Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

2,598 Ratings

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark copper in color, almost brown. Light tan creamy head with a bit of lacing on the sides.

S- tangerine from sharp citrus hops, floral, spices, a bit of bready malt.

T- malty up front, faint trace of chocolate, finishes a bit bready with a citrus hop bitterness that lingers long after.

M- low carbonation, medium-light bodied, I bit thin.

O- the citrus hops dominate but it's is actually very well balanced, nothing really overpowers and finishes nicely.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" beige head with decent lifespan. The body is a clear burnt umber brown in masstone but when held to the light it's a reddish amber. The smell is medium strength but quite complex with malt, chocolate, bitter hops, and elements I find hard to describe. The taste mirrors the smell and throws in caramel. It hits the palette as sweet but then vanishes to be replaced by the strong bitters in the finish. Really quite a nice beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured rather quickly, I got 2 and a half fingers of head whose color can only be described as banana cream. Body is a solid brown color that seems to have orange tones when held up to the light. Head sticks around for a good while, but lacing is not really there.

Aroma is malty and sweet. Some biscuit tones, fresh herbal hops and a dark fruit character.

Malt in the beginning is slightly sweet, but not as flavorful as the nose told. Goes into a very light herbal bitter.

This beer is light-medium bodied, and honestly washes down a little too fast. It doesn't coat, leaves you with a slightly dry tongue and almost no aftertaste.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from my father, as a gift. Always good to get some new beers, cheers dad.

A - A clear light brown ale with some carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. Not not much foam though, only a beige foam ring against the glass.

S - A slight butter-nose mixed a light malt syrup smell.

T - A light malt sweet beer, a watery body and a light bitter finish. Not really complex.

M - A light to medium bitterness in the end, in between a watery body.

O - A nice ale, nothing exiting though.

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Smell: Not strong, faint sweet malty, cocoa smell
Taste: Very smooth and creamy. Sweet malty flavor with a hint cocoa, caramel and coffee. Just the right amount of flavor.
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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.71 out of 5 based on 2,598 ratings.
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