Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

HobgoblinHobgoblin
BA SCORE
3.76/5
2,622 Ratings
HobgoblinHobgoblin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wychwood.co.uk

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,413
Reviews:
1,090
Ratings:
2,622
pDev:
13.56%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
93
Gots:
491
Trade:
1
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Photo of Wowo64
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of luke19
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Nice strong taste!

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Photo of JamesLeung
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zacroyce
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Urk1127
2.19/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Photo of SpongeHop
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - clear amber brown, Just off-white head, dissipates quickly
S & T - fruity sweetness as it touches the tongue, then goes into bready malts and an almost immediate wave of bitterness with an earthy hoppy backbone. It has a strange off note of mineralic fizzy water, but quite tasty anyway.
F - light body and carbonation.

O - quite tasty. Quite flavorful for such a low ish ABV too.

I'd recommend this one.

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Photo of axxe
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Houborg1
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Castolo
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdamSteve
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of parpalapelix
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monkist
4.99/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A smoove one, I must say. Very English, but it is the icing on the whole English cake perhaps.
Pouring it into a glass you get an almost black beer with great lacing, then you start reading the label that says "traditionally crafted legendary ruby beer" so you start looking for the color, hold it against the light and there you go!
You get a very English impressions in the nose, but very good ones: strong malts and English hops. London Pride squared or multiplied way more - and its flavor follows! Breathtaking that you get exactly the same taste as you get in the smell! And it is hop witchcraft, hop alchemy that you are dealing with, and this Hobgoblin is one of a kind! Had King Goblin from them but it was far from this one. This is just A-MA-ZING-LY hoppy, very unusual from an English Ale or an ESB. This is an ESB but as in an English Sly Bastard! because it proves you wrong. Proves you that English beers can also punch you in the face with their good old hops. This Hobgoblin is exceptional. Overjoyed to drink it.

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Photo of Giangio
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of malt and dried fruit. Taste was identical with a strange mild bitterness that seemed to linger a while. Overall it was well made,different from what seems to be offered and something I would but again

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Photo of jbehlar
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blackop555
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown. Short, Foamy, tan head fades fast.

Smells bready malt, dark fruit, caramel and earthy.

Tastes Caramel and bready malt, earthy and dark fruits. Finish is dry with an earthy linger. Lighter medium body and fizzy lower carbonation.

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Photo of Glorithm
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bb-magic
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KurtisAyr
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of urbanchemist
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey_L
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AcidJosh
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information obvious.
A: Pours a dark copper color with a slight orange caste; a quarter inch, light tan head that dissipates quickly leaving no Belgian lacing.
S: Malts evident in distinctive cane sugar, molasses, and caramel aroma, hops in slight pepperiness.
T: Palate more subtle than nose: largely caramelized malt leaving a cola-like flavor.
M: Light bodied; carbonation is light, but persistent. Refreshing.
O: Enjoyable. A solidly designed and executed ESB.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 2,622 ratings
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