Hobgoblin Ruby
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #47
Ranked #22,335
3.76 | pDev: 13.56%
Feb 28, 2022
Jan 15, 2002
Very Good
Notes: Formerly Hobgoblin

Drink legendary. This distinct ruby beer’s sweet caramel and fruity aromas tease the taste buds. Brewed with smooth and rich Chocolate and Crystal malts & a blend of Fuggles and Styrian Golding hops. Expect a delicious full-bodied toffee flavour and a fruity finish of figs, raisins and dates. Hobgoblin: Born Different.

Hops: Fuggles & Styrians
Malt: Pale, Crystal & Chocolate

Only bottled Hobgoblin Ruby is 5.2% which is this listing. Canned, cask (tap and hand-pull draft), and 5L mini-cask's of Hobgoblin Ruby are 4.5% and reviews of them belong under that separate listing.
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4 by shu from Georgia on Feb 28, 2022
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Strid from Sweden

A great stout-type of beer. I tried Guiness for the first time maybe 5 years ago. I expected a lot and was so dissapointed. It was watery, terrible burned aftertaste, and just overall not a good beer.

This tastes as I imagined a Guiness would taste like, maybe a bit too watery, but it's a dark, sweet, malty, caramelly delicious beer. For me it's too sweet, but it's in the beer style rather than fault of the beer.

It's a great a beer if you are in the mood for a sweet beer. Perfect to food or maybe a dark rainy or cold day. One of my favorites in this segment of beers, but not my prefered style of beer overall. Anyway. Def give it a try, you might like it.

Feb 18, 2022
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Borzov1982 from Russian Federation

Nothing unusual.

Sep 22, 2021
3.88 by Electros from Canada (ON) on Aug 30, 2021
3.28 by bad_poetry from England on Aug 15, 2021
3.68 by Ushouldbeworkinh from France on Aug 09, 2021
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3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

Look: Pours a muddy brown colour with hints of red. One finger of tawny densely bubbled head with poor retention. After 5 minutes the head has given way to a ring of lace.

Smell: Raisins, prunes, whole wheat toast are the dominant smells, with a hint of grass.

Tastes: Heavy on the dates and raisins. Earthy with a mineral water crispness and sharp tang at the end. Hints of tobacco.

Feel: Somewhat watery, I'd say light towards medium bodied. Plays on the front of the tongue and on the palate. It ends a little sticky.

Overall I come away thinking of damp dark soil. Their are hints of caramel sweetness but I find them dragged down by the weight of the earthiness of this beer. It earns a B- in my book.

Jun 12, 2021
3.45 by Isaac_L95 from Canada (ON) on Jun 12, 2021
3.5 by NorbertB1974 from Germany on Jun 05, 2021
4.5 by Daneve76 from Australia on Jun 03, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Captain68 from Russian Federation


May 19, 2021
3.83 by youxtas from Greece on Feb 26, 2021
3.96 by pcbnumber1 from England on Jan 22, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

Drinking this at European Street Cafe in Jacksonville Florida.
Poured from a bottle into a snifter.
Appears dark brown with a tannish foamy head that dropped quickly to a thin ring.
Smells roasted, malty, sweet, chocolatey.
Taste follows the nose nicely.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a very nice Porter that I would definitely order again and would love to try on tap.

Dec 07, 2020
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5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Deegee54 from England

Never ever as I given 5 outta 5 for any ale.
This Ale is blooming fantastic! There's an aftertaste that builds through to a crescendo of sweetness--I think it maybe the caramel.
Anyway, buy it, pour it, drink it, pour another

Nov 11, 2020
4 by JimmyG77 from New Jersey on Jul 23, 2020
4.41 by Surf_rock from Ukraine on Jun 07, 2020
4.65 by beerrat from Virginia on May 07, 2020
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3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by FritzieGettleman from England

This was 4.5 ABV, poured out of can. Nice rich color, starts with a light mix of sweet and bitter tastes that merge into a berry flavor. The ending is weak with a bit of bitterness. Overall a decent beer that I will drink again.

Apr 18, 2020
3.98 by MMP13 on Apr 05, 2020
3.99 by craigbelly from Iowa on Mar 26, 2020
3.87 by Danzifer from Ohio on Feb 27, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by KooVee from Finland

500ml on tap.

Clear red shade of mahogany. Thin but resilient head leaving little lace.

Nose is an understated mix of sweet malt, some dark and dried fruit and practically no hops.

Taste is malty, a tad nutty, somewhat sweet and quite thick. Hops do show up in pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste to counter all that sweetness. Not really a typical bitter, but too bitter for a brown ale or mild. Carbonation is actually a bit too loud for my tastes, but it serves to differentiate even more.

An individual between styles that is technically well done. Even if not that original really, gains points for balanced understated innovation in the small. Very drinkable.

Feb 19, 2020
3.91 by Lanas from Greece on Feb 05, 2020
4.14 by Impetuous from Montana on Feb 04, 2020
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by beersampler6 from Michigan

This was a very enjoyable English ale. I was expecting it to be a little stronger and a little harsher but it ended up being very mellow and smooth. Best by 8/8/20 date listed on bottle. Pours a honeyed amber color with a little fluffy off-white head and some sticky lingering lacing. Smells of malt, toffee, bread, caramel, vanilla, lightly toasted nuts and maybe a little biscuit. Taste follows the nose, very easy to drink and highly enjoyable. Nice low ABV without any warming alcohol. Smooth, mild mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. This was truly very enjoyable and paired very well with savory dinner.

Feb 03, 2020
3.5 by Dovers from Wisconsin on Feb 01, 2020
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Davedrinkinbeer from Indiana

Beer pours into a caramel/amber/ruby color that is translucent with a 1/2" off-white head. Smell is mostly maple syrup, but also malt and faint hops. Taste is hops, yeast, biscuit, with faint syrup taste. Mouthful is mostly even with a bitter taste ending which becomes an aftertaste that is more pleasant than not. Feel is medium carbonation, and finishes not to dry or sweet.

Beer is good, and tasty without being overly heavy or sweet.

Jan 26, 2020
4 by insouciantx from New York on Jan 04, 2020
3.47 by misteil from Ireland on Dec 16, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Kurt49rs from California

Bought it fairly cheap, at Grocery Outlet. It was a good find, especially for the price. Not disappointed, at all. I like Porters, Stouts, and Red Ales, so I figured this would be right in my wheelhouse.

The color is a ruby, leaning towards browncolor, with a little bit of a tannish head.

Nice malty aroma with hints of brown bread.

I didn't get much of the chocolate flavor, but definitely some citrus and raisin. Nice balance of maltiness and hoppy bitterness. Maybe a tad more carbonation than I prefer, but not too much and not too thick feeling. I'll drink it again.

Dec 02, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by James94 from England

L: Clear dark reddish amber, fairly thick lacing, small head
S: Roasted malts, cherries, raisins
T: Bitter hops, hint of orange, cherries, dark chocolate, banana puree
F: Right level of carbonation, smooth feel, average alcoholic feel for the ABV, not overly bodied though

O: 4

Nov 23, 2019
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by gvickery from Texas

Look is great, dark reddish amber with a creamy light tan head. When held up to a light it’s clear and has an almost ruby color.
Smell is molasses, dried fruit, brown bread and some floral earthiness.
Taste is similar to the smell. It’s not as flat as some others of the style. I appreciate that because I just like all my beer well carbonated. It has a medium mouthfeel and a moderate amount of bittering on the backend. I really like it, one of my favorite bitters.

Nov 18, 2019
3.81 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania on Nov 05, 2019
3.83 by Heeenrik from Finland on Oct 24, 2019
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3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Nofoba

Poured from a 500ml bottle. It has a clear copper colored body, and a thick white head with lots of lacing.

The aroma is fruity and sweet; notes of grapes and bananas.

The taste is hoppy, slightly bitter and sweet. Low carbonation. The aftertaste has a dry grapy bitterness to it.

A solid IPA, with well balanced hops and sweetness.

Oct 18, 2019
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