinkable, and I find it to be much tastier than this brewer's lacklustre Scarecrow Organic.

Final Grade: 3.68, a passable B grade. Hobgoblin Gold won't be winning the hearts and minds of too many beer geeks - but if you can appreciate a well-made, easy-drinking, sessionable golden/blonde ale, then I'd say that this one is still worth a try. It's pretty unmemorable, but it lacks serious flaws - I wouldn't turn my nose up at it, or discourage other curious consumers from giving it a shot. However, given that the majority of the Wychwood beers that are imported by the LCBO are priced essentially the same, I can't guarantee I will actually buy this one again - because faced with a choice between the two, I'd rather drink regular Hobgoblin.

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Hobgoblin Gold from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 127 ratings