Hobgoblin Gold | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by EmperorBevis on 07-04-2014

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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by djcreepshow:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of ChrisCage
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
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 thehyperduck
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
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 innominat
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2015. Acquired a while back from a supermarket. The label mentions that this is brewed with four hop varieties; I reckon it's just another uninspired 'golden ale'.

A: Poured into a straight pint glass. A hazy golden-amber hue with some floating sediment and plentiful carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before settling as a thick surface layer. Good lacing.

S: Aroma of grainy malt with hints of mild floral hops, grass/hay, ale yeast and subtle earthiness. Understated but not bad.

T: Tastes of light malt with a crisp, subdued finish. Notes of mild grain, subtle floral hops, grass/hay, ale yeast, earthiness and faint stewed leaves. Well-attenuated, followed by a delicate bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of grass, floral hops, ale yeast and faint grain.

O: Actually, it's not too shabby. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are a subtle blend of grassy hop notes and light malt. Body is OK. Goes down easily enough, especially on a hot day. It's greatest weakness is a lack of vitality - but perhaps I'm not the target consumer. Worth trying.

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Photo of Robertas
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickyS
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Appearence: Poured in british pint glass from 500 ml bottle. Yellow-amberish color, very clear with little amount of carbonation. Small head with very good retention and immortal lacing.

Smell: Not a very rich bouquet. Immediate orange skin and pine raisin with a peachy fragrance hiding very well, very fresh and promising.

Taste: balanced body with mild hops and a bit of malt. Dry finish and hoppy aftertaste.
Pretty classic, but unfortunately a little bit watery.

Overall: Very refreshing beer, good on a summer day, but not one of the best in this league.
Still enjoyable and not bad afterall.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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 ConnorG
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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 beerinabottle
4.54/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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 PatrickCairns
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Momon
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DOCRW
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beer_bottle
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of demonisch
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cybr
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Good beer for a hot summer day

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Photo of Rickus
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Anze
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of georgeanthorpe
2.66/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of emincems
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Aido6
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Hobgoblin Gold from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 121 ratings